Faculty Pop-Ups

Pop Up PosterJon Fullerton: How to Read a School District Budget

Tuesday, March 30
2 p.m. ET

Budgets can oftentimes be filled with difficult to understand terms, numbers, and columns.  For educators and researchers engaged in making change, reading a budget is an important, and potentially difficult task.  In this talk, Jon Fullerton will provide attendees with information about how to read a budget.  Fullerton is the executive director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. He has extensive experience working with policymakers and executives in designing and implementing organizational change and improvements. Before coming to Harvard, Fullerton served as the Board of Education's director of budget and financial policy for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this capacity, he provided independent evaluations of district reforms and helped to ensure that the district's budget was aligned with board priorities.

Space is limited and regsitration is required.


SLL Pop UpSara Lawrence-Lightfoot: Ask Me Anything
Thursday, April 1
1 p.m. ET

Join us for a facilitated Ask Me Anything (AMA)-style session.  Following responses to some preliminary questions, students will have an opportunity to ask questions of their own.  Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Research Professor of Education at HGSE.  Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist, examines the culture of schools, the broad ecology of education, and the relationship between human development and social change. She is the author of 10 books.  Upon her retirement, the Emily Hargroves Fisher Endowed Chair will become the Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Chair, making Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot the first African-American woman in Harvard's history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.

Space is limited and registration is required.  If interest exceeds the number we are able to include, then we will use a lottery system to determine participation.  This session will be recorded and posted to The Hub.

Past Faculty Pop-Up Sessions

Tracie Jones: Continuing the Conversation: Let's Talk About Race
Friday, February 19

Systemic change is necessary to dismantle racism. However, when it comes to talking about race, conversations stall or get shut down. How do we have purposeful dialogue that will move the work forward? What does it look like, feel like and what change are we really trying to make when we broach this topic?   The intention of this session is to have a conversation amongst a diverse audience.  We encourage all interested students to attend. 

Bridget Terry Long: Using Evidence to Influence Policy
Tuesday, February 9

Join Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, as she discusses strategies to effectively use evidence to influence policy decisions.  Long is an economist who focuses on the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Her research examines the impact of factors such as affordability and academic preparation on college student outcomes. Several projects also examine the effects of providing information and assistance with college processes on the likelihood that students engage in important educational activities.  Long earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Harvard University Department of Economics and her A.B. from Princeton University in Economics with a Certificate in Afro-American Studies.

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Liz City: Strategic Failure
Thursday, December 17

Join Senior Lecturer on Education Liz City to talk about how failure is a key part of learning that can be hard to embrace for ourselves and with others, and we’ll try on a couple of tools for failing forward. City has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential.

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Karen Mapp: Path to the Ph.D.
Thursday, December 3

Join Senior Lecturer on Education Karen Mapp as she talks about the path to the Ph.D. and strategies students can use to set themselves up for success.  Over the past twenty years, Mapp's research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement.  Mapp holds a Doctorate and Master's of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master's in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

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Carrie Conaway: How to Read a Research Report in 15 Minutes or Less
Thursday, November 19

Join Senior Lecturer on Education Carrie Conaway as she discusses strategies for reading a research report in 15 minutes or less. Until June 2019, Conaway was the chief strategy and research officer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and led the agency’s Office of Planning and Research, which strengthens planning, data and resource use, and the focus on evidence in the agency and the field to improve outcomes for Massachusetts students.

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Paul Reville: School Governing Boards
Thursday, November 12

Join Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration Paul Reville as he discusses creating, working with, and navigating school governing boards. Reville is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. In 2013, he completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state.

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