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You will get in the know of the new trends shaping our world. You will be able to plan your projects, investments and life-long learning path ahead making sure they match the opportunities of tomorrow. 

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HGSE – finally a practice based doctorate !

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Practice based research, many faculty worldwide would find this concept ridiculous and only worship “pure” research.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is, once again, ahead of its time and created the first Doctorate of Education Leadership. This unique interdisciplinary model offers a curriculum shared with the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School to a cohort of talented practitioners and provides them with the opportunity to advance the field of education by doing and reflecting on their actions. In three years, participants will increase their level of expertise and strongly enhance their leadership potential while contributing to academic research. Finally a degree acknowledging expertise and experience.

It is most certain that this program will have the next major change-makers among its alumni.

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/academics/doctorate/edld/

Obama’s College Scorecard – all about finances

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The White House recently launched a new website to help students and their families to have access to more information about college and finances. How much does this college cost, how much you will make after graduating, how is the college doing financially… All the answers are provided on individual college’s score cards. A good effort to increase transparency about college finances but some problems already come up.

There is no information on the colleges besides their finances and we all know that an educational experience is not only about its price. The website completely avoids the quality of the education and the opportunities after graduation. Also, there is no personalization possible so the families from a low income background do not know how to use the information provided and will not work out how to come up with a right financial plan to fund the students’s education.

Rating colleges on their finances does only a very small part of the job. When we think that other alternative ratings deal with the “greenery” of higher ed institutions, it seems that the score card model could be improved.

Here is an article on the topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-laura-perna/college-scorecard_b_2853435.html

Project Zero, beyond learning – by Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Project Zero was founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967 to study and improve education in the arts. Goodman believed that arts learning should be studied as a serious cognitive activity, but that “zero” had yet been firmly established about the field; hence, the project was given its name.

Over the years, Project Zero has maintained a strong research agenda in the arts while gradually expanding to include investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural thinking, and ethics. The organization has conducted dozens of major research initiatives, published over 90 books and hundreds of articles and reports, and collaborated with countless partners. Project Zero’s work takes place nationally and internationally, in a variety of settings; while much of the research occurs in schools, an increasing amount is focused on businesses, cultural organizations such as museums, and online. In addition, Project Zero offers symposia and workshops, most notably the annual summer institutes.

Newark at the forefront of universal school enrollment

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Newark just launched a new enrollment model helping parents to give access to the best schools to their children. This new program aims at reforming education in the US and ensures equity and transparency in the process of choosing a school. The system includes all public schools as well as all the charter schools that accepted to take part in the reform.

Parents can list their top eight public district or charter school choices in order of preference, and the district will place students according to availability. Therefore, schools wont be able to “avoid” students at risk and diversity will be promoted. Obviously, this model will change the game of funding for the schools and some might fight against this change.

Giving people more ownership over their educational choices should be encouraged and promoted.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mashea-ashton/innovative-enrollment-initiative-gives-students-real-choices_b_4557301.html

The Future of the Mind – best-seller by Dr. Michio Kaku

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This well known physicist and futurist shares with us in his latest book all the new frontiers of neuro-sciences. Artificial intelligence, alien consciousness, brain nets, mental illness, immortality, etc. Get the grand tour and discover this approachable scientific description of what the future holds for our brains.

Only, as Adam Frank (astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester) wrote in the NYTimes about the book: “On the ethical front, Kaku does an admirable job of at least raising the troubling issues inherent in the technologies he describes, but there’s one critical question he misses entirely. The deployment of new technologies tends to create their own realities and values. If we treat minds like meat-computers, we may end up in a world where that’s the only aspect of their nature we perceive or value.”

http://mkaku.org/home/publications/about-the-future-of-the-mind/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/books/review/michio-kakus-future-of-the-mind.html?_r=1

 

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