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Education Now: Making Schools More Human
After a year of remote, hybrid, and altogether disrupted learning, we’re starting to envision a more-typical fall. But instead of going back to “normal,” how should schools look different? The pandemic revealed many of the failings of our current system — the effects of huge wealth gaps, the stifling effects of one-size-fits-all learning — but it also showcased some of the things that work: relationships and the time to build them; creativity, new solutions, and the room to innovate; new scheduling flexibility; and a new understanding of the essential role of teachers.

In short, we are seeing the potential for human-centered innovation in our response to COVID-19 and the ongoing education crisis. How can we build on these positives? How can we learn the right lessons from this challenging year?

Join Harvard professor Jal Mehta for a conversation on the future of schooling, how the pandemic is re-shaping education, and how we can move towards a more holistic and relationship-centered model of education, where deeper learning can thrive.


Education Now is an HGSE webinar series that responds to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Each episode is designed to prompt observations and insights that are thought-provoking and actionable.

In addition to Zoom, Education Now webinars are streamed to YouTube, Facebook, and other social platforms, as well as to the HGSE website, at hgse.me/ednow.

Apr 21, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jal Mehta
Professor of Education @Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching. Jal is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), the co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019), the co-editor of Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), and the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012).