The Future of Education


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 3:00pm to 4:00pm



As we look ahead to a post-pandemic world, with educational disparities laid bare by COVID-19, the Harvard Graduate School of Education ends its Centennial year by asking: What will education look like five years from now? What about 25 years from now? What are the innovations — fueled by the pandemic’s necessities, or powered by the world’s push for racial justice and equal access — that will take us forward? What should we do now to work toward that future we want to build? And what factors, both positive and challenging, will help to determine that future?

Join HGSE Dean Bridget Long for a special centennial discussion with HGSE faculty on their perspectives and hopes for education going forward.

Moderator: Bridget Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE


• Karen Brennan, Associate Professor of Education, HGSE

• Jennifer Cheatham, Senior Lecturer on Education and Director of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), HGSE

• Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Professor of Education, HGSE

• Martin West, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education, HGSE; and Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG), Harvard Kennedy School

Future of Education is a series created in recognition of HGSE’s Centennial year (2020) to highlight new knowledge and foster stimulating and constructive conversation about the most important issues in education. The series focuses on a range of critical topics, including leadership challenges, approaches to supporting student success, advances in learning sciences, and ethics for the education profession.

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