Noncredit Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops

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Title: Beloved Streets: Race & Justice in America
Date(s): Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7, 9, 14,16, and Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 2020
Time(s): 12:00 - 2:00pm each day
Location: Gutman 305
Instructor(s): David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Center on Race & Justice, HLS
Tracie Jones, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, HGSE
Kaia Stern, Lecturer on Education, HGSE, and Director of the Prison Studies Project

Description: Focusing on the connections between streets, education, safety, healthcare, policy, and law, this J-term workshop explores what it means both ethically and practically to be, in the words of Beyoncé and Jay Z, “good on any MLK Boulevard.“ Guest presenters will consist of practitioners within the Harvard community as well as leaders and activists.

The class will be animated by a number of questions.  In this era of debate over monuments and memory, we consider the hundreds of streets named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We ask, for instance, where are the boulevards named after Dr King Jr. located, and what role do they play in shaping the landscape of race and justice in America? How might we address the degradation of the communities surrounding the streets named after Dr. King, and what is necessary to create and sustain a positive environment for growth.  The course also asks what role universities play in shaping inequality and how we in the Harvard community can exercise our voice and agency to direct university resources in service to others.

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Title: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Date(s): Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday, January, 9, 2020
Time(s): 9:30am - 4:30pm each day
Location: Gutman 440
Instructor(s): Minh Nguyen, creative youth worker, trainer, educator, and consultant
Kimm Topping, queer educator, feminist historian, writer and Ed.M. candidate

Description: This training is for anyone interested in supporting young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.  We’ll start with looking at ourselves – what biases and stereotypes do we hold? Then, we’ll understand the challenges and successes of LGBTQ+ young people historically and presently. Finally, we’ll explore organizational policies and practices. The facilitators training styles are interactive, fun, intersectional, and practical. Included in the workshop will be scenarios, videos, sharing personal experiences, and discussions.

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Title: CQ: Cultural Intelligence
Date(s): Monday, January 13, 2020
Time(s): 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Gutman Conference Center Area 4
Instructor(s): Tracie Jones, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, HGSE
Alexis Stokes, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard SEAS

Description: Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function and relate effectively in culturally diverse situations (both domestic and internationally). CQ is the difference between individuals and organizations that are effective in today’s multicultural, globalized world. Going beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness, CQ captures the capabilities of individuals and organizations that successfully and respectfully accomplish their objectives, whatever the cultural context. Participants in this workshop will do a CQ 360 assessment for personal development that will be utilized to leverage their CQ strengths and set goals to develop their weaker CQ capabilities with the overall objective of improving their intercultural effectiveness.

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Title: "Nobody is as enslaved as those who wrongly believe that they are free" (Goethe): Promoting Cultural and Global Awareness To Break Free
Date(s): Monday, January 13, 2020
Time(s): 4:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Longfellow 320
Instructor(s): Bruno della Chiesa, Visiting Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: Lecture on the "hyperspheres-in-our-brains" hypothesis: how learning one or several non-native language(s) and experiencing immersion in one or several non-native culture(s) allow our brains to develop the 4D-sensitivity necessary to develop a global awareness, while in parallel sharpening our self-awareness, thus creating the conditions to really think outside the box... and get rid of the doxa prison.

This session is for those who do not take H110G but are interested in some of the key topics pertaining to "learning in a globalizing world".  Please sign up using the link below.

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Title: You Know More Than You Think, in Spite of Cultural (In)Competence and (Mis)Understandings
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Longfellow 319 and 320
Instructor: Bruno della Chiesa, Visiting Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: A competitive team game and a simulation, featuring with a bit of humor some difficulties due to lack of knowledge in intercultural communication.

This session is limited.  If there is more interest than spots, a random lottery will be held and a waitlist will be managed.

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Title: Supporting Undocumented Students During Uncertain Times  NEW
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 6:00 - 7:15pm
Location: Longfellow 320
Instructor: The Undocuallies Initiative, HGSE Student-Led Group
Description: Fear and political uncertainty currently fill the daily lives of undocumented students around the nation. Educators, therefore, must become equipped to facilitate healing and empower these students. The workshop “Supporting Undocumented Students During Uncertain Times” will provide educators with the tools to understand the legal and environmental factors affecting undocumented students. Attendees will learn how to support their students, who may potentially be undocumented. Participants will walk away from this training with knowledge and resources, and best practices while serving undocumented students.

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Title: The Applied Science of Learning
Date: Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm each day
Location: Longfellow 319
Instructors: Peter Fishman, Vice President of Strategy, Deans for Impact
Jim Heal, Education Consultant, Deans for Impact

Description: Research into the science of learning is shedding new light on how people learn. This two-day workshop will explore the relevance of current cognitive-science theories to K-12 classrooms and consider research on learning and development as an applied science. We will address a number of related questions, including: What principles from learning science are most pertinent to K-12 education? and How might teachers and leaders draw upon principles of learning science to design rich learning experiences that challenge and engage all students? 

We will deepen collective understanding of ‘science of learning’ concepts, with a particular focus on how learners find and sustain motivation, understand new ideas, and retain information. Participants will have opportunities to apply these principles to everyday instructional decisions by creating or modifying designs for  learning experiences grounded in the science of learning. While the course will consider applications in early childhood and postsecondary contexts, an emphasis will be placed on K-12 learning environments.

Additional Information: Open to all HGSE degree students, teaching fellows, and professors. The course will be of particular interest to teachers and teacher-leaders with an interest in the translation of research into practice. This course should be regarded as complementary to HGSE’s ‘How People Learn,’ but completion of that course is not a prerequisite for enrollment.

Details on the agenda and learning objectives of the class can be found in this outline

Enrollment is limited to 35 students. If there is more interest than spots, a random lottery will be held and a waitlist will be managed.

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Title: Preparing for the Quantitative Job Search
Date: Wednesday, January 22 - Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm each day
Location: Larsen Hall G-08
Instructor: Joe McIntyre, Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: Are you interested in exploring jobs in education that involve data analysis and quantitative methods? Do you want a chance to practice applying quantitative skills to better prepare you for job applications and interviews? In this three-part series, students will work with Lecturer on Education Joe McIntyre and practice applying quantitative skills that are commonly part of the application and interview process in the quantitative job market. Students will practice skills like checking data quality; merging, appending, and preparing datasets; crafting and answering a research question on the fly; among others.

This session has limited capacity. First preference will be given to students who took S-040 or equivalent and who will be taking A-164 or S-052 in the spring.  All sign ups will be notified over email of their status.  If there is more interest than spots, a random lottery will be held and a waitlist will be managed.

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Title: Making Transformational Change: Diagnosing and Overturning an Immunity to Change
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm REVISED TIME
Location: Larsen G-08
Instructor: Deb Helsing, Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: Why is change so difficult, even when we are genuinely committed to it? What can we do to overcome this challenge? We respond to these questions in this session via a new approach to professional and personal development based on Kegan and Lahey’s Immunity-to-Change model (see Immunity to Change, Harvard Business Press, 2009). This session is designed to enable participants to identify assumptions they currently hold that are likely to interfere with their personal effectiveness. Through a highly interactive method, participants will gain a powerful picture, or “diagnostic,” of the systematic way they unintentionally work against the wanted behavior (this is what we call the “immunity to change”), and what they can do to disrupt that system.

Pre-Work: Please complete this pre-work request from Deb Helsing prior to the session.

Note on Intended Audience: Open to all students.  Anyone considering enrollment in T-010: Helping Others to Make Transformational Change: The Immunity-to-Change Approach is strongly suggested to attend. 

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Research Software

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Title: Introduction to R (Session A)
Date: Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm each day
Location: Larsen Hall 106
Instructor: Joe McIntyre, Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: R is a powerful and free software tool for statistical analysis that is becoming a major force in social science research, policy analysis, statistics, and data science. This workshop will cover downloading and running R and RStudio, reading and wrangling data, data analysis (focusing on OLS regression), creating plots using core R and ggplot2, statistical programming and simulation, automated document creation with RMarkdown, creating data visualizations with Shiny, and other topics, time permitting. Some familiarity with statistical concepts is required but no prior programming experience is necessary.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to use your laptop in this workshop. Students will ideally prepare for the class by downloading and installing both R and RStudio (a free integrated development environment for R).

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Title: Introduction to R (Session B)
Date: Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm each day
Location: Larsen Hall 203
Instructor: Joe McIntyre, Lecturer on Education, HGSE

Description: R is a powerful and free software tool for statistical analysis that is becoming a major force in social science research, policy analysis, statistics, and data science. This workshop will cover downloading and running R and RStudio, reading and wrangling data, data analysis (focusing on OLS regression), creating plots using core R and ggplot2, statistical programming and simulation, automated document creation with RMarkdown, creating data visualizations with Shiny, and other topics, time permitting. Some familiarity with statistical concepts is required but no prior programming experience is necessary.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to use your laptop in this workshop. Students will ideally prepare for the class by downloading and installing both R and RStudio (a free integrated development environment for R).

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