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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 5pm to 6:30pm

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Askwith Hall View map

13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

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K-12 Education in Polarized Times: How educators can navigate divisions while sustaining education's mission

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 5 - 6:30 p.m. ET

at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Longfellow Hall.


Moderator:  Irvin Scott, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE

HGSE Faculty Panelists:

  • Jennifer Cheatham, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
  • Meira Levinson, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, HGSE
  • Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE

In today’s polarized climate, education has become a political issue in some quarters, playing a prominent role in media and public debates. As the 2024 presidential election kicks into high gear, educators may have to navigate not just civics lessons but also the rough waters of book bans, instructional challenges, and contentious school board meetings. What should responsible, ethical educators do to engage students and families in productive ways? How can educators and leaders help bridge divides in their communities? What is education’s role and mission in divided or politicized times?


Note: This is an in-person event and will not be livestreamed. A recording of the event will be posted on the Harvard Education YouTube channel after the event.


Askwith Education Forums are accessible, free, and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Seating is first-come, first-seated.

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