Into Practice, a biweekly communication distributed from the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning to active instructors during the academic year was inspired by a successful 2012 HILT grant project. The e-letter highlights the pedagogical practices of individual faculty members from across Schools and delivers timely, evidence-based teaching advice, contributing to and strengthening a University-wide community of practice around teaching.

Below is a catalog of all the Into Practice issues sorted by the publication date. To subscribe to Into Practice, please sign-up via our Mailing List page.

  • Learning from and giving back to the community through the classroom

    Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership, helps students develop leadership skills and a deeper understanding of the work involved in being a systems-level leader. In her two-term course, The Workplace Lab for System-Level Leaders (WPL), students actively collaborate with school districts across the nation, including the local Cambridge, Lincoln and Boston public schools. Jewell-Sherman intentionally scaffolds the course from personal introspection to undertaking significant problems of practice for sitting superintendents and CEO’s of educational entities. Before students are assigned to teams that maximize diversity in leadership and communication styles, they deeply reflect to identify their core values. “In terms of practice,” she notes, “it’s important to know who you are and for what you stand.” Groups collaborate on simulations and analyze case studies based on real-world problems while leveraging recent research. Later, students work directly with community partners and present recommendations in a “New Haven” run before hosting an on-campus final “Broadway” run to a full audience. In January, Jewell-Sherman typically takes students on a four-day trip to a school district or educational entity in another state to collaborate on new projects.
  • Science Bytes

    Science Bytes Awardees: Ragini Lall (HGSE) and Aditi Kumar (MIT-Engineering) Summary: coming soon.

  • Open Minds

    Our solution is to create open education resources (OER) so that all teachers have access to free, K-12 TEKs-aligned curricula designed through research-based culturally, community responsive and anti-bias frameworks.
  • Innovate for Africa

    Innovate for Africa (IFA) is a nonprofit organization that provides graduating STEAM students in Nigeria 1-month training on entrepreneurial and labour-demanded skills as well as support throughout a subsequent 11-month placement at an innovation driven start-up.
  • InCompass.ed

    InCompass.ed offers transformational leadership programs for young people to develop authentic purpose.
  • Zhorai: A Conversational Agent and Curriculum for Teaching Machine Learning

    Our project aims to explore the potential of conversational agents as a tool for learning and engagement in K-12 AI education and programming.
  • The Infinity Project

    The Infinity Project Awardees: Natasha Japanwala (HGSE), Abdullah Ali Khan (HGSE), Zeerak Ahmed (External), and Natasha Sakraney (External) Summary: coming soon.

  • The Lab

    The Lab seeks to develop a six-week summer program that is designed to create access and address the significant challenges which exacerbate the education achievement and opportunity gaps between high income and low-income students.
  • StoryPlay

    StoryPlay is a fun storytelling game that promotes children’s oral development, creativity and imagination and makes oral development skills practice accessible to students both in formal pre-primary education and in informal settings.
  • Sikaun Learning Center (SLC)

    SLC is a community-based learning center in Nepal that provides opportunities to engage in learning outside of school by providing learning resources and project-based learning experiences.
  • Resilient

    Resilient is a project that will restore wellness, love and dignity to black boys and young men by creating an online, culturally affirming community of black males who share videos of life advice, stories and encouragement.
  • Living Labs

    Living Labs Awardees: Chloe Zelkha (HGSE), Viria Vichit-Vadakan (HBS), Michelle Foley (HGSE), and Aleiya Evison (GSD) Summary: coming soon.

  • IntraPaths

    IntraPaths Awardees: Serene Yu (HGSE), Liana Bishop (HGSE), and Felipe Estrada-Prada (HGSE) Summary: coming soon.

  • Food Futures

    Food Futures is a game-based food and sustainability curriculum for high school students.
  • Syllabus Explorer

    Harvard Syllabus Explorer is a web application developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning - Research Group. Syllabus Explorer combines registrarial data and syllabi from Canvas to give users the ability to search for and download syllabi across Harvard.
  • Villages

    Villages is a web platform that connects multiple stakeholders around a student, forming an online village dedicated to supporting the student’s success.
  • Third Room Labs

    Third Room Labs investigates distance learning technology and training to connect teachers to kids in geographically isolated communities.
  • Teaching for Tomorrow

    Teaching for Tomorrow aims to find a scalable solution on how we can support teachers in Pakistan in teaching 21st century skills in the classroom
  • Teaching Artists International, Inc.

    Teaching Artists International, Inc. Awardees: Gabrielle Molina (HGSE), Amber Hansen (External), and Pricila Chavez Lara (External) Summary coming soon. 

  • Sprout SEL

    Sprout SEL is a project designed for parents from low-income families in the urban areas in China. 
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