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Harvard Has Big Plans For Overhauling K-12 Education

By: Krystle Crossman

Harvard University is not only concentrating on college students, but are now aiming their sights on kindergarten through 12th grade students as well. They want to make sure that kids are as prepared as ever to enter the college world. The By All Means project that has been started by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They are taking this project under their wing for the next six years and helping six different districts with their educational resources. They are hoping that by helping the districts focus more on the factors that can hinder a student’s progress in academics they can raise grades and test scores.

The communities are all chipping in and donating to the By All Means project. Leaders from the six cities that are a part of the project will get together with each other and experts from Harvard to talk about their best practices. They will try to help each other and help the students at the same time. They will meet several times over the next few years to discuss these practices. The Harvard experts will also make sure that they stay in contact with the leaders of the cities in case they have any questions or problems.

The six cities that are part of By All Means are from Massachusetts (Somerville, Newton, Salem), Rhode Island (Providence), Kentucky (Louisville), and California (Oakland). They will go through lab tests that will help them to improve the education of their students. Through the lab tests and observations Harvard will watch trends in the cities and will observe the different obstacles that may come their way. Paul Reville, one of the operators of the project, states that by looking at the different factors that could impede education such as poor healthcare options in the cities or poor living conditions they will be able to identify these as problem areas and they will be able to work through ways to solve them. Reville says that they know that these problems will not work themselves out quickly but it is worth a try to get things started.

The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, states that the city has a 55,000 Degrees initiative that is in place and they are hoping to have students earn 55,000 additional college degrees by 2020. Fischer says that they are always asking why there aren’t more students from high school going to college or why they are not staying in college. He is hoping that with help from By All Means that they will be able to meet their goal and then some.

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