A number of programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) address disparities in education, domestically as well as internationally, that illustrate, explore, and address the vital connection between education and health. The Achievement Gap Initiative, for example, is an interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges research with policy and practice to understand and respond to inequitable educational opportunities within the United States. HGSE’s master’s degree in international education policy draws students with a passion for global social justice. HGSE centers, such as the Center on the Developing Child, study and tackle many related challenges—for example, the lifelong effects of childhood “toxic stress”—in efforts that harmonize with interdisciplinary global health concerns.
The Education Redesign Lab aims to “engage in a research-informed design process to create a ‘new engine’ for education and child development” in order to combat the inequality of opportunities and outcomes that prevail around the world today. The Lab works towards learning that is student-centered and customized to meet the needs of all students.
The Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) works towards the development of effective education of leaders from around the globe. In partnership with a number of organizations, practitioners, researchers, and related partners, GEII supports the development of educational leaders, and conducts research on policies and practices to help achieve this goal.