PEPG events are intended to create an open academic environment in which top scholars can present and discuss the best current thinking on education policy and governance. Towards this end, the program has hosted numerous conferences and seminars since its founding in 1996. And in 2003, we initiated the Education Policy Colloquium Series with the expressed purpose of providing the Harvard community with greater access to cutting-edge education research.


A Modern Teaching Profession

Compensation, Preparation, Representation, Evaluation

Conference logo featuring title A Modern Teaching Profession Great teaching remains the bedrock of student academic success. However, recruiting and supporting effective teachers has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Education spending has steadily increased since the pandemic, yet teacher salaries remain stagnant and educator morale low. What’s more, the bipartisan reform consensus on teachers that anchored the Bush-Obama era is a distant memory. Greater political division now constrains the policies that will shape the future of the teaching profession.

Amid that backdrop, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is hosting six one-hour virtual sessions with the nation’s leading policymakers, scholars, and experts on K-12 teacher policy. The purpose of this virtual series is to examine current challenges to reforming the teaching profession to drive student academic success.

Please join us on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. ET from May 2 to June 6, 2024.

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Spring 2024 Colloquium Series


All events run from 12 to 1:15 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Events are free and open to the public.

The Spring 2024 Colloquium series has concluded. Please stay tuned to this space for updates on the upcoming Fall 2024 series, or sign up for email alerts to stay informed on the latest PEPG news.


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