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No, this is not an Eggplant satire. This is for real. That's the thing about reporting on education: There's never any need to make anything up.

In 2011, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Harvard, the world's richest university, $500,000 [$27 billion endowment in 2011] "to re-imagine the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the future"

Moral: You can never be too rich--or too anal compulsive.

Announcement from Harvard Graduate School of Education

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5 â 6:30pm
Location: Longfellow Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
Type of Event: Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
Building/Room: Askwith Hall
Contact Name: Amber DiNatale
Contact Email: askwith_forums@gse.harvard.edu
Contact Phone: 617-384-9968
Sponsoring Organization/Department: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Registration Required No
Admission Fee This event is free and open to the public.

Moderator: Andy Rotherham, co-founder/partner, Bellwether Education Partners, and columnist, TIME/
Here's Rotherham's article 5 Things Teachers Could Learn from the Marines. In his own words: itâs undeniable that the Marines are highly effective at their core mission of maintaining a nimble and lethal fighting force. In conversations with active-duty Marines and with former Marines who now work full-time in public schools, some lessons for improving our teaching force became clear. . . . The Marines are also big on aligning training with standards.


⢠Jenny DuFresne, EdM'99, former enlisted, The U.S. Marines; founder, Septima Clark Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Jenny DuFresne, Ed.M. -- Founder/Head of School
Ms. DuFresne is the founder of Septima Clark Public Charter School, the first all boys public charter school in the District of Columbia. She is a former Building Excellent Schools Fellow and, a national program designed to train aspiring school leaders to develop high performing public charter schools. Ms. DuFresne's professional career includes a 10-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, work in corporate level media relations, and service in the national nonprofit community. These professional experiences led her to become a 5th grade teacher in DC Public Schools through the DC Teaching Fellows program. During her service as a teacher, the vision of a high performing public school that would serve to educate boys was born. Ms. DuFresne holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a BA from George Mason University.

A question might be why a female head of an all-male school?

⢠Steve Scarfe, former officer, The U.S. Marines; assist. principal, Guilford H.S., Illinois. Scarfe is quoted in Rotherham's rah-rah article about what teachers could learn from Marines: The Marine Corps is all about competitiveness.

The United States Marines are well known for being highly effective at their core mission of maintaining a nimble and lethal fighting force. Less discussed are the strategies they use, for instance transparency about performance and empowering front-line practitioners in a way public school teachers are not in today's education system. Former Marines, who now work full-time in public schools, will discuss how lessons learned in the Marine Corps might help improve our schools.

— Harvard Graduate School of Education with Ohanian notes
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