Hardin Coleman

Dean, School of Education

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Education:

PhD in Counseling from Stanford University, 1992
MEd in Counseling from the University of Vermont, 1980
BA Williams College, 1975

Dr. Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker Schools in the Philadelphia area and a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China, Dr. Coleman earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology with a… Read more

Dr. Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker Schools in the Philadelphia area and a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China, Dr. Coleman earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology with a focus on multicultural counseling. He then spent 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he trained school counselors, produced research on the role of cultural identity in student achievement, and rose to the position of Associate Dean of Outreach and Multicultural Initiatives in the School of Education.

Since 2008 he has served as Dean of the School of Education at Boston University. In his time at BU he has helped the School to focus on its role of using research to improve the practice of education, preparing educators who are leaders in their schools, and meeting the needs of practicing educators through effective professional development. Dr. Coleman is deeply involved in the improvement of educational opportunities within the Boston area through his service on the External Advisory Council on School Assignment as well as advisory board membership for EdVestors and FUEL—non-profits that are driving change in urban education. He is a Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and has numerous publications. Dr. Coleman was recently appointed to the Boston School Committee, and was nominated to chair the Superintendent Search Committee.

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  • BU Dean Hardin Coleman On Scaling Up Best Practices In Education

    October 6, 2016

    WBUR Hardin Coleman, School of Education You hear a lot about innovation and disruption in public schools today, particularly when it comes to the debate over charter schools… Listen to audio of expert Hardin Coleman here

  • What are Massachusetts public schools doing right?

    May 23, 2016

    The Atlantic Hardin Coleman, School of Education Widely seen as the best public-school system in the U.S., the Massachusetts school system’s success can offer lessons to other states… Expert quote: “I think there’s going to be a change away from a significant primary focus on academic-skill acquisition to those other aspects of what children need […]

  • Expert panel recommends Worcester build consensus for superintendent search

    January 14, 2016

    Telegram & Worcester Hardin Coleman, School of Education Members of an expert panel on Wednesday suggested the city’s upcoming superintendent search should be preceded by a thorough investigation of what residents want from the district and its new leader… Expert quote: “If there’s not some consensus in the community about how that should happen, that […]

  • Boston schools contend with late buses

    June 20, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Hardin Coleman, School of Education Despite the latest technology and a new private operator, many Boston public school buses are regularly arriving at schools late, according to a Globe analysis… Expert quote: “If students are coming in two minutes late or four minutes late or six minutes late, the teacher is […]

  • School testing debate looms in Tewksbury

    October 5, 2014

    Lowell Sun Hardin Coleman, School of Education Voters at Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting will take up an issue that has polarized parents, teachers and politicians across the nation — the adoption of the Common Core standards and PARCC testing… Expert quote: “I think we have to begin to ask whether local control over the educational […]

  • Choosing a high school, the ultimate multiple choice test

    October 5, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Hardin Coleman, School of Education They’re learning to speak Latin and Russian. They’re loaded up on advanced placement courses. They’re passionate about riding horses, playing viola, and volunteering… Expert quote: “There is clearly no one size fits all. Parents have to ask ‘What do I want for my child?’ The answer is […]

  • Report: Low-income students falling behind in Mass. schools

    April 29, 2014

    NECN Hardin Coleman, School of Education A report released Monday by America’s Promise says that while Massachusetts has one of the highest graduation rates in the United States, low-income students are falling behind… View video of expert Hardin Coleman

  • BPS seeks edge in teacher hiring process

    March 3, 2014

    Bay State Banner Hardin Coleman, School of Education Officials at Boston Public Schools are looking to improve the odds in their competition with other cities and towns for the best teachers… Expert quote: “I think the district has made a series of very smart moves. They are eager to work in Boston and rather than losing […]

  • Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

    December 4, 2013

    Huffington Post Hardin Coleman, School of Education Every child deserves a chance in this world, but the zip code a child is born in often determines his or her destiny… Expert quote: “The achievement gap has uncovered the opportunity gap. Standardized testing, while it may be flawed, has been useful in that it has shown […]

  • MAYOR MATTERS: Steady start

    November 2, 2013

    CommonWealth Magazine Hardin Coleman, School of Education City finances, economic development, and school reform are key as new mayor takes office… View full article

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