Faculty Director Message

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Harvard Ed Portal online.

We hope you’ll join us at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston and become part of our community of learning without limits.

The Harvard Ed Portal is a place for learning, for everyone in our community, at every stage and place in life. Learning is a continuous and lifelong process that we can explore and pursue together in Allston. The Ed Portal is a creative space that allows us to come together and embark on a journey of learning that will last a lifetime, not limited by age, background, occupation, or even space and time. And in this information age where we are surrounded by an expanding universe of knowledge, the Ed Portal provides exciting opportunities to connect with this universe for the sake of exploring new possibilities and directions in life.

The Harvard Ed Portal is an incubator for discovery and opportunity, an accelerator for new models of learning across every boundary and subject imaginable. We now have state-of-the-art spaces and infrastructure to support in person and online learning about science and technology, the performing and creative arts, health and wellness, and job skills in the 21st century. These physical spaces support creation and discovery like never before, for everyone in the community. They provide a convening space, a destination, a center of gravity for new ideas, all based on people coming together to do great things.

We are building new partnerships, new opportunities for Allston, for Boston and strengthening and deepening Harvard’s connection to the community and the city.  The Ed Portal is a place where Allston and Harvard come together to explore the shared priority of supporting the possibility of personal transformation.  We therefore seek to open new doors for everyone in our joint community, doors that lead to new approaches in K-12 education, new job and economic opportunities, and new, more holistic paths to personal wellness. It is just this shared exploration that will uncover opportunities for growth and change for individuals, the neighborhood, the university and ultimately the city.

The Harvard Ed Portal is a unique and extraordinary place.
Allston is an example for the world of what is possible when a neighborhood and a university come together to do something really exciting.  So what does that example look like?  What does it mean to plug in to the 21st century? Please join us at 224 Western Avenue in Allston and find out.

Robert  A. Lue
Harvard University Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology;
Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning;
Faculty Director, HarvardX;
Faculty Director, Harvard Ed Portal