Educators Discuss the Complexities of Teaching Thanksgiving
Nov. 29, 2013 | Robert Freeman, author of the "One-Hour History" series and a teacher at Los Altos High School in California; Josh Bill, Waukegan High School history teacher in Illinois; Betty Brandenburg, of Walker Intermediate School in Fort Knox, Ky.; and Stacy Hoeflich, from Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria, Va., discuss methods of teaching history, social engagement, and civics. Download podcast.
Sen. Tom Harkin on Preschool Legislation, Common Core
Nov. 22, 2013 | Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, discusses the "Strong Start for America's Children Act," Common Core State Standards, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the effects of John F. Kennedy's assassination on his public service career. Download podcast.
Stanford Professor Talks Financing for Public Schools
Nov. 22, 2013 | Rob Reich, associate professor of political science at Stanford University; director of the Program on Ethics in Society; and co-director of the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, discusses strategic giving, school financing and philanthropy in public education. Download podcast.
Departing Superintendent Talks Urban School Reform
Nov. 15, 2013 | Paul Vallas, departing Bridgeport, Conn., public schools superintendent, discusses urban school reform. He will run for lieutenant governor of Illinois in 2014. Writers Linda Lambeck of Connecticut Post and Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope, discuss the district leader's style, systems of change and sustainability. Download podcast.
Business Roundtable's Five 'Outstanding' K-12 Programs
Nov. 8, 2013 | Dane Linn, Business Roundtable (BRT) vice president; Nancy A. Madden, Success for All co-founder; Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center founder; and Matthew Peterson, MIND Research Institute co-founder and ST Math creator, discuss the BRT's recognition of five "outstanding" K-12 programs working to prepare students for college and the workplace. Download podcast.
Education Advocates Talk Opportunity Gap Among Children
Nov. 1, 2013 | Robert Putnam, a public policy professor at Harvard University and best-selling author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, discusses the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children. Jane Quinn, director of the National Center for Community Schools and vice president for Community Schools at the Children's Aid Society, and Tony Smith, executive director of Chicago-based W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, discuss Community Schools initiatives to address inequities around the country. Download podcast.
Educators Discuss Role of Schools for Women, Girls
Oct. 25, 2013 | Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College and former professor at Harvard Business School, discusses her new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, and reveals her No. 1 recommendation for what students, especially women, ought to learn as undergraduates. On the roundtable, Ann Rubenstein Tisch, founder, chair, and president of The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS); and Anne Adler, executive director of TYWLS, discuss the growing network of all-girls' public schools and College Bound Initiative's full-time college counselors who work in high-need single-sex and co-ed public schools. Download podcast.
Digital Education Experts on Adaptive Learning in Schools
Oct. 18, 2013 | Karen Cator, president and chief executive officer of Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Digital Promise, discusses "education's Internet moment," digital innovation in public schools, technology tools, and learning environments. On the roundtable, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, chair, president and chief executive officer of Bellevue, Wash.-based DreamBox Learning; and Brian Fitzgerald, vice president of product development at New York-based Knewton, discuss adaptive learning platforms, teacher training, student performance data, and classroom efficiency. Download podcast.
Mark Wahlberg Talks Youth Issues | Writers Discuss Shifts in Education
Oct. 11, 2013 | Actor and film producer Mark Wahlberg discusses completing his high school degree, the juvenile justice system, and the importance of role models. On the roundtable, "Edushyster" blogger and freelance journalist Jennifer Berkshire, and Baruch College professor and author Andrea Gabor discuss turnaround schools, teacher support, leadership, and some "unintended consequences" of education reform. Download podcast.
Best-Selling Author Discusses 'Smart-Kid' Countries
Oct. 4, 2013 | Time and The Atlantic contributor Amanda Ripley, who is also author of the best-selling book "The Smartest Kids in The World: And How They Got That Way," discusses teaching methods, assessments, school sports, and conclusions to be made from chronicling "smart-kid" countries like Finland, Poland, and South Korea. A student who studied in South Korea for a year, and is one of three American high school exchange students profiled in Ripley's book, joins the discussion. Download podcast.
Eli Broad on School Leadership | Broad Prize Recipient Talks Student Achievement
Sept. 27, 2013 | Eli Broad, philanthropist and creator of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership, and a national system for education. Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District and winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education, discusses improved student achievement, scholarship dollars for graduating seniors, and the need for partners in public education. Download podcast.
America Achieves Chairman on Childhood Poverty | Authors Talk Measures of Success
Sept. 20, 2013 | Jon Schnur, executive chairman of America Achieves, a nonprofit incubator for educational initiatives, discusses a survey comparing U.S. high school students to their international peers, the common core, and new census data on childhood poverty. Annie Murphy Paul, a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of the forthcoming book Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter; and Alfie Kohn, author of 12 books including Feel Bad Education, discuss the purpose of education and measures of success in school and in life. Download podcast.
Former Teachers on Why They Left Their Profession
Sept. 13, 2013 | Former teachers Dan Brown, director of Washington, D.C.-based Future Educators Association; George Stern, a student at Harvard Law School; and Kaycee Eckhardt, an education and literacy consultant to non-profit organizations including Student Achievement Partners, discuss their commitment to their students, their passion for public education, and why they decided to leave the teaching profession. Download podcast.
'TEACH' Director, Panel on Why Teachers Teach
Sept. 6, 2013 | Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim discusses what it means to be an effective teacher and talks about "TEACH," his new television special that documents four teachers throughout an academic school year. On the roundtable, teachers Derek Thomas from H.B. Plant High School, Tampa, Fla.; Dan Tobin from Rindge Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, Mass.; and Abby Morton-Garland, who teaches history in the morning and is an assistant principal in the afternoon at KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, discuss their classrooms, school leadership, and why they teach. Download podcast.
Educator, Filmmaker Discuss American Dream | Mocha Moms Talk Parent Involvement
Aug. 23, 2013 | Fifty years after the March on Washington, educator and social activist Geoffrey Canada discusses African-American males and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s unfulfilled dream. Psychiatrist and filmmaker Joe Brewster discusses black achievement and "American Promise," a documentary film he created with his partner and wife, human-rights lawyer Michèle Stephenson. Mocha Moms Cheli English-Figaro and Sheila Gardner discuss the nonprofit organization's "Occupy Schools" initiative to promote parent involvement and engagement in their children's education. Download podcast.
PTA President on Group's New Initiatives | Author Talks Overcoming Math Anxiety
Aug. 2, 2013 | Otha Thornton, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and the first black male president of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), discusses the child advocacy organization's new initiatives, leadership, and expanding membership. Author Laura Overdeck discusses overcoming math anxiety and engaging in a math-centered dialogue as part of the bedtime routine. Download podcast.
Getting Students to College and Beyond
July 26, 2013 | Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, discusses the value of a college education, especially for students from low-income families. In addition, John Barker, dean of undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts University; Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation; and Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president of higher education at Say Yes to Education, discuss efforts to improve graduation rates through comprehensive pre-K-12 supports and college scholarships for youth who might not otherwise attend and complete higher education. Download podcast.
Educators Discuss Collaborations Between Districts, Charter Schools
July 12, 2013 | Greg Richmond, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, discusses charter school quality, special education programs, and student expulsion rates. On the roundtable, Duncan Klussmann, schools superintendent for the Spring Branch Independent School District in Texas; Mike Feinberg, KIPP co-founder; and Jason Bernal, president of Houston's YES Prep, discuss the SKY Partnership and collaboration across school systems. Download podcast.
Educators on New Science Standards, Cultivating Youth Interest in STEM
July 12, 2013 | Martin Storksdieck, director for the Board of Education for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science; and science teachers Hallie Hundemer-Booth from Kentucky and Nate Macon in Washington discuss Next Generation Science Standards, the maker movement, and encouraging an interest in technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among America's youth. Download podcast.
Arne Duncan on Keys to Educational Success | Reporters Talk Policy
July 05, 2013 | Education Secretary Arne Duncan discusses early childhood education, charter schools, and reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Education reporters Joy Resmovits, Andrew Rotherham, and Education Week's own Alyson Klein, discuss NCLB waivers, common-core curriculum, and teachers' unions. Download podcast.
Educators Discuss Closing the Opportunity Gap, Summer Learning
June 28, 2013 | Gary Huggins, chief executive officer of the National Summer Learning Association; Bolgen Vargas, superintendent of New York's Rochester City School District; Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College; and Jacqueline L. Bowen, executive director of academic services for Florida's Duval County Public Schools, discuss children's cumulative loss of academic skills over the summer months and efforts to diminish the opportunity gap. Download podcast.
Experts on Teacher Training and Medical Education
June 21, 2013 | Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), discusses the advocacy organization's new "Teacher Prep Review" published by U.S. News & World Report. Lee Shulman, professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Education and past president of Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Ron Thorpe, president and chief executive officer for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, discuss teacher training programs and "The Flexner Report," which transformed medical education 100 years ago. Download podcast.
TED Speaker, Teachers Talk Creativity in Schools
June 14, 2013 | Sir Ken Robinson, educator, author, and most-viewed speaker on TED.com, discusses creativity in education, the economy, and the "oppressive culture" of standardized testing. Kate Baker, Seattle elementary school visual arts teacher, and Keith Bisaillon, Colorado Springs high school music teacher, band director, and assistant wrestling coach, discuss arts education, funding, and the creative process. Download podcast.
Experts Discuss Early Learning and Its Economic Implications
June 7, 2013 | Sara Watson of ReadyNation, a business partnership for early childhood and economic success, W. Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, Ann O'Leary of the Children & Families Program at Next Generation, and Kris Perry of the First Five Years Fund discuss the current state of preschool and President Obama's push for high-quality early education expansion. Download podcast.
Vicki Phillips, Randi Weingarten Talk Teachers, Common Core
May 31, 2013 | Vicki Phillips, director of U.S. programs in education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talk about teacher evaluation and professional development, standardized tests, and implementing Common Core State Standards. Download podcast.
Gates Foundation’s Don Shalvey on Charter Schools '2.0'
May 24, 2013 | Don Shalvey, deputy director of U.S. programs in education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founder of Aspire Public Schools and a former schools superintendent, discusses charter schools, educational equity, the "real deal" on public school funding, and finding common ground between traditional public and public charter school systems. Download podcast.
Educators on How Tablets Have Changed Our Schools
May 17, 2013 | Sara Schapiro, director of the League of Innovative Schools at Washington, D.C.-based Digital Promise; Mark Sullivan, principal of Burlington High School in Massachusetts; Michael Muir, leader of Multiple Pathways for Maine's Auburn School Department; and Linda Clark, superintendent of Idaho's Meridian Joint Schools District No. 2 discuss the use of iPads and other tablets in K-12 education. Download podcast.
Researcher Peter W. Cookson, Jr., on Ed. Equity | Writers Discuss Segregation in Schools
May 10, 2013 | 2013 Peter W. Cookson, Jr., author, sociologist and a senior fellow at Education Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, discusses equity issues and education inequality. Education writers Sarah Garland, author of "Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation" and Dana Goldstein discuss segregation, desegregation and integration. Download podcast.
2013 National Teacher of the Year | Columbine Survivor on School Safety
May 3, 2013 | 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau, who teaches science at Zillah High School in Washington state, discusses making school relevant. Elementary school art teacher Katie Lyles, who was a student at Columbine High School the day of the 1999 killings, discusses school safety, bully prevention and mental health programs. Download podcast.
Roundtable on High-Stakes Testing
April 26, 2013 | Dan Koretz, professor and director of the Education Accountability Project at Harvard University; John Merrow, PBS education correspondent; Kevin Riley, "Atlanta Journal Constitution" editor in chief; and Greg Toppo, "USA Today" national K-12 education reporter, discuss the effects and increased pressure of high-stakes testing on education, test-tampering indictments of 35 educators in Atlanta and renewed discussion about standardized test score irregularities in the District of Columbia. Download podcast.
Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim on Immigration
April 18, 2013 | Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, and filmmaker Davis Guggenheim discuss education, the economy and "The Dream is Now," an online and broadcast campaign to promote passage of immigration reform for undocumented youth who came to the United States as young children. Download podcast.
Del. Gov., Ed. Secretary on Learning Initiatives | Povidence, R.I., Mayor on Literacy Effort
April 12, 2013 | Delaware Governor Jack Markel and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy discuss just-released educator survey results, early learning, data-driven instruction, the digital divide and desegregation. Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras discusses the city's award-winning project to improve early childhood literacy. Download podcast.
Tom Kane, Teach For America's New Co-CEOs on Teachers
April 5, 2013 | Tom Kane, professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matthew Kramer, co-chief executive officers of Teach for America (TFA), discuss their careers and plans for the organization, which recruits college graduates to teach in low-income communities. Download podcast.
Roundtable on Graduation Rates, Wendy Spencer on AmeriCorps
March 28, 2013 | John Gomperts, president and chief executive officer of America's Promise Alliance, and Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center and a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, discuss increasing high school graduation rates. Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, discusses a new $15 million program to support low-performing schools' improvement plans. Download podcast.
Gates Foundation's Steve Cantrell, Teachers on 'MET' Project
March 22, 2013 | Steve Cantrell, chief research officer for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the goals and findings of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. Heather Werb and Derek Thomas, teachers at Florida's Hillsborough County public schools, discuss the three-year study, classroom observations and teacher development. Download podcast.
Arne Duncan, Paul Reville on Priorities, Early Education Teachers
March 15, 2013 | Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, discusses second term priorities. Paul Reville, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor of practice and until recently Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, discusses the correlation between socioeconomic status and educational attainment. Download podcast.
Roundtable on Implementing Common Core State Standards
March 8, 2013 | Sandra Alberti, director of State and District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners, Toni Hull, a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, and national board certified teachers Eric Grant and Heather Woods discuss implementation of Common Core Standards. Download podcast.
Sarah Carr, John Merrow, Andre Perry
on Education in New Orleans
March 1, 2013 | Sarah Carr, author of "Hope Against Hope," John Merrow, education correspondent for the Public Broadcasting Service's "NewsHour," and Andre Perry, associate director of the Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University, discuss the transformation of New Orleans public schools since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Download podcast.
Rahm Emanuel, Reporters on Chicago Schools and Violence
Feb. 22, 2013 | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz, and WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton discuss the city's struggle with violence, the role of the community, the September 2012 teachers' strike and possible school closings. Download podcast.
Center for American Progress CEO, Teachers on the President’s Emphasis on Education
Feb. 15, 2013 | Neera Tanden, president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress, discusses the organization's recent report "Investing in Our Children" and President Obama's plan for high-quality early education for all. Teachers Hannah Clements, Brooke Peters and George Stern discuss the emphasis on education in the president's State of the Union address. Download podcast.
Roundtable on Education Issues to
Watch in 2013
Feb. 8, 2013 | Education writers Dana Goldstein, Anya Kamenetz, Alyson Klein, and Andrew Rotherham, discuss federal funding for early education, rising racial and socioeconomic segregation, digital learning, school choice, teacher preparation, Common Core Standards, and "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" waivers and reauthorization. Download podcast.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on
Feb. 1, 2013 | U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses poverty, social equity and his second term priorities. Duncan says increased access to early childhood education "is the best investment we can make." Download podcast.
Football Coaches on School Sports, Character, Safety
Feb. 1, 2013 | Lou DiRienzo, New Rochelle High School coach and Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice's mentor, Jon Kitna, Tacoma, Washington's Lincoln High School graduate, coach, teacher, and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, and Jim Satterfield, a college, high school, and now flag-football coach, discuss community, adversity and gridiron safety. Download podcast.
Randi Weingarten, Teachers on School Safety,
Jan. 25, 2013 | Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, Kelly Vallianos, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher from Carson, Calif., U.S. Department of Education teacher fellows Cindy Apalinski from Linden, New Jersey and Aaron Bredenkamp of Omaha, Nebraska, discuss school safety after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut and developing a public school teacher bar exam. Download podcast.
Educators Discuss the Role of the Arts in Schools
Jan. 18, 2013 | Ayanna Hudson, director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts, Kate Baker, Seattle elementary school visual arts teacher, Keith Bisaillon, Colorado Springs high school music teacher, band director and assistant wrestling coach, and Beth Eppler, Oklahoma City elementary through high school dance teacher, discuss the arts in education. Download podcast.
School and Public Librarians on the Future of Libraries
Jan. 11, 2013 | Buffy J. Hamilton and Tricia Bengel, educators and technologists, James Collins and Tasara Redekopp, school librarians, and Jody Howard, dean of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, discuss the role of the 21st century librarian and the impact of technology on libraries and the community. Download podcast.
Paul Tough, Dave Levin, and Dominic Randolph on Teaching Character
Jan. 4, 2013 | Paul Tough, author and speaker, discusses his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. Dave Levin, co-founder and superintendent of the KIPP charter school network, and Dominic Randolph, head of Riverdale Country School, discuss the teachability of non-cognitive skills such as “zest and optimism.” The segments originally aired in 2012. Download podcast.
Mass. Secretary of Education Paul Reville |
Roundtable on Achievement Gap, Early Ed.
Dec. 14, 2012 | Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville discusses standards, assessments, accountability and the correlation between socioeconomic status and educational attainment. Early learning professionals Katherine Boyle, Takiema Bunche Smith and Anita Harvey-Dixon discuss preparing low-income children for school. Download podcast.
Chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges |
Roundtable on Tutoring
Dec. 7, 2012 | Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's community colleges, discusses the commonwealth's "rethink" on college readiness, completion and attainment. Tutoring industry executives, Arun Alagappan, Raymond Huntington, and Scott Fitzpatrick, discuss academic and test preparation strategies. Download podcast.
Education Week's Sarah D. Sparks |
Roundtable on Homeschooling
Nov. 30, 2012 | Education Week reporter Sarah D. Sparks discusses the current state and impact of homeschooling two million students in the United States. Homeschooling mothers, former teacher Holly Longino, author Jamie Martin, and "babble" blogger and designer Rachel Faucett, discuss why and how they homeschool their children. Download podcast.
Wesleyan's President Michael S. Roth |
Roundtable on Value of College
Nov. 23, 2012 | Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, discusses the value of a liberal arts education. Bloomberg News education reporters John Hechinger and Janet Lorin discuss costs and outstanding student loan debt, which is about $1 trillion. Download podcast.
Joe Williams of Democrats for Education Reform | Roundtable on Education and the Election
Nov. 16, 2012 | Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, discusses the political action committee's history. Education reporters Joy Resmovits, of the Huffington Post, Alyson Klein, of Education Week, and Scott Elliott of the Indianapolis Star, discuss education in the 2012 election campaign. Download podcast.
Mass. Principal on Proficiency |
Military Veterans on Teaching
Nov. 9, 2012 | Susan Szachowicz, retiring principal of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, discusses turning one of the state’s lowest-performing schools into one of the highest. Military veterans turned teachers, Craig Savery of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, Brian Thompson, of Cardoza High School in Washington, D.C., and Barry Smith, a Georgia Teaching Fellow and a member of Troops to Teachers program, discuss their careers in the classroom. Download podcast.
Kaplan CEO on Higher Education Market | Roundtable on Math 'Super Schools'
Oct. 26, 2012 | Andrew S. Rosen, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaplan, Inc. and author of Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy discusses the evolving college and university marketplace. Economists and co-authors Glenn Ellison and Ashley Swanson discuss findings from their Massachusetts Institute of Technology study on high schools and math talent. Download podcast.
Teachers on Identifying and Replicating Best Practices
Oct. 19, 2012 | Three New York City-based teachers on hiatus from the classroom, Michelle Healy, Brooke Peters and Todd Sutler, discuss early education, class size, charter school laws, and building a community school in Brooklyn based on their Kickstarter-funded “Odyssey Initiative.” Download podcast.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Massachusetts Education
Oct. 19, 2012 | Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick discusses school reform, Common Core Curriculum Standards, broadband infrastructure needs and the commonwealth’s high-ranking results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also known as the nation’s report card. Download podcast.
Ron Thorpe, TNTP on Teacher Quality, Effectiveness, Retention
Oct. 12, 2012 | National Board for Professional Teaching Standards President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Thorpe, a former teacher and school leader, discusses teacher certification and school culture. On the roundtable, TNTP (formerly “The New Teacher Project”) Chief Executive Officer Ariela Rozman and President Timothy Daly discuss teacher training, development and compensation. Download podcast.
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