Two Principals Debate the Common Core State Standards
Nov. 13, 2014 | Carol Burris, principal at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Jayne Ellspermann, principal at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., discuss their opposing views about the Common Core State Standards. "Honor Roll" profiles Shane’s Inspiration and its efforts to build playgrounds for children of all abilities.
Reforming Underfunded Mississippi Schools
Nov. 6, 2014 | Claiborne Barksdale, former chief executive officer of the Barksdale Reading Institute, and Nancy Loome, executive director of the Parents’ Campaign, discuss cuts in Mississippi school funding that have contributed to its low per-student spending rate—one of the lowest in the country.
Author Hobbs on The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Oct. 30, 2014 | Robert Peace was an African-American Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana. Peace was shot dead in 2011 at the age of 30. His college roommate, Jeff Hobbs, chronicled his life and death in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.
Philadelphia School Superintendent Discusses Teacher Lawsuit
Oct. 30, 2014 | Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will have to begin paying a portion of their health-insurance costs if the School Reform Commission gets its way. The issue is now in the courts. Superintendent William Hite Jr. talks about the controversy and the struggle to gain more funding for the district.
America's Promise and Target Team Up to Help High School Dropouts
Oct. 28, 2014 | Each year, 1.2 million U.S. high school students drop out. John Gomperts, president of America’s Promise, and Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target, discuss efforts to get high school dropouts back on track.
Founder of Khan Academy and Netflix CEO Commit to Education Reform
Oct. 17, 2014 | Sal Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy, an online education platform, and Reed Hastings, Netflix chief executive officer, spoke at the first annual Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Oct. 8 in San Francisco. Both men are becoming more involved in education reform.
Educators 4 Excellence Works to Give Teachers a Greater Voice
Oct. 9, 2014 | Evan Stone and Sydney Morris, co-founders and co-chief executive officers of Educators 4 Excellence, discuss their organization’s mission to give teachers a greater voice both inside and outside of the classroom. Three E4E teachers share their experiences. “Bloomberg Honor Roll” explores the history of the Golden Apple Awards.
Dan Cardinali Discusses School Absenteeism
Oct. 7, 2014 | Dan Cardinali, president of Communities in Schools, discusses efforts to decrease school absenteeism and the number of students who drop out completely. “Bloomberg Honor Roll” talks about providing school supplies for students in need.
Bloomfield, Bertram-Gallant Discuss Cheating in Schools
Oct. 2, 2014 | Tricia Bertram-Gallant, a lecturer at Rady School of Management University of California, San Diego, and David Bloomfield, professor of educational leadership, law and policy at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, comment on the cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools and reasons behind cheating.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on NFL Abuse Scandal
Sep. 25, 2014 | Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, comments on the effect of the NFL abuse scandal on young people. He also talks about keeping children in school and the possibility of a residency program for teachers. In addition, Jane Williams talks with the 2014 Broad Prize winners.
Thorpe, Tucker Discuss New Ways to Teach
Sep. 18, 2014 | Ron Thorpe, president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Mark Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy, discuss new ideas about how to train more effective teachers.
Authors Green, Goldstein on Effective Teaching
Sep. 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Green, chief executive officer of Chalkbeat and author of “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works,” talks about effective teaching. Dana Goldstein, journalist and author of “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession” puts teaching in a historical context.
Changes in College Debt and the Effects
Sep. 4, 2014 | Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Janet Lorin, Bloomberg News education reporter, discuss the changes in student debt over the last few years and how it is affecting the way families are looking at college.
College Board’s Coleman Says “Numbers Must Change”
July 25, 2014 | David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, discusses his role in the creation of the Common Core State Standards and a path toward college that extends from kindergarten to Advanced Placement exams and the SAT college admission test. Download podcast.
New Leaders on Improving Community, Teachers and Tests
July 18, 2014 | Anne Williams-Isom, the new CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, discusses community transformation through education and place-based services for vulnerable children. Lily Eskelsen García, president-elect of the National Education Association, discusses teachers, testing and the NEA’s call for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s resignation. Download podcast.
Leaders on Indian Education, Children in New Mexico
July 11, 2014 | Bureau of Indian Education Director Charles “Monty” Roessel discusses plans to advance achievement and promote tribal control in BIE-funded schools. Esther Nieves, Moises Padilla, and Theresa Pasqual of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program discuss improving outcomes for vulnerable children in New Mexico through community-based leadership and education. Download podcast.
Sandra Day O’Connor, Teachers on Civics, U.S. History
July 3, 2014 | Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court justice, discusses the need for civics education. Teachers Diana Laufenberg, Stephen Moreno and Emily Flores discuss student understanding and engagement regarding U.S. history. Download podcast.
Marc Sternberg on Education Reform, Panel on Summer Programs
June 20, 2014 | Marc Sternberg, director of the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, discusses public policy and advocacy. Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, and Julie McCalmont, of California’s Oakland Unified School District, discuss high-quality programs and community school districts serving the entire child. Download podcast.
Bob Wise on Common Core, Writers on Vergara Trial
June 20, 2014 | Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses Common Core State Standards, digital learning, and teaching as a profession. Writers discuss last week’s Vergara v. California ruling on teacher tenure and dismissal. Download podcast.
LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow, Students on College
June 13, 2014 | Actor and education advocate LeVar Burton discusses his Kickstarter campaign to fund and expand “Reading Rainbow,” a PBS children’s television series turned app. On the Roundtable, education scholars discuss academic, emotional and social supports in college readiness and completion programs. Download podcast.
Discussions on Modern Segregation, Teaching D-Day
June 6, 2014 | Investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses modern segregation of schools and rezoning of districts since Brown v. Board of Education. Educators discuss how they cover historic events like D-Day with their students. Download podcast.
Teacher of the Year, Millennials on Work-Life Balance
May 30, 2014 | Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year, discusses his career. Educators discuss a generational shift in what teachers want from the workplace including flexible hours, autonomy, and professional development. Download podcast.
Common Sense Media’s Steyer, Reporters on Data, Privacy
May 23, 2014 | James Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense Media, Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, and Benjamin Herold, staff writer for Education Week, discuss declining reading-rates among teenagers, using data well, and student privacy. Download podcast.
NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Tisch, Amplify's Larry Berger on Reshaping Education
May 16, 2014 | Merryl Tisch, chancellor of New York State Board of Regents, discusses raising standards and opportunities for students across the state. Larry Berger, president of Amplify Learning, discusses the company’s hardware and software designed to enhance the teacher’s role, student learning, and assessment. Download podcast.
Teachers Union President Weingarten to Seek Reelection
May 9, 2014 | American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten discusses teacher appreciation, respect, and dignity. She also touches on her bid for reelection in July, the roll of teachers’ unions in 2014, and her hope to "reclaim the promise of public education." Download podcast.
Fundraiser Mark Gleason, Reporters On Philadelphia Schools
May 2, 2014 | Mark Gleason, executive director of Philadelphia School Partnership, discusses his mission to raise money, invest, and expand “great schools” in the city of brotherly love. Education reporters discuss the 2001 state takeover of Philadelphia schools, budget and staff cuts, student achievement and violence. Download podcast.
Scholastic’s Margery Mayer, Teacher Leaders on Voice
April 25, 2014 | Margery Mayer, executive vice president and president of Scholastic Education, discusses a survey of 20,000 public school teachers from 50 states. Educators discuss transforming the teaching profession, education policy and “Teach to Lead,” a new teacher leadership initiative introduced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Download podcast.
School Food Directors on Nutrition, Healthy Choices
April 17, 2014 | Rachel Johnson, University of Vermont professor of nutrition and American Heart Association national spokesperson, discusses childhood obesity and elementary school “Teaching Gardens.” Food service directors discuss the combined 700,000 meals they serve each school day. Download podcast.
Reporters on New York City School Policies, Leaders
April 11, 2014 | Reporters discuss co-location of schools, pre-K, arts and after-school programs, high-stakes testing and whether or not New York City, the country’s largest school district, is reflective of the national education landscape. Download podcast.
Journalists on Raising a Son With Regressive Autism
March 28, 2014 | Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia, also a journalist, discuss the new book, "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism," and their family’s 20-year odyssey in connecting with their regressive autistic son through Disney movies. Download podcast.
Educators on Positive School Discipline Procedures
March 21, 2014 | Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education; Tisha Edwards, Baltimore City Schools interim CEO; and Robert Runcie, Broward County Public Schools superintendent, discuss “zero tolerance” punishment for non-violent behavior, racial disparities in school discipline, and creating a positive school climate. Download podcast.
Jim Simons on Math for America | Teachers on Common Cores
March 14, 2014 | James H. Simons, chairman of the Simons Foundation and board chairman of Renaissance Technologies, discusses Math for America and K-12 mathematics teacher training and support. Teachers discuss math content, critical thinking and the Common Core State Standards. Download podcast.
Educational Consultant Charlotte Danielson on Teacher Evaluation | Writers on Common Core
March 7, 2014 | Educational consultant Charlotte Danielson discusses her framework for good teaching, staff development, mentoring, and coaching. Education reporters discuss the Common Core State Standards debate. Download podcast.
Justin and Lauran Tuck on College Savings, Literacy
Feb. 28, 2014 | New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and his wife, Lauran Tuck, an education advocate, discuss college savings for low-income students, summer learning loss, and "Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy." David Anderson, executive vice president of Working in Support of Education; Lennette Coleman, principal of Chicago’s Ariel Community Academy; and Catherine McRoy-Mendell, a New York City social studies and economics teacher, discuss K-12 financial education. Download podcast.
Researchers on Opportunity Gap, Student Inputs, Outputs
Feb. 21, 2014 | Jessica Donze Black, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, discusses free and reduced school lunches. Professors Prudence Carter and Sean Reardon of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, and Kevin G. Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, discuss disparities in children’s school performance, causes, and possible solutions. Download podcast.
Deborah Ball On Training Teachers | New School Founders Odyssey
Feb. 14, 2014 | Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education, discusses teachers’ professional training and experience. Co-founders of the Brooklyn Compass Charter School discuss inquiry-based learning, community outreach, and co-location. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, discusses stepping down. Download podcast.
Geoffrey Canada on Mayoral Control Of Schools
Feb. 7, 2014 | Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children's Zone fame discusses New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the debate over charter and traditional public schools, and universal early childhood education. Download podcast.
Arne Duncan: Preschool Is 'Ultimate Bipartisan Issue'
Feb. 7, 2014 | U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses parent-teacher and community partnerships, Common Core State Standards, high-speed Internet service for schools and libraries, and a coalition to expand quality early childhood education. "If Congress wants to become less dysfunctional and more functional, there's no better place than around education," Duncan said. Download podcast.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Science Teachers Discuss Exploration and Discovery
Jan. 31, 2014 | Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the international space station and author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, discusses interacting with students on Earth and lessons learned in space. Several high school teachers discuss "doing science" and project-based learning. Download podcast.
Ed-Tech Leaders Talk Connectivity in Schools
Jan. 24, 2014 | Evan Marwell, chief executive officer and co-founder of Education SuperHighway, and Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Education Department, discuss digital learning, e-rate, and high-speed Internet access in public schools. Elizabeth Clay Roy, chief strategy officer at Phipps Community Development Corporation, discusses educational and work-readiness programs for children and families. Download podcast.
Reporters Discuss Education Issues to Watch
Jan. 17, 2014 | Education writers Philissa Cramer, John Hechinger, Alyson Klein, and Joy Resmovits discuss the common-core controversy, teacher evaluations, Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers, and several other top education issues for the coming year. Download podcast.
Weingarten on Education in 2014, Roundtable on Teacher Networks
Jan. 10, 2014 | Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses her education outlook for 2014, the Common Core State Standards, and the power of Twitter. On the roundtable, Eric Westendorf, chief executive officer and co-founder of LearnZillion; Pat Wasley, chief executive officer of the Teaching Channel; and Kevyn Klein, customer support manager for Edmodo, discuss web-based networks for teachers. Download podcast.
Psychologist, Pediatricians Discuss the Importance of Focus
Dec. 19, 2013 | Daniel Goleman, psychologist, former New York Times science writer, and best-selling author discusses his newest publication Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Pediatricians Perri Klass and Mark Bertin discuss identifying and treating ADHD in children. Download podcast.
Media Expert, Harvard Professor Discuss 'The App Generation'
Dec. 13, 2013 | James Steyer, chief operating officer and founder, Common Sense Media, and Howard Gardner, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, discuss how media and technology are affecting children's cognitive, social, and emotional development. Download podcast.
Researcher on Economics of Education | Teachers Discuss DonorsChoose.org
Dec. 6, 2013 | Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and senior research affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education discusses public school funding. Charles Best, founder and chief executive officer of DonorsChoose.org, is joined by two science teachers to discuss matching donors with teachers' classroom needs. Download podcast.
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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