Q&A

These Q&As feature some of the field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners talking about important education issues
John Urschel
Former professional football player John Urschel, the author of the New York Times bestseller <i>Mind and Matter:  A Life in Math and Football</i>, is making it his mission to encourage more students of color to enter STEM fields.
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Future of Work Q&A How to Get More Students of Color Into STEM: Tackle Bias, Expand Resources
Mathematician and former National Football League player John Urschel on what it will take to see more students of color in STEM careers.

Kevin Bushweller, March 2, 2021
5 min read
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
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Teaching Profession Q&A Nation's Top Teachers Discuss the Post-Pandemic Future of the Profession
Despite the difficulties this school year brought, the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award say they're hopeful.
Sarah Schwartz, February 25, 2021
11 min read
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Federal Q&A To Help Traumatized Students This Summer, Let Them Play, Sen. Chris Murphy Says in Q&A
A member of the Senate education committee, Murphy also discussed new CDC guidance and student testing in an Education Week interview.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 17, 2021
8 min read
Rep. Jahana Hayes , D-Conn., addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn., on May 14, 2018.
Rep. Jahana Hayes , D-Conn., addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn., on May 14, 2018.
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Federal Q&A Q&A: Rep. Jahana Hayes on Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories and the COVID-19 Aid Schools Need
Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, also discussed the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and how talking with students "refills my cup."
Andrew Ujifusa, January 29, 2021
11 min read
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., does a television news interview outside the Capitol on June 25, 2020.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
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Federal Q&A Chairman of House Ed. Committee on COVID-19 Aid: 'We Need More Money'
The House education committee's chairman says schools still need more federal relief, but must administer tests to see where students are.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 29, 2020
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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington.
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Federal Q&A Q&A: Sen. Patty Murray on the Next Education Secretary, COVID-19 Relief, and ESSA
The Washington senator is the top Democrat on the education committee and poised to be chairwoman if her party takes Senate control.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2020
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Professional Development Q&A How to Bring 'Surprise and Delight' to Virtual Teacher Training During COVID-19
Dyane Smokorowski wants people who run PD sessions to make them so engaging that educators get FOMO if they don't sign up.
Alyson Klein, November 18, 2020
8 min read
Teaching Q&A Q&A With an Ed-Tech Expert: Don't Focus on the Tools
In an interview, Justin Bathon, an expert in how technology and education intersect, described the critical missteps schools and leaders make in implementing technology.
Sasha Jones, October 3, 2018
7 min read
Teacher Preparation Q&A Inching Toward Relicensure, One 'Microcredential' at a Time
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 6, 2017
3 min read
Education Q&A How Teacher-Prep Programs Can Embrace Social-Emotional Learning
Nancy Markowitz, founder of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child, discusses how she helps preservice teachers apply a social-emotional lens to all aspects of their work in the classroom.
Kate Stoltzfus, June 7, 2017
8 min read
Lucy Calkins
Lucy Calkins
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Reading & Literacy Q&A Remodeling the Workshop: Lucy Calkins on Writing Instruction Today
One of the originators of the workshop model discusses the challenges facing writing teachers today and how her own methods have evolved to adapt to new expectations.
Anthony Rebora, June 20, 2016
12 min read
Professional Development Q&A Author: To Reach Struggling Students, Schools Need to Be More 'Trauma-Sensitive'
In her new book, school consultant and former teacher Susan E. Craig argues that teachers need to have a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and adverse circumstances on learning and what they can do help struggling students regain their academic ability.
Elisha McNeil, February 17, 2016
10 min read
David H. Rose
David H. Rose
Special Education Q&A Learning by Universal Design
Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
Anthony Rebora, June 18, 2014
10 min read
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Standards Q&A The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
Anthony Rebora, March 5, 2014
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