Launched in January 2011 by Bloomberg Radio, “Bloomberg EDU,” is the only national radio program devoted solely to covering education in America. Hosted by education advocate and journalist Jane Stoddard Williams, “Bloomberg EDU” explores the intersection of public policy, philanthropy and public and private sector investment in the national education debate through lively discussion with high-profile guests.
Recent guests on the program have included U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Delaware Governor Jack Markell; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; Founder and CEO of Teach for America Wendy Kopp; President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten; Authors Alex Kotlowitz and Paul Tough; Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, former Archbishop of New York; Davis Guggenheim, director of the documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman”; Geoffrey Canada, the founder and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone; Margaret Spellings, former Education Secretary under President George W. Bush; Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association; Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy; Joel Klein, former NYC Public Schools Chancellor; John Deasy, Superintendent of the LA Unified School District; and Vicki Phillips of the Gates Foundation.
“Bloomberg EDU” airs Friday evenings 10pm; Saturdays 5am, 11am, 8pm; Sundays 12am, 7pm/ET
Bloomberg Radio can be found on WBBR 1130 AM in the New York metro area, WXKS 1200AM/94.5FM-HD2 Boston, XM Channel 129, SiriusXM Channel130 and via live webstream at http://www.bloomberg.com/radio/.
May 17, 2013 – Educators Discuss the Use of Tablets in K-12 Education Listen here 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.
May 10, 2013 – Researcher Peter W. Cookson, Jr., on Ed. Equity | Writers Discuss Segregation in Schools Listen here 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, a staff writer at The Hechinger Report and author of “Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation” and Dana Goldstein, a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Puffin fellow at The Nation Institute, discuss segregation, desegregation and integration. Read more by Sarah on gifted programs here and by Dana on bussing here.
May 3, 2013 – 2013 National Teacher of the Year | Columbine Survivor on School Safety Listen here 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.
April 26, 2013 – Professor Dan Koretz, Reporters Roundtable on High Stakes Testing Listen here
Dan Koretz, professor and director of the Education Accountability Project at Harvard University, John Merrow, PBS NewsHour education correspondent and president of Learning Matters, an independent production company, 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.
April 26, 2013 - Michelle Rhee Discusses Possible Test Score Tampering Listen here
In a show that originally aired April 1 – 3, 2011, Michelle Rhee, former Washington, D.C. public schools chancellor, discusses allegations of standardized test cheating while she ran the district’s schools. She defends student testing as an integral component of teacher evaluation. This is a reposting of the conversation that took place in 2011.
April 18, 2013 - Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim on U.S. Immigration Reform Listen here
Laurene Powell Jobs, founder of 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.
April 12, 2013 - Del. Gov. & Ed. Secretary on Learning Initiatives, Providence, R.I. Mayor on Literacy Effort Listen here Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy discuss just-released educator survey results, early learning, data-driven instruction, the digital divide and desegregation. Delaware was one of only two states (Tennessee was the other) to receive first-round fundingin the federal Race to the Top grant program. We hear about the state’s progress implementing plans. Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras discusses the city’s award-winning project, Providence Talks, to improve early childhood literacy.
April 5, 2013 – Tom Kane, Teach For America’s New Co-CEOs on Teachers | Listen Here |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. To kick off and prepare themselves for their new jobs, they are leading a listening tour across the United States. Jane finds out what they’ve learned to date.
March 28, 2013 – John Gomperts, Bob Balfanz on Graduation Rates, Wendy Spencer on Americorps Listen here 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 the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University, discuss increasing high school graduation rates and findings from the 2013 “Building a Grad Nation” report. Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, discusses a new $15 million U.S. Department of Education partnership program to support low-performing schools’ improvement plans.
March 22, 2013 – Gates Foundation’s Cantrell, Teachers on Measures of Effective Teaching Listen here 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.
March 15, 2013 – Arne Duncan, Reville on Priorities and Early Education Teachers Listen here
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. This is an update to shows that originally aired in February 2013 and December 2012.
March 8, 2013 – Sandra Alberti, Teachers Roundtable on Implementing the Common Core Listen here
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 State Standards in Math and English Language Arts.
March 1, 2013 – Sarah Carr, John Merrow, Andre Perry on New Orleans and Beyond Listen here
Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope, John Merrow, education correspondent for the Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour” and producer of forthcoming documentary, Rebirth: New Orleans, 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, school choice and the decentralization of public school districts.”The days of a single board running 100 or 200 schools are over, says Dr. Perry.
February 22, 2013 – Rahm Emanuel, Roundtable on Violence and Chicago Schools Listen here
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz, and WBEZeducation reporter Linda Lutton discuss the city’s struggle with violence, the role of the community, the September 2012 teachers’ strike and possible school closings.
February 15, 2013 – Neera Tanden, Teachers on Emphasis on Education Investing in Our Children,” and President Obama’s plan for high-quality early education for all. Teachers Hannah Clements of Kramer Middle School in Washington, D.C., Brooke Peters, who is traveling around the country and visiting schools via the Odyssey Initiative, and George Stern of Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, CO, discuss the emphasis on education in the president’s State of the Union address.
February 8, 2013 – Roundtable on Education Issues to Watch in 2013 Listen here
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 evaluation, Common Core Standards, and “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” waivers and reauthorization.
February 1, 2013 – Football Coaches on School Sports, Character Development and Safety Listen here
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.
February 1, 2013 – Education Secretary Arne Duncan Worries About Inequity Listen here
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses poverty, social equity, Race to the Top funding and his second term priorities. Duncan says increased access to early childhood education “is the best investment we can make.” Last month, The Huffington Post reported the White House is considering a major expansion of early childhood education.
January 25, 2013 – Teachers on School Safety, Bar Exam Listen here
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, Kelly Vallianos, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher from Dominguez Elementary School in Carson, Calif., U.S. Department of Education Teaching Fellow Ambassadors Cindy Apalinski based in Washington, D.C. on leave from her district in Linden, New Jersey and Aaron Bredenkamp of Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska, discuss school safety after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut and developing a public school teacher bar exam.
January 18, 2013 -Educators Discuss the Role of the Arts in Schools Listen here
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.
January 11, 2013 – School and Public Librarians on the Future of Libraries Listen here
Cleveland’s Buffy J. Hamilton and Nashville’s Tricia Bengel, educators and technologists, James Collins, district librarian, Soledad Unified School District, and Tasara Redekopp, librarian, Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., 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. The segments were recorded on November 27 and 28, 2012.
January 4, 2013 – Paul Tough, Dave Levin, Dominic Randolph on Character, Grit Listen here
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.
December 14, 2012 – Paul Reville, Roundtable on Achievement Gap, Early Education Listen here
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville discusses standards, assessments, accountability and the correlation between socioeconomic status and educational attainment. Early learning professionals Katherine Boyle of Acelero Learning, Takiema Bunche Smith of Brooklyn Kindergarten Society and Anita Harvey-Dixon of Educare Learning Network discuss preparing low-income children for school.
“The battle to close the achievement gap may be all over before kindergarten and K-12 schooling even begin,” says Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville.
“The only way to get to equity in this society,” says Reville, “is by having high expectations of our educational system, and those surrounding systems that support them, and of our teachers and our students.
“We sometimes, however, get lost in more abstract conversations about the standards and don’t spend enough time on the strategy,” says Reville.
December 7, 2012 – DuBois on Community Colleges, Roundtable on Tutoring Listen here
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s community colleges, discusses the commonwealth’s “rethink” on college readiness, completion and attainment. Tutoring industry executives, Arun Alagappan, president of Advantage Testing, Raymond Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, and Scott Kirkpatrick, president of The Princeton Review, discuss academic and test preparation strategies.
November 30, 2012 – Education Week’s Sparks, Roundtable on Homeschooling Listen here
Education Week reporter Sarah D. Sparks discusses the current state and impact of homeschooling in the United States. More than two million students were homeschooled in 2010. That’s more than double what it was in 1999, says Sparks. Homeschooling parents, author Jamie Martin, former teacher Holly Longino and designer/ “babble” blogger Rachel Faucett, discuss why and how they homeschool their children.
November 23, 2012 – Wesleyan’s President Roth, Roundtable on Value of Higher Education Listen here
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.
November 16, 2012 – DFER’s Joe Williams, Roundtable on Education and the Election Listen here
Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, discusses the political action committee’s history and mission. 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.
November 9, 2012 – Brockton Principal on Proficiency, Veterans on Teaching Listen here
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.
October 26, 2012 – Kaplan CEO on Higher Education Marketplace, Roundtable on Math “Super Schools”
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.
“…among demographically similar schools, some schools are far outperforming others. For example, Naperville, Ill., home of the Illinois Math[ematics] and Science Academy, has 46 high scorers while Northbrook, Ill., a really similar area on observable categories [race, income, parental education], has only five.” – Ashley Swanson
October 19, 2012 – Teachers on Identifying and Replicating Best Practices Audio
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.”
October 19, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick on Massachusetts Top Spot in Education Audio
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 asthe nation’s report card.
October 12, 2012 – Ron Thorpe, TNTP on Teacher Quality, Effectiveness, Retention Audio
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.
“We have just under 100,000 [board certified teachers] right now which, on the one hand, sounds like a very big number,” says Thorpe. “But if you look at the whole teaching force it’s less than three percent.”
On the roundtable, TNTP (formerly “The New Teacher Project”) Chief Executive Officer Ariela Rozman and President Timothy Daly discuss teacher training, development and compensation. In 2009, TNTP published “The Widget Effect,” a report that likened teachers to interchangeable parts rather than professionals. More recently, TNTP documented “The Irreplaceables,” citing both “a failure to retain enough teachers, but a failure to retain the right teachers.” What does this mean? Listen here to find out.
October 5, 2012 – Alex Kotlowitz, Roundtable on Poverty, Teachers, School Reform Audio
Alex Kotlowitz, an author and a producer of the documentary “The Interrupters,” discusses poverty, particularly among children, and school reform. Rick Hess, education policy studies director at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dana Goldstein, a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Puffin fellow at The Nation Institute and a journalist for “The Atlantic” and other publications, discuss Chicago’s teachers’ strike and Common Core State Standards.
N.B. In February 2012, “FRONTLINE” presented the television premiere of “The Interrupters.” You can read more and download the film here at no cost.
September 28, 2012 – Union Leaders on Campaign Funding, Teachers Strike Audio
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, discuss presidential politics, campaign financing, the Chicago teachers’ strike, common core state standards, and community engagement.
September 28, 2012 – Phil Handy Discusses Romney’s Education Agenda Audio
Phil Handy, co-chairman of the Education Policy Committee for the Romney campaign; former chairman, Florida State Board of Education, and chief executive officer of Strategic Industries Inc., discusses Mitt Romney’s positions on school choice, Title I funding allocation, the Dream Act, and Common Core State Standards.
September 14, 2012 – Paul E. Peterson on School Vouchers, Roundtable on Politics Audio
Paul E. Peterson, professor and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, discusses school choice and the impact of vouchers on college enrollment. On the second part of the program, Dana Goldstein of “The Nation,” and Rick Hess, Education Policy Studies director at the American Enterprise Institute, discuss the platforms of the presidential nominating campaigns, “Won’t Back Down,” the forthcoming fictional movie based on California’s parent trigger law, and the Chicago Teacher’s strike.
September 7, 2012 – Author Paul Tough on Character, Roundtable on Summer Learning Audio
Paul Tough, author and broadcaster, discusses his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. “Character is definitely a touchy word,” says Tough. It means different things to different people. What I and some of the characters in the book are trying to reclaim that word and give it a different spin.” On the second part of the program, alumni of summer enrichment programs discuss working for the same organizations where they spent their summers as children. Jane talks with Ja’Daiza Johnson of Horizons at Harley, Justina Sharrock of Harlem RBI, and Terrence Riley of Aim High. Full disclosure: Jane currently serves as Board Chair of Horizons National, a non-profit educational organization serving low-income students around the country.
August 31, 2012 – David Coleman, Teachers on Common Core State Standards Audio
David Coleman, a creator of the common core curriculum, who will become the next president of the College Board in October, discusses math and literacy standards being adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia. “For the first time, teachers and kids are going to be able to focus their work on what really matters most. To get them ready for college and career, says Coleman.” Teachers Kaycee Eckhardt, of New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy (Sci Academy), and Michele Honeycutt of East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Kentucky, discuss piloting the curriculum in their classrooms.
August 24, 2012 – Janet Lorin and Rohit Chopra on Student Debt, ‘Subprime Style’ Lending Audio
Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Janet Lorin, Bloomberg News higher education reporter, discuss student loan debt and implications for federal agencies and the economy. “Regulators and agencies and the Fed may have a role to play to ensure that the market is working well and is liquid and that risk really reflects a price appropriately,” said Chopra. Last month the CFPB and the U.S. Department of Education released a report that described the boom and bust of the private student loan market in the past ten years.
August 24, 2012 – Arne Duncan on Curriculum, Teacher Tenure, Student Debt, Politics Audio
Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, discusses the Common Core State Standards Initiative, student debt, teacher tenure, school choice, waivers and his plans after the presidential election. “We have a tough campaign ahead of us,” said Duncan. “And I serve at the president’s pleasure. But I’m in this for the long haul.”
August 17, 2012 – Legal Scholars Discuss Equity in Education, Deferred Action + Immigrant Youth Audio
Michael Rebell, executive director, Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, discusses education access throughout the United States. Law professors, Alina Das of the New York University Law School and Michael A. Olivas of the University of Houston, discuss President Obama’s executive order to defer deportation of immigrants brought to the United States as children.
August 10, 2012 – New Teachers Talk About Their First Year in Classroom Audio
George Stern, a Teach for America (TFA) corps member and math teacher at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, CO, Adam Wolf, a New Teacher Center mentored 8th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Goethe Elementary School, Chicago, Il., Stephanie Simms, a 4th grade teacher at Twinbrook Elementary School in Rockville, MD, and TFA corps member Hannah Clements, a 7th grade math teacher at Kramer Middle School, Washington, D.C., discuss their training, ongoing support, collaboration, challenges, rewards and lessons learned as first year public school teachers.
August 3, 2012 – Rookie Teachers Discuss Their First Year in Classroom Audio
Victoria Mendoza, of KIPP Aspire Academy in San Antonio, Texas, Ashley Mirabile, of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, and Dan Tobin, of The Peabody School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, talk about their first and final days as new teachers…and we find out who will return to the classroom for year two.
July 27, 2012 – White House Chef Sam Kass on Wellness, Mike Lupica on Sports Audio
Sam Kass, assistant chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives at the White House, discusses first lady Michelle Obama’s trip to the 2012 Olympics and the “Let’s Move!” fitness and nutrition campaign. Mike Lupica, columnist, commentator and author, discusses team sports, children, parents and coaches.
July 20, 2012 – Jonathan Rothwell on School Zoning, Roundtable on Politics Audio
Jonathan Rothwell, senior research analyst in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, discusses housing costs, school zoning and student performance. Rick Hess, Education Policy Studies director, American Enterprise Institute, and Dana Goldstein of “The Nation,” discuss presidential politics.
July 13, 2012 – Ben Levin, Sean Cavanagh, Amanda Ripley on Canada’s Education System Audio
Ben Levin, Ontario’s former deputy minister of education and a University of Toronto professor of education leadership and policy, Sean Cavanagh, assistant editor for “Education Week,” and Amanda Ripley, journalist and author, discuss education equity, system-wide reforms, funding across Canada’s school districts and what the United States might learn from our neighbors to the North.
July 6, 2012 – John Danner on Rocketship, Jill Barshay & Greg Toppo on Technology Audio
John Danner, chief executive officer and co-founder of Rocketship Education, a growing network of K-5 charter schools, discusses individualized learning and teacher talent. Jill Barshay, contributing editor for The Hechinger Report, and Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national K-12 education reporter, discuss education technology and games.
June 29, 2012 – Roundtables on Teaching American History Audio
June 22, 2012 – Greenberger, Robelen, Brennan on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX Audio
Marcia Greenberger, founder and co- president of the National Women’s Law Center, Erik Robelen, assistant editor and reporter for “Education Week” and Christine Brennan, “USA Today” sports columnist and author, discuss the history, impact and 40th anniversary of Title IX, the 1972 law that sets out to ensure gender-equity in federal funding.
June 15, 2012 – Henry Winkler on Learning Challenges, Susan Cain on Introverts Audio
Henry Winkler, actor and author, discusses being diagnosed with dyslexia at age 31 and his books about a successful underachiever and a new series, Ghost Buddy, about bullying and being responsible to one another. “How poorly you do in school has nothing to do with your brilliance,” says Winkler who thought he was “stupid…I covered all my embarrassment with humor.” On pursuing his dream, “you have to pursue it, and tenacity, stick to-it-tiveness,” he says, “will get you to where you want to go and gratitude will not allow you to be angry along the way.” Susan Cain, a former lawyer, discusses temperament, technology, social stimulation and her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”
June 8, 2012 – Teachers on Their First Year, Martinez on “Soft Skills” Audio
First year teachers, Hannah Clements, Adam Wolf and Stephanie Simms, discuss 12-hour workdays, collaboration and reflect on lessons learned. Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, discusses a curriculum to teach students “skills to pay the bills.”
June 1, 2012 – John White on Education Reform, George Stern on Teaching Audio
John White, superintendent of Louisiana’s Department of Education, discusses charter schools, vouchers, teacher empowerment and the state’s new “parent trigger” law. George Stern, a rookie math teacher at Harrison High School and Teach for America corps member in Colorado Springs, Colorado, discusses student successes, failures and teacher mentorship.
May 25, 2012 – James Steyer on Digital Media & Kids; Teachers First Year in Review Audio
James Steyer, chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco-based Common Sense Media, discusses raising children with age-appropriate technology and his book “Talking Back to Facebook.” Rookie teachers, Victoria Mendoza, an 8th grade writing teacher at KIPP Aspire Academy in San Antonio, Texas, Ashley Mirabile, a writing teacher and 2011 graduate of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, and Dan Tobin, a 6th grade language arts teacher at The Peabody School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, return to the program to discuss long hours, support from colleagues, and lessons learned in their first year. Audio from the teachers September 2011 Roundtable follows New Teacher Center Ellen Moir here. In at 14:07 minutes.
May 18, 2012 – School Counselors on Student Well-Being, Rothman on College Audio
Nicole Pfleger, an elementary school counselor and the 2012 National School Counselor of the Year, John Kelly, a high school and clinical psychologist, and Kelly Vaillancourt, director of government relations at the National Association of School Psychologists, discuss students’ social, emotional and mental health needs. J.D. Rothman talks about her book, “The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College.”
May 11, 2012 – Roundtable Discussion on “Making Teaching a Profession” Audio
Mari Koerner, professor and dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, Marc Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy and author of the 1986 Carnegie Report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, discuss improving teacher training and pay.
“We have to believe change is possible.” ~ Mari Koerner
“The question is whether we are prepared to pay for them [quality teachers], train them well and create the conditions under which they can do the work we want them to do.” ~ Marc Tucker
“There’s something very special about teaching. We should celebrate that.” ~ Randi Weingarten
May 4, 2012 – Kate Walsh on Ranking Education Schools, Teachers on Testing Audio
Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, discusses “U.S. News & World Report” rankings of education schools to be publiished in 2013. First-year teachers Stephanie Simms, who teaches 4th grade at Twinbrook Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland, and Benjamin Bauer, who teaches 7th grade English Language Arts at KIPP:Tulsa in Oklahoma, talk about student preparation for standardized tests and teacher evaluation based on scores.
April 27, 2012 – Anna Quindlen on Parenting, Rebecca Mieliwocki on Teacher of Year Audio
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anna Quindlen discusses reading, writing, parenting and her new memoir, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.” Monica Bertran, of Bloomberg News, and 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, from Burbank, California, discuss teaching, collaborating and winning the award.
April 20, 2012 – Roundtable on Brain Development, Bill Nye on Science Audio
Sandra Aamodt, former editor in chief of “Nature Neuroscience” and Sam Wang, associate professor at Princeton University, co-authors of “Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows From Conception to College,” discuss brain development and kindergarten readiness. Bill Nye “the Science Guy” discusses science pedagogy.
April 13, 2012 – Geoffrey Canada on Martin Case, Roundtable on Poverty, Education Outcomes Audio
Harlem Children’s Zone President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Canada discusses college admissions, student debt and lessons learned from the Trayvon Martin case. “I don’t agree, that you know, black kids shouldn’t wear hoodies,” says Canada. “I don’t agree with that. I do agree that black kids better understand that they could be perceived in certain ways when they have that hoodie on and they should understand that and be able to adjust their behavior accordingly.”
Helen F. Ladd, a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, and Edward B. Fiske, founder and editor of the Fiske Guide to Colleges and former education editor at The New York Times, discuss the correlation between family socioeconomics and academic achievement. In December 2011, Ladd and Fiske wrote an op-ed, “Class Matters. Why Wont We Admit It?” based on research by Stanford University’s Sean Reardon.
April 5, 2012 – Barnett, Killins, Grafwallner Discuss Early Education Audio
Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Sherri Killins, Massachussetts commissioner of early education, and Rolf Grafwallner, Maryland’s assistant state superintendent for early childhood development, discuss preschool education. They talk in anticipation of NIEER April 10 release of the 2011 State of Preschool Yearbook. The report outlines states’ efforts to deliver high-quality preschool education to children most in need and presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2010-2011 school year, including rankings of all 50 states on quality standards, funding and access to state preschool programs since 2001.
March 30, 2012 – College Admissions Officers Discuss Cost, Aid, Debt Audio
Janet Lorin, Bloomberg News higher education reporter, discusses the cost of college and U.S. student-loan debt. Undergraduate deans of admissions, Charles Deacon of Georgetown University and Gary L. Ross of Colgate University, discuss this year’s applicant pool and the “value” of higher education. Deacon and Ross estimate the per-year cost of tuition plus fees, room and board at their respective universities could exceed $60,000 in 2013.
March 23, 2012 – Education Leaders Discuss Teacher Training, Development Audio
Angelo Gavrielatos of the Australian Education Union, Haldis Holst of the Norwegian Teachers Union, Paul Taillefer of the Canadian Teachers Federation, Fred van Leeuwen of Education International, and Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association, compare education around the world. Leaders gathered in New York City last week for the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession, organized by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), teachers’ unions, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Asia Society and WNET.
March 16, 2012 – D.C. Chancellor Henderson, Teachers Discuss Evaluation Audio
Kaya Henderson, Washington D.C. schools chancellor, and public school teachers Eira McDaniel of Niles High School, James Boutin of the Academy for Citizenship and Empowerment in the Highline School District of SeaTac, Washington and Hannah Clements of Kramer Middle School in Washington, D.C., discuss development, support and evaluation based on student performance.
March 9, 2012 – Loveless, Ripley Compare Education Around the World Audio
Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education, and Amanda Ripley, a journalist and author, discuss student test scores and teacher preparation around the world.
March 2, 2012 – Ted Mitchell, Entrepreneurs Discuss Education Startups Audio
Ted Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund, discusses venture philanthropy. Zach Sims, a college dropout and co-founder of Codecademy and Daniel Yoo, a former special education teacher and co-founder of Goalbook, discuss launching for-profit education innovations. In late 2011, Codecademy raised $2.5M in funding from Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, CrunchFund, and others. More recently, Goalbook announced early stage funding from NewSchools Venture Fund’s new Education Technology Seed Fund.
February 24, 2012 – Sarah Carr, NOLA Principals on District and Charter Schools Audio
Sarah Carr, education writer, “New Orleans Times-Picayune” reporter and former Spencer fellow, discusses charter schools. Cheryllyn Branche, principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, and Sharon Clark, director of Sophie B. Wright Charter School, discuss public education in New Orleans where 80 percent of the students attend charter schools, up from less than 5 percent before Katrina.
February 17, 2012 – Duncan, Bennet, Reporters on ‘No Child’ Law Waivers Audio
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, The Hechinger Report‘s Sarah Garland, and Bloomberg News reporter John Hechinger discuss the federal government’s decision to exempt states from the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) law. “This waiver is allowing us…to use an entirely different system for judging the performance of our schools, the performance of our teachers, and of our kids,” says Bennet. “We are very happy to be out from under the pieces of the law that just don’t make sense.”
Note: Since this segment was recorded on February 14, New Mexico became the 11th state to receive an NCLB exemption.
February 10, 2012 – Roundtable on Career and Technical Education Audio
Melinda Karp, a researcher at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, Julie Reis, a biotechnology teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco and Michael Werner, a manufacturing instructor at Granite Falls High School in Washington State, discuss applied skills courses in high school and college, and career-readiness.
February 10, 2012 – Fitzgerald on Schools for Military Dependents Audio
Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), discusses schools for military dependents. DoDEA coordinates and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for approximately 87,000 students in the U.S. and overseas.
February 3, 2012 – Immelt, Hawkins, Johnson on STEM Education, Skills Audio
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chief executive officer of General Electric Co. and chair of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, discusses graduating more engineers. Wendy Hawkins, executive director Intel Foundation, the sponsor of the the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Maggie Johnson, Google’s director of education and a Google Science Fair judge, discuss developing and rewarding 21st century scientific talent.
January 30, 2012 – Richard Barth and Dave Levin Discuss KIPP School Network Audio
January 20, 2012 – Roundtable on Education Reform in an Election Year Audio
Jonathan Kaufman, education editor at Bloomberg News, Dana Goldstein of “The Nation,” Alyson Klein of “Education Week,” and Alexander Russo of “This Week in Education,” discuss policy changes and challenges one year after President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address. How much has changed since the President’s plea for flexibility and a focus on what is best for children? They talk with Jane Williams on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg EDU.”
January 13, 2012 – NEA’s Van Roekel on Teacher Evaluations, Polarization Audio
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, discusses professional accountability tied to federal “Race to the Top” funding and the “polarized policy climate” after Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an education professor, and her son, Matt Damon, refused an NEA award.
January 13, 2011 – Levin, Randolph Discuss ‘Character Education’ Audio
Dave Levin, co-founder of the KIPP charter school network, and Dominic Randolph, head of Riverdale Country School, discuss character education. Levin says traits like “zest, grit, optimism and curiosity” are teachable skills and as important to life outcomes as reading and math.
January 6, 2012 – Panel Discusses Teacher Demographics, Training Audio
C. Emily Feistritzer of the National Center for Education Information, Michael Lach of the University of Chicago and Talia Milgrom-Elcott of the Carnegie Corporation of New York discuss Corporation of New York discuss shifting teacher demographics and a plan to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in ten years.
December 16, 2011 – Bello, Olivas, Hauser on Immigration Laws, Youth Audio
Kemi Bello, an American-educated, undocumented immigrant from Nigeria, Michael A. Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston and “No Undocumented Child Left Behind” author, and Brooke Hauser, “The New Kids” author, discuss the DREAM Act, “coming out,” and education options for immigrant youth.
December 9, 2011 – Stern, Mills on Teaching, Testing, College Admissions Audio
George Stern, a first year Teach for America corps member in Colorado Springs, Colorado, talks about classroom management, teacher effectiveness and performance pay. Nicolaus Mills, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, discusses cheating on college admissions tests.
December 2, 2011 – Davidson, Roundtable on Shifting Focus, Technology Audio
Cathy N. Davidson, a Duke University professor and author of “Now You See It,” discusses digital age learning and attention. Greg Green, a high school principal in Michigan, Wendy and Stacey Roshan, mother and daughter math teachers in Virginia and Maryland, discuss the “flipped classroom.”
November 28, 2011 – Researchers, Nonprofit Leaders Discuss School Absences Audio
Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center, Hedy Nai-Lin Chang of Attendance Works, Marie Groark of the Get Schooled Foundation and Heidi Stevens of Schools Every Day, discuss chronic absences among early learners, its impact on school communities, and high school graduation rates.
November 18, 2011 – Arne Duncan on Penn State, ‘No Child,’ Tilson on Reform Audio
Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, discusses the Penn State child abuse scandal, the federal government’s role in education and “No Child Left Behind” waivers. Whitney Tilson, founder and managing partner of T2 partners and Tilson Mutual Funds, discusses education reform.
November 14, 2011 – Rieckhoff on Veterans, Roundtable on Character Audio
Paul Rieckhoff, director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America discusses the GI Bill. U.S. Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs (Ret.), Heather Kensill, a project facilitator, and Jay Badams, Erie, Pennsylvania schools superintendent, discuss student character.
November 4, 2011 – Gov. Christie on Education, Lorin on College Board Audio
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discusses public education and reform. U.S. Christie says Secretary of Education Arne Duncan deserves high marks for empowering states to take risks to bolster school success. Bloomberg News Reporter Janet Lorin discusses the College Board.
October 28, 2011 – Rosalind Wiseman, Researchers Discuss Bullying Audio
Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees & Wannabes,” Susan Limber, Clemson University professor of psychology, and Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, discuss bullying prevention and response.
October 21, 2011 – Hess on Achievement Gap, Roundtable on ‘No Child’ Audio
Rick Hess, Education Policy Studies director at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses “the achievement gap.” National Journal correspondent Fawn Johnson, Bloomberg reporter John Hechinger and education blogger Alexander Russo discuss “No Child Left Behind.”
October 17, 2011 – Dolan on Enrollment, New Teachers on Parents Audio
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan discusses declining Catholic school enrollment and the economy. First-year teachers, Ashley Earl, George Stern and Adam Wolf, discuss their workday and interactions with parents.
October 07, 2011 – Author Peg Tyre, Teachers on Parents, Schools Audio
Author Peg Tyre discusses her new book, “The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve.” First-year teachers, Hannah Clements, Carla Palacios and Stephanie Simms, discuss working inside and outside the classroom.
September 30, 2011 – Smith, Casey Discuss Poverty, Reading, Education Audio
Ralph Smith, executive vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Vicki L. Phillips, director of education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discuss poverty, reading as a predictor of student success and measures of teacher effectiveness.
September 23, 2011 – Roundtable on ‘American Teacher,’ ‘No Child’ Law Audio
Filmmakers Vanessa Roth and Ninive Calegari, and teacher Jamie Fidler discuss “American Teacher.” Andrew Rotherham, TIME.com columnist, and Dana Goldstein, a contributing writer to “The Nation” and “The Daily Beast,” discuss the Republican presidential candidates’ education views and the Obama Administration’s “No Child” law waiver guidelines.
September 16, 2011 – Moir, New Teachers Discuss Classroom Collaboration Audio
Ellen Moir, executive director of Santa Cruz, California-based New Teacher Center, discusses how to help teachers grow through support, training and mentorship. New teachers, Victoria Mendoza, Ashley Mirabile and Dan Tobin, discuss September challenges and rewards.
September 9, 2011 – Arne Duncan on Economy, Education, History on 9/11 Audio
Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, discusses the economy, politics and his Great Lakes region bus tour. Adam Strom and Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, of Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit network of educators, discuss teaching about Sept. 11.
September 2, 2011 – Stewart, Klemmer on Youth Programs, Librarians on Potter Audio
Ashley Stewart, senior director of Baltimore’s National Summer Learning Association, discusses programs for low-income students. Tony Klemmer, president of The Center for Better Schools, discusses innovations in teacher training for high-performing teachers. Mary Sorhus and Gretchen Kolderup, Connecticut librarians, discuss “Harry Potter.”
August 26, 2011 – Neu, Dolan, Foley, Mayers Discuss Special EducationAudio
Jessica Neu, a fifth grade “inclusion” teacher in Morristown, New Jersey, discusses the history, laws and trends in special education. Fran Dolan, Steve Foley and Linda Mayers, parents of special education students, discuss advocating, community support and funding to meet their children’s needs in public schools.
August 19, 2011 – Brill, Goldstein, Russo Discuss School Reform Politics Audio
Steven Brill, founder of Court TV and author of “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools,” Dana Goldstein, a contributing writer to “The Nation” and an education writer and author of “Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors,” discuss Brill’s book, and the social, political and financial factors of education reform.
August 12, 2011 – Reporter Greg Toppo on Teachers Tampering With Tests Audio
Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national K-12 education reporter, discusses the pressure of high-stakes standardized tests and the link to teachers tampering with tests.
August 12, 2011 – Baltimore Schools Chief Alonso Discusses Urban Education Audio
Andres Alonso, chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, discusses conflict and collaboration with the teachers union, high stakes testing and reducing the high school dropout rate.
August 5, 2011 – Colorado State Senator Johnston on Education Reforms Audio
Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston discusses education reforms in teaching, leadership and funding for students with special needs. He says, “kids who need us the most don’t have the best advocates in public life.”
August 5, 2011 – Education Week’s Cavanagh Discusses State Level Budgets Audio
Sean Cavanagh, a reporter for Education Week, discusses state education budget outcomes at the end of the fiscal year.
July 29, 2011 – Hess, Russo Discuss Standards and Politicians’ Choices Audio
Frederick M. Hess, a researcher and writer, and Alexander Russo, author of “Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors,” discuss the Common Core State Standards Initiative and elected officials’ reactions to questions about their children’s schools.
July 29, 2011 – Coleman Discusses Common Core State Standards Audio
David Coleman, founder and chief executive officer of Student Achievement Partners and lead architect of the Common Core State Standards, discusses the initiative to prepare students for college and the workforce.
July 22, 2011 – Tucker, Darling-Hammond, Ripley on Educational Reforms Audio
Marc S. Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University, and Amanda Ripley, journalist and author, discuss the U.S. education system compared with other industrialized nations, K-12 standards, school reform and finance.
July 16, 2011 – Massachusetts Principals on Leadership and Strategy Audio
Massachusetts principals, Ron Rix, of South Middle School in Westfield and Susan Szachowicz, Brockton High School, talk about leadership, morale building, standardized test score tampering, and teaching students life skills.
July 16, 2011 – Caveon’s Fremer on Standardized Tests and Cheating Audio
John Fremer, president of Caveon Test Security, discusses test score irregularities in public schools.
July 8, 2011 – Russo and Whitmire on Test Cheating Investigation Audio
Education writers, Alexander Russo, author of “Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors,” and Richard Whitmire, author of “The Bee Eater,” discuss the standardized tests cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools, the National Education Association’s endorsement of President Obama, and efforts to reauthorize the “No Child Left Behind” law.
July 8, 2011 – Russlyn Ali Discusses Opportunity Gap Among Students Audio
Russlyn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, discusses disparities in access to high-level courses, resources, and experienced teachers. The U.S.D.O.E. analyzed these differences by race, gender and disability and found evidence to support the “opportunity gap.”
July 2, 2011 – Chris Doyle Teaches Current Events to Students Audio
Chris Doyle, an Advanced Placement United States history teacher at Farmington High School in Connecticut, discusses adding current events, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, into the curriculum.
July 1, 2011 – Sandra Day O’Connor on the Need for Civics Education Audio
Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court justice, discusses the need for civics education in the United States.
June 24, 2011 – Von Drehle Discusses a Downside to Summer Vacation Audio
David Von Drehle, Time Magazine’s editor-at-large, discusses the learning lost when students are away from school for the summer. Von Drehle says for many, especially children of low-income families, a season of inactivity can be detrimental over the long term
June 24, 2011 – Education Week’s Swanson Discusses Graduation Rates Audio
Christopher B. Swanson, vice president of Editorial Projects in Education, the non-profit organization that publishes Education Week, discusses the publication’s recent release of Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates.
June 24, 2011 – Cooper Gueye and Smith Discuss Effective Summer Learning Audio
Tiffany Cooper Gueye, of Boston-based Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), and Lorna Smith, of Horizons National, a network of student enrichment programs, discuss education and enrichment programs for children living in under-resourced, urban communities.
June 17, 2011 – Thompson and Noguera on the Chronic Problem With Boys Audio
Michael G. Thompson, psychologist and author, and Pedro Noguera, professor of education at New York University and education at New York University and urban sociologist, discuss the chronic gap in school performance among African-American and Hispanic boys. Nathan Bootz, superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools in Michigan, talks about funding for schools compared to prisons.
June 10, 2011 – Dignan and Lehmann Discuss Technology in the Classroom Audio
Aaron Dignan, author of “Game Frame,” co-founder and chief executive officer of New York City-based digital technology firm Undercurrent, and Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia public high school, discuss the evolving role of games and technology in teaching and learning.
June 10, 2011 – Salman Khan Discusses ‘Flipping the Classroom’ Audio
Salman “Sal” Khan, founder of the non-profit Khan Academy, a free online series of educational videos, discusses his methodology and the future of textbooks.
June 3, 2011 – Journalists Discuss Private Funding of Public Schools Audio
John Merrow, education correspondent for the Public Broadcasting System’s NewsHour and Liz Willen, editor of The Hechinger Report, discuss teacher evaluation, private funding of public schools and the challenges facing district leaders.
June 3, 2011 – Los Angeles Schools Superintendent Deasy on Teachers Audio
John Deasy, the new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, discusses California’s fiscal challenges, the role of unions and “value-added measures,” a statistical tool for quantifying teacher effectiveness based on students’ standardized test scores.
May 28, 2011 – Early Childhood Education Matters Audio
Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, and Cornelia Grumman, of the First Five Years Fund, discuss current evidence of the need for effective early education programs. Gary Knell talks about Sesame Street’s 41-year run educating the youngest students.
May 21, 2011 – Alisha Kiner Discusses Improving a Failing School Audio
Booker T. Washington High School Principal Alisha Kiner discusses how the Memphis, Tennessee school’s graduation rate went from 55 percent in 2007 to 81.6 percent in 2010. In recognition of the turnaround, the school won the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The students hosted President Obama as their commencement speaker.
May 21, 2011 – Van Roekel Discusses Union’s Role in Education Reform Audio
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, the largest union in the country, discusses teacher evaluation and accountability. Van Roekel is asking the union to endorse President Obama in 2012 and to support the use of reliable student assessment in teacher evaluation.
May 14, 2011 – Teacher Recruitment, Training and Evaluation Audio
Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College at Columbia University, Steven Farr, chief knowledge officer at Teach for America, and Elizabeth Green, education writer and founder of gothamschools.org discuss teacher recruitment, training and retention.
May 7, 2011 – Parent Pressure and the ‘Race to Nowhere’ Audio
Documentary filmmaker Vicky Abeles, director of “Race to Nowhere,” discusses stress and anxiety among achieving high school students. Wendy Mogel, a Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist and author of “The Blessing of a B-” and Deborah Stipek, an education professor and former dean at Stanford University School of Education, discuss parental pressures on children.
April 29, 2011 – Jeb Bush Discusses Education Reform and Progress Audio
Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and founder, chairman of the board and president of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, discusses public education in Florida and around the country. Rick Hess, an education researcher and writer, and Alexander Russo, author of “Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors,” discuss school vouchers.
April 22, 2011 – School Founders Discuss Education Innovations Audio
Joel Rose, founder of New York City’s School of One, talks about his decision to expand the schools nationally. Robert “Skip” Mattoon and Tyler “Ty” Tingley, co-founders of Avenues World School, discuss the international private school scheduled to open its first campus in New York City in 2012.
April 15, 2011 – Teaching Financial Literacy to Children Audio
Laura Levine, executive director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a nonprofit website that promotes financial literacy in students, discusses the growing number of financially “illiterate” high school graduates and how parents and schools can prepare children to make wise financial decisions.
April 15, 2011 – Klein Says ‘Sometimes You Just Hire the Wrong Person’ Audio
Joel Klein, former New York City public schools chancellor, discusses his legacy and education reform.
April 8, 2011 – College Admissions Officers Discuss Process Audio
Janet Lorin, Bloomberg News higher education reporter, discusses the college admissions process. Jim Bock, dean of admissions and financial aid at Swarthmore College and Bob Patterson, associate dean and director of admission at Stanford University, discuss their review of candidates’ applications.
April 1, 2011 – Robert Brown Discusses Research University Challenges Audio
Robert Brown, Boston University president, discusses the role colleges have in preparing graduates for employment, the relationship between institutions and their surrounding communities and the need for math and science literacy.
April 1, 2011 – Michelle Rhee Discusses Possible Test Score Tampering Audio
Michelle Rhee, former Washington, D.C. public schools chancellor, discusses allegations of standardized test cheating while she ran the district’s schools. She defends student testing as an integral component of teacher evaluation.
March 25, 2011 – Margaret Spellings Discusses the Needs of Every Student Audio
Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings discusses the creation of “No Child Left Behind,” a bi-partisan congressional act intended to improve education. TIME.com Columnist Andrew Rotherham and Bloomberg View Contributor Jonathan Alter discuss equality of opportunity in education.
March 19, 2011 – U.S. Students Lag in Global Testing Audio
Anthony Mackay, director of Australia’s Centre for Strategic Education, and Ben Wildavsky of Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discuss American students’ performance on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Andrew Bethell, founder of Teacher TV, discusses effective teaching.
March 12, 2011 – Teachers Discuss Career Challenges Audio
As political protests take place in Wisconsin and Rhode Island, three public school teachers, Dan Brown of Washington, D.C., Diana Laufenberg from Pennsylvania, and Mari Peterson of Wisconsin, talk about the changing role of teachers.
March 12, 2011 – Arne Duncan Hopeful on ‘No Child Left Behind’ Law Audio
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses the national political climate and state budget cuts. Duncan says he is optimistic that Congress will revamp the 2001 ‘No Child Left Behind’ law. The legislation was created to make every student in the country proficient in reading and math by 2014.
March 5, 2011 – Randi Weingarten Discusses Teacher Evaluation, Unions Audio
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, Anna Phillips, a reporter for New York City-based GothamSchools.org and Rick Hess, a Washington, D.C.-based education researcher and writer, discuss teacher evaluation and unions.
February 26, 2011 – Schnur and Rotherham Discuss School Budget Battles Audio
Jonathan Schnur, co-founder of New York City-based New Leaders for New Schools and philanthropic advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Andrew Rotherham, a columnist for TIME.com, talk with Bloomberg Radio’s Jane Williams on “Bloomberg EDU.”
February 26, 2011 – High School Principal Says Turnaround Took Years Audio
Susan Szachowicz, principal at Brockton High School in Massachusetts, discusses how the school went from chronic underperformance to proficient. Szachowitz says she had to do things differently “because the way we were doing it was not working.”
February 19, 2011 – Geoffrey Canada on Poverty’s Challenges in Education Audio
Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children’s Zone, and Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, discuss what it takes to change the lives of poor children and new initiatives to create Promise Neighborhoods nationwide.
February 12, 2011 – Wendy Kopp discusses Teach for America’s 20th Birthday Audio
Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach for America, discusses the history and mission of the program. Teach For America Alumni, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, discuss the initiative’s impact on their careers.
February 5, 2011 – Gates Foundation’s Hilary Pennington on Education Audio
Hilary Pennington, director of education, postsecondary success, and special initiatives for the Seattle-based Gates Foundation, discusses higher education in the U.S. Daniel Golden, an editor with Bloomberg News, discusses controversial federal government loans to students who attend for-profit colleges.
January 29, 2011 – Guggenheim, Rhee, Weingarten on ‘Waiting for Superman’ Audio
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten talk with Jane Williams, host of Bloomberg EDU, about education in the U.S. in the aftermath of the controversial documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Weingarten says Guggenheim wanted to “caricaturize the unions.”
January 21, 2011 – Education Secretary Duncan Discusses Reform Challenges Audio
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Jonathan Alter, a columnist with Bloomberg View and Victoria Edwards, a reporter for Education Week discuss the budgetary and political challenges facing the nation’s schools and districts. Duncan says “no one is satisfied with the status quo.”