EdNext Podcast: Using Behavioral Science to Improve School Attendance

Can research help reveal what works and what doesn’t work to reduce student absences? New studies find that attendance awards may actually hurt attendance, but that correcting parents’ false beliefs about their child’s school absences may help. Marty West speaks with Todd Rogers, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

EdNext Podcast: How Would a Federal School Choice Tax Credit Work?

Last Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama, announced a bill to create a nationwide tax credit to provide school choice scholarships. Marty West talks with Jim Blew, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, about how the tax credit will work, why the administration looked to the tax code to promote school choice, and what would have to happen for the bill to be enacted.

EdNext Podcast: Comparing Teacher Skills in the U.S. and Abroad

The cognitive skills of teachers differ widely among nations. A new study investigates whether these differences affect student achievement and how the U.S. might recruit teachers with stronger cognitive skills. Eric Hanushek joins Marty West to discuss his article, “Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?,” co-written with Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold.

EdNext Podcast: School Districts Need to Prepare for the Next Economic Downturn

It may seem like money is tight, but we’re actually spending at a relatively high level on schools right now. When state revenues decline, districts will have to make some tough choices. Marty West talks with Marguerite Roza, the Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, about what’s coming and how school districts can prepare.

EdNext Podcast: Tom Boasberg’s Legacy in Denver

As superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg implemented a wide array of unconventional reforms, building a coalition based on pragmatism and a shared belief that change was a long overdue moral imperative. Boasberg talks with Ed Next editor-in-chief Marty West about his decade-long effort to improve Denver’s schools.

EdNext Podcast: Identifying the Colleges That Successfully Recruit Low-Income Students

Colleges are trying harder to recruit high-achieving students from low-income families. And some organizations are now ranking colleges on the extent to which they provide opportunities to those students. But new research identifies problems with the way these rankings are calculated, and suggests that colleges should be looking at the numbers differently. Caroline Hoxby joins Marty West to discuss her latest research on this topic.

EdNext Podcast: New Rules Will Change How Schools Handle Sexual Assault Allegations

The Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations have generated over 72,000 comments and a lot of debate, especially the requirement that schools allow students who have filed sexual-assault complaints to be cross-examined. As the public comment period for the new rules is about to close, Shep Melnick joins Marty West to discuss how federal mandates on sexual harassment have evolved and what happens next.

EdNext Podcast: How School Shopping Websites Affect Parents’ Choices

Parents often rely on school shopping websites to find out more about schools they are considering for their children. A new study looks at how the content and layout of these websites influence how parents judge schools. Ira Nichols-Barrer of Mathematica, one of the authors of the study, joins Marty West to discuss his findings.

EdNext Podcast: Ranking Education Scholars Based on Influence

Every year since 2010, Rick Hess and his team at AEI have ranked the university-based researchers who are doing the most to shape the conversation about education policy and practice. Rick Hess talks with with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West about this year’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.

EdNext Podcast: Charter Schools Facing an Unlikely Opponent: Turkish Government

When Magnolia Public Schools, a charter school network based in California, tried to open a new science academy in Anaheim, its proposal was opposed by lobbyists paid by the government of Turkey. Caprice Young, former CEO of Magnolia Public Schools, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s battles against charter schools across the U.S.

EdNext Podcast: Top Reads from Education Next

Marty West and Paul Peterson talk about some of the most popular articles published by Education Next in 2018, articles on inclusion and special education, teacher evaluation, homework, and more.

EdNext Podcast: Remembering George H.W. Bush

Chester E. Finn, Jr. joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush. who declared on the campaign trail that he wanted to be “the education president.”

EdNext Podcast: What Will the 2018 Midterm Election Results Mean for Education?

Charles Barone joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the results of the midterm election and what impact they might have on education policy.

The EdNext Podcast: Connecting Student Loans to Community College Attainment

As college costs rise, some see cause for alarm in rising levels of student loan debt. However, a new study finds that students who take out loans do better in school. Lesley Turner joins Marty West to discuss that new study, “The Benefits of Borrowing: Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment,” which she co-authored with Benjamin M. Marx.

EdNext Podcast: Teachers Can Boost Long-Term Outcomes for their Students by Improving Student Behaviors

Research shows that teachers who raise student test scores also improve long-term outcomes for their students. A new study finds that long-term outcomes for students are even more strongly predicted by student behaviors than they are by student test scores. And the teachers who are good at improving student behaviors are not necessarily the same teachers who are good at raising student test scores.

The author of the new study, C. Kirabo Jackson, professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, discusses his findings with EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West.

EdNext Podcast: Lessons from an Effort to Reform Teacher Evaluation

For four years, Tom Kane ran a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which offered to help a set of school districts develop new ways of evaluating teacher effectiveness. He talks with EdNext’s Marty West about lessons to be learned from that effort.

EdNext Podcast: What is the Value of Homework?

While many parents worry that their children are assigned too much homework, studies show that American students do very little homework, on average. Janine Bempechat, clinical professor of human development and the author of a new article, “The Case for (Quality) Homework.” talks with Marty West why homework improves learning and how parents can help.

EdNext Podcast: How Did Massachusetts Charter Schools Become the Best in the Country?

Does Massachusetts really have the best charter schools in the country? If it does, why is the charter sector growing so slowly in the state? Marty West talks with Cara Stillings Candal, the author of a new book on charter schools in Massachusetts, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.

EdNext Podcast: An Arts Educator Wins the Global Teacher Prize

Earlier this year, the Global Teacher Prize was awarded to Andria Zafirakou, an arts educator at an inner city secondary school in London. Zafirakou joins Marty West to talk about how she uses the arts to inspire the students in her school and and her plan to use the $1 million prize to launch a charity supporting arts education in the UK.

EdNext Podcast: Thinking Clearly About the Goals of Education

Should data drive decision-making in education policy or should data be used in the service of our values? Harry Brighouse and Susanna Loeb join Marty West to discuss how the tools of philosophy and social science can help policymakers make better decisions.

EdNext Podcast: Health Benefits for Retired Teachers Strain State Budgets

In many school districts, teachers receive generous health care benefits even after they retire, but states and school districts have not been putting aside sufficient funds to pay for those promises. Chad Aldeman visits the podcast to discuss his article, “Health Care for Life: Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?”

EdNext Podcast: Getting Inclusion Right

Including students with disabilities in regular classsrooms is a worthy goal, but it may not always be the best way of serving children with disabilities. It can also sometimes have negative consequences for teachers and for students without disabilities. Allison Gilmour, an assistant professor of special education at Temple University, joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss her article, “Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?”

EdNext Podcast: What It Was Like to Go On Strike

In Oklahoma, teachers walked out for nine days this April to demand better pay and more spending on schools. Eleanor Goetzinger, a special ed teacher and behavior specialist in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, talks with Marty West about what the strike meant for her, for her students, and for schools in Oklahoma.

EdNext Podcast: The Role of the Inspector General in Education Policy

The Office of the Inspector General from the U.S. Department of Education is widely respected for its efforts to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse, but what happens when the OIG starts making policy recommendations? Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the involvement of the OIG in policymaking.

EdNext Podcast: Does Teacher Coaching Work?

Matthew Kraft, an associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, sits down with EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale,” co-written with David Blazar.

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