EdNext Podcast: Engaging Teachers Unions in Education Reform

Robert Maranto, the 21st Century Chair in Leadership in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss why school reformers should try to work with teachers unions in an effort to improve schools.

EdNext Podcast: Momentum Builds for an Untimed SAT

Greg Toppo, an education journalist and author of The Game Believes in You, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the continuing calls for making the SAT untimed for everyone.

EdNext Podcast: Paul Tough and The Years That Matter Most

Paul Tough, author of “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us,” sits down with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the book, and how the higher education admissions process tends to work to the benefit of affluent students at the expense of those from lower-income backgrounds.

EdNext Podcast: The Key to Helping Children Remember

Clare Sealy, the head of curriculum and standards for the States of Guernsey, joins Marty West to discuss the differences between episodic memory and semantic memory, and the keys to each one in helping children remember their lessons in school.

EdNext Podcast: Inside the Choice and Customization of Miami-Dade Schools

Ron Matus, director of policy and public affairs at Step Up For Students, joins Marty West to discuss the turnaround of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including the tenure of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho..

The Education Exchange: Are Teachers Really Underpaid?

Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new article and whether teachers are paid appropriately compared to similar professions.

EdNext Podcast: Elisa Villanueva Beard and the Impact of Teach For America

Elisa Villanueva Beard, the CEO of Teach For America, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the organization and a new study by Katharine M. Conn, Virginia S. Lovison and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, which details how the organization impacts the beliefs of its teachers.

EdNext Podcast: The Concern Around Online Credit Recovery Programs

David Loewenberg joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how online credit recovery has changed the landscape of high school graduations, and what’s being done to make sure that credit recovery programs can maintain their legitimacy.

EdNext Podcast: What’s Behind Success at Success Academy

Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new book, “How the Other Half Learns,” and his observations of a Success Academy school at work in the Bronx.

The EdNext Podcast: The Effect of Vocational Education on Adult Success

Kevin Stange joins Marty West to discuss his article, “Depth Over Breadth: The value of vocational education in U.S. high schools,” and how vocational education impacts students and their college and career aspirations.

EdNext Podcast: The Lessons of the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Patrick J. Wolf, professor at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-Chief Marty West to discuss the effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the statewide school-voucher initiative, including its impact on student test scores and which schools participated in the program.

EdNext Podcast: Have Charters Increased Segregation in American Schools?

Tomas Monarrez, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the impact charter schools have had on segregation in U.S. schools.

The Education Exchange: Checking in on School Reforms in New Orleans

Doug Harris, Professor and Department Chair of Economics at Tulane University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new study, “How is New Orleans School Performance Evolving, and Why?,” co-authored with Lihan Liu, Alica Gerry, and Paula Arce-Trigatti, and how school choice and performance-based contracting have fared after 15 years.

EdNext Podcast: What’s Behind the Drop in International Students in the U.S.?

Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates, joins Marty West to discuss what may be causing the downturn in international admissions in U.S. universities, and how that’s contributing to the revenue drop across higher education institutions.

EdNext Podcast: Stepping Up to Serve High-Achieving Math Students

Joshua Zucker, a veteran instructor with Art of Problem Solving, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief to discuss how to best teach math to advanced students.

EdNext Podcast: Results from the 2019 EdNext Poll

The EdNext Podcast returns with Editor-in-chief Marty West and Senior Editor Paul E. Peterson discussing the 2019 Education Next Poll, including results on public opinion on schools, teacher pay, school choice, and more.

The Education Exchange: Putting Together the 2019 Education Next Poll

Michael Henderson, Research Director, Public Policy Research Lab at the Manship School of Mass Communication, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the 2019 Education Next Poll came together, including methodology and how the sample builds in experiments to best gauge the public’s opinion on schools.

EdNext Podcast: The Truth About Summer Learning Loss

The claim that all students, and especially disadvantaged students, lose substantial academic ground over summer vacation has long been both an article of faith and a source of anxiety. But a new look at the data finds no evidence that the average child loses months of learning each summer or that summer learning loss contributes much to the achievement gap. Paul T. von Hippel talks with Marty West about his new analysis of summer learning loss.

EdNext Podcast: Strong Evidence that School Start Times Matter

A new study finds that later school start times increase achievement on standardized tests. Marty West talks with Jennifer Heissel about the study, which she co-authored with Samuel Norris.

EdNext Podcast: Wraparound Services and Student Achievement

Many school districts try to address external obstacles to student learning by offering “wraparound services” in schools. These schools try to connect their students with outside groups that can help them deal with challenges from food insecurity to mental health issues.

In a new article, Michael McShane notes that “While integrated supports may help meet students’ physical and emotional needs, their ability to improve student learning remains unproven.”

McShane sits down with Marty West to discuss his article, “Supporting Students Outside the Classroom.”

EdNext Podcast: Should You Hold Your Child Back from Kindergarten?

Each year, millions of parents nationwide must make a seemingly life-altering decision for their soon-to-be kindergartener: to redshirt or not to redshirt. But is redshirting preschoolers really advantageous, or could it do more harm than good?

EdNext Podcast: Democracy Prep Schools Boost Civic Participation

Can K-12 schools today make a difference when it comes to their students’ civic attitudes and behavior? A new study finds that attending a public charter school operated by Democracy Prep Public Schools nearly doubles students’ rates of civic participation as young adults. Marty West speaks with Seth Andrew, founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools.

EdNext Podcast: What Studies Really Show about Social and Emotional Learning

Is social and emotional learning the missing piece in education reform, or is it just another fad that will distract education reformers from ensuring that students are prepared academically for what lies ahead? Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, argues that those looking for a body of evidence to support the recommendations of social and emotional learning advocates will be sorely disappointed.

EdNext Podcast: Supporting Social and Emotional Development to Boost Academic Success

Some believe that growing interest in social and emotional learning is just a distraction from the academic mission of schools, but Robert Balfanz argues that only by educating the whole child can schools prepare students for adult success. Marty West talks with Balfanz about why he thinks social and emotional learning is a natural outgrowth of the standards and accountability movement and about the research behind his views.

EdNext Podcast: 2020 Presidential Candidates Press For Higher Teacher Pay

Last week, Kamala Harris made headlines with an ambitious—and expensive—plan to raise teacher pay, and she’s not the only Democratic presidential candidate talking about education. Marty West discusses what the candidates have been saying with Ira Stoll, EdNext’s managing editor, who has been reporting from the campaign trail in New Hampshire and who wrote “Teacher Pay Emerges as Democratic Primary Issue.”

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