The Education Gadfly Show

Mike and Dara “Let It Go” with student free speech, Obama’s federal budget request, and Louisiana’s CTE revamp. Amber confirms the obvious: location matters to prospective teachers. Amber's Research Minute “ New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply ,” by Mimi Engel, Brian A. Jacob, and F. Chris Curran...
Dara’s taste in TV shows is questionable, but her ed-policy knowledge is not. She and Michelle dish on Common Core implementation, student-data privacy, and marketing in schools. Amber gets pensive about pensions. Amber's Research Minute Missouri Charter Schools and Teacher Pension Plans: How Well...
Mike dishes out fashion advice, while Brickman talks Common Core, 50CAN’s education-reform polling, and the work ethic. Amber tells us what the Kalamazoo is happening in Kalamazoo. Amber's Research Minute “The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship ” by Timothy J. Bartik and Marta Lachowska, (Boston, MA:...
Over tea and crumpets, Lady Victoria Sears and Sir Michael Petrilli banter lightly about the politics of Downton Abbey—then get down the brass tacks on the New York Board of Regents’ confused Common Core messaging, school discipline, and the democratization of Advanced Placement classes. Stepping...
Mike welcomes Ohio's Chad to the podcast to disparage teacher tenure, anguish over the charter assault in Gotham, and debate the realities for charter schools in rural areas. Amber finds value in growth measures. Amber's Research Minute “ Choosing the Right Growth Measure ,” by Mark Ehlert, Cory...
Michelle and Brickman take over the podcast, discussing “controlled choice” (and declaring their allegiances to either #TeamMike or #TeamChecker), Sen. Lamar Alexander’s school-choice legislation, and teacher-protection laws in California. Amber reads into English-language-arts instruction. Amber's...
Kathleen and Mike talk Richard Sherman–level smack in this special video edition of the podcast. They tackle Core Knowledge, Rick Hess’s nasty-gram, and Florida’s Common Core two-step. Amber measures teacher-performance trajectories. Amber's Research Minute “ Teacher Performance Trajectories in...
Mike and American Girl Michelle tackle accountability in private-school-choice programs, whether people are more likely to favor reform once they know how mediocre their schools are, and how applying “disparate impact theory” to the enforcement of school-discipline rules will lead to nothing but...
Invigorated by the weather, Mike and Dara give cold shoulders to anti-Common Core strategists, California’s constitution, and Randi Weingarten’s “VAM sham.” Amber gets gifted. Amber's Research Minute “ Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators ,” by Harrison J. Kell, David Lubinski, and Camilla P...
In the first podcast of the year, Mike and Brickman discuss NCLB’s goal of universal proficiency, an error in D.C.’s IMPACT evaluation scores, and the correct pronunciation of Fariña. Amber is no good with marbles—but great at educating us about student mobility. Amber's Research Minute “ Reducing...

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