The Education Gadfly Show

On this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and Brandon Wright discuss how the nation, and education reformers, can come together in 2017. And Amber Northern begins the new year by counting down the five best Research Minutes of 2016.
On this week's podcast, special guest Marc Porter Magee, CEO & Founder of 50CAN, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to look back on the year that was. During the Research Minute, David Griffith summarizes Undue Process, a study he coauthored with Victoria McDougald that examines why bad teachers are so difficult to dismiss.
On this week's podcast, special guest Nina Rees, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright to discuss what the incoming Trump administration and Congress can do to help charter schools. On the Research Minute, David Griffith examines a survey of charter and traditional public school principals in Michigan that uncovers surprising day-to-day similarities between the two groups.
On this week’s podcast, Checker Finn, Robert Pondiscio, and Alyssa Schwenk discuss America’s performance on two recent international assessments, TIMSS and PISA. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines a U.S. Department of Education guide on how to teach writing.
On this week's podcast, special guest Lisa Graham Keegan, executive director of A for Arizona, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss the pros and cons of a big federal push on school choice. On the Research Minute, David Griffith teams up with Matthew Ladner, Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, to examine the effects of teacher turnover on instructional quality.
On this week's podcast, special guest Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss state education leadership in the Trump era. On the Research Minute, Victoria McDougald examines the effects of a North Carolina pre-K program on students' elementary school outcomes.
On this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and Brandon Wright discuss what President-elect Trump might mean for the Department of Education and school discipline. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of teaching assistants and nonteaching staff on student outcomes.
On this week’s podcast, special guest Conor Williams of New America joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss the message Trump voters were sending and what a Trump Administration will mean for America’s schools. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of Race to the Top...
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and Brandon Wright discuss the pitfalls of deciding education policy issues with ballot measures. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern discusses the surprising parity between the effectiveness of teachers of low- and high-income students.
On this week’s podcast, Alyssa Schwenk talks to Checker Finn and Brandon Wright about their new book, written with Bruno Manno, Charter Schools at the Crossroads. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of content-intensive professional development for teachers.

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