The Education Gadfly Show

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.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and David Griffith discuss the titanic tussle between two tendentious tenets of school success measurement occurring among the mighty minds of Fordham and spilling out into the greater world. It’s proficiency vs. student growth. KA-THOOOOM! On the Research Minute, Amber tackles an early grade retention policy in Florida.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and David Griffith discuss how teachers ought to handle this year’s particularly polarizing and cringe worthy presidential election. During the research minute, Amber Northern explains how charter school boards affect school quality.
On this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Checker Finn discuss James S. Coleman’s legacy, fifty years after the release of his seminal, groundbreaking report. During the research minute, David Griffith examines whether preschool programs improve attendees’ long-term academic, economic, and health outcomes.

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