The Education Gadfly Show

On this week's podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Alyssa Schwenk discuss Sean "Diddy" Combs's new Harlem charter school, the fizzling out of the Friedrichs Supreme Court case, and America's lack of effective teacher training. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews the 2016 Brown Center Report on American Education.
In this week’s podcast, Alyssa Schwenk and Brandon Wright discuss Washington State’s new charter school bill, John Kasich’s education record, and the use of on-topic streaming video in classrooms. In the Research Minute, David Griffith explains the benefits of grouping high-IQ kids with high-achievers.
In this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli welcomes guest host Dan Scoggin, founder of Great Hearts Academies charter schools. They discuss whether Senator Bernie Sanders misunderstands how charter schools function, how schools like Great Hearts can serve students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, and what the U.S. Department of Education might look like if Ben Carson were Secretary. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the long term effects of disruptive peers in American classrooms.
In this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Alyssa Schwenk contrast the views of two MacArthur “geniuses,” weigh the role of “life experiences” in the college admissions process, and question reform critics’ push to block John King’s confirmation as education secretary. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains how DCPS gathers various data on teacher hiring but doesn't make the best use of them.
In this week’s podcast, Joel Rose of New Classrooms joins Mike Petrilli to discuss how technology makes “differentiation” doable, non-cognitive skills under ESSA, and the future of Success Academies in New York City. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines how teacher reforms have affected teacher effectiveness.
In this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio discuss the jump in Los Angeles’s high school graduation rate, literacy in the era of ESSA, and why community colleges shouldn’t admit ill-prepared students. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains how Louisiana’s scholarship program has affected students.
In this week's podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Brandon Wright laud the progress of education policies since NCLB, weigh gentrification’s role in D.C.’s achievement gains, and discuss the controversy surrounding a Success Academies video. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines educators’ perspectives on Common Core implementation.
In this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio preview Fordham’s long-awaited assessments evaluation, analyze low-income families’ education-related tech purchases, and wave the red flag about TFA’s lurch to the Left. In the Research Minute, David Griffith examines how well the nation’s largest school districts promote parent choice and competition between schools.
In this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio assess New York State’s decision to end timed tests, extract lessons from a former teacher’s troubled account of his time in the classroom, and discuss the most creative and worthwhile ideas that came out of Fordham’s ESSA Accountability Design competition. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the value of recess.
In this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright explain the schisms in the school choice movement, defend career and technical education programs, and discuss Eva Moskowitz’s big speech on school discipline. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern describes the effect of teacher turnover and quality on student achievement in District of Columbia Public Schools.

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