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The Education Gadfly Show

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For more than a decade, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent … read more

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Good news on instructional materials - 03/31/21

March 31st, 2021

24:49

On this week’s podcast, Eric Hirsch, founding executive director of EdReports, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how teachers are increasingly gaining access to high-quality instructional materials. On …

Accelerating learning post-pandemic - 03/24/21

March 25th, 2021

27:54

On this week’s podcast, David Steiner, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

How to get high-dosage tutoring right - 03/17/2021

March 17th, 2021

29:29

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith are joined by Michael Goldstein, founder of Match Education in Boston, and Bowen Paulle, a …

Biden’s relief bill will cut child poverty in half. What’s not to like? - 03/10/21

March 10th, 2021

27:06

On this week’s podcast, Scott Winship, resident scholar and director of poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike Petrilli and …

A view from the frontlines of the reopening wars - 03/03/21

March 3rd, 2021

25:11

On this week’s podcast, education policy wonk Karen Vaites joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss her experience leading a …

Does Biden have the right tack on school reopenings? - 02/24/21

February 24th, 2021

23:59

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, David Griffith, and Dale Chu debate whether President Biden’s soft touch will succeed in getting schools in …

More parents now admit that their kids have fallen behind academically. Can that awareness power a new wave of reform? - 02/17/21

February 17th, 2021

29:18

On this week’s podcast, Bibb Hubbard, founder and president of Learning Heroes, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how to leverage parents’ newfound awareness of their children's academic struggles during …

Hard evidence on charter schools and district finances - 02/10/21

February 10th, 2021

28:26

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith are joined by Mark Weber, a special analyst for education policy at the New Jersey Policy …

Federal Covid-19 stimulus, round three - 02/03/21

February 3rd, 2021

24:45

On this week’s podcast, Vic Klatt, a principal of Penn Hill Group, joins David Griffith and Checker Finn to discuss what the latest proposed federal …

School Choice Week 2021 - 01/27/21

January 27th, 2021

24:34

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith are joined by Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, which is this …

The education issues facing state legislatures in 2021 - 01/20/21

January 20th, 2021

26:02

On this week’s podcast, Patricia Levesque, chief executive officer of ExcelinEd, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what’s on the ed reform agenda in state legislative sessions nationwide. On the Research …

Another reason we need to test students in 2021 - 1/13/21

January 13th, 2021

24:55

On this week’s podcast, Eric Parsons, associate teaching professor of economics at the University of Missouri and co-author of our new report “Bridging the Covid Divide,” joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to …

What does Miguel Cardona’s time in Connecticut imply about his future in Washington? - 01/06/21

January 6th, 2021

27:56

On this week’s podcast, Subira Gordon, executive director of Connecticut’s ConnCAN, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss President-elect Biden’s education secretary nominee, Miguel Cardona, and his work in …

Emily Oster and Noelle Ellerson Ng answer the big question: Will schools reopen this spring? - 12/16/20

December 16th, 2020

31:09

On this week’s podcast, Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director at AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and Emily Oster, Professor …

Assessing Joe Biden’s early childhood plans - 12/09/20

December 9th, 2020

25:32

On this week’s podcast, Katharine Stevens, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

The legacy of Lamar Alexander - 12/02/20

December 2nd, 2020

25:12

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith are joined by Checker Finn, who discusses Senator Lamar Alexander’s K–12 education legacy. On the Research Minute, Adam Tyner examines research on why efforts to …

State budget cuts and our schools - 11/18/20

November 18th, 2020

25:29

On this week’s podcast, ExcelinEd’s Matthew Joseph and The Education Trust’s Zahava Stadler join Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how …

Why public education may never return to normal - 11/11/20

November 11th, 2020

21:27

On this week’s podcast, Paul Hill, founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss why, …

What the election means for education reform - 11/5/20

November 6th, 2020

22:26

On this week’s podcast, Charles Barone, VP of K-12 Policy at Democrats for Education Reform, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what …

Coping with the costs of declining enrollments - 10/28/20

October 28th, 2020

20:14

On this week’s podcast, Karen Hawley Miles, CEO and president of Education Resource Strategies, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss her …

The loathsome war on exam schools - 10/21/20

October 21st, 2020

24:56

On this week’s podcast, Fordham’s Checker Finn joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the growing, misguided war on selective-admissions …

Lemov and Woolway on teaching like a champion—online - 10/14/20

October 14th, 2020

32:38

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith are joined by Doug Lemov and Erica Woolway, co-managing director and chief academic officer, …

Reading comprehension is not a skill, and other lessons from Fordham’s latest study - 10/07/20

October 7th, 2020

27:21

On this week’s podcast, Fordham’s Adam Tyner joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the new study that he coauthored, “Social Studies Instruction and Reading Comprehension: Evidence from the Early Childhood …

How to open a school safely during a pandemic - 09/30/20

September 30th, 2020

23:41

On this week’s podcast, Aaron Daly, COO of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the network’s …

How the pandemic could lead to smarter school spending - 09/23/20

September 23rd, 2020

27:06

On this week’s podcast, Brandon Wright joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his and Rick Hess’s new edited volume, Getting the Most Bang …

How did those online summer camps go? - 09/16/20

September 16th, 2020

22:43

On this week’s podcast, Timothy Daly, co-founder and CEO of EdNavigator, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss Camp Kinda, a free online summer resource that was designed to keep students engaged and curious …

Two years after Janus, why are teachers unions stronger than ever? - 09/09/20

September 9th, 2020

31:52

On this week’s podcast, Colin Sharkey, executive director of the Association of American Educators, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

The politics of school reopenings - 09/02/20

September 2nd, 2020

25:50

On this week’s podcast, Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss why politics seems to be a …

How America’s best charter schools crushed the Covid-19 challenge - 08/26/20

August 26th, 2020

28:52

On this week’s podcast, Gregg Vanourek joins Mike Petrilli to discuss Fordham’s new report that Gregg authored, Schooling Covid-19: Lessons from …

On Biden’s education platform - 08/19/20

August 19th, 2020

23:16

On this week’s podcast, Tressa Pankovits, associate director of Reinventing America's Schools at the Progressive Policy Institute, joins Mike …

What about outdoor classes this fall? - 08/12/20

August 12th, 2020

21:13

On this week’s podcast, Erin Einhorn, a national reporter for NBC News, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about her recent piece on outdoor classrooms. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines how …

Another reason for more school autonomy - 8/5/20

August 5th, 2020

28:06

On this week’s podcast, David Osborne, director of the Reinventing America’s Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute, joins Checker Finn …

Should districts outsource virtual learning? - 07/29/20

July 29th, 2020

26:45

On this week’s podcast, Rob Kremer, director of government relations at Pearson, owner of Connections Academy, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

NAEP’s flawed reading revamp - 07/22/20

July 22nd, 2020

28:28

On this week’s podcast, Checker Finn and David Griffith discuss the flawed effort to revamp NAEP’s reading framework. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern and David Griffith examine how inequality has affected …

What the coronavirus resurgence means for reopening schools - 07/15/20

July 15th, 2020

22:31

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith discuss whether and how schools should reopen in the fall. On the Research Minute, Amber …

Why fall testing could do more harm than good - 07/08/20

July 8th, 2020

29:48

On this week’s podcast, Mora Segal, CEO of Achievement Network, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the organization’s latest guidance …

How assessment data can drive instruction this fall - 07/01/20

July 1st, 2020

28:46

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Amber Northern, Tran Le, and David Griffith discuss Fordham’s new case study on data-driven instruction in Washington, D.C. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines little …

The case for good schools as a state constitutional right - 06/24/20

June 24th, 2020

24:46

On this week’s podcast, Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to …

Effecting real change in America - 06/17/20

June 17th, 2020

24:58

On this week’s podcast, Checker Finn, Mike Petrilli, and David Griffith discuss what it takes for real change to happen in America. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines whether student outcomes improve when …

School districts failed the remote learning test - 6/10/20

June 10th, 2020

26:14

On this week’s podcast, Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, talks with Mike Petrilli and David Griffith about how …

The crisis’s outsized impacts on Catholic schools - 06/03/20

June 3rd, 2020

24:29

On this week’s podcast, Michael McShane, the director of national research at EdChoice, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss how Catholic schools are …

The link between location and income - 05/27/20

May 27th, 2020

26:27

This week’s podcast guest is John V. Winters, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Iowa State University and author of Fordham’s new report, What You Make Depends on Where You Live. He joins Mike Petrilli and …

Teacher to Chief: Pathways to Education Leadership - 05/20/20

May 19th, 2020

1:07:14

This week we're hosting "Teacher to Chief," a special episode with members of Chiefs for Change on their pathways to education leadership. The …

What Americans think about schools’ response to the Covid crisis - 05/13/20

May 13th, 2020

22:17

On this week’s podcast, Paul DiPerna, vice president of research and innovation at EdChoice, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his …

A blueprint for reopening schools - 05/06/20

May 6th, 2020

27:24

On this week’s podcast, John Bailey, visiting fellow at AEI, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss AEI’s new Blueprint for Back to …

Schools and social distancing: Just hard, or actually impossible? - 04/29/20

April 29th, 2020

25:05

On this week’s podcast, Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director of advocacy and governance at AASA, the School Superintendents Association, …

The one where the pandemic turns Robert into a big softie - 04/22/20

April 22nd, 2020

29:06

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Robert Pondiscio, and David Griffith debate how much we can expect districts to do during the current crisis, …

How schools can personalize instruction when students return next fall - 04/15/20

April 15th, 2020

28:05

On this week’s podcast, Diane Tavenner, co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to offer advice on how …

Research Deep Dive: The impact of school closures - 04/08/20

April 8th, 2020

20:53

On this week’s podcast, Deven Carlson, assistant professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

How school districts are dealing with COVID-19 - 04/02/20

April 2nd, 2020

21:50

On this week’s podcast, Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

COVID-19 concerns: Special education and accountability - 03/25/20

March 25th, 2020

18:26

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Checker Finn discuss Betsy DeVos’s quick and laudable U-turn on distance learning and mull what …

On technocrats and culture wars - 03/11/20

March 11th, 2020

22:10

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Checker Finn, and David Griffith discuss Mike and Checker’s new edited volume, How to Educate an …

Heavens to Betsy's block grant - 03/04/20

March 4th, 2020

18:32

On this week’s podcast, Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to …

Community schools and disadvantaged families - 02/26/20

February 26th, 2020

23:11

On this week’s podcast, William Johnston, associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the …

The barriers blocking students of color from challenging courses - 02/19/20

February 19th, 2020

22:11

On this week’s podcast, Ed Trust’s Ary Amerikaner and Kayla Patrick join Mike Petrilli to discuss why students of color lack access to gifted …

Why teachers with higher grading standards get better student outcomes - 02/12/20

February 12th, 2020

24:31

On this week’s podcast, Seth Gershenson, associate professor at American University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the Fordham study he authored this month, Great Expectations: The Impact of Rigorous …

Finding the right school for your child - 02/05/20

February 5th, 2020

24:10

On this week’s podcast, Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss whether …

School Choice Week 2020 - 01/29/20

January 29th, 2020

20:57

On this week’s podcast, Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss National School Choice Week. On the …

Research Deep Dive: School discipline reform - 01/22/20

January 22nd, 2020

27:34

On this week’s podcast, Matthew Steinberg, associate professor of education policy at George Mason University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

The 2020 election and education reform - 01/15/20

January 15th, 2020

17:50

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Robert Pondiscio, and David Griffith discuss the latest news from the 2020 election debate and what it …

The best education research studies of 2019 - 01/08/20

January 8th, 2020

17:01

On a special all-Research-Minute podcast, Amber Northern, Mike Petrilli, and David Griffith discuss the best research studies of 2019.

Why rural education matters - 12/17/19

December 17th, 2019

22:42

On this week’s podcast, Daniel Showalter, associate professor of math at Eastern Mennonite University and author of "Why Rural Matters," joins Mike Petrilli and Victoria McDougald to talk about the many challenges …

On online curriculum materials - 12/11/19

December 11th, 2019

27:53

On this week’s podcast, Morgan Polikoff, associate professor of education at USC, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about Fordham’s new …

The effects of early college programs - 12/04/19

December 4th, 2019

25:00

On this week’s podcast, Kristina Zeiser, senior researcher at American Institutes for Research, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about …

The obstacles of evidence-based practices - 11/26/19

November 26th, 2019

21:53

On this week’s podcast, Kim Marshall, author of The Best of the Marshall Memo, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about the challenge …

Are screens to blame for NAEP’s bottom falling out? - 11/20/19

November 20th, 2019

23:55

On this week’s podcast, Sarah Sparks, a reporter and data journalist for Education Week, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about the possible link between students’ screen time and reading scores. On the …

The Scarcity of High-Quality Early Childhood Education - 11/13/19

November 13th, 2019

21:03

On this week’s podcast, Carrie Gillispie, senior analyst in P–12 policy at The Education Trust, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about …

NAEP 2019: It (was) the economy, stupid - 11/06/19

November 6th, 2019

23:26

On this week’s podcast, Marty West, a Harvard professor of education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to talk about last week’s NAEP results …

On education, Warren’s got a pander for that - 10/30/19

October 30th, 2019

18:36

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith talk to Checker Finn about Senator Warren’s flawed education proposal. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines improvements to the student teaching …

Early warning: Kindergarten readiness skills are trending downward - 10/23/19

October 23rd, 2019

17:32

On this week’s podcast, Megan Kuhfeld, a research scientist at NWEA, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss her recent, sobering findings about the reading and math skills of children entering kindergarten. On the Research …

Why the Big Easy’s big gains are over - 10/16/19

October 16th, 2019

22:20

On this week’s podcast, Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the progress, and recent plateauing, of NOLA’s ed
reforms. On the …

Everything we know about effective teachers - 10/09/19

October 9th, 2019

31:52

On this week’s podcast, Dan Goldhaber, the director of CALDER, joins Mike Petrilli, David Griffith, and Amber Northern to discuss what rigorous …

Charter schools lift all boats - 10/02/19

October 2nd, 2019

20:12

On this week’s podcast, Nina Rees, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter School, joins Mike Petrilli and …

The meaning of Success Academy's success - 09/25/19

September 25th, 2019

23:47

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and David Griffith talk with Robert Pondiscio about his new book on Success Academy. On the Research Minute, …

All about AP - 09/18/19

September 18th, 2019

21:00

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli talks with Checker Finn and Andrew Scanlan about their new book on the past, present, and future of Advanced Placement. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern explores why Texas’s …

Parents’ role in school improvement - 09/11/19

September 11th, 2019

25:07

On this week's podcast, Patrick Corvington, executive director of DC School Reform Now, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to offer advice on how …

Trends in public opinion on choice, testing, and teacher salaries - 09/04/19

September 4th, 2019

25:00

On this week’s podcast, Martin West, Harvard professor and editor-in-chief of Education Next, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss the results of Ed Next’s …

Boosting student outcomes with end-of-course exams - 08/28/19

August 28th, 2019

26:53

On this week’s podcast Mike Petrilli and David Griffith talk to Adam Tyner about the new Fordham report he co-authored with Matthew Larsen on end-of-course exams and student outcomes. On the Research Minute, Amber …

The homecoming court edition - 08/21/19

August 21st, 2019

19:48

On this week’s podcast, Jeremy Tate, CEO of the Classic Learning Test, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what classical learning is and why it’s important. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines …

Media literacy in our schools - 08/14/19

August 14th, 2019

29:02

On this week’s podcast, Alice Huguet, an associate policy researcher at RAND, joins David Griffith and Adam Tyner to discuss whether and how K–12 …

Should all students be prepared for both college and career? - 08/07/19

August 6th, 2019

29:38

On this week’s podcast, Kate Blosveren Kreamer, deputy executive director of Advance CTE, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss whether …

Is it time to reform discipline reform? - 07/31/19

July 31st, 2019

15:56

On this week’s podcast Mike Petrilli speaks with David Griffith and Adam Tyner about school discipline reform in America, and their new Fordham study …

What rural Americans think about charter schools - 07/24/19

July 24th, 2019

22:05

On this week’s podcast, Danish Shakeel, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how information affects attitudes toward charters in rural America. On the …

One small step for man, one giant leap for our schools? - 07/17/19

July 17th, 2019

22:40

On this week’s podcast, Fordham’s own Checker Finn joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss, during the week of Apollo 11’s fiftieth …

While the Democratic candidates debate the past, the future of education policy is in the hands of the states - 07/10/19

July 10th, 2019

18:37

On this week’s podcast, Marc Porter Magee, CEO and founder of 50CAN, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss last month’s presidential debates, and the busy legislative sessions recently concluded in many states. On the Research …

Research, practice, and the feds - 06/26/19

June 25th, 2019

28:55

On this week’s podcast, Elizabeth Albro, Commissioner of the IES National Center for Education Research, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss ways to increase the effect of evidence on classroom practice. …

Getting wonky on the Democratic candidates’ education ideas - 06/19/19

June 19th, 2019

24:57

On this week’s podcast, Conor Williams, a fellow at the Century Foundation, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the leading Democratic presidential candidates’ education proposals. On the Research Minute, …

Data-based decision-making is great, as long as data are not only test scores - 06/12/19

June 12th, 2019

25:49

On this week’s podcast, Josh Boots, Founder and Executive Director of EmpowerK12, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how …

The benefits of having a same-race teacher - 06/05/19

June 5th, 2019

20:30

On this week's podcast, Seth Gershenson, an associate professor at American University and author of Fordham's latest study, Student-Teacher Race …

Rural schools and the urban bleed - 05/29/19

May 29th, 2019

25:52

On this week’s podcast, journalist Arielle Dreher joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the struggles of rural areas to hold on to their …

Education leadership’s gender imbalance - 05/22/19

May 22nd, 2019

22:04

On this week’s podcast, Julia Rafal-Baer, chief operating officer at Chiefs for Change, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss her …

Can we really transform district schools? - 05/15/19

May 15th, 2019

25:10

On this week’s podcast, Donald P. Nielsen, program director of the Discovery Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education, joins Mike …

Should U.S. schools mandate foreign language instruction? - 05/08/19

May 8th, 2019

20:56

On this week’s podcast, William Egginton, a professor of the humanities at Johns Hopkins University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to make …

Preschool for children of immigrants - 05/01/19

May 1st, 2019

22:06

On this week’s podcast, Erica Greenberg, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, joins David Griffith and Brandon Wright to discuss her research on the state of early childhood education for the sons and …

Searching for “deeper learning”—and not finding it - 04/24/19

April 24th, 2019

28:08

On this week’s podcast, Jal Mehta, an associate professor of education at Harvard, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his new book …

Will charter opposition come for D.C.? - 04/17/19

April 17th, 2019

22:25

On this week’s podcast, Jessica Sutter, a newly elected member of the DC State Board of Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

Is Checker going soft on “social and emotional learning”? - 04/10/19

April 10th, 2019

22:40

On this week’s podcast, Checker Finn joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his new paper with Rick Hess on how the social and emotional learning movement can avoid going off the rails. On the
Research …

CTE and local labor markets - 04/03/19

April 3rd, 2019

28:02

On this week’s podcast, Cameron Sublett, associate professor of education at Pepperdine University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the findings of Fordham’s newest report, How Aligned is Career and …

Are schools ready for an economic downturn? - 03/27/19

March 27th, 2019

22:31

On this week’s podcast, Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab and a research associate professor at Georgetown University, joins Mike …

Education’s philanthropic shift - 03/20/19

March 20th, 2019

23:38

On this week’s podcast, Celine Coggins, executive director at Grantmakers for Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

Richard Whitmire is all about the B.A. - 03/13/19

March 13th, 2019

24:27

On this week’s podcast, veteran education writer Richard Whitmire joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his forthcoming book, The B.A. Breakthrough. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines whether …

How KIPP-DC develops and retains teachers - 03/06/19

March 6th, 2019

27:15

On this week’s podcast, Susan Schaeffler, founder and CEO of KIPP DC, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the Capital Teaching Residency and other efforts to build an effective and sustainable teacher …

Philadelphia’s brotherly love between charter, district, and parochial schools - 02/27/19

February 26th, 2019

18:54

On this week’s podcast, Mark Gleason, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Schools Partnership, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss the burgeoning, and …

Out of commission - 02/20/19

February 20th, 2019

20:43

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Checker Finn, and David Griffith discuss Checker’s experience on Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and …

The profit motive and education - 02/13/18

February 13th, 2019

28:14

On this week’s podcast, Neal McCluskey, director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the …

Millennial parents and education reform - 02/06/19

February 6th, 2019

23:21

On this week’s podcast, Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what …

Teacher strikes, Democrats, and ed reform - 01/30/19

January 30th, 2019

17:31

On this week’s podcast, Shavar Jeffries, President of Democrats for Education Reform, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what teacher strikes and Democratic presidential candidates’ support for them mean …

The state of choice during National School Choice Week - 01/23/19

January 23rd, 2019

25:03

On this week’s podcast, Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change, and Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, …

School choice’s hopeful new year - 01/16/19

January 16th, 2019

19:20

On this week’s podcast, Lindsey Burke, a director at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to …

Federal education policy in 2019 - 01/09/19

January 9th, 2019

22:21

On this week’s podcast, Andrew Ujifusa, an assistant editor for Education Week, and one-half of the Politics K-12 team, joins Mike Petrilli and David …

Educational pluralism - 12/19/18

December 19th, 2018

25:50

On this week’s podcast, Ashley Berner, assistant professor and deputy director of the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins, joins David …

America’s choice deserts - 12/12/18

December 11th, 2018

19:52

On this week’s podcast, Lindsey Rust, National Director of Implementation for the American Federation of Children, joins Mike Petrilli and David …

The sad state of credit recovery - 12/05/18

December 5th, 2018

17:39

On this week’s podcast, Samantha Viano, Assistant Professor of Education at George Mason University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss Fordham’s new study of credit recovery programs, and her own work on …

How to separate the wheat from the chaff on technical credentials - 11/28/18

November 28th, 2018

22:34

On this week’s podcast, Mary Alice McCarthy, a director of the Center on Education and Skills at New America, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how leading states like Florida are vetting thousands of …

The end of education policy? - 11/20/18

November 19th, 2018

16:53

On this week’s podcast Chester E. Finn, Jr., Chad Aldis, and David Griffith discuss whether we’ve reached the “end of education policy.” On the …

Equity and access in American high schools - 11/14/18

November 14th, 2018

18:39

On this week’s podcast, Erin Lockett, a senior policy analyst at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

Much about the midterms - 11/07/18

November 7th, 2018

22:37

On this week’s podcast, Andy Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

An #Eduween riddle: How is pre-school research like a skunk? - 10/31/18

October 31st, 2018

22:44

On this week’s podcast, Russ Whitehurst, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and founding director of the Institute of Education Sciences, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss early childhood …

School report cards in the ESSA era - 10/24/18

October 24th, 2018

19:10

On this week’s podcast, Stephani Wrabel, an associate policy researcher at RAND, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss states’ …

School choice for English language learners - 10/17/18

October 17th, 2018

18:37

On this week's podcast, Madeline Mavrogordato, an associate professor at Michigan State University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

The state of school choice - 10/10/18

October 10th, 2018

20:40

On this week's podcast, Halli Faulkner, national policy director at the American Federation for Children, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to …

The consequences of grade inflation - 10/03/18

October 3rd, 2018

18:55

On this week’s podcast, Seth Gershenson, associate professor at American University, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the Fordham …

We aren't teaching kids how to read - 09/26/18

September 26th, 2018

23:14

On this week’s podcast, Emily Hanford, a senior education correspondent and producer at APM Reports, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss her recent documentary on the sad state of reading instruction. On …

Multiple pathways in the Lone Star State - 09/19/18

September 19th, 2018

20:11

On this week’s podcast, Donna Bahorich, Chair of the Texas State Board of Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how to encourage students to take ownership of their educational journeys. On the …

Is the IRS poised to harm school choice? - 08/29/18

August 29th, 2018

21:46

  On this week's podcast, Adam Peshek, a managing director at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

How good are states’ English language arts standards? - 08/22/18

August 22nd, 2018

25:57

On this week's podcast, literacy expert Tim Shanahan joins Robert Pondiscio and David Griffith to discuss his review of states’ English language arts …

How African American children view our education system - 08/15/18

August 15th, 2018

24:27

On this week's podcast, Sekou Biddle, a vice president at UNCF, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss African American youth’s …

All about ed tech - 08/08/18

August 8th, 2018

25:37

On this week’s podcast, Gisèle Huff, executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the use of …

Golden State charter politics - 08/01/18

August 1st, 2018

18:04

On this week's podcast, Carlos Marquez, a senior vice president at the California Charter Schools Association, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith …

Education tailored to the whole child - 07/25/18

July 25th, 2018

28:02

On this week’s podcast, Jim Shelton, who is about to step down from the helm of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s education efforts, joins Mike …

How high schools can boost college completion - 07/18/18

July 18th, 2018

20:36

On this week’s podcast, Matthew Chingos, director of the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Program, joins Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright to …

Does the admissions process for New York City's selective high schools need fixing? - 07/11/18

July 11th, 2018

19:15

On this week’s podcast, David Griffith, Adam Tyner, and Brandon Wright discuss New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to revamp the admissions …

How schools can better prepare for the worst - 06/27/18

June 27th, 2018

20:09

On this week’s podcast, Andy Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss …

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink - 06/20/18

June 20th, 2018

28:20

On this week's podcast, Ben Castleman, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and Ethan Fletcher, a managing director at ideas42, join Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss Ben and Ethan’s …

Halted Hoosiers - 05/16/18

May 16th, 2018

20:57

On this week’s podcast, Dale Chu, education consultant and Indiana’s former assistant superintendent for innovation and improvement, joins Mike …

Racial disparities in special education identification: The conventional wisdom is all wrong - 05/09/18

May 9th, 2018

20:15

On this week's podcast, Paul Morgan, Professor of Education and Demography at Penn State University, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to …

Most parents still live in Lake Wobegon - 05/02/18

May 2nd, 2018

23:55

On this week's podcast, Bibb Hubbard, founder and president of Learning Heroes, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss better ways to communicate students’ academic progress (or lack thereof) to parents. On …

O-H-I-No - 04/25/18

April 25th, 2018

23:09

On this week's podcast, Paolo DeMaria, Ohio's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, joins Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright to discuss the …

A better curriculum in the Bayou State - 04/18/18

April 18th, 2018

24:56

On this week’s podcast, Rebecca Kockler, Louisiana’s assistant superintendent of academic content, joins Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio to …

Is America still a nation at risk? - 04/11/18

April 11th, 2018

21:37

On this week's podcast, Bruno Manno, Senior Advisor to the Walton Family Foundation’s K–12 Education Reform Initiative and a Trustee Emeritus at Fordham, joins Mike Petrilli and Checker Finn to discuss this week’s NAEP …

America’s “lost decade” of academic achievement - 04/04/18

April 4th, 2018

20:57

On this week’s podcast, Hanna Skandera, former New Mexico education chief, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss next week’s NAEP score release and why we’ve seen so little progress in recent years. On the …

States lead on education - 03/28/18

March 28th, 2018

17:38

On this week's podcast, Carissa Moffat Miller, the new executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, joins Mike Petrilli and …

A conversation with 2018’s Wisest Wonks - 03/21/18

March 20th, 2018

19:56

On this week’s podcast, Jessica Shopoff and Chase Eskelsen, employees of K12, Inc. and winners of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon, join Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss their ideas for reimagining American high …

Ruminating on the Kerner Commission’s fiftieth anniversary - 03/14/18

March 14th, 2018

20:12

On this week's podcast, Roberto Rodríguez, president and CEO of Teach Plus, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss race and poverty in education. During the Research Minute, David Griffith examines whether …

Ed reform's past, present, and future - 03/07/18

March 7th, 2018

30:39

On this week’s podcast, Aimee Rogstad Guidera, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, joins Alyssa Schwenk and Brandon Wright to discuss what ed reform’s decades of progress portend for the future. During the …

Where is the next "education governor"? - 02/28/18

February 28th, 2018

18:49

On this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli, Chad Aldis, and Alyssa Schwenk discuss what it will take to get gubernatorial candidates to embrace ed reform. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the cost …

Howard Fuller on school segregation - 02/21/18

February 21st, 2018

21:50

On this week's podcast, Howard Fuller, renowned civil rights activist and education reformer, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss …

The Olympian challenges facing America's high schools - 02/14/18

February 14th, 2018

19:45

On this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli, Alyssa Schwenk, and Brandon Wright discuss what the recent graduation rate scandals say about the state of the …

Special School Choice Week edition - 01/24/18

January 24th, 2018

20:41

On this week's podcast, Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change, and Nina Rees, CEO and president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, …

America does not need 3 million curricula - 01/17/18

January 17th, 2018

23:28

On this week's podcast, Margaret Horn, an executive at CenterPoint Education Solutions, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how …

A master class in state policymaking - 01/10/18

January 10th, 2018

20:33

On this week’s podcast, Benjamin Boer, deputy director at Advance Illinois, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss how a coalition of …

State policymaking in the ESSA era - 01/03/18

January 3rd, 2018

21:41

On this week's podcast, special guest Chris Minnich, who is stepping down after five years at the helm of the Council of Chief State School Officers, …

The Deflategate edition

September 9th, 2015

17:38

The Washington State Supreme Court's attack on charters, New York State’s Common Core review, mindfulness in education, and charter schools' impact …

The Kanye edition

September 8th, 2015

19:21

Education in New Orleans, school governance, Common Core-aligned assignments, and charter school openings in NYC.

Amber's Research Minute

 

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The Harbaugh edition

September 2nd, 2015

21:36

Education on the campaign trail, an appetite for gifted schooling, racial opinion gaps on testing, and how teacher expectations vary by race.

Amber's …
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