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41 EpisodesProduced by Mark Isero

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#41: Author Brian Broome, “79”

January 13th, 2019


When I featured “79” as one of last year’s best three articles (see Issue #173), naturally I wanted to speak to author Brian Broome. He graciously accepted the invitation, and I’m honored to present our conversation to …

#40: Education Reporter Emily Hanford, “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?”

November 5th, 2018


Why are we still teaching reading the wrong way? Why are so many educators ignoring settled research and brain science and doing their own thing instead?

In “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?” Emily …

#39: 1st Grade Teacher Kristin Smith

May 14th, 2018


Anne interviews San Francisco first grade teacher Kristin Smith about why she doesn't assign homework, how to create a reading culture through book …

#38: Anne and Mark Banter About Reading

May 7th, 2018


Last month, we did a deep dive on reading instruction. Now it’s time to reflect on what we learned and to share some of our highlights. It’s also time to realize that we’ve just scratched the surface on reading — and …

#37: English Teacher Joan Cone on Supporting Readers

April 30th, 2018


Joan Cone is a retired English teacher who taught for more than 40 years. In the middle of her career, she changed the way she taught her class in an attempt to support young people to love reading. Ms. Cone wrote about …

#36: Dr. Josephine Arce

April 23rd, 2018


Dr. Arce has worn many hats in education: bilingual elementary school teacher, literacy specialist, head of San Francisco State's Literacy Specialist …

#35: John Corcoran: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

April 16th, 2018


Before John was an author, CEO, and literacy education advocate shaking hands with the president and being a guest on Oprah, he was a …

#34: SF Teachers Todd, Nick, and Shannon on Building Readers

April 9th, 2018


Mark goes on assignment and interviews three excellent reading teachers in San Francisco. Todd Smith, Nick Nordlinger, and Shannon Jin-a Lamborn talk …

#33: Reading Is Believing

April 2nd, 2018


This month, we’re focusing on reading — one of our favorite topics. Hope it’s a passion of yours, too! In this episode, we begin with a startling statement about young people’s reading habits. Then we chat about how …

#32: First in Family to College

March 26th, 2018


Anne and Mark conclude this month’s deep dive on college with some reflections, highlights, and student voice. What began as a general focus on …

#31: Lezly and Wendy on “Three Miles”

March 19th, 2018


Anne interviews two former students who graduated six years ago to learn how well prepared they felt for life after high school.

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#30: Teacher Rosie Leyva on “Who Gets to Graduate?”

March 12th, 2018


Rosie Leyva is a third grade teacher in Oakland and a first-generation college graduate. In this episode, Rosie discusses her experiences in college …

#29: The New Highlighter Podcast

March 5th, 2018


Mark and Anne unveil a new format for The Highlighter Podcast: covering one topic over the whole month. Listen to learn what March’s focus will be! …

#28: Attorney Christine Rhee

February 5th, 2018


Christine Rhee is a loyal subscriber, loyal listener, and loyal San Francisco Giants fan. She's also an attorney in San Diego and former criminal …

#27: Brittany Flynn

January 29th, 2018


Brittany Flynn is a learning specialist at Impact Academy in Hayward, California. On the show, she talks about what it means to be a learning specialist and about her favorite aspects of the profession. Before serving …

#26 Alvin Chang, Vox reporter

January 22nd, 2018


Alvin Chang is senior graphics reporter at Vox and the author of the lead piece in The Highlighter #125, which focused on school resegregation. Mr. …

#25: Teacher Anne Nyffeler

January 16th, 2018


Anne Nyffeler is a great teacher and instructional coach in San Francisco and is the editor of Anne-otations, The Highlighter's new feature! Each week, Anne will select one excellent podcast episode to share. This week, …

#24: School Leader Omar Bryan

January 8th, 2018


Omar Bryan is a talented artist, art teacher, and school leader in the Bay Area. He's also a big champion of The Highlighter! On the show, we talk …

#23: Educator Jamie Marantz

December 11th, 2017


Jamie Marantz is an experienced educator in the Bay Area who works relentlessly to disrupt predictable educational outcomes for young people. She …

#22: Barbara Shreve

December 4th, 2017


Barbara Shreve is an outstanding Math educator in the Bay Area who believes in the power of math to support young people's identity formation -- who they are and how they have agency in the world. She is also a …

#21: Teacher Olivia Morales

November 27th, 2017


Olivia Morales teaches social studies in New Orleans and is the co-founder of Teacher Beasts, which promotes exercise and wellness among educators. On the show, Olivia and I talk about the educational landscape in New …

#20 Jonathan Wright & Philippe

November 20th, 2017


Science teachers Jonathan Wright and Philippe Vanier, friends and colleagues, talk about the lead article from this week's newsletter, "Can Racism Be …

#19: Sonya Wang

November 13th, 2017


Sonya is a mom, loyal subscriber, and devotee of Oakland. On the show, we talk about choosing a school for her daughter, the stress of buying a house …

#18: Kati Parker

November 6th, 2017


Kati Parker is the first-ever former student of mine on the show! She is great and smart, and we chatted about "The Gentrification of Soul Food." …

#17: Nancy Lai

October 30th, 2017


Nancy leads all things literacy at the Oakland Unified School District, and in this episode, she talks about reading and how we can teach it better. …

#16: Sejal Patel

October 23rd, 2017


My good friend and loyal subscriber Sejal Patel talks about how best to advocate for your children when facing overworked or insensitive teachers. Also, we chat about "Birth of a White Supremacist."

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#15 Math teacher Laura Hawkins

October 15th, 2017


Laura Hawkins is a Math teacher in San Francisco. We talked about whether our divided country has become a tribal one, with all of its negative effects. Is there hope when we can't talk to each other?

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14 Data Associate Nicholas Woo

October 9th, 2017


Nicholas Woo is a data and evaluation associate at Partnership with Children in New York City. We talked about how education reforms just aren't …

#13: Writer Lauren Markham

October 2nd, 2017


Writer Lauren Markham is the author of "The Girl Gangs of El Salvador" and the new book, The Far Away Brothers. We talk about her writing and how best to serve newly arrived immigrant youth.

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#12: Professor Tony Johnston

September 24th, 2017


Professor of education Tony Johnston talks about fireflies, Black masculinity, and Advanced Placement classes. He supports new teachers in …

#11 Clare Green & Eric Foner

September 18th, 2017


Principal Clare Green interviews Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. They discuss Prof. Foner's recent article, …

#10: Niki Magtoto

September 11th, 2017


Niki is a San Francisco native and works in education at SFUSD. We talked about her work, resegregation, charter schools, and Nikole Hannah-Jones's …

#9 Nation Editor Zoë Carpenter

September 4th, 2017


Social studies teacher Allison McManis chats with Zoë Carpenter, editor at The Nation, about her article, "What's Killing America's Black Infants?"

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#8: Principal Tim Reidy

August 30th, 2017


Tim talks about his first week as a principal in San Francisco, plus counseling, CPS, foster youth, and what it means to serve young people in an equitable way.

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#7: Librarian Michele Godwin

August 14th, 2017


Michele and I chat about cell phones, Generation Z, and the hope she has for young people and our future, even in these dark times.

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#6: Data Guru Angelina Garcia

August 7th, 2017


Academic Data and Assessment Manager Angelina Garcia and I chat about data in education and last issue's article about homeless students in Seattle …

#5: Teacher Erin Brandvold

August 2nd, 2017


History teacher Erin Brandvold talks about immigration, empathy, and This American Life's recent episode, "Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville." …

#4: Teacher Marni Spitz

July 24th, 2017


Humanities teacher Marni Spitz talks about teaching, equity, her new community in Bend, Oregon, and "Youth From Every Corner," by Kirstin Valdez Quade.

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#3: Artist & Art Teacher Heidi

July 17th, 2017


It's time to talk to loyal subscribers of the digest! This episode, I got to chat with East Bay artist and art teacher Heidi. Thank you, Heidi, for being the podcast's first-ever guest!

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#2: Rugged Individualism?

July 13th, 2017


My favorite article this week is about Henry David Thoreau and how everything I thought about him was wrong.

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#1: Welcome to The Highlighter

July 6th, 2017


Welcome to The Highlighter Podcast!

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