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January 31, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: AltSchool Chief Impact Officer Devin Vodicka

AltSchool partners with 25 districts and schools to implement technology-enabled personalized learning. It also operates four tuition-funded lab schools in San Francisco and New York City. Recently I talked with Devin about AltSchool and its unique approach to personalized learning.

January 17, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: RAND Education Chief Darleen Opfer

Darleen Opfer serves as director of RAND Education and Labor, heading a 200-person staff that conducts research for major government agencies and private foundations. I recently chatted with Darleen about RAND and the state of education research in general.

December 13, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Seton Education Partners' Stephanie Saroki de Garcia

Seton Education Partners supports blended learning in 14 urban Catholic schools and operates three virtue-based charter schools in the South Bronx. Seton's co-founder Stephanie Saroki de Garcia and I recently talked about why blended learning matters and how Seton works to revitalize urban Catholic education.

December 06, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: DonorsChoose.org CEO Charles Best

I recently talked with Charles Best about DonorsChoose.org. Using the website, teachers in 80 percent of American public schools have collectively raised $760 million to fund 1.2 million different classroom projects. Charles explains how the program works and what the future holds.

October 18, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: IBM Foundation Chief Jen Crozier on P-TECH Schools

Today, I talk with Jen Crozier about P-TECH, a grades 9-to-14 school model with 110 schools in eight states. Graduates receive a high school diploma, a free associate degree in a STEM field, and extensive workplace learning.

October 11, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: The Grade's Alexander Russo on Media Coverage of Education

Today, I talk with The Grade's Alexander Russo about how media coverage of education has changed, what education journalists do especially well, and where the coverage needs improvement.

October 04, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Teachers Who Pray Founder Marilyn Rhames

I recently chatted with Marilyn Rhames about Teachers Who Pray, a nonprofit working in 131 schools across 38 states, and about the role of faith in schools.

September 27, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Chiefs for Change COO Julia Rafal-Baer

I recently talked with Julia Rafal-Baer about Chiefs for Change, a national network that includes 31 state chiefs and district superintendents, and about the landscape of educational leadership.

September 20, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Scholar Jay Greene on the Importance of Field Trips

Today, I talk to Jay Greene, from the University of Arkansas, about field trips and why they matter so much for students and schools.

September 06, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Roxanna Elden on Her New Book Adequate Yearly Progress

Today, I chat with Roxanna Elden about her new book Adequate Yearly Progress: A Novel and about what she learned from writing education-focused fiction.

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