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September 18, 2017

Straight Up Conversation: Teach to One CEO Joel Rose

Today, I chat with Joel Rose, the CEO of Teach to One, discussing what it is, how it works, how horse-and-buggy assessment can stymie this kind of instruction, and where the venture is going.

September 07, 2017

Straight Up Conversation: US Organizer Eric Kalenze Explains researchED

Today, I chat with Eric Kalenze, the US organizer of researchED, talking about the project's history, his involvement, and their upcoming conference.

July 18, 2017

Straight Up Conversation: Abl CEO Adam Pisoni & Impact Guru Chris Walsh

I had the chance to sit down last week with Adam Pisoni and Chris Walsh of Abl about the release of their new Master Scheduler, a dynamic school-scheduling platform intended to help schools and leaders rethink how they use and plan their time.

June 20, 2017

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing New Mexico State Chief Hanna Skandera

I recently had a chance to chat with outgoing New Mexico State Superintendent Hanna Skandera about her experience, successes, challenges, mistakes, and lessons learned.

December 17, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: LearnZillion CEO Eric Westendorf

Today, I chat with Eric Westendorf, the CEO and co-founder of LearnZillion, talking curriculum design, business models and more.

December 07, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson

I recently had the chance to chat with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson about some of the highlights of her tenure, how things look to her five years in, and about the evolution of school reform.

September 30, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary

It's been a while since I last sat down with ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary. We chat about how the ed tech company started, its worldwide reach, and privacy issues in the tech world.

June 18, 2014

ACT Addresses My Questions About Common-Core Testing

Back in March, I took to the blog to ask three questions about concerns I had regarding Common Core testing to PARCC and SBAC, the two consortia that are building and field testing the assessments. Last week, Wayne Camara, senior vice president of ACT, emailed and offered responses from ACT.

June 16, 2014

Straight Up Conversation: UNCF CEO Michael Lomax on $25m Koch Gift

Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced a $25 million donation from businessmen and philanthropists Charles and David Koch. I thought it'd be interesting to discuss all this with Dr. Michael Lomax, the president and CEO of UNCF. Here's what he had to say.

April 14, 2014

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing NSNO CEO Neerav Kingsland

Regular readers are familiar with Neerav Kingsland, who's penned some of the more popular RHSU guest posts. Two years ago, I did a Straight Up conversation with Neerav when he took the reins from Sarah Usdin at New Schools for New Orleans. We've now come full circle, with Neerav recently announcing the he is stepping down at NSNO to aid other cities and districts seeking to pursue New Orleans-style education reform. It seemed an opportune time to catch up with Neerav, take stock of where things are in New Orleans, and hear his thoughts on what's ahead.

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