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February 08, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: American Federation for Children President John Schilling

Today, I chat with American Federation for Children President John Schilling about the school choice landscape as we head into an election year.

February 06, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Build UP Founder Mark Martin

Today, I chat with Build Urban Prosperity founder (and one of my former students), Mark Martin, about his new venture, Build UP, and the opportunities and challenges of the apprenticeship model.

February 01, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: EMERGE Founder Rick Cruz

Today, I chat with EMERGE founder Rick Cruz about his efforts to help high-performing students from underserved backgrounds attend and graduate from selective colleges.

January 25, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan

Today, I chat with Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan about her NYC-based organization, what they do, and some of the challenges they've faced on timely questions like graduation rates and school discipline.

October 26, 2017

A Few More Questions for the National History Teacher of the Year

Last week, I spoke with 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Sara Ziemnik. Our conversation generated quite a bit of feedback and follow-up, including a number of practical queries from practitioners that I didn't think to ask. When I mentioned that to Ziemnik, she kindly agreed to offer some additional thoughts. Here's what she had to say.

October 19, 2017

Straight Up Conversation: 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Sara Ziemnik

Today, I chat with 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Sara Ziemnik about her thoughts on teaching history, and how one nurtures open and respectful debate in an era of polarization and general nastiness.

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.

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