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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.

July 17, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Leading Educators Departing CEO Jonas Chartock

I recently had the chance to chat with Leading Educators' departing CEO Jonas Chartock about the organization, which works with over 700 teacher leaders to transform professional learning for over 2,400 teachers.

July 12, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Nat Malkus on What's Next for Teachers' Unions After Janus

Today, I chat with Nat Malkus, who's been tracking the implications of Janus v. AFSCME. He discusses how important parts of the decision might have gotten lost amid the fevered early coverage.

June 27, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: New Harvard Ed School Dean Bridget Terry Long

Today, I chat with Bridget Terry Long, who was recently named dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, about the strengths and opportunities of HGSE, and what she hopes to accomplish in the role.

June 21, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: TalkingPoints Founder Heejae Lim

Today, I chat with Heejae Lim, founder of TalkingPoints, a messaging app used by 150,000 families and teachers in over 3,000 schools that aims to improve parent-teacher communication—especially for parents who are non-English speakers.

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