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May 16, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Trade School Impresario Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is president of North Bennet Street School (NBSS), a 138-year-old trade school serving 150 students each year in Boston.

May 02, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: CEO Benjamin Heuston

Benjamin Heuston, the CEO of, discusses how the nonprofit has brought online personalized learning to Utah preschoolers.

April 11, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Braven CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis

After teaching in New Orleans and working for Teach For America, Aimée Eubanks Davis founded her own program to help first-generation college students prepare for careers after graduation.

April 04, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: My Tech High CEO Matt Bowman

My Tech High partners with innovative public school districts to offer tuition-free, home-centered education programs to 5,000 students, primarily in Utah.

March 28, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro

Lynette Guastaferro is the CEO of Teaching Matters, which currently serves 237 urban schools. I recently talked with Lynette about the subsidiary program Early Reading Matters and efforts to improve how we teach reading skills.

March 14, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Columbia's Liz Chu on Research and Leadership

Liz Chu is executive director of Columbia Law School's Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), which trains graduate students from over 26 different professional schools for careers in education reform.

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: CEO Charles Best

I recently talked with Charles Best about 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.

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