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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.

June 14, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: KIPP Chief of Policy and Public Affairs Richard Buery

Richard Buery, new Chief of Policy and Public Affairs for the influential KIPP charter schools, talks about the organization's approach to hot-button issues like immigration and school discipline.

June 07, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: AVID CEO Sandy Husk

Today, I chat with Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, a program working to close the opportunity gap with more than 6,000 schools; 70,000 teachers; and two million students a year. Sandy and I chat about the program, how it works, and what it means to be an "AVID student."

May 24, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Prepare U Founder Ryan Beale

Today, I chat with Ryan Beale, founder of Prepare U, a new curriculum for 13- to 18-year-old students designed to address mental-health awareness and help users navigate the challenges of adolescence. Prepare U was recently endorsed by the American Psychological Association's Society for Media Psychology and Technology.

May 10, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet

Today, I chat with Jill Vialet, CEO and founder of Playworks, a nonprofit using recess to promote physical activity and social-emotional health for over 800,000 kids in 1,600 schools. A recent RAND report found it to be one of only a handful of social-emotional learning interventions that meet ESSA's requirements for the highest standard of evidence.

May 03, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Skyrocket Founder Michael Sonbert

Today, I chat with Michael Sonbert, founder of Skyrocket Educator Training, which trains teachers and leaders in 300 urban and turnaround schools.

April 19, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Math Guru Richard Rusczyk

Richard Rusczyk is the founder of the Art of Problem Solving, a math curriculum and 300,000-member online learning community that supports students who excel in math. AoPS is the go-to trainer for America's Math Olympiad participants.

April 12, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Grom Social Founder Zach Marks

Today, I chat with Grom Social founder Zach Marks about the idea behind the kid-friendly social media platform and the importance of online responsibility.

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