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October 10, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Can Technology Help Districts Improve Teacher Hiring?

Rick talks with the CEO of Nimble, a venture that uses tech-based solutions to help about 50 school districts (with nearly half a million students) find the teachers they want.

October 03, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12?

Rick talks with the CEO of Outschool, which is a marketplace for live online classes connecting over 30,000 students with over 1,000 teachers in 50 U.S. states and 35 countries.

September 19, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Microsoft Chief Talks Augmented Reality in Schools

Dan Ayoub, who helms Microsoft's education team after a decade leading the famed Halo gaming franchise, discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of bringing augmented and virtual reality to the classroom.

September 12, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: The Woman Who's Trying to Reimagine Testing

Rebecca Kantar leads Imbellus, which has raised over $24 million in venture funding to build simulation-based assessments deployed in over 20 countries.

September 05, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Bridge in Nigeria Chief Oladapo Olarinmoye

Bridge in Nigeria is upskilling the teachers of around 300,000 children in 1,500 schools over four years, a rate of scaling which may be unprecedented in African history.

June 27, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Digital Pioneers Academy CEO Mashea Ashton

Mashea Ashton is the founder and CEO of Digital Pioneers Academy, a computer science-focused charter school that launched last fall in Washington, D.C.

June 06, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: LEAP CEO Phyllis Lockett

LEAP Innovations runs an 18-month program training educators in 140 Chicago schools how to implement personalized learning.

May 23, 2019

Straight Up Conversation: Emily Krone Phillips on Chicago's 'Freshman OnTrack'

In Chicago, the metric Freshman OnTrack is more predictive of high school graduation than 8th grade test scores, neighborhood, race, or family income.

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.

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