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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.

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.

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