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June 20, 2017

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing New Mexico State Chief Hanna Skandera

I recently had a chance to chat with outgoing New Mexico State Superintendent Hanna Skandera about her experience, successes, challenges, mistakes, and lessons learned.

December 17, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: LearnZillion CEO Eric Westendorf

Today, I chat with Eric Westendorf, the CEO and co-founder of LearnZillion, talking curriculum design, business models and more.

December 07, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson

I recently had the chance to chat with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson about some of the highlights of her tenure, how things look to her five years in, and about the evolution of school reform.

September 30, 2015

Straight-Up Conversation: ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary

It's been a while since I last sat down with ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary. We chat about how the ed tech company started, its worldwide reach, and privacy issues in the tech world.

June 18, 2014

ACT Addresses My Questions About Common-Core Testing

Back in March, I took to the blog to ask three questions about concerns I had regarding Common Core testing to PARCC and SBAC, the two consortia that are building and field testing the assessments. Last week, Wayne Camara, senior vice president of ACT, emailed and offered responses from ACT.

June 16, 2014

Straight Up Conversation: UNCF CEO Michael Lomax on $25m Koch Gift

Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced a $25 million donation from businessmen and philanthropists Charles and David Koch. I thought it'd be interesting to discuss all this with Dr. Michael Lomax, the president and CEO of UNCF. Here's what he had to say.

April 14, 2014

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing NSNO CEO Neerav Kingsland

Regular readers are familiar with Neerav Kingsland, who's penned some of the more popular RHSU guest posts. Two years ago, I did a Straight Up conversation with Neerav when he took the reins from Sarah Usdin at New Schools for New Orleans. We've now come full circle, with Neerav recently announcing the he is stepping down at NSNO to aid other cities and districts seeking to pursue New Orleans-style education reform. It seemed an opportune time to catch up with Neerav, take stock of where things are in New Orleans, and hear his thoughts on what's ahead.

July 31, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Fla. Supe Tony Bennett on the Indiana School Grading Furor

Since Monday afternoon, a furor regarding Indiana's school accountability system has engulfed Florida state chief Tony Bennett (who was formerly the state chief in Indiana). The brouhaha centers on e-mails that Bennett and his staff penned regarding an Indiana charter school. The school, Christel ...

July 29, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Clever COO Dan Carroll

Schooling is rife today with intriguing ed tech ventures. Thing is, it can be tough to tell these guys apart without a scorecard. What are they all doing? How do you sort the wheat from the chaff? Today, I chat with Dan Carroll, chief operating officer of Clever, about some of the crucial but la...

February 11, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba

Jazon Zimba is the founding principal of Student Achievement Partners and lead writer of the Common Core mathematics standards. I appreciated having a chance to sit down and chat with him about the whole ordeal.

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