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Reality Check is about anything and everything having to do with education. Hosted by the Center for Education Reform's Founder and CEO, Jeanne Allen, this series aims to be the center of thoughtful dialogue and challenging debate on the state of education today, teaching the real and compelling reasons that launched the education reform movement, and discussing the new ideas and innovation that lay ahead as we strive to prepare students to meet the challenges of a globally competitive future. Guests include pioneers of the reform movement as well as parent activists, educators, scholars, authors, education technology leaders, legislators, and policy experts.

Reality Check is about anything and everything having to do with education. Hosted by the Center for Education Reform's Founder and CEO, Jeanne Allen, this series aims to be the center of thoughtful dialogue and challenging debate on the state of education today, teaching the real and compelling reasons that launched the education reform movement, and discussing the new ideas and innovation that lay ahead as we strive to prepare students to meet the challenges of a globally competitive future. Guests include pioneers of the reform movement as well as parent activists, educators, scholars, authors, education technology leaders, legislators, and policy experts.
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Reality Check is about anything and everything having to do with education. Hosted by the Center for Education Reform's Founder and CEO, Jeanne Allen, this series aims to be the center of thoughtful dialogue and challenging debate on the state of education today, teaching the real and compelling reasons that launched the education reform movement, and discussing the new ideas and innovation that lay ahead as we strive to prepare students to meet the challenges of a globally competitive future. Guests include pioneers of the reform movement as well as parent activists, educators, scholars, authors, education technology leaders, legislators, and policy experts.

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Episodes

#SummertimewithCER: A Conversation with Kevin P. Chavous (originally published 10/15/18)

8/19/2019
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Kevin Chavous has run the gamut when it comes to advocating for expanded innovation in learning and furthering opportunities for families and children, having been an integral part of the success in initially bringing charter schools to Washington, D.C. and as D.C. councilman helping strengthen school choice and public education in the District. Apart from his public service, Chavous, president of academics, policy, and schools for K-12 Inc., works in the worlds of both business and law, and...

Duration:00:35:39

#SummertimewithCER: A Conversation with Ulrik Juul Christensen (originally published 12/26/17)

8/11/2019
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Every teacher knows that children all learn differently, and yet our schools are designed to teach them all the same way. In this week’s Reality Check with Jeanne Allen, one of the world’s leading experts in Adaptive Learning explains how it’s changing training in the workplace, and how it can help schools too. Ulrik Juul Christensen, medical doctor and entrepreneur, explores the way computer science is meeting cognitive neuroscience at the cutting edge of educational theory.

Duration:00:29:28

#SummertimewithCER: A Conversation with Eva Moskowitz (originally posted 5/7/18)

8/4/2019
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Eva Moskowitz is known as the CEO of Success Academy Network. With 50 campuses throughout New York City and more in development, she’s regarded as a charter school crusader, innovator and the architect of a revolution but it’s been a long contentious road. “I never felt before I got into education that I was living a Godfather movie,” says Eva – only half joking. Success Academy has been sued more than twenty times by unions. Union battles and political roadblocks have been a part of the...

Duration:00:27:51

Episode 69: Fix Unequal Educational Opportunity, with Sen. Mary Landrieu

7/15/2019
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This week’s guest is a rare commodity in American politics. As US Senator from Louisiana, Democrat Mary Landrieu (@SenLandrieu) often bucked conventional wisdom of her party to put children’s needs ahead of adults. She is a supporter of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program and a leading proponent in Congress of charter schools, which she sees as a “powerful tool to fix the generations-long challenge of unequal educational opportunity.” (WSJ, April 23, 2019) She pulls no punches in talking...

Duration:00:31:51

Episode 68: A New Model for Rural America with Ben Chavis and James McDougald

7/8/2019
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America’s heartland is where much of the goodness of America’s heart can be found, and today Jeanne chats with two amazing leaders who help keep the heart of educational excellence beating there. Ben Chavis and James McDougald both grew up in Robeson County, North Carolina – the very definition of rural – some might say real – America and both have returned. Chavis, who hails from the Lumbee Indian tribe, is an educator, school founder and was leader of one of the most successful charter...

Duration:00:26:54

Episode 67: Who Will Watch the Watchers?: Dr. Christine Ivie, Supt./Principal of Heritage Academy

6/25/2019
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Several Idaho charter schools were attacked and vilified by members of the Idaho Charter School Commission at a meeting the members thought was “closed”. Fortunately someone recorded the session, at which members disparaged the schools, students, management and indeed all residents of Jerome, Idaho. In this special release of Reality Check, Jeanne interviews Dr. Christine Ivie, Superintendent and Principal of Heritage Academy Charter School (https://heritageacademyid.org) in Jerome, Idaho....

Duration:00:25:48

Episode 66: An Anomaly in Public Ed: Innovation-minded NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson

6/24/2019
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Longstanding institutions, including healthcare and education, have remained unchanged despite a climate of lightning-fast innovation in technology. According to this week’s guest, “every student should have the opportunity to go to school, work hard, and reach their American Dream,” no matter what the path or provider, a challenge with the current education bureaucracy. Thankfully Mark Johnson is challenging the status quo. Tune in to learn how a new generation of elected official is...

Duration:00:27:33

Episode 65: Conquering a Failing Traditional Education System, Eugene Slocum of Alpha Academy

6/17/2019
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The old saying that “mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is a spot on description of the Alpha Academy Charter School and STEM Institute (https://www.alphaacademy.education/). From 90 students in 2000 to more than 900 today, Alpha and its CEO and Superintendent Eugene Slocum are revolutionizing education and breaking the mold for education in underserved communities like Fayetteville, North Carolina. @Alpha_Academy_ on Twitter Tune in and be inspired!

Duration:00:30:40

Episode 64: HOPE for Life, a Conversation with some special students

6/11/2019
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Talk about HOPE! Well it’s out there, and this edition of Reality Check is all about it. Learn how an education group is tailoring education to the needs of students - 40,000 of them - and not the other way around. Learn4Life and its’ program called HOPE (learn4life.org/programs/hope/)allows new mothers to have their children in the classrooms with them - which turns out to be good for both mother and child. Girls who would otherwise be high school dropouts graduate - often quite literally...

Duration:00:27:11

Episode 63: Education Rebel, Dennis Littky

6/4/2019
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Self-described “radical educator” Dennis Littky (@Dennis_Littky) talks about his ideas for making education meaningful, impactful and relevant to individual students. Really radical things! Through his work as a school leader and founder of College Unbound, Dennis helps address the needs of students whose needs are not met by traditional education and adults who are among the 37 million college dropouts, creating education specifically around their interests while allowing them to get a...

Duration:00:31:30

Episode 62: Guest Ashley Berner: No One Way To School

5/29/2019
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Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner, Deputy Director of the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Education, joins Reality Check to discuss educational pluralism and more: her 2016 book, Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School, educational choice in America and around the globe, international communities’ attitudes toward the biggest domestic educational issues, the history of religious schools and their resurgence in the States, educational models we can learn...

Duration:00:26:07

Episode 61: The State of Education and the Politics Behind the Opposition with David Hardy

5/20/2019
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This week on Reality Check, David Hardy (@davidphardy), Executive Director of Excellent Schools PA and Founder & CEO of Philadelphia’s Boys’ Latin Charter High School joins the show to discuss the current state of education and the politics behind the opposition, covering everything from “what education should do for each child and student” to the looming presidential race and where education issues will fit for the growing pool of candidates, this episode of Reality Check should not be...

Duration:00:31:58

Episode 60: NCSW edition: Bob Bellafiore and Harmeet Dhillon

5/15/2019
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Jeanne sits down with two stalwarts on the front lines of the battle to defend choice and freedom for teachers and other public employees, Harmeet Dhillon and Bob Bellafiore. Though Dhillon is in California and Bellafiore in New York they are fighting remarkably similar battles to force unions to obey the law that was codified by the Supreme Court’s “Janus” decision. Harmeet is representing California teachers who had to go to court to get their union dues refunded – dues they have been owed...

Duration:00:31:47

Episode 59: Higher Education IS for Everyone - An Interview with Mitch Daniels

4/29/2019
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On this episode of Reality Check, Jeanne sits down with Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University and former governor of Indiana, to talk about bringing a renewed sense of relevance and purpose to higher education. Daniels is no ordinary college president. He is putting fidelity to Purdue’s origins as a land grant college, making education more accessible to more people while maintaining rigor and containing costs. He has started a high school network, driven competency-based...

Duration:00:28:17

Episode 58: David Bruce Smith - The Grateful American

4/22/2019
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“If students don’t know history, it’s not their fault.” Those are the words of author, philanthropist and “grateful american” David Bruce Smith with whom we explore the enthusiasm for American history that led him to found the Grateful American Foundation in 2014. Smith seeks to re-ignite that same passion in young people - and adults - across America. He talks about the special bond he shared with his grandfather, the real estate developer Charles E. Smith; his lifelong love affair with...

Duration:00:32:17

Episode 57: Some of the Most Innovative People on the Planet - Live at ASUGSV 2019, Part 2

4/15/2019
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In this episode of Reality Check, Jeanne continues her conversations with some of the high-energy personalities at the ASU+GSV Summit, where innovators, edtech leaders, educators, investors, and philanthropists gathered last week to explore innovations in education both at home and around the world. In this part, she heard from Torian Richardson (education innovator, world traveler, and entrepreneur); Bart Epstein (Founder, Jefferson Education Exchange); April Sarraille (Knowledge Leaders);...

Duration:00:32:43

Episode 56: Some of the Most Innovative People on the Planet - Live at ASUGSV 2019, Part 1

4/10/2019
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Jeanne taps into the buzz and the energy of ASUGSV X, where innovators, edtech leaders, educators, investors, and philanthropists gather to explore innovations in education both at home and around the world. In Part I, listen to these people who stopped by Reality Check to share a bit about how they are bending the Arc of Human Potential - Bobbi Kurshan (Investor & UPenn Innovator); Bruce Davis (Teachstone); Jeremy Rossman (Make School); Melissa Lazaro (Lexplore); Candice Burns (Friendship...

Duration:00:47:06

Episode 55: EdTech and Innovation w/ Deborah Quazzo

4/3/2019
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Deborah Quazzo (@deborahquazzo) is the founder and managing partner of the annual ASU-GSV Summit, which will be held this year from April 8 -10 in San Diego, CA. The event, now in its 10th year, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to gray” learning and talent landscape, and attracts over 4,000 attendees. In this “curtain-raiser” interview for the summit, Deborah talks about her journey to the $2 trillion dollar emerging market in global ed tech; why innovators and...

Duration:00:31:30

Episode 54: David vs Goliath: The Land of Enchantment Goes After Charters

3/27/2019
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Educator and school founder JoAnn Mitchell, runs an award winning, high performing charter school serving low-income children. The NM Secretary of Education is throwing roadblocks in the way of her replication and expansion. Why would someone concerned about students interfere? Mitchell is having to hire attorneys to fight the state. Jeanne digs into this real life David and Goliath story unfolding right now.

Duration:00:26:30

Episode 53: Is EDREFORM the New Blue? w/Rick Hess & Jay Greene

3/20/2019
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A new blockbuster report entitled “Education Reform’s Deep Blue Hue,” examines the political preferences of many of the people across what some consider prominent “edreform” groups. And what exactly constitutes this increasingly amorphous term? Listen to this provocative discussion of these topics and more.

Duration:00:29:02