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Get to know the real people, ideas and practices at work across the globe that are transforming the way we learn and live. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you won't want to miss a show! Subscribe now to catch the buzz on kids, policy, technology, and all of the latest in education.

Get to know the real people, ideas and practices at work across the globe that are transforming the way we learn and live. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you won't want to miss a show! Subscribe now to catch the buzz on kids, policy, technology, and all of the latest in education.

Location:

Washington, DC

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Get to know the real people, ideas and practices at work across the globe that are transforming the way we learn and live. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you won't want to miss a show! Subscribe now to catch the buzz on kids, policy, technology, and all of the latest in education.

Twitter:

@edreform

Language:

English

Contact:

202-750-0016


Episodes

How to Help Parents and Students Cope As Education Changes

10/8/2020
Social worker, author and professional psychoanalyst Erica Komisar (@EricaKomisarCSW) joins Reality Check to discuss the latest findings on the condition of schoolchildren and their emotional, social and mental well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how parents and others can best support their young ones in these trying times. Thanks, doctor!

Duration:00:56:09

The Stakes are Too High

9/3/2020
A look at Chicago, unions, kids and the future of schools post Covid. A well-known former Superintendent of major city school systems, the wonderfully outspoken Paul Vallas (@Paulvallas) joins Reality Check to discuss what to do in today’s unprecedented education environment — including where and whether parents should have a say, what the unions are doing and how he thinks other districts educators behave. Not an episode to miss!

Duration:00:53:29

Special Back-to-School ACTION Series Edition: 'What Parents Want'

8/18/2020
Back to School season is usually filled with hope and promise and excitement over another milestone. But this year, Covid has created disruptions in how we do school and many districts and schools still have not finalized their opening plans. While stories abound about parents and their travails, few are asking the big question – What do parents want? Covering that question and more on this special edition of Reality Check are Colleen Dippel, Founder and CEO of Families Empowered...

Duration:00:58:53

Seth Andrews on His New College, Degrees Of Freedom

6/22/2020
Seth Andrew (@SethAndrew) founder of the Democracy Prep charter school network and the social venture incubator Democracy Builders, joins Reality Check remotely to discuss newest endeavor, a college called Degrees of Freedom (degreesoffreedom.org), providing a hybrid late high school, early college experience for students who are low income and the first in their families to attend college. Listen for more!

Duration:00:36:37

Learning Keeps Going

5/28/2020
Kevin P. Chavous, President of Academics, Policy, and Schools at K12, Inc., joins CER ACTION Series Webinars to talk about how his company is responding to students’ and families’ needs in this critical time for education, how educators and advocates in the space can support substantive changes for good in their own systems, and what we can expect in the future for schools across the country. Listen on for more! If you like what you heard, join CER for the next episode in the ACTION Series...

Duration:00:51:11

Special Release: The Future of School

4/29/2020
This episode is a segment of the third CER ACTION series webinar that took place on April 21, with ASU Digital Prep CEO Julie Young, who joined Jeanne along with hundreds of listeners from all over to discuss her work in virtual education, now, in this serious time of global pandemic, and, for her students, during the regular schoolyear. If you want to know more about The Future of School, visit & bookmark edreform.com, follow us on Twitter @edreform, and don’t miss upcoming CER webinars,...

Duration:00:37:45

Internet in a Box?

4/3/2020
Need Internet access but don’t have broadband? Schools wrestling with how to help their students during this unprecedented crisis will want to hear Daniel Neal, Kajeet (@Kajeet) Founder & CEO, on another remote edition of Reality Check. Learn what he and Kajeet are doing now to “bridge the digital divide” and what you can do to respond to or get help during this challenging time.

Duration:00:37:09

The World of Credentialing, with Scott Cheney

3/23/2020
Scott Cheney, executive director of Credential Engine, joins Reality Check to talk about the burgeoning marketplace of credentialing, and how policymakers, entrepreneurs and educators can work together to further streamline the pathways between high school, higher education and the workforce.

Duration:00:33:08

Higher Education that Works

3/12/2020
Mark Defusco, CEO and President of Bay State College (@drmarkdefusco), joins Jeanne on Reality Check to discuss his efforts and experience in helping to create new and better pathways to careers for students in high school, college and those returning to higher ed, through Bay State and initiatives in online and remote education that are making it easier for students to succeed, no matter their location or circumstances...

Duration:00:27:00

EdInnovation in Italy...and Beyond

3/6/2020
In anticipation of the planned U.S.-Italia Education Innovation Festival to be held this April in Ercolano, Italy and in light of the challenges both nations’ educators face with the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreaks, Reality Check talks to 5 innovators who are building and implementing products and services that not only help advance better learning but can be part of the solution to educating students outside of brick-and-mortar schools in this volatile time. For more information about the...

Duration:01:01:09

Can Innovation Help Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19? A conversation with visionary Jamie Candee

2/28/2020
This week, Jamie Candee of Edmentum joins Reality Check with Jeanne and Michael to discuss the way online learning can be more relevant and helpful than ever not only when it comes educating students in both traditional settings and virtually, but also during times of national crises and strife, when more than ever students shouldn’t have to sacrifice their access to a great education, no matter what the situation. How can online learning programs, like Edmentum's, be particularly supportive...

Duration:00:17:02

The Future & Learning Technology: Adaptive, AI & Personalization

2/20/2020
Area9 Group CEO Ulrik Juul Christensen joins Reality Check to talk about learning science and personalization, in a run up to his keynote at the U.S.-Italia Education Innovation Festival (festival.edmaven.com) in Naples, Italy, April 27-29. From its origins in the 1980s to covering breakthrough new developments in technology, Artificial Intelligence and data science are fueling better, faster learning across the globe. How, why, and more about what it means for K to gray is a must listen.

Duration:00:39:13

From Politics to EdTech Innovator: Former MA Gov. Jane Swift

1/24/2020
Join Jeanne and her co-host, Michael Musante, for this week’s conversation with former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, President and Executive Director of LearnLaunch, an edtech innovation hub that connects innovators to emerging trends, and drives the development of high-quality educational opportunities for learners of all ages. LearnLaunch’s “Across Boundaries Conference,” which has been described as New England’s premier education event, will convene for its 8th annual gathering in...

Duration:00:28:17

A Passion for Education: Former NBA Star Jalen Rose

1/13/2020
Join Jeanne and her co-host, Michael Musante, for this week’s inspirational podcast episode featuring former NBA basketball star, and ESPN talk show host Jalen Rose, the Founder and Chairman of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy charter high school in his hometown of Detroit, MI. Jalen holds nothing back when it comes to his passion for a high-quality education for every child, regardless of their zip code, or the circumstances of their home life or their neighborhoods. The Jalen Rose...

Duration:00:26:04

A Decision 144 Years In the Making: SCOTUS Takes On Blaine

12/31/2019
Get ready for the most important education related Supreme Court case in 50 years by tuning into Jeanne’s interview with Kendra Espinoza, lead plaintiff in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, to be heard by the nation's highest court on January 22, 2020. A win for Espinoza would strike down the bigoted Blaine Amendments that currently exist in 37 states' constitutions and deny kids attending private schools equal access to state education funds. Also joining Jeanne and co-host Michael...

Duration:00:31:45

A Reality Check on the Democratic Presidential Candidate Education Forum, 12.14.19

12/12/2019
The ever entertaining Michael Musante joins Jeanne as her new co-host in this special edition of Reality Check, talking to and about those who help children succeed in public charter schools, innovative institutions that will be maligned and misrepresented this weekend in Pittsburgh, when MSNBC airs the union-organized candidate forum on public education (https://on.msnbc.com/2PDr6wF). Hear veteran charter school educator Melanie Ward from Propel Schools (@PropelSchools), Brian Smith...

Duration:00:52:17

The Thrill of Discovering History, with John O'Neill

11/26/2019
On this week's episode, episode 80, of Reality Check, Jeanne talks with best-selling author John O'Neill about his latest book, The Fisherman's Tomb, a taut theological thriller about the quest to solve one of the greatest archeological mysteries of all time: where was the tomb of St. Peter? O'Neill, a Naval Academy graduate, and former law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, has spent much of his life visiting and researching early Christian sites. Join Jeanne in...

Duration:00:26:06

Remember the Alamo! with Brian Kilmeade

11/18/2019
Fox & Friends co-host and best-selling author Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) joins Jeanne on this week's episode 79 of Reality Check to talk about his's latest book, "Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American History," and what gripping tales of history have to teach young students today. Kilmeade discusses his Fox Nation series “What Made America Great,” and his other books on leading figures in American history including Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and...

Duration:00:17:56

Honoring America's Vets, with Jim Roberts

11/11/2019
Episode 78, this week's special "Veteran's Day Week" edition of Reality Check, Jeanne is joined by Jim Roberts, president of the American Veterans Center (@AVCupdate). Jeanne and Jim discuss the profound and powerful stories of America's men and women in uniform, that shaped so much of our country's history, our values, and our ideals. Listen to this great podcast about how military history brings so much of America's history to life, and why it is so important to remember the sacrifices of...

Duration:00:19:04

Prepared for Success with Diane Tavenner

10/28/2019
Diane Tavenner is an author, educator and the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (@SummitPS), as well as a free program that enables schools across the U.S. to implement Summit Learning, its personalized approach to teaching and learning. Diane joins Episode 77 of Reality Check to shed light on some of the misconceptions around personalized learning, discuss her success with Summit and beyond, and her experiences working with parents, teachers and others in the learning process to...

Duration:00:27:31