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Episode 22: Live From the Black Male Educators Convening (Part II feat. Peggy Brookins)

This is the second of two episodes from the Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) in Philadelphia. In this episode, we talk to high school student Noor Bowman about her experience going to school in Philadelphia. We also talk to Peggy Brookins, CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (or the Navy Seals of teachers as Lane calls it) about why board certification is so important and how we can encourage more teachers to become certified. Full show notes and links at...


Episode 21: Live From the Black Male Educators Convening (Part I feat. Dr. William Hite)

This is the first of two episodes from the Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) in Philadelphia. In this episode, we talk to Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite about why it's so important to have black male educators in our schools, why there are not many of them, and what we can do to get more. We also chat with Darlene Cobb, mother of BMEC founder Vincent Cobb II who we interviewed at last year's BMEC. We hear her perspective on her son's journey from childhood to...


Episode 20: We Talk About Florida and the Charter School Beatdown (feat. Sam Duell)

In this episode, we speak with Sam Duell, Associate Policy Director for Charter Schools at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. We bust common myths about charter school policy as well as discuss how to resolve the long-standing battle between traditional public schools and charter schools. Full show notes and links at http://educationpost.org/conversation/podcast/


Episode 19: Football and Literacy (feat. Vesia Wilson-Hawkins)

In this episode, we sit down with our colleague Vesia Wilson-Hawkins to discuss what it would be like if parents got as fired up about literacy as they do at their kid’s soccer game. Vesia tells us about what inspired her recent article on the same topic, the disconnect in parent’s perceptions of their child’s academic performance and reality, and how coaches and athletes could be instrumental in advocating for better education. Full show notes and links at...


Episode 18: 'Hard Words' (feat. Emily Hanford)

In this episode, we discuss the science-backed methodology for teaching kids how to read and why schools are not using it. Our guest, Emily Hanford of APM Reports talks to us about the history of reading education in the United States, the efficacy of various teaching methodologies, and how we can advocate for better teaching practices for our children. Full show notes and links at http://educationpost.org/conversation/podcast/


Episode 17: We Talk About 'America to Me' (ft. LeeAndra Khan and Tracy Dell’Angela)

In this episode we chat about the STARZ docuseries "America to Me" which examines racial, economic and class issues at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. We talk to LeeAndra Khan and Tracy Dell'Angela about how racial inequity still plagues schools across the country, even in highly integrated communities. Full show notes and links at http://educationpost.org/conversation/podcast.


Episode 16: Back To School (ft. Samantha Brown Olivieri)

There are many ways that parents can engage with their kids’ education. However there are few resources available to help parents make the biggest possible impact. Often, the most significant resource provided to parents is a back-to-school shopping list! In this episode, we interview Samantha Brown Olivieri, chief strategy officer at GreatSchools, about how parents can ensure their children are receiving a quality education on both individual and systemic levels. We talk about school...


Episode 15: When School Discipline And Implicit Bias Collide (ft. Miriam Rollin and Sharif El-Mekki)

In this episode, we discuss the repealing of the Obama-era Guidance on school discipline and what it means for the fight to make education more equitable. First we talk to the director of the Education Civil Rights Alliance, Miriam Rollin, about the current state of the Guidance: what it is, how it's been working, and what it means for it to be repealed. Then, we have a broader conversation about inequity and school disciplinary philosophy with Sharif El-Mekki, the principal at Mastery...


Episode 14: The Stripping Away of Civil Rights (ft. Laura Waters)

In this episode, we sit down with our friend and colleague Laura Waters to discuss the role of the federal government in regulating public schools as well as Laura's recent article about Betsy DeVos's failure to protect disabled students from civil rights violations. We discuss Laura's perspective on these issues, both as an education writer and the mother of a child with disabilities. Full show notes and links at http://educationpost.org/conversation/podcast/


Episode 13: Choosing a Good School for Your Kid

In this episode, we discuss the metrics that parents can use to make an informed decision about school choice. Then you will hear a story of public education done right. This is the story of Sandra and her young son Aurelius, and their journey to find a school that could provide the support that Aurelius needs to shine. Eventually, Sandra chose KIPP Jacksonville for her children, and couldn't be more pleased. You'll hear about how Aurelius's difficulties manifested in a typical public...


Episode 12: Why Youth Mentoring Increases Opportunities for Kids

In this episode, we interview Torie Weiston-Serdan, educator and founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring services to young people to help them become college, career, and life ready. We discuss the benefits of mentoring programs and why increasing opportunities for kids to be mentored is so important. We talk about the future and potential of mentoring as well as how schools can provide better support for marginalized groups. Full...


Episode 11: We Take a Trip to Denver! (ft. Susana Cordova)

In this episode, Lane and Ikhlas speak with Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of Denver Public Schools. She started working in Denver over 20 years ago as a bilingual language arts teacher. We discuss the current state of education in Denver, what it's like to push for reform in your hometown, and what makes a quality school. Full show notes and links at http://educationpost.org/conversation/podcast/


Episode 10: First Generation College Students

In this episode, we explore the experiences and struggles of first-generation college students. First, we hear from our colleague Valentina, Education Post’s chief of staff, about her experience as a first-generation college student. Then, we speak with a current first-generation student, Leticia, and a staff member from the OneGoal organization, Melissa. OneGoal is a coalition of teachers, students, school leaders, and education advocates that work to close the college degree divide that...


Episode 9: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK's Assassination

In this episode, Ikhlas and Lane are joined by the founder of Campaign for School Equity, Mendell Grinter, to commemorate the date of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination 50 years ago. They discuss why Dr. King’s dream is still relevant today and what needs to be done to see it completely realized in the future.


Episode 8: The Best and Worst Moments of 2017

On our last episode of 2017, we talk about the best and worst moments of the year. From politics to #metoo, from wonderful moments inside classrooms and outside, 2017 was a big year. We want to thank all of the guests we’ve had on the podcast so far and are looking forward to a great 2018.


Episode 7: Millennials in Education

In this episode, Ikhlas visited a Panel on Millennials in Education Reform, hosted by the Fordham Institute in Washington DC. She spoke with three panelists on how Millennials are involved in education and reform. Mendell Grinter, Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for School Equity. Lea Crusey, founder of Allies for Educational Equity Dakarai Aarons, Vice President of Strategic Communications for the Data Quality Campaign. Ikhlas’s main interview is with Alyssa Schwenk, the...


Episode 6: Lane Took a Trip to Qatar and Then Found KIPP (ft. Mike Feinberg)

Lane attends the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, and interviews some of the unique voices at the summit. First, we hear from two students at the English Modern School in Doha, Satine Dosdos, and Matthew El Chalouhi. They explain how their school works in Qatar and what makes a great teacher. Lane interviews Zainab Mohamed, an educator who has worked for Teach for Qatar and talks about the issues facing Qatari schools and families when it comes to teachers,...


Episode 5: A Trip to Planet Mom (ft. Erika Sanzi and Keri Rodrigues)

Today on the podcast we're talking to two amazing moms of school kids, Erika Sanzi and Keri Rodrigues. How Erika and Keri do it all is beyond us, but in this episode, we dive into everything from advocating for kids to trying to find some down time with three boys running around the house. Erika Sanzi lives in Rhode Island, is a former teacher and school board member, and the mother of three boys. She writes about education issues on her blog Good School Hunting as well as blogging on...


Episode 4: #TeachtheBabies (ft. David Johns and Dr. John King)

We finally got to sit down with David Johns and Dr. John King at The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening in Philly last month, hosted by The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice. Last episode we chatted with Sharif El-Mekki and Vincent Cobb II, co-organizers of the Convening, which you can listen to here. First, we speak with David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition and a PhD student at Columbia University. We discuss how to give...


Episode 3: Why We Need More Black Male Educators (ft. Sharif El-Mekki and Vincent Cobb II)

Ikhlas and Lane attended The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening in Philly earlier this month hosted by The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice. They got to hear from Black male educators from around the country on why they came to the convening and what we can do to get more Black male educators in the classroom. They also talk to organizers of the event, Vincent Cobb II and Sharif El-Mekki, about why they planned the event, how to create a conversation beyond...