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A weekly podcast from "Education Next," a journal of opinion and research. Introduction music: "Organic Grunge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

A weekly podcast from "Education Next," a journal of opinion and research. Introduction music: "Organic Grunge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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A weekly podcast from "Education Next," a journal of opinion and research. Introduction music: "Organic Grunge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




Ep 174 - Oct. 16, 2019: Elisa Villanueva Beard and the Impact of Teach For America

Elisa Villanueva Beard, the CEO of Teach For America, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the organization and a new study by Katharine M. Conn, Virginia S. Lovison and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, which details how the organization impacts the beliefs of its teachers. Read "How Teach for America Affects Beliefs about Education: Connecting classroom experience to opinions on education reform," here:...


Ep 173 - Oct. 9, 2019: The Concern Around Online Credit Recovery Programs

David Loewenberg joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how online credit recovery has changed the landscape of high school graduations, and what's being done to make sure that credit recovery programs can maintain their legitimacy. Read the full article, "A Digital Path to a Diploma," here: https://www.educationnext.org/digital-path-to-diploma-online-credit-recovery-classes/


Ep. 172 - Oct. 2, 2019: What's Behind Success at Success Academy

Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new book, "How the Other Half Learns," and his observations of a Success Academy school at work in the Bronx. Read an excerpt from the book, "Come to Jesus: Effort parties, data walls, reading logs, and “warm/strict” — a look inside Success Academy," here: https://www.educationnext.org/come-to-jesus-look-inside-success-academy-excerpt-how-the-other-half-learns/


Ep. 171 - Sept. 25, 2019: The Effect of Vocational Education on Adult Success

Kevin Stange, associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan, joins Marty West to discuss his article, "Depth Over Breadth: The value of vocational education in U.S. high schools," and how vocational education impacts students and their college and career aspirations. Read the full article, co-written with Daniel Kreisman, here: https://www.educationnext.org/depth-over-breadth-value-vocational-education-u-s-high-schools/


Ep. 170 - Sept. 18, 2019: The Lessons of the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Patrick J. Wolf, professor at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-Chief Marty West to discuss the effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the statewide school-voucher initiative, including its impact on student test scores and which schools participated in the program. Read "What Happened in the Bayou? Examining the Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program," here: https://www.educationnext.org/what-happened-bayou-examing-effects-louisiana-scholarship-program/


Ep. 169 - Sept. 11, 2019: Have Charters Increased Segregation in American Schools?

Tomas Monarrez, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the impact charter schools have had on segregation in U.S. schools. Monarrez, with Brian Kisida and Matthew M. Chingos, is a co-author of "Do Charter Schools Increase Segregation? First national analysis reveals a modest impact, depending on where you look," from the Fall 2019 issue of Education Next....


Ep. 168 - Sept. 4, 2019: What's Behind the Drop in International Students in the U.S.?

Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates, joins Marty West to discuss what may be causing the downturn in international admissions in U.S. universities, and how that's contributing to the revenue drop across higher education institutions. Usher is the author "Has President Trump Scared Away All the Foreign Students?," appearing in the Fall 2019 issue of EdNext....


Ep. 167 - Aug. 28, 2019: Stepping Up to Serve High-Achieving Math Students

Joshua Zucker, a veteran instructor with Art of Problem Solving, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief to discuss how to best teach math to advanced students. Zucker was featured in Kathryn Baron's piece, "Serving the Math Whiz Kids: Private enrichment programs step up to meet the need." https://www.educationnext.org/serving-math-whiz-kids-private-enrichment-programs-step-up-meet-need/


Ep. 166 - Aug. 21, 2019: Results from the 2019 EdNext Poll

The EdNext Podcast returns with Editor-in-chief Marty West and Senior Editor Paul E. Peterson discussing the 2019 Education Next Poll, including results on public opinion on schools, teacher pay, school choice, and more. Read "Public Support Grows for Higher Teacher Pay and Expanded School Choice: Results from the 2019 Education Next Poll" here: https://www.educationnext.org/school-choice-trump-era-results-2019-education-next-poll


Ep. 165 - June 5, 2019: The Truth About Summer Learning Loss

The claim that all students, and especially disadvantaged students, lose substantial academic ground over summer vacation has long been both an article of faith and a source of anxiety. But a new look at the data finds no evidence that the average child loses months of learning each summer or that summer learning loss contributes much to the achievement gap. Paul T. von Hippel, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, joins EdNext...


Ep. 164 - May 29, 2019: Giving Ed Tech a Chance to Shine

Many tech-based interventions have had disappointing results, but maybe these efforts haven't capitalized on what computers do best. A new study looks at the impact of a blended learning program on students in India who were not making progress in their local public schools because they were starting out so far behind the other students. Alejandro Ganimian, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology and Economics at New York University, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss "In...


Ep. 163 - May 22, 2019: Strong Evidence That School Start Times Matter

A new study finds that later school start times increase achievement on standardized tests. Marty West talks with Jennifer Heissel, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, about the study, "Rise and Shine: How school start times affect academic performance," which she co-authored with Samuel Norris. The study is available at: https://www.educationnext.org/rise-shine-how-school-start-times-affect-academic-performance


Ep. 162 - May 7, 2019: Wraparound Services and Student Achievement

Many school districts try to address external obstacles to student learning by offering "wraparound services" in schools. These schools try to connect their students with outside groups that can help them deal with challenges from food insecurity to mental health issues. In a new article, Michael McShane notes that "While integrated supports may help meet students' physical and emotional needs, their ability to improve student learning remains unproven."...


Ep 161 - May 1, 2019: Should You Hold Your Child Back from Kindergarten?

In this replay episode, we revisit Marty West's 2017 discussion with Diane Schanzenbach,about the downsides of academic redshirting. https://www.educationnext.org/is-your-child-ready-kindergarten-redshirting-may-do-more-harm-than-good/


Ep. 160 - April 24, 2019: Democracy Prep Schools Boost Civic Participation

Can K-12 schools today make a difference when it comes to their students' civic attitudes and behavior? A new study finds that attending a public charter school operated by Democracy Prep Public Schools nearly doubles students' rates of civic participation as young adults. This week, on the EdNext Podcast, Marty West speaks with Seth Andrew, founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools. The study, "A Life Lesson in Civics: How Democracy Prep Charter Schools Boost Student Voting," by Brian P....


Ep. 159 - April 17. 2019: Keeping Social and Emotional Learning on the Right Path

Russ Whitehurst, nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute and professor emeritus of psychology and pediatrics at Stony Brook University, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his half of a recent forum on social and emotional learning, "A Prevalence of 'Policy-Based Evidence-Making.'" https://www.educationnext.org/prevalence-policy-based-evidence-making-forum-should-schools-embrace-social-emotional-learning/...


Ep. 158 - April 10, 2019: Supporting Social and Emotional Development to Boost Academic Success

Some believe that growing interest in social and emotional learning is just a distraction from the academic mission of schools, but Robert Balfanz argues that only by educating the whole child can schools prepare students for adult success. Today Marty West talks with Balfanz about why he thinks social and emotional learning is a natural outgrowth of the standards and accountability movement and about the research behind his views. Balfanz is a research professor at the Johns Hopkins...


Ep. 157 - April 3, 2019: EdNext Podcast: 2020 Presidential Candidates Press For Higher Teacher Pay

Last week, Kamala Harris made headlines with an ambitious—and expensive—plan to raise teacher pay, and she's not the only Democratic presidential candidate talking about education. Marty West discusses what the candidates have been saying with Ira Stoll, EdNext's managing editor, who has been reporting from the campaign trail in New Hampshire and who wrote “Teacher Pay Emerges as Democratic Primary Issue," available at...


Ep. 156 - March 27, 2019: Reading in the Age of Screens

The rise of digital media has made it harder than ever to engage in deep, contemplative reading. As Maryanne Wolf writes in her new book, Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, skimming is the new normal. In this episode, Marty West speaks with Doug Lemov, who reviewed Wolf’s book for Education Next. (The review is available at https://www.educationnext.org/forgetting-how-to-read-review-reader-come-home-maryanne-wolf/) Lemov is managing director of Uncommon Schools and...


Ep. 155 - March 20, 2019: The Persistence of Achievement Gaps between Haves and Have-Nots

The conventional wisdom is that, as income inequality has grown in the United States, inequality in education has increased as well. A new study finds that gaps in student achievement along lines of socioeconomic status have not grown over the past half-century. But neither have they narrowed; rather, they’ve been strikingly persistent. One of the authors of the new study, Paul E. Peterson, talks with Marty West about the achievement gap’s persistence. The study is "The Achievement Gap Fails...