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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. 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...


Ep. 154 - March 13, 2019: Using Behavioral Science to Improve School Attendance

New studies find that attendance awards may actually hurt attendance, but that correcting parents' false beliefs about their child's school absences may help. This week, Marty West speaks with Todd Rogers, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Along with Carly Robinson of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Todd is the author of “How to Tackle Student Absenteeism," available at: https://www.educationnext.org/how-to-tackle-student-absenteeism/


Ep. 153 - March 6, 2019: How Would a Federal School Choice Tax Credit Work?

Ever since Donald Trump spoke on the campaign trail of a new federal program to promote school choice, the education world has waited to see if and how his administration would follow through. That question was finally answered last Thursday, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama, announced a bill to create a nationwide tax credit to provide school choice scholarships. This week, Marty West talks with Jim Blew,...


Ep. 152 - Feb. 27, 2019: Comparing Teacher Skills in the U.S. and Abroad

The cognitive skills of teachers differ widely among nations. A new study investigates whether these differences affect student achievement and how the U.S. might recruit teachers with stronger cognitive skills. Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, "Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?," co-written with Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold, available at:...


Feb. 20, 2019 - Ep. 151: School Districts Need to Prepare for the Next Economic Downturn

It may seem like money is tight, but we're actually spending at a relatively high level on schools right now. When state revenues decline, districts will have to make some tough choices. Marty West talks with Marguerite Roza, the Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, about what's coming and how school districts can prepare. Roza addresses these topics in "Dear Districts: These Are the Glory Days. Are You Ready for Tomorrow’s Financial Pain?" available at...


Ep. 150 - Feb. 13, 2019: Tom Boasberg's Legacy in Denver

As superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg implemented a wide array of unconventional reforms, building a coalition based on pragmatism and a shared belief that change was a long overdue moral imperative. So write Parker Baxter, Todd L. Ely and Paul Teske in a new article for Education Next, "“Redesigning Denver’s Schools," available at https://www.educationnext.org/redesigning-denver-schools-rise-fall-superintendent-tom-boasberg In this episode, Boasberg talks with Ed Next...


Ep. 149 - Feb. 6, 2019: Identifying the Colleges That Successfully Recruit Low-Income Students

Colleges are trying harder to recruit high-achieving students from low-income families. And some organizations are now ranking colleges on the extent to which they provide opportunities to those students. But new research identifies problems with the way these rankings are calculated, and suggests that colleges should be looking at the numbers differently. Caroline Hoxby, the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics at Stanford University and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution,...


Ep. 148 - Jan. 30, 2019: New Rules Will Change How Schools Handle Sexual Assault Allegation

The Department of Education's proposed new Title IX regulations have generated over 72,000 comments and a lot of debate, especially the requirement that schools allow students who have filed sexual-assault complaints to be cross-examined. As the public comment period for the new rules is about to close, Shep Melnick joins Marty West to discuss how federal mandates on sexual harassment have evolved and what happens next. Melnick wrote about the proposed changes in "New Title IX Rules Require...


Ep. 147 - Jan. 23, 2019: How School Shopping Websites Affect Parents' Choices

Parents often rely on school shopping websites to find out more about schools they are considering for their children. A new study looks at how the content and layout of these websites influence how parents judge schools. Ira Nichols-Barrer, a Senior Researcher at Mathematica and one of the authors of the study, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his findings. The study, "Presenting School Choice Information to Parents: An Evidence-Based Guide," was co-written with Steve...


Ep. 146 - Jan. 16, 2019: Ranking Education Scholars Based on Influence

Every year since 2010, Rick Hess and his team at AEI have ranked the university-based researchers who are doing the most to shape the conversation about education policy and practice. Today Rick Hess talks with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West about this year's Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Read about the rankings here: https://www.educationnext.org/2019-edu-scholar-public-influence-rankings/