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This show features the opinons and experiences of international leaders in education focusing on the challenges and promise of providing quality education to all.

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Our guest in August is Dr. Camille Farrington - Senior Research Associate, Consortium on Chicago School Research, will discuss her research on urban high schools. She will discuss the psychological and systematic barriers to success and the ways we might redesign these schools for greater success with adolescents. Given that the model we currently use is more than 100 years old, she proposes some innovative solutions to the roadblocks faced in many urban centers. Join us at 2pm EST on August 12 for what promises to be a enlightening discussion. Camille A. Farrington is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago, Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR), studying policy and practice in urban high school reform. She is a national expert on ?noncognitive? factors in academic settings. Dr. Farrington is the author of Failing at School: Lessons for Redesigning Urban High Schools (2014, Teachers College Press); lead author of Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance (2012, CCSR); and co-author of Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework (2015, CCSR). Throughout her work, Dr. Farrington draws on fifteen years' experience as a public high school teacher and National Board Certified Teacher Mentor. She received a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, teacher certification from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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In today's show, Dr. Perkins will discuss his framework for improving school experiences around the globe. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Perkins has traveled extensively discussing school climate and educational contexts. He is a... more

Our current series on school improvement initiatives has focused on a variety of strategies. All of which have required buy-in and support from a range of stakeholders including but not limited to teachers, students, parents, community... more

In April, our guest is Dr. Warren Simmons, executive director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. AISR is a national policy research and reform-support organization that works with urban districts and communities to... more

SPECIAL BROADCAST! This lively and illuminating conversation about New York City's public schools will focus on NYC's educational successes and failures, the Bloomberg agenda and its impact, the Common Core roll out, privatization,... more

In March, our guest is the legendary child psychiatrist, Dr. James Comer. Dr. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center, and has been a Yale medical faculty... more

Our February show will feature Dr. Robert (Bob) Slavin, co-founder of Success For All. Success for All grew out of a program of research and development that started with basic research on cooperative-learning strategies. By 1980, Bob's... more

Conceptualized in 1948, the International Baccalaureate Programme has become widely recognized for its rigorous curriculum and evaluation process for grades 3-12. Schools all over the world have adopted the IB program with a... more

Mental health in public schools is a major concern. According to HHS, the figures usually indicated for diagnosable mental disorders suggest that between 12% and 22% of all youngsters under age 18 are in need of services for... more

A number of recent studies have showed a significant correlation between quality early childhood education programming and success in high school and college. Our guests on November 13 (2pm) will talk about what children need to... more

There is a national debate currently underway among k-12 policymakers, leaders, teachers regarding the usefulness of the common core standards initiative. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a... more