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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.

Upcoming Broadcasts

Join us for a special double feature broadcast. On December 9, our special guests will be Dr. Gary Orfeld of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles and Ms. Abby Norman, Guest Writer for the Huffington Post and Public School Teacher. During the first half hour, we will talk with Dr. Orfield about the status of the desegregation efforts as a matter of public policy in the United States. We will also discuss trends and future expectations as well as public concern over our public schools. And in the 2nd half hour, we will hear from Abby in her reflections on teaching in "black" schools and what she has learned as a white educator. She has published two thought-provoking articles in the Huffington Post that are sure to stir emotions. Gary Orfield is Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Orfield's research interests are in the study of civil rights, education policy, urban policy, and minority opportunity. He was co-founder and director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, and now serves as co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Abby Norman lives in the city of Atlanta. By day she teaches in a suburban school, and by night mothers her two daughters in partnership with her husband. She has taught in a variety of schools and has witnessed first hand the inequality of education in America. She is currently seeking representation for her book about being a failing teacher at a failing school. Join us - Call In - Be The Discourse. December 9: (2 - 3pm) EST.
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*SPECIAL BROADCAST* It is greatly anticipated that around the date of this broadcast, we will have learned or expect any day the decision of the NY State Supreme Court on the matter Lederman v. King. Dr. Carol C. Burris, former NY... more

Join us on October 14 (2pm EST), when our guest, Dr. Damon Jones, discusses the findings of a recently published study in the American Journal of Public Health. This study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests... more

Our September show features, Dr. Jordan Shapiro from Temple University in Philadelphia. Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, where he's also the Associate Director for Digital Innovation... more

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... more

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