May 10, 2013 – The Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling

My guest on this program is Jal Mehta, Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the underlying structures which shape American schooling, the cultural assumptions which underpin these approaches to education, and the consequences of decisions based on those assumptions for schools, teachers and students. He is interested in the policy and politics of closing the achievement gap that separates economically disadvantaged students and students of color from less disadvantaged students, and creating high quality schooling. His recent book is The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling.

Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings
The Futures of School Reform

March 1, 2013 – Mendocino County Schools

An interview with Paul Tichinin, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools, and Paul Joens Poulson, Assistant Superintendent. Four weeks ago, we talked with state representatives about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and associated testing. On this program, we’re going to focus on Mendocino County’s schools: how they are doing regarding existing standards (e.g. No Child Left Behind) and where they stand regarding making adequate yearly progress towards meeting existing standards; how the implementation of CCSS is going, and what the plans are for Continue reading

February 1, 2013 – Education: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Testing

On this program, we talk with two people in education about the Common Core State Standards (for Kindergarten through 12th grade), and associated testing, being rolled out in California and forty-four other states in the union. Dr. Joan Bissell is Director for Teacher Education and Public School Programs in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University system. In addition, Deborah Sigman who Continue reading