Podcast Series

The “What I Want to Know” Podcast

Education is undergoing a dramatic shift, creating an opportunity to transform how we serve learners of all ages. Kevin P. Chavous turns to innovators across education, workforce development, and more to ask: “How can we do better?”

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JUly 3, 2024

EP. 159: How can charter schools create opportunities for students? 

In this episode, Cheryl Stahle joins Kevin to discuss how charter schools can create opportunities for students.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Episode 143

How can we best support students with ADHD?

A conversation with Dr. Sharon Saline

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Episode 133

How can we create a sense of belonging for all students?

A conversation with Ramon Stephens

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Episode 124

How can we better support students with disabilities?

A conversation with Lauren Rhim

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Episode 121

Are we doing enough to support linguistically diverse students?

A conversation with Dr. Robert Scott

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Episode 109

How can educators support multilingual students?

A conversation with Donna Neary

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Episode 103

How can we enhance student learning through cultural exposure?

A conversation with Megan Helberg

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Episode 91

How can educators shift narratives impacting Black students?

A conversation with Jon-Thomas Royston

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Episode 80

How can schools best support students on the autism spectrum?

A conversation with Eric Garcia

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Episode 65

How can we raise the next generation of inspired and confident girls?

A conversation with Jes Wolfe


Episode 55

Are our schools doing enough to support autistic students?

A conversation with Dr. Connie Kasari


Episode 38

How can we empower young women to achieve their dreams?

A conversation with Dr. Sian Proctor


Episode 26

What is the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools?

A conversation with Dr. Rydell Harrison

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Episode 25

What does critical race theory mean for our students?

A conversation with Rep. Chris Mathias

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Episode 23

How can we support veterans transitioning into the workforce?

A conversation with Brian Niswander

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Episode 19

Are we doing enough to support Hispanic and Latino students?

A conversation with Thomas A. Saenz

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Episode 18

What can schools do to support the needs of Hispanic and Latino students?

A conversation with Amalia Chamorro

Mental Health

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Episode 153

How can we incorporate mindfulness into the classroom?

A conversation with Linda Ryden

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Episode 122

What role do parents play in promoting mental health?

A conversation with Anne Brown

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Episode 85

How can we support students’ emotional and mental wellness?

A conversation with Mike Veny

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Episode 84

How can schools support students struggling with addiction?

A conversation with Tony Hoffman

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Episode 58

How can we stop teen suicide?

A conversation with Dr. David Brent

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Episode 51

What is our schools’ role in promoting mental health?

A conversation with Alison Malmon

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Episode 4

Are we prepared to pay the mental health bill for our nation’s students?

A conversation with Esther Wojcicki and Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Health & Safety

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Episode 151

How can we prevent violence in schools?

A conversation with Nicole Hockley

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Episode 142

How should we talk to our kids about social media?

A conversation with Linda Charmaraman

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Episode 139

How does screen time impact our children?

A conversation with Dr. Kecia Ray

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Episode 135

How can we help students feel safe at school?

A conversation with Kristi Krings

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Episode 123

How can sex education keep our children safe?

A conversation with Christine Soyong Harley

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Episode 120

What impact does nutrition have on learning?

A conversation with Stephen Ritz

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Episode 102

How can we protect our students online?

A conversation with Mark Warner

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Episode 88

How can we keep students out of the criminal justice system?

A conversation with Tony Lowden

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Episode 77

How can schools bridge the nutrition gap for students?

A conversation with Curt Ellis

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Episode 73

How can we protect kids against cyberbullying?

A conversation with Dr. Jay Greene

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Episode 72

How can police best serve and protect schools?

A conversation with Dr. Justin Patchin

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Episode 70

How can we keep kids safe online?

A conversation with Titania Jordan

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Episode 63

How do schools protect their sensitive data from cyberattacks?

A conversation with Doug Levin

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Episode 48

What can we do to break the school-to-prison pipeline?

A conversation with Jonathan Cabrera

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Episode 21

How can schools and families better address bullying?

A conversation with Conway Brooks and his daughter Dorthy

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Episode 20

What can we do to ensure all children feel safe at school?

A conversation with Julie Hertzog

College & Career

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Episode 141

How can we best support the future workforce?

A conversation with Dr. Kathleen St. Louis Caliento

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Episode 132

Is college the right path for every student?

A conversation with Mark C. Perna

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Episode 127

Can job training programs better prepare our students for the future?

A conversation with Chuck Goodrich

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Episode 114

Could a skilled trade career be a better path for more students?

A conversation with Brian Hughes

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Episode 110

How can we best prepare students for college?

A conversation with Mitch Daniels

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Episode 67

What is the future of standardized testing for college admissions?

A conversation with David Coleman

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Episode 66

How can we reform education to better prepare students for the future?

A conversation with Dr. Bill Daggett

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Episode 64

What are the benefits of dual enrollment, and how can schools implement it?

A conversation with Douglas Rodriguez

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Episode 43

How can we better prepare students for college and careers?

A conversation with John Thrasher

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Episode 35

Can apprenticeships solve the manufacturing skills gap?

A conversation with Tony Davis

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Episode 31

What is the future of lifelong learning?

A conversation with Steve Lee

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Episode 11

How can we prepare students for the careers of the future?

A conversation with Stedman Graham and Jeff Selingo

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Episode 8

How can we develop the next generation of problem solvers?

A conversation with John Hunter and Jaime Casap

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Episode 7

How do employers value skills vs. degrees?

A conversation with Cheryl DeSantis and Marc Morial

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Episode 3

Does the United States economy still have room for students’ dreams?

A conversation with Heather McGowan and Karl Rectanus


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Episode 156

How can we combat the shortage of special education teachers?

A conversation with Kimber Wilkerson

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Episode 129

Can apprenticeship programs alleviate teacher shortages?

A conversation with David Donaldson

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Episode 126

How can we cultivate Black teachers?

A conversation with Sharif El-Mekki

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Episode 113

How can we better train and support our teachers?

A conversation with Kevin Bross

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Episode 81

How can we better resource teachers and their students?

A conversation with Alix Guerrier

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Episode 59

Are we doing enough to support our teachers?

A conversation with Elisa Villanueva Beard

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Episode 50

Is it time to rethink teacher training and certification?

A conversation with Dave Saba

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Episode 2

Has the pandemic changed skill requirements of our nation’s teachers?

A conversation with Dr. Rick Hess and Talia Milgrom


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Episode 158

Can summer learning programs combat the summer slide?

A conversation with Aaron Dworkin

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Episode 157

How can we ensure all students have access to effective tutoring?

A conversation with Dr. Susanna Loeb

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Episode 130

How can we better support gifted students?

A conversation with Dr. Brian Housand

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Episode 128

Why is history still important and needed today?

A conversation with Jessica Lander

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Episode 96

Can games like Dungeons & Dragons encourage student engagement?

A conversation with Stefan McNinch

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Episode 74

How can innovative models get students excited about learning?

A conversation with Dr. Buddy Berry

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Episode 61

Can games improve student outcomes?

A conversation with Dr. Barry Fishman

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Episode 56

Why should schools invest in arts education?

A conversation with Michael Powers

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Episode 46

What should schools teach about climate science?

A conversation with Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

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Episode 44

Should K–12 assessment change with online and hybrid learning?

A conversation with Dr. Malbert Smith

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Episode 33

What can we do to improve financial literacy in underserved communities?

A conversation with John Hope Bryant

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Episode 32

How do we improve the financial literacy of our youth?

A conversation with Tanya Van Court

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Episode 24

What do preschoolers need from their teachers and schools?

A conversation with Kai-lee Berke

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Episode 22

Is early childhood education a springboard for academic success?

A conversation with Dr. Michael Troy

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Episode 5

How can we make them more relevant?

A conversation with Chris Minnich and Dr. Saran Stewart

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Episode 1

How do we encourage engaging learning environments?

A conversation with Sugata Mitra and Rachael Mann

Parents & Families

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Episode 138

What is the state of the school choice movement?

A conversation with Andrew Campanella

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Episode 137

Should we rethink the college admissions process?

A conversation with Melanie Heath

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Episode 119

How can ESAs benefit families?

A conversation with Robert Enlow

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Episode 118

Is homeschooling the right fit for your child?

A conversation with Onnikah Randolph

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Episode 117

How can parents make the right choice for their child’s education?

A conversation with Jon Deane

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Episode 116

How can we empower parents to find the best education for their children?

A conversation with Shree Recasner

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Episode 86

Why is parent autonomy over school choice important?

A conversation with Kayla Svedin

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Episode 75

What role should parents play in shaping K12 education?

A conversation with Robert Pondiscio

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Episode 74

What is the role of parent choice in school quality?

A conversation with Dr. Jay Greene

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Episode 54

How can schools better support military families?

A conversation with Jennifer Thompson

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Episode 53

What impact is parent empowerment having on our schools?

A conversation with Jason Riley

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Episode 34

What’s next for the school choice movement?

A conversation with Dr. Howard Fuller

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Episode 17

How can parents be empowered to make their voices heard?

A conversation with Colleen Dippel

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Episode 16

How can parents advocate for better schools?

A conversation with Alisha Morgan

Education & Technology

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Episode 150

Should video games be used as tools for learning?

A conversation with Stanley Pierre-Louis

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Episode 111

How can technology boost student engagement?

A conversation with Pablo Garcia

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Episode 108

How can social media get students excited about learning?

A conversation with Sara Day

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Episode 107

How can we equip kids for the world of artificial intelligence?

A conversation with Jason Hurd

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Episode 90

How can technology bring arts and culture to the classroom?

A conversation with Suhair Khan

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Episode 89

How will the metaverse reshape education?

A conversation with Rebecca Kantar

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Episode 28

What role does e-sports play in our schools?

A conversation with Dr. Robert Rippee


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Episode 152

How can we make science fun?

A conversation with Dr. Kate Biberdorf

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Episode 149

How can we encourage young girls to take an interest in science?

A conversation with Melissa Alderete

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Episode 101

How can we train and retain America’s STEM educators?

A conversation with Cindy Marten and Talia Milgrom-Elcott

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Episode 99

How can we encourage a love of math in students?

A conversation with Laura Overdeck

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Episode 83

How can we help all students love science?

A conversation with Mathew Kaplan

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Episode 57

How can we expose more students to careers in data science?

A conversation with Robert Clayton

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Episode 27

How can we get more kids interested in computer science?

A conversation with Jackie Smalls


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Episode 140

How can we reduce chronic absenteeism?

A conversation with Hedy Chang

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Episode 136

How do we support students after tragedy?

A conversation with Zoe Touray

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Episode 112

How can we equip kids to thrive in an ever-changing world?

A conversation with Anya Kamenetz

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Episode 104

How do we best support rural schools?

A conversation with Kevin Stitt

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Episode 98

How can we encourage students to engage in constructive political discourse?

A conversation with Manu Meel

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Episode 97

How can we encourage students to be civically engaged?

A conversation with Mandy Zhang

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Episode 82

How can we do a better job of keeping kids in school?

A conversation with Dr. Debra Duardo

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Episode 78

How can we prevent brain drain in communities?

A conversation with Majora Carter

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Episode 60

How have the last two years impacted social and emotional learning?

A conversation with Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel

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Episode 45

How can we help students be more civic minded and socially conscious?

A conversation with Wes Moore

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Episode 41

How do wraparound services impact at-risk youth?

A conversation with Dr. Heather Clawson

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Episode 12

How can we build stronger school communities?

A conversation with Shantelle Wright and Andrew Hart

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Episode 10

What can celebrity philanthropists teach us about education?

A conversation with Jalen Rose and Ted Dintersmith

Reading & Literacy

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Episode 155

Why is storytelling important for children?

A conversation with Jesse Byrd

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Episode 147

Why does representation matter in children’s literature?

A conversation with Alliah Agostini

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Episode 146

How can books build community?

A conversation with Greig Metzger

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Episode 145

How can learning to read change lives?

A conversation with Oliver James

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Episode 144

How can books introduce kids to tough topics?

A conversation with Jelani Memory

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Episode 95

How can school leaders’ development influence reading outcomes and student success?

A conversation with Erica Beal

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Episode 94

How can comic books and visual media help kids enjoy reading?

A conversation with Ryan North

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Episode 93

Can poetry help inspire a love of reading in students?

A conversation with Ada Limón

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Episode 92

How can we close the reading gap in schools?

A conversation with David Kilpatrick

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Episode 79

How can we be smarter about teaching students to read?

A conversation with Dr. Maria Murray

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Episode 68

The controversy over books: what do parents and schools think?

A conversation with Jennifer Pippin, Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Martha Hickson

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Episode 52

What is the role of the library in the digital age?

A conversation with Tracie Hall

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Episode 42

What’s behind the push to ban books?

A conversation with Dr. Emily Knox

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Episode 30

How do we encourage diversity in young adult literature?

A conversation with Caroline Richmond

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Episode 29

How has young adult literature evolved over the years?

A conversation with Dr. James Blasingame

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Episode 6

What does literacy education look like in a modern society?

A conversation with Earl Martin Phalen and Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Education Innovation

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Episode 148

What is the role of philanthropy in education?

A conversation with Hanna Skandera

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Episode 125

What are the makings of America’s best schools?

A conversation with Janine Yass and Jeanne Allen

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Episode 100

How do we reshape education in the United States?

A conversation with David Banks

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Episode 76

What should the school of the future look like?

A conversation with Michael Horn

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Episode 69

What will the sustainable school of the future look like?

A conversation with Anisa Heming

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Episode 62

What’s the future of virtual learning?

A conversation with Efrain Garza

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Episode 87

How can project-based learning transform our public schools?

A conversation with Trish Millines Dziko

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Episode 49

What should the modern school district look like?

A conversation with Dr. Ann Chavez

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Episode 39

What can America’s schools learn from other countries?

A conversation with Pasi Sahlberg

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Episode 36

Is personalized learning the future of education?

A conversation with Tom Rooney

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Episode 13

How can we drive meaningful change in our school systems?

A conversation with Sonja Santelises and Shari Camhi

Education & Policy

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Episode 159

How can charter schools create opportunities for students? 

A conversation with Cheryl Stahle

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Episode 115

What is the state of public education today?

A conversation with Arne Duncan

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Episode 106

Are charter schools good for public education?

A conversation with Ian Rowe

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Episode 105

What is the role of federal policy in education?

A conversation with Bobby Scott

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Episode 47

Are student voices being heard by boards of education?

A conversation with Hana O’Looney, Raymond Adderly and Zachary Patterson

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Episode 40

What is the state of school boards today?

A conversation with Valarie Wilson

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Episode 37

How should schools be spending a windfall of federal aid?

A conversation with Dr. Marguerite Roza

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Episode 15

How can school districts support undocumented students?

A conversation with Monica Goldson

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Episode 14

How can we overcome partisan politics to support undocumented students?

A conversation with Senator Tom Daschle

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Episode 9

How has the pandemic changed the politics of education?

A conversation with Ann Davis Duplessis and Andy Rotherham

Meet Your Host

Kevin P. Chavous is a noted education reform leader with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice. Kevin is dedicated to driving change for learners of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. As senior advisor to the CEO, Kevin leads initiatives to expand the company’s career learning offerings and increase access to the services Stride provides across the U.S.

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