2 episodes

On "Close the Gap," I will have conversations with thought leaders about a critical issue: "how to close the education gap that disproportionately impacts kids from minority groups and lower-income families." Covid has amplified this education gap where our society has reached a crisis with our kids and their education. I don't pretend to have the life experiences or the answers to solve these problems. But what I have is curiosity. And a passion for understanding more about the "why" and the "how." Why is this happening? And, how can we fix it? And to answer these questions, I am going to speak with thought leaders from different spectrums in our society. I want to explore how we can "CLOSE THE GAP" on one of the most important issues of our time. I hope you will join me.

"Close The Gap" with Sophia Joffe from eLearn.fyi Sophia Joffe from eLearn.fyi

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On "Close the Gap," I will have conversations with thought leaders about a critical issue: "how to close the education gap that disproportionately impacts kids from minority groups and lower-income families." Covid has amplified this education gap where our society has reached a crisis with our kids and their education. I don't pretend to have the life experiences or the answers to solve these problems. But what I have is curiosity. And a passion for understanding more about the "why" and the "how." Why is this happening? And, how can we fix it? And to answer these questions, I am going to speak with thought leaders from different spectrums in our society. I want to explore how we can "CLOSE THE GAP" on one of the most important issues of our time. I hope you will join me.

    Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education

    Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education

    Robin Lake, Director of The Center on Reinventing Public Education, joins Sophia to discuss the state of public education as we move past the Pandemic.

    Sophia first met Robin in Nov 2020, when CBS TV “This Morning” show featured eLearn.fyi -- Sophia’s website that helped students keep up with their learning during the Covid-lockdown.  CBS TV contacted Robin as one of the leading experts on online learning.

    Robin and Sophia discussed important topics, including:

    (03:00) Why our education system failed too many kids.

    (05:02) Why learning loss disproportionately impacted kids from minority groups and lower-income families.

    (08:13) Mental health struggles were amplified as a result of the lockdown.

    (10:33) Steps we can take now to solve the problem of learning loss, especially in minority groups and lower-income families.

    (12:32) Long-term efforts to fix learning loss.  Robin talked about the amazing work of “The Oakland Reach,” a community-led organization that’s making a difference.

    (15:51) The connection between mental health issues amplified by the Pandemic and the carnage from school mass shootings.

    (18:52) Robin introduced a new learning model created during the Pandemic called “Micro-Schools.” 

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    > Resources discussed

    www.crpe.org - Robin Lake, Director of Center on Reinventing Public Education

    www.eLearn.fyi - Sophia Joffe's website with 300+ learning sites to help kids keep up with their schooling.

    https://youtu.be/qJ8G9-Pn_d8 - "CBS This Morning" featured Sophia Joffe & eLearn.fyi

    www.oaklandreach.org - The Oakland Reach is a parent-run, parent-led organization helping children get a high-quality education.

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    • 24 min
    "Close The Gap" with Sophia Joffe from eLearn.fyi - Introduction

    "Close The Gap" with Sophia Joffe from eLearn.fyi - Introduction

    Welcome to "Close The Gap" with Sophia Joffe from eLearn.fyi.

    On "Close The Gap," I will have conversations with thought leaders about a critical issue: "how to close the education gap that disproportionately impacts kids from minority groups and lower-income families."

    Covid has amplified this education gap where our society has reached a crisis with our kids and their education.

    I don't pretend to have the life experiences or the answers to solve these problems.

    But what I have is curiosity. And a passion for understanding more about the "why" and the "how."

    Why is this happening?

    And, how can we fix it?

    And to answer these questions, I am going to speak with thought leaders from different spectrums in our society.

    I want to explore how we can "Close The Gap" on one of the most important issues of our time.

    I hope you will join me.

    • 5 min

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