Hosted by Michael J. Feuer, Dean of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), EdFix highlights the effective strategies and provocative ideas of researchers, practitioners and policymakers on how to improve our education system. Listen in as Dean Feuer connects their worlds to take on some of education's most complex issues.
Can Standardized Tests Bridge the Equity Gap?
As President and CEO of ETS (Educational Testing Service), Amit Sevak is keenly aware of the growing concern over the perceived value of education and standardized testing. To address these challenges, he is leading a transformation at ETS towards a more human-centric approach, with a focus on educator solutions, global mobility, and professional credentialing. And he believes that crafting assessments that showcase skills in new ways, backed by rigorous research, can help break the cycle of entrenched inequalities in education and open up new avenues of opportunity in the workforce.
[Transcript for Episode 38 is available on EdFixPodcast.com.]
Policy Perspectives and Possibilities - A Conversation with Jack Jennings
For nearly three decades, Jack Jennings was the foremost expert on education policy in the U.S. House of Representatives. His legacy spans some of the most significant legislative initiatives, including the Elementary and Secondary Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Higher Education Act. After leaving Congress, Jack founded and led the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank focused on the improvement of public schools. In this fascinating conversation, Jack shares his reflections on bipartisanship, the effects of our Federalist system, and a blueprint for cultivating a pipeline of exceptional teachers.
Learn more about Jack Jennings: JackJenningsDC.com
[Transcript for Episode 37 is available at edfixpodcast.com]
Community Colleges: America’s Hidden Economic Engines?
Community colleges welcome learners of all backgrounds and ages with low-cost tuition and open admission policies. According to Robert (Bob) Schwartz, co-author of America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity, these institutions are also extremely well-suited to forge strategic partnerships with industry leaders, skillfully addressing the demands of local labor markets. Through these collaborations, students, employers, and the community reap the rewards of tailored skill development programs. Yet community colleges often face inadequate funding for these kinds of initiatives. Bob advocates for increased recognition and investment in such alternative pathways to help unlock the full potential of community colleges.
[Transcript for Episode 36 is availble on EdFixPodcast.com.]
Bonus Episode: The End of Affirmative Action in Admissions? Experts Explore the Implications for Higher Education
In October of 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases challenging race-conscious admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. As a result, most people expect the court’s ruling to end affirmative action policies, significantly affecting the way universities consider an applicant’s race during the admissions process. In this extended bonus episode, esteemed experts Amy Berman, Deputy Director of the National Academy of Education, and Rick Kahlenberg, Professorial Lecturer of Public Policy at the George Washington University and Nonresident Scholar at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, offer unique perspectives on race-based preferences in college admissions–and the potential ramifications of the court’s decision on the pursuit of educational diversity.
This episode was recorded during an education policy graduate class session taught by podcast host Michael J. Feuer. For copies of Amy Berman's slides and Rick Kahlenberg's slides, which are referenced in the episode, visit EdFixPodcast.com.
[Transcript for Episode 35 is also available on EdFixPodcast.com]
From Virtual to Victorious - The Remarkable Success of an Online High School
How does an online secondary school establish a reputation as a legitimate and academically challenging institution? And can we really foster personal connections–so important to youth development–in a virtual environment? Join us as Head of School Alison Mistretta, Associate Head of School Maria Coyle, and GW Professor Michael Corry unveil the striking success story of the GWU Online High School. They share insights into overcoming skepticism around the quality of virtual learning, meeting the social and emotional needs of high school students, and furthering knowledge to improve the field of online education.
[Transcript for Episode 34 is available on EdFixPodcast.com]
Teaching Difficult History in Troublesome Times
Can the lessons from history challenge today's students to stand up to bigotry and hate? If so, are there resources for teachers that can facilitate productive conversations about heavy headlines? Abby Weiss and Dimitry Anselme, from the non-partisan organization Facing History and Ourselves, discuss the professional development and rigorous content that educators need to help young people wrestle with these moments, talk across differences, and understand their place in a complicated world.
[Transcript for Episode 33 is available on EdFixPodcast.com]
Great insight into important current research on education
Glad to see this new podcast. The first episode with Dr. Arshad Ali on Muslim youth identity is superb. I'm a proud doctoral candidate at George Washington's Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Great to get to know Dean Michael Feuer more through these important conversations.
So now math is too white? I’d suggest encouraging all students to actually learn math and learn it had nothing to do with skin color. How demoralizing.