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Part 2 of Tackling Teacher Shortages with Mallory Dwinal-Palisch of Reach University & Craft Education Systems
This is part 2 of our great discussion with Mallory Dwinal Palisch. If you've not yet listened to part 1, please do so before listening to this second half.
In this part of the conversation about Reach University and Craft Education System we discuss student-centered technologies, professional capital, labor mobility of teachers, remote learning, teacher credentialing, data aggregation, teachers unions, teacher wages, and more. AND Mallory shows off her econ skills, talking about monopsonies and non-pecuniary incentives,
Enjoy part 2 of the episode and Thanks for Being Curious!
Tackling Teacher Shortages with Mallory Dwinal-Palisch of Reach University & Craft Education Systems (part 1)
There is arguably nothing more important to our future economy than the quality of our education system, and there is nothing more important to that than the quality and availability of teachers. But as anyone who's followed the news in the last couple of years knows, we are currently facing something of a crisis in the availability of qualified teachers.
Here are some stats to put that crisis into perspective. According to EdWeek, there are over 3.1 million full-time equivalent teachers in public schools in the fall of 2022.
But the National Education Association estimates that there is a shortage of roughly 300,000 teachers in public schools. So 10% of needed teachers are missing. We should have 3.4 million. But in fact, the number of full-time—not full-time equivalent teachers—is less than 3.1 million. That full-time equivalent number, includes aides and part-time teachers, so in fact, the missing 300,000—maybe more like missing 20% of full-time teachers.
According to EdWeek, again, there are nearly 50 million students in public schools across the country. So using the teacher-to-student ratio of 50 million students and 3.4 million teachers, that works out to just under about 15 kids per teacher. So missing 300,000 teachers works out to about four and a half million kids without sufficient teacher-led instruction. Without a major shift in education policy, there is not much that can change on the demand side that is in the school system to attract much more supply.
But our guest today, Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, has come up with not one but two initiatives. One, to help increase the supply of trained teachers, and the other, to remove friction in the system so supply can better meet demand. She has an MBA, but also a Ph.D., and her dissertation was about labor supply and Teach for America. She's taught in the classroom and founded charter schools. She is the Chancellor of Reach University and the CEO of Craft Education Systems.
Enjoy part 1 of the episode and Thanks for Being Curious!
Can AI make the mortgage market easier for lenders and borrowers? Matt Sanchez of Cognitive Scale explains how..
With interest rates rising and the economy slowing, the world of credit is getting a lot harder for both lenders and borrowers — and that’s especially painful in the mortgage market, given how high house prices are.
Matt Sanchez, Founder and CTO of CognitiveScale thinks that Artificial Intelligence can help: it can help loan officers identify potential borrowers ahead of time, and it can help borrowers get access to the right mortgage offers. Can it also help make the lending process more fair? Matt , an IBM veteran and a board member of the Responsible AI Institute, believes it can.
In this talk with hosts Michael Leifman and Marco Annunziata, Matt explains the value that CognitiveScale’s TrustStar solution brings to the table, and how. TrustStar is only one of the AI solutions developed by CognitiveScale, so you may hear more from Matt…
Renewable Heat as one solution to Europe's Energy Crisis: KraftBlock's Martin Schichtel
Developing Clean Energy Solutions With KraftBlock’s Martin Schichtel
Across the world, a huge amount of energy is wasted in the form of heat. In industries like glass and steel, manufacturing processes require extremely high temperatures, and those processes generate a lot of wasted heat. That heat is usually blown directly into the atmosphere.
But what if there was a way to capture, store, and reuse that heat, effectively transforming it into a climate-neutral energy source?
That’s exactly what Martin Schichtel set out to do. A chemist by training, Martin believes he has the answer in the form of a thermal energy storage system called “Kraftblock.”
In this episode, Martin sat down with hosts Marco Annunziata and Michael Leifman to talk about Kraftblock and what it does, its many different applications, and how it may fundamentally change how we use energy.
[00:49] Factoids about the energy sector
[02:06] What is Kraftblock and what does it do?[02:40] How Kraftblock differs from other energy storage systems[04:10] The profile of an early adopter company that fits the mold for where Kraftblock currently is[04:56] Two applications for Kraftblock storage units[07:38] How Kraftblock differs from “green hydrogen” systems[09:21] What needs to happen for Kraftblock to scale up over the next 10 years[11:58] The state of the heat market[13:05] Closing statements
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Bonus: The Future According to M4Edge Guests
In the 3+ years that M4Edge has been around, we've aired over 50 episodes and, as listeners know, we usually ask our guests to give us their view of the future 20 years hence. Sometimes the answers are somewhat expected, sometimes they're a little humorous, and sometimes they're deeply thought provoking. As a holiday present, this episode offers a compilation of some of our favorites. We won't go so far as to say that this is a "best of" set, since we left out some great ones. But we've reached across the catalog, from our very first to our most recent episode, and offer you here some of our guests' views on the future of manufacturing, material design, food and agriculture, artificial intelligence, human resources, business analytics, robotics, clean energy, autonomous driving ... you know, M4Edge stuff.
Stay tuned and stay curious as we retool our show in 2022!
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Michael and Marco both have impressive business backgrounds, which is evident in the high quality of the follow up questions. This is a great podcast for techies and entrepreneurs to learn about what fascinating new technologies are coming down the pike from the perspective of the founders of startups.
Easy listen, great content!
I loved this most recent episode as it combined useful information but more than anything the vulnerability and humanity often not reflected in business shows!
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