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For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

The Education Gadfly Show Thomas B. Fordham Institute

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 38 Ratings

For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

    #825: Learning loss may get worse before it gets better - 6/23/22

    #825: Learning loss may get worse before it gets better - 6/23/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Mike Goldstein, founder of Match Education in Boston, a college prep charter school with an embedded Graduate School of Education, discusses his prediction that learning losses will continue without a bold plan to reengage students, teachers, and parents, and address misbehavior. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews a study on how developmental outcomes are affected by gender differences in how children spend their time.
    Recommended content:
    Mike Goldstein’s Fordham op-ed: “The coming ‘second wave’ of learning loss in 2023 and 2024.”Our episode with Doug Lemov on the related issue of rebuilding school culture: “Education Gadfly Show #817: Doug Lemov on rebuilding school culture amid a mental health epidemic.”The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Ha Trong Nyogen et al., “Gender differences in time allocation contribute to differences in developmental outcomes in children and adolescents,” Economics of Education Review (May 2022).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.
     

    • 24 min
    #824: Dana Suskind on supporting low-income parents in their children’s early years - 6/15/2022

    #824: Dana Suskind on supporting low-income parents in their children’s early years - 6/15/2022

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Dr. Dana Suskind, a pediatric surgeon and founder of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago, discusses how social supports for low-income and working-class parents equalize opportunities for their young children later in life. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews two studies on whether there’s bias in ability grouping within kindergarten classrooms.
    Recommended content:
    Dr. Suskind’s new book, Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise. The studies that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Paul T. von Hippel and Ana P. Cañedo, “Is Kindergarten Ability Group Placement Biased? New Data, New Methods, New Answers,” American Educational Research Journal (2021); Ana P. Cañedo and Paul T. von Hippel, “Bias in Kindergarten ability group placement: Does parental lobbying make it worse? Do formal assessments make it better?” retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University (May 2022).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 29 min
    #823: How detrimental was remote learning? - 6/8/22

    #823: How detrimental was remote learning? - 6/8/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Tom Kane, Harvard economist and director of its Center for Education Policy Research, explains the latest research on the disastrous—and inequitable—impact of remote learning on America’s students. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews a study on whether Black and Hispanic children with disabilities are placed in special education classrooms at greater rates than their peers.
    Recommended content:
    Kane’s op-ed in The Atlantic: “Kids Are Far, Far Behind in School.”Kane’s report, coauthored with scholars from AIR, Dartmouth, Harvard, and NWEA: “The Consequences of Remote and Hybrid Instruction During the Pandemic.”The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Paul L. Morgan et al., “Which Students With Disabilities are Placed Primarily Outside of U.S. Elementary School General Education Classrooms?” Journal of Learning Disabilities (2022).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 24 min
    #822: Checker Finn: Why we need—and need to improve—NAEP - 6/1/22

    #822: Checker Finn: Why we need—and need to improve—NAEP - 6/1/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Checker Finn, the Fordham Institute’s president emeritus and a distinguished senior fellow, discusses recommendations for the National Assessment of Educational Progress from his new book, Assessing the Nation’s Report Card. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews a study on how a performance-based teacher pay policy in the U.K. impacted personnel decisions and student outcomes.
    Recommended content:
    Checker’s new book, Assessing the Nation’s Report Card: Challenges and Choices for NAEP.The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Simon Burgess, Ellen Greaves, and Richard Murphy, “Deregulating Teacher Labor Markets,” Economics of Education Review (March 2022).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 19 min
    #821: Sec. Aimee Rogstad Guidera on the state of education in Virginia - 5/24/22

    #821: Sec. Aimee Rogstad Guidera on the state of education in Virginia - 5/24/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Virginia Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera discusses Governor Glenn Youngkin’s and her vision for education outlined in a state report titled Our Commitment to Virginians: High Expectations and Excellence for All Students. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews a study on efforts to improve the identification of gifted students in rural communities.
    Recommended content:
    The policy paper referenced: Our Commitment to Virginians: High Expectations and Excellence for All Students.The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Carolyn M. Callahan et al., “Consequences of Implementing Curricular-Aligned Strategies for Identifying Rural Gifted Students,” Gifted Child Quarterly (2022).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 26 min
    #820: Social-emotional learning doesn’t have a hidden agenda - 5/18/22

    #820: Social-emotional learning doesn’t have a hidden agenda - 5/18/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and senior visiting fellow here at Fordham, discusses his wariness about social-emotional learning but rebuts the claim that it’s a “Trojan horse” for critical race theory. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews a study on how well teachers understand their pension plans.
    Recommended content:
    Robert’s piece on SEL: “No, social and emotional learning is not a “Trojan horse” for CRT.”Nathanial Grossman’s piece: “Schools have no choice but to teach social and emotional skills.”Fordham’s parent survey: How to Sell SEL: Parents and the Politics of Social-Emotional Learning.The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Dillon Fuchsman, Josh B. McGee, and Gema Zamarro, Teachers’ Knowledge and Preparedness for Retirement: Results from a Nationally Representative Teacher Survey, Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research Working Paper (January 20, 2022). 
    Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

DJCurrySpice ,

Among the best education podcasts

The coverage is grand in breadth and depth with a keen eye for current trends and historical references. It’s a quality podcast with matter-of-fact coverage and helps you evolve your thinking on the myriad of issues at play as we all (in our own ways) work to improve educational and life outcomes for all of the students, families, and educators the education system serves.

Arlie K ,

Informative and enteraining!

A super interesting look at educational policy in an easy to consume package! The Education Gadfly Show features fascinating guests and great conversation. It's a must listen!

Pedroalen ,

Witty and engaging!

Big fan of their guests and the topics they cover. They're great at getting many perspectives.

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