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For more than a decade, 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, Tran Le.

The Education Gadfly Show Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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    • 4.3, 24 Ratings

For more than a decade, 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, Tran Le.

    How assessment data can drive instruction this fall - 07/01/20

    How assessment data can drive instruction this fall - 07/01/20

    On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli, Amber Northern, Tran Le, and David Griffith discuss Fordham’s new case study on data-driven instruction in Washington, D.C. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines little interruptions’ big effect on classroom learning.

    • 28 min
    The case for good schools as a state constitutional right - 06/24/20

    The case for good schools as a state constitutional right - 06/24/20

    On this week’s podcast, Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss her new AEI paper, “A constitutional right to a high-quality public education.” On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effect of virtual classes on high schoolers’ access to advanced courses.

    • 24 min
    Effecting real change in America - 06/17/20

    Effecting real change in America - 06/17/20

    On this week’s podcast, Checker Finn, Mike Petrilli, and David Griffith discuss what it takes for real change to happen in America. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines whether student outcomes improve when college faculty engage with students more often.

    • 24 min
    School districts failed the remote learning test - 6/10/20

    School districts failed the remote learning test - 6/10/20

    On this week’s podcast, Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, talks with Mike Petrilli and David Griffith about how well school districts handled remote learning this spring. On the Research Minute, Olivia Piontek joins Mike and David to examine data on academic growth affects parents’ perception of school quality.

    • 26 min
    The crisis’s outsized impacts on Catholic schools - 06/03/20

    The crisis’s outsized impacts on Catholic schools - 06/03/20

    On this week’s podcast, Michael McShane, the director of national research at EdChoice, joins Mike Petrilli to discuss how Catholic schools are weathering the pandemic and economic downturn and what public policy can do to help. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of a quarter century of school finance reforms.

    • 24 min
    The link between location and income - 05/27/20

    The link between location and income - 05/27/20

    This week’s podcast guest is John V. Winters, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Iowa State University and author of Fordham’s new report, What You Make Depends on Where You Live. He joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the report’s findings and implications. On the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines educators’ strong record in detecting and reporting child mistreatment, and how training and support could help them be even more effective.

    • 26 min

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

DJCurrySpice ,

Best Ed “reform” podcast

This podcast is the best weekly overview of movement in the Ed “reform” world. They cover a variety of topics, keep it fresh, and maintain a great sense of humor. I especially love the weekly research topic!

Smart and timely ,

Great podcast

If you care about education issues, there’s not a better, quicker regular podcast.

TX parent ,

Very empowering!

I started listening to this podcast about a year ago and it has been extremely helpful for coming up to speed on US education policy and current events. Very useful for parents that want to advocate for public education in their state.

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