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“The Learning Curve” is where you’ll find straight talk about the nation’s hottest education stories - news and opinion from the schoolyard to the 2020 campaign trail. Co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal serve up provocative commentary on the issues that impact parents and kids, teachers and students, political leaders, policymakers and taxpayers all across the country. “The Learning Curve” features school leaders, innovators, bestselling authors, policymakers and more on how we’ll use education to prepare the next generation of Americans.

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“The Learning Curve” is where you’ll find straight talk about the nation’s hottest education stories - news and opinion from the schoolyard to the 2020 campaign trail. Co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal serve up provocative commentary on the issues that impact parents and kids, teachers and students, political leaders, policymakers and taxpayers all across the country. “The Learning Curve” features school leaders, innovators, bestselling authors, policymakers and more on how we’ll use education to prepare the next generation of Americans.

    S1E38. MA Commissioner Jeff Riley on Remote Learning, Voc-Techs, & Reforming Boston’s Schools

    S1E38. MA Commissioner Jeff Riley on Remote Learning, Voc-Techs, & Reforming Boston’s Schools

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard open with commentary on the George Floyd tragedy and K-12 education’s role in addressing racial injustice. Then, they are joined by Jeffrey Riley, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, to talk about the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. Commissioner Riley walks them through the remote […]

    • 38 min
    S1E37. Acclaimed Poet & Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia on Poetry & Arts Education

    S1E37. Acclaimed Poet & Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia on Poetry & Arts Education

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are joined by Dana Gioia, a poet, writer, and the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Dana discusses why the arts are so pivotal to the intellectual and civic development of America’s K-12 schoolchildren, allowing them to grow spiritually, emotionally, creatively, imaginatively, and […]

    • 45 min
    S1E36. Homeschooling Expert Kerry McDonald on Harvard Law Professor Controversy & COVID

    S1E36. Homeschooling Expert Kerry McDonald on Harvard Law Professor Controversy & COVID

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are happy to be joined by Kerry McDonald, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. Drawing on her experiences as a homeschooling parent and researcher, Kerry shares thoughts on the major lessons we […]

    • 40 min
    S1E35. Kaya Henderson, Former Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools, on Leading Urban District Reform

    S1E35. Kaya Henderson, Former Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools, on Leading Urban District Reform

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are happy to be joined by Kaya Henderson, the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. They discuss the historic reforms Henderson oversaw, including increasing enrollment and improved test scores in an urban district that had been one of the lowest performing in the […]

    • 42 min
    S1E34. UVA Law Professor Kimberly Robinson On Legal Debate About Education As Federal Right

    S1E34. UVA Law Professor Kimberly Robinson On Legal Debate About Education As Federal Right

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard continue coverage of COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education, joined by Kimberly Robinson, Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Curry School of Education. Kimberly discusses her new book, A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy, and the need for […]

    • 41 min
    S1E33. New York Times #1 best-selling author John M. Barry on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic & lessons for COVID-19

    S1E33. New York Times #1 best-selling author John M. Barry on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic & lessons for COVID-19

    This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard continue coverage of COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education, joined by John M. Barry, author of the #1 New York Times best seller, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. John shares two major lessons from the previous pandemic on the importance of social distancing and transparent […]

    • 46 min

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