100 episodes

Welcome to ‘What I Want to Know’, one of the most downloaded K-12 education podcasts in the country! Listen in with our host, Kevin P. Chavous, as he connects with innovators and leaders who share practical, transformative solutions to the biggest challenges in education today.

As America rethinks the future of schooling, Kevin explores emerging needs and possibilities, for students and educators alike, through short, stimulating conversations. Subscribe to ‘What I Want to Know’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform, and leave a rating and review so we can bring you more of the topics you want to hear about!

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Welcome to ‘What I Want to Know’, one of the most downloaded K-12 education podcasts in the country! Listen in with our host, Kevin P. Chavous, as he connects with innovators and leaders who share practical, transformative solutions to the biggest challenges in education today.

As America rethinks the future of schooling, Kevin explores emerging needs and possibilities, for students and educators alike, through short, stimulating conversations. Subscribe to ‘What I Want to Know’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform, and leave a rating and review so we can bring you more of the topics you want to hear about!

    Encore Episode: Is college the right path for every student? with Mark C. Perna

    Encore Episode: Is college the right path for every student? with Mark C. Perna

    Revisit this episode on whether college is the best path for students to have successful careers with Mark C. Perna.
    For the past few decades, there’s been a significant push for students to enroll in a four-year university immediately after high school. But according to a recent survey, almost 70 percent of parents would support their children entering the workforce right after high school.
    What’s causing parents to accept and seek alternative routes for their children? What skills do students need to thrive in today’s careers? And is college the right fit for all students? 
    Meet Mark:
    Mark C. Perna is a speaker, best-selling author, and Forbes contributor. He considers himself a champion of the younger generations, devoting his career to understanding their untapped potential. 
    This is, What I Want to Know.

    • 27 min
    159. How can charter schools create opportunities for students? with Academic Advisor at West Virginia Virtual Academy, Cheryl Stahle

    159. How can charter schools create opportunities for students? with Academic Advisor at West Virginia Virtual Academy, Cheryl Stahle

    Public charter schools currently serve more than 3.7 million students. In fact, according to a report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, enrollment in public charter schools grew by more than 300,000 students between 2019 and 2023.  
    What are charter schools? What are the benefits of the charter school model? And how can charter schools create opportunities for our students? 
    In this episode, Cheryl Stahle joins Kevin to discuss how charter schools can create opportunities for students.  
    Meet Cheryl
    Cheryl Stahle is the academic advisor at West Virginia Virtual Academy.
    She is the recipient of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools annual Changemaker Award. The award honors individuals who are advocates for public education and creating more high-quality public education options for families. 
    This is, What I Want to Know.
     

    • 11 min
    158. Can summer learning programs combat the summer slide? with CEO of National Summer Learning Association, Aaron Dworkin

    158. Can summer learning programs combat the summer slide? with CEO of National Summer Learning Association, Aaron Dworkin

    As the school year ends and summer begins, many parents and teachers worry about the “summer slide.” The summer slide is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. 
    To combat this learning loss, many districts are focusing on providing additional opportunities for students to learn over the summer. 
    How can we combat the summer slide? Are summer learning programs the answer? And how can we ensure all students have access to these programs? 
    In this episode, Aaron Dworkin joins Kevin to discuss if summer learning programs can combat the summer slide.  
    Meet Aaron
    Aaron Dworkin is the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, which works to ensure all young people in America, especially the most vulnerable, can access and afford a high-quality summer learning experience every year.  
    This is, What I Want to Know. 

    • 29 min
    157. How can we ensure all students have access to effective tutoring? with Founder and Executive Director of the National Student Support Accelerator, Dr. Susanna Loeb

    157. How can we ensure all students have access to effective tutoring? with Founder and Executive Director of the National Student Support Accelerator, Dr. Susanna Loeb

    In response to pandemic learning loss, many school districts across the country turned to intensive tutoring. 
    And studies have shown that methods like high-impact tutoring can increase a student’s learning and be more effective than standard methods. 
    Can tutoring help students overcome pandemic learning loss? What works and doesn’t work when it comes to tutoring? And why is it important for all students to have access to effective tutoring methods? 
    In this episode, Dr. Susanna Loeb shares why access to tutoring is important for students.
    Meet Susanna
    Dr. Susanna Loeb is the founder and executive director of the National Student Support Accelerator, an organization aiming to expand access to high impact tutoring to address inequities in educational opportunities. 
    This is, What I Want to Know.
     

    • 27 min
    156. How can we combat the shortage of special education teachers? with Professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimber Wilkerson

    156. How can we combat the shortage of special education teachers? with Professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimber Wilkerson

    More than 7.5 million students in the United States have disabilities that qualify them for individual education plans. However, teachers trained in special education are in short supply.
    In fact, a survey found that 65% of public schools report being understaffed in special education.
    What is causing this shortage? How is this affecting teachers and students across the country? And what can we do to combat the shortage of special education teachers? 
    In this episode, Kimber Wilkerson shares how we can combat the shortage of special education teachers.
    Meet Kimber
    Kimber Wilkerson is a professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
    She has broad expertise in preparing teachers to provide instruction to students with disabilities and improve their long-term outcomes.
    This is, What I Want to Know.
     

    • 29 min
    Encore Episode: How can we keep kids safe online?

    Encore Episode: How can we keep kids safe online?

    Revisit our episode on digital safety featuring Titania Jordan, chief marketing officer and chief parent officer of Bark Technologies.
    Technology can open up doors to more information and content than ever before. That can be good – and bad – for kids. How can we teach kids healthy tech habits? What are the risks of cyberbullying, access to predators, image distortion, or self-harm? And how should personal devices be managed in the classroom? 
    In this episode, Kevin discusses healthy digital use with tech parenting expert Titania Jordan of Bark Technologies. 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

jbsh-atl ,

Restoring my Faith in our Education System

The guests on this show have some fantastic insights, ideas, experience and more. Kevin is a great host and puts everyone at ease, and the conversations are brief but packed full.

Kerwin78 ,

Terrific resource for teachers and administrators

Kevin covers the leading topics impacting education today and provides actionable guidance on how best to tackle the issues we face! It’s a great listen that I highly recommend for anyone in the industry!

Bobinva4526 ,

Excellent resource for anyone involved in education

I work in Ed tech and Kevin’s series brings expert points of view to the table every week that impacts my work.

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