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Episode 122 : The Ten Principles for Building a High Quality System of Assessment

In an effort to improve assessment practices, a collaboration between 19 different organizations representing educational researchers, educational policy reform advocates, private sector interests, and others, recently released "The Ten Principles for Building a High Quality System of Assessment." (http://deeperlearning4all.org/10-principles-building-high-quality-system-assessments) A primary objective of the Ten Principles is to improve the ecological validity of assessment practices by bringing equity to the development of students' academic, career, and civic aptitudes. Guests on the program include workforce Expert, Gail Norris, who is the U.S. Lead for Industry Learning Services at Siemens; Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, who is an education policy advocate and Associate Vice President of JFF's Students at the Center initiative; and, Dr. David Conley, Founder of Ed Imagine and researcher focused on college and career readiness, student ownership of learning, and systems of assessment.

Episode 122 : The Ten Principles for Building a High Quality System of Assessment

Episode 121 : Jitka Nelson, 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year

Teaching Matters is excited to announce a special series of podcasts with award-winning teachers who will share their personal stories about teaching excellence. The second program in this series is with Jitka Nelson, who was selected as the 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year through a program of the Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSCO), which is the oldest and most prestigious national honors program focusing on teaching excellence. In this podcast, Jitka discusses the importance of student voice in an audio segment recorded by NWEA, the not-for-profit assessment solutions provider, who partners with the CCSCO on the National Teacher of the Year Program (segments from the other State Teacher of the Year Candidates are posted to teacherpodcasts.org).

Episode 120 : Behavioral Nudges

A constant challenge facing educators is to determine the best ways in which to motivate students to succeed. A recent collaboration between JFF, Persistence Plus, and several community colleges explored the use of "behavioral nudges," or short personalized messages, to promote student success. Barbara Endel, Senior Director at Jobs for the Future, Jill Frankfort, Co-Founder and President of Persistence Plus, and Aaron Weiss, an Instructor at Lorain Community College in Ohio discuss the use of behavioral nudges as well as results of a large research trial showing a 10% gain in academic success when STEM students receive such messages.

Episode 119 : Teacher Preparation w/ Lynn Gangone

Dr. Lynn Gangone is President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a national advocacy group based on Washington, D.C. The AACTE advocates at both national and state levels in support of high-quality teacher preparation. The organization represents over 800 postsecondary institutions with teacher education programs. Dr. Gangone explains core tenets of the AACTE approach and delves into specific issues like school gun violence, promoting women leaders in the field, and challenges facing today's teachers.

Episode 118 : Brittany Peterson

Dr. Brittany Peterson is an award-winning teacher in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Peterson was awarded the title of "Presidential Teacher" from 2017-2020; the Presidential Teacher Award is the highest teaching award given to one Ohio University faculty member each year. Recently, Peterson was also awarded the title of "University Professor," which is a yearly award bestowed by a student selection committee to a maximum of five faculty each year. In this podcast, Peterson discusses her teaching approaches, how she balances the multiple demands of being a faculty member, and approaches she uses when teaching e-learning courses.

Episode 117 : Place-Based Learning In the Grand Tetons

This episode expands on the topic of place-based learning, which was also covered in Episode 103. Whereas the previous interview focused on place-based learning in an urban setting, this episode focuses on a rural-based program, the Teton Science School. The science school offers place-based experiences for students and faculty, and also helps conduct workshops on this topic for faculty. We are joined on the podcast by Josh Kleyman of the Teton Science School, as well as Dr. Scott Seaman, Dean of Ohio University Libraries, Delaney Dixon and Brandan Hogan, both Ohio University Students. Seaman, Dixon, and Hogan are all affiliated with the Ohio Fellows program, which participated in place-based learning at the Teton Science School.

Episode 116 : "Empowered Educators" w/ Linda Darling-Hammond and Marc Tucker

Linda Darling-Hammond led a team of researchers to conduct an international comparative study, Empowered Educators. The study and accompanying series of policy briefs related to teacher recruitment, professional development, appraisal, and other topics was funded and supported by the National Center on Education and the Economy, a Washington DC-based organization led by Marc Tucker, with the help of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Our discussion focuses on some of the lessons learned from a multi-country comparative study of practices used in high-performing education systems, and their implications for policy and practices in the United States. View the series of policy briefs at: http://ncee.org/empowered-educators/empowered-educators-resources/#PolicyBriefs

Episode 116 : "Empowered Educators" w/ Linda Darling-Hammond and Marc Tucker

Episode 115 : Eva Moskowitz, Educational Reform Advocate

Eva Moskowitz is a leading figure in the education reform movement promoting charter schools. Her charter school system, the Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, has 45 locations and serves nearly 15,000 students. In this episode of Teaching Matters, Moskowitz describes how her schools have created a culture of success despite the many political challenges advanced by charter school opponents. Additional information about Eva's work as an educational reformer can be found in her memoir, "The Education of Eva Moskowitz," published by Harper Collins.

Episode 114 : Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Teaching Matters is excited to announce a special series of podcasts with award-winning teachers who will share their personal stories about teaching excellence. The first program in this series is with Sydney Chaffee, who was selected as the 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officials, which is the oldest and most prestigious national honors program focusing on teaching excellence. In this podcast, Sydney discusses how she uses social justice as an orientation for bringing authentic, culturally-based, and real-world experiences to her classroom. She also discusses her "epiphany" about the purpose of learning.

Episode 113 : Math and Science Teaching Challenges w/ Dr. Courtney Koestler

Math and Science education poses challenges for teachers as they confront phobias, anxieties and perceived differential abilities among students. Dr. Courtney Koestler, Director of the OHIO Center for Equity in Math and Science in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University, discusses the political dimensions of math and science education as well as the role played by the center in promoting educational equity with improved learning outcomes for students.

Episode 113 : Math and Science Teaching Challenges w/ Dr. Courtney Koestler

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