Education Podcast Archives

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Ep 67: How a Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributes to the Gifted-and-Talented Gap with Hannah Putman

Ep 67: How a Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributes to the Gifted-and-Talented Gap with Hannah Putman

Hannah Putman (@nctq) is the Director of Research at the National Council on Teacher Quality. Hannah’s recent work includes a study on trends in teacher diversity in collaboration with researchers from the Brookings Institution, an examination of 100 early childhood teacher preparation programs, and a report that quantified the rigor in coursework offered by teacher preparation programs. She has also worked on all editions of NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review. Prior to joining NCTQ, Hannah conducted

Ep 61: Ensuring Schools Can Keep Up with Demand for Even Faster Broadband with Tracy Weeks

Ep 61: Ensuring Schools Can Keep Up with Demand for Even Faster Broadband with Tracy Weeks

Dr. Tracy Weeks (@tracyweeks) is the Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North

Ep 53: A Teacher Reveals How to Help Kids Learn Computer Science with Nicole Reitz-Larsen

Ep 53: A Teacher Reveals How to Help Kids Learn Computer Science with Nicole Reitz-Larsen

Nicole Reitz-Larsen (@reitzlarsen) is a secondary classroom teacher with 15+ years teaching experience. She has taught everything from AP/IB Computer Science, to German, Multimedia and Business related courses. She loves working with students and is passionate about equity in education and providing opportunities for all students to be successful. She works with teachers nationwide on the CSforAllTeachers.org site and with Code.org to promote the importance of computer science, assist …

Ep 46: How the National Science Foundation Trains Teachers in Computer Science with Melissa Rasberry

Ep 46: How the National Science Foundation Trains Teachers in Computer Science with Melissa Rasberry

My guest today is Dr. Melissa A. Rasberry (@MelRasberry). Melissa is senior technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she serves as the principal investigator for the CS10K Community, an online community of practice for computer science teachers sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She has created and facilitated over 35 virtual communities throughout her career, providing effective online professional learning experiences for educators. Dr…

How to Unleash the Potential of Homeless Youth with Patrick Gusman (Ep. 35)

How to Unleash the Potential of Homeless Youth with Patrick Gusman (Ep. 35)

Patrick Gusman (@Lancieux) is the Chief Operating Officer of Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY). Prior to joining SBY, Patrick was the President and Managing Director of the Equal Footing Foundation, and Managing Director of Social Sector Innovations’ Startup Middle School a pilot program that trains and develops a sustainable pipeline of early-stage masters of disruptive technologies from underrepresented backgrounds at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2. Prior…

How to Build a Program that Teaches Inmates How to Code with Beverly Parenti (Ep. 33)

How to Build a Program that Teaches Inmates How to Code with Beverly Parenti (Ep. 33)

Beverly Parenti (@thebev) is co-founder and Executive Director of The Last Mile—a nonprofit focused on providing education and training inside prison that can result in gainful employment upon reentry, thereby reducing recidivism and helping redirect spending from prisons to education. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently visited San Quentin prison to spend time with inmates who are participating in Last Mile’s coding boot camp called Code.7370. On the day of his visit,…

If You Don’t Build Tech Skills Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later with Laura Berrocal (Ep. 20)

If You Don’t Build Tech Skills Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later with Laura Berrocal (Ep. 20)

Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector. Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for…

How to Break into a Cybersecurity Career as Quickly as Possible with Alex Kreilein (Ep. 19)

How to Break into a Cybersecurity Career as Quickly as Possible with Alex Kreilein (Ep. 19)

Alex Kreilein is the Managing Partner of SecureSet and over the cybersecurity Accelerator. He engages corporate C-Suites officers, tech luminaries, security researchers, hackers, and academics to develop and implement strategies kickstarting cybersecurity startups. He co-manages a fund associated with the accelerator to brings enormous value to early-stage startups through a focused product development, customer acquisition, and investor engagement strategies. Previously, Alex was a…