Education Podcast Archives

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Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Gigi B. Sohn (@gigibsohn) served as counselor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, advising on a range of telecommunications and media policy issues. Previously, Sohn served from 2001 to 2013 as president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group working on intellectual property and other issues in the digital marketplace. She served as a project specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and as executive director of the Media

Ep 69: Introduction to Google’s Computer Science Education Research,Tools and Programs with Sepehr Hejazi Moghadam

Ep 69: Introduction to Google’s Computer Science Education Research,Tools and Programs with Sepehr Hejazi Moghadam

Dr. Sepehr Hejazi Moghadam (@sepurb), Head of Research and Development, K-12 Pre-University Education at Google. Previously, Sepehr was an Associate at both A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen. He also served as Associate Director of Teacher Effectiveness for the New York City Department of Education. He has broad experience leading key components of strategic human capital plans in the public and government sectors. He has led the design of human capital policies, programs, and practices; and managed

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,…