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October 16, 2013 audio

On this edition of The Conversation, RiShawn Biddle chats with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras –  two of the key players who make up the new Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour — about how mayors and other city leaders can advance systemic reform for children and urban communities.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle Radio or download directly to your mobile or desktop device. Also, subscribe to The Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. You can also embed this podcast on your site. It is also available on iTunesBlubrryZune Marketplace, Stitcher, and PodBean.

September 20, 2013 audio

On this edition of The Conversation, RiShawn Biddle chats with No Child Left Behind Act mastermind Sandy Kress about why accountability matters, the consequences of the Obama Administration’s efforts to eviscerate No Child’s Adequate Yearly Progress provisions on advancing systemic reform, why Common Core supporters must remember that standards won’t work without common measures of achievement, and what must be done to end the soft bigotry of low expectations for poor and minority children.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle Radio or download directly to your mobile or desktop device. Also, subscribe to The Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. You can also embed this podcast on your site. It is also available on iTunesBlubrryZune Marketplace, Stitcher, and PodBean.

September 4, 2013 audio

On this edition of The Conversation, RiShawn Biddle chats with New York University psychology professor Scott Barry Kaufman about his new book, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and explains why American public education must change how it looks at the potential of all children, talks about how the misuse of IQ tests have contributed to the condemnation of children to special ed ghettos, and discusses what factors into intelligence.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle Radio or download directly to your mobile or desktop device. Also, subscribe to The Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. You can also embed this podcast on your site. It is also available on iTunesBlubrryZune Marketplace, Stitcher, and PodBean.

April 4, 2012 standard

On this month’s Conversation, Editor RiShawn Biddle chats with Connecticut Parents Union President Gwen Samuel and mothers running the Hartford Parents Organization about their efforts to champion school choice and teacher quality reforms in one of Dropout Nation‘s States to Watch. They discuss their recent protest efforts in the districts of state legislators who, at the behest of National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers affiliates, have all but eviscerated Gov. Dan Malloy’s school reform plans.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle’s radio page or download directly to your iPod, Zune, MP3 player, smartphone, Nook Color or Kindle.  Also, subscribe to the Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. It is also available on iTunesBlubrry, Zune Marketplace and PodBean. Also download to your phone with BlackBerry podcast software and Google Reader.

Disclosure: Dropout Nation Editor RiShawn Biddle is a member of the Connecticut Parents Union’s advisory board.

March 6, 2012 standard

 

On this month’s The Conversation, Ben Austin of Parent Revolution chats with Editor RiShawn Biddle about the battle between parents at Desert Trails Elementary School and the Adelanto School District, discusses how Parent Trigger laws can help families play real decision-making roles in education; and opines on the reasons behind the opposition to Parent Power laws from education traditionalists and skepticism from Beltway reformers.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle’s radio page or download directly to your iPod, Zune, MP3 player, smartphone, Nook Color or Kindle.  Also, subscribe to the Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. It is also available on iTunesBlubrry, Zune Marketplace and PodBean. Also download to your phone with BlackBerry podcast software and Google Reader.

December 21, 2011 standard

On this month’s Conversation,  the former D.C. Public Schools chancellor and StudentsFirst founder explains why we need more Wayne Wheelers, Lee Atwaters, and James Carvilles for advancing reform, the need to build stronger ties with grassroots, and why reform-minded younger teachers will have to look outside of the NEA and AFT to overhaul American public education. She also talks about what she would have done differently during her tenure overhauling what was once the Superfund Site of traditional districts.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle’s radio page or download directly to your iPod, Zune, MP3 player, smartphone, Nook Color or Kindle.  Also, subscribe to the Conversation podcast series and the overall Dropout Nation Podcast series. It is also available on iTunes, Blubrry, the Education Podcast NetworkZune Marketplace and PodBean. Also download to your phone with BlackBerry podcast software and Google Reader.