January 8, 2020
Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020s! In this podcast, Corey shares a bit about the Ed Policy scrum that he found himself toward the end of 2019, but most significantly we talk about what we've discovered in the past decade about School Choice, what he is researching and wondering about as we head into the 2020s, and a couple prognostications about the future along the way.
Bio: Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) is the director of school choice at Reason Foundation. He is also an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute.
DeAngelis' research primarily focuses on the effects of school choice programs on non-academic outcomes such as criminal activity, character skills, mental health, political participation, and schooling supply. He has authored or co-authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on education policy.
December 18, 2019
This is a fun conversation for me as Kevin Broene is a very good friend, and I had the opportunity to work with him during our time together at Chicago Christian High School. It is exciting for me to share with you the thoughtful and innovative work that Kevin is doing with coaches and athletic departments around the United States.
Bio: Kevin Broene has innovated a new way of thinking about coaching evaluation and development as he leads Grit Leadership for Educational Athletics (www.gritleadershipea.com). He also currently serves as an Athletic Director at Grand Rapids Christian Schools, and has been an educator for fifteen years as a teacher, coach, and admissions director.
December 16, 2019
"Policy makers must combine efforts to promote competition among schools with well-designed accountability systems," states Dr. Derek Neal.
This is one of the longer conversations I've had for this podcast as it is economic modeling to better understand the effectiveness of Education Policy is new to me. The conversation is based upon the work that Dr. Derek Neal does in his class through the lessons in his book Information, Incentives, and Education Policy. I enjoy challenging my own beliefs, and in particular enjoyed the second half of the conversation about the combination of Accountability and Choice as the key cornerstones to effective policy.
Bio: Dr. Derek Neal is William C. Norby Professor in Economics in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Neal studies labor, black-white wage inequality, economics of crime, and education policy. He is the recipient of Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2016), a fellow with the Society of Labor Economists (2008), President of the Midwest Economics Association (2009-10), former Co-Editor, Journal of Human Resources, former Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Labor Economics, and former Editor, Journal of Political Economy. He is also the author of Information, Incentives, and Education Policy.
December 10, 2019
This conversation is with Walter Blanks who shares his school choice story that started in Columbus, Ohio and has allowed him to become an advocate for students and families throughout the United States. Likewise, it has provided him the opportunity to engage in the broader policy conversations even with a round table conversation with the president at the White House yesterday.
Bio: Walter Blanks Jr. is a Communications Associate at the American Federation for Children. Before joining AFC full-time, Walter was chosen for the first cohort of the AFC Future Leaders Fellowship, which is a year-long advocacy and professional development program for graduates of private school choice programs. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to join the national team, Walter championed educational freedom and shared his story across the country serving as a 2018 50CAN National Voices Fellow, an advocacy fellowship that aims to find, connect and support young leaders in education.
To learn more about his work: https://www.federationforchildren.org/voices-archive/walter-blanks/
November 18, 2019
Benjamin Thomas is Founder and CEO of B2TheWorld (www.b2theworld.com) and the leader of Kigali International Community School in Rwanda. He is a New Yorker, the son of Indian immigrants to the U.S., and is a husband and raising 4 kids in Rwanda.
In this podcast, Ben shares about his journey that led him to Rwanda, the founding of B2TheWorld, the desire for educational opportunities in the most difficult parts of the world, and his work with educational leaders.
November 12, 2019
Personally, I've always been driven to understand the entrepreneur as I believe most innovators in education have an entrepreneurial spirit. A couple years ago, I began to listen to a podcast by Henry Kaestner called the Faith Driven Entrepreneur (www.faithdrivenentrepreneur.org), so I connected with Henry and asked him to share some of what he has discovered through his life experience and podcast interviews with entrepreneurs.
Henry Kaestner is Managing Partner of Sovereign's Capital, and Co-founder and previous CEO of Bandwidth. Mr. Kaestner has been involved in a number of other ventures, and has a second podcast entitled Faith Driven Investor (www.faithdriveninvestor.org).
September 20, 2019
If you've listened to previous podcasts you will know that I enjoy Education Policy and a desire to see the United States system become more dynamic, flexible, and innovative in educating students with all abilities, interests, and backgrounds. In this conversation I get to talk to Tommy Schultz about these ideas and his work at the American Federation for Children.
Check out "The Echoes of Dr. King: Walter's Dream" video we mention in the podcast: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=729947357464926
Tommy Schultz's Bio: He is the National Communications Director for the American Federation for Children. AFC is the largest school choice advocacy group in America dedicated to empowering families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children.
September 5, 2019
In this conversation, I have the opportunity to talk about the past decade of the Cardus Education Survey (https://www.cardus.ca/research/education/) with Ray Pennings as the third installment of the US data will be released in October and 11 case studies from Canada will be published. Ray and I talk about how the differing school sectors actually provide a greater and more robust education system and that through this work in Education we need to have a greater imagination when it comes to systemic change in both the United States and Canadian systems.
Ray Pennings co-founded Cardus in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. Ray has a vast amount of experience in Canadian industrial relations and has been involved in public policy discussions and as a political activist at all levels of government. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics, contributing as a commentator, pundit and critic in many of Canada’s leading news outlets and as an advisor and strategist.
He was founding president of EduDeo (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) and has served as Chair on the board of Redeemer University College, and as a board member for the Civitas Society and the Rosebud School for the Arts. Ray currently sits on the adjudication committee for the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship and on the Champions Circle for Compassionate Ottawa.
August 27, 2019
John Waller founded Uncage the Soul Productions in 2004 after sampling a career variety pack that included being an adventure guide, jumping smoke on a hotshot crew, and a year as a high school science teacher. He lives along the edge of the Impassable Wilderness in Portland, directing, producing, and editing adventure documentaries, commercial shorts, and cause-related campaigns.
The mission of Uncage the Soul is to capture the wonder that is around us and compel the wonder that is within us. For more info check out www.uncagethesoul.com
I met John on my Iceland trek this summer where I got to watch him at work, and I was intrigued by how the name of his company reflected who he is, the work he does, and the mission of the company. I believe you will find some great insights especially at the end when I ask him for a final piece of advice for educators.
July 30, 2019
This podcast continues a theme over the past few months in regards to relationships, healthy communities, and character. Likewise, this was a fun conversation with me because in her book, Anne Snyder, has developed 16 questions that are helpful to character formation, but also push us to a better understanding of healthy organizations.
Anne Snyder is the editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine (www.cardus.ca/comment/), and a writer and convener devoted to questions of class and culture, beauty and a beatitudinal faith. Anne has directed The Philanthropy Roundtable‘s Character Initiative, a program seeking to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions. Her path-breaking guidebook, The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape, was published in 2019.