The Forum: Thoughts On Key Education Topics

Frequently, Learning Matters convenes experts within the field of education to offer thoughts on key issues. We call this “The Forum.” Below are previous editions of “The Forum.” Look around and join the discussion on any and all!


Are Community Colleges Working Effectively? (July 17, 2012)


This edition features Kay McClenney of CCSSE, George Lorenzo of The SOURCE, Sara Goldrick-Rab of UW-Madison, David Baime of AACC, Maria Flynn of Jobs for the Future, and Anne Kress of Monroe Community College.


How Do We Best Prevent Dropouts? (April 21, 2012)


This edition features Jennifer Dounay Zinth of ECS, Adria Steinberg of Jobs for the Future, Diane Spencer of Park View Education Centre, BethAnn Berliner of WestEd, community college student Tori Walston (who dropped out of middle school), and Eric Schwarz of Citizen Schools.


Is Online Learning Beneficial For Students? (February 8, 2012)


This edition features Ali Carr-Chellman of Penn State University, Wendy Zacuto of Pacific Point Academy, Scott McLeod of the University of Kentucky, Audie Rubin of Provost Academy Colorado, and Tom Carroll of NCTAF.


The Value Of Music Education (January 29, 2012)


This edition features Doug Israel of The Center For Arts Education, HS Choral Teacher Rachel Sawyer, HS Music Teacher April Estep, Kristen Engebretsen of Americans for the Arts, and music educator Debra Lindsay.


Is School Choice Good Or Bad For Public Education? (January 19, 2012)


This edition features Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute, Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, Mike McShane of the University of Arkansas, Cassandra Hart of UC-Davis, Public School Teacher James Boutin, Doug Harris of the University of Wisconsin, Greg Forster of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Jane Hannaway of the American Institutes for Research, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, and Sean Corcoran of NYU.


How Should We View Common Core? (December 7, 2011)


This edition features Karen Rambo of Colorado State University, Robert Rothman of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Teacher/Author Susan Ohanian, John Cronin of NWEA, Jason Brooks of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, and former President/CEO of NBPTS Joe Aguerrebere.


What Should We Be Thankful For In Education? (November 23, 2011)


This edition features Joe Nathan of Macalester College, Anne Westcott Dodd of Bates College, Robert Enlow of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins, J.M. Holland of Emergent Learner, Darren Beck of Harmony Educational Services, Amy Wilkins of The Education Trust, and Eva Baker of UCLA.


Who Was America’s Best ‘Education President?’ (November 8, 2011)


This edition features Kenneth Wong of Brown University, Steven Mintz of Columbia University, Christopher Cross of Cross & Joftus, LLC, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann of Bard College, Jim Guthrie of the George W. Bush Institute, Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston, Thomas Alsbury of Seattle Pacific University, Anne Bryant of NBSA, School Reformer Larry Cuban, and Kay Ann Taylor of Kansas State University.


What’s The Most Effective Model For School Funding? (October 21, 2011)


This edition features Steve Peha of Teaching That Makes Sense, Noelle Ellerson of AASA, Teacher Renee Moore, Teacher Jason Kniss, Mark Fermanich of Oregon State University, Former Deputy Director of EdSource Mary Perry, Randall Reback of Barnard, Daniel Thatcher of NCSL, Karen Hawley Mills of Education Resource Strategies, and Lisa Snell of the Reason Foundation.


Should We Be Paying Students? (October 13, 2011)


This edition features Beth Hennessey of Wellesley College, Thomas Dee of UVA, Brett Jones of Virginia Tech, Sam Abrams of Columbia University, Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Duke University, Jim Appleton of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Bob Stimolo of School Market Research Institute, Hedy Chang of Attendance Works, and Julian Betts of UCSD.


How Do We Best Train Teachers? (October 4, 2011)


This edition features Patrick McGuinn of Drew University, Julie Kowal and Sharon Kebschull Barrett of Public Impact, Barnett Berry of the Center for Teaching Quality, Jamie Davies O’Leary of the Fordham Institute, Allan Odden of the University of Wisconsin, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Gene Hickok, Jon Schnur of New Leaders for New Schools, Tricia Miller of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Former President/CEO of NBPTS Joe Aguerrebere, Celine Coggins of Teach Plus, and Michelle Exstrom of NCSL.


How Do We Best Prevent Cheating? (September 28, 2011)


This edition features Andy Porter of UPenn, Brian Backstrom of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, and Joan Arbisi Little of the Center for School Change.


Are Charter Schools Beneficial To Education? (September 20, 2011)


This education features John Ayers of the Carnegie Foundation, Piet Van Lier of Policy Matters Ohio, Bruce Fuller of UC-Berkeley, Robin Lake of the University of Washington, Dan Domenech of AASA, Mark Schneider of AIR, Bryan Hassel of Public Impact, and Ted Mitchell of the New Schools Venture Fund.


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