Education Podcast Archives

Karan Chopra: How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

Karan Chopra (@karchopra) a is Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Opportunity@Work, where he  provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity.

African American Women in Engineering: Statistics and Solutions with Nicole Yates (Ep. 97)

African American Women in Engineering: Statistics and Solutions with Nicole Yates (Ep. 97)

African American Women Engineers’ Silent Struggle Against Indifference I had a hard time finding a title for this post. I wanted to come up with something that would speak to what people were already searching for. So I went to Google Trends and entered “black women in engineering”. The results showed zero interest over the past 5 years. I tried “African American women in engineering”. Again, no one was searching for these terms, according to Google. I tried narrowing the search to just

Ep 88: Technology and Teaching: Opportunities for Measurable Student Outcomes with Shayna Cook

Ep 88: Technology and Teaching: Opportunities for Measurable Student Outcomes with Shayna Cook

Shayna Cook (cook_shayna) is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the Learning Technologies project. Shayna researches and reports on innovation, new technologies, and digital equity issues concerning children from birth through third grade. She is a former teacher who graduated from American University with a master’s degree in education, focusing on policy and leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from Howard University. In

Ep 85: How to Help Women with STEM Degrees Keep Breaking Barriers with Roberta Rincon

Ep 85: How to Help Women with STEM Degrees Keep Breaking Barriers with Roberta Rincon

Roberta Rincon is the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Manager of Research. Before joining SWE, Roberta Rincon was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education policy research, coordinating various award and faculty recruitment programs, analyzing the impact of state legislative actions, and preparing white papers on topics ranging from classroom utilization to student success. Roberta received her B.S. in Civil

*Encore Episode*: How the National Science Foundation Trains Teachers in Computer Science Melissa Rasberry

*Encore Episode*: How the National Science Foundation Trains Teachers in Computer Science Melissa Rasberry

Hi everyone, I’m away on vacation this week but didn’t want to leave you empty-handed. I will forgo the news update this week because I left last Thursday and scheduled this post for Monday, 4/10, so I was long gone before Friday thru Monday’s news cycles. In any case, today’s episode is an encore presentation–my interview with my good friend Melissa Rasberry from the American Institutes for Research. This was a popular show, so I wanted to make sure you heard it. Without further adieu

Ep 84: A Mission to Bring Robotics to STEM Education with Jane Taylor

Ep 84: A Mission to Bring Robotics to STEM Education with Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is the Founder and President of Bot Shop LLC. Bot Shop is an innovative one-stop shop specializing in integrating Robotics and Energy Education into K-12 public schools, informal education, non-profits and outreach programs. As a full-service consulting firm, Bot Shop provides turnkey solutions for effectively engaging youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through making. BotShop supports robots in education from the classroom to competition. Jane Taylor began

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