Podcasts

January 23, 2021
Host
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Rosamund Looney, 1st grade teacher, Jefferson Parish, La.

Before Covid-19 pushed her classroom to virtual learning, Rosamund Looney was passionate about engaging her students' families in their education. In this podcast she discusses ways she is working through challenges and helping her students, some of whom are dealing with significant traumas, handle their social emotional needs. Looney, an AFT and Jefferson Federation of Teachers member, also works to instill cultural competencies and social justice in her classes.

January 21, 2021
Host
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Olivia Carter, National School Counselor of the Year

 As an elementary school counselor in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Olivia Carter has honed in on trauma-informed practices and built a team that is prepared to meet the mental-health needs of their students. Carter shares some of her techniques for vulnerable students and discusses the need for more counselors at the elementary level in this #PublicSchoolProud podcast.

January 12, 2021
Host
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association

As head of the nation's largest teacher's union, Becky Pringle understands the need to have courageous conversations on equity, inclusion and race. "We are leading a movement to reclaim public education as a common good as a foundation of this democracy and investing in it in a way that reflects that," she says. "We can't stop there, though, we have to transform it into something it was never designed to be, a racially and socially just and equitable system that prepares every student everyone to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world."

October 26, 2020
Host
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Diana D’Amico Pawlewicz

Diana D’Amico Pawlewicz, Ph.D., a historian of education and social policy, researches school policy as social policy, focusing on fundamental questions around equity, race, power, and the role of institutions in creating or disrupting inequality. Her first book, Blaming Teachers: Professionalization Policies and the Failure of Reform in American History, explores the history of the public school workforce and the creation and maintenance of racialized ideas, policies, and practices.

September 30, 2020
Host
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Joshua P. Starr, Phi Delta Kappa International
Josh Starr, CEO of PDK International, discussed the 52nd annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools and its findings on parents' and the public's views on issues such as the federal role in K-12 education and teacher quality. 
 
July 6, 2020
Host
Richard M. Long, executive director, Learning First Alliance
Guest
Jack Jennings, founder, former president and CEO for the Center on Education Policy

Fatigued by School Reform, a new book by Jack Jennings, argues that school reform has been both wrongly targeted and oversold. Efforts should be focused on helping lower and middle income students to overcome any disadvantages from their families’ socio-economic status and also on recruiting more teachers with high verbal and cognitive skills. In addition, politicians and “experts” have peddled the wrong-headed view that the schools alone can solve society’s problems.

February 19, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Kerensa Wing, 2020 NASSP National Principal of the Year and principal of Collins Hill High School

Kerensa Wing, 2020 NASSP National Principal of the Year and principal of Collins Hill High School in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), Ga., believes a classroom teacher has an enormous impact on student growth. She talks about hiring, retaining, and training the best teachers and how bringing high-quality

February 18, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Whitney Nash Young, assistant principal, W.J. Cooper Elementary School

Whitney Nash Young, an assistant principal at W.J. Cooper Elementary School in Loganville, (Gwinnett County) Ga., discusses the schoolwide professional learning plan, including a new teacher induction and mentoring program, that her school has implemented. The school built a collaborative learning team to help teachers focus on a few critical, measurable areas to improve student learning and accountability.

 

 

February 17, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Walter Taylor, Director of Professional Development, Quest Center, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

As director of professional development for one of the nation's largest teachers' unions, Walter Taylor sees an urgent need for restorative practices, including cultural competencies, critical race theory, and trauma-informed mindset, in schools and teachers' professional development. He explains the Quest Center's work in advancing educational opportunities for students and professional development for teachers. 

February 17, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Pete Just, chief technology officer, MSD Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN and and Chair-elect, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking)

As the Chief Technology Officer for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, a high-poverty school district, Pete Just helps students reach their full potential and find the best pathways for college and careers. Just, a former teacher, gives tips for for training staff to use tools that are always evolving and finding the best resources, and how to adapt to a challenging and constantly changing environment.