In this week's podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Brandon Wright laud the progress of education policies since NCLB, weigh gentrification’s role in D.C.’s achievement gains, and discuss the controversy surrounding a Success Academies video. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines educators’ perspectives on Common Core implementation.

Amber's RM

SOURCE: Thomas J. Kane et al., "Teaching Higher: Educators’ Perspectives on Common Core Implementation," Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University (February 2016).

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Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in…

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Brandon Wright is the Editorial Director of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is the coauthor of two books: Failing our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students

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Amber Northern is senior vice president for research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she supervises the Institute’s studies and research staff.  She has published in the areas of educational accountability, principal leadership, teacher quality, and academic standards, among others. Prior to joining Fordham, she served as senior study director at Westat. In that role, she provided evaluation services…

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Clara Allen is the Development and Staff Assistant at the Fordham Institute, where she assists with grant-writing initiatives, contributes to the operations team and manages Fordham's events. Prior to joining Fordham, she graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in educational studies. She has experience working in various development capacities with the American…

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