On this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Brandon Wright discuss Donald Trump’s effect on education reform, efforts to improve gifted education in Illinois, and Eva Moskowitz’s disapproval of the opt-out movement. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines school turnaround efforts in North Carolina.

Amber's Research Minute

Jennifer A. Heissel and Helen Ladd, "School Turnaround in North Carolina: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis," CALDER (March 2016).

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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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 (with Chester E. Finn, Jr.) and Charter Schools at the Crossroads: …

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