On Winning (and Losing) the National Spelling Bee

The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week. In 2010, Marty West of Ed Next spoke with George Thampy about what it was like to win the bee in 2000.

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What We’re Watching: The Opt-Out Movement Against Standardized Testing

Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine hosts an online discussion of the opt-out movement with Robert Pondiscio and Jennifer Berkshire.

Ed Next Book Club: The Game Believes In You

Mike Petrilli interviews Greg Toppo about his new book.

What We’re Watching: This High School Trains Baltimore’s Students To Be Artists

PBS NewsHour has a feature on the Baltimore School for the Arts, where students are admitted based on their artistic potential.

What We’re Listening To: Teacher Diversity in America’s Schools

Anna Egalite appeared on Where We Live to talk about teacher diversity and student success.

What We’re Watching: The American Dream in Crisis

On May 13, Robert Putnam was at the Fordham Institute to discuss his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

What We’re Watching: Turning Dropouts Into Diplomas

This Ed Week video spotlights a dropout-recovery program in Lawrence, Mass., that includes home visits from a “scholar re-engagement manager” and personalized plans for returning to school.

What We’re Listening To: Ask A Teacher

In Slate’s new podcast, three teachers discuss the best and worst advice they’ve ever received.

What We’re Watching: Welcome to National Charter Schools Week

Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a welcome message for National Charter Schools Week, which began Monday.

What We’re Watching: IDEA Public Schools Celebrates College Signing Day

Seniors at IDEA Public Schools, a charter school network in Texas which has sent 100% of its graduates to college for seven years straight, reveal their college plans.

What We’re Listening To: What Makes A Land Of Opportunity?

Krissy Clark of Marketplace visits Dayton, Ohio, which has one of the worst rates of economic mobility in the U.S, but which is also the home of a great deal of education innovation.

What We’re Watching: The Game Believes in You

On April 28, the Fordham Institute hosted a conversation with Greg Toppo about his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.

What We’re Watching: Does Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Test Miss its Goal?

PBS NewsHour looks into the impact of legislation that promised to hold students back who cannot pass the state’s reading test by the end of third grade.

What We’re Watching: What Can We Learn From Cage-Busting Teachers?

Teacher Marilyn Rhames gives teachers strategic advice on how to start new school programs. Rhames appeared at a Cage-Busting Teacher event at AEI.

Ed Next Book Club: A Democratic Constitution for Public Education

Mike Petrilli interviews Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim about their new book.

What We’re Listening To: Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

A middle school in Nashville is embracing “opportunity culture” and allowing its most talented teachers to lead multiple classrooms.

What We’re Watching: Incorporating Noncognitive Skills into Education Policy

On Tuesday, March 31, the Brown Center hosted an event looking at what policymakers need to know about how noncognitive skills like grit can be cultivated.

What We’re Watching: Moneyball for Education

Rick Hess and Bethany Little describe how state and local school systems could use data and evidence to improve student outcomes just like Billy Beane did for the Oakland A’s.

What We’re Watching: Cage-Busting Teachers

On Wednesday, April 15, AEI will host a discussion of The Cage-Busting Teacher, a new book by Rick Hess.

What We’re Watching: Securing Our Nation’s Future

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.

What We’re Listening To: Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

WNYC series looks at what it is like to be 12 years old.

What We’re Watching: Teachers of the Year on Common Core

Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.

What We’re Watching: Teaching Teachers How To Lead Beyond Their Classroom

Rick Hess talks about his new book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, which aims to help teachers who want to make their schools better for kids and teachers alike.

What We’re Watching: Girls, Boys, and Reading

On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.

What We’re Watching: 180 Days: Hartsville

A new PBS documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville, explores how a town in South Carolina is working to provide a better education for its poor students.

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