Podcasts

Ed. Research Matters -- The Five Essential Supports for Improving Student Learning (Part 2)

February, 2017
Elliot Ransom and Isaac Castelaz

In the second part of this podcast, Elliot Ransom, the Director of the 5Essentials Survey and Reporting system, talks about the 5Essentials survey tool which educators can use to diagnose their schools’ strengths and weaknesses, and Isaac Castelaz, the principal of the National Teachers Academy, discusses how he has used the survey tool to foster change and growth in his elementary school.  This is to the second part of Ed.

Ed. Research Matters -- High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data Records, and Demographic Shifts

June, 2016
Elaine Allensworth, Julia Gwynne, and Kaleen Healey

Elaine Allensworth, Julia Gwynne, and Kaleen Healy, authors of, High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data Records, and Demographic Shifts, have a roundtable discussion on the key findings of the report and their implications for policy and practice.

Ed. Research Matters -- Skill-Based Sorting in the Era of College Prep for All: Costs and Benefits

March, 2014
Elaine Allensworth and Takako Nomi

This podcast focuses on the report, Skill-Based Sorting in the Era of College-Prep for All: Costs and Benefits, which was released in March 2014.  For this report, Consortium researchers studied two policies, instituted by the Chicago Public Schools, which provided a natural experiment in skill-based sorting with a common curriculum.  One of these policies reduced skill-based sorting, while the other increased it.

Ed. Research Matters -- From High School to the Future: The Challenge of Senior Year in Chicago Public Schools

May, 2013
Eliza Moeller

This podcast focuses on the report, From High School to the Future: The Challenge of Senior Year in Chicago Public Schools, which was released in February 2013.  For this report, Consortium researchers looked closely at the senior year experiences of students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  They found that while some seniors take advanced coursework, the majority of CPS seniors have schedules dominated by make-up courses, electives, and vocational coursework.  The students themselves described senior year as unchallenging and easier than previous years.