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Hosted by Jim Cowen from the Collaborative for Student Success, this podcast travels the country on a kind of “road trip” to talk about the ways federal recovery dollars are being used in states to reshape education. Along the way, we’ll hold up the best examples – with the hope that those practices are repeated in other schools.


Guests will include education commissioners, district superintendents, parents, and others who can give insight into how the funds are flowing. Look for the Route K-12 Podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts weekly starting on June 13th.

Season 3, Episode 3: ‘Every Kid is a Math Kid’ – One Leader’s Mission to Make Math Accessible for All Students

Join host Jim Cowen and guest Shalinee Sharma, CEO and Co-Founder of Zearn, as they ask what it will take to make math instruction accessible and engaging for all kids. With performance in Algebra being one of the most predictive indicators of a student’s success in careers and life, says Sharma, now is the time to reimagine the nation’s relationship with math.

Jim Cowen and Shalinee Sharma


Season 3, Episode 1: Bringing Science to Life Through Shared Experiences

Join 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year Autumn Rivera for a look into the magic of her classroom. Autumn joins Collaborative Director Jim Cowen to discuss the importance of building student experiences and background knowledge and to share how she’s been able to support and connect with educators and leaders from across the nation as a State Teacher of the Year.

Jim Cowen and Autumn Rivera


Season 2, Episode 6: Measuring Student Recovery

Join us for our final episode of season 2 as Kent McGuire, program director of education at the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, reflects on the first half of the 2022-23 school year—and what those in the world of education should take with them into the new year. McGuire explores how we should be judging and measuring success in schools and provides examples of innovative practices worth watching.

Jim Cowen and Kent McGuire


Season 2, Episode 5: Where’s the Urgency? What’s happening to today’s youth as academic recovery takes a backseat.

Join us as Andy Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether and author of the blog Eduwonk.com, decries the lack of urgency and sustained focus on student recovery and describes practices in education recovery that are making a difference. Rotherham also pushes on the importance of visibility on how students are doing academically and the impact of today’s parents’ rights movement.

Jim Cowen and Andy Rotherham


Season 2, Episode 4 Part 2: The Power of School Boards

North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is back for part two of our two-part series. Baesler shares her perspective as a longtime member of her local school board and president of the Council of Chief State School Officers on the importance of quality training for school board members. She also discusses how this innovative approach may be scaled across the country.

Jim Cowen and Kirsten Baesler


Season 2, Episode 3: A Journalist’s Perspective on Education Recovery

Linda Jacobson, senior writer at the 74 Million, uses her unique point of view to talk education recovery in the media—how her outlet is approaching stories about what assessment results are showing and how federal recovery funds are being spent to drive improved outcomes for students. She describes the tension between identifying the good but not sugarcoating challenges, and the importance of lifting up the voices of school leaders, students and families.

Jim Cowen and Linda Jacobson


Season 2, Episode 2: The COVID Generation

Mike Petrilli, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, describes what’s needed to make a significant and long-lasting impact on America’s schools. He argues that the life-altering impact learning loss has had on students should motivate leaders to seek out the best practices and investments transforming outcomes for students.

Jim Cowen and Michael Petrilli