Route K-12:
Exploring Education Recovery

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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.

Episode 3:

Is It Working? Connecticut Leads in Evaluating K-12 Recovery Spending

Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker explains how Connecticut has partnered with colleges and universities to determine the effectiveness of summer school and other programs funded by recovery dollars. In turn, Connecticut has become a leader in the transparent spending of federal funds, as well as in engaging students and their communities in determining how federal dollars should be invested.

Episode 2:

Tennessee’s “Big Bet” on Literacy and Statewide Tutoring

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn describes the “big bet” Tennessee has taken with recovery funds to address flagging literacy with high dosage tutoring. Schwinn highlights how the pandemic allowed parents to more meaningfully engage in schools and gives a preview of what’s next for Tennessee’s schools.

Listen to Episode 2 or read the episode transcript here. 

Episode 1:

Road Trip Meets Education Recovery

To kick off our series, Jim Cowen sits down with Chad Aldeman of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and Christine Pitts of the Center on Reinventing Public Education to discuss highlights and concerns they’re seeing across the nation as they research K-12 recovery efforts. The group also respond to a question from Pennsylvania parent Jocelyn Pickford about how parents can engage more in local school funding decisions.

Listen to Episode 1 or read the episode transcript here.

Trailer

Join Collaborative for Student Success Director Jim Cowen this summer on a road trip showcasing how federal recovery funds are reshaping 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 here or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts weekly starting on June 13th.

About Jim Cowen

 

 

Jim is the the executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success, a non-profit organization that defends strong K-12 policies that benefit all students.