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Robert Pondiscio

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Robert Pondiscio: A New Coat of Paint

Teacher's Lounge

Joining us today is Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute, volunteer firefighter, and author of How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. We dive into why old arguments and questions about education keep coming back up, why school choice isn't the ultimate "cure all" for Critical Race Theory, and why each and every teacher should be reading Hirsch. Check out Pondiscio's book here: www.robertpondiscio.com/the-book For the full interview, our Critical Race Theory Toolkit, and other great content, head to www.thechalkboardreview.com!Chalkboard Review, 2021


6 Jul 2021

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Robert Pondiscio – On How the Education System Went from Shaping Patriots to Indoctrinating Revolutionaries

High Noon

In the tenth episode of High Noon, Inez Stepman speaks with Robert Pondiscio of the American Enterprise Institute. Pondiscio has spent more than two decades in the education system, both as a civics teacher and as a writer and reformer. He is the author of numerous books, most recently How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice.Robert and Inez discuss the purpose of a public education system in a self-governing republic, as well as the tension between liberal pluralism and creating the kind of common body of cultural commitments and information that make citizenship possible. They also investigate the failures of the education reform movement, of which they both consider themselves members.Based on his decades of experience as an educator, Pondiscio lays out some warnings and roadblocks for parents and activists seeking to challenge Critical Race Theory in public schools, and expresses skepticism that top-down laws from state legislatures will do the job.--High Noon is an intellectual download featuring conversations that make possible a free society. Inviting interesting thinkers from all parts of the political spectrum to discuss the most controversial subjects of the day in a way that hopes to advance our common American future. Hosted by Inez Stepman of Independent Women’s Forum. You can listen to the latest High Noon episode(s) here or wherever you get your podcasts. Then subscribe, rate, and share with your friends. If you are already caught up and want more, join our online community at iwf.org/connect. Be sure to subscribe to our emails to ensure you’re equipped with the facts on the issues you care about most. Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) believes all issues are women’s issues. IWF promotes policies that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedoms, opportunities, and choices. IWF doesn’t just talk about problems. We identify solutions and take them straight to the playmakers and policy creators. And, as a 501(c)3, IWF educates the public about the most important topics of the day. Check out the Independent Women’s Forum website for more information on how policies impact you, your loved ones, and your community: www.iwf.org. Subscribe to IWF’s YouTube channel. Follow IWF on social media: - on Twitter- on Facebook- on Instagram #IWF #HighNoonPodcast #AllIssuesAreWomensIssues See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Jun 2021

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Ep 105: Robert Pondiscio

Dangerous Speech

I spoke with Robert Pondiscio about school choice, curriculum choice, reading to learn vs learning to read, and other issues in education. 
Follow me: @obaidomer Follow Robert: @rpondiscioCheckout Robert’s website: https://www.robertpondiscio.com/Buy his book: https://www.amazon.com/How-Other-Half-Learns-excellence/dp/0525533737/


19 May 2021

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S01E22 – Educational Attainment in Low Socio-Economic Communities. An interview with Dr. Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

National Rural Education Association Official Podcast

In this Rural Voice episode, we interview Dr. Robert Pondiscio, a 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 high-performing charter school network based in Harlem, New York. He has written extensively on education best practices. This interview discusses the differences between curriculum development and deployment in elementary and secondary education. Robert examines the intersections and divergence in educational policy and outcome and how structuring educational curriculum is as important as teaching. Dr. Pondiscio suggests we should explore development and deployment responsibility, look to best practices in education, and understand administrative decisions' theoretical underpinnings in measuring and reporting on educational standards mainly related to low socio-economic communities and school districts. https://www.robertpondiscio.com/Win Learning sponsors the Rural Education Education Association Podcast. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea


20 Jan 2021

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An Interview With Robert Pondiscio

The Edu Futures Podcast

About Robert Pondiscio - https://fordhaminstitute.org/about/fordham-staff/robert-pondiscio How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PH9J87P/


9 Jun 2020

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Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns


Author and teacher Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute talks about his book How the Other Half Learns with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York City for a year--lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement.

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18 May 2020

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Success Academy Charter Schools with Robert Pondiscio

The Report Card with Nat Malkus

Nat and guest Robert Pondiscio discuss NYC's successful - yet contentious - Sucess Academy Charter Schools, what sets them apart, and the lessons from them The post Success Academy Charter Schools with Robert Pondiscio appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.


10 Jan 2020

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Social emotional learning with Jackie Jodl and Robert Pondiscio

The Report Card with Nat Malkus

Nat Malkus, Jackie Jodl, and Robert Pondiscio discuss the benefits (and possible pitfalls) of American education's growing trend: Social Emotional Learning The post Social emotional learning with Jackie Jodl and Robert Pondiscio appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.


15 Nov 2019

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S1-02. Background knowledge and education reform: Robert Pondiscio

Science of Reading: The Podcast

Robert shares what inspired him to embark upon his esteemed career path and how we must acknowledge and address that children come to school from different places and backgrounds along their language trajectory in our schools. Susan and Robert discuss the latest in education reform, the knowledge gap, how it is only going to get larger as kids move through grades, the limited time we have to correct it, and how to start doing so. Quotes: “Language is heavily dependent upon readers making correct inferences about context, and that’s background knowledge.” “Language is a series of inference-making, that’s all knowledge-dependent. And if we’re not operating from the same base of knowledge, it all breaks down.” Resources:  Robert Pondiscio's book: How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice Robert Pondiscio's articles: How to improve literacy after elementary school The lost children of Hirsch: Will a fresh argument for content-rich curricula make a difference? Additional resources:  "How knowledge helps", an article by Daniel WillinghamTeaching Content is Teaching Reading video by Daniel WillinghamWant to discuss the episode? Join our Facebook group Science of Reading: The Community.


30 Oct 2019

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Charter Schools Don't Cater To All Parents. Robert Pondiscio Explains Why That's Good.

The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie

At the 2000 Republican National Convention, the country got one of its first glimpses of a new type of public charter school. The claim was that with enough rigor, devotion, and "no excuses" discipline, such schools could close the achievement gap between poor minorities and their wealthy white counterparts. The shining example was the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP. Skeptics pointed out that the families showing up at KIPP and other no-excuses charters were self-selected.In 2006, a combative former New York City council member named Eva Moskowitz co-founded a new charter school network with the same approach. Success Academy was KIPP on steroids, trouncing many public schools in wealthy neighborhoods on the annual state exams.Enter the education writer and former public school teacher Robert Pondiscio, who spent a year embedded at a Success Academy in an effort to figure out just how these schools do it. In his widely praised new book, How The Other Half Learns, Pondiscio reports that the critics were right: Not only is the very act of applying to the lottery self-selecting, but Success Academy makes such rigorous demands on parents that it disproportionately retains only the most highly motivated families.The result is that an applicant's chances of winning a seat at a Success school in its annual high stakes lottery aren't as competitive as many had claimed. Pondiscio found that there are about six applicants for every spot. However, because so many families drop out, the chances of getting offered a spot are actually closer to 50 percent.But for those that make the commitment, the impact is absolutely transformative. And he argues that these kids deserve the same access to excellent public schools that upper-middle-class parents finagle for their children, even if it means leaving the rest of their communities behind.Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Pondiscio to discuss why he believes motivated families deserve the opportunity to exit their traditional district public schools—which a New York Times reviewer called "a morally disturbing conclusion" to his "unsparingly honest book"—and his challenge to both supporters and detractors of the school reform movement.Audio production by Ian Keyser.


16 Oct 2019