Program Posits 49 Ways to Win the First Lap in the Race to the Top

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Tactics for controlling classrooms and developing great teachers explored on BAM Radio's Thought Leaders and Change Agents Channel

Today, BAM Radio Network, the education station online, released a program titled "49 Ways to Get and Keep Control of Your Classrooms." The segment features a discussion with Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon Schools; Jay Mathews, education columnist at the Washington Post, and Debra Viadero from Education Week on the Taxonomy of Effective Teaching Practices, described in the book Teach Like a Champion. The segment explores the viability of the 49 techniques in improving student achievement in the toughest schools in the nation, the barriers to implementing them more broadly and the research around these tactics. The segment is part of BAM Radio's Thought Leaders and Change Agents Channel and can be heard "on demand" 24/7 at:

The segment is also available for download on iTunes at

As developing great teachers and leaders is a key pillar of the Race to the Top program, the early success of these 49 techniques has attracted both significant enthusiasm and skepticism. The segment explores the rationale for both.

"Previous generations of teachers didn't have the advantage of seeing what these great methods could do. Now that the younger generation has seen it, they are impatient because they know they can do better," said Jay Mathews. "They are terribly impatient, particularly with those forces that tell them you can't do much with inner city kids; you know, they just don't have the brains, they don't have the background to really learn at a college level."

About Doug Lemov

Doug Lemov is a Managing Director of Uncommon Schools and Superintendent of its True North Public Schools network. Mr. Lemov is formerly the president of School Performance, and former vice president for accountability at the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute, the leading authorizer of charters in New York. He is also a founder and the former principal of the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Boston, a high performing urban charter school. Over the last decade, Mr. Lemov has served as a consultant to such nationally known organizations as KIPP, New Leaders for New Schools, and Building Excellent Schools and is a Trustee of the New York Charter Schools Association. He holds a BA from Hamilton College, an MA from Indiana University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

About Jay Mathews

Jay Mathews is the education columnist of the Washington Post. He has been with the Post for 39 years. He was born April 5, 1945, in Long Beach, California, and attended Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif., Occidental and Harvard Colleges and served with the army in Vietnam. He has written seven books, with topics such as China, disability rights, the famous Los Angeles math teacher, Jaime Escalante, and the lack of challenge in American high schools. His rating system for U.S. high schools, the Challenge Index, appears every year in Newsweek and the Post. It has been cited in hundreds of newspapers and magazines since 1998 and gets about 7 million hits a year on the web site. Mathews' best-selling college admissions book, Harvard Schmarvard, shows why admission to a brand-name school will NOT change your life. Mathews is an on-air commentator on BAM Radio Network.

"This is the most exciting era in American education since the GI Bill revolutionized colleges after World War II. Our inner city educators are making enormous new strides, and I am happy to help spread the word about this," said Mathews.

About Debra Viadero

Debra Viadero is an associate editor at Education Week, where she primarily covers research related to education and writes a blog called Inside School Research. A graduate of Boston University, she previously worked as a reporter for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and The Delaware State News in Dover, Del. Her work has also appeared in the Harvard Education Letter, Strategies, Teacher magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. She lives in Alexandria, Va. Viadero is an on-air commentator on BAM Radio Network.

"It's exciting to be part of a network that reaches so many people who share a passion for such an important issue. What could be more important than raising and teaching the next generation?" said Viadero.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest online, education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network .

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Dr. Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Dr. William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

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