New Program Aims For Fresh, Unconventional, Perspectives on Education Reform

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Insider Outsider with Allison Zmuda Launches on BAM Radio's Thought Leaders and Change Agents Channel.

Insider Outsider with Allison Zmuda.

BAM Radio Network, the education station online, today announced the launch of "Insider Outsider with Allison Zmuda." Part of the Thought Leaders and Change Agents channel, the new program takes a creative approach to the issues of education reform. Each segment brings together an expert from inside the education community with an expert with relevant insights from outside of the community. The goal is to stimulate fresh thinking about education reform in pursuit of more innovative and effective solutions.

The program will explore issues on the leading edge of education topics in a fast, concise, but incisive, format designed specifically for time-pressured teachers, educators, administrators, advocates and policy makers. The program is aired "on demand" on the BAM Radio Network at, at and is available for download on iTunes at

"This radio show is an insightful, eclectic mix for listeners and guests in pursuit of cutting-edge ideas and exceptional wisdom. Bringing to the discussion, experts in business, dance, creativity, neuroscience, meditation, psychology, and innovative design adds new dimensions to conversations about improving schools for our students and ourselves," said Zmuda.

"This is an innovative approach and we have high expectations for the program," said Rae Pica, cofounder of BAM Radio Network.

About Allison Zmuda

Allison Zmuda began her work in education as a public high school social studies teacher in Connecticut. Zmuda's focus is to help every educator create a competent classroom learning environment where all participants believe it is possible for them to be successful. A graduate of Yale, her first book, The Competent Classroom, launched her work as an education consultant. Her second book High Stakes High School: A Guide for the Perplexed Parent, welcomes parents into the conversation about standards, assessment, and high-stakes testing. In addition to her work in the area of curriculum, assessment and instruction, Zmuda also specializes in short- and long-range continuous improvement planning, evaluating the degree to which structures, policies, and job descriptions support the work of a school to achieve its mission. This focus on systems-thinking is evident in Zmuda's third book, Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement, published by ASCD in 2004. Her latest book, due out in December and also published by ASCD, is called Breaking Free from Myths about Teaching and Learning: An Engine of Innovation.

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 St. Clair 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. Jerlean Daniel, 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.

Insightful Commentary

To bring a wider, richer, perspective to listeners, BAM Radio augments its team of expert hosts with a cadre of accomplished journalists who provide insightful commentary. BAM's core of on-air commentators includes Jay Mathews, education columnist with the Washington Post; Debra Viadero, associate editor at Education Week; Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, former staff writer at the New York Times and contributor to Early Ed Watch; Liz Willen, formerly with Newsday and Bloomberg Markets magazine and currently with the Hechinger Institute; Valerie Strauss, education columnist with the Washington Pos; and Ugo Uche and Meg Meeker, both of Psychology Today.

Combined, this team of hosts and commentators provides a panoramic perspective and exceptional insight on the education issues of the day.


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