Education Podcast Explores Public Perceptions of K-12 Teachers

The Core of Education hosts Stu Silberman of The Prichard Committee to discuss what can be done to improve America’s perception of public school teachers. Silberman and Prichard focus on education reform and public engagement. The Core of Education podcasts can be found on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-core-of-education/id528390397

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Silberman leads The Prichard Committee efforts on education reform

Stu Silberman, Executive Director | The Prichard Committee

...better than merely identifying problems, (Silberman) has clear goals on what can be done to change perceptions.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

The Core of Education podcast examines critical issues to K-12 public education. This week’s episode features an insightful discussion on public perceptions about educators with Stu Silberman, former school superintendent and Executive Director of The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Mr. Silberman’s EdWeek blog on public engagement and reform is widely read.

The Prichard Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of volunteers who have worked since 1983 to improve education. Named for the late Edward F. Prichard, a lawyer from Paris, who led a citizens' committee on improving Kentucky's universities, the group provides information and materials to educators, policymakers and citizens on a variety of student achievement and public school issues. While the group is based in Kentucky, their work has extended beyond state borders to cast a national shadow.

Dr. Rod Berger, host of The Core of Education, expresses his excitement on the topics discussed in his interview, saying “Stu Silverman understands the general malaise the public has for American teachers. But better than merely identifying problems, he has clear goals on what can be done to change perceptions.” The topics covered in this edition of Dr. Berger’s podcast include a number of hotly-debated issues:

  • What the U.S. could learn about Finland’s support of teachers
  • Silberman’s opinions regarding teacher compensation
  • The Teacher Effectiveness study the Prichard Committee over the next 18-24 months
  • How districts’ edtech purchase decisions are price, rather than quality, driven – and how end-users lose in this approach
  • How Silberman’s work at Daviess County, KY developed a tech committee comprised of administrators and students

Dr. Berger’s Core of Education podcast is an extension of his successful education-issues blog.

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