Global Ed Talks with Anthony Mackay

Anthony Mackay interviews the leading thinkers in education from around the world on a range of topics including artificial intelligence in education, advances in the science of learning, system leadership, leapfrogging inequality in education and the future of the teaching profession.

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Arne Duncan

April 1, 2021

Anthony Mackay is joined by Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education during the Obama administration. Duncan highlights the power of education and its role in strengthening our nation’s democracy. Duncan identifies what he calls “nation-building goals” that the U.S. should focus on that include: improving access to high-quality pre-K; increasing the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent and incrementally working toward 100 percent; and boosting the rate of college completion. He also details the critical importance of providing equitable supports in U.S. schools, saying that the students most affected by the coronavirus pandemic should be given the time, technology, and talent they need to thrive.

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James Pellegrino

Jan 25, 2021

For the first Global Ed Talks interview of 2021, Anthony Mackay is joined by James Pellegrino, founding co-director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) interdisciplinary Learning Sciences Research Institute, and member of NCEE’s Board of Trustees. Pellegrino’s research and development interests focus on children’s and adult’s thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice. During the interview, Pellegrino and Mackay discuss how people learn and the “deep learning debate.” Pellegrino also shares his views on the future of assessment of student learning in the U.S. and associated policy implications.

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John White

Dec 14, 2020

In the final Global Ed Talks of 2020, Anthony Mackay is joined by John White, co-founder and board chairman of Propel America and member of NCEE’s Board of Trustees. Mackay and White reflect on the unprecedented year that was 2020, make predictions for 2021, and discuss how the incoming Biden administration can create a positive, lasting impact on education in the US for years to come. During the interview, White, who previously served as the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education as well as Deputy Chancellor for the New York City Department of Education, details what he views as the highest priority items of an education change agenda that responds to the initial crisis caused by the pandemic but also has a long-term system-wide focus.

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Aaron Thompson

Oct 29, 2020

Dr. Aaron Thompson is president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and a member of NCEE’s Board of Trustees. A first-generation college student, Dr. Thompson works to ensure all Kentuckians have an equal opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary education. During this interview, Dr. Thompson shares insights from his recently released co-authored book, Implementing Innovative Leadership in an Inclusive Learning Environment, that provides educational leaders with ­effective, research-based strategies for delivering culturally competent, responsive, and inclusive school leadership. Dr. Thompson also highlights a four-step process to be used to implement and assess culturally competent leadership: awareness, acknowledgement, acceptance and action, which he refers to as “A4th.”

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Hekia Parata

Oct 1, 2020

The Honourable Patricia HEKIA Parata, former Minister of Education for New Zealand and member of NCEE’s International Advisory Board, discusses the politics of education in a pre- and post-COVID world and the importance of equity in education. She also highlights the important roles differentiation and personalization will play in teaching and learning in post-COVID schooling. Parata’s previous experience as a policy analyst and politician, and her current roles, amongst others, as an International Advisor to the Supreme Council for Education, Development and Training Kingdom of Bahrain and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, allow her multiple perspectives on education reform.

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James Spillane

June 26, 2020

James Spillane is Professor in Learning and Organizational Change at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His work explores the education policy formulation and implementation process at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, focusing on intergovernmental and policy-practice relations. During the interview, Spillane proposes a multilevel framing of educational leadership, arguing for more expansive notions about leadership in the educational sector that reach beyond person and place to embrace a system-wide outlook.

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Michael Fullan

May 28, 2020

Recognized as an international authority on educational reform and co-director of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative, Michael Fullan discusses the intersection of system leadership, deep learning and equity. During the interview, Fullan, the former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and professor emeritus of the University of Toronto, shares insights from his recent book, The Devil Is in the Details: System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-being, and highlights opportunities for deeper learning presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Andreas Schleicher

April 29, 2020

Andreas Schleicher, director of Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and former member of CIEB’s International Advisory Board, on how education systems across the globe are responding to the coronavirus and how the pandemic may impact the future of teaching and learning. Schleicher also talks about redesigning education systems for a future AI world and explore how AI can be used to more productively support 21st century learners.

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Carol Campbell

March 26, 2020

Carol Campbell, associate professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), discusses teacher learning and leadership in today’s changing world. Campbell, whose research focuses on strengthening professional capacity to improve student opportunity, learning, achievement and equity, highlights the importance of teachers sharing and developing their own learning by engaging in professional learning opportunities. 

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Joanne Weiss

Dec 3, 2019

Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and NCEE Board of Trustees member,  discusses how states are working to align their instructional systems. An independent education consultant, Weiss currently works with states involved in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Instructional Materials and Professional Development (IMPD) Network to increase the use of standards-aligned, high-quality instructional materials by teachers in every classroom and ensure that professional learning is wrapped around these materials.

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Peggy Brookins

Oct 31, 2019

Peggy Brookins, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), discusses the current state of the profession, building and promoting an evidence-informed learning profession, and priority areas of action to advance the profession – all in the interest of deeper and broader student learning.

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Bror Saxberg

Sep 26, 2019

Bror Saxberg, vice president of Learning Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, discusses the intersection of technology, curriculum, assessment, and cognitive science as well as the importance of scale and practicality for implementation.

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Michael Stevenson

Aug 1, 2019

Anthony discusses the future of learning with Michael Stevenson, senior advisor to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) program at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Rebecca Winthrop

Jun 26, 2019

Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, discusses her recent book, Leapfrogging Inequality. In it, Winthrop and her co-researchers chart a new path for global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—harnessing innovation to rapidly accelerate educational progress—to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need for a fast-changing world.

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Vicki Phillips

May 28, 2019

Vicky Phillips, Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society, discusses the Society’s evolving education strategy and programs focused on transforming the classroom experience for millions of students and educators — inspiring generations of planetary stewards — to help advance one of the Society’s most important goals: a planet in balance.

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Vivien Stewart

May 2, 2019

Vivien Stewart, senior advisor for education at the Asia Society and a member of the NCEE Board of Trustees, discusses how the demands on teaching are growing every year. A few select countries have managed to recruit and maintain a high-quality, stable teaching force that can rise to the challenges of modern-day teaching. Drawing on her experience with the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, Stewart outlines the strategies these systems have used to create, over time, an end-to-end system of teacher recruitment, preparation and support.

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Maureen McLaughlin

Apr 3, 2019

Maureen McLaughlin, senior advisor to the secretary of education and director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, discusses the department of education’s first international strategy, Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement and its update, which is designed to simultaneously strengthen U.S. education and advance U.S. international priorities.

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Charles Fadel

Feb 27, 2019

Anthony discusses the intersection of artificial intelligence and education with Charles Fadel, founder of Center on Curriculum Redesign and author of Four-Dimensional Education.

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Dylan Wiliam

Jan 24, 2019

University College London Emeritus Professor and CIEB International Advisor Dylan Wiliam discusses his recent book Creating the Schools Our Children Need.

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