Podcasts

Podcast: STEMwire Live

STEMwire Live is a podcast from CNA Education on career and technical education (CTE), how CTE can be improved and supported through research, and innovative people and CTE programs that are helping students prepare for success after high school.

Episode 11: Money Talks

Summary

In the latest installment of STEMwire LIVE, CNA Education’s Dr. Daniel Leeds and Dr. Lu Young explore the Money Talks project. CNA Education looked to solve challenges in ESSA’s financial reporting requirements. The project specifically focused on district- and school-level finances. This type of information is vital for local education agencies as they struggle to spotlight disproportionate spending, determine where additional funding is needed, and other equity-related issues.

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Dr. Lu Young has decades of expertise in state assessment and accountability practices, professional learning, program evaluation and resource allocation, and education leadership. She also has extensive experience with early warning systems and alternative education for at-risk youth. Lu joined the Education team in 2015. Prior to joining CNA, Lu worked as a public school educator in Kentucky for more than 30 years. She served as chief academic officer for Fayette County Schools and as superintendent of Jessamine County Schools. At the state level, Lu represented superintendents on the Kentucky Council for Administrators of Special Education.

Dr. Daniel Leeds is a quantitative research analyst with expertise in quasi-experimental research design who joined the Education team in 2015. His research focuses on student responses to education policy, such as financial aid, guaranteed college admission, and state accountability labeling. Daniel has authored articles in Research in Higher Education and Economic Inquiry and presented at conferences of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, the Southern Economic Association, and the Western Economic Association.

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Solving Challenges in ESSA’s Financial Reporting Requirements

Episode 10: The Reach of STEM

Summary

In this episode of STEMwire Live, we sit down with CNA President and CEO Dr. Katherine McGrady to explore how a STEM degree prepared her for leading a nonprofit research organization. She shares details of her early educational journey and advice for students of today.

CNA Education is expanding our rigorous research, evaluation, and technical assistance to strengthen the research base on STEM education to prepare a more highly skilled STEM workforce. Our efforts will focus on student interest, skills, access, and outcomes of STEM education as an avenue for college and career readiness and successful entry into jobs and careers.

Biographies / Featured Guests

Katherine McGrady is President and CEO of CNA, who began her career with CNA as an analyst in 1988. As the field representative, she served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield and Desert Storm), and also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia. McGrady holds degrees in chemistry, macromolecular science and engineering.

Brittany Cunningham is an expert in study design and implementation, data analysis, and program evaluation, with an emphasis on education. She leads the education division's work on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research.

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Interactive Tool: Highly Ranked Cyber-Security Programs

Interactive Tool: High-wage, High-demand Job Market Analysis Tool

Brief: Appalachia’s STEM Occupation Forecast

Report: Manufacturing a Way to Career Readiness

Infographics: Leaks in the STEM Pipeline

STEM in the Appalachia Region

Episode 9: Applying Lessons from Community Schools and Community Colleges: The Successes, Gaps and Challenges: Part 2

During Part 1 of Applying Lesson Learned from Community Schools and Community Colleges we gained an understanding of community schools and the current research on the topic. Part 2 focuses  on examples of success, resources for students and inside perspective on next steps for legislators and school leaders.

Summary

This episode of STEMwire Live spotlights how community schools and community colleges serve the financial, emotional and educational needs of students. Community schools offer integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement with the goal of supporting improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. In many ways, community colleges were designed to serve as educational and support hubs for adult learners as well. During Part 1 of Applying Lesson Learned from Community Schools and Community Colleges we gained an understanding of community schools and the current research on the topic. Part 2 focuses  on examples of success, resources for students and inside perspective on next steps for legislators and school leaders.

Featured Guests

Katherine Hughes is a Senior Research Scientist at CNA.  She was previously Executive Director for Community College Initiatives at the College Board, and before that was the Assistant Director for Work and Education Reform Research at the Community College Research Center.

Sarah Crawford is the National Education Director for Single Stop, a national nonprofit that builds pathways out of poverty by leveraging partnerships and technology to connect people to existing resources, all through a unique one-stop shop.  In her role, Sarah oversees Single Stop’s work in post-secondary institutions, currently in about 30 colleges across 8 states with plans for expansion. 

José Muñoz is the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks.  José has over 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States.

Mark Mitsui is the President of Portland Community College (PCC). In collaboration with colleagues, students and community members, Mark has worked to define PCC’s commitment to equitable student success, to galvanize integrated planning activities, and to move forward the college’s strategic plan. Prior to joining PCC, he served as a president of North Seattle College in Washington State and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education.

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Episode 8: Applying Lessons from Community Schools And Community Colleges: The Successes, Gaps And Challenges: Part 1

Summary

This episode of STEMwire Live spotlights how community schools and community colleges serve the financial, emotional and educational needs of students.   Community schools offer integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement with the goal of supporting improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. In many ways, community colleges were designed to serve as educational and support hubs for adult learners as well.

In Part 1 of Applying Lessons Learned from Community Colleges and Community Schools we focus on gaining an understanding of community schools and the current research on the topic.  Part 2 focuses on innovative ways through which community colleges are supporting the academic and life success of students, and the parallels between the community school models and wrap around models at community colleges. 

Featured Guests

Katherine Hughes is a Senior Research Scientist at CNA.  She was previously Executive Director for Community College Initiatives at the College Board, and before that was the Assistant Director for Work and Education Reform Research at the Community College Research Center.

Sarah Crawford is the National Education Director for Single Stop, a national nonprofit that builds pathways out of poverty by leveraging partnerships and technology to connect people to existing resources, all through a unique one-stop shop.  In her role, Sarah oversees Single Stop’s work in post-secondary institutions, currently in about 30 colleges across 8 states with plans for expansion. 

José Muñoz is the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks.  José has over 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States.

Mark Mitsui is the President of Portland Community College (PCC). In collaboration with colleagues, students and community members, Mark has worked to define PCC’s commitment to equitable student success, to galvanize integrated planning activities, and to move forward the college’s strategic plan. Prior to joining PCC, he served as a president of North Seattle College in Washington State and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education.

Research

Episode 7: Assessing the Value of CTE

Summary

In the latest installment of STEMwire LIVE, CNA Education's Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck and Lul Tesfai dissect the current trends in career and technical education (CTE). The duo discusses the value of return on investment for CTE and workforce development programs as well as CNA's workforce development research strategy and how our work addresses policy development and reform.

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Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck is a Principal Research Scientist at CNA and subject matter expert in CTE. He has over four decades of research and evaluation experience in the areas of workforce development, education, and training. He is a national expert regarding return on investment for CTE and workforce development programs.

Lul Tesfai is a research scientist at CNA Education. Her research expertise includes policy and strategy development for adult career and technical education (CTE) programs. She is currently leading the division’s efforts to strengthen the CTE research base and support current and developing CTE programs, particularly those focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Related Materials

Interactive Tool: Highly Ranked Cyber-Security Programs

Interactive Tool: High-wage, High-demand Job Market Analysis Tool

Brief: Appalachia’s STEM Occupation Forecast

Episode 6: Assessing the Maryland Teacher and Principal Evaluation System

Summary

In this latest edition of STEMwire Live, CNA Education research analyst Dr. Steve Lee shares insights on what is and isn’t working in Maryland’s teacher and principal evaluation system. Research shows that teacher effectiveness is the most important in-school factor affecting student learning. In 2013 the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) established a new evaluation system to measure teachers and principal effectiveness. MSDE then wanted to know whether its new evaluation system was accurately measuring effectiveness. Lee discusses progress to date on the study, national implications of the study findings, and potential next steps for MSDE.

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Dr. Steve Lee is a quantitative researcher with expertise in college readiness, teacher evaluation, and career and technical education programs.

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Article, "Assessing the Maryland Teacher and Principal Evaluation System"

Episode 5: Do Magnet Schools Need a Renovation?

Summary

Magnet schools were established 50 years ago as an option for integrating schools, but are they doing today the job they were originally intended to accomplish? CNA Education magnet and charter school expert Dr. Julie Harris explores this question in a new article. Using data from a large urban school district, Harris examines individual participation in magnet school choice, what student and school characteristics are associated with choosing a magnet school, and how school and district composition change as students leave traditional public schools for magnet schools.

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Dr. Julie Harris is a quantitative researcher with expertise in college readiness and college-going rates, English learner students, education law and finance, and issues surrounding school choice.

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Article, "Do Magnet Schools Need a Renovation in Today's Education System?"

Episode 4: The Harm of Missing School

Summary

This episode of STEMwire Live spotlights chronic absenteeism in K–12 schools and its link to college and career readiness. Simone Robers, associate director of CNA Education and school crime and safety expert, discusses the gaps in current absenteeism data and the importance of parental involvement in curbing the epidemic. She also shares a current CNA Education project that will provide a comprehensive picture of chronic absenteeism in public schools across the nation. Chronic absenteeism is of growing concern for educators and policymakers. It is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year and is the single strongest predictor of dropping out of school. Students who are chronically absent tend to struggle with reading and are eight times more likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime.

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Simone Robers has nearly a decade of experience in education research, analysis, and project management and is a recognized expert on school crime and safety.

Episode 3: This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s CTE

Summary

What is the next frontier for career and technical education (CTE)? CNA Education partnered with the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to bring you a special podcast on promising trends and innovative, successful practices in CTE, featuring special guest Kevin Oshinskie of ACTE and Lul Tesfai of CNA Education.

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Kevin Oshinskie serves as project associate at ACTE, where he facilitates projects and activities that help ACTE build stronger strategic partnerships with other organizations and companies.

Lul Tesfai, senior policy director at CNA Education, leads CNA Education’s efforts to strengthen the research base on CTE and support current and developing CTE programs.

Related Materials

Article, "Insights on the CTE Landscape in 2017"

Special: Lessons Learned from REL Appalachia: Reflecting on 10 Years

Summary

For the past 10 years, CNA Education operated the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, one of a network of 10 laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. REL Appalachia provides extensive technical assistance and research support to educators and policymakers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. In this feature podcast, former REL Appalachia director and deputy director Dr. Patricia J. Kannapel and Mr. Chris Sun talk about a decade of successes working with schools and teachers, as well as lessons learned.

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Dr. Patricia J. Kannapel, a senior research scientist, served as director for REL Appalachia. She specializes in applied qualitative research with a focus on education policy, research-practice partnerships, and action research.

Mr. Chris Sun, a CNA analyst, served as deputy director for REL Appalachia. He has more than eight years of quantitative and qualitative analytical experience, as well as program management and facilitation expertise in education.

Episode 2: Connecting CTE Programs and Military Careers

Summary

Alignment between CTE programs and military training needs can benefit students by helping them prepare for successful careers in the military while helping the military reduce training costs. CNA Education is partnering with CNA’s Resource Analysis Division (RAD) to conduct a study drawing connections between CTE student outcomes and success in the military. In this episode, experts from each division—Mr. Jeff Peterson (RAD) and Dr. Thomas Geraghty (Education)—discuss how this research can help strengthen the alignment between CTE programs and military needs.

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Dr. Thomas Geraghty, a research scientist, has extensive expertise in quantitative research and analysis, with a focus on college and career readiness and teacher effectiveness.

Jeff Peterson is the research team leader for the Resource Analysis Division’s Fleet and Operational Manpower Team. He brings firsthand knowledge of the military’s recruiting needs to this project, having served 30 years of active duty Marine Corps service.

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Article, "CNA Education Research in 2017"

Episode 1: The Intersection of CTE and STEM

Summary

In this episode, CNA Education researchers Dr. Steve Lee and Ms. Juliana Pearson discuss the intersection of CTE and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. They explain how CTE could help fill employment gaps in STEM and equip students with education and training for employment in high-growth STEM fields. Steve and Juliana also introduce STEMwire, a new initiative from CNA Education, and explain why CNA Education is committed to supporting CTE programs that prepare students for STEM careers.

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Dr. Steve Lee, a CNA Education analyst, uses quantitative methods to study college readiness, teacher evaluation, and career and technical education programs.

Ms. Juliana Pearson, a CNA Education analyst, has expertise in education policy research, with an emphasis on college and career readiness, career and technical education, and workforce development.

Related Materials

CNA Education report The CTE Equation in Florida and Tennessee