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 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. Simone has managed several federally funded projects, including the task coordination for the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Presidential Initiative, where she worked directly with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and members of the MBK task force on a federal data collection effort focused on opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. Simone authored the federal annual publication "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" between 2009 and 2015. She also worked for seven years as a certified educator in prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms in Germany. Simone holds an M.A. in sociology and psychology and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, as well as a master’s certification in project management from George Washington University.

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.

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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