Robert Pondiscio (moderator)

Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B Fordham Institute
Event

Derrell Bradford

Executive Vice President, 50CAN/Executive Director, NYCAN/Senior Visiting Fellow, Thomas B Fordham Institute

Kate Walsh

President, NCTQ

David Steiner

Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

Session

Practice-Policy-Prep Panel

In this panel discussion, four of US education’s most experienced and insightful thinkers (50CAN’s Derrell Bradford, NCTQ’s Kate Walsh, and Johns Hopkins University’s David Steiner, moderated by Robert Pondiscio) will discuss the role of evidence in shaping current ed policies, practices, and professional preparation.

Attend for insights–and to perhaps ask questions you might have–about (1) how soundly education policy/practices/preparation are based in evidence, (2) priorities policymakers/practitioners/preparation designers should be setting for near- and short-term improvements, (3) how everyday practitioners can have an impact on (1) and (2), and more.

Bio

Robert Pondiscio

In addition to his work at Fordham, Robert writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with emphases on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in journalism, including senior positions at TIME and BusinessWeek, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Robert’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the NY Daily News, and Education Next, among others. A frequent speaker on education issues, he has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, and elsewhere.

Blog: https://edexcellence.net/about-us/fordham-staff/robert-pondiscio

Derrell Bradford

In his national role, Derrell recruits and trains local leaders across the 50CAN network for roles as CAN executive directors, fellows and YouCAN advocates. Derrell continues his work as the executive director of NYCAN and on network-wide innovations like the Corps Knowledge project. Derrell frequently contributes to education debates in print, digital, radio and TV media. He serves on several boards dedicated to putting the needs of students and families first, including Success Academy Charter Schools, EdBuild, The Partnership for Educational Justice, NACSA and The Parent Coalition for Excellent Education.

Blog: https://edexcellence.net/about-us/fordham-staff/derrell-bradford

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh has served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality since 2003, leading work to ensure that every child has equal access to effective teachers. At NCTQ, Walsh has spearheaded efforts to instill greater transparency and higher standards among those institutions that exert influence and authority over teachers. Among her accomplishments, she: started and ran a boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa, in order to educate at-risk boys from Baltimore; founded one of the nation’s premier STEM programs, yielding numerous Intel Talent Search winners for Baltimore City; and, started the first alternative certification program for teachers in Maryland.

David Steiner

David Steiner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State, as the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, and as Director of Education at the National Endowment for the Arts.