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Improving Schools
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This week's topic is improving schools. Our guests this week are Dr. Deborah D. Brennan, the former principal of PFC Robert P. Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock, Texas, and Karin Chenoweth , Writer-in-residence at the Education Trust and coauthor of Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools.
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Educviii: Dr. Deborah Brennan
Dr. Brennan is an experienced educator & advocate for quality education for all students. She is passionate about equity in education both for students of poverty and gifted students. She has two Master's degrees and has a doctorate of education degree in special education, teaching gifted and talented from the University of Northern Colorado.
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Educviii: Author Karin Chenoweth
Karin Chenoweth is author of How It's Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools , which examines in detail how eight high-poverty and high-minority schools have achieved academic success. It also examines how Massachusetts has become the highest achieving state in the nation. Chenoweth's earlier work includes It's Being Done: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools
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Capturing Kids' Hearts
Truly remarkable outcomes are possible in a classroom where trust, respect, and caring relationships flourish. But creating such an environment is a tremendous challenge. Capturing Kids' Hearts is a 3-day off-site learning experience that provides tools for administrators, faculty and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships ó among themselves and with their students.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Karin Chenoweth
As writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, Karin leads the organizationís efforts to learn from and write about successful and improving schools with significant populations of children of color and children living in poverty. She co-authored, with Ed Trust Director of Research Christina Theokas, Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2011), a careful study of the beliefs and practices of effective leaders of high-poverty and high-minority schools. Getting It Done builds on two previous books by Chenoweth, ďItís Being Done:Ē Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2007) and How Itís Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2009). She writes a regular column for The Huffington Post that focuses on schools and education.

Karin has spoken widely about the work of successful educators, including at the Oklahoma Visions 2020 conference, Title I principal conferences in Virginia and Maryland, the Iowa Governorís Education Summit, the Illinois Coalition of High Schools, the American Federation of Teachersí QuEST conference, and, with Christina Theokas, at the Learning Forward national conference, Western Kentucky University, Rutgers University-Camden, and the Hume Region principals conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Before joining Ed Trust, Chenoweth wrote a weekly column on schools and education for The Washington Post and before that she was senior writer and executive editor for Black Issues In Higher Education (now Diverse). As a freelance writer, she wrote for such publications as Education Week, American Teacher, American Educator, School Library Journal, and the Washington Post Magazine. In addition, she was an active parent volunteer throughout her childrenís public schooling in Montgomery County, Maryland.

She holds a masterís degree from Columbia Universityís School of Journalism and a bachelorís from Barnard College.


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