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Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Retiring UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Professor David L. Kirp gives an impassioned talk urging school administrators to give teachers the time and flexibility to figure out what works for their students, rather than imposing new standards every few years. He is joined by Janelle Scott of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, former UC President Mark Yudof and Anthony Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Recorded on 10/21/2016.

In today's global economy, a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to success it is a prerequisite. Because economic progress and educational achievement go hand in hand, educating every American student for success in a new workforce is a national imperative. However, there are wide disparities in which students have access to advanced science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education subjects critical to future success. In this inaugural Sally Ride STEAM Series event, panelists Karen Flammer of UC San Diego, Dalouge Smith of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Heather Lattimer of the University of San Diego and Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, explore the importance of STEAM to the innovation economy as well as how to best to ensure equity in education. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

Quality assurance for teaching in higher education could increase student learning (and reduce costs of all kinds) as they have in so many other fields of endeavor, argues Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. Recorded on 02/15/2017.
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