The Up Close Podcast explores issues of equity, opportunity, and excellence in public education. Hosted by The NEA Foundation President and CEO Sara A. Sneed, she talks with educators, policy experts, and other passionate voices about the most urgent issues in public education and our shared responsibility to deliver a quality public education for all students. The Up Close Podcast is a journey through the reimagining of public education to create a more fair, equitable, and just system in America.


June 2, 2022

On this episode of the Up Close Podcast, Sara Sneed goes up close with Dr. Pedro Noguera of the USC Rossier School of Education to discuss how to build the capacity of educators and schools to create safe learning environments and ensure they’re meeting the needs of students and families.

April 28, 2022

Host Sara Sneed goes Up Close with New York educator Alhassan Susso! Together they discuss Alhassan’s incredible journey from African immigrant to nationally celebrated educator and what inspired him to give back to the next generation. They also discuss how Susso uses relationship building beyond the curriculum to lead his students down the path to graduation.

April 5, 2022

A strong public education system is the backbone of a functioning democracy. Join host Sara Sneed as she and other leading voices look Up Close at the nation’s public education system and discuss the amazing opportunities to reshape it into one that is more fair, equitable and just for all.