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.
November 2 – Jane Quinn, a matriarch of community schools, joins Sara to discuss the tremendous impact this strategy has had across the country. They discuss how thoughtful investments and partnerships can help transform a struggling school into one where students thrive. Tune in for a rich conversation on the possibilities of public education when the needs of the whole child are being met.
August 23 – Fresh off of a field study trip in Peru, Michael Dunlea, an award-winning educator, and Sara explore what a global education can mean to a classroom and a community. Listen to their reflections on the importance of educators teaching through a global lens and how it impacts a student’s understanding of his or her empathy for others with different backgrounds.
June 2 – Dr. Pedro Noguera, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, knows what ingredients form the recipe for a quality public education system. He and Sara discuss how to build the capacity of educators and schools to create safe learning environments and ensure. They offer unique ways educators and schools can meet the needs of students and families to help them succeed in the classroom.
April 28 – Immigrant educators bring a unique perspective to public education and often make a powerful impact on their students and school communities. Alhassan Susso, a native of the Gambia and the 2019 New York Teacher of the Year educator, has done just that in his Bronx, NY high school. He and Sara discuss his incredible journey from Africa to the United States and what inspired him to give back to the next generation. They dissect how Susso uses relationships-building to lead his students down the path to graduation and how other educators can learn from his success.
April 5 – 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.