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Rural Education National Forum Featuring Arne Duncan and Randi Weingarten on RFD-TV Hosted by RANDA Solutions VP of Education, Dr. Rod Berger

Core of Education host Rod Berger announces availability of his interviews with Secretary of Education and president of the AFM on YouTube.

The Core of Education, hosted by Rod Berger, VP of Education at RANDA Solutions, was recently chosen to cover and host the Rural Education National Forum, held October 27 -28, 2014 in Columbus Ohio. During the forum, Dr. Berger interviewed a wide range of leaders in education, including Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and current president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten. These interviews and others became the basis for a half-hour special on rural education called “Rural Education Forum,” which first aired on RFD-TV on October 31, 2014. The special was hosted by Dr. Berger and was presented in cooperation with American Ed TV and RFD-TV.

When asked about the TIME Magazine “rotten apples” cover, implying that bashing on teachers will somehow improve education outcomes, Wiengarten responded with “I thought we were done with this!” Weingarten also discussed the American Federation of Teachers’ position on the current administration and their guarded optimism that change can occur for the right reasons. When asked about the Obama administration, she said she wants the the President to “change you policies to align with your rhetoric.”

“We’re excited about the work Dr. Berger is doing with the Core of Education,” says Marty Reed, RANDA’s CEO. “As the Core continues to grow, he is interviewing some of the most important thought leaders in the world in the field of education. I doesn’t get much bigger than Arne Duncan and Randi Weingarten.”

For his interview, Secretary Duncan painted a positive view of education in the United States. He talked about the importance of parents partnering with schools to make sure students get the best possible education to leave high school college or career ready. Further, Duncan emphasized the importance of having high standards, and what a disservice it was to students when standards were “dummied down,” for political reasons, resulting in students not being prepared for college. He also spoke to the fact that his department can’t micromanage education on the local levels, and that is why local control is so important.

For more information, or to watch the interviews, go to the Core of Education.

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Core of Education Interviews New York Times and Atlantic Writers in a New Podcast Titled, “Am I a Bad Parent?”

Jessica Lahey of The Atlantic and Ashley Merryman of The New York Times sit down with Dr. Berger to discuss parenting, achievement, and failure with the Core of Education.

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I feel better prepared as a parent after every conversation with Ashley and Jessica.

(PRWEB) October 14, 2013

The Atlantic writer Jessica Lahey, along with The New York Times writer Ashley Merryman, speak with Dr. Rod Berger about parenting the 21st century child in another podcast installment of the Core of Education. Topics covered include the ways awards are shaping children, the effects of competitive parenting, how college enrollment has changed, and much more.

Jessica Lahey writes about education and parenting for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and on her site,Coming of Age in the Middle. She’s the author of a forthcoming book about why and how parents need to let their children fail. Among other subjects, Jessica speaks to why back-to-school night made her feel like a bad mom and what parents can do to change those feelings.

Ashley Merryman is also a New York Times writer and national award winning co-author of New York Times bestseller, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, along with Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Ashley speaks to innovative ideas in parenting and explains why she believes that losing is good for kids.

“I feel better prepared as a parent after every conversation with Ashley and Jessica,” said Dr. Berger. He continued, “Their ability to navigate the murky waters of 21st century parenting never ceases to impress me.”

Ashley and Jessica also discuss the impact of television on already crowded schedules, the danger of technology in a child’s room, social network’s reflections on popularity, the potential for parents to exaggerate, and the shift in tutoring culture.

To find out more visit Core of Education here.

About Core of Education
The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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Core of Education Sits Down With UNESCO’s Pauline Rose, Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report

Pauline Rose, Director of the Education For All GMR, chats with Dr. Berger about World Teachers’ Day, International Day of the Girl Child, and GMR’s proposed post-2015 education goals.

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I’m convinced a commitment to equity will prove crucial in raising global education standards.

(PRWEB) October 02, 2013

UNESCO’s Pauline Rose joins Core of Education in anew podcast to discuss a range of topics including GMR’s proposed post-2015 education goals, the importance of equity in global education, and the difficulties inherent in monitoring changes in global education. Join Dr. Berger as he gets to the core of global education and monitoring with trend setter Pauline Rose.

Pauline Rose has published extensively on issues that critically examine educational policy and practice, including in relation to inequality, financing and governance, democratization, and the role of international aid. With Dr. Berger, Pauline dives into how EFA is working to re-establish momentum for achieving the EFA goals, secure education’s rightful place on the development agenda, and shape post‐2015 priorities.

“Pauline’s dedication and firm grasp of global education allows her to paint us a clear-cut picture,” said Dr. Berger. He added, “I’m convinced a commitment to equity will prove crucial in raising global education standards.”

Pauline shines the light on World Teachers’ Day (October 4), with this year’s celebrations focusing on UNESCO’s work on quality teachers for global citizenship and cultural diversity, along with International Day of the Girl Child(October 11) which recognizes girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Also covered are, the necessity of focusing on female education, the ways in which the poorest students are being left behind, the role technology is playing in closing the education gap, and the effects of education on population.

Find out more about Pauline Rose on her UNESCO page here.

About Core of Education

The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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Core of Education and EdTechReview.in Form Collaborative Partnership for New ‘Voices’ Section

Dr. Berger, host of the Core of Education, has accepted the editorial position for ‘Voices’, EdTechReview’s new opinion section.

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We have an amazing opportunity to ‘shrink’ the ed tech world and better communicate leading voices from every corner of the globe.

(PRWEB) October 01, 2013

Today, Core of Education announced a global content partnership with EdTechReview.in. Core of Education host, Dr. Rod Berger, will lead ‘Voices’, a new section on EdTechReview.in featuring a collection of interviews, Google Hangouts, podcasts, and more.

Core of Education is excited to distribute and promote leading education voices throughout the U.S. and now India and China. This innovative content collaboration between EdTechReview.in and Core of Education creates joint growth opportunities. ‘Voices’ aims to simultaneously broaden the reach of each independent platform while tightening the global edtech community. Speaking to that initiative, Dr. Berger stated, “I am very excited to partner with EdTechReview.in.” He continued, “We have an amazing opportunity to ‘shrink’ the ed tech world and better communicate leading voices from every corner of the globe.”

Utkarsh Lokesh, co-founder and CEO of EdTechReview.in agreed, stating, “There is a growing need for people to understand the importance of technology in education and learn about its effective use to improve teaching and learning.” He added, “A great way to do this is to share and learn from each other about what works and what does not. Insightful interviews from great education leaders will surely bring the best and brightest in education.”

EdTechReview.in, a leading publication for ed tech in India and China, is a community dedicated to the spread of awareness on education technology through education technology best practices. Follow EdTechReview.in on Twitter here.

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About Core of Education
The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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Inside Parliament Video Edition: Core of Education Chats With Baroness Estelle Morris, Former Secretary of State for Education in England

Dr. Berger conducts a video interview inside Parliament with Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, Former Secretary of State for Education in England. Baroness Estelle talks about British education, education reform, and the relationship between educators and the government.

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Estelle’s insights into education reform seem deeply connected to teacher’s wants and needs.

(PRWEB) September 25, 2013

Core of Education steps inside Parliament for a rarevideo interview with Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, Former Secretary of State for Education in England. Baroness Morris covers a range of topics including her thoughts on what it’s like to be a teacher today in Great Britain, education reform, the challenges facing that reform movement and why the education message is often a mixed one. Join Baroness Morris and Dr. Berger as they chat education, from the inside out.

Estelle Morris is a life peer and pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland. She writes a monthly column for Guardian Education. With Dr. Berger, she dives into the disjuncture between policy makers and educators, whether teachers in the U.K. today are better than any before, why she’s optimistic about the progress being made in education, and speaks to the give-take between teachers and government.

“Estelle’s insights into education reform seem deeply connected to teacher’s wants and needs”, said Dr. Berger, He continued, “Her drive to close gaps in social and class based education inequalities are vital issues warranting global policy discussion today.”

Also discussed are bridging the communication gap between educators and students, how children use time and space differently than their predecessors, and how politicians and teachers value of evaluations differs radically.

Find out more about Baroness Morris on her Guardian page here.

About Core of Education

The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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ISTE Series Wraps Up for Core of Education with Learning.com’s Marketing Manager, Nick Smith

Dr. Rod Berger concludes Core of Education’s 11 part ISTE series with Nick Smith. They discuss children’s struggles with digital literacy, how adults fit into the picture and whether, in this area, the students have surpassed the teachers along with much more.

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It will be exciting to see what the future holds with ISTE in the coming year.

(PRWEB) September 16, 2013

The Core of Education completes the final podcast in the 11 interview long ISTE series by diving into digital literacy with Nick Smith, Learning.com’s Marketing Manager.

Dr. Berger’s ISTE guests:

·     Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton
·     Pat Wasley, CEO of Teaching Channel
·     Greg Estell, President of Education at SMART Technologies
·     Andy Frost, V.P. of Product Management at Edmentum
·     Buzz Waterhouse, CEO of McGraw-Hill Education
·     Abigail Fern, Marketing Director for LEGO Education
·     Lory Pilchik, C.M.O. for Teachscape
·     John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning
·     Leah Osterman, Executive V.P. of Marketing and Business Development for StudySync
·     Dave Gladney, LRMI Project Manager at the Association of Education Publishers
·     Nick Smith, Marketing Manager for Learning.com

Speaking to the successful conclusion of the ISTE podcast series Dr. Berger says, “Core of Education is thrilled with the outpouring of interest received.” He continued, “It will be exciting to see what the future holds with ISTE in the coming year.”

In the final interview Nick Smith discusses how marketing in education differs form other products and the big lessons Learning.com has grown from over the years along with much more.

Founded in 1999, Learning.com integrates 21st century technology into how children learn and how educators teach. Learning.com uses their Sky digital learning environment to help K-12 teachers and administrators improve student learning through curriculum solutions and assessments. Leveraging an expertise in Web technology and forward-thinking educational pedagogies Learning.com supports educators in their work to improve student learning outcomes.

Smith also explains the future for Learning.com, addresses the concept that some products offer “too much content” and voices his views on the perception that quantity and quality in content offerings seem at war.

Follow Learning.com on Twitter here.

About Core of Education

The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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Core of Education Turns the Spotlight on John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning

Dr. Rod Berger moves forward in the ISTE podcast series with John Harrington who explains in simple terms how E-rate funding works and provides easy to understand answers for the program’s most common questions. John lays bear the truth about school’s wifi problems and pulls back the curtain on E-rate policy to explain whether money and politics are opening the door or blocking the way to campus connectivity.

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John explains what and where E-rate sits in simple and clear language.

(PRWEB) September 09, 2013

Core of Education kicks off the ninth podcast in the ISTE series with Funds for Learning CEO John Harrinton who provides a concise explanation of E-rate funding. John sits down with Core host Dr. Rod Berger and speaks to the information barriers E-rate faces at the district level. He also gets down to brass tacks on the speed of implementation and the percentage of schools that have wifi connectivity.

Funds for Learning helps E-rate applicants and service providers track their E-rate funding, meet critical deadlines, and manage participation in the E-rate program with their E-rate manager.

Dr. Berger expressed satisfaction with the interview stating, “John explains what and where E-rate sits in simple and clear language.” He continued, “It’s refreshing to find a subject matter expert so committed to informing and assisting educators on government policy.”

John and Dr. Berger also covered the ways politics distracts from implementation, how the E-rate learning gap at the district level can be closed and the reasons global connectivity are essential to keep America in the education game.

To stay connected with E-rate and education follow John on Twitter.

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The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the “core of education.”

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Rush to Cast Last Minute Votes Begins as SXSWedu Panel Picker Nears It’s Close

Final Votes are cast as Panel Picker draws to conclusion for SXSWedu 11:59 PM Friday September 6th, for the 2014 conference in Austin, Texas. Core of Education panel receives much attention by featuring Michelle Rhee, Jose Ferreira, Rob Lippincott and Lord Knight in “A Lord, a Liberal, 2 Geniuses & Sir Knewton walk..” hosted by Rod Berger as does RANDA Solutions panel with “Will it Blend?” hosted by Randall Dennis and featuring Julie Young, M.C. Desrosiers, Wendy Oliver, Lisa Gillis.

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Voting nears its conclusion for the 2014 South By Southwest Education (SXSWEDU) conference on March 3rd-6th in Austin, Texas. Panel Picker, which runs from August 19 – September 6, uses open voting to gauge interest, heavily influences which panels the conference will support. Heavy hitters include “A Lord, a Liberal, 2 Geniuses & Sir Knewton walk..” and “Will It Blend?“.

A Lord, a Liberal, 2 Geniuses & Sir Knewton walk..” is generating social media buzz by featuring education frontrunners such as Knewton founder and visionary Jose Ferreira, who joins with education provocateur and visionary Michelle Rhee, the former Minister of Education for England, Lord James Knight of Weymouth and the stalwart of PBS Education Rob Lippincott. Host Rod Berger’s goal for the panel is to forecast and highlight the necessary steps to provide student-centric education for American children in an ever-shrinking and technology driven global classroom.

Meanwhile, RANDA Solutions’ Chief Strategy Officer Randall Dennis’ “Will it Blend” concept also continues to garner large amounts of public interest. While Dennis’ concept takes a lighthearted approach based on the wildly popular YouTube videos of the same name, his panel focuses on serious business to educators. “‘Will It Blend’ assembles America’s preeminent thought-leaders to discuss the state of and future of blended learning,” says Dennis. “Will it Blend?” panelists include Julie Young, founder and CEO of Florida Virtual School, ASCD’s Chief Program Development Officer M.C. Desrosiers, online and blended learning guru Wendy Oliver, and Lisa Gillis, Chief Academic Officer for Junior Achievement. “Our panel provide a fresh snapshot of online and blended learning, plus we’ll discuss where challenges we must overcome to move forward,” Dennis continues. “We’ll wrestle issues pertaining to online instructional resources, limited accessibility, we’ll highlight what’s really working well and identify trends versus fads.”

First launched in 2007 Panel Picker has found wide success. “The PanelPicker interface is a natural extension of the creative intermingling that takes place during the festival itself.” says Roland Swenson, SXSW Managing Director, “We are excited that we can provide a forum for new ideas to debut and flourish year-round.” Speaking in regard to how Panel Picker allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming SXSWedu Dr Berger stated “I’m confident in the democratic voting process that SXSW provides and proud to be a part of it.”

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About the Core of Education

The Core of Education located in Nashville, TN brings you the best and brightest in eduction. The Core’s podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Host of the Core, Dr. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins and teachers and strives to insure that everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the core of education. More information about Dr. Berger can be found here at CoreOfEducation.com.

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RANDA Solutions’ Dr. Rod Berger to Present Session at ASCD Annual Conference

RANDA Solutions has just announced that Dr. Rod Berger will be presenting a session at the upcoming ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago. Dr. Berger is the Vice President of Education for RANDA Solutions, as well as the host of education thought-leadership podcast, The Core of Education. His session, titled “Teacher-Student Data Alignment: Don’t Try This at Home”, will focus on the benefits of organized, accurate, and usable data.

“Too many school districts and states have been relying on error-laden data,” says Dr. Berger. “Understanding and utilizing results will lead to maximized benefits, such as improved professional development for teachers and an increase in available funding.”

Dr. Berger’s presentation, which will be held on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 pm CST, will include contributions from RANDA Solutions’ Chief Strategy Officer, Randall Dennis, and Director, Software Development, Mike McFarren.

The ASCD, an organization devoted to developing innovative programs and services that empower educators, will be holding this year’s conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Rod Berger, PsyD, is a published author, recognized host, speaker and education thought-leader. In additional to his work with RANDA Solutions and The Core of Education, Dr. Berger also serves on the board of advisors for Early Life Child & Psychological Services, Inc in Utah. His blog and podcasts are published at www.coreofeducation.com.

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About RANDA Solutions

RANDA Solutions is an INC. 5000 software firm based in Nashville, TN serving the education sector. RANDA acquires, manages and utilizes data providing administrators and teachers a variety of education intelligence: Student Data (student identification, student demographics, summative and formative assessments, student growth, course completion, and college readiness), Educator Data (educator identification, educator demographics, professional development/continuing education, teacher student data link, value added assessment alignment, and teacher effectiveness), and Third-party Data (community demographics, school climate, early warning data, etc.). Historical and live data reporting, along with additional customized content, is delivered via RANDA’s secure web portals and integrates seamlessly with RANDA’s cross-platform mobile applications for iPads and Android devices.

 

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RANDA Solutions’ podcast connects educators, builds exposure

Rod Berger, vice president of education at Brentwood-based Randa Solutions, knew after speaking regularly at state and national education conferences he wanted to help share ideas and trends in education and education technology.

Instead of writing, he decided to create aCore of Education podcast last year that has led to weekly interviews with education leaders and plans to moderate a panel of his former interviewees at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Austin next month.

“It’s about knowledge share,” Berger said, adding that his podcast creates a platform for people to share ideas about improving education. “People have these independent voices all around but you never get to see how they fit together. I try to put those together.”

Berger interviews teachers, principals and education leaders at all levels across the globe. For example, a podcast in December featured principal Stephen Harris from Sydney, Australia, whose school does not use traditional desks or classrooms. The Core of Education podcast has had 140 external sites link to the podcast and has attracted as many as 20,000 unique visitors for a single podcast.

Berger’s SXSW panel includes Audrey Watters , who writes the “Hack Education” blog, former Minister of Education for England Lord James Knight and U.S. Department of Education’s Education Technology Deputy Richard Culatta. The panel will focus on emerging education technology and the use of data in education.

While the podcast’s main purpose is to share ideas, it has also helped spread awareness of Randa Solutions, a software firm that manages data for teachers and school administrators, Berger said.

“If you are going to be a successful company in education technology, you need to understand all the aspects of education, the classroom, the board room that superintendents go through, what our national government goes through to put policies through and see that money is used appropriately,” he said. “I think connecting these stories is important.”

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