We are producing TWO episodes this week, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

On Wednesday, August 19 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the sixteenth LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL. If you miss the LIVE show, we'll post the recorded version early next week. 

This week, REINVENTING SCHOOL goes deep into the question of the safety, wisdom and controversy associated with opening, and perhaps closing, U.S. schools. For this special episode, we look to Avik Roy, Dan Lips and Preston Cooper, all co-authors of a popular WSJ cover story entitled Why It's (Mostly) Safe to Reopen the Schools. Find out  more about our guests below.

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

More about this week's guests:

7516604256?profile=RESIZE_400xAvik Roy the Policy Editor at Forbes, is President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it. Roy’s work has been praised widely on both the right and the left. National Review has called him one of the nation’s “sharpest policy minds,” while the New York Times’ Paul Krugman described him as a man of “personal and moral courage.” He has advised three presidential candidates on policy, including Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. He is widely known for his work on health care reform. NBC’s Chuck Todd, on Meet the Press, said Roy was one “of the most thoughtful guys [who has] been debating” health care reform. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calls Roy's Forbes blog, The Apothecary, “one of the best takes from conservatives on that set of issues.” Ezra Klein, in the Washington Post, called The Apothecary one of the few “blogs I disagree with [that] I check daily.” Roy is the author of How Medicaid Fails the Poor, and Affordable Health Care for Every Generation: A Patient-Centered Plan for Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency. He is a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and co-chaired the Fixing Veterans Health Care Policy Taskforce. Prior to his career in public policy, Roy was a professional healthcare investor, serving as an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms.


7516625294?profile=RESIZE_400xDan Lips is the Policy Director for the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He has worked on the passage of bipartisan legislation and oversight investigations including as a staff member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Dan was the lead staff author of the 2015 minority staff oversight report, “A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance.” Before Capitol Hill, Dan served as an intelligence analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He previously was a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, where he was the lead analyst researching education.  His research has been referenced in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has testified before Congress and state legislative committees. Dan also served as a member of the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He earned his master’s degree from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, where he wrote his master’s thesis on public diplomacy during the Cold War.


7516645880?profile=RESIZE_400xPreston Cooper: "I am a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, where I study the economics of higher education. Formerly, I worked at the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute. In addition to writing for Forbes, my writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Examiner, Fortune, RealClearPolicy, and National Review. I hold a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College. Follow me on Twitter: @PrestonCooper93"


4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.
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Before the virus, more than a billion children and teenagers relied upon school for learning. After the virus (or, after the current wave of our current virus), basic assumptions about school and education are no longer reliable. School buildings may become unsafe for large numbers of students. The tax base may no longer support our current approach to school. Without the interaction provided by a formal school structure, students may follow their own curiosity. Many students now possess the technology to learn on their own. And many do not.

Reinventing.school is a new weekly web television series that considers what happens next week, next month, next school year, and the next five years. Hosted by University of Pennsylvania Senior Scholar Howard Blumenthal, Reinventing.school features interviews with teachers, principals, school district leadership, state and Federal government officials, ed-tech innovators, students, leading education professors, authors, realists and futurists from the United States and all over the world.

Each episode features 2-4 distinguished guests in conversation about high priority topics including, for example, the teaching of public health, long-term home schooling, technology access and its alternatives, the role of parents, friendship and social interaction, learning outside the curriculum, the future of testing and evaluation, interruption as part of the academic calendar, job security for teachers and support staff, setting (and rethinking) curriculum priorities, special needs, student perspectives on the job of school, the importance of play, the psychology of group dynamics and social interaction, preparing for future rounds of a virus (or cyberattack or impact of climate change, etc.), college readiness, higher education transformed, the higher education promise in an economically challenged world, and more. Clearly, there is much to discuss; nearly all of it ranks high on the list of priorities for raising the world’s children.