Episode 11: We Take a Trip to Denver! (ft. Susana Cordova)

In this episode, Lane and Ikhlas speak with Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of Denver Public Schools. She started working in Denver over 20 years ago as a bilingual language arts teacher. We discuss the current state of education in Denver, what it's like to push for reform in your hometown, and what makes a quality school. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/11_-_Education_Post_-_Susana.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="One of the most contentious areas of discussion in our schools is: who gets to choose what we believe is quality for kids? — @SusanaCDenver"]

Episode Details:

  • Why Susana got into education [16:08]
  • How Susana's experiences as a child influence her work as deputy superintendent [18:50]
  • On the current education policy battles being waged in Denver, CO [20:21]
  • On the tension in the community between public and charter schools [22:37]
  • What it's like for Susana to push for school reform in her hometown [24:23]
  • The real and fake obstacles to school reform [27:40]
  • What's working and what's not in school reform in Denver [33:15]
[spp-tweet tweet="School shouldn't be the place where you have to be lucky to be successful. — @SusanaCDenver"]

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