National Rural Education Association Official Podcast

S02E10 – From Policy to Practice and Beyond, An Interview with Randi Weingarten, teacher, author, social activist.

Episode Summary

In this episode, we interview Rhonda "Randi" Weingarten at the National Rural Education Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Weingarten is most notable for her work on education advocacy and legislation. She served as a teacher from 1991 to 1997 at Clara Barton High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and as a lawyer for the firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1983 to 1986. In this interview, we discuss the political divide regarding education policy for rural education, including the disconnects in rural education. Ms. Weingarten provides examples of successful grassroots campaigns for addressing rural education "kitchen table" issues in our current world. She shares these examples of how rural challenges must be met locally, not nationally. We also discussed how divergent forms of cognition are likely framing much of the political divide in the United States. This is an informative discussion regarding various methods for engaging rural communities and how we think about diversity, socio-economics, and the types of framing used to promote social and educational policy. Ms. Weingarten Twitter handle is @rweingarten Winlearning sponsored this episode