From the Nominator
“School’s In” is a lively podcast series exploring current issues in education. Hosted by Dan Schwartz, dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education, and senior lecturer Denise Pope, each episode delves into the changing ways kids are learning, both in and out of school. What are the pros and cons of delaying kindergarten? What does research show about how to help kids develop their vocabulary? Could artificial intelligence help schools reduce the biases that plague standardized tests? The hosts and their guests share tips and new findings on emerging issues, along with their own experiences.
From the Judges
The hosts, one of whom is the dean of the school, have a nice rapport and start off each episode with friendly banter and personal anecdotes about their relationship to the topic. They also politely interject into interviews and bring their own perspectives on the episode’s topic. They bring in experts from outside of Stanford as a way to build relationships with other academics and researchers in education, choosing interviewees and topics that are accessible to wide audiences—in this case parents and educators. Their partnership with SiriusXM brings best practices from radio, for example, reintroducing guests for listeners who are “just joining us”. This attention to detail is missing from many podcasts, and its inclusion here demonstrates the value that Stanford places on who their guests are, not just what the guests are saying.