Getting Schooled

Today, I’m taking part in  a discussion hosted by America Tonight, which has launched a special series, “Getting Schooled,” about the challenges in our education system, and what it would take to improve it. Every night, Monday to Friday, they share a new report looking at everything from the parents who risk jail time to send their children to better schools in other districts to an innovative plan to ‘flip’ classrooms in order to enhance performance. The series explores a range of issues, but there’s one theme that stands out: how to address inequality in the education system. Watch the series here and  this is the Branch discussion taking place now.

Guests include:

  • Soledad O’Brien, special correspondent, America Tonight
  • Shelly Terrell, #Edchat co-founder, author of “The 30 Goals Challenge”
  • Alexander Russo, education writer and editor who runs the This Week in Education and District 299 Chicago Public Schools blogs
  • Patrick Riccards, education advocate and editor at EduFlack
  • Mike Klonsky, educator and education blogger from the Chicago area
  • Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad, criminologist and assistant professor at Howard University
  • Gina Womack, executive director of Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
  • Nancy K. Cauthen, sociologist and education author who writes about poverty and improving children’s odds for success at

A Trailer of the Series

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central,, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

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