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In Banter’s fourth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, John Bailey and Andy Smarick joined the show to share insights from their podcast, the New Skills Marketplace. In addition to discussing the skills gap, CTE programming, and charter schools, they discussed Smarick’s latest report, The Evolving High School CTE: New Jersey’s Distinctive Approach to Career Education. In addition to his role as AEI Visiting Fellow, Bailey is also a fellow at the Walton Family Foundation. His work focuses on finding new ways to reskill individuals. Smarick, the AEI Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies, also serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education. His work centers on education and related domestic and social policy issues.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Leah Belsky from Coursera.

Leah first recounts the founding of Coursera, addresses common misconceptions about massive open online courses (MOOCs), and identifies the groups of people that Coursera serves [2:22]. She then describes the ways in which Coursera measures the quality of the courses on its platform [8:36]. Leah next talks about the flexibility of nontraditional providers like Coursera [15:16]. Finally, Leah gives her perspective on the skills gap issue, how Coursera may fit into the solution to the problem, and what policymakers should do to help [21:51]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Leah.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Deborah Quazzo from Global Silicon Valley Acceleration to discuss ed tech and nontraditional skills providers.

Debora first provides some background on the surge of investment in ed tech starting in 2009 [6:00]. Next, she describes innovation in enterprise learning, entrepreneurial education, and talent identification [11:05]. Deborah then offers policy recommendations for funding nontraditional learning programs [18:48]. She speaks about the progress the ed tech sector has made in opening pathways for women and minorities to enter the field [25:27]. Finally, Deborah talks about peer-to-peer engagement on education platforms [30:46]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Deborah.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Brian Jones from Strayer University to discuss innovations in higher education.

Brian first gives an overview of Strayer University and the nontraditional students that Strayer serves [2:51]. Next, Brian describes how “mindsets of behaviors” add value to students in the eyes of employers [9:09]. Brian then offers his opinion on the role that policy should play in closing the skills gap [16:25]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Brian.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick and John Bailey sit down with Alex Hernandez from the Charter School Growth Fund to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) in charter schools.

Alex first analyses shifts in the charter school sector and explains the difference between the college prep and the CTE models of education [6:26]. Alex then discusses the feasibility of delivering charter school education to workers in need of retraining and to children in rural districts [15:12]. Next, Alex offers his perspective on what needs to be done on the policy front to allow CTE and other educational innovations to flourish [22:08]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Alex [27:12].

In this first episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) introduce the “skills gap” problem: what it is, where it came from, and whom it affects [4:04]. Next, they give an overview of the various institutions—traditional and nontraditional— taking on the task of reskilling workers [8:42]. From there, Andy and John explain how the topics addressed on the New Skills Marketplace podcast fit into AEI’s Human Dignity Project [10:54]. Finally, Andy and John give a preview of future episodes in the series and other AEI publications which will address the skills gap issue [15:31].