“Teachers, more than any other profession, deal with the other issues that prevail in society. What happens more often than not is that they are held accountable for them, but they aren’t necessarily given the resources to impact them…there is no shortage of good ideas…it’s the implementation piece that’s missing. We stop at the analysis and there’s no follow-through.”

James Ford, Program Director at the North Carolina Public School Forum, joins us this week to talk about the Forum’s efforts to “think and do” by combining research and advocacy to improve public education in the state. James was named the 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and now works to expand the influence of teachers by equipping them to respond to the needs of their students. Tune in to hear more about James’ experiences as a teacher and his transition to working in education policy.

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