Saturday, August 15, 2009

This Week On Smart City: Schools In The Big Easy And Making Education Easier

As classrooms open again this month in cities across the country, schools are on our minds. This week on Smart City, we have two revolutionaries in the field of education.

Leslie Jacobs is a native of New Orleans who is using her experience as a business executive to reform public schools. She's the
founder of a not-for-profit called "Educate Now," and she'll join us to talk about the work she's doing to rebuild the education system in New Orleans and keep talent in the city.

Technology has changed the way we do almost everything...from banking to shopping, to the ways we communicate. But the average school classroom is not much different today than it was fifty years ago. We'll find out how technology could revolutionize education, and what's holding it back from author and Stanford professor Terry Moe.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

Smart City is broadcast at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sundays on WKNO-FM, but it is also webcast and podcast so you can listen to it anytime you like. For the webcast, times for the broadcast in other cities and to sign up for the podcast, visit our website.