Research has shown that effective teachers are the key to student success. Yet our school systems treat all teachers as interchangeable parts, not professionals.

In this environment, excellence goes unrecognized and poor performance goes unaddressed. This is the problem addressed in a new report from the New Teacher Project called “The Widget Effect.” We’ll talk with Timothy Daly, President of the New Teacher Project about the report and why teachers are not “one size fits all.”

And with the summer months upon us, we’ll hear from the creator of a unique travel website that shows you the spots you won’t find in any guidebook. Bart Van Poll of the site Spotted By Locals is our guest.

We’ll also talk with Joel Mills of the American Institute of Architects about its Sustainable Design Assessment Team that brings cross-disciplinary groups into communities to work with leaders to develop strategies for sustainable planning.

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
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