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The E4E Podcast is hosted by UD's Partnership for Public Education (PPE), a university-wide initiative supported by UD's Community Engagement Initiative, the College of Education and Human Development, and the College of Arts and Sciences to develop and foster collaborative education-based partnerships and improve public education in Delaware. 

The podcast's goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of UD expertise to educators, leaders, and decision-makers in the public education system in an easily accessible and digestible format. This podcast will support efforts to connect UD and the education community, increase engagement, and promote mutually beneficial projects, with the ultimate aim of promoting changes in policy and practice that are evidence-based. Faculty members from the University of Delaware's nine colleges and P-12 public education partners share their current research and evidence-based work in education policy and practice and provide implications for Delaware's P-12 education stakeholders.

Season 2

Episode One

 In this episode of E4E, Dr. VanGronigen discusses his research on the history  of school labeling and how state education agencies (SEAs) respond to improving schools labeled underperforming. He also discusses the factors that lead to principal's approaches to managing pandemic-related crises across states, offering some suggestions for how findings can be taken up in policy and practice.

Check out the policy brief Dr. VanGronigen coauthored with Maya Kaul and Dr. Nicole Simon here.

Link to Episode One

Episode Two

Literacy, Equity, and Social Justice in the ELA classroom: Developing adolescent and equity literacy using the quad text set approach with Dr. Jill Flynn and Dr. William Lewis, Taria Pritchett, and Casey Montigney  

In this episode, Dr. Jill Flynn, Dr. William Lewis, and teachers Taria Pritchett and Casey Montigney discuss using the quad text set (QTS) approach to teach for equity and social justice in ELA classrooms. They also share a publicly available tool they co-created to support other educators seeking to develop equity literacy and adolescent literacy through the QTS approach. 

Link to Episode Two

To check out the Using the Quad Text Sets to Teach for Social Justice and Equity in the ELA classrooms please visit

Jill has just finished up a self-study that explores how teacher candidates respond to the inclusion of mindfulness in a course and how they understand connections between mindfulness and equity. She also is working with a team of colleagues in UD’s Elementary Teacher Education program on a project to foster greater attention to racial literacy throughout coursework and in faculty professional development. For more information about Dr. Jill Flynn, please visit:

In 2021 Bill published a new book on disciplinary literacy--focused on Quad Text Sets--with his writing partner, Dr. John Strong from the University at Buffalo. They are currently engaged in a multi-year professional learning project with Troup County Public Schools in western Georgia to build Quad Text oriented unit plans that will improve student literacy outcomes. For more information about Dr. William Lewis, please visit:

Casey is currently working in her coaching role with two main partnerships: Inclusion Focused Coaching and Schools that Lead. With Inclusion Focused Coaching, she is guiding teachers in reflective practice regarding special education students and best teaching practices for all students. With Schools that Lead, she is guiding teachers in improvement science work, particularly using an equity lens, to constantly “get better at getting better” when it comes to social justice in the classroom. She serves many different roles as “coach,” but they all circle  back to educational policy and creating equitable classrooms for students in Delaware.

Taria is serving as the Equity Liaison for her building and will be joining the district wide equity team to help with curriculum, recruitment, and policy. She is continuing to use Quad Text Sets in her classroom with an emphasis on social Justice, national movements, global issues, and cultural, generational, and gender related issues that student’s care about most. Taria is also working on a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the hope to infuse social and emotional principles with literacy and equity for students at the high school level.

Episode Three

In this episode, Dr. Anamarie Whitaker discusses the child care crisis and the implications of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan on children, families, and child care educators and providers. 

Link to Episode Three. 

For more information about Dr. Anamarie Whitaker’s work, please visit here. 

For more information about the Build Back Better Act, please visit the Hunt Insitute's "Build Back Better Guide for Policymakers". 

Episode Four

In this episode, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff and Alexus Ramirez discuss the developmental importance of using baby talk during early childhood and their work studying infant directed speech and language development. 

Link to Episode Four. 

For more information about Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, please visit: 

Roberta Golinkoff (official website link)

Roberta Golinkoff - Child's Play Learning & Development Lab 

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff - College of Education & Human Development 

Additional informational resources: 

More information about Playful Learning Landscapes

More information about the lab's current online studies

Episode Five

In this episode of the E4E podcast, Dr. Martha Buell discusses the impact of exclusionary discipline on young children and offers policy and practice considerations for early childhood education stakeholders. 

Link to Episode Five. 

More information about Dr. Martha Buell.  

More information about Dr. Buell’s work on disciplinary suspension and expulsion.  

Episode Six

In this episode, Dr. Rachel Karchmer-Klein, Lauren Boulden, and Dr. Maureen McDonald discuss the criticality of preparing K-12 students to be digitally literate. They share lessons from their new book, Next-Level Digital Tools and Teaching, including evidence-informed strategies in an effort to create instructional coherent technology-integrated instruction in the classroom, within a team, and across a district.

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Season 1

Episode One

On this episode of E4E, Dr. Kupchik discusses his research on the role and impact of school resource officers (SROs), offering some suggestions for how findings can be taken up in policy and practice

Listen to Episode One. 

Dr. Aaron Kupchik is currently researching school punishment as a legacy of racialized violence. Please see his work in a recent journal article in Social Problems, which was also covered in Huff Post, finding that historic rates of lynchings (1860-1950) relate to schools’ use of corporal punishment of Black students today.

Additional links to articles featuring Dr. Kupchik’s work:

Researching the Impact of School Policing on End Zero Tolerance

The good-guy image police present to students often clashes with students' reality in The Conversation

Counselors and mental-health workers can make a bigger difference in The News Journal

Protecting the Flock or Policing the Sheep? Differences in School Resource Officers’ Perceptions of Threats by School Racial Composition in Social Problems

Episode Two 

On episode two of E4E, Dr.Kenneth Shores discusses his research on school finance reforms and educational equity and provides evidence-based suggestions for policy and practice decisions.

Listen to Episode Two. 

Please see more work on this topic from Dr. Ken Shores at the following links:

Spending More on the Poor? A Comprehensive Summary of State-Specific Responses to School Finance Reforms from 1990–2014

Shores, K. A., Candelaria, C. A., & Kabourek, S. E. (2019). Spending More on the Poor? A Comprehensive Summary of State-Specific Responses to School Finance Reforms from 1990–2014 (EdWorkingPaper No.19-52). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

Schooling During the Great Recession: Patterns of School Spending and Student Achievement Using Population Data

Shores, K. A, & Steinberg, M. P. (2019). Schooling during the great recession: patterns of school spending and student achievement using population data. Aera Open, 5(3), 233285841987743–233285841987743.

Episode Three

On Episode three of E4E, Dr. Ann Aviles discusses her research on youth homelessness in Delaware and provides evidence informed policy and practice recommendations that could improve outcomes for students experiencing housing instability. 

Link to Episode Three

Projects Dr. Ann Aviles is working on:

Co-PI, Street PAR Health Project: How Street Identified Black Youth and Young Adults Understand and Experience Violence in Two Local Neighborhoods. Funding Agency: Christiana Care Hospital, Newark, DE

PI, Youth Civic Engagement: Exploring Housing Access and Violence in Wilmington. Partnership for Public Education (PPE), University of Delaware

For more information about Dr. Ann Aviles, please visit her faculty bio and contact page linked here

Episode Four

On episode 4 of the E4E podcast, Dr. Adrian Pasquarella discusses how schools can support multilingualism to develop English literacy skills and academic competencies necessary for school success.  

Link to Episode Four

For more information about Dr. Adrian Pasquarella and his work, please visit here

Episode Five

On episode 5 of the E4E podcast, Dr. Lauren Bailes discusses her work supporting schools and administrators in identifying and understanding sources of disciplinary inequity and the impact of inequitable disciplinary policies on Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+ students, and girls. 

Link to Episode Five

Learn more about Dr. Bailes’ work on her website. 

The Dress Coded Report from National Women’s Law Center

Pushout by Monique Morris

Episode Six

In episode 6 of the E4E podcast, Dr. Allison Karpyn discusses food security and provides evidence-based recommendations for increasing access to quality nutrition for students and families in Delaware.

Link to Episode Six

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