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UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig

UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig

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UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig

Host Renee Shaw speaks with Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, about teacher shortages across the nation and in Kentucky, how colleges are preparing future classroom teachers, charter schools, diversity, and more.
S15 E24 Length 26:41 Premiere: 3.22.20

Recruiting New Kentucky Teachers with an Emphasis on Diversity

Kentucky along with many other states faces a shortage of public school teachers. The Kentucky Office of Education Accountability reports that at least 28,000 educators have left the classroom in the past decade. At the beginning of the current academic year, schools had nearly 3,000 open teaching positions, according to the state Department of Education.

The University of Kentucky wants to help reverse the shortage through innovative marketing and recruitment efforts and by attracting more people of color into the profession.

“What I would love for the University of Kentucky to be able to do is double the number of teachers that we’re making each year,” says UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig.

Most new teachers in Kentucky will remain in the classroom for the long-term, says Heilig. But he says in some states, about half will leave the profession after a few years.

Luring More People to Teaching

It’s difficult to attract young people to the work in the first place because they’ve seen the challenges that teachers faced in their own classrooms. Economics is also a factor: Heilig says teachers tend to earn less than other professionals with a college degree.

One way that UK is reaching out to prospective student-teachers, especially those born since the 1980s, is with a Snapchat video series that follows new teachers during their first year in the classroom.

“Our reality show about new educators is about that inspiration that you get working with families, working in communities, working with children, and seeing them grow and prosper,” says Heilig. “That’s how we’re working to grab that passion of Generation Z, of the millennials, is going where they are and using social and new media to tell the story of educators.”

Heilig also wants to enroll more Latinos and other students of color at the UK College of Education. Although the number of teachers of color has doubled nationally in the past decade, Heilig says about 95 percent of the state’s teachers are white. But a quarter of students in the commonwealth are children of color, according to Heilig. He says a diverse teaching corps has a positive impact on academic performance.

“Students of color that have teachers of color have higher student achievement, they’re less likely to be disciplined in school, they’re more likely to go to higher education,” says the dean. “White students who have teachers of color typically score higher in critical thinking and creativity.”

In addition to attracting more diversity to the profession, Heilig wants to help schools fill critical gaps in teachers for certain subject areas.

“The shortage is not the same for all positions across the field,” he says. “You might get 300 applications for a social studies position but only three for physics.”

Heilig also wants to ensure that the teachers UK produces not only have a thorough knowledge of their content specialty, but also have the pedagogic skills to effectively convey that knowledge and successfully manage their classrooms.

An Academic View of Charter Schools

To address struggling public schools and persistent achievement gaps among certain groups of students, more than 40 states have opened publicly funded, privately managed charter schools. The Kentucky General Assembly passed enabling legislation for charter schools in 2017 but has yet to approve any funding for the schools.

Heilig says the number of charter schools in the U.S. has doubled in the last decade. He contends the school choice option presents a critical challenge for many states that, like Kentucky, struggle to adequately fund public education.

“What we just have to decide as a society is what kind of education system we want,” says Heilig. “Do we want a privately managed education system, or do we want a democratically controlled education system? Do we want a system that’s more segregated than the one that we have now? Do we want a system that performs about the same statistically as the one that we have now? Those are the kind of questions that we have to ask.”

Heilig says peer-reviewed academic studies including his research on charter schools reveal that charters perform essentially the same as traditional public schools. But he says that doesn’t mean there aren’t viable options for improving academic performance.

“There are a lot of gold standards already in the research literature that we know move the needle a 1,000 percent more than charter schools,” he says. “We know that high-quality [pre-kindergarten] does that, we know smaller class sizes for our kids do that… So I think it’s important for us to get that information out into to the public discourse.”

Heilig says some charter schools do embrace diversity and cultural competency, but he adds that many fail to properly serve minority students and communities. In his own study, Does the African American Need Separate Charter Schools?, published in the University of Minnesota Law School’s “Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice,” Heilig and his co-authors argue that many education reform advocates have a “near-fatal misunderstanding of the systemic issues that result in consistent and persistent inequitable outcomes for black students.”

Instead of reducing racial barriers and improving academic outcomes for minority students, Heilig argues that charter schools end up sabotaging public school districts that are predominantly comprised of students of color. That problem gets worse, he says, as African American education policymakers are replaced with white charter school board members.

“Those most directly affected by education reform policies and processes, experience great difficulty in obtaining inclusion into the education policy process that is privately managed,” Heilig writes. “Market-based policies that fail to include the perspectives of local stakeholders produce lower academic outcomes as compared to education reform policies that receive local support.”

The College of Education under Heilig, who was appointed dean last summer, is creating a new initiative to make this kind of academic research on the intersection of education, social justice, and civil rights available to the public in easily accessible and digestible forms.

“It’s really important that we as academics are engaged in the important conversations in the public discourse,” says Heilig. “There’s a lot of think tanks that will turn out research on any particular side of an issue... What we want to do is we want to take that peer-reviewed research, that gold-standard work that’s produced under very high standards, and make it more readily available in the public discourse.”

Look Beyond School Ratings

But what about schools with poor accountability ratings?

“When we talk about low-performing, who sets those metrics, and why did they set them where they set them?” the dean asks.

As an example, Heilig points to Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School, which received two stars under the state’s new five-star rating system. He says that rating doesn’t tell a parent everything they should know about the school, which he describes as a beautiful facility filled with engaged children.

“If I was a high school student, I would want to go to Frederick Douglass,” says Heilig. “So it’s important for us to think about how is it that we can we insert passion into the student’s lives so that they can go on and realize their opportunities.”

As state officials put increasing emphasis on preparing students to work in today’s job market, Heilig says academic achievement and workforce development are both important for students.

“Career and college readiness, I don’t think they’re necessarily competing,” says the dean. “We just need to offer every student the opportunity to take the pathway that gives them passion.”

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Food Security (Part 2) - S8 E39

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Nikky Finney - S8 E43

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Betty Baye - S9 E1

Former Louisville Courier-Journal columnist and editorial writer Betty Baye discusses her career and columns, new paradigms of journalism, the impact of digital media, and her future projects.

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Roszalyn Akins - S9 E3

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Ruth Brinkley - KentuckyOne Health - S9 E5

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Pop Culture and Commodification of Women - S9 E8

Renee talks with women and others about the influence of popular media on body image and the stereotypes perpetuated throughout the entertainment industry.

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Innocence Project - S9 E9

Renee's guests are Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom and prison exoneree Calvin Johnson. In 1983, Johnson was falsely convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison. The Innocence Project took his case and arranged for forensic testing that proved his innocence 16 years later. Renee talks with Johnson about his experience and with Saloom about the work of the Innocence Project in all 50 states.

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Diabetes Prevention and Control - S9 E10

Experts discuss the statewide education and prevention methods being dispatched and the changes individuals can make to avoid diabetes.

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Human Trafficking - S9 E11

Renee talks with guests about recent legislation that strengthens Kentucky's human trafficking laws and provides more services to victims and other topics.

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The Forgotten Minority - S9 E12

Renee talks with advocates for Kentuckians with disabilities about the challenges facing those with mental and physical limitations and illnesses, the resources available, and the policy changes needed to better serve this population.

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Middle Class Struggles and Poverty - S9 E13

Renee's guests are Ron Crouch, demographer and director of research and statistics in the Office of Employment and Training for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and Myrdin Thompson of Louisville, an activist with RESULTS, a nonprofit whose mission is to fight hunger and poverty.

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Sabrina Butler and Kate Miller - S9 E19

Renee talks with Mississippian Sabrina Butler, the only female death row exoneree, about her wrongful conviction and her quest to end capital punishment, and with American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky spokesperson Kate Miller.

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Cathy Holloway Hill - S8 E15

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  • Thursday June 25, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 25, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 25, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 25, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 25, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

M.A.D.E. (Motivating Youth All Day Everyday) - S8 E13

  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Susan Pope - S8 E12

  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 23, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Mimi Pickering and Dr. Catherine Fosl - S8 E7

  • Monday June 22, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 22, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 22, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 22, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 22, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 22, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Caregiving - Amy Goyer and Kelly Parsons - S13 E9

  • Sunday June 28, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 28, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday June 27, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 27, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Terry Brooks - Kentucky Youth Advocates - S13 E37

  • Sunday June 21, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Tara Betts - S8 E6

  • Friday June 19, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 19, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 19, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 19, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 19, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 19, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

dream hampton - S8 E5

  • Thursday June 18, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 18, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 18, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 18, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 18, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 18, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Rev. Kimberly Cecil-Jones - S8 E4

  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Poverty in Kentucky - S8 E3

  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 16, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Angel Clark and Bianca Spriggs - S8 E2

  • Monday June 15, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 15, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 15, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 15, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 15, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 15, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Donna Grigsby - S13 E28

  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 17, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Cheryl A. Oldham - S14 E21

  • Saturday June 20, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 20, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 14, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2

Impact 100 - S8 E1

  • Friday June 12, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 12, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 12, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 12, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 12, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 12, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

  • Thursday June 11, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 11, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 11, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 11, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 10, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

  • Tuesday June 9, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 9, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 9, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 9, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

  • Monday June 8, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 8, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 8, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 8, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 8, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 8, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy - S13 E35

  • Saturday June 13, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 13, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 7, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Criminal Justice Reform - Cherise Fanno Burdeen - S13 E34

  • Saturday June 6, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 6, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

  • Friday June 5, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 5, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 5, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 5, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 5, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 5, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Terrence Walton - S11 E38

  • Thursday June 4, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 4, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 4, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 4, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 4, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 4, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

DV8 Kitchen - S13 E17

  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

  • Tuesday June 2, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 2, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 15

UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig

S15 E24 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 3.22.20

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball/McLeod's Coffee House

S15 E23 Length 27:27 Premiere Date 3.15.20

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon

S15 E22 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 2.23.20

Georgetown College President William Jones

S15 E21 Length 27:02 Premiere Date 2.16.20

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

S15 E20 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 2.9.20

Kentucky House Minority Whip Angie Hatton

S15 E19 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 2.2.20

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

S15 E18 Length 28:17 Premiere Date 1.26.20

Secretary of State Michael Adams

S15 E17 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 1.19.20

Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins

S15 E16 Length 22:01 Premiere Date 1.12.20

Ashli Watts - Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

S15 E15 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 1.5.20

U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan

S15 E14 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 12.15.19

Inclusivity in Fashion - Frankie Lewis; RaeShanda Johnson

S15 E13 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 11.24.19

Dayna Seelig

S15 E12 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 11.17.19

Rachael Denhollander

S15 E11 Length 26:42 Premiere Date 11.10.19

Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland

S15 E10 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 11.3.19

Alice Allison Dunnigan - Pioneering Journalist

S15 E9 Length 26:37 Premiere Date 10.27.19

Sharon Price and Damon Cobble

S15 E7 Length 27:07 Premiere Date 10.13.19

Terry Brooks - Kentucky Youth Advocates

S15 E6 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 10.6.19

Aaron Thompson - Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

S15 E5 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 9.29.19

Opioid Addiction Response and Research

S15 E3 Length 28:42 Premiere Date 9.15.19

Pastor Edward Palmer

S15 E2 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 9.8.19

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers

S15 E1 Length 28:14 Premiere Date 9.1.19

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