EdCast States and Schools Posted July 22, 2015 By Matt Weber Over the last several years, education has become more politicized than ever, says Chris Minnich, executive director of the nonprofit Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). At the Harvard Graduate School of Education this week to begin the organization's annual meeting of its members — chief officers of education from all over the United States — Minnich and the CCSSO seek to help chief and deputy officers navigate the current educational climate, including debates about Common Core Standards and questions of how, despite differences, states can come together to reach common goals."How do you lead through that environment?" Minnich asks. "How do you make sure you're bringing constituencies together to have these conversations?"In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), reflects on the challenges facing states — and how the CCSSO can help — in the increasingly politicized field of education. About the Harvard EdCast The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field. EdCast An education podcast that keeps the focus simple: what makes a difference for learners, educators, parents, and communities Explore All Articles Related Articles Usable Knowledge In Leaders We Trust Andrés Alonso shares his views on what it really takes to be superintendent. EdCast Notes from Ferguson EdCast Facing Challenges, Driving Success (in Chicago) Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, discusses the challenges — including a looming teacher strike — of leading the country's third largest school district.