KPFA: Education Today [Program Feed]

  • Education Today – September 14, 2018
    Kitty talks first  with a Marin County school board member who is trying to get the Confederate name of her school district changed. And, even in California, some people don’t think it needs to be changed And then she talks with two activists about their opposition to an Oakland ballot measure that is supposed to be helping Oakland kids but is actually bad legislation, according to some. Hear them explain.
  • Education Today – September 7, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – August 24, 2018
    This week we take up the differences between what a left-leaning or progressive mayor does about economic development in contrast with a corporate Democrat.  And we use the case of Oakland’s late Mayor and former Congressman, Ron Dellums to sort out the issue.    In the second part of the show we hear about a bill going through the state legislature which will have an impact on the Oakland schools.
  • Education Today – August 10, 2018
    The National Press has covered the service of Ronald V. Dellums as a Congressman and national leader since his death in late July.  Yet, few have reported on his work as Mayor of Oakland.   Today, Education Today will examine the impact of Dellums’ tenure as Mayor in the areas of education, police costs and behavior, public safety and related issues.
  • Education Today – July 13, 2018
    We interview Jovanka Beckles, candidate for California Assembly District 15.  We ask her about some of the states’s biggest education issues.   For example, the State Board just agreed to allow another charter school to be built in Oakland; this charter’s application had already been rejected by the Oakland district.    Is there a problem with state law when districts are told to close existing schools and required to open schools they didn’t ask for?    California districts have few Latino teachers, and there really is no way for them to change this, because the state is in charge of deciding who gets to teach.  Can anything be done about this?  We get into this and many other questions.  We have invited the other candidate in this race; she has not responded.  
  • Education Today – July 6, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – June 22, 2018
    Kitty talks with eminent scholar, Dr. Orlando Taylor, about issues in Black psychology as a lead-up to the 50th anniversary conference of the Association of Black Psychologists taking place in Oakland June 27.   The Association’s members have led the way on such important issues as IQ testing, disproportionate Special Ed. placements, and Ebonics. Then Kitty critiques many of the State’s politicians, including “mainstream” Democrats, in relation to urban districts, especially Oakland.
  • Education Today – June 8, 2018
    [caption id="attachment_290009" align="aligncenter" width="481"] [1] Keith Brown, Bret Harte Middle School – Oakland, CA.Source: Education Votes – NEA.[/caption] Keith Brown, the newly elected president of the Oakland Education Association, talks with Kitty Kelly Epstein about his perspective and his work.  Keith is a lifelong Oakland resident, a graduate of Oakland Public Schools, and an enthusiastic teacher.    His mother was an active parent, and he brings a thoroughly Oakland perspective to the position.  He talks about “bargaining for the common good” and building “organic teacher leadership” for the union, and he comments on the “Red State” teacher movement of the past few months [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/OAK3041x-2-2-481×324.jpg
  • Education Today – May 4, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – April 27, 2018
    So much is happening in the world of education.  Today we hear from a grassroots Oakland teacher about the organizing to keep an iconic West Oakland school in public hands.    And then we hear from a Chicago teacher who has created two dynamic curriculums – one that uses the movie  “Black Panther” as its basis and the other teaching about “Guns in America.”  These curriculums can be used everywhere
  • Education Today – March 23, 2018
    [1]On Education Today, Kitty Kelly Epstein is in conversation with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. [2] She is an educational hero. She worked as a classroom teacher in Philadelphia; earned a doctorate at Stanford; and was elected to the Presidency of the American Educational Research Association, the largest research organization in the world. Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Gloria-Ladson-Billings-Facebook.jpg [2] https://www.kpfa.org/
  • Latino Student Engagement and Education – Hear Oakland’s dynamic director, Raquel Jimenez
    [1]Oakland has become the first district in the country to have a full Department of Equity.  Its latest addition is the Office of Latino Student Achievement, directed by organizer, educator, and scholar, Raquel Jimenez.  She talks about the vision and the activities of this effort, including recruiting Latino teachers, engaging Latino students and parents, and making the curriculum reflective of Oakland’s real multi-racial reality and history [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/RJ-PLAN-event.jpg
  • Education Today – January 26, 2018
    Innovations in thought and action:  A scholar critiques a new study proposing higher requirements for early childhood educators.  She argues that it decreases community connections and diversity. (http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-pre-k)   And a Bay Area educational leader shares fascinating innovations from a social-justice oriented high school. ( http://oaklandstreetacademy.org/)
  • Education Today – January 12, 2018
    How do children actually learn to read?  Is it possible that writing first is the way little children’s brains actually work?  Listen in to hear the latest research on literacy development?
  • Education Today – January 5, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.

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