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Yes, after a long hiatus The Mind of a Bronx Teacher Internet radio show returns this coming Tuesday night, January 24, 2012 at 9 PM EDT. On the first show back we welcome New York Daily News journalist Alexander Nazaryan. This pst Sunday, Alex wrote a op-ed piece in which he supports tougher evaluations for teachers. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/teacher-evaluation-faking-success-york-city-school-system-fooling-kids-article-1.1006336
A fun Twitter discussion with Alex (@alexnazaryan) ensuedlater Sunday afternoon with Alex and he has graciously agreed to appear Tuesday night.
For those that have forgotten, the call in # is (213) 943-3735
The guest will be me, The Bronx Teacher. Hey, I have interviewed many a guest, many a newsmaker, but this Tuesday, May 17, @ 9 PM EDT I will fly solo and rant and maybe rave and open up with what is on my mind.
Why is it that I do what I do?
Why do I feel that E4E (Educators4Excellence) is evil?
Why is Ruben Brosbe a douchebag?
Why do I pick on Whintey Tilson?
There will be some attempted surprises as well.
So tune in this Tuesday night at 9 PM EDT and listen and be fascinated.
Call in # 917 932 8721
On Monday, January 26 at 7:00 PM, we’ll talk to two distinguished ladies from the Bronx, who saw a need in their community, and united to address it. The result was an organization that helps families trapped within the shelter system restore their strength. We’ll talk to Gisselle Brea and “La Nena”, the founders of “The G & N Project”. We’ll find out what they do personally to help nurture the spirit of women and families victimized by abuse, and we’ll talk about what motivates them to carry on in their noble pursuit!
Explore their website at www.gandnproject.org or find them on Facebook!!
We gladly take your calls at 646-721-9605. Monday night on The Vent Man channel.
On Friday, February 10 we welcome Debra Stern, founder and director of the Amani "Public" Charter School in Mt Vernon NY. http://www.amanicharter.org
For the first time ever we take the show on the road which will be broadcast live from the Deja Brew Cafe in Mt Vernon NY. http://www.facebook.com/DejaBrewCafe
Debar is a adjunct professor at Concordia College. She has earned a BS at Cornell University and a MS from the College of New Rochelle, a member of the Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees, and a founding President of the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation.
Pete Zucker, aka The Bronx Teacher works at PS 154, District 7 in The Bronx. He has been employed by the NYC DOE for 16 years and currently blogs about education on his blog; South Bronx School; http://www.southbronxschool.com He also blogs for the Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-zucker
Gangster Sonny is the big man in the Bronx neighborhood of an Italian small boy named Calogero. A shooting witnessed by the boy (nicknamed C) is the starting point of a lasting bond between the gangster and the boy. Father (bus driver Lorenzo), however, disapproves. C grows up under the wing of both men, torn between his own natural honesty and his fascination with Sonny. C's neighborhood cronies get involved in theft, use of guns, and racial fights. When C falls for an African American girl, things don't get any easier. C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of the many faces of love.
Robert De Niro...(Lorenzo)
Lillo Brancato...(Calogero, age 17)
Francis Capra...Calogero (Age 9)
The Mind of a Bronx Teacher will not be on this Tuesday night. Rather, we are going to air Wednesday night, August 17 at 9 PM EDT so we can have a special guest.
The one, the only, the indisputable, the indispensable Robert D. Skeels of California will be live!!!
Robert writes the solidaridad blog which can be found at; http://rdsathene.blogspot.com/ . You can also find him on Twitter @rdsathene
We will discuss why the billiaonaires find education so attractive, Bill GAtes, Whitney Tilson, and more importantly how we as teachers can fight back!
Robert is a social justice writer, public education advocate, and immigrant rights activist. He lives, works, writes, and organizes in Los Angeles with his wife and cats.
Robert is a U.S. Navy Veteran, and a proud member of Veterans for Peace.
He attended Glendale Community College and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), majoring in Classical Civilization.
Robert is a committed member of both Coalition for Educational Justice and the International Socialist Organization. In addition to advancing working class struggles, Robert is an adherent of Liberation Theology.
He devotes much time towards volunteer work for 12 step, church, and homeless advocacy. Robert’s articles and essays have appeared in publications including Schools Matter, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Daily Censored, Echo Park Patch, The Los Angeles Daily News, and Socialist Worker.
Robert not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. He is a fighter, a true fighter for those that need a hand, for those without hope.We teachers are lucky to have Robert on our side.
The call in # is 917 932 8721
This Tuesday night, December 21 at 9 PM history will again be made! The Mind of a Bronx Teacher takes its first foray to the south as we welcome our first administrator as a guest. John Robinson a high school principal from Newton, NC will join us live. John, also know as @21stprincipal on Twitter also blogs at http://the21stcenturyprincipal.blogspot.com/
As always, the call in # is 917 932 8721
A change of guests. Blake wimped out. Couldn;t stand the heat, tomorrow night's guest will be UFT Chapter Chair of Francis Lewis High School in Queens, Arthur Goldstein. Arthur also writes for the Huff Post.
Brain Awareness Day! SYNAPTIK FOUNDATION. Come out to The Learning Tree at 801 Bartholdi Street in the Bronx this Saturday from 1-5pm for Pi and Brain Awareness Day.
Listen and learn more about Brain Awareness Day on The Gist of Freedom
Saturday March 14th
SYNAPTIK FOUNDATION. Come out to The Learning Tree at 801 Bartholdi Street in the Bronx this Saturday from 1-5pm for Pi and Brain Awareness Day.
The most complex object in the known universe, the brain, only uses 20 watts of power.
It would require a nuclear power plant to energize a computer the size of a cit block to mimic
your brain. Brain Awareness Day! LavonneHunter@gmail.com
Lavonne Hunter earned a dual BA in Psychology and Special Honors Curriculum, and MS in Secondary Adolescent Education in Biological Sciences from Hunter College. Trained as a research scholar in neurobiology, Ms. Hunter served as the Science Learning Coordinator of the Minority Access to Career (MARC) program coaching MARC scholars, and taught the fundamentals of biomedical research to undergraduates for two years before teaching adolescents. Celebrating her 11th year in New York City classrooms, Ms. Hunter currently teaches 8th Grade Science in the Bronx
O Ms. Hunter actively shares her work presenting workshops on student-led and place-based learning for the World Maker Faire, Alternative Education Resource Organization, and Math for America. Ms. Hunter garners inspiration from two quotes:
1. “Start where you are, with what you have, make something of it, and never be satisfied” – George Washington Carver
2. “The problem with the US educational system is that it rewards students for answering questions they never asked”.
A special time this week. TMOBT will not be on Tuesday night, March 29. Instead we venture to Thursday night, March 31 @ 9 PM EDT and welcome David Greene. David Greene is a former Social Studies teacher and coach in NYC, Woodlands HS,
and Scarsdale HS. He presently is a field supervisor for Fordham University, mentoring
Teach For Americans in the Bronx. He is a staff member of WISE Services, an
organization that helps high schools create and run experiential learning programs for
seniors. He is an advisor to the Foundation For Male Studies and The Boy Initiative, a
HS football coach, and a member of the Save Our Schools Call to Action Organizing
Mr. Greene has been referenced by Christina Hoff Sommers, in her book, The War
against Boys. He has given talks on the issues of boys in schools in Scarsdale and for
Dominican College. He assisted in the organization of The Foundation For Male Studies’
Second Annual Conference On Male Studies: Looking Forward to Solutions. He has
had work published in Ed Week on line and has also been referenced by Valerie Strauss
in her Washington Post web based column, The Answer Sheet. Finally, he is a regular
contributor to The Teachers Talk Back Blog and is also currently working on a book
tentatively titled, So You Think You Know Education? A Teacher’s Perspective.
We will discuss teacher training,what the billionaires boys club is attempting to do to education, and some of the training methods of TFA. As always the call in # is 917 932 8721