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Amy J. Schwartz / Katherine S. Lobach - Chairman, Physical Education in City Public Schools Task Force, Women's City Club, New York / Former Assistant Commissioner of Child and Adolescent Health, New York City Department of Health
New York State has a mandate that school children have 120 minutes each week of physical education. Guess what? Many educators are unaware of this requirement. One of the missions of Amy Schwartz, Physical Education in City Public Schools Task Force Chair, N. Y Women's City Club, and Katherine Lobach, former Assistant Commissioner of Child and Adolescent Health, NYC Dept. of Health, is to raise awareness of this requirement. And, more importantly, to emphasize the importance and benefits of physical education for our children. They are organized and they are serious. Learn more about what's being done on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Health, Kids, Education
Curtis Rodgers - Dean, Enrollment Management, School of General Studies, Columbia University
Veterans have served their country well and are now ready to move on. Columbia University School of General Studies aggressively recruits veterans to do just that. The broad-based student veteran population is older and experienced and there is interest by the work force in corporate America in attracting these individuals. Columbia has a "robust career center for education that assists in resume preparation and contacting employers," says Curtis Rodgers, recruiter for Columbia. Some people don't realize that the G.I. Bill that started with World War II still exists today. Learn more about how this top-notch Ivy League University works with it's veteran population on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Veterans, Education, Second Chance
Dr. Michael Uttendorfer - Dean, New York Institute of Technology, School of Education
The volume of homework for kids has drastically increased proportionately to the emphasis in the past few years on testing. Dr. Michael Uttendorfer, Dean, NYIT School of Education, believes there can be too much homework. He feels most homework is just practice rather than work that builds skills. Studies show that the amount of homework for elementary ages has no bearing on their ability to perform. Dr. Uttendorfer and Judith West have an interesting discussion on this topic on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Kids
Larry Gutman - Retired Teacher, Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, New York City
Larry Gutman, retired New York City teacher, stated in a Letter to the Editor that "there is no mystery about quality education". Small classes, individualized attention, enrichment and remediation lead to good students. The dilemma is that urban public schools don't have resources to provide these advantages. "Starting in lower grades with small classes, especially in areas with many social problems, would be a way to start changing things," Gutman says. More ideas are generated on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids
Shenica Odom / Alyssa Lebron - Career Exploration Program Director, Girl Scouts of Greater New York / Girl Scout Cadet
Selling Girl Scout Cookies is an introduction to entrepreneurship. Taking this endeavor to greater lengths, The Girl Scouts of Greater New York have instituted a Career Exploration Program in the South Bronx to empower girls to explore life's options. "Our girls walk away with a sense of ownership, that they are in charge of their futures," states Shenica Odom, CE Program director. Alyssa Lebron, Girl Scout Cadet in the program, says, "I have new ideas about what I can do when I finish school". Learn more about this important program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids, Mentoring
Christopher L. Doyle - History Teacher, Farmington High School, Connecticut
It's hard to believe, but current events do not appear on Advanced Placement exams, according to Christopher Doyle, history teacher at Farmington High School in Connecticut. "I get a sense that on a certain level of civics education, we are failing these kids," Doyle says. Fortunately, Doyle has six weeks after the final Advanced Placement exam when he can focus on current events. He exposes his students to flesh and blood people such as a Navy medic who can talk about what if felt like to be in the first troops sent to Iraq. Otherwise, the current war in Afghanistan and the involvement in Iraq are "just background noise" in their lives. "My goal is to mess with students' minds teaching them to put all this disparate information together into a larger picture that makes sense." Doyle talks more about the importance of teaching history with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Kids
Marc F. Bernstein - Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Former Superintendent of Schools, Valley Stream, New York
Marc Bernstein, retired superintendent of schools, Valley Stream, NY, has some interesting ideas for making our schools more efficient in educating our kids. "The most important part of an education is the effectiveness of the teacher. If you have a really good teacher, the amount of dollars spent becomes secondary," he notes. New York schools have one of the most fragmented decision making processes you can possibly design, according to Bernstein. Bernstein goes into detail on changes he thinks should be made with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education
Evie Hantzopoulos - Executive Director, Global Kids
Responding to a NEW YORK TIMES article, "What Works in the Classroom, Ask the Students", Evie Hantzopoulos, executive director, Global Kids, "believes the opinions of young people matter and should be respected". A Gates Foundation Survey says youth know effective teaching when they experience it. Hantzopoulos muses, "Imagine if they were asked to contribute ideas on how to improve schools?". She outlines the purpose of her organization that conducts a range of comprehensive younth development and global education programs in New York City for the past 21 years with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Kids
John Henry Brown - Retired NYC Teacher; Instructor, Teachers College, Columbia University
The debate is on-going regarding rating teacher performance in our schools. John Henry Brown, retired New York City school teacher and currently English instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, took exception to current teacher evaluation in the NEW YORK TIMES. His focus was on a teacher who received excellent reviews from her principal and praises from her colleagues and students, but rated at the bottom 7 percent based on a complex evaluation formula. How to evaluate teachers? Brown suggests that we need a multi-planked approach and "why not ask teachers for their ideas?". The discussion takes place on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education
Randi Priluck - Professor of Marketing, Pace University Lubin School of Business
Does test-taking interfere with learning? Dr. Randi Priluck, professor of marketing, Pace University Lubin, thinks so. Rather, her group has developed and continue to refine alternative methods of measuring student performance. In fact, Dr. Priluck suggests that standardized testing may actually hinder the appreciation for learning that typically begins early in childhood. The issue is discussed by Dr. Priluck and Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Students
Janice Lathen - Founding Executive Director, Powering Potential
Janice Lathen introduced her vision of Powering Potential on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West one year ago. She came back with an update on her launching pad with us. Powering Potential had a mission: to "use technology to enhance education and stimulate students in Tanzania...." Lathen is meeting that goal with the "technology tent" operating in Karatu connecting a school to the internet via satellite and solar powered equipment. She plans to expand to other remote schools in the country -- the very first internet activity in Tanzania introducing students to a whole new world. She has accomplished this while respecting and incorporating values of the local culture. Learn more about this amazing project on GYMW with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education, Kids
Rex Bobbish - Principal, The Cinema School
Rex Bobbish, principal of The Cinema School, describes his school on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West. The Cinema School is a selective New York City public high school whose curriculum is woven into the theme of filmmaking. We're not talking sitting around watching movies. We're talking marketing, narrative writing, speaking, presentation -- all skills required to succeed in life. Included are the required Regent's courses and Advanced Placement. the movies are a tool to engage the core curriculum. Find out more on GYMW. The school sounds pretty amazing!
Themes: Creativity, Education, Kids
Hilary A. Doe - Director, The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
Hilary Doe is director of a student policy organization actively working to develop college students to become informed and effective political leaders. This group is national and trains in a model of policy activism that enables college students to connect their thinking and research to the political process. Ms. Doe talks with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth about the group's mission for preparing future leaders.
Themes: Politics, Education, Students
Robert Schulman / Nancy Schulman - Co-Founders, Of Home, Family and Future
The Schulmans -- Nancy, retired social worker, and Robert, retired financier -- have made a place for themselves helping women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. Their help is immediate: housing, friendships, childcare, tuition, counseling -- not one dollar for administrative costs and not one penny of government money. They have now transferred this unique brand of grants and mentoring to kids in foster care, of which no more than 2 percent complete college. They are using their incentive based program to change that dismal statistic. Judith West discusses their inspiring story with them on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Families, Mentoring, Philanthropy, Kids, Education
Ken English - Literacy Program Director, New York Public Library
Most of the news today is full of spending waste -- federal and state. Violá! Good news. Ken English, director of the New York Public Library's Center for Teaching Reading and Writing to Adults, runs a cost-effective program. There are many reasons people reach adulthood unable to read and write effectively. If you're reading and watching this, fortunately, you're not a candidate for the Literacy Program. But you could be a candidate for volunteering. Budget cuts have hurt this valuable, productive program. Respond. Volunteers in various capacities are needed as you will learn from English on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West
Themes: Education, Volunteerism, Community Programs
George C. Albano - Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, Mount Vernon, NY
It may take a village to raise kids, but it takes a George Albano to run a good school. Listen to Albano tell you about his school, Lincoln Elementary in Mount Vernon, New York. He'll tell you it takes dedicated teachers to eliminate achievement gaps. Lincoln Elementary excels in the arts and basic skills -- reading, writing and arithmetic -- top scores across the entire school population. What public education needs is thousands and thousands more George Alabano's. Learn about his amazing success story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids
Jason Skeeter - Math Teacher, Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School
Jason Skeeter's fifth grade math students achieve. His expectations for his urban minority students is college. He's helping to close the achievement gap on that path. He starts his class promptly on the clock and cold canvases the room calling on students for participation. He's a drill sergeant in front of the class running his classroom by the standard of SLANT -- shorthand for SIT UP STRAIGHT, LISTEN, ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. Nod for understanding and Track the speaker -- meaning follow with your eyes. This structured environment is the formula the Willismasburg Charter School believes in. Learn more about this successful teacher on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids
Teddy Gross - Founder/Executive Director, Common Cents
What can you buy for a penny? Every year school kids, ages 4-10, raise millions of dollars for charities collecting pennies. In New York City alone, kids collect ten tons of pennies every day for a three week period. It's called "penny harvesting". The program was created by Common Cents. Executive Director Teddy Gross describes how Penny Harvest teaches kids the value of team building and the sense of pride that comes with helping others. What can you do with a penny" Find out on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Community Programs, Education, Inspiration, Mentoring
Chuck Stewart - Ph.D., Author, BANKRUPT YOUR STUDENT LOANS
Negotiating debt is tough. But toughest if you are in student loan debt. Student debt robs the economy. In today's poor economy, students are taking on more personal debt than they probably should. Further adding to the delimma is the fact that college costs have risen at an annual rate of 5 percent above inflation for the last decade. College grads have such a mountain of debt when they graduate that, even when they find a job, their consumer spending is diminished. Chuck Stewart has some advice to lend on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Finance, Education, Money Tips, Recession
Donna Taylor - Acting Principl, P.S./IS 686, Brooklyn School of Inquiry
Are gifted children created or born that way? While the question has yet to be answered, New York City, among many others, has a public school curriculum for maximizing the potential of gifted children. Donna Taylor, principal, describes gifted as the curriculum for the students under her watch at Brooklyn School of Inquiry. Taylor's business background is coupled with classroom teaching and training at New York City's Education Leadership Academy. Above all, she adds her spirit of entrepreneurship to her role as principal. Taylor discusses her personal techniques with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Children
Marcus A. Winters - Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Education Policy
I asked Marcus Winters, Senior Fellow at Manhattan Institute, "When is the U.S. going to fix education?" Winters specializes in researching education policy, focusing on school choice, graduation rates and teacher performance. He labels Charter Schools as one of the most significant changes fostering education reform. Watch Getting Your Money's Worth for more on this, teacher tenure, test scores and accountability.
Themes: Education
James Stovall - CEO, Victory Schools
Ten years ago Victory Schools was founded with the opening of the first independent charter school in Harlem. Six years later, students that entered performed with 90 percent scoring in the highest level of New York City Reading Exams -- DOUBLE the rate of traditional public schools. How the Victory team gets these kinds of results in the schools they operate and manage is the topic of James Stovall, Co-CEO on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids
Edward F. Cox - Former Chair, SUNY Charter Schools Institute
A new study by Stanford Economist Caroline Hoxby leaves little doubt that students benefit from attending a New York City Charter School. Hoxby's findings were so strong about achievement, she was able to estimate that if Harlem students went to a charter school K-8, they would close 86 percent of the best score gap when compared to Scarsdale, New York. Ed Cox, founder of the Charter Schools Institute and former aurthorizer of charter schools in New York State, appears on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids
Ron Tabano - CEO/Principal, John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School
The word "wildcat" is a description of someone who drills, where others have failed, with the expectation of striking it RICH. That's what Ron Tabano, founder/principal of Wildcat Academy Charter School, does. But his team strikes it RICH with high risk, urban teens. Kids who are suspended from traditional school, truants, -- or even already in the criminal justice system -- graduate and go on to college or have a job. Required throughout the curriculum is work experience. For the record, character development is always front and center. Learn how Wildcat's staff does the magic on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Rehabilitation
Robert C. Dinerstein - Board Chairman, Everybody Wins!
Most of us agree that a serious disparity exists between the reading abliities of lower-income and higher-income kids. But Robert Dinerstein, Chairman of Everybody Wins! is doing something about that. His organization, a non-profit literary and mentoring organization, is founded on a simple equation: One Mentor, One Child, One Book at a Time. Listen to him on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West. You could win and importantly help a kid on the road to WINNING.
Themes: Education, Volunteers
Gail Maynor - Member, Board of Directors, Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation
Active in the campaign to expose our children to the world of work is Gail Maynor. Maynor, a graduate of New York University's Entrepreneurship Program and herself a mother, talks about the importance for parents to teach and mentor their kids about the power and possibility of work and family life. She is on the Baord of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. Here the involvement of all concerned on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West
Themes: Kids, Education
Joe Bagnoli - Associate Provost for Enrollment and Academic Services, Berea College
Is college tuition breaking the bank in your household? Are you a graduate still paying off your loans? There is a college in the U.S. where you can graduate debt-free. It's called Berea and is located in the Appalachian region of central Kentucky. You can go to Berea with nothing but what you can carry and graduate debt-free. Joseph Bagnoli, Associate Provost for Enrollment, calls it "the best education money can't buy". Who can go, how is it financed? Find out by listening to Bagnoli on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Higher Education
Eugene M. Lang - Founder and Chairman Emeritus , I Have a Dream Foundation
Twenty-five years ago Eugene Lang, gave a graduation speech to sixth graders in East Harlem, encouraging them to see this as the first of several graduations. Hearing that indeed college was probably not a realilty, Lang offered to pay for each child's college education. At that moment was born the "I Have Dream" Foundation. Hear his story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Carl Ballenas / Victoria L. Brown-Douglas - Teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Jamaica Estates, NY; Historian and Author / Professor - St. John's University School of Law
Carl Ballenas, teacher extraordinaire, teams with Professor Victoria Brown-Douglas of St. John's University, to teach his kids a moment in history -- The Desegregation of Jamaica School War 1895-1900 -- through re-enacting the courtroom battle. Kids research at Queens Public Library; St. John's law students mentor Immaculate Conception School students. A community mentoring kids. What Good News! Hear more on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Mentoring
Bill Rappel - National Director, Computers for Youth; America Forward Advisory Board
Bill Rapel in his capacity as national director for Computers for Youth is on the Advisory Board of America Forward, a coalition of non-profits that work together for a better strategy to solve domestic issues -- education, poverty, health. His own organization puts computers in the homes of low-income students using the tool as a rallying point around which the entire family can involve themselves. Hear Bill describe his mission on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Iris Chen - President/CEO, I Have a Dream Foundation
Twenty-five years ago Eugene Lang, founder of I Have a Dream Foundation, had a vision for sixth graders at his old elementary school in East Harlem -- they would graduate and go to college. Since then, some 60,0000 "Dreamers" have been identified. They are mentored, funded and coached through the college process. View Iris Chen, CEO, and Anthony Ron and Job Bridgett, themselves Dreamers, as they describe the mission and value of "I have a Dream" on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Mark Goldsmith - Founder, Getting Out and Staying Out
Ordinary Americans do extraordinary things. Hear Goldsmith describe his Getting Out and Staying Out Program, operating with volunteers at Rikers Island. There, retired executives teach inmates how to find and keep a job. Every released inmate gets a tool kit with an alarm clock, metro card, resume and condoms. He tells his story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Legal, Rehabilitation, Philanthropy, Mentoring, Education
Jane Hirschman - Founder/Co-Chairwoman, Time Out From Testing
Jane Hirschman, founder of Time Out From Testing, believes New York City's public school kids are over-tested. Hear what her group has to say about "high stakes" testing, K-12, on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education
Commentaries:
"Ruth McBride Jordan, A Remarkable Mother"
Ruth McBride Jordan died in the early days of January. Her name may not ring a bell, but her son's book, A BLACK MAN'S TRIBUTE TO HIS WHITE MOTHER, was on the NEW YORK TIMES best seller list for 100 weeks....
Themes: Inspirational, Family, Kids, Quality of Life, Education
"Kids Should Come First"
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has hundreds of millions of dollars to dispense in Race to the Top grants. This money is meant to encourage education innovation....
Themes: Education, Kids
"Interview with Ron Tabano: Pockets of Progress In Education After Twenty-five Years"
Many of you know that I've been an advocate of education reform even before Getting Your Money's Worth. In fact, my show, GYMW, was an outcome of my advocacy position on education equality....
Themes: Education, Rehabilitation
"Interview: Robert C. Dinerstein"
I just interviewed Bob Dinerstein, chairman of Everybody Wins. Everybody Wins is a mentoring organization based on the concept of one volunteer, one child, one book....
Themes: Education, Volunteers
 60 Seconds on Value: "Parental Guidance"
Everyone seems to complain about the schools. Yet, there is a specific change that only parents can bring about, writes David Akst in the Wall Street Journal....
Themes: Education, Kids



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