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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
Kate Adamick - Co-Founder, Cook for America
There are two myths about serving good food to children in schools: One, there's not enough money and two, kids wont eat it. Kate Adamick, co-founder, Cook for America, proves the reverse and her program teaches school food service workers around the country how to cook. As for money, Adamick has found ways to use the funds from government sources more efficiently for schools and she says, "kids absolutely eat real food". Former attorney turned chef, Adamick gives details of her program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Food, Kids, Obesity
Dr. Mark Banschick - MD, Psychiatrist; Author, THE INTELLIGENT DIVORCE
Most important rule during a divorce, according to Dr. Mark Banschick, is take a deep breath, realize that life isn't fair, but you're going to have a life ahead and protect the innocence of your children. Author of THE INTELLIGENT DIVORCE, Banschick advises parents considering divorce to keep animosity behind closed doors observing inter-generational boundaries. More good advice from Banschick is available on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Families, Kids, Relationships
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
Harriet Taub - Executive Director, Materials for the Arts
If you're a non-profit cultural organization or school, there are free materials waiting for you at Materials for the Arts affiliated with the New York City Department of Education. A huge re-use program operated by Harriett Taub, executive director, the program is also an excellent way to recycle your unwanted items ranging from buttons, bows and furniture to costumes (not clothing). Even if you think your item is not arts material, check with Ms. Taub. You'll be surprised how creative her organization is at adapting everyday items into arts projects. In fact, Materials for the Arts offers education classes to teachers to show them how to make use of unusual materials. Operating since 1978, Materials for the Arts is the largest provider of materials to the New York Public Schools. Learn more from Ms. Taub on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Arts, Kids, Environment
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
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
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
Kelley Wind - Program Director, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food
Your youngster may enjoy his school lunch of fried chicken patty on a white roll followed by whole milk and a package of snack cakes. But he or she would be far better fed with a barbecue chicken patty on a whole grain roll with two percent milk and a sliced apple for dessert. And while GYMW is cautious about applauding Congressional legislation, we welcome the recent passage of the Child Nutrition Bill. It's the government's response to fighting childhood obesity. At the forefront of implementing healthy school lunches is Kelley Wind, program director of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. Her group works with teachers and dieticians to educate students in health literacy. Every parent should learn about Kelley Wind's project and take action as she discusses her program with Judith West on Getting Your Moneys Worth. Childhood obesity leads to lifelong health issues.
Themes: Health, Kids, Food
Sandy Sandler - Founder, Crafters 4 Kids; Creator, The Bowdabra
Sandy Sandler never thought she was creative. She has an M.B.A. in International Management, developing import/export programs. Every time she attended gift trade shows, she saw the crowds drawn to gift wrapping and bow-tying workshops. "Viola!" She created and manufactured a goof-proof bow maker. She has morphed into creating a non-profit organization, "Crafters 4 Kids", to teach kids in school crafts. She demonstrates her talents on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Lifestyle, Kids
Anthony F. Porto - M.D., Director, Fit Kids, New York Hospital Queens
Stop telling yourself it's Baby Fat. Your overweight child is a problem for your whole family. Overweight children are at risk for diabetes and heart disease. The social stigma of an overweight youngster damages ego and often results in academic failure. The best weapon against childhood obesity is the family. But there's help. Dr. Anthony Porto, director of FITKIDS, talks about consulting families on nutrition and excercise classes for children on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Kids, Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Family
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
Kiki Schaffer - Director, Parenting, Family, Early Childhood Center, 14th Street Y
You may believe parenting comes naturally. But a little instruction and parent camaraderie can't hurt. Parenting has changed. It's full of more anxiety, fear of internal worries and lasts much longer. Kiki Schaffer teaches parenting and shares current problems and solutions with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Kids, Family
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
Nicola Marzovilla - Restaurateur, I Trulli
Eating dinner as a family is high on the priority list for Nicola Marzovilla, owner of I Trulli Restaurant. And equally high on the list is kids eating the same food as that prepared for adults. No eating overcooked noodles or chicken fingers for the kids at his restaurant. He describes different pastas by their shapes. Funny when he tries to introduce his young patrons to varied foods -- it's the parents who balk. In his restaurant, food isn't dumbed-down. Learn his healthy philosophy as he talks with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Dining, Family, Kids
Patty James - MS; Author, MORE VEGETABLES, PLEASE!
Patty James is passionate about good eating. She has gone on the road taking her message to kids through the Shine the Light on Kids organization. She wants kids to slim down and, like the White House, is reaching into the classroom to offer ideas for changing eating habits. In fact, vegetables shouldn't be hidden -- she doesn't like that message. To really learn how to celebrate vegetables with your family, read her: MORE VEGETABLES, PLEASE! And hear more about her ideas on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Kids, Health, Nutrition
Edward A. Kulich - MD, FAAP
Health care is a hot topic. Dr. Edward Kulich describes his entrepreneurial approach to health services for kids to Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth. His 21st Century approach: House Calls! By the way, parenting tips are covered during the same visit for the same fee!
Themes: Health Care, Kids, Entrepreneurs
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
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
Charles J. Hynes - District Attorney, Kings County, New York; Founder, Legal Lives
The crime rate in Brooklyn, once considered one of the ten leading crime-ridden communities in the U.S., is down significatnly; due in no small part to District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. Brooklyn's top prosecutor takes seriously not only prosecuting but going after causes of crimes in the first place. His Legal Lives program takes the D.A.'s staff into fourth grade classrooms to teach kids about making choices in life that prevent juvenile delinquency. He wants kids to understand, all citizens, for the common good, must live within the law. Learn about this extraordinary program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Kids, Legal, Life Choice, Mentoring
Dr. Michael Osit - Author, GENERATION TEXT: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything
Does your teen-ager go on the internet, see something he wants (not needs), calls you on your cell, types in your credit card (or his) and immedately gets what he wants? Dr. Michael Osit talks about this discussing his book -- RAISING WELL-ADJUSTED KIDS IN AN AGE OF "INSTANT EVERYTHING" --- with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Kids, Quality of Life, Life Balance
Jenn is a parent who doesn't want to raise her children in a world full of toxens. She's full of tips and easy to do ideas for becoming a Green Parent. She's a great resource for parents looking to incorporate earth friendliness into their family's lifestyle. Learn more onGetting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Conservation, Environment, Energy, Kids
"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
"Teen Takes Family Conflict to Facebook"
Tess, a 15 year old when grounded for drinking and missing her curfew by an hour, took to Facebook to complain. She organized an advocacy group of over 1,000 teens to protest her punishment....
Themes: Communicating, Kids, Family, Networking
"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
 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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