Monthly Archives: March 2020

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Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap

Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap (4/60 minute programs) airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 3/2 –  – Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE)spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. We hope viewers will try to build similar solutions in their neighborhoods.

  • 3/2 – #101 – “Making a Difference” – Riverside, CA & Manchester, NH. The importance of mentors is illustrated in stories like that of a police detective starting a free judo school to “bait and switch” kids onto a better path. A revolutionary accelerated kindergarten program propels disadvantaged children by celebrating their smartness. Living in a homeless shelter designed around the needs of families, a little girl expresses her pride and determination in song.
  • 3/9 – #102 – “Four Cities Tackle the Child Equity Gap” – Children living in fractured homes and poverty can’t achieve equally with children who are financially and emotionally secure. Underserved children need extra services to be competitive. Equal is not Equitable. We illustrate this point in Duluth, MN, Boston, MA, Springfield, MO, and Nashville, TN. A grade school offers wrap-around-services including free food, family meals, clothing, laundry, and medical services.
  • 3/16 – #103 – “I’m Special” – Detroit Educational Crisis. With deteriorating class room conditions and the worst test scores in the nation, this alarming episode casts its eye on the current educational crisis in Detroit. In this cautionary tale, both public and unregulated charter schools suffer from high teacher turnover, a shortage of up-to-date textbooks, lack of funding and financial accountability. We visit with students, teachers, parents and educational leaders in their innovative attempts to improve conditions.
  • 3/23 – #104 – “A Breath of Hope” – Seattle, WA & Columbus, OH. Giving hope to the hopeless dominates the stories in Seattle, WA and Columbus, OH. Among those spotlighted are: a program to reform the foster care system, and an organization reuniting children with parents who were incarcerated. Too many poor youth end up in the juvenile justice system. The Echo Glen facility hopes to heal, rather than punish young incarcerated teens.



STEM Hub Awards

Do you have an exemplary STEM program for youth in your school? Do you know of a teacher, librarian, or entire school program that you would like to see recognized? The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is now accepting applications for the 2020 STEM Program Awards!

Who is Eligible? Classrooms, schools, districts, and afterschool programs that incorporate STEM education in their curriculum, within the Finger Lakes STEM Hub’s nine-county service area: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties. Past participants are invited to apply with a different program.

How to Apply? Complete the application on the Finger Lakes STEM Hub website: Award categories are based on the NYS STEM Quality Rubric, also found on our website, and applicants self-select their program’s level of achievement in each of the 9 categories, highlighting what their program does best! Applications must be received by 5pm March 17, 2020.

When is the STEM Program Awards Event? The awards dinner reception is Wednesday, May 13th from 5-8 pm at the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Riedman Gallery.

Is There a Cost to Apply or Attend? There is no cost to apply for this recognition event. Programs selected for the 2020 STEM Program Awards will be notified by the end of March. Honorees receive one complimentary ticket for the dinner reception. Additional tickets can be purchased on through the Finger Lakes STEM Hub website in April.

If you, or someone you know, is inspiring kids through STEM education, please apply! For questions or to learn more, please visit the Finger Lakes STEM Hub’s 2020 STEM Program Awards webpage:

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Blackademics – Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

(500) airs Mondays at 3 a.m. beginning 3/9 (6/30 minute programs)

  • #501 – Elite sports training; black acting methods; surviving domestic violence. Talks by Jeremy Hills, Sharrell D. Luckett and Courtney Santana.
  • #502 – A Hip Hop educator talks about student agency under teacher mentorship; An early childhood educator on raising anti-racist kids; An educational anthropologist talks about deeper self-love and self-care. Talks by Bavu Blakes, Jennifer Adair and Jeanine Staples.
  • #503 – The founder of multiple innovative schools talks about raising our expectations of students; a Black studies professor performs poetry and shares information on Black student activism in South Africa. Talks by Letsie Khabele and Tshepo Masango Chery.
  • #504 – A Black Feminist Professor on Beyonce, Black Feminism and Empowerment;An activist educator calls for us to use our intellgence as a form of service to community; the importance of music and the arts as tools for education and empowerment. Talks by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Fatima Mann and Yewande K. Austin.
  • #505 – An Educational Anthropologist on Afro-Brazilian’s Education Activism; An Obama White House staffer talks about career advancement with Allies, Advocates and Investors; A Curriculum Expert on Rethinking the role of Black History in American Schools. Talks by Rolf Straubhaar, Tequia Hicks Delgado and LaGarrett King.
  • #506 – A young musician explores her musical journey from classical piano to blues guitar, and how passion and purpose are synonymous. An educational anthropologist discusses the concepts of Blackness and Whiteness. Talks by Jackie Venson and Kevin Michael Foster.

(600) airs Mondays at 3 a.m. beginning 3/30 (5/30 minute programs)

  • #601 – Curry challenges viewers by uncovering the history of sexual violence against black males from slavery to present. Dr. Evans-Winters discusses black kids’ treatment in schools. Black Sovereign Nation founder presents a program for black autonomy.
  • #602 – Husband/wife hip hop duo Riders against the Storm replace digital technology with practices to better connect us. Anthropologist Dr. Adams encourages thoughtful listening with a talk on the art of the cab ride. Chef Kabui encourages sustainable organic food use.
  • #603 – Chang encourages us to tell our stories as she charts her path from undocumented Guatemalan immigrant child to hyper-documented and influential college professor. Dr. Saenz offers a successful program for mentoring Latino males.
  • #604 – Hoberman details the hidden world of police steroid use. Lewis and Nicole Conway explore successful reentry from mental and physical incarceration. Dr. Gerstenblatt confronts her own racism in the journey of raising mixed race kids.
  • #605 – Fresh Chefs Society uses food prep and culture to build community and teach skills to youth leaving foster care. Dr. Foster discusses Soul Train and the value of independent black television programs. Dr. Reddick speaks to the role of black faculty as mentors.

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