Oct 25, 2016
Kristine Bendul's career has crossed over from ballet, to Broadway to dance companies, to music videos, film, television and teaching. Oh, she's also a published children's book author. Kristine's journey is a fascinating, heart wrenching and clearly rewarding one that she shares openly and honestly. Tune in for yet another no-holds barred conversation with a multi-dimensional, creative woman.
Oct 11, 2016
A music teacher since 1980, Lisha Lercari is the driving force behind Music and the Brain, a hands-on program that teaches public school children to read and play music through classic keyboard instruction. Neurological research links music and cognitive development, so when children receive sequential music instruction, it impacts their proficiency in language, reading, math, etc. Since this music teacher on a mission founded and created Music and the Brain in 1997, hundreds of thousands of youngsters in grades K-5, have benefitted from the program, in schools throughout New York City, as well as other cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Jul 26, 2016
When it comes to public education Harriet Isecke's been there, done that. During her more than 38 year career, she's been a teacher, curriculum director, educational consultant, grant writer, children books author and has been listed in Who's Who Among American Educators four times. In 2010 Harriet began a new venture - Readorium. It's a web-based supplemental program aimed at teaching students reading comprehension skills using fun, easy to digest concepts. Readorium won the 2016 National CODiE Award for Best Reading/English/Language Arts Solution.
May 31, 2016
Meet and get to know Anastasia Higginbotham, writer, illustrator and creator of the children's book series, "Ordinary Terrible Things." It tells the stories of youngsters who navigate trouble with "their senses sharp and souls intact. Help may come from family, counselors, teachers and dreams, but it's the children who find their own way." Anastasia's first book, "Divorce is the Worst," published by the Feminist Press was followed by "Death is Stupid." Both books tackle very critical, sensitive topics and are must reads for both children and adults.
Oct 6, 2015
Meet Zetta Elliott, PhD - educator and feminist writer. She's won several awards for her books for young readers. A tireless advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, Zetta says, "I write predominantly about black children because I grew up believing I was invisible in the real world, and it hurt just as much to discover that I was also invisible in the realm of the imaginary." This conversation is important and eye-opening.
Dec 23, 2014
Who isn't familiar with Little Golden Books? Billions have been sold since they were first introduced in 1942. Diane Muldrow, who was raised on them, told her mom when she grows up she's going to 'make books like these.' She wasn't wrong! Diane's the editorial director at Golden Books. She's written dozens and also penned the New York Times best-selling, Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book. Tune in for this fabulous journey down memory lane.
Sep 16, 2014
Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen. It's that philosophy that propelled Keren Taylor to start WriteGirl, an non-profit literacy program for underserved 13-18 year old girls in the L.A. area. Since its inception in 2001, it has helped hundreds of teens find their voices/calling and in 2013, Michelle Obama presented Keren and WriteGirl with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor given to such endeavors. And just this year, Keren was selected a CNN Hero for her creative efforts to help young people. She is truly an inspiration.
May 6, 2014
Who isn't familiar with Little Golden Books? Billions have been sold since they were first introduced in 1942. Diane Muldrow, who was raised on them, told her mom when she grows up she's going to 'make books like these.' She wasn't wrong! Diane's
the editorial director at Golden Books. She's written dozens and also
penned the New York Times best-selling, Everything I Need To Know I
Learned From A Little Golden Book. Tune in for this fabulous journey
down memory lane.