California School News Radio is a weekly podcast focused on education issues at public school districts hosted by Kevin Ausmus and Drew Schlosberg. Peruse our library of clips from past shows.
Recipe for Success: Culinary Education at Bonita Unified
Released November 29, 2022
Bonita Unified School District ProStart culinary educators Nick and Laurie Brandler discuss the importance of providing their students with networking opportunities with professional Bay Area chefs during an exclusive six-day ProStart training field trip in early November. The Brandlers are joined by San Dimas High School graduate Kris Lara, who is currently a pastry chef at a two-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco.
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|November 10, 2022|
Yes We CAN: Inside Fontana Unified’s Afterschool Program
Fontana Unified School District Afterschool Education and Safety Program Project Director Yubleni Cazares and City of Fontana Community Services Coordinator Sergio Barragán discuss the activities, enrichment opportunities and social-emotional learning components of the District’s acclaimed afterschool program, which is part of the California Afterschool Network.
|October 27, 2022|
Pathway to Success: Honors Transfer Program at Río Hondo College
Río Hondo College sociology professor Melissa Rifino-Juarez, counselor David Tieu, student Ileen Dominguez and alumna Nicole Contreras-Garcia discuss the success of the school’s Honors Transfer Program, which provides a pathway for students to transfer to four-year universities, with high admission rates to University of California and Cal State University colleges.
|October 20, 2022|
Simply the Best: Teacher of the Year in Hacienda La Puente Unified
Orange Grove Middle School science and STEM teacher Terri Serey discusses student engagement in the classroom, bringing NASA engineers to class and presenting at STEM conferences across the country. Serey has been recognized as the Hacienda La Puente 2021-22 Teacher of the Year and is one of 16 teachers to be named a LACOE 2022 Teacher of the Year.
|October 13, 2022|
Full Steam Ahead: New Engineering and Technology Pathway in Whittier
Whittier High School Principal Tim Liggett discusses the school’s recently launched Cardinal Academy of Technology pathway, the importance of equal gender representation in STEM, the benefits of exploring your options before choosing a college, and the tradition of innovation at the Whittier Union high school.
|October 6, 2022|
The Time is Now: New Superintendent at Banning Unified
Banning Unified School District Superintendent Terrence Davis discusses his plans to create a positive school climate throughout the District, increase transparency within the community, and provide exceptional educational opportunities for students.
|September 27, 2022|
Space is the Place: Inside the NASA Artemis I Program
Former Río Hondo College student and digital content creator Jessica Estrada discusses being one of a select group of influencers to join the NASA Artemis I Social Media team and travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to tour the new space program and meet with astronauts and NASA scientists.
|September 20, 2022|
Amazing Journeys: English Learner Success Stories in Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista High School Class of 2019 graduate Diana Aguilar-Cruz and Sierra Vista English language development teacher Charlene Fried discuss the amazing journey that has seen Aguilar-Cruz go from a newly arrived English learner in 2015 to becoming a biology major at Cal Poly Pomona and being appointed as a Cal State University Student Trustee.
|August 15, 2022|
A New Era: A Conversation with Río Hondo College’s Superintendent/President
Newly appointed Río Hondo College Superintendent/President Dr. Marilyn Flores discusses why community college is such an important educational resource, the role community college plays in supporting underrepresented students, the opportunities for middle and high school students to get a head start in higher education, conducting a listening tour to meet her new colleagues, and how school districts and parents can best prepare their students for college.