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California School News Radio

California School News Radio is a weekly podcast focused on education issues at public school districts hosted by Kevin Ausmus and Drew Schlosberg. The podcast airs live at 3 p.m. Thursdays on wsRadio.com. Peruse our library of clips from past shows.

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Finding Their Voice: Creative Arts Intervention in Whittier Union

Posted November 19, 2020



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November 19, 2020 Finding Their Voice: Creative Arts Intervention in Whittier Union Frontier High School assistant principal Richard Rodriguez, Whittier High School assistant principal Allison Huntley and Whittier High School senior Kim Morales discuss the Spirit Awakening afterschool intervention program and how it’s art-based curriculum and focus on creative arts and mentorship has helped increase the self-esteem and self-awareness of its student participants.
November 12, 2020 A Fresh Start: Facilities Upgrades in West Covina and Thanksgiving Meals in Whittier West Covina Unified Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Dr. Drew Passalacqua discusses the completed facilities projects funded by a $143 million bond measure passed by voters in 2016, including a new sports complex and career technical education center, as well as the groundbreaking of the District’s performing arts center and future facilities upgrades.
Pioneer High School Campus Operations Supervisor John Lopez and his wife – Helping Homeless Vets – L.A. president and founder Cynthia Perry-Lopez – discuss their nonprofit, it’s mission to provide year-round assistance to homeless veterans and a drive-through Thanksgiving Turkey Drive for families in need at the Whittier Union campus.
October 29, 2020 Template for Sustainability: Farm Lab in El Monte Eco Urban Gardens Executive Director Marianne Zaugg, Program Manager Elizabeth Christy and Arroyo High School senior Tara Ta discuss Arroyo High’s organic garden and Farm to School program, the importance of sustainability and biodiversity, providing fresh produce for El Monte Union culinary arts students, and expanding career technical education pathways at the District.
October 22, 2020 Making a Difference: Food Service and Mental Health Advocacy in Fontana Fontana Unified Food Service Director Trieste Huey discusses receiving the California Public Employees Retirement System’s 2020 Spotlight on Excellence Award, the challenges of putting together a meal plan for school closures in two days, and the importance of providing nutritious meals for a community of 200,000 residents.
Fontana High School senior Fatima Kamara discusses her role as the Fontana Unified Board of Education’s student representative, advocating for student well-being and mental health days, the hidden pressures students face in the COVID era, why she wants to be a lawyer and growing up in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
October 8, 2020 Education for All: Equity Task Force in Lynwood Lynwood Unified School District Director of Equity, Access and Instructional Services Dr. Patricia Brent-Sanco discusses the District’s newly launched Equity Curriculum Inclusion Task Force, implementing social justice standards, the importance of stakeholder feedback, and supporting underserved students.
October 1, 2020 Community Support: Nutrition Service in Baldwin Park; Technology in Fontana Baldwin Park Unified School District Director of Nutrition Services Rosa Estrella discusses the challenges of providing meal service to the community during the pandemic, incorporating the District’s transportation department for home delivery, and why being Nutrition Services Director is her dream job.
Sequoia Middle School Principal Antonio Viramontes and Assistant Principal Kim Moyer discuss the Fontana Unified school’s recognition as a Microsoft Showcase Incubator School, how the enthusiasm of Sequoia’s faculty and staff has propelled the transition and their recognition as an AVID National Demonstration School.
September 24, 2020 Flexing Creative Muscles: Award-winning Art Education at El Monte Union El Monte High School visual art teacher Patrice Cooley was recently recognized as the California Art Education Association 2020 Outstanding Visual Art Teacher of the Year. Cooley discusses how she is able to connect with and instill confidence in her students, the importance of critical thinking and the benefits of resilience.