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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. Peruse our library of clips from past shows.

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A Brand New Day: Social Emotional Learning in Covina-Valley Unified

Released May 5, 2022

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Posted Title Summary
April 28, 2022 Tell Us Your Story:
Television Production Pathway in Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista High School visual arts teacher Jenna Guerrero and VAPA tutor Genesis Alvarado discuss the Baldwin Park Unified school’s TV Production CTE Pathway, the popularity of the student-produced “Sierra Vision” news program, and how the Strong Workforce Grant has enabled the school to bring back alumni as tutors.
April 20, 2022 From Student to Educator:
Teacher Prep Academy in El Monte Union
Mountain View High School Teacher Prep Academy co-directors Amy Minick and Mary Boutté discuss the Golden Bell Award-winning El Monte Union High School District three-year education pathway that focuses on developing teaching skills, providing an opportunity for students to tutor TK-6 students from a neighboring school district.
April 6, 2022 Interacting with the Community:
Service Clubs in Whittier Union
California High School Class of 2016 graduate Alondra Saldivar discusses the benefits of participating in high school service clubs. Saldivar, a UCLA graduate who is currently studying law at the University of San Francisco, organized a group of Whittier Union alumni to serve as advisers for Cal High’s Interact Club, hoping to inspire the next generation of community service leaders.
March 24, 2022 Daylight Learning Time:
Spring Break Camp in Baldwin Park
Baldwin Park Unified Senior Director of Support Services Noreen Iwai-ito and Think Together San Gabriel Valley Region General Manager Samira Mejia discuss the District’s upcoming spring break camp for K-5 students, the benefits of expanded learning, and creating afterschool curriculum that is fun and educational.
March 10, 2022 All In The Family:
Scholars and Humanitarians in Fontana Unified
Henry J. Kaiser High School senior Amitoj Lobana, who will attend MIT in the fall, and his brother, Kaiser High School Class of 2019 graduate Jashandeep Lobana, currently a junior at Johns Hopkins University, discuss being first-generation college students encouraged by their parents and teachers to achieve at the highest levels, pursue humanitarian interests and work toward careers where they can bring equity to their communities.
March 3, 2022 Exploring the Possibilities:
Science Camp in Buena Park
CASN Radio: Dr. Yvette Cantu Buena Park School District Chief Academic Officer Dr. Yvette Cantu discusses the District commitment to providing every middle school student an opportunity to experience outdoor overnight science camp, building social skills and discovering a love for learning, and the excitement of seeing students experience snow for the first time.
February 24, 2022 On the Pathway to Success:
Career Technical Education in Baldwin Park
Baldwin Park High School sports medicine teacher Mimi Cash and information technology instructor Carlos Renteria discuss the advantages of career technical education pathways, earning college credits and certifications in high school, career opportunities, and the joy of seeing students connect with the curriculum.
February 17, 2022 Wearing the White Hat:
Cyber Security in Whittier Union
Pioneer High School science teacher Victor Gonzalez, senior Emily Avalos and sophomore Johann Avalos discuss the school’s Cyber Security Club, participating in CyberPatriot competitions, the benefits of ethical hacking and pursuing careers in the field of cyber security.
February 10, 2022 Down on the Farm Lab:
Regenerative Studies in El Monte Union
Arroyo High School senior Andrew Ramos, Eco Urban Gardens Executive Director Marianne Zaugg and Arroyo High School Farm Lab Manager Alan Melgoza-Calderon discuss the school’s ongoing Farm Lab project, sustainability and organic living in urban environments, and college and career opportunities in horticulture and environmental science.
January 27, 2022 Off to a Good Start:
Early College Academy at Hacienda La Puente
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Executive Director of High Schools Dr. Mark Anderson and William Workman High School Principal Dr. Anna Corral discuss the Workman Early College Academy Network, a partnership with Mt. San Antonio College that allows students to earn transferable college credits while attending high school.
January 20, 2022 Future Economies:
Financial Literacy in Lynwood
Lynwood Unified Asst. Superintendent of Technology and Innovation Dr. Patrick Gittisriboongul discusses the importance of developing K-12 curriculum to address the emerging field of cryptocurrency and how it affects student understanding of financial literacy.
January 13, 2022 It Must Have Been the Roses:
Music Education in Bonita Unified
Bonita Unified School District Band Director Kelly Leyva discusses participating in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade as a member of the Saluting America’s Band Directors project, 30 years after she appeared in the parade as a high school student, and the joys of teaching music to middle and elementary school students.
January 6, 2022 New Beginnings:
Transitional Kindergarten in Hacienda La Puente Unified
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Executive Director of Elementary Education Dr. Angela Lin and Sparks Elementary School teacher Dr. Dalila Menjivar discuss the benefits of transitional kindergarten (TK), creating a supportive learning environment and the TK eligibility requirements for the 2022–23 school year.
December 16, 2021 Ambassadors to the Community:
Parent Mentor Program in Whittier Union
Whittier Union High School District Director of Federal & State Categorical Programs Francisco Meza and parents Artisia Alcazar and Claudia Hernandez discuss the District’s Parent Mentor Program, providing support to parents of English learners and increasing parent engagement.
December 9, 2021 The Sky is the Limit:
TV Production in Fontana Unified
Almond Elementary School principal Tim McCaffrey, Almond Elementary fifth grader Kassandra Rodriguez, Summit High School TV Production teacher Artie Casas and Summit High senior Leigha Ortiz-Matney discuss the elementary school’s Pacer Production Studios afterschool program, which teaches students the basics of film and TV production, with help from Summit High TV Pro mentors.
December 2, 2021 Get Your Kicks on Route 66:
Vintage Auto Restoration at Bonita Unified
Bonita High School auto shop teacher Rob Zamboni, Bonita High sophomores Randy Gershman and Rylan Blancett, and La Verne Historical Society historian Bill Lemon discuss the challenges of restoring a vintage 1938 International pickup truck in time for the city of La Verne’s 2022 Fourth of July parade.
November 18, 2021 Fun and Games:
A New Approach to Math in El Monte Union
Arroyo High School Math Department Chair Patricia Espinoza and Cal Poly Pomona math professor Greisy Winicki-Landman discuss Mathematical Reasoning With Connections (MRWC), a fourth-year math class designed to prepare students for the expectations and rigor of college mathematics.
November 11, 2021 Pipeline to a New Career:
Adult Education in Whittier
Whittier Union Adult School Assistant Principal Juan Anzaldo and teacher Giovanni Masia discuss the school’s newly launched residential plumbing course, a 10-week course that prepares students to become apprentices and graduate with work-ready skills, and the positive impact of adult school education in the Whittier community.
November 4, 2021 A Landscape of Learning:
Video Production at El Monte Union
Mountain View High School CTE teacher and El Monte Union 2021-22 Teacher of the Year John Mann joins Mountain View High Class of 2020 graduate Zaid Mendoza to discuss the school’s VISTA Academy video production pathway, state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment, and the importance of storytelling.
October 28, 2021 Breaking Barriers:
C-STEM in Hacienda La Puente
Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Judy Fancher, Valinda School of Academics Principal Elizabeth Bermejo and Valinda School math teacher Wendy Wilson discuss the District’s implementation of C-STEM math instruction, its partnership with UC Davis and the enthusiastic student response to the new curriculum.
October 21, 2021 Different Paths, Same Destination:
Student Board Representatives in Monrovia
Monrovia High School senior Alexia Holt and Mountain Park Independent Study School senior Brianna Campbell discuss being Monrovia Unified student Board of Education representatives, the differences between traditional and non-traditional study and their plans for college and career.
October 14, 2021 The Future is Now:
Entrepreneur Camp at Río Hondo College
Río Hondo College business professor Ivan Leon discusses Entrepreneur Camp Río, a two-week online summer camp for high school students that teaches students to hone their management skills and creative thinking abilities, with a chance to win cash prizes for the best business pitch.
October 7, 2021 Community Building:
Vaccination Clinics in Whittier Union
Whittier Union Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Monica Oviedo discusses the District’s weekly vaccination clinics, the benefits of partnering with an independent pharmacy, and communicating with neighboring school districts to ensure that the entire community has access to vaccinations.
September 30, 2021 Without Borders:
Art and Culture in Lynwood, Toronto and Istanbul
Lynwood High School teacher Luis Vega, Bishop Strachan School teacher Paul Toth and Robert College teacher Narciso Argüelles discuss the online art exhibit, Without Borders Without Fears, how art is a prism for interpreting current events, and the importance of art education and cross-cultural collaborations.
September 23, 2021 Taking the Lead:
Fontana Unified’s Student Board Representative
Fontana High School senior Miranda Ordoñez discusses being selected as Fontana Unified’s 2021-22 student Board of Education representative, the social-emotional challenges of the COVID era, her commitment to social justice, and what she is looking forward to in her senior year.
September 16, 2021 Off to a Great Start:
Early Childhood Education at Río Hondo College
Río Hondo College Child Development Center Director Cindy O’Neill discusses the reopening of the center in July, the role the center plays in the Río Hondo College community, its extensive STEAM activities for children, and the benefits of early childhood education.