About the Host:
Jose L Cruz began his work in literacy in 1985. The San Diego Council on Literacy was formed one year later. Since then, both have worked to unite the San Diego community to support literacy. Jose has worked in collaborations for literacy at all levels. He has a 26 year history with the SDCOL, the last 12 years as CEO. The pride of the SDCOL is its network of 27+ affiliated literacy program partners that annually serve over 179,000 San Diego residents of all ages at no cost. Everyday, these partnerships help emerging readers, students, parents, heads of households, and workers function and thrive through the power of literacy.
Part 1 We spoke with Jessica Baron, Founder, Guitars in the Classroom, about the role that music plays in helping children process information, specifically as it relates to reading. More and more, teachers are engaging in activities that help children learn through music and imagery. Listen to this segment for more information. Part 2 Our [...]
We had the pleasure of interviewing Joann Stang, Learning Academy Founder for BASIC (Basic Assistance for Students in the Community). BASIC is a literacy program in the desert of San Diego County. This program and its volunteers advocates for low-income youth. Hear how people in this small rural community are making a difference for young [...]
From the Escondido Public Library, we are joined by Sheila Rodriguez, Assistant Literacy Coordinator, Cynthia Chisum, President of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, and Yvonne Brett, Treasurer for the Friends group. We learn more about the Escondido community and the services and programs offered by the library to support library patrons. The adult [...]
Meet Lakeysha Sowunmi, children's book author, veteran, mother of three, and active community member who's advocating for healthy diets and funding the hungry. She shares her story, including the role that moving from town-to-town can have on a child's ability to feel comfortable in a home and at school.
In these segments we hear from two groups that are bringing reading opportunities to low-income populations. Guest 1 Traveling Stories sets up reading tents in low-income areas of San Diego County, primarily at farmers markets. Founder, Emily Moberley, and Jake Lory, StoryTent Coordinator and Coordinator of the Compassionate Leadership Program, talk about the work they [...]
The theme for today's segments are...literature and reading opportunities for teenagers who are at-risk, reluctant readers. Crystal Culhane was our first guest. She is a site coordinator for Juvenile Court Book Club (San Diego), an organization that goes into teen detention facilities and hosts book discussion groups with teens who are incarcerated. Crystal values the [...]
We dedicate a full hour to interviewing Zachary Hebert, Founder, Collaboration Jam. The Collaboration Jam organization hosts writing competitions, known as "jams", both in-person and over the Internet. Collaboration Jam is the only writing jam organization in the world that specializes in team-based writing. Participants are challenged to work together to produce an original fiction [...]
Our show today features Thao Pham, Literacy Instructor, Deaf Community Services of San Diego County. With great clarity, Thao explains the process and challenges that come with bringing language, literacy, and communication to a clientele who are deaf or hard of hearing. The content of this show provides listeners with rare insight into how literacy [...]
11/21/19 Britfield & The Lost Crown, a real world literary experience; The Oceanside Public Library!
We are happy to bring back Chad Stewart, author of "Britfield & The Lost Crown". Chris has just returned home from his 2019-20 Britfield Creativity School Tour. He has driven 5,500 miles, through 12 states and presented at 113 schools to over 13,000+ students. The second Britfield book is completed!...and the Britfield fan base is [...]
Standing in for our regular host, Jose Cruz, was Elisabeth Jacobsen, Program Representative for the San Diego Council on Literacy. This was her first experience as a radio show host and she nailed it. Her guests were Emily Moberly, Founder & CEO, Traveling Stories, and Christelle Jones, Director of Outreach & Partnerships, also from Traveling [...]