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.
We are joined by Chad Stewart, author of Britfield & The Lost Crown, who talked to us about his book series, the writing process, and why his books are popular with junior high and school students, teachers, and administrators. Scott Sibley, Executive Director, Journeys Maps, talked to us about overcoming "workplace disruption", and being aware [...]
Dr. Ann Gladys, author of The Invisible Leader, talks about changes, made possible by technology, that will result in more workers not working from an office, but from other locations, or from home. This change affects leadership and the way that for-profit and nonprofit organizations will be operated, more and more, in the future. We [...]
05/28/19 Literacy Supports Family, A Mother’s and Son’s Story; Write Out Loud Entertains and Educates
Part 1: Denise O'Neal, lifelong learner, and her son, Brendan, talk about their battles in our education system, and their journey to literacy. Denise never dreamed that, after all of her challenges, her son would experience what she experienced. Here's their incredible, still unfolding story. Part 2: We also welcome Walter Ritter, co-founder, Write Out [...]
We are joined by Dr. Grayson Maas, Chief Communications Officer for Art of Problem Solving (AOPS). This entity is the producer of Beast Academy and other educational content that is high-rigor, engaging, and challenging. We explore concepts in teaching and learning and the idea of greater expectations for reaching student potential. Our second guest is [...]
We are joined by the Executive Director of Arts for Learning San Diego, Tara Graviss, who shared how her organization helps students, families and communities "imagine, create, and thrive through the arts." For many students, the arts are therapeutic and effective in student retention and success in school. Arts for Learning San Diego is making [...]
We are joined by Rachael Orose, VP, Network & Business Development for The Molina Foundation and Amanda Bonds, Program Director, Words Alive. We learned about the work that The Molina Foundation is doing in response to resource deficits that slow the development and reading skills of low-income children. In addition to distributing books, The Molina [...]
Our March 26, 2019 show was fully devoted to an interview with the legendary Ruth Colvin, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America. Still going strong at age 102, Ruth talks about her upbringing, education, careers, travels, and the motivation for forming LVA in the early 1960s. Ruth's story is rich, made from compassion, intuition, and [...]
All segments of this broadcast were dedicated to an interview with the San Diego Public Library's literacy program administrator, Val Hardie, and literacy student, Amelia Sandoval. Val shared her background and perspective on over 30 years of providing literacy services for the City of San Diego, the San Diego Public Library, and READ/ San Diego.
Joining us is George Demetrion, adult basic education teacher, literacy advocate, and author of "Conflicting Paradigms in Adult Literacy Education". George chatted about his hands-on work in literacy and the effect of the political culture on support for greater literacy. Jose and Wade chat about philanthropy and share favorite quotes on this topic. Rebecca Romani, [...]