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.
Richard Lederer is the author of more than 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and current titles, A Treasury of Halloween Humor and A Treasury of Christmas Humor. He is a founding co-host of "A Way with Words", broadcast on KPBS. He is...the word man!
Peter Waite's engagement in adult literacy dates back to 1969 when he began tutoring inmates in a nearby correctional facility. Since then he has given 35 years of his life towards high level advocacy for literacy, including his present work as Executive Vice-President of ProLiteracy. In his history, Peter worked as the Executive Director of [...]
William Manzanares is the author of "I Can't Read", the story of his journey to literacy and successful career adventures. He is outspoken about the use of technology for the purpose of functionality and is an advocate for books-on-tape or audio books. He speaks about the importance of hard work, being focused, and believing in [...]
Our society and school systems too often criminalize black and brown students in a way that creates pipelines from schools to jails and prisons.. This dynamic contributes to mass incarceration. Transitions programs like the ones in San Marcos at Palomar College and CSU San Marcos, share the goal of looping that pipeline back into colleges [...]
In these show segments, we feature the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), and its CEO, Sharon Bonney. The more we talked, the more we learned what a tremendous resource that COABE is for adult educators, administrators, and adult students in the U.S. Listen and learn more about the important advocacy work that COABE provides [...]
Writers of books for children and for teens were the theme for these radio show segments. First up was Jennifer Gardiner, author of A Trip Around the Pond. Jennifer is also an illustrator. Among her talents is the ability to relate to children. Her story is based on a true experience with her grand-daughter. Our [...]
We welcome Dr. Marilyn Moore from National University who has written a book for tutors and teachers, Designing a Successful Tutoring Session for Struggling Readers. Dr. Moore has taught teachers at National University for eighteen years. In the second half of this broadcast, we are joined by Kristen Amicone, Director of Intergenerational Programs for San [...]
Nora Chahbazi is the founder & president of EBLI: Evidence Based Literacy Instruction. The mission of her organization is to "teach the world to read". Nora's story begins with her search for effective reading instruction that would help her daughter who was struggling with reading and writing. Highly motivated, Nora engaged in research that resulted [...]
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 [...]