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 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, [...]
We are joined by Carrie Scott, Community Outreach Supervisor for the Carlsbad City Library in San Diego County. Carrie shares her passion and adventures in her work at the Library Learning Center, a community learning center for all, and that, years later, is a jewel in the community that is worthy of replication. We were [...]
Our guest for four segments is David J. Rosen, Founder, Newsome Associates, a company dedicated to adult basic skills and literacy for out-of-school youth with specialization in integration of education technology. In the new digital divide, there are those who don't use the Internet, especially to meet personal and work-related learning. With the right approach [...]
Today we talk to Art Rivera, an information source for healthcare services and health insurance. He shares information about challenges related to providing healthcare options to residents. Challenges sometimes relate to culture, language differences, and literacy skills. We also visit with Kristin Shea-Thiel, Reading Program Coordinator for The Children's Initiative in San Diego. She shares [...]
Jabez LeBret gives an update on Sisu Academy, a residential school for teen girls, and shares strategies for engaging teens in reading, school, and careers. Host Jose and Wade Taylor, President, wsRadio, chat about the holiday spirit and celebrate the contributions of literacy champions in the community. Ramona Jones, Founder & President, DREAMBuilders Youth Mentoring [...]