Yearly Archives: 2012

Episode 27: Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District

I sat down with Tony Smith, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District at the School’s Out Washington Bridge Conference in Seattle, WA on October 9, 2012. Before we talked, Dr. Smith copresented a keynote for the conference with Jakada Imani, Executive

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Episode 26: Empowering Youth Voice, Live From the Bridge Conference 2012

This episode was recorded live at the School’s Out Washington Bridge Conference in Seattle, WA on October 9, 2012. It features a panel discussion I moderated on the challenges and complex realities of shifting from a teacher-student paradigm to a youth-adult partnership.

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Episode 25: Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring

Children’s Troubadour Raffi is famous worldwide for his beautiful songs, including, “Baby Beluga,” “Bananaphone,” “Willoughby Wallaby Woo” and so many more. While I only really got to know his music when I became a father, millions of people who grew

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Episode 24: Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

You may know Lenore Skenazy as the woman who let her nine-year old son ride the subway alone, and was then the subject of much controversy, including this episode of the Today Show. She is now the host of the

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Episode 23: Terry Peterson of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network

Many years ago when I was Director of Staff Development at LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program in Los Angeles, we were very excited to receive a visit from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Education. That visitor was

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Episode 22: Jason Yoon and Sarah Meyer of New Urban Arts

One of my favorite youth programs in the country is New Urban Arts, based in Providence, RI. This community-based program is located in a storefront, and it is one of those rare places where the practice matches the rhetoric. For

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Episode 21: Holly Delany Cole, Co-Director of Community Resource Exchange

It was a pleasure to sit down with Holly Delany Cole, Co-Director of Community Resource Exchange, a New York nonprofit consulting firm that provides strategic advice and technical services every year to more than 300 community-based nonprofit organizations confronting social

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Episode 20: Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

“I grew up as one of those kids who came from an ‘at risk’ background. And what made a difference for me was that I had a youth program that wasn’t just about providing me services, but that was about

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