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Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 70 - Rashad Turner

June 25, 2017
Rock The Schools is celebrating its 100th show all week by airing the top seven most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, a special 100th episode will be aired with a special guests. We would like to take a special moment to honor all of our special guests who took time out of their busy schedule to empower our parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School news. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education Chris Stewarts interviews Rashad Turner about why he decided to leave Black Lives Matter Saint Paul. He made the decision based on not compromising his integrity around his Education Reform activism. He was extremely disappointed that the NAACP and BLM called for a moratorium new charters when he sees how these schools benefit students of color in his community of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 64 - Pete Cook

June 24, 2017
Rock The Schools is celebrating its 100th show all week by airing the top seven most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, a special 100th episode will be aired with a special guests. We would like to take a special moment to honor all of our special guests who took time out of their busy schedule to empower our parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School news. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education National Education writer Pete Cook wrote an article that describes the how the power of school boards divides white folks, the "pro-charter reform" and the "anti-charter reform” are warring. The fight between the two sides has gotten nasty. Education consultant, Will Pinkston uses his power as a Nashville school board member to launch egregious warfare for pro-charter education reformist. Will Pinkston is a Nashville school board member consisting of members who have taken a side against charter schools. Host Chris Stewart tells the story about John Little and how he dealt with a Will Pinkston attack. Pete and Chris discuss the results of the fighting . . . African-American students are negatively affected by not giving parents options that ensure their child is getting a great education.

Best of Rock The Schools Episode 40 with Arne Duncun

June 23, 2017
Rock The Schools is celebrating its 100th show all week by airing the top seven most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, a special 100th episode will be aired with a special guests. We would like to take a special moment to honor all of our special guests who took time out of their busy schedule to empower our parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School news. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education Rock The Schools host Chris Stewart engages Arne Duncan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, in a conversation about the importance of valuing every child and seeing all children as assets.

Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 58 - Brenda Cassellius

June 23, 2017
Rock The Schools is celebrating all week with airing its most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, will feature a special 100th episode. Rock the Schools thanks and honors all of our special guests who believed in the Rock The Schools mission to empower parents and students. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education Since her appointment as Commissioner of Education in 2010, Dr. Brenda Cassellius has endeavored to enact comprehensive education reform that will benefit every child throughout Minnesota. Her straightforward, community-driven approach toward providing the best education possible has resulted in a remarkable list of accomplishments. Under her leadership, the Minnesota Department of Education applied for and received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, allowing for a better, fairer, more accurate and supportive accountability system. MDE was awarded a $45 million Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant to further develop and strengthen early education efforts. The department was also awarded a $28.2 Federal Public Charter Schools grant to design and implement high-quality charter schools. A respected educator throughout her profession and across partisan lines, Commissioner Cassellius was critical in passing new alternative licensure; principal and teacher evaluation laws; as well as increased funding for PK-12 education; legislation ensuring a sharp, statewide focus on every child reading well by 3rd grade; and expanded access to quality early childhood education. Her reputation as an innovative problem solver can be seen within MDE where Dr. Cassellius has worked with employees to examine every aspect of department operations to ensure the state is providing the best service possible for Minnesota families, educators and students.

Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 50 - Dick Gregory Unscripted

June 21, 2017
Rock The Schools will be celebrating all week with airing its most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, will feature a special 100th episode. Rock the Schools thanks and honors all of our special guests who believed in the Rock The Schools mission to empower parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School News. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education In an unscripted, raw and authentic conversation with civil rights icon Dick Gregory, host of Rock The School Chris Stewart, uncovers thoughtful and valuable historical events that have shaped this country. In the words of Dick Gregory, his truth, as extreme as it may sound, can be easily be researched online. Fast forward to today, his truth told through the decades is being played out in the lives of African Americans today. You are invited to use the hashtag #RTSDickGregory to share your thoughts and comments.

Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 74 - The United Negro College Fund’s historical impact on educating students of color with Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President/CEO and Guest Host Van Jones

June 20, 2017
Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 92 - Shelby J Share on Facebook twitter Google+ Rock The Schools will be celebrating all week with airing its most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, will feature a special 100th episode. Rock the Schools thanks and honors all of our special guests who believed in the Rock The Schools mission to empower parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School News. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education Van Jones, hosting Rock The Schools episode 74 with Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President/CEO, covering the historical importance of HBCUs by telling his families' experience from his father’s journey that started with entering the military, followed by acceptance to a Historically Black College and University that shaped the value placed on education in his family. The education discussion with Dr. Lomax covers how UNCF provides resources to parents and students that help them navigate racial disparities, reduces high-school and college drop-out rates and provides financial support for students of color. Van Jones and Dr. Lomax talk about how a recent report titled “Building Better Narratives in Black Education” serves as a solution and action plan for empowering parents and students to take control of their education narrative. This report was published in collaboration with UNCF, National Urban League and Education Post. Download here: https://www.uncf.org/blog/entry/uncf-national-urban-league-education-post-release-building-better-narrative

Best of Rock The Schools - Episode 92 - Shelby J

June 19, 2017
Rock The Schools will be celebrating all week with airing its most listened to shows. Monday, June 26, will feature a special 100th episode. Rock the Schools thanks and honors all of our special guests who believed in the Rock The Schools mission to empower parents and students. Please continue to share Rock The Schools with your network of parents and students and like us on FB at Rock The School News. More information can be found at: http://citizen.education RTS Episode 92 | Shelby J.’s highly anticipated solo album was released on April 21st in honor of Prince, who made her promise to finish the album. It is a tribute to the education she received from her friend and mentor, the purple Yoda himself, Prince. Today’s segment focuses on Shelby J. and how Prince inspired and challenged her to be the best.

Episode 99 I Facing Education and Criminal Justice with Corey Stewart and Paul Laumer from Ujamaa Place

June 12, 2017
Ujamaa’s Education Director Corey, Stewart will discuss the importance of education in transforming lives of Ujamaa men during the transition period out of Minnesota’s criminal justice system into society. Paul Laumer, Ujamaa’s Mentoring Coordinator will join the conversation to tell his story of how his life was transformed after joining Ujamaa Place. Ujamaa, a Swahili word meaning “Brotherhood” or “Extended Family” is the main ingredient in its success model layered with programs that transforms the lives of men primarily aged 17­‐29 (Wilder Research). More information can be found at: www.ujamaa.org

Episode 98 I Community-Led Education Activism with Sondra Samuels

June 5, 2017
Northside Achievement Zone’s Executive Director, Sondra Samuels discusses the importance of education in its model as a continuum of community services provider with Rock The Schools Executive Producer / Co-Host, Monique Linder

Episode 97 I Facing Education Integration with Dr. Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din, Founder

May 29, 2017
Host of Rock The Schools, Chris Stewart engages Dr. Kalam Id-Din in a discussion on facing the truth about education integration and our nation’s history of education homogenization, a term made famous in the 1940s by C.S. Lewis, most notably known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia. The term education homogenization was written about in his satirical book The Screwtape Letters, where C.S. Lewis creates a worldly wise old devil as the main character, who writes letters to his novice demon nephew Wormwood, charged with securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. Recently, Dr. Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din wrote an article about integration in Education Week that has a chilling resemblance to the education homogenization narrative. Education Week May 4, 2017 "Black Teachers Matter. School Integration Doesn’t” by Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II is available at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/05/04/black-teachers-matter-school-integration-doesnt.html

Hosted by: Chris Stewart
Executive Producer: Monique Linder
Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.” Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).” Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability.

For more information contact Executive Producer, Monique Linder at: monique@omgdigitalmediasolutions.com or call: 612.787.8705

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