The California State PTA Convention in Long Beach two weeks ago featured a number of highlights, including a motivational speech by "Freedom Writers" teacher-author Erin Gruell on the power of student writing in the 'hood and a workshop on violence in our schools by Markham Middle School change-agent Michelle McGillis and LAUSD Violence Prevention/AIDs Awareness maven Lori Vollandt it was my pleasure to moderate.
The subjects are revisited from another perspective on a trio of stories from today's Weekend Edition Sunday. (Locally 89.3 KPPC & 89.9 KCRW - or online/podcast at the links below)
HIV Awareness Program Targets D.C. Students - Weekend Edition Sunday, May 18, 2008 · Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of the nation's reported cases of HIV, with 1 in 20 people infected. City Year, an organization that is providing D.C. students with a Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved, comprehensive curriculum in their own classrooms, is trying to combat the epidemic. ESSAY: Weekend Edition Sunday, May 18, 2008 · Reika Jibrin, a humanities at a Bay Area high school for students at risk of dropping out, recalls what it was like on the Monday after the one of the students was shot. The essayist provides a glimpse into the emotional and educational effects of community violence for students and teachers, and how they stay focused on the business of the school. TRUANCY: Weekend Edition Sunday, May 18, 2008 · "Truancy" is a dystopian novel written by Isamu Fukui, in which teachers and a city's totalitarian mayor indoctrinate students to mindlessly obey, as school-sanctioned bullies keep them in line with intimidation and violence. It's the author's first book — Fukui is himself still in high school, and wrote the novel when he was 15.