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Toward Integration and Equity: One Suburban School District’s Story

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015

There is nothing new about the call for racially integrated schools. Integration was a battle cry of the civil rights movement even as it was resisted mightily by many whites. But what does integration mean in today’s schools with students from a multitude of cultures? Does integration inevitably mean a loss of cultural identity? Or is it possible to foster unity through a deep appreciation of cultural difference?

And what is the relationship between integration and equity? How do efforts at cultural understanding translate into greater educational achievement? Or do they?

These are big questions, with major ramifications for our schools and society. Their answers are forged  through  the day-to-day work of teachers, students, parents and community members, aided by specialists like the educators we have in our studio this morning.

This edition of Truth to Tell explores the quest for integration and equity though the experience of one suburban school district, the Robbinsdale Area Schools.

Toward Integration and Equity: One Suburban School District’s Story

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015
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There is nothing new about the call for racially integrated schools. Integration was a battle cry of the civil rights movement even as it was resisted mightily by many whites. But what does integration mean in today’s schools with students from a multitude of cultures? Does integration inevitably mean a loss of cultural identity? Or is it possible to foster unity through a deep appreciation of cultural difference?

And what is the relationship between integration and equity? How do efforts at cultural understanding translate into greater educational achievement? Or do they?

These are big questions, with major ramifications for our schools and society. Their answers are forged  through  the day-to-day work of teachers, students, parents and community members, aided by specialists like the educators we have in our studio this morning.

This edition of Truth to Tell explores the quest for integration and equity though the experience of one suburban school district, the Robbinsdale Area Schools.

An Education Initiative: Utilizing Jazz Music to Inspire Creativity in Youth

On-air date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
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Join co-hosts Siobhan Kierans and Lisa Bryant as they talk with educator Valerie Littles-Butler and Grammy Award–winning music producer Andre Fischer about the power of music to inspire youth.

Educating for Change: Developing New Leaders for Racial Equity and Social Change

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Mon, 12/15/2014
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Join Truth to Tell host Tom  O'Connell as he discusses the leadership challenges in current social justice movements with Artika Tyner,  assistant professor of public leadership at the University of St.Thomas and author of The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice (ABA Books, 2014).

The Way Forward for Public Education, Part 2

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014
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With the elections only a week away, Minneapolis voters will choose the candidates they wish to represent them on the Minneapolis school board.

Last week, at-large candidate Don Samuels and education policy fellow Michael Diedrich joined TruthtoTell to discuss promising approaches to creating schools that work for all our kids.  This week, join co-hosts Siobhan Kierens and Tom O’Connell as we continue that discussion with at-large school board candidates Iris Altamirano and Ira Jourdain.

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The Way Forward for Public Education

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014
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Any citizen who takes even a minimal interest in public issues has heard of the achievement gap between whites and students of color.  For the civic-minded among us, it is alarming that racial disparities in educational outcomes are especially deep in Minneapolis. And those brave citizens who ask, “What can be done about it?” are greeted with so many answers (often delivered with great passion) that it’s no wonder some are tempted to tune out altogether.

This program is dedicated to the proposition that ideas do matter and when connected with the power to implement can make a positive difference.  Investment in early childhood education, smaller class sizes, community schools, genuine partnerships with parents, granting greater autonomy (and accountability) to teachers and individual schools are just a few examples. 

Some policy ideas are controversial. That’s why policy, power, and politics are linked. And what better time to discuss public policy for public education than during a school board election campaign.  Joining TruthtoTell co-hosts Siobahn Kierens and Tom O’Connell are Don Samuels, at-large candidate for the school board and Michael Diedrich, an education policy fellow with MN 2020. 

TruthtoTell has invited the other three at-large candidates, Iris Altamirano, Rebecca Gagnon and Ira Jordain to join the conversation in the weeks remaining before the election.

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Monday, Dec 16 9am- Encore: Rethinking Parent Involvement: New Perspectives/Promising Approaches

As the debate over public education rages on, one area that almost everyone agrees on is the importance of parent involvement.  But what exactly is parent involvement?  How open are our schools to genuine partnerships? How well do our schools engage with low income communities and communities of color? What happens when the cultural values reflected in our public schools clash with the values and experiences of students and their families?    

The evening of Wednesday, December 11, hosts Tom O’Connell and Michelle Alimoradi spoke to panelists and guests at the Minneapolis Urban League about approaches that go beyond site councils and parent-teacher meetings (as important as they are) to deeper relationships between schools, parents and communities. Tune in this Monday at 9am to hear the audio reprise of last week’s live forum. 

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned  communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy.

On-air guests: 

Victoria Balko- Former Chair, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee

Zuke Ellis & Rebecca Wade- Parent/Teacher Home visit program team, St. Paul Federation of Teachers St. Paul

Kristen Talbert- Participant, Absent Narratives Project sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, currently works at the Ain Dah Yung Center for Native Youth. 

Tracine Asberry- Minneapolis School Board Member, District 2, former Minneapolis  Public Schools and teacher and parent, PhD  in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas

Other Designated Respondants:

Amanda Norman- Board Member, CivicMedia-Minnesota, Project Coordinator on the documentary film project, “Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives” from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Masters in Education from Augsburg University.

Kate Towle- Winner, St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Idea Challenge for her work supporting student voice as founder of Project START (Students Together as Allies for Racial Trust, Author, “Cultivating the Untapped Potential of All Parents”

Monday, Dec 16- Encore: TruthToTell: Community Connections- Rethinking Parent Involvement: New Perspectives/Promising Approaches

On-air date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
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As the debate over public education rages on, one area that almost everyone agrees on is the importance of parent involvement.  But what exactly is parent involvement?  How open are our schools to genuine partnerships? How well do our schools engage with low income communities and communities of color? What happens when the cultural values reflected in our public schools clash with the values and experiences of students and their families?    

The evening of Wednesday, December 11, hosts Tom O’Connell and Michelle Alimoradi spoke to panelists and guests at the Minneapolis Urban League about approaches that go beyond site councils and parent-teacher meetings (as important as they are) to deeper relationships between schools, parents and communities. Tune in this Monday at 9am to hear the audio reprise of last week’s live forum. 

Catch the televised re-broadcast of this forum on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16. 

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned  communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy.

On-air guests: 

Victoria Balko- Former Chair, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee

Zuke Ellis & Rebecca Wade- Parent/Teacher Home visit program team, St. Paul Federation of Teachers St. Paul

Kristen Talbert- Participant, Absent Narratives Project sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, currently works at the Ain Dah Yung Center for Native Youth. 

Tracine Asberry- Minneapolis School Board Member, District 2, former Minneapolis  Public Schools and teacher and parent, PhD  in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas

Other Designated Respondants:

Amanda Norman- Board Member, CivicMedia-Minnesota, Project Coordinator on the documentary film project, “Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives” from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Masters in Education from Augsburg University.

Kate Towle- Winner, St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Idea Challenge for her work supporting student voice as founder of Project START (Students Together as Allies for Racial Trust, Author, “Cultivating the Untapped Potential of All Parents”

Wednesday, Dec 11- Join us live for TruthToTell: Community Connections- Rethinking Parent Involvement: New Perspectives/Promising Approaches

As the debate over public education rages on, one area that almost everyone agrees on is the importance of parent involvement.  But what exactly is parent involvement?  How open are our schools to genuine partnerships? How well do our schools engage with low income communities and communities of color? What happens when the cultural values reflected in our public schools clash with the values and experiences of students and their families?    

This program will explore approaches that go beyond site councils and parent-teacher meetings (as important as they are) to deeper relationships between schools, parents and communities.

And to help us do that, we are drawing on the deep experience and knowledge of parents, educators, and community members who have experienced this issue from a variety of perspectives and approaches.

Join us Wednesday, Decemeber  11 at the Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N) from 6:30-8:30pm for our public discussion forum on this topic. This conversation will be taped live for radio and television broadcast. Light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome.

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned  communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy.

On-air guests: 

Victoria Balko- Former Chair, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee

Zuke Ellis & Rebecca Wade- Parent/Teacher Home visit program team, St. Paul Federation of Teachers St. Paul

Kristen Talbert- Participant, Absent Narratives Project sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, currently works at the Ain Dah Yung Center for Native Youth. 

Other Designated Respondants:

Tracine Asberry- Minneapolis School Board Member, District 2, former Minneapolis  Public Schools teacher and parent, PhD  in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas

Amanda Norman- Board Member, CivicMedia-Minnesota, Project Coordinator on the documentary film project, “Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives” from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Masters in Education from Augsburg University.

Kate Towle- Winner, St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Idea Challenge for her work supporting student voice as founder of Project START (Students Together as Allies for Racial Trust, Author, “Cultivating the Untapped Potential of All Parents”