This episode is part of our series on what schools can do to help save our democracy. Guests include Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz, McDonnell Professor of Character Education at the Center for Character Education and Citizenship at the University of Missouri at St. Louis; and Dr. Kashina Bell, Deputy Superintendent for the School District of University City in St. Louis, Missouri. Both talk about character education -- what it looks like, how it's done, and why it's vital to our… Read More
Bruce Stewart is a life-long educator who dedicated his career to social justice and high-quality education for all. As a history teacher and guidance counselor at Walter Hines Page Senior High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, he led the effort to desegregate the school 1963. Stewart became a Quaker educator and later served as Head of School at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. from 1998 to 2009.
In this episode, Jennifer Futernick, a former student of… Read More
Watch what happens when an 8-year-old student and a parent take the time to say "thank you" to a teacher who went above and beyond to make 1st grade exciting and special even during a pandemic.
Jen says "My teacher saved me when I was in 3rd grade." Now wrapping up her 20th year as a teacher herself, she pays it forward and reaches out to her former teacher, Jane. Watch what happens when she reconnects to the teacher who inspired her into the profession.
When a teacher feels like a mother, this student took the time to say "thank you." Watch to see how a few kind words make a world of a difference.
"When people say that not all heroes wear capes, Mr. Ball is the one I think about," says Caroline. Watch what happens when she expresses her gratitude to her teacher. Be sure to grab a box of tissues before you press play!
In spring 2019, CSU San Bernardino conducted a Celebration of Teaching Event for undergraduates interested in becoming a teachers. Faculty member, Wil Greer, shared this moving story about a child and the teachers who changed his life.
Nikki Ahrenstorff believed her high school was "reserved for a special group of people" and that she wasn't part of it. That changed when she took an English class with Mr. Childs.
Gwen Reid develops a passion for "cowboy poetry"...in her sixties. Her junior high summer school teacher and great grandmother had a lot to do with this.
Sometimes a teacher's influence is realized later in life.
Jennifer Vides is a civil engineer who helps build skyscrapers in Southern California. Her band teacher, Romeo Vera (at Manual Arts High School) helped Jennifer realize her childhood dream.