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Become a Know-It-All about all things education with Allison R. Brown, former attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division's Educational Opportunities Section and currently President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC). With Allison's extensive experience, Know-It-All will inform listeners about education issues relevant to students, educators, families, community members, and others.
 
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The juvenile justice and criminal justice systems ensnare far too many black and brown boys and men. Increasingly, women are caught in this dangerous web too. On this episode of Know-It-All, we are exploring the contours of some of the barriers to mental health and developmental wellness for communities of color that can lead to mass incarceration.…
 
There is much discussion about the role that mental health issues have played in schools and communities that have been impacted by recent college campus shootings and other school shootings. On this week's Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education, join us for an informative conversation with George Washington University Associate Professor of Counseling…
 
Eighty-two people were shot in Chicago over the July 4th weekend. Fourteen of those people died. Most of the victims were Black and Latino men. Dr. Roger A. Mitchell has made it his personal crusade to put an end to the senseless violence that consumes far too many sons and brothers, daughters and sisters, and that lays waste to entire communities.…
 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a puzzle. While the number of people diagnosed with ADHD is on the rise, there is still debate about whether ADHD is a real disorder, and debate about whether people, children especially, with ADHD should be prescribed medication to treat their symptoms. Despite the debates, there does seem to be a…
 
Research has demonstrated that diversity among academic researchers, who typically have Ph.D.s, is much needed in order to ensure success and progress in the scholarship they produce. Recent collaborations between academic researchers and practitioners have brought that need to bear. Dr. Shireen Lewis founded SisterMentors because of her own arduou…
 
As we approach the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, an important new study reveals a separate and unequal system of education in this country. This new research indicates that the proliferation of charter schools is not benefiting our nation's most vulnerable children and is potentially detrimental to them. Not only tha…
 
In a groundbreaking new study - The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children's Education, Dr. Angel Harris and Dr. Keith Robinson have discovered that parental involvement, at least the way it is currently envisioned, doesn't quite work the way we think it does to ensure students' academic success. They will talk to us about their researc…
 
For parents and educators, talking with children about sex can be awkward and uncomfortable. Especially today when so much of the wrong information is readily accessible to kids, talking to them about sex has never been more critical. My guest, Deborah Roffman, is a human sexuality expert and the author of several books, including the most recent T…
 
High-poverty schools require considerable resources and deliberate action to adequately support children and families, to address the institutional barriers to opportunity children face, and to ensure students' academic and life success. While the challenges are many, there is a blueprint for what works. Turnaround for Children, Inc. Founder, Presi…
 
Ensuring access to educational opportunity for children who are incarcerated is critical to ensuring their life success. Successfully delivering high-quality academic programming to students in juvenile detention facilities while also supporting their social and emotional needs is incredibly important and also can provide valuable lessons for all e…
 
Maria Montessori believed in children's instinctual ability to teach themselves. My guest, Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver, shares that belief. Dr. Phillips-Silver is a neuroscientist and expert on healthy brain development in children. She has also studied Montessori education extensively. On this episode of Know-It-All, Dr. Phillips-Silver shares wit…
 
Kimberlé Crenshaw is the creator of, and the nation's pre-eminent legal scholar on, Critical Race Theory. As co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, she also has focused national attention on the role of gender in the struggle for racial justice. On this episode of Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education, Professor Crenshaw will talk us through…
 
On today's episode of Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education, we are replaying one of our most popular shows - The Superintendents' Roundtable. Superintendents all over the country are under mounting pressure to ensure high academic achievement for their students, provide safe and nurturing school environments, and treat students equitably. Our guests,…
 
On January 8, the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education announced the release of the first-ever joint guidance on student discipline. The guidance provides information to schools and school districts about their obligations under the law to eliminate and prevent racial discrimination in the way that they discipline student…
 
College tuition and associated costs are rising, making it more and more difficult for students to enroll in college and stay there through graduation. On this episode, my guests and I will talk about scholarships - traditional and not - as tools for educational equity. Nkechi Taifa is the founder of SCHOLARgifts, a crowdfunding platform for educat…
 
Teachers are the life force of any education system, which makes them easy targets. 2013 has been quite a year for teachers - from standardized testing protests to teacher evaluation showdowns and more. This week's guest is Elizabeth Davis, an educator with 41 years experience as a classroom teacher and the new President of the Washington Teachers …
 
It's our one-year anniversary! Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education is turning one. For this very special episode of Know-It-All, we are giving back the racial bribe, as Michelle Alexander implored us to do in The New Jim Crow, and as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was in the process of doing before he was assassinated. We have assembled an all-star ca…
 
Protest and resistance have been grassroots tools that communities use to create systemic change. Today, protests in education are demanding common-sense approaches to education and education reform. Students, parents and families, teachers are banding together in cities across the country in protest of, among other things, school discipline polici…
 
Boys are in a state of crisis. At least, that's what my guest, Dr. Warren Farrell, argues. And his argument is compelling. Sixty percent of first-year college students are women. Boys are more likely to be suspended from school or labeled ADHD than their female counterparts. Dr. Farrell joins us to talk about the boy crisis and its origins - what h…
 
It's our one-year anniversary! Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education is turning one. For this very special episode of Know-It-All, we are giving back the racial bribe, as Michelle Alexander implored us to do in The New Jim Crow, and as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was in the process of doing before he was assassinated. We have assembled an all-star ca…
 
Hip-hop music is ubiquitous. While it has been many things to many people over the years, it has consistently been a vehicle of artistic expression for people who otherwise might not have had such a prominent platform. Hip hop is poetry, music, sociology, even macroeconomics. It can be a viable educational tool, when used correctly. My guest, Larry…
 
Arts instruction in school has taken a back seat to standardized tests, STEM programs, and a focus on college and career readiness. Yet there is a consistently vocal public lament over the loss of the arts in school. Many people know intuitively that this is devastating to our children and to our nation. Art Basel is the world's premier platform fo…
 
President Obama visited Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) last week to discuss his administration's education agenda. He called for high-quality pre-school for every 4-year-old in the country, access to high-speed Internet for all students, lower college costs, and schools that are redesigned to teach high-tech skills. My gu…
 
I have invited some of my lawyer friends to Know-It-All to talk about the law and education and the work they do every day to ensure that children all over this nation receive a quality education. We'll talk about the school-to-prison pipeline, access to advanced courses, special education, charter schools, and more. Join me; Shakti Belway, a civil…
 
Why is it important to talk about poverty in education? How do we do that in a way that is respectful and meaningful? Many times, discussions about education reform intentionally conflate race and class. There are a few reasons for this, including that the federal courts have slowly closed the courthouse doors to claims of race discrimination in ed…
 
Well-intentioned parents, coaches, and educators do their best to encourage children to succeed. When that encouragement emanates from a fixed mindset, however, rather than a growth mindset, it can be detrimental. Dr. Carol S. Dweck is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Her research has shown that we are raising a generation of c…
 
The Education Trust recently released a new report, "The State of Education for Native Students." This report found that while achievement gaps for students of color are slowly closing, academic achievement for American Indian and Alaska Native students has stagnated, contributing to widening gaps between Native students and their white peers. On t…
 
Allison Brown Consulting (ABC) and the Interactivity Foundation (IF) have partnered to create a new method of engaging school and district community members. This ABC-IF discussion and engagement model brings together parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and other community members with a trained IF facilitator for a series of in-depth convers…
 
American Promise is a documentary that has generated incredible buzz and won critical acclaim. Husband and wife filmmakers, Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster, will join us to discuss this important work. In the film, the exclusive and private Dalton School in NYC has recently committed to opening its doors to a more diverse student population. Th…
 
Through the voices of students, we will explore current issues in education and education reform. From learning outside the classroom to the school-to-prison pipeline to students' recommendations for what to do better in education, we'll touch on all of it. You'll also hear more about the new discussion model that Allison Brown Consulting (ABC) has…
 
ADHD, Peer Pressure, Bullying ... Stress. We are ailing, and our children seem to be the worst afflicted. Strong adult/child attachments are key to raising healthy children. The adults in that equation have to be us - their parents. Not their teachers, daycare providers, social workers. Us. But instead of keeping our children close, we push them in…
 
Food deserts, lack of green spaces for physical activity, economic disinvestment. All of these contribute to significant health and wellness disparities for Black and Latino urban communities. Our guests on this episode of Know-It-All: The ABCs of Education are Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D., and Wilson, a 13-year-old champion triathlete. Dr. Saxton-Ros…
 
On August 24 and 28, thousands will gather in the nation's capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Attendees will be coming to pledge their commitment to continue the work that needs to be done to make progress in equity for all people in this nation. On this episode of Know-It-All, youth fr…
 
The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University recently released a groundbreaking report on racial inequity in higher education - Separate and Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of White Privilege. One of the study's co-authors, Dr. Jeff Strohl, will join us to discuss the study's finding…
 
Today's industrial revolution is digital. Students must have fluency in science and technology in order to see real success in school and in life. Despite efforts to increase access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education for students of color, digital entrepreneurs continue to be overwhelmingly white. My guest, Kathryn Finne…
 
English-language learner children are a growing segment of the student population in American schools. While they work to acquire the English language, they are also typical students - curious, inquisitive, bright, funny, with special needs and without. Guest, Dr. Maria N. Trejo, is an expert in educational services and needs of English language le…
 
Segregation by race and income in American schools is increasing. Though not measurable by today's standardized testing tools, the social and emotional benefits of diversity and integration for ALL students are tremendous. My guest, Michael J. Petrilli, will discuss his book The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed P…
 
Daily stress, malnutrition, lack of physical activity, and low expectations and dangerous stereotypes threaten the well-being of children living in poverty. Although these things can be overcome, it is an uphill climb. On this episode of Know-It-All, we'll talk with Dr. Robert Atkins, Associate Professor at Rutgers University and currently the Nati…
 
We are expanding the national conversation about equity in education to include private schools. Many private schools offer their students unique and engaging curricula and safe, holistically nurturing environments. Many private schools also serve diverse student populations. Jeff Sindler, Head of School for a private school in the Washington D.C. …
 
Diversity is the word of the day after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas. On this episode of Know-It-All, we'll take a look at diversity and multiculturalism in education through a different lens - gifted education. What is gifted education and, for purposes of equity, what should it be? My guest, Dr. Donna Y. Ford,…
 
Teenagers deal with a lot. Puberty and their changing bodies and emotions. Social hierarchies and dynamics that play out publicly through social media. Schools have to grapple with all that children bring with them. Despite our changing times, drugs and alcohol continue to be a temptation for many teens, and far too many teens succumb to addiction.…
 
Autism and other disorders on the autism spectrum are difficult to understand. Although we don't know with any certainty what causes autism, parents and educators of children with autism have come up with remarkable strategies to support their children and nurture their gifts, and to be advocates for their children. My guests, Kerry Dillman and Mar…
 
We're talking about race, class, and education. On Friday, the Washington Post published a piece by my community discussion partner, Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, entitled "Organic Chemistry: Two Tracks of Schooling Raise Questions About Class, Race and Community." This episode of Know-It-All continues the conversation. My guest, Dr. Paul C. Gorski, is a …
 
Grassroots activism in education is responsible for birthing the movements that gave us Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and is now responsible for the recent national focus on standardized testing, racial disparities in student discipline, school closures, and other pressing issues. My guest, Daniel del Pielago, is an Education Org…
 
It is Memorial Day, and we are honoring those who have lost their lives for this country. We will talk about how to teach our children to be advocates for, and students of, peace. And we'll discuss the role of faith and spirituality in peace education. Susan G. Burton is the Director of the United Methodist Seminar Program on National and Internati…
 
Public charter vs. traditional public schools, local communities vs. outside reformers, black vs. white. There are many distractions and red herrings in discussions about education reform. My guest, Dr. Andre Perry, has put many of those distractions on the table in his fascinating novel, The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City. The novel is se…
 
Girls' athletics are just the tip of the iceberg that is gender equity in schools. Many educators are aware that Title IX requires schools to allow girls equal access to school sports. But not everyone knows that Title IX also prohibits sex-based discrimination in school, which can take many forms. Guest, Dr. Susan Strauss, is the author of Sexual …
 
To show our appreciation for teachers this week, check out this oldie but goodie - Black Male Educators and Why Equity Requires Them. My guests were Joseph Isaac and Rennie Taylor, who are incredible teachers that consistently go above and beyond for the sake of their students. They talked about what it means to be black male educators.…
 
Student equity and education advocacy rhetoric has often pitted teachers and educators against, essentially, everyone else. But, teachers are doing tremendous things to force change for equity from within and to deliver empowering social justice instruction to their students. My guests will talk to us about the language of equity and what it takes …
 
How can we keep our children safe? Schools are still the safest places to be, but since the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, debate about whether to put more police and guns in schools continues to rage. Even pop culture has grabbed hold - from HBO's Vice to Fox's Glee, guns in school is a hot topic. Jim Eichner is Managing Director of Programs for Ad…
 
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