Great show last night! If you missed it, check out the Saturday airings!

What a great group of guests on this month’s “Voices of Michigan Education!”I learned a ton–and found some great ideas to share with other parents and educators. If you missed it, scroll down on the right side of your screen for Saturday’s air times and stations. Hopefully sometime next week we’ll have a podcast up here on the blog. Let me know what you think!

Resources for Educators & Parents from tonight’s radio show

We have a jam packed show tonight with lots of great ideas, so I thought I would post some links to the resources we talk about. These are FREE and include great stuff for the students in your life to earn (PISTONS TICKETS!)–check them out:

*Michigan Reads: This is a fabulous program that encourages kids to read, read and read! MEA & the Pistons have teamed up–and we’re trying to get to 10,000 books statewide. Check it out: your students can win free Pistons tickets.

*The Electric Company is all new! The show and a new website have been re-energized for a new generation. It’s fun, but it’s built on the same solid research about how kids learn. Share this first link with your students aged 6-9. The second is for educators and parents (with free games and printables for you.) I saw the EC give a presentation recently–it’s really interesting stuff:

*You HAVE to hear Patricia Polacco talk about her struggle to learn to read–did you know she was 14 before she could read a single sentence? I wish I could have met the teacher who helped her figure it all out. She’s an amazing story–and I’m sure he is too. Visit her website to read more.

I’ll have more in the coming days–including some info on how you can set up your own bookmobile like the one you’ll heard about on tonight’s show. Let me know what you think.

And of course, TUNE IN tonight at 7 p.m. on WJR NewsTalk 760 — feedback gratefully accepted!

Kerry

From struggling readers to an old fashioned bookmobile–tomorrow night’s show has it all!

You won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s “Voices of Michigan Education!” Renowned childrens author Patricia Polacco gives a heartwrenching–and heartwarming–interview about her struggle to learn to overcome dyslexia and learn to read…and the teacher who made it all possible. There won’t be a dry eye in the house!

Plus, remember the Electric Company? It might not be exactly the show you recall–it’s all new and it’s geared toward attracting today’s students with a mixture of hip hop music, engaging lessons and current teen stars. If you’ve got a struggling reader or are looking for great parent or teacher resources to help, tune in and hear what they have to say on the show.

And, an old-fashioned bookmobile for modern times. Find out where this unique idea has students running from their homes to get the latest reads…and how YOU can do it where you live!

Tune in tomorrow night at 7pm on WJR, NewsTalk 760–Voices of Michigan Education, covering the issues YOU care about.

Sure, we can teach them to read, but how do we get them to LOVE it?

Are the students in your life bibliophibians or bibliophobians? Do they read because they have to or because they love to? February’s “Voices of Michigan Education” tackles all things reading related–from helpful new resources for struggling readers (remember The Electric Company? They’re all new, and they’re on our show) to what to do to keep older readers engaged and interested in trying new genres to an old-fashioned bookmobile that has today’s students pumped.

But I want to know from you–what do you do to help foster a real love of reading? How do we make kids lifelong readers? Share your tips and tricks–and listen to us talk about them on WJR NewsTalk 760 on February 9th at 7 p.m. We can all learn something along the way!

May Show Gives Parents the Tools to Inspire Summer Reading

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On the May edition of the Voices of Michigan Education, we’ll talk about how to get your kids to read again, especially this summer. Has reading become a lost part of childhood? Has technology taken over a child’s willingness to read a book?

The latest MEAP tests show that math scores are up, but reading scores are not improving at the level the state needs to make our graduates competitive members of the work force. This summer is a good time to start instilling the “need to read” in our children.  

On this month’s show we’ll hear from those leading reading programs across the state and the country that are really working – from Washington, D.C. with Anita Marino who will discuss the NEA’s Read Across America program to Farmington where teacher Josh Wells inspired his middle school to read 10,000 books in one year to Grand Rapids and Judy Johnson who’ll share information on the phenomenally successful GRASP correspondence program. You’ll also hear about a unique Grosse Pointe schools reading initiative where teachers are helping their students fall in love with reading all over again.

We’ll share some great ideas for parents too, who are looking for new ways to get their children to read all summer long. That’s the Voices of Michigan Education, a show this month that ‘reads like a book,’  at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 on Newstalk 760, WJR in Detroit and on Saturday May 16 across the state (see affiliate list on the right).