The new school year is coming–but are students ready to learn?

In just four short weeks, public schools across Michigan will open their doors to a new school year—with new opportunities and challenges for students and staff alike. Tune in this Tuesday for the next Voices of Michigan Education, when we’ll look at what we can all do to ensure that students are ready to hit the ground running—and start their new classes on the right note. We’ll reveal tips and tricks to prevent everything from sleep deprivation to separation anxiety and show you the best way to get older students on track all on their own! VOME airs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on WJR NewsTalk 760 and on Saturday on Michigan Talk Radio stations across the state.

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Tune in to Voices of Michigan Education as we tap the wisdom of new retirees!

Thousands of Michigan teachers and other school employees retired this year–taking with them years of experience and expertise. But before they head off into retirement, several of them stopped by VOME to share their wisdom on what works in the classroom, what they might do differently and what needs to be done to help struggling schools and students. We’ll have some eye-opening conversations about the future of public school employees–and why now is the time to get involved in crafting your own profession. You’ll get a unique perspective on the state of education in Michigan–so tune in Tuesday, July 13th at 7 p.m. on WJR NewsTalk 760.

Tune in tonight when we discuss the”summer slide” and how to prevent it!

Students can lose up to a third of what they’ve learned over the summer—but there are ways to stop the summer slide and they can be a whole lot of fun. Join us tonight, June 8 from 7-8 p.m. on WJR when we hear great ideas from educators across the state, including Michigan’s newest Teacher of the Year. We’ll post some resources you can use with your own students–and we’d love to hear from you here–and on Facebook–about your own tricks of the trade. That’s tonight, on Voices of Michigan Education on WJR, NewsTalk 760.

Wow–Michigan students read 10,000 books!

On our last show, we told you about the Michigan Reads program, where students could earn free Pistons tickets for every five books they read. The response has been overwhelming–kids across the state have been pouring through books! We’ve heard from students at every grade level in schools across Michigan. But the lucky reader who read the 10,000th book got a special prize. So who was it? Read all about it!

And now, we’ve got another way for the students in your life to read their way to winning.
This time it involves the Red Wings!

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.