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.


July Voices of Michigan Education – “My Kids had Fun this Summer and it was Educational Too!”

LOC air zoo.jpgJoin us for the July edition of the Voices of Michigan Education (Tuesday, July 14  at 7 p.m. on Newstalk 760 WJR in Detroit and across the state on Saturday, July 18 – see listing of stations on right) for another thought provoking discussion of the future of our state’s education system. On our latest program, a summer twist to our normal subject matter as we dive into July with some great ideas for parents who are attempting to keep their children engaged in educational, but fun activities available throughout the state – in a program we’re entitling – “My Kids had Fun this Summer and it was Educational Too!”

We’ll travel across the state from St. Joe’s to Alpena, Flint and Kalamazoo learning about some of Michigan’s great resources for fun learning experiences. We’ll talk about how you can explore Railroads and Flight Simulators and engage in Canoe trips and explore ship wrecks among other opportunities. If you’ve been searching for  new ways to entertain your kids this summer and help them learn along the way – we’ve got some great ideas for you on the July edition of the Voices of Michigan Education.

How do Teachers Spend their Summer Vacation?


So, what are YOU doing this summer? Are you preparing to “run” the Grand Canyon to raise money for charity, will you serve in the reserves as an Army officer? How about a trip to Guatemala to improve your Spanish, or could you be working with an AIDS orphanage in Uganda? Maybe not, but these activities are exactly how teachers across the state are spending their summer “vacations” this year. On the June edition of the Voices of Michigan Education, you’ll hear from nine different educators who have chosen some incredible and meaningful ways to spend their summers. If you think you know what your children’s teachers do during their summer break, I guarantee you’ll have a different perspective at the end of the next edition of the Voices of Michigan Education. Join us to be inspired and maybe dispel some of those notions that, as one teacher told me this week, that they sit around the pool all summer.

You can hear the show on Tuesday evening, June 9 at 7 p.m. on Newstalk 760 WJR and on Saturday, June 13 across the state on the Michigan Radio Network

May Show Gives Parents the Tools to Inspire Summer Reading


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).