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Heinrich Heine stated, “Where words leave off, music begins.”  There simply are no words to describe how music completes a large part of our life journey.  Music is universal, personal, magical, powerful, subtle, and romantic; music has the capacity to move and change us.

The world of music is a central part of our guest and inspiring educator, Maestra Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega.  Through her lifelong passion, Sonia has introduced and touched the hearts and minds of children and their families in struggling neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  The impact of centuries old music Maestra De Leon de Vega conducts for her audience, most experiencing live classical performance for the first time, has had a profound impact on even the toughest teens struggling to find meaning in their lives.

Sonia's musical journey through her "Discovering Music" program and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra is bringing musical balance and harmony to the greater Los Angeles community.  Join us and hear how Sonia can instill inspiration without a single spoken word.  Follow the baton and help us celebrate our unsung hero!

Direct download: IE21-Sonia_Marie_De_Leon_De_Vega.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

As the great great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, Amanda Washington's contribution to education remains very personal through her past work as a Spanish teacher for Teach for America.  Her current challenge is to define and produce a more diverse educational opportunity for all children.  As a graduate student at Columbia University's Teacher's College and as an intern with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA), the legacy of Booker T. Washington continues through Amanda.

Join us and find out how the influence of her educator grandmother and family friend and civil rights attorney, Oliver Hill, have helped shape and form Amanda's calling in education.  From the classroom to educational policy research, our inspiring educator has never forgotten the valued lessons of history, sacrifices made, and the continuing dedication needed for progress to be made.

Direct download: IE20-Amanda_Washington.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” -Teddy Roosevelt.

The quote appropriately describes many dedicated educators.  Our task is to share and rebuild hope, our situation is never ideal: logistical challenges, lack of supplies and funding, staff shortages, but what our schools can depend on are innovative, dedicated, and passionate individuals who stand in front of her class every single day, and staunchly demonstrate and encourage our children to overcome their own inhibitions and say, "You can do this.  You will not fail, not on my watch."

Our inspiring educator today, in her own words, "...never thought I would be hanging out at the teacher's lounge."  Thankfully she did.   A former Teach for America educator who's practice and curriculum have been adopted on a National Scale by Teach for America and studied by 17,000 incoming corps members so far, her classroom goes far beyond math and reading.  A Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, given to just one elementary school teacher from a corps of over six thousand, Ms. Julia King continues her fight for educational equity for the most needy students in her expanding role in and outside the classroom.  Join us and listen in to Julia's inspiring story, turning her idealistic ideas to a working formula for student success.

Direct download: IE19-Julia_King.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

We continue our discussions about education in New Zealand with Mr. John Pipe in Auckland.  In this episode, John discusses the state of educators in New Zealand as well as the integration of Maori culture and new immigrants in the educational curriculum.  John further shares his role as an administrator and reflects his position outside the classroom.  Finally, John continues to share his wisdom and anecdotal lessons after 39 years as a teacher. 

Direct download: IE18-John_Pipe_Part_Two_.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 1:15am EDT

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