November 3, 2009: GEMS education. New York City Parents blog.

In education on October 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm
On the first part of today’s show, we’ll have a live interview with Allison Mattheis.  Mattheis spent five years as a science and math teacher in the Minneapolis public schools, and is now working on a PhD in educational policy and administration.  We discuss Mattheis’s work with GEMS, Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science.  We talk with her about chemically constructing lip gloss, visiting NASA, and building robots and CO2 cars.  Mattheis shares with us her stories about turning her classroom into a workshop and teaching girls to use power tools.
Read more about the GEMS program here, here, and here.

On the second half of the show, we’ll have a live interview with Leonie Haimson.  Haimson is a New York City parent and education advocate.  She blogs at The Huffington Post and at NYC Public School Parents.  Haimson is also Executive Director of Class Size Matters.  We’ll talk about her blogs and her take on the top education issues in NYC on this voting day.  This is Part 2 in our series on Bloggers and Education.

You can read her writing at nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com and at The Huffington Post. If you’re concerned about classroom sizes in New York schools, visit Class Size Matters. Haimson also contributed to NYC Schools Under Bloomberg/Klein:  What Parents, Teachers, and Policy Makers Need to Know.

Girls and power tools… class size and politics… coming up.

Music for today’s show by Paul Brill, Cirkestra, and Evil Art Form.


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