Sunday, November 25, 2007

Farmer Brown

Aired on KQED's The California Report, Fri, November 23, 2007.

And on American Public Media's The Splendid Table, Saturday, December 8, 2007

About a year ago, The California Report covered the declining number of African-American farmers in California and profiled one farmer in the Central Valley. Now, the show follows up with a story of the relationship between that farmer and a young restaurateur in San Francisco who's committed to sourcing as much produce as possible from California's African-American farmers.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hula High: Where Everyone is a Doer

Published in Edutopia Magazine, November 2007

A Hawaiian school mixes indigenous arts and culture with academics to create a local success.

Using a practitioner model to move away from memorizing and encourage depth of learning.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"The Wire" and a Devil's Bargain in Schools

Published on November 14, 2007

The heralded HBO show "The Wire" is known for its unflinching look at institutions and urban poverty. In Season Four, it turns its lens on West Baltimore's public schools. I write about how Baltimore students and educators respond to having that gaze fixed on their world, how one school is defying expectations, and how the show forces us to think about reaching the most struggling kids.