EPISODE 91 – DR. ROCIO RIVAS FOR LAUSD BOARD DISTRICT 2

For our 91st episode, Dr. Rocio Rivas (@RocioRivas1111) and I have an extensive discussion on public schools in Los Angeles, including the ongoing challenges posed by charter schools and the private “philanthropists” behind many of them. Originally migrated from Mexico to the K-town area at two years old, Rivas graduated from Reseda high school as the beneficiary of a busing program there and earned her B.A. in Political Science and Development Studies from UC Berkeley in 1996. In 2008, she also earned her PhD in Comparative and International Education from Columbia University. Rivas’ campaign for District 2 is endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles; to learn more about her, you can visit her website. You can also volunteer for her campaign via this UTLA portal. Mail-in ballots for L.A. voters arrive as early as May 9th, 2022, and Election Day is June 7th, 2022.

J.T.

EPISODE 61 – SOCIAL STUDIES WITH NICOLE GERRON

In our 61st episode, we’re joined by LAUSD teacher, Nicole Gerron. Nicole and I talk about LAUSD’s progress in returning to the old routine over the last five weeks of the semester with students, as well as the district’s preparations for a full reopening in the Fall. We also touch on LAUSD’s food program for communities over the last year, Nicole’s Social Studies course on U.S. history, challenges for students and families in the next school-year for all stakeholders to keep in mind, and more. A fun conversation for educators everywhere, but especially in Los Angeles!

J.T.

EPISODE 55 – DAVID DE LA CRUZ, ON LAUSD’S RETURN TO SCHOOL THIS SPRING

In our 55th episode, we chat with David de la Cruz, of the Koreatown area, on none other than Los Youngs going back to school this week, at least where David teaches at Young Oak Kim Academy. David completed his undergraduate degree at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is now a first-year teacher for 7th graders in the English Language Arts program at Young Oak Kim. Yours truly interviews David on thoughts about the upcoming protocols for students, the setup of the school-day, and words of encouragement for parents and teachers as students gradually shift back to the classroom.

J.T.