July 15, 2020

RTS Podcast Draft



Coming up next on Rock The Schools . . .
Episode 36 | Equity and Education Reform with special guest Christopher Eide

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About Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart
Hosted by: Chris Stewart
Executive Producer: Monique Linder
Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.” Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).” Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability . . . does public education meet the standards of an educated public when students graduate well below standards required to getting a higher education?

For more information about Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart, email: monique@omgdigitalmediasolutions.com or call 612-787-8705.



A weekly education reform activism podcast, hosted by Chris Stewart aka Citizen Stewart. Subscribe to Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart on iTunes.

Podcast | Episode 35 | iTunes | Download Black Lives Matter, Time Person of the Year 2015 Runner-Up is described as a new civil rights movement that is turning a protest cry into a political force. Hear what Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds and Black Lives Matter Clergy and Supporters say about the movement on the ground in Minneapolis.

Podcast | Episode 34 | iTunes  | Chris Stewart unpacks truth with Tim Wise on a discussion about deep rooted, systemic issues in public education that negatively impacts the education of African American youth and what needs to be done urgently to fix it.

Podcast | Episode 33 | iTunes  | Chris Stewart talks to Ericka Huggins about her life as an educator, member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party, the Criminal Justice system and the Black Lives Matter movement. In 1963, during the height of the civil rights movement, Ericka began her political activism after attending the march in Washington. Chris digs deep for answers about how to model the academic success of the Oakland Community School started by the Black Panther Party achieved.

Podcast | Episode 32 | iTunes  | RTS Meet the St. Paul School Board Candidates presents a final chance to hear from the St. Paul school board candidates who will be representing students and families of St. Paul in tomorrow’s election.  All candidates were invited today.  Hear from Greg Copeland, Linda Freeman, Keith Hardy and Scott Raskiewicz.  Chris challenges the candidates to discuss what is working in the education system that is failing communities of color in Minnesota.

Podcast | Episode 31 | iTunes | RTS Homeless Youth and Education. Chris Stewart and Dr. Charles Morgan, CEO of Union Gospel Mission will dig deep into the family’s root cause of homelessness and its connection to education. Dora Jones, Founder of Mentoring Young Adults, will join the conversation to shine light on an education system that has failed MYA’s youth and families that she serves in Saint Paul, MN and why she is on a mission to disrupt poverty.

Podcast | Episode 30 | iTunes  | RTS with Citizen Stewart Talks One-On-One With Civic Rights Activist DeRay McKesson . . .In a short time DeRay Mckesson has become known for a new brand of civil rights advocacy, based largely on digital activism. Along with other activists he has raised consciousness about police killings of unarmed black people in communities across the country. While most of his followers know him for that work, fewer know the deep understanding his time in public education gave him for how human capital and classroom practices impact students, especially those in poor communities. He joins our show to talk about the importance of understanding school systems if we want to achieve educational justice.

Podcast | Episode 29 | iTunes | RTS Black Brilliance . . .The Believe in Black Youth Campaign Meet the producer, Rebeka Ndosi, who worked on TPT’s Believe in Black Youth campaign. Black Brilliance, the documentary first aired Sunday, September 27 on TPT, featured 5 Minnesota High School seniors who demonstrate black excellence while overcoming stereotypes and defying the belief gap, to soar to success. “Black Brilliance” and the “Believe in Black Youth Campaign” is produced by Twin Cities Public Television and part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen – a national initiative in which local communities identify solutions to the challenges facing K-12 education in America.

Podcast | Episode 28 | iTunes | RTS Special from Washington, D.C. (Part II). . . .  Rock the Schools with Citizen Stewart talks #Black Lives Matter from Washington, DC with special guest Chauntyll Allen of Black Lives Matter, St. Paul, MN, after attending sessions at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference 2015. Published October 5, 2015.

Podcast | Episode 27 | iTunes | RTS Special from Washington, D.C. . . .  “What happens when you take parents to our nation’s Capitol to discuss education reform.”  Chris debriefs with three #NOLA parents after attending education sessions at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference 2015. Published September 28, 2015.

Podcast | Episode 26 | iTunes |  RTS “The Politics of Education” with special guests JACKIE TURNER, Chief Communications Officer St. Paul Public Schools, LATASHA GANDY, Students for Education Reform and MICHAEL SPANGENBERG, Education Activist and Writer promoting power to parents and students.  What about the inside mechanics of public education would surprise average citizens if they knew more about how politics work in school districts? What challenges confront people who work within school systems – or within education – that limited their ability to do right by kids? How can district workers, community activists, and teachers work together to combat system inequity in education?  Published September 21, 2015.

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