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Original Air Date: 4/26/2012 Apr-12
On the April 2012 edition of SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION, Deputy State Superintendent, Sherrill Parris, discusses some alarming new studies that reveal how summer vacation can negatively impact students. She will also discuss ways for parents to keep their children’s reading and math skills sharp over the summer. Also, a volunteer with the Literacy Council will discuss the importance of early literacy and her one-on-one volunteer experience with adults.
Original Air Date: 10/27/2011 October 2011
On this edition of SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION, Dr. Tommy Bice, Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Instructional Services, discusses the states efforts to reduce the number of students in Alabama dropping out of high school. Dr. Craig Pouncey: Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Administrative and Financial Services, talks about the importance of offering our children healthy food choices in our schools and the states 2012 education budget. Dr. J-M Wersinger, a physics professor at Auburn, introduces viewers to an exciting program at Auburn University.
Original Air Date: 7/28/2011 STEM Part 3
As a part of of our focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, well have Assoc. VP of Education for the McWane Science Center, Kathy Fournier, in our studio to share simple projects parents and teachers can do that will get students interested in STEM. Alabamas new teacher of the year, Dr. Gay Barnes, will also join us and well talk with Dr. Joe Morton, who recently announced his retirement as State Superintendent of Schools.
Original Air Date: 5/26/2011 Women, Minorities and STEM
Women are slightly more than half of U.S. residents, and by 2050, projections show minorities will become half of the U.S. population. So why are women and minorities still underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers? We’ll take a look at programs in the state focused on changing the statistics by sparking interest in STEM early.

Producer/Host Rhonda Colvin with guests Brenda Terry, executive director of Alabama Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Coalition; Marilyn Lewis, education specialist with Will Technology; and Shannon Parks, education administrator at the Alabama Dept. of Education take a look at programs in the state focused on changing the statistics by sparking student interest in these fields early.

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Original Air Date: 1/27/2011 Can Alabama Compete Globally?
With recent education reports showing American students are falling behind some of their international peers in fields like Math, Science and Technology, we will explore ways Alabama is preparing its students to compete globally. We invite you to call in with your questions live during the show. Guests include Linda Lucas, dean of the UAB Engineering Department; Caroline Novak, president of A Plus Alabama; and Tammy Dunn of A Plus College Ready. The guests will answer questions from viewers during the live broadcast. Call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 5/3/2010 State Of Our Schools 2010
Rhonda Colvin hosts Alabama Public Televisions annual "State of Our Schools" special with guest Dr. Joe Morton, State Superintendent of Education. Morton will discuss Alabamas K-12 education system and answer viewer calls and emails during the live, one-hour broadcast.
Original Air Date: 4/29/2010 Dr. Tonea Stewart and Linda Dean
What role can the arts play in a student's education? Join us for a live discussion on arts education in Alabama's schools. Dr. Tonea Stewart, Director of Theatre Arts at ASU and Linda Dean, Executive Director of the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, will be our guests. Call in with your questions!
Original Air Date: 7/23/2009 New Laws for K-12
In this year’s legislative session several significant bills were passed regarding K-12 education in the state. From the state’s education budget to a new law raising the high school drop-out age, we will discuss how new laws may affect Alabama’s students. Sally Howell, Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards will be our guest.
Original Air Date: 1/22/2009 Technology in K-12 Education
Learn how schools across the state are incorporating the newest technologies or “web 2.0” in to their k-12 classroom lessons. We will discuss web 2.0 tools, global/local classroom collaborations and other technology projects used to educate students in new ways. Guests will be Fultondale Elementary School teacher, Julie Ramsay and Davis Brock, Director of Elmore County schools and former President of the Alabama Educational Technology Association.
Original Air Date: 10/23/2008 Spotlight on Career Tech
Tune in Thursday, April 23rd at 7 pm as experts discuss how Career Tech Education can provide students with real work experience before they graduate. We will be taking your calls and instant messages during the live broadcast.
Original Air Date: 7/31/2008 Measuring Education Success
Joining host Ken Lass will be Dr. Regina Thompson, principal of E. D. Nixon Elementary School in Montgomery and Dr. Tony Thacker, Education Administrator with the Alabama Department of Education. The program’s focus will be Alabama’s education successes, exploring what constitutes success in today’s school system and how schools are achieving that success. Among the topics discussed during the live portion of the program will be the role teachers and school administrators play, how a school’s success is measured, the importance of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the inclusion of magnate schools on “top schools” lists.
Original Air Date: 5/1/2008 Bridges to Literacy
Ken Lass hosts this quarterly series exploring education issues in Alabama. This month’s program focuses on exploring the literacy movement in the state of Alabama.


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