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SrDad-017 Family Time Hijacked

11/7/2012
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This week we hear a "First Person" account from Katie Russell, a mother of a first grader whose family life is at risk because of homework. Our Homework "Guru" Sara Bennett gives Katie some advice.Stan has a conversation with Amy Lanou the author of "Healthy Eating for Life, for Children". What should your child eat at lunch? Plus other reveling subjects. Look at our Lunch Box page for useful downloads.We have a candid conversation with Middle School expert Gayle Andrews about paying for...

Duration: 00:58:43


SrDad-018-The food that kids eat

11/7/2012
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Dana Woldow a San Francisco volunteer is co-chair of SFUSD student nutrition and physical activity committee and feels that Catering trucks should be treated like Medical Marijuana Clubs, and kept 1000 feet from schools. Hear her in our nutrition segment.Sharp rise in girls pressured to have sex, Zephira Derblich-Milea tells us what's behind the numbers. Download the 2006 study from Liz Claiborne and listen along.Ellie Goldberg updates us on Asthma in the schools and we have 3 downloads...

Duration: 00:54:43


SrDad019-The child with extra needs

11/7/2012
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" The quality of education a child with a disability receives is directly related to the advocacy skills of the parent". Say's Pat Howey a parent whose child's illness turned her into an advocate for children with extra needs. Pat tells us how.Mary McFarland, Oakland California Psychotherapist helps us to understand some of the mental stress facing young people today, from the young student to the teenager.Amy Lanou our Nutrition specialist shares what is best to feed a child for...

Duration: 00:57:22


Srdad 020-Should Parents Brainstorm?

11/7/2012
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Mary McFarland, Oakland California Psychotherapist discusses the need for 'Parent Brainstorming" sessions at public schools and how this will help develop "community linkage". She also talks about students and alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and diabetes. " The quality of education a child with a disability receives is directly related to the advocacy skills of the parent". Says Pat Howey a parent whose child's illness turned her into an advocate for children with extra needs. Pat...

Duration: 00:57:13


Senior Dad 021- Robokids

11/7/2012
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Denise Pope, Stanford Professor and Author of "Doing School" starts a two part interview with a story of over programmed and misdirected kids striving to become robots in an leave no prisoner environment. This far reaching two part series covers homework, parenting, playtime and parental stress and needs for the future.We are testing a new homework survey. This survey can be used by a school or PTA as a barometer to gauge the status of homework issues at the school. We can adjust the...

Duration: 00:55:11


SrDad023-Trans Fat Slayer

11/7/2012
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Nutrition- Steve Joseph started a war against Trans fat. He went up against the largest food companies in this country and won! He was instrumental in getting the Federal Government to require all food manufacturers to list Trans Fats on their product labels. Hear his story. Healthy Schools- Barry Blesser is a retired MIT professor. He is creative, innovative and one of the creators of digital sound in computers. Barry now directs his energy towards teaching parents how to save their...

Duration: 01:08:26


Senior Dad 024-Are Games a Waste of Time?

11/7/2012
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Healthy Mind- David Elkind Internationally renowned child psychologist joins us for the first of a two part conversation. We talk about if computer games encourage violence, is there value to homework and are there benefits to play.Healthy Schools- Laura Plunkett's son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7. It took the help of the entire family to pitch in and see that he remained well. A story of a family becoming stronger by fighting an issue togetherBriefing Room- Barry...

Duration: 01:02:42


Senior Dad 025- Understanding a School Board

11/7/2012
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Briefing Room- Eric Mar is a father, husband, full time educator, activist and incidentally a member of the school board of San Francisco Unified School District. What motivates a man to take such a thankless job. Is it a stepping stone or is there something deeper? This week we start a three part series, learning what makes Eric tick. We learn his feelings on all the major issues facing us now and for some time in the future. Some of what he says may upset you. Healthy Mind- David Elkind...

Duration: 00:56:27


Senior Dad 026-The Queen of Bipolar

11/7/2012
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Healthy Schools- Pamela Wolfberg forward thinking educator lets us see her vision of future education and how we plan for the rising rate of Autism in "We are all included" part 1. Briefing Room- Eric Mar is a father, husband, full time educator, activist and incidentally a member of the school board of San Francisco Unified School District. What motivates a man to take such a thankless job. Is it a stepping stone or is there something deeper? This week part 2 of a three part series,...

Duration: 01:10:09


Senior Dad 027-John C Dvorak Home Schooler

11/7/2012
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First Person- John C Dvorak is a leading Tech reporter, editor, writer, media star ,blogger (Dvorak.org/blog) and has been a curmudgeon for years. John shares his views with us about parenting. John is a vocal supporter of home schooling.. Briefing Room- Eric Mar is a father, husband, full time educator, activist and incidentally a member of the school board of San Francisco Unified School District. This week part 3 of a three part series, learning "what makes Eric tick". Eric tells of...

Duration: 01:09:02


Senior dad 028-Every Child, Every School

11/7/2012
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Briefing Room- Heather McCracken created Friend 2 Friend Social Network. It is a place for children with and without autism can play together as equals. Heather is someone you should know.Healthy Schools- Ellie Goldberg on what schools can do for the child with allergies.Bob Brokob our 64 year old father to be checks in.First Person- John C Dvorak is a leading Tech reporter, editor, writer, media star ,blogger (Dvorak.org/blog) and has been a curmudgeon for years. John shares his views...

Duration: 01:03:00


Senior Dad 029 Open the Gate

11/7/2012
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Briefing Room- Heather McCracken created Friend 2 Friend Social Network. It is a place for children with and without autism can play together as equals. Heather saw a need, acted and has helped thousandsFirst Person- John C Dvorak is a leading Tech reporter, editor, writer, media star ,blogger (Dvorak.org/blog) and has been a curmudgeon for years. John shares his views with us about parenting. John tells us how he home schools his daughter. Middle School- Gayle Andrews is a middle school...

Duration: 00:53:29


Senior Dad 030-Should we isolate smart kids?

11/7/2012
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Ingrid Shafer has team taught at the college level for 40 years at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion and more degrees to boot. She is a new friend and I asked her how we should teach our quicker learners. That's where our conversation started. I hope you enjoy listening to Ingrid as much as I enjoyed thinking with her.Healthy Schools- Pamela Wolfberg forward thinking educator lets us see her vision of future education and how we...

Duration: 01:07:29


Senior Dad 031-Checking in with Florida

11/7/2012
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We hear from new Sr Dad Bob Brockob (64), his wait is over and he speaks with us as he holds his new son Max.Up and coming children's book author Connie Lee Berry chats with us about volunteering in schools and why she choose to switch from public schools in Florida and go private .Raising children takes a lot of work on the parents part. A welcoming school or school district can make all the difference. Katy Franklin, San Francisco mother of an autistic child gets a reception she doesn't...

Duration: 00:56:20


Senior Dad 032-We Have a Choice

11/7/2012
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Bill Glasser is a psychiatrist who developed Choice theory he also has a position on redefining mental health. There are 12 schools in the country designated as Glasser Schools which means the teach the Choice theory as part of their curriculum. Bill is truly one of the great creative thinkers of our time and in this first part of our multi-part conversation with Bill we learn some of the events that shaped his thinking.Up and coming children's book author Connie Lee Berry chats with us...

Duration: 01:09:05


Senior Dad 033-School Nurse Speaks Out

11/7/2012
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Marie Hoemke was a school nurse for almost 40 years. She tells us what the Health Department was like 40 years ago and how it changed and why. Candid, unabridged and straight from her heart. Part 1Michael Klonsky is a small school advocate. He has worked for the University of Illinois, Chicago for years and took part in the small school studies of the 1990's. In this first part of a two part conversation Mike tells us about small schools and why they were started.Bill Glasser is a...

Duration: 01:08:17


Senior Dad 034-One Sick Child Away From Being Fired

11/7/2012
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Joan Williams-Director, Center for WorkLife Law University of California, Hastings has made a study of arbitration's related to discharges because of mandatory overtime and family emergencies. We all could be one sick child away from being fired Marie Hoemke was a school nurse for almost 40 years. She tells us what the Health Department was like 40 years ago and how it changed and why. Candid, unabridged and straight from her heart. In part 2 she tells us what is not happening in the...

Duration: 01:10:02


Senior Dad 035-A Gentle Way To Teach

11/7/2012
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The environment that a child learns in can determine outcome. At school how we treat the child not only effects how the child learns but also teaches the child how to treat others. If a teacher uses power, force or abuse to teach, that is what a child will learn. The Grand Traverse Academy in Traverse City MI uses none of these. It is a Bill Glasser inspired school and it uses "a gentle way to teach". Kaye Mentley the superintendent of the school district tells us how they do itWhat is safe...

Duration: 01:18:39


Senior Dad 036-Do Schools Give African Americans an Even Chance?

11/7/2012
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A large number of African American students in the San Francisco Unified School District are behind academically. Bennie Wright an African American is a native San Franciscan. She went to the public schools here and is a college graduate. She is involved in her community and shares with us her views of the school system and how well we are serving the African American community. This is one part of a multi part view. Meet Shawna DeNofa, during her eighth month of pregnancy she found out that...

Duration: 01:22:55


Senior Dad 037-Does Parent Involvement Effect Learning?

11/7/2012
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Holly Seerly is the mother of a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Dyslexia. She faces the issues that normally confront a parent with a child with those conditions, but when he was in middle school, a new condition arose; Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS), and Holly’s challenge was intensified. We’re all venerable to having a child or parent with PTSS. Holly shares what it is like. Jose Barillas is the Principal of Thurgood Marshal Middle School in Chicago IL...

Duration: 01:01:23

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