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Dr. Susan Gardner @PhDSus 
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Educational View: Community College Perquisite Credit for Professional School

Susan Gardner has more than 17 years of higher education experience in academic and student affairs. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of communications, social science, and leadership. Past experiences include serving as a community college vice president where she oversaw student affairs and enrollment. Prior to her community college experience, Gardner served as assistant dean of students at the University of Charleston (UC). Recently she returned to UC and its School of Pharmacy where she is as an assistant professor and assistant dean for professional and student affairs. Gardner has published more than 100 articles related to enrollment, student success, and residence life. She earned her BA from Oakland University, MA from Central Michigan University, and
PhD from Capella University. She lives in Charleston, WV with her husband and two daughters. (audio)

Educational View What Families Can do to Help This Nation Embark on the Next Chapter of Civil Rights in Education.

Allison R. Brown


Attorney & Consultant

Allison R. Brown is a civil rights attorney and President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC).
Immediately prior to founding ABC, Ms. Brown worked as a trial attorney for the 
United States Department of Justice in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division where she and her colleagues enforced Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution as it relates to public education. (audio)


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Tanishka Chellani Educational View: Education Reform Domestic and International Education Through Public Policy


BIO: Tanishka Chellani, is a student in an IB school. She is heavily interested in politics with a specific focus on education reform. Active in establishing and furthering her speech and debate program and working with a internationally acclaimed non-profit organization that subsidizes a mid-day meal program, she hopes on making a visible impact on the international education through policy.

Education4and2Parents: A Podcast Center

The Value of Parental Engagement

John Lewis: A Civil Rights Legend

Community College Now: Serving Adult Learners

On today's show, Dr. Susan Gardner, host of Community College Now interviews Dr. Sarah Beasly, Director of Academic Initiatives, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commision on best practices to serve the adult learner.

Dr. Sarah Beasl ey is the Director of Statewide Academic Initiatives for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  A native West

Virginian, Dr. Beasley holds a B.A. in  Psychology from Harvard College, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.


Marybeth Gasman Race in the Classroom (Audio)

Living Education eFocus News continues its discussion on "Race in the Classroom" with Marybeth Gasman Professor of Higher Education University of Pennsylvania Director, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Marybeth Gasman is a Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds secondary appointments in history, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice. She also directs the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Dr. Gasman's areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy. She has written or edited 21 books, including Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund and Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner). Dr. Gasman has a forthcoming book (with Clifton Conrad) titled Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions (2015).Eight of Dr. Gasman’s books have won research awards. Dr. Gasman's articles have been published in the American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Higher Education, the Journal of Negro Education, Research in Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, among others.

She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Dr. Gasman is the principal or co-principal investigator on 7 major grants from funders such as The Helmsley Trust, The Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, Educational Testing Service, and the National Institutes for Health. One project (with Clif Conrad) is focused on student success at MSIs and funded by Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and USA Funds ($1.8). The other project (with Yvonne Paterson) is focused on increasing faculty of color at MSIs in the sciences and is sponsored by NIH ($4.6).

Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, USNEWS, CNN, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Gasman received the Penn GSE Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career Award in 2006. In 2010, she was awarded the Ozell Sutton Medallion for Justice by Philander Smith College. In May 2012, she received an honorary degree from Paul Quinn College and the ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation's Mildred Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholar Award. In 2015, Gasman received the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Leadership Award and the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.

Dr. Sairah Qureshi The Culture of Bullying (audio)


Dr. Mike Robinson, host of 3 Questions interviewed Dr. Sairah Qureshi about the culture of bullying and what parents and educators can do to prevent and idetify bullying.

As founder, creator and director of Action Against Bullying, LLC (AAB), an organization specialized in training teachers and guidance counselors, what makes Action Against Bullying more unique from other organizations is the specialized academic and practical knowledge from examining bullying, not only from an educational psychological perspective, but also from the socio-economic angle. It thus allows for a broader pro-active anti-bullying training module curriculum in schools and for educators. Additionally, AAB is officially a contract vendor for all NYC public schools and work has been conducted at schools in Brooklyn, NY. 

Dr. Sairah Qureshi earned her PhD in Sociology and Criminology from the UK in 2011, based on exploring and examining the perceptions of bullying and racist bullying and particularly how it is manifested around the school environment. Dr. Qureshi has had over 10 years of academic experience and over 7 years as a consultant and practitioner in the field of bullying and bias-based bullying. She has advised local authorities on school bullying, participated in and evaluated school training manuals on bullying as well as delivered extensive public outreach work to children and young people on the subject of school bullying and racism. More recently, Action Against Bullying, LLC affiliated and developed a partnership with Bullying Intervention Group, a UK Not-for-profit organization allowing for schools to achieve a special award for best bullying prevention. The BIG scheme also incorporates an online course for teachers and guidance counselors, nationally approved and accredited as college credit course, as well as developing a peer support system also approved as college credit course. BIG currently has been acknowledged as the largest anti-bullying organization in the UK. Action Against Bullying, LLC and Bullying Intervention Group are currently in the process of marketing, promoting, franchising and launching the BIG award scheme on the East Coast with intentions to allow schools to sign up and educators gaining credits towards their teaching qualifications. 

Furthermore, Dr. Qureshi has acted as Residential Consultant Expert for the Downtown Manhattan Community Board 1, ‘Youth and Education Committee’ since May 2010 where her proposals have been presented to the NYC Department of Education. She has also been a prominent member of the NYC Teen Healthy Relationship Network Roundtable committee. At these meetings Dr. Qureshi has consulted with other key organizations into developing an Anti-Bullying prevention program in order to combat teen dating violence/abusive relationships among teens. Dr. Qureshi further has been an Associate member of another large UK anti-bullying organization, ‘Anti-Bullying Alliance’ since 2008 where she has presented her work and hosted a key workshop for this organization.

Dr. Sairah Qureshi has presented her work at several conferences in the US, UK and Europe, she has lectured and published articles in her specialized field, underwent interviews as well as published her very first book, ‘Bullying and Racist Bullying in Schools; What ARE we missing?’. Dr. Qureshi also teaches Sociology to undergraduates at Strayer University, NJ, and lives with her husband in Montvale, NJ, USA.

Dr. Sairah Qureshi has presented her work at several conferences in the US, UK and Europe, she has lectured and published articles in her specialized field, underwent interviews as well as published her very first book, ‘Bullying and Racist Bullying in Schools; What ARE we missing?’. Dr. Qureshi also teaches Sociology to undergraduates at Strayer University, NJ, and lives with her husband in Montvale, NJ, USA.

Kristen Eckerman Integration of Technology in the K-5 Classroom (audio)

Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Lives talks about   Integration of Technology in the K-5 Classroom with Kristen Eckerman, a 4th grade reading teacher and team leader,

Kristen Eckerman has a master’s in Education Administration and is also master reading teacher, Google for Education. She is enthusiastic about taking risks and integrating technology into the classroom.

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Dr. Stephanie A. Banks-Massey What Impact Does Online Higher Educational Learning Have on Adults’ Preferred Learning Styles?

Abstract: The focus of this study was to exhibit how the learning styles of adult students can have a direct impact on a student’s ability to succeed in an online learning program. Adult students attending online programs have not recognized the importance of knowing their individual learning styles. Universities looking for ways to retain satisfied students in online programs should contemplate improving a student’s learning experience by examining how a university’s online education program affects a student’s learning preference. This study is an examination of the impact online learning has on adult students’ learning styles and also an exploration of the benefits of universities offering a tutorial to new students registering online for the first time. Therefore, this qualitative phenomenological study was conducted to uncover the impact online learning has on the learning styles of seven online students attending Concordia University Chicago and thirteen students attending other online universities. Thereby, three instruments were used to uncover this phenomenon. This study heightened the body of knowledge related to online learning in higher education and the adult students’ learning preferences. The results showed that learning styles of adult students could be influenced either positively or negatively while studying online, positively if a student is aware of his or her learning style and negatively if a student does not recognize his or her abilities or learning preferences. Also noted, the study showed 65% of the online student participants’ utilized multimodal learning preference while learning online. Although rich data were introduced, additional studies with a larger sample size could further support these findings.

What Should Schools Do To Increase Parental Engagement? Dr. Michael A. Robinson


According to former Board of Education member for Prince George’s County Public Schools Patricia Fletcher “when families are not involved, the failure is on the school system” (Living Education eMagazine TV, 2011). Ms. Fletcher went on to proclaim the failure is the primary result of an uninviting school system; “it is not an open door policy; there is push back from within the system” (Living Education eMagazine TV, 2011).

National Men Make A Difference Day For Academic Success Creator Dr. Michael Robinson

Next year National Men Make A Difference Day For Academic Success is October 10, 2016. However, you do not have to wait until next year to become actively involved in the academic lives of your children.

“Turn one day of engagement into a lifetime of involvement”


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Parental Engagement

Parental engagement makes a significant difference to the educational outcomes of children and young people; parents have a key role in raising educational standards.  The more involved and engaged parents are in the education of their children the more likely their children are to…


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Living Education eFocus News interviewed Spencer Levine Vice President, Programs, of Hospice Foundation of America. In this three part series, Mr. Levine outlines the mission of the Hospice Foundation of America, what is Hospice Care and the professional credentials and regulations associated with providing end of life care.  

Spencer Levine is Vice President, Programs, of Hospice Foundation of America.  He joined HFA in July 2010 as Senior Program Officer.  His responsibilities include writing and producing the annual Living with Grief®professional education programs, developing public and professional education programming from concept through fulfillment, and serving as a media spokesman for HFA. In 2013, he co-produced “Hospice – Something More,” a one hour, grant-funded program shown nationally on cable television and made available on request for no charge online and on DVD. Before coming to HFA, he was the communications director at a large, regional nonprofit hospice program in the Washington DC area for nearly10 years. Prior to his involvement in the end-of-life segment of healthcare, he worked in media as a network television producer and news writer, radio news director and newspaper reporter/photographer.  He has received several writing awards from his colleagues in end-of-life care and the media.


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