children http://wamc.org en Listener Essay - Folding Laundry http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-folding-laundry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pamela Ethington is a writer who divides her time between Syracuse, where her home is, and Woodstock, N.Y., where her heart is. Her work has been published in New Millenium Writings. She is a student of author Martha Frankel in Woodstock.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Pamela Ethington 87353 at http://wamc.org Listener Essay - Folding Laundry "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon http://wamc.org/post/far-tree-parents-children-and-search-identity-andrew-solomon <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://andrewsolomon.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Andrew Solomon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s book on parents, children and the bond between them and the cases of extreme difference - was published to ecstatic acclaim last year - landing on best-seller lists across the country, and "Best of" lists from <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Amazon</em>, <em>The Economist </em>and more.</span></p><p>The book has now been released in paperback. Solomon opens <em>Far From the Tree</em> with an autobiographical chapter detailing his experience as a gay son of heterosexual parents. At the time of his youth, homosexuality was considered an illness and a crime. The book is about the struggle for those who are different and their need to find their own identity.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78953 at http://wamc.org "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' Family Adventures in Reading http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-family-adventures-reading <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – </span><a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.</span></p><p>This morning we spotlight <a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/">MASS Humanities</a> and their <a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/family_adventures">Family Adventures in Reading</a> program. The idea is to explore diversity, knowing about the world; children responding to humanities themes through literature and illustration. The program emphasizes&nbsp;the importance of adult-child interaction with reading and conversation.</p><p>To discuss, we welcome, <a href="http://www.maryjomaichack.com/">Mary Jo Maichack</a> - a national award-winning singer, storyteller and creative teaching artist; and Hayley Wood - a Senior program Officer at Mass Humanities. She is the editor of Mass Humanities' blog, <em>The Public Humanist</em> and she manages Family Adventures in Reading.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73025 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' Family Adventures in Reading "Real Talk for Real Teachers" by Rafe Esquith http://wamc.org/post/real-talk-real-teachers-rafe-esquith <p><em>&nbsp; **Audio to come**</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>According to our next guest: public education is in a crisis. Rafe Esquith believes new teachers are quickly turning to alternative career paths and seasoned teachers are burning out after years of dedicated work. He says this comes from increasing pressure from policy-makers and administrators, budget cuts to already underfunded programs, unreliable teacher evaluations, mandated testing, and a myriad of other burdens.</p><p>Rafe Esquith, one of America’s most celebrated educators provides an antidote to the problem with his new book: <em>Real Talk for Real Teachers</em>, which he says cuts through the distractions and helps educators focus on what is truly important: TEACHING.</p><p>Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years. He is the only teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69485 at http://wamc.org "Real Talk for Real Teachers" by Rafe Esquith Ann M. Martin http://wamc.org/post/ann-m-martin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/annmartin/">Ann M. Martin</a> is the author of the iconic and beloved <em>The Baby-Sitters Club</em> series which has sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her acclaimed novels include <em>Belle Teal</em>, the Newbery Honor book <em>A Corner of the Universe</em>, <em>Here Today</em>, <em>A Dog’s Life</em>, and <em>On Christmas Eve</em>.</p><p><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/familytree/"><em>Family Tree</em></a>, is her new quartet, which brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time, and shows readers the way a family grows.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64840 at http://wamc.org Ann M. Martin Michael Thompson http://wamc.org/post/michael-thompson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Berkshire Country Day School and the Berkshires Hills Regional School District present an evening with Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. at 7 pm on Wednesday May 15th at Berkshire Country Day School.</p><p>In his work, Dr. Thompson has explored the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. His latest book <em>Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow</em>.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64762 at http://wamc.org Michael Thompson Lisa Loeb http://wamc.org/post/lisa-loeb-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Lisa </span>Loeb<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was catapulted into early success with the platinum selling No. 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You),” and went on to record eight acclaimed albums, including this year’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009O07NT8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009O07NT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">No Fairy Tale</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B009O07NT8" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>She is also author of <em>Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs</em>, which won a Parent’s Choice Award. Her career encompasses music, film, television, an eyewear collection, award-winning children’s recordings.</p><p>Her new project – intended to get kids off the couch and get them singing and dancing instead is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1402769164/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1402769164&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1402769164" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61901 at http://wamc.org Lisa Loeb "Free to Learn" by Peter Gray http://wamc.org/post/free-learn-peter-gray <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In his new book, <em>Free to Learn</em>, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61046 at http://wamc.org "Free to Learn" by Peter Gray Albany Symphony's March 9th and 10th Presentations http://wamc.org/post/albany-symphonys-march-9th-and-10th-presentations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Albany, NY.</span></p><p>On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”</p><p>Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59333 at http://wamc.org Albany Symphony's March 9th and 10th Presentations Education Official Promotes Child Literacy Efforts http://wamc.org/post/education-official-promotes-child-literacy-efforts <p>Education officials in Massachusetts are stressing the importance of early childhood literacy when it comes to closing the achievement gap.&nbsp; A pioneering reading proficiency program in Springfield has been nationally recognized.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:04:56 +0000 Paul Tuthill 43849 at http://wamc.org Education Official Promotes Child Literacy Efforts