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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 25

Apr 25, 2018

First hour: Teaching "code meshing" in schools

Second hour: An update on the EcoDistrict

How can we teach writing to diverse students? African American students are often pressured to "code switch" in academic settings, but the authors of a new book called Other People's English advocate for what they call "code meshing" -- allowing students to use African American English and other forms of English. We'll talk to the authors about how to foster inclusion in the classroom. In studio:

  • Vershawn Young and Y'Shanda Rivera, co-authors of Other People's English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy

Then in our second hour, an update on the EcoDistrict -- Greentopia's green vision for High Falls and the surrounding area. We'll discuss a series of new projects designed to increase biodiversity and walkability in the area, as well as the impact environmental education can have in urban design. Our guests:

  • Lisa Baron, board chair for Greentopia
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez,¬†president and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • Rachel Walsh, EcoDistrict program director at Greentopia