Monday, September 27, 2010

Obama's interview with Matt Lauer for "Education Nation"

“What I Want Most that Money Can’t Buy” ECCLA/USC Fall Contest

" What I Want Most That Money Can't Buy"
Pieces of an essay
The Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles (ECCLA), with the support of USC Civic & Community Relations, invites you to submit essays on the above theme.

  • Winners in Two Categories: 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

  • All contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Entries will not be returned.

  • School must be located roughly within the boundaries of Olympic, Slauson, Crenshaw, and Alameda for eligibility

  • Cash awards in each category are:
    First Place - $100
    Second Place - $50
    Third Place - $25

    For more information and contest guidelines please visit our website or click here.
  • Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Thousands of Teachers to Gather for Teacher Town Hall Sept 26. NYC

    Rockfeller Center, New York City. the site of the Education Nation Summit
    New York, NY -- September 15, 2010 – NBC News will convene a nationwide gathering of thousands of teachers from across the country for the first-ever televised “Teacher Town Hall”as part of NBC News’ “Education Nation,” Sunday, September 26. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate the discussion, which will focus on the most important challenges and opportunities facing teachers in America today.

    “You can’t have a conversation about education, let alone a two-day summit and week of broadcasting around these issues, without the participation of teachers, parents and students,” said Steve Capus, President of NBC News. “This two-hour televised conversation will be the perfect way to kick off the week and set the tone for Education Nation.”

    While hundreds of teachers will gather in-person at
    Rockefeller Plaza, teachers from across the country are invited to join the conversation virtually by registering to take part in the conversation at During the meeting, teachers participating online and those at Rockefeller Center will together voice their priorities, brainstorm new ideas, discuss key issues, and ask questions of each other to advance the conversation about teaching in the United States. The “Teacher Town Hall,” Sunday, September 26 at 12:00 PM EST, will air live on MSNBC and streamed online at,, and

    Ask the President a Question About Education

    In an exclusive interview, Matt Lauer will sit down with President Barack Obama for a live one-on-one interview about the state of education in America. The half-hour interview will air at 8 a.m. as part of the launch of NBC News’ Education Nation, Monday, September 27 on “Today” and will be roadblocked across various NBC Networks. Education Nation is encouraging viewers to submit their questions. Fill out the form and your question might be asked on air! Click here for the form.
    Learn more about Education Nation.

    Times Festival of Books will move to USC

    USC President C.L. Max Nikias, left, and Times
    Publisher Eddy Hartenstein USC's University
    Park campus, future site of Times' Festival of Books.
    (Steve Cohn/for the Times)

    By: Larry Gordan

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will move its weekend-long celebration of the written word to the USC campus next spring after 15 years across town at UCLA, officials announced Wednesday.

    The change of venue to USC's main University Park campus south of downtown Los Angeles will offer a more central location, better access to public transportation, easier parking and the use of newly expanded university facilities for the annual event, leaders of the newspaper and USC said.

    The decision came after negotiations between The Times and UCLA foundered over differences about how to reduce and share expenses, as well as some logistical issues, according to several people with knowledge of the talks. A UCLA spokesman said state budget cuts to the UC system also have made it more difficult in recent years for the campus to bear its share of festival costs.
    Read more here.

    Now Playing at 24th Street Theater: RAZON BLINDADA

    24th Street Theatre, in association with elInstituto de Cultura de Baja California(Mexico) and la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (Mexico), is thrilled to bring famed Latin American director, actor and playwright Aristides Vargas to Los Angeles!
    In his internationally acclaimed stage work,La Razón Blindada, Argentine-born playwright/director Aristides Vargas infuses Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, El Quijote with Franz Kafka’s, The Truth About Sancho Panza, and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970′s at the Rawson Prison during Argentina’s dictatorship. Two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Their storytelling unravels amidst the extreme limitations imposed by their condition as inmates in a maximum security prison. The production features Jesus Castaños Chima, Tony Duran and Arturo Diaz de Sandy.
    La Razón Blindada will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Don’t miss this exciting U.S. premiere by one of Latin America’s most famous theatre artists!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    BRAVO AWARDS Nominate a Teacher for Excellence in Arts Education

    Nomination Due Date: October 4, 2010
    Music Center BRAVO Awards
    Recognizing and Honoring Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education in Four Categories:
    * Generalist Teacher
    * Arts Specialist Teacher
    * School Program
    * School
    * Fill out the form on our website to nominate an outstanding teacher, school program or school for the MUSIC CENTER BRAVO AWARDS. The nomination is open to all full time teachers and all schools in LOS ANGELES COUNTY.

    COMMUNITY - All nominees are invited to submit an application to be considered a BRAVO Candidate and will be invited to the BRAVO FORUM in the fall.


    For more information on eligibility requirements and to download a nomination form, please visit our website:
    Please call 213-972-3387 with questions or email

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Open Call For Youth Submission: Experiences of Immigrant Children in Education

    The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is planning to publish a special issue on Diverse Experiences of Immigrant Children and Youth in Education in order to extend and reframe the dialogue on immigration issues in the United States by bringing multiple voices and perspectives of researchers, practitioners, families, and students in conversation.

    As part of this project, HER is looking for personal essays, stories, and visual art from children and youth who have been directly shaped by immigration experience. Student writers could be a child of immigrant parents or have immigrated to the with or without their families. HER is interested in publishing stories related to children and youths' educational experiences, and in particular, how these experiences are shaped by their families, communities, religious institutions, community organizations, or society at large. HER would like your help in encouraging young people you know to participate in this important opportunity.

    HER is accepting submissions from PreK–12 students whose lives have been touched and shaped by immigration experience anywhere in the U.S. HER is particularly interested in stories related to educational experience, but  realizes that "educational experiences" can occur in many locations besides schools. They are open to receiving multiple types of personal stories about growing up in immigrant homes and communities.

    More information about submission guidelines here.
    Learn more about the Harvard Educational Review.