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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

First hour: How do we design streets to make them safer?

Second hour: Analyzing how the U.S. teaches math, what works and what doesn't, and what should change

The death of a pedestrian in Rochester last year has sparked conversations about how to make streets safer. 42-year-old Edgar Santa-Cruz and his dog, Rosey, were struck and killed in a hit and run at the intersection of Park Avenue and South Goodman Street on December 22. On Friday, the non-profit Strong Towns will host an online workshop series during which participants can evaluate the design quality of that particular intersection. This hour, we preview that workshop and discuss how to build safer streets. Our guests:

  • Evan Lowenstein, community mobility advocate and friend of Edgar Santa-Cruz
  • James Dietz, advocacy and policy manager for Reconnect Rochester
  • Edward Erfurt, director of community action for Strong Towns
  • Mitch Gruber, member of Rochester City Council who worked with Edgar Santa-Cruz at Foodlink

Then in our second hour, there has been a wave of reporting on how the U.S. teaches literacy. There has been less of a focus on math curriculum. Our guests this hour hope to change that. We discuss what the research shows about what is effective and what is not effective when it comes to teaching math. In studio:

  • Ashara Baker, parent and New York State director at the National Parents Union
  • Hailey Cox, academic skill builder, and financial literacy programmer
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.