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If delivered in the right way, sarcasm has a constructive purpose in the classroom, according to a recent study from the University of Rochester.

Joanne Larson, a professor and researcher at the Warner School of Education, noticed while observing an English class at East High that teacher Timothy Morris used sarcasm to build positive relationships with his students.

"He has these one-liners that he says all the time,” Larson said. “When students are talking when he's trying to give instruction or something, he'll say, 'I hope you enjoy summer school.' "

When we ask how much screen time is too much for kids, we're often thinking about screen time at home -- whether it's TV, videos games, or social media. But what about screen time at school?

An increasing number of schools are incorporating devices into their lesson plans. Should that screen time factor into overall limits for children? What's the difference between leisure screen time and screen time for education? Our guests discuss those questions and more. In studio:

  • Dr. Steve Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Tony Tepedino, digital literacy teacher at Allendale Columbia School
  • Kristin Rorapaugh, president of the Allendale Columbia School Parents' Association

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Educators say a looming teacher shortage in New York state could be a crisis if more people don't go into the profession.

On Thursday evening at Monroe Community College, teachers, high school and college students, professors and policymakers will attend a summit aimed at inspiring a new generation to become teachers.

MCC Faculty Association President Bethany Gizzi will be one of the discussion leaders.

Students from the Rochester City School District recently met with President Barack Obama in relation to the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper project.

They join us to discuss what they learned, and we talk about the ongoing efforts to bring restorative practices to city schools, including the upcoming RocRestorative Conference. Our guests:

  • Kit Miller, executive director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Ruth Turner, chief of student support services & social emotional learning for the Rochester City School District
  • Ja’Quez Cochran and Timothy Frazier, 12th grade students at Young Men’s Leadership Academy
  • Victor Rios, college professor and author whose work focuses on educational equity and restorative practices

February is Black History Month, and there are a number of local endeavors to help educate the general public about the achievements of African Americans and important events from history.

We hear about some of those, and discuss how to improve how African American history is taught in schools. In studio:

  • Tianna Manon, editor-in-chief of Open Mic Rochester, and freelance reporter for WXXI News
  • Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D., superintendent of the Brockport Central School District
  • Jason Willis, Ph.D., director of African-American studies at the Rochester City School District
  • Chris Thompson, comedian, engineer, and activist

A local nonprofit group is speaking out about how to create more socioeconomic diversity in schools. This comes after a state grant largely failed to bring more suburban students into the Rochester City School District.

This hour, we're joined by members of Great Schools for All to discuss their ideas for creating a community-wide approach to improving socioeconomic diversity, and the research behind the benefits of integrated schools. In studio:

  • Don Pryor, member of the Great Schools for All leadership team
  • Mark Hare, member of the Great Schools for All leadership team
  • Clay Osborne, member of the Great Schools for All leadership team
  • Lynette Sparks, member of the Great Schools for All leadership team, and associate pastor for Third Presbyterian Church 

Democrat and Chronicle columnist Erica Bryant joins us to discuss her reporting on the results of a state grant intended to encourage suburban students to attend city schools. Critics say the $1.2 state grant was a wasted attempt to address racial segregation in Rochester because only ten preschoolers from Irondequoit attended Pre-K at a Rochester City School District school. The state, however, says it learned valuable lessons from the process.

We talk with our guests about the grant, its goals and results, and the state of socioeconomic diversity in schools. In studio:

  • Erica Bryant, columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Jeff Crane, superintendent of West Irondequoit Central School District
  • Reverend Judy Davis, Rochester City School Board member-elect, and member of the steering committee for the Movement for Anti-Racist Ministry and Action (MAMA)

An upcoming conference will highlight the unique learning and education needs for young men of color. The Rochester Boys and Men of Color Education Summit will discuss representation in schools and the community, culturally responsible teaching practices, mentorship, and more.

We preview that conference with our guests:

  • Jason Willis, Ph.D., director of African-American studies at the Rochester City School District
  • Cecilia Golden, Ph.D., deputy superintendent of teaching and learning at the Rochester City School District
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High School, and associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
  • Leonard Brock, Ed.D, director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative

The College at Brockport is rolling out a new program alongside the Brockport Central School District, and it comes with a message: understanding how to teach and live in diverse communities is not limited to urban areas. In the past several years, Brockport has seen incidents involving students or families that featured racist, sexist, or homophobic comments. At both the high school and college level, Brockport leaders want to ensure everyone has equal access to opportunities.

The college is working with the public school district to offer a new diversity certification program. This hour, we learn what the program will offer, how it’s structured, and we discuss its goals. Our guests:

With the start of the school year, we have a conversation standardized testing. Daniel Koretz is the author of "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better." He joins us to discuss why he thinks standardized testing has negative impacts on student learning.

Our guests:

  • Daniel Koretz, professor of education at Harvard University who teaches educational measurement, and author of "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better"
  • Dan Drmacich, coordinator for the Rochester Coalition for Public Education, and retired principal 
  • Eileen Graham, homeschooling parent  
  • Henry Padron, retired teacher in the Rochester City School District