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“Generating The Next Wave of Black Brilliance” on Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart

and special guest Filmmaker and Educator Craig Rice

Minneapolis, MN (May 30, 2016) – Coming up next on Rock The Schools Episode 55, with special guest, filmmaker and educator Craig Rice Rock and host Chris Stewart, engaging in a deep discussion about how teachers can help develop the next wave of brilliantly talented and extraordinary students. Craig Laurence Rice is a long established educator, diverse entertainment executive, an award-winning producer and director nationally recognized for his distinguished career in the television and film industry.  This episode focuses on empowering students how to navigate an education system that may not be giving you the tools you need.  The education system should be integrating music and arts at an early age”,  says Craig Rice.  Craig went on to say that “educators need to tailor their instruction for the individual, versus the whole class, in a one size fits all model.”  

Chris Stewart appreciated the challenge for all of us parents to do a better job coaching our students.  Chris believes that “all students are born with intellectual brilliance and we need to protect them from being stripped of this God given gift.”  Rock The Schools executive producer, Monique Linder believes that there is a consistent story told over and over from guests on the popular education podcast.  Monique suggests the lack of diversity in hiring teachers and administrators serves to undermine the ultimate goal of providing the best education for all students regardless of their economic status and was quoted as saying “Many guests point specifically to their middle school teacher that gave them love, guidance and challenged them to live up to the potential they saw in them.  Schools have to be more intentional about hiring teachers that can educate academically, culturally and authentically”.

About Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart

Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.”  Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).”  Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability . . . does public education meet the standards of an educated public when students are not achieving academic success?

Stewart is a writer, speaker, essayist and education activist from Minnesota.  Stewart began recording his Rock The Schools podcast in early March 2015 and releases a new episode weekly.  Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart is available on iTunes, audioboom.com, 105thevibe.com and under podcast at citizenstewart.org.  Rock the Schools is supported by Education Post, Citizen.Ed and YouthPrise.