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Guest, Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez

Guest, Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Headlined Show, Shadow Politics July 19, 2020

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Our guest is 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson!  School systems nationwide are in the process of deciding whether to open up in the fall and send their students and teachers back to classrooms. On Sunday, Maria and I are going to speak with Rodney to discuss whether it's time to open schools, as the president wants, and how we can teach most effectively during COVID-19. How is the coronavirus affecting the way we teach students and what effect might this pandemic and the Black Lives Matter have on public education? How will education change and what will this mean for America? 

Guest, Rodney Robinson

Guest Name
Rodney Robinson
Guest Occupation
2019 National Teacher of the Year
Guest Biography
Rodney Robinson is a 19-year teaching veteran. Rodney became a teacher to honor his mother, who struggled to receive an education after being denied as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia. In 2015, Robinson started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline. 
Robinson has been published three times by Yale University and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments. He is a member of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Education Compact Team, which includes politicians, educators, business leaders and community leaders and is working with the city and local colleges to recruit underrepresented teachers. He also worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. on developing curriculum on race, class and punishment as part of the Yale Teacher's Institute. 

Shadow Politics

Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog.

We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say. It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution we can solve any problem.

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BBS Station 1
6:00 pm CT
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