Education Secretary Arne Duncan Answers Tough Questions From Education Leaders in New "On-Air" Series

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Education Associations Get a Minute With Secretary Arne Duncan on BAM Radio Network

Today BAM Radio Network, the education station, released the first few segments of a series called "A Minute with Secretary Arne Duncan." In each segment, executive directors of the nation's leading education associations are provided a minute to present a problem or question to Secretary Duncan and get an immediate reply. Association directors are invited to use the minute to bring their constituents' most pressing and urgent questions directly to the Secretary. Each brief question-and-answer session is then produced and distributed to the relevant community of educators, principals, administrators and support groups as a highly customized feature in each association's monthly radio program. The segments provide a new direct channel for two-way communication between the Secretary of Education and key constituent groups across the education community. The first series involved six association including: The National Association of Elementary School Principals, The American Association of School Administrators, The National Head Start Association, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and The Association of School Business Officials. The segments in the series are:

-- A Principal's Minute with Secretary Duncan
-- An Administrator's Minute with Secretary Duncan
-- A Head Start Minute With Secretary Duncan
-- A School Business Minute With Secretary Duncan
-- An Early Childhood Minute With Secretary Duncan

A sample segment can be heard by going to:

"'A Minute With Secretary Arne Duncan' is part of our on-going commitment to use new media to serve the education community in new and innovative ways," said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the series. "This is a very efficient and effective communications channel, and we are pleased to be able to host these important question and answer sessions."

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics.

BAM Radio Network has put the heads of the education community's leading associations on the air to deliver the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • John Micklos, executive editor, International Reading Association
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Linda Smith, executive director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Insightful Commentary

To bring a wider, richer perspective to listeners, BAM Radio augments its team of expert hosts with a cadre of accomplished journalists who provide insightful commentary. BAM's core of on-air commentators includes Jay Mathews, education columnist with the Washington Post; Debra Viadero, associate editor at Education Week; Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, former staff writer at the New York Times and contributor to Early Ed Watch; Liz Willen, formerly with Newsday and Bloomberg Markets magazine and currently with the Hechinger Institute; Valerie Strauss, education columnist with the Washington Post; and Ugo Uche of Psychology Today.

Combined, this team of hosts and commentators provides a panoramic perspective and exceptional insight on the education issues of the day.

BAM Radio Network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand. The network is a joint venture between privately held Washington D.C.-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. And is distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

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