By Steve Chernoski
Bridge StreetAug 19, 2020
Bridge Street E5: Back to School from a Teacher and Parent Perspective
In this episode, I shared my perspective as both a teacher AND a parent on my own remote learning/ teaching experience. I reminisce what worked and what did not.
I tried to provide 5 helpful hints.
A good video on the importance of the Google Classroom app on your phone (or similar) if you are a parent
If you are teacher and would like to know how long students are spending on your virtual assignments, Classroom Zoom was a recommended tool that I will be utilizing this school year.
Bridge Street E4: The Continuing Fight to Protect the Delaware River
The previous episode concentrated on unheralded animals work in purifying the Delaware Watershed. This episode focuses on the Delaware Riverkeeper's efforts in helping the Delaware earn American Rivers' designation as 2020 "River of the Year."
Other groups whose advocacy has lead the way include the Delaware River Watershed Initiative and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.
Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and author of The Green Amendment. I spoke with her in July of 2020.
Map of Delaware Watershed
Bridge Street E3: The all powerful freshwater mussel that could help the Delaware River
The Delaware River was named, "2020 River of the Year," by American Rivers, a national river conservation organization. According to their website, the reasons cited include:Federal, regional and state enforcement of clean water safeguards
Innovative local water management, prioritizing natural infrastructure and equity
State collaboration to ensure adequate water supplies
Federal protections for the free-flowing river
However, one unheralded champion is trying to make a comeback: the freshwater bivalves that include mussels. Dr. Danielle Kreeger explains her work at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and is trying to literally grow the population of the mussels throughout the Delaware River Watershed.
Map of the Delaware River Estuary
Bridge Street E2: Hidden in Plain Sight - Black History Education & Tourism
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many Americans have been protesting, but have also begun to ask questions about how we were taught history. Bruce Boyd is an education activist who has been emphasizing Black history for almost two decades through his B.O.Y.D. program.
In this podcast, Bruce offers his opinions on the protests, offers some book recommendations and highlights history tourism both local and national.
Videos/ articles mentioned:
The Princeton Plan: 50 Years Later
Princeton African American neighborhood cleared for Palmer Square
Why Schools Need More Teachers of Color—for White Students
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The Mis-Education of the Negro
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Bridge Street E1: How Village 2 Saved Their Ash Tress
This premier episode of Bridge Street describes how the Village 2 community in New Hope, Pennsylvania saved their ash trees from the invasive emerald ash borer.
New Hope resident, Dan Peele, whose company Community Management is contracted by Village 2, used proactive thinking to preserve Village 2's aesthetic and save their trees.
Village 2 Association President Tom Corrigan begins to explain the process when hearing Peele's recommendations. Mary Anne Borge of Lambertville Goes Wild provides a different take and offers more perspective.
Apologies for the audio here. This took some time and we have to decide if we want to make the commitment to upgrade audio options.
Guests in order:
* Tom Corrigan - President of Village 2 Association
* Dan Peele - Community Management
* May Anne Borge - Lambertville Goes Wild (https://the-natural-web.org)