Monday, March 13, 2023

Monday March 13th 9:00am - Jon B. Gould, Dean of the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

About Jon Gould


Jon Gould is a distinguished scholar in justice policy, social change and government reform who has held key positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Science Foundation. He assumed the deanship on Jan. 1, 2022.

Gould leads the nation’s first school of social ecology, established in 1970 in response to high demand for more socially relevant research. For more than 50 years, the school has been an internationally recognized pioneer in developing interdisciplinary approaches to social problems. Its highly ranked faculty in criminology, law and society; urban planning and public policy; and psychological science engage in research and education to foster informed social action and make the world a better place.

Gould’s expertise covers justice policy, social change and government reform. He was the principal investigator for the Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project, a multiyear research initiative funded by the National Institute of Justice. He is the author of five books and more than 100 articles and reports on such diverse subjects as erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, police behavior, hate speech, sexual harassment and international human rights.

Gould has filled a range of government leadership roles, including senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Law & Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. In 2015, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts appointed him as reporter for a committee of the federal courts evaluating the operation of the Criminal Justice Act. Gould is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a former U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and a former trustee of the Law & Society Association. He received the Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association in 2017.

Monday March 13th 9:30am - Veteran journalist, cable news political analyst and human rights activist Goldie Taylor joins host Janeane to talk about her new book, The Love You Save

Goldie Taylor is a veteran journalist, cable news political analyst and human rights activist. Currently a contributing editor at The Daily Beast, where she writes about national politics and social justice issues, Taylor has been a working journalist for over thirty-five years. She got her start as a staff writer at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and as a desk assistant with CBS News Atlanta.

The former television news and communications executive has been featured on nearly every major network—including NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News, BBC, BET News, SkyNews, CNN and HLN—and she has been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, and Good Morning America. Taylor is a frequent guest on a full host of local and national radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, 1A and Barbershop, and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written for Rolling Stone, Salon, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Grio, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post,,, Ebony, and Essence among others.

In November 2015, Taylor penned the cover story for Ebony Magazine about the legacy of comedic icon Bill Cosby and made a cameo appearance on BET’s Being Mary Jane. She was a contributing producer for “CNN Presents: The Atlanta Child Murders” and has been an executive consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide.

A sought-after public speaker, Taylor has addressed audiences at—among others—the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism and The King Center.

A somewhat less than devoted runner, late blooming golf, and self-professed connoisseur of mediocre whiskey, Taylor has three grown children and three grandchildren. She lives in Boston where she is senior vice president and chief communications and marketing officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

New York Times bestselling author and education expert, Alexandra Robbins, shares a riveting, must-read, year-in-the-life account of three teachers, combined with reporting that reveals what’s really going on behind school doors


New York Times bestselling author and education expert shares a riveting, must-read, year-in-the-life account of three teachers, combined with reporting that reveals what’s really going on behind school doors

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning investigative reporter Alexandra Robbins excels at immersive reporting that allows her to shine a bright light on the real, lived experiences of different facets of American life. Her incredibly timely new book features a vital profession that affects every single one of us: Teachers.

Writing about and supporting teachers has long been a focus for Robbins, and she is a highly sought voice on the plight of teachers, penning powerful pieces for The New York Times (Teachers Deserve More Respect) and others. Her new book, THE TEACHERS: A Year Inside America's Most Vulnerable, Important Profession is the result of Robbins’ intensive shadowing of three individual teachers over the course of a year, heavy reporting, and interviews with hundreds of teachers nationwide. It’s an eye-opening look at what is really going on in America’s schools and how teachers need our support now more than ever. It also contains some unexpected firsthand experience, which helped Robbins connect to the teacher community more than she could have imagined.

Join Alexandra Robbins as she discusses such topics as:

· Teachers’ secret codes, strategies, and other confessions: Teachers dish about parent conferences, staff meetings, educator code words, district practices that are hazardous for students and staff, and what they really think about administrators, parents, and more

· There’s not a “teacher shortage,” there’s a retention problem: Qualified candidates abound, but teachers are leaving in droves because of paltry salaries, stressful working environments, schools’ lack of resources and short-staffing, and sometimes dangerous expectations.

· Teacher “burnout” is a myth: This popular term is misleading, emblematic of a larger systemic problem, and does more harm than good.

· Librarians, specialty teachers (e.g., music, art, PE), and ESOL teachers are often treated as lower tier: For example, although research clearly shows that having a school librarian increases student success, many districts cut the position to save money. Robbins talks with librarians and other specialty teachers about their unique career hurdles.

· Schools become political sparring grounds: From lies about critical race theory to unprecedented censorship, politicians are reaching into classrooms and disrupting teachers’ ability to teach.

· Parents often make teaching more difficult: Helicopter parents, parents with political agendas, aggressive parents, parents who are completely checked out – all of these can get in the way of how the teacher can best serve their students.

· How you can support teachers in your school or community: Robbins asks real teachers what they need from parents and community members. There are ways we can all help.

Interspersed among the teachers’ stories—a seeming scandal, a fourth-grade whodunit, and teacher confessions—are hard-hitting essays featuring cutting-edge reporting on the biggest issues facing teachers today, such as school violence; outrageous parent behavior; inadequate support, staffing, and resources coupled with unrealistic mounting demands; the “myth” of teacher burnout; the COVID-19 pandemic; and ways all of us can help the professionals who are central both to the lives of our children and the heart of our communities.

About the Author:

Alexandra Robbins, the author of five New York Times bestselling books and a Goodreads Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, is an award-winning investigative reporter who also has been honored for “Distinguished Service to Public Education.” She has written for several publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and has appeared on hundreds of television shows, including 60 Minutes, Today, CBS Mornings, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Colbert Report.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Coming up 3/5 @9:30am - From Showing Off to Showing UP By Nancy Regan

“One of the most beautiful, powerful, inspiring memoirs I have ever read. When [Nancy Regan] seemingly effortlessly interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Madonna to Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe on CTV’s Live At 5, which at its peak was bringing in a quarter of a million viewers every night, she appeared to be the most confident person imaginable. This – it transpires in brutally honest prose – was not the case, and this bizarre dichotomy is outlined in profound detail in this memoir /self-help book.”

̶ James Mullinger, host of Mullinger Meets Canadians podcast

From Showing Off
to Showing UP

An Impostor’s Journey from Perfect to Present

Nancy Regan

An intimate memoir and guide to overcoming imposter syndrome, stage fright, perfectionism, and embracing our most authentic selves, from the former host of Live at 5.

“My life was perfect. I was confident and outgoing. I was a deliriously happy wife and mother. I loved my job. That all sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, every one of those statements is false. I was false.”

This might seem like shocking honesty, but to Nancy Regan, it’s simply the result of dropping a mask she clung to for decades. In her first book, the former television broadcaster gives us a behind-the-scenes account of her experience hosting a newsmagazine with a daily audience of over a quarter million—and interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in the world—all while studiously concealing fear, insecurity, and self-doubt. With remarkable candour, Regan describes how she created the illusion of having it all together because she didn’t want anyone to know how close she was to falling apart.

In From Showing Off to Showing UP, Regan explores in lyrical prose how overcoming these challenges enriched her life and now fuels her ability to help others through her work as a presentation coach. Weaving together memoir and self-help, this intimate book takes readers on a compelling journey—from Regan’s childhood growing up in the thorny world of politics, through highlights and lowlights of her TV career, to what she considers her greatest personal accomplishment: self-acceptance. Featuring soulful lessons from her conversations with such luminaries as Oprah and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) and serving up some of Regan’s favourite practices for staying grounded in presence, From Showing Off to Showing UP is a powerful roadmap for living a more authentic life.

Nancy Regan is a professional communicator whose dynamic career includes tv and podcast hosting, emceeing, and presentation coaching. She has a passion for storytelling which she brings to every interaction and conversation—whether she’s assisting a business leader in sharing their vision, or helping an individual preserve their life story for future generations.

Nancy built her reputation as the highly rated host of CTV’s Atlantic’s Live at 5 for fifteen years. She also served as the national host of CTV’s Good Morning Canada and That News Show on TVTropolis, and has interviewed some of the most famous people on the planet—including Oprah, Madonna, Russell Crowe, and Harrison Ford. Nancy is also an actor, having appeared in tv and film productions such as Haven, Trailer Park Boys, and Reversible Errors. Visit for more information. From Showing Off to Showing UP hit the Globe and Mail Bestseller list upon publication.

Praise for From Showing Off to Showing UP:

“One of the most beautiful, powerful, inspiring memoirs I have ever read. When [Nancy Regan] seemingly effortlessly interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Madonna to Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe on CTV’s Live At 5, which at its peak was bringing in a quarter of a million viewers every night, she appeared to be the most confident person imaginable. This – it transpires in brutally honest prose – was not the case, and this bizarre dichotomy is outlined in profound detail in this memoir /self-help book.”

̶ James Mullinger, host of Mullinger Meets Canadians podcast

“A podcaster, host, emcee and more, [Regan] openly and strikingly describes battling through intense feelings of imposter syndrome at work and an at-times obsessive fear of failure. It’s remarkably candid writing for someone who has almost universally been seen on air entirely together, composed, even relaxed.”

–Atlantic Business Magazine

“As Miles Davis famously said, ‘Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself.’ I have struggled for years as a broadcaster to do this. Nancy Regan taught me how. For that, I will be forever grateful. It’s all in this book.”

—Mary Lynk, CBC radio journalist and podcast host

“A beautiful call to live a more authentic and fearless life. Insightful, funny, and unblinking in its self-examination. Read it, and you may get to know yourself a little better.”

–Anne Bérubé Ph.D., author of The Burnout Antidote and Be Feel Think Do

March 6th @9:00am - Professor June Ahn shares details on the collaboration between UCI and the Anaheim Union High School District, a partnership funded by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

$1.1M grant from Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative formalizes partnership between UC Irvine and Anaheim Union High School District

Project aims to help instill a sense of purpose in students as they prepare for their futures

Years of emphasizing high-stakes tests may have dampened the joy of learning and, some argue, insufficiently prepared students to thrive in a modern workforce that values innovation and creativity. Some schools have implemented practices like capstone projects, ePortfolios and work-based learning programs designed to give students a sense of purpose in their learning and equip them to succeed in their future careers or college pursuits.

Do these promising programs have the intended effect? And what can schools learn from others who’ve tried them?

Researchers from the School of Education at University of California, Irvine will try to answer these questions through a collaborative research project with Anaheim Union High School District. The partnership will be funded by a $1.1 million grant over three years from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

“The School of Education is honored to partner with Anaheim Union High School District to build on its stellar programs and forward-thinking efforts to improve the student learning experience for the school district and beyond. This partnership exemplifies how a collaboration works to co-design and apply cutting-edge research to practice to transform educational efforts to benefit students,” says Frances Contreras, UCI School of Education dean and professor, and the research project’s co-principal investigator.

“Major questions remain about how to best implement these programs and what kinds of impacts one might expect from successfully enacting these kinds of practices,” says June Ahn, UCI associate professor of education and one of the lead researchers on the project. “Our partnership will work from what AUHSD is already doing, to help provide an evidence base that other districts can build from as a model.”

You can read more about the partnership here

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