Carmelo Sgarlato, former SF Unified School District Science Supervisor, and current board member of the United Administrators of San Francisco
“ASC gives students knowledge in the areas of communication, science, public speaking, research, environmental issues, and working with the world-wide web.”
Monica Vaughn, former Chair, Department of English, and current Alternative Education Director at Oakland Unified School District
“The skills taught through ASC exceed the scope of what I am generally able to offer my students. The program enriches the classroom experience and offers engaging hands-on practical experience. EarthScope Media must be commended for continuing this valuable program and extending deeply needed support into the classroom."
Cathryn Bruno, Teacher at Tamalpais High School
"Once again, it has been an absolute pleasure to have ASC come into my classroom. My students have vastly different English proficiency levels, as well as different academic capabilities. Some are additionally designated Special Ed.
Without exception, every single student was able to participate in this experience and gain the life skills of interviewing adults and learning how to write and ask good questions. Students learned how to write the script, and what goes into good journalism.
However, for me, the most powerful aspect is having our worldviews expanded. These stories on the environment are not the ones we hear on TV or read about in the newspapers. Through this project, we learned about ocean 'dead zones' and about the history of the SF Bay and the preservation efforts. We interviewed an oceanographer, a vegetarian, a ranger, an environmentalist, and an environmental journalist.
I have also been inspired to listen to KPFA regularly and read environmental news. So truly, these people have changed my life and how I view my role on this planet."
Greg Davison, School to Career Liaison at Sir Francis Drake High School
"What's great about ASC instructors is that they "get" differentiation concerning a student's interests. Environmental Studies, Oceanography, Biology, Diet/Nutrition... there was even a student who was solely interested in fungi. EarthScope usually has access to world-class scientists in these given fields, but I thought we'd hit our limit with mycology. Well sure enough, she arranged our student to interview a world famous mycologist - the very same mycologist whose book the student had just read. Amazing!
ASC also submits our students' work to several highly visible media outlets. This includes being featured in National Geographic Kids magazine and having their stories aired on KALW 91.7FM, a station that broadcasts throughout northern California to over 200,000 listeners.
Thanks to their smart, positive, and intelligent approach, Catriona and Brian connect to all of our students. I can send a student who is doing their best, but still trying to find their stride, along with the 4.4 "water walkers" - both feel like they have accomplished something, and were challenged doing it."
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