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Stateside: Whitmer’s SOTU response; how black artists reframe history; long-term substitute teachers

Students sitting at desks in a classroom with a teacher at the front of the room
There's been a rise in the number of Michigan classrooms being led by long-term substitute teachers, many of them uncertified for the subject they are teaching.

Today on Stateside, Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday. We talk to two communications experts about what notes Whitmer needs to hit while she's in the national spotlight. Plus, a Detroit-born art curator talks about how contemporary work by African Americans confronts society's indifference to black people's experiences.

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What to expect from Gretchen Whitmer’s Democratic rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union speech

  • As Senate impeachment proceedings wind down, focus turns to President Trump's State of the State speech next week. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic rebuttal. We talk to two communications experts about how the governor might position Michigan as a key player in a contentious election year. John Sellek is the CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Relations. Matt Friedman is co-founder of the Tanner Friedman public relations firm.
  • This segment originally aired on January 31, 2020.

Black artists take on indifference, reframe history in new FIA exhibit

Stateside’s conversation with Kelli Morgan

  • The Flint Institute of Arts is currently hosting an exhibition, called Community, that deliberately draws attention to black spaces and black lives, in both quiet and dramatic ways. It offers a different kind of visual storytelling that broadens our understanding of black history. Stateside host April Baer walked through the collection with Detroit native and museum curator Kelli Morgan. Morgan is currently working as an associate curator of American Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Morgan was in Flint to deliver a keynote lecture for the opening of the exhibition. We talked to her about how the artists featured in Community reframe history through the lens of black life.
  • Community runs through April 19, 2020. You can find more information at the Flint Institute of Art’s website.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Majority of Michigan residents think rise in number of long-term substitute teachers is a problem

Stateside’s conversations with Alexandra Schmidt and Chris Wigent

  • Kids in Michigan schools are spending more and more time with substitute teachers. Last year, Bridge Magazine reported substitute teacherswere leading thousands of classrooms on a long-term basis. Some of them are not certified and unqualified for the subjects they teach. Alexandra Schmidt, public engagement reporter at Bridge Magazine, discussed a recent survey which found that a large majority of Michigan residents oppose the use of uncertified substitute teachers in classrooms and want to see action to address the issue.
  • Chris Wigent heads the Michigan Association of Superintendents and School Administrators. We talked to him about the teacher shortage experts say is fueling the use of long-term substitutes and discussed possible solutions.
  • This segment originally aired on January 16, 2020. 

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