Talking Points, 5.21.18

To: Dr. Shawn Joseph

From: Michelle Michaud

Re: WNVL Activa Radio Show

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018


Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m. (on-air)

Arrival Time: 12:45 p.m.

Location: WNVL Activa 105.1 FM/1240 AM

Plaza Mariachi, Nolensville Rd. Nashville, TN


Event contact:

Rubén DePena,

MNPS Liaison EL Family and Community


615-806-6331 work

615-399-2424 cell

On-air Show Host: Rubén DePena


About the Event:

This show is a half hour LIVE radio broadcast. It is also a call-in show entirely in Spanish. An interpreter will assist on-air. It will go by very fastly.

May Topic: Getting Ready for school being out

Information about topic:





  1. 1.    Welcome to the show, Dr. Joseph. Summer is upon us and students will be leaving school very soon for summer break. It’s an exciting time for most families.  What is your advice to families heading into the summer break?

Answer: I have a one-word answer: READ.  Read to your child, read with your child, and encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes a day. This is the most important thing you can do for your child this summer. 

Last week, MNPS kicked off a city wide Read 20 initiative with our partners the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Education Foundation, PENCIL and the Mayor’s office. Our goal is to get every child reading this summer.

As you know, there is something called the “summer slide” where students that are not in school actually lose ground in learning.  Reading can help make up that deficit and even help gain ground. So, go to the library, sign up for the Read 20 initiative and keep track of the books you read… you may just win something!

  1. 2.    Great advice. Along those lines, when it comes to summer, some of our students who rely on meals eaten at school no longer have access to those meals. Do you have any advice for them?

Yes, MNPS is a host of several summer eating locations where students can pick up prepackaged meals to take home.  Those locations are different every summer.  But if you’d like, I can give you a number to call to find out where the closest meal site is to your home.


  1. 3.    Speaking of meals, we touched on the community eligibility program last time you were here—that’s the program that gives free and reduced lunches to those that qualify.  We heard it was going away, then that it had been brought back from half the schools.  where are we on that lunch program?

Answer: thank you for asking, Rubén.  Yes, the community eligibility program, also known as free and reduced lunches, is something I care very deeply about. I want to make sure every kid that needs a lunch gets a lunch. After all, students can’t concentrate when they are hungry.

We’ve worked very closely with the state to get free lunchs for most of our students, but some may be left out, come fall. To make sure your child is eligible for a free lunch, it’s very important you fill out a form at your school.

When you register for classes this fall, there will be a form asking you about your income level and