Let’s Talk Language, Identity, and Unity with Drs. Carla & Luz



“Teaching is not a neutral act. Our words, our actions, and even our silence on issues that matter to our students and families reveal our beliefs about humanity and teaching” (España & Herrera 2020). In this episode, Drs. Carla España, Luz Herrera, and I discuss the importance of Language, Identity, and Unity in each and every classroom. In addition, they share some great strategies from their book, “En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students”. This conversation is filled with tools, tips, and stories of how to be inclusive in your everyday practices and routines.
Don’t forget to s subscribe on Youtube: https://youtu.be/7JPH8sojuhc or on your favorite podcast platform: https://mytwocents.blubrry.net/
To purchase “En Comunidad”, visit: https://www.heinemann.com/products/e11248.aspx
Follow on social media: (Twitter) @ProfesoraEspana and @Dra_LuzYadira

State of Literacy with Kass and Cornelius Minor (Part 2)



Part 2! I continue my amazing conversation with Kassandra & Cornelius Minor of the Minor Collective. We had a candid conversation about the state of literacy. With all of the mandates, expectations, and parameters placed around the classroom, this conversation gives life and hope back to educators. This isn’t new and in this conversation, we discuss ways that you can take action to move literacy instruction in the right direction. Get your pen and paper ready as we laugh, reminisce, and share meaningful ways to center students in our decision!

Full Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qX5zUB7_xU0

Find out more about their work at www.kassandcorn.com or on Twitter @MsKass1 and @MisterMinor


State of Literacy w/ Kass & Cornelius Minor (Part 1)



“If we have a moment to capture your imagination, I’m gonna take it”- Corn

In this episode, I sit down with Kassandra & Cornelius Minor of the Minor Collective. We had a candid conversation about the state of literacy. With all of the mandates, expectations, and parameters placed around the classroom, this conversation gives life and hope back to educators. This isn’t new and in this conversation, we discuss ways that you can take action to move literacy instruction in the right direction. Get your pen and paper ready as we laugh, reminisce, and share meaningful ways to center students in our decision!

Full Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qX5zUB7_xU0

Find out more about their work at www.kassandcorn.com or on Twitter @MsKass1 and @MisterMinor


Sparking, Motivating, and Cultivating Young Writers



This episode will inspire you to rethink what writing experiences look like in your classroom! I have a great conversation with Lisa Stringfellow, an educator, and author of “A Comb of Wishes”. This conversation is filled with tools, tips, and stories of how to spark, motivate and cultivate young writers in the classroom. The powerful connection of reading and writing often becomes undervalued in a system that emphasizes quantitative measures over qualitative. We want to expose our students to a variety of opportunities to use their words to express their experiences. Over the years, Lisa has thought of innovative ways to do just that.

To purchase “A Comb of Wishes”, visit: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-comb-of-wishes-lisa-stringfellow?variant=39344377266210

Or follow on social media: (Twitter) @EngageReaders


A Conversation with Brandon Fleming: Learning is not Transactional, it’s Experiential



This episode will make your head spinning (in a good way)! I have a great conversation with Brandon Fleming, the Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project and the author of Miseducated: A Memoir. This conversation is filled with tools, tips, and stories of how to fill your classroom up by using the four tenants of The Veritas Way:
1. Relationships
2. Cultural Relevance
3. Student Engagement
4. Rigor
Also, subscribe to the podcast of your favorite listening platform: https://mytwocents.blubrry.net/. Learn more about his work at www.harvarddcdp and www.Bpfleming.com To purchase Miseducated: A Memoir, visit: https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/… Or follow on social media: (IG) @TheVeritasWay_ (FB Group) @TheVeritasWay (Twitter) @TheVeritasWay

Taking Your Learning in Your Own Hands!



What better way to wrap up season two than to wrap it up with the brilliant Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul (Stamped for Kids) and Tricia Ebarvia (DistruptText)! In this episode, we talk about how educators could make the shift to re-think instruction, assessments, and curriculum during this upcoming school year. As Dr. Cherry-Paul says, we must be willing to “sit in the discomfort” in order to change. So how could this happen? As the co-founders of the Heinemann IREL multi-day institute, they share the purpose and the reason that this work is so important. Get ready to have your mind blown as they share ways that both teachers and leaders can support each other with this work. Register for IREL21 Institute

Follow them on Twitter: @triciaebarvia @SonjaCherryPaul


We Made It! End of Year Reflections



Yes, we started this year off pretty shaky with a lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but we survived! Mourning the loss of some faithful educators along the way, we can definitely say that we learned more about ourselves in the process. I sat down with Nawal Q. Casiano and we had a great conversation about how educators should pause before the busyness of the summer gets in the way. What things worked? What things didn’t? What things should you start? Nawal also gives some great resources to begin this work. Here is the link to her Start/Stop/Keep framework: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YoWbfXY1uANdNv16nSGhPedmdJFd3tnl3M4KPCNhk-8/edit#slide=id.p

Check out her beautiful #31DaysIBOC piece: https://31daysibpoc.wordpress.com/

and you can follow her on Twitter @NQCLiteracy or visit www.nqcliteracy.com


Is the Learning Lost or Found?



As we wind down another school year in a pandemic, there seems to be lots of buzz words thrown around as we think of the upcoming school year. LEARNING LOSS are a few of them. In this episode we talk about the danger in starting the year off thinking that our students loss learning. If nothing else, the world taught us more than we could have ever imagined. Eighth-grade teacher, Elizabeth Lacy Shoenberger and I dig deeper into the false ideology that our students have loss learning.
Let me be clear, I do believe in the idea that the school year or lessons have been cut down drastically, hence “unfinished learning” but I want to point out that one focuses on the student being the issue and the other acknowledges that the system has to own it. Two very different paths. During the Educator Collaborative Spring Gathering, Elizabeth, Chris Lehman, and Dr. Keri Orange-Jones unpacked this concept even more! Here is the link to the session: https://tinyurl.com/4ctpcfr9 . You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @LacyLiteracy!


Educators! Self-care is Not Selfish.



Contrary to what others may say, self-care is not selfish. This episode is dedicated to just that. Living through the uncertainty of this pandemic can send the strongest person on an emotional roller coaster and pulling away to take a breath is often pushed to the side. In this episode, I had the opportunity to sit down with Beulah Martin of Be Martin Wellness about self-care for educators. She shares very practical steps of ways that we can start this journey today. For more tips or inspiration, follow Beulah on IG (BeMartinWellness), Facebook (Be Martin Wellness), and www.bemartinwellness.com .


#BlackBoyLit: Getting to the Heart of their Reading Lives



Happy Black History Month! As Dr. Kim Parker says, “Every child has a story about their reading lives, it’s our job to get to the heart of it.” As educators, we have been charged to take on that challenge. In this episode, Aeriale Johnson (aka Ms. J) and Dr. Kim Parker chat about ways to rethink how we create environments and spaces that welcome all that Black boys bring to our classrooms. Checking our biases and assumptions about the students we serve is essential to begin this work. It starts from within and begins to flow throughout our interactions with our students and colleagues. Ms. J shares her classroom rule by saying, “Our one rule in our classroom is to be loved.” What if our spaces did just that? Just imagine.

Want more?

Dr. Kim Parker: Twitter @TchKimPossible & www.drkimparker.org & #DistruptTexts

Aeriale Johnson: Twitter @Arcticisleteach & www.kinderbender.com