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Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators

Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators

Author: Tricia Friedman

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Reimagining K12 education to foster allyship and belonging one conversation at a time. Learn more at
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This week Tricia brings you a conversation from her other (other, other) podcast the Shifting Schools podcast. She speaks with an expert in the field of play. Learn more about our guest: Acey Holmes is the founder of BoredLess, this week she discusses the importance of play for adults and its impact on social connection, work culture, and personal well-being. She addresses the myth that play is only for children and emphasizes the benefits of play across the lifespan. Acey shares insights on playful work design, non-cringy icebreakers, and the concept of personal play identities. She provides practical advice for incorporating play into daily life and highlights the significance of unstructured free play for children. 🎙️Take this episode further and learn more about our guest and explore her non-cringey questions: Want to map out your personal plans for having a more playful summer? 🏖️ Explore our six-part planner, download it free : 👏🏻Thank you to our incredible sponsors for supporting this series: MackinVision: Lebra: 📨Tell us about your thoughts on this episode:
Robin Gow discusses their book 'Dear Mothman' and the power of middle grade fiction. They emphasize the importance of recognizing the value of youth literature and the unique perspective it offers. Gow discusses the exploration of monsters and cryptids in the story, drawing on their personal interest in the subject. They also address the themes of grief, friendship, and accountability in the book. Gow shares their experiences working with young people and the workshops they offer. Learn more about our guest: Explore the LAMBDA Literary Award winning book 'Dear Mothman'
Tricia interviews Alvina Chamberland, author of the book 'Love the World or Get Killed Trying.' They discuss the connection between writing and publishing, the difference between love and lust, and the power of representation. They also explore the stylistic choice of autofiction and the importance of place in the book. The conversation highlights the vulnerability and humanity of the protagonist and the impact of the book's rawness and authenticity. Learn more about the book: Connect with the author: Would you like to win a free copy of the book? email tricia(at) shiftingschools (dot com) to enter before July 7th
175- We're Not One Thing

175- We're Not One Thing


The conversation revolves around the importance of libraries and the challenges they face, particularly in relation to book banning. The hosts of Rogue Librarians discuss their (amazing) show, which focuses on books that have been banned or challenged, and highlight episodes that they are proud of. They also emphasize the role of libraries as community leaders and the need for advocacy to support them. The conversation touches on the importance of local politics, the rights of the child, and the value of public libraries as free public spaces. The hosts provide suggestions for how the general public can support libraries and advocate against book banning. Libraries play a crucial role in communities, providing resources, programming, and support for people of all ages. They serve as a place for families to gather, for individuals to access information, and for communities to come together. Librarians are essential in connecting people with the resources they need and providing personalized assistance. Funding for libraries is crucial to ensure their continued operation and to support the diverse needs of the community. Reading widely and engaging with books can foster empathy, understanding, and compassion for others. Ready to follow their show? Listen to the rest of the episode featured here:
The conversation explores the concept of allyship and how the editors of the book 'Teaching Pride Forward' aim to help readers think critically about it. They emphasize the importance of love and critical love in building connections and doing the work of allyship. The editors discuss how they collaborated and nudged the authors to explore allyship from different perspectives. T The editors express their desire to create a safe space for readers to learn, grow, and confront their biases. The conversation explores the global perspective on LGBTQ+ allyship and the challenges faced by different communities. The speakers emphasize the importance of recognizing and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals in various cultural contexts. They discuss the need to de-center Western perspectives in queer theory and pedagogies and include diverse voices in the conversation. The chapters in the book provide different approaches to allyship globally, allowing readers to adapt and apply them to their own contexts. Get your copy of the book and learn more about this week's guests: Ethan Trinh, PhD, is an associate director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center. As a Vietnamese queer immigrant, Ethan enjoys thinking with emotions, gender, and language and explores how to embrace queerness as healing and meditative teaching and research practices. Ethan has published four edited volumes that focus on critical storytelling, teachers’ well-being, and doctoral students’ emotions, identities, and community. Ethan is the recipient of the 2022 Leadership Mentoring Program Award by TESOL International Association. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, EdD, is a professor of TESOL/literacy at Central Washington University. A licensed K–12 educator, she has taught teachers in several countries and multilingual learners of English in public school districts at elementary schools, middle schools, and universities in various contexts. James Coda, PhD, is assistant professor of ESL and World Language education, and theory and practice in teacher education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He earned a doctorate in language and literacy education with an emphasis in TESOL and World Language education from the University of Georgia.
Michael Leali discusses the origin story of his book 'Matteo' and its evolution, the collaborative writing process, the emotional challenges of reworking a book, and the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in literature. He also shares insights on supporting LGBTQ+ authors and the release of his third middle-grade novel, 'The Truth About Triangles'. Learn more about our guest and his work:’ For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has championed LGBTQ books and authors. No other organization in the world serves LGBTQ writers and readers more comprehensively than Lambda Literary. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read. Explore the shortlisted nominees! Recommend any of those books to a librarian? Tell me about it to enter to win a copy of Matteo! tricia(at)shiftingschools(dot) (com)
How will you take action for Pride? On the show this week we talk about a practical, powerful opportunity our communities have. Lindz Amer discusses the return of Queer Kid Stuff, emphasizing the need for community support and the show's impact. The reboot aims to expand topics and combat misinformation. The conversation also delves into lessons for aspiring creators and the importance of authentic learning. Ready to learn more about Lindz and Queer Kid Stuff? Support the reboot: Be sure to follow the show:
The conversation focuses on the importance of reciprocal partnerships in service learning. The speakers discuss the need for deep, meaningful connections with community partners and the challenges of achieving reciprocity. They provide examples of successful reciprocal partnerships and emphasize the power of language in shaping relationships and power dynamics. The conversation also touches on the role of service learning in school culture and the importance of engaging parents and caregivers. The speakers highlight their course on reciprocal partnerships and offer guidance on assessing and improving existing partnerships. They also discuss the possibility of customized work with schools to foster reciprocal community partnerships. Meet our guests: Learn more about their course:
Amy G., a sports journalist and author, discusses her work on the Smarty Marty series, which has a brand new addition out now. She explains how her career as a sports journalist inspired her to create a children's book series that tackles gender stereotypes in sports. Amy also reflects on her experience as a former athlete and how it has shaped her resilience and ability to navigate challenges in her career. She emphasizes the importance of curiosity, writing skills, and being open to different opportunities for students interested in pursuing sports journalism. Amy also highlights the need for empathy and humanizing athletes in sports storytelling. Learn more about her latest book: Follow her podcast: Learn more about our guest: To win your copy of Amy's latest book email: Tricia (at) shiftingschools (dot com)
Maymouna discusses her unique perspective on innovation and the importance of leaving a legacy. She shares about her upbringing and how innovation was ingrained in her from a young age. Maymouna emphasizes the power of storytelling and building bridges to connect with others. She also talks about the many ways you can learn with SLC. Learn more about our guest: Connect with them on LinkedIN:
What does it mean to be 'AI for everyone?' CEO and Founder of Latimer, John Pasmore tells us about the vision and CTO Malur Narayan talks about what it means to be accountable to the vision for Latimer. Learn more about Latimer: Learn more about their partnerships: Try the WISE activity for critically reading AI marketing: Learn more about our guests: Reach out to me: Tricia (@) shiftingchools (dot com)
Dr. Anthony Muhammad discusses his new book, The Way Forward, and its connection to his previous work. He shares his journey from being a teacher to an administrator and how he became passionate about studying school culture. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on student learning and shares strategies for supporting struggling teams. Dr. Muhammad also discusses the value of classroom experience and the importance of continuous learning. Takeaways 💡The Way Forward builds on Dr. Muhammad's previous work and offers a new perspective on professional learning communities (PLCs). 💡Collaboration is essential in education and should focus on student learning outcomes. 💡Supporting struggling teams requires coaching and a focus on the four critical questions of a PLC. 💡Continuous learning and staying informed about research and best practices are crucial for educators. Check out more about our incredible guest and his work:
Dr. Emily Garside discusses her book on Russell T. Davies and the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in media. She shares the inspiration behind her research and the process of writing the book. The conversation explores the impact of representation on individuals and the significance of positive representation in shaping identities. Dr. Garside also discusses the relationship with fandom and the challenges faced in advocating for LGBTQ+ representation. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the importance of ongoing conversations about queer representation and the power of storytelling in understanding diverse experiences. Connect with Dr. Garside: Want to connect with Tricia to provide feedback on this episode or talk about plans for your school? Reach out
In this episode, Tricia and Dr. Emily Garside discuss the book 'Seasons of Love' and why a deep dive into Theatre is an amazing way to cultivate critical thinking. They highlight how Rent was a pivotal moment in musical theater history, both in terms of its musical style and the themes it addressed. The conversation also delves into the significance of Rent in comparison to other works and its impact on LGBTQ representation in theater. They discuss the power of stories in shaping society and the importance of teaching young people to think critically about cultural narratives. Finally, they explore how theater can be used as a tool to empower students to find and tell their own stories. Learn more about Dr. Garside and their research: Explore the free guide mentioned at the top of the episode:
This conversation explores the diverse portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters in the TV show Schitt's Creek and the positive impact it has had on fandom and conversations about queerness. It emphasizes the importance of media literacy and critical analysis when consuming media. The conversation also highlights the significance of Schitt's Creek for Pride Month and suggests inviting Dr. Garside to discuss her book on the show. Takeaways Schitt's Creek challenged traditional representation of LGBTQ+ characters by allowing them to exist without making their queerness the main topic of conversation. Media literacy and critical analysis are essential for understanding the impact of shows like Schitt's Creek and promoting inclusive conversations. Ready to connect with our special guest Dr. Emily Garside? Learn more about helping your students learn about ways to leverage AI powered research tools: Reach out to me: tricia (at) shiftingschools (dot com)
"Libraries are one of the few remaining egalitarian institutions left on planet Earth." - Jennifer LaGarde On this episode Jennifer aka The Library Girls tells us about her brand new podcast project! We also talk about her incredible book and she gives us strategies for better supporting librarians. Learn all about her podcast: Follow her on Twitter: Learn more about the AI Cohort mentioned at the top of the episode
Contact Tricia to learn more about the AI 3 Week Cohort in February: Learn more about it Take 50% off registration with code PLC3W50 ----------------------------------------------------------- Guest from the episode: Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth (she/they), MD, MA, is the Chief Medical Officer for The Jed Foundation (JED), a national nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for teens and young adults. Laura has provided thousands of patients with crisis intervention and mental health support in over ten different emergency rooms in New York City. Much of her career has focused on LGBTQ mental health, and she continues to see clients at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQIA+ Youth. We talk about the connection between media literacy and mental health. Further this conversation with the following links: This episode is sponsored by our partner at Money Pickle! Discover the key to unlocking your financial success by scheduling a complimentary call with one of Money Pickle's trusted, third-party financial advisors.
On this episode Tricia brings you a look at the coming new season from the Unhinged Collaboration Podcast. On today are the co-founders of ODIS. The mission of ODIS is: "Our goal at ODIS is to create a movement within all international schools (not just IB) and the expat community at large to expand the scope of international education beyond current Western values, to be intersectional and inclusive of all marginalised groups." Co-founders Clara and Xoài explain the history of their collaboration and consider how that history influences their current work. Learn more about ODIS: TIE article mentioned: Follow them on @decolonise_intl
Did you know that according to their own internal research apprx 80% of all content viewed on Netflix is viewed because of their 'recommender service'? How will algorithms increasingly become more influential in shaping our media diets? Thats's the question at the heart of this week's episode which hopes to help you think about your media literacy routines. Looking for ways to set up new routines? Check out this free guide: Win a free pass to the Intersection of AI and Equity by leaving a review for this show and letting Tricia know about your review! Email: Tricia (at) shiftingschools (dotcom) Learn more about her course:
Tricia shares a bonus episode where she was invited to speak with the new show out this year: The Benjamin Franklin International School Podcast (BFIS podcast) This is a small school podcast with a difference. We aim to showcase our school’s future-oriented vision for learning. Our goal: acting as agents of change in an educational world that must adapt to be ready for a fast-moving now and a fast-moving future. We’ll showcase our pillars of learning, profile leadership and excellent practices at all levels within the school, and claim our place in the wider world of educational innovation, excellence, and student-centered learning. Follow them to catch incredible upcoming guests: