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Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail
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EXCUSE OUR  AUDIO ERROR. WE JUST UPDATED THE EPISODE. It may take time for it to update on all platforms.Minstrelsy was an American theatrical genre present from the end of the Civil War to the early parts of the 1900s that placed white performers in the comedic enactment of racial stereotypes about Black people. Today, people are so turned off by Blackface that they’re not willing to delve into the reason why it is considered offensive in the first place... and we haven’t learned from our past. Blackface isn’t dead. In this episode, we discuss the perceptions of Black people in the media; how we have discussions about challenging historical practices (that still persist today); and Spike Lee’s movie Bamboozled.WE COULD NOT COVER EVERYTHING in this episode. There was no way. We didn’t have enough time to talk about images, photographs, and so many other stories… like the recent renaming of the Aunt Jemima pancake mix. The Aunt Jemima pancake mix was named after "Old Aunt Jemima," an 1875 song from a minstrel show that featured performers in blackface who wore aprons and bandana headbands. Read about Aunt Jemima’s name change here.Though some might find this topic  "challenging" or "uncomfortable", living with racial stereotypes is also challenging and uncomfortable. This is a conversation worth having. We recommend that parents consider that younger children (0-7) may not be able to understand some of the themes discussed in this episode.  It is however important that if kids are online they are often exposed to racist content and concepts and that should always be discussed.Resources for learning more about the American tradition of Blackface:Are your kids ready to watch? CommonSense Media Overview of Bamboozled:  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/bamboozled A Brief Guide to 21st Century Blackface by Aisha Harris https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/25/opinion/blackface-tv-movies-race.html Garvey's Roblox Video on Blackface: https://youtu.be/BfO_ZK0Kvj8 NMAAHC https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/blackface-birth-american-stereotype How the History of Blackface is Rooted in Racism via History.com https://www.history.com/news/blackface-history-racism-origins Forms of Variety Theatre via Library of Congress: https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vsforms.htmlImages of Blackface via Library of Congress search: https://www.loc.gov/search/?in=&q=Blackface&new=true&st= Family Discussion Questions:What is the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation?How do the stories that others tell about us help or hinder us? How do the images we see, influence the way in which we think about other people and their culture?Why should we have discussions about blackface and digital blackface?Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
February is Black History Month! Black History Month started as an effort by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in the early 20th century to celebrate and research accomplishments and contributions by people of African descent. Join us at the kitchen table for a family discussion about Black History Month. We can’t speak for all Black people, but we hope that this conversation inspires some thoughts about how one family interprets their Black experience.Need resources? Check out the Black History Month toolkit we created to help families and educators begin their exploration of Black history and culture: https://www.momofallcapes.com/black-history-month-toolkit.htmlBooks and movies mentioned during this episode:Woke Gaming by Dr. Kishonna GraySpirit of Intimacy by Sobonfu SomeThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasAntebellum (Horror/Thriller Movie, R)The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du BoisStamped by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. KendiBamboozled by Spike LeeSister Outsider by Audre LordeWe Want To Do More Than Survive by Dr. Bettina LoveFrom Columbus to Castro by Eric WilliamsFamily Discussion Questions:What does BHM mean to you?Even though we would rather see Black History and the history of all people of color integrated into our history classes beyond a  highlighted box on the side, why is it still important to celebrate this month? What can this lead to? How can white and non-black people of color better honor black culture and black history?Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
How are you going to pursue your passion this year?We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self.“Everyone has a recording device in their pocket” so why wait for the media to tell your story? In this episode, we sit down with Clement Townsend, former sports journalist, author of “How to Become a Broadcasting Star” and the founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor (BCM) who shares with us why each of us can and should be storytellers.Learn more about Clement’s work:www.videojournalismpro.comConnect with Clement on social media:LinkedIn: Clement TownsendFacebook: CTownsendTVInstagram: CTownsendTVTwitter: ClementTV_Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
How are you going to pursue your passion this year?We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self.In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, Cognitive Scientist, School Board President, and mother who thinks about how we make research and best practices in learning more accessible and applicable for parents and educators.Learn more about Lindsay’s work!https://www.lindsayportnoy.com/https://www.lindsayportnoy.com/learntoday Links to resources and where to buy her books:https://bookshop.org/books/game-on-brain-on-the-surprising-relationship-between-play-and-gray-matter/9781951600426https://bookshop.org/books/designed-to-learn-using-design-thinking-to-bring-purpose-and-passion-to-the-classroom/9781416628248https://www.lindsayportnoy.com/designed-to-learnhttps://www.lindsayportnoy.com/goboOp-eds and published thought pieces:USA Today - Coronavirus: Remote learning turns kids into zombies because we're doing it all wrong. The74 - A Mom’s View: Some Families Have the Resources to Manage Online Learning for Their Kids. Too Many Others Do Not. Where Is the Equity in That? The Washington Post - What is ‘design thinking’? And why does it belong in our classrooms?   The World Economic Forum - Children should be playing more games in the classroom. Here’s why... Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
How are you going to pursue your passion this year?  We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. In this episode, we sit down with Yaritza Villalba, educator and Founding President, YV Educational Resources. Yaritza shows us how centering student voice is not only rewarding but necessary for all students, specifically historically marginalized students.Learn more about Yaritza Villalba’s work or connect with her on social media at the links below!  Link to website: https://www.yveducationalresources.com/#AskYaritza blog link: https://blog.flipgrid.com/news/category/AskYaritza#AskYaritza is located on the Flipgrid YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCaE_edn77lDzCxI3pinKvHg Twitter Handle: @inc_yvInstagram Handle: inc_yvSubscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? How are you going to pursue your passion this year?Welcome to season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast! We are starting this second season with What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. In this episode, we sat down with Gail Clanton, a writer and community builder who uses her talent and passion to help transform businesses, brands, and individuals so that they reach their ultimate levels of success. Gail shows us how important it is to build or find your tribe but most importantly to lift as we climb.Learn more about Gail Clanton’s work or connect with her on social media at the links below! Facebook Group:  Grown-Up Church GirlsFacebook:  GailClantonSparklesInstagram:  GailClantonSparklesTwitter: @GailCSparkles Website:  https://www.gailclanton.com/Blog:  http://www.diaryofagrownupchurchgirl.com/ The scripture Gail mentioned in her interview was from Matthew 5:16, which reads:  "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
We are not shy about giving thanks. For our family, giving thanks is an opportunity to think deeply about our contributions to making our family-run, our commitment to each other, and how reciprocity is a form of love and selflessness. For the last episode of 2020, we went LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (on the MomOfAllCapes Channels).  We want to acknowledge that this year though intense and unprecedented in so many ways that lots of people are still hurting during these times. We wish peace to anyone who lost a loved one during COVID 19 and have you in our prayers. God bless everyone this upcoming year. Thanks for sticking with us this year.Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
What can we learn about communication, from trees? Lots! In this episode, we discuss Dr. Suzanne Simard’s groundbreaking research on forests, the New York Times article “The Social Life of Trees” and the ways in which parents can raise children to see others as potential supercooperators rather than competitors.  Maybe the trees tell us that the secrets to our survival are found below the surface in our need to connect with each other.--- Learn more about how trees communicate ---The Social Life of Trees: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/12/02/magazine/tree-communication-mycorrhiza.html Dr. Suzanne Simard’s TedTalk: https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other?language=en#t-475328Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast?  Rate. Review. Share!
We’re celebrating 25 awesome episodes of the Let’s K12 Better podcast. THANK YOU SO MUCH, LISTENERS!Through the end of 2020, we challenge families to sprinkle a bit of gratitude into every single thing they do.  Why is it so hard to show that we are thankful when times are tough or disappointing? Many of us learn to say thank you only when someone does something for us. Let’s change that.Gratitude questions for families:What is gratitude?How do we show each other gratitude?What are three things we are thankful for as a family and as individuals?What are we thankful we are Learning or having challenges with?Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
We’re baaaack! So the election happened. Now what? If you’re like us, you’re feeling a mixture of stress and relief after what has been a contentious and dramatic election cycle. So now that we have a new President-Elect, everyone is wondering how or even if we should move forward. Should we all sing Kumbaya and move on or should we think about the structural issues that are driving people apart? In this episode, we discuss the election results, the debates, and so much more.  FYI… You’re not crazy, there is “nature” singing in the background. It was too hot to close all the windows, so please enjoy those ambient healing sounds in the background.*During November and December, episodes will launch bi-weekly. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!Music credit: G. Mortley
WARNING: We break out in song in this episode… so get ready!How do we engage kids in civic life when they can’t vote? How do we become informed voters so that we can make the best possible choice? We held a family discussion about voting and the debates. We challenge you to have a discussion too!  Here are our questions:1. Why should people vote, even if they do not like the candidates? What can they do about it?2. What is missing in the discussion in schools about voting?OR  What do you wish was covered and why? 3. Sometimes candidates run ads and say harmful things about each other. What do you think about those kinds of ads? Are they helpful? 4. We watched both the presidential and the vice presidential debates. What were some differences between the two? How did the debates make you feel afterward?5. Voting is only one, very important part of your civic experience. What other ways can people make a change in their community? Kids can’t vote. So what are ways that kids can contribute to their communities? Check out the 5th Let’s K12 Better Newsletter with nonpartisan resources and tools to help you make an informed decision: https://mailchi.mp/aee90749591f/tips-for-raising-socially-conscious-anti-racist-kids-5836019.--------Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
It’s a short one this week, but YOU’VE GOT HOMEWORK! October 5th - 9th is National Voter Education Week. How are you going to use this time to prepare for the election? We switched it up this episode and have provided discussion questions about elections and voting for families to use next week (and all month long). We are living during unprecedented times and kids are asking a lot of questions. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to engage because of fear. Remember, we’re preparing them to fix this mess. Bring your kids along on the journey with you. Here are your discussion questions:Why should people vote, even if they do not like the candidates? What can they do about it?What is missing in the discussion in schools about voting?OR  What do you wish was covered and why? Sometimes candidates run ads and say harmful things about each other. What do you think about those kinds of ads? Are they helpful? What can parents do to raise informed and engaged future voters?Voting is only one, very important part of your civic experience. What other ways can people make a change in their community?Kids can’t vote. So what are ways that kids can contribute to their communities? We’d love to hear about your family discussion. Share with us on social media @LetsK12Better or email us momofallcapes@gmail.com.Find non-partisan resources in the 5th Let’s K12 Better Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/aee90749591f/tips-for-raising-socially-conscious-anti-racist-kids-5836019.   National Voter Education Week site: https://votereducationweek.org/!--------Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!#VoteReady |  #MailReady |  #VotePlanReady |  #BallotReady |  #WeReady2020
How do we talk to kids about Breonna Taylor or police brutality?#SayHerName... Since the death of Breonna Taylor, we’ve held many family discussions about race and other important topics. Because no topic is off the table in our home, we decided to pivot, still celebrating National Voter Registration Day, but we wanted to take a moment to discuss the grand jury’s ruling and the rippling impact it has had on all of us.*Before you have a family conversation about Breonna Taylor’s death, read up an entire timeline. Podcasts on talking to kids about race, racial justice, and police brutality:Talking to Kids… About Race | Let's K12 Better Podcast How to Raise a Socially Conscious, Anti-Racist Child | NYT Parenting Talking to your kids about race and how to raise an anti-racist kid | Mother Of All Shows Civics, Race, and Kids | TC After Dark How to Talk to Kids About Race | Edit Your Life ShowBecome an informed, anti-racist voter. Learn more about your ballot and read up on your candidates:National Voter Registration Day #VoteReady resources Vote411 Election InformationIssue Voter  Ballot Ready League of Women Voters --------Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!We're on every podcast platform. *Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
Have you joined your school’s PTA, PTO, or PA, yet? Why not? They need you! The parent association at your school isn’t just a super-cliquey group of hyper controlling moms and dads putting on bake sales. The PTA is actually an advocacy wing that represents the needs of all kids in a school.  Did you know that parent advocacy in schools doesn’t stop at the school PTA? We sat down with Jim Bradley, parent and education advocate, to discuss the need for parent participation at all levels of the school system and how parents can work together to build a stronger school district.Learn more about the benefits of joining your school’s PTA: https://www.momofallcapes.com/blog/increase-your-k12-parent-participation.-------Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
Education policy and research can be super wonky… How can parents use education policy and education research to inform their understanding of their child’s K12 learning ecosystem?We sat down with Cara Jackson, Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University to discuss education policy - what it is, how it impacts our child’s education, and how parents can access research and best practices to better inform them of what’s required for a successful K12 experience. ----Check out these resources!Chalkbeat (Matt Barnum and others) https://www.chalkbeat.org/2020/4/7/21225437/school-budgets-are-in-big-trouble-especially-in-high-poverty-areas-here-s-why-and-what-could-helpBrookings Brown Center https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/Education Next https://www.educationnext.org/More from Cara! Co-edited/co-authored books and articles:Linking Teacher Preparation Program Design and Implementation to Outcomes for Teachers and Student: https://www.infoagepub.com/products/Linking-Teacher-Preparation-Program-Design-and-Implementation-to-Outcomes-for-Teachers-and-StudentsAssessment Education: Bridging Research, Theory, and Practice to Promote Equity and Student Learning: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475851069/Assessment-Education-Bridging-Research-Theory-and-Practice-to-Promote-Equity-and-Student-LearningEngaging with parents: the relationship between school engagement efforts, social class, and learning: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09243453.2012.680893The effects of historical reading and writing strategy instruction with fourth- through sixth-grade student: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-08950-001Time to pay up: Analyzing the motivational potential of financial awards in a TIF program: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.3102/0162373714524622Assessing the Evidence on Teacher Evaluation Reforms: http://caldercouncil.org/assessing-the-evidence-on-teacher-evaluation-reforms/#.XthOtzpKhPYBlog posts at Ahead of the Heard https://aheadoftheheard.org/author/cara/-------Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
Parents and educators play an integral role in serving us narratives through our formative years; narratives that will shape the way we value others and look at life throughout our lives. This month we submersed ourselves in diverse narratives. We watched Beyoncé’s Black is King; Parasite, The Host, both directed by Bong Joon-ho; and the Lovecraft Country series developed by Misha Green. We’ve spent our time reading the wise and creative words of Chimamanda Adichie, James Baldwin, Nawal El Saadawi, Angie Thomas, Sobonfu Somé, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, James Weldon Johnson.In this episode, we discuss how our adopted narratives shape the way we view life and the need for expanding our narratives to create more inclusive experiences. We mentioned the work of two very important thinkers. Please learn more about Gloria Ladson-Billings and Kimberlé Crenshaw below… Gloria Ladson-Billings Culturally Responsive Teaching: https://www.the74million.org/article/74-interview-researcher-gloria-ladson-billings-on-culturally-relevant-teaching-the-role-of-teachers-in-trumps-america-lessons-from-her-two-decades-in-education-research/.  Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Ted Talk on Intersectionality: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality.  Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter! *Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
This week we sat down with Canissa Grant - a math and special education teacher; and Stefanie Wager - President of the National Council for the Social Studies (starting at 27:20). This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track).Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
This week we sat down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy a mother, author, cognitive scientist, and school board president; and Corwyn Collier a father, educator, track coach, and veteran. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!  Enjoy this episode? Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!****We apologize if you experienced an error in our episode. We had an errant ghost track floating on the recording. We've since uploaded a new episode which may take a bit to update on your podcasting platform. Thanks for your patience with us as we learn to do this podcasting thing!
This week we sat down with Gabriel Valdez an educator from Texas and Dr. Jasmin Whitfield, DNP, MSN, MPH, RN a Director of Health Service and mother on the east coast. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Part 2 begins at 24:00. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter!  Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
Right now, families across the country are inundated with information about COVID-19 and back to school. But what do the kids think? We invited two special guests, Judah P. (12) and Levi P. (10) to share their thoughts with us. We challenge families to use the time leading up to schools reopening to hold an open discussion about COVID-19 as a family.This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track).Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter*Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!
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