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Dee Lanier and Ken Shelton are brothers, intellectuals, and equity-enthusiasts, just having regular conversations about things that matter to the culture. For the record, we're not late talking about these issues, you just may be late in hearing it! Find us on Twitter: Ken Shelton: @k_shelton Dee Lanier: @deelanier Brian Smith Sr: @BrianRSmithSr
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It's been said that hope is the seed of liberation and that can't be any more true after Dee and Ken got the chance to sit and chat with Emmanuel and Adrienne Threatt, the husband-and-wife team with the goal of bringing awareness, hope and real solutions to the homeless epidemic in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Therefore spreading Hope Vibes throughout! For this CPT conversation, the bustle in the booth is over - C: Community EngagementP: PovertyT: Tent CityHope Vibes was founded as a 501c3 organization in 2016 by the husband-and-wife team of Emmanuel and Adrienne Threatt with the goal of bringing awareness, hope and real solutions to the homeless epidemic in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. The seeds of Hope Vibes were planted on the couple’s very first date more than a decade ago. Walking though uptown Charlotte and seeing individuals sleeping on the ground, the couple was moved emotionally and vowed then to “do more for our homeless neighbors.” It was an idea that took root that evening and would eventually blossom years later as Hope Vibes. When it was first established, the Threatts sought to provide dignity to homeless neighbors through access to personal hygiene products and services. The couple came across a video about women dealing with their menstrual cycle while living on the streets with no access to feminine hygiene products, and the story struck a nerve. It is a part of the experience of being homeless that had never crossed the founders’ minds, and galvanized them to do something about it. Informal days of service, bringing donated hygiene items to areas where individuals tended to gather, soon gave way to more a formal approach to street outreach. What started as a few volunteers gathering together occasionally grew into a movement of passionate advocates meeting the second Saturday of each month for Serve Days. In the years since, hundreds of Charlotte residents have participated in Serve Days. By 2018, the organization was distributing 1,500 hygiene packs, 10,000 feminine hygiene products, 200 winter items and 80 tents, tarps and blankets to homeless neighbors in need. Hope Vibes has always had direct service to homeless neighbors in need as the base of the organization’s work. Meeting needs head-on is at the heart of the organization’s work, with an aim to “stop talking about helping and instead roll up sleeves and get to work.” It is also how the organization builds trust with the homeless neighbors they wish to serve.  A long-held goal for the organization was the development of a mobile shower and laundry center aimed at providing dignity for neighbors experiencing homelessness. Dubbed the Hope Tank, the organization spent nearly two years raising the funds to make the concept a reality, along the way testingFor more information go to HopeVibes.orgAlso check out the followingThe Hope TankThe HopeStead Community - Coming SoonConnect with the Hope VibesTwitter   Facebook    Instagram    TikTok @hopevibesclt
You are in for a special treat and special guest Joe Truss joins the CPT conversation to dismantle a few things likeC: Culture ConferencesP: Putting Policy To PracticeT: The Truss TransitionRegardless of the alliteration, you need to pay close attention to the knowledge passed down on this drop. Joe Truss is committed to dismantling white supremacy culture in schools. He is married to a High School teacher and a father of 2, soon to be 3 children. He brings 16 years of education experience, and originally grew up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. A first-generation college student, he graduated from UC Berkeley, before attending Tufts University where he got his teaching credential. He began as a high school Spanish teacher in East Oakland. After attending UC Berkeley's PLI program, he started school leadership work and now has been the Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in SFUSD, for 6 years. There, he has worked to grow Project Based Learning, restorative practices, and reading intervention. In 2018, he started his blog CulturallyResponsiveLeadership.com, where he writes about school leadership and racial equity. He also offers workshops on antiracism and provides team coaching. Last summer he trained over 3000 educators and has presented keynotes to nearly 10,000. He works to empower educators to engineer for equity.Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools Conference 2021June 14th-18thwww.DismantleWSC.comTwitter: @TrussLeadership
This is a first, a game show embedded in the Liberated Educator Podcast as Ken and Dee welcome their good friend Jesse Lubinsky to the pod. Check out this conversation as the boys make some interesting correlations to education with the CPT for this episode. C: Comics - The influence in today's social cultureP: Prince - Yes, the artist formally known asT: Trademark - Is it giving credit due or credit to? Jesse Lubinsky is currently the Chief Learning Officer of Ready Learner One LLC and has nearly 20 years of public school experience as a teacher and administrator. He is co-author of “Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality” (January 2020) and "The Esports Education Playbook: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming" (November 2020). He is also a co-host of the Partial Credit Podcast and the Ready Learner One Lounge, a virtual reality show focused on innovations in teaching and learning. He is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer,  a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader, an Adjunct Professor of Education Technology at Pace University, a member of the Google Earth Education Experts team, and a frequent keynote speaker and presenter who has recently done educational technology presentations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. Twitter: @Jlubinsky
Just a phone call away, Dee and Ken simply get together to have real conversations that just need to be recorded. This episode is just that, two brothers chopping it up for some good CPT with one another, this time covering: C: Consumption - Do we blame the producer or the consumerP: Playing Both Sides - the difficult yet typical straddle in education T: Teaching To Think - Are you taking the Blue or Red pillMusic: All can be found and licensed at Soundstripe.com (Use the code TLEP20 for 10% off a yearly or monthly subscription) 
It's the #Bonnerville episode that we have been trying to get done for a while! Ken and Dee sit down with Michael Bonner and mix it this CPT convo to address: C: Community - The desperate need for it.P: Power - That needs to be created.T: Transformation - What we all need to go throughMichael Bonner is A teacher infusing innovation into education by focusing on SEL and critical thinking. Teacher - @ronclarkacademy  International Speaker - @premierespeakersMusic: The Musical Hermit
Ladies and gentle, right out the gate please welcome back Fernando Chavez for Part 2, this time while Dee is in the booth as well. Together with Ken, the fellas have a really engaging CPT convo over: C: Competition - Exposing the unfair competition in education and calling our the setup that it is. P: Policy - Not being conducive for those who will speak up against the inequities and that's why they'll never be...T: Teacher of the Year - It's truly an unfair competition and not meant to truly identify those who start from way behind the line in a staggered start to the 100-yard dash. But remember this work towards liberation is a marathon, not a sprint. Fernando Chavez, MA, NBCTBorn in Los Angeles, California, and growing up in what is considered a low-income/at-risk community section of the San Fernando Valley, overcoming systematic obstacles has been at the forefront of Fernando’s empowerment. Being a child of undocumented immigrants, Fernando used education and a vehicle to access, equity, and empowerment. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Sociology, he decided to pursue his passion which was (and continues to be) empowering, inspiring, and motivating traditionally marginalized youth. He received a credential in Exceptional Needs and a MA in Multicultural/Multilingual Education from California State University, Northridge. Concurrently with his masters, he became a National Board Certified Teacher. As a teacher of Diverse Learners (Special Education and ESL), Fernando has empowered and motivated scores of students to see their true potential. He has taken his experiences academically and professionally to develop students of diverse backgrounds, support his colleagues, and champion positive change both locally and nationally.  His keynote centered around understanding the contemporary diverse learner. He speaks to challenges students face and pushes the thinking of educators by having them reflect on their implicit bias and pedagogical approach. Email: FChavez1980@gmail.comTwitter: @uclafernMusic: The Musical Hermit 
In celebration of #WomenHistoryMonth, Victoria Thompson comes back to the podcast to provide a rich touch to the CPT conversation around - C: Cross Stitching - Who does that? Or, what hobbies do you have that allow you to escape for sanity sake without having to turn it into a side hustle.  P: Passing - What are you really doing with the time you have and does it have value in taking the best care of yourselfT: Trauma Porn - Knowing when enough is enough and setting those boundaries to what is not acceptable for your self-preservation in triggering moments. As you know, You can find more information about Victoria and connect with her resources at Welcome to VictoriaTheTech including her phenomenal blog and STEM Cooking ResourcesMusic - The Musica Hermit 
Thank you for listening to The Liberated Educator Podcast with Dee Lanier and Ken Shelton. In this episode, the phenomenal Nadia Moshtagh Razi joins the CTP conversation covering C: Curriculum Design - Taking a look at having to design an African American Literature course from scratch while critiquing Literary Canon that is absent of black voices and perspectives. P: Power - Acknowledging that teachers have not been trained adequately to understand the history of racism is a challenge to who has the power. T: Technology - The intentional use of Nadia's Hyperdocs, with the support of the HyperDoc girls (Hey Ladies), to create authentic learning experiences around black culture in literature. Nadia Moshtagh Razi teaches Freshman English, African American Literature, and AVID at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California. She is a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) leader, a level 2 Google Certified Educator, and a blended learning and HyperDoc expert. She has led initiatives throughout her district promoting equitable practices for students of color and LGBTQ+ students and advised the BSU and GSA student clubs. She is a Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow, publishing research and legislation on culturally-affirming school environments and teacher diversity. She earned a BA in English Literature and an MEd in Teaching & Learning from the University of California, San Diego.Twitter- @_MsRaziWebsite- NadiaRazi.comHyperdoc Girls  - Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill) Kelly Hilton (@kellyihilton)Kelly Hilton (@kellyihilton)Music - The Musica Hermit 
Special Guest James F. Ford joins Ken and Dee for this CPT conversation motivated by the article, "Will North Carolina Continue to Whitewash History for its Student?" released on January 28.  Listen in as they discuss:C: Curriculum -  “Our job here is not to rescue America from constructive critique or to project optimism.” - James Ford You can't teach history without history being told, the good and the bad. P: Politics - In the absence of good faith actors in education, it's critical that we understand Ed Policy and the power that comes with that knowledge. T: Truth - Regardless if we are seeing the same thing on the same channel in the same room, people will still find a way to deny the truth in order to protect their history of lies. And this is especially true in education.  
This week, special guest host, Fernando Chavez, steps into the booth to fill in for Dee while on vacation. Ken and Fernando dive into a complex CPT convo covering...C: Cheating - Is the game fair when it comes to calling foul when using references and resources in the same way as condemning privilege as an advantage when it comes to education? P: Productivity - Trading - How does the latest hoarding of wealth by hedge funds present itself as a perverse idea while we still have homelessness in America?  That and more on Ep 20 on The Liberated Educator Podcast. Fernando Chavez, MA, NBCTBorn in Los Angeles, California, and growing up in what is considered a low-income/at-risk community section of the San Fernando Valley, overcoming systematic obstacles has been at the forefront of Fernando’s empowerment. Being a child of undocumented immigrants, Fernando used education and a vehicle to access, equity, and empowerment. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Sociology, he decided to pursue his passion which was (and continues to be) empowering, inspiring, and motivating traditionally marginalized youth. He received a credential in Exceptional Needs and a MA in Multicultural/Multilingual Education from California State University, Northridge. Concurrently with his masters, he became a National Board Certified Teacher. As a teacher of Diverse Learners (Special Education and ESL), Fernando has empowered and motivated scores of students to see their true potential. He has taken his experiences academically and professionally to develop students of diverse backgrounds, support his colleagues, and champion positive change both locally and nationally.  His keynote centered around understanding the contemporary diverse learner. He speaks to challenges students face and pushes the thinking of educators by having them reflect on their implicit bias and pedagogical approach. Email: FChavez1980@gmail.comTwitter: @uclafern
Special guest Rohiatou Siby blesses the studio for this CPT conversation coveringC - Celebrating Black Excellence (It starts with a C.): Ken, Dee, and Rohiatou discuss the importance of ensuring Black History month is more than 28 days of observance, but a launchpad into recognizing and celebrating black excellence throughout the year. P - Pantera Negra: Dee reveals his feels toward the celebration of black excellence in The Black Panther while viewing it in a foreign country. Is it the same? T - Tubmans: Will the government truly change the $20 to depict the great Harriett Tubman. What will you do with your first Tubman? Rohiatou (@Siby_Rohiatou ) is a life-long learner, educator, artist, and mentor committed to centering the health and well-being of traditionally marginalized learners. Her work in education spans over a decade as a performing arts educator and instructional coach where she taught and created programming in both traditional school settings and renowned performing arts institutions. After receiving her B.F.A in Theater Arts/Dance from her beloved Howard University, Rohiatou was selected to participate in The Lincoln Center Scholars’ inaugural cohort. Since obtaining her Masters in Educational Leadership, Rohiatou has been hard at work, with a group of brilliant women, designing a school for Black and Brown girls, while working as a blended learning coach with LINC.  
For this week's CPT, Ken and Dee spill what's in their coffee with some celebration of the peace on Twitter then quickly jump into a conversation aroundC - Credibility: Do you partner with folks based on the idea of taking advantage of their status or are you amplifying their voice? P - Pirating: Is there damage done when taking from the works of educators and passing it as your own. How does that impact the voices of the marginalized? T - TpT: Who's the blame the system or the people... Well, you just have to listen for this one. 
Special guest Val Brown graces the mic as Ken and Dee chop it up over the idea of a...C: Culture or Civil War - the time that we are in, overly exposed by Jan6 by why aren't we recognizing this by denying the opportunity to talk about what's happening.P: Privilege - The exposure to the fact that it is Privilege that affords people the escape clause to not have to talk about difficult conversations. T:  Terrorism - Is it right to equate acts of politically motivated means to attack or coercion to something that many people cannot see themselves associated with? How can all of this lead to our Collective Liberation? Val Brown is a professional development facilitator for a national non-profit. Her role primarily includes designing, facilitating, and evaluating anti-bias professional development for educators across the country.In December 2016, Val founded #ClearTheAir.  #ClearTheAir is a body of educators who believe that community, learning, and dialogue are essential to personal and professional growth. Val believes education is a vehicle for social change and encourages educators to engage in public discourse about critical topics because it allows them to learn with and from others.For 14 years prior to joining her current organization, Val worked in the public K-12 education and higher education sector as a teacher, instructional coach, district administrator, and professional learning specialist. Her other professional interests include instructional coaching, teacher leadership, and educator pathways.Val received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Florida and holds an M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University and an M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Multicultural Education and Education Leadership, respectively. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida. Support from the good folks at the Center for Teaching Quality and #EduColor were influential in her finding her voice.She is also a wife and mother. You can read about her family’s antics on Twitter.
The CPT for this episode brings our favorite Tech Rabbi, Michael Cohen, into the booth to address:C - Cancel Culture, especially in the EDU Twitter space when trying to balance accountability, denial, and do we Call In or simply Call out. P - Propogation - the fuel people use to widely spread the hate and the hurt instead of just keep scrollingT - Tikkun Olam - using this opportunity to heal and repair while working toward liberation. Special Guest Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator, and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity. He is a national keynote speaker, advisor, and trainer. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA) where he manages and teaches at the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center.@TheTechRabbi on Twitter and Instagram 
For today's CPT conversation, Dee and Ken open up 2021 withC: Capitol Hillbillies:  Revisiting the insurrection of January 6 and simply calling it as it is while reflecting on the historical correlations.  P: Pence - This segment covers others attempting to distance themselves from Trump instead of acknowledging that they have been complicit in all of this. And for our T: Triggering - The dog whistle statement shared by Trump on Twitter as well as the overall triggering nature of seeing police not being present and taking selfies and being gentle with the worst of offenses against our federal governmentOnce again, this month, we celebrate the musical accomplishments of the talented artist on Soundstripe, our favorite music licensing site. Use the LiberatedEducator link to get 10% off a yearly or monthly subscription if you like what you hear. 
For this week's CPT conversation, Victoria Thompon (@VictoriaTheTech)  graces the microphone and joins, well goes in deep with Ken and Dee this week as they explore the Exploitation of Empathy (to light a fire to the convo!) and it's on from there. 🔥 💯  You can find more information about Victoria and connect with her resources at Welcome to VictoriaTheTech including her phenomenal blog and STEM Cooking ResourcesOnce again, this month, we celebrate the musical accomplishments of the talented artist on Soundstripe, our favorite music licensing site. Use the LiberatedEducator link to get 10% off a yearly or monthly subscription if you like what you hear. 
The CPT conversation in this episode hits on...Conferences: Representation and responsiveness was looking sexy for a min, but the regression is already visible. https://twitter.com/cueinc/status/1334270638429622273/photo/1PBL:Dee- Problem-based vs Project-based Learning. Problems vs puzzles.Testing:Standardized testing is a joke!Get ready for some 🔥  as Ken and Dee go in a bit on this CPTOnce again, this month, we celebrate the musical accomplishments of the talented artist on Soundstripe, our favorite music licensing site. Use the LiberatedEducator link to get 10% off a yearly or monthly subscription if you like what you hear. 
Well, it's about time the fellas talked about COVID-19 in CPT conversation. In this chat, Dee and Ken explore the impact COVID-19 has had globally and how an ounce of prevention beats... well you know the rest. The conversation also reaches the Trump level and his level of intentionalism with statements made post-election and pre-vaccination.  This episode also celebrates the musical accomplishments of the talented artist on Soundstripe our favorite music licensing site. Use the LiberatedEducator link to get 10% off a yearly or monthly subscription if you like what you hear. 
The CPT conversation for this episode explores the unpopular Cultural Appropriation season that encapsulates the colonialism in music and the holiday season. Host Ken Shelton @K_Shelton and Dee Lanier @DeeLanierProduced by Brian Romero Smith Sr. @BrianRSmithSr.Theme song by Mervin "Spectac" Jenkins @JenkyJenksShow References: Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black MusicNew York Times Magazine, written by Wesley Morris"What a Fool Believes" is a song written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. The best-known version was recorded by The Doobie Brothers (with McDonald singing lead vocals) for their 1978 album Minute by Minute. The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 14, 1979, remaining in that position for one week The song received Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year."What a Fool Believes" was one of the few non-disco No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during 1979. The song lyrics tell a story of a man who is reunited with an old love interest and attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship with her before discovering that one never really existed.Michael Jackson claimed to have contributed at least one backing track to the original Doobie Brothers recording but was not credited for having done so"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."It's official: Virginia is now the fourth state to ban hair discrimination  ..."the CROWN Act, and if we can't help to get this passed in all 50 states it will help stories like DeAndre Arnold's a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, made headlines after he was told he couldn't walk at graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks to comply with the school's dress code. UPS to Allow Natural Black Hairstyles and Facial HairThe Suppressed Speech Native American Girls Describe the REAL History Behind Thanksgiving | Teen Vogue
In today's CPT conversation, Ken and Dee dive into a debate about black people's aversion to the great outdoors and swimming and the historical connection to the trauma attached to it. 
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