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Author: Lindsay Persohn

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Education research has a problem. The work of brilliant education researchers often doesn’t reach the practice of brilliant teachers. But the questions and challenges from teachers’ practice sometimes don’t become the work of education researchers. Classroom Caffeine is here to help. In each episode, listeners hear from a leading education researcher or practitioner who shares what they want others to know about their work. Each conversation offers new insights into teaching and learning.
41 Episodes
Dr. Patriann Smith talks to us about race, language, and immigration. Dr. Smith is known for her transdisciplinary research at the intersection of linguistics, (im)migration and race in literacy education. Her forthcoming book, with Drs. Arlette Willis and Gwendolyn McMillon, Affirming Black Students’ Lives and Literacies: Bearing Witness, will soon appear in Teachers College Press. Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of the Literacy Research Association (LRA) and co-author of LRA’s recent report, Advancing Anti-Racism in Literacy Research. Dr. Patriann Smith is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Check out her guest page on the Classroom Caffeine website for the resources Dr. Smith mentions in her episode.
Renée Dinnerstein talks to us about choice, play, and inquiry, particularly in the early years. Renee is known for her work as an early childhood educator and as the author of Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play. With over 50 years experience in education, she has been affiliated with New York City’s public schools, Department of Education, and the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project Early Childhood ‘Think Tank’.
Dr. Marjorie Faulstich Orellana talks to us about shifting our mindset to see how kids contribute to their families and communities, and how kids are doing much more in their lives than we ask of them in schools. Marjorie is known for her work in the areas of language brokering, cultural modeling, pedagogies of the heart and mind, immigrant youth and families, and power dynamics around literacy and gender. Dr. Orellana is a Professor in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, where she serves as Associate Director of the International Program on Migration.
Dr. Gay Ivey talks to us about motivation in reading, building relationships with kids around books, and what happens when we create circumstances in schools where students drive their own reading and learning.  Gay is known for her work in the areas of reading engagement as a tool for improving the academic and relational lives of children and adolescents. Dr. Ivey is the William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Dr. Kevin Leander talks to us about responsiveness, presence, relationships, and energy in education. He is known for his work in the areas of digital literacies, literacies in social and geographic spaces, and embodied literacies. Dr. Leander is a Professor at Vanderbilt University. 
Dr. David Pearson talks to us about the interconnected nature of learning, a useful view of reading that he calls the “radical middle”, and ways to think about the total experience of literacy in schools and in life.  David is known for his work in the areas of literacy history, literacy policy, and literacy practice. He has authored more than 300 books, articles, and chapters with nearly 300 co-authors. Notably, he has written and co-edited the Handbook of Reading Research, now in its fourth edition, and A History of Literacy Education: Waves of Research and Practice, written with Rob Tierney was recently released. Dr. Pearson is emeritus faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. 
Dr. Mona Jain talks to us about keys to success in her long and outstanding career in education as sincerity, integrity, humanity, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. In 2019, the School District of Manatee County in Florida dedicated Dr. Mona Jain Middle School in her honor. Mona’s encouraging message for teachers showcases the importance of connections to the community and continuous learning over the course of a lifetime. Dr. Jain holds two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree earned through a fellowship with the National Science Foundation, an education specialist degree, a medical doctorate, and a Ph.D. Dr. Jain is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner and now a professional volunteer.
Dr. Noah Golden talks to us about advocacy, relationships, and creating spaces for responsiveness in schools. Noah is known for his work in the areas of critical literacies, urban education, and English education. Dr. Golden is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Alexandra Panos talks to us about teaching critical literacies through complex topics that are critical to our own communities, focusing on climate literacies and other issues of social justice. Alex is known for her work in the areas of spatial literacies, climate justice literacies, and critical qualitative research methodologies. Dr. Panos is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies and an affiliate faculty member of Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Earl Aguilera talks to us about interest-driven instruction, multimedia literacies in practice, and taking a critical stance toward literacy and educational justice. Earl is known for his work in the areas of digital media literacies, social justice issues particularly related to first-generation college students, and critical studies of the narrative in digital contexts. Dr. Aguilera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Fresno.
Dr. Jody McBrien talks to us about diversity and equity, support, kindness, and understanding for the students we teach, particularly those who come to our classrooms as refugees, and exploring viewpoints other than our own. Jody is known for her work in the areas of international and comparative issues of refugee students and their families, work she has done in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. Dr. McBrien is a Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. 
Dr. Judith Dunkerly-Bean talks to us about advocacy, representation, blind spots, and preparing preservice teachers for what could be seen as difficult conversations. Judith is known for her work in the areas of critical literacies, young adult literature, social justice, and human rights education. She is a fierce advocate for women, girls, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Dr. Dunkerly-Bean is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University.
Dr. Blaine Smith talks to us about creating classroom spaces that empower students, collaborating with adolescent learners to navigate and learn through multimodal literacies, and remixing projects to provide opportunities for learners to use digital literacies and share their thinking.  Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of New Literacies and Bi/Multilingual Immigrant Learners in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, affiliate faculty with the Second Language and Teaching program, and the Co-Director of the Digital Innovation and Learning Lab in the College of Education at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Sandra Faulkner talks to us about inclusive pedagogy, transforming the energy in classrooms, concrete steps to building relationships with students, and poetry as a way to portray learning experiences. Sandra is known for her work in qualitative methodology, poetic inquiry, and the relationships among culture, identities, and sexualities. Dr. Faulkner is a Professor of Communication at Bowling Green State University.
In this episode the host, Lindsay Persohn, recaps Season 1 of the show and talks about goals and changes for Season 2, which will begin on May 25. (The show is moving to a biweekly release in Season 2.) We hope you will get in touch with the show through to share your feedback and input!
Dr. Jessica Pandya talks to us about navigating new learning opportunities for teachers and students, writing in digital spaces for authentic audiences, and diversity in schools. Jessica is known for her work in the areas of critical digital literacies, identity in literacy, multimodal composing, and diverse classroom contexts. Dr. Pandya is a Professor of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Elizabeth Moje talks to us about justice and equity, valuing difference as a way to new ideas, and critical thinking across our lives as learners. Elizabeth is known for her work in the areas of disciplinary literacy, adolescent literacy, racial justice, and teacher education. Dr. Moje is dean, and George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Mark Pacheco talks to us about valuing language and creating language-rich classrooms, how we can support emerging bilingual students in their literacy development, and home language as an essential part of identity. Mark is known for his work in language and literacy practices of emerging bilingual students and how teachers can support these practices. Dr. Pacheco is an Assistant Professor of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Bilingual Education at the University of Florida.
Dr. Peter H. Johnston talks to us about meaningful conversations with students and colleagues, celebrating student’s efforts, the cascade effect of teaching with social imagination, and mutual respect in the classroom. Peter is known for his work exploring relationships among classroom talk, engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. Peter is Professor Emeritus in the Literacy Teaching and Learning Department at the University at Albany – State University of New York.
Dr. Tom Bean talks to us about his work with incarcerated adolescents, building relationships, hearing what kids have to say, and challenging our own assumptions about how we label our students. Tom is known for his work in disciplinary and content area literacy, adolescent literacy, and his work with incarcerated youth. Dr. Bean is a Professor of Literacy/Reading in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Darden College of Education and the Rosanne Keeley Norris Endowed Professor at Old Dominion University.
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