Recruiting and retaining educators of color is a growing challenge for schools. While public school student populations nationally are just 50% white overall, our teaching force is 80% white. Every school benefits from a balanced percentage of black, indigenous, and people of color teaching all students. In episode 9, Dr. Basiyr Rodney, chair of the teacher education department at Webster University in St. Louis, shares strategies and underlying supports that can help diversify a school's faculty. Tony Neal is our host. Episode produced and directed by Deborah Bohlmann. Engineering, music, and creative support by Alvin Zamudio.
Let's say you are an educator who knows classroom conversations about race are essential. How can you lead those conversations effectively? Matthew R. Kay wrote the book on this topic: Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom. Join host Tony Neal and co-host Deborah Bohlmann as they discuss with Matthew his practical how-to book for educators committed to the task of open conversation on social justice. Episode produced and directed by Deborah Bohlmann. Engineering, music, and creative support by Alvin Zamudio.
Brittini Gray of InPower Institute joins host Tony Neal and co-host Deborah Bohlmann to talk about her work as a practitioner of "healing justice in movement spaces." Brittini addresses the need for ongoing support for those suffering ongoing trauma of racism and describes multiple practices for promoting greater health. Produced by Deborah Bohlmann, engineered by Alvin Zamudio, along with music and graphic design. Sponsored by Educational Equity Consultants.
Veteran social-justice educator Tony Neal discusses how he established the agency Educational Equity Consultants, which has been providing social justice training for educators since 2001, and how he developed his identity as a leader doing this heart-and-hard work. Co-host Deborah Bohlmann joins in with reflection on the ways social justice training with Ed Equity influenced her practice as a white teacher. Each episode begins with a student voice and ends with resource recommendations. Recording, music, logo, and editing by Alvin Zamudio. Produced by Deborah Bohlmann.