Episode 27: April Prescott

In this episode we have a great conversation with April Prescott about the benefits of mindfulness in the learning environment. April highlights how mindfulness promotes a contemplative lens and a sense of curiosity, both which are so important in the learning process. She shares that while strategic “mindful moments” during the day are helpful, a true mindful classroom is one that doesn’t have planned moments and functions in the moments as they come. We also dive into the question “what does it really mean to educate a child?”

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Episode 26: Dr. Sarah Bexell

In today’s episode we connect with Dr. Sarah Bexell. Sarah teaches us about Humane Education and how it can promote equity in education and create safety within our relationships with humans, animals, and the environment. We explore the role attachment to place has on students and how it influences us. We also highlight how attachment to place can strengthen attunement and in turn promote learning. Sarah shares that teaching students to understand the need for individual personal care for all living things can have significant influences on their social and emotional growth.

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Episode 24: Chris Joffe

In this episode we connect with Chris Joffe. Since Covid-19, our schools have seen an increase in risk assessments and we talk about what needs to be the focus as we continue to plan for our recovery. Chris highlights why working the whole community is so powerful. Themes of connection and relationships are paramount to him and his company as they train schools from that perspective and he explains why that matters. We also dive into the idea of having “connection assessments” instead of “risk assessments.

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Episode 23: Lindsay Young

In this episode we sit down with poet, Lindsay Young, and explore all the ways poetry can come alive in the classroom and the benefits it brings. Lindsay highlights how poetry is an amazing creative outlet for students. It can support students in working through their emotions and stories by attaching them to words and providing a space for reflection. We also connect how this medium can enhance the learning environment and provide ways teachers can begin using this medium in their classroom.

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Episode 22: Dr. Matt Dewar

Today we connect with Dr. Matt Dewar and dive into why social emotional learning is necessary to create an optimal learning environment. Matt highlights how breathwork can help teachers prompt regulation in their classrooms. Our brains are always learning and changing, due to neuroplasticity, and ensuring they are at a place learning can happen is virtually important. We also explore why it feels that schools and districts are always in problem solving mode.

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Episode 21: Habeeba Grimes

In our episode today we sit down with Habeebah Grimes. We consider what would need to change so the system around our teachers promotes routines for us to be well at work. Habeebah shares with us what can happen when the needs outweigh what our system can support and the vulnerabilities that exist for our most marginalized students.

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Episode 19: Nelba Márquez-Greene

In today’s episode, we connect with Nelba and explore elements that are necessary for healing. The last year and a half our schools have been themed with grief and loss. Nelba shares her insights and connects the important role educators play in helping students find a safe place to heal. Nelba Márquez-Greene is a Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of The Ana Grace Project...

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Episode 18: Ignacio Rodriguez Jr.

In this episode, we dive into why teaching the science behind brain breaks, calm corners, etc. matters with Ignacio Rodriguez Jr. He shares his own personal journey and how that impacts the work he does today and inspires him to create a strong sense of community within his classroom, school, and community. Ignacio also highlights the importance of paying attention to words we use to describe students and behaviors.

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