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EduPod by Acorn

EduPod by Acorn

By Acorn Labs
A podcast series showcasing teachers and academic leaders who are working towards modernizing the education system.

Acorn is a 501(c)3 education impact studio dedicated to empowering schools and educators.
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Ep 4: An Elementary School Teacher & Self Care Advocate from North Carolina

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How Education Policy Empowers Educators
This week, we hear from Kristina Ishmael, an educational consultant and a senior research consultant for the Teaching, Learning, & Tech team at New America. In this episode, she introduces us to the world of education policy, and its critical role in providing teachers with a voice, and allowing their perspectives to be implemented directly into our education system through concrete policies.
September 07, 2021
How "Fourth Education" puts teachers first!
Tune in to hear from Frederick Johnson, Educator and founder & CEO of Fourth Education Firm. He discusses the necessity of teacher development and training as well as how it plays into student success.
August 23, 2021
Respect as a Form of Teacher Appreciation
Tune in to hear from Anna, an AP Physics Teacher. In this conversation, we dive deep into teacher respect and appreciation. #podcast #educationpodcast #educators #teachers #AcornLabs
June 21, 2021
Recognizing and Appreciating Peace Education
Tune in to hear from Nazila Jamshidi, a human rights and gender equality specialist. She discusses Peace Education globally and in the U.S.
June 07, 2021
Teacher Appreciation in Finland: How Respect for Educators Shapes Finnish Education
Finland has one of best education systems in the entire world. Have you ever wondered why? This week, we're featuring Finnish educator and founder of ALO Finland, Pirjo Suhonen, to find out more about Finnish education ideals, and how trusting, appreciating and investing in Finland's educators has resulted in their globally-renowned education system.
May 24, 2021
How Teachers Supporting Teachers... supports teachers!
**SEASON PREMIERE** We are so excited to share our first episode of Season 2! This season is all about Treasuring Teachers, A Journey to Unpack Teacher Appreciation, and who better to kick off this season than with Teachers Supporting Teachers, a nonprofit organization in Chicago! 
May 11, 2021
Season 2: Trailer
We are so excited to announce EduPod Season 2, Treasuring Teachers: A Journey To Understand Teacher Appreciation! While the pandemic shined a light on teachers' unwavering commitments, teachers have always played a valuable role in the growth and well-being of students, communities, and society. To discuss this topic, we will be featuring teachers, non-profit leaders, and other education experts. Learn more by visiting us at 
May 07, 2021
Season 1 Finale
Acorn Team is so excited to share our finale episode of EduPod’s first season! During this finale, we have compiled every teacher's responses to the Question: What is your vision for the future of Education, a question that we asked each EduPod Guest. We hope that you find their responses inspiring in a way that urges you to support teachers and advance our education system. Although we have officially wrapped up season one, we are diligently working to bring you season two. We would love to hear from you about what topics you are interested in hearing about, as well as the teachers you want to hear from! The best way to get in touch with us, is by visiting our website, where you can share your topic ideas and nominate teachers. Visit us at
November 20, 2020
EP. 10: LA-Based Teacher, Education Consultant, and Podcast Host
In this episode, we speak with Batsheva Frankel - an educator, education consultant, host of a podcast series called Overthrowing Education, and the author of The Jewish Educator's Companion. In this conversation, Batsheva covers several expansive topics like: what the education reform discourse looked like before the pandemic and how the pandemic has aided those trends. How teachers are upskilling during distance learning, and who should get a seat at the decision table.
November 06, 2020
Ep. 9: A New Jersey Social Studies Teacher & the Founder of 'Teaching While Muslim'
In this episode, we speak with Nagla Bedir, a New Jersey Social Studies Teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of Teaching While Muslim, an organization working to actively include social justice, anti-racist & anti-Islamophobic curricula in schools.  Nagla discusses what “anti-racist” education really means in-terms of curriculum development, classroom pedagogies, and teacher-student interactions. Visit to learn more! Soundtrack Driven to Success by Scott Holmes.
October 23, 2020
EP. 8: A Computer Science Teacher from SF and Founder of CASTLedu
 We speak with Ms. Castro-Mitchell,  a middle school computer science teacher and Digital Learning Facilitator at the San Francisco School District.  She is also the founder of CASTLedu, a classroom program bringing together culture, art, science, technology, and literacy, while placing an emphasis on empathy and social justice. In this episode, Ms. Castro-Mitchell discusses how the pandemic and issues of racial justice have affected her program, her students, and her duties as an educator.  Acorn had also interviewed Ms. Castro-Mitchell in 2019, you can find that conversation here. Please follow Ms. Castro-Mitchell on Twitter and support her work! 
October 09, 2020
Ep 7: A New Jersey English Teacher Decolonizing the Classroom
In this episode we speak with an English Teacher from New Jersey, Thuraya Zeidan, who has devoted her career to “Decolonizing the Classroom”. Thuraya inspires us with her personal story and passion for promoting equity in classrooms, and brings light to the true meanings of inclusion and justice as she shares her techniques for Antiracist and Multicultural Teaching. To support and learn from Thuraya's work, visit her Website or connect with her on Instagram. 
September 25, 2020
Ep 6: Bay Area Ed-Tech Investor
In this episode we speak with Jomayra Herrera, a Senior Associate at Cowboy Ventures - a seed-stage venture fund based in the Bay Area. She shares her thoughts on the pandemic’s effects on the future of education, current trends in K-12 education technology, and opportunity areas for aspiring ed-tech entrepreneurs and funders like her.
September 11, 2020
Ep 5: A Middle School Computer Science Teacher
A middle school computer science teacher based in Oakland, California, shares his career journey - why he chose the path that he did - and reflects on how the job responsibilities of educators have evolved with the sole purpose of addressing inequities in education brought to light during this pandemic. As you enjoy this episode, please keep in mind that it was recorded on August 5th of 2020, so some of the content about distance learning policies and the status of covid may no longer apply. 
August 28, 2020
Ep 4: An Elementary School Teacher & Self Care Advocate from North Carolina
An Elementary Teacher and Teacher Self Care Advocate talks about the importance of embracing self-care during COVID-19 not only for teachers but also students and their parents. 
August 21, 2020
Ep. 3: A High-School 'Family & Consumer Sciences' Teacher from Colorado
A high school teacher from Colorado who teaches FACS, aka “Adulting 101” talks about the Teacher Cadet Program, and what it means to teach in the context of what’s happening in the world today.  Visit to learn more! Soundtrack Driven to Success by Scott Holmes.
August 07, 2020
Ep. 2: Central Oregon Middle School Language Arts Teacher
A Middle School Language Arts Teacher from a rural area in Central Oregon talks about how distance learning has impacted her community - focusing on the emotional and mental well being of students and teachers.  Visit to learn more! Soundtrack Driven to Success by Scott Holmes.
July 28, 2020
Ep. 1: Bay Area High School Biology Teacher
A High School Biology Teacher reflects on the weeks following the day when the shelter-in-place orders were first announced. Along with discussing the effects of distance learning on her students and their coursework, she details some of the challenges in planning for the next school year. She also expresses gratitude towards her students who, during the difficult times, served as her support system.  Visit to learn more! Soundtrack Driven to Success by Scott Holmes.
June 22, 2020
Season 1 Trailer: Education in the COVID-19 Era
EduPod is a podcast series elevating voices of educators and other key players working on advancing the education system in the United States. This season we are discussing the impact of COVID-19 on students, teachers, and schools. EduPod is run by Acorn Labs, an education impact studio dedicated to empowering schools and educators. Visit to learn more!  Soundtrack Driven to Success by Scott Holmes. Narration by Rohan Deshpande. 
June 14, 2020