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All of the Above Podcast

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Welcome to All of the Above, the show that gives you an un-standardized take on education! We're your home for news and analysis of all the complex, relevant, and controversial issues impacting our schools today. Hosted by the super-dope duo of history teacher Dr. Manuel Rustin and principal-leader Jeffrey Garrett, two Black male lifelong educators based in Los Angeles.

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School Board Battlegrounds Lead to Mass Exodus - Passing Period #66
This Week: You’ve seen the crazy headlines - white folks up in arms over the “demonic” work of CRT in schools, a white mom suing her school district because her biracial child now sees himself as oppressed because of antiracist curriculum, and ongoing threats to school board members and their families. It’s rough out there for our schools! Particularly (but not exclusively) in the broad swaths of white America. A recent piece in the 74 Million profiles some of this madness in the state of MN and the potential costs of the mass exodus of school board leadership we’re seeing. And in CA, the Univ of California system appears to be backtracking on their commitment to require ethnic studies for admission. Also, shout out to Education Evolving for hosting the first ever live edition of All of the Above at their annual Student Centered Learning for Equity Conference this past week. And, a big shout out to the youth performer who headlined the conference, Cuauhtli, check out his incredible work on Spotify here! Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
42:43
May 22, 2022
#91 - Recruitment and retention of educators of color w/ Mikisha Nation and James Barnett!
We’ve heard the rhetoric for years that educator diversity is important not only for students of color, but also for white students. This week we take a look at ongoing efforts to diversify our profession--paying particular attention to Jeff’s old stomping grounds of Minnesota! Minnesota may not immediately come to mind as a place where interesting work around this issue is happening, but our super-dope guests Mikisha Nation and James Barnett prove otherwise. Mikisha is the Executive Director for Teach for America’s Twin Cities region and James is the Executive Director of Teach Minnesota, one of the state's first-ever alternative teacher licensure programs which aims to increase the number of teachers of color for high-need schools across the state. We talk recruitment, retention, strikes, backlash, and more! But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including an apparent rise in academic dishonesty among college students and a new study about whether tuition guarantees for low-income students actually boosts enrollment rates. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:33 - What to do about academic dishonesty? 16:50 - Do tuition guarantees work? 28:37 - Diversifying the teaching profession w/ Mikisha Nation and James Barnett 1:14:15 - Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!! DO-NOW STORIES: - The Questionable Ethics of College Students - Study finds guaranteed free tuition lures low income students - The University of Michigan HAIL Scholarship More from our guests: - Teach for America Twin Cities - Teach Minnesota - Some Minneapolis educators of color say teachers' union sidelined them during negotiations Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:18:21
May 14, 2022
Is the Court Coming for Public Schools? - Passing Period #65
This Week: the whole nation is abuzz with the news that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade, as it should be. But this is just step one. Manuel and Jeff discuss the ramifications of the Court paving the way for a cascading set of oppressive rulings removing constitutionally protected rights for marginalized groups including undocumented youth, LGBTQ youth, women and girls, students of color, and more. Also, the guys weigh in on the debate in CA over the UC system’s requirement of ethnic studies for admission. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
40:32
May 07, 2022
#90 - A Joyous and Just Education for All w/ NTOY Juliana Urtubey!
The double-whammy of teaching amid a pandemic and being publicly slandered for alleged “indoctrination” and “grooming” has made this an especially tough school year for educators across the country. We could all use a reminder of the importance and promise of education, and who better to ground us than the phenomenally dope 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana Urtubey!! Juliana is just the third special education teacher, the only bilingual special education teacher, and the first Latina since at least 2005 to be named National Teacher of the Year. Since being announced as NTOY, Juliana has shared her “joyous and just” message with pre-service teachers, educators and policymakers across the country – including at the White House. Now she joins us here at AOTA to share her experience as NTOY as well as her thoughts about the ongoing challenges facing the profession. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a rise in teens using artificial intelligence bots to get mental health help and an uptick in threats targeting so-called “woke” teachers. #NTOY21 → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:04 - Can AI chatbots boost teens’ mental health? 21:12 - Rising threats against “woke” teachers 36:13 - Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year! 1:09:55 - Alma mater celebrates Jackie Robinson Day DO-NOW STORIES: - This Teen Shared Her Troubles With a Robot. Could AI ‘Chatbots’ Solve the Youth Mental Health Crisis? - Woebot Health Website - Is Big Data the New Stethoscope? Perils of Digital Phenotyping to Address Mental Illness - BBC: Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse - 'Educators are afraid,’ says teacher attacked for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ unit More from our guest: - 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana Urtubey - People Magazine Spotlight - Juliana on Twitter - Juliana on Instagram Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:14:51
April 23, 2022
Happy Confederate Heritage Month… Wait, WTF?!?!??! - Passing Period #64
This Week: Manuel and Jeff keep tabs on the right wing effort to turn America’s public schools into an Orwell novel, with discussion of some truly astounding stories.  First, the state of Mississippi declares April as Confederate Heritage Month, which they’ve done for the last 30 years, btw. Second, the Florida Dept of Education rejects nearly half of the math textbooks presented for approval on the grounds that they contained “references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics.” And third, the right wing officials in the state of Nebraska disguise their hate in performative mandates to teach about the genocide of Jews during WWII. The forces of oppression are staying busy, and we need to as well. Join the discussion! Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
30:35
April 16, 2022
#89 - Law Professor Yvette Butler and the Never-Ending CRT Panic!
The way folks are out here talking about “CRT,” you’d think it was the actual, literal devil.  Well, we found one of the most unique individuals in all of American education to talk to us about the real Critical Race Theory.  We’re joined by the one person teaching a law school course on CRT in the state of Mississippi–professor Yvette Butler of the University of Mississippi School of Law! We discuss the realities of teaching CRT, its implications for our K-12 education system, her state’s latest attempts to ban it, and how we should collectively respond to these disingenuous attacks on one of the most important legal theories of the last half century.  But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including the move to digital hall passes and a controversial partnership between Airbnb and the NEA to encourage members to rent out their homes to supplement their income.  Yeah, that happened. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 7:42 - The Electronic Hall Pass Debate 20:09 - NEA, Airbnb, and Juco Dorms 36:13 - CRT Professor Dr. Yvette Butler 1:07:07 - Student creates food pantry for students DO-NOW STORIES: The School Hall Pass Is Going Digital. Is That a Good Thing? Petition: Remove e-Hallpass from LAHS Airbnb Press Release NEA, Airbnb partnership aims to help teachers supplement income NEA Member Benefits: Airbnb Partnership (Defunct?) - https://www.neamb.com/products/airbnb-host Dorms eyed for community colleges to ease California housing crunch More from our guest: Prof. Yvette Butler Faculty Profile Article: Inside Mississippi’s only class on critical race theory Bill Text: Mississippi SB2113 Anti-critical race theory bill signed into law by Mississippi governor Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:13:02
April 12, 2022
The Weaponization of Data: Preparing for the June 2022 Narrative - Passing Period #63
This Week: The LA Times let everyone know that “nearly half of LAUSD students are chronically absent” this year. And, if you didn’t read the article (which in fairness, is pretty nuanced), and just saw the headline, you might be left with the idea that the teachers of Los Angeles were practically locking the doors of school in kids faces and telling the kids they can’t come to school. Sadly, the pressure for clickbait headlines is but one of many factors that is already leading towards a growing weaponization of data against public schools, educators, and the communities we serve. Manuel and Jeff dig into this minefield of a topic, making some predictions about where we see this heading in in the spring of 2022, once state testing data is out, and make the case that it’s not too late to change the orientation with which we look at data about our schools in response to the pandemic. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
38:06
April 02, 2022
#88 - Is it time to de-track our schools? Featuring Dr. Eric Toshalis!!
Advanced. Honors. GATE. Remedial. Foundational. Students have been “tracked,” or sorted and grouped by perceived ability level, into categories such as these for years. While some argue that tracking helps schools and teachers design instruction to meet the needs of students of varying ability levels, the data suggests that tracking has long resulted in racial inequities and de facto segregation within our school system. Dr. Eric Toshalis of KnowledgeWorks (who also happens to have been the O.G. teacher-mentor for both Manuel and Jeff back during their student-teacher days!) joins us this week to share his expertise around the great tracking debate. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including the difficulty districts are having in spending American Rescue Plan funds before the deadline and a new report slamming the quality of education offered in Los Angeles’ juvenile detention facilities. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 10:00 - Districts struggle to spend relief money 28:06 - Review slams juvenile court schools 44:23 - De-tracking w/ Dr. Eric Toshalis! 1:26:09 -UCLA guarantees four years of student housing DO-NOW STORIES: One year after Congress appropriated over $122 billion for K-12, many school districts are struggling to spend it Los Angeles County Probation Oversight Commission: Education Report Report finds schools in L.A. County's youth justice system lacking More from our guest: Dr. Toshalis Website Dr. Toshalis at KnowledgeWorks Routes not Ruts: Detracking Our Paths to Equity Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Can and Should Replace Tracking – Here’s Why CLASS DISMISSED: Amid student housing crisis, UCLA becomes first UC campus with four-year room guarantee Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:31:07
March 26, 2022
What We Wish We’d Gotten, And A Word of Advice To Newbies - Passing Period #62
This Week: Mauel and Jeff take a step back from the headlines and major policy issues of the world to reflect on two important questions.  What is one area where we wish we’d gotten better preparation as a young teacher?  And what is one nugget of advice we’d give to folks coming into the profession today? From seeking out trusted veterans, to intentionally honing your craft, the guys share their insights and wisdom on this profession we call teaching. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
38:41
March 19, 2022
#87 - Pilot Schools and Innovation w/ Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez!!
All that talk about “reimagining school” seems like a distant memory to a lot of us, but many folks are hard at work implementing innovative school designs that better serve our most marginalized communities. As we ditch masks and charge ahead into a new normal, what might districts across the country do to actually cultivate, enable, and support innovative approaches to school design and operation? This week we’re joined by Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez, who is the new Director of Pilot School Support for the Los Angeles Unified School District, to learn about pilot schools and how they differ from the typical traditional models of school. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including school districts building housing for teachers and researchers slamming decades of data-driven instruction. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 8:05 - School district subsidizes teacher housing 24:25 - Researchers slam data-driven instruction 45:33 - Pilot schools w/ Cynthia Gonzalez! 1:15:40 - School builds indigenous science program DO-NOW STORIES: Interest in district-subsidized teacher housing in California intensifies Report: Education Workforce Housing in California: Developing the 21st Century Campus Studies show teachers engaging in data analysis doesn’t lead to improved student learning Does Studying Student Data Really Raise Test Scores? More from our guest: Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez Website LA Times endorsement for LAUSD board seat  Cal matters article in her school and the pandemic LAUSD pilot schools FAQ CLASS DISMISSED: Students learning indigenous science to fight climate change Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:19:06
March 12, 2022
A Bad Week for White Nationalist Bigots Who Hate Education - Passing Period #61
This Week: Normally we love to get into deep, critical conversations about the wrongs of the world of education and how to right them. This week, we’re just gonna enjoy the forces of white supremacy, bigotry, and racist lies in school being on the defensive!  Whether it was an anti CRT bill being defeated after scandalous neutrality on Naziism in the Indiana state legislature, the resignation of one of those legislators from a high ranking position at the College Board, Advanced Placement being forced to respond with a statement on their values, students shouting down an anti-trans candidate for the Texas state legislature, or friends of the show The Expectations Project and EduColor releasing their Truth Matters for Students Toolkits, it was a good week for the causes of educational justice. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
49:21
March 06, 2022
#86 - Liz Kleinrock on Antibias and Antiracist Work in Schools!
The partisan push to ban books, curriculum, and pedagogy that helps students interrogate oppression continues rage. How can educators teach children to combat bias and racism when such topics are increasingly taboo and policed? What work needs to be done to put our ideals of liberty and justice into practice in our schools? Liz Kleinrock, who is an educator extraordinaire, a recipient of the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the author of the new book Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community, joins the show to help us explore these issues.  But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a new study revealing racial bias in teacher evaluations and a sharp rise in public records requests as definitely-not-racist folks search for evidence of CRT in schools. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:50 - Districts see increase in records requests 26:35 - Study reveals bias in teacher evaluations 40:33 - A conversation with Liz Kleinrock 1:09:54 - Periodic Table of Black History! DO-NOW STORIES: Million-Dollar Records Request: From COVID and Critical Race Theory to Teachers’ Names & Schools, Minnesota Districts Flooded With Freedom of Information Document Demands Article: Classroom Observations Biased Against Male, Black Teachers Study: Classroom Observations Biased Against Male, Black Teachers More from our guest: Book: Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community TED Talk: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics Website: Teach and Transform Liz on Twitter Liz on Instagram Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:13:40
February 26, 2022
Chaos in SFUSD - Equity, Wokeness, and Divisive Racial Politics - Passing Period #60
This Week: It’s America in 2022, and while right wing folk are literally threatening to kill kids of school board members across the country, we find ourselves in a media frenzy over the recall of three San Francisco Unified School District Board members. And what’s to blame?  Well, the LA Times, SF Chronicle, NY Times, the Atlantic, and the AP sort of agree. Kinda. Was it the effort to rename dozens of schools named after problematic, and arguably problematic, white folk? Was it the effort to make the legendary Lowell High School, an elite and predominantly Asian American school, a lottery based admissions school so its demographics would be more representative of the city?  Was it the pandemic safety practices that resulted in SFUSD having distance learning longer than most districts?  Was it backlash against an equity and racial justice agenda?  Is it the end of “woke” politics and doom for Dems in the midterms??!?!?!?! Manuel and Jeff attempt a reasoned discussion. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
39:58
February 19, 2022
Teacher Eval & Accountability: Will We Repeat the Sins of the Past? - Passing Period #59
This Week: A fascinating article in The Progressive got Manuel and Jeff talking about some of our predictions of what’s to come once we have fresh, new state test scores this spring. The learning loss hawks are circling, and once the data is public and we’re able to quantify just how deficient and underperforming all of the kids are, and how exacerbated the equity gaps are, which we’ve always known have been there, what will come for our accountability systems?  Will we harken back to the NCLB, Race to the Top era of value added metrics, and high stake testing based teacher evaluations?  A working paper from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University shows little to no effect of the practices of that era, but will policy makers be wise enough, soon enough, to avoid repeating the sins of the past?  And what should we do instead? Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
38:10
February 12, 2022
#85 - The Faith-Based Case for Educational Justice ft. Zakiya Jackson!
Although most policy organizations and education leaders who advocate for educational justice maintain a secular voice and vision, there are those for whom building an equitable, humanizing public school system is a matter of religious faith. Zakiya Jackson, who serves as president of the Expectations Project, joins us this week to discuss the intersections of faith, educational equity, and policy advocacy. What does faith-motivated organizing look like as an approach to racial justice, and how does it fit within the broader context of education advocacy? But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a new program that targets the student debt crisis through community service and an interesting call from a collection of doctors to drop mask requirements in schools. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:10 - California College Corps 19:45 - Time for mask-optional schools? 38:32 - Faith, equity, and advocacy  w/ Zakiya Jackson 1:18:05 - Kid of the year finalist teaches young refugees DO-NOW STORIES: #CaliforniansForAll College Corps California Volunteers, California Higher Education Institutions Announce Historic College Service Program California ‘College Corps’ program to give $10,000 to select students for volunteer work Opinion: Schools can safely make masks optional with the CDC’s new guidelines More from our guest: The Expectations Project Let a Child Be a Child Zakiya Jackson on Twitter EduColor Class Dismissed: Kid of the Year Finalist Lujain Alqattawi, 13, Teaches English to Kids in Refugee Camps Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:23:05
February 05, 2022
Get ‘Em and Keep ‘Em: Solutions to the Teacher Shortage - Passing Period #58
This Week: The Learning Policy Institute released a new report this week outlining the impacts of the teacher shortage on districts across California during the pandemic, how they’re responding, and what their researchers recommend as policy solutions.  The ideas range from the important but conventional - like better pay - to the wonky, like expanding teacher residencies and pipelines from community colleges. But, are these the right moves to not only bring more exceptional talent into the profession, but to keep them over the long term? Manuel and Jeff discuss, and offer their ideas on what it’s going to take to make our way out of this nation-wide teacher shortage. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
37:20
January 29, 2022
Florida, and the Battle for the Soul of Public Education - Passing Period #57
This Week: The Florida State Senate passes a bill that requires teaching that ensures white, and white adjacent folk, cannot be made to feel “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race,” joining the ranks of states and municipalities outlawing the teaching of truthful history.  The battle for the very soul of public education in the service of democracy continues. What does this mean for us? What should we do to resist these oppressive attempts to enshrine a white supremacist curriculum? Manuel and Jeff discuss. Oh, and there’s soldiers teaching school in New Mexico, and cops with guns, and without masks, teaching school in Oklahoma. Good times. **Special Event: Register here to see our most recent guest Dr. Annamarie Francois moderate a panel with CA Governor Gavin Newsom Neurodiversity and K-12 Education: Ensuring Equity in Learning for ALL Children on 1/26/22, 5pm PST Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
52:09
January 22, 2022
#84 - Schooling for Democracy w/ Dr. Annamarie Francois!
To educators like UCLA’s Dr. Annamarie Francois, schools aren’t just sites for reading and math, but instead are the moral, political, and social centers of our democracy. As the Executive Director of UCLA’s Center X, Dr. Francois has led decades of leadership and innovation efforts to support marginalized school communities. She joins us this week to explore how educators and schools of education should meet the moment and defend a humanizing, democratic vision of schooling. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a proposal in California to eliminate attendance-based school funding and a call in Forbes (yes, that Forbes) to address the looming teacher crisis facing our schools. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 7:12 - CA may eliminate ADA funding formulas 19:30 - What to do about the teacher crisis? 33:07 - Schooling for democracy w/ Dr. Francois 1:12:50 - Abbott Elementary is dopeness! DO-NOW STORIES: Bill Aims to Shift CA to Enrollment-Based Funding for K-12 Schools Why Education is about to reach a crisis of epic proportion More from our guest: Book: Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators UCLA Center X Dr. Francois on Twitter Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:18:10
January 15, 2022
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor - Passing Period #56
This Week: With the COVID infection graph approaching an upward, vertical line, schools across the country open after the holidays, and the great experiment with the lives and health of the nation’s youth (and school staff) begins. Chicago teachers make headlines for forcing a temporary move to distance learning, while numerous smaller districts are forced to do the same by the sheer magnitude of the effects of Omicron. Manuel and Jeff look at the data, the obvious risks to health, and ask, are we the crazy ones???  Doesn’t it make sense to temporarily go virtual, until we move past the massive spike in cases? Apparently not. Let corporations and the learning loss hawks rejoice! Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
43:30
January 08, 2022
Holiday Break News Roundup - Passing Period #55
This Week: If you understood the assignment, you’re on break right now, spending time with loved ones, not checking work email, silencing your alerts, and just relaxing. And, we got you covered with an AOTA special passing period this week, a holiday news roundup. A lot has been happening, even while most schools around the nation are closed. The anti CRT madness is working to ban books in TX libraries, one Joseph Robinette Biden extends the “pause” on student loan payments to May 1st, CA says it will be giving free at-home COVID tests to every kid, and many UCs and CSU campuses will be starting remotely in January to prepare for a likely post holiday omicron wave, and requiring boosters. Ready? Let’s do this. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
50:28
December 27, 2021
Omicron, TikTok, and School. Good Grief. - Passing Period #54
This Week: Winter break is here, at least for some of us, and not a moment too soon.  As the omicron variant rages across the globe, and in many parts of America too, schools are closing or on high alert not just because of the pandemic, but because of worries about TikTok inspired violence on school campuses. Man, it’s time for a break. Manuel and Jeff dig into it and share some love for the late, great bell hooks. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
48:11
December 18, 2021
Students Act Out… But Didn’t We Know This Was Coming? - Passing Period #53
This Week: As the holiday season is here, the US Surgeon General releases an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health, and the LA Times drops an article detailing a rise in “threats, fights, and misbehavior” in this still-in-a-pandemic, but post pandemic school year. But all student behavior tells a story, so what story are our children telling us right now? And, by the way, didn’t we know this was going to happen 18 months ago? What gives? Manuel and Jeff unpack what’s happening in schools, and discuss the path to hope and change as we approach the end of one of the most challenging semesters in memory. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
43:47
December 12, 2021
Billionaire Bloomberg Declares War on Public Schools - Passing Period #52
This Week: Michael Bloomberg, billionaire former NYC mayor and presidential candidate who nobody wanted to hear from, announced this week that he will be spending $750 million to promote charter school expansion across the nation over the next 5 years.  In a scathing opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal he states that “American education is broken” and that charter schools are a “proven alternative.” Mike’s gloves are off in the war on one of the bedrock public institutions in any democratic (small d) society. Manuel and Jeff discuss what this means for educators, and tell mayor stop-and-frisk where he can put his performative rhetoric about  caring or Black, Brown and low income communities. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
45:58
December 04, 2021
#83 - Examining Educational Technology and Equity w/ Ken Shelton!
The pandemic hastened what was already a rapidly-evolving relationship between schooling and technology. Although millions of students have now been assigned their own devices and logins for a litany of online platforms, the digital divide still persists and students in both rural and urban neighborhoods continue to struggle with limited connectivity. This week we’re joined by Ken Shelton--one of the dopest voices in edtech--to explore the current state and future possibilities of educational technology as a tool for reimagined schooling! But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including a study about “screen free” zones in college lectures and intriguing new data about the college gender gap. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:22 - Should colleges offer “screen-free” zones? 21:40 - New data on college gender gap 35:41 - Techquity with Ken Shelton! 1:10:15 - LAUSD hosts Black college fair DO-NOW STORIES: New Study Looks at the Impact of Screen Free Zones in College Classrooms What’s behind the gender gap in college completion? More from our guest: “Techquity: Going from Digital Poverty to Digital Inclusion” Ken Shelton on Twitter Ken Shelton Website Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:14:17
November 27, 2021
NH Goes Nazi, Puts Bounty on Teachers for Teaching Truthful History - Passing Period #51
This Week: The state of New Hampshire passed a so-called anti “CRT” law back in June, but just this month rolled out its mechanism by which people can report educators for teaching truthful history. In response, a right wing group called Moms for Liberty (of course it is) organized a $500 bounty for the first person who successfully turns in an educator to the state. This is the latest, if perhaps most disturbing, iteration of the wave of white supremacitst policies sweeping states and municipalities across the United States. From book banning, to wild conspiracy theories about white victimhood, it’s getting real out here folks. Fascism is afoot. Manuel and Jeff break it down this week, and talk about what some of our responses might be. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
41:20
November 20, 2021
#82 - A Whole School Approach to Humanizing Schools w/ Michael Essien!
Despite knowing that the pre-pandemic approach to schooling wasn’t working for whole swaths of students, many school leaders are struggling to make good on all that “reimagine” talk that was swirling around prior to this school year.  Given the ongoing structural barriers that principals and their schools have to contend with, how does one build and sustain a model that meets students’ needs? This week we’re joined by Michael Essien, a school leader in San Francisco known for his work around a “whole school approach” that creates a school community that’s humanizing for young people. What does this look like, and what’s missing from many of the traditional models of school culture and discipline? But first, Jeff and Manuel discuss recent headlines in education including a stark warning from the UN about climate curriculum and a district in Nebraska that’s hiring its own students to be language interpreters. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:15 - Students Hired as Language Interpreters 16:29 - Climate Crisis Missing from Global Curriculum 30:11 - School Leadership with Michael Essien 1:06:20 - PD Nixed for Day Off DO-NOW STORIES: Omaha district hires high school students as interpreters Only half of the national curricula in the world have a reference to climate change, UNESCO warns More from our guest: Michael Essien Website Michael Essien on Twitter KQED: A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:11:55
November 13, 2021
Survey Shows 34% of Whites Lie About Race on College Apps - Passing Period #50
This Week: A stunning set of survey results from intelligent.com shows that thirty four percent - more than one of every three - white college applicants has falsely claimed to be a person of color on a college application, including nearly half of all white male respondents. What the heck is happening yall? Is it a bad dream? Is it some twisted form of reverse, reverse racism? Sadly, it also seems to be working, with 75% of those who lied about their race being admitted to the colleges they lied to. This story is nuts. Manuel and Jeff get into it and discuss what this all means and what to do about it. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
32:07
November 06, 2021
#81 - Ethnic Studies in K-12: The Growth and Controversy w/ Roxana Dueñas!
As ethnic studies becomes a high school graduation requirement in California and national battles over teaching about race and racism continue to rage, what does the road ahead look like for expanding this critical discipline? And as more regions adopt courses in ethnic studies, what considerations need to be made for it ending up in the hands of educators who are untrained, who haven’t studied the discipline themselves, or who seek to undermine the curriculum? Veteran ethnic studies teacher and decorated leader Roxana Dueñas joins the show to help us explore these issues! But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including the debate over vaccine mandates for students and a look at what the research says about gifted and talented education. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:40 - The long history of vaccine mandates in schools 24:50 - G.A.T.E. debate heats up 47:26 - Ethnic Studies in K-12 w/ Roxana Dueñas 1:24:48 - Salute to Pardon the Interruption DO-NOW STORIES: States have mandated vaccinations since long before COVID-19 What research tells us about Gifted Education More from our guest: Roxana Duenas One-on-One Roxana Duenas on AOTA Episode 2 Ethnic Studies K-12 Curriculum: Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Rethinking Ethnic Studies California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:31:40
October 30, 2021
Educators Need Relief, Not More Pressure - Passing Period #49
This Week: The LA Times drops a bombshell article highlighting the negative effects of the pandemic on test scores and grades, and a clickbait headline that LA’s students “need help now.” Surprise, surprise, the pandemic wasn’t good for the city’s most marginalized kids and communities, right? We went into this year talking a big game about “reinventing” and “reimagining” education, but didn’t move any of the goal posts. Same rules, same structures, same accountabilities in place, and very limited space to address the real needs of kids and educators alike. Manuel and Jeff discuss the meaning of it all. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
30:29
October 23, 2021
Yo...where the subs at?? - Passing Period #48
This Week: Jeff being on vacation means that we needed to order a sub for this week’s Passing Period! Manuel and the substitute (ahem…“guest teacher”) explore the recent wave of headlines regarding the national substitute teacher shortage and ponder what this means for students, teachers, and the school system going forward. Is boosting sub pay enough, and will this get worse before it gets better? Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
32:53
October 16, 2021
Mental Health, Ethnic Studies For All, Free Tampons, The CA Liberal Education Apocalypse is Here! - Passing Period #47
This Week: CA Governor Gavin Newsom is flexing, fresh off the unsuccessful recall attempt.  This week the gov signed a suite of bills into law that will bring nearly $124 billion in education spending to the state, and bring about the highest per pupil funding in the state’s history. There’s something for everyone in these bills - protocols for schools to screen students for mental health, expanding broadband to the state’s many wifi deserts, expanded pre-K, a first in the nation requirement for ethnic studies for graduation, and free pads and tampons in bathrooms in low income areas. Of course, the devil is always in the details of implementation, but Manuel and Jeff discuss reactions and what this all could mean for schools in the nation’s most populous state. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
39:19
October 09, 2021
#80 - Decolonizing Education w/ Carolyn Roberts!
Increasingly, educators are pointing to the need to decolonize the classroom and the school system in order to truly meet the needs of Indigenous, Black, and other marginalized students. Although there is a clear need to rethink how we educate our students, there isn’t always much clarity about what it actually means to decolonize education or what that looks like. To help us explore this issue we’re joined by Carolyn Roberts, a super-dope Indigenous academic working in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Carolyn’s work is grounded in educating about Indigenous people and the decolonization of the education system. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including new data about racial disparities in career technical education and a new plan in California to get all third graders reading by 2026. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:45 - Racial gaps in CTE enrollment 22:10 - Every kid reading by 2026? 37:45 - Decolonizing education w/ Carolyn Roberts 1:05:40 - Middle school gets a new name! DO-NOW STORIES: First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides State Supt sets goal to get all third graders reading by 2026 More from our guest: Carolyn Roberts on Twitter Carolyn Roberts Website Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:11:59
October 02, 2021
They Banned Sesame Street. Seriously - Passing Period #46
This Week: the tiny hamlet of Central York, PA is making news this week as community activists were able to successfully pressure the school board to rescind their temporary ban on just about every book, essay, film, and website that ever said anything about racism, or people of color, or women, or LGBTQ+ people, or really just anything that the rabid “anti CRT'' crowd of fanatics has been led to believe they should fear. If it weren’t so dangerous, it’d be comical. The banned books list included 3 former #AOTAshow guests (go us, I guess?), along with a Sesame Street town hall, a book about boys wearing pink, a book about Black people liking their hair, and young adult biographies of the likes of Rosa Parks, MLK Jr, and Sonia Sotomayor.  Oh, and they also banned the entire collected works of Jane Elliot, and Learning For Justice.  So, it’s a hot mess. Manuel and Jeff get into it and talk about why this case is completely bonkers, and also so important for us to pay attention to. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
30:50
September 25, 2021
#79 - Supporting Arab and Muslim Students feat. Dr. Sawsan Jaber!
Conversations around equity in education too often leave out the voices and experiences of Arab and Muslim students whose identities don’t always fit into the rigid social constructs of race in America. This week we’re joined by educator and scholar extraordinaire Dr. Sawsan Jaber to learn about how educators should understand the identities of the Muslim and Arab students they serve, and how these identities may impact the schooling experiences of these students. In the face of rampant Islamophobia and an aversion towards teaching about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, how might educators address these topics responsibly and advocate for their Arab and Muslim students? But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a new media literacy graduation requirement in Illinois and an attempt to put school choice on the ballot in California. → View this episode on YouTube! → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 8:00 - Media Lit becomes grad requirement 23:15 - School Choice on CA Ballot? 40:05 - Supporting Arab and Muslim Students w/ Dr. Jaber 1:14:00 - Did CA survive the recall? DO-NOW STORIES: Illinois Becomes the First State to Require Media Literacy Classes for High School Students Pasadena Group Hopes to Place School Choice Initiative on 2022 Ballot More from our guest: Dr. Jaber on Twitter Dr. Jaber on Medium Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:18:56
September 18, 2021
We’re Trying To Keep The Kids ALIVE!! - Passing Period #45
This Week: Huge, earth shattering news this week out of the nation’s second largest school district. Los Angeles Unified becomes the first major district in the country to issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, which will effectively require all students 12 and over to be fully vaccinated by the end of the fall semester, in order to attend in-person school. LAUSD already has among the nation’s most robust COVID testing, contact tracing and prevention programs, and is requiring all district staff to be fully vaccinated by mid October. The lawsuits will be coming, for sure, and the news breaks just days before the CA gubernatorial recall election where republicans are running black Ron Desantis, who promises to spread COVID far and wide, in the name of freedom. Manuel and Jeff discuss their takes, and offer some timely reflections on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as well. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
34:32
September 11, 2021
#78 - Textured Teaching and Overcoming Backlash w/ Lorena Germán
The concept of culturally sustaining pedagogies is resonating with a growing number of educators, but what does it look like in practice? And with so much vitriol being directed at educators who #TeachTruth and lean into curriculum that challenges racism, how does one embrace culturally sustaining practices in the face of the racist backlash? Lorena Germán, who is an educator extraordinaire, a co-founder of #DisruptTexts, and the author of the new book Textured Teaching, joins the show to help us explore these issues.  But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including vaccine mandates for students and a move towards abolishing the middle school model! Wait, what? → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! → View this episode on YouTube! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 8:35 - School District Issues Vaccine Mandate 20:45 - Abolish Middle School? 36:13 - Textured Teaching w/ Lorena Germán 1:07:07 - #BlackGirlMagic and #TeachTruth FTW!! DO-NOW STORIES: Culver City Unified mandates Covid vaccine for students, possibly a first for California California District Becomes First in Nation to Require COVID Vaccine for Students 12 & Up, But Experts Expect Legal Challenges Can you fix middle school by getting rid of it? More from our guest: Textured Teaching by Lorena Germán The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook by Lorena Germán Lorena Germán on Twitter Website: Multicultural Classroom Lorena Germán for #DisruptTexts Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:13:55
September 04, 2021
#TeachTruth Special - Passing Period #44
This Week: In solidarity with the Zinn Education Project and educators across the nation who are pledging to teach the truthful history our students deserve to know, and resist the white nationalist push to enshrine white supremacist mythology in the curriculum, Manuel and Jeff share historical sites that highlight the importance of teaching truth in the classroom.  Jeff shares his experience in Fort Snelling State Park in Minneapolis, a site of massacre, imprisonment, and forced displacement of the Dakota people. Manuel shares his experience at UCLA’s Campbell Hall, the site of the murder of Black Panther leaders Bunchy Carter and John Huggins and the FBI’s COINTELPRO efforts to decapitate movements for Black liberation. To support the movement to #TeachTruth and take the pledge, go to the Zinn Ed Project’s website: zinnedproject.org/pledge Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
31:42
August 28, 2021
Rolling the Dice with the Health of America’s Children - Passing Period #43
This Week: The 2021-22 school year is officially in session in many parts of America, and the mass biological experiment has begun. We’ve got governors going full homicidal maniac in states like Texas and Florida with ICUs full, policies banning mask mandates, and threats to withhold salary from superintendents who follow public health science and impose masking requirements. And at the same time we’ve got districts with mask mandates in place, baseline testing requirements in effect, persistent low vax rates among children, and all the kiddos back in crowded halls and lunchrooms. It’s clear we’ve missed school, in so many ways, but given the COVID data, what’s about to happen? Let’s just say Manuel and Jeff have fingers and toes crossed, hoping for the best for all of the kids, educators, and communities we serve. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
35:57
August 15, 2021
#77 - Teaching the Truth Amid Culture Wars and Backlash w/ Jesse Hagopian
With the sweeping passage of bills aiming to ban truthful teaching of America’s history and legacy of racism, educators across the USA are grappling with the spectre of being fired over something as simple as assigning a children’s book about integration. What’s really at stake when politicians strip away learning standards that uplift MLK and criticize the KKK? To help us understand the present culture wars and the increasingly rowdy scenes at school boards across the country, we’re joined by teacher, author, and activist Jesse Hagopian! Jesse is a high school Ethnic Studies teacher in Seattle, an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, director of the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award, and a campaign organizer for the Zinn Education Project’s “Teach the Black Freedom Struggle.” But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a new report about the dwindling number of school librarians and new survey data out of California regarding how people feel about their public schools. → Get your Teach the Truth T-Shirt here! Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:55 - The Disappearing School Librarian 19:35 - CA voters show support for public schools 34:50 - #TeachTruth with Jesse Hagopian 1:12:30 - EduColor Summit FTW! DO-NOW STORIES: Where Are the School Librarians? New Study Shows 20 Percent Decline In Past Decade Perspectives on School Librarian Employment in the United States, 2009-10 to 2018-19 California voters give schools and teachers top grades in year-end survey Californians and K–12 Education Amid COVID-19 Recovery More from our guest: Blog - I Am an Educator Black Lives Matter at School Rethinking Schools TeachingForBlackLives.org Zinn Education Project Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:17:21
July 31, 2021
As the Delta Variant Rages, What About School This Fall? - Passing Period #42
This Week: About half of the adult population in the United States is now fully vaccinated, but the curve is again moving in a worrisome direction.  With daily cases and hospitalizations beginning to mirror what we saw this time one year ago - despite the fact that tens of millions of people are vaccinated - are we heading for another wave of the pandemic among the unvaccinated?  And what does this mean for the nation’s 74 million children, all of whom below the age of 12 are unvaccinated? All 50 states and Washington DC are, as of now, planning for a full 5 days of in-person instruction in the fall. Some states like CA, are allowing local officials to mandate masks. In other states, laws have been passed preventing mask mandates in schools. With just a few weeks left until school resumes in much of the country, Manuel and Jeff discuss. Articles and Data Cited in this Episode: NPR - American Academy of Pediatrics Says Everyone Should Wear Masks in School: https://www.npr.org/2021/07/20/1018380783/everyone-should-wear-a-mask-in-schools-vaccinated-or-not-u-s-pediatricians-say Mayo Clinic COVID vaccine tracker: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine-tracker New York Times COVID case tracker: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
35:00
July 25, 2021
#76 - Supporting Indigenous Students w/ Dr. Valeriah Big Eagle
The schooling experiences of native youth are so often left out of conversations about educational equity despite the fact that indigenous youth are among the most marginalized and underserved groups in our school system. This week we have the great honor of learning from the super-dope Dr. Valeriah Big Eagle about the experiences of native youth and about what needs to be done to better serve this population of students. Dr. Big Eagle is the President of the Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee of Rapid City Area Schools and also serves as the Diversity Outreach & Engagement Director at South Dakota State University College of Nursing, Native American Nursing Education Center. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including teachers unions entering the culture war fray and a renewed look at the doomsday views of so-called learning-loss. Get your Teach the Truth Merch! https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com/ ...and subscribe to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 8:02 - Teachers unions take stand on CRT 25:55 - Doomsday predictions about learning loss 41:25 - Dr. Valeriah Big Eagle 1:18:20 - Jeff thanks Betsy DeVos for economic justice DO-NOW STORIES: - Unions Go All-In on Critical Race Theory, Promising Money and Support to Members Teaching ‘Honest History’ - Archived NEA Rep Assembly Agenda Items - NYT: The War on History is a War on Democracy - The Effects will Linger: US Kids Long Term Health in Jeopardy after Pandemic More from our guest: - Oyate Today: Valeriah Big Eagle - Indigenous Education Task Force addressing education inequality - Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:24:42
July 17, 2021
What If They Don’t Come Back Though? - Passing Period #41
This Week: It’s summer time, and the livin is easy. Kids are jumpin, and the humidity is high… and questions abound regarding the future of school next fall. Specifically, given the relatively low interest expressed in returning to in-person learning last year among Black and AAPI families, questions are being raised about what it would mean if a significant number of families opt out of traditional school this fall. Two fascinating articles from the Hechinger Report and the Wall Street Journal give fodder for this week’s discussion as Manuel and Jeff get into it. Is there reason to believe families - Black and AAPI families in particular - won’t return in the fall? What could school look like in order to affect families’ decision? Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Articles cited in this week’s episode: Hechinger Report: https://hechingerreport.org/as-schools-reopen-will-black-and-asian-families-return/ Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-student-quit-stuyvesant-to-school-himself-heres-how-he-did-it-11625695818?st=w7v5ze8vspn7v66&reflink=desktopwebshare_twitter Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
33:49
July 10, 2021
#75 - School Leadership in the Wake of Multiple Traumas w/ Yusuf Abdullah
Being a school leader is hard enough, but doing so in the midst of a pandemic and from the epicenter of a national reckoning around race and police violence makes the work doubly challenging and important. This week we’re joined by Yusuf Abdullah, principal of Patrick Henry High School in North Minneapolis, to discuss his experience leading in the wake of multiple traumas. Henry High School is considered by U.S. News & World Report the number one high school in Minneapolis Public Schools and is right next door to Brooklyn Center, where former student Daunte Wright was slain by an officer this past April. We explore how Principal Abdullah’s school community has managed during this traumatic year and what he has learned about being a school leader. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including two major Supreme Court rulings impacting student speech and college athlete compensation. ***Click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel!*** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:13 - Court rules on student speech made online 19:13 - NCAA dealt major blow by Supreme Court 35:33 - Principal Abdullah of Patrick Henry High School 1:06:45 - Start student becomes citizen day before graduation! DO-NOW STORIES: - Cheerleader prevails at U.S. Supreme Court in free speech case - NCAA athletes win 9-0 on educational perks as Kavanaugh calls out ban on direct payments - The Supreme Court Sides With NCAA Athletes In A Narrow Ruling - Text of the NCAA Ruling Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:11:21
July 03, 2021
Down Goes Crespi. Now Let’s Change Em All - Passing Period #40
This Week: A heartwarming story of youth activism out of West Contra Costa Unified School District has resulted in a name change to a local middle school. Say goodbye Juan Crespi Middle School, and hello Betty Reid Soskin Middle School. Crespi, a Franciscan missionary who helped lay the foundation of California’s oppressive and genocidal mission system, will be replaced by Soskin, a community activist, named in 1995 California Woman of the Year by the state legislature, and currently the nation’s oldest national park ranger. Feels good, don’t it? Manuel and Jeff discuss not only this individual story of light in the darkness of the white supremacist mythology, but the wave of similar work being done across the country, and the urgent need to continue. Get your All of the Above swag, including your own “Teach the Truth” shirt! In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
31:54
June 27, 2021
#74 - Dope Educators Share Their Key Takeaways from the 2020/2021 School Year!
As educators crawl out of this historically unprecedented, hot mess of a school year, what lasting lessons and changes should they be sure to carry on with them? This week we bring back EIGHT of the dopest educators and past AOTA guests to share their key takeaways from this wild school year. Hear from Julia E. Torres, Dr. Betina Hsieh, Larry Ferlazzo, Geneviève DeBose, Leo Glazé, Kevin Adams, Gerardo Muñoz, and Meghann Seril as they each look back on their experience in the year of pandemic pedagogy. Plus, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in the world of education! Get your “Teach the Truth” Shirts here!! Oh, and please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! TODAY'S AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:48 - The Do-Now 7:50 - Takeaways from the 2020-2021 School Year 56:01 - Valedictorian speaks up in surprise speech Previous AOTA Appearances from our guests: Julia E. Torres - https://youtu.be/XA95BArRqZA Dr. Betina Hsieh - https://youtu.be/lYfcMsAcP8Y Larry Ferlazzo - https://youtu.be/ki5Gteo0n5M Geneviève DeBose - https://youtu.be/oERbRjN7yNM Leo Glazé - https://youtu.be/k_yArj1ikyw Too Dope Teachers and a Mic - https://youtu.be/M0uhju4RZnA Meghann Seril - https://youtu.be/0otWtj83Fbs Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:02:30
June 19, 2021
The Best Defense is a Good Offense: The CRT Madness Continues - Passing Period #39
This Week: 21 states across the country have introduced legislation or enacted into law measures that restrict the teaching of truth about America’s history of racism, colonialism, and white supremacy. And meanwhile, videos of white fragility tears flowing at school board meetings with baseless claims of the teaching of “critical race theory” as the new boogeyman are flooding social media. How should we organize to oppose the banning of truthful teaching of America’s history? In the midst of inaccurate descriptions of what critical race theory is, how do we fight back against this dangerous onslaught of white supremacit propaganda? Also, there’s new #AOTAshow merch available on our website!  Get your hoodies, Ts, and more.  In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
34:04
June 13, 2021
#73 - Centering Bilingual Latinx Students w/ Drs. Carla España & Luz Yadira Herrera
Bilingual dopeness in the building! After years of attacks and bans on bilingual education, so-called “dual language immersion” programs have become a hot ticket. How can we ensure that language minoritized children get access to quality bilingual education, and what should such education look like? This week we’re joined by Dr. Carla España and Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera, co-founders of the En Comunidad Collective and co-authors of “En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students.” They help us explore the past, present, and future of bilingual education. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including the debate about whether districts should offer virtual schooling as an option this fall and renewed concerns over corporal punishment after a ridonculous video emerges showing a principal hitting a young student. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:39 - Should families have virtual learning option this fall? 21:30 - Corporal punishment in schools...STILL?? 36:15 - Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students 1:11:17 - New National Teacher of the Year! More from our guests: Website - En Comunidad Collective Book - “En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students” Dr. Carla España Website Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera Twitter Do-Now Stories: Returning this Fall, By Popular Demand: Virtual School. For Communities of Color, it’s Largely a Matter of Trust Kids Keep Getting Hit at School, Even Where Corporal Punishment is Banned Class Dismissed: "CBS This Morning" reveals the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:15:54
June 05, 2021
They Got White Nationalists Teaching Elementary Now! - Passing Period #38
This Week: The white-lash is in full swing across America with states attempting--and some passing--bills to restrict the teaching of truth and the moral righteousness of racial justice. In the face of these trumped up claims against the 1619 Project and “Critical Race Theory,” wouldn’t you know it’s the white nationalists who are infiltrating schools and clandestinely working to pass on their hateful ideology under cover. A shocking story out of Boston of an elementary teacher who spends his time writing for various white supremacist and fascist publications under a pseudonym is just the latest revelation on this front. From law enforcement, to the military, to schools, white nationalists are forcing an important, but tricky conversation - how should we root out white supremacists from the ranks of educators? And how can we do so without creating a monster we can’t control? Also, there’s new #AOTAshow merch available on our website!  Get your hoodies, Ts, and more.  In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
33:39
May 30, 2021
#72 - Advancing Racial Literacies in Education w/ Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
What role does racial literacy play in helping educators develop the capacity to respond to the  inequities that plague our educational system? And how should educators, school systems, and policymakers respond to the recent partisan backlash over racial justice efforts? To help us explore these questions, we’re joined by the phenomenally-dope Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz!! Dr. Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University whose research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a new law that blocks district diversity plans and a new task force in South Dakota focused on boosting educational outcomes for Indigenous students. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel!*** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:59 - Iowa law blocks desegregation plans 18:55 - Indigenous Ed Task Force in SD 33:10 - Racial literacies w/ Dr. Sealey-Ruiz 1:03:59 - Salute to Irene B. West! More from our guest: - Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz Linktree Do-Now Stories: - Indigenous Ed Task Force in Rapid City takes on inequity - Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings - Iowa school districts must end voluntary desegregation efforts Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - Podcast via Apple Podcast - Podcast via Spotify - Twitter - Facebook Page Theme Music by its tajonthabeat
01:07:17
May 22, 2021
Massive CA Settlement KOs SAT and ACT Tests - Passing Period #37
This Week: The pandemic hit the SAT and ACT with a hook to the temple, and now with a massive legal settlement in a case brought by California students, community groups and Compton Unified School District, the nation’s unofficial college entrance standardized tests are on the ropes. But does this mean they’re down for the count?  The settlement commits the University of California system - home to 6 of the nation’s top 11 public universities - to not using SAT or ACT in admissions or scholarship decisions until at least the spring of 2025.  What will the ripple effect be across higher ed? What, if anything, will replace SAT and ACT as admission criteria to these highly selective institutions? Is this the start of a new, more racially and economically just era of college admissions? Also, there’s new #AOTAshow merch available on our website!  Get your hoodies, Ts, and more.  In this moment of relentless attacks on teaching truth in the classroom, we got you covered. https://all-of-the-above-store.creator-spring.com Enjoyed today's episode? Check out our discussion about college access from way back in episode 3 (listen or watch). Oh, and pardon the "vintage" feel of that episode, we were just a baby show way back then!  Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
29:52
May 15, 2021
#71 - Dave Zirin and the Intersection of Sports, Education, and Justice
One thing that teachers and athletes certainly have in common is the tired notion that they’re each supposed to be “apolitical” and avoid speaking out against injustice. Welp, we’re certainly not going to “shut up and dribble” today! This week we combine forces with writer, editor, sports journalist, and “Edge of Sports” host Dave Zirin to explore the intersections of sports, education, politics, and social justice! From Title IX to student-athlete free speech, municipal budgets, and fair compensation for college athletes, we discuss the work of advancing justice for our students in the classroom and on the field. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including (another) teacher under fire for assigning racist far-right nonsense and a district chief facing time in prison for his alleged inaction leading up to the mass shooting in Parkland. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:06 - Teacher assigns racist far-right nonsense 19:13 - Superintendent arrested regarding mass shooting 29:43 - Edge of Sports, Education, and Justice w/ Dave Zirin 1:09:33 - Students organize statewide protest More from our guest: Dave Zirin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdgeofSports Dave Zirin for the Nation: https://www.thenation.com/authors/dave-zirin/ Edge of Sports: https://www.edgeofsports.com/ Edge of Sports Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/edgeofsports Do-Now Stories: Florida school officials arrested in connection to Parkland shooting: https://www.the74million.org/broward-county-superintendent-arrested-on-felony-charges-in-parkland-school-shooting-inquiry/ Teacher assigns racist assignment using right-wing video: https://www.theroot.com/why-do-blacks-have-a-victim-mentality-and-other-questi-1846741935 Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:12:46
May 08, 2021
Is “Black Lives Matter” Protected Speech, or Grounds for Discipline? - Passing Period #36
This Week: As schools all over CA moved back to some version of in-person instruction, Manuel and Jeff take on a fascinating and troubling story out of Florida where a teacher was suspended after protesting the removal of a Black Lives Matter flag displayed in her classroom. Amy Donofrio, being represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a teacher at Robert E. Lee high school in Jacksonville, Florida. Ms Donofrio is forcing a showdown about one of the stickiest issues to come out of the national racial reckoning. What rights to "political" speech do teachers have at work? And how far will district and state leaders - who’ve issued countless statements against systemic racism - go to push back against the white supremacist backlash? Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
42:37
May 01, 2021
#70 - Arts & Music Education During and After the Pandemic w/ Ben Shepard
The shift to pandemic pedagogy was especially tough for arts and music educators who suddenly found themselves orchestrating bands and directing ceramics lessons through Zoom. As campuses reopen and the school system turns its attention to so-called “learning loss,” what’s the future of our already underfunded and understaffed arts education programs? This week we’re joined by Benwar Shepard, a veteran music teacher and founder of Bigger Than Us (BTU) Arts, to explore arts education during and after the pandemic. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a call for more SEL to address mass shootings and a plan to eliminate a major standardized exam for teaching candidates. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 7:44 - Can SEL stop mass shootings? 22:59 - Lawmakers weigh eliminating teaching exam 38:55 - Arts education during and after the pandemic 1:15:15 - Candles from the Hart! More from our guest: - Bigger Than Us Arts: https://www.btuarts.org/ - Department of Sound: https://www.deptofsound.org/ Do-Now Stories: - Social-emotional learning can help prevent school shootings: https://edsource.org/2021/social-emotional-learning-can-help-prevent-school-shootings/652876 - WA state controversy over bill that would eliminate standardized testing requirement for new teachers: https://www.chronline.com/stories/lawmakers-divided-on-washington-education-bill-that-eliminates-state-testing-requirement-for-some,262580 Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:18:29
April 24, 2021
A Week of Repeated Trauma - Passing Period #35
This Week: Lt. Nazario in Virginia, Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, Adam Toledo in Chicago, a teacher calling a student the N word in Oklahoma, kids in Texas make a slave trading game for their black classmates, 4 members of the Sikh community killed at work in Indianapolis, and the list goes on. This week was a hard one, in so many ways. Manuel and Jeff process a week of repeated traumas, and discuss the implications of all of this mess for schools, including a regrettably terrible tweet from former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Links to stories referenced: Oklahoma teacher calls student the N word Wisconsin teachers resign after investigation into slavery lesson Texas HS students engage in slave trading game Cop who shot Jacob Blake returns to the force  Arne Duncan’s terrible Tweet Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
36:06
April 17, 2021
#69 - Racial Equity Work in Schools w/ Joe Truss
Last summer’s uprisings for racial justice spurred a flurry of activity and discussion among educators about how to work towards creating a truly equitable and just school system. Not surprisingly, that energy has largely faded away as schools shifted their attention towards reopening and a return to “normal.” This week we’re joined by principal and racial equity coach Joe Truss to reflect back on a year of racial equity work. What progress has been made? How has resistance manifested? Truss shares his takeaways from a year of leading workshops focused on dismantling white supremacy culture in schools. But first, Jeff and Manuel take a look at recent headlines in education including a call for civics education reform and a look at how Latinx students fare in suburban school settings. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 4:43 - Scholars call for Civics/History education reform 21:50 - Suburban schools and Latinx students 35:44 - Racial equity work w/ Joe Truss 1:09:45 - Big dogs on campus hang tough! More from our guest: - Joe Truss’ Blog: https://culturallyresponsiveleadership.com/ - Joe Truss on Twitter: https://twitter.com/trussleadership - Conference: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/dismantling-white-supremacy-culture-in-schools-conference-2021-2138814104 Do-Now Stories: - Harvard Magazine: A Roadmap for Reforming Civic Education - https://harvardmagazine.com/2021/03/civic-education - Report: Educating for Democracy - https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/the-report/ - So-called ‘good’ suburban schools often require trade-offs for Latino students - https://theconversation.com/so-called-good-suburban-schools-often-require-trade-offs-for-latino-students-155434 Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:13:18
April 10, 2021
Cameras in Classrooms… Forever? - Passing Period #34
This Week: A year ago, the idea that nearly every student would have a laptop or tablet and attend school virtually seemed preposterous. Now, it’s just another day of school.  With news about promising vaccine efficacy among children, what role might cameras play in the future of school?  Drawing on an article in The 74, Manuel and Jeff explore some of the provocative questions about the future of cameras in classrooms, from evaluation and accountability to breaking down the walls of school and freeing us from archaic seat time requirements.  Also, big news on testing in CA this week! The state’s waiver to not have to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and ELA is approved by the feds. Much remains to be determined, but could this mean the avoidance of a testing disaster this spring? Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
37:55
April 03, 2021
#68 - Boosting STEM Outcomes for Students of Color w/ Caia Brown
Science! Technology! Engineering! Math! “STEM” has been all the rage in education over the last several years as schools look to prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing tech industry. Unfortunately, as STEM education has grown many of our traditionally marginalized students have been left behind. This week we’re joined by computer science teacher and Justice Code founder Caia Brown to explore how we can boost STEM outcomes for communities that are underrepresented in Silicon Valley. But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including a big drop in FAFSA applications and a byzantine law in California that perhaps tried and definitely failed to diversify community college faculty. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 7:10 - Financial Aid Applications Dropped Amid Pandemic 22:10 - CA Struggles to Diversify Faculty 35:33 - Boosting STEM Outcomes w/ Caia Brown 1:08:27 - Partnership LA University Day! More from our guest: - Justice Code - https://www.justicecode.org/ - Caia on the Designed to Thrive Podcast - https://designedtothrivepodcast.com/episodes/creating-the-next-generation-of-stem-heroes-with-caia-brown - Caia on Twitter - https://twitter.com/MsBrownSTEM Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:12:25
March 27, 2021
Ethnic Studies in CA Schools, At Long Last - Passing Period #33
This Week: After 4 years of work, hundreds of thousands of public comments, and a late rush of right-wing pushback, the CA State Board of Education adopted an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum this week.  The move paves the way for districts and schools across the state to expand the teaching of ethnic studies, and for a future showdown in the state legislature over adding ethnic studies as a requirement for high school graduation.  Manuel - who chaired the committee responsible for the development of the model curriculum - shares insights about the process, including the rash of late, Trumpian attacks from the Fox News crowd, and more covert groups who sought to remove the use of Critical Race Theory as a foundational theory of ethnic studies. Jeff and Manuel discuss what this all means, and the future of ethnic studies in CA. Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
36:39
March 21, 2021
#67 - Teaching Elementary Amid Pandemic and Reopening Politics w/ Meghann Seril
This year of pandemic pedagogy has been tough on students of all ages, most notably those in the early grades. As the debate over school “reopening” continues to rage and battlelines are drawn over whether or not students will be confronted with an onslaught of standardized tests this spring, elementary teachers across the nation continue to step up and serve our little kiddos. This week we’re joined by National Board certified third grade teacher and education advocate Meghann Seril to learn about the ongoing challenges of teaching and supporting younger students during these times. But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including questions about the pandemic’s impact on school discipline policies and the debate over student loan forgiveness!  ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:02 - How has the pandemic changed school discipline? 18:46 - Who benefits from student loan cancellation? 32:24 - Elementary teaching amid pandemic politics 56:48 - New NYC schools chancellor! More from our guest: - Making Culturally Affirming Schools A Priority: Lessons from Teachers of Color in a Time of Crisis (co-written by Meghann Seril) - https://teachplus.org/news-events/publications/making-culturally-affirming-schools-priority-lessons-teachers-color-time - Meghann in EdSource: “I’m here for my students, despite the distance” - https://edsource.org/2020/im-here-for-my-students-despite-the-distance/627476 - Meghann on Twitter: https://twitter.com/megpseril Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:02:07
March 13, 2021
To Integrate, or Not to Integrate - Passing Period #32
This Week: Under the radar congress removed the last barrier for school districts to use federal funds on transportation services for integrating schools. We’ve long known of the pernicious effects of segregation on kids and communities of color, but is integration the right answer today? What about the damaging effects segregation has on white kids? And what about the harm done to us all by having the vast majority of white people in the country attend segregated schools? Also Manuel and Jeff discuss Miguel Cardona taking office and the continued push from the feds for state testing this spring, including Jeff’s piece “The Case Against State Testing in the Spring of 2021.” Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Website: https://AOTAshow.com Stream all of our content at: linktr.ee/AOTA Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
35:46
March 06, 2021
#66 - Black Families and the School System w/ Tonikiaa Orange and Tunette Powell
The relationship between the public school system and Black families has a long, tenuous history. After decades of marginalization and miseducation, how can public schools do right by Black families to better engage and strengthen the school-to-home connection? We’re joined by the super dope duo of Dr. Tonikiaa Orange and Dr. Tunette Powell, hosts of “Conversations for the Soul” on Facebook Live, to explore the dynamic between the public school system and Black families. But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including LAUSD’s recent decision to cut its school police force and a growing momentum for eSports at the secondary school level. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 6:04 - LAUSD Board Votes to Cut Police Force 21:15 - eSports leagues on the rise in CA schools 30:50 - Public Schools and Black Families 1:09:49 - Students stand up to trash professor More from our guests: - Conversations for the Soul / UCLA Parent Empowerment Project: https://www.facebook.com/UCLAParentEmpowermentProject - UCLA Culture & Equity Project: https://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu/culture-equity/ - Dr. Tunette Powell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TunettePowell Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:15:04
February 27, 2021
The N Word Means What?!?!?! - Passing Period #31
This Week: Tik Tok strikes again, as an AP US History  teacher in Florida is caught on video white washing the behavior of slave owners to a black student, and claiming that the n word means ignorant. Just ignorant. Nothing else, under any circumstances. Just ignorant. Lord help us all. Also Manuel and Jeff dig into a listener’s perspective (shout out to Ms. Reilley) about the role of whiteness in the renewed effort to reopen schools throughout California’s most COVID impacted communities. Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Check out all of our content at: https://AOTAshow.com Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
31:43
February 21, 2021
#65 - Building a Revolutionary School Culture w/ Amen Rahh
How can school leaders build and sustain an effective, humanizing, and empowered school culture on their campus? To help answer this question, we take a look at the work being done at a public high school in one of the most marginalized and underserved communities in Los Angeles. We’re joined by the founding principal of the University Pathways Public Service Academy in Watts, Amen Rahh, to discuss how his school built a revolutionary school culture. But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including concerns over the number of kids who missed kindergarten this year and new numbers out of California showing a record decline in school enrollment. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 5:54 - Where have the kindergarteners gone? 19:17 - CA sees record enrollment decline 32:46 - Revolutionary School Culture w/ Principal Rahh 57:54 - Accreditor of fake college gets shut down More from Amen Rahh: - Principal Rahh on AOTA Season 2 Ep 12 - The Principalship: https://youtu.be/srnu9KTemm0?t=836 - Change Agent: A Conversation with Amen Rahh: https://youtu.be/IouWHXw9w0E - Revolutionary Educator: https://www.revolutionaryeducator.com/ - Principal Rahh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrincipalRahh Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:02:14
February 13, 2021
Black History Month Insanity, Again - Passing Period #30
This Week: It’s the first week of Black History Month, in the first celebration of this month post the racial reckoning of 2020. So you’d think we’d be in for none of the usual shenanigans in our nation’s schools, right? Oh, if only. Teachers in Wisconsin asks the kids to consider how they would punish a disobedient slave, and a school in Utah explains how families are allowed to opt out of Black History Month. Also, the city of Los Angeles plans to sue the nation’s second largest school district to force reopening of physical school, even though LA is the purplest of purple, and the literal epicenter of the pandemic right now. Yall, this is a wild one. Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Check out all of our content at: https://AOTAshow.com Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
36:54
February 07, 2021
#64 - Education Policy, Re-openings, & Segregation w/ Robert Cotto, Jr
With new leadership at the Department of Education and an increasingly heated national debate over opening schools for in-person learning, what should be the top policy priorities for the new administration? We’re joined by lecturer, policy analyst, and one of Connecticut’s dopest educators Robert Cotto, Jr. to explore the most pressing matters in education policy. But first, Jeff and Manuel explore recent headlines in education including an update on the teacher wage penalty and the very short life of the 1776 Report. ***Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! https://youtube.com/AllOfTheAbove *** AGENDA 0:00 - Welcome! 4:40 - Teacher wage penalty persists despite strikes 19:22 - RIP to the 1776 Report 32:25 - Examining Education Policy w/ Robert Cotto, Jr. 1:02:30 - School Personnel lost to COVID Get MORE All of the Above: - Website - https://aotashow.com/ - Podcast on multiple platforms via Anchor - https://anchor.fm/aota - Podcast via Apple Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-the-above-podcast/id1339198232 - Podcast via Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4NO3FENVr96JJTU4ZjdnCm - Twitter - https://twitter.com/AOTAshow - Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AOTAshow/ Theme Music by its tajonthabeat: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChvx9rSyOTEO2AnYynqWFw
01:07:50
January 30, 2021
Dreaming Big: School in the Spring and Summer of 2021 - Passing Period #29
This Week: Amidst the talk of “learning loss” and “COVID slide” plans are being made for what school should look like as we (hopefully) prepare for some version of normal in the fall. But what should we do?  Manuel and Jeff dream BIG about what the next 8 months can look like in schools. Also, the Biden administration plans to get kids back in school in their first 100 days.  Manuel and Jeff enter a friendly wager about whether that’ll happen here in the epicenter of COVID spread in America, Los Angeles County. Passing Period is an AOTA Podcast Extra that gives us a chance to check-in, reflect, and discuss powerful stories in between our full episodes. Watch, listen and subscribe to make sure you don't miss our latest content! Check out all of our content at: https://AOTAshow.com Watch at: YouTube.com/AlloftheAbove Listen at: apple.co/38QV7Bd and anchor.fm/AOTA Follow us at: Facebook.com/AOTAshow and Twitter.com/AOTAshow
30:15
January 23, 2021