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eduCATE: Caring Activist Teachers for Equity

eduCATE: Caring Activist Teachers for Equity

By Jennifer Martin
eduCATE: Caring Activist Teachers for Equity is a podcast series for current and aspiring educators. Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Martin, this podcast is a venue to discuss current issues in education, books of interest to students and teachers, and key figures within the field of teacher education
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S2E4: reciproCATE (facilitating responsive school cultures by building caring relationships)
Jamar Scott is an elementary school principal in Springfield, IL. He joins Jennifer Martin to discuss classroom management and building relationships. View the show notes.
March 5, 2020
Episode 3: authentiCATE
View the the show notes. Julie Brien is a secondary teacher and artist in Auckland, New Zealand. She joins Jennifer Martin to discuss critical issues of identity in the classroom. You can reach Julie by email at 
January 31, 2020
Episode 2: vindiCATE
Craig Wood is a teacher, writer, researcher, unionist. He is employed full-time as a research officier for the Queensland Teachers' Union in Australia. He joins Jennifer Martin to discuss cross-cultural neoliberal education policy.  You can reach Craig by email at View the show notes.
January 17, 2020
Episode 1: compliCATE
Dr. Julie Hoffman is a literacy coach for middle school and part-time faculty member for Teacher Education at UIS. She joins Jennifer Martin to discuss diverse books on location at the Highlights Conference in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. You can reach Julie by email at View the show notes for this episode.
November 8, 2019
Episode 10: PrognostiCATE (Rogerian Praxis)
Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers  is a professor of human services at UIS. Denise discusses her research on the work of Carl Rogers and how that has impacted her teaching practice. You can reach Denise by email at  View the show notes for this episode.
September 30, 2019
Episode 9: equivoCATE (Don't Do It)
Holly Kearl is the founder of Stop Street Harassment. Holly discusses her research and the status of street harassment globally, as well as educator responsibilities for school-based sexual harassment.  You can reach Holly through her website or at 
August 30, 2019
Episode 8: reloCATE (Chicago to Springfield)
Vincent "June" Chappelle is a volunteer and researcher at the Springfield African American History Museum. June discusses his experiences as a black student in Chicago Public Schools and a wide range of other topics. Contact June at  View the S1E8: reloCATE show notes.
August 8, 2019
Episode 7: obfusCATE (or muddy waters)
Dr. Meghan Kessler, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at UIS, discusses the teacher shortage. Meghan can be reached at View the show notes for resources related to this episode.
June 11, 2019
Episode 6: dupliCATE (best practice)
 Dr. Jennifer Martin's Content Area Literacy students from Spring 2019 discuss literacy best practices. View the show notes.
May 31, 2019
Episode 5: loCATE (Route History, Inc.)
An interview with Gina Lathan and Stacy Grundy, two of the three co-owners of Route History, Inc. View the show notes for references and resources. Route History Contact Information Address: 637 East Cook Street, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone: 217.503.4129 Route History Website | Facebook | Instagram
April 30, 2019
Episode 4: communiCATE (LGBTQ+ Issues)
An Interview with Kerry Poynter, UIS Director of Gender and Sexuality Student Services, about LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. View the show notes for this episode.
April 25, 2019
Episode 3: eradiCATE (racism)
An interview with Dr. Bettina Love about her new book on Abolistionist Teaching. View the the show notes for this episode.
March 22, 2019
Episode 2: advoCATE (finding great books, teaching equity)
In episode 2: advoCATE, FINDING GREAT BOOKS: TEACHING EQUITY, Dr. Martin and her guest, Dr. Julie Hoffman, discuss the YA novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, their idea of creating critical social justice inquiry circles to respond to issues and texts, and Dr. Hoffman,, recommends more new YA books. eduCATE thanks Peter Midtgard for his bass stylistics. You can contact him at View the show notes for this episode.
February 11, 2019
Episode 1: edTPA Tips and Tricks
Episode 1 of eduCATE: Caring Activist Teachers for Equity provides an overview of the edTPA (education teacher performance assessment), which is a required cumulative portfolio assessed through Pearson and required in most states for prospective teacher candidates to obtain licensing. This episode is intended to demystify the edTPA assessment for new teacher candidates.  View the show notes for this episode.
January 23, 2019