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Education Suspended

Education Suspended

By Intricate Roots
Welcome to Education Suspended, a podcast focused on exploring, engaging, and dialoguing with those in education who are passionate about changing the status quo and evolving the archaic system we have inherited.
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Rise Above
In today’s episode we sit down with Jaci McCormack, the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Above. Jaci shares with us her own personal story as a student and how it inspired her to create a non-profit that gives Native youth the opportunity to write their own futures. She identifies that it’s so hard to teach students when we don’t know where they come from and that we must remember that some students show up to school who are just surviving. Jaci reminds us that we must focus on creating relationships and meeting kids where they are at. Jaci McCormack is a Nez Perce Tribal member who grew up on the Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. In 2015, Jaci founded Rise Above, a non-profit organization that gives Native youth the leadership skills and mentorship to overcome their circumstances and write their own futures. She leads the organization in its mission to empower youth through a variety of programs including sports, education, financial literacy, prevention skills and mentorship, using prevention strategies that will spark change in people’s lives. Rise Above cares deeply about changing the narratives that surround Native youth. By investing in prevention and intervention programs, Native youth can ignite ripple effects that change the course of history for themselves and their communities. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
May 09, 2022
The "Mental Health" Work of Teachers
In this episode we connect with Rachel Parker, an Assistant Principal from Colorado. She dives into the vulnerabilities that exist for students and teachers by working within a system that has siloed the SEL and academic world. Rachel reminds us that the inequity that exists in education is trauma, and so many families have been without a voice for years. She shares so many stories with us from her experiences and encourages all of us to use our authentic self in our area of practice. Rachel Parker is currently an Assistant Principal in Littleton, Colorado, where she is carrying the lessons she learned from her 14 years spent at Prairie View High School, a diverse comprehensive high school outside of Denver, CO. Rachel taught for nine years at Prairie View High School before moving into an Assistant Principal role for two years. In 2011, Rachel received the Hispanic Advisory Award from School District 27J for her work with the community. Through all of her roles, students’ social-emotional needs have always been the focus of her work. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
April 25, 2022
Reflective Dissociation
Join us as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
April 13, 2022
The Future of Smart
In this episode we connect with Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen. Ulcca reminds us that if we want to look forward and change this system, we must start by first looking back and understanding how we got here. She shares her knowledge about the history of our educational system and we explore how that history has left so many students with the belief that they are not smart. Ulcca also highlights that we must focus on our sphere of influence and not be afraid to make changes in the systems we directly work in. Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen is Chief Program Officer at Grantmakers for Education and author of The Future of Smart. Ulcca has been an educator for more than twenty years, committed to transforming American education in ways that ensure that all students have access to learning experiences that help them achieve their unique potential by meeting their developmental and learning needs. She is the child of two immigrants from Tanzania who began school as an English language learner. Her experiences fuel her desire to interrogate and advocate for an expanded vision of what it means to ensure every child has access to a high-quality education. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
March 28, 2022
The Power of Inclusion
In today’s episode we connect with Carrie Mueller, the State Director for Best Buddies Iowa, as well as Gavin and Natasha, a Best Buddies pair. Carrie highlights why inclusion matters in schools and reminds us that everyone needs a friend. Gavin and Natasha share how Best Buddies has changed their lives and how focusing on fostering relationships has the potential to truly change the world. Carrie Mueller is originally from Iowa and resides in Des Moines with her family and bestest cat in the whole wide world, Mr. Jinx. She's been involved in the nonprofit industry for the previous 8 years. She started as a Legislative Campaign Manager, then specialized in events and community outreach. Most recently she serves as State Director for Best Buddies Iowa supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
March 14, 2022
Developing Appropriate Expectations
In today’s episode we sit down with Dr. Stuart Ablon. Dr. Ablon highlights the importance of empathy when trying to understand where behaviors are coming from. When the system is exhausted and stressed, a vulnerability exists to shift into highly punitive and compliant based consequences. Dr. Ablon teaches us that the issue many of us are facing with our students is that there is a large gap between the skills they are showing up with versus the expectations they are required to meet. Dr. Ablon is the Founder and Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of three books, including Changeable, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. One of the world’s top-rated thought-leaders and keynote speakers, Dr. Ablon teaches educators, parents, clinicians, managers, and leaders a very different approach to understanding and addressing challenging behavior of all types and in all people. Dr. Ablon has helped hundreds of organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
February 28, 2022
Student Voices
Welcome to Season 2 of Education Suspended! In our first episode of the new season we sit down and talk with the students of AUL Denver. They share their experiences and stories as students and highlight how important a personalized approach is to education. The students address what they would change about our educational system to make it truly equitable and have a consistent theme about the power of relationships in the learning environment. A huge thank you to Jen Jackson, the principal of AUL Denver for allowing us to come into your school! To the student’s we interviewed, we are so grateful for your stories. And to the teachers of AUL, we hope you know how amazing you are! AUL Denver is a Denver Public Schools charter high school. To learn more about their amazing work visit them at Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
February 14, 2022
Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
In our final episode of Season One we connect with Karynecia Conner. We explore the world of Urban Education and discuss how important it is to develop an appreciation for the dynamic wealth of knowledge students bring into the classroom. Karynecia shares with us different activities she uses when teaching teachers and challenges us to start becoming uncomfortable and acknowledge we are all on a learning curve. Karynecia Conner, is a Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction candidate specializing in Urban Education and policy reform cognate at Baylor University. She is passionate about research and engaging preservice teachers in Culturally relevant pedagogy. Karynecia is the curricular designer of a preservice teacher education course entitled, social issues in education laboratory and a team lead of Instructors teaching the course. Intro song: Poe's Row Young Bones
January 31, 2022
The Practice of “I don’t Know”
In this episode we have a great conversation with April Prescott about the benefits of mindfulness in the learning environment. April highlights how mindfulness promotes a contemplative lens and a sense of curiosity, both which are so important in the learning process. She shares that while strategic “mindful moments” during the day are helpful, a true mindful classroom is one that doesn’t have planned moments and functions in the moments as they come. We also dive into the question “what does it really mean to educate a child?” April is the Inclusive Education Coordinator at Aboriginal Head Start in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She joined Head Start after 10 years of teaching preschool for children who experience hearing loss. In addition to her advocacy work at Head Start, April is a Yoga Teacher and is a guest instructor for Peaceful World Yoga in Colorado, focusing on bringing trauma-informed practice to yoga teaching. April also enjoys her work as a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education where she educates pre-service teachers on the importance of a trauma-informed lens in the classroom. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones1
January 17, 2022
Humane Education
In today’s episode we connect with Dr. Sarah Bexell. Sarah teaches us about Humane Education and how it can promote equity in education and create safety within our relationships with humans, animals, and the environment. We explore the role attachment to place has on students and how it influences us. We also highlight how attachment to place can strengthen attunement and in turn promote learning. Sarah shares that teaching students to understand the need for individual personal care for all living things can have significant influences on their social and emotional growth. Sarah M. Bexell, PhD is the Director of Humane Education with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Clinical Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Social Work, both at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA. Bexell is also a faculty member teaching Animal Protection for the Institute for Humane Education-Antioch University New England and Senior Advisor to the Education Department of the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Pandas, China. She teaches and does research in the areas of environmental and social sustainability and animal protection. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
January 03, 2022
Reflective Dissociation
Join us as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
December 20, 2021
A Connections Assessment
In this episode we connect with Chris Joffe. Since Covid-19, our schools have seen an increase in risk assessments and we talk about what needs to be the focus as we continue to plan for our recovery. Chris highlights why working the whole community is so powerful. Themes of connection and relationships are paramount to him and his company as they train schools from that perspective and he explains why that matters. We also dive into the idea of having “connection assessments” instead of “risk assessments. Chris Joffe is the founder and CEO of Joffe Emergency services, a safety consulting company that leads the nation’s schools, businesses, and events in lifesaving and disaster preparedness. Through his commitment to that mission and his leadership, Joffe Emergency Services has become the leader in school safety programs. Chris began his profession in Emergency Medical Services and studied paramedicine at UCLA and technology, business and integrated design at the University of Southern California (USC). Chris has helped protect millions of lives since 2007 based on the simple belief that people have the power to save lives through education and training. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
December 06, 2021
Embodying Our Experiences
In this episode we sit down with poet, Lindsay Young, and explore all the ways poetry can come alive in the classroom and the benefits it brings. Lindsay highlights how poetry is an amazing creative outlet for students. It can support students in working through their emotions and stories by attaching them to words and providing a space for reflection. We also connect how this medium can enhance the learning environment and provide ways teachers can begin using this medium in their classroom. Lindsay Young is a poet from Long Island, New York. Lindsay was crowned a 2018 NUPIC (National Underground Poetry Individual Competition) Co-Champion. She is the author of “Salt to Taste” and “In Your Absence”, which was the winner of the 3rd Annual Backbone Press Chapbook Competition in 2021. She currently works as a freelance poet and workshop facilitator, and is getting her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
November 22, 2021
The Behavior of Breathing
Today we connect with Dr. Matt Dewar and dive into why social emotional learning is necessary to create an optimal learning environment. Matt highlights how breathwork can help teachers prompt regulation in their classrooms. Our brains are always learning and changing, due to neuroplasticity, and ensuring they are at a place learning can happen is virtually important. We also explore why it feels that schools and districts are always in problem solving mode. Dr. Dewar teaches educators how to Transform Stress into Strength™ through research-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence protocols. Motivated by his own personal struggle with anxiety as a young adult and informed by almost two decades of teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence in schools, Matt's message is simple: Through increased awareness, knowledge, and skill, you have the ability to transform stress and adversity into emotional strength and resilience. He is also the author of The Mindful Breathing Workbook for Teens (2021) and Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry (2016). Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
November 08, 2021
Our Constellation of Care
In our episode today we sit down with Habeebah Grimes. We consider what would need to change so the system around our teachers promotes routines for us to be well at work. Habeebah shares with us what can happen when the needs outweigh what our system can support and the vulnerabilities that exist for our most marginalized students. Habeebah Rasheed Grimes has made serving Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable children her life’s work. She is a speaker, non-profit executive, and creator of No Crystal Stair Podcast. As CEO of Positive Education Program (PEP), Habeebah leads a staff of over 400 professionals committed to helping children with severe mental health and behavioral challenges learn and grow. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
October 25, 2021
Reflective Dissociation
Join us as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro and ending song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
October 11, 2021
Spaces For Holistic Healing
In today’s episode, we connect with Nelba and explore elements that are necessary for healing. The last year and a half our schools have been themed with grief and loss. Nelba shares her insights and connects the important role educators play in helping students find a safe place to heal. Nelba Márquez-Greene is a Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of The Ana Grace Project. She founded The Ana Grace Project in 2013 as a response to the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn., in 2012, which took the life of her daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. The Ana Grace Project is dedicated to promoting love, community, and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music and the arts. Introduction song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
September 27, 2021
The Need for a Common Lens
In this episode, we dive into why teaching the science behind brain breaks, calm corners, etc. matters with Ignacio Rodriguez Jr. He shares his own personal journey and how that impacts the work he does today and inspires him to create a strong sense of community within his classroom, school, and community. Ignacio also highlights the importance of paying attention to words we use to describe students and behaviors. Ignacio Rodriguez Jr. is an Austin, Texas native who has devoted the past five years to a career in education within the Austin Independent School District. He is the lead educator in the Social Behavioral Skills classroom at Walnut Creek Elementary. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
September 13, 2021
Silence In Schools
In this interview we sit down with Dr. Helen E. Lees and explore the role silence can play in education to enhance the learning environment and give agency back to our students. Our schools and classrooms are so loud, and bringing moments of prescriptive silence has such capacity to create an optimal educational setting. Dr. Helen E. Lees is a British writer, educator, independent scholar, journalist and artist whose work explores topics such as alternative education, silence and sexuality. She is an associate research fellow at York St John University in England. Her books include Education Without Schools: Discovering Alternatives and Silence in Schools. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
August 30, 2021
Music is Medicine
Music For Your Mental Health (MFYMH) is a unique program guided by Grammy-nominated music producers and therapists, fostering the creation of music as a therapeutic tool for youths 4 to 18. This episode explores the connection music brings to us and how it can flex and bend to meet us who we are today. Intro song: Poet's Row, Young Bones Ending song: Glasses, Music For Your Mental Health (MFYMH)
August 16, 2021
Reflective Dissociation
Join us for as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro and Ending song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
August 02, 2021
Pathways for Student and Community Engagement
As the Director of Education at the Homeless Families Foundation, Dr. Jermaine Kennedy is responsible for developing positive youth enrichment programming for marginalized and vulnerable youth. He also cultivates partnerships with community leaders, organizations, and agencies to share community knowledge and current needs in the nonprofit sector to educate young people and provide stability for families. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
July 19, 2021
Student Driven Curriculum
RE/SCRIPTED came to be when Dr. Stephanie McCall and Caitlin found the opportunity to try something new and enact the ideas they conjured together many years ago. Stephanie and Caitlin met at Teachers College, Columbia University, and discovered they had many shared investments in gender-specific education and a shared urgency for more critical and feminist thinking in curricular spaces. Each had many years of teaching, learning and leading in single-sex schools, pro-girl non-profits, health and sexuality programming, and non-profit community education. Inspired by their deep networks of feminist accomplices and mentors, they decided to build this feminist education consulting practice. RE/SCRIPTED has long been in the making. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones BeRhythmic Practices: Luke Graner
July 05, 2021
A Rhythmic Life
Luke is the founder of Be Rhythmic, a program and philosophy focused on creating and teaching simple, engaging, rhythmic practices and regulation strategies. We may not all be musically gifted, but Luke believes we can all learn to Be Rhythmic. He has created an ever expanding series of rhythm patterns and interactive activities to help promote regulation and learning through repetition, movement and expression for children, teens, adults, parents, and educators.  Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones BeRhythmic Practices: Luke Graner
June 22, 2021
Meet Them Where They're At
Jamila Gordon is in her 15th year in education and is serving her community as an Assistant Principal at Boston P-8 in Aurora Public Schools. Throughout her years working with youth, families and communities, Jamila has served as a Juvenile Detention Officer, School Counselor, Mental Health Specialist and most recently as a System Support Specialist in the APS Division of Equity in Learning. Jamila is a fairly recent transplant to the Denver area, hailing from Washington state by way of Oregon and California. Jamila is an alumni of Gonzaga University (Go Zags!), Oregon State University and most recently, Regis University where she earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones BeRhythmic Practices: Luke Graner
June 07, 2021
Reflective Dissociation
Join us for as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro and Ending song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
May 24, 2021
Dancing Our Way To Curiosity
Bobbi Jene Smith is a part-time faculty member at the Juilliard School in New York City, and guest teaching at NYU and UArts. In 2017 she became a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC).The documentary Bobbi Jene which follows her trajectory of leaving a dance company to create her own work, swept the Tribeca Film Festival, winning best documentary, best cinematography, and best editing in 2017. In 2018, Bobbi starred in and choreographed the feature films Mari directed by Georgia Parris, which premiered at BFI, and Aviva directed by Boaz Yakin. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
May 10, 2021
The Privilege of Curiosity with Dr. Bruce Perry
Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry’s most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, is being released this week. Intro music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
April 26, 2021
Shifting to Intentionality
Letia Frandina is a founder and Board member of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School in 2011 and currently the Executive Director. She earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research and professional background is invested in inclusive community building and public spaces. She ran a start-up community space and business for families, Little Closets, featured in New York Magazine, before returning to her home state of Colorado. She is a first generation college graduate of Colorado State University, an adjunct professor, and a graduate of the 2015 Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership class.  She believes in student-centered, community-focused education for all four of her children. Intro music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
April 13, 2021
Our Students Will Be What We Say
Robert “Bucky” Flores, is the current coordinator of Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP). Raised in a multicultural home with diverse childhood and adult experiences, Bucky, can be described as a connector with an observational and analytic approach to collaborative planning and problem solving.A combined 15 years of work experience in therapeutic residential programming, wilderness therapy, outdoor education, and public school settings, Bucky, has a diverse foundation in therapeutic programming and educational programming. Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
March 29, 2021
Reflective Dissociation
Join us for as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes. Intro and Ending song: Poet's Row, Young Bones
March 22, 2021
The Students' First Teacher
Dr. Adrienne Kennedy is an educational consultant where she collaborates with school and system leaders across the country to promote whole child development.  She has over 15 years of experience working with, educators, administrators, children, parents, and caregivers.  She provides coaching, training, and technical assistance to professionals in child-serving organizations to create, implement, support, and sustain anti-racist and trauma-responsive practices.  Adrienne is a lifelong learner who loves to teach, connect with others, and identify ways that child-serving organizations can improve outcomes for historically marginalized groups. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Walden University, and a Doctorate in Social Work from The University of Southern California. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
March 15, 2021
It's All About Dosing
Stevie L. McBride, LMFT, a Trauma Informed Consultant in The Guidance Center’s It’s T.I.M.E. (Trauma Informed Movement in Education) Program, where he helps guide teachers and school administration understand the impact of trauma with our youth. He is especially passionate about collaborating with teacher and school administration and discovering key strategies to help them build healthy relationships with each other and most importantly the students. Before joining The Guidance Center team in 2013, McBride worked with the Braille Institute, creating programs and providing resources for blind and visually impaired teenagers and families, as a Youth/Career Service Consultant. McBride earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy at University of Phoenix. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones Sponsor: Kaneen Photography
March 01, 2021
Ending Disciplinary Architecture with Madelyn Albright
Madelyn Albright is an Interior Architect with Sasaki Associations in Boston, MA. She is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design where her thesis was titled, Ending Disciplinary Architecture in America’s public Schools. Madelyn strives to rethink and enhance learning environments through design. She is deeply committed to reimagining the future of education to be representative of the true depth and breadth of 21st century learners and to use design as a tool for social change.  Here is Education Suspended with Madelyn Albright. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones Sponsor: Kaneen Photography
February 15, 2021
We Forgot to Introduce Ourselves!
After releasing episode #1, it occurred to us that we probably should have done an introduction trailer to tell you about ourselves.  So here it is! 
February 10, 2021
The Life Saving Skill of Story with Michelle Auerbach
About our guest: Michelle Auerbach is a consultant and writer who works on innovation, organizational change, creativity, and leadership development, and diversity and inclusion through the technology of story. Her PhD dissertation is centered on story as a trauma sensitive change technology for individuals, organizations, schools, and communities. Michelle is a writer and journalist. She has published two novels, Alice Modern (2015) and The Third Kind of Horse (3013), with two more in the process, Midwest of Eden (2021) and IV.19.31 (TBD). Her most recent book, Resilience: The Life Saving Skill of Story was published in May by Changemakers Press. Michelle’s journalism can be found in the New York Times, the London Guardian, Sunset Magazine, and other outlets. Michelle is an editor at Ordinary Time, a journal of popular culture and theology, and is a contributing writer to several food and culture journals. Currently she teaches trauma aware communication and story for changemakers and designers in the Environmental Studies Master’s Program at the University of Colorado and at the Center for Media, Communications, and Information’s Design Leadership program. Intro Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
January 28, 2021
Education Suspended Trailer
Welcome to Education Suspended, a podcast focused on exploring, engaging, and dialoguing with those in education who are passionate about changing the status quo and evolving the archaic system we have inherited. Music: Poet's Row, Young Bones
January 14, 2021