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By Michael S Browne
Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color.
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Napcast Ep 24 - Outside Looking In
Working with young children brings you a new perspective on life. How to be more childlike, how to find your joy, how to live life to the fullest. But does it transfer to adults who leave the sector? In this episode we catch up with Hisham, a former male educator of color (toddler educator) on why he left, what ECE taught him, and some of the transferable skills he has taken from ECE to his new field.  Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:06:38
May 10, 2021
Napcast Special Ep3 - The Significance of a Knee
A Knee. A knee can either be used to take a life away or can be used for justice. This week, we were reminded of both. In this special recording, in the wake of the guilt verdict of Derek Chauvin, Nick and Mike provide listeners with some concrete ways that they can introduce this topic into their classroom today. In this hour long Napcast, they share their feelings, their thoughts, and their pure exhaustion from the last 24 hours. Join them as they discusses ways you can chat with children about policing, racism, kneeling, and the significance of this moment. Explicit Language Inside.  Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:16:10
April 23, 2021
Napcast Ep23 - Learning Stories
With an increased pressure on demonstrating school readiness in standardized, deficit-oriented, checklist models, and time-consuming ways, educators in the USA are often challenged in making authentic connections to marginalized children and caregivers. Educators in the USA are often forced to silence the voices of families in the process. Most assessments for educators in the USA takes the joy out of sharing children's learning and success. Learning Stories, on the contrary, provides an opportunity to do away with all of that. This narrative, formative, strength-based approach towards assessment has the ability to deepen learning that leads to transformational change. In this Napcast, we sit down with Karen Virta from the American School in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to discuss how Learning Stories can connect and engage caregivers. How it can strengthen educators' observation and writing skills. And most importantly, how it can support children in establishing their identity, cultural humility, and sense of belonging in this world.  Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:10:34
April 5, 2021
Napcast Ep22 - Building Children's Emotional Vocabulary
Nick and Mike are emotional dudes. We cry. We are tender. We are joyful. We get hangry. Despite wearing our emotions on our sleeve, it still takes some intentionality on our part. Intentionality with our actions, words and activities in order to support  young children’s ability to identify emotions, to increase their vocab, to think beyond emotional stereotypes, and ultimately to be confident in expressing themselves. Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:02:48
March 29, 2021
Napcast Ep21 - The Forgotten Part of the Childcare Industry
Childcare doesn’t just consist of educators. They include home attendants who provide support to children with dis/abilities, house cleaners who are keeping our houses and programs safe and clean, nannies and all the other essential workers. Today with Stacy Kono, we shine a light on the forgotten part of our industry and what we can do to support and uplift them. Please note, this episode was recorded in December 2020.  Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
49:52
March 15, 2021
Napcast Ep20 - Black Women Wisdom Part 2
Returning for Part 2 of 2, we resume our chat with Ciera, Director of DEI at the Bertschi School. In this episode we ask, what is it like being a Black woman in white spaces? How can we take these social movements and turn it into actual change? What does our institutions and organizations needs to do and consider first before engaging with communities of color? If you haven't listened to part 1, go back and listen! Join us for more Black Woman Wisdom. Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:01:42
March 1, 2021
Napcast Ep19 - Black Women Wisdom Part 1
“Every place in America will represent a corner of hell for a Black woman.” In this Napcast, we chat with Ciera, Director of DEI at The Bertschi School on ways we can Institutionalize our Anti-Racism work. Dropping knowledge and wisdom on how White Supremacy lives and ways we can combat it, we reflect on what it takes to be liberated. Join us for part 1 or 2 where we reflect much more deeply on this historic opportunity to finally pursue real and lasting change. Explicit Language Inside: Parental Advisory Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:36:34
February 13, 2021
3 Males and an Insurrection
In this episode, we are joined once again by Amir Gilmore (he/him), Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University, who also joined us on Napcast Special Episode #1 titled "Is America Anti-Black?" In the aftermath of the insurrection on the United States of America's capitol building, we gather to discuss the insurrection and how we can approach this topic with young children. Join us as we talk about politics, democracy, white supremacy and more through the eyes of three male educators of color. #BlackLivesMatter. Explicit Language Inside: Parental Advisory Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
51:14
January 18, 2021
Napcast Ep17 - (De)Weaponizing Our Language and Words
Language isn't something we often think about and because we don't think about it, we often take it for granted. And when we take it for granted, we aren't cognizant of the ways it can be used as an instrument of oppression. In this episode, we examine our language, the power of language, and how this world can be represented in an unlimited number of ways. This live session of Napcast, delivered at the 2020 virtual WAEYC conference, we chat with early learning professionals across the state on ways we have weaponized language to suppress culture, identity, and souls.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:22:16
December 7, 2020
Napcast Ep 16 - Indigenizing Education Part 2
Am I Black enough? How do I claim my Native heritage? Am I Latinx worthy? These are the questions many bi and multi-cultural children ask themselves. Returning for Part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation with Miriam (she/her), an Afro-Indigenous early learning professional in Seattle, WA. In this episode we take an even deeper look at connection, identities, the language of colonization and what we can do to support the Native community. To hear part 1 of our conversation, go back to Episode 13.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. To support Napcast, please visit our homepage at: https://anchor.fm/hilltopcc or email us at institute@hilltopcc.org The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:16:53
November 23, 2020
Napcast Ep 15 - New Year, New School, New Children Part 2
In part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation focused on transitions to this new school year. In today's episode we chat with two early learning professional leaders of color, Alfonso (he/him) and Theresa (she/her), on how their own experience being marginalized gives them the strength and motivation to break the cycle of inequities that's facing today's youth.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
53:52
November 9, 2020
Napcast Special Ep2- Democracy is Indigenous
From TV to Twitter to the dining room table, today's children get their news from a variety of sources. Some might ask you, what's going on? While some may act it out at home. So how do we respond? In this special pre-election episode, Nick and Mike chat about how we can encourage children to be a part of the democratic system in peaceful and respectful ways. As early childhood educators, we share how adults can instill values and skills for children to recognize that all human beings are equal, have the same rights, and that participation, consensus, and bipartisanship conversation are democratic principles. Don't forget to vote!  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
42:48
November 1, 2020
Napcast Ep 14 - New Year, New School, New Children Part 1
Returning to “school” this fall is going to be .. well..  interesting. There are new challenges, anxiety, rules, children, and at Hilltop… we have a new location! In this episode, we chat about the changes, the transitions, the laughter, the tears, and how we are working with admin, educators, parents, and the community to support children and ourselves. In part 1 of 2, we chat with three womxn, educators of color - Amanda (she/her), Black, Paty (she/her), Brazilian and Indigenous, and Jen (she/her), Mexican-American, on their experience balancing the vast amount of change they have witnessed since the beginning of the school year.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:07:51
October 27, 2020
Napcast Ep 13 - Indigenizing Education Part 1
What does it means to Indigenize educational spaces and materials to better reflect Indigenous people in an authentic way. How do we weave the strong foundations of traditional cultural knowledge with emerging ideas about what it means to be a Native-identified person in our present day. In part 1 of 2, we chat with Miriam (she/her), an Afro-Indigenous early learning professional in Seattle, WA on her experience on being and working with multi-tribal, multi-cultural, and multi-racial children and families. Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
43:52
October 13, 2020
Napcast Ep 12 - Rebuilding A School, Revitalizing a Community
We’re all ready to cancel 2020 and maybe even 2021 while we’re at it. Unfortunately, there’s too many families and lives we must support. So, how do we rebound when disasters strikes? How do we not only restore our walls, our trust in the system, our hope? In this episode, we chat about how do we adapt as a community during troubling times. Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
58:28
October 5, 2020
Napcast Ep 11 - My Growth, My Evolution
We all grow. It’s part of human evolution. As educators we must continuously reflect not just on our children but also on ourselves. In this episode, Nick takes a look back at his 14 year career of being an educator. We discuss not only what he learned over the years, the shots he wished he took, but we also talk about what’s next for him in his career. Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
49:19
September 14, 2020
Napcast Ep 10 - Why Sorry Sucks
Sorry? #sorrynotsorry, that’s not in our vernacular. Is it because we’re heartless? Maybe. Or perhaps we believe there’s an alternative way in building empathy in children in authentic and sincere ways. In this episode, we’re all up in our feels as we discuss ways we can support children in naming, framing, and expressing their feelings. Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
49:54
August 31, 2020
Napcast Ep 9 - Nuestros Niños, Nuestro Futuro
"Speak English." "Sound white." "Ssh, don't mention you're Mexican." These are the things parents are teaching their kids today. How do we break this stigma to support children' to speak their native tongue? Embrace their heritage? Today, we're joined by Veronica, a Latinx educator working at Epiphany Early Learning Preschool in Seattle, WA to discuss her experience as being a Latinx in ECE today. This episode is done in both English and Spanish.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
01:03:37
August 17, 2020
Napcast Ep 8 - Got It From My Mama
It's super tough being a mother. You have children to take care of, bills to pay, and you have to satisfy your own needs. Now imagine doing that while experiencing hardships like homelessness, and while starting your own childcare business? How do you survive? Well, let's ask my mom. In this episode Mike sits down with his mama to discuss her experiences as a Family Childcare Home provider, the struggles she saw and faced, her hopes for the industry moving forward, and why she believed her son followed down the path of childcare as well.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
52:08
August 3, 2020
Napcast Ep 7 - Role of the Family
It's easy to say you want family to be partners in the process? So, how are you cultivating and foster a rapport with families? How are you best supporting BIPOC families? Where in your practice have you stopped hoping and wishing and instead eliminated seen and unseen barriers for families to work with you? We don't have all the answers, but we have thoughts! Hear some of those and more on ways we  we can cultivate an authentic relationship with families and the community! Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
37:05
July 20, 2020
Napcast Ep 6 - Role of the Educator
Survey 100 people and you'll probably get a 100 different answers to the question "What is the role of an educator?" For Nick and Mike, we're co-constructors, researchers, advocates, and documenters. How does these roles allow us to be an active participant in support children? Listen in to find out more!  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
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July 6, 2020
Napcast Ep 5 - Image of the Child
In this episode, we reflect on our own childhood and how the image of the child encourages us adults to value children’s thinking, and to authentically make it visible to them and others. Along with the hundred languages concept which tells us that children have a hundred (and more) ways of expressing and communicating their learning, knowledge, and feelings, this episode is a tool to use to gain insight into the complex and nuanced thinking of children.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
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June 22, 2020
Napcast Ep4 - You're More Than An Educator
We're more than just an educator. We're researchers, therapists, party planners and activists. We might say we are educators to our friends and family. But we’re not. We play so many different roles for young children which is why being in ECE is so fun. It’s why we are so proud. It’s why we never want to leave. In this episode, we chat about our personal growth in ECE. How we came to find our voice, our confidence working with children and adults. Ways we can develop our own teacher and professional identity and what systems can do to support us as we continue to thrive.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
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June 8, 2020
Napcast Special Ep1- Is America Anti-Black?
In this episode, we are joined by Amir Gilmore (he/him), Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, we gather to talk, to mourn, and to heal. With Amir working with the leaders of today and with Nick and Mike working with the generation of tomorrow, this episode gives you insight from 3 male educators of color on how we can all resist, innovate, and advocate for Black lives. #BlackLivesMatter. Explicit Language Inside: Parental Advisory Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
51:30
June 3, 2020
Napcast Ep3 - La Revolución
In this episode, we dive into ways we can build the resiliency, the leadership, the foundations of critical thinking in young learners. We also discuss ways to light the fire under children's bellies to be able to empower them to the lead a revolution and fundamentally change the way we govern, lead, live in community with one another. Sounds radical? Yeah! Education and learning should be!  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color.  The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
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May 25, 2020
Napcast Ep2 - Deathmetal & Toddlers
In this episode, we discuss who we are and how we give ourselves permission to be our authentic self at work. Oh.. and as the title suggest... deathmetal & toddlers.  Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.
34:18
May 11, 2020
Napcast Ep1 - Finding Strength Amid COVID19
Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color.  In this episode, we discuss self-care, ways to stay connected to the kids you serve during COVID19, and more! The Hosts: Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workshop in ECE. Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. Hilltop Children's Center is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People. 
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April 24, 2020