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The Hummingbird Stories

The Hummingbird Stories

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Children deserve great childhoods. This is a story of those who believe the same. Two principals — Donnell Cannon and Jenny O'Meara interview school designers, community organizers, learning engineers, and education activists to learn what we should be thinking about when it comes to reimagining the future and the steps we can take today to create better schools, better childhoods, and better people tomorrow.
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Ep. 9 - ‘Chance isn’t good enough’ featuring Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara

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Ep. 9 - ‘Chance isn’t good enough’ featuring Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara
It’s the season finale! In this episode, we did something a little bit different. Instead of hosting, Jenny and Donnell are the interviewees in this conversation. Kemylah Shaw, who is one of Jenny and Donnell’s students, cohosts this episode alongside our podcast producer Alli Lindenberg. The conversation is centered around the principal’s driving why and, of course, their hummingbird stories. We hope you enjoy and thank you for journeying with us this season!
54:12
June 3, 2021
Ep. 8 - ‘It’s what our children deserve’ featuring Irese Robinson and Inez Ribustello
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny interview Irese Robinson and Inez Ribustello, parents and citizens of Edgecombe County. This conversation is centered around the role of parents in a child's education and the transformative power of strong relationships between parents, teachers, students and principals. Thanks for listening! The song featured in this episode is called "Contact" by artist Dylan Longworth, a graduate of Elkin High School.
55:19
May 24, 2021
What are you learning from reopening?
In this update, Jenny and Donnell share what they are learning from the reopening process at their schools. They share lessons ranging from taking work one day at a time to the collective power of leaning on the geniuses around you. You’ll also hear the plan for the rest of the podcast season. We want to know what you’re learning from reopening!  Will you share your lessons with us? You can do so by filling out this short survey. We’ll share the answers in our next episode. Thank you for listening and engaging with us!
07:32
February 15, 2021
Ep. 7 - 'Engaging justice' featuring Dr. Terrance Ruth
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny join Dr. Terrance Ruth in conversation. Ruth is a values driven and community centered leader who's been doing incredible work with schools and communities in the triangle for the past decade. We talk all about his theory of change, human centered design, and community organizing. You can learn more about Dr. Terrance Ruth here.
39:15
January 25, 2021
Ep. 6 - 'Insist on it' featuring Dr. Lynn Moody
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny interview Dr. Lynn Moody, the recently retired superintendent of the Rowan Salisbury School System. Moody is an accomplished leader in transforming education. We talked about failure being a necessary part of innovation, discomfort as a key to learning, and the charge to continue to reimagine how we educate our children. You can learn more about Dr. Moody’s work here. You can find a transcript for this podcast here.
36:49
January 11, 2021
Our holiday message to you
Hey hummingbird fam! We are taking a break for the holidays to rest and rejuvenate for the year ahead. We hope you are taking some time for yourselves, too. We'll be back with a brand new episode on January 11th and can't wait to share more with you all in the coming year. Thank you for coming along on this journey. We appreciate you showing up, listening, and dreaming alongside us. We'll be back with you soon! Wishing y'all a healthy and happy new year. 
01:44
December 28, 2020
Ep. 5 - 'No doubt, only grace' featuring Keiyonna Dubashi
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny interview Keiyonna Dubashi, the founder and executive director of Profound Ladies, which is an organization dedicated to countering the inequities plaguing women of color by providing both the mirrors and windows our girls need to actualize their full potential and thrive as members of society. Learn more about Profound Ladies here.
27:21
December 14, 2020
Ep. 4 - 'Hacking institutional racism' featuring Will Jackson
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny talk to Dr. Will Jackson. Jackson is the Chief Dreamer of the Village of Wisdom organization. In this conversation, they discuss family organizing and advocacy. They also learn more about how Village of Wisdom is working with black families to protect black genius and eliminate racial injustice in schools. Read about the Leandro report here. Learn more about Village of Wisdom here.
51:39
December 7, 2020
Ep. 3 - 'Chop wood, carry wood' featuring Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny talk to Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan. Seth and Vichi are the cofounders of the Rural Opportunities Institute, which supports local agencies and organizations in understanding their role in creating healing from trauma. They also help organizations design and pilot new policies and practices that lead to healing and reimagine policies that may have caused trauma and harm. In this conversation, we dive into the impact of trauma and the ways in which we can all pursue pathways to healing. Check out these breathing exercises from the Rural Opportunities Institute Learn more about the Rural Opportunities Institute here The Hummingbird Stories is produced by Alli Lindenberg, Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara. The music used in this series is courtesy of 8th grade student DX4L. The hummingbird artwork on the cover is by 8th grade student Joselyn Hernandez.
49:22
November 30, 2020
Ep. 2 - 'We owe it to our kids' featuring Erin Swanson
In this episode, Erin Swanson sits down (virtually) with Donnell and Jenny. Swanson is the director of innovation for Edgecombe County Public Schools. You’ll hear her discuss why the dominant way of doing school isn’t working for kids and how we can reimagine the way we do school. Swanson’s dream is to help create schools where all kids can thrive. Tune in to hear how she, along with Donnell and Jenny, are piloting this vision in their own county. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The Hummingbird Stories is produced by Alli Lindenberg, Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara. The music used in this series is courtesy of 8th grade student DX4L. The hummingbird artwork on the cover is by 8th grade student Joselyn Hernandez.
31:34
November 23, 2020
Ep. 1 - 'Do it scared' featuring James Ford
In this first episode, hosts Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara interview James Ford. As the executive director of CREED, the Center for Racial Equity in Education, a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, and former North Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2014-15, Ford is in the midst of living out his hummingbird story and fighting for a better and more equitable world of education. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The Hummingbird Stories is produced by Alli Lindenberg, Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara. The music used in this series is made by 8th grade student DX4L. The hummingbird artwork on the cover is by 8th grade student Joselyn Hernandez.
34:56
November 15, 2020
Introducing: The Hummingbird Stories
Children deserve great childhoods. This is a story of those who believe the same. We explore how schools and communities work together to create transformative experiences with young people, work to bend the system, and chase the question: What will it take  for every child in North Carolina to not only have a sound basic education, but to have catalytic experiences that drive them to step boldly into the futures they deserve and create a better world? Two principals — Donnell Cannon and Jenny O'Meara, interview school designers, community organizers, learning engineers, and education activists to learn what we should be thinking about when it comes to reimagining the future  and the steps we can take today to create better schools, better childhoods, and better people tomorrow. Click here for a transcript of the audio.
02:44
October 26, 2020