The "Identity Talk 4 Educators LIVE" Podcast highlights the unspoken and unsung heroes who are changing the education game as we know it! Everyday, we come across the work of so many incredible educators who simply don't get the recognition they deserve! In this podcast, we will provide the viewers with an opportunity to learn the personal stories of these incredible educators and the specific elements that shape who they are as educators.
In this episode, we are excited to welcome 13-year old entrepreneur Jada Huffman, founder and CEO of "Official I Am Apparel". On this episode, she will share her personal journey as a young entrepreneur, the importance of students of color being able to learn about their history in public schools, and the role her family has played in her entrepreneurial journey. To learn more about Jada's work, you can visit the "I Am Apparel" website at officialiamapparel.com or you can connect with her on the following platforms:
INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK - @official_iam_apparel TWITTER - @iam_apparel
BIO: Jada Huffman is the founder & CEO of Official I Am Apparel. She is a Long Island, NY native and will be entering her freshman year of high school. As a student, Jada did not see herself in the history that was being taught. Her brother would always tell her about the great influential people of color that impacted history. She began to understand how big of an impact learning your history makes. Unfortunately, Jada could not find these amazing people in school or her history books. She wanted to find a way to share these influential stories in a way that would appeal to people just like her and shed light on the huge role people of color have made in history. At that moment “Official I Am Apparel”, History You Wear was born. The brand sells T-shirts that interact with an app to teach people about specific heroes and revolutionaries.
In this episode, we welcome aspiring educators Damian Anderson & Daren Frett, hosts of the Future Educators Talk podcast. In our conversation, the gentlemen will share about their aspirations to become teachers and the many projects they are working on to shift the educational paradigm. To learn more about their work, you can follow them on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Future Educators Talk
INSTAGRAM - @futureeducatorstalk
TWITTER - @FutureEduTalk
Damian Anderson is a co-host of the "Future Educators Talk" Podcast and the "Across the State" Podcast, and is the host of his own YouTube show, "Anderson's Education Thoughts." He is attending Dyersburg State Community College to get his Associate's degree in education and then will transfer to finish his education at The University of Memphis Lambuth to obtain his bachelor's degree in education. His ultimate career vision is to one day be able to change the world of helping young minds to grow and to offer a better and safe environment for our children to live in.
Andrew Frett is a co-host of the "Future Educators Talk" Podcast and the "Across The State Podcast", and is the host of the Future Educators Talk Podcast mini-series, "Frett's Education Thoughts." He is planning to attend Vance-Granville Community College in the fall of 2020 to get his Associate's degree and then transfer to a four-year college to get his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Teaching and helping people are his biggest passions and once he retires from the education field, he plans on being an anchor or reporter at a local news station.
In this episode, we're honored to have Isis Spann on the show. She is the founder of Mrs. Spann's FUNdamentals of Learning and she'll be sharing with us the importance of implementing a growth mindset so that students are more engaged in the classroom virtually and physically. To learn more Isis' work, you can visit her website at isisspann.com or connect with her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK: Isis Amelia Spann or Mrs. Spann's FUNDamentals of Learning
INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: fun_oflearning
Isis Spann is the founder of FUNdamentals of Learning, LLC. and the Program Director of Beyond Our Walls, Inc. She has taught in the classroom for over 8 years and now she builds programs and aims to train educators across the country on how to engage with students and families so that true learning can take place. With an unstoppable mindset, she obtained her bachelor’s in Elementary Education and currently holds her Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision. She believes that learning should be fun and exciting for everyone involved in the educational experience. She is a true champion for underserved and marginalized students and she believes that engagement is key for student success!
In this episode, entrepreneur educator Patricia Clahar will join us to discuss the benefits of entrepreneurship for young kids & teens and the need for more entrepreneurship programs in schools. If you're a parent or a young person who's thinking about starting your own business, you don't want to miss this discussion! To learn more about Patricia's work, you can visit her business website at teachentrepreneurshipforkids.com or connect with her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Patricia Clahar or Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids INSTAGRAM - @handsonentrepreneurship4kids
BIO: Patricia Clahar is an education enrichment specialist who focuses on providing entrepreneurship education for kids and teens. She is the founder of Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids, which provides in-person and online solutions to families, schools and youth organizations that want to support young entrepreneurs. Patricia graduated from Harvard University (BA) and Columbia University (MBA) and has been an educator for over 12 years.
In this episode, we're happy to invite Jonathan C. W. Jones, founder of Ideation4, to the show to share about his philanthropic work in the Greater Minnesota area and announce his new publication, UpLIFT, which will feature the brilliance of black male educators across the nation! To learn more about Jonathan's work, you can visit the Ideation4 website at ideation4.com or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Ideation4 INSTAGRAM - @ideation_4 TWITTER - @ideation4_sjc
Jonathan C. W. Jones is a seasoned award winning educator, founder and CEO of Ideation4 who works with educators, schools, districts, nonprofit professionals and under resourced communities through proposal workshops, coaching, consulting and innovation. His passion lies across the intersections of education, business and philanthropy. Jonathan believes in the power of ideas and helping others realize they have the power to make their ideas into reality. Jonathan has landed several local and national grants & awards from Bush Foundation to NASA, and has collaborated with several organizations to impact students, educators and community builders in the Twin Cities area. Jonathan recently participated in Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) The giving Project Cohort 5 raising over $250,000 for 12 organizations for and by people of color. Currently, works as an instructional coach for Saint Paul Public School working out of the Office of Specialized Services. He hold a BA and Masters Degree in Special Education and a K-12 Administrator License. His company Ideation4 is creating publications 4Educators (coming fall 2020), UpLIFT and Connect. Proceeds from both publications will be used to establish, Fund4Good our new philanthropic initiative. These innovations will allow our company to live out our core values of learning, collaboration, equity & empowerment by providing micro grants to Black, Indigenous People of Color who are builders in their community. Jonathan is looking to deepen his understanding of how fundraising and grantmaking can address inequities in the Twin Cities.
In this episode, we welcome Stacie McClam, founder of School Dismissed, LLC. In our conversation, Stacie will share about her personal journey as an educator, the impact of secondary traumatic stress on teachers, and strategies that teachers can use to reduce anxiety during the pandemic. To learn more about Stacie's work, you can visit her website at staciemcclam.com or follow her handle @staciemcclam on all social media platforms.
BIO: Stacie McClam is an educator, author, and radio show host of “Teacher Talks” on Tribe Family Channel. Stacie has 10 years of teaching experience in different states and countries. In July 2018, she published a book entitled, “School Dismissed: Walking Away from Teaching” where she describes why she left the teaching profession. The book raises awareness about the trauma that students and teachers experience at school. Stacie earned her Master's of Education degree from Howard University and her law degree from the University of Denver. She hopes to use her law degree to advocate for teachers and students through film. She is currently in production for her first feature documentary.
In this episode, we welcome Guivens Andre, who is currently an ELA teacher in Boston Public Schools and the founder of Unofficial E. In our conversation, Guivens will share about his early life in Haiti, his experiences as a young black male educator, and how he's used the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize his personal & professional growth. To learn more about Guiven's work, you can follow him on the following platforms:
FACEBOOK - Guivens Andre or Unofficial E. TWITTER - @GuivensAndre INSTAGRAM - @aka_givs
BIO: Guivens Andre was born in Haiti and came to the states with his family at the age of 5. He is an English Language Arts Educator & ESL tutor in Boston Public Schools and the founder of Unofficial E., an organization that helps immigrants enhance your English speaking skills with culturally relevant content. He received his Bachelor's Degree in English from UMass Boston and will graduate with a Master's Degree in Education this May.
In this new episode, we welcome Pittsburgh native K. Chase Patterson, who is the CEO of the Urban Academy, the oldest charter school in the Greater Pittsburgh area. During our conversation, Chase shares about his upbringing in Pittsburgh, his thoughts on the state of black learning nationwide, and details about the upcoming State of Black Learning conference happening in August 2020. To learn more about Chase's work, you can visit the State of Black Learning website (stateofblacklearning.com) or follow him on the following platforms:
FACEBOOK - K. Chase Patterson INSTAGRAM - kang_chase TWITTER - @KChasePatterson
As a native of Pittsburgh, K. Chase Patterson began to appreciate the power of knowledge from his earliest days. Patterson began his professional career at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh where he established that Black Male Youth Summit, now known as the Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) and taught post-secondary prep classes at Wilkinsburg High School. Before working as the Chief Diversity Advisor to the largest Panera Bread Franchisee, Covelli Enterprises, Chase served as the federal liaison to the Departments of Homeland Security, Immigration, State and Education on behalf of 13-term Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle. He has served the Urban Academy in a number of capacities and was instrumental in rebranding and relocating the school. Now as CEO of Pittsburgh’s oldest Charter School, the Urban Academy, Chase has the privilege of working in his purpose each and every day, to demonstrate that ALL children can learn when immersed in a rigorous, respectful and relational learning environment. Chase is the owner of Society Mens Grooming Lounge, an award winning Barbershop & Salon. He is General Chairman of the Pittsburgh NAACP Human Rights Dinner and his local and national leadership has been recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine, Whirl Magazine, the New Pittsburgh Courier, Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise.
In the episode, we have a conversation with special guest, Anthony Carter, about his life as a writer, career coach, teacher, and an unapologetic advocate for young black gay men. To learn more about Anthony's work, you can visit his website at anthony-carter.com or follow him on Twitter with the handle @anthonylcarter.
Anthony Carter is a career coach, with experience organizing and supporting more than 100 people as they pursue their professional and personal goals. His background in theatre, teaching and writing inform his personalized and creative approach. Anthony is fueled by his passion for reinvention, transformation and client driven solutions. He considers himself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on his creative and presentation skills and stay in tune with the constantly changing job market. His hunger for knowledge and determination to turn information into action has contributed to his successful support of more than 40 homeless individuals as they develop 21st century job searching skills. Meanwhile, he created then launched a pilot program at a local college where he organized classes, networking opportunities and mentoring sessions. Anthony believes ongoing training and self care in the workplace is key to success – a tenet he lives out through his interests in professional development, yoga, meditation, and writing. Anthony is currently working as a placement specialist and is always interested in a challenge.
In this special episode of IDTALK4ED LIVE, we chat it up with London-based educator, Karl Pupé, who is the author of "The Action Hero Teacher: Classroom Management Made Simple". During our conversation, Karl shares about his personal journey into the education field, his personal keys and tips for classroom management success, the state of black educators in the UK, and much more! To learn more about Karl’s work, you can visit his website at actionheroteacher.com or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
TWITTER - @actionheroteach INSTAGRAM - @actionheroteacher
Karl C. Pupé is a qualified classroom teacher based in London with a decade's experience across the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors in the United Kingdom (UK). Specializing in Behavior Management, he worked as a Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) Coordinator teaching students with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. He is the author of "The Action Hero Teacher: Classroom Management Made Simple," which is a practical guide for teachers who are looking to enhance their classroom management skills in the classroom. Karl runs workshops that help teachers feel like heroes in their classrooms. As a former NEETs Coordinator and SEMH teacher, Karl shares his wealth of knowledge gained by working with some of London’s most challenging students. Karl has designed and facilitated rehabilitation classes for Year 8 to 11 students who have been excluded from Mainstream Education and were at risk of becoming NEETs themselves. Karl has earned a Level 4 ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management in Further Education.
In this episode, we had the honor of speaking with Lavinya Stennett, the founder of the London-based organization "The Black Curriculum". In our conversation, she shares about her inspiration for starting the organization, the state of black educators in the UK, and what educators can do to further the mission of incorporating Black History into the UK curriculum. To learn more about Lavinya and the work of the Black Curriculum, you can visit the website theblackcurriculum.com or connect with them through the following social media handles:
FACEBOOK - The Black Curriculum INSTAGRAM - @theblackcurriculum TWITTER - @CurriculumBlack
Lavinya Stennett is a multi-award-winning strategist, visionary, and writer who has produced several articles focusing on the need for social change, educational reform, equality, and access in the UK. Her work has most prominently been featured in major publications such as the BBC and Huffington Post. She recently completed her studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London as a First Class Graduate in African and Development Studies. During her time at SOAS University of London, she earned many awards; most notably the inaugural Walter Rodney award, which recognizes student excellence for their work on the history of Africa and the African diaspora. She earned the award for her outstanding dissertation, which explored Maroon Ecologies in Jamaica and Brazil. Most recently, she was recognized as the #2 UK Future Leader by Powerful Media and is the Founder & CEO of “The Black Curriculum", a solutions-based project that teaches Black British History to secondary school children around the UK, using a range of art forms. Lavinya has a wealth of experience in devising, building and implementing specialist services for clients, project management and communications within the private and public sectors of the UK. She is also fluent in Swahili.
In this episode, we speak with Shequila Roberts, who is the founder of Determine Now Inc. in Orlando, FL. In our conversation, she shares about her personal journey as a single mother, her philanthropy work within the Orlando community, and her advocacy for students and parents within the Orange County Public Schools district. To learn more about Shequila and support the phenomenal work she's doing, you can visit the Determine Now website or connect with her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Shequila Roberts INSTAGRAM - @determinenow_
Shequila Roberts is a mother, philanthropist, business owner and a prominent member of her community. She is a single mother who came to a city where no one knew her name. Shequila decided to be a part of the solution and not the problem. With a foundation of Christianity and faith her philanthropy and innovation was no longer a dream but her life’s passion. She puts God first in her home and at the core of the change that she would like to see. Shequila Roberts has impacted the lives of more than 500 children. She started a City League called the Orlando Seahawks that consisted of 85 children from very disadvantaged homes. There were 4 football teams and 2 cheerleader squads. The boys and girls not only enjoyed the league they loved it and asked her to please return. In addition to working full time as a Mental Health Targeted Case Manager she volunteers consistently to several organizations – The Mission, One Heart for Women and Children, Mentoring and Motivating Youth and Compact. Shequila never stops giving of herself and volunteers at the Homeless Coalition and is still an Emerging Leader for United Way. She devotes herself to her son and other parents at his elementary school, serving as President of the PTA. She ensures that she is annually approved through Orange County Public Schools as Additions Approved to volunteer for any activities. Shequila is also a partner and a vendor for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). Once a month, she faithfully attends their Pine Hill Community Council meetings to discuss the betterment of their neighborhood as well as crime prevention. She has facilitated three workshops topics thus far, in Miami once a month to encourage preteen, adolescent and adult women who have escaped unfortunate and dangerous situations. She naturally won their attention and positively affected the lives of these ladies. Shequila has been laying the groundwork for her dreams since 2002 and is now the CEO/ Owner of her own business ‘Determine Now’. She is looking forward to the future and partnering with organization that are making a difference in the communities that need it most. She is definitely the epitome of great strength, leadership and vision.
In this episode, we connect with educator David Obianyor, who is pioneering the ed tech revolution in his native Nigeria. In our conversation, he shares about the current state of education in Nigeria, his professional development work with teachers in Nigeria, and his ultimate mission to spread the gospel of educational technology throughout the African continent. If you would like to connect with David, you can follow him on the following platforms.
FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN - David Obianyor INSTAGRAM - @obianyordavid, @teachersidaraanddavid
David Obianyor is a technology integrational specialist, and a one of a kind Nigerian educator who, has set out on a mission to give the teaching profession in this part of the country a face-lift by being a game-changer and breaking from the status quo. This has made me engage in various activities locally and internationally. In recognition for his contribution in the education sector, he has earned numerous individual awards and some include Teacher of the Year, Model Primary Teacher of the Year, recognition for ‘The Most Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning’ by Microsoft Nigeria, Corona Schools I.T Proficient Teacher of the Year and the CEO’S Award of the Year Corona Schools 2017 in recognition for outstanding achievement in and outside the classroom. He was named among the Top 5 educators in Nigeria in the Meadow Hall Foundation’s Inspirational Educators Award in Nigeria (INSEA) 2016 and Arclights Foundation's Teacher of the Year in Nigeria 2018. He was recently recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (2019-2020) because of the pivotal role that he and his colleagues played in getting his school to become a Microsoft Showcase School (2019-2020). He was also awarded an ambassadorship by the ClassDojo software in the United States of America as the pioneer ambassador for Africa because of his enthusiasm for creating a fun and happier classroom. This was necessitated by a feat which he achieved with apps like Flipgrid, Skype and ClassDojo after connecting with a teacher from the United States of America in the bid to connect his classes, share cultures and teach kindness to his students such as raising funds for impoverished schools in Nigeria. David has been invited to speak about his practices in the classroom at notable conferences, locally and internationally and a few include the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) Innovative Practice Series and the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN) Global Classroom.
In this episode, we welcome Charles Williams, who is the founder of CW Consulting, an organization focused on helping schools, educators, and school districts unlock their potential and deliver positive results for their students. In our conversation, Charles talks about his transition from a classroom teacher to a school administrator, his take on the state of education in Chicago Public Schools, the importance of students developing a growth mindset, and much more! If you would like to connect with Charles, you can visit his organization's website at cwconsultingservice.com or follow him on the following platforms:
INSTAGRAM & TWITTER - @_cwconsulting FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN - Charles Williams
Charles Williams currently serves as the Principal of Plato Learning Academy in Chicago, IL. He has been an educator for nearly 15 years serving as a teacher, a mentor/lead teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal for urban students in grades K-12. Charles still serves as an educational administrator and is a member of several professional organizations including Great Expectations Mentoring (GEM), Men of Color in Education, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA). After presenting at numerous events including nationwide conferences, educational workshops, and fundraising events, he founded his own organization, CW Consulting, which focuses on helping institutions to unlock their potential and promising to deliver results. Charles holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Purdue University Calumet, a Master’s Degree in Education from Calumet College of St. Joseph, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from Purdue University, and a Certificate in Organization Leadership & Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
In this new episode, we bring in Dr. Christopher Brazzle, founder of L.I.M.E.LIGHT Transformations and the author of the newly released book, "Outlier Leadership: The 5 No Excuse Habits of Outlier Leaders", to talk about his transition from class clown to school principal. He also describes the step-by-step process of becoming an outlier leader and how those steps are transferrable to any industry you work in. To learn more about Dr. Brazzle's work, you can visit his website at www.drchrisbrazzle.com or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Christopher Brazzle INSTAGRAM - limelight_trans TWITTER - LIMELightTrans1
Dr. Christopher Brazzle is the Founder and CEO of L.I.M.E.LIGHT Transformations, a company specializing in the training and development of transformational leaders personally and professionally within organizations. He is an educator of almost two decades where he has served as a coach, a mentor, a K-12 teacher, a graduate teacher, a behavioral campus coordinator, an athletic director, a regional director and a school leader. He is a professional speaker and motivator. Dr. Brazzle’s mission is to educate and lead others to transformational change. His goal is to help you achieve positive results through accomplishing your personal and professional goals as a leader in this 21st century. Dr. Brazzle has studied, researched, written and spoken for over a decade on leadership development and accomplishing your goals through hard work and perseverance. He is a Best Selling author and responsible for the #1 Amazon Hot New Release of Outlier Leadership – “The 5 No Excuses Habits of Outlier Leaders” and also authored his first book From Class Clown to Principal. Since 2002, Dr. Brazzle has delivered over 50 programs, helped and worked with thousands of students and student athletes to achieve their maximum potential, and mentored many educators toward becoming transformational change agents and leaders. Dr. Brazzle has earned a reputation where parents, students and teachers trust in his leadership, experience and unmatched relationship building. Dr. Brazzle’s strong skill as an experienced learner and facilitator teaches seminar participants to acquire the necessary training skills to move towards transformational leader in todays’ workplace.
In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Chicago-based Anleeta Eaton-Buchanan. In our conversation, she shared about the personal journey she has taken to achieve self-care in her educator life, the founding of the "Ms. R.I.G.H.T" (Really Intelligent Girls Hang Together) program, and her love for making African-inspired headwraps. To learn more about Anleeta's work, you can connect with her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Anleeta Marie INSTAGRAM - @wrappedineducation, @RIGHT_Mentoring TWITTER - @msblovesdakids
Anleeta Eaton-Buchanan is an educator, teacher self-care advocate, youth advocate, motivational speaker and mentor to youth of all ages. She has been a featured panelist at The Teacher Self-Care Conference, a published blogger with The Educator's Room, a recurring guest of The Ben Jarovsky Radio Show, and a guest of the Class Disruption podcast. With 16 years of experience in special education, Anleeta is very passionate about the future of our young people and believes that, "All children can learn, you just have to figure out how." She is also the proud sponsor of “Ms. RIGHT," which stands for Really Intelligent Girls Hang Together, a program that seeks to teach girls self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence. Anleeta holds a B.A. (Journalism) from Columbia College Chicago, M.A.Ed. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University Chicago, and her LBS1 certification the University of St. Francis. When she is not in the classroom, Anleeta creates her own African headwrap designs via Naturally Niani Head Wraps. Named after her daughter, Niani, Anleeta hopes to share her love for her culture and the beauty of the artform with women across the globe. Anleeta is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and enjoys traveling, crafting, and volunteer work
In this episode, we caught up with Desmond Williams, who is the founder of Nylinka School Solutions, an organization that specializes in providing professional development and consulting services that will help educators and school districts increase their level of engagement and investment of boys of color. During our conversation, we touched on a myriad of topics: his personal journey into education, the founding of Nylinka, the making of his upcoming book, "The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America", and much more! To learn more about Desmond and to support his work, you can visit the Nylinka website at www.nylinka.org or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER - @nylinka LINKEDIN - Desmond Williams
Desmond Williams is a career teacher, principal, author and thought leader. He is driven to help all children live their dreams. Desmond had two dream growing up: He wanted to design Transformers and be a sitcom writer. After having many teachers tell him those dreams were silly, he decided he wanted to teach because he knew children deserved better. He has spent his entire professional career working with youth serving as a special educator, classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. His educational philosophy is simply that education should be used for the process of building and maintaining a nation. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Howard University in Washington, DC. He later received his Master’s degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He started his teaching career in DCPS as a special educator. He subsequently moved through the ranks and became a special education coordinator because of his business acumen and understanding of children with special needs. Soon afterwards Mr. Williams, worked in the Office of Special Education for DC Public Schools. After leaving DCPS’s Office of Special Education, he ventured into the world of school-based administration. His expertise includes, student engagement, restorative justice practices, relationship building with students, and family engagement. Desmond has spoken at multiple conferences across the country offering his expertise and insight in engaging inner-city students. He has worked with several independent schools and school districts. His focus is on educating boys of color. “They are the most marginalized and are in need of the most help. “Teachers that serve them, tend to be the teachers that are in need of the most support.” His other passions include teacher development, leadership development, special education and engaging boys of color in learning. In 2015, he launched the #SOBTC Twitter chat that united teachers, educators, parents and practitioners from across the country together to discuss issues related to educating boys of color. #SOBTC, Send Our Boys To College started because he wanted those invested in the growth of Black boys to have a platform to discuss challenges and celebrate successes. His first book “The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America” will be released in early 2020.
In this episode, I had the honor of interviewing my good friend and brother-in-education, Larue Fitch! During our conversation, he opens up about his personal journey from being a teenage father to a national educational leader. He also gives us some insight about his upcoming book, "Breaking the Education Code", sheds some light on the state of Chicago Public Schools, and much more! To learn more about Larue’s work, you can visit his website at www.laruemfitch.com or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - @laruefitch INSTAGRAM - @ed.consultant
Larue Fitch is an educational consultant, school administrator, and author from Chicago, IL. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Chicago State University, where is currently working towards his Doctorate degree. He is the author of the new book, “Breaking the Education Code: Instructional Guide for Enhancing Teacher Capacity While Increasing Scholar Achievement”, which will be released in early 2020. Larue’s educational journey began as an elementary school teacher. For seven years, he worked with scholars in grades 4 through 8, teaching Science, Literacy and Math. During his time in the classroom, he was fortunate to develop relationships with scholars which provided a safe environment for them to grow and develop academically. As a teacher, Larue always looked forward to communicating openly with parents. It was always the highlight of his experience to share with the parents the academic and social growth their child made throughout the school year. Leadership opportunities began to open within his school and he became the Science Lead Teacher. One of the most rewarding aspects of this role was the ability to work with his peers. Productive teamwork is critical to a thriving school culture. This collaboration led to some positive changes in our school’s teaching practices along with an established alliance between teachers and administration. Seven years later, he entered the role of Assistant Principal and Resident Principal in Chicago Public Schools. As Resident Principal in a CPS elementary school, he was the administrator in charge of Restorative Justice and the Data-Driven Instructional Cycle. Through the implementation of Restorative Justice practices, the percentage of out-of-school suspensions decreased by 31 percent for African-American children. He worked closely with our teachers and families to build a culture where scholars are taking ownership of their academic and social performances. Through meaningful collaborations, parents participated in workshops and school-level activities; developing an open line of communication between the teachers, administration and their scholars. Finally, Larue is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
If you are a parent of a child with special needs, this is a very important episode for YOU to listen! We brought our good friend, Yahaira Lopez, on the show to share her personal journey as the single mother of twin sons, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum, and how that experience propelled her into a career of special education advocacy for students and parents of color. To learn more about Yahaira's work, her organization, Autism Sprinter (www.autismsprinter.org), and her new podcast, "Momvocate Mob", you can connect with her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - Autism Sprinter, Momvocate Mob INSTAGRAM - @autismsprinter, @iamamomvocate TWITTER - @AutismSprinter
Yahaira Lopez is the founder of Autism Sprinter, Inc: a parent led grassroots organization building parents as experts in special education. Yahaira knows the struggles of Autism firsthand—she has twin boys on the Autism Spectrum as well as ADHD. As any parent knows, young boys can be a handful. Young premature twins added even more complications. And having twin boys with different levels of unique challenges adds even more difficulties. As a parent, Yahaira put her career on hold where she turned one of her bedrooms into a home classroom. She began to watch YouTube videos of autism therapies to self-learn different form therapies to support her children needs to develop her own parent expertise. Yahaira has a Master's degree in Human Service Organizational Management from Springfield College. She also has a Bachelor's in Social Work from Salem State University. Yahaira has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth and families in many different capacities. She has worked at Boston Public Schools, DCF, and Boston Center for Youth and Families. Yahaira is currently working for Riverside Community Care Mobile Crisis Unit as a Crisis Specialist. She is also a Boston Public School alumni who immigrated from Puerto Rico at the age of 4. Yahaira's work is dedicated to improving the lives of families and their loved ones presented with unique abilities navigating systems that seems impossible to understand. She believes parents are more than just caretakers. Yahaira says "Parent are experts too".
In this episode of #IDTALK4EDLIVE, I spent some time chatting with my dear friend, Dr. Shaun Woodly, founder of "Teach, Hustle, Inspire". In our conversation, Dr. Woodly shares about his humble beginnings as an educator, his thoughts on the hip-hop education movement, the creative process for his book, "MC Means Move the Class", and everything hip-hop! To learn more about Dr. Woodly and the "Teach, Hustle, Inspire" movement, you can visit the website at www.teachhustleinspire.com or connect with him on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK - "Teach, Hustle, Inspire" with Dr. Shaun Woodly INSTAGRAM - @teachhustleinspire TWITTER - @shaunwoodly
Dr. Shaun Woodly is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and staff development expert who specializes in classroom management and student engagement in urban and culturally diverse schools. He is the founder of “Teach, Hustle, Inspire”, an educator movement focused on helping driven and passionate educators transform their classrooms into high-achieving, high-performing learning environments. An unapologetic New Yorker, Dr. Woodly earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching degrees from Hampton University, as well his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. In his fourteen-year career in education, he has taught in the Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia and Atlanta Public Schools in Georgia. He is the best-selling author of, “MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms”, a book that draws on research-based pedagogy and culturally responsive instructional methods to provide educators with the best teaching strategies and methods that will help them be great in the classroom.
In this special episode of IDTALK4ED LIVE, I sat down with my Temple big sister, Shauna Brown, who is the founder of the Melanin of STEM blog series and the educator lifestyle brand, Teach for the Culture, LLC. During our conversation, she discuss the importance of increasing STEM programming access to communities of color, the need for more African-Americans to travel to the African continent to connect with their diasporan brothers and sisters, and so much more! If you would like to connect with Shauna, you can find her on the following social media platforms:
FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM - @teachfortheculture, @melanininstem TWITTER - @tch4theculture LINKEDIN - Shauna H.B.
Shauna Brown is the Assistant Principal of the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering (formerly the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science); a STEM-themed magnet school serving students in Grades 6-12. She is the first female to serve in this role in the school’s history. She is the founder of the Melanin in Stem blog series, a platform that highlights the stories of women and people of color in STEM, with the goal of exposing young people (and everyone else) to what is possible! Most recently, she founded Teach for the Culture, LLC., a brand dedicated to empowering and positively affirming its clientele by fostering a sense of pride in culture and self, in the field of education and beyond! Born in Hartford, CT to Jamaican parentage, Shauna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University, and her Master’s Degree in Urban Education and Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York. She also earned a post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership and has completed several certificates in advanced educational studies. She has served in the field of education for over 15 years, and has worked in schools in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Hartford, CT. In addition to her years of classroom teaching experience in the middle school, Shauna has served as a district-wide Instructional Coach, and as a State Education Consultant working on Federal and State-wide programs such as Title III and the Office for Civil Rights initiatives. She also had the wonderful opportunity of traveling abroad for a period of time as a Fulbright Scholar, to study the schools, culture, and educational system in Ghana, West Africa, and develop curriculum for teachers. In addition to this fellowship, she was selected as a Yale University Educational Field Study participant to participate in educational field studies in Puerto Rico.
In this episode of IDTALK4ED LIVE, we brought in Ronnie Thomas, who is the founder of the Georgia Science & Robotics Academy, Inc. and Fun Weird Science, LLC. in Atlanta, GA. In our conversation, Ronnie discussed his family life, his personal journey as an educator, his perspective on the current state of STEM education for young men of color, future projects for Fun Weird Science, LLC. entering the year 2020, and so much more! If you would like to follow Fun Weird Science, LLC. and support the initiatives of the Thomas family members, check out the information below:
- funweirdscience.com (@funweirdscience on all social media platforms) 365bodylove.com (Natural Body Care Products) - Culturegreetings.com (Customized Greeting Cards) - DjKANtstop.com (DJ & Karaoke Services) - Shuaerials.com (Aerial Videography & Photography)
Ronnie Thomas graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. A proud native of Birmingham, AL, he is an enthusiastic and passionate technology-driven educator with a solid commitment to the social, academic and developmental growth of students. Thomas has the ability to challenge and inspire hands-on learning experiences that capture a student’s imagination. A two-time Teacher of the Year recipient, Thomas has conducted research with NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Thomas is the founder of Georgia Science & Robotics Academy, Inc. and Fun Weird Science LLC, which provides impactful K-12 STEAM enrichment for teachers and students through professional development, teacher cohort coaching, summer STEM enrichment programs for students and interactive science shows. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Beta Zeta Chapter. Most recently, he was selected as an honoree of the Alabama State University “50 Under 50” Class of 2019 for his outstanding professional achievements and commitment to advancing the university’s legacy of excellence.
In this special episode of #IDTALK4EDLIVE, we want to focus on the transformative power of the student voice and how it can help shape the future of public education in America and beyond. For this conversation, we invited Cecil Price III, who is currently a senior and the Student Body President at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies in Pittsburgh, PA. He also serves at the President of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ African American Center for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Executive Committee. During the conversation, Cecil shares about the personal impact that Barack Obama Academy has had on him academically, his perspective on the experiences of students of color in Pittsburgh Public Schools, the important of student activism, and so much more! You can connect with Cecil on the following social media platforms:
Facebook - Cecil Price III Instagram - @cecilprice3rd
Cecil Price, III is a senior and the Student Body President of the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies where he prides himself on being a conscientious, civically, and socially engaged student, brother, son, and friend. With his continuous involvement in the lives of students and the community at large, he has been given the title of Student Ambassador. Accompanied by this title, he has had many leadership roles to help advocate for student voice. Cecil is the President of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ African American Centers for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Executive Committee, whose mission is to be a beacon of support, encouragement, and advocacy for the AACAS Council (African American gifted and talented high school students) in maintaining academic, social, and emotional excellence while building balanced identities of self, confidence, and competence. For his exceptional scholarship, extraordinary leadership and remarkable character, he received the Outstanding Young Citizens Award in 2019. He is also the Youth Director and Drummer of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the National Honor Society and Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens, Student Leader of both the Journey to Medicine and YMCA Youth and Government programs, and an Educator at the Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School. Due to his ongoing engagement with the Urban Academy’s faculty and student body, he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. Cecil’s astounding academic record includes maintaining a 4.62 GPA, the completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and receiving the Academic Excellence Award in 2018. While continuing his work in various academic and social fields, his most impactful work has been done as a guest speaker at the State of Black Learning Conference, the Summer Leadership Academy, the 6th Annual SCW Foundation Benefit Gala, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, the Tickets for Kids 25th Anniversary, and the 2019 CAS Expo of Excellence. By speaking at these events, Cecil has been a part of the solution, rather than a part of the problem. He has also been featured in several media platforms like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, 90.5 WESA Radio, WPXI, and JET 24 Action News, where his own platform has made room for other students to emulate and to be encouraged that their current state is not their final fate.
In this episode of IDTALK4ED LIVE, we had the honor of speaking with our good friend, Dr. Dariel "D.T." Henry, who is arguably the most dapper and hardest working brotha in higher education! In our conversation, he touched on his early upbringing in Miami, his academic life as a student athlete during his undergraduate days at Dean College, his recruiting role with the Regis Diverse Educators Program, and so much more! If you are currently a student athlete or enrolled in a doctoral program, you don't want to miss this episode! Dr. Henry blessed us with many gems through our conversation! If you want to connect with Dr. Henry, you can visit his website at darieldthenry.com. You can also follow him on social media with the following handles:
FACEBOOK - D.T. Dariel Henry INSTAGRAM - @darieldthenry TWITTER - @DarielDTHenry LINKEDIN - Dariel "DT" Henry
Dr. Dariel “D.T” Henry serves as the Director of TRiO Student Support Services at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. He also works as a recruiter for the Regis Diverse Educators Program at Regis College, a full-tuition scholarship program for high school students who wish to pursue the field of education and who are specifically interested in working with underrepresented populations. Dr. Henry has previously held leadership and academic advisory roles at Dean College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. A proud native of Miami, FL, Dr. Henry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education & Administration from Johnson and Wales University. As a former student-athlete, Dr. Henry also volunteers his time to offer academic coaching and consulting to current student athletes at the high school and university levels. Outside of his university work, he is the host of the “Swag Bender” podcast, where he facilitates conversations about education, culture, football, and motivation.
In this episode of IDTALK4ED LIVE, it's all about STEAM and Black males! For this conversation, we welcomed Robert Hendricks III, the Founder and Executive Director of the He Is Me Institute, to share the organization's mission to create a pipeline for Black males to pursue STEAM careers. If you would like to learn more about He Is Me and donate to the organization, you can visit the website at www.heisme.org and donate by texting "GIVE" to 877-255-9471. You can also follow the organization on social media:
Instagram - @heismeinstitute Twitter - @HeisMeInstitute LinkedIn - He Is Me Institute
Robert Hendricks III is the Founder and Executive Director of the He Is Me Institute, a non-profit organization whose ultimate mission is to empower Black men to obtain and retain careers in STEAM education. He earned a B.S. in Middle Childhood Math and Social Studies Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Teacher Leadership from Miami University (OH). Throughout his career in education, Robert has held various roles in schools including instructional leadership, school culture leadership, special education teaching, and curriculum design. His previous stops include Mind Matters Boston, Generation Teach, and the Great Miami Valley YMCA.
For this episode, I welcomed my good friend Denise Manning, who is the Outreach Director for the Boston Chapter of the non-profit organization, Educators For Excellence (E4E). In our conversation, we talked about the national campaigns that E4E has recently launched around the needs of teacher diversity and creating positive school culture in our communities. To learn more about E4E and/or to donate the organization, please visit the website at www.e4e.org.
Denise Manning is a Boston native and proud graduate of Boston Public Schools. Witnessing violence in her community growing up, Denise learned the importance of self-advocacy and sought enrichment opportunities. She worked with mentors from Minds Matter Boston on Saturdays to improve her writing skills and was admitted into prestigious summer programs that gave her access to greater educational opportunities. Through these programs, Denise saw the educational inequalities that exist, as well as the power of knowledge. Denise graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and returned to her community to work in Boston Public Schools as a paraprofessional. While working in BPS, Denise advocated for students and families to have access to information and opportunities to support student growth. Denise then earned her license to teach high school English and early education, as well as her master’s degree. With her hands-on experiences in teaching, she focused on the importance of authentic community and family engagement for student academic and social-emotional support.
In this inaugural episode of #IDTALK4EDLIVE, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Edmonds, who is a 10th Grade Global Studies Teacher at Bronx Law High School. She is also the host of the "Class Disruption" podcast, which you can catch every Friday on Instagram and YouTube. Tune in as we talk about establishing a healthy work-life balance as parents, developing a growth mindset as teachers, "staying foolish" in the process, and much more!
Stephanie Edmonds is a New York City educator currently working at the Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, teaching 10th grade global history and serving as the reading intervention specialist and the Director of the Office of Student Life. Her approach to the classroom is a reflection of her "stay foolish" philosophy - the idea that learning happens when you are being your authentic self and having fun with it. In this way, Stephanie designs authentic learning experiences by pairing the content of the state's curriculum with projects that ask students to use real world skills to apply their knowledge. Some examples include class debates, writing and acting out plays, creating class newspapers, and making short documentaries. As Director of the Office of Student Life, Stephanie is able to fully realize her mission of authentic student learning by supporting all of her school's student clubs through leadership development and running school-wide events throughout the year. Perhaps she is most proud of introducing to her school, its first ever student government. And yet, the breadth and depth of the work to be done, keeps her humbled and focused on one thing - finding the small cracks between the prescribed state curriculum, the unfunded policy initiatives, the state testing, and the directives of administration to create the space to serve the wide variety of needs of her students. Remember, "Stay Foolish y'all!" You can connect with Stephanie on the following social media platforms: Instagram - @class.disruption Twitter - @classdisrupti0n