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Identity Talk 4 Educators LIVE

Identity Talk 4 Educators LIVE

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
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.
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"Revolutionizing School Leadership in K-12 Schools" (Baruti Kafele)
This week, I had the special honor of interviewing Baruti Kafele on the podcast. In our conversation, we touched on a number of topics, including the different expressions of anti-Blackness in K-12 schools, the specific actions that educators and school districts should take to engage in culturally relevant and antiracist pedagogy that centers Black students, and the release of his newest book, The Equity and Social Justice Education 50. To learn more about Principal Kafele’s work, you can visit his official website at and you can also follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter with the handle @PrincipalKafele. BIO:  A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, he was a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist, and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence. As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the turnaround of four different New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, which included U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America's best high schools. One of the most sought-after school leadership experts and education speakers in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America’s schools! He has delivered over two thousand conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 34 years of public speaking. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the "Attitude Gap.” A prolific writer, Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk students, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom, and school leadership practices for inspiring schoolwide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles for popular education journals, he has authored eleven books, including his six ASCD best sellers - Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life, Closing the Attitude Gap, The Teacher 50, Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?, The Principal 50 and The Assistant Principal 50. He is also the author of the ASCD book, The Aspiring Principal 50. His next book – The Equity and Social Justice Education 50 will be released in May, 2021. Principal Kafele is married to his wife Kimberley, and is the father of their three children, Baruti, Jabari and Kibriya. He earned his B.S. degree in Management Science/Marketing from Kean University and his M.A. degree in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University. He is the recipient of over 150 educational, professional and community awards which include the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, induction into the East Orange, New Jersey Hall of Fame, recognition as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2020 & 2021 by Global Gurus Top 30 and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998 as Baruti Kafele Day.
June 16, 2021
"Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in K-12 Schools" (Joe Truss)
In this episode, I had the honor of chatting with school leader and racial equity coach, Joe Truss.  In our conversation, he shared about his personal journey in education, the need for educators and school leaders to engage in culturally responsive leadership, how to dismantle white supremacy culture in our K-12 schools, his upcoming Dismantling White Supremacy Conference, and many other topics.  To learn more about Joe's work, you can visit his website at or you can follow him on Twitter & Instagram with the handle @trussleadership.    BIO: Joe Truss currently serves as the Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, CA and brings sixteen years of experience working with public K-12 students, combining teaching, coaching, counseling, curriculum development, and school administration. He also has extensive experience working in Title 1 schools, serving low-income, immigrant, students of color. Originally born and raised in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, Joe grew up in a single-parent home, after losing my father at the age of five. He attended public schools in San Francisco and found solace in his studies. He later studied the Spanish Language at UC Berkeley in the early 2000s.  He continued my education through the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative and received my Master’s in Teaching from Tufts University, in Boston. He then returned to teach High School Spanish in Oakland. After becoming a lead teacher, with Envision Schools, Joe returned to pursue an Administrator’s Credential through the UC Berkeley PLI program. There, he conducted my Leadership Action Research Project on the effects of Culturally Relevant Curricula in a small urban high school. He later returned to San Francisco, as a high school Assistant Principal, before becoming the Principal of a middle school. There, he introduced a vision focused on Love, Literacy, and Liberation. He has worked to decrease student referrals, increase performance on the SBAC English Language Arts and double 6th-grade enrollment. During my tenure, he worked to bring in a focus on culturally responsive teaching, project-based learning, and trauma-sensitive practices. Through his consulting company, Truss Leadership, he has led various workshops, and offered professional development to over 10,000 educators. In addition, he has begun working with schools, non-profits, and districts to manifest their racial equity goals. This includes onsite (or virtual) antiracist/antibias training for staff, strategic planning with leadership teams, and 1 on 1 coaching of leaders. Finally, he has started 2 year long virtual courses, Antiracist Leadership and Antiracist Teaching.
June 9, 2021
"Centering Asian American Voices in K-12 Education" (Takeru "TK" Nagayoshi)
In this episode, I welcome Takeru "TK" Nagayoshi to the podcast to share his personal journey in education, the prevalence of anti-Asian racism in our K-12 schools, the need to debunk the "Model Minority" narrative that decenters the intersectional identities within the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, and many more topics.  To learn more about Takeru's work, you can follow him on Twitter with the handle @tk_nagayoshi or Facebook. BIO:  Takeru "TK" Nagayoshi is the 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. He teaches high school AP English, writing, and research in New Bedford, MA. Having joined education through Teach For America (TFA), Takeru advocates for education policy through an equity lens. When not teaching, he coaches developing teachers and writes on education issues for local, state and national publications. A recipient of the Sontag Prize Award, Takeru has piloted the research-based AP Capstone program. With over 92% of his students passing the AP Seminar course, he not only achieved the highest percentage of qualifying AP scores in his school’s history but also helped the district lead the state in the number of AP Certificates awarded (2018). Outside the classroom, he works with educators through mentorship programs and runs workshops on ELA content, class management, and instructional pedagogy. For example, as school operations manager and educator coach, Takeru has spent his summers training developing middle and high school teachers across the country. During the school year, as one of the content instructional leaders for TFA Massachusetts, Takeru has designed and facilitated dozens of professional development sessions for first and second-year teachers. When not teaching or coaching, Takeru lends his voice to conversations on education-related policy issues, be they through op-ed writing or his participation on panels, committees, and fellowships. He has served as fellow for organizations such as Harvard's Education Redesign Lab, Teach Plus, DESE's Teacher Advisory Cabinet, and InSPIRED ("In-service Professionals Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity") A native of New Jersey, Takeru has lived in Japan for 5 years and in and out of Providence for the past 8 years. He earned a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.
June 2, 2021
"Healing Racism in Schools" (Sharla Stevens and the Ancestors)
In this episode, I welcomed my good friend Sharla Stevens and the Ancestors to the show to talk about her personal journey in education, how her HBCU experience shaped her development as an educator, the inspiration behind the founding of her company, Healing Racism in Schools, and so much more!  To learn more about Sharla's work, you can follow her on Instagram (@healingracisminschools), Facebook (The Antiracist Educator - Fighting White Supremacy in Schools) and LinkedIn.  You can also visit her company website at  BIO: Sharla Stevens is a passionate educator eager to see our schools deliver on their promise to educate ALL children. In her 20+ year career in education, she has seen the ways that white supremacy causes great harm in our schools. As a mother of 2, her mission became even more urgent! She created her business, Healing Racism in Schools, LLC to provide school leaders with the anti-racism training necessary to serve ALL students.
May 26, 2021
"Developing Racial Literacy with Love" (Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz)
In this special episode, I had the honor of welcoming Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz to the podcast to share about her personal journey in academia, her best-selling poetry book "Love from the Vortex", the love lessons she has learned from her past relationships, her evolving work around racial literacy development, and much more!  If you're a lover of love, this episode is tailor made for you!  To learn more about Dr. Sealey-Ruiz's work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram (@yolie_sealeyruiz) and on Twitter (@RuizSealey).   BIO: Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright”, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her co-authored book [with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis] Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces will be published in April 2021.  Her first full-length collection of poetry Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kalediscope Vibrations LLC) was published in March, 2020, and her sophomore book of poetry, The Peace Chronicles will be released in Summer 2021.
May 19, 2021
"Sketchnoting in the Name of Antiracism & Social Justice" (Sylvia Duckworth)
In this episode, I virtually made my way to Toronto, Canada to have a conversation with Sylvia Duckworth.  In our conversation, Sylvia shares her personal journey as an educator, the future of ed tech in this virtual learning era, the benefits of sketchnoting as a useful tool for students & teachers in the classroom, and how she has evolved in her engagement in antiracist work during her retirement.  To learn more about Sylvia's work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram and Twitter (@sylviaduckworth).    BIO: Sylvia Duckworth is an award-winning teacher and sketchnoting enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator and frequent keynote speaker at educational events. She is the author of two books: "Sketchnotes for Educators" and "How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students". She blogs and shares her teaching resources at To see samples of the drawings in "Sketchnotes for Educators", please visit For more information on ""How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students", please visit
May 12, 2021
"Honoring the Cultural Wealth of Culturally Linguistically Diverse Families" (Latania Marr y Ortega)
In this episode, I had the honor of welcoming Latania Marr y Ortega to talk about her personal journey in educator, her Chicana heritage, the emergence of bilingualism, her doctoral work on the community cultural wealth of culturally linguistically diverse families, and much more!  To learn more about Latania's work, you can follow her on Instagram (@_my_own_muse) and Twitter (@LMarr98)!   BIO: Latania Marr y Ortega is an Ed.D Candidate at Kansas State University (K-State) where she facilitates Teaching English as a Second Language courses in the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA). Most recently, she assisted in organizing and facilitating the inaugural conference, "Beyond Envisioning Equity: Situating Teachers of Color Voices".  A New Mexico native, Latania has been an educator for 19 years. She taught in a dual language elementary school program where she also was an instructor in the University of New Mexico (UNM) Family Literacy program in Albuquerque, NM. She continued her work with families when she taught adult ESL programs during her time as a secondary English Language Arts Teacher. Her passion to advocate for and engage BIPOC families in our school communities has continued by sharing strategies to current and future teachers to use the Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005) to drive instruction as well as resist the injustice and systemic racism that is prevalent in our school systems.  Latania proudly earned her MA in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (emphasis: Bilingual Education) at UNM. She earned her BA in Elem.Ed (minors:Bilingual/TESOL & Sociology) from New Mexico Highlands University.
May 5, 2021
"Examining the Vocal Hygiene of Teachers" (Dr. Sandra Stinnett)
For this special episode, I had the privilege of speaking with laryngologist Dr. Sandra Stinnett.  In our conversation, we discussed the importance of teachers exercising vocal health, the correlations between voice disorders and teacher burnout, the need for school districts to invest in sound-field amplification devices for teachers, and so much more!  To learn more about Dr. Stinnett's work, you can follow her on Instagram & Tiktok (@thevoiceboxdoctor), as well as on Twitter (@thevoiceboxdoc).    BIO:  Dr. Sandra Stinnett, popularly known as "The Voice Box Doctor", is most recently from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she completed her fellowship in Neurolaryngology (study of the voice box). She received her Medical Degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and was then accepted into the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital - Department of Otolaryngology where she completed her internship and residency training.   She is a classically trained pianist and has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Cami Hall. She is also a vocalist with experience in performing, recording and leading worship in her local church. Dr. Stinnett joins the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as Assistant Professor and Director of the Division of Laryngology. She is passionate about creating an awareness for vocal hygiene and prevention in the Memphis community and providing state of the art care in this field. Her areas of expertise include the full spectrum of disorders of the voice which range from management of the professional voice, treatment of neurological conditions of the larynx, benign and malignant conditions of the vocal folds, vocal fold paralysis, endoscopic airway and reconstruction as well as swallowing disorders. She also is particularly interested in endoscopic and office-based approaches, in addition to the use of laser treatment in laryngeal disorders.
April 28, 2021
"Centering Indigenous Culture in K-12 Education" (Trisha Moquino)
In this episode, I'm honored to welcome Trisha Moquino to the podcast to talk about her personal journey in education, the inspiration behind the founding of the Keres Children's Learning Center and the Indigenous Montessori Institute, and what actionable steps that educators, school districts, and teacher education programs need to take to center the cultural, historical, and lived experiences of Indigenous People with fidelity.  To learn more about Trisha's work, you can visit her personal website at or the Keres Children's Learning Center website at  You can also follow Trisha on Instagram with the handles @indigenouseducators and @indigenouscheerleader.   BIO: Trisha Moquino (Cochiti, Ohkay Owhingeh, Kewa) is the co-founder of Keres Children's Learning Center (KCLC), a Keres-immersion early childhood classroom using Montessori pedagogy that includes a Montessori dual-language Elementary classroom. The vision for a school supporting Keres language and cultural learning and academic development came largely from Moquino’s master’s thesis in Bilingual Education at the University of New Mexico.    For the last 3 years, Moquino has been working with her KCLC colleagues and Montessori Partners to build the Indigenous Montessori Institute (IMI), a teacher training program that uses indigenous knowledge systems and Montessori philosophy to approach education reform.   Before KCLC and IMI, Moquino taught in public, private, and BIE schools, but realized she was perpetuating an educational system that didn’t work for many Indigenous children, propelling her to develop a different approach to education for her own and other Pueblo children.    Moquino is a founding board member of Montessori for Social Justice and is a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow with the First Nations Development Institute. She has a Montessori Elementary I certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and completed her Primary training with United Montessori Association.
April 21, 2021
"Dr. Good from the H.O.O.D" (Dr. Tyra Good)
In this episode, I had the honor of having Dr. Tyra Good on the podcast to share about her upbringing in Pittsburgh, PA, how her time at an HBCU (i.e. Howard University) shaped her development as an educator, and the current work she's doing as the founding executive director of the Center for Equity in Urban Education (CEUE) at Elms College in Chicopee, MA.  To learn more about Dr. Good's work, you can follow her on all social media platforms with the handle @tyrathegooddr or visit the Center for Equity in Urban Education website at   BIO: Dr. Tyra Good is the founding executive director of the Center for Equity in Urban Education (CEUE) at Elms College. Good has more than 10 years of experience teaching education, and, most recently, she was assistant professor of practice in education at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Good is the founder and chief academic consultant for GOOD Knowledge Connections and the founder of the Black Educators Network (BEN) of Greater Pittsburgh. The BEN is a strategic team of K-12, Higher Education, and community educators working across school district and community lines to help ensure the academic and personal success of African-American youth from underserved communities.   For her dedication and commitment to diversifying the teaching pipeline and preparing pre-service teachers to work in urban settings, Good has received a myriad of award recognitions. Most recently, she was awarded a 2019 National Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship through Big Picture Learning and Internationals Network for Public Schools. Deeper Learning Equity Fellows are exceptional leaders, education practitioners, policy advocates, and researchers who are committed to expanding Deeper Learning educational practices aimed at improving public education opportunities for underserved communities.   Dr. Good received her bachelor’s in business management from Howard University, a master of arts in teaching from Chatham University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and evaluation from Duquesne University.
April 14, 2021
"Just Experience the Radical Power of Happyvism" (Justis Lopez)
In this episode, I'm honored to have the good brother Justis Lopez on the podcast.  In our conversation, he shares his personal journey in education, the inspiration behind the founding of his company, Just Experience, the evolution of hip-hop pedagogy in K-12 education, and the reason why "happyvism" is the key for centering youth voice and creating liberatory spaces within our education system.  To learn more about Justis' work, you can visit the Just Experience website at or the Project Happyvism website at  You can also follow him on Instagram (@social_justis) and Facebook!    BIO: Justis Lopez is an educator, consultant, activist, youth advocate, and a  proud native of Manchester, CT. A first-generation college student, Lopez enrolled at the University of Connecticut through the TRIO program and graduated with a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut, Lopez returned to his alma mater, Manchester High School, as a social studies teacher for a few years before moving to New York to work as a high school Government & Politics teacher and taught hip-hop & civics classes in the South Bronx, an experience that he says transformed him.   He then continued work at a consulting startup he began during his time at UConn, Just Experience LLC, a multiplatform company that seeks to create spaces of joy to entertain and empower others. His consulting work extends to several higher education institutions and K-12 schools, along with the Council for Opportunity in Education, where he had previously served as the Director of Alumni Relations.  Most recently, Lopez, along with his business partner Ryan Parker, launched Project Happyvism, which is a project centered on choosing joy and self-love as a radical form of activism.  Aside from the Project Happyvism, Lopez currently serves as an adjunct professor of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University and plans to return to school to pursue a Master's Degree in Educational Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania.
April 7, 2021
"Restore More" (Claudine Miles & Kimberlie Milton)
In this episode, I'm honored to have the dynamic duo of Claudine Miles & Kimberlie Milton of Restore More on the podcast.  In our conversation, they shared their personal journeys in education, the inspiration behind the founding of Restore More, and why it's important for K-12 school districts to center social-emotional learning, antiracism, and restorative practices to improve the educational experiences of their students.  To learn more about Restore More, you can visit their website at or you can follow them on all social media platforms with the handle @werestoremore.   BIO: Claudine Miles holds an English Degree from Hampton University, and an Educational Leadership degree from Georgia State University. As a proud TFA alum her work started at KIPP WAYS ACADEMY, a Title I. public charter in SW Atlanta. During her 10 years there, she served in several roles including: 6th grade Science Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Gifted Coordinator, Upper School Dean, and Dean of Restorative Practices. She’s won Teacher of the year and led her school to winning Charter School of The Year in 2016.    Kimberlie Milton is a graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS where she received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After graduating in 2002, Ms. Milton joined the Teach for America program and began teaching at L.J. Price Middle School in Atlanta Public Schools. During this time, she completed the Mercer University Tift College of Education Master’s program with an emphasis in Middle School Education.  Over the past 20 years, Ms. Milton has served in several capacities in the education management arena across the nation. From assistant principal to regional director, Ms. Milton has been committed to developing an effective learning atmosphere for colleagues, parents, and scholars.    In 2018, Claudine and Kimberlie co-founded a consulting firm called Restore More, which helps organizations build capacity with Restorative Practices, Self-Awareness, and Social-Emotional health. The central mission is to continue sharing wellness strategies nationwide to uplift communities of color.
March 31, 2021
"Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education" (Dr. Bree Picower)
In this episode, I had the incredible honor of welcoming Dr. Bree Picower to the podcast.  In our conversation, she shares her personal journey in education, her inspiration behind publishing her newest book, "Reading, Writing & Racism", how she has evolved as a social justice teacher educator over the span of her 20+ year career, and so much more!  To learn more about Dr. Picower's work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram (@bossssy13), Twitter (@drbreebree), and Facebook! BIO: Dr. Bree Picower is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Development. She is the Co-Director of the Urban Teacher Residency, Newark Teacher Project and the Critical Urban Education Speaker Series with Dr. Tanya Maloney at MSU.  Her newest book, Reading, Writing and Racism, is an unflinching examination of recent examples of viral racist curriculum and what it means for our educational institutions to take responsibility for addressing teachers’ understandings of race. Along with co-editors Edwin Mayorga and Ujju Aggarwal, she released a 2nd edition of  What’s Race Got To Do With It? How current school reform maintains racial and economic inequality.  Her co-edited book with Rita Kohli, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice, examined patterns of institutional racism by amplifying the voices of non-dominant teacher educators.  In her first book, Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets, she explored a developmental continuum toward teacher activism. Published widely in academic journals, her scholarship focuses on issues of race, racism and education.  Her students’ social justice curriculum is featured at  Across all areas of work, Dr. Picower works to create spaces for educators to sharpen their political analysis and act for educational justice and was awarded the Scholar Activist of 2013 by the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG of the American Educational Research Association.  She has taught in public elementary schools in Oakland, California and New York City.
March 24, 2021
"Science with Mrs. Broadus" (Angela Broadus)
In this episode, I’m honored to welcome my good friend Angela Broadus to the podcast to share her personal journey in education, her life as a first-generation Ghanaian immigrant, the need for school districts to emphasize Science education in K-12 schools, and so much more! To learn more about Angela’s work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram (@ang.broadus) & Twitter (@angelabroadus6) BIO: Angela Broadus is a wife, mom, educator, and teacherpreneur. She received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences at UMBC. She is certified in STEM Elementary Education via the Resident Teacher Program in Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). She was awarded a Delegate Citation from the Maryland General Assemblies for being "A Real SuperHero to the Students of Prince George's County Public Schools". In addition, she serves on the PGCPS ES Science Leadership Team where she currently writes Science curriculum and provides Science professional development to K-5 educators across the school district. She also operates as the Science Department Chair and the Engagement and Tech Lead at Kettering Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, MD. Outside of her roles within PGCPS, she is also a teacherpreneur who creates interactive, engaging, tech enhanced Science activities/lessons for educators. Through her business and services, she hopes to equip and empower educators to create resources that engage students in Science and increase student achievement. Angela was recently featured in her local ABC 7 News for creating Science video lessons to close the distance learning digital divide for PGCPS students.
March 17, 2021
"LearninginHues" (Patricia Bebe)
In this episode, I'm honored to have Patricia Bebe on the podcast to share her personal journey in education, the inspiration behind the founding of LearninginHues, the actionable steps that teachers can take to engage in activism and civic engagement, and so much more!  To learn more about Patricia's work, you can visit her website at or you can connect with her on Instagram (@learning_inhues).   BIO: Patricia Bebe is the founder & CEO of LearninginHues and a 4th grade teacher at Lake Silver Elementary who graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelors in English Literature. She then went on to complete her masters in Elementary Education. Currently she is working on customizing and designing diversified classroom decor and materials that is representative of every student.   Having filled a myriad of educator roles for over 12 years through being a camp counselor, children’s choir director, director of bible studies for children, mentor, tutor, and volunteer; Patricia has gained firsthand insight as to what children require to learn.    When not in the classroom, she is in her and her student’s communities, partnering with local non-profit organizations which advocate for equal opportunities for minorities, urban youth, anti gun-violence, and social activism; working relentlessly to aide those who are oppressed and disadvantaged to find their voice and power to make changes in their community.     In her spare time, Patricia travels the world to not only have some fun in the sun, but to conduct service in other countries; and to bring the experiences and knowledge that she has gained back into her classroom and back into the good fight that she is fighting each day to make the world any even better place.
March 10, 2021
"Using Social Studies Education as a Vehicle for Social Justice" (Ben Bruhn)
In this episode, I welcome high school history teacher and adjunct professor Ben Bruhn to the podcast to share his personal journey in education, his insights on the current state of social studies education, and the current gaps that exist in teacher education.  To learn more about Ben's work, you can follow him on LinkedIn and on Instagram with the handle @ben.bruhn.   BIO: Ben Bruhn is a high school social studies, AVID, and credit recovery teacher at St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon. He is also an adjunct instructor at Portland State University where he coteaches the social studies methods courses to future teachers. He grew up in Seattle and did community development work around the USA and overseas before earning his MAT at the University of Washington in 2012 with endorsements in social studies, language arts, and ESOL. He is a National Board Certified Teacher who has worked in a wide range of school settings. He has earned his administrative license and is in the process of completing a Master of Science in Ed. from Portland State University. His desire to help bridge cultural divides and his love for collaboration drives him to engage with all levels of the educational community to foster and advocate for student-centered engagement.   Currently, he is co-leading a grassroots effort in his district to establish a collective vision and infrastructure for equity with a specific focus on antiracist work. He is also on the national leadership team of Teachers for Good Trouble, which is a group of passionate educators focused on reforming learning environments to build safe, nurturing, and justice driven academic communities, by advocating for legislation, policies, and resources that center the well being of students, teachers, and learning communities. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife and two kids.
March 3, 2021
"Love, Teach, Repeat" (Vennieta Grant)
In this episode, I'm honored to welcome Vennieta Grant to the podcast to share her personal journey in education, her thoughts on the current state of teacher education, her role as an AVID coordinator in her school district, and much more!  To learn more about Vennieta's work, you can visit her website at or you can follow her on Instagram with the handle @loveteachrepeat.  BIO: Vennieta Grant is an 8th grade English teacher at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Lynwood, California. In addition to teaching, she is an AVID coordinator, a curriculum writer, a social justice advocate, and a Lead Teacher for the CSI3 Teacher Education program at California State University Dominguez Hills. Vennieta often vaunts that through her work as an educator, she has truly found her passion and life's purpose. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, impromptu game nights, brunch, traveling abroad, and ridiculously spoiling her three fur babies; Sam, Rebel, and Leo.
February 24, 2021
"Black on Black Education" (Eva Jean-Charles & Jamaal Thomas)
In this episode, I'm honored to have the dynamic father-daughter duo of Eva Jean-Charles and Jamaal Thomas from Black on Black Education come on the podcast to talk about their special relationship as father & daughter, the founding of Black on Black Education, their evolving relationship as business partners, and much more!  To learn more about the work of Black on Black Education, you can visit their website at or you can follow them on Instagram with the handle @blackonblacked.   BIO: Evalaurene Jean-Charles is the founder of Black on Black Education, an education consulting firm dedicated to bridging the gap between the education Black students are getting and the one they deserve by providing educators with the tools to become change agents in the lives of their students. Although their content intends to be catered to the Black community, they are calling for allies in their quest to re-imagine and redefine what a high-quality education means for this community. She recently graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program where she studied the sociology of educational inequity and social justice in underserved communities. She also recently started working as a special education teacher in the South Bronx through Teach for America.   Jamaal Thomas is a serial entrepreneur who has long had a passion for transforming our education system.  A budding futurist who is dedicated to being a part of radical systemic and institutional change in order to create a more fair and sustainable future for all.  He is the proud father to Black on Black  Education’s CEO, Evalaurene Jean-Charles, and looking forward to helping her create an organization that develops and curates the tools that will help offer our communities education outcomes equal to those in communities with significantly more resources.
February 17, 2021
"EdGuru: An Online Multilingual Global Platform for Educators" (Dr. Roy Pope)
In this episode, we're going INTERNATIONAL with special guest Dr. Roy Pope. In our conversation, he shares about his personal journey in education, life as an international educator in Dubai, the inspiration behind the founding of EdGuru, and so much more!  To learn more about EdGuru, you can visit the company website at or you can follow the company on Facebook & Instagram (@edguruedge).  If you're an international teacher who's currently abroad or an educator who has aspirations of teaching abroad, you don't want to miss this episode!   BIO:  Dr. Roy Pope has served as a teacher, coach, college professor, and school administrator in the United States and the United Arab Emirates for more than two decades. Dr. Pope is the author of "9 Ways to Increase Student Achievement and School Success."  He is also the founder and CEO of EdGuru, a multilingual one-stop shop for parents, educators, and other professionals.  As a leader in education, Dr. Roy has been honored as Principal of the Year, the City Councils’ Outstanding Citizen, and the City’s Star Principal. He has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award and hosted former FLOTUS Michelle Obama as the guest speaker during her Let’s Move Initiative.  When Dr. Roy is not working on EdGuru, he enjoys traveling with his wife,  reading, and watching documentaries. Dr. Pope is a fervent educator and a lifelong learner with a zeal for motivating others to succeed and achieve their goals!
February 10, 2021
"A Culturally Infused Approach to Teacher Education" (Dr. Courtney Rose)
In this episode, I'm honored to have Dr. Courtney Rose on the podcast to talk about her personal journey in education, the state of black women in academia, the actions that institutions of higher learning can take to decolonize their teacher education programs, and much more!  To learn more about Dr. Rose's work, you can visit her website at or you can follow her on Instagram & Twitter with the handle @drcourtneyrose.    BIO: Dr. Courtney Rose is the Founder of Ivy Rose Consulting. Dr. Rose earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master's in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Dr. Rose taught Math & Science for three years in the Duval County Public School system in Jacksonville, FL (two years of which were completed during her commitment as a Teach for America corps member). During her years in Jacksonville, she also spent two summers working as a Corps Member Advisor, helping to develop incoming Teach for America Corps members working with a team to prepare and facilitate various professional development experiences.   Currently, her research and work interests include the development and implementation of innovative approaches to social justice-oriented critical and culturally relevant instructional practices and curricular designs, including recent developments in the area of Hip-Hop Education. Her student-centered approach to teacher education and development aims to provide teachers with new tools and understandings on how to incorporate youth culture into curriculum and instruction to better engage students in academic content and facilitate discussions rooted in issues of diversity and social justice.
February 3, 2021
"Black Identity Development in Predominantly White Schools" (Rachel Deleveaux)
In this episode, I welcome Rachel Deleveaux to the podcast to talk about her personal journey in education, her doctoral research on the impact that predominantly white schools have on Black identity development and how after school programs can serve as a tool to build self-efficacy in Black children who are in those environments.  If you would like to learn more about Rachel's work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram at @iamracheldeleveaux.    BIO: Rachel Deleveaux, a Cambridge native, became passionate about developing clearer and more equitable pathways to college while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The personal experience of systemic challenges became the catalyst for grassroots organizing, advocacy, and later student government involvement.   Following her tenure at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Deleveaux obtained her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University.  Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching Learning and Leadership at Northeastern University.   Professionally, Rachel has spent over a decade leading high-level operations, strategic planning, and developing sustainable systems that foster successful student outcomes.  Rachel is committed to eliminating systemic barriers that perpetuate gaps in achievement for marginalized students. Ms. Deleveaux has made a significant impact as a leader, consultant, volunteer, and advocate for many organizations and institutions across the United States, leveraging numerous relationships with both academic, and corporate organizations to achieve aggressive growth and development.  Ms. Deleveaux's specialties Include Strategic planning, business expansion, talent management, leadership development, team building, recruiting, training, project management, cultural competency development, grant writing, and public speaking.
January 27, 2021
"The Lopez Effect: Transforming Self & Community" (Dr. Nadia Lopez)
In this episode, I had the honor of interviewing the one and only Dr. Nadia Lopez and we discussed everything from her career in education, her personal self-care journey, and everything in between!  THIS episode is one that you definitely want to bring your notebook for!  So many gems dropped throughout this conversation!  To learn more about Dr. Lopez, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram & Twitter with the handle @thelopezeffect.    BIO: Dr. Nadia Lopez is an award-winning, globally recognized thought-leader in education, who opened a school to close a prison. At an early age, she was taught the importance of utilizing education as a tool to solve social issues impacting our society. This served as one of the reasons why, in 2010, she opened Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) focused school, located in Brownsville.  The media often depicts this New York City neighborhood as poor and violent, but rarely do they focus on who and what has caused the inequities directly responsible for the school-to-prison pipeline that exists in this community. Despite its major challenges, Dr. Lopez had the vision to change the narrative by proving that the children of Brownsville are brilliant and have value in this world.  In 2015, one of her scholars, Vidal Chastenet was asked by Brandon Stanton, the founder of Humans of New York, who was his greatest influence, and he said, “My Principal, Ms. Lopez…” The post went viral, generating $1.4 million in donations to provide scholarships for college, summer enrichment programs, and the opportunity to visit universities that include an annual trip to Harvard University. This led to a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, an interview by Ellen Degeneres, and features within the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, EduWeek, and Glamour Magazine to name a few.   This transformative work has led to Dr. Lopez’s selection as the 2019 LinkedIn Top 10 Voices in Education; 2016 Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalists; best selling author of The Bridge to Brilliance and Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  She is an international speaker who has presented keynotes at conferences such as ISTE, ILA, ASCD, and NCEA, in addition to delivering TED Talk on the Education Revolution with over 1 million views. Her most notable awards include the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, Black Girls Rock Change Agent Award received alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama, Ebony Top 100 Award, Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award, and TV One’s 2019 Education Maverick Award.    Transitioning from the role of a school administrator after recovering from stress-induced illnesses, Dr. Lopez continues to speak internationally, consults with companies to develop strategic partnerships, as well as supporting leaders through 1:1 and group coaching. Through her non-profit organization, The Bridge to Brilliance, she is building bridges between education institutions and private sectors to address issues of inequities that impact Black and Brown children within marginalized communities.    Her company ElevatED BLK offers online courses, conferences, and activations that support participants to prioritize wellness and develop sustainability practices for their personal development.
January 21, 2021
"An Educator's Literary Quest for Racial Justice" (Kelisa Wing)
To kick off 2021, we're excited to have education advocate Kelisa Wing come on the podcast to share her personal journey in education, discuss her new children's book series "Racial Justice in America", and express her thoughts on the future of education in America with the new administration coming into the White House.  To learn more about Kelisa's work, you can visit her website at or follow her on Instagram (@kelisa_javon) and Twitter (@kelisa_I2teach).    BIO: Kelisa Wing has been an educator for 13 years. She taught 8th-grade Language Arts and Reading to military-connected children at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, has been an Elementary School Assistant Principal, and is now a Professional Development Specialist.  Kelisa honorably served in the U.S. Army. She is the author of 'Weeds & Seeds: How To Stay Positive in the Midst of Life's Storms' and 'Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline'. She is a 2017 State Teacher of the year, a 2016 Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader, and the 2017 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. She is a member of the Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity (LEAE) with the Education Civil Rights Alliance(ECRA),a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), and a member of ASCD. She is also on the Advisory Board for Learner Variability Project & Digital Promise, ASCD Global Advisory Council, and the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFP) Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline Working Group. She speaks both nationally and internationally about discipline reform, equity, student engagement, and many other topics.  Kelisa holds a bachelor's degree in English from UMUC, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
January 5, 2021
"The Insightful Teacher" (Rakim Amalu Jenkins)
In this episode, I'm honored to end the year with high school history teacher and motivational speaker Rakim Amalu Jenkins.  In our conversation, he shares his personal journey into education, how he evolved into "The Insightful Teacher", the impact and future of the"Teachers for Good Trouble" movement, and much more!  To learn more about Rakim's work, you can visit his website at or follow him on Instagram (@theinsightfulteacher).   BIO: Rakim Amalu Jenkins is a high school history teacher, motivational speaker, and life coach based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2013 alumnus of The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York and a 2014 alumni corps member of Teach For America-New York City. He is also a recent graduate of Relay Graduate School of Education (MAT).  Popularly known as "The Insightful Teacher", he uses insights from his life, history, and classroom to speak truth to power, and he believes that we can collectively create a better education system and world for our youth.
December 31, 2020
"The Thriving Teacher Project" (Maria Tan)
In this episode, we're honored to have Bronx, NY based educator Maria Tan on the podcast to talk about her personal journey in education, the emergence of The Thriving Teacher Project, and the urgent need for schools to integrate trauma-informed and mindfulness practices in their day-to-day operations.  To learn more about Maria's work, you can visit the Thriving Teacher Project page on Facebook or follow the organization on Instagram (@thethrivingteacherproject).   BIO: Maria Tan is a high school science teacher turned mindful educator, facilitator, and coach. She promotes equity in education through mindfulness and contemplative practices. During her five year tenure in the Bronx, she chaired her school’s first Equity Team where she delivered staff-level professional development around culturally sustaining pedagogy, facilitated racial affinity groups, and redesigned the advisory curriculum to include restorative circles as a school-wide practice.   Her professional training includes trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness with the Holistic Life Foundation, restorative circle facilitation with Morningside Center, and facilitating the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience with Dr. Angel Acosta. She is a New York City Teaching Fellow, Relay Graduate School of Education alumni, and a Stanford Hollyhock fellow. Maria is the founder of The Thriving Teacher Project which creates healing spaces for educators to thrive.    She empowers wholeness by incorporating practices of self-care, self-compassion, and reflection as tools to allow teachers to show up fully for their lives and their students. Outside of work, Maria is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and she collaborates with DJs and visual artists to create guided meditation immersive experiences.
December 24, 2020
"Little Justice Leaders" (Shelby Kretz)
In this episode, we're honored to have Shelby Kretz come on the show to talk about her personal journey in education, her doctoral work in social justice at UCLA, the founding of her company, Little Justice Leaders, and so much more!  To learn more about Shelby’s work, you can visit the Little Justice Leaders website at or you can connect with her on Instagram (@littlejusticeleaders) & Twitter (@JusticeLeaders).    BIO:  Shelby Kretz is an educational researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the creator of the Little Justice Leaders subscription box. Little Justice Leaders is a monthly box that provides resources for elementary school parents and teachers to engage their kids in meaningful learning experiences about social justice. Her research at UCLA focuses on the connection between the education system and the juvenile (in)justice system.
December 17, 2020
"The Millennial Educator" (Tyshia Seldon)
In this episode, we're honored to have Tyshia Seldon, the founder & CEO of Black University, come on the show to talk about her personal journey in education, the importance of teacher self-care during COVID-19, her passion for creating safe, affirming spaces for educators of color, and so much more!  To learn more about Tyshia’s work, you can visit her website at or connect with her on Instagram (@themillenialeducator, @blackeducatorsconnect and @blackeducatorsapparel).    BIO:  Tyshia Lene’a Seldon, popularly known as “The Millennial Educator”, is a proud native of Baltimore, MD.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Bethune Cookman University and then obtained my Master’s in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in August 2019. She’s an educator by trade and entrepreneur by nature. Growing up in Baltimore taught Tyshia to be a problem solver and to “hustle” naturally. Relocating to Denver from Florida has been and still is a culture shock. Being 1 of 2 black educators within her school building and feeling like she was just a seat filler prompted the start of her company “Black Educators Apparel, an apparel line dedicated to educators of color who are putting in the win and out of the classroom. She also founded Black Educators Connect, a safe space created for educators of color to connect, feel nurtured and supported. When Tyshia’s not developing her businesses, you can find her motivating others and just living life. Her motto is to simply be light and spread light.
December 11, 2020
"The Reimagining of the Black Male Educator" (Rodney Robinson)
In this episode, I'm honored to have the 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson come on the show to share his personal journey in education, the importance of prioritizing SEL practices in our schools, his experience as the National Teacher of the Year, his thoughts on who should be our next Secretary of Education, and so much more!  To learn more about Rodney's work, you can visit his website at or follow him on Instagram & Twitter (@RodRobinsonRVA).   BIO: Rodney Robinson is a 20-year teaching veteran. He graduated from King William High School in rural Virginia in 1996. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia State University in 2000 and a master’s in educational administration and Supervision from VCU in 2011.  He started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center in 2015, a school inside Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school to prison pipeline.  His classroom is a collaborative partnership between him and the students.  He provides a civic centered education that promotes social-emotional growth.  The knowledge he is gaining from his students is also helping develop alternative programs to keep students from becoming part of the school to prison pipeline.     His accomplishments in education vary from his professional growth to his students’ personal growth.  He has been published four times by Yale University.  He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence.  He has worked with Pulitzer winning author James Foreman to developing curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teacher’s Institute.    He was named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief States Schools’ Officers.  He is used his time as teacher of the year to advocate for cultural equity to make sure students have teachers and administrators who look like them and value their culture.  He was recently named HBCU male alumnus of the year by He was also named #8 on the Root magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2019. Last December he was named Richmonder of the Year by Richmond Magazine. His passion is helping the underprivileged and underrepresented populations in America.
December 4, 2020
"Beats, Rhymes & Happyvism" (Ryan T. Parker)
In this episode, we're excited to have poet laureate Ryan T. Parker come on the show to talk about his personal journey in education, the "Happyvism" Project, the evolution of hip-hop culture in public education, and so much more! To learn more about Ryan's work, you can visit his website at or follow him on Instagram (@peaceloveparker). BIO:  Ryan T. Parker is a Manchester, CT based poet, teacher of the year recipient & artivist. Raised by a strong, single mother in Norwich, Connecticut, he has been penning poems and preaching peace since the age of ten. After graduating from Norwich Free Academy, he went on to receive a degree in English at Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in teaching at Sacred Heart University. Influenced by the strength, wisdom and humor of his mom, love for hip hop and people, his practices with tutoring at ECSU, and his personal frustrations with his own educational experiences and education system as a whole (his 10th grade English teacher had a sign in her classroom which read, “Silence is Golden” –Ahhh! Freaky stuff!), Ryan developed a passion for teaching and promised himself he would break that golden silence and bring golden noise into education! For the last fourteen years, he has kept his promise teaching English in Manchester, CT public schools, coaching youth poets, and performing and presenting on hip hop poetics and the significance of empowering youth. In addition to teaching middle school students, Ryan also consults with educators running workshops and professional developments centered on The Open Mic Movement in Education and teaching educators strategies for establishing and maintaining effective classroom environments. Ryan has also presented at numerous educational conferences including LID, CONFRATUTE, NYCORE and COESBOC, NEAG, delivered a TEDx Talk titled 'Transforming Struggle into Strength', featured as a guest poet performer along with Pam Nomura in Hartford Connecticut’s Riverwood Poetry Series, starred as the feature poet at Hartford’s RealArtWay’s’ Inescapable Rhythms Poetry Series and is currently writing a Memoir and a guide to The Open Mic Movement in Education. Ryan also devotes time towards traveling to various school communities performing poems, giving motivational talks and training staff and students in igniting open mic movements. When he’s not teaching or presenting, Ryan loves rapping, laughing, poeming, coaching youth poets, running, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking with his bloodhound, Otter, and eating chocolate chip cookies (preferably organic). See Less
November 26, 2020
"The Classy Chemist" (Dr. Yasmine Daniels)
In this episode, we're excited to have Chemistry professor and STEAM advocate Dr. Yasmine Daniels come on the show to talk about her journey in education, the release of her brand new book series, "Building My Self-eSTEAM in Science", the current state of STEAM education for young women of color, and much more!   To learn more about Dr. Daniels work, you can visit her website or follow her handle @classychemist on Instagram & Twitter. BIO: Dr. Yasmine Daniels has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and has done a great deal of research in Environmental Remediation. Environmental Remediation a fancy way of saying finding ways to make the environment cleaner. She has worked on projects where she designed eco-friendly particles that were capable of removing toxic substances (like heavy metals) from water. She also spent some time improving analytical methods used for analyzing nanoparticles and inorganic polymers. Currently, Dr. Daniels works as an Industrial Hygienist in government and spends a lot of her time reviewing and assessing industrial and airborne particulate hazards. Her work focuses primarily on ways workers can protect themselves from health hazards while at work (e.g. wearing respirators) and the bulk of her time is spent researching, reading, writing and interpreting the science behind workplace hazards and methods of protection. When she isn’t doing her full time job, Dr. Daniels is a full time mom, a Chemistry Adjunct Professor, volleyball coach, mentor and champion of STEM+Art (or STEAM) outreach.  Dr. Daniels obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Hunter College and her M.Phil and Ph.D. from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. As a chemistry student, she was inspired and encouraged by her Chemistry professors and she has been dedicated ever since to give back to students and academia. She teaches both General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and enjoys sharing her passion for Science with her Students.
November 20, 2020
"The Woke Spanish Teacher" (Françoise Thenoux)
In this episode, we're excited to have elementary Spanish teacher and anti-bias advocate Françoise Thenoux talk about her personal journey in education, her work as "The Woke Spanish Teacher", and the importance of prioritizing World Language education in our schools! To learn more about Françoise's work, you can visit her at her website or connect with her on Instagram (@thewokespanishteacher) & Twitter (@TWSteacher). BIO:  Françoise Thenoux has been an educator for almost 20 years. She is a proud Latina and worked as an ESL teacher for years, not only providing the students with the necessary literacy skills to survive the U.S schools system, but also helping Latinx families understand the benefits of bilingualism. She has been teaching Español at Elementary level for 11 years and has an M. Ed in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a passionate advocate for equitable, decolonial, inclusive, social justice-oriented World Language curricula. She shares her advocacy, tips, best practices, and self-made resources through social media as “The Woke Spanish Teacher.”
November 17, 2020
"Black Appetite. White Food" (Dr. Jamila Lyiscott)
In this episode, we're honored to have award-winning educator and speaker Dr. Jamila Lyiscott on the show to talk about her personal journey in education, her best-selling book "Black Appetite. White Food", and the importance of integrating social justice education in K-12 schools.  To follow Dr. Lyiscott's work, you can visit her website at or connect with her on Instagram & Twitter with the handle @jamila_lyiscott. BIO:  Jamila Lyiscott aka, Dr. J, is a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Dr. J is most well known for being featured on where her video, '3 Ways to Speak English,' has been viewed over 4.5 million times, and for her commissioned TED Talk, '2053' in response to the inauguration of the 45th occupant of the white house. She has been invited to over 100 institutions throughout the nation where she works closely with youth, educators, and communities to disrupt racial inequities and enact a vision-driven justice. Dr. J's scholarship and activism work together to explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life globally. As a testament to her commitment to educational justice for youth of color, she is the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) program, apprenticing NYC high school youth, incarcerated youth, and educators into research and activism through hip-hop, spoken word, and media literacy. Dr. J serves as co-editor of the highly acclaimed journal of Equity & Excellence in Education, and holds faculty fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, and Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of the 2019 AERA Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award and the 2019 Scholar-Activist & Community Advocacy Award. In her active efforts to disrupt the bounds of the academy, she has also been featured in Spike Lee's "2 Fists Up," on NPR, Cosmopolitan, NowThis, and many other media outlets nationally and internationally.
November 13, 2020
"Next Level Teaching" (Jonathan Alsheimer)
In this episode, we're honored to have award-winning educator Jonathan Alsheimer on the show to talk about his personal journey as an educator, his book, "Next Level Teaching", and the importance of empowering students in order to transform school culture.  To follow Jonathan's work, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @Mr_Alsheimer!    BIO: Jonathan Alsheimer is the unorthodox, energetic, and entertaining middle school teacher who refuses to live a life of limitations and works with UFC Fighters, celebrities, and clothing brands.  As a passionate educator and international keynote speaker, Jonathan Alsheimer believes in the limitless possibilities of teachers as a driving force impacting an infectious classroom and school culture. NEXT LEVEL TEACHING is about every teacher bringing their unique flair to better their school every single day, going the NEXT LEVEL engaging your students, establishing community partnerships, building powerful relationships, and always striving to be "That Teacher" that their students remember!  Jonathan, teaches at the world-renowned Fred Lynn Middle School, which was featured in two documentaries "Relentless" and "Relentless: Chasing Accreditation", has been featured as the teacher who forged a partnership with UFC Fighter and light-weight contender Paul Felder to bring a message of never giving up, fighting for their education, and empowering the students to believe in themselves, all principles that Jonathan promotes in his classroom.  Jonathan Alsheimer also partnered with Fear the Fighter, MMA clothing brand to establish a stop-bullying campaign with "Relentless" Principal Hamish Brewer. Jonathan Alsheimer didn't stop there and established a formed a relationship with Chris "Drama" Pfaff, MTV reality star and CEO of Young and Reckless to bring clothing to his "students in need" and worked to build student leaders in his school.  As Jonathan always says, "Game-changing is not a cliche motto; it is a way of life... some talk about it while others live by it!
November 11, 2020
"Cultivating Genius" (Dr. Gholdy Muhammad)
In this episode, we're excited to have Dr. Gholdy Muhammad come on the show to share about her personal journey in education, her new book "Cultivating Genius", the importance of teaching and assessing literacy through a historically responsive lens, and much more!  To learn more about Dr. Muhammad's work, you can visit her website at or connect with her on Twitter (@GholdyM) and Instagram (@gholdy.m).   BIO: Dr. Gholnecsar “Gholdy” Muhammad is the associate professor at Georgia State University teaching literacy and language in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.  She also serves as the director of the GSU Urban Literacy Collaborative & Clinic and is the author of “Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy”.    She began her career as a reading, language arts and social studies middle school teacher in Cahokia, Illinois.  After teaching in the classroom, she served as a school district assistant curriculum director and was responsible for kindergarten through 12th-grade literacy instruction, grant writing, assessments and professional development.  Muhammad received her Ph.D. in literacy, language and culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her research interests are situated in social and historical foundations of literacy development within Black communities and the writing practices among Black women and girls. She explores 19th-century Black literary societies to understand literacy development and how the roles of literacy can be reconceptualized in classrooms today.  She became interested in this line of research when she led a summer writing institute with Black girls called, Black Girls WRITE!. She continues to hold summer literacy programs with Black and Brown youth as well as Muslim girls. She explores how historical practices among communities of color can be used with adolescent learners today.  Some of the journals she has published articles in include, Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Urban Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Written Communication.   Additionally, she serves as the director of the Georgia State Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. She strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth who have been underserved. She also strives to support the next generation of educators who are seeking pathways to meet some of the most pressing challenges encountered in urban schools.  She works with teachers and youth across the United States and South Africa in best practices in literacy instruction. She is a former school board president and continues to work collaboratively with local schools across communities in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  Muhammad is the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2015 NCTE Alan C. Purves Award, the 2016 NCTE Janet Emig awardee, the 2017 Georgia State University Urban Education Research Awardee and the 2018 UIC College of Education Researcher of the Year.
November 10, 2020
"The RenewED Teacher" (Krystal L. Smith)
In this week's episode of #IDTALK4EDLIVE, we welcome our good friend Krystal L. Smith to the show to learn about personal journey as an educator, the importance of teacher self-care, how she evolved into "The RenewED Teacher" and so much more! To learn more about Krystal's work, you can visit her website at or connected with her on Instagram & Twitter!   BIO: Krystal L. Smith is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA and certified elementary teacher, currently teaching 4th grade Math and Social Studies at the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She also started the RenewED Teacher blog to help teachers keep and renew their passion for teaching by remembering their why and practicing healthy self-care habits to prevent burnout. Here's what Krystal states when asked why teaching is her biggest passion:  "Being a Black Educator Matters. This is one part that motivates me to do this work that I do. For black students, I am a positive role model that looks like them who is living her childhood dreams which goes against much of what mainstream media portrays a Black Woman to be. My presence, my intentional practice of teaching, displaying Black Excellence and Black Joy help fight racism. Teaching allows me to work with children and make a difference in the world. Children fill me up with joy and I believe I bring my scholars joy too. Teaching is my way of leaving a legacy."
November 6, 2020
"Teacher to Teacher Magazine" (Debrice Hill)
In this episode, we are excited to have Debrice Hill come on the show to talk about her personal journey in education, the inspiration behind the founding of "Teacher to Teacher Magazine", and how the targeted media marketing of Black and Brown educators can attract more young Black and Brown people to join the teacher pipeline.  To learn more about Debrice's work, you can visit her website at or you can follow her on Instagram with the handles @sparklesandsprinklesinfirst and @teacher_to_teacher_magazine.   BIO: Debrice Hill is a first grade teacher and instructional coach based in Deltona, FL.  She is also the founder and CEO of Teacher to Teacher Magazine, an online monthly publication that highlights the great works of educators all over the world!  Additionally, Debrice is an avid crafter, enjoys creating teacher resources, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge in the classroom as a speaker and presenter.  Outside of teaching, Debrice enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children.
October 30, 2020
"The Revolutionary Principal" (Amen Rahh)
In this episode, we're honored to have the "Revolutionary Principal", Amen Rahh come on the podcast to share about his journey as an educator, his upcoming book, and the revolutionary work he's doing as the Founding Principal of University Pathways Public Service Academy.  You can check out Principal Rahh's "Revolutionary Educator" Apparel website or follow @principalrahh on all social media platforms.   BIO: Amen Mandela Rahh is known as the Revolutionary Principal for how he has built and founded University Pathways Public Service Academy “The U”, an urban public school in South Central Los Angeles. Principal Rahh distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an middle school teacher in Watts, CA, he was selected as the turnaround teacher which ultimately helped him obtain his position as dean of students.   As a principal, he founded one of the most highly-regarded schools in the area by students and parents. Currently, Principal Rahh is one of the most engaging speakers for transforming the way schools serve their at-promise student populations in America. He is a published author of a chapter he wrote in the book titled Restorative Practices Meets Social Justice.  He is also the recipient of many educational, professional and community awards. He was born and raised from Compton, California in which he takes pride in saying. Amen received Associates Degree from Compton Community College, his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Black Studies, from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. He holds two Master degrees in Education and in Special Education from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.   Amen is a certified trainer of trainers in Restorative Justice by the Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP).  Amen began his Professional career as a Special Education Assistant. Principal Amen Rahh was selected by to be the Founding Principal of University Pathways Public Service Academy “The U”. The U is currently in its second year and the school is already a model school for building a Restorative Community as well as establishing school-wide system to improve student achievement.
October 23, 2020
"Langston League" (Erica Buddington)
In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with award-winning educator, speaker, and author, Erica Buddington. In our conversation, Erica shares her inspiration behind the founding of Langston League, her company's new partnership with Flipgrid, her current journey of starting her own school, and much more! To learn more about Erica's work, you can visit the Langston League website at or her personal website at You can also connect with Erica and Langston League on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. BIO: Erica Buddington is an accomplished edupreneur, speaker and author, on a mission to curate culturally relevant curricula that defies and decolonizes the status quo. With a background in education and curriculum design spanning over 10 years, she launched the Langston League to address educational and opportunistic inequalities across the globe. Langston League specializes in teaching educators how to design and implement culturally sustaining instructional material through professional development, curriculum design, facilitation and coaching. Since inception, she has served clients across multiple states and two countries, with clientele including Google Code Next, Achievement First Schools, Medgar Evers College R.O.L.L. Program, Up Academy and Because of Them We Can. In 2021, she will be launching a middle school academy. Throughout her career, she has developed mastery in educational consulting, EdTech, instruction, restorative justice, social-emotional learning, and creative writing. Erica has authored two fiction books and through her trailblazing work in education, sparked international media attention, with features on The Steve Harvey Show, MTV's TRL, Forbes Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Black Enterprise. She was the recipient of the 2015 Harlem Children's Zone Innovation Award, 2017 WeWork Creator Award, 2018 Hampton University Most Notable Hamptonian in Hip-Hop, and 2019 Nike X WeAreCultivator Sneaker Designer. Erica attended Hampton University to pursue English/Performing Arts and received recognition during that time for spoken word performances, earning her performances with the likes of HBO's Def Poetry, Arrested Development, Mos Def, Dead Prez, and Lupe Fiasco. As a natural storyteller and performer, Erica uses responsive strategies, and vast knowledge of pop culture, to create engaging and transformational human learning experiences, like no other.
July 29, 2020
"The Positive Influences of Black School Leadership" (Dr. Tia Lites)
In this episode , we're honored to have Dr. Tia Lites come on the show to share her personal journey as an educator and the importance of Black school leadership in urban schools! To learn more about Tia, you can connect with her on LinkedIN and Instagram (@flashinglites). BIO: Dr. Tia Lites is currently the Vice Principal and Director of Teaching & Learning at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Boston, MA. Her devotion is advancing successful, evidence-based practices in teaching and learning, fostering the academic advancement of the students, and creating a professional development program designed to promote pedagogical experimentation, creative delivery methods, and quality instruction. She also prioritizes building the school's cultural climate and expanding the pipelines between middle school students to historically Black colleges & universities. Tia is also responsible for the implementation of her school's restorative justice action plans, teacher evaluation modules, cultural development & advocacy workshops and social-emotional student seminars. She sat on the 2018-2019 team that created the revised Action Plan for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for her charter. Holding her Doctorate in Education, Tia's primary practice is utilizing the "culturally responsive school leadership framework," which she uses to support the growth of Black administration in schools that serve a majority population of students of color. Her dissertation and first book is entitled, “The Influences of Black School Leadership on Supporting Positive Outcomes for Black Students in Urban Schools.” She continues to research the pathways for Black students based on Black representation in schools and plans on creating a series of educational materials in regards to proactive measures to support Black learners (Kindergarten through grade 12).
July 28, 2020
"New Teacher Bestie" (Yolanda Plear)
In this episode, we had the honor of interviewing Yolanda Plear, founder of New Teacher Bestie!! In our conversation, Yolanda shared her personal journey from disgruntled classroom to her new mission as an advocate for new teachers! To learn more about Yolanda, you can visit her website at or connect with her on the following platforms:   FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN - Yolanda Plear                 INSTAGRAM - @newteacherbestie                          TWITTER - @TeachYoYo   BIO: Yolanda Plear, M.Ed, also known as the "New Teacher Bestie", is a full time New Teacher Coach and entrepreneur. Yolanda has 9 years of classroom experience, including 1st grade and Kindergarten, in the Traditional Bilingual and Dual Language 50/50 settings. She has presenter experience as a speaker at the Georgia Association of Multilingual Educators Conference. Yolanda served as Campus Induction Coordinator for her campus for three years and successfully on boarded over 30 new teachers during that time.  Yolanda is fluent in Spanish, with a Bachelors Degree in Bilingual Education from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University. In 2020, Yolanda was awarded Teacher of the Year for her campus and was honored by the Houston Area Association of Black School Educators (HAABSE). Throughout her time as Campus Induction Coordinator, Yolanda’s passion for helping new teachers grew tremendously. She saw not only a need, but a want for closing the achievement gap of effective new teachers, and began to devote her time to being a coach and mentor. She facilitates a new teacher Cohort of Collaboration on her website which is open for enrollment at this time.
July 20, 2020
"Fathers' Uplift, Inc." (Charles Clayton Daniels Jr.)
In next week's episode of #IDTALK4EDLIVE, we have the honor of speaking with Charles Clayton Daniels Jr., co-founder and CEO of Fathers' Uplift, Inc. In our conversation, he shares about the importance of black fatherhood, the founding of Fathers' Uplift, his experience as an Obama Foundation Follow, and much more! To learn more about Fathers' Uplift, you can visit the website at or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. BIO: Charles C. Daniels, Jr., co-founder/Chief Executive Officer of Fathers’ Uplift, Inc., grew up without a father in his life. Despite his mother’s love, Charles felt the impact of abandonment--guilt, shame, and embarrassment. He felt different than other kids. He had problems in school, turned to alcohol and drugs to hide those feelings, and came close to actualizing thoughts of suicide. Ultimately, he realized that his fractured relationship with his father was at the root of his despair. After finding his Dad, Charles recognized that his father had his own challenges and that he was not responsible for those or his father’s absence. That journey led him to his life’s work. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University, a Masters of Social Work (Simmons University), a Master of Divinity (Boston University), and is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at Simmons University. While on the journey of founding and operating Fathers’ Uplift, Charles has taught at the college level (e.g. Harvard University and Simmons University), has been a national speaker and writer, and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including CNN, ABC, Good Morning America, and WBUR. In 2019, Charles was chosen by the Obama Foundation as one of 20 Fellows selected worldwide as a civic innovator creating transformational change and addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. He is also a Gerson Lehrman Group Fellow and a past Fellow of the Albert Sweitzer Fellowship. Charles is married to Samantha Fils-Daniels, who co-founded Fathers’ Uplift with him. Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the person Charles calls his Rock. Together, they have one son, Clayton Charles Daniels.
July 7, 2020
"Making Us Matter" (Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton & T. Gertrude Jenkins)
In this episode, we're excited to have Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton and T. Gertrude Jenkins, co-founders of Making Us Matter, on the show! In our conversation, the two educators will share about their doctoral work at the University of San Francisco, the creation of Making Us Matter, how anti-Blackness manifest itself in school systems across the United States, and much more! To learn more about Making Us Matter, you can visit the school's website at or you can connect with the school on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. BIO: T. Gertrude Jenkins is a 13-year educator, specializing in grades 9-12 Language Arts. Over the course of her career, she’s taught in Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Redwood City, CA. Jenkins is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of San Francisco as part of the International & Multicultural Education program in the School of Education. Her research focuses on anti-Blackness in K-12 school systems both in the U.S and abroad. As an educator activist, Jenkins has grown tired of having to constantly fight against covert and overt acts of racism in schools. Her motivation for creating Making Us Matter is steeped in her desire to provide an option and a safe space for families and Black educators alike, who’d prefer an educational institution that de-centers whiteness and places Black gaze at the forefront. Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton is a first generation Nigerian. She is originally from Sacramento but currently resides in Oakland, CA. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is currently a Doctoral student in the International and Multicultural Education program at the University of San Francisco. She is moving towards her 13th year of teaching with a focus on social justice and anti-bias curriculum. Her research is centered on the experiences of Black girl learners and the cultural and ideological disconnects of educators in predominantly white secondary institutions. As a social justice educator, she seeks to give voice and visibility to those who have been left in the margins. Creating Making Us Matter was a necessary step in taking action towards combating anti-Blackness in schools and decolonizing curriculum through counter narratives.
June 26, 2020
"On Track With Mizz P." (Amber Peters)
In this episode, we welcome college & career planning consultant Amber Peters to the show.  In our conversation, Amber will discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the college admissions process for high school seniors and ways that students can prepare for careers in the aftermath of the pandemic.  To learn more about Amber's work, you can visit her website at or you can connect with her on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK - Mizz P.                                           INSTAGRAM - @ontrackwithmizzp                                TWITTER - @mizzpnyc   BIO: Amber Peters, popularly known as "Mizz P", is a certified Jill of All Trades. She is an Educator, App Developer, Author, and education consultant straight out of the Boogie Down Bronx. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from CUNY-Lehman College and her Master's degree in Urban Education from Mercy College. The main goal of her work is to motivate and inspire young people to achieve beyond their wildest dreams, while giving them the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their future. Her brand promises to create a new wave in education and hopes to bring widespread change to the area of college and career planning.
June 23, 2020
"McGriff Films" (Tim Young)
In this episode, we're honored to have Tim Young, the founder of the independent film company McGriff Films.  In our conversation, Tim shares about his early life in Brockton, how he developed his love for filmmaking, the creation of his hit show, "Rockin' Wit McGriff", and much more!  To learn more about Tim's work, you can connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE - McGriff Films                               INSTAGRAM - @mcgriff_films   BIO: A proud native of Brockton, MA, Tim graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Newbury College, where he finished his basketball career as the 2nd all-time leading scorer with a total of 1,506 points.  He also earned "Rookie of the Year" honors as a freshman.  While at Newbury, he started to fall in love with filmmaking, producing his first film "Nitra" as a class project.  Since that moment, he founded his film company "McGriff Films", which produces, films, and television shows such as his hit show, "Rockin' Wit McGriff".  Tim also serves a great mentor for the youth.  When he's not filming, he works as a middle school teacher in Boston Public Schools and serves as a youth basketball coach.
June 19, 2020
"Cultivating Young Kings" (Brian Keith Harris II)
In this episode, we have the honor of inviting award-winning educator Brian Keith Harris to the show.  In our conversation, Brian will share about the importance of mentoring boys of color, how teachers can use movement and mindfulness to address trauma in their students, the five ways to help boys of color be successful in the classroom, and much more!  To learn more about Brian's work, you can visit his website or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   INSTAGRAM - @brian_keith_harris, @sonsoffreedomdance, @cultivatingyoungkings                                 TWITTER - @iambriankeithh1   BIO:  Brian Keith Harris II is the Director of Outplacement and Graduate Support at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys in Washington, DC. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Sons  of Freedom Dance Institute, an organization that nurtures character, increases social awareness and builds a spiritual foundation for boys of color through classical and contemporary styles of dance. He is also the Director of Cultivating Young Kings, an organization that provides educational training for teachers, school districts and community leaders who work directly with boys of color.  He was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2019 BeModern Men Distinction and has received numerous awards for his work in changing the educational landscape for boys of color.  He is a licensed minister, lecturer and workshop facilitator and currently working on a Doctorate in Public Engagement from Wesley Theological Seminary. His doctoral work explores the intersection of spirituality and educational equity in urban communities.  He also earned a masters degree in divinity (M.Div) with an emphasis in Christian Education from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology and has an undergraduate degree in Print Journalism from Hampton University.
June 16, 2020
"Building Champions In Our Young People" (Dr. Elondra Napper)
In this episode, we welcome award-winning author and educational consultant Dr. Elondra Napper to the show. In our conversation, Dr. Napper will talk in depth about her personal journey as an educator, the release of her two new books ("My Name is Rona!" and "The Quarantine Chronicles), and the launch of the Champions STREAM Academy. To learn more about Dr. Napper's work, you can visit her website at or connect with her on the following social media platforms: FACEBOOK - Encouraging Champions, LLC. INSTAGRAM - @championeducator TWITTER - @ElondraD BIO: Dr. Elondra D. Napper is an award-winning best-selling author, STREAMA (Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts, Music, Math and Agriculture) Educator and consultant for Encouraging Champions Consulting Firm. Dr. Napper has served in schools across the country for the last for 23 years as a teacher assistant, teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, teaching assistant professor, researcher, and consultant. Dr.Napper is a children’s book author who uses science standards and inquiry to teach scholars about science concepts while building their self esteem while reading a book about science! Her most recent books include My Name is Rona! The Quarantine Chronicles, Every Child Needs a Champion and Chloe the Confident Caterpillar. Dr. Napper supports educators and educational leaders by teaching them how to incorporate science in guided reading instruction in elementary schools and in middle school classrooms using her curriculum and pedagogical model for teaching and learning called Science is LiT: Science Looks Like Me. Using evidence-based strategies and elements of instructional design, she supports educator’s development by using vocabulary, guided reading components and science inquiry into a lab environment to close the knowledge and culturally responsive gap while incorporating social and emotional strategies. She has recently launched Champions STREAMA Academy, an online school for students to learn STREAMA (Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts, Music, Math and Agriculture). She is in the process of creating an online space to support teachers and administrators to receive professional development to support Professional Learning Communities specifically focused on instructional leadership, culturally responsive pedagogy and social- emotional learning. Dr. Napper believes that Every Child Needs a Champion and it is her mission to encouraging educators to exercise the champion in them so they can build the champion scholars in their classrooms and schools.
June 12, 2020
"The Black-Matician" (Shariya' Gray)
In this episode, we welcome high school math teacher Shariya' Gray to the show! In our episode, Shariya' shares how she transformed into the "Black-Matician", the lack of Black women representation in the mathematics field, the importance of HBCUs in the Black community, and much more! To follow Shariya's work, you can visit her website or connect with her on the following social media platforms: FACEBOOK - Shariya' Gray INSTAGRAM - @theblackmatician TWITTER - @blackmatician YOUTUBE - The Black-Matician BIO: Shariya' Gray, popularly known as "The Black-Matician" is a high school math teacher at Edison High-school in Fresno, California. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics from The Norfolk State University. As Shariya states "I teach a subject that everyone loves to have sprinkled with a little bit of melanin. I bring math literacy from someone who looks like you , talks like you and may be you in the future. My lessons are for students, parents, teachers and you!"
June 9, 2020
"Official I AM Apparel" (Jada Huffman)
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 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.
May 28, 2020
"POWAARful Teaching Strategies" (Dr. Marquita Blades)
In this episode, we welcome our good friend Dr. Marquita Blades to the show. In our conversation, she shares about her personal journey as an educator, the evolution of the Gyrlfriend Collective, and her current work as a Teacher EmPOWAARment specialist. To learn more about Dr. Blades' work, you can visit the website at or you can connect with her on the following social media platforms: FACEBOOK - Dr. Marquita Blades or POWAARful Teaching INSTAGRAM - @powaarfulteaching TWITTER - @DrMBlades BIO: Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning STEM Educator and Teacher EmPOWARRment Specialist with 16 years of experience as a high school science teacher and manager of national STEM programs. Dr. Blades saves schools and school districts time and money by teaching them to increase student engagement & collaboration through rigorous and meaningful learning experiences, using the resources they currently have on-hand. Her specialty workshops include: Practical Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and the POWARRful Teaching Strategies™ for Increasing Student Engagement series. Dr. Blades is also the founder of The Mediocre Teacher Project© which helps teachers avoid and battle through burnout by incorporating their unique gifts and talents into their daily practice. In 2017, Dr. Blades launched The Dr. Marquita Blades Show-Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is a contributing author for The Whole Truth & Lessons From My Grandmother’s Lap – both anthologies, the lead author for The Mediocre Teacher Project and Chronicles of the Chronically Ill –also anthologies, and the author POWARRful Teaching Strategies™ for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses – a collective of highly-effective instructional strategies for middle and high school science teachers. Dr. Blades is a co-founder of The Gyrlfriend Collective, along with Maureen Carnakie-Baker. The Gyrlfriend Collective is an independent publishing house that connects, supports, and uplifts women by giving them a platform to share their voices through written publications. The Gyrlfriend Collective's signature work, The Gyrlfriend Code® Anthology Series includes four Amazon best-selling volumes & editions. Dr. Blades is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. She has received numerous awards including the Elizabeth Allen Alford Overcomer’s Award (2017), Teachers of Atlanta Honoree (2017), Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rising Star in Education (2017), National Celebrity Educators™-Georgia Celebrity Educator of the Year (2018), and Women of Strength Honoree (2018). Most recently, she was nominated for the 2019 Community Engagement R.I.C.E. Award and was selected to be included in the 2019 Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Dr. Blades holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Broad Field Science from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. When she is not working, Dr. Blades enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband, International Realtor, Virgil Blades.
May 26, 2020
"Future Educators Talk" (Damien Anderson & Daren Frett)
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 BIO: 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.
May 22, 2020
"FUNdamentals of Learning" (Isis Spann)
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 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 BIO: 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!
May 19, 2020
"Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids" (Patricia Clahar)
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 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.
May 15, 2020
"UpLIFTing Black Male Educators" (Jonathan C.W. Jones)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK - Ideation4              INSTAGRAM - @ideation_4             TWITTER - @ideation4_sjc   BIO:  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.
May 13, 2020
"School Dismissed" (Stacie McClam)
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 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.
May 8, 2020
"Unofficial E." (Guivens Andre)
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.
May 4, 2020
"The State of Black Learning" (K. Chase Patterson)
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 ( or follow him on the following platforms:   FACEBOOK - K. Chase Patterson           INSTAGRAM - kang_chase           TWITTER - @KChasePatterson   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Ask the Old Guy" (Anthony Carter)
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 or follow him on Twitter with the handle @anthonylcarter.     BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"The Action Hero Teacher" (Karl Pupé)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   TWITTER - @actionheroteach            INSTAGRAM - @actionheroteacher    BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"The Black Curriculum" (Lavinya Stennett)
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 or connect with them through the following social media handles:  FACEBOOK - The Black Curriculum                 INSTAGRAM - @theblackcurriculum               TWITTER - @CurriculumBlack BIO:  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.      
April 21, 2020
"Determine Now: The Story of a Supermom" (Shequila Roberts)
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_    BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"The Ed Tech Movement in Nigerian Schools" (David Obianyor)
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   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Creating a Growth Mindset for Students" (Charles Williams)
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 or follow him on the following platforms:   INSTAGRAM & TWITTER - @_cwconsulting                  FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN - Charles Williams   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Outlier Leadership in Education" (Dr. Christopher Brazzle)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK - Christopher Brazzle            INSTAGRAM - limelight_trans             TWITTER - LIMELightTrans1   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Love, Peace & Headwraps" (Anleeta Eaton-Buchanan)
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    BIO:  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
April 21, 2020
"Saving Our Black Boys from the Burning House" (Desmond Williams)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER - @nylinka                LINKEDIN - Desmond Williams BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Breaking the Education Code" (Larue Fitch)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK - @laruefitch       INSTAGRAM - @ed.consultant   BIO:  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.  
April 21, 2020
"The Power of the Momvocate" (Yahaira Lopez)
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 (, 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   BIO:  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".
April 21, 2020
"Teach, Hustle, Inspire" (Dr. Shaun Woodly)
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 or connect with him on the following social media platforms:   FACEBOOK - "Teach, Hustle, Inspire" with Dr. Shaun Woodly          INSTAGRAM - @teachhustleinspire            TWITTER - @shaunwoodly   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Teach for the Culture" (Shauna Brown)
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.   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Fun Weird Science" (Ronnie Thomas)
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 on all social media platforms) (Natural Body Care Products) - (Customized Greeting Cards) - (DJ & Karaoke Services) -  (Aerial Videography & Photography)   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"The Transformative Power of the Student Voice" (Cecil Price III)
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    BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"How to Survive & Thrive from the 305" (Dr. Dariel "D.T." Henry)
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 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   BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"He Is Me" (Robert Hendricks III)
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 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   BIO:  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. Category Education 0 Comments
April 21, 2020
"Educators 4 Excellence" (Denise Manning)
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     BIO:  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.
April 21, 2020
"Stayin' Foolish" (Stephanie Edmonds)
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! BIO:  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
April 21, 2020