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The Edupurist Podcast

The Edupurist Podcast

By Raymond Ankrum
Ray Ankrum, Edupurist analyses educational outcomes for black and brown kids, while calling out injustices that occur in education.

The Edupurist podcast will also showcase and highlight the bright spots in public schools.

Through interviews with special guests, as well as Ray’s analysis of educational issues, prepare yourselves for a ride into addressing issues in education that affect our kids.

Ray brings you education as he sees it. He opens himself up to criticism as well as opens himself up to learning from others.

The Edupurist podcast will appeal to difference-makers in Edu.
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S3: E:12 feat. Dr. Annette Anderson
In this episode I got to talk with Dr. Annette Anderson about the role higher ed plays in teacher and leader development.
January 03, 2021
S3: E:11 feat. Dr. Adrienne Dixon
Great conversation about New Orleans Charter Schools and their impact on the National conversation.
January 03, 2021
S3: E:10 One on One w/ Dr. Charlene Reid
In this episode I go one on one with Dr. Charlene Reid. We talk system management, and what it takes to lead a CMO.
January 03, 2021
S3: E9 feat. David Hardy & Tyrone Mowatt
The OG's come through and in true fashion we have real talk about the current state of public education. 
January 03, 2021
S3: E:8 Protecting Black Women feat. 2019 Nat. TOY Rodney Robinson & Naomi Shelton
In this episode we look at the possible backlash from consistent attacks on Black women vying for the Ed Sec cabinet position. #ProtectBlackWomen
December 23, 2020
S3: E:7 A Talk w/ Charter School Parents
I had an opportunity to speak with some charter school parents with the hopes of dispelling myths about school choice.  Listen to these parents electrify the airwaves as the describe why they choose charter schools.
December 19, 2020
S3: E:6.5 1 on 1 w/ Jen Vanderputten
In this episode I go one on one w/ Jen.  She shares her horrible interactions w/ school staff as she fiercely advocates for Special Education services for her son.  It begs to question what parents with less agency have to deal w/ while  advocating for their children.  Jen also gives tips on what your ask should be when advocating for students.  This was heartbreaking to hear, but exciting to capture.
December 15, 2020
S:3 E:6 Big Labor & Ed Sec.
In this episode, we talk Big labor, and Education Sec.  We had a really intense conversations about who needs to show up for students and families.  The ending is a doozy.
December 09, 2020
S3: E:5.5 Are Teachers Beyond Reproach?
In this episode we discuss teachers, are they amenable to critique, or are the beyond reproach?  Check it out and see where we landed.
December 03, 2020
S3: E:5 The Road to the Doctorate Privilege or Perseverance
In this episode we explore the intentionality of those that pursue doctoral degrees.  Have you ever wondered about the struggles?  This episode capture the struggles and the nuance associated with the road too a doctorate.
November 26, 2020
S3: E:4 Parent Engagement
In this episode we discuss how schools can make themselves more amenable to the needs of students and parents.  We had a real great conversation about what parents can do to activate their agency in schools.  I recommend school leaders share this episode with their parents.
November 18, 2020
S3: E:3 Supports for New Teachers
In this episode we do a deep dive into how to support new teachers in the profession.  By talking practical strategies, as well as acknowledging that teachers are often unprepared for their roles, we have a real conversation on how we can support teachers.
November 11, 2020
S3: E:2 Strategies to Engage Students and Families
In this episode Ray solicits the help of some young teachers to discuss strategies to engage students and families.  Dr. Chevella Wilson lends a hand as the resident expert, so relax and have fun with this one.  It's professional development.
October 30, 2020
S3: E:1 K-12 Literacy Selection and Implementation
In Season 3 Episode 1 Ray sets the tone with some heavy hitter guests to discuss K-12 literacy selection and implementation. Season three will be filled with surprise guests, and tons of great conversation. Shout out to Dr. Rob, Dr. van Belle, and Jasmine Lane for coming to kick it w/ me.
October 21, 2020
Season 2: Episode 8 The Impact of Covid-19 on the Black Community
Telling information on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Black Community.
June 09, 2020
Season 2: Episode 7: The Special Education Stigma in the Black Community
W/ a thoughtful crew of educators we take a deep dive into the stigmas associated with Special Education in the Black community.
May 30, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6: What does it Take to be a School Leader?
Members of the 8 Black Hands patreon group, and current school leaders chop it up about what it takes to lead a school.
May 23, 2020
Season 2: Episode 5 From a C Teacher to an A Teacher feat. Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Greene
I got to speak with 8 black hands patreon members about what it takes to move from a C teacher to an A teacher.
May 17, 2020
Season 2: Episode 4: Learning with Rictor Craig
Building on my Leaders to learn from serious, I had the opportunity to sit and learn from Rictor Craig.  Mr. Craig and I completed Master's degrees together at The Morgan State University.  It was great kicking it with an old friend.  I have been a fan of Mr. Craig's work for years.  It was amazing to capture his growth as a leader.  Check out this interview and enjoy.
February 06, 2020
Season 2: Episode 3: Spr. 99 4-Ever Learning with Edward Sauls Jr.
If you pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in the Spring of 1999 or any years before or after, you'd know that Edward Sauls Jr. is a larger than life personality with a heart of gold.  In this episode, we walk through his career trajectory from a substitute teacher to now a building principal.  I am so proud of this dude.  This is an amazing story centered around perseverance.  In light of what's currently going on in the world, I needed this episode.  The energy alone has me E-N-T-H-U-S-E-D.  To be able to learn from this guy was inspiring.  Please listen and share.  99-4-Ever.
January 29, 2020
Season 2: Episode 2: Interview with Dr. Paul Miller, Principal & CEO Greentech High School
All educators should be able to identify with the terminology "Life Long Learners."  Using this as a pretext, I've decided to interview 5-10 Leaders that I want to learn from over the next month and a half.  These interviews will highlight some phenomenal leaders that stand and deliver for Black and Brown students nationwide.  My first guest is Dr. Paul Miller, principal and CEO of Greentech High School, a charter school located in Albany, NY.  Dr. Miller is doing an amazing job in a high poverty, high crime area of the Capitol City.  It was a pleasure highlighting Dr. Miller and his research based strategies that have transformed his school.  Enjoy!
January 17, 2020
Season 2- Episode 1: 'Monkey See, Monkey Do'
A Long Island Zoology teacher does his annual "Monkey See, Monkey Do" powerpoint, not taking into account the current racial climate in the United States.  Dozier and I debate about consequences of the teacher's decision, tenure and how to build agency in Black students.  We also talk about the merits of the lawsuit filed by the parents of the students.  This is the first episode of Season 2 of the Edupurist Pod.  New Equipment, New Vibes. Follow me on twitter- @theedupuristpod; @Mr_Ankrum; @8BlackHands1
January 11, 2020
Season 1: Episode 8: Chillen w/ The Grumpy's
Part two of the series The Grumpy Ole Men, "Send the Lifeboats."  In this episode David and Tyrone go off about status quo education and the lack of motivation for folks to improve EDU.  This episode is a no holds barred conversation centered around improving EDU for the nation's most vulnerable students, I take a backseat and learn from the OG's.  I am luck to be in a position to learn from two of the nation's best advocates for quality EDU for Black students.  ENJOY!
October 17, 2019
Season 1: Episode 7- Two Grumpy Ole Men with Lifeboats
In this episode, two OG's in Ed-reform David Hardy and Tyrone Mowatt stop by to talk about public education.  In this no holds barred conversation, they talk about ways to be innovative and take risks as school leaders, by using innovative ways to reach Black and Brown students and families.  Mr. Mowatt expands on his theory of sending "lifeboats" to save our students.  Mr. Hardy expands on what quality should look like in Philly and beyond.  They boss me around the whole show, but I'm humbled by the opportunity to learn from two of the best.  Enjoy!
August 07, 2019
Season 1: Episode 6: Equity and Access in the K-12 space.
Special Guest Ms. Sheleah Harris (Memphis, Tn) and I discuss equity and access in the K-12 space. Taking note from feedback provided by peers, we open up the space to talk more about good schools, both traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools. This was an important conversation, because many of my conversations are pro-charter because that is the current space that I occupy. Ms. Harris, with her passion for quality education for all, reminded me of the fun that I had as a public school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. A huge shout out to Ms. Harris for her philanthropic work, and for everything she does for students in Memphis. Dope Show!
July 26, 2019
Season 1: Episode 5: College Talk 101: Feat. ONO
On this episode, Ray and Ono (Director of Everything @ Morehouse College) talk all things college.  The two have a no holds barred conversation centered around college and its importance to eradicating generation poverty.  The two have an introspective lens that allow them to analyze the college experience through experiences at Predominately White Institutions (PWI's), as well as from the perspective of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Shout out to Ono from coming through to chop it up!
July 17, 2019
Season 1: Episode 4: The Professional Dress Episode
Riding off of the viral tweet from teacher extraordinaire Steven Gupton, a High School Emergency Medical Science and Law and Justice teacher from North Carolina.  Mr. Gupton also moonlights as an EMT to help offset the low wages paid by the local school district.  he maintains he does it for the love and not the money, an admirable trait in this profession. We were joined by the OG from the "Hands Team", Sharif El-Mekki. This episode encapsulates great conversation centered around Professional Dress, and what that looks like for folks.  It also clears some things up for folks that may have misinterpreted what Mr. Gupton said and meant in his tweet. As always, stay tuned as we continue to give you live, current, and relatable content.
July 06, 2019
Season 1: Episode 3: Dr. Keith Benson & Dr. Charles Cole III "All The Smoke 💨"
After 100 Spicey tweets on (7/4) between the ed reform folks and Dr. Keith Benson (Camden), I wanted to bring Dr. Benson on the show to discuss his animus towards education reform and corporate charter schools.  He immediately agreed, and was super responsive. Dr. Cole felt a way about being dragged in the middle of smoke that he didn't solicit.  Cooler heads prevailed and the two had a conversation that both sides (Ed Reform and Anti-Ed Reform) can be proud of (facilitated by yours truly). What I learned from both of these gentlemen in this spirited dialogue is that they both are passionate about their communities, and they both want Black and Brown Kids to learn.  Although Dr. Benson was not converted into an Ed Reformer, his message and his truth is equally important to hear. Both participants are scholars and gentlemen for allowing me to probe, and for us to have a great conversation centered around our differences, and how we can meet in the middle on some things.
July 05, 2019
Season 1: Episode 2: The Summer Learning Slide
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Latrice Chattin, and Mrs. Genevieve Byrd-Robinson.  Both ladies are school leaders with amazing ideas on how to address Summer Learning loss.  I enjoyed my time with these ladies, they brought the smoke!
June 25, 2019
Season 1: Episode 1: When They See Us.
Much todo has been made about the Netflix series "When They See Us."  In Episode one of the Edupurist Podcast, we jump right in and discuss how black and brown students and families were impacted then and now.  Education or a lack thereof serves central theme of why communities of color are disproportionately discriminated against by law enforcement.  The guest on the show knock it out of the park with their personal stories regarding the "system."
June 18, 2019