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This episode features candid conversations with education leaders about the push for excellence and equity and what role standards play in providing instruction that is grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful. Side B features a conversation with Bradley Powless of the Onondaga Nation who discusses the importance of identity in education. Episode notes: The following scholars and texts are featured in Episode Seven: Shariff El-Mekki, founder of the Center For Black Educator Development Paul Gorski, Equity Literacy Institute, Avoiding Racial Equity Detours Dr. Kofi Lomotey, author, professor of educational leadership at Western Carolina University Jeremy Garcia and Valerie Shirley, Indigenous scholars and University of Arizona teacher prep experts Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor of science education at the Teachers College, Columbia University and author of “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood And The Rest of Y’all Too,” and “Ratchetdemics.” Dr. Alfred Tatum, professor, literacy specialist, and author of the books “Reading For Their Life: Rebuilding the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males” and “Teaching Black Boys in the Elementary Grades.”  Dr. Tiffany King, Georgia State University professor and author of the book, “The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies.”  Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall, director of P-12 Practice at The Education Trust Dr. John B. King, CEO of The Education Trust and former Secretary of Education Corey Carter, Baltimore County Public School System Teacher of the Year  “Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students” by Zaretta Hammond “If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover” by The Education Trust “Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths: Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers” by The Education Trust “Common Core State Standards: Structuring and Protecting Equitable Pathways for African American Boys” by Alfred W. Tatum “Culture, Literacy, and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind” by Carol D. Lee “Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success” by Chris Emdin “Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom” by Lisa Delpit “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children” by Gloria Ladson-Billings “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice” by Geneva Gay

Oct 14

1 hr 39 min

Episode 6, “Invisible Taxes,” brings us post-Brown v. Board, where we begin to see the foundations of a “new” system quickly revert to the regeneration of discriminatory practices that Black, Latino, and Indigenous educators continue to navigate today. It takes us through the roots of inequitable recruitment and professional development through a series of conversations between educators and researchers. The b-side features a candid conversation between White and Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver, as they discuss the lack of diversity in today’s teaching population. The following scholars and texts are featured in Episode 6: Dr. Wayne Au, professor of educational studies at University of Washington Bothell Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor of science education at the Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood And The Rest of Y’all Too” John B. King, CEO of The Education Trust and former Secretary of Education Dr. Tiffany King, assistant professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Georgia State University Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver Dana Goldstein, reporter for the New York Times and the author of “The Teacher Wars” “Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?” by WEB Dubois “If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover” by The Education Trust “Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513–2000” by Victoria Maria-MacDonald “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration” by Sonya Douglass Horsford “Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths: Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers” by The Education Trust “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” by Derrick Bell “The Lost Education of Horace Tate” by Vanessa Siddle Walker “We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Bettina Love Original music by Brandon White

Apr 23

1 hr 19 min

Episode 6, “Invisible Taxes,” brings us post-Brown v. Board, where we begin to see the foundations of a “new” system quickly revert to the regeneration of discriminatory practices that Black, Latino, and Indigenous educators continue to navigate today. It takes us through the roots of inequitable recruitment and professional development through a series of conversations between educators and researchers. The b-side features a candid conversation between White and Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver, as they discuss the lack of diversity in today’s teaching population. The following scholars and texts are featured in Episode 6: Dr. Wayne Au, professor of educational studies at University of Washington Bothell Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor of science education at the Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood And The Rest of Y’all Too” John B. King, CEO of The Education Trust and former Secretary of Education Dr. Tiffany King, assistant professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Georgia State University Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver Dana Goldstein, reporter for the New York Times and the author of “The Teacher Wars” “Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?” by WEB Dubois “If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover” by The Education Trust “Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513–2000” by Victoria Maria-MacDonald “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration” by Sonya Douglass Horsford “Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths: Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers” by The Education Trust “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” by Derrick Bell “The Lost Education of Horace Tate” by Vanessa Siddle Walker “We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Bettina Love Original music by Brandon White

Mar 26

34 min 34 sec

In episode five of “The Complexion of Teaching and Learning,” “Brown v. Board’s Double-Edged Sword,” host Brandon White continues to explore the untold impacts of the Brown v. Board court decision that declared segregation unconstitutional in schools and other institutions. This episode’s “B-side” features a conversation between White and Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall, Director of P-12 Practice at The Education Trust. The following scholars and texts are featured in episode five: Dana Goldstein, "Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession" Sonya Douglass Horsford, "Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration" Kofi Lomotey, "Sailing Against the Wind: African Americans and Women in U.S. Education" Dr. Victoria Maria-MacDonald, "Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513–2000" Vanessa Siddle Walker, "The Lost Education of Horace Tate"

Jan 15

1 hr 12 min

In part one of this episode, host Brandon White (Twitter: @ClassroomB) takes us through the early to mid 20th century, leading up to the pivotal Brown v. Board decision, as educators and communities of color grapple with the nation’s expansion and how it challenges their ways of teaching and learning. The conversation continues to the "B-side" as he gets close and personal perspectives from Dr. Gail Perry-Ryder on her own journey as an educator and researcher. The following scholars and texts are featured in this episode: "Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513–2000" by Victoria Maria-MacDonald "Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform" by Derrick Bell "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "Eugenics and Education in America: Institutionalized Racism and the Implications of History, Ideology, and Memory" by Ann Winfield "Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration" by Sonya Douglass Horsford (Twitter: @SonyaHorsford) "Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum" by Wayne Au, Anthony Brown, and Dolores Calderon

Nov 2020

1 hr 5 min

Hosted by Brandon White (Twitter: @ClassroomB), ELA Specialist at UnboundEd, this episode of the series continues exploring the oppression, resilience, and contributions of Black, Asian, and Native American educators during a period of American segregation and expansion. It also features a b-side conversation with Lacey Robinson, president, and CEO of UnboundEd. The following scholars and texts are featured in this episode: "Red Pedagogy" by Sandy Grande "Self Taught: African American Education and Freedom" by Heather Andrea Williams "Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education", Edited by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang "Hidden Provocateurs: Black Educators in a Century of Secret Struggle" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum" by Wayne Au, Anthony Brown, and Dolores Calderon "Latino Education in the United States" by Victoria Maria MacDonald "The White Architects of Black Education" by William Watkins Editor's note: The New Teacher Project is referenced in the episode as "TNTP."

Jul 2020

1 hr 4 min

“The Complexion of Teaching and Learning” is a podcast docu-series in which we explore the historical, political, and professional insights and experiences of educators of color. The series is hosted by Brandon White (@ClassroomB on Twitter), an ELA Specialist for UnboundEd and former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. Episode 2 discusses how education practices in different ethnic groups were oppressed by systemic racism. The following scholars and texts are featured in this episode: "Red Pedagogy" by Sandy Grande "Self Taught: African American Education and Freedom" by Heather Andrea Williams "Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education", Edited by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang "Hidden Provocateurs: Black Educators in a Century of Secret Struggle" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum" by Wayne Au, Anthony Brown, and Dolores Calderon "Latino Education in the United States" by Victoria Maria MacDonald "The White Architects of Black Education" by William Watkins

Apr 2020

1 hr 12 min

“The Complexion of Teaching and Learning” is a podcast docu-series in which we explore the historical, political, and professional insights and experiences of educators of color. The series is hosted by Brandon White (Twitter: @ClassroomB), an ELA Specialist for UnboundEd and former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. Episode 1 highlights the connections between Brandon’s experiences as an educator of color and the experience of black Educators before, during, and right after slavery. The following scholars and texts are featured in this episode: "Self Taught: African American Education and Freedom" by Heather Andrea Williams "Hidden Provocateurs: Black Educators in a Century of Secret Struggle" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" by Vanessa Siddle Walker "Schooling Citizens: The Struggle For African American Education in Antebellum America" by Hilary J. Moss "The Egyptian Philosophers: Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten" by Molefi Asante (Twitter: @Molefiasante) Editor's note: Heather Andrea Williams' novel is titled 'Self-Taught," as opposed to "Self-Care" referenced in the podcast.

Nov 2019

38 min 44 sec

The Revolution - Shakiela Richardson by UnboundEd

Mar 2019

3 min 21 sec

Sierah Tyson speaks with Sonja Bloetner, ESOL Supervisor at Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, about equitable education for English learners. During her tenure as an educator, Sonja Bloetner taught a range of both Spanish and ESOL classes at the elementary and secondary levels. As an instructional specialist, she has also written curriculum for elementary ESOL students and developed professional development for both ESOL staff and administrators. She has presented several times at Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages conferences about professional development and curriculum development resources for district leaders for English learners. She seeks to inspire learning and innovate for excellence to improve outcomes for English learners.

May 2018

24 min 23 sec

Sierah Tyson of EducationNomad talks with Josh Parker on equity in education, committing oneself to the work, investigating what we as educators really believe about children, fostering equity and implementing rigorous aligned curricula in schools.

Mar 2018

19 min 2 sec

Sierah Tyson of EducationNomad talks with Mariama Sesay-St Paul on literacy education, teaching challenging texts to students, facilitating reading proficiency in the classroom, and more.

Mar 2018

11 min 35 sec

Crystal Gonzales discusses the state of instructional materials for English Language Learners and the intersection of language, culture and public education in America. Crystal Gonzales is is the executive director of the English Learner (EL) Success Forum. In this role, she partners with national experts, organizations, educators and content developers to increase the supply of quality of K-12 instructional materials that meet the needs of the growing EL population.

Jul 2017

26 min 43 sec

Peter Coe talks with Andrew Chen about the math standards and shifts. Dr. Andrew Chen, president of EduTron, was on the Common Core Standards Development Team in Mathematics. Before founding EduTron he was a professor and a principal research scientist at MIT. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Teacher Quality. He is on the Mathematics and Science Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Board of Education. Dr. Chen provides high quality professional development Intensive Immersion Institutes (I3) in mathematics and science to teachers at all levels. He received a PhD in physics from Columbia University.

Apr 2017

33 min 9 sec

David Abel talks with Dr. Timothy Shanahan about the state of literacy in US schools, and what the research is telling us to do differently. Dr. Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author/editor of more than 200 publications, and served on the author team of the Common Core State Standards. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Literacy Association. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007, and is a former first-grade teacher. For more information, visit his blog: www.shanahanonliteracy.com

Apr 2017

38 min 8 sec

Former Education Secretary John King discusses the state of education in America today and what can be done to improve it. As Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, John focused on increasing equity, improving educational outcomes for all students, and closing achievement gaps through the implementation of key administration priorities in areas including early learning, elementary and secondary education, special education, English language acquisition, and innovation. He has recently signed on to take the helm as CEO of Ed Trust.

Mar 2017

52 min 11 sec

Kristen Ehlman interviews Doug Sovde about the role of mathematics knowledge in who acquires power in a democracy, and how it is incumbent upon us to widen the net of opportunity. Previously, Doug has worked in supporting multi-state consortia and school districts in developing mathematical content and instructional supports in education. Doug was also a member of the writing team of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, having principal responsibility for creating Appendix A to the mathematics standards.

Mar 2017

29 min 56 sec

With the adoption of the standards, the focus on supporting students who are behind grade level is more critical than ever. Yet, even with a clear roadmap of learning from grade to grade, students are still struggling and research shows us that there are huge, glaring inequities in the education system. On February 13, 2017, Kate Gerson, managing partner at UnboundEd gave a keynote presentation to over 800 educators in Orlando, FL at the Standards Institute. The Institute is a twice yearly training with learning pathways in ELA, math and leadership. Her keynote was focused on showing educators that there is a clear path to fighting the status quo through research that will challenge us to change mindsets and practices in order to support all students.

Mar 2017

38 min 35 sec

UnboundEd presents Judith Hochman, Founder and Chief Academic Officer of the Writing Revolution. Judith talks about writing instruction in schools, including common misconceptions about writing and how it fits into an integrated model of literacy instruction.

Mar 2017

40 min 15 sec

UnboundEd presents Cheryl Dobbertin, Director of Learning and School Improvement at Monroe #1 BOCES. Cheryl explores the role of reading and writing, giving voice to all kids in the classroom, reading levels, and pushing the boundaries with rigorous and diverse reading and writing experiences post Common Core.

Sep 2016

15 min 20 sec

Unbounded presents Bill McCallum, professor of mathematics and lead author of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Bill discusses in detail what some selected Standards for Mathematical Practice look like across elementary, middle, and high school grades, in addition to a few of the more interesting clusters and domains from the Standards.

Sep 2016

47 min 11 sec

UnboundEd presents Lindsay Tomlinson and Chris Hayes, veteran educators in Nevada Schools. Lindsay and Chris discuss the impact of the Common Core State Standards on administrative and instructional decisions, respectively, and the progressive role the standards have played in elevating teacher expectations, advancing student knowledge, and shifting the cognitive lift to students in the early elementary grades.

May 2016

20 min 44 sec

UnboundEd presents a conversation with Judson Odell, CEO of Odell Education, and Diana Leddy, Co-founder of the Vermont Writing Collaborative. In this discussion, Judson and Diana explore the vital role of research from Kindergarten through grade 12 and the skills students build and take away through the inquiry process.

May 2016

19 min 24 sec

Diana Leddy and Amy Rudat discuss close reading and research packs. UnboundEd presents Diana Leddy, co-founder of the Vermont Writing Project. Diana explains how close reading benefits all early elementary students, and how the Read Aloud Project and Research Packs engage students in topic-based inquiry through multiple reads of complex text.

May 2016

18 min 49 sec

UnboundEd presents David Liben, one of the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards Appendix A, as well as a former teacher and administrator. David discusses the ways in which new standards are succeeding in advancing knowledge, changes in students’ comprehension of pivotal moments in a text since implementation of CCSS, and several different programs offering alternatives to current trends in curricula. He addresses close reading and topic-based study, as well as the value of reading several texts in series on a single subject.

May 2016

19 min 14 sec

UnboundEd presents Judson Odell, Chief Executive Officer of Odell Education. Judson discusses the unique place of argumentation in the Common Core State Standards, the demand for critical thinking in our world and workplace, and the challenges that accompany implementing rigorous curriculum that pushes students’ thinking in the new era of education.

May 2016

20 min 53 sec

UnboundEd presents Dr. Dan Willingham. Dan discusses the practical application of the latest scientific research in cognitive psychology to the field of education, including the importance of phonics instruction and read alouds to the development of reading skills and vocabulary, the importance of contextualization in reading comprehension, and the benefits of repetition and vocabulary reinforcement on knowledge retention.

May 2016

43 min 9 sec

Andrew Chen and Peter Coe discuss how and why the standards are different than what came before. UnboundEd presents a conversation with Andrew Chen that touches on the history of math standards in the United States, how rigor is like baseball, and what coherence really means.

May 2016

43 min 38 sec