The Bored of Ed

Jonathan Santos Silva

The US education system is not broken; the inequitable outcomes it produces are part of the design. In each episode, Jonathan Santos Silva and Doc Miller interview leaders who are committed to hacking the education system and redesigning it for equity and inclusion. Whether you are looking for inspiration, tired of the current reform narrative, or simply interested in honest and courageous dialogue, join The Bored of Ed!

All Episodes

Welcome to The Bored of Ed! In our first episode, Jonathan Santos Silva and Doc Miller introduce some of this season's "Bored Members" by asking Anashay Wright, Kyle Quadros, and Dr. Diana Cournoyer one question: "20 years from now, we could be looking back on the response to COVID-19 as the disruption that led to a vastly different and more equitable education system. How does that system operate and what did we do to create it?"

Jul 2020

26 min 58 sec

We have endured countless reforms to the public education system, but what do we have to show for it? Black, Indigenous, and other students of color continue to be left behind by a system that was not designed to serve them. In this episode, we welcome back Anashay "Teach Em" Wright, Founder & Chief Executive Disruptor of Disruptive Partners, to explore the role that parents and communities can play in disrupting systems of inequity.

Aug 2020

32 min 20 sec

Educators often discuss trauma and promote "trauma-sensitive" approaches, but what does that really mean? In this episode, Kyle Quadros, Co-Founder & Chairman of Tilo Learning, teaches us what trauma is, what it does to our brains (students and adults), and what we can do to be both proactive and responsive in healing our communities as we look to recover from COVID-19.

Aug 2020

29 min 34 sec

While most schools and districts have made major shifts to accommodate virtual/distance learning, no where is the challenge more pronounced than in rural communities faced with limited broadband access. In this episode, we discuss how COVID has impacted rural communities, why internet and device access ought be a human right, and what we can all learn from Indigenous educational thought and philosophy with Dr. Diana Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota) of the National Indian Education Association.

Aug 2020

34 min 12 sec

The modern American public school system has never encountered anything like COVID-19... or has it? Within the last 15 years, we have seen schools closed for extended periods due to hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding that forced communities and authorities to partner in finding ways to serve students and families. In this episode, Dr. David Hardy, VP of People & Culture at Education Elements and a former superintendent, wonders how looking closer at analogous situations might help schools and districts return stronger, and more equitably, than ever before.

Aug 2020

23 min 57 sec

Inequity may be a feature of the public school system but, as the pandemic, police violence, and social unrest have shown us, our schools are not alone. Inequity, while not as tasty, is as American as apple pie. In this XL episode, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition and the former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Barack Obama, lends his voice to the national conversation on how the increasingly common stories of the disregard for Black life are impacting our health and quality of life, especially for people with intersectional identities (BIPOC & LGBTQIA+). #TeachtheBabies

Sep 2020

48 min 22 sec

As we reach the midpoint of season one, Jonathan and Doc engage new Bored Members Malika Ali, Keina Newell, Ron Rapatalo, Dr. Darryl Tonemah, and Karla Vigil in the conversation that launched this podcast: "20 years from now, we could be looking back on the response to COVID-19 as the disruption that led to a vastly different and more equitable education system. How does that system operate and what did we do to create it?"

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Sep 2020

33 min 15 sec

When some politicians and media members began referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” in the spring of 2020, they shattered the Model Minority Myth. Seemingly overnight, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities experienced a rise in racially-motivated violence and aggressive verbal confrontations from people who had taken the bait and were blaming AAPI folks for the spread of the virus. In this XL episode, Ron Rapatalo (Principal at Edgility Consulting) joins Jonathan and Doc in a wide-ranging conversation about the Model Minority Myth, what it takes to build power across lines of difference, and what it means to be a true equity warrior.

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Sep 2020

44 min 24 sec

Dr. Darryl Tonemah's (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) work blends traditional Indigenous knowledge with his background in counseling psychology. He travels to communities around the world teaching methods of behavior change, health & wellness, and understanding & addressing trauma. In this episode, Jonathan and Doc tap Dr. Tonemah to discuss why some kids are thriving at home, what we can do to support teachers struggling through stress & trauma, and why educators' inability to "talk the same language" as our communities is holding us back from creating spaces where all kids and families get what they need.

Sep 2020

34 min 49 sec

Is Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) another educational flavor of the month or is it something more? According to Malika Ali, Director of Pedagogy at the Highlander, CRT is a lot more and she makes her case using stories that illustrate how culturally responsive teachers are positively impacting young people even in the midst of the pandemic. This double episode is our love letter to teachers working hard to ensure that young people are learning in ways that are deeper and more profound than test scores.

Sep 2020

1 hr 7 min

Money can't buy you love, but it can certainly pay for those dinner dates. So, what is your number? Who is on your financial team? And do you have a financial spending plan? In this episode, Jonathan and Doc sit down with Keina Newell, a former classroom teacher and the Founder of Wealth Over Now, to learn strategies for making your money work for you and building a sustainable career in education. In addition to brass tacks financial wisdom, Keina also shares hot takes on how failure in the classroom can build stronger learners and which popular author's audiobooks are like sleep medicine. Don't miss this episode; your bank account will thank you!

Oct 2020

34 min 50 sec

The mythology of scarcity often leads us into long, hard hours of lonely work believing that there is only so much power, influence, or success to go around. Over the course of this season our Bored members have consistently disrupted that mythology, establishing that the sum of us is greater than any one of us. In this vibrant and wide-ranging dialogue, Malika Ali (Director of Pedagogy, Highlander Institute), David Johns (Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition), Ron Rapatalo (Principal, Edgility Consulting), and Anashay "Teach Em" Wright (Chief Executive Disruptor, Disruptive Partners) return to inspire, embolden, and challenge each of us to claim our power, build unorthodox partnerships, and work unwaveringly in service of the babies!

Oct 2020

1 hr 23 min

"It's been a long time/ we shouldn't have left you/ without a dope episode to listen to... (listen to, listen to, listen to)." We may not have Timbaland or the late, great Aaliyah in the studio, but Jonathan and Doc believe they have the next best thing for our loyal Bored members: a special live-to-tape episode with Karla Vigil, the co-founder and CEO of the Equity Institute! Teachers are working hard to create safe learning environments on the fly knowing that many of their schools were unsafe and under-resourced BEFORE the pandemic. How might we rethink our approaches to education, teacher preparation, and partnerships with community to create a healthy, safe, and inclusive future for our young people and teachers?

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Oct 2020

59 min 5 sec