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Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail

Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail

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Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail

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English


Episodes

Creation, Connection, and Collective Healing

6/2/2021
Juneteenth represents a moment in time when freedom was delayed for a large group of people. In times where society is pushing back against injustice, how do we create space to celebrate and acknowledge victories? How do we build the capacity to connect with our inner selves and with those around us? How is art a perfect medium for healing and reciprocity? We sat down with Jen Bloomer artist, activist, facilitator, and the founder of Radici Studios to learn more about art as a community...

Duration:00:28:37

Centering Community with Civics and Social-Emotional Learning

5/13/2021
What does justice look like if we are allowed to contribute everything we are to the communities we’re part of? The skills, tools, and processes needed to maintain community are social-emotional learning skills. Humans are innovative and we invest in the technology needed to keep our society going, but we need to begin to invest in human innovation, in the institution of the individual, and in the skills required to build deeper connections with others. We sat down with David Adams, CEO,...

Duration:00:55:17

Cultivating A Justice Mindset In Kids

4/21/2021
It’s our anniversary! (Thank you for listening) This podcast started with a family discussion on schooling through an apocalypse. We learned however that this podcast evolved into our year-long journey and exploration into important discussions that families need to have. We hope that this episode like all of the others serves as an invitation to have more meaningful discussions about justice, civics, race, and wellness. In this episode, we talk about how to cultivate a justice mindset in...

Duration:00:46:45

School Librarians… The Honeybees of the School Community

4/6/2021
The public library is undoubtedly a civic space and school libraries are essential to the K12 learning journey. But how have libraries and the role of the librarian evolved to meet the needs of our students during COVID-19? We sat down with Dr. Corey Hall - curriculum Developer, Librarian, former middle school teacher, and 2019 American Library Association Emerging Leader - to learn more about these unsung heroes and how their work to inspire a love for reading, connects the school...

Duration:00:38:03

Hate, Hurt, Healing & Hope: AAPI Educators Teaching for Justice

3/30/2021
Racism shows up everywhere and we are beginning to acknowledge how that impacts different groups, but most importantly we're starting to see the benefits of working collectively to address racism. As we work together to end marginalization and discrimination, we must remember that the AAPI struggle fits into the larger push for a more just and anti-racist world. This requires each of us to work across racial and cultural groups to end oppression, racism, colorism, and xenophobia targeted at...

Duration:01:01:43

Teaching with the HEART in Mind with Dr. Lorea Martinez

3/24/2021
Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process of learning how to use the feedback our emotions provide us to connect with other people or to navigate social situations. We hear a lot about using social emotional skills with children, but SEL is great for adults too! We sat down with Dr. Lorea Martínez, SEL activist, educator, and researcher; and author of Teaching with the HEART in Mind. In this episode, you’ll find answers to questions like: How can adults continue their emotional growth...

Duration:00:47:17

Let's Talk About... Intersectional Tech

3/9/2021
What is intersectional tech? How does our identity bump up against the unspoken community norms in gaming and other online spaces? How do we combat harassment online, whether we experience it or not? In our interview with Dr. Kishonna Gray, her biggest fan Naima sits down with her to unpack what Intersectional Tech is and what it can do to democratize the digital space and make it safer for marginalized identities. More on Dr. Gray's work! http://www.kishonnagray.com/@KishonnaGray Follow...

Duration:01:07:36

Let's Talk About... Blackface

2/11/2021
EXCUSE OUR AUDIO ERROR. WE JUST UPDATED THE EPISODE. It may take time for it to update on all platforms. Minstrelsy was an American theatrical genre present from the end of the Civil War to the early parts of the 1900s that placed white performers in the comedic enactment of racial stereotypes about Black people. Today, people are so turned off by Blackface that they’re not willing to delve into the reason why it is considered offensive in the first place... and we haven’t learned from our...

Duration:00:47:47

Let's Talk About... Blackface

2/11/2021
Minstrelsy was an American theatrical genre present from the end of the Civil War to the early parts of the 1900s that placed white performers in the comedic enactment of racial stereotypes about Black people. Today, people are so turned off by Blackface that they’re not willing to delve into the reason why it is considered offensive in the first place but we haven’t learned from our past. Blackface isn’t dead. In this episode, we discuss the perceptions of Black people in the media; how we...

Duration:00:47:47

Let’s Talk About… Black History Month

2/4/2021
February is Black History Month! Black History Month started as an effort by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in the early 20th century to celebrate and research accomplishments and contributions by people of African descent. Join us at the kitchen table for a family discussion about Black History Month. We can’t speak for all Black people, but we hope that this conversation inspires some thoughts about how one family interprets their Black experience. Need resources? Check out the...

Duration:00:52:13

What’s Your Why? Digital Media Storytelling with Clement Townsend

1/27/2021
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. “Everyone has a recording device in their pocket” so why wait for the media to tell your story? In this episode,...

Duration:00:34:11

What’s Your Why? Accessible Knowledge with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy

1/20/2021
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, Cognitive Scientist, School Board President, and mother...

Duration:00:35:35

What’s Your Why? Authenticity. Accountability. with Yaritza Villalba

1/13/2021
How are you going to pursue your passion this year? We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. In this episode, we sit down with Yaritza Villalba, educator and Founding President, YV Educational Resources....

Duration:00:51:39

What’s Your Why? Build Your Tribe. Find Your Sparkle. with Gail Clanton

1/6/2021
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? How are you going to pursue your passion this year? Welcome to season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast! We are starting this second season with What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. In this episode, we sat down with Gail Clanton, a writer and community...

Duration:00:38:37

LIVE Episode: Gratitude and Reflections, Goodbye 2020!

12/31/2020
We are not shy about giving thanks. For our family, giving thanks is an opportunity to think deeply about our contributions to making our family-run, our commitment to each other, and how reciprocity is a form of love and selflessness. For the last episode of 2020, we went LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (on the MomOfAllCapes Channels). We want to acknowledge that this year though intense and unprecedented in so many ways that lots of people are still hurting during these times. We...

Duration:01:02:17

Let's Talk About... Supercooperators

12/9/2020
What can we learn about communication, from trees? Lots! In this episode, we discuss Dr. Suzanne Simard’s groundbreaking research on forests, the New York Times article “The Social Life of Trees” and the ways in which parents can raise children to see others as potential supercooperators rather than competitors. Maybe the trees tell us that the secrets to our survival are found below the surface in our need to connect with each other. --- Learn more about how trees communicate --- The...

Duration:00:35:35

Let's Talk About... Gratitude

11/25/2020
We’re celebrating 25 awesome episodes of the Let’s K12 Better podcast. THANK YOU SO MUCH, LISTENERS! Through the end of 2020, we challenge families to sprinkle a bit of gratitude into every single thing they do. Why is it so hard to show that we are thankful when times are tough or disappointing? Many of us learn to say thank you only when someone does something for us. Let’s change that. Gratitude questions for families: What is gratitude? How do we show each other gratitude? What are...

Duration:00:23:37

Recovering... From The Election

11/11/2020
We’re baaaack! So the election happened. Now what? If you’re like us, you’re feeling a mixture of stress and relief after what has been a contentious and dramatic election cycle. So now that we have a new President-Elect, everyone is wondering how or even if we should move forward. Should we all sing Kumbaya and move on or should we think about the structural issues that are driving people apart? In this episode, we discuss the election results, the debates, and so much more. FYI… You’re...

Duration:00:48:29

Let’s Talk About… The Election And The Debates

10/9/2020
WARNING: We break out in song in this episode… so get ready! How do we engage kids in civic life when they can’t vote? How do we become informed voters so that we can make the best possible choice? We held a family discussion about voting and the debates. We challenge you to have a discussion too! Here are our questions: 1. Why should people vote, even if they do not like the candidates? What can they do about it? 2. What is missing in the discussion in schools about voting?OR What do...

Duration:00:40:13

Family Homework: National Voter Education Week

10/2/2020
It’s a short one this week, but YOU’VE GOT HOMEWORK! October 5th - 9th is National Voter Education Week. How are you going to use this time to prepare for the election? We switched it up this episode and have provided discussion questions about elections and voting for families to use next week (and all month long). We are living during unprecedented times and kids are asking a lot of questions. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to engage because of fear. Remember, we’re preparing them to...

Duration:00:04:27