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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? Let's find out... together! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter.*This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids.

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? Let's find out... together! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter.*This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids.

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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? Let's find out... together! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter.*This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids.

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English


Episodes

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

#SayHerName... Connecting the Dots

9/25/2020
How do we talk to kids about Breonna Taylor or police brutality? #SayHerName... Since the death of Breonna Taylor, we’ve held many family discussions about race and other important topics. Because no topic is off the table in our home, we decided to pivot, still celebrating National Voter Registration Day, but we wanted to take a moment to discuss the grand jury’s ruling and the rippling impact it has had on all of us. *Before you have a family conversation about Breonna Taylor’s death,...

Duration:00:34:46

Let's Talk About... District-Level Parent Advocacy

9/18/2020
Have you joined your school’s PTA, PTO, or PA, yet? Why not? They need you! The parent association at your school isn’t just a super-cliquey group of hyper controlling moms and dads putting on bake sales. The PTA is actually an advocacy wing that represents the needs of all kids in a school. Did you know that parent advocacy in schools doesn’t stop at the school PTA? We sat down with Jim Bradley, parent and education advocate, to discuss the need for parent participation at all levels of...

Duration:00:43:26

Let's Talk About... Education Policy and Research

9/11/2020
Education policy and research can be super wonky… How can parents use education policy and education research to inform their understanding of their child’s K12 learning ecosystem? We sat down with Cara Jackson, Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University to discuss education policy - what it is, how it impacts our child’s education, and how parents can access research and best practices to better inform them of what’s required...

Duration:00:24:37

PSA - Enjoy Labor Day!

9/4/2020
No episode this week. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! In the meantime, spend time listening to one of 18 episodes on your favorite podcasting platform. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter! *Love our podcast? Rate. Review. Share!

Duration:00:00:59

Let’s Talk About… Culturally Relevant Narratives

8/28/2020
Parents and educators play an integral role in serving us narratives through our formative years; narratives that will shape the way we value others and look at life throughout our lives. This month we submersed ourselves in diverse narratives. We watched Beyoncé’s Black is King; Parasite, The Host, both directed by Bong Joon-ho; and the Lovecraft Country series developed by Misha Green. We’ve spent our time reading the wise and creative words of Chimamanda Adichie, James Baldwin, Nawal El...

Duration:00:30:45

Back to School: Let’s Talk About… Compassion and COVID-19

8/21/2020
This week we sat down with Canissa Grant - a math and special education teacher; and Stefanie Wager - President of the National Council for the Social Studies (starting at 27:20). This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Subscribe to our monthly newsletter:...

Duration:00:54:25

Back to School: Let’s Talk About… Logistics and COVID-19

8/14/2020
This week we sat down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy a mother, author, cognitive scientist, and school board president; and Corwyn Collier a father, educator, track coach, and veteran. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter! Enjoy...

Duration:00:56:47

Back to School: Let’s Talk About… Community and COVID-19

8/7/2020
This week we sat down with Gabriel Valdez an educator from Texas and Dr. Jasmin Whitfield, DNP, MSN, MPH, RN a Director of Health Service and mother on the east coast. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Part 2 begins at 24:00. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter:...

Duration:00:49:29

Back to School: Let's Talk About... Kids and Covid-19

7/31/2020
Right now, families across the country are inundated with information about COVID-19 and back to school. But what do the kids think? We invited two special guests, Judah P. (12) and Levi P. (10) to share their thoughts with us. We challenge families to use the time leading up to schools reopening to hold an open discussion about COVID-19 as a family. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a...

Duration:00:34:01

PSA... We'll Be Back! (next week)

7/24/2020
No episode this week. We're working on a Back to School series! Listen to your favorite episodes and others. Rate. Subscribe. Share. Join the Let's K12 Better newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterNewsletter

Duration:00:00:47

Let's Talk About... Supporting Your Black Athletes

7/17/2020
Athletes bring their unique selves to the game no matter what level of play. But sometimes black athletes feel as if they must mute themselves or withhold a part of who they are in order to fit in on their team. During this time we challenge coaches (and parent-spectators) to think about how best to support their black athletes? We met with Janee Hayes, a mom, an entrepreneur, and a former two-sport Division 1 athlete to discuss this and more. Learn more about Janee’s Spiked City DC...

Duration:00:47:48