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Welcome to the MMSD Voices podcast, where we go into our public school community in Madison, Wisconsin, and hear directly from the voices of our students, staff, and families. The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging, elevating the voices of our students and families (particularly those most marginalized), and practicing anti-racist behaviors focused on racial and social justice.

Welcome to the MMSD Voices podcast, where we go into our public school community in Madison, Wisconsin, and hear directly from the voices of our students, staff, and families. The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging, elevating the voices of our students and families (particularly those most marginalized), and practicing anti-racist behaviors focused on racial and social justice.
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Welcome to the MMSD Voices podcast, where we go into our public school community in Madison, Wisconsin, and hear directly from the voices of our students, staff, and families. The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging, elevating the voices of our students and families (particularly those most marginalized), and practicing anti-racist behaviors focused on racial and social justice.

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English

Contact:

608-663-1935


Episodes

The Legacy Builders

1/4/2019
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Do you have to "arrive" before you can leave behind a legacy? Or can you bring others along on your journey, while at the same time creating a legacy for young people? Anthony Cooper, Sr., Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Reentry Services at the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, says he is still on his journey and that his gift to others is "to pull as many people along as possible." He believes in the importance of helping young people realize they're...

Duration:00:31:24

Rudy Bankston and Nichelle Nichols talk about Black Excellence

1/2/2019
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How can we ensure that everyone in the Madison community creates spaces for black youth to demonstrate and grow into their greatness? How can we create a trustworthy space for everyone – especially those who may be guarded or skeptical of the district's commitment to anti-racism and Black Excellence – to join and shape the conversation? In this second installment of Facebook Live conversations on Black Excellence brought to you by Madison365 and MMSD, the district's Restorative Justice...

Duration:00:33:37

Update on improvements to our Behavior Education Plan

12/31/2018
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Five years ago, our district shifted from an approach to student behavior that relied heavily on punishment to one rooted in teaching and learning. The approach of our Behavior Education Plan aims to reduce exclusionary practices and establish a more progressive approach to discipline – one that helps students learn positive behaviors, repair harm when negative behavior occurs, and keep our students in classrooms where they can learn. Throughout this school year, we have been working with...

Duration:00:22:20

Community Conversations on Black Excellence

12/21/2018
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Today we have another episode for you focused on Black Excellence. It’s a community conversation led by Nichelle Nichols, our Executive Director of Family, Youth and Community Engagement and Henry Sanders, CEO and publisher of Madison365. You can catch the Facebook Live version of this conversation - and several others - on Madison365’s Facebook page if you’d rather watch and listen. Here's a direct link to this video. *** Credits: Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest...

Duration:00:28:53

I Can Relate!

12/13/2018
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“I’ve never met a parent who doesn’t care about their children’s education. It’s the assumptions we make when families don’t show up to school in the way we might traditionally expect they would.” Last year, some volunteer tutors in Madison public schools were having trouble relating to some of the students they were tutoring. In response, we developed a three-part training series to help the tutors become more aware of who they are as they move throughout the world and become aware of...

Duration:00:18:42

It Takes a Village (to change school start + dismissal times)

12/12/2018
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In today’s episode, former MMSD Chief of Schools Dr. Mike Hertting, with the help of Hywania Thompson, answers some of the top questions from families about school start and dismissal times. *** Credits: Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. Thank you to Hywania Thompson and Dr. Michael Herting. *** Resources: mmsd.org/changing-start-times *** To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

Duration:00:09:22

Building Trust, Breaking Through

12/11/2018
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Listening, caring, building trust, and knowing each student individually. These are among the pillars of “culturally responsive teaching.” In this piece, we take you inside a classroom at O’Keeffe Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, to see how these strategies, and more, are helping students break through to become independent learners, prepared to succeed and defy the achievement gap. *** Credits: Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. Other music by Ryan...

Duration:00:18:54

Happy Coming Out Day!

12/10/2018
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On National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, (LGBTQIA+) or as straight allies. And as a school district, we celebrate our out students, staff and families and provide support to all of our queer youth. To do that this year, some LGBTQIA+ MMSD staff and community members got together to send our students messages of love, encouragement, and PRIDE. COMING OUT MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQIA+, they...

Duration:00:08:48

Where Have all the Scholars (of Color) Gone?

12/9/2018
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Advanced Placement courses. Our high schools offer lots of them, from computer science to calculus to micro and macroeconomics to French and Spanish. Yet students of color are often underrepresented in our AP classrooms, something counselors like Andrew Stendahl are trying to change by encouraging more students to enroll. We went to James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin, where the first Scholars of Color meeting of the school year was getting underway. The group...

Duration:00:12:57

You Snooze You...Learn

12/8/2018
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Why does it take so long to implement the new start/dismissal times? Why does the district need a whole year of planning? What’s the rationale behind all the decisions that were made? If you’ve wondered about the timeline for changing start/dismissal times, we offer this recording of Mike Hertting, our former Chief of Schools who is leading this work. Dr. Hertting recently met with many of our after-school providers to discuss how complex this change is and all the different players it...

Duration:00:25:57

"We Want to See Your Fullness"

12/7/2018
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We believe in the brilliance, creativity, capability of black youth in Madison. It is our responsibility to make sure that that excellence can shine. The Madison School District historically has always known that it has had pretty horrific outcomes for African-American students. We don't hide from the data, but we want to reframe the conversation so that our students and their families know they are more than this. We see their brilliance. We know how much they have to contribute and...

Duration:00:26:48

Introducing Voices of MMSD

12/7/2018
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"Voices of MMSD" (aka "MMSD Voices") is a brand new podcast (only in English for now, but we plan to produce some episodes in Spanish) that brings you authentic voices, stories and conversations (plus original music) from around our school district directly to you. We've got several episodes queued up, with lots more to come after break. Happy listening!

Duration:00:07:16