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MMSD Voices

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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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

608-663-1935


Episodes

Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action

1/28/2020
This week on the MMSD Voices podcast we talked to an elementary school educator and a Madison Teachers, Inc. union leader inspired and enthusiastic about our district’s involvement in the national initiative, Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, coming to our schools in February during Black History Month. This is a collective effort from many MMSD teachers and district support staff to purposefully teach lessons and spark classroom conversations centered around racial justice and...

Duration:00:29:36

Project SOAR: What They See Is What They Will Be

6/6/2019
Project SOAR (Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness) is a program where volunteer mentors from the 100 Black Men of Madison organization give their time to help middle and high school aged African American male students navigate through school and through life by helping them gain a positive self-perception, develop skills to influence others, build a support network and identify SMART career goals. This mentoring program has been ongoing in our school district for three years in four...

Duration:00:22:59

Reflections from teachers retiring from Madison public schools

5/1/2019
Madison West High School alum Evan Halpop sits down with three retiring teachers – his kindergarten teacher Shari Lunde, West Latin teacher Gale Stone, and special education teacher Nancy Banaszak Lambert – to hear their memories, insights, and reflections from their time teaching in Madison schools. Of special significance to Evan is these teachers' regard for students like him – students with disabilities who, in his words, "need a little push to get out into the...

Duration:00:27:24

"I like the way the Earth rotates. It really makes my day."

4/30/2019
Did you know that the Madison Metropolitan School District has a planetarium? Nestled inside James Madison Memorial High School on the far west side of Madison is a multimedia theater simulation of our day and night sky. Offering monthly public programs on various topics that are out of this world, it's truly an experience you'll remember and cherish. If you haven’t come to see us yet, make sure to "planet!" Check out madisonplanetarium.org for more details and for tickets to our next...

Duration:00:09:05

Project Soapbox: The Final Round

3/22/2019
Project Soapbox, a public speaking competition facilitated by Mikva Challenge, calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. In this episode, you'll hear the top ten finalists' speeches from the March 14 competition at the Overture Center. Congratulations to our winners: 2nd Place - Jonah Gulisano 1st Place - Claire Neblett Student Voice Award - Aria Bowman Aria will have the opportunity to participate in the national competition in Washington DC. The top...

Duration:00:20:15

Project Soapbox: The Experience

3/22/2019
Project Soapbox, a public speaking competition facilitated by Mikva Challenge, calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. We went out to the Overture Center on March 14 to get a closer look at the competition and hear the students' speeches. Included in this episode are interviews with students LaNia Byrd, Cece Maravilla, and last year's winner Lilyana Sims; staff members Marty Moe and Creed Hanson; and judge Lynne Banks. We are proud of all of our...

Duration:00:11:47

Foundations of Leadership: Sherie Hohs

2/21/2019
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. In this episode Tony Rodriguez chats with MMSD LGBTQ+ Lead, Sherie Hohs, about the Foundations of Leadership Course. We hope you enjoy the episode. Credits: Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. To request a written transcript of this episode, please email...

Duration:00:16:24

Your Success Is In Your Hands

2/6/2019
Have you ever wondered what it's like being a high school counselor? Our communications team sat down with Madison West High School Counselor Jabalja Gussine in celebration of National School Counseling Week to discuss a day in the life of a high school counselor. Here we talk about the challenges and joys of the job as well as the impact of being a Black role model for our students. *** Credits: Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. *** To request a written...

Duration:00:15:08

"I'm here as a reminder that students can achieve anything"

2/5/2019
Dad of three, electronics engineering guru, travel enthusiast, Memorial High School graduate and Cherokee Heights Middle School Counselor Nehemirah Barrett talks with us as we celebrate both Black History Month and National School Counseling Week. Mr Barrett takes joy in building relationships with kids and helping them learn from their mistakes. "You can make as many mistakes as you want. You can always get up and move past them. I honestly think that how I was raised, losing a mother and...

Duration:00:17:31

Don't Touch My Hair

2/4/2019
Madison La Follette High School freshman Lilyana Sims has performed her original, award-winning spoken word speech, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” at the Overture Center and at UW-Madison, in Washington D.C. in front of the White House and at the Kennedy Center, at an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, and in a La Follette High School staff workshop. Now in her second year of writing and performing, she’s working on a new speech that she's hoping will rival the success of her first. Here she talks with her...

Duration:00:23:19

The Legacy Builders

1/4/2019
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 connected...

Duration:00:31:24

Rudy Bankston and Nichelle Nichols talk about Black Excellence

1/2/2019
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
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
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 and...

Duration:00:28:53

I Can Relate!

12/13/2018
“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
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
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
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
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 exists...

Duration:00:12:57