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A social-emotional learning (SEL) podcast featuring conversations with thought leaders in education, business, tech, and the arts who all have one thing in common: a dedication to growing kinder and helping others do the same. Hosted by Mia Doces and Andrea Lovanhill.

Brought to you by Committee for Children.

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A social-emotional learning (SEL) podcast featuring conversations with thought leaders in education, business, tech, and the arts who all have one thing in common: a dedication to growing kinder and helping others do the same. Hosted by Mia Doces and Andrea Lovanhill.

Brought to you by Committee for Children.

    Dr. Stephanie Hull - President and CEO of Girls Inc.

    Dr. Stephanie Hull - President and CEO of Girls Inc.

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Dr. Stephanie Hull, President and CEO of Girls Inc., a national organization focused on inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

    Dr. Hull talks with us about helping young people “bloom where they are planted,” and about how neighborhood schools and out-of-school interventions help to cultivate talent wherever it’s found.

    Learn more about Dr. Hull's work at https://girlsinc.org/.

    • 41 min
    Dr. Monique Morris - President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute

    Dr. Monique Morris - President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Dr. Monique Morris, an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, and juvenile and social justice. She is the Founder and President of the  National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls and reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women. 

    Dr. Morris talks with us about her latest book, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues. She also discusses why exclusionary discipline is such an issue for girls of color, and how educators and parents can work together to improve conditions in schools around discipline.

    Dr. Morris’ new book, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, has been called a groundbreaking and visionary call to action on educating and supporting girls of color.

    • 49 min
    Eric Liu - CEO of Citizen University

    Eric Liu - CEO of Citizen University

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, and director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. Eric is a leader in local and national citizen reform movements. He served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser.

    Eric talks with us about his new book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy. He also talks about his efforts to build a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country.

    To learn more about Eric and his work, visit citizenuniversity.us.

    • 47 min
    Angela Duckworth - Bestselling Author of "Grit" and Founder and CEO of Character Lab

    Angela Duckworth - Bestselling Author of "Grit" and Founder and CEO of Character Lab

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Angela Duckworth, author of the New York Times bestseller, Grit. She is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control, and she is also the Founder and CEO  of  Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. 

    Angela talks with us about the role parents play in character development, and what it means to be career ready today.
     
    Learn more about Angela Duckworth’s work at characterlab.org.

    • 41 min
    Deb Delisle - President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education

    Deb Delisle - President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Deborah Delisle, president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization. The Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school well prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship.
      
    Deborah talks with us about making SEL equitable for underserved communities, and advice she has for educators and parents who want to get involved in policy conversations but don’t know where to start.  
     
    To learn more about Deborah Delisle and the Alliance for Excellent Education, visit all4ed.org.

    • 45 min
    Elissa Salas - CEO of College Track

    Elissa Salas - CEO of College Track

    On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Elissa Salas, CEO of College Track, a comprehensive college completion program that helps students from underserved communities graduate. As a first-generation college graduate herself, Elissa has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for students of color from low-income communities. 

    Elissa talks with us about the experiences of first-generation college students, the importance of mentorship, and how social-emotional skills play a large role in a student’s college success.  

    Visit collegetrack.org to learn more about Elissa’s work.

    • 42 min

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