Podcast by Mathew Portell
Episode #66: Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Caren Baruch-Feldman Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. She has authored numerous articles and led workshops on topics such as cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, helping children and adults cope with stress and worry, helping people change, and developing grit, resilience, and self-control. Providing in-services and writing, The Grit Guide for Teens and The Resilience Workbook for Kids are the highlights of Baruch-Feldman’s professional life. She is a Fellow and Supervisor in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Visit her online at www.drbaruchfeldman.com.
Episode #65: Natalia Rachel - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Natalia Rachel is an award-winning expert on trauma and trauma-informed culture, who has transformed thousands of lives through her work as a speaker, writer, clinic director, and somatics teacher from the powerful perspective of a patient-turned therapist.
Episode #64: Franklin Willis - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Franklin Willis, music educator and instructional coach with Metro Nashville Public Schools equips teachers with instructional support and necessary resources to strengthen their professional acumen and enhance their classrooms. Through his work, he has developed a passion for the cultivation of musicianship for young minds as every child has musical potential and deserves a music teacher who will see the best in them. Willis believes that music education is a vital tool to teach students about other cultures, create community, and inspire a love for learning. Willis has created and facilitated professional development sessions for music teachers of all grade levels sharing his unique and relevant teaching practices. Through his, work Willis has received national recognition for his commitment to student learning, his passion for the profession and his innovative teaching practices. He is a three-time recipient of the CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence Award. (’16, ’18, ’19)
Episode #63: Zaretta Hammond - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Zaretta Hammond is a former classroom English teacher who has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development around the issues of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 18 years. She teaches as a lecturer at St. Mary’s College’s Kalmanovitz School of in Moraga, California.
In addition to consulting and professional development, she has been on staff at national education reform organizations, including the National Equity Project and the former Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC). She has trained instructional coaches in reading development, especially targeted at students of color and English learners. She has also designed national seminars such as the three-day Teaching with A Cultural Eye series for teachers and school leaders. She is regularly invited to present at regional and national conferences. She has authored articles that have appeared in publications such as Phi Delta Kappan.
Along with a focus on culturally responsive teaching, Ms. Hammond has a strong research agenda around literacy, vocabulary development, and equity. She has designed culturally responsive tutor training programs aimed at volunteer reading tutors for a variety of non-profit organizations. She currently designing a literacy program to accelerate low reading skills among high school students.
She holds a Masters in Secondary English Education.
She also writes the popular ready4rigor.com blog. Zaretta is the proud parent of two young adult children, both of whom she taught to read before they went to school. She resides in Berkeley, CA with her husband and family.
Episode #62: Parkhill Mays & Kerrie Ackerson - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Parkhill is CEO for STOPit Solutions, a provider of school safety & mental health solutions for K-12 schools.
Kerrie Ackerson is the Neurosequential Trauma Project Director at CESA 10 in Wisconsin, the Director of Government Affairs for STOPit Solutions, and the creator of the HELPme app. She has a background in juvenile corrections, adult and juvenile mental health programs, and school safety. Over the past 20 years, Kerrie had a wide range of positions that help her understand child and adolescent behaviors, services and programs, and state and federal funding.
At eight years old, Kerrie was saved by a teacher after her oldest brother was killed by another teen.
Kerrie believes passionately in education and justice system reform, and the importance of one caring adult. Kerrie has been a foster parent to five beautiful Black children, a guardian of two Indigenous toddlers, and a mom to an independent homeless teen boy who is now a healthy 20 year old. Kerrie and her husband live in Eau Claire, WI.
Episode #61: Ukrainian Educators - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
ABOUT PROJECT SELO (it means village in Ukrainian). We started our Project in October 2021 with a dream to give English language teachers in the most remote Ukrainian villages and schools a chance to practice English with native speakers, and to learn more about other countries cultures, as well as teaching techniques from the English speaking world, so that they can pass this knowledge onto their students. WE started with 4 groups (4 American volunteers, and 20 participants). By February we had over 20 volunteers and more then 130 participants from all over Ukraine. We worked in a small groups 3-5 participants for volunteer and discussed topics like "My hero", "Education in Ukraine and US", "Pets in our lives", "What is Happiness", "Ukrainian and American movie culture", etc. Then the war started... Majority of our participants work as volunteers, helping front line by making nets, cooking for soldiers, a lot relocated, some moved abroad. Some have no internet or even electricity. But we still meet twice per week and try to help each other. It's not the way we planned it, but we are trying to go on, and studies resumed in some schools, so some of our teachers back to teaching in person or online.