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Big ideas, little projects and everything in between from Catlin Gabel teachers, students and administrators. Elevate is hosted by Rob van Nood & Matt Woodard.

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Big ideas, little projects and everything in between from Catlin Gabel teachers, students and administrators. Elevate is hosted by Rob van Nood & Matt Woodard.

    S3-E5 Playful Possibilities: Stories about in-person learning in the preschool

    S3-E5 Playful Possibilities: Stories about in-person learning in the preschool

    While K-12 students are learning from home and interacting with their teachers through Zoom, preschool students at Catlin Gabel come in each day to learn and play in the Beehive and throughout the school's 67 acres. Classroom teachers Diana Post and Jennifer Pitts and Beginning School Woodshop teacher Steve Davee have a unique perspective on what it’s like to teach in-person during a time of remote learning. Rob and Matt sit down with these three new faculty members to learn a little more about them, hear stories about what the Marigolds and Sunflowers have been up to, explore how they manage the health protocols, and understand why they feel so lucky to be teaching on campus this fall.

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    • 46 min
    S3-E4 You Can’t Opt Out: A conversation with the Anti-Racist Collective (ARC)

    S3-E4 You Can’t Opt Out: A conversation with the Anti-Racist Collective (ARC)

    In this moment of collective reckoning since the death of George Floyd, Catlin Gabel, like many educational institutions, has had to examine the ways in which racism exists within our school. Black students, families, employees, and other People of Color, made clear that the school must do a better job of fostering a truly inclusive and welcoming culture of belonging for everyone. In addition to the steps being taken by the school, which were recently shared by Head of School Tim Bazemore and Board Chair Indira Nallakrishnan, seven Upper School students came together over the summer to ensure their voices were heard. Today, this group has grown to forty students and are now known as the Antiracism Collective, whose mission is to invite the school’s community to “analyze their privilege, focus attention on antiracism, and understand the experiences of BIPOC on campus.” In this episode of Elevate, Rob sits down for a wide ranging conversation with ARC's leadership team to hear about their personal experiences and goals for their work together: (All of the students are seniors, except one) Anuska Gupta, Emma Lindner, Neha Myneni, Catie Macauley, Nayan Murthy (junior), Divine Niyungeko, and Patina Todd.  

    Article about ARC in CatlinSpeak:  https://www.catlinspeak.com/speak/introducing-the-cgs-anti-racist-collective

    ARC Social Media Links:

    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/cgsantiracistco

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cgsantiracistcollective/


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    S3-E3 Having Space To Do Something Else: A conversation with Erica Babino

    S3-E3 Having Space To Do Something Else: A conversation with Erica Babino

    The Office of Inclusion and Outreach at Catlin Gabel plays a pivotal role in helping the community think about and expand the culture of the school.  In her new full-time role as the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Outreach Erica Babino brings a deep passion for the work of diversity, inclusion, and conflict management.  Rob and Matt sit down with Erica and hear about how she is considering recruitment and retention of people of color at the school, the work she is doing with students, her past legislative actions on adoption, the children’s books she has published, and how finding her birth parents completely altered her life.  Enjoy this third episode of Elevate’s third season.

    A link to Erica's book:  https://www.amazon.com/Rolling-into-Peace-Speaking-Green/dp/0999027107


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    • 40 min
    S3-E2 Lift Up The Voices: A conversation with Matt Woodard

    S3-E2 Lift Up The Voices: A conversation with Matt Woodard

    Most people know Matt Woodard as a go-to man when dealing with all manner of digital and audio issues.  But as Matt moves into his new role as Media Arts teacher in the Upper School Rob wanted to take the opportunity to chat with him so everyone has a chance to see some of the other great talents and perspectives he has to share with our community.  From his passion for music and art, to his transition from IT staff to teaching faculty,  to his experience of being a Black man at Catlin Gabel and the role and responsibility he sees an art teacher has to support the school's goal of becoming an anti-racist institution, this conversation allows us to get a deeper understanding of this multitalented educator.   


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    • 45 min
    S3-E1 Teacher as BLM Activist: A conversation with Marcelle Donehower

    S3-E1 Teacher as BLM Activist: A conversation with Marcelle Donehower

    In the middle of the literal firestorm that is September 2020, we are all looking for ways to feel hope and ways to feel connected to others and our world. In this first episode of Elevate's third season, Rob van Nood and his new co-host Matt Woodard sit down with second-grade teacher and community activist Marcelle Donehower to explore how her experience in the Black Lives Matter movement has allowed her to grow, develop her voice and make powerful connections. Her commitment to social justice and anti-racism through action can give us all hope.

    Link to Marcelle's Street Roots article:  https://www.streetroots.org/news/2020/09/02/opinion-call-front-lines-listen-us


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    • 45 min
    S2-E20 Una Mirada Global al Coronavirus (a Global Look at the Coronavirus)

    S2-E20 Una Mirada Global al Coronavirus (a Global Look at the Coronavirus)

    Over the past 33 episodes, Elevate has covered a wide variety of topics and people, but there has always been one constant, Rob has always been the voice of the interviewer.  In this 34th episode, we are changing things around by sharing out a student-made podcast.  Not only will this be the first episode with a student interview but it will also be the first podcast that is primarily in  Spanish.  Peter and Cynthia, two Upper School students,  approached me to see if they could use Elevate as a platform to share out their final project from their Spanish 3 class with Jenny Nadaner.  While I figured that many listeners might not be able to understand the episode,  I thought it was a perfect opportunity to share authentic work and support student initiative, and perhaps broaden our listener base.  For those non-Spanish speakers, we have provided an English transcript and we have provided a short explanation in English at the front of the podcast itself.  Enjoy this 20th episode of Season 2.  
    English transcript of this podcast :  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RMBWElE3MMYfFfXncV1KDy_pc_t_olPfOxpEFbVH78U/edit?usp=sharing

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    • 35 min

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