Research-backed tips and hacks straight from parents, educators and neuroscientists on raising motivated, confident, and compassionate children. Hosted by Jenny Woo, Harvard educator, mom of three, and creator of the social and emotional skills game used in families, schools, and clinics in 20+ countries. Designed for busy parents: short episodes, knowledgeable guests, and packed insights.
Mastery: How to Support Social Emotional Learning
I interview Sarah Engle and Bene Webster, co-founders of UsPlus on mastery in the context of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). We discuss ways to support and assess SEL in the classrooms and at home.
030: Whiteness and Niceness: How to Talk to Young People about Inequity
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Angelina Castagno, Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Northern Arizona University, and the Executive Director of Just Perspective, LLC. She discusses her research around the concepts of Whiteness and Niceness in terms of inequity and injustice with the interaction of race, gender, and social class.
029: Model Minority: Uncovering Assumptions on Asian Americans
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Judy Wu, PhD Stanford, Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities, at the University of California, Irvine. She shares her personal experience on as an Asian immigrant and anecdotes on raising her children in California and Ohio. She also shares concrete examples of how schools and public institutions can create an inclusive and global understanding of the United States
028: Language: Myths in Bilingualism and Language Impairment
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Elizabeth Pena, Speech Language Pathologist and professor at the University of California, Irvine. She shares insights on issues and myths in language diagnostics in schools based on her 30+ years of experience in the field and in research. We've also discussed implicit Biases in bilingualism, consequences in overidentification to under-identification of language impairment, and how parents can advocate for timely and accurate language testing at school.
027: Special Education: How to Advocate for an Inclusive School
In this episode, I chat with Melanie, Emmy award-winning filmmaker, community activist, mother of 3, and former ward of the state. She shares her personal experience raising and advocating for a daughter with Down syndrome. She discusses implicit biases she had as a new parent and biases she has encountered as an educator and parent. She shares a number of resources in this episode.
026: Race: How to Talk to Young People about Race
In this episode, I chat with Ivonne Ortega about how and when to talk about race and gender biases with your children. We discuss the concept of implicit bias and what it means in families, schools, and society. Ivonne shares tips on how to equip your child with the language of a critical thinker to talk about racism.
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Great communication advice
Podcast interviewees and interviewer provide valuable communication advice including - key phrases to use in complimenting your child, responding to an upset child, fostering self-responsibility, teaching your child to empathize with others. This is a much appreciated resource!
It’s helpful to get support and advice on how to work with my son. Communication with a child does not come naturally. I find the cards helpful and now with podcast I can listen while driving. Keep podcasting because I need the help!