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Beyond the Letters is a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ educators, their stories, strategies and practical advice for creating safe and inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. Hosted by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, each week features a new guest as they talk all things LGBTQ+ and education.

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Beyond the Letters is a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ educators, their stories, strategies and practical advice for creating safe and inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. Hosted by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, each week features a new guest as they talk all things LGBTQ+ and education.

    Season Finale! Finding Value in the Subtleties with Jennifer Serravallo

    Season Finale! Finding Value in the Subtleties with Jennifer Serravallo

    Beyond the Letters is a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ educators, their stories, strategies and practical advice for creating safe and inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. Hosted by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, each week features a new guest as they talk all things LGBTQ+ and education.

    Kate and Maggie are joined by Jennifer Serravallo in today's episode as they talk about building out your library, finding moments for queer representation, and how to make the case for building representation into your curriculum.

    • 30 min
    Creating Brave Spaces with LaMar Timmons-Long

    Creating Brave Spaces with LaMar Timmons-Long

    Beyond the Letters is a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ educators, their stories, strategies and practical advice for creating safe and inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. Hosted by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, each week features a new guest as they talk all things LGBTQ+ and education.

    Kate and Maggie are joined by LaMar Timmons Long in today's episode as they talk about being vulnerable, the intersections of race and queerness, and building brave spaces in our classrooms.

    • 33 min
    Normalizing Language with Jess Lifshitz

    Normalizing Language with Jess Lifshitz

    Beyond the Letters is a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ educators, their stories, strategies and practical advice for creating safe and inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. Hosted by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, each week features a new guest as they talk all things LGBTQ+ and education.

    Kate and Maggie are joined by Jess Lifshitz in today's episode as they talk about normalizing language, digging deep into internal work, and how to discuss our identities in a school setting.

    • 29 min
    Power in Self-Education with Dana Stachowiak

    Power in Self-Education with Dana Stachowiak

    Kate and Maggie are joined by Dana Stachowiak in today's episode for a wide-ranging conversation about LGBTQ+ identity in education. They discuss those formative moments when we find the words to match our identity, how coming out is a constant process, and how meaningful and important it is to self-educate.




    Dana M. Stachowiak, Ph.D., is the Director of the Gender Studies and Research Center and an associate professor of Curriculum Studies for Equity in Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dana is also a literacy consultant with The Educator Collaborative, where she helps to lead much of the social justice and equity work. Prior to her work in academia, Dana was an elementary and middle school literacy teacher and coach in North Carolina. Dana has researched, published, and spoken on trans/gender equity in education, healing centered engagement, social justice and equity education, and literacy curriculum development.

    • 26 min
    Learning from our Students with Arhm Wild

    Learning from our Students with Arhm Wild

    Welcome to season two of Beyond the Letters!

    To kick things off, Kate and Maggie talk with guest Arhm Wild about supporting and learning from our students. They consider questions like, how can schools support their LGBTQ+ students when resources are limited? How does centering LGBTQ+ students benefit everyone? And how can teachers and school administrators communicate with hesitant parents?




    Arhm Choi Wild is the author of “Cut to Bloom,” a poetry collection published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2020. They have worked as an educator in New York City for the last 7 years, and is currently working as the Director of the Progressive Teaching Institute and Diversity Coordinator at a school in the Bronx. They hold a MFA in Poetry and a MS in Education and was named a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize in 2019. Their work appears in The Queer Movement Anthology of Literatures, Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Hyphen, Foglifter, Lantern Review, F(r)iction, and other publications. They live in Brooklyn with their wife and 11 year old dog. 

    • 29 min
    Coming Soon! Beyond the Letters Season Two

    Coming Soon! Beyond the Letters Season Two

    We're proud to be kicking off a new season of our podcast series Beyond the Letters, hosted by authors Maggie Beattie-Roberts and Kate Roberts. In the first season of Beyond the Letters, Kate and Maggie hosted conversations with LGBTQ educators about their stories, and what it means to truly create an inclusive space for students. In this preview show, Kate and Maggie give us a glimpse of the conversations they're having in Season Two.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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64 Ratings

64 Ratings

_Miss_Foote_ ,

I binge listened to every episode - Thank you!

I loved everything about this podcast from the intro music and purpose statement at the beginning to the five questions at the end of every episode and everything in between. In multiple episodes Kate and Maggie speak of teachers that want to make LGBTQ inclusion a part of their learning environment but fear they can’t. I felt like they were speaking right to me. Each episode made me reflect on myself as an educator and the classroom space I create for my students and their families. If you feel the climate of your community limits your ability to be an outspoken ally, this podcast offers you small tokens of advice that will leave you inspired, hopeful, and motivated.

mlbayer ,

Thank you

Thank you for the very important work you are doing. Thank you for helping well intentioned but still learning teachers like me.

LIsavee66 ,

Listen in to learn -- this podcast is for EVERYONE!

Thank you, Kate, Maggie and your awesome edu-guests! I'm a mom, an educator, a citizen. And I know it's important for me to be a learner, too. As I listen to Kate & Maggie and their dynamic and honest guests, I've built up more knowledge about the LGBTQ community AND heard ideas about how I can be a braver upstander for queer kids, teachers and community members -- work we need to do to have healthy world. AND -- I love the 5 questions feature at the end of each episode.

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