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This Social Emotional Learning podcast shares practical wisdom from the global community of inspiring teachers and parents.
Featuring fresh perspectives and practices that, until now, were only available at education conferences.
Episodes always include:
• Fresh insights about emotions, critical thinking skills, respect, empathy, trust, and more...
• Research-based and experience-tested analysis
• Actionable steps that make good sense for you and the kids in your care
Especially helpful for, but not limited to, ECE (early childhood education).

BIG PICTURE Social Emotional Learning Podcast Nini White

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    • 4.8, 12 Ratings

This Social Emotional Learning podcast shares practical wisdom from the global community of inspiring teachers and parents.
Featuring fresh perspectives and practices that, until now, were only available at education conferences.
Episodes always include:
• Fresh insights about emotions, critical thinking skills, respect, empathy, trust, and more...
• Research-based and experience-tested analysis
• Actionable steps that make good sense for you and the kids in your care
Especially helpful for, but not limited to, ECE (early childhood education).

    Ep. 78 - Real Talk with Kids, with Cassie Tondreau

    Ep. 78 - Real Talk with Kids, with Cassie Tondreau

    Cassie Tondreau is a loved and well-respected educator, and based on her many years of experience, she knows, without a doubt, that children can be trusted to ask for deeper explanations and understanding … when they need them.  In this conversation about challenging, even disturbing topics, including Covid-19, Cassie encourages us to be sensitive to achieving the right balance between sharing too much with children and not sharing enough with them.

    Cassie is not only a very special educator, she’s also an excellent writer, so I highly recommend the article she wrote, titled “Talking to Young Children About COVID-19,” which recently appeared in RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE. Here's the link to that article:

    https://rethinkingschools.org/articles/talking-to-young-children-about-covid-19/

    Again, thank you for being here. You are very special to me, because I think you “get” the fact that is often missed by most school administrators and curriculum builders and, unfortunately, many teachers, that Social Emotional Learning is a field of study that’s as big and deep and wide as the whole of human experiences and interactions…. which is why I keep going forward with this podcast. 

    Until next time, stay well, and keep learning … because continual, open-minded, open-hearted learning really is the only way forward.


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    • 40 min
    Ep. 77: Students Care About SEL, with Dominique Brooks

    Ep. 77: Students Care About SEL, with Dominique Brooks

    We have so much to learn from our students, and we have so much to gain by opening up to their insights and their view on the world in this time of massive changes across the globe.   SEL does not have to be delivered through some organized curriculum.  In fact, all that's really needed is real connections.  Connections in class don't have to be perfect, but they do have to be real for everyone's benefit and progress.  The research validates these insights, and Dominique's experience leaves no doubt: kids want to be seen, want to be respected, want to learn... but learning is seriously handicapped when kids don't feel respected. And, as Dominque explained, the respect has to go both ways for the purpose of school to be successful.  

    These are the days for self-examination.  What unconscious biases are we controlled by?  How much does white privilege (our own or others') impact our lives?  How do we really feel about our students' values, perspectives, unique forms of intelligence?   How open are we to learning from our students and our children? How open are we to sharing ourselves with our students?  How well developed are our own listening skills?  How much do we trust that our students are ready and willing to learn and grow with us, once they feel safe and seen?  How well do we remember our own feelings when we were the age of our students?  How do those memories inform us, and how can those memories guide us into more mutually respectful, productive and enjoyable relationships with our students?   How open are we to evolving our definition of our role in students' lives?   How committed are we to a lifetime of real learning?  The kind of learning that challenges and even breaks our boundaries. 

    SEL (Social Emotional Learning) isn't for wimps, but neither is it all that complicated.  Listening to our students (even and sometimes most especially the "troublemakers") will help us move forward on this great learning journey... for everyone's well being.


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    Ep. 76 - How to Live (Happily) with Tech & Kids, with Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D.

    Ep. 76 - How to Live (Happily) with Tech & Kids, with Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D.

    This conversation is dedicated to all parents (and teachers, too) who are seriously concerned about the powerful draw that technology, anything tech, has on today’s kids.

    Jordan Shapiro is, among many other qualifications, a senior fellow with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street Workshop, where he does research on how technology impacts childhood. His research and accomplishments are wide-ranging, as is the respect he’s earned nationally and internationally. You can check out this show’s notes to gain more specifics about Jordan’s long list of qualifications as a trust-worthy guide for our thinking around this mega-challenging topic… which most definitely impacts kids’ social and emotional learning and the well-being of family relationships.

    But, academic qualifications aside, Jordan practices what his research reveals in real day-to-day life, with his two sons, which is why I’m especially grateful to him for carving time out of his schedule for this conversation.

    In Jordan’s important book, titled The New Childhood, you can read about much more of the groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, which shows how technology is actually a necessary element of a brighter future for today’s children… one in which they’ll be able to create better models of global citizenship, connection, and community.

    And again, Jordan doesn’t just provide research, he also shares practical advice, with actionable approaches for using technology to engage with kids, in order to nurture their well-rounded development… and growth into a world we can barely imagine.

    Here’s a really helpful article by Jordan: https://ideas.ted.com/screen-time-can-also-be-family-time-heres-how-to-do-it/

    Portions of Jordan’s CV:

    WRITING, PUBLICATIONS, CONFERENCES ● The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World ○ December 31, 2018. Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.; Hachette. ● “Joan Ganz Cooney Center Guide to Digital Play for Global Citizens” ○ Published March 2018 ○ In partnership with Sesame Workshop, The Asia Society, Grable Foundation ● Online Learning Consortium Annual Conference ○ Innovations in Digital Education ○ Keynote Address (Nashville, April 2018) ● UNESCO – Mahatma Ghandi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainability ○ Keynote Address (Viskhapatnam, December 2017) ● Global Education and Skills Forum ○ EdTalk, (Dubai, March 2018) ● “An Ancient Education for Modern Democracy and Global Citizenship” ○ The Brookings Institution. ○ Authored with George Papandreou (former Prime Minister, Greece) ● Moscow Education Forum ○ Keynote Address, September 2017 2 ● World Economic Forum: “Realizing Human Potential in The Fourth Industrial Era: An Agenda For Leaders To Shape The Future of Education, Gender, Work” (2017) ○ Steering Committee and Expert Advisor ● Critical Thinking with Video Games ○ Lectures for Thomas Edison State University flagship course to begin Fall 2016 ○ Course design, video appearances, assignment and activity creation. ● TEDxPSUBerks “Education Needs More Friction And Less Fractions” ○ TEDTalk. Delivered November 2014. ● MindShift’s Guide To Digital Games And Learning. ○ Blog series and downloadable PDF guide, sponsored by Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop


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    • 46 min
    Ep. 75 - Language Skills & SEL, with Sharnell Blevins

    Ep. 75 - Language Skills & SEL, with Sharnell Blevins

    Sharnell Blevins’ walks her talk when it comes to THE most sensible philosophy about children’s successful school experience: Teachers, kids AND parents must work together to ensure that all kids grow towards their own unique potential. To that end, Sharnell has worked with nonprofit educational organizations for over 25 years. She’s currently Parent Engagement Coordinator at SpeakUpParents.org... a highly effective organization for student advocacy through parent engagement and empowerment. Sharnell attended public school in Los Angeles all the way through, from Kindergarten to 12th grade, and all 6 of her children have attended LA area public, charter and private schools.  

    This conversation with Sharnell brings together several foundational factors for students’ successful Social Emotional Learning and Lifeskills development… hinging around Equality in education for Black Students.

    I hope you will read her article describing current educational injustice in California, as mandated by LAW!!!!

    I recently came across a powerful quote that is quite relevant for this conversation:  “Freedom isn’t just about a lack of bondage; it’s about having choices and access!”

    Issues like Prop. 209 may seem disconnected from Social Emotional Learning, but once you (and I) have our blinders removed with accurate information, once we understand the cause-and-effect patterns, how can we not embrace constructive avenues for change?    I’ve always been fascinated by Social Emotional Learning, because my long teaching experience has revealed that it can be a profoundly effective foundation for WIn-Win living… for everyone, of course, because that’s what Win-Win implies. Right?! If you are winning and I am winning, where’s the downside?

    Sharnell wanted you to check out these links:

    https://www.facebook.com/SpeakUpUnitedParents/

    https://opportunity4all.org/

    It’s Time to Dismantle Educational Injustice Against Black Students


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    • 41 min
    Ep. 74 - A Black Mother's Concerns & Responsibilities, with Sierra Dominguez

    Ep. 74 - A Black Mother's Concerns & Responsibilities, with Sierra Dominguez

    The most challenging conversations are often the most necessary… for life to move forward …. for everyone’s benefit.

    Awakened awareness about the irrefutable fact that BLACK LIVES MATTER, and that Black lives in America continue to be crushingly disadvantaged in ways that are invisible to those of us who live in “White America” is the impetus for this conversation with Sierra Dominguez, a wise, loving, creative and courageous Black woman, married to a Mexican man, and the mother of their 2 children.

    Normally I wouldn’t go into those details about Sierra’s Blackness, and her husband’s Brown-ness, but these are the days to name what is, without tippy-toeing …. by replacing color blindness with ‘color bravery’… one of the many things Sierra taught me in this conversation.

    The Diversity Box:  https://thediversitybox.net/

    Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson  TED talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKtALHe3Y9Q

    Kimberly Jones ~ How Can We Win:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llci8MVh8J4&t=17s   This video is just under 7 minutes, and it’s the one Sierra and I were talking about: the conditions and restrictions that affect Black lives in America today. Kimberly expresses herself quite differently from the way that Sierra expresses herself, but hey … #DifferentIsGood, right?!  (Warning: strong language.)

    Raising Race Conscious Children (An online resource for talking about race with young children):  http://www.raceconscious.org

    New Kid, by Jerry Craft  https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9780062691194:   “New Kid tackles diversity and inclusion with humor and charm. Jordan Banks wants to go to art school, but his mother sends him to Riverdale, a predominantly white private school, to increase his opportunities. Jordan teams up with Liam and Drew and along the way starts to enjoy himself. Craft uses pop culture parody references to start each chapter and includes drawings by Jordan throughout the book. The graphic novel format is perfect for a kid who loves art and also serves to take the story deeper as the pictures add another layer. Highly recommended for new kids and old ones!” — Kathy Burnette, The Brain Lair, South Bend, IN

    Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson  https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9780147515827:  A President Obama "O" Book Club pick "Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.”


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    • 44 min
    Ep. 73: An Honest Black & White Conversation in Honor of George Floyd, with Jordan Harrison

    Ep. 73: An Honest Black & White Conversation in Honor of George Floyd, with Jordan Harrison

    White people and black people need to be liberated from the lies that have created such deplorable disadvantages for, and untruths about, black people in America.  Those disadvantages and untruths are destroying the best of what all of us are capable of bringing to the life of this country, and without which there is no hope for recovery from the travesty of George Floyd's murder. (And all the other black men and women whose lives were ended by acts of racism) .   Now is the time for  whites to learn how government obscures, how public education  indoctrinates, and how media manipulates facts about life for blacks in America.  It may, at first, feel like hard work, but only at first.  Once truths are revealed, it is so much easier to see our way forward to an America that will work for all as, stated in our Constitution, it is designed to do. 

    As educators and parents, we must awaken from the unconscious biases that make us complicit in passing on to children the *unconscious attitudes that enable racism.   (* we all have them, and it's our responsibility to become aware of them and eliminate them.)

    If ever there was a topic relevant to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Lifeskills Development, this is it.

    RESOURCES:

    If you're ready to see what happens when 'good' white people react to being treated with prejudice and bias, watch Jane Elliott's "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" Anti-Racism Exercise | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN    450,638 views  (#oprahwinfreyshow #OWNTV #Oprahwinfrey)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebPoSMULI5U

    Link to SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice): https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org

    Link to info about "13th" - a documentary on Netflix recommended by Jordan:  https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1291740/13th-Netflix-What-is-13th-amendment-documentary-Prison-population-black-lives-matter

    "White Fragility" link at Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/white+fragility?_requestid=11873402

    New Yorker article about "White Fragility":   https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-sociologist-examines-the-white-fragility-that-prevents-white-americans-from-confronting-racism


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Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

TrueBlue949 ,

Uncommon insights that make positive differences

This podcast stretches the definition of SEL and helps me to understand many, many different ways SEL can be enriched in children’s lives, always with practical action steps. I hope this podcast keeps going.

mommyevolve ,

Powerful knowledge

I especially live the episode with the CEO of Search Institute. Powerful stuff!

M Catherine R ,

Excellent Podcasts for Parents and Teachers!

These are really informative podcasts -Nini White asks excellent questions when interviewing her guests and with every podcast that I have listened to, I walk away with new learning about social-emotional aspects of children. (Lots to think about too!) Highly recommend!

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