18 episodes

Back for Season 2, Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America’s One Day Studio that explores what’s possible within education. This season focuses on efforts by educators and activists to attract and retain BIPOC teachers and the critical impact on classroom learning and students. Host Jonathan Santos Silva (South Dakota ‘10)—a former teacher and principal and host of the podcast The Bored of Ed—speaks with students, teachers, and administrators at innovative nonprofits to find out how they break down barriers and improve student outcomes.

Changing Course: Reimagining Education for America's Students Teach For America's One Day Studio, Pod People

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Back for Season 2, Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America’s One Day Studio that explores what’s possible within education. This season focuses on efforts by educators and activists to attract and retain BIPOC teachers and the critical impact on classroom learning and students. Host Jonathan Santos Silva (South Dakota ‘10)—a former teacher and principal and host of the podcast The Bored of Ed—speaks with students, teachers, and administrators at innovative nonprofits to find out how they break down barriers and improve student outcomes.

    The Purest Form of Activism: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    The Purest Form of Activism: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with leaders and educators from The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, PA, about how to create safe spaces that value and invest in young Black leaders. The Center is the first teaching academy in Philadelphia dedicated to investing in the next generation of Black teachers, starting as early as high school. Guided by the lens that excellent education is a political act, Sharif El-Mekki and his team at the Center demonstrate how restoring education to disenfranchised students is the purest form of activism.

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    • 38 min
    Homegrown Leaders: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Homegrown Leaders: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with leaders and educators from Nashville Teacher Residency (NTR) in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore how the next generation of teachers may already be working within our schools.

    Nashville Teacher Residency is a one-year program focused on rebuilding the teacher pipeline using Tennessee’s “Grow Your Own” model. By sourcing teacher candidates already working within local schools (e.g., cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, or behavior interventionists), the program provides financial resources to help residents transition into the education field and earn their teaching licenses. With support from highly effective mentor teachers, NTR positions passionate teachers with diverse professional experiences to become high-performing full-time educators who enrich the lives of the students they are already committed to. 

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    • 40 min
    A Black Man’s Classroom: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    A Black Man’s Classroom: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with leaders and educators from Brothers Liberating Our Communities (BLOC) in Kansas City, Missouri, about making teaching a sustainable career for Black men. Inspired by the work of Sharif El-Mekki from the Center for Black Educator Development (featured in Episode 201), BLOC began curating professional development specifically for Black men in education. Through connection, development, and engagement, the team has retained 100% of BLOC members. Founder Cornell Ellis and the team at BLOC hope that one day all students will have access to equal representation and revolutionary Black male educators.

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    • 42 min
    Healed Teachers Heal Students: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Healed Teachers Heal Students: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with Dr. Wenimo Okoya, Founder of Healing Schools Project. Based in Newark, New Jersey, the non-profit intentionally centers the experience of BIPOC educators, believing that when interventions are built around those furthest away from systemic privilege, educators and students of all backgrounds benefit. Healed teachers heal students. 

    Healing Schools Project helps educators from around the country collectively address toxic school cultures that cause burnout and steer them out of the classroom. By creating school cultures that value community care over self-care, Healing Schools Project helps teachers and students thrive by build healthy and sustainable school environments. 

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    • 44 min
    Nuestra Comunidad (Our Community): Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Nuestra Comunidad (Our Community): Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Latinos for Education (L4E) in Boston, MA, and Jay Alvarez, a high school educator in Houston, TX, and participant in L4E’s Latinx Teachers’ Fellowship, about the impact of increasing opportunities for Latinx educators.

    As the first Latinx-founded and led nonprofit dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latinx leaders, Latinos for Education is committed to building an ecosystem of Latinx advocates by infusing Latinx talent into positions of influence. By developing, placing, and connecting essential Latinx leaders in the education sector, L4E strives to break down barriers to educational opportunities for the next generation of Latinx students.

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    Resources:

    Latinos for Education

    TFA’s Latinx Alliances

    • 44 min
    Investing in Education’s Future: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Investing in Education’s Future: Elevating BIPOC Educators (S2)

    Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with Teach for America leaders about the importance of investing in BIPOC educators and the work TFA is doing to remove the barriers that keep them out of the classroom.

    Changing Course is a podcast from Teach For America's One Day Studio.

    Resources:

    Teach For America

    Joining Teach For America

    TFA’s Black Community Alliances

    TFA’s Native Community Alliances

    TFA’s AAPI Community Alliances

    TFA’s Latinx Alliances

    TFA’s National Prism Alliances

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

AlexTeece ,

Values-driven Story-telling.

Jonathan and the Changing Course team do an exceptional job exploring the voices and perspectives behind the story. Enjoy the journey that he and the team take you on!

MommaTBurke ,

Must listen

Inspiring stories and people! Can’t wait for more episodes.

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