Education research has a problem. The work of brilliant education researchers often doesn’t reach the practice of brilliant teachers. But the questions and challenges from teachers’ practice sometimes don’t become the work of education researchers. Classroom Caffeine is here to help. In each episode, listeners hear from a leading education researcher or practitioner who shares what they want others to know about their work. Each conversation offers new insights into teaching and learning.
A Conversation with Mandie Dunn
Dr. Mandie Bevels Dunn is known for her work in the area of teacher wellness. In particular, she studies how teachers who were grieving a death managed their emotions in the context of teaching in English language arts classrooms. In studying teachers’ grief-related emotions, she focuses on how power dynamics between teachers and students influence what teachers disclose or hide about loss experiences when they talk, read, or write with students, and how these power dynamics are further influenced by identity positions such as race, class, and gender. Her article Teaching Literature Following Loss: Teachers’ Adherence to Emotional Rules, published in English Teaching: Practice and Critique in August 2021, won the 2022 Literati Outstanding Paper award from Emerald Publishing.
To cite this episode: Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Nov. 22). A conversation with Mandie Dunn. (Season 3, No. 12) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. DOI: 10.5240/A984-8A74-8A84-715E-DAE8-A
A Conversation with Marcus Croom
In this episode, Dr. Marcus Croom talks to us about relationships between racialization and literacies, an ecology of mastery, and having real talk around race and education. Marcus is known for his work utilizing research and experiences to help individuals and groups develop racial literacies in order to advance the justice, antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of schools, universities, businesses, organizations, and communities. He is the author of Real talk? How to discuss race, racism, and politics in 21st century American schools and will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Literacy Research Association annual conference.
To cite this episode: Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Nov. 8). A conversation with Marcus Croom. (Season 3, No. 11) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. DOI: 10.5240/00A5-B2C8-C285-9489-D23E-6
A Conversation with Susan Bennett
In this episode, Dr. Susan Bennett talks to us about building relationships, social justice, equity, and multicultural education. Susan is known for her work in multicultural children’s literature, arts and creative literacies, and culturally-responsive literacy practices. Her research and teaching are driven by issues of social justice. Notably, Dr. Bennett has worked with incarcerated youth to improve literacy rates and mental health.
To cite this episode: Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Oct. 25). A conversation with Susan Bennett. (Season 3, No. 10) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. DOI: 10.5240/3DD7-7D5C-8F9C-7CF1-9F0D-C
A Conversation with Michelle Townley
In this episode, Michelle Townley talks to us about community, relationships, school culture, and the spirit of collective efficacy. Michelle is known for her work in schools, supporting teachers and school leaders, coordinating curriculum, and supporting school operations. Mrs. Townley has worked in public education for nearly 25 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal, and in a number of district wide roles as Director of Literacy, Regional Assistant Superintendent, and as Acting Chief Academic Officer. Most recently, Michelle took the opportunity to fulfill her career-long goal of opening a new school in her hometown as Principal.
To cite this episode:
Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Oct. 11 ). A conversation with Michelle Townley. (Season 3, No. 9) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. 10.5240/97F5-79B1-C48D-D863-B370-X
A Conversation with AnnMarie Alberton Gunn
In this episode, Dr. AnnMarie Alberton Gunn talks to us about supporting kids and families, multiple pathways to finding reading success, and the need for diverse books in our classrooms and our worlds. AnnMarie is known for her work in multicultural education, multicultural literacies, and culturally-sustaining teaching pedagogies. She studies multicultural literature in teacher education, investigates the culturally-sustaining pedagogies in early childhood education settings, and studies the familial impacts of adult males who were incarcerated while developing literacy programs for adult male inmates. Dr. Gunn is an Associate Professor for Reading and Literacy Studies in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.
To cite this episode: Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Aug 27). A conversation with AnnMarie Alberton Gunn. (Season 3, No. 8) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. DOI:10.5240/1C80-DD87-F0C8-5488-60C2-5
A Conversation with Victoria Damjanovic
Dr. Victoria Damjanovic talks to us about inquiry-based learning, childism, and the agency of young children. Tori is known for her work in the areas of early childhood development, teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, and equity in early childhood education. Dr. Damjanovic is an Assistant Professor in early childhood education and early childhood special education in the department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Specialties at Northern Arizona University.
To cite this episode:
Persohn, L. (Host). (2022, Aug 16). A conversation with Victoria Damjanovic. (Season 3, No. 7) [Audio podcast episode]. In Classroom Caffeine Podcast series. https://www.classroomcaffeine.com/guests. DOI: 10.5240/876F-7D7C-2989-801A-BC99-J
Amazing resource for educators
I just discovered this podcast because I have a Google scholar alert set for Peter Johnston and his podcast episode somehow got picked up by Google. What a delight it was to listen to him talk about his research, as always. And now I’ve gone and downloaded all the past episodes. Wow, it’s like a Who’s Who‘s list of significant and influential educational researchers. Can’t wait to listen to all the interviews. Thank you for offering this valuable resource to educators!