62 episodes

Lean Into You is a self-care podcast to remind Early Childhood Educators the best investment they can make today is in themselves. This podcast is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

Lean Into You Alex Farrell and Wesley Mayes

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

Lean Into You is a self-care podcast to remind Early Childhood Educators the best investment they can make today is in themselves. This podcast is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

    Update on Lean Into You

    Update on Lean Into You

    Hey everyone, we are going to break for season 3 to give ourselves some time to rest, develop new content, and book new speakers in preparation for season 4 of the show. Thank you to everyone who has followed us since the beginning and to new listeners of the show. We truly couldn't do it without you.

    As always, follow us on Instagram @leanintoyoupod for episode highlights and self-care tips you can implement in your everyday life. That is all for now but stay tuned for the start of season 4!

    This project is funded by a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc. 

    • 1 min
    Free Play and Developing a Philosophy of Openness (Part Two)

    Free Play and Developing a Philosophy of Openness (Part Two)

    Cas Holman is a toy designer and play advocate who has spent her entire career creating products that encourage openness and free play. She has worked with Rockwell Group, has been a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was recently featured on Netflix's Abstract: The Art of Design.

    In part two of our conversation, we talk about how we can begin to break open the boxes we often put ourselves in, and how that might be beneficial to us as adults. 

    To find out more about Cas' work, you can visit her website at:
    www.casholman.com.

    This project is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc. 

    • 39 min
    Free Play and Developing a Philosophy of Openness (Part One)

    Free Play and Developing a Philosophy of Openness (Part One)

    Cas Holman is a toy designer and play advocate who has spent her entire career creating products that encourage openness and free play. She has worked with Rockwell Group, has been a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was recently featured on Netflix's Abstract: The Art of Design.

    In our two-part conversation with Cas, we explore what we mean when we say "free play", some of the reasons why humans tend to create categories for what play is and what it should look like, and how we, as adults, can develop a philosophy of openness in adulthood.

    To find out more about Cas' work, you can visit her website at:
    www.casholman.com.

    This project is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc. 

    • 33 min
    Honoring Diversity by Starting a Daily Wellness Journey

    Honoring Diversity by Starting a Daily Wellness Journey

    Diversity is a fact of life. As educators we will have new students coming in each year from different socio-economic statuses, abilities, religious backgrounds, gender identities and much more. So, how do we become empowered to honor those different lived experiences of the children in our care, without being intimidated by that diversity?

    Dr. Denise Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. She conducts research on the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities as they rise through their educational careers. Dr. Reid has authored several articles including, "Lessons learned: Educational experiences as described by individuals who attended Black segregated schools during Jim Crow" as well as, "Disproportionality in special education: The persistent reality for African American students."

    In our conversation, we talk about the realities of diversity in the teaching environment, how we can manage the stress that may arise from simply wanting to honor each students lived experience, and she talks about the importance of starting a daily wellness journey we maintain consistently. 

    This project is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

    • 37 min
    Connecting with the Big Picture through Advocacy

    Connecting with the Big Picture through Advocacy

    As we've said many times on our podcast, stress often arises in our lives when we get so busy it becomes impossible to look up from what is right in front of us in order to try to have an idea of the bigger picture. We feel powerless to change the course we are set on.

    Dr. Carol Brunson Day has been working in child care advocacy for over 50 years from the individual center level to the national policy level. She has worked as the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, has been the CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, and has also served as the President of NAEYC. 

    In our conversation, we talk about how simply agreeing with an idea is not enough. In order to facilitate change, we have to engage in collective activism and advocacy. She also talks about how connecting with like minded individuals is a great way to instill a sense of purpose and direction in your life that is outside of your day-to-day work. 

    This project is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

    • 42 min
    Guided Practices: Breathing Deep is Calming Down

    Guided Practices: Breathing Deep is Calming Down

    Breathing deep.

    It sounds simple but we forget to do it all the time. It is so nice, then, to set aside some time to refocus back in on our breath. This guided meditation helps with just that.

    We found this meditation at lovetoknowhealth.com in an article titled, "9 Guided Meditation Scripts: Short + Long". This is a great article to check out if you want to do more guided meditation work but don't necessarily know where to get started. This meditation specifically was written by Shoshana Hebshi Holt. 

    This project is funded through a grant with the TN Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Msteacherteacher ,

Amazing Resource

Lean Into You is an amazing resource for early educators. Interviews with well-respected leaders in the field, full of content needed by those directly supporting children’s development. Topics are meaningful and the hosts keep things relevant to the real world. Created for Tennessee, most episodes are useful to anyone in early childhood, anywhere.

beau 😎 ,

Great podcast to reset

Excellent resource for cultivating mindfulness and self care. Good guests and great interviews by the hosts.

Thespudinater132489 ,

Great podcast!

This is a great podcast to listen to and get your head back in the right mind set. I’ll recommend this podcast to all of my friends!

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