14 episodes

Join Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert of Learn Fresh as they explore fundamental issues impacting education today. Sibert (aka "The Game Changer of Education") and Monzi discuss topics including racial and gender equity, innovative learning models, cross-sector collaboration in education, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education landscape. Along the way, they will be joined by guests from across education who will share their perspectives!

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Join Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert of Learn Fresh as they explore fundamental issues impacting education today. Sibert (aka "The Game Changer of Education") and Monzi discuss topics including racial and gender equity, innovative learning models, cross-sector collaboration in education, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education landscape. Along the way, they will be joined by guests from across education who will share their perspectives!

    Basketball, Education, and Equity in Philadelphia

    Basketball, Education, and Equity in Philadelphia

    In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers. Throughout the conversation, recorded in January of 2021, the group explores how the Sixers and HBSE think about engaging the community, and the specific programs that they’re using to achieve impact. David shares his background growing up in a poor part of Philadelphia, having the opportunity to attend an elite private school, and the impact of his schooling on his academic and career trajectory. The conversation touches on themes including racial and educational equity, code switching as a cultural and professional tool, supporting black-owned businesses in the community, and the importance of research funding.

    To learn more about Learn Fresh visit: www.learnfresh.org
    Email us at podcast@learnfresh.org
    Follow Learn Fresh on Instagram, Twitter @Learn_Fresh; or on Facebook and LinkedIn @LearnFresh

    • 40 min
    Gender Equity in K-12 Education

    Gender Equity in K-12 Education

    Gender Equity in K-12 Education

    In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by Delphi Cleaveland, Special Assistant in the Office of Global Women's Issues at U.S. Department of State, for a conversation about gender equity within American education. Throughout the conversation, recorded in December of 2020, the group explores the international and domestic context for gender equity within K-12 education, including issues like gendering of academic topics and activities, representation in school systems and STEM fields, and gender-related education challenges during the pandemic. Please note that all statements made in this episode were given in a personal capacity and do not reflect the views of the United States Government.

    To learn more about Learn Fresh visit: www.learnfresh.org
    Email us at podcast@learnfresh.org
    Follow Learn Fresh on Instagram, Twitter @Learn_Fresh; or on Facebook and LinkedIn @LearnFresh

    • 34 min
    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Melanie Young

    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Melanie Young

    In the final episode of our “Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows” series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Melanie Young. Melanie is the founder of Infinite Mind Tutors, a Black-owned tutoring agency with the mission to use the collective power of Black minds to transform America's educational landscape.

    Melanie's passion is to make high-quality education accessible to all children. Before launching Infinite Mind Tutors, Melanie was a teacher and tutor working in Philadelphia's public schools for over nine years. During this time, Melanie taught at Central High School, coached two NBA Math Hoops National Championship participants across two consecutive years, was awarded the Sixers Youth Foundation Game Changer Award in 2018, Philadelphia Superintendent’s Award in 2016, Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in 2015, and the University of Pennsylvania Woman of Color Award in 2014. Melanie Young is a two-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

    In this episode, Melanie shares her personal journey to becoming an educator and the powerful influence her parents had over her passion for education.

    • 30 min
    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Francene Garrett

    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Francene Garrett

    In Part III of this series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Dr. Francene Garrett. Francene holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with a specialization in Vocal Performance, a Masters of Science degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, and an Educational Doctoral degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

    Currently, Francene serves as an Instruction and Personalized Learning Lead in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. She is a mother of one, an avid reader, and enjoys traveling and listening to music. Francene prides herself on being a change agent in the field of education through the use of practical, relevant, and engaging professional development, consulting, and coaching.

    In this episode, Francene shares her journey as an educator and the impact her own teachers had on her life.

    • 23 min
    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Chris Robinson

    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Chris Robinson

    In Part II of this series, you will hear from Learn Fresh Fellow, Chris Robinson. Chris is a special education teacher and the athletic director at his neighborhood middle school, McAuliffe International School in Denver, Colorado.

    • 21 min
    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Ashley Barnett

    Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Ashley Barnett

    Meet the inaugural class of Learn Fresh Fellows! Launched in Fall 2020, the Learn Fresh Fellowship for Culturally Inclusive Education invites educators and curriculum writers of color to create and broadly share standards-aligned curricula that authentically represent the cultural, ethnic, and racial identities of their communities. After a rigorous review process, four fellows from across the country were selected as a part of the inaugural class.

    • 25 min

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