28 episodes

Welcome to the MMSD Voices podcast, where we go into our public school community in Madison, Wisconsin, and hear directly from the voices of our students, staff, and families.

The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging, elevating the voices of our students and families (particularly those most marginalized), and practicing anti-racist behaviors focused on racial and social justice.

MMSD Voices Madison Metropolitan School District

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Welcome to the MMSD Voices podcast, where we go into our public school community in Madison, Wisconsin, and hear directly from the voices of our students, staff, and families.

The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging, elevating the voices of our students and families (particularly those most marginalized), and practicing anti-racist behaviors focused on racial and social justice.

    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction, Episode 3

    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction, Episode 3

    In this episode, we are joined by two school principals, Sarah Larson of Elvehjem Elementary and Jaclyn Smith of Gompers Elementary as they discuss how they’re implementing LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) instructional routines and activities in their schools. Tune in to learn about their journey as anti-racist, instructional school leaders who are positioning their staff and students to reach freedom through high levels of reading achievement.
     
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    Credits:
    Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

    • 22 min
    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction, Episode 2

    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction, Episode 2

    Join us as we discuss the significance of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training for MMSD educators, a professional development opportunity we are providing our school leaders to meet the literacy needs of our diverse young scholars featuring a lively conversation with Central Office Curriculum and Instruction leaders Kaylee Jackson and Dr. Caroline Racine-Gilles.
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    Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

    • 21 min
    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction

    Equity in Early Literacy Instruction

    MMSD is prioritizing equity in early literacy to ensure all of our students are literate and can read according to grade level. We know that literacy instruction is not one-size-fits-all, which is why our district leaders and educators are working closely with our community education partners and MMSD families to meet the literacy needs of all of our diverse young scholars. In this podcast episode, Lisa Kvistad, MMSD’s Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning interviews Dr. Gabi Bell Jimenez, MMSD Interim Director of Humanities and Literacy. We’re also honored to welcome our first community partner to the early literacy podcast, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, President of the National Academy of Education and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mrs. Ladson-Billings also served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UW. An esteemed author and intellectual, Dr. Ladson-Billings is known for her work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory. 
    Join us as we discuss the current literacy conversation across the state and the importance of this work for the future of MMSD. To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.
    Credits:
    Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious.

    • 51 min
    Teaching America’s Untold History in the Classroom and Community

    Teaching America’s Untold History in the Classroom and Community

    Have you heard about the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project? It’s a compilation of research, readings, podcasts, videos and visual storytelling that examine the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in America. This episode features Camara Stovall, a current MMSD educator who is bringing this history to the classroom and Saundra Brown, a retired MMSD educator who is educating members of the Madison community on America’s untold history.
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    Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious.
     
    To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

    • 16 min
    High Quality Materials as an Equity Strategy

    High Quality Materials as an Equity Strategy

    Our monthly podcast series for current literacy topics is underway! This episode features staff from the Department of Public Instruction and addresses why high-quality materials are an important piece in providing equitable access and instruction to all students across the district.  We'll cover the awarded grant funds from MMSD and how we are engaged in a process for the K-5 reading materials adoption. Join us as we discuss the current literacy conversation across the state and the importance of this work for the future of MMSD. 
     
    To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

    • 18 min
    Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action

    Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action

    This week on the MMSD Voices podcast we talked to an elementary school educator and a Madison Teachers, Inc. union leader inspired and enthusiastic about our district’s involvement in the national initiative, Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, coming to our schools in February during Black History Month. This is a collective effort from many MMSD teachers and district support staff to purposefully teach lessons and spark classroom conversations centered around racial justice and ethnic studies. Listen in and learn what students, teachers and families can expect during this focused week of inspiration and student empowerment. 
    Credits:
    Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious.
    To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us 

    • 29 min

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