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Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/napcast206/support

Napcast Michael S Browne

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two male early childhood educators of color. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/napcast206/support

    Napcast Ep41 - Let's Hear It For The Boys

    Napcast Ep41 - Let's Hear It For The Boys

    In this keynote to the Los Angeles Community College District, Nick (he/him) and Mike (he/him), sends a message of resistance to the early childhood educators living and thriving in this region. For 90 minutes, we share our thoughts on how we as male educators of color are resisting racist and sexist curriculum,  policy that pigeonholes us, and the interactions in our learning environments that kills our Black and Brown children's dreams. Join us as we continue to challenge you and ourselves to be a bit more vulnerable, honest, and anti-racist.  

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Napcast Ep40 - Lessons from Brazil

    Napcast Ep40 - Lessons from Brazil

    Professionalism isn't for our safety, it's to contain us, constrain us, assimilate us into a white narrative. And so how do we fight back? How do we allow our culture to wash over us and restore us? As we sit and conversate with Joana (she/ela), a former nanny turned DEI practioner who hails from Brazil, we chat about how we can raise and rear children from the joys and strengths of their culture. Join us as we hear lessons and stories from Brazil. 

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 46 min
    Napcast Ep39 - What is "Normal" Anyways Part 2

    Napcast Ep39 - What is "Normal" Anyways Part 2

    Coming back for part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation with our colleague Suzette (she/they), an educator, mother, and advocate who currently serves as the Senior Education Specialist for the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. In this episode, you'll hear our thoughts around how we can create space for different needs and abilities, what healing for neurodiverse people could look like, and what we want to see in an equitable world. If you haven't listened to part 1, go back and listen!

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 52 min
    Napcast Ep38 - What is "Normal" Anyways? Part 1

    Napcast Ep38 - What is "Normal" Anyways? Part 1

    Go outside and look at the trees, the sea life, the people you see. What do you notice? Each day we witness, marvel at, and celebrate the bio and cultural diversity of our world. But what about the diversity we can't quite see? How do we celebrate the diversity of our brains? In part 1 of 2, we chat with our colleague Suzette (she/they), an educator, mother, and advocate who currently serves as the Senior Education Specialist for the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. In this episode, you'll hear a multitude of thoughts including how neurodiversity is an identity, the many different strengths of neurodiverse children, and the damage that can be done if we continue to minimize their lived experiences in our early learning environments. 

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 46 min
    Napcast Ep37 - My Body is a Boy, But I'm a Girl

    Napcast Ep37 - My Body is a Boy, But I'm a Girl

    "Dear Mike and Nick - Thank you for your conversations and your podcast. It's so refreshing hearing two male educators in our profession. I have a question though, do our toddlers really need to / have the capacity to be hearing about gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and reproductive organs?" 

    In this episode, we explore this question we received the other day by unpacking and reflecting on two conversations we've had with young children about gender and sexual anatomies. Touching upon other closely related topics such as bodily consent, we'll give our rationale around why it's not just important to talk about these things with young children, but why it's necessary if we aim to create a society where all is heard, seen, validated, loved and cared for. Join us as we complicate ours and our children’s thinking on what people can or cannot do, be, or wear.

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Napcast Ep36 - Preschool Graduation and Life Transitions Part 2

    Napcast Ep36 - Preschool Graduation and Life Transitions Part 2

    Did you hear about the change of scenery Mike had in part 1 of 2? Head back there and check it out if you haven't! Then join us for Part 2 as Napcast co-hosts, Nick (he/him), and Mike (he/him), focuses on how we can support toddlers, preschoolers, and that new colleague of yours as they transition into new learning environments and deal with all the emotions that comes with it.  

    Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. Please share your questions, comments, and thoughts at our new email address - Napcast206@gmail.com


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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Aleksyte ,

Authentic Self

Mike and Nick, thank you so much for the work you do with young children. I loved your thoughts about our authentic selves in the work setting—after all, not many grownups appreciate our individual vibes the way kids do! For anyone reading this review; having diverse voices in our field is VITAL and needs to be supported. So, subscribe, download, listen, review, and spread the work about Napcast.

Maciemooney22 ,

thoughtful and helpful!

Thank you Nick and Mike for your thoughtfulness and reflection in early childhood education. I love the dynamic you both have together and the way you bring forward who YOU are. This podcast is such a great resource for educators, thank you for your work!!

NiniWhite45 ,

These men are GOLD in the ECE world

These men share more than experiences and insights about educating young children… they share from the male perspective, which is all too rare. AND they’re men of color (BIPOC). One more thing, they’re highly educated, so their approach with kids is always well-informed. So much wish my sons could have been in their classes!

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