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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/hilltopcc/support

Napcast Michael S Browne

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 9 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/hilltopcc/support

    Napcast Ep 27 - Stories Just Ain't for Storytelling Part 2

    Napcast Ep 27 - Stories Just Ain't for Storytelling Part 2

    Returning for Part 2 of 2, we resume our chat with Reiane (she/her), on stories from her culture, the impact stories had on her growing up, and ways she uses storytelling in order to connect with the children in her class. If you haven't listened to part 1, go back and listen! 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory). He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory). He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.


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    • 52 min
    Napcast Ep 26 - Stories Just Ain't for Storytelling Part 1

    Napcast Ep 26 - Stories Just Ain't for Storytelling Part 1

    Stories ain't just for storytelling, it can be used for brand identity, marketing, or communication. It can also move people. Give voice to the voiceless. Changes our brains and most importantly, preserves part of our culture. To mark the start of Filipino/x-American Heritage Month (October), Mike (he/him) and Nick (he/him), chats with Reiane Abuda (she/her) a Filipina-American on both the stories from her culture, and how she uses stories to support and sustain her in her work with young children. This is part 1 of 2. 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory). He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory). He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.


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    • 35 min
    Napcast Ep 25 - 215

    Napcast Ep 25 - 215

    Recently, we have been dealt a somber reminder of one of the darkest chapters of Canada's and the Pacific Northwest history over the past few weeks. The remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at unmarked graves at a former residential school in Vancouver, BC. In today's conversation with Theresa (she/her), Paty (she/her), Nick (he/him) and Mike (he/him), we focus on these 215 children, their lives, their culture, how we can heal our own trauma that has occurred from the hands of White Supremacy, racial oppression, and the attempted eradication of BIPOC people, and how we can bring this topic into our learning environments. 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.

    Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a social-justice oriented, reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.


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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Napcast Ep 24 - Outside Looking In

    Napcast Ep 24 - Outside Looking In

    Working with young children brings you a new perspective on life. How to be more childlike, how to find your joy, how to live life to the fullest. But does it transfer to adults who leave the sector? In this episode we catch up with Hisham, a former male educator of color (toddler educator) on why he left, what ECE taught him, and some of the transferable skills he has taken from ECE to his new field. 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.

    Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Napcast Special Ep3 - The Significance of a Knee

    Napcast Special Ep3 - The Significance of a Knee

    A Knee. A knee can either be used to take a life away or can be used for justice. This week, we were reminded of both. In this special recording, in the wake of the guilt verdict of Derek Chauvin, Nick and Mike provide listeners with some concrete ways that they can introduce this topic into their classroom today. In this hour long Napcast, they share their feelings, their thoughts, and their pure exhaustion from the last 24 hours. Join them as they discusses ways you can chat with children about policing, racism, kneeling, and the significance of this moment. Explicit Language Inside. 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.

    Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Napcast Ep23 - Learning Stories

    Napcast Ep23 - Learning Stories

    With an increased pressure on demonstrating school readiness in standardized, deficit-oriented, checklist models, and time-consuming ways, educators in the USA are often challenged in making authentic connections to marginalized children and caregivers. Educators in the USA are often forced to silence the voices of families in the process. Most assessments for educators in the USA takes the joy out of sharing children's learning and success. Learning Stories, on the contrary, provides an opportunity to do away with all of that. This narrative, formative, strength-based approach towards assessment has the ability to deepen learning that leads to transformational change. In this Napcast, we sit down with Karen Virta from the American School in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to discuss how Learning Stories can connect and engage caregivers. How it can strengthen educators' observation and writing skills. And most importantly, how it can support children in establishing their identity, cultural humility, and sense of belonging in this world. 

    Nick Terrones (he/him) is a former educator at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He now serves as the director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes in Seattle, WA. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE.

    Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society.

    Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute in Seattle, WA, on the traditional lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People.


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 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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