Hear the journeys, stories, and testimonies of educators who are committed to being equitable and culturally responsive to the students who need them to be the most. Hosted by Dr. Sharroky Hollie, nationally recognized educator in cultural responsiveness
Dr. Greg Mathison's Journey To Responsiveness, Season 2, Episode 7, Special Series: It's the White Man's Fault?, Part 2 of 3
This episode, Dr. Greg Mathison, explores the thought-provoking and somewhat rhetorical statement/question, It's The White Man's Fault and shares his journey to responsiveness. Dr. Mathison is assistant superintendent with the Parkway Schools located in St. Louis. Like many of our journeys, Greg's journey is windy road of twists and turns that are a combination of the predictable and the unexpected. His journey begins in Minnesota and makes it way through Japan and other places around the world. Dr. Mathison is willingly takes on the very sensitive topic of how white men are generally viewed when it comes to race and culture in our society. and does so with eloquence and wisdom. Listen closely for how the Red Hot Chili Peppers become part of the conversation. Dr. Hollie will continue to share his train of thoughts that led to the special series and the ongoing paradox of how we make generalizations while at the same time see each person as an individual - including white men.
Andrew Haaheim's Journey To Responsiveness, It's the White Man's Fault? Series, Part 1 of 3
Is institutional racism the white man's fault? This rhetorical question will be tackled over the next 3 episodes. In part one, Andrew Haaheim, high school science teacher from Minneapolis-St. Paul, answers the question from his perspective as a "white man" and CLR educator. More than that, though, Andrew tells his fascinating journey to responsiveness that began during a compelling moment with an individual student 13 years ago. We also learn about the rings of culture that resonate for Haaheim (pronounced HAW-HIME), with a particular take on age culture. Andrew brings multiple vantage points and keen insights about culture and race, proving once again that we should never judge a book by its cover. Dr. Hollie's two cents introduces the series theme and provides his rationale for the focus on the "white man."
Dr. Amy Swick's Journey To Responsiveness, Season 2, Episode 5, the Unsung Heroes Series: Part 4 of 4
The Unsung Heroes Series culminates with Dr. Amy Swick, English Learning/Bilingual Coordinator in the Appleton (Wisconsin) Schools. Amy's journey begins in Wisconsin, where her roots are, then goes to Reno, and finally returns to Wisconsin. All along, Dr. Swick has been an advocate for cultural responsiveness regardless of her location, with a particular focus and expertise on second language learning. There is a certain charm that comes with Amy's journey, as you will see when she discusses the two rings of culture that resonate for her. Most importantly, Dr. Swick shows us all that you can get your equity fight on, regardless of your positionality, if you have the courage and the savviness to do so. Dr. Hollie's "two cents" is an emphatic push to put the focus on the students as the new school year begins. Despite all the distractions, including the Delta variant surge and new mask mandates, we have to show up for them and Dr. Hollie reminds us of that. Be inspired.
Suzanne Nguyen's Journey To Responsiveness, Season 2, Episode 4, Unsung Heroes Series, Part 3 of 4
Hear Suzanne Nguyen's fascinating journey to responsiveness. Suzanne is Executive Director of Federal, Bilingual, and Native American Programs for the Rio Rancho Public School District in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From her position in "mid level management," she has positively influenced cultural and linguistic responsiveness (CLR) in Rio Rancho slowly but surely. Her advocacy is not only professional but personal because of her upbringing in New Mexico as an Asian American with Vietnamese heritage. More interestingly is her education experience, and the matriculation through school as the "only one" or "one of very few, " which drives her passion for equity and CLR and at the same time has been the root of her bi-culturalism. Be moved by a life-changing homecoming she experienced as an adult. As always, anticipate Dr. Hollie's two cents with his take on "who is at the top" of your district could be the glass ceiling for your equity and CLR success.
Dr. Meg Schnoor's Journey To Responsiveness, Season 2, Episode 3, The Unsung Heroes Series, Part 2 of 4
The focus on the unsung heroes - assistant superintendents, chief academic officers, and directors - continues with Dr. Meg Schnoor, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in Palatine Schools (Chicago area). Meg's insights and sharp perspective about how to lead from behind is worthwhile. Rarely do we hear from the mortar of the brick so to speak. More interestingly is Dr. Schnoor's journey to responsiveness which takes us from her experience as a teacher in alternative education to a rise up the ranks to assistant superintendent. In between is a delve into Meg's consciousness about her cultural intersections of class, ethnicity, and gender (with a splash of religion). As always, Dr. Hollie provides his two cents in this episode. This time he goes a bit off topic (or maybe not) with his spin on how to disconnect from work, which is a concession on his part, and why it is a challenge for him to disconnect.
Dr. Ian Buchanan's Journey To Responsiveness, Unsung Heroes Series, Part 1 of 4
Episode 2 of season 2 debuts the Unsung Heroes Series, focusing specifically on assistant superintendents of instruction/professional development, chief of academic officers, and directors of equity/instruction/professional development. Dr. Ian Buchanan, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in University City Schools (St. Louis), kicks off the series with fire. Hear Ian's incredible journey to responsiveness from East St. Louis to now founder and CEO of the Nia Education Group (niaeducationgroup.org). Dr. Buchanan demonstrates his in-depth knowledge about cultural and linguistic responsiveness (CLR), as we define it, with references from Billie Holiday to Tupac Shakur to Bayard Rustin and a very interesting story related to situational appropriateness. As always, hear Dr. Hollie's riff , this time on anti-black culture stances and the importance of recognizing the nuance of culture.
Great learning podcast!
I have learned and grown so much as an educator!
This podcast provides insight to other educators’ journeys to becoming more culturally responsive.
Thank you Dr. Hollie!
Thank You Dr Hollie
This is a much needed resource! Thank you for all you do and keeping the CLR love alive.
It is important that you keep going with the podcast. This podcast gives a voice to a critical area in education.