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Welcome to the Real Talk Education Podcast, where we dive into the real topics facing real teachers, leaders, and students with your host, Marlena Gross, DEI champion, national ed thought leader and founder of EduGladiators. Each week we will discuss the topics that might be keeping you up at night as an educator or parent. This is not an echo chamber podcast. We will unapologetically examine the real challenges in education, plus provide insights and tips to help you navigate all the things, including curriculum, leadership, DEI, student engagement, advocacy, misinformation, and more. 

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Welcome to the Real Talk Education Podcast, where we dive into the real topics facing real teachers, leaders, and students with your host, Marlena Gross, DEI champion, national ed thought leader and founder of EduGladiators. Each week we will discuss the topics that might be keeping you up at night as an educator or parent. This is not an echo chamber podcast. We will unapologetically examine the real challenges in education, plus provide insights and tips to help you navigate all the things, including curriculum, leadership, DEI, student engagement, advocacy, misinformation, and more. 

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    #35 - Embracing Discomfort: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

    #35 - Embracing Discomfort: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

    The topic of race and racial discrimination continues to remain a pressing issue in modern society particularly in schools for both students, teachers and leaders. As discussions surrounding racism and microaggressions become more prevalent, it is crucial for white people to not only participate in these conversations but also to be comfortable with the inevitable discomfort that comes with them.


    It’s time to have some “real talk” about embracing discomfort and empowering white allies in the fight against racism in our schools and districts.  


    In this episode, we will be exploring:


    The importance of white allies being comfortable with being uncomfortable when discussing topics like microaggressions, racism, and discrimination against Black people in the workplace.
    Tips and resources for white allies to better understand the Black experience and strengthen their allyship.
    Practical actions white allies can take to help create a truly inclusive work environment that supports and uplifts Black colleagues.

    Join me as we navigate these critical conversations, and together, learn how we can break down barriers and champion change in our schools for both our amazing educators, leaders and ultimately, our students. Let's get started!"   


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    • 30 min
    #34 - Real Talk About MLK Day

    #34 - Real Talk About MLK Day

    Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, better known as MLK Day.  Many people will post their favorite MLK quote. Some white allies will even join in marches around the country remembering the legacy of Dr. King, usually quoting from his  "I Have A Dream"speech. Today is often filled with remembrance, but in too many spaces and places just more talk.


    It’s time to have some “real talk” about the misuse of Dr. King’s quotes as it pertains to moving the needle to anti-racist schools and communities.  We all can learn so much if we examine Dr. King’s legacy which unapologetically embraced action to create equity  moving from “more talk” to “real talk”.


    In this episode you will learn:


    How MLK Quotes are used to undermine his legacy.
    The difference between “more talk” and “real talk”.
    Tips to move from awareness to action on MLK day and beyond.


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    • 32 min
    #33 - Tips to Prioritize Student Athlete Safety

    #33 - Tips to Prioritize Student Athlete Safety

    Injuries are a common occurrence in sports, especially in the NFL where players can be seriously injured in front of a large audience. This was the case for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed on the field during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023. It was immediately clear that this was a serious and potentially life-threatening situation. Athletic trainers and paramedics worked feverishly to stabilize Hamlin on the field before transporting him to the hospital. Fortunately, at the time of this recording, Hamlin is making a miraculous recovery.  This particular incident has brought to the forefront the question of safety for football players and athletes in general from the professional level all the way down to K12.  


    It’s time to have some “real talk” about how important it is for schools to prioritize the safety of their athletes and have a comprehensive support plan in place to prevent and address any injuries that may occur.  In this episode we will discuss how to protect our student athletes to help you advocate and or review, depending on your current role in education, current practices in your district.  


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    • 28 min
    #32 - Top 7 Tips to Keep Your Classroom Inclusive During Christmas & New Years

    #32 - Top 7 Tips to Keep Your Classroom Inclusive During Christmas & New Years

    During the Christmas season, many people around the world celebrate the holidays and traditions of their respective religions. While the specifics of these celebrations may vary widely, there are a few general principles that can help you to respectfully and thoughtfully participate in the holiday traditions of others as well as teach your students to do the same.



    It’s time to have some “real talk” about ways we can teach our students about the different traditions and major world religious holidays celebrated during Christmas to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment during the holiday season.  By learning about and understanding the diverse holiday traditions of the people around us, we can create a more inclusive and understanding community that cancels the “December Dilemia”. The tips discussed in this episode can also be applied after students return from Winter Break too.



    In this episode you will learn:


    How the major world religions celebrate during the Christmas Season.
    Ways to embrace cultural and religious differences during the Christmas season.
    Inclusive classroom strategies to foster an even greater sense of community in your students.



    FREE Resource:


    Download our FREE Cultural Activity Planning Checklist here.



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    • 30 min
    #31 - Stay or Go? Educator Exodus on Twitter

    #31 - Stay or Go? Educator Exodus on Twitter

    For over a decade, Twitter has provided teachers and leaders a transformational space to build their professional learning communities, exchange lesson ideas, find out what’s going on in schools around the country, build successful side gigs, and be inspired by other educators.  Since billionaire Elon Musk purchased the platform in October 2022, many educators are grappling if they should stay or leave the platform.



    It’s time to have some “real talk” about the impact of Twitter’s new rules, or lack thereof, led by Elon Musk that affects the user experience particularly of BIPOC and Pride educators.  Plus we will share our decision if Twitter is still a viable platform for our EduGladiators weekly Twitter chat.



    What you will learn in this episode:


    How to determine if a social media platform is in alignment to your brand values.
    What the hesitation to leave Twitter might imply regarding educators' commitment to DEI.
    Ways to build community outside of a social media platform.



    Additional Resources:


    Social Media Audit FREE Download
    Email List Building Tips FREE Download
    Join the EduGladiators Newsletter HERE!



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    • 20 min
    #30 - Teaching The Truth About Native Americans

    #30 - Teaching The Truth About Native Americans

    November is Native American Heritage Month with the goal of celebrating the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. November is also the perfect time to correctly educate our students and school communities on the full histories, important contributions, and the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways indigenous people have worked to conquer these challenges.



    It’s time to have some “real talk” about the misinformation that continues to be taught in too many of our schools, effectively reducing the contributions of Native Americans to Thanksgiving and implementing a comprehensive approach on teaching the truth about Native Americans year round.



    What you will learn in this episode:


    How to create an Indigenous Land Acknowledgment statement. 
    Additional resources to help you expand your understanding of Native American experiences.
    How to become an ally of indigenous people.

    Be sure to subscribe to the Real Talk Education Podcast and never miss an episode! We also would greatly appreciate a positive review to help spread our EduGladiators mission to create a new era of education by having “real talk” that inspire real action for all students!  Plus share this episode with your #pln so they too may continue to grow in their craft and advocacy for students


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    • 28 min

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