The US education system is not broken; the inequitable outcomes it produces are part of the design. In each episode, Jonathan Santos Silva and Doc Miller interview leaders who are committed to hacking the education system and redesigning it for equity and inclusion. Whether you are looking for inspiration, tired of the current reform narrative, or simply interested in honest and courageous dialogue, join The Bored of Ed!
BONUS EPISODE: Teachers Deserve Better
"It's been a long time/ we shouldn't have left you/ without a dope episode to listen to... (listen to, listen to, listen to)." We may not have Timbaland or the late, great Aaliyah in the studio, but Jonathan and Doc believe they have the next best thing for our loyal Bored members: a special live-to-tape episode with Karla Vigil, the co-founder and CEO of the Equity Institute! Teachers are working hard to create safe learning environments on the fly knowing that many of their schools were unsafe and under-resourced BEFORE the pandemic. How might we rethink our approaches to education, teacher preparation, and partnerships with community to create a healthy, safe, and inclusive future for our young people and teachers?
S1, Ep12: Reunited, and It Feels So Good
The mythology of scarcity often leads us into long, hard hours of lonely work believing that there is only so much power, influence, or success to go around. Over the course of this season our Bored members have consistently disrupted that mythology, establishing that the sum of us is greater than any one of us. In this vibrant and wide-ranging dialogue, Malika Ali (Director of Pedagogy, Highlander Institute), David Johns (Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition), Ron Rapatalo (Principal, Edgility Consulting), and Anashay "Teach Em" Wright (Chief Executive Disruptor, Disruptive Partners) return to inspire, embolden, and challenge each of us to claim our power, build unorthodox partnerships, and work unwaveringly in service of the babies!
S1 Ep11: Mind Over Money
Money can't buy you love, but it can certainly pay for those dinner dates. So, what is your number? Who is on your financial team? And do you have a financial spending plan? In this episode, Jonathan and Doc sit down with Keina Newell, a former classroom teacher and the Founder of Wealth Over Now, to learn strategies for making your money work for you and building a sustainable career in education. In addition to brass tacks financial wisdom, Keina also shares hot takes on how failure in the classroom can build stronger learners and which popular author's audiobooks are like sleep medicine. Don't miss this episode; your bank account will thank you!
S1 Ep10: More Profound Than Test Scores
Is Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) another educational flavor of the month or is it something more? According to Malika Ali, Director of Pedagogy at the Highlander, CRT is a lot more and she makes her case using stories that illustrate how culturally responsive teachers are positively impacting young people even in the midst of the pandemic. This double episode is our love letter to teachers working hard to ensure that young people are learning in ways that are deeper and more profound than test scores.
S1 Ep9: Teaching to Temperament
Dr. Darryl Tonemah's (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) work blends traditional Indigenous knowledge with his background in counseling psychology. He travels to communities around the world teaching methods of behavior change, health and wellness, and understanding and addressing trauma. In this episode, Jonathan and Doc tap Dr. Tonemah to discuss why some kids are thriving at home, what we can do to support teachers struggling through stress and trauma, and why educators' inability to "talk the same language" as our communities is holding us back from creating spaces where all kids and families get what they need.
S1 Ep8: Now You Know What It's Like
When some politicians and media members began referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” in the spring of 2020, they shattered the Model Minority Myth. Seemingly overnight, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities experienced a rise in racially-motivated violence and aggressive verbal confrontations from people who had taken the bait and were blaming AAPI folks for the spread of the virus. In this XL episode, Ron Rapatalo (Principal at Edgility Consulting) joins Jonathan and Doc in a wide-ranging conversation about the Model Minority Myth, what it takes to build power across lines of difference, and what it means to be a true equity warrior.