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A social-emotional learning (SEL) podcast featuring conversations with thought leaders in education who explore how SEL can help us navigate society’s most pressing challenges and create a kinder, more compassionate world. Hosted by Andrea Lovanhill, Tia Kim, PhD, and Shauna McBride. Learn more at GrowKinderPodcast.org.

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A social-emotional learning (SEL) podcast featuring conversations with thought leaders in education who explore how SEL can help us navigate society’s most pressing challenges and create a kinder, more compassionate world. Hosted by Andrea Lovanhill, Tia Kim, PhD, and Shauna McBride. Learn more at GrowKinderPodcast.org.

Brought to you by Committee for Children.

    What Does It Mean to Amplify Diverse Voices?

    What Does It Mean to Amplify Diverse Voices?

    In this season finale of Grow Kinder®, co-hosts Andrea Lovanhill, Dr. Tia Kim, and Shauna McBride come together to explore what it really means to amplify diverse voices. They reflect on the importance of treating communities as non-monolithic entities; the positive impact of diversifying the workforce; and the power in making room for others to take center stage.

    We’ll be back with a new season of Grow Kinder later this year. Until then, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org for more episodes from our archives. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 26 min
    Breaking Down Barriers to After-School Programs with Jodi Grant

    Breaking Down Barriers to After-School Programs with Jodi Grant

    On this episode, host Andrea Lovanhill speaks with Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable after-school programs. At the helm of the organization, Jodi works to ensure that out-of-school-time programs
    not only help students stay engaged and recover from the pandemic, but also provide their families with essential supports.

    In this conversation, Jodi talks about the correlation between affordability and equity in summer learning programs, funding opportunities in the American Rescue Plan, the role of social-emotional learning in after-school programs, and supporting after-school staff.

    Learn more in the special report, “Time for a Game-Changing Summer:”

    http://afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM/

    To learn more about Jodi and the Alliance, visit AfterschoolAlliance.org.

    For more episodes of Grow Kinder, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 28 min
    Why Equity Starts with Educators with Dr. Mylien Duong

    Why Equity Starts with Educators with Dr. Mylien Duong

    In this episode of Grow Kinder®, host Dr. Tia Kim speaks with clinical psychologist and social-emotional learning researcher Dr. Mylien Duong. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Duong has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institutes of Health and has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

    Dr. Duong speaks about the importance of building educators’ self-awareness in equity work and how educators can use perspective-taking and equity audits to help improve DEI in education. She describes how she applies David Foster Wallace’s idea of “seeing the water” to these practices.

    Visit the links below to learn more about the books Dr. Duong mentions in the podcast.

    Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/653196/caste-oprahs-book-club-by-isabel-wilkerson/

    How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/564299/how-to-be-an-antiracist-by-ibram-x-kendi/

    For more episodes of Grow Kinder, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 29 min
    Building an Affirming, Liberating World for LGBTQIA+ Youth with Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

    Building an Affirming, Liberating World for LGBTQIA+ Youth with Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

    On this episode of Grow Kinder®, host Andrea Lovanhill speaks with Melanie Willingham-Jaggers (they/she), the Interim Executive Director at GLSEN, a national nonprofit that works to ensure K–12 education is safe and affirming for all students, including LGBTQIA+ youth.

    A lecturer at City University New York in the Master of Applied Theater program, Melanie has extensive experience in social justice organizing within and beyond the LGBTQIA+, immigrant, disabled, incarcerated, and other marginalized and intersecting communities. From 2016 to 2019, they served as board chair of The Audre Lorde Project, one of the oldest centers for community organizing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color in the New York City area. And before joining GLSEN in 2019 as deputy executive director, they served as the program associate director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

    In this conversation, Melanie talks about the critical importance of having windows and mirrors for students, and they share their insights into how schools can create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth, educators, and families.

    You can follow Melanie on Twitter at twitter.com/themelster. To learn more about GLSEN, visit glsen.org.
    Visit the links below for some of the resources mentioned in this episode.

    LGBTQ+ Student Rights Guide:
    https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/LGBTQ-Student-Rights.pdf

    LGBTQ+ Educator Rights Guide:
    https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/LGBTQ-Educator-Rights.pdf

    “Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color” Reports:
    • glsen.org/AAPI
    • glsen.org/black
    • glsen.org/latinx
    • glsen.org/native

    GLSEN 2021 Legislative Agenda
    • https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/2021-Legislative-Agenda-Policies-Inclusive-LGBTQ-Students-Schools_0.pdf

    For more episodes of Grow Kinder, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 38 min
    Advancing SEL, Equity, and Social Justice with Justina Schlund

    Advancing SEL, Equity, and Social Justice with Justina Schlund

    In this episode, host Tia Kim speaks with Justina Schlund, Senior Director of Content and Field Learning at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). In her role, Justina leads the translation of CASEL’s learning and expertise into content to deepen and expand social-emotional learning (SEL) knowledge across the education field. Prior to joining CASEL, Justina was the executive director of Chicago Public School’s Office of Social and Emotional Learning, where she led districtwide strategies to promote the social and emotional development of all students. While at CPS, Justina also launched a districtwide initiative to build organizational commitment to addressing issues of race and equity.

    Justina talks with us about the connections between SEL and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. During the conversation, she addresses some common critiques of SEL in relation to DEI and provides practical recommendations for how educators, schools, and districts can effectively approach SEL and DEI.

    To learn more about CASEL, visit casel.org.

    To read more about CASEL’s resources on Transformative SEL as a Lever for Equity and Social Justice, visit casel.org/research/transformative-sel.

    For more episodes of Grow Kinder, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 28 min
    Intent vs. Impact with Baionne Coleman

    Intent vs. Impact with Baionne Coleman

    In this episode, host Shauna McBride speaks with Baionne Coleman, founding partner of the nonprofit Global Majority Consortium and CEO and principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, an anti-racist middle and high school focused on dismantling systemic oppression through scholar leadership. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Baionne is a community leader who works with scholars and families to decolonize education systems and provide a safe and inviting environment for scholars and other educators.

    In this podcast, Baionne talks about common missteps taken by schools and organizations in approaching diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racist work. She also discusses how educators can use social-emotional learning to better align their intentions with the impact of their actions, and how to make amends for any mistakes they make on their journeys to become anti-racist.

    To learn more about Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, visit myrvla.org.

    To learn more about Global Majority Consortium, visit globalmajorityconsortium.com.

    For more episodes of Grow Kinder, visit GrowKinderPodcast.org. You can rate and follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher—we’d love to hear from you. And to let us know more about you and what you think of the podcast, take our listener survey:

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    • 34 min

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