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Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

Third Space with Jen Cort Jen Cort

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Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

    DEI director, Kojo Clarke discusses how our geographic, regional, cultural, accent, inform our ability to see each other

    DEI director, Kojo Clarke discusses how our geographic, regional, cultural, accent, inform our ability to see each other

    Kojo Clarke is currently a Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at a pre k- 9th grade school. In his role he works closely with school leaders to oversee programming and professional development, while supporting parents and caregivers to explore and understand the world of DEI. As a member of the Leadership Team he also supports work of the school's Board of Trustees in several diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives, all with the communal goal of developing "culturally competent" students and adults and building a truly inclusive environment. Kojo completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin & Marshall College, where he double-majored in French and Psychology. He holds a Masters in Education degree from Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy. He started his education career teaching French at an international school in Ghana, and has also worked in public school. Some of his other roles have included: advisor to student multicultural clubs, member of school diversity committees, and as a leader of faculty and staff diversity and equity work. Kojo is a trained SEED facilitator, and has been "formally" involved with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts since 2015. He is a parent to a strong-willed 1-year old and loves her fiercely.

    • 41 min
    Listening to the Students

    Listening to the Students

    High School Students reflect on school based DEI work, share advice and ideas for future programming.

    Student Bios:

    Ty’Shea Woods (she/her) is a recent graduate Garrison Forest School, and will attend Northwestern University to double major in psychology and international studies with a minor in Japanese. She was President of the School, on DEI advisory board, a member of the Baltimore Girls Student Leadership Coalition, and black student alliance. She has attended, planned, and been a lead facilitator for both the Middle School Student Diversity and Leadership Conference as well as the Baltimore Student Diversity and Leadership Conference.

    David Velos (He/Him) is a recent graduate of Loyola Blakefield and incoming Freshman at Brown University, Majoring in Engineering (undecided), Leader of Maryland Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Conference.

    Caleb Woodlon (he/him) is a rising senior at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, a student body officer, a member of our Black Awareness Club, and a student leader of our Diversity Club. he has facilitated at the AIMS Gender and Sexual Orientation Conference, been a lead facilitator at the Middle School Student Diversity and Leadership Conference, and a core student facilitator for the Baltimore Student Diversity and Leadership Conference.

    Katharine Lennon is passionate about justic work and has served as a leader in DEIJ conferences throughout high school. She is excited to pursue a career in criminal justice and psychology in college at Saint Lawrence University and hopes to become a lawyer.
    Akintola Oluwatoni Erifeoluwa (Toni): A student at Loyola Blakefield and has been involved with DEI work for three years now, and loves how it brings about open, intellectually stimulating conversations that lead to tangible change. Toni’s future goals are to do social impact work that will stimulate the economies of Nigeria and other nations in West Africa, and to reach my full potential as a poet, athlete, and moral thinker.
    Mentions: AIMS, POCC, BSDLC, Kalea Selmon, Kristen Tubman, Garrison Forest, Loyola Blakefield, Boys Latin, Key School

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Creating and supporting affinity groups with Liza Talusan

    Creating and supporting affinity groups with Liza Talusan

    Liza Talusan returns to Third Space! Liza (LIE-zuh) earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, a Master's Degree in Student Personnel Administration from New York University; a certificate in Human Resources; a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston; and her certified coaching credentials from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Her scholarship has been published in peer reviewed journals, edited book collections, online platforms, and she has been featured on a number of podcasts and interviews related to education, identity, and inclusion. She serves in a number of national organizations focused on education and equity, and she has consulted with well over 375 schools, organizations, and corporations across the country. Currently, Dr. Talusan (tahLUS-ahn) is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she teaches graduate level courses focused on leadership, equity, and justice. Her new book “The Identity-Conscious Educator: Building habits and skills for more inclusive schools” is published by Solution Tree Press and was released in March 2022.

    Book ordering through publisher www.bookshop.org and independent book store
    https://www.solutiontree.com/the-identity-conscious-educator.html

    • 47 min
    Discussing collaboration and solidarity with Susan Yao and Laura Dombrowski

    Discussing collaboration and solidarity with Susan Yao and Laura Dombrowski

    Susan Yao (she/hers) is an educator with experience as a middle school humanities teacher and middle school head. She is passionate about building communities of racial solidarity and believes that collective thriving is possible when we learn how to be in a community together in supportive and authentic ways. Susan has launched professional development programs such as the Friends Institute for New Administrators of Color and the New Teachers of Color Institute at the Gordon School and serves on the New England chapter of the POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) board. Susan lives on a homestead with her family and animals in Massachusetts.

    Laura Dombrowski has provided professional development for educators for the past six years. She works closely with teachers and school leaders to support individualized coaching in schools serving grades PreK through 8. Laura supports UPK programs and literacy and math instruction in kindergarten through 8th grade. She believes in teacher collaboration and professional relationships and builds in-school support systems that promote a culture of continuous improvement.

    Laura has two decades of international work experience in education. She has taught all grades, kindergarten through sixth, led a teacher team through a school‘s founding and inaugural year, and developed school democracy models for elementary schools. She is passionate about forest schools, has developed a forest school program, and has consulted on outdoor education.

    Laura has advanced degrees in Psychology, TESOL, and School Leadership, serves on a school board, and co-authored a math instruction book series.

    • 42 min
    LGBTQIA lower and middle school programs with school counselor Logan Dechter

    LGBTQIA lower and middle school programs with school counselor Logan Dechter

    Logan Dechter (he/they) is a May 2022 graduate of the University of Maryland School Counseling Program and a professional school counselor in Montgomery County Public Schools. Logan serves as one of the advisors for his school's Rainbow Club, a developmentally appropriate Genders and Sexualities Alliance for 4th and 5th grade students. Logan also led the charge for the implementation of a Genders and Sexualities Alliance Prince George's County Public Schools middle school.

    In addition to his work in school counseling, Logan has experience in suicide prevention and crisis intervention, which has greatly influenced his research interests. Logan has worked on the Trevor Lifeline, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the Lifeline Chat service in addition to various other social service lines, such as the local Homeless Hotline and the Domestic Violence Hotline.

    Logan's research interests include LGBTQ+ student wellbeing, Latinx student mental health, and suicide prevention. Outside of education, Logan is passionate about Kesem, a nonprofit organization that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, where he serves as a mental health professional and advisory board member for various local chapters.

    Logan can be reached at Logan_Dechter@mcpsmd.org or at linkedin.com/logandechter.

    • 45 min
    White Educators Discuss Allyship (and beyond) With Black Practitioners

    White Educators Discuss Allyship (and beyond) With Black Practitioners

    Kristen Tubman grew up and lives in Baltimore, though she was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has spent the last 15 years teaching Spanish and engaging in Diversity & Equity work with 6th-12th grade students. Additionally, Kristen facilitates and learns with adults in various white affinity groups and workshops on a wide range of topics including Anti-racism, Whiteness, and Privilege. She has also been honored to be a co-planner of the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference for high-schoolers and the Middle School Student Leadership in Diversity Conference, both of which are led by brilliant student facilitators. She is always excited to learn more, to engage in dialogue, and to grow from feedback.

    Jonathan Fichter has been teaching for 17 years, 14 of which have been in independent schools. Jonathan trained as a dialog facilitator in Challenging Racism’s Learning To Lead program. Along with Kristen Tubman, he co-facilitates the Accomplices in Action series under the leadership of The Wells Collective. He has two elementary-age children. Jonathan also works with Washington, DC's chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice and participates in local housing justice groups.

    Kristen and Jonathan reference the Wells Collective, follow their work at https://www.thewellscollective.com

    • 53 min

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