Kevin Adams and Gerardo Muñoz basically had to be friends. The only Black and Brown teachers in their school, respectively, they knew that they were meant to be BFFs when their former student Ella began to matchmake. They were working at different schools at the time.
Before they knew it, they had met and would laugh, yell, cry, complain and hype each other up to teach another day in *they* schools. Race, Power, and Education have always mingled since the foundation of this country, but Kev and Gera seek to remix the conversation about it. Give us a listen!
SUMMER REVOLUTION MIXTAPE 2022 TRACK 6: AUTHOR & MINISTER OF JOY AFRIKA AFENI MILLS
Summer has drawn to a close, if not officially, then in practice. Welcome to the conclusion of Summer Revolution Mixtape 2022! Fittingly, we will end with our new friend, our TrueDope Sister Afrika Afenni Mills.
Afrika Afeni Mills is an Education Consultant and the author of Open Windows, Open Minds: Developing Antiracist, Pro-Human Students. She works with teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators to develop and sustain student-centered learning experiences that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Afrika has been featured on podcasts, blogs, delivered keynote addresses and facilitated sessions at conferences across the United States. Afrika believes that all educators can be motivated, engaged, dynamic practitioners and leaders when provided with the support needed to create student-centered, anti-bias, anti-racist, culturally responsive learning environments that inspire wonder and creativity and nurture diversity, belonging, equity, and inclusion.
Keep up with Afrika's work here. And buy the book!!
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LinkedIn: Afrika Afeni Mills
Personal Blog: Continental Drift
Can buy the book from my directly by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Corwin.com website. Also through online resellers.
The Exit Interview 07. Back to School with Dr. Asia and Kev
After a turbulent year locally and nationally, Dr. Asia Lyons and Kevin Adams are back with your Back to School shopping list. They break down issues facing educators of color and the communities they serve as super-producer Gerardo Muñoz sits in the virtual producer's chair! Asia discusses life after PhD matriculation, Kevin shares the trials and tribulations of the now-completed Master Agreement contract negotiations in Denver Public Schools, and we evaluate the way forward for teachers of color. Should they follow Dr. Asia, our pedagogical Harriet Tubman to liberation? Will Kev teach forever? Does Gerardo have the attention span to make this interview pop?
Find out in this back to school episode!
REVOLUTION SUMMER MIXTAPE TRACK 5: 2022 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR KURT RUSSELL! AND A SUB!
So, first things first. Kevin is out on important business. He did call a sub, but of course left no lesson plans. No problem, though, because his sub is none other than the amazing Juliana Urtubey, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year!
In this inspiring, authentic, and powerful conversation, @kurtsenior_, representing America's teachers in 2022, we learn what has motivated him for his twenty-five years in the classroom, why Black History matters, and most importantly, a top five that is old school in all the right ways.
SUMMER REVOLUTION MIXTAPE TRACK 4: JULIANA URTUBEY 2021 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR￼
What happens the year after a person is named CCSSO National Teacher of the Year? Find out when we catch up with 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey! In her FIRST interview since her term ended, La Juli talks to us about her year representing America's teachers, Joy and Justice, even today, and what she has learned about being in community with us. She also shares with us what is next for her (a TooDope Exclusive).
Juliana Urtubey, NBCT is known as “Ms. Earth” for her efforts to beautify schools and unify communities through murals and gardens. As the 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana advocates for a “joyous and just” education for all students, one that is inclusive and celebratory of all students’ identities, families and communities. A bilingual, first-generation immigrant, Juliana has worked throughout her teaching career to serve as a mirror for her school community, helping students to be proud of their identities and families, and to acknowledge their strengths and contributions to the community. Urtubey is the first Latinx National Teacher of the Year since at least 2005 and the third Special Education Teacher to hold this distinction. Juliana has served as a bilingual and special education teacher since 2009 in Arizona and Nevada.
Juliana is a National Board Certified Teacher (Exceptional Needs, Birth to Age 21) and holds a bachelor’s degree in bilingual elementary education and a master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors member.
Juliana (HOO-lee-on-a ER-two-bay) lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys reading in Spanish and traveling, and has had the opportunity to study and teach in Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and Puerto Rico. She also enjoys tending to her collection of house plants and spending time outdoors, and she aims to visit all the National Parks.
REVOLUTION SUMMER MIXTAPE 2022 TRACK 3: 2022 NEBRASKA TEACHER OF THE YEAR LEE PÉREZ
Man, we had no idea there were Chicano teachers in Nebraska, and we sure didn't know they were as fire as Lee Perez, who represents that state for 2022. On a passionate and animated episode, Lee shares his path, his story, his commitment to justice for multi-language learners and the critical issue of teacher pay and working conditions. His top 5 is fire, and you cannot help but love this dedicated and passionate teacher.
Habitually Disruptive 19. 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Willie Carver, as Himself
"Oh sure, they're gonna pick the big gay Appalachian" was Willie Carver's first thought when he learned he had been nominated as 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. It was a crowning achievement after fifteen years. Guided by the credo "fear has armor, love has none," Willie supported students, especially LGBTQIA+ students, in being themselves and building a deeper understanding of their identities. Despite being warned by a school leader that being out and advocating for his community "you will be crucified, and no one will protect you, including me," Willie continued to fight for his students.
The homophobia and hate reached a boiling point, and Willie Carver, the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, resigned his teaching position.
Hear his thoughts here. Support marginalized and minoritized teachers, students, and communities.
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