Episode 38: A More Perfect Union?

Despite the SnowPocalypse, the fellas are back to have a conversation with Tiffany Choi, teacher at Denver East High School who is running for President of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. As part of the Caucus of Today’s Teachers within DCTA, she has advocated for a more democratic and more justice-focused union for Denver Teachers. She describes her experiences that led her to this candidacy, including her account of a school closure, and offers a vision for a union that is focused on support and development of community schools. Subscribe and listen today!

Episode 3: Women’s History Month

In episode 3, the Freedom Speakers discuss the importance of education as the practice of freedom and Women’s History Month. In this week’s episode, Gerardo and Allison discuss the importance of Women’s History Month and all that comes with it, or should. Allison shares her experiences in the classroom, and Gerardo discusses the implications of a feminist framework of teaching. Both teacher and student discuss the importance of representation and intersectional feminism, even drawing upon the importance of Men’s History Day to strength resistance to patriarchy. Subscribe and listen today!

Access and Power

Carmen, Allison, and Gerardo are back for their second episode of the Speak Freedom! Podcast. In this episode, posted waaaay after it was recorded, the trio discusses a return from winter break, and the demands on students and teachers. We discuss access to academic support and college readiness, and the long way we all still need to go to allow all students the opportunity for success.

Episode 36: When We Fight, We Win!

The fellas are back, and it’s gettin’ real! The block is hot, with nearly 4,000 teachers taking to the streets of Denver, demanding fair pay. We try to make sense of this historical moment, one of national significance, and decompress after a full day of marching, chanting, connecting, and, for the third time since April, MCing a teacher rally on the steps of the capital. The emotion, the hope, the cautious optimism of a new moment are all on deck here. A must-listen for teachers and community members looking to debrief!

Episode 35: Emergency Episode-The Next Movement

Kev and Gera are here with an emergency show. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association has voted overwhelmingly to strike. The ball is now in the court of Governor Jared Polis. The fellas get worked up and share their thoughts on the strike vote and its implications for our society. They get in their feelings, they ruminate on the democratic ideal and discuss the role of dissent in a vibrant and powerful democracy. This is the next movement.

Episode 34: Enough.

Kevin and Gerardo sit down to discuss current labor disputes all over the country in which teachers are involved. Denver’s teachers have 48 hours left in their current contract, and the first strike in a quarter of a century could be on the horizon. Old Kev and Old Gera welcome in two guests, Young Kev and Young Gera, and talk about the importance of standing up, even when you’re new, even when you’re scared. Plus a balanced diet of silly and somber. A lot packed into this time, this is a must-listen!

Episode 33: Restore and Renew

Happy New Year to all y’all! The fellas are back, fresh from the break, to discuss Restorative Practices. As schools attempt to move away from suspensions and other punitive responses to students’ negative behaviors, we are left with questions: how to respond? How to help keep students accountable for their behaviors? How to build community and relationships? Today we welcome you back with silliness and a frank discussion about Restorative Justice, or “RJ.” Subscribe and listen today!