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!

Episode 32: Decolonize Your AP Class!

Kevin and Gerardo welcome two dope AP teachers, Jennifer Boyle Taurman and Bram Hubbell, author and curator of the Paperless History blog. Like the civil service exams of Classical China, Advanced Placement was College Board’s effort to provide a rigorous curriculum to students who needed the challenge. The test don’t lie, they argued, and any student with a qualifying score, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic background, could earn college credits and save money. However, it has become clear that AP classes carry with them expectations and constructions of what makes a good student, what success looks like, and who is represented in the curricula. Though we mainly discuss history classes, we hope these conversations begin happening in AP courses generally. Some great laughs and insight, and Gerardo forgets what city we’re in, along with Kevin as a T-Rex.

Episode 31: If it Ain’t (That) Broke…

The fellas are back! In this episode, Kevin and Gerardo challenge the conventional wisdom that the school system is broken. As pundits, politicians, and profiteers line their pockets convincing that the public schools are in need of a total overhaul, we try to put the brakes on this gravy train and ask the question: Is the system really broken? Or is the system only a reflection of greater ills and inequities that play out in school. This is a yelling episode, be forewarned. In addition, Kevin’s complaining corner and Gerardo gets petty. All that, and breakfast.

Episode 30: Too Dope Supe?

Join Gerardo and intern Sofia as they talk with Denver Public Schools candidate for superintendant Susana Cordova. Hear her story, and the challenges and inspiration she experienced in her journey from native Spanish speaker to the highest ranking LatinX person in Denver Public Schools, and why she decided to throw her name into the hat for the vacant superintendent job in the most visible district in Colorado. Listen today!

Speak Freedom! Pilot

Welcome to the Speak Freedom Project, where teachers and students come together to discuss pedagogies of liberation! Join Allison, Carmen, and Too Dope Teachers and a Mic’s Gerardo Muñoz as they engage in rare and unfiltered discussions about how school is experienced by students and teachers alike. Speak Freedom is dedicated to education as the practice of freedom. How can school be a place where people who are not yet free may prepare for freedom? Check us out!

All These Ts of C in One Place!

Kevin and Gerardo catch up on the University of Colorado’s Teachers of Color and Allies summit. This episode is why this podcast exists. Join us as we talk about this amazing gathering of teachers of color and next steps in building a community. Complete with toodope teacher interviews! Download and listen today!

Episode 28: All the World’s a Too Dope Stage

This week the fellas are joined this week by Caroline and Judd of the Create-Perform-Respond blog, two dope high school theater teachers whose sole purpose is to make the performance arts accessible to all. Hear our conversation about equity, access and opportunities for young people in the arts. Plus all four of us list our top five musicals (Kevin may not hate them as much as we thought). Listen today!

Hispanic Heritage, Two Halves, and Cultural Representation

Kevin and Gerardo are back with another surprise episode! In today’s platica, we are joined by student guest host Sofia, who offers her thoughts on Identity, the complexity of “Hispanic” or “LatinX” identity and this time of year, when many of us know that it is Hispanic Heritage month but few of us do more than a passing acknowledgment before getting back to “real” content. A fun and energetic episode with a rising young podcaster!

New Dope Teachers, Episode 1

Kevin and Gerardo kick off New Dope Teachers, stories of new and early-service teachers of color as they navigate all the intersections of this important work. We begin our year-long story of Ray, a first year kindergarten teacher. He discusses his Teach for America experience, the unique demands and pressures facing new teachers of color, and his care and concern for the youngsters in his charge. Listen today!