Episode 16: Justice Monday! and Cultural Appropriation

Kevin and Gerardo are back, broadcasting from the principal’s office, with new music and a new attitude! Today, on #JusticeMonday, we discuss the importance of standing up for and with our students, and check in before a week off. It is also a dangerous season: between Halloween and Thanksgiving, cultural appropriation is rife, and we attempt a useful but honest conversation about a damaging practice in far too many schools. Plus, Kevin interviews Gerardo about his participation in the New York Marathon.

Episode 15: Conference Season and Halloween!

Kevin and Gerardo drop a surprise episode on Halloween! Much to discuss, including how we best engage during the most wonderful time of the year: parent-teacher conferences. Is there a solution? What about the parents that just show up, without an appointment? Why don’t some parents attend? And what special responsibility do teachers of color have to connect with families? Plus, conscious costuming on Halloween, and showing up to do silly stuff for and with the students.

Season 2 is Here!

Join Kevin and Gerardo as they come back from their long hiatus! We’re still overwhelmed and losing our minds, but find so many reasons to remain inspired with our youngsters. We continue to consider questions of equity, teaching for justice, and consider the urgency and danger of taking a stand for all of us. Listen today!

Back to Skool Catharsis

Kevin and Gerardo are back for the 2017-2018 school year with an episode inaccurately titled Catharsis. This episode represents a turning point from negative to positive, from vacation to work, from fear and stress to inspiration and encouragement. We discuss Charlottesville, staying #woke and teaching for justice in a time that desperately needs it.

Episode 12: Julie Bañuelos

Kevin and Gerardo are back from summer vacation! Broadcasting from Gerardo’s empty basement, we sit down with Denver Board of Education At-Large Candidate Julie Bañuelos! The ultimate intersectional candidate, Julie tells her story, from her early life in El Paso to her vision of public service. Subscribe and listen today!

Episode 11: School’s Out!

It’s the most wonderful, reflective, melancholy, and inspiring time of year: summer vacation. How are we supposed to feel? How do we avoid the agony of the “should’ves”? How do we balance fun with the work that we need to do for kids, knowing that we will not have the time when we’re back? Plus some complaining. Download and listen today!

Episode 9: Wu-Tang Style!

Kevin (aka Irate Observer) and Gerardo (aka Tha Hunter) host a roundtable of #TooDopeTeachers, including Smiling Prophet, Thunderous Mercenary, Expert Assassin, Queen Ill Figure, Medianoche Comandante, Erratic Criminal, and Xpert Commander to discuss the lives, experiences, and hopes of teachers of color. This one is loud, silly, powerful, and important. Plus Complaining Corner and Shout Outs.

Digital Natives

Kevin and Gerardo sit down to discuss the work of teachers with classrooms full of “digital natives.” How many conversations has your staff had about electronic devices? We have a generation of students for whom life without mobile phones, computers, and internet is a distant and foreign thing. Kevin chops it up, defining digital natives, digital pioneers, and digital dinosaurs. Which are you? How will you work to ensure that young people become responsible users of mobile devices and technology? Plus, Teachin’ Trump, Gera’s Complaining Corner, Challenge-based learning, victories, defeats, and another call to #StayDope.

The Oscar Episode!

Kevin and Gerardo are back in studio! In the spirit of the Oscars, your hosts discuss Hollywood’s portrayal of teachers of color. They count down their top five lists, discuss omissions and honorable mentions, and poke fun at some terrible version of the teacher trope in Hollywood–we’re coming after you, The Principal. The fellas even discuss their favorite White Hollywood teachers. Subscribe today!