By Linda Dunnavant
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A podcast featuring in-depth conversations about the past, present, and future of K-12 education in Nashville. © 2017 L. Dunnavant. All Rights Reserved.
||CleanEpisode 16: The Educators' Cooperative with Greg O'Loughlin||Today's guest, Greg O'Loughlin, is the founder of the Educators' Cooperative. In our chat you will hear about Greg's path to creating the Cooperative and the myriad ways the Cooperative is benefitting teachers and students in the Nashville area. ...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse with Cary Rayson||Today's guest, Cary Rayson, is the community engagement coordinator at Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Cary facilitates Stewards of Children training, which is a program to help adults learn how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child...||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: What Middle Schoolers Wish We Knew||This summer I had the pleasure of teaching a podcasting camp at the Westwood Baptist Church. This year’s camp theme is Wise, creative, innovative thinkers, and Minister Elois Freeman, the last guest on the podcast, thought that podcasting could be a..||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Lessons from North Nashville with Elois Freeman||This week's guest is North Nashville educator, Elois Freeman. Elois is direct, authentic, and carries a wisdom that can only be acquired through a long and meaningful life. Elois grew up going to segregated schools in North Nashville and went on to...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC012: Making the Unequal Metropolis with Dr. Ansley T. Erickson||This week's guest is Dr. Ansley T. Erickson, author of Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and its Limits. Ansley is an Associate Professor of History and Education at Teachers College Columbia University, and I think her book should...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC011: Trauma-Informed Schools with Mary Crnobori||Dr. Mary Crnobori is the trauma-informed coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools and she is doing incredibly important work to raise awareness about trauma-informed practices and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Common ACEs are...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC010: Teaching Civil Discourse with Amanda Smithfield||What do you say when a student asks, "Did you vote for Donald Trump?" In this episode, we discuss how to respond to difficult questions, how to get students to engage in civil discourse in these turbulent political times, and what happened when Tarana..||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC009: Corporal Punishment in TN Schools with Alanna Autler||Today’s episode is about corporal punishment in Tennessee schools. Did you know that 109 districts in TN still allow corporal punishment? Did you know that students with disabilities are hit at higher rates than students without disabilities? Alanna..||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC008: Advocating for Teachers and Students with School Board Candidate TC Weber||If you are involved in public education in Nashville, you are probably familiar with TC Weber's blog, Dad Gone Wild. TC publishes new posts every Monday and Friday (and sometimes in between) that explore the ins and outs of what's happening in Metro...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC007: Community Schools with Alison McArthur and Hank Clay||In this episode you will hear Alison McArthur and Hank Clay discuss the community schools model and how their organizations are transforming schools here in Nashville. Alison is the Coordinator for Community Achieves and Hank is the CEO of...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC006: Culturally Responsive Teaching with Leticia Skae-Jackson||Leticia Skae-Jackson is a Literacy Teacher Development Specialist at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School here in Nashville. I reached out to Letitia after reading her Edweek blog post, 4 Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher. Leticia's...||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC005: MNPS School Options with Chris Weber||I had a nice chat with Chris Weber, the Director of Student Assignment Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Chris has been with the district for a long time so he was able to provide some interesting insights into the past, present, and future..||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC004: Fighting for the Parents Who Need to Be Heard with Vesia Wilson-Hawkins||In this episode you will hear parts of my conversation with Vesia Wilson-Hawkins, a local education blogger who used to work for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Vesia’s blog is titled, “Volume and Light,” and tagline is, “speaking out for...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC003: Jarred Amato Part 2||In part 2 of my interview with Jarred Amato, we discuss supporting teachers, the real struggles facing students, teaching the “classics", and how we can all connect and get involved to support our schools. © 2017 L. Dunnavant. All Rights Reserved.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC002: Project LIT and the Power of Giving Students Time to Read Diverse Books||This episode is part 1 in a series of two episodes with Jarred Amato, a high school English teacher and recently named Penguin/Random House Teacher of the Year. We discuss the power of giving students time to read diverse books during the school day,...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEC001: What is a "Good" School?||The story of education in Nashville is long and complicated. Once ideas and stereotypes are perpetuated for a certain amount of time we begin to mistake them for facts. What is a good school? Who decides? Who benefits from this label? Who is...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This podcast finally gives a platform for honest conversations around our current education system with all the stakeholders. Figuring out what makes a school great has become so complicated, but Linda’s keen insights, vast experience, thorough research, and talented guests help us learn more about the current reality, so we can clearly and intentionally plan our future course.
This information needs to be shared!
Finally, someone is sharing the information that needs to be heard. By parents, by school professionals, and by the taxpayers funding these things. Thank you Linda for being brave enough to do this!
Dynamic and Thoughtful
I was thrilled when I stumbled across this podcast - I don't know that much about the Nashville school system or the history of schooling in Tennessee, but episode 12 about both of those things really blew me away and I learned so much.
Linda's passion for this work is evident - it's inspiring to see a small-scale podcast that is so well-done and well-researched. Entertaining and instructive! Do yourself a favor and listen now if you want to learn something about the past, present, and future of education in Nashville and America.