By Keystone Crossroads
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John Wister Elementary is a tiny school in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. And it sparked a huge citywide debate. After months of bitter acrimony, district leaders pushed out the school's faculty and gave control of Wister to a charter organization. In Season two of Schooled, based on years of reporting, we ask three questions: did that change make a difference for kids? Why? At what cost? Throughout the season, we follow the story of Jovan Weaver, who attended Philly public schools and overcame a traumatic childhood to become Wister's new principal. His goal: create a school good enough for his own children to attend. Subscribe to the podcast today.
||S. 02 Ep. 01: You Shouldn’t Be Here||Principal Jovan Weaver knows well the trauma that many of his students experience. We hear his struggle to overcome a tumultuous childhood.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 02 Ep. 02: Battle lines||The debate that led to Wister’s conversion to a charter school raised questions of politics, access and influence. And it pitted Philadelphia neighbors against one another.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 02 Ep. 03: No excuses||As principal, Jovan tries to find a balance between Mastery's “no excuses” culture and the “love and positivity” mission he envisions based on his own traumatic childhood.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 02 Ep. 04: What we went through||Wister’s 5th grade students see themselves reflected in a faculty that has adopted a civil rights mission. And Jovan makes a major personal decision.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Schooled: Season Two Trailer||You Shouldn't Be Here: The story of Jovan Weaver and Wister Elementary||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 01 Ep. 01: A Fighter Since Birth||By seventh grade, Savannah was already in danger of becoming a casualty of the North Philly streets; she’s endured horrific childhood abuse, eventually becoming pregnant by age 14. But Savannah — motivated by her newborn daughter — sets out to escape the cycle of poverty. Listen above or read the story here.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 01 Ep. 03: Don’t Call it the Badlands||Savannah’s attendance record holds her back at school, threatening her chances of graduating. A dedicated group of teachers, mentors, and peers help her see the good in her community, while tensions with her mother reach an apex. Listen above or read the story here.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||S. 01 Ep. 02: Be Somebody||Savannah enters high school eager to defy the odds. She’s determined not to follow the path of her mother, who dropped out of the very same North Philadelphia high school after becoming pregnant at age 16. To succeed, Savannah must juggle the responsibility of being a mother, student, and part-time family breadwinner. Listen above or read the story here.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Season One Trailer||Don't Call it the Badlands: The Story of Savannah Zayas||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A must listen for anyone.
Emotional and empowering. Everyone from all walks of life should listen!
Amazing young woman. Great Storytelling.
Wow. Truly inspiring. Thank you.
Wow... here's a story I've never heard before. I can't believe Savannah's experiences and how bravely and honestly she tells us about them. Bold and compassionate reporting from Kevin McCorry. Listen to Savannah's stories... you'll be a little bit different afterward.