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Kids are Humans Too! Humanizing WHAT Kids Learn: S2E1 with Dr. Jal Mehta

Welcome back for Season 2 of the Bored of Ed! Last season our Bored Members responded to the global CoronaVirus Pandemic with dreams of getting #backtobetter instead of “back to normal”. This season, Dr. Jal Mehta brings humanizing our students to the top of the agenda. Jal introduces his point with a comparison between private…

Teachers Deserve Better: S1 *BONUS* with Karla Vigil

“I hope y’all didn’t think we were gonna leave y’all like that. We had a dope finale. But you know, we’re a little extra over here. I had to save something. I just love the idea of having a bonus episode.” -Jonathan In the last episode of season one (for real this time), Jonathan and…

Mind Over Money: S1E11 with Keina Newell

Keina Newell is and always will be a teacher. From grade school children to the teachers, and parents, Keina has a passion for working with others and supporting them as they meet their goals. You can find Keina’s current work at www.wealthovernow.com – where you can pick up money tips from her blog or book…

More Profound than Test Scores: S1E10 with Malika Ali

In Season 1 Episode 10, we hear from Malika Ali, Highlander Institute’s Director of Pedagogy. As an advocate for teachers and students alike, she brings a spotlight to the importance of compassionate and inclusive planning within the classroom.  Providence and Central Falls, two of the most populated cities in Rhode Island, are where Malika feels…

Analogous Situations: S1E5 with Dr. David Hardy

Dr. David Hardy is a partner at Ed Elements, an organization that collaborates with districts across the nation to develop people-based systems for staff and learners. Prior to Ed. Elements, David served his community as a superintendent. His vantage point gives us a broader scope, as we dissect the systems that have fallen short and…

Teaching to Temperament: S1E9 with Dr. Darryl Tonemah

Dr. Darryl Tonemah is a husband, father, musician, and psychologist. During this time at home, he as been ruminating on the idea of “teaching to temperament”. With degrees in psychology, sociology, and gerontology, Dr. Tonemah’s perspective inspires and educates. Dr. Darryl Tonemah is a husband, father, musician, and psychologist. During this time at home, he…

Now You Know What It’s Like: S1E8 with Ron Rapatalo

Parental Discretion is Advised for this episode of the Bored of Ed. Ron Rapatalo speaks truth as he describes the current climate for Asian-American Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Ron was raised by two Filipino immigrants in NYC. He grew up in the “melting pot” American school books boast about. Today, he is a Principal at Edgility…

And Now They’re Burning: S1E6 with David Johns

“I’m not well. I am weary,” David Johns opens his statement with raw, honest, truth. He is an unapologetic voice for the babies. He stands for justice and equity, demanding accountability every step of the way. As Executive Director at the National Black Justice Coalition, he spearheads initiatives to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ+ biases.…

Sweating Culture: S1E4 with Dr. Diana Cournoyer

Dr. Diana Cournoyer, Oglala Lakota, is the Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association. Her passion for culture and dedication to ensuring Native students are taught in environments that foster truth, growth, and prosperity shine bright in this season’s fourth episode. Diana highlights the importance of culture within the school. Tradition, spiritual beliefs, thoughts,…

This is Your Brain on Trauma: S1E3 with Kyle Quadros

Kyle Quadros, Co-founder and Chairman of TILO (Trauma-Informed Learning Organization), shakes up the status quo stance on “dealing” with our learners and challenges us to dig deeper. Our kids aren’t broken. our parents aren’t broken. They’re products of an environment and context that has led them to be vulnerable and stripped of behaving the way…

Disrupt Yourself: S1E2 with Anashay “Teach Em” Wright

In season one, Anashay “Teach Em” Wright is the first Bored Member introduced to listeners. Episode 2 is a 32 minute challenge to disrupt your status quo and accept a new responsibility in your child’s education, in your community, and within your school district. Anashay is the founder and Chief Executive Disruptor of Disruptive Partners,…