Too Dope Teachers and a Mic https://toodopeteachers.com The Most Dangerous Podcast in the Schoolhouse Tue, 23 Nov 2021 21:23:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Too Dope Teachers and a Mic clean episodic Too Dope Teachers and a Mic chicanospecialforces@gmail.com chicanospecialforces@gmail.com (Too Dope Teachers and a Mic) The Most Dangerous Podcast in the Schoolhouse Too Dope Teachers and a Mic https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.89.111/dp9.7fa.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Purple-and-Orange-Microphone-Illustrative-News-Politics-Podcast-Cover-1.jpg https://toodopeteachers.com 103. DPS Supah-Intendent Dr. Alex Marrero https://toodopeteachers.com/103-dps-supah-intendent-dr-alex-marrero/ https://toodopeteachers.com/103-dps-supah-intendent-dr-alex-marrero/#respond Tue, 23 Nov 2021 21:23:20 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=358 This week, we are fortunate to bring you a conversation with Denver Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero! It is unusual to break down the walls between leadership and teachers across the system, but our new supah-intendent is game! Listen to his story, as a kid from the Bronx who became a district leader. Hear what he has to say about staff shortages and teacher evaluations. Hear his Top Five Rappers. But most importantly, hear his two invitations and challenges to us!

Hope everyone has a good week!

]]>
https://toodopeteachers.com/103-dps-supah-intendent-dr-alex-marrero/feed/ 0 This week, we are fortunate to bring you a conversation with Denver Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero! It is unusual to break down the walls between leadership and teachers across the system, but our new supah-intendent is game! Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
102. Come to Community https://toodopeteachers.com/102-come-to-community/ https://toodopeteachers.com/102-come-to-community/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 11:45:27 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=354 We’re back this week with some things on our minds. It’s November, but for so many educators, it feels more like February. We are aging and exhausting quickly. In the first segment, we discuss mental health. The struggles, the challenges before us, and what can be done to protect and heal the spirits of teachers, students, and communities. We shout out the professionals doing the important work, but caution that heroism only goes so far. There is a mental health reckoning that we must face.

In the second segment, we discuss another reckoning: the racial one. Using the “two sides of the Holocaust” front of the culture wars, we share ways in which teaching truth and honesty may heal our nation. It is a terrifying time, but we can be a part of this important humanizing work.

This episode is brought to you by our amazing patrons, as well as Quetzal Education Consulting! Check them out at quetzalec.com for a free consultation.

]]>
https://toodopeteachers.com/102-come-to-community/feed/ 0 We’re back this week with some things on our minds. It’s November, but for so many educators, it feels more like February. We are aging and exhausting quickly. In the first segment, we discuss mental health. The struggles, the challenges before us, Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
102. Gholdy Muhammad: Artist in the Industry https://toodopeteachers.com/102-gholdy-muhammad-artist-in-the-industry/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 02:10:53 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=352 We are so humbled and blessed to bring you this conversation with the inimitable Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius, a seminal work in antiracist and abolitionist pedagogy. Dr. Muhammad shares with us a new vision of what teaching may look like. Dr. Muhammad discusses the potential to develop living teaching frameworks, and ways to cultivate genius for ALL students.

A keeper. And a fire top five. Check. It. Out.

]]>
We are so humbled and blessed to bring you this conversation with the inimitable Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius, a seminal work in antiracist and abolitionist pedagogy. Dr. Muhammad shares with us a new vision of what teaching may lo... Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
Exit Interview 10. Ya Might Win Some with Michael Diaz-Rivera https://toodopeteachers.com/exit-interview-10-ya-might-win-some-with-michael-diaz-rivera/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 02:53:51 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=349 Michael Diaz-Rivera was a brilliant and respected teacher with a reputation for empowering and inspiring his Black and Latinx students. He rose quickly to prominence for his unapologetic radical love for his community and our children. A frequent advocate and organizer for his professional association, school, and district, Michael was featured in local stories across the city for his tireless advocacy and sacrifice for his communities.

Things went south, as they often do for Black educators. His outspoken nature landed him under thee microscope and he found his former allies turning from him. He departed teaching this summer. The classic Lauryn Hill lyric “ya might win some, but ya just lost one” springs to mind.

Michael will be okay. Maybe even better. But will we?

]]>
Michael Diaz-Rivera was a brilliant and respected teacher with a reputation for empowering and inspiring his Black and Latinx students. He rose quickly to prominence for his unapologetic radical love for his community and our children. Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
101. Season 6 Premiere! Maintain and Sustain! https://toodopeteachers.com/101-season-6-premiere-maintain-and-sustain/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:55:52 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=346 We. Are. Back. We follow the wildest school year on record with thee wildest return to school on record. Amid social unrest, some on silly ish like masks, some more insidious, like attacks on educators and communities of color, we’re back with students, masked and maintaining flexibility as we live and work on the knife’s edge.
Things are hard, y’all. And we got jokes.

]]>
We. Are. Back. We follow the wildest school year on record with thee wildest return to school on record. Amid social unrest, some on silly ish like masks, some more insidious, like attacks on educators and communities of color, Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
Habitually Disruptive Episode 6: Humanizing with Luís J. Rodríguez https://toodopeteachers.com/habitually-disruptive-episode-6-humanizing-with-luis-j-rodriguez/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 18:01:27 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=343 If you are a Latinx or Chicanx/Xicanx person, you probably remember the very moment you first read Luís J. Rodríguez’s Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA. For me, it was when I had just finished college and happened upon a copy at my school. I had just read Monster: The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member, written by Sanyika Shakur, and I was searching, unwittingly, for a way to humanize and process the environment that was my home for my entire childhood and adolescence. Always Running shook me to the core, and I remember thinking how fortunate I was to have stayed away from “that life” as a youth.

As I have grown as a writer and educator, I’ve learned the power of healing, storytelling, and bearing witness to the consequences of systemic racism and capitalism. Don Luís has long given me the words to explain the pain and sadness I feel to this day when I think of where I grew up.

I messaged him on Instagram, not expecting any kind of response, but there it was. Almost immediately this brilliant and humble veterano of movements and cells agreed to come on the show and gave me more time than I could have ever hoped for. I have reached out to other towering figures in the arts and scholarship, but Luis will stay with me a long time, because he was so ready to speak.

This elder is a gift. Please enjoy this charla.

]]>
If you are a Latinx or Chicanx/Xicanx person, you probably remember the very moment you first read Luís J. Rodríguez’s Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA. For me, it was when I had just finished college and happened upon a copy at my school.... Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
Revolution Summer Mixtape Track 2: Kevin, Asia, and the Exit Interview https://toodopeteachers.com/revolution-summer-mixtape-track-2-kevin-asia-and-the-exit-interview/ Mon, 06 Sep 2021 21:15:38 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=334 Just wanna tell you that the mixtape doesn’t have a specific order. Track 2, the one we did SECOND, is very meta and reflective.

In the winter of 2020, Asia approached us with an idea. Having been forced from her teaching position a few years before, Asia was keenly aware of the conditions faced by Black teachers in these schools. This has been the basis of some of her research around Dr. William Smith’s work on Racial Battle Fatigue, and she had decided that these stories MUST be told. Thus was born the wildly successful Exit Interview series.

We wanted to examine ways in which this work has impacted Kevin and Asia. How have these stories impacted them? Do you feel inspired? Upset? Disappointed? All of the above?

As we return to the classroom this fall, we know that there are fewer Black teachers for the reasons outlined in this series. Plus a fire Top Five.

]]>
Just wanna tell you that the mixtape doesn’t have a specific order. Track 2, the one we did SECOND, is very meta and reflective. In the winter of 2020, Asia approached us with an idea. Having been forced from her teaching position a few years before, Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
05. Habitually Disruptive with Math Revolutionary Annie Fetter https://toodopeteachers.com/05-habitually-disruptive-with-math-revolutionary-annie-fetter/ Mon, 06 Sep 2021 21:04:18 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=341 When I first learned of the “I notice/I wonder” approach, I was not aware that the concept had really gained traction as a math practice in the work of Annie Fetter. Fetter, who trained to become a teacher but quickly became one of its most humanistic and revolutionary trainer-experts, had revealed that allowing students the space and freedom to simply describe what they see in a math lesson deepened their learning, made the work relevant, and yielded positive results. I always had a feeling about this; traditionally I used “notice and wonder” in my history classes, but far from the 10-15 minutes it was supposed to take while I took attendance, handed out graded work, and provided materials for the “real” lesson, 45 minutes would go by until I finally ended the discussion to get to the “real work.”

When Kevin and I interviewed LaChanda Garrison for the Too Dope Teachers and a Mic podcast, she shared Annie’s name to illustrate a humanizing and culturally responsive method for teaching math. I went to YouTube immediately and found a treasure trove of presentations, workshops, and articles. “What do you notice/what do you wonder” was the praxis I always wanted and never knew it.

A couple of Twitter and Zoom conversations later, here we are. Annie, brilliant, unique and determined, joins me for a conversation that will disrupt all your long-held assumptions about math instruction and schooling more generally. Do not miss this one!

]]>
When I first learned of the “I notice/I wonder” approach, I was not aware that the concept had really gained traction as a math practice in the work of Annie Fetter. Fetter, who trained to become a teacher but quickly became one of its most humanistic ... Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
Revolution Summer Mixtape Track 6: Author and Educator Jaer Armstead-Jones https://toodopeteachers.com/revolution-summer-mixtape-track-6-author-and-educator-jaer-armstead-jones/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:18:01 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=338 Jaer Armstead-Jones is the definition of persistent. He has experienced life’s struggles and beauty alike. He has found healing through spirituality and creativity. And over the past few years, he has been writing tirelessly, consistently, and patiently to put a story into the universe. Drawing on experiences lived both by him and others, My Invisible Father asks important questions of fatherhood, masculinity, intersectionality, forgiveness, and healing.

We have the distinct honor and privilege to hear Jaer’s story and life path, as well as reflect on our own.

Plus a fire top five.

]]>
Jaer Armstead-Jones is the definition of persistent. He has experienced life’s struggles and beauty alike. He has found healing through spirituality and creativity. And over the past few years, he has been writing tirelessly, consistently, Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
Habitually Disruptive Episode 4: 2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year Owen Bondono https://toodopeteachers.com/habitually-disruptive-episode-4-2021-michigan-teacher-of-the-year-owen-bondono/ Mon, 30 Aug 2021 03:00:00 +0000 https://toodopeteachers.com/?p=336 Owen is a quintessential disruptor. Owen is punk rock. Owen radiates love and revolution, which is why he is the Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2021. If you haven’t had the please of hearing his ideas, learning about his message and platform, you are truly missing out. He is funny, brilliant, and ready to burn some things down for justice.

Since recording this episode, we did indeed attend Space Camp, and it was a blast and we did disrupt some stuff!

]]>
Owen is a quintessential disruptor. Owen is punk rock. Owen radiates love and revolution, which is why he is the Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2021. If you haven’t had the please of hearing his ideas, learning about his message and platform, Too Dope Teachers and a Mic