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The Highlighter Podcast #9:

Nation editor Zoë Carpenter and teacher Allison McManis

favicon The Highlighter newsletter, which comes out every Thursday at 9:10 am, is all about connecting loyal readers with high-quality articles about race, education, and culture. Ever since I launched the podcast two months ago, I’ve made sure to have loyal subscribers on the show — because what we read matters to what we do and how we are. I’ve wanted subscribers to get to know each other, and I’ve appreciated how our community has grown and gotten closer together.

This week on the podcast, there’s a big surprise. In addition to having a loyal subscriber on the show, there is also an author of one of the articles from last week’s newsletter.

I’m pleased to announce that Zoë Carpenter, editor at The Nation and author of “What’s Killing America’s Black Infants, is a guest on today’s episode.

Interviewing Zoë is social studies teacher Allison McManis, who teaches World History at City Arts and Technology High School in San Francisco. They talk about Zoë’s article, systemic inequities, and how our society allows infant mortality among African American babies to remain at a staggeringly high rate.

Please take a listen below and enjoy. Also, if you like the podcast, please feel free to subscribe!

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Thank you, and see you next Sunday evening for the next episode of the podcast!

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The Highlighter Podcast #6:

Academic Data and Assessment Manager Angelina Garcia

favicon In tonight’s episode of the podcast, I got to chat with Academic Data and Assessment Manager Angelina Garcia. Angelina is fantastic: She knows data, she has a passion for education, and she understands teachers — working side by side with them in order to support young people in their learning.

Angelina and I talked about a number of things, including why she’s a loyal subscriber to The Highlighter, why educators should care deeply about data, and why she bristled at the bar graph in last week’s article, “Homeless Students Drawn to Seattle Schools by Sports Are Often Cast Aside When the Season Is Over.” (Just so you know, we also talked about the article!)

Please take a listen below and enjoy. Also, if you like the podcast, please feel free to subscribe!

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Thank you, and see you next Sunday night at 9:10 pm for the next episode of the podcast!

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The Highlighter Podcast #5:

History Teacher Erin Brandvold

favicon It was a big delight to speak with History teacher Erin Brandvold this week. Erin is an excellent teacher, teacher-leader, instructional coach, and fitness guru.

We chatted about “Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville,” a fascinating episode of This American Life that I highlighted in last Thursday’s issue of the newsletter. It’s a story of a man in a small town in Alaska who researches his stance about immigration for an upcoming vote on a local measure.

I’ve decided that Erin should have her own podcast — that is, after she keeps teaching her students like the star she is, and after she completes half marathons and five-minute planks as part of Teacher Beasts.

Please take a listen and enjoy. Also, if you like the podcast, please feel free to subscribe!

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The Highlighter Podcast #4:

Humanities Teacher Marni Spitz

favicon Last week’s episode of The Highlighter podcast was very popular — there were more than 120 listeners. What a great way to start!

I just published the fourth episode, and I’m pretty excited about my conversation with Humanities teacher Marni Spitz. If you’re a fan of Iserotope, you’ll know that Marni is a contributor to TEACHER VOICES. Now she’s a podcast star, too.

In this episode, Marni and I chatted about “Youth From Every Corner,” an excellent article from last week’s digest. As a teacher, Marni knows firsthand how marginalized students of color face the unfair challenge of being labeled as failures even when offered opportunities to gain power in our society.

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The Highlighter Podcast

favicon The Highlighter, the weekly digest of the best articles on race, education, and culture, is now a podcast, too! Every Sunday night, I’ll talk to a loyal subscriber about their favorite articles from the week’s issue. Listen in and enjoy!

If you’re ready to subscribe, the podcast is on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and Anchor. If you use Stitcher, let me know if you can find it!

Or you can listen to the episodes here on Iserotope! favicon

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The Highlighter Podcast #3:

Artist and Art Teacher Heidi asks me questions

favicon The Highlighter Podcast is becoming a real thing! In this week’s episode, I chat with East Bay artist and art teacher Heidi, who flips the script and asks me questions, rather than the other way around.

It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to speak with Heidi.

Please check it out, and feel free to leave your comments about the episode below! Also, if you like the show, please subscribe via Apple Podcasts (or by searching for “The Highlighter” on other podcast catchers.) favicon

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The Highlighter digest is now also a podcast!

favicon Many of you like and subscribe to The Highlighter, the weekly email digest that includes my favorite articles on race, education, and culture.

If you don’t know what The Highlighter is, you’re missing out! Please check it out and subscribe here!

But that’s not the point of today’s post. Today I’d like to introduce a new feature, The Highlighter podcast. It’s pretty exciting.

Here’s today’s episode. Take a listen! (It’s about 4 minutes long.)

It’ll be fun to figure out where the podcast goes from here. My first thoughts are to interview loyal subscribers to the digest and to talk about articles they like. But you never know. Maybe if things get big, I’ll reach out to authors (sort of like the Longform podcast, which is excellent) and chat with them.

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Reader to Reader, the KCP Podcast

Episode #2: Tamera, Oakland

favicon After a brief (one-year) respite, I’m back with the second episode of Reader to Reader: The Kindle Classroom Project Podcast!

Reader to Reader is a 10-minute interview with a student participating in the Kindle Classroom Project.

Yesterday I had the privilege to sit down with Tamera, a 12th grader in Oakland. She just received a Kindle Paperwhite from her teacher, Maria.

In this episode, Tamera talks about the book she’s reading, where she’s going to college, and why she’s a reader. But there’s also a special twist — because Tamera was a KCP student back in 2012-13, when she was a ninth grader and when the KCP had only 13 Kindles!

Please let me know what you think about this episode — and include ideas for how to make this podcast a real podcast. For example: Should I be more prepared? Should there be music? What questions should I ask? Should I be less energetic?

My hope is to continue interviewing students and putting out a podcast episode at least every month. If things go well, maybe I’ll send Reader to Reader to iTunes! Thank you very much for your support. favicon

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Reader to Reader: LaMiya, Oakland

LaMiya Reader to Readerfavicon Today, I’m launching a new series. It’s called Reader to Reader. I’m excited.

The idea is to sit down with students who are participating in the Kindle Classroom Project, hear about their experience with their Kindle, and learn a little about their reading lives, including the book they’re reading now.

It won’t be fancy or glitzy — just two readers having a chat. But I do think that the result will be something special.

This first installment is a 10-minute talk with LaMiya, a 10th grader at Envision Academy in Oakland. She is a student in Nicole’s advisory and reads on a Kindle Fire.

Please enjoy!

For more information about LaMiya’s touchstone book: The Dogs of Winter, by Bobbie Pyron.

I hope you enjoyed this first Reader to Reader. (Yes, I’m working on my interviewing skills and audio quality!) Please leave your thoughts in the comments! favicon