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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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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!)

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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 #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.

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Amazon Education donates 200 Kindle Fires!

favicon This is a wonderful way to start a week!

Amazon Education has generously donated 200 Kindle Fire HDs and 200 cases to the Kindle Classroom Project. This is one of the largest donations in KCP history!

 

I am very grateful to Alicia (San Mateo, CA), who connected me in February with representatives at Amazon. After several conversations, the team at Amazon Education in Seattle followed up and completed the gift.

The Kindles and cases arrived on Friday and are ready to be processed, assembled, registered, and delivered to students next month!

The devices will go to students at Envision Academy in Oakland. Last year, the school ran a very successful reading program, with every student having the chance to read on a Kindle. With these new devices, I look forward to deepening our partnership this year.

 

One big benefit of this donation is that it means that students and teachers at Envision Academy will not have to learn how to use various types of Kindles. Even though Kindles are relatively easy to navigate, it’s better if everybody is using the same version.

Additionally, because Fires come with color touch screens and speakers, students will have access to all of the features that the Kindle affords, including text-to-speech.

Thank you again to the team at Amazon Education! This is a huge day for the Kindle Classroom Project, and I really appreciate your enormous contribution. 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.

Let me know what you think! favicon