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Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators
Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators
Tricia Friedman

Reimagining K12 education to foster allyship and belonging one conversation at a time. Learn more at allyed.org

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179: What does it really mean to build community?

This week explores the theme of collaboration and inclusion in caregiving and education. Special guest, Nawal Qarooni, discusses the importance... more

18 Jul 2024 · 33 minutes
178: Play as catalyst for community

This week Tricia brings you a conversation from her other (other, other) podcast the Shifting Schools podcast. She speaks with... more

11 Jul 2024 · 45 minutes
177: Dear Mothman: Middle Grade Fiction for Creative and Complex Themes

Robin Gow discusses their book 'Dear Mothman' and the power of middle grade fiction. They emphasize the importance of recognizing... more

04 Jul 2024 · 32 minutes
176: Take yourself as a starting point

Tricia interviews Alvina Chamberland, author of the book 'Love the World or Get Killed Trying.' They discuss the connection between... more

27 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
175- We're Not One Thing

The conversation revolves around the importance of libraries and the challenges they face, particularly in relation to book banning. The... more

20 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
174: What Does Allyship Mean To You?

The conversation explores the concept of allyship and how the editors of the book 'Teaching Pride Forward' aim to help... more

13 Jun 2024 · 40 minutes
173: The Value In Stories With Michael Leali

Michael Leali discusses the origin story of his book 'Matteo' and its evolution, the collaborative writing process, the emotional challenges... more

06 Jun 2024 · 31 minutes
172: A Powerful, Practical Opportunity For Pride (and Beyond)

How will you take action for Pride? On the show this week we talk about a practical, powerful opportunity our communities... more

30 May 2024 · 27 minutes
171: An Abundant Mindset for Service Learning

The conversation focuses on the importance of reciprocal partnerships in service learning. The speakers discuss the need for deep, meaningful... more

23 May 2024 · 39 minutes
170: Our story evolves with Amy G.

Amy G., a sports journalist and author, discusses her work on the Smarty Marty series, which has a brand new... more

16 May 2024 · 45 minutes
169: The power of non-linear paths with Maymouna Sakho

Maymouna discusses her unique perspective on innovation and the importance of leaving a legacy. She shares about her upbringing and... more

09 May 2024 · 54 minutes
Episode 168: Latimer AI is reminding us what true innovation really is

What does it mean to be 'AI for everyone?' CEO and Founder of Latimer, John Pasmore tells us about the vision... more

07 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Episode 167: The Way Forward is With Each Other

Dr. Anthony Muhammad discusses his new book, The Way Forward, and its connection to his previous work. He shares his... more

29 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
166: Your Power To Push For More Inclusive Media

Dr. Emily Garside discusses her book on Russell T. Davies and the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in media. She shares... more

22 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Episode 165: Theatre as an engine for critical thinking

In this episode, Tricia and Dr. Emily Garside discuss the book 'Seasons of Love' and why a deep dive into... more

15 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Episode 164: A Significant Study Of Schitt's Creek

This conversation explores the diverse portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters in the TV show Schitt's Creek and the positive impact it... more

08 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Episode 163-Curiosity as a critical tool today with Jennifer LaGarde

"Libraries are one of the few remaining egalitarian institutions left on planet Earth." - Jennifer LaGarde On this episode Jennifer aka... more

01 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
Episode 162: Supporting the mental health of students with The Jed Foundation

Contact Tricia to learn more about the AI 3 Week Cohort in February: tricia@shiftingschools.com Learn more about it www.shiftingschools.com Take 50% off... more

19 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Episode 161: How a movement gets made with ODIS co-founders

On this episode Tricia brings you a look at the coming new season from the Unhinged Collaboration Podcast. On today are... more

21 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
Episode 160: Inclusion, Algorithms And Media Literacy

Did you know that according to their own internal research apprx 80% of all content viewed on Netflix is viewed... more

14 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Gratitude for great questions

Tricia shares a bonus episode where she was invited to speak with the new show out this year: The Benjamin Franklin... more

07 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
Meet the US Principal of the Year!

On this special bonus episode, Tricia is proud to introduce a brand new initiative she's been working on: Sustainable Innovation: By... more

30 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Episode 159: Researchers As Change Makers

Explore how Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in schools can leverage cutting-edge AI research tools to enhance their advocacy and... more

23 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
158: A Very Important Book Birthday!

We are celebrating the one year anniversary of one of my favorite books by the amazing Angeline Aow and Dr.... more

16 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
157: News Literacy Matters Now More Than Ever...

Explore the profound impacts of digital literacy and political engagement initiatives by CIVIX, and discover resources that can transform classrooms... more

09 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
156: How can I engage our GSA With AI Literacy?

Discover the ten pivotal reasons why GSAs should embrace AI literacy and the role they play in bias mitigation, representation,... more

02 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
155: The perfect anthology for Halloween!

In light of Halloween being just around the corner, we are bringing you a repeat episode that explores a remarkable... more

26 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
154: Why school leaders passionate about inclusion need to learn more about esports

In this episode Dr. Kraft shatters misconceptions and reveals the power of gaming for building social-emotional skills. How can educators... more

19 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
153-Listen to Bridget Todd on the Power of Listening

On this episode we talk about the art of listening, the significance of bringing a critical lens to our media... more

12 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
152: Airi Sano Prankmaster General with Zoe Tokushige

Zoe Tokushige (she/they) originally hails from Southern California, but has spent the past decade on the East Coast. After attending... more

05 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
151: The Book I Needed To Write With Hannah V. Sawyerr

Hannah V. Sawyerr was recognized as the Youth Poet Laureate of Baltimore in 2016. Her spoken word has been featured... more

28 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
Episode 150: Five Practices For Equity-Focused School Leadership with Dr. Gooden

Dr. Mark Anthony Gooden is on the podcast this week to talk about the book "Five Practices For Equity-Focused School... more

21 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
149: One Conversation Is Not Enough with Don P. Hooper

Don P. Hooper is a writer and filmmaker of Jamaican heritage (and a programmer in a former life). His short... more

14 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode 148: Illustrating For Conversations We Need with Angel Chang

This week we speak with artist and illustrator Angel Chang. Angel discusses her work and process as well as ways educators... more

07 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Episode 147: Is your team avoiding discussions about conflict?

If your team wants better collaboration but you haven't talked about what it means to have generative conflict you are... more

31 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Episode 146: Starting My New Year With Stargazing

As we begin a new academic year, this is an important time to think about how you might prioritize your... more

24 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Episode 145- Does your learning community need a common bookmark?

How can we honor different interests in different texts types and still have an entry point into powerful conversations? Tricia walks... more

17 Aug 2023 · 9 minutes
Episode 144: AI Literacy In Your GSA Group?

In this episode we discuss a free guide that sets your GSA/SOGI group up to explore and consider the role... more

10 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Episode 143: Too Much! with Jolene Gutiérrez

On this episode, Jolene Gutiérrez tells us all about her brand new book Too Much! Ready to learn more about this... more

03 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
Episode 142: Demarginalizing Design with Dee Lanier

What is design thinking? What does it mean to focus on mindsets rather than models? Guest leader, educator and author Dee... more

27 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
141: Might esports help foster belonging?

How is Minecraft a powerful tool for building community, fostering inclusion, and engaging learners? This week we share an episode of... more

20 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
Episode 140: What do you want your relationship with social media to feel like this summer?

Summer can be a great time to rethink habits. This summer I'm trying a few mini experiments out to recalibrate my... more

13 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
Episode 139: Engendering a capacity to understand

On this episode, we get the JOY of listening to Meredith Klein and Sherri Spelic talk about the art of... more

06 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Episode 138: Center Community Care with AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez

Ready to learn about this week's amazing guest? Born in Venezuela, AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create... more

29 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
137 Queerness Isn't A Monolith with Shelly Page

On this episode of the podcast we hear from Shelly Page (with a brief intro from Alex Brown)as she walks... more

22 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
136: Belonging is not stable with Vox Jo Hsu, MFA, PHD

"What can the field(s) of rhetoric do to foster connection and care across difference? And, what stories must we tell... more

15 Jun 2023 · 31 minutes
135: Pride In Student Leadership

On this episode, we have the important opportunity to hear from student leaders. Our guests are members of the High... more

11 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Episode 134: It Begins with an Idea with Zackary Grady

On this episode we talk with Zackary Grady about their award-nominated production Gay Pride and Prejudice. Learn all about that show: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt26518740/ Learn... more

08 Jun 2023 · 38 minutes
133: Respect Children with Lindz Amer

On the show this week Lindz Amer talks to us all about their brand new book Rainbow Parenting as well... more

01 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
132- Doing What I Love with Professor Marla Hunter

On this episode Professor Marla Hunter tells listeners about the beginnings to Live. Love. Teach LLC and Live. Love. Swim... more

25 May 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode 131: Gender, Sex, and Tech with Dr. Jennifer Jill Fellows

Jennifer Jill Fellows is a faculty member in the philosophy department at Douglas College. She is also a 2022 Media... more

18 May 2023 · 59 minutes
130: Proactive For Pride

This episode shares an important call to action from a remarkably dedicated group of student leaders. How will YOU use your... more

08 May 2023 · 8 minutes
Episode 129: Really truly deeply listening with Shonagh Reid

On this week we talk about dealing with resistance, and treating yourself with compassion when it comes to leading in... more

04 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Episode 128: If Tomorrow Doesn't Come with Jen St. Jude

In this episode of The Be A Better Ally Show, we learn from author Jen St. Jude about their new... more

27 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
Episode 127: Being Listened To With Bridget Todd

On this episode we talk about the art of listening, the significance of bringing a critical lens to our media... more

20 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Episode 126: Emotional Labor with Rose Hackman

On this episode, we host author and journalist Rose Hackman who shares more about her new book 'Emotional Labor.' Learn more... more

13 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Episode 125: Students are leading, are we listening?

This week we bring you a conversation with a remarkable panel of student leaders via the Unhinged Collaboration podcast. Learn more... more

06 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
Episode 124: The Wishing Flower with AJ Irving

I cannot talk about AJ Irving's soon-to-be-released (May, 2023) book 'The Wishing Flower' without getting emotional. It is groundbreaking, beautiful,... more

30 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Episode 123: Behind the Scenes with BIPOC Credits

On this episode, we sit down with the folks behind the podcast "BIPOC Credits." If you teach film or you... more

23 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Episode 122- Talked With Not Just About with Carolyn Kiel

This week marks #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek and we are thrilled to mark it with Carolyn Kiel. Carolyn is the host and founder... more

15 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Episode 121: Learn more with #TransRightsReadathon this March

On this special bonus episode we learn more about the #TransRightsReadathon happening this March 20th-27th from the author who brought... more

14 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Episode 120: Strategic, Informed and Inspired to Make Change

On this episode Tricia responds to feedback from listeners like you who requested a few more 'solo shows.' Discussed in this... more

09 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Episode 119: Tell Kids The Truth with Tameka Fryer Brown

This week special guest Tameka Fryer Brown joins us to discuss her new book 'That Flag' (illustrated by Nikkolas Smith).... more

02 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Episode 118: About Abundance with Danielle Desir Corbett

On this week Danielle Desir Corbett explains why young learners deserve stories about the power of grants and awards. Danielle reminds... more

23 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Episode 117: Door By Door with Meridth McKean Gimbel

Door by Door: How Sarah McBride Became America's First Openly Transgender Senator is available for pre-order now and will celebrate... more

16 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Episode 116: Love And Accountability with Margaret Park

Margaret Park is an Educational Leader, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant, Facilitator, and Educator. On this episode she talks about the work... more

09 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
Episode 115: Leading Inclusion with Dr. Gena Cox

Dr. Gena Cox discusses the research and vision behind her award-winning book "Leading Inclusion." This episode looks at what a... more

02 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Episode 114: Moving From Why To How with Dr. Jennifer Williams

This week we hear from Dr. Jennifer Williams as she outlines how educators and learners of all ages can collaborate... more

23 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Episode 113: Courage In Her Cleats With Kim Chaffee

Kim Chaffee joins us to discuss her brand new picture book 'Courage in Her Cleats.' This non-fiction picture book takes... more

19 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Episode 112: The influence of the NFL with Cyd Zeigler

This episode explores the work of Outsports with one of its co-founders: Cyd Zeigler. We discuss the mission of Outsports,... more

12 Jan 2023 · 35 minutes
Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators
Episode 115: Leading Inclusion with Dr. Gena Cox
Be a Better Ally: critical conversations for K12 educators

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Dr. Gena Cox discusses the research and vision behind her award-winning book "Leading Inclusion." This episode looks at what a truly competent... more