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On the Pod this week:
And....we're back! Cristin, Andy, and Cal are back for Season 1 of Class Dismissed - the podcast for all of the conversations you need to have after the kids leave!
We start the show with a brand new segment: What Are You Thinking About?
Andy's thinking about Title II cuts and what it means for how we view supporting our schools' leaders (and educators more broadly).
Cal has been listening to Pod Save the People (Episode: Win the Available Victory; 54:15 - 1:04:00) and is thinking about a recent segment where they talked about the myth of meritocracy and the negative effects it has on students of color.
Cristin's been thinking about why kids can't write and the ways in which schools are attempting to (or not attempting to...) address the issue.
Then, we're joined by our guest: Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn, principal at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School in Chicago. Liz was born, raised, and educated in Chicago and now leads the school where she first began her teaching career. We discuss the recent research on the positive effects of students of color sharing the same race as their teachers, why it seems so hard for school's to increase the diversity of their teaching staffs, and how she has been building a teaching staff that reflects her students' racial identities.
Finally, we hear from you, our listeners! Liz sticks around to help us field some questions from:
An assistant principal rethinking his school's approach to literacy instruction and using text complexity as a guide to sequence reading instruction.
A middle school teacher anxiously anticipating having to deal with middle school girl drama during the new school year.
Call us with your school questions that you need some advice on or with your comments and reactions to this episode: (312) 772-6126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Class Dismissed is produced by Fulcrum Education Solutions - supporting school leaders to ensure that every teacher has the support and development they deserve. Fulcrum: Your Leadership. Leveraged.