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TTT#377 Dasani: Invisible Child Conversations w/ Marina Lombardo, Maribeth Whitehouse, Stephanie West-Puckett, Al Elliott 1.8.14


63:39 minutes (43.71 MB)

On this episode of TTT we offer a conversation about the NY Times articles on Dasani: Invisible Child http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1

We are joined by:

Marina Lombardo Maribeth Whitehouse Stephanie West-Puckett Al Elliott

We were moved the NY Times articles and the issues they raise. Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues that students like her present in our classrooms.

This is our third conversation about Dasani and students who face similar challenges, and what it's like to be teachers in schools with students facing the challenges of poverty. Also see:

We'd love to know what your perspectives are on the issues raised in the Times series.
 


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and to find links to several of the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


TTT#354 Birmingham Brave New Voices/Real Life Poets w/Beth Sanders, Al Elliott, John Taylor, Chaniya O'Bey, Chase, Ebony, Justin


59:58 minutes (41.17 MB)

On this episode of TTT, enjoy @MsSandersTHS @ellication @reallifepoets Chaniya O'Bey and three youths, Chase, Ebony, and Justin from the Birmingham Brave New Voices and Real Life Poets.

Young Alabama poets competing... for Brave New Voices festival in Chicago

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/young_alabama_poets_co...

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham poets age 13-20 have a chance to participate in Brave New Voices 2013, a festival that will be held in Chicago in August. BNV is a network of more than 70 organizations that hosts a HBO series that "captures teenager picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone with passion, intelligence, creativity, honesty and power," according to the BNV web site.

We celebrate poetry with young poets from Birmingham, Alabama on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers.

Along with the youths, we are joined by:

Beth Sanders @MsSandersTHS
Educator working on making a ruckus. Social justice, technology equality, educational equity for everyone. Youth Converts Culture Co-Founder. ADE Class of 2013.
Birmingham, Alabama

Al Elliott @ellication
Dad. Educator. Learner. Currently serving as a 5th Grade Teacher + Green Valley Elementary | Hoover City Schools | Real Life Poets, Inc. [Board Member]

John Paul Taylor @reallifepoets and Chaniya O'Bey
The Real Life Poets Inc. is a 501 c3 non-profit community service organization that uses and encourages communication using spoken word poetry and the arts.
Birmingham, Alabama http://reallifepoets.org

You don't want to miss this one!

TTT#339 Youth Converts Culture - Technology and Empathy in Alabama w/ Beth Sanders and Daniel Whitt along with Al Elliott 3.6.13


66:01 minutes (45.33 MB)

Teachers +Beth Sanders @MsSandersTHSand +Daniel Whitt  @WhittMister join us on this episode of TTT to talk about Youth Converts Culture youthconvertsculture.com along with their Alabama colleague, Al Elliott @ellication.

Youth Converts Culture (YCC) is an Alabama-based initiative combining technology with empathy to push education forward.  YCC believes that empathy, student voice, and social awareness should drive instruction in the 21st Century.  The YCC panel (brought to you in partnership with IDEA—the Institute for Democratic Education in America) will focus on constructing new, responsible, and engaging learning strategies designed to empower our youth to grow, communicate, and learn in a way that is congruent to who they are at their root: global citizens connected to the world as pioneering digital natives. 

Daniel Whitt is a teacher, a digital media specialist, a filmmaker, and a social activist living in Madison, Alabama.  He is Co-Founder/Co-Director of Youth Converts Culture.

Beth Sanders is a teacher, a technology consultant, and a social activist living in Birmingham, Alabama.  She is Co-Founder/Co-Director of Youth Converts Culture.

Enjoy!


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TTT #291 What we talk about when we talk about Trayvon Martin with Ashleigh Dennis, Al Elliott and Kiseem - 04.04.12


48:00 minutes (10.99 MB)

On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers we talk about what we talk about when we talk about Trayvon Martin #trayvonmartin. What have you been talking to your students about this? 

Here are some of the things that have been going up on Youth Voices the past few weeks: http://youthvoices.net/taxonomy/term/33223 And follow this link to find some of the the articles we have been reading and annotating together. (Once in the "Mission," click on each individual title to see students' comments.) http://youthvoices.net/node/36643

Recently, when I (Paul Allison) walked into my teachers room, it took about 4 seconds of talking about what my students were doing for three African-American colleagues to talk in wide-ranging ways about violence and protecting children and dress and racism, and more. I just listened as carefully as I could, trying to learn what their questions were.

We made an open invitation to teachers to come talkttt291bout Trayvon Martin at EdTechTalk http://edtechtalk.com. Paul Allison, Chris Sloan and Monika Hardy hosted this conversation with Ashleigh Dennis , Al Elliott and Kiseem, one of Paul's students.

We agree with what Dan Cantor wrote recently on the Working Families blogs: "What is new and welcome is that more and more white people are reminded or learning for the first time what the persistent existence of the color line means to millions of our fellow Americans." http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/2012/04/my-son-doesnt-look-like-trayvon/

We think this episode of TTT will add to the conversations you might be having with students and colleagues -- or you wish your were having. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.


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