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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

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TTT#306 A talk about "A Place to Stand" on Jimmy Santiago Baca by Daniel Glick, also w/ Kym Sheehan & Denise VanBriggle 7.18.12


61:36 minutes (42.3 MB)

On this episode of TTT, meet teachers +Denise VanBriggle, +Kym Sheehan, and filmmaker +Daniel Glick who tell us more about a film project called "A Place to Stand,” which Daniel is making. The three of them are using Kickstarter: http://kck.st/NsBX8g to raise money to finish a feature-length documentary about the life and poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca http://www.jimmysantiagobaca.com

On a recent post on the National Writing Project's Connect http://connect.nwp.org/national/blog/16429/join-us-support-place-stand-documentary Denise and Kym write:

A Place to Stand is a documentary film (http://kck.st/NsBX8g) about New Mexico poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and his transformation in the 1970s from an illiterate convict to a celebrated poet. Since his release, Jimmy has become one of the foremost Mexican American poets in America.

We're not viewing this as just a film. For us, this is about service. Jimmy’s memoir and poetry have inspired prisoners to leave gangs, drug addicts to stay clean, and countless others to dramatically shift the course of their lives. A Place to Stand will make his inspiring story and poetry available to many who would never find it otherwise. Free copies will be given to detention centers, prisons and schools for at-risk youth, coupled with programming designed to help people find in themselves what Jimmy found through his poetry: a place to stand in life, a sense of self-worth, and a reason to live.

Learn more about Jimmy Santiago Baca's life and poetry and consider contributing to the Kickstarter Project, A Place to Stand - Finishing Production. “This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is pledged by Wednesday Aug 1, 12:00am EDT.” Join us in supporting this effort if you can.

 

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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