Episode 052 of the ClassCast Podcast features Sandy Sullivan, president of the Loudoun Education Association (LEA), speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about the LEA, its short and long term goals, collective bargaining in Virginia, pandemic safety measures, community outreach, and more. This is Sandy's second (non-consecutive) term as LEA president; otherwise, she has spent her career teaching early elementary education in Loudoun and Montgomery (MD) counties. In this conversation, she explains the changes in Virginia's collective bargaining laws, the need for union representation, how education associations and unions function, as well as what is best for teachers and students. Whether you're for or against teachers' unions, this episode will help you better understand the issues and better contextualize their impacts in local communities.
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ClassCast Podcast Ep.038 features writer, traveler, and teacher Janet LoSole, author of Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America. Janet is an experienced world traveler and ESL teacher who advocates for a special brand of homeschooling or unschooling -- "world schooling." In this episode, we discuss what world schooling is, why people do it, what kinds of families pursue the option, and what can be learned. We also address travel, educational freedom, books, and more. If you've ever thought about taking an extended field trip with family -- foreign or domestic -- you MUST learn more about world schooling and how travel can create the curriculum you need to learn everything from traditional school and more. In particular, listeners who enjoyed our recent episode about unschooling with Catina Franklin Sweedy will find a lot to think about in this conversation.
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- Intro/What Is World Schooling? -- 1:17 - 10:40
- World Schooling: Language, Family, & Duration -- 16:31 - 27:08
- How Language Impacts Travel -- 27:09 - 34:41
- World Schooling Networks & Support -- 34:42 - 38:52
- Is World Schooling for Rich People? -- 42:15 - 50:53
- The Chicken Bus & the Book -- 50:58 - 59:04
- Janet's Ideal (Un)School -- 1:00:24 - 1:12:05
- Book/Movie Recommendations -- 1:12:05 - 1:17:19
- Seeing Poverty Up Close -- 1:17:20 - 1:22:05
Ep.036 features the founders of Allies for Black Voices:
Pooja Tanjore, Roma Sharma, Grace Crangle, & Nikita Sajai.
Allies for Black Voices is a project founded and operated by four brilliant young women in Loudoun County, Virginia. After the murder of George Floyd and the outbreak of Black Lives Matter protests across, Pooja, Roma, Grace, and Nikita felt compelled to act. They realized that social media posts aren't real action, and they understood that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were unable to participate in protests or engage in robust discussions about systemic racism and reform. They pooled their ideas and resources and, after joining forces with the Loudoun County chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) and their vice president (Jessica Berg -- teacher, writer, activist, and former ClassCast Podcast guest), decided to create a virtual platform to showcase Black speakers who wanted to share their ideas, experiences, and aspirations for improving racial justice in the United States. Each week throughout the summer of 2020, Allies for Black Voices is hosting a live Zoom session featuring different speakers and ideas. The events are free to attend, and they post the videos to their YouTube channel for sharing or viewing after the live event ends. Keep up with their speakers and new events on their Instagram page.
In this episode of the ClassCast Podcast, host Ryan Tibbens talks with Pooja, Roma, Grace, and Nikita about their work for racial justice and how public education factors into our country's race problems and solutions. From activism to curriculum improvement, multiculturalism to book/movie/podcast recommendations, Episode 036 is a deep, content rich discussion about how all Americans can contribute to social improvement.
For ease of access and organization, the ClassCast Podcast will no longer post separate highlight clips for reach episode. Of course, we recommend listening to the full episode, but from now on, each upload will include a Table of Contents with time stamps to to help listeners find specific topics and sections.
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