How the Podcast Came to Be
Linda and Shannon both taught at a 6 - 12 magnet school in Bloomfield which pulled from 6 towns (Hartford, Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Windsor and Enfield). In this diverse setting, it became apparent that some teachers (from the dominant culture) struggled to build an authentic rapport with their students. Even though all of these teachers chose to work in a diverse school, not all of them had the knowledge, experience and mindset needed to demand excellence from ALL students.
Enrolled in different Neag doctorate programs at UCONN, Linda and Shannon share similar research interests: specifically, cultural competency in the teaching cadre and its impact on student achievement. Through this podcast, we hope to take our personal and professional experiences and meld them with the academic learning we are engaged in at UCONN and share it with other educators.
What kinds of topics you plan to cover (or have already covered)?
We plan to cover topics that connect to cultural competency and race and education. Future topics include Structural racism, neo-liberal thinking, code switching, school to prison pipeline, privilege, and racialized tracking.