Podcast Episodes for K-12 Educators

Series Intro: As We Learn, We Realize How Much More There Is to Know

Launched June 2021

For educators who want to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms, getting started can be confusing - and quite often prompts some fear. What if I say or do the wrong thing? What if there is pushback? And where do I even begin? Our Pilot Series and Season One provide real-world advice and reasonable, practical strategies on how you can create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms.

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What to do & say when K-5 students use "Gay" to tease their friends. 

Published June 11, 2021

How can kindergarten and elementary school teachers help dismantle stereotypes and create an inclusive environment for all students? Meet Chip James, who will answer this question (and more) based on decades of experience as an expert elementary educator and also from his private practice serving LGBTQ-identifying youth.

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How to create a supportive classroom for gender-expansive middle school students. 

Published June 11, 2021

Creating a supportive learning environment where all students can be their true selves is vital, but today's gender-expansive identities and language can often seem overwhelming for teachers. Meet Amber Joseph, a middle school teacher, who will provide you with actionable steps to honor and include all of the identities your students bring into the classroom.

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Hiding in plain sight: small steps to create LGBTQ-inclusive Schools

Published June 11, 2021

Making our schools truly LGBTQ-inclusive takes time--and requires real systemic change. But creating LGBTQ-inclusive learning environments doesn’t always require major policy shifts. Meet Dr. Steven LaBounty, an expert in K-12 education, who reminds us of the everyday opportunities teachers have to create a more inclusive environment for all.

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UnPacking the Power of the Color Pink in a 3rd-Grade Classroom 

Published November 16, 2021

"Mr. Chip, how can you do that? Your cup! You're drinking out of a pink cup!" In this episode, Chip James, an expert elementary educator, discusses how he seized on an opportunity to educate a group of 3rd-grade students in a discussion that led them towards deconstructing rigid (and ridiculous, as it turned out) gender stereotypes.

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Book Bites: Introducing LGBTQ-inclusive Books in Your Classroom

Published January 27, 2022

Books help us understand our world and our place within it. For young people of any age, stories that reflect themselves, their friends, their families, and their communities are a vital source of validation. Meet Kathleen Barker, a library and information specialist and historian, to explore the value of LGBTQ-inclusive books - for students and teachers.

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The Past Is Always Present: Ways of Being in the Ancient World Return

Published May 13, 2022

To simplify the many complexities of our world, humans naturally reach for labels. We use them to categorize others and describe ourselves. But labels evolve over time: some fall out of favor, others are redefined, and new ones are introduced. In this episode, you will meet Stephen Guerriero, a veteran middle school social studies educator, who will take us back to ancient times to help demystify labels and shed new light on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The Belonging Blurb that Is Useful in Every K-12 Classroom 

Published June 7, 2022

How can teachers of math, science, and other non-humanities content create an LGBTQ-inclusive classroom that is sincere and authentic? What can teachers do, and say, when they witness homophobic statements or behavior? Meet Dr. Heather Brown-Hudson, who unpacks these questions and offers practical guidance on the opportunities all teachers have to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. Be sure to visit the bottom of the transcript for "the blurb!"

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Navigating Pushback with Compassion: A Multicultural Lens

Published July 15, 2022

One of the most common worries for educators who want to teach LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, or make clear that their classrooms are LGBTQ-inclusive, is that they’ll get pushback from parents or caregivers. Meet Triana Wilson, who draws on over a decade's experience navigating complex conversations about this topic with parents and caregivers of her new immigrant and refugee students. Below the transcript are links to state and national laws and policies referenced in this episode.

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