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Join Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert as they explore fundamental issues impacting education today.

Basketball, Education, and Equity in Philadelphia

In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers. Throughout the conversation, recorded in January of 2021, the group explores how the Sixers and HBSE think about engaging the community, and the specific programs that they’re using to achieve impact. David shares his background growing up in a poor part of Philadelphia, having the opportunity to attend an elite private school, and the impact of his schooling on his academic and career trajectory. The conversation touches on themes including racial and educational equity, code switching as a cultural and professional tool, supporting Black-owned businesses in the community, and the importance of research funding.

Gender Equity in K-12 Education

In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by Delphi Cleaveland, Special Assistant in the Office of Global Women's Issues at U.S. Department of State, for a conversation about gender equity within American education. Throughout the conversation, recorded in December of 2020, the group explores the international and domestic context for gender equity within K-12 education, including issues like gendering of academic topics and activities, representation in school systems and STEM fields, and gender-related education challenges during the pandemic. Please note that all statements made in this episode were given in a personal capacity and do not reflect the views of the United States Government.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Melanie Young

In the final episode of the series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Melanie Young. Melanie is the founder of Infinite Mind Tutors, a Black-owned tutoring agency with the mission to use the collective power of Black minds to transform America's educational landscape. Melanie's passion is to make high-quality education accessible to all children. Before launching Infinite Mind Tutors, Melanie was a teacher and tutor working in Philadelphia's public schools for over nine years. In this episode, Melanie shares her personal journey to becoming an educator and the powerful influence her parents had over her passion for education.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Francene Garrett

In Part III of this series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Dr. Francene Garrett. Francene is an Instruction and Personalized Learning Lead in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, where she prides herself on being a change agent in the field of education through the use of practical, relevant, and engaging professional development, consulting, and coaching. In this episode, Francene shares her journey as an educator and the impact her own teachers had on her life.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Chris Robinson

In Part II of this series, we'll hear from Learn Fresh Fellow, Chris Robinson. Chris is a special education teacher and Athletic Director at his neighborhood middle school, McAuliffe International School in Denver, Colorado. Growing up, his family put a high standard on education, but it’s something that he took for granted until he transferred to a private school in 8th grade. Immediately, he understood that education was not the same for everyone, and as one of the only Black students at his new school, the inequity felt personal. From then on, becoming a teacher was always in the back of his mind. In this episode, Chris discusses his journey as an educator and the importance of creating relevant curriculum for students.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Ashley Barnett

Meet the inaugural class of Learn Fresh Fellows! Launched in Fall 2020, the Learn Fresh Fellowship for Culturally Inclusive Education invites educators and curriculum writers of color to create and broadly share standards-aligned curricula that authentically represent the cultural, ethnic, and racial identities of their communities. In this episode, we meet Ashley Barnett, an elementary educator working in a private school in Baltimore. Ashley graduated from St. John’s University with a master’s degree in childhood education, and has been teaching for over 10 years in Washington D.C., New York City, and Baltimore. Throughout this episode, Ashley shares her journey to the Fellowship and her vision for change in the classroom.

Education and the Racial Justice Movement, Part 1

Calvin and Nick share reflections on the role and importance of education in the racial justice movement in a two-part episode recorded in December 2020. Throughout the conversation, they talk about how they've seen these themes play out in their own lives, in the classroom, and through our work with Learn Fresh. In Part 1, Calvin and Nick explore how the American education system approaches Black history and U.S. history more generally, and how teaching, technology, and pedagogy can contribute to combating racism and building racial equity.

Education and the Racial Justice Movement, Part 2

Calvin and Nick share reflections on the role and importance of education in the racial justice movement in a two-part episode recorded in December 2020. Throughout the conversation, they talk about how they've seen these themes play out in their own lives, in the classroom, and through our work with Learn Fresh. In Part 2, the pair talk about representation in the classroom, culture, and curricula, and what it means for building racial acceptance and the pursuit of social justice.

Sport for Good in the Australian Football League

Continuing themes from last week around sport and community, this week’s episode explores the case study of The Huddle, an organization leveraging the power of sport to create positive outcomes for youth in Australia. Nick and Calvin are joined by Emma Kearney, captain and star player of the North Melbourne Football Club and Head of Education and Careers at The Huddle. Cam McLeod serves as CEO of The Huddle and also joins the conversation to discuss his vision for the organization’s scale. The group discusses The Huddle’s True North program, which is building a new model for professional sports organizations and community engagement across Australia.

Connecting Sport and Community: A Conversation with Harrison Barnes and Kirk Walters

Can professional sports inspire student learning and social impact? How can sports organizations leverage data to evaluate community outcomes? Do professional athletes and leagues have a responsibility to the community? In today’s episode, Nick and Calvin welcome Sacramento Kings star Harrison Barnes, a leading activist in the NBA community, and Kirk Walters, Director of Math Research at WestEd. The group discusses the links between sports and education, and explores the powerful platform athletes have to drive change and progress in their communities.

Challenges and Silver Linings: Teaching During the Pandemic

K-12 education and the importance of schools have been at the forefront of the national discourse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Nick and Calvin are joined by three educators from across the United States to discuss their experience teaching through this unprecedented time. Their discussion highlights the challenges of remote learning, the importance of adaptability, and the resilience of students. Thank you to our guests: Denzel Smith from Camden, NJ; Sean Patterson from Milwaukee, WI; and Robyn Seelye from Lansing, MI!

Game Changers in Education

Learn Fresh is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing innovative STEM learning experiences that empower educators and inspire students. By bringing students’ genuine interests into the classroom, Learn Fresh programs foster a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Nick is the CEO and Co-Founder of the organization and Calvin serves as the Chief Academic Officer. Throughout the episode, Nick and Calvin discuss Learn Fresh and the organization’s founding program, NBA Math Hoops.

Learn Fresh Podcast Trailer

Meet Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert: nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and hosts of the new Learn Fresh Podcast from the SYHDE Audio Network. Monzi and Sibert discuss topics impacting education and society today, including racial and gender equity, innovative learning models, cross-sector collaboration in education, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, they will be joined by industry leaders and educators from across the United States.

Basketball, Education, and Equity in Philadelphia

In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers. Throughout the conversation, recorded in January of 2021, the group explores how the Sixers and HBSE think about engaging the community, and the specific programs that they’re using to achieve impact. David shares his background growing up in a poor part of Philadelphia, having the opportunity to attend an elite private school, and the impact of his schooling on his academic and career trajectory. The conversation touches on themes including racial and educational equity, code switching as a cultural and professional tool, supporting Black-owned businesses in the community, and the importance of research funding.

Gender Equity in K-12 Education

In this episode, Calvin and Nick are joined by Delphi Cleaveland, Special Assistant in the Office of Global Women's Issues at U.S. Department of State, for a conversation about gender equity within American education. Throughout the conversation, recorded in December of 2020, the group explores the international and domestic context for gender equity within K-12 education, including issues like gendering of academic topics and activities, representation in school systems and STEM fields, and gender-related education challenges during the pandemic. Please note that all statements made in this episode were given in a personal capacity and do not reflect the views of the United States Government.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Melanie Young

In the final episode of the series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Melanie Young. Melanie is the founder of Infinite Mind Tutors, a Black-owned tutoring agency with the mission to use the collective power of Black minds to transform America's educational landscape. Melanie's passion is to make high-quality education accessible to all children. Before launching Infinite Mind Tutors, Melanie was a teacher and tutor working in Philadelphia's public schools for over nine years. In this episode, Melanie shares her personal journey to becoming an educator and the powerful influence her parents had over her passion for education.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Francene Garrett

In Part III of this series, we hear from Learn Fresh Fellow Dr. Francene Garrett. Francene is an Instruction and Personalized Learning Lead in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, where she prides herself on being a change agent in the field of education through the use of practical, relevant, and engaging professional development, consulting, and coaching. In this episode, Francene shares her journey as an educator and the impact her own teachers had on her life.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Chris Robinson

In Part II of this series, we'll hear from Learn Fresh Fellow, Chris Robinson. Chris is a special education teacher and Athletic Director at his neighborhood middle school, McAuliffe International School in Denver, Colorado. Growing up, his family put a high standard on education, but it’s something that he took for granted until he transferred to a private school in 8th grade. Immediately, he understood that education was not the same for everyone, and as one of the only Black students at his new school, the inequity felt personal. From then on, becoming a teacher was always in the back of his mind. In this episode, Chris discusses his journey as an educator and the importance of creating relevant curriculum for students.

Meet the Learn Fresh Fellows: Ashley Barnett

Meet the inaugural class of Learn Fresh Fellows! Launched in Fall 2020, the Learn Fresh Fellowship for Culturally Inclusive Education invites educators and curriculum writers of color to create and broadly share standards-aligned curricula that authentically represent the cultural, ethnic, and racial identities of their communities. In this episode, we meet Ashley Barnett, an elementary educator working in a private school in Baltimore. Ashley graduated from St. John’s University with a master’s degree in childhood education, and has been teaching for over 10 years in Washington D.C., New York City, and Baltimore. Throughout this episode, Ashley shares her journey to the Fellowship and her vision for change in the classroom.

Education and the Racial Justice Movement, Part 1

Calvin and Nick share reflections on the role and importance of education in the racial justice movement in a two-part episode recorded in December 2020. Throughout the conversation, they talk about how they've seen these themes play out in their own lives, in the classroom, and through our work with Learn Fresh. In Part 1, Calvin and Nick explore how the American education system approaches Black history and U.S. history more generally, and how teaching, technology, and pedagogy can contribute to combating racism and building racial equity.

Education and the Racial Justice Movement, Part 2

Calvin and Nick share reflections on the role and importance of education in the racial justice movement in a two-part episode recorded in December 2020. Throughout the conversation, they talk about how they've seen these themes play out in their own lives, in the classroom, and through our work with Learn Fresh. In Part 2, the pair talk about representation in the classroom, culture, and curricula, and what it means for building racial acceptance and the pursuit of social justice.

Sport for Good in the Australian Football League

Continuing themes from last week around sport and community, this week’s episode explores the case study of The Huddle, an organization leveraging the power of sport to create positive outcomes for youth in Australia. Nick and Calvin are joined by Emma Kearney, captain and star player of the North Melbourne Football Club and Head of Education and Careers at The Huddle. Cam McLeod serves as CEO of The Huddle and also joins the conversation to discuss his vision for the organization’s scale. The group discusses The Huddle’s True North program, which is building a new model for professional sports organizations and community engagement across Australia.

Connecting Sport and Community: A Conversation with Harrison Barnes and Kirk Walters

Can professional sports inspire student learning and social impact? How can sports organizations leverage data to evaluate community outcomes? Do professional athletes and leagues have a responsibility to the community? In today’s episode, Nick and Calvin welcome Sacramento Kings star Harrison Barnes, a leading activist in the NBA community, and Kirk Walters, Director of Math Research at WestEd. The group discusses the links between sports and education, and explores the powerful platform athletes have to drive change and progress in their communities.

Challenges and Silver Linings: Teaching During the Pandemic

K-12 education and the importance of schools have been at the forefront of the national discourse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Nick and Calvin are joined by three educators from across the United States to discuss their experience teaching through this unprecedented time. Their discussion highlights the challenges of remote learning, the importance of adaptability, and the resilience of students. Thank you to our guests: Denzel Smith from Camden, NJ; Sean Patterson from Milwaukee, WI; and Robyn Seelye from Lansing, MI!

Game Changers in Education

Learn Fresh is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing innovative STEM learning experiences that empower educators and inspire students. By bringing students’ genuine interests into the classroom, Learn Fresh programs foster a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Nick is the CEO and Co-Founder of the organization and Calvin serves as the Chief Academic Officer. Throughout the episode, Nick and Calvin discuss Learn Fresh and the organization’s founding program, NBA Math Hoops.

Learn Fresh Podcast Trailer

Meet Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert: nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and hosts of the new Learn Fresh Podcast from the SYHDE Audio Network. Monzi and Sibert discuss topics impacting education and society today, including racial and gender equity, innovative learning models, cross-sector collaboration in education, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, they will be joined by industry leaders and educators from across the United States.

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