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S7 Episode 1 - Learn What You Don't Know with Tiffany Johnson-Harwick

Inclusion School Podcast

Release Date: 02/12/2023

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Inclusion School Podcast

In this week's episode of the Inclusion School Podcast, hosts, Julie Kratz and Simone Morris, are thrilled to welcome a very special guest, Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, an award-winning speaker, publisher, and children's book author.  Her latest book, "What's Worrying Darwin?", co-authored with her young son, addresses autism through the story of a child named Darwin who learns to understand and appreciate the differences in others. Bridgett shares her insights on promoting inclusivity and understanding for children on the autism spectrum, emphasizing the importance of people-first language...

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In this week's episode, hosts Simone Morris and Julie Kratz are joined by a very special guest, Denise Hendershot. Denise, along with her husband Brian, co-hosts the DiverseLuv podcast, which explores their experiences as an interracial couple navigating a myriad of social challenges through courageous, authentic conversations. Denise shares deep insights into how embracing diversity in thought and culture has strengthened their relationship and the importance of having open dialogues about difficult topics such as race, parenting, and inclusivity. Denise's powerful personal anecdotes and...

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Simone Morris and Julie Kratz welcome the inspiring Keylonda Wheeler to this episode of The Inclusion School Podcast. Keylonda, a passionate speech therapist and children's book author, shared her heartwarming journey to diversify kids' literature, honoring her friend and empowering children with disabilities. She offers ways to use more inclusive language such as: "non-speaking" over "nonverbal", reminding us how everyone has something to say. Discover more about Keylonda's mission to make every child feel seen and heard, and join us on this ongoing journey of creating a world where everyone...

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Julie & Simone are excited to welcome Micaela Benn, an inspiring children's book author and founder of a company dedicated to coaching and marketing support for picture books promoting early literacy through culturally diverse stories.  Micaela shares her journey behind her book "Little Mister Fix-It" and how it captures the essence of a positive family environment. Together they dive into an enlightening conversation with Micaela about inclusivity in children's books, the richness of educational diversity, and the possibilities that open up when we nurture our children's...

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Join Simone & Julie as they welcome back to the podcast, Brytani Cavil, a passionate change agent dedicated to creating equitable opportunities for students and families. From her work with Brown Book Box and consultancy in education, to her advocacy for summer and after school programs, Brytani's insights highlight the importance of messaging, parent involvement, and access to diverse experiences for underserved youth. Discover how 21st century programs can be a catalyst for positive change in communities. Tune in for actionable inspiration on creating a better world for our future...

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In this episode of The Inclusion School podcast, Simone and Julie are joined by the passionate and knowledgeable Jandy Flores, who is a professional development specialist for educators and specializes in bilingual and cultural awareness, and early literacy. Jandy shares insights into the importance of language, culture, and heritage in education. They explore the nuances of being a bilingual teacher, fostering an inclusive environment for students from diverse cultural backgrounds, and the significance of integrating cultural elements into the classroom. Jandy also provides practical...

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In this week's episode of the Inclusion School Podcast, hosts Julie Kratz and Simone Morris are joined by author and parent liaison, Jeni DeGregorio. Jeni opens up about her journey as a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties and autism, sharing her experiences and insights. She discusses the inspiration behind her children's books, which aim to make sensory exercises more fun and less like work for children. Moreover, Jeni sheds light on the importance of understanding and accommodating neurodivergent individuals in various settings. Listeners also gain valuable tips on...

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In today’s insightful episode with children's book author, Sara Momtaz, Julie & Simone explore her inspiring journey with "Mou Mou and Friends," a vibrant world where every child belongs. Sara shares deeply personal stories, reminding us that inclusion is more than a buzzword—it's about real kids with real stories. They discuss the power of representation, the tough yet enlightening path of advocacy, and the irreplaceable value of inclusive environments for children, particularly in the realms of education and play. Sara's passion extends beyond books to a vision of inclusive consumer...

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In this first episode of Season 9 of the Inclusion School Podcast, hosts Julie Kratz and Simone Morris sit down with Jamee Herbert, CEO and co-founder of Bridge Care. Jamee shares her journey into creating Bridge Care, a parent-led childcare data and community management platform aimed at supporting equitable and effective early childhood care and education systems. The discussion dives into the current state of childcare in the U.S., the systemic problems it faces, and the importance of advocating for its improvement. Jamee also highlights the impact of investing in early childhood care and...

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In this episode, hosts Julie Kratz and Simone Morris reflect on the end of season 8 and the rich conversations they've had with guests. They recap the topics covered this season, including equitable education, inclusivity at the playground, inclusive media, and blending family, faith, and inclusive leadership. They also share their plans for the hiatus, discussing rest, personal projects, and priorities. Additionally, they express their excitement to return for the spring of 2024. Listen to the full episode for a heartfelt discussion and insights into their future plans as they sign off for...

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Tiffany Johnson-Harwick joins the Inclusion School Podcast this week as we launch Season 7,  sharing her story of her shift from the corporate world to Education. She is dual certified in special and general education and is a behavioral specialist. She talks of her experiences as a child in the 90's growing up experiencing  racism and her desire to fix things and be a problem solver. Tiffany encourages parents and caregivers to seek out ways to talk to children about difficult subjects. Her goal is to continue to normalize and intertwine accessibility, inclusion, equity, diversity and belonging into standard educational instructional practices. 

You can reach Tiffany on Instagram @Tiffany_educationallyinclusive and on LinkedIn.

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