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Being an Ally for Social Justice - PTE027

Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

Release Date: 02/29/2016

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 54, how can we challenge Eurocentrism in the maths classroom and value Indigenous knowledge? Plus, how can we use graphs to explore social justice issues, and cultivate mathematical thinking with our students.

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 53, taking the emphasis off the answer in maths, focusing on building meaning and connections rather than remembering rules, and using low floor, high ceiling rich maths tasks. Plus, we have lots of maths teaching resources to share.

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In Episode 52, how do our families mathematise us? How does maths at home compare to maths at school? And why are our cultures so important in maths classrooms?

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 51, young people are engaging with literature in ways that are quite different to prior generations. We’ll explore young adult fiction that reflects our students' lives, issues, and worlds. We'll also challenge the traditional literary canon along the way.

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 50, a chat with long-time LGBTI human rights activist Rodney Croome. We explore the lessons learnt from the early campaigns to legalise homosexuality, unpack why personal stories are key, and small target strategies a mistake. Plus, we zero in on the dangers of the 'religious freedom' movement.

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In Episode 49, making our schools' sites of liberation and resistance. Plus challenging the dominant narratives that blame individual students whilst giving scant attention to the social justice, and structural issues impacting on them.

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In Episode 48, we explore teaching in a western suburbs school, where students often face bigotry, and negative stereotyping based on their race, their religious beliefs, and where they live. Plus, we unpack how to expand students' ideas about being Muslim.

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In Episode 47, fitting in and assimilation in predominantly white spaces. Plus, promoting girls' participation in sports, and making physical education classes more inclusive and fair.

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 46: how Rainbow Kids are actively campaigning for their LGBTIQ families' rights, and how schools can better support them. Also, why personal stories are key to changing hearts and minds in the battle for human rights. 

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 45, dual language English teacher, Victor Martinez didn’t see many other Latinx students like himself in college and he wants it to be different for his students. We discuss opportunities and attitudes, along with bringing the lived experiences of his students and their families, however harsh they may be, into the classroom. Also why do Victor’s students prefer to speak English rather than Spanish, and how does he challenge this.

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This is a special edition of Pushing The Edge.

Bill Ivey and Christina Torres return to discuss: How to be ally for social justice in education.

It can be quite a learning curve, filled with many questions and uncertainties.

What if we want to speak up but don’t fully understand the issues, or the correct language to use?

What if we slip up and say the wrong thing?

Our guests have been there, believe me, and they’ve got some especially useful tips and insights to share.

But that’s not all.

There’s a topic I’ve been wanting to discuss for quite a while but I’ve been too scared to raise it publicly.

Well finally I let it out into the world and it leads to an especially interesting discussion.

For full Show-Notes, go to: http://PushingTheEdge.org/27

Episode Run-Down:

▪ Do you know what you just said? How Bill's navigates being challenged(1:41)

▪ The importance of decentering ourselves (2:23)

▪ How might we get more people on board with social justice issues (2:43)

▪ Bill's tips about participating in diverse spaces (5:18)

▪ Owning up when we're wrong - Christina Torres(8:02)

▪ An Aha Moment: Christina slips up and a students calls it out (8:43)

▪ Speaking up about something I've been too scared to mention - Greg (10:25)

▪ Christina's tips for participating in diverse spaces (14:04)

▪ Helpful Strategies to navigate unfamiliar, diverse paces (17:45)

▪ A key lesson: The work is so much more important than whether the person likes me (19:51)

Related Podcasts:

▪ Teaching Students about Identity and Privilege with Bill Ivey - http://PushingTheEdge.org/25

▪ Empowering our Students to be Change-Makers with Christina Torres - http://PushingTheEdge.org/24

▪ Ending White Silence on Race in Education with Greg Michie - http://PushingTheEdge.org/26

Related Posts:

▪ Stand with Us for Social Justice in Education by @GregBCurran - http://PushingTheEdge.org/stand-up

▪ Tips for Making Twitter Chats more Inclusive by @GregBCurran - http://PushingTheEdge.org/26b

Episode Links:

▪ Bill Ivey on Twitter - https://twitter.com/bivey

▪ Christina Torres on Twitter - https://twitter.com/biblio_phile

▪ Christina Torres' Website - https://christinatorres.org/

▪ Jose Vilson on Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheJLV

▪ Beverly Daniel Tatum - https://goo.gl/Lza0Zg

▪ Educolor Website - http://www.educolor.org/

Additional Resources:

The Pushing The Edge Podcast Archive: http://PushingTheEdge.org or https://goo.gl/yJAZFm

Social Justice Resources: http://PushingTheEdge.org/social-justice-resources

Greg Curran on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GregBCurran