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First Name Basis Podcast

Aug 9, 2022

Social media feels like a double-edged sword: It can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and learn new things, but it can also be a place where debates run heated, long and seem unproductive.

So how do you navigate knowing when and how to speak up when you see people post things that are racist,...


Jul 19, 2022

“Carbon credit” is a trendy term you might have heard being used by businesses, government officials and the news media, but what exactly is it?

We’re answering that in this week’s episode, which is the first in our Summer School series!

Summer School is a brand-new series where I’m sharing quick tips...


Jul 12, 2022

We want our children to embrace anti-racist education both at school and at home, but what does that actually look like? 

We’re talking about anti-racism in the classroom for the second week in a row because it’s such an important topic to be thinking about right NOW. It might be a little early to be in full-on...


Jul 5, 2022

Classrooms should be places of growth, discovery and change, and as parents and caregivers we need to support teachers in fostering a positive environment for students.

And Patrick Harris II is a teacher who knows first-hand how important that is.

Patrick is one of my teaching idols, and he recently released a book...


Jun 28, 2022

You probably learned in school all about the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship and turning the experience into “The Star Spangled Banner.” But, in reality, there is a lot more to this story than you learned about in...