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"IDENTITY TALK 4 EDUCATORS LIVE" (IDTALK4ED LIVE)

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #166 - "Unpacking the Art of Instructional Design" (Ranata Davis)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #166 - "Unpacking the Art of Instructional Design" (Ranata Davis)

In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ranata Davis to learn about her early upbringing in South Carolina, her life as an international educator in Qatar, her transition from teaching in the classroom to working as an instructional designer, and so much more! To learn more about Ranata's work, you can visit her website at www.idbydavis.com or follow her on LinkedIn. BIO: Ranata Davis is a former physical education teacher, athletic director, and assistant principal who hails from a small town in South Carolina, USA. With a passion for physical education, Ranata was committed to inspiring her students to adopt healthy lifestyles and develop crucial life skills like teamwork, communication, and leadership. She was equally enthusiastic about creating safe and inclusive environments where all students could participate in physical activity, regardless of their backgrounds and skill levels. As an athletic director, Ranata oversaw sports programs and competitions, working closely with coaches and athletes to ensure they had everything they needed to excel. Her priority was always the well-being and success of student-athletes. As an assistant principal, she was dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school community, collaborating with students, parents, and faculty to achieve this. For the past five years, Ranata has been based in Doha, Qatar, where she has transitioned to professional learning design. As a learning designer, she has been instrumental in creating engaging and effective learning experiences for teachers, incorporating adult learning theory and best practices. Ranata's passion for education and physical activity continues to inspire those around her, making a significant impact wherever she goes. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #165 - "Using STEM Ed to Drive Equity & Justice" (Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #165 - "Using STEM Ed to Drive Equity & Justice" (Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean)

In this week's episode, I had the privilege of chatting with Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean to learn about her early educator journey, how she discovered her love for STEM, the founding of STEM4Real, and what people can expect from her upcoming book, "STEM for All". To learn more about Dr. Leena's work, you can visit the STEM4Real website at stem4real.org or you can follow her on Instagram, Twitter (@stem4real), and LinkedIn. BIO: Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean is the founder of STEM4Real, a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to combining standards-based content learning and leadership with principles of justice-centered pedagogy. She also serves as the Director of Multicultural Education for the National Association of Science Teaching, the former Board Secretary for CASE, and the current membership director for the Hawaii Science Teaching Association. Leena currently works with pre-service teachers at Claremont Graduate University teaching STEM methods and Universal Design for Learning. She is a former county and state level administrator and mathematics, science and health teacher. She is also the author of the children’s book, “There’s Something in the Water”, a story that highlights the real life of Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, an endocrinologist from UC Berkeley. She believes that in order for us to increase our representation in STEM, we must create an identity in STEM. Her doctoral dissertation was on "The Successful Implementation of STEM Initiatives in Lower Income Schools"". Her research interests include Science/STEM education and how we can create access and opportunities for each and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. Dr. McLean delivers international keynotes speaking on educational equity, leading 4 justice, and increasing the school to STEM career pipeline. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #164 - "The Spiritual Power of Storytelling" (Arlène Elizabeth Casimir)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #164 - "The Spiritual Power of Storytelling" (Arlène Elizabeth Casimir)

In this episode, I had a beautiful conversation with Arlène Elizabeth Casimir where I learned about her upbringing in a Haitian household, her evolution as an educator, her business ventures Reveye and Lakay Lune, her new children's book, "Back Home", and much more! To learn more Arlène's work, you can visit the Reveye website at https://www.reveye.io/, the Lakay Lune website at https://www.lakaylune.com/, Twitter (@ArleneCasimir), Instagram (@the.awakened.teacher), and LinkedIn. BIO: Arlène Elizabeth Casimir is a Brooklyn-based activist, educator, herbalist, healer, and writer. Her experience teaching middle school and elementary school in New York City and New Orleans awakened her purpose of drawing on culturally-sustaining and trauma-responsive teaching practices to nurture the inner genius and inner teacher in others. She founded, designed, and implemented a healing-centered curriculum for her students post-Hurricane Katrina. As a first generation Haitian American, Arlène recognizes the power of community, equity, literacy, and spiritual resilience to help others live with personal integrity, transcend their circumstances, and author their own lives. She enjoys working with teachers, families, schools, and community organizations to do the inner work for socially just outer change. She recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Education with a concentration in Spirituality Mind Body; and leading her educational consultancy, The Awakened Collaborative, LLC where she works as a staff developer and partner to various institutions that are aligned to her mission, vision, and values as an educator. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #163 - "Growing Into My Voice as a BIPOC School Leader" (Juan Jacobs Sheblak)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #163 - "Growing Into My Voice as a BIPOC School Leader" (Juan Jacobs Sheblak)

In this episode, I had the honor of welcoming Juan Jacobs Sheblak to learn about his childhood in South Africa during the Apartheid era, developing a passion for activism and community organizing, his evolution as a leader of color in international schools, and much more! To learn more about Juan's work, you can follow him on Twitter (@Juan_Sheblak) or LinkedIn. BIO: Juan Jacobs Sheblak is an experienced Middle School Assistant Principal with a passion for education. With 8 years of experience in administration and 13 years in the classroom, Juan has a unique background that shapes his approach to leadership. He is committed to student-centered learning and upholding the value of personalized, differentiated, authentic, and inspired teaching and learning. As a BIPOC leader in an international school, combining the experience of my anti-apartheid activism can provide a unique perspective on issues related to diversity and inclusion. Drawing from the struggles and triumphs of the anti-apartheid movement can inspire all to become agents of change in their own communities. It is important to acknowledge that while the contexts are different, the principles of equity and justice remain constant. By embracing this intersectionality, we can create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all members of the school community. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #162 - "N. Philly Jawn's Guide to Entrepreneurship in GH" (Jahzara Agyemang)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #162 - "N. Philly Jawn's Guide to Entrepreneurship in GH" (Jahzara Agyemang)

In this episode, I welcomed Jahzara Agyemang to the podcast to talk about her early upbringing in North Philly, navigating life as a teenage mother, and making the bold decision to move to Ghana where she has established herself as a successful educator, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. To learn more about Jahzara's work, you can either visit the Vince Memorial Garden Education Foundation at vmgef.org, her fashion website at jahzarafashionalchemy.com, or any of the following social media handles on Instagram: @jahzaratheeducator @jahzara.fashion.alchemy @vincememorialgef BIO: Jahzara Agyemang is the Founder and Executive Director of Vince Memorial Garden and Education Foundation (VMGEF), serving the Ghanaian community through agriculture, diaspora business guidance, education, STEM, youth and women empowerment programs. Through a partnership with University of Education Winneba, Ghana, on specific STEM programs and mentorship, she provides full university tuitions for girls in rural areas. Jahzara is also a former college professor with 20+ years in education, and has also serves as both a financial director and development director at major nonprofit organizations in US and Ghana. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #161 - "There's Always a Way Through Love" (Lauren Kelley)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #161 - "There's Always a Way Through Love" (Lauren Kelley)

In this week's episode, I had the privilege of talking to Lauren Kelley, who shares about her early upbringing, the lasting influence of her late father, her life as an international educator, discovering her passion for DEIB work, and so much more! To learn more about Lauren's work, you can visit the ACS International Schools website at https://www.acs-schools.com/caring-community/diversity-equity-inclusion-belonging or follow her on LinkedIn. BIO: Lauren Kelley is currently the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead for ACS International Schools, a group of three schools based in the UK. During her 12 years with ACS, Lauren has focused on social emotional learning, with an explicit focus on positive identity development, celebration of others and social justice as a primary teacher, director of a humanitarian project and now as Chair of the ACS DEIB Council of fifty students and staff from across the organization. Lauren is passionate about the inextricable link between wellbeing and DEIB, and the vital need to include students in all decision-making. Above all, Lauren believes there is always a way through love and that storytelling is the door needed to reach it. Lauren was born and raised in Metro Detroit, USA and holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. Lauren lives with her husband, Reggie and their two young children in the UK. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #160 - "An Educational Leader with No Creative Bounds" (Dr. Mary Ashun)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #160 - "An Educational Leader with No Creative Bounds" (Dr. Mary Ashun)

In this episode, I had the honor of welcoming ⁠Dr. Mary Ashun⁠ to the podcast to talk about her early childhood, life as a school leader, her thoughts on building a sustainable pipeline for African teachers, the inspiration behind her creative endeavors, embracing her identity as a Ghanaian-Canadian, and so much more! To learn more about Dr. Mary's work, you can visit her website at ⁠maryashun.com⁠ or follow her on Twitter (⁠@ashundr⁠) and ⁠LinkedIn⁠. BIO: A transformational leader with over 30 years experience in the Education, Scientific Research, Publishing and Non-Profit Sectors, Dr. Mary Ashun's pivot for the last 20 years has been on education design and it’s necessary partnerships with technology and community. Her key projects have involved the design of pan-African and international strategies for increased literacy; effective teaching; targeted training and mentoring of individuals to deliver collaborative projects for educational success. Providing affordable education is a passion of Dr. Mary's. As a result of this, she collaborated with a team of like-minded people to build a school in West Africa (His Majesty's Christian School), that would build upon this vision. Based in Asamankese (so that the literacy development project could be used as a platform), this school is modeling best practice in education delivery in rural sub-saharan Africa. Dr. Mary is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the OSE (Office Of Strategy Execution) of Ghana International School in Accra, Ghana. In January 2013, Dr. Mary co-organized TEDxSixteenMileCreek under the topic "RE-Imagine; videos are available on YouTube. She conceived the idea for TIME Conference - a gathering of educators in Accra, Ghana, the Visiting International Educator Program - the hosting of international educators at GIS for capacity building in the area of International Mindedness and arTRyx, the multidimensional display of student creativity in the Arts. She has written and had performed, 3 musicals: Prince of Egypt: A GIS Adaptation, Dancing Queen: A tribute to ABBA & Tales From Motown: A tribute to Motown Records. Dr. Mary writes for various audiences and her books are available on Amazon under my official name (Mary Ashun), and two pseudonyms - Asabea Ashun and Abena Apea. She created a book show for Rogers TV Mississauga called Book 'Em TV which was aired from September 2011 - February 2012. Her first serious novel, "Tuesday's Child was a Quarter finalist in the 2010 Amazon/Penguin Writing Contest and her second novel - Mistress Of The Game- was a Quarterfinalist in the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Writing Contest. York University's HUMA1970 uses Tuesday's Child in their 'World's of Childhood' Class. Dr. Mary intends to leave this world a better place for our children.... LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #159 - "Living Unapologetically as a Senegalese-American"-   (Maymouna Sakho)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #159 - "Living Unapologetically as a Senegalese-American"- (Maymouna Sakho)

In this episode, I welcome Maymouna Sakho to the podcast to learn about her early upbringing in the Bronx, embracing her Senegalese heritage, her journey from classroom teacher to school leader, the current state of inclusion and learning support services in international schools, and much more! To learn more about Maymouna's work, you can either visit her company website at ⁠https://sakholearningconsult.my.canva.site/⁠ or you can follow her on Twitter (⁠@AdjaMaySakho⁠) and ⁠LinkedIn⁠. BIO: Maymouna Sakho is an educator, advocate, leader, supporter, and connector of people and ideas, who is passionate about serving others - particularly children - to reach their fullest potential. She currently serves as the Head of the Elementary Student Support Department at an international school in Africa. Prior to becoming an educator, Maymouna served as a financial and budget analyst, program director, student advisor, coach, and mentor. She holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit/financial management from New York University and a Master of Education from CUNY City College with a focus on Inclusion/Special Education. Maymouna's passion for working to create equitable and inclusive spaces comes from her experience of growing up betwen two culutres, having to learn a new language and system and find a place and voice for herself. Maymouna is the founder of SLC - dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations to innovate through embracing and implementing equitable and inclusive practices. She also serves as a mentor of the AIELOC Aspiring Leaders of Color Program, co-leads AIELOC's Learning Support Affinity Group, and chairs the SENIA Africa Board. Outside of her professional life, Maymouna is passionate about spending time with her famly and friends, traveling to new countries, cooking and exploring new places to eat and working with individuals with a vision and desire to contribute to the ever changing African landscape through education and advocacy. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #158 - "Teaching For the Human in You & Others" (Dr. Shamari K.Reid)
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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

IDTALK4ED LIVE EPISODE #158 - "Teaching For the Human in You & Others" (Dr. Shamari K.Reid)

In this week's episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Shamari K. Reid to learn about his early years in education, what it means to be human, the power of self-regard, his new book "Humans Who Teach", and much more! To learn more about Dr. Reid's work, you can follow him on Twitter (@shamarikreid) and LinkedIn. BIO: Dr. Shamari Reid (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Reid completed his doctoral work in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, he holds an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and TESOL from New York University, and a B.A. in Spanish and Education from Oklahoma City University. As a scholar, Dr. Reid’s work explores how Black trans and queer youth and their communities sustain themselves amidst oppression, as well as how we can collaborate with these communities to better transform schools into sites of equitable opportunities for Black LGBTQ+ youth. His dissertation, which explores the agency of Black LGBTQ+ youth in NYC’s ballroom culture was awarded the 2022 Dissertation of the Year Award by the Queer Studies SIG of AERA. In addition to working with Black LGBTQ+ communities to reimagine schools, Dr. Reid’s work examines radical love as a moral imperative in social justice education and as a path toward culturally sustaining school communities, which he explores in his recent book, Humans who teach: A guide to centering love, justice, and liberation in schools. LINKS: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/identitytalk4educatorslive/ Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-talk-4-educators-live/id1509599570 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/23k0HRkXxi1OJSahtqS7xO Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDNjZGQ2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiA6NSi6rT1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en
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