What are Advocates Reading and Listening To?
December 6, 2019

Education leaders tackle complex problems, tenuous negotiations, and tough realities every day. As the year draws to a close, we asked a handful of leaders for their reading or podcast recommendations to refuel, recharge, and get inspired for the work in 2020. 

Here are just a few responses from leaders across the Network, and from PIE Network’s newest team member—Jenny Boyts, Senior Director, Choice, College and Career. Interested in sharing your recommendations in the future? Let us know.

Josh Crosson, Senior Policy Director, EdAllies

Ingrid Stegemoeller, Communications Manager, Partnership for Learning

Scene on Radio’s Seeing White podcast

I listened to Scene On Radio’s Seeing White podcast series a couple of years ago, and it sticks with me today. It is a deep dive into the construct of whiteness – where it came from, how it functions today. It gave me a very valuable learning experience as I consider how we are addressing racial inequities in our school systems and society.

Stephen Sidorak, Public Affairs Manager, ConnCAN

Permission to Feel

Dr. Marc Brackett’s newest book on how emotional intelligence affects the daily lives of children and adults is invaluable. There are links between different sorts of trauma and how they impact a child’s ability to learn. Permission to Feel seeks to equip readers with the tools they need to help improve their own lives and the lives of others.

Jenny Boyts, Senior Director, Choice, College and Career, PIE Network

1619 Project

Over the holiday break, I re-read the NYTimes 1619 Project, the interactive compilation of essays and poems launched and led by investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. The storytelling was incredibly powerful as we attempt to reconcile the oppressive systems of the past and those that still exist. A must read (or listen—there’s a podcast!) for those committed to understanding more deeply, critically examining and tackling the inequitable systems that exist in the US today, including the education system. (And for the teachers and school leaders out there—here’s an incredible classroom curriculum guide developed by the Pulitzer Center!)

Interested in sharing your recommendations? Let us know.


    Ashley Schmidt

    Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications


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