Let's K12 Better

Let's K12 Better

Join us at the kitchen table! We're holding family discussions, sharing insights, asking experts, exploring new ideas, and actively pursuing an improved K12 experience for the kids, the parents, and their educators. How should we prepare kids for life in the 21st century? How do we have discussions about challenging topics? Let's find out... together! *This podcast is a project between @MomOfAllCapes and her kids. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/LetsK12BetterMail... Show More

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February 11, 2021 47 min

EXCUSE OUR  AUDIO ERROR. WE JUST UPDATED THE EPISODE. It may take time for it to update on all platforms.

Minstrelsy was an American theatrical genre present from the end of the Civil War to the early parts of the 1900s that placed white performers in the comedic enactment of racial stereotypes about Black people. Today, people are so turned off by Blackface that they’re not willing to delve into the reason why it is considered offe...

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February is Black History Month! Black History Month started as an effort by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in the early 20th century to celebrate and research accomplishments and contributions by people of African descent. Join us at the kitchen table for a family discussion about Black History Month. We can’t speak for all Black people, but we hope that this conversation inspires some thoughts about how one family interp...

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How are you going to pursue your passion this year?

We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self.

“Everyone has a recording device in their pocket” so wh...

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How are you going to pursue your passion this year?

We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self.

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, ...

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How are you going to pursue your passion this year? 
We are celebrating the start of season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast all month with the What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. 

In this episode, we sit down with Yaritza Villalba, ...

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions? How are you going to pursue your passion this year?

Welcome to season 2 of the Let’s K12 Better podcast! We are starting this second season with What’s Your Why -a series on exploring motivation and the imperfect journey to your authentic self. We hope you join us on January 27th for a LIVE show community discussion on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on finding our authentic self. 

In this episode...

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We are not shy about giving thanks. For our family, giving thanks is an opportunity to think deeply about our contributions to making our family-run, our commitment to each other, and how reciprocity is a form of love and selflessness. For the last episode of 2020, we went LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (on the MomOfAllCapes Channels).  

We want to acknowledge that this year though intense and unprecedented in so many ways t...

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December 9, 2020 35 min

What can we learn about communication, from trees? Lots! In this episode, we discuss Dr. Suzanne Simard’s groundbreaking research on forests, the New York Times article “The Social Life of Trees” and the ways in which parents can raise children to see others as potential supercooperators rather than competitors.  Maybe the trees tell us that the secrets to our survival are found below the surface in our need to connect with each ot...

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November 25, 2020 23 min

We’re celebrating 25 awesome episodes of the Let’s K12 Better podcast. THANK YOU SO MUCH, LISTENERS!

Through the end of 2020, we challenge families to sprinkle a bit of gratitude into every single thing they do.  Why is it so hard to show that we are thankful when times are tough or disappointing? Many of us learn to say thank you only when someone does something for us. Let’s change that.


Gratitude questions for families:

What is gra...

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November 11, 2020 48 min

We’re baaaack! So the election happened. Now what? If you’re like us, you’re feeling a mixture of stress and relief after what has been a contentious and dramatic election cycle. So now that we have a new President-Elect, everyone is wondering how or even if we should move forward. Should we all sing Kumbaya and move on or should we think about the structural issues that are driving people apart? In this episode, we discuss the ele...

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WARNING: We break out in song in this episode… so get ready!

How do we engage kids in civic life when they can’t vote? How do we become informed voters so that we can make the best possible choice? We held a family discussion about voting and the debates. We challenge you to have a discussion too!  
Here are our questions:

1. Why should people vote, even if they do not like the candidates? What can they do about it?

2. What is missing ...

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It’s a short one this week, but YOU’VE GOT HOMEWORK! 

October 5th - 9th is National Voter Education Week. How are you going to use this time to prepare for the election? We switched it up this episode and have provided discussion questions about elections and voting for families to use next week (and all month long). 

We are living during unprecedented times and kids are asking a lot of questions. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to ...

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September 25, 2020 34 min

How do we talk to kids about Breonna Taylor or police brutality?

#SayHerName... Since the death of Breonna Taylor, we’ve held many family discussions about race and other important topics. Because no topic is off the table in our home, we decided to pivot, still celebrating National Voter Registration Day, but we wanted to take a moment to discuss the grand jury’s ruling and the rippling impact it has had on all of us.

*Before you ha...

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Have you joined your school’s PTA, PTO, or PA, yet? Why not? They need you! The parent association at your school isn’t just a super-cliquey group of hyper controlling moms and dads putting on bake sales. The PTA is actually an advocacy wing that represents the needs of all kids in a school.  

Did you know that parent advocacy in schools doesn’t stop at the school PTA? We sat down with Jim Bradley, parent and education advocate, to ...

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Education policy and research can be super wonky… How can parents use education policy and education research to inform their understanding of their child’s K12 learning ecosystem?

We sat down with Cara Jackson, Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University to discuss education policy - what it is, how it impacts our child’s education, and how parents can access research ...

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September 3, 2020 1 min

No episode this week. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!  In the meantime, spend time listening to one of 18 episodes on your favorite podcasting platform. 


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Parents and educators play an integral role in serving us narratives through our formative years; narratives that will shape the way we value others and look at life throughout our lives. This month we submersed ourselves in diverse narratives. We watched Beyoncé’s Black is King; Parasite, The Host, both directed by Bong Joon-ho; and the Lovecraft Country series developed by Misha Green. We’ve spent our time reading the wise and cr...

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This week we sat down with Canissa Grant - a math and special education teacher; and Stefanie Wager - President of the National Council for the Social Studies (starting at 27:20). This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. 

ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track).

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This week we sat down with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy a mother, author, cognitive scientist, and school board president; and Corwyn Collier a father, educator, track coach, and veteran. This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Subscribe to our monthly...

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This week we sat down with Gabriel Valdez an educator from Texas and Dr. Jasmin Whitfield, DNP, MSN, MPH, RN a Director of Health Service and mother on the east coast. 

This episode is part of a Back to School series focused on a variety of topics designed to peek behind the curtain or even blur the lines a bit between the parent-teacher realm. 

ATTN: This is a two-part episode (on the same track). Part 2 begins at 24:00.

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