The Liberated Educator

The Liberated Educator

Dee Lanier and Ken Shelton are brothers, intellectuals, and equity-enthusiasts, just having regular conversations about things that matter to the culture. For the record, we're not late talking about these issues, you just may be late in hearing it! Find us on Twitter: Ken Shelton: @k_shelton Dee Lanier: @deelanier Brian Smith Sr: @BrianRSmithSr

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May 7, 2021 43 min

It's been said that hope is the seed of liberation and that can't be any more true after Dee and Ken got the chance to sit and chat with Emmanuel and Adrienne Threatt, the husband-and-wife team with the goal of bringing awareness, hope and real solutions to the homeless epidemic in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Therefore spreading Hope Vibes throughout! 

For this CPT conversation, the bustle in the booth is over - 

C: Com...

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You are in for a special treat and special guest Joe Truss joins the CPT conversation to dismantle a few things like

C: Culture Conferences
P: Putting Policy To Practice
T: The Truss Transition

Regardless of the alliteration, you need to pay close attention to the knowledge passed down on this drop.

Joe Truss is committed to dismantling white supremacy culture in schools. He is married to a High School teacher and a father of 2, soon t...

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April 16, 2021 49 min

This is a first, a game show embedded in the Liberated Educator Podcast as Ken and Dee welcome their good friend Jesse Lubinsky to the pod. Check out this conversation as the boys make some interesting correlations to education with the CPT for this episode.

C: Comics - The influence in today's social culture
P: Prince - Yes, the artist formally known as
T: Trademark - Is it giving credit due or credit to?

Jesse Lubinsky is curre...

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Just a phone call away, Dee and Ken simply get together to have real conversations that just need to be recorded. This episode is just that, two brothers chopping it up for some good CPT with one another, this time covering:

C: Consumption - Do we blame the producer or the consumer

P: Playing Both Sides - the difficult yet typical straddle in education

T: Teaching To Think - Are you taking the Blue or Red pill

Music: All can be found...

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April 2, 2021 34 min

It's the #Bonnerville episode that we have been trying to get done for a while! Ken and Dee sit down with Michael Bonner and mix it this CPT convo to address:

C: Community - The desperate need for it.

P: Power - That needs to be created.

T: Transformation - What we all need to go through

Michael Bonner is A teacher infusing innovation into education by focusing on SEL and critical thinking. Teacher - @ronclarkacademy  Internat...

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Ladies and gentle, right out the gate please welcome back Fernando Chavez for Part 2, this time while Dee is in the booth as well. Together with Ken, the fellas have a really engaging CPT convo over: 

C: Competition - Exposing the unfair competition in education and calling our the setup that it is. 

P: Policy - Not being conducive for those who will speak up against the inequities and that's why they'll never be...

T: Teacher...

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In celebration of #WomenHistoryMonth, Victoria Thompson comes back to the podcast to provide a rich touch to the CPT conversation around -

C: Cross Stitching - Who does that? Or, what hobbies do you have that allow you to escape for sanity sake without having to turn it into a side hustle. 

P: Passing - What are you really doing with the time you have and does it have value in taking the best care of yourself

T: Trauma Porn - Knowin...

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Thank you for listening to The Liberated Educator Podcast with Dee Lanier and Ken Shelton. In this episode, the phenomenal Nadia Moshtagh Razi joins the CTP conversation covering

C: Curriculum Design - Taking a look at having to design an African American Literature course from scratch while critiquing Literary Canon that is absent of black voices and perspectives.

P: Power - Acknowledging that teachers have not been trained adequa...

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February 18, 2021 37 min

Special Guest James F. Ford joins Ken and Dee for this CPT conversation motivated by the article, "Will North Carolina Continue to Whitewash History for its Student?" released on January 28.  Listen in as they discuss:

C: Curriculum -  “Our job here is not to rescue America from constructive critique or to project optimism.” - James Ford You can't teach history without history being told, the good and the bad. 

P: Politic...

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February 12, 2021 40 min

This week, special guest host, Fernando Chavez, steps into the booth to fill in for Dee while on vacation. Ken and Fernando dive into a complex CPT convo covering...

C: Cheating - Is the game fair when it comes to calling foul when using references and resources in the same way as condemning privilege as an advantage when it comes to education?

P: Productivity -

Trading - How does the latest hoarding of wealth by hedge funds present...

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Special guest Rohiatou Siby blesses the studio for this CPT conversation covering

C - Celebrating Black Excellence (It starts with a C.): Ken, Dee, and Rohiatou discuss the importance of ensuring Black History month is more than 28 days of observance, but a launchpad into recognizing and celebrating black excellence throughout the year.

P - Pantera Negra: Dee reveals his feels toward the celebration of black excellence in The Black ...

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January 29, 2021 39 min

For this week's CPT, Ken and Dee spill what's in their coffee with some celebration of the peace on Twitter then quickly jump into a conversation around

C - Credibility: Do you partner with folks based on the idea of taking advantage of their status or are you amplifying their voice? 

P - Pirating: Is there damage done when taking from the works of educators and passing it as your own. How does that impact the voices of the m...

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January 22, 2021 45 min

Special guest Val Brown graces the mic as Ken and Dee chop it up over the idea of a...

C: Culture or Civil War - the time that we are in, overly exposed by Jan6 by why aren't we recognizing this by denying the opportunity to talk about what's happening.

P: Privilege - The exposure to the fact that it is Privilege that affords people the escape clause to not have to talk about difficult conversations.

T:  Terrorism - Is it rig...

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January 21, 2021 42 min

The CPT for this episode brings our favorite Tech Rabbi, Michael Cohen, into the booth to address:

C - Cancel Culture, especially in the EDU Twitter space when trying to balance accountability, denial, and do we Call In or simply Call out.

P - Propogation - the fuel people use to widely spread the hate and the hurt instead of just keep scrolling

T - Tikkun Olam - using this opportunity to heal and repair while working toward liberati...

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For today's CPT conversation, Dee and Ken open up 2021 with

C: Capitol Hillbillies:  Revisiting the insurrection of January 6 and simply calling it as it is while reflecting on the historical correlations. 

P: Pence - This segment covers others attempting to distance themselves from Trump instead of acknowledging that they have been complicit in all of this. And for our

T: Triggering - The dog whistle statement shared by Trump o...

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For this week's CPT conversation, Victoria Thompon (@VictoriaTheTech)  graces the microphone and joins, well goes in deep with Ken and Dee this week as they explore the Exploitation of Empathy (to light a fire to the convo!) and it's on from there. 🔥 💯  

You can find more information about Victoria and connect with her resources at Welcome to VictoriaTheTech including her phenomenal blog and STEM Cooking ...

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December 10, 2020 33 min

The CPT conversation in this episode hits on...

Conferences:
Representation and responsiveness was looking sexy for a min, but the regression is already visible. https://twitter.com/cueinc/status/1334270638429622273/photo/1

PBL:
Dee- Problem-based vs Project-based Learning. Problems vs puzzles.

Testing:
Standardized testing is a joke!

Get ready for some 🔥  as Ken and Dee go in a bit on this CPT

Once again, this month, we celebrate...

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December 3, 2020 40 min

Well, it's about time the fellas talked about COVID-19 in CPT conversation. In this chat, Dee and Ken explore the impact COVID-19 has had globally and how an ounce of prevention beats... well you know the rest. The conversation also reaches the Trump level and his level of intentionalism with statements made post-election and pre-vaccination. 

This episode also celebrates the musical accomplishments of the talented artist on So...

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November 21, 2020 32 min

The CPT conversation for this episode explores the unpopular Cultural Appropriation season that encapsulates the colonialism in music and the holiday season.

Host Ken Shelton @K_Shelton and Dee Lanier @DeeLanier
Produced by Brian Romero Smith Sr. @BrianRSmithSr.

Theme song by Mervin "Spectac" Jenkins @JenkyJenks

Show References:
Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music
New York Times Magazine, written by Wesl...

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In today's CPT conversation, Ken and Dee dive into a debate about black people's aversion to the great outdoors and swimming and the historical connection to the trauma attached to it. 

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