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Hear Our Voices Podcast

Hear Our Voices Podcast is a place for students to share the stories and histories from their families and their communities. We focus on shining a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lens on topics that impact us all. Sometimes funny, sometimes tough, sometimes sad, the things that happened to those who came before us shape us everyday.

Hear Our Voices is aligned to the SEL domains of Self-awareness, Social Awareness, Self-management, Social Management, Self-efficacy and Social Engagement. Our goal is to promote the skills that help us all contribute to the well-being of our many social groups and communities. Oh, and we also hope to entertain.

September 7, 2021

June 14, 2021

For our last podcast of the school year we make time for reflection and gratitude. Join us and consider some things you may be grateful for, even if this has been one of the strangest/hardest/weirdest/worst school years ever. There may be silver in those clouds if you look for it.

Hear Our Voices · Gratitude For Our Year and Summer

March 29, 2021

The rise of bullying and harassment against people in our community who identify as Asian American and Pacific Islander can stop, if we stop it. Today we look at understanding how we may have gotten here, choices we can do when facing unpleasant or challenging emotion information, and how we can make things different and better. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · How To Stop Community Violence

March 22, 2021

Who are the people in your neighborhood? What can you learn from them? Today we interview our very own Julia Detering to learn about how perseverance and resilience have supported her in her life. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Perseverance & Resilience pt 4

March 15, 2021

The last part of perseverance we call adaptation. But adaptation is also part of what defines resilience. That’s one way these skills are connected. You know where you’re going and you know where there are obstacles. The way you adapt and come back is called resilience.Today we have a special guest, Attorney Dana Brown and we can learn from her how resilience can bring success. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Perseverance & Resilience pt 3

March 8, 2021

This week we’re working on furthering our understanding of perseverance and resilience by recognizing the roles that self-esteem and reflection play. Join us as we unpack these essential skills!

Hear Our Voices · Perseverance & Resilience pt 2

March 3, 2021

What are resources? How do resources shape our lives? An SEL lens helps us understand the relationship between things. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Resources for School Age Students

March 1, 2021

Women’s History Month is a great time to focus our Social Emotional Learning on understanding Perseverance & Resilience. These words are not just singular skills but are representations of many skills. Those skills are very important and can be taught and can be learned. In fact, one great way to learn these skills is through the stories of women in our society. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Perseverance & Resilience pt 1

February 22, 2021

Hear Our Voices · Black Excellence and the Resource of Human Spirit

February 8, 2021
Continuing our work understanding resources takes us to learning about Energy & Time. The Energy we’re talking about is inside us. Measuring the increase and decrease of body energy is one of the ways we recognize and understand emotion information. The different ways we spend or conserve energy doing a task can impact our perception of time. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Resources pt 2 – Energy & Time

February 1, 2021
Black Lives Matter is not just a week in school or a movement to march with. Well, it is those things, but it’s also more. It’s a value. It’s something that informs our desire for expression and the choices we make. This month we focus on resources as a frame work for understanding why it is appropriate for schools to be holding the value that black lives matter. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Resources pt. 1 – Black Lives Matter

January 25, 2021
What hyphenated word that starts with self and ends with awareness can do wonders for implicit bias in education? That’s right, self-awareness. How? So glad you asked. Join us for this important step from learning about Equity & Equality toward understanding Resources.

Hear Our Voices · Equity & Equality pt 4 – Secret Style Bias

January 18, 2021

Issues of equity and equality can be found in many places, but perhaps most prominent in how we pay folks for the work they do.Join us as we talk about equity and equality in gender presentation.

Hear Our Voices · Equity & Equality pt. 3 – About Gender Presentation

January 10, 2021

In response to the events that led up to, and including the events on January 6, 2020, we have dedicated this episode to using our Social Emotional Learning lens to help us understand how we got here and where we could choose to go.*WARNING* you may experience emotion information as you listen. Hear Our Voices · Equity & Equality pt. 2 – About Bullying

January 8, 2021

What is equity? What is equality? Join elementary students as we work to understand what it means when people say equity and equality. Hear Our Voices · Equity and Equality for School Age Students

December 18, 2020

Setting the foundation for our work with language.Equity = Fair & Equality = SameWhat’s a school to do?

Hear Our Voices · Equity and Equality pt. 1 – Language

December 14, 2020
All the good things we love can be connected when we connect them. The world is full of these things just waiting to be drawn together.Join us as we dive deeper into text-to-text and text-to-world connections.

Hear Our Voices · Connections pt. 2: Text-to-Text, Text-to-World, Soul-to-Soul

December 7, 2020
This week and next we are focusing on making connections. We’re using reading as both a basis and a metaphor for making connections in our lives. This week we focus on Text-to-Self connections. Join us and connect!

Hear Our Voices · Connections Pt 1: Text-to-Self

November 30, 2020

Have you ever missed a deadline? We have. Last week! But hope is not lost. We still got a chance to visit for a second. Join us! Hear Our Voices · This is not a very good episode.

November 23, 2020

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday November 23, 2020Identity can be informed and reinforced by our in-groups and by out-of-groups. But, did you know that some of our in-groups and out-of-groups are assigned to us by others? Check out this episode, and also, if you have time, watch this brief history of Earth because we talk about it!

November 16, 2020
What are your “in-groups”? What are some “out-of-groups”? We’re taking an SEL approach to learning about the how the groups we share a sense of belonging with impact our emotion information and vice versa. What about groups that we do not share a sense of belonging with. We also talk about evil. Join us.

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday November 16, 2020

November 9, 2020
Today we work to increase our thinking about identity. In particular the groups we share a sense of belonging with. We also pause to celebrate that no matter what your political identity is, you can feel pride that our nation has chosen a woman as the Vice President. This is the first time in 244 years and it is significant for our national identity. Join us!

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday November 9, 2020

November 2, 2020
Communities are strong not because of how they promote members who all feel the same, but how they protect those who feel different. What does this mean for your identity?


October 26, 2020
The election is coming! The election is coming! Are you prepared for the emotion information that will follow? We’re talking competition. We’re talking about what you can do with what you might feel? Join us for this very important Social Emotional Learning take on what may come!

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday October 26, 2020 October 19, 2020 What new rights, if any, do students have with remote learning? What responsibilities do teachers have in protecting those rights? We’re talking access today. And what better way to talk access than to invite guest teachers to the “hot seat” to answer real questions about remote learning and access. Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday October 19, 2020
October 12, 2020
What do grades mean these days? Maybe you have a lot of emotion information for this topic? Maybe you don’t…yet. Join us and hear a student solution to a big problem for students in our community.
Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday October 12, 2020
October 5, 2020
The election is coming! The election is coming! There is a lot on the minds of American citizens these days. We think it’d be a good idea to consider the rights and responsibilities we have during this time.Join us for an SEL look at Citizenship.
Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

September 28, 2020
Chances are, at some point during this new era of remote learning you’ve experienced an instance of emotion we call being “teched off”. Not sure what it means to feel “teched off”? Join us for some community building, EI style, and own being “teched off” before it owns you!

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

September 23, 2020
Today our hosts take on community, thinking fast and slow, the construction of categories (mental and social), and the age-old generation divide.

Hear Our Voices · Moment of SEL for Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020
September 14, 2020
Focus on Community with self-awareness and social awareness Hear Our Voices · Eckstein HSEL For Monday Sept. 14