Episode 145: In Conversation with Dr. Dena Simmons

Dr. Dena Simmons, the founder of LiberatED, a collective focused on developing school-based resources at the intersection of social and emotional learning, racial justice, and healing joins Elena in an uplifting conversation about healing, authenticity, imposter syndrome, hope and play. This is an episode for BIPOC educators who have ever felt like they don’t belong.   […]

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Episode 144: Disrupting Racism at the Dinner Table…and Beyond

The winter holidays can include many things: time with family, a break from work…and maybe some casual racism over dinner. In today’s episode, Elena provides a quick overview of her What to Say When You Hear Something Racist framework. This is the content you need for the most essential holiday prep: preparing to disrupt racism. […]

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Episode 143: Disrupting Racism in Coaching Conversations

“Why don’t you disrupt racist behavior more immediately? Our kids needed change yesterday…”  

We get asked a version of this question frequently, so today Bright Morning teammate, Nick Cains, joins Elena to explore how we center transformation (and our own humanity) when disrupting racism in our coaching conversations.  […]

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Episode 118: Compassion, Curiosity and Boundaries

How do you hold compassion and curiosity when you experience racism? When do you draw boundaries around people who say racist things?

These are a few of the questions we explore in today’s episode where Elena is once again joined by her teammate, LesLee Bickford, who shares a very personal story about how she responded to racism expressed by her family. […]

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Episode 116: Evaluating What’s Possible

In today’s episode of our limited series, What to Say When You Hear Something Racist, Elena dives into the third (and final) P in her 3 P’s framework for responding to racism.

The third P is Possibility. And in this episode you’ll hear how to evaluate the possibility in a situation and how doing so will help you determine both what to say and whether you need to say something in that moment, or perhaps at a later time. […]

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