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EPISODE 61 – SOCIAL STUDIES WITH NICOLE GERRON

In our 61st episode, we’re joined by LAUSD teacher, Nicole Gerron. Nicole and I talk about LAUSD’s progress in returning to the old routine over the last five weeks of the semester with students, as well as the district’s preparations for a full reopening in the Fall. We also touch on LAUSD’s food program for communities over the last year, Nicole’s Social Studies course on U.S. history, challenges for students and families in the next school-year for all stakeholders to keep in mind, and more. A fun conversation for educators everywhere, but especially in Los Angeles!

J.T.

EPISODE 55 – DAVID DE LA CRUZ ON LAUSD’S RETURN TO SCHOOL THIS SPRING

In our 55th episode, we chat with David de la Cruz, of the Koreatown area, on none other than Los Youngs going back to school this week, at least where David teaches at Young Oak Kim Academy. David completed his undergraduate degree at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is now a first-year teacher for 7th graders in the English Language Arts program at Young Oak Kim. Yours truly interviews David on thoughts about the upcoming protocols for students, the setup of the school-day, and words of encouragement for parents and teachers as students gradually shift back to the classroom.

J.T.

Please Save the Date: Samanta Helou-Hernandez & J.T. Return Thursday, April 29th for Grand Park’s L.A. Voices Festival

That’s right, Los Angeles!

Samanta and I’s activity for the special, digital gathering by Grand Park L.A. is a two-part informational livestream on how to “Make a Neighborhood” in response to gentrification in historically ethnic and working-class Los Angeles communities.

Part one will touch on how Samanta and I first came together and conceptualized a discussion series for our community based on three themes: historic redlining, current gentrification, and present and future housing affordability issues in the Virgil Village and East Hollywood areas.

Part two will discuss the evolution of our event from a discussion panel into a public art project, an educational pamphlet campaign, archival research and blog storytelling, and finally, round-table discussions with various community members affected by our series’ three major themes. Samanta and I will also discuss how to ensure language justice and accessibility throughout the process of “Making Our Neighborhood(s),” and more.

This event is free for the public. Simply save the date and time: April 29, 2021 at 6 PM at olav.grandparkla.org, which is also where you can learn more about the festival’s awesome digital lineup during the rest of this April 2021.

J.T.