The Highlighter

The Highlighter
Great conversations on race, education, and culture about articles in The Highlighter newsletter.
#20 Jonathan Wright & Philippe
Nov 20 • 28 min
Science teachers Jonathan Wright and Philippe Vanier, friends and colleagues, talk about the lead article from this week’s newsletter, “Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?” Please enjoy!
#19: Sonya Wang
Nov 13 • 29 min
Sonya is a mom, loyal subscriber, and devotee of Oakland. On the show, we talk about choosing a school for her daughter, the stress of buying a house in the Bay Area, and her experience living in the Deep South. Please enjoy!
#18: Kati Parker
Nov 6 • 27 min
Kati Parker is the first-ever former student of mine on the show! She is great and smart, and we chatted about “The Gentrification of Soul Food.” Please enjoy!
#17: Nancy Lai
Oct 30 • 26 min
Nancy leads all things literacy at the Oakland Unified School District, and in this episode, she talks about reading and how we can teach it better. Then we chat about “The Ghosts of the Tsunami.”
#16: Sejal Patel
Oct 23 • 30 min
My good friend and loyal subscriber Sejal Patel talks about how best to advocate for your children when facing overworked or insensitive teachers. Also, we chat about “Birth of a White Supremacist.”
#15 Math teacher Laura Hawkins
Oct 15 • 30 min
Laura Hawkins is a Math teacher in San Francisco. We talked about whether our divided country has become a tribal one, with all of its negative effects. Is there hope when we can’t talk to each other?
14 Data Associate Nicholas Woo
Oct 9 • 25 min
Nicholas Woo is a data and evaluation associate at Partnership with Children in New York City. We talked about how education reforms just aren’t enough if we’re really seeking equity for young people.
#13: Writer Lauren Markham
Oct 1 • 30 min
Writer Lauren Markham is the author of “The Girl Gangs of El Salvador” and the new book, The Far Away Brothers. We talk about her writing and how best to serve newly arrived immigrant youth.
#12: Professor Tony Johnston
Sep 24 • 31 min
Professor of education Tony Johnston talks about fireflies, Black masculinity, and Advanced Placement classes. He supports new teachers in Connecticut and believes in the power of reading.
#11 Clare Green & Eric Foner
Sep 18 • 26 min
Principal Clare Green interviews Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. They discuss Prof. Foner’s recent article, “Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History.”
#10: Niki Magtoto
Sep 11 • 23 min
Niki is a San Francisco native and works in education at SFUSD. We talked about her work, resegregation, charter schools, and Nikole Hannah-Jones’s article, “The Resegregation of Jefferson County.”
#9 Nation Editor Zoë Carpenter
Sep 3 • 19 min
Social studies teacher Allison McManis chats with Zoë Carpenter, editor at The Nation, about her article, “What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?”
#8: Principal Tim Reidy
Aug 30 • 21 min
Tim talks about his first week as a principal in San Francisco, plus counseling, CPS, foster youth, and what it means to serve young people in an equitable way.
#7: Librarian Michele Godwin
Aug 13 • 24 min
Michele and I chat about cell phones, Generation Z, and the hope she has for young people and our future, even in these dark times.
#6: Data Guru Angelina Garcia
Aug 7 • 25 min
Academic Data and Assessment Manager Angelina Garcia and I chat about data in education and last issue’s article about homeless students in Seattle schools. Please enjoy!
#5: Teacher Erin Brandvold
Aug 1 • 24 min
History teacher Erin Brandvold talks about immigration, empathy, and This American Life’s recent episode, “Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville.” Follow Erin on Instagram: @teacher_beasts
#4: Teacher Marni Spitz
Jul 24 • 22 min
Humanities teacher Marni Spitz talks about teaching, equity, her new community in Bend, Oregon, and “Youth From Every Corner,” by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
#3: Artist & Art Teacher Heidi
Jul 17 • 13 min
It’s time to talk to loyal subscribers of the digest! This episode, I got to chat with East Bay artist and art teacher Heidi. Thank you, Heidi, for being the podcast’s first-ever guest!
#2: Rugged Individualism?
Jul 13 • 4 min
My favorite article this week is about Henry David Thoreau and how everything I thought about him was wrong.
#1: Welcome to The Highlighter
Jul 5 • 1 min
Welcome to The Highlighter Podcast!