BondCast Season 1 Episodes
Book Study of Caste (Part 1)
Join BOND educators, Kenny Smith, Thomas Ryan, Travis Payne, Desmond Williams, Desmond Mackall, Doug Rivera, Matthew Vaughn Smith, and Daman Harris as they kick off the BOND Summer Book Study with discussion of Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson. The men discuss their experiences with white supremacy and how those experiences compare to the historical references and creative metaphors used by the author.
A Conversation about Critical Race Theory
In this episode of the BONDCast, we delve into the controversy around Critical Race Theory. Our guests, Dr. Julius Davis, professor from Bowie State University, and Dr. Kmt Shockley, professor from the University of Houston, review the academic definition of CRT as well as the recent weaponization of the term for political benefits and the conservation of white supremacy.
The Burning House
This episode features author, speaker, educator, and administrator, Desmond Williams, about his latest book, The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America. Desmond explains why public schools have never really worked for Black Boys and what those of us who say we want to support all students can do to make things right.
Reframing Our Relationships with Students
This episode features educator, author, speaker, behavior specialist, and podcaster David Spellmon. He explains the purpose of a post he wrote on the bondeducators.org blog entitled “Stop Doing or Saying these things to Students of Color Right Now.” David shares about how his upbringing influences his teaching, what veteran teachers often get wrong about supporting Black and Brown students, and how schools can leverage cultures—especially those influenced by Hip Hop—to become optimal places for student learning.
The Understanding Gap
This episode features educator, author, speaker, Title I specialist, and musician, Rodrigo Godinez. He explains the purpose of a post he wrote on the bondeducators.org blog entitled “The Understanding Gap.” Rod shares about how his upbringing influences his teaching, what veteran teachers often get wrong about supporting Black and Brown students, and how teachers can reimagine their relationships with students in ways that build bridges rather than walls.
Elevating Hip Hop History and Culture
This episode features teacher, speaker, adjunct professor, and youth leader Kenneth Smith. He tells the story of how he moved from the Brooklyn DA’s office to a Maryland High School, and what led him to design a course about Hip-Hop history and culture. Kenneth shares life experiences that led him to teaching, the ways all students benefit from authentic connections to curricula, and how schools can leverage cultures—especially those influenced by Hip Hop—to become optimal places for student learning.
The Hero in All of Us
This episode features author, speaker, adjunct professor, and sportswriter Jerald Hoover as he shares his experiences growing up and creating the Hero Book Series. Jerald describes how his childhood in the Bronx led him to compose his acclaimed young adult series, and he explains the messages therein for all of us.
Principles of Leadership
On this episode, we’re speaking with school leader, Dr. Norman Coleman, about his philosophy regarding key principles of leadership. He explains why understanding and leveraging one’s leadership identity is so critical to moving groups of people in the right direction.
Equity Not Excuses
On this episode, we speak with educator, author, speaker, and school leader, Phillip Yarborough, as he explains the purpose of a post he wrote on the bondeducators.org blog entitled “Equity, not Excuses.” Phil shares how some of early career experiences influence his leadership choices today. He also provides unfiltered advice for school leaders who are trying to figure out how equity work and school improvement work are one and the same. As usual, just pull up a chair, and we’ll drop you right into the middle of our conversation.
Giving Community Colleges a Second Look
On this episode, we talk to speaker and college counselor, Jose Medrano as he explains the meaning behind his recent post on the bondeducators.org blog that described the benefits of a community college foundation prior to moving to a four-year institution. Jose talks about his high school and early college experiences that shaped his thinking about higher education and changed his career trajectory.
BondCast Season 2 Episodes
Put Children in the Driver’s Seat, and They Can Tell Our Story – Dr. Ayize Sabater
On this episode, we talk to school leader, researcher, entrepreneur, and radio host, Dr. Ayize Sabater and his views about the importance of Black History, Montessori education, and retention of black male teachers.
A Principal’s Mission in Designing Trauma-informed Care – Dr. Curtis Callands
On this episode, we catch up with Curtis Callands, a veteran school leader, researcher, and author. Dr. Callands shares his experiences with helping students and teachers navigate the obstacles generated from traumatic backgrounds, and what led him to write his book, “A Principal’s Mission in Designing Trauma-informed Care.”
Being My Brother’s Teacher – Dr. William White
In this episode, we speak with professor William White, a decorated scholar and leader, as he shares his insights on teacher preparation and the educational presence of Black and Brown men in Early Childhood settings.
Progress Report – Mr. Corey Carter
On this episode, we talk to artist and educator Mr. Corey Carter, about how his new album, “Progress Report,” both empowers and informs audiences of all kinds. He’s a former teacher of the year, talented musical performer, and he guides new and aspiring teachers as the assistant director the Sherman Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Surviving and Thriving after Trauma – Mr. Robert Murphy
During this episode, we talk to Mr. Robert Murphy as he shares ways to help ourselves and others survive and thrive after traumatic experiences. As an educator for 25+ years in a variety of roles and settings, and navigating trauma in his personal life, Rob has seen it all; and he’s helped hundreds if not thousands of others—if not thousands—of other people directly through his work or indirectly through his book: [N words] Ain’t Astronauts: Love and Trauma in an American Family.
Centering Student Identity in the Music Classroom and Beyond – Mr. Eric Williamson
During this episode, we speak with teacher, speaker, and conductor with the Grammy award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Eric Williamson. Mr. Williamson describes his desire to make every child feel included in every classroom, not just in the music class. He also offers tips to help teachers center the identities of all students across every subject area.
How to Diversify the Teacher Pipeline and Supporting Needy Students Simultaneously – Mr. Marquis Taylor
In this episode, we speak with Marquis Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Coaching4Change, a program that partners with colleges and public school districts to provide academic support and mentor-ship for children in grades 4-12 while helping colleges to develop a diverse teacher pipeline.
Adding Value to Those Who Add Value – Dr. Brandon C.S. Wallace
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Brandon C.S. Wallace. Brandon describes what he learned as he grew from student, to teacher, to curriculum writer, and now college professor. He explains what schools and districts can learn from his journey as well as how his current work is adding value to the field.