Episode 123: Teaching While Black in COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated educational inequality in the United States. Today, BhD tackles this issue by interviewing, Keara Williams, a South L.A. high school teacher who made national headlines for going above and beyond to keep all of her students academically engaged during the pandemic. During the episode, we have a conversation about her motivation for becoming a teacher (32:10), her life as a Black educator in South LA (34:26), and the importance of Black educators in the field (36:15). We then have a conversation about academic life for students and teachers during the pandemic (40:35), her approach to keeping students engaged (44:10), and her strategies for balancing life and remote teaching (48:05). We also discuss the factors currently shaping educational inequality (51:15), and the potential long-term impacts of the pandemic on the achievement and attainment of Black and Latinx students (57:15). We close the episode by discussing national education reform (1:00:30), priorities for education spending (1:03:28), and tips for parents adjusting to remote learning (1:07:45).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

06:40 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

26:55 - MDP of the Week

28:45 - Introduction of the Special Guest

30:19 - Learn more about Keara Williams

1:14:58 - The Importance of Supporting Black Students

1:20:50 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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