We can’t give what we don’t have! Educators more often than not play the role of advocate on behalf of their students, and this work can be equally rewarding and exhausting. Listen in as Dr. Kimberly Muñoz and Michelle Morris Jones dive into the realities of equitable education advocacy and suggestions for sustainable advocacy. Dr. Muñoz shares her perspectives on the importance of healing, and how in order to continue to move forward as individuals and as a group we must continue to heal. In addition, Dr. Muñoz offers the following invitations as ways for advocates to “fill their cups” as they engage in this meaningful journey.
Reframe our identities as advocates, as opposed to martyrs Find joy and creativity in our work and life outside of school Do what is in front of you, as opposed to taking on the world Demonstrate empathy for yourself and others Find your tribe and be a bit of a Chingona!
This episode connects to PEBC’s belief that each and every student deserves a great educator and by building one’s internal capacities we can create phenomenal learning experiences that promote agency, equity, and understanding.
Dr. Kimberly Muñoz is an advocate for equitable educational opportunities for bilingual students in her roles as an educator and researcher. She has served students as a bilingual educator for the past twenty years across the state of Texas. Dr. Muñoz earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. She is currently an adjunct professor of preservice and in-service teachers at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and participates in several local and international research teams which explore the development of teacher educator programs. Follow her on instagram/twitter @drkimberlymunoz or reach out at email@example.com.
The “Phenomenal Teaching Podcast” is brought to you by Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) and is intended to elevate the strands of the PEBC Teaching Framework illustrated in Wendy Ward Hoffer’s book, Phenomenal Teaching. Those strands include community, planning, workshop, thinking strategies, discourse, and assessment. Thank you for joining us this season as we strive to share the stories of educators who are creating scaffolds for each and every student to ensure that classrooms and schools are places where agency, equity, and understanding can flourish.