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The PrinciPALS Podcast
32 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
In this episode, Rowland Hall princiPALS Emma Wellman and Jij de Jesus take on the topic of bullying. While parents and caregivers are undoubtedly familiar with this term, the definition can shift depending on who’s talking. Knowing this, Emma and Jij explain what it means when educators use that word, as well as walk listeners through what’s happening to kids developmentally during the early childhood and elementary years so that they understand what behaviors are typical and which may require intervention. Listeners will walk away with a better understanding of what is behind children’s behaviors and tips on supporting them. Podcast resources: Yardsticks by Chip Wood Bully Nation by Susan Eva Porter Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
2.02 How to Talk to Kids about Race, Part II
The princiPALS are back in the office to revisit one of today’s most essential topics: how to talk to kids about race. Join Emma Wellman and Jij de Jesus as they discuss how to teach children to have thoughtful conversations about race and racial differences, as well as share tips on how to model antiracist behaviors for children. Podcast resources: Raising Race-Conscious Children PBS Utah’s Let’s Talk: Talking to Kids about Race Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race: Resource Roundup
30 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
2.01 What We’re Learning about Learning during a Pandemic
In this episode of princiPALS, Emma and Jij discuss some of the most inspiring things they’ve learned (so far) while educating preschool- and elementary-aged children during the pandemic, with a hope that their perspectives on in-person learning may help other educators—as well as answer some of the many questions parents and caregivers have as schools readjust learning models in 2021. Emma and Jij also draw on their lessons to create tips that will help parents and caregivers continue to support children (and themselves) at this time.
38 minutes | May 20, 2020
1.03 How to Talk to Kids About Race
In this episode of princiPALS, Emma and Jij discuss the importance of talking to kids about race. Join them to unpack common fears around discussing race and bias, including the role socialization plays, and explore studies on kids and race. Listeners will also get tips to help them feel more prepared for these necessary conversations. Further resources: National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) anti-bias education Sesame Workshop’s Identity Matters study NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman PBS Utah’s Let’s Talk: Talking to Kids About Race Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup Anti-Racist Books Lisa Delpit Louise Derman-Sparks Robin DiAngelo
30 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
1.02 Academic Rigor
The princiPALS are back in the studio to discuss academic rigor during the early childhood and elementary school years. While traditional education focused on the memorization and regurgitation of facts to display knowledge, Emma and Jij show how today’s students succeed when they know how to seek, evaluate, and use knowledge. They also provide practical tips to help parents and caregivers inspire lifelong learning and collaboration in children.
32 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
1.01 Building Resilience in Children
In the first episode of princiPALS, we’re discussing resilience—that essential life skill that empowers kids to bounce back from challenges and stressors. Join Emma and Jij as they chat about what resilience in children looks and sounds like, and share ways that caregivers and educators can work together to build this skill. Further reading: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth, co-founder and CEO of Character Lab and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania The Gardener and the Carpenter, by Alison Gopnick, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley The Price of Privilege, by Madeline Levine, psychologist and co-founder of Challenge Success at the Stanford Graduate School of Education
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