In this episode, I sit down with J. Eik Diggs & Dr Jenna Cushing-Leubner to discuss their program(s) on Heritage language education.

They discuss the program(s) in detail and share their personal stories and motivations for creating their "Growing Biliteries series" &  "Certificate in Heritage Language/Late Bilingual Education" program(s). 

 J. and Jenna take us on a journey of how we as educators can examine our teaching practices through a critical lens and move our pedagogy toward creating a more culturally and linguistically sustaining classroom.

They explain how this course can assist you in transforming your teaching and learning space into a community based, self-determining, language arts classroom that centers the multiethnic/multilingual students that fill our learning spaces. 

 If you are a Heritage language educator, or perhaps you will be in the near future, this podcast and this course are for you.

A link to the program(s) can be found here:

Heritage Language Education

You can contact Dr Cushing-Leubner at

and you can connect with J. Eik Diggs on

Twitter @jeikdiggs

Instagram @jeikdiggs 


Hoy nos encontramos en tiempos únicos, donde todo parece estar al revés. La normalidad se ha ido, y nos quedamos con la creación de nuevos normales, como un barco en el mar en tiempo tormentoso. Pero no estamos solos, amigos, sino juntos en estas aguas inexploradas. Les ofrezco un podcast con un mensaje de esperanza y e hermandad. Juntos podemos navegar en estos tiempos difíciles, mientras buscamos aguas más tranquilas..

Gracias a:

(Twitter Linked)

A.C Quintero, LJ Randolph, Alejandro Hortal, Amy Tally, Ana León, Ashly Uyaguary, Gary DiBianca, Dorie Conlon Perugini, Françua (Woke Spanish Teacher,) Jim (Señor Wooly) Woolridge, Justin Slocum Bailey, Annabell (La Maestra Loca) Williams, Meredith White, Mundo de Pepita, Noah Geisal, Sarah Breckely, William Yepes, Kia London


Music from Blue Dot Sessions


I introduce the last episode in this series titled: Beyond Febrero. Black History is more than just a month. 

In this podcast, I had the pleasure to interview Kia London about this topic that white educators often ignore. As Kia states in this episode: "We make time for what we prioritize." It is my hope that, as you listen to this final episode with Kia, you begin to make space in your curriculum for discussing Black and Afro-Latinx History. I leave you with the wise words of Señora London: "Don't make it a side dish." Enjoy! 

I had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Saldaña Whyte for episode three in this small series titled: Beyond Febrero. Black History is more than just a month.

Jennifer brings her #authenticvoices and perspective to this very important conversation. Both her and her husband are Afro Latines from the Dominican Republic, and Panama. Giving this conversation a critical, and authentic perspective that is lacking today in public conversations, around topics of identity and cultural representation.

In this conversation, Jennifer discusses the importance of sharing her lived experiences as an Afro Latina with her students, from personal anecdotes, to sharing about her daughter's quinceanera, to even inviting students to participate in out of school activities.  Her perspective is inviting and refreshing. Enjoy

Facebook groups:

 Incorporating Afro Latino Culture in Spanish classrooms

Spanish con Sazón

Bilingual Kids, Inc, Harvest International Ministry, 

African American Linguists

I had the opportunity to interview Françoise Thenoux for my second episode in this small series. 

Françoise speaks about the importance of zooming in on content, and really challenging ourselves as educators to do the self-work needed to talk about all aspects of culture. Françoise touches on cultural intersectionality and why she does not approach one group as a monolith, but instead strives to have an inclusive classroom.

She also shares some ideas and resources that you can use in your classroom when trying to incorporate Arfo-Latinx and Black history into your curriculum, not just in February, but all year long. 

You can find Françoise on Twitter: @TWSteacher


This is the first episode in a short series of conversations about Black History Month, and how Afro Latinx and Black stories are neither more than just a side note, nor a simple add on during the month of February.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Reyes about how she approaches this topic with her elementary students, both in February and beyond. She shares her story as a Colombiana, and how she seeks to represent not only her culture and the one of Afro-Colombianes, but also, black history to her predominantly white students. 

You can connect with Jessica on Twitter @reyesjessica6 


I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Wamsted. Jay has been a math teacher at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta for fourteen years. His writing has been featured in various journals and magazines, including “Harvard Educational Review,” “Mathematics Teacher” and “Sojourners.” He can be found online at The Southeast Review, Under the Sun and the TEDx YouTube channel, where you can watch his 2017 talk

 During this hour long conversation, Jay and I discuss what it is like as white educators to teach in predominantly African American schools. We discuss politics, being called out, being tested by our students, the good experiences, and the bad ones. We share personal stories about building trust with students, and about simply being vulnerable as we learn to navigate our whiteness. We also discuss things such as the white saviour complex, and the privileges and biases we bring  into the classroom.


Jay Wamstead on twitter

Email at


We Only Licensed

Eating the Elephant: Ending Racism & the Magic of Trust Tedx Talk

Sojourners blog


I had the opportunity to sit down during our planning period with teacher leader and educator Cece Tolliver, M.Ed, LAT,ATC. Ms. Tolliver has lead staff PD during our schools implementation of Mastery Grading over the past three years. Ms. Tolliver is also the chair for our schools SIT team, (School Improvement Team) and continues to be a teacher leader in our school and district. 

During this podcast we discuss our schools implementation of Mastery Grading, and how this leads to equitable grading practices. She gives us in-site into what this looks like in her own classroom as a science educator.

We also discuss our schools implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices via staff PD for our entire school, and what that looks like in terms of classroom management. In this podcast we also take a look at what it means to be a white educator in a predominantly African American and Hispanic school and its impact on our teaching practices.



Ms. Tolliver on twitter


December 24, 2019

#ACTFL19 Noah Geisel (Take 2)

Take 2 with Noah Geisel at ACTFL19 in Washington, D.C. We continue our conversation on issues of equity, social justice, target language use, ICC standards, culture and much more.

I was fortunate to have Noah stop by the podcast booth for not only one recording, but two. Take 2, enjoy. 



Noah Geisel Twitter

Blog on Medium

MarginalSyllabus link 

I was lucky to grab these two guys as they wondered by on the convention floor. They were kind enough to lend their voices for a few minutes on the topic of social justice and equity, a theme that I visit with all the episodes I recorded on the convention floor at #ACTFL19 in Washington D.C.

Noah leaves mid podcast to run to another event on the conference floor, and Thomas keeps the conversation going. Spontaneous and without rehearsal, they share their experiences in the world language classroom. Enjoy!


Thomas Soth Twitter

Noah Geisel Twitter 

Blog on Medium


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