Season 2 Episode 8

The Path Towards Becoming an Educator – All of the Above Season 2 Episode 8

Behind every great educator is an origin story. In this episode, we explore why we decided to become teachers in the first place and we reflect on how one’s educator “origin story” impacts their work in the field. But first, we begin the episode with a review of recent education news about bias behind terms like “urban,” a plan to help formerly incarcerated students pay for community college, and a study that links school retention to violent crime.

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Episode Highlights


Jeff and Manuel examine recent headlines in education. New studies shed light on people’s bias against the term “urban,” California looks to help the formerly incarcerated pay for community college, and a new study shows a connection between behind held back a grade and becoming a violent criminal in adulthood. Yikes.


Every educator has a clear memory of when and why they decided to enter the field. Our “origin stories” may have a lot to do with where and why we do the work that we do in education. Jeff and Manuel take some time to explore their own origin stories and open up about their own work in schools.