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Lead to Liberate: a podcast with Superintendent Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins

In this episode of Lead to Liberate Superintendent Jenkins is joined by West High School’s Athletic Director and MMSD alumni, Corvonn Gaines. They talk about challenges and opportunities, being a role model for Black and Brown youth, and the importance of building relationships with students.

Former Wisconsin State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor is the featured guest in this episode of Lead to Liberate with Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins. She began her career in MMSD, and is back as the district's Deputy Superintendent of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. During their conversation, they discuss youth voice, family engagement, Village Builders and Student Engagement Specialists, as well as workforce diversity.

Lead to Liberate with Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins brings listeners diverse voices and rich discussions on educational equity in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and beyond.

We take a personal look at dedicated people in our schools, our district, and the Madison community with real conversations about the issues which fuel their passions. These stories demonstrate how MMSD is working to develop collaborative and co-creative solutions to accelerate the learning of all students while addressing disparities experienced by historically excluded groups.

Guest: Tara Tindall

In this episode of Lead to Liberate, Superintendent Jenkins is joined by Tara Tindall, MMSD Native American Teacher Leader. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Tara shares about her experiences growing up in Black River Falls, time spent in Alaska, and teaching Navajo-speaking children in New Mexico, before returning to Wisconsin. They talk about the impact of the district's Land Acknowledgement Ceremony in April 2022, and Tara discusses Indigenous invisibility. The conversation touches on Native American boarding school history, and how Tara has created Native American lessons and resources for teaching staff to advance culturally-relevant pedagogy.

Guest: Melinda Heinritz

Superintendent Jenkins is joined by Melinda Heinritz, President of the Madison Public Schools Foundation. They talk about the impact the Foundation has had not only for our students and schools, but also in our community and state. The conversation then turns to school funding, community and business partnerships, advocacy for K12 public education, and early literacy.

Upcoming Guest

Nicole Carrion-Vaughn

Nicole Carrion-Vaughn