@ SEA with Blair & Kat https://seahomeschoolers.com A Podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:07:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned.<br /> @ SEA with Blair & Kat clean episodic @ SEA with Blair & Kat kat@seahomeschoolers.com kat@seahomeschoolers.com (@ SEA with Blair & Kat) Secular, Eclectic, Academic Inc A Podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic @ SEA with Blair & Kat https://seahomeschoolers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/@-SEA-Ep-1-iTunes.jpg https://seahomeschoolers.com The Rise of Black Homeschoolers: An Interview with Alycia Wright https://seahomeschoolers.com/black-homeschoolers/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:19:36 +0000 https://seahomeschoolers.com/?p=222486 https://seahomeschoolers.com/black-homeschoolers/#respond https://seahomeschoolers.com/black-homeschoolers/feed/ 0 @ SEA: a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, Sam, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA Facebook page & @SEApodcast on Twitter. Show Notes Episode 4 - The Rise of Black Homeschoolers: An Interview with Alycia Wright A conversation about culturally relevant education, racism, and creating a space for children of color in the homeschool community. Our hosts start off this interview by asking about Alycia’s co-op, one which she started specifically to create a space for children of color. Alycia then talks about what led her to leave her position as a public school teacher and homeschool her children. This leads to a discussion on the many reasons the number of homeschooling families of color is rising, including, but not limited to, the racism and inequalities seen in brick-and-mortar schools and the lack of an accurate narrative in curricula and educational materials. A question about secular academics from Blair and a question about including ancient Africa in history from Sam bring us to a rich conversation about racism in educational materials; the importance of including the presence, contributions, and voices of people of color; and how the intentional whitewashing of history upholds white supremacy in society. So what is working for the kids in Alycia’s co-op? Alycia talks classes, field trips, and recommends educational materials! The impact of creating a culturally relevant education & homeschool community, why it matters and advice that might help you create the community you want & need. Alycia talks about making intentional choices, putting in the time, getting out of your comfort zone, and growing authentic relationships; plus shares a personal and meaningful story from her childhood. As always our show closes with a book recommendation from our guest. The books and articles mentioned in this episode are linked below. (Books are affiliate links) Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers Classical Africa by Molefi Kete Asante A Century of Negro Migration by Carter G. Woodson Carter G. Woodson's Appeal The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson African Americans and Homeschooling (Routledge Research in Education) by Ama Mazama The Afrocentric Paradigm by Ama Mazama Africa in the 21st Century (African Studies) by Ama Mazama Kamali Academy The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families Black Families Increasingly Choose to Homeschool Kids Interview Guest’s Bio: Alycia Wright, M.Ed is a former educator turned homeschooler of four. daughters with one attending public high school. She runs a cooperative for children of color in the Richmond, Virginia area. You can follow her on IG at homeschoollife_in_va where she posts about homeschool, cultural studies and activism. You can also reach out to Alycia via email at culturalrootshomeschool@gmail.com. @ SEA: a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, Sam, @ SEA: a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic<br /> There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, Sam, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned.<br /> We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA Facebook page & @SEApodcast on Twitter.<br /> <br /> Show Notes Episode 4 - The Rise of Black Homeschoolers: An Interview with Alycia Wright<br /> A conversation about culturally relevant education, racism, and creating a space for children of color in the homeschool community.<br /> <br /> Our hosts start off this interview by asking about Alycia’s co-op, one which she started specifically to create a space for children of color.<br /> <br /> Alycia then talks about what led her to leave her position as a public school teacher and homeschool her children.<br /> <br /> This leads to a discussion on the many reasons the number of homeschooling families of color is rising, including, but not limited to, the racism and inequalities seen in brick-and-mortar schools and the lack of an accurate narrative in curricula and educational materials.<br /> <br /> A question about secular academics from Blair and a question about including ancient Africa in history from Sam bring us to a rich conversation about racism in educational materials; the importance of including the presence, contributions, and voices of people of color; and how the intentional whitewashing of history upholds white supremacy in society.<br /> <br /> So what is working for the kids in Alycia’s co-op? Alycia talks classes, field trips, and recommends educational materials!<br /> <br /> The impact of creating a culturally relevant education & homeschool community, why it matters and advice that might help you create the community you want & need.<br /> <br /> Alycia talks about making intentional choices, putting in the time, getting out of your comfort zone, and growing authentic relationships; plus shares a personal and meaningful story from her childhood.<br /> <br /> As always our show closes with a book recommendation from our guest. The books and articles mentioned in this episode are linked below. (Books are affiliate links)<br /> Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers <br /> <br /> Classical Africa by Molefi Kete Asante<br /> <br /> A Century of Negro Migration by Carter G. Woodson<br /> <br /> Carter G. Woodson's Appeal<br /> <br /> The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson<br /> <br /> African Americans and Homeschooling (Routledge Research in Education) by Ama Mazama<br /> <br /> The Afrocentric Paradigm by Ama Mazama<br /> <br /> Africa in the 21st Century (African Studies) by Ama Mazama<br /> <br /> Kamali Academy<br /> <br /> The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling<br /> <br /> The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families<br /> <br /> Black Families Increasingly Choose to Homeschool Kids<br /> Interview Guest’s Bio:<br /> <br /> <br /> Alycia Wright, M.Ed is a former educator turned homeschooler of four. daughters with one attending public high school. She runs a cooperative for children of color in the Richmond, Virginia area. You can follow her on IG at homeschoollife_in_va where she posts about homeschool, cultural studies and activism. You can also reach out to Alycia via email at culturalrootshomeschool@gmail.com. @ SEA with Blair & Kat clean 37:30 How Learning Best Happens: With Guest Samantha Matalone Cook https://seahomeschoolers.com/how-learning-best-happens/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:13:49 +0000 https://seahomeschoolers.com/?p=222316 https://seahomeschoolers.com/how-learning-best-happens/#respond https://seahomeschoolers.com/how-learning-best-happens/feed/ 0 @ SEA with Blair & Kat, a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned. Brought to you by our friends at We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA with Blair & Kat Facebook page. Show Notes Episode 2 - How Learning Best Happens: An Interview with Samantha Matalone Cook Our hosts start this interview by asking Samantha Matalone Cook about her own academic background, including education, history, and the humanities; as well as her archaeological experiences in the UK. Samantha talks about starting hacker and maker spaces, including Curiosity Hacked, and the interconnection of history, art, science, and technology. Blair Lee asks Samantha about how learning best happens, leading to a powerful response about shifting the paradigm between educators and students. Kat Hutcheson's next question, about A Coddiwomple Education, ties in perfectly to the conversation about how learning best happens. Read the article that inspired this question here. -- 30 second commercial break -- Blair and Samantha are co-authoring Project Based Learning: Creating A Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact. The authors talk a bit about the book and their experience co-authoring. Sign up here to receive information about the book, including the Kickstarter and book release. Sam and Blair then discuss project based learning as part of a modern education and what that means. Upcoming speaking engagements for Samantha Matalone Cook mentioned in this episode include: March:  Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com. National Council for History Education Conference June:     Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference  August: Homeschool Association of California (HSC) Conference  Date TBD: SEA Homeschoolers Online Conference Stay up-to-date on all of Samantha Matalone Cook's speaking engagements at samanthamatalonecook.com. The books mentioned in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links) You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and Practices Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything  The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children  Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts  Educated: A Memoir Interview Guest's Bio: Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. To see her past and current projects, including her blog and her upcoming book on Project Based Learning and History Odyssey curriculum, please visit www.samanthamatalonecook.com. Follow Samantha Matalone Cook on Twitter and Facebook.   Listen to our previous episode, A Homeschooling Secular Scientist: Getting To Know SEA Founder Blair Lee. @ SEA with Blair & Kat, a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, @ SEA with Blair & Kat, a podcast by Secular, Eclectic, Academic<br /> There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned.<br /> Brought to you by our friends at<br /> We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA with Blair & Kat Facebook page.<br /> Show Notes Episode 2 - How Learning Best Happens: An Interview with Samantha Matalone Cook<br /> Our hosts start this interview by asking Samantha Matalone Cook about her own academic background, including education, history, and the humanities; as well as her archaeological experiences in the UK.<br /> <br /> Samantha talks about starting hacker and maker spaces, including Curiosity Hacked, and the interconnection of history, art, science, and technology.<br /> <br /> Blair Lee asks Samantha about how learning best happens, leading to a powerful response about shifting the paradigm between educators and students.<br /> <br /> Kat Hutcheson's next question, about A Coddiwomple Education, ties in perfectly to the conversation about how learning best happens. Read the article that inspired this question here.<br /> <br /> -- 30 second commercial break --<br /> <br /> Blair and Samantha are co-authoring Project Based Learning: Creating A Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact. The authors talk a bit about the book and their experience co-authoring. Sign up here to receive information about the book, including the Kickstarter and book release.<br /> <br /> Sam and Blair then discuss project based learning as part of a modern education and what that means.<br /> <br /> Upcoming speaking engagements for Samantha Matalone Cook mentioned in this episode include:<br /> <br /> March:  Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com.<br /> <br /> National Council for History Education Conference<br /> <br /> June:     Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference <br /> <br /> August: Homeschool Association of California (HSC) Conference <br /> <br /> Date TBD: SEA Homeschoolers Online Conference<br /> <br /> Stay up-to-date on all of Samantha Matalone Cook's speaking engagements at samanthamatalonecook.com.<br /> <br /> The books mentioned in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links)<br /> You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and Practices<br /> <br /> Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything<br /> <br />  The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children<br /> <br />  Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts<br /> <br />  Educated: A Memoir<br /> <br /> Interview Guest's Bio:<br /> <br /> <br /> Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. To see her past and current projects, including her blog and her upcoming book on Project Based Learning and History Odyssey curriculum, please visit www.samanthamatalonecook.com.<br /> <br /> Follow Samantha Matalone Cook on Twitter and Facebook.<br /> @ SEA with Blair & Kat clean 30:08 https://seahomeschoolers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SEA-books-and-more.jpg https://seahomeschoolers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SEA-books-and-more.jpg A Homeschooling Secular Scientist: Getting To Know SEA Founder Blair Lee https://seahomeschoolers.com/sea-with-blair-kat-episode-01/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 22:04:03 +0000 https://seahomeschoolers.com/?p=222208 https://seahomeschoolers.com/sea-with-blair-kat-episode-01/#respond https://seahomeschoolers.com/sea-with-blair-kat-episode-01/feed/ 0 Welcome to @ SEA with Blair & Kat, the new podcast from Secular, Eclectic, Academic! There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned. Brought to you by our friends at    We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA with Blair & Kat Facebook page. Show Notes Episode 01 As this is the first episode, our co-hosts start off with a brief introduction to @ SEA with Blair & Kat and how this podcast came to be. They then dive into a truly unique interview with Blair Lee, MS. Kat starts with a lead in question about SEA Homeschoolers. If you're not already a member, you can join the SEA Homeschoolers Facebook group to get to know this awesome community. Blair then discusses her background as a scientist, some fascinating research projects she has worked on, and why secular academic advocacy is an important issue for her. A question about Blair's son's favorite teacher leads to a conversation about online classes and the importance of teaching writing, as well as some class recommendations which are linked below. Online Classes by Thomas Jones Online Classes by Michael Clay Thompson Online Classes by Michelle Parrinello-Cason, PhD of Dayla Learning Online Classes by Melissa Robb Outschool offers thousands of amazing classes by independent teachers. Kat asks Blair about her upcoming books...and wow, it's a lot! When discussing "Project Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact" Blair talks about the profound impact project-based learning has on students and educators who use this method. She also discusses the differences between project based learning and project based education, as well as shares some insights about her experience co-authoring this book with Samantha Matalone Cook. Sign up here to receive updates, including the Kickstarter launch and book release information, for "Project Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact."  Upcoming speaking engagements for Blair Lee, MS mentioned in this episode include: March: Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com. April: NSTA 2019 National Conference on Science Education May: California Homeschool Network Family Expo July: Central Valley Homeschool Convention We get to know Blair's adventurous side with a story from her trip to India. You can see the picture of Blair at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur from this story in this article and read more about Blair's exciting world travels in the Worldschoolers section of the SEA Homeschoolers blog. Because our co-hosts are both bibliophiles each interview will close with book recommendations. The books recommended by Blair and Kat in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links) Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One by Kate Duke Red Rising by Pierce Brown She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer Interview Guest's Bio: Blair Lee, MS earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of California San Diego. Blair is the author of The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course, the primary author for the critically acclaimed REAL Science Odyssey Series, has been involved in science education for over two decades, first as a community college professor and secondly as a curriculum developer. Welcome to @ SEA with Blair & Kat, the new podcast from Secular, Eclectic, Academic! There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, Welcome to @ SEA with Blair & Kat, the new podcast from Secular, Eclectic, Academic!<br /> There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned.<br /> Brought to you by our friends at<br /> <br />    We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this podcast. If you do, please take a moment to review and share it. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about or guests you’d like to see join us please contact us at Podcast@seahomeschoolers.com or through the @ SEA with Blair & Kat Facebook page.<br /> Show Notes Episode 01<br /> As this is the first episode, our co-hosts start off with a brief introduction to @ SEA with Blair & Kat and how this podcast came to be. They then dive into a truly unique interview with Blair Lee, MS.<br /> <br /> Kat starts with a lead in question about SEA Homeschoolers. If you're not already a member, you can join the SEA Homeschoolers Facebook group to get to know this awesome community.<br /> <br /> Blair then discusses her background as a scientist, some fascinating research projects she has worked on, and why secular academic advocacy is an important issue for her.<br /> <br /> A question about Blair's son's favorite teacher leads to a conversation about online classes and the importance of teaching writing, as well as some class recommendations which are linked below.<br /> <br /> Online Classes by Thomas Jones<br /> <br /> Online Classes by Michael Clay Thompson<br /> <br /> Online Classes by Michelle Parrinello-Cason, PhD of Dayla Learning<br /> <br /> Online Classes by Melissa Robb<br /> <br /> Outschool offers thousands of amazing classes by independent teachers.<br /> <br /> Kat asks Blair about her upcoming books...and wow, it's a lot! When discussing "Project Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact" Blair talks about the profound impact project-based learning has on students and educators who use this method. She also discusses the differences between project based learning and project based education, as well as shares some insights about her experience co-authoring this book with Samantha Matalone Cook.<br /> <br /> Sign up here to receive updates, including the Kickstarter launch and book release information, for "Project Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact." <br /> <br /> Upcoming speaking engagements for Blair Lee, MS mentioned in this episode include:<br /> <br /> March: Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com.<br /> <br /> April: NSTA 2019 National Conference on Science Education<br /> <br /> May: California Homeschool Network Family Expo<br /> <br /> July: Central Valley Homeschool Convention<br /> <br /> We get to know Blair's adventurous side with a story from her trip to India. You can see the picture of Blair at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur from this story in this article and read more about Blair's exciting world travels in the Worldschoolers section of the SEA Homeschoolers blog.<br /> <br /> Because our co-hosts are both bibliophiles each interview will close with book recommendations. The books recommended by Blair and Kat in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links)<br /> Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray<br /> <br /> Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One by Kate Duke<br /> <br /> Red Rising by Pierce Brown<br /> <br /> She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer<br /> <br /> Interview Guest's Bio:<br /> <br /> <br /> Blair Lee, MS earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Cal... @ SEA with Blair & Kat clean 54:20