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Gnu Stories Podcast

Gnu Stories Podcast: Highlights from the SSFS Community | Hosted by Dr. Rodney Glasgow, Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School, this podcast offers a closer look at our diverse, innovative, and close-knit community, as well as best practices in the world of progressive education. Listen in every other week to hear from our faculty, staff, and students, as Rodney talks with them about topics ranging from the school's role in civic engagement, to the importance of incorporating fun into learning.

 

Gnu Stories Podcast | 2.1 | SSFS Alumni Spotlight: Michel & Frank, Class of 2020

LISTEN: In this episode, SSFS Head of School Dr. Rodney Glasgow speaks with SSFS Alumni Michel Ruiz-Fuentes and Frank Sheffield who won the national Call for Kindness competition sponsored by Riley’s Way Foundation in May of 2021. The competition challenges teens to apply for grants that fund initiatives that strengthen their communities and inspire kindness. They were the only two recipients in the State of Maryland and were part of a small group of 22 inspiring teens across the country who received the award. Listen to the episode to hear Michel and Frank speak about the competition, their work with Mary Center in Washington DC through Candid Community Care, and their plans for the future.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | 2.1 | SSFS Alumni Spotlight: Michel & Frank, Class of 2020
Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 17: Looking Forward, Seeking Guidance (Student-led Interviews)

LISTEN: In this episode of the Gnu Stories Podcast, we learn more about SSFS teachers Kate, Kristin, and Leslie as they're interviewed by their students. Hear from the teachers about how they got into the education field, their favorite parts about being a teacher, and what it's like to be in the SSFS community.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 17: Looking Forward, Seeking Guidance (Student-led Interviews)
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LISTEN: SSFS Head of School Rodney Glasgow speaks to Nicole Lee, Director of Institutional Equity Justice and Belonging and author of “Raising AntiRacist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race and Parenting” about our youngest learners - preschool through 5th grade - through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and belong and how we, as a school and as parents, can raise children who are anti-racist, anti-ableism, and anti-oppression.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 14: DEI in the Lower School - How to talk about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging with Preschool - 5th grade students
Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 13: Heads of School Reflect On: Leadership, Identity, & Quaker Education

LISTEN: In this episode, Rodney speaks with Brenda Crawley, Head of Plymouth Meeting Friends School, and Karen Cumberbatch, Head of Carolina Friends School. Brena and Karen share their experience as members of the SSFS community and reflect on what it means to be a woman of color in a leadership position, decision-making during COVID-19, and what drew them to Quaker Education.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 13: Heads of School Reflect On: Leadership, Identity, & Quaker Education
Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 12: Self-Advocacy From a Student Perspective

LISTEN:  Join Dr. Rodney Glasgow as he takes a deeper dive into self-advocacy with our SSFS Middle and Upper School students. Hear what students have to say about self-advocacy, how they practice it in the classroom, what teachers can do to create a safe space for their students to practice, and how students can psych themselves up to test out this important skill.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 12: Self-Advocacy From a Student Perspective
Graphic: Gnu Stories Podcast Episode 11

LISTEN: What is self-advocacy and why is it important? What do we risk by not teaching this skill? Our Learning Specialists and Upper School Director of College Counseling speak with Dr.Rodney Glasgowabout the importance of becoming a self-advocate, its alter ego of learned-helplessness and selfishness, and the role self-advocacy could have played in the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol. 

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 11: Let Your Lives Speak: Self-Advocacy For All Ages
Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 10: How do you return? Being back on campus during COVID-19

LISTEN: After an extended time in virtual mode, SSFS is opening its campus to students for in-person learning. From dealing with an array of emotions to building new habits, hear from our counselors about how you and your student can get ready to come back to school —whether at SSFS or another community.

Read More about Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 10: How do you return? Being back on campus during COVID-19

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