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A Conversation with Boston City Councilor, Michelle Wu to discuss the reopening of Boston Public Schools.

Release Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020

On today’s episode of Pondering Education, Ryan speaks with Boston City Councilor, Michelle Wu, about the upcoming reopening of Boston Public Schools.

Ryan also reveals his “EduBook Recommendation of the Week” as well as his “Educator to Follow” pick – two brand new segments to the show.

Be sure to check back to the show notes in the coming days for access to a transcript of the show!

Today’s Special Guest: Boston City Councilor, Michelle Wu

“When she was elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Michelle became the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President.

Her legislative work has focused on access to opportunity for residents of all backgrounds. Michelle was the lead sponsor of Boston’s Paid Parental Leave ordinance and Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity — both of which passed unanimously through the Council and were signed into law by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She also authored Boston’s Communications Access ordinance, which guarantees translation, interpretation and assistive technology for access to city services regardless of English language proficiency or communications disability. To promote economic development, she also introduced a successful ordinance to end the city’s ban on BYOB for small neighborhood restaurants, and recently introduced the “Boston Unplugged” ordinance to eliminate all permits and fees for small businesses in commercial districts to host acoustic performances.

In 2016, Michelle was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as part of Marie Claire magazine’s New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America. In 2017 she received the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s highest honor, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, and lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor, her sons Blaise and Cass.”

(Source: http://michelleforboston.com/welcome/about/)

Follow Councilor Wu on Twitter!

Click Here to Visit Councilor Wu’s website.

EduBook Recommendation of the Week (August 16, 2020)

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Dr. Bettina L. Love.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy!

Follow Dr. Love on Twitter!

Learn more about the Abolitionist Teaching Network!

Educator to Follow – Dr. Dena Simmons (August 16, 2020)

Be sure to follow Dr. Dena Simmons on Twitter!

Check Out Recent Articles from Dr. Simmons below!

“Without Context, Social-Emotional Learning Can Backfire” (edsurge.com)

“Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning” (ascd.org)

VIDEO: “How Students of Color Confront Imposter Syndrome” (Ted Talks)

Thank you all so much for listening! Be on the look out for a full transcript of today’s episode coming soon. I’ll be back with an all-new episode next Sunday evening!

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