Did you know as early as 6 months, a baby's brain can notice race-based differences? Children learn about these racial biases and racial differences early on from their first teachers--their parents--and how to deal with and react to them. Our special guest, Jemelleh Coes, Georgia's 2014 Teacher of the Year, gives parents and teachers advice on how to guide our children to stand up against racial bias. We are back on another episode of Finger Painting the Future to revisit the topic of biases and racial equity and how they affect children at a young age. We learn from Jemelleh that building up our children's confidence levels gives them the courage to stand up for themselves and for others. Tune into this episode as she gives us helpful tips on how to navigate this hard topic with our children and ourselves in our everyday life.
About our guest: Jemelleh Coes was named Georgia's 2014 Teacher of the Year. She is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first-generation university graduate. Jemelleh earned her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice. She is a professor at the University of Georgia and Mount Holyoke College where she teaches current and future educators along with future professionals dedicated to disability advocacy. Her work has a laser focus on equity and disrupting traditional ways of engaging in education. She believes that equity is the thread that runs through everything!
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Finger Painting The Future
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a toddler or teenager, today’s parents are overwhelmed with a never ending list of head scratching heart pumping questions that leave them searching for the answers on how to raise a good child. Join the Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano and renowned educator Joseph Fatheree on Finger Painting The Future, a podcast that will help you search for solutions to the questions that keep parents up at night.
My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!
I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.
Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!
I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.
Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.
He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.
Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.