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Arianne Craig Jolla, (Author, Speaker and Educator), hated teaching so much that she started her own school! The Teach Your OWN Kid podcast is an extension of the book Teach Your OWN Kid: Schools Can't Do It Alone, which was released in August 2017. The TYOK podcast is a continuation of Arianne's effort to develop stronger partnerships between the school community and the community's families.
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In this final encore episode, Arianne recounts the incident that led to her making the decision to leave the traditional classroom for good. This incident clearly confirmed for her that she was caught up in the web of a school system that did not value what she valued and was not designed to make the kind of meaningful impact she intended to make.…
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In this episode, Arianne offers an uninhibited and transparent view into some of her struggles as an early teacher. At one point, "for the sake of the team", she was placed in a classroom setting for which she was not qualified and received minimal support from school leaders. This caused Arianne to make a critical decision only five years into her…
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Arianne has wanted to be a teacher since she walked into Mrs. Flora Weber's 4th grade classroom. She vowed that she would impact kids just as Mrs. Weber had impacted her. In part one of this encore episode, Arianne shares her own story in hopes that it will inspire others to stay the course.
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In this final installment of a two-part episode, Earnest Salsberry (the youngest Chaplain to serve at Dillard University) shares how he almost failed to get his college degree because he had become distracted by the lucrative jobs he held during college. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans in 2005, it served as somewhat of a wake…
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Earnest grew up in the small town of Port Arthur, Texas. He had no way of knowing that the same university he called home as a student- Dillard University- would eventually become his home base as its youngest Chaplain to ever serve. Although it was music that lured Earnest to the city of New Orleans, it is mission that has compelled him to return …
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Alexander is a children's author who grew up in the city of New Orleans. A product of a family of educators, "Alex" has made it a part of his life's work to expose young people to possibility through writing. Alex has traveled to over a dozen countries speaking to young people and credits his ability to make life-altering decisions on a whim to fee…
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Gerod grew up in Warrenton, North Carolina. Having moved in with his grandmother at an early age as a result of his parents' divorce, Gerod considered himself an average student. It wasn't until representatives from a local radio station visited his 7th grade class that he considered the possibilities for his future career. Gerod became a volunteer…
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Cyndi Nguyen, born Xuan Thi, and her family escaped from Vietnam on a boat in 1975. Cyndi struggled to adjust to American culture while still being expected to behave like a traditional Vietnamese girl. Cyndi's parents shipped her to several boarding schools in an attempt to save her from herself. In the end, a school shooting and a host family in …
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As a kid growing up in her hometown of Selma, Alabama, Krystal often got into trouble with teachers who complained that she "talked too much" and "asked too many questions". Today, Krystal uses that same gift of voice to champion the cause of educational equity in school systems across the country and abroad. Krystal's experiences in an Alabama boa…
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Roger 'Raj Smoove' Dickerson set his sights on becoming a deejay as a teenager. Although he flunked Earth Science in middle school, he learned from that experoence and finished as the number one student in both his high school and college graduating class. Raj Smoove, who has been called "The Greatest DJ in the World', has worked with 'Lil Wayne' o…
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Life, for Latoya, wasn't easy. She endured the pain of witnessing both parents battle drug addiction and viewed education as her way out. Latoya credits her grandmother with 'rescuing' her from this dire situation and has dedicated her life to helping others in need. This is Latoya's story of recovery.…
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In this episode, Arianne uses the new year to pause for reflection. She suggests that since the Fall of the school year is gone that this second half is a prime time for behavioral review and adjustments. Arianne offers strategies that teachers and parents can use to help their kids develop the kind of study habits that will ensure that they finish…
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In this NEW FEATURE- Parents Who Teach- Arianne took the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom on the road to Washington, DC for the American Federation for Children's Annual Policy Summit. She sat down with Linda Ann Crosby (Phoenix, Arizona) to discuss Homeschooling. In her first few years of motherhood, Linda realized that the inconveniences she was exp…
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In this week's episode, Arianne discusses ten extra-curricular activities that will make a high schooler's resume more attractive to the best colleges. She says that colleges are looking for young people who can think critically and that one way to develop those critical thinking skills is by gaining experience through participation in activities t…
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One of the biggest mistakes teens make when choosing a college is deciding to attend based on what's hot now. These teens fail to take into consideration that pledging a fraternity/sorority or gaining entry into some elite club will not necessarily positively impact their lives AFTER graduation. In this week's episode, Arianne talks about the impor…
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Think that just because your kid attends a 'College Prep' high school that she's ready to be set free on a college campus? Think again! College preparation entails so much more than just academics. Teenagers are crossing the threshold from childhood to adulthood and oftentimes do so while missing critical skills like discipline, organization and th…
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This week, Arianne begins the TYOK College 101 Series- a collection of episodes that will cover college topics submitted by the TYOK community. In this week's episode, Arianne discusses the ten things every parent should know about college. She clears up some misconceptions and offers advice to help parents navigate what can be a very daunting unde…
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Parents are powerful! In this week's episode, Arianne sits down in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom with two of them. Latoya Douglas and Dana Wade refused to sit idly by and allow test scores and hasty community/political leaders to decide the fate of their kids' school. Without prior training, these two mothers organized and mobilized what is tod…
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Far too often, parents and educators encounter those kids who just don't seem to be motivated by anything. They just don't seem to care. In this second part of a two part episode, Arianne proposes that these kids do, in fact, care and that there are some practical steps we can take to help these "unmotivated" kids to achieve.…
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Far too often, parents and educators encounter those kids who just don't seem to be motivated by anything. They just don't seem to care. In this first part of a two part episode, Arianne proposes that these kids do, in fact, care and that there are some practical steps we can take to help these "unmotivated" kids to achieve.…
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The partnership between the school community and the family is far too often riddled with missed opportunities and, at times, outright confusion. One way to remedy this, Arianne believes, is through effective communication. In this week's episode, Arianne shares insight with the Teach Your OWN Kid! community by exploring some basic expectations fro…
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In the city of New Orleans alone, 7 out of every 10 third graders are unable to read on grade level. Unfortunately, a similar statistic rings true in cities throughout the country. In this week's episode, Arianne unpacks the impact of that statistic and offers five solutions that parents can implement to help their children become better readers.…
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Have you ever wondered where basic skills like cursive writing and penmanship have gone? It seems like those fundamental skills that we once learned in school have been forgotten in today's classroom. This week, Arianne takes a stroll down memory lane and talks about a few of those lessons that, if incorporated into modern curriculum, would transfo…
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In this age of technology and savvy shortcuts to communication, it's becoming increasingly difficult to prove how critical face-to-face parent-teacher meetings are to the overall student experience. Most parents are busy and have very little extra time to devote to meetings. In this week's episode, you'll hear Arianne discuss five reasons why it's …
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Should teachers be held to a higher standard when it comes to social media? Some teachers believe it's unfair to expect them to filter their social media interactions just because students and their parents might be watching. In this week's episode, Arianne discusses this controversial topic and gives her take on it.…
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In this encore episode, Arianne sits down in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom with children's author, Havilah Malone. Out of the ashes of child abuse, Havilah has risen like a phoenix to accomplish tremendous feats. This Napoleon Hill Foundation Instructor uses her children’s book- The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill to pass on Hill's seventeen …
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During her pregnancy and even long after her very first child was born, Teresa White had no idea that her son had a brain disorder that would cause him to have challenges beyond those of the average child. Teresa sat down with Arianne in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom to discuss what it was like finding out that her son had Autism. She opens up …
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In this week's episode, Arianne discusses ten extra-curricular activities that will make a high schooler's resume more attractive to the best colleges. She says that colleges are looking for young people who can think critically and that one way to develop those critical thinking skills is by gaining experience through participation in activities t…
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In today's episode, Arianne discusses how critical it is to set Internet boundaries for kids. With the surge in human trafficking in recent years, this is the time for parents to scroll through their kids' phones and other devices to ensure that they are not falling victim to those that would exploit them. Arianne says it is also imperative that ki…
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It's that time of year again! School supplies are on the shelves and teachers are already creating lesson plans. In this episode, Arianne proposes that there's no better time for parents to schedule their very first teacher meeting. She offers 10 tips to help TYOK parents get a head start on opening the lines of communication with their child's tea…
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This week, Arianne challenges parents to take an honest look at their kids' behaviors to determine if they might be part of the bullying problem. She suggests that all kids play a part- either as victims, perpetrators or witnesses. The key to prevention, Arianne says, is through asking parents to acknowledge and address bullying behaviors when they…
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Arianne sat with college sophomore, Kimani K. Hamilton, in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom this week. In this Young Rock Stars episode, Kimani talks about her internship at a local television station, her blog (Thee Queen Diary) and even opens up about the difficulties she experienced in her first year of college that led her to see a therapist. …
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Kids are a parent's most precious asset. Since most parents have to work outside of the home, they must entrust their kids to Day Care and Early Learning Centers for the majority of the day. In this week's episode, Arianne offers 10 tips to help parents do the research and ensure that they're placing their kids in the hands of people who will truly…
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Far too often, when kids aren't doing well in school, parents respond by pulling them out of sports. This knee-jerk reaction does more harm than good. Research has proven that young people who have a well-balanced life filled with academic rigor AND sports develop skills that are not likely to be developed in a purely academic environment. Arianne …
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In this week's episode, Arianne rehearses principles from a previous episode to make sure TYOK listeners are ready for summer! Since high-achievers don't get summers off, Arianne offers 5 ways to slow down the summer brain drain that all kids face when they're off from school for two to three months each year. These tips are sure to work!…
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In this episode, Arianne goes back to the book that started it all- Teach Your OWN Kid! Schools Can't Do it Alone. She gives TYOK podcast listeners an opportunity to reflect on fundamental principles by returning to the basics. New members of the Teach Your OWN Kid! community get to hear about Ms. Davis, the irate parent who finally provoked Ariann…
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In this NEW FEATURE- Parents Who Teach- Arianne took the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom on the road to Washington, DC for the American Federation for Children's Annual Policy Summit. She sat down with Linda Ann Crosby (Phoenix, Arizona) to discuss Homeschooling. In her first few years of motherhood, Linda realized that the inconveniences she was exp…
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Arianne takes the TYOK Classroom on the road to visit Lead Meditation Guide of Meditate New Orleans, Stephanie Green Osborne. Stephanie shares insight on guided meditation that is sure to help every listener. She specifically highlights the positive results achieved when school leadership makes the effort to empower young people through meditation.…
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In this brand new Teach Your OWN Kid! Podcast Young Rock Stars! feature, Arianne spends time in the TYOK classroom with high school senior, Christiann Cannon. Christiann overcame personal challenges and earned a full scholarship to major in Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans. Christiann tells how her middle school teacher pushed her beyond…
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