Presented by Hilltop Educator Institute

Napcast is a podcast designed to help you learn on the go, hear another perspective, spark debate, agree incessantly, and honestly, remind you that you’re not alone. We live in a complex world, so allow us to challenge your orientation with words, thoughts, advice, and the perspective of two males of color. 

Meet the Hosts

Nick Terrones (he/him) is an Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center where he has worked with toddlers for the last 10+ years implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum. He’s a Los Angeles raised Mexican-Native-American with a passion for equity, plants, the ukulele, and raising awareness to the need of a gender-balanced workforce in ECE. 

Mike Browne (he/him) is the Community Engagement Manager for Hilltop Educator Institute. He’s a New York raised, Afro-Caribbean, former collegiate athlete, working towards dismantling White Supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. 

Episode 1

Finding Strength Amidst COVID19
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In this episode, we discuss self-care for ourselves as adults, ways to stay connected to the kids you serve, and what we have done to distill down big information to young children about big, scary topics and more. Join us for our inaugural episode!

Special Episode #1

Is America Anti-Black?
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With Amir working with the leaders of today and with Nick and Mike working with the generation of tomorrow, this episode gives you insight from 3 male educators of color on how we can all resist, innovate, and advocate for Black lives. Explicit language Inside. 

Episode 6

Role of the Educator
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We play a specific role in the life of a child. We’re co-constructors, researchers, advocates, and documenters. How does these roles allow us to be an active participant in support children? Listen in to find out more! (We advise you to listen to Ep5 before Ep6)

Episode 9

Nuestros Niños, Nuestro Futuro
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“Speak English.” “Sound white.” “Sssh, don’t mention you’re Mexican.” These are the things parents are teaching their kids today. How do we break this stigma and support children’ to speak their native tongue? In this episode, we’re joined by Veronica to discuss being a Latinx in ECE today. This episode is done in both English and Spanish. 

Episode 12

Rebuilding A School, Revitalizing a Community 
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We’re all ready to cancel 2020 and maybe even 2021 while we’re at it. Unfortunately, there’s too many families and lives we must support. So, how do we rebound when disasters strikes? How do we not only restore our walls, our trust in the system, our hope? In this episode, we chat about how do we adapt as a community during troubling times. 

Special Episode #2

Democracy is Indigenous
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It’s never too early (or late) to talk to your kids about the election or instill democratic principles in them. In this special pre-election Napcast, we chat about ways we can encourage children to be a part of the democratic system in peaceful and respectful ways through participation, consensus, and bipartisanship conversations in the classroom. Don’t forget to vote! 

Episode 17

(De)Weaponizing Our Language and Words
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Language can be used as an instrument of oppression. In this episode, we examine our language, the power of language, and how this world can be represented in an unlimited number of ways. During this live session, we chat with professionals from across the state on ways we have weaponized language to suppress children’s culture, identity, & souls.

 Episode 20

The Forgotten Part of a Forgotten Industry – Goes Live Feb 15th, 2021
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Childcare doesn’t just consist of educators. They include home attendants who provide support to children with dis/abilities, house cleaners who are keeping our houses and programs safe and clean, nannies and all the other essential workers. Today with Stacy Kono, we shine a light on the forgotten part of our industry and what we can do to support and uplift them. 

Episode 2

Deathmetal & Toddlers
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We invite children to be vulnerable but what about us? What about our identities? How do we give ourselves space, grace, and room to be our authentic selves? And also… What’s the connection between deathmetal and toddlers? 

Episode 4

We’re More Than Just Educators
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We’re researchers when we observe. Party planners when we introduce new cultures and celebrations into the classrooms. Activists when we challenge each other’s biases. And so much more! On paper it might say educator but we’re so much more…

Episode 7

Role of the Family
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How are you cultivating and fostering a rapport with families? How are you best supporting BIPOC families? Do your families trust you? We don’t have all the answers but we have a lot of thoughts! (We advise you to listen to Ep5 and 6 before Ep7)

Episode 10

Why Sorry Sucks
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Sorry? #sorrynotsorry, that’s not in our vernacular. Is it because we’re heartless? Maybe. Or perhaps we believe there’s an alternative way in building empathy in children in authentic and sincere ways. In this episode, we’re all up in our feels as we discuss ways we can support children in naming, framing, and expressing their feelings. 

Episode 13

Indigenizing Education – Part 1
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What does it means to Indigenize educational spaces and materials to better reflect Indigenous people in an authentic way. In part 1 of 2, we chat with Miriam (she/her), an Afro-Indigenous early learning professional in Seattle, WA on her experience on being and working with multi-tribal, multi-cultural, and multi-racial children and families.

Episode 15

New Year, New School, New Children – Part 2
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In part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation New Year, New School, New Children with two leaders of color – Alfonso and Theresa. We hear about their transitions to this new space, how they challenge, love, pull people in and call people out and how their experience being marginalized gives them the strength to break the cycle of inequities for today’s youth. Don’t forget to listen to Part 1 first! 

 Episode 18

3 Males and an Insurrection 
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How do we talk about the insurrection with young children? How do we make sense of what we just saw? Should we teaching be politics? What is our role in combatting white supremacy? Joined by Amir, a previous guest on our episode “Is America Anti-Black?” to discuss all of that and more through the eyes of three male educators of color. 

Episode 21

Institutionalizing Our Anti-Racism Work – Part2
Goes Live Mar 1st, 2021
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Episode 3

La Revolución
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At Hilltop, we’re empowering young learners to fundamentally change the way we govern, lead, and live in community. Sounds radical? Well yeah! Education and learning should be. Join us as we discuss social activism in young children. 

Episode 5

Image of the Child
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If children are part of society, why don’t we consider them as active citizens with rights, as contributing members to their families, to their community? In Ep5 we discuss why we believe all children are capable, confident, and competent…

Episode 8

I Got it From My Mama
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In this episode, Mike sits down with his mama to discuss her experience as a Family Childcare Home provider, the struggles she saw, her hopes for the industry moving forward, and why she believed her son followed down the path of childcare as well.

Episode 11

My Growth, My Evolution
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We all grow. It’s part of human evolution. As educators we must continuously reflect not just on our children but also on ourselves. In this episode, Nick takes a look back at his 14 year career of being an educator. We discuss not only what he learned over the years, the shots he wished he took, but we also talk about what’s next for him in his career.

Episode 14

New Year, New School, New Children – Part 1
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Returning to “school” this fall is going to be .. well..  interesting. There are new challenges, anxiety, rules, children, and at Hilltop… we have a new location! In this episode, we chat about the changes, the transitions, the laughter, the tears, and how we are working with admin, educators, parents, and the community to support children and ourselves.

Episode 16

Indigenizing Education – Part 2 
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Am I Black enough? How do I claim my Native heritage? Am I Latinx worthy? These are the questions many bi and multi-cultural children ask themselves. Returning for Part 2 of 2, we continue our conversation with Miriam, an Afro-Indigenous early learning coach, taking a deeper look at connection, identities, the language of colonization and what we can do to support the Native community. 

Episode 19

Institutionalizing Our Anti-Racism Work – Part1
Goes Live Feb 1st, 2021
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 Episode 22

Building Children’s Emotional Vocabulary
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