The DEY Podcast with Kisha Reid is a monthly discussion-styled show featuring educators, advocates and other changemakers about their grassroots projects, innovations in education and reimagining early childhood environments. Our goal is to amplify these voices so we can all learn and work toward a more equitable and playful environment for children.

Jocelyn Roberts- Growing Up Co-Op

Jocelyn Robertson is a teacher director at Cottage Co-Op Nursery School in California and is a major contributor to their blog – Cottage Parenting.

Teacher Tom- It’s Broken, Let’s Fix it!

Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, artist and the author of Teacher Tom’s First Book.

Kisa Marx- The Wonderful Journey to Play

Kisa Marx is the owner of Kid Crew Adventures in Oak Park, Illinois.

Sylvan Taylor- Big Kids Need Play Too

Sylvan Taylor has worked in education for the past 19 years. She has served as the Schoolwide Enrichment Teacher at The Downtown School for the past 5 years and was a 4/5th grade teacher for five years before.

Rae Pica- Spark a Revolution

Rae Pica has been an early childhood education consultant since 1980 and is internationally known as a speaker, online course creator, and author.

Jacky Howell- Rituals and Traditions

Jacky Howell has 45 years of experience working with young children, families, and programs providing quality early care and education in many different roles, including early childhood teacher, administrator, trainer, coach, and technical assistant.

Denisha Jones and the Future of DEY

Denisha Jones began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Washington, DC, and has spent the past 19 years working in teacher education.

Really Seeing Children- Deb Curtis

Deb Curtis has spent the past 40 years working with children and teachers in early childhood programs, observing and studying children and child development.

Taking Play Public- Jane Elgin

Jane Elgin, Third Grade Teacher in Indianapolis

Carol Garboden Murray- Illuminating Care

Carol Garboden Murray, Author of Illuminating Care The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood.

Wilder Childhood

Nicolette Sowder, creator of Wilder Child and Wildschooling

Episode 8 Advocating from Within

Advocating from Within, Part II

Alissa Mwenelupembe-Senior Director, Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC.

Episode 8 Advocating from Within

Advocating from Within, Part I

Alissa Mwenelupembe-Senior Director, Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC.

Episode 7 Introduction

Creating Community with and for Children

Leigh Anne Yuen, the Co-founder, director, and lead teacher at Garden Gate Child Development Center on Martha’s Vineyard. A veteran early childhood educator who works to create community for the children and their parents while advocating for them.

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Equitable Access to Play and Nature

Becky Gamache, an Education Coordinator for the Duluth Public Schools. A veteran early childhood educator who is working to bring nature and play-based learning to the economically disadvantaged children in her district.

Episode 5 with Renee Dinnerstein

Investigating Choice Time

Renee Dinnerstein is a veteran early childhood educator having taught in both Italy and the United States. She is the author of Investigating Choice Time: How to deepen learning through inquiry and play.

Healing Generational Trauma with Mr. Chazz

Healing Generational Trauma with Mr. Chazz

“Mr. Chazz” is a teacher of teachers, parents and children. His specialty is self-regulation, and he has found inspiring ways to teach his techniques and he is pushing the needle a little closer toward world peace by addressing generational trauma.

Episode 3 Play Defined

Defining Play with Peter Gray

Peter Gray, Ph.D. is a well known advocate for free play for children, a research professor at Boston College and a contributing editor at Psychology Today. He and Kisha are going to define Free Play.

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Backyard Basecamp with Atiya Wells

Atiya Wells is a pediatric nurse with a passion to introduce, educate, and connect families in Baltimore, especially those of color, to local outdoor spaces. Get ready to be inspired.

“Interaction Imagination” with Suzanne Axelsson

Suzanne Axelsson is a pedagogical consultant using listening and philosophy with children as tools to improve democratic learning and play spaces in early childhood education.


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