In the final episode of season one, Dr. Leyton Schnellert describes how he disrupts teacher education and academic research by designing learning experiences that are interdisciplinary, inclusive, and always in the context of real classrooms. As Leyton says, “The kids are the curriculum and diversity is a resource that helps me teach better and helps everyone learn from each other.”

Significant Quotes:

“If I’m not working with kids and figuring things out and continuing to learn, then I’m not positioned in a way that I’m comfortable with.”

Dr. Leyton Schnellert

“We can’t just be working towards indigenization; we have to engage in decolonization to make indigenization possible. The responsibility of us as white folk to be doing decolonization work is really central. We cannot be asking our Indigenous colleagues to be doing the decolonization work.”

Dr. Leyton Schnellert

“What am I going to learn from this group of kids? What’s this group going to teach me? How does that help me to support them to grow?”

Dr. Leyton Schnellert