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The Opportunity Gap
The Opportunity Gap is a podcast for families about kids of color with learning and thinking differences like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Host Julian Saavedra is a Black parent and assistant principal in an urban public school, and host Marissa Wallace is a special education teacher with a multiracial child. Listen as Julian and Marissa explore issues of privilege, race, and identity — and talk about ways parents can advocate for their kids. Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can...
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5.0 stars from 9 ratings
Bold and exciting
Hearing someone finally asking the tough questions families face when it comes to differences like race and school choice is refreshing. Knowing the gap exists is common, reckoning with what this means for parents and their kids with disabilities — is bold!! Bravo!
JS44419 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/03/21
Honest and thought-provoking
Julian and Marissa engage in thoughtful conversations and use their own experiences as teachers and parents to discuss some of the joys and challenges of raising kids of color with learning differences. This is a great resource for families and teachers.
Beth5750 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/21
Saavedra and Wallace guide insightful, data-driven conversations that connect listeners to the reality of The Opportunity Gap and how we can close it for kids of color with overlooked learning and thinking differences. The way they weave experience and personal connection elevates the...Read full review »
Gerry, parent/learner via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/21
Recent Episodes
Schools are reeling from the impact of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. But what does it mean for special education, kids with learning and thinking differences, and marginalized communities? Hosts Julian Saavedra and Marissa Wallace discuss how they’re managing the new COVID wave as both...
Published 01/20/22
Kids who have learning and thinking differences or other disabilities can also be gifted. This is known as being “twice exceptional,” or “2e.” But what does twice exceptional mean for Black and brown kids? In this episode, hosts Julian Saavedra and Marissa Wallace explore how kids who struggle...
Published 01/06/22
Published 01/06/22
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