(Ep. 39) Transforming Classroom Outrage into Educational Policy with Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer

February 14, 2017

With all the time we spend focusing on all the negativity in the world, sometimes it’s a breath of fresh air to focus on all the love and passion for change we all share. Today our guest is an individual who radiates love, passion and compassion for others and specifically students, Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer. Julia is an educator, and educational policy advisor and in her current role as COO of Chiefs for Change, she seeks to transform educational policy to better serve the needs of all students. The most fascinating thing about Julia is hearing her story of activism born out of her experience as a teacher!

Check out the episode to get a taste of this phenomenal, hardworking, world changer for yourself.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • The supportive environment of education systems
  • Working with educators of color
  • The struggles of being in education with disabilities
  • The importance of having individuals to support you
  • How you have to grow to achieve your dreams
  • Nothing happens unless you act on it first
  • Dealing with a sense of powerlessness and fixing the problem
  • The process of finding something that grounds you
  • Dealing with gossip and hate in the professional world
  • Staying committed to your work
  • The choices required to get where you want
  • Experiences in Julia’s life she is proud of and can’t believe happened
  • Sharing innovations with people to give them a new perspective on how they can do things differently and fund organizations
  • Expanding on what is possible and the impact people can have on the status quo
  • Creating a community of people who want to advocate change
  • What makes initiatives successful
  • Making two-way communication intentional
  • Finding a core group to push and support you
  • Accepting change and not getting too comfortable where you are
  • Sharing your perspective to help people understand your views
  • The possibilities of how much can change
  • Supporting your own generation and creating a gateway for the one rising after your own


Links and Resources:

Connect with Julia:
Twitter: @Juliarafalbaer
Visit chiefsforchange.org