Hosted by the Co-Founders of Acorn, EduPod is a series elevating the voices of educators and other key stakeholders working on advancing the education system in the United States. The podcast features in-depth conversations about the current state of education. 


EduPod is run by Acorn Labs, an education impact studio dedicated to empowering schools and educators.


Meet the Hosts


Ankita Joshi and Ashlee Horn are the co-founders of Acorn Labs and the hosts for EduPod. Both of them have an unmatched passion to elevate the voices of teachers and adjacent school administrators in order to bring light to the current state of the education sector.

Meet the Team


Derin Lawal and Sarah Sylvia are the sound engineers for EduPod. Derin and Sarah are current students at NYU and make EduPod sound amazing. 

Episode Guide

Se1Ep11 - Finale

November 20, 2020

Acorn Team is so excited to share our finale episode of EduPod’s first season! During this finale, we have compiled every teacher's responses to the Question: What is your vision for the future of Education, a question that we asked each EduPod Guest. We hope that you find their responses inspiring in a way that urges you to support teachers and advance our education system.

Se1Ep10 - LA Teacher, Education Consulant, and Podcast Host

November 6, 2020

In this episode, we speak with Batsheva Frankel - an educator, education consultant, host of a podcast series called Overthrowing Education, and the author of The Jewish Educator's Companion. In this conversation, Batsheva covers several expansive topics like: what the education reform discourse looked like before the pandemic and how the pandemic has aided those trends. How teachers are upskilling during distance learning, and who should get a seat at the decision table.

Se1Ep9 - A New Jersey Social Studies Teacher & the Founder of ‘Teaching While Muslim’

October 23, 2020

In this episode, we speak with Nagla Bedir, a New Jersey Social Studies Teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of Teaching While Muslim, an organization working to actively include social justice, anti-racist & anti-Islamophobic curricula in schools.  Nagla discusses what “anti-racist” education really means in-terms of curriculum development, classroom pedagogies, and teacher-student interactions.

Se1Ep8 - A Computer Science Teacher from SF and Founder of CASTLedu

October 9, 2020

We speak with Ms. Castro-Mitchell,  a middle school computer science teacher and Digital Learning Facilitator at the San Francisco School District.  She is also the founder of CASTLedu, a classroom program bringing together culture, art, science, technology, and literacy, while placing an emphasis on empathy and social justice. In this episode, Ms. Castro-Mitchell discusses how the pandemic and issues of racial justice have affected her program, her students, and her duties as an educator. 

Se1Ep7 - A New Jersey English Teacher Decolonizing the Classroom

September 25, 2020

In this episode we speak with an English Teacher from New Jersey, Thuraya Zeidan, who has devoted her career to “Decolonizing the Classroom”. Thuraya inspires us with her personal story and passion for promoting equity in classrooms, and brings light to the true meanings of inclusion and justice as she shares her techniques for Antiracist and Multicultural Teaching. To support and learn from Thuraya's work, visit her Website or connect with her on Instagram.