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Janel Miley and Brett Radke
Committee Co-Chairs

EduCore is an interest group that encourages and supports members of VASTA to engage in an ongoing inquiry into their pedagogy, research projects, and scholarly creative activity. EduCore is committed to developing a thriving community of practice-based researchers, investigators, data gatherers, and inquirers. 

Eric Armstrong
Luis Aros

Rachel Carter
Sammi Grant
Gurkiran Kaur
Janel Miley (co-chair 2021-2023)
Ann Marie Pollard (past chair 2021-2022)
Brett Radke (co-chair 2021-2023)
Hetal Varia
Alexandra Whitham
Mark Wong

Board Liaison:  Gwendolyn Schwinke

Greetings, VASTA Members!

Check out what EduCore is up to in May and June below. We hope to see you at one of our events!



May Book Club: Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka

May 21st, 10am PST, 1pm EDT, 6pm GMT (find your time zone here)

Join Zoom Meeting Here

Meeting ID: 849 2018 7794

Passcode: 679429


Come join us for a discussion around Wole Soyinka’s play, “Death and the King’s Horseman.” We hope this book club will be the start of our explorations of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ material and playwrights. “Death and the King’s Horseman” will serve as a centerpiece to discuss performance texts and heightened language in the voice and speech classroom. If you feel like you could use more ideas for class material or have suggestions of plays, please join us for this event! 


This event will be facilitated by Gwendolyn Schwinke and Gurkiran Kaur.

June Teaching Support Group: Reflection and Brainstorm

June 4th, 10am PST, 1pm EDT, 6pm GMT (find your time zone here)

Join Zoom Meeting Here

Meeting ID: 849 2018 7794

Passcode: 679429


What a year this has been! Many of us are teaching in varying contexts as we continue to navigate the pandemic (in-person, hybrid, remote), all while investigating our pedagogical approaches to teaching voice and speech. Please join us as we reflect on this past year, share stories, and brainstorm for the year to come. We recommend you take a bit of time to free write on the prompts below. Please e-mail if any questions, prompts, conversation starters, or celebrations came up that you would like to explore more with other members of EduCore. 


Some questions to consider…

●What went well as we continue to teach amidst the pandemic? 

●What are two tangible changes or strategies you’ve adopted in your teaching over the past year that you think you’ll keep moving forward?

●Do those changes reflect any philosophical shifts you now recognize in your perspective on teaching/training/uplifting voices? (If so, what other areas of your teaching may also need to shift in order for there to be consistency and alignment across your pedagogy?)


This event will be facilitated by Janel Miley and Brett Radke.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Janel Miley and Brett Radke

Co-Chairs, EduCore