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Democracy Schools & Comic Book Quilts | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Jason poses in front of his quilting booth and a Harley Quinn poster at a comic con
Jason Artman
Jason poses in front of his quilting booth and a Harley Quinn poster at a comic con

On a brand-new Teachers’ Lounge Podcast, Jason Artman!

Jason is a long-time social studies teacher at Mendota High School. He played a key role in Mendota joining the Democracy Schools network last year and we talk about what emphasizing democracy across a whole school really looks like. We chat about media literacy, rural schools, a random encounter with a future U.S. president and even about he and his wife’s quilting business where they make custom comic book quilts!

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you or deserve a spotlight in your community. Every educator we have on this podcast, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

Also, Teachers’ Lounge is on the radio! Catch the show as an hour-long radio program every month LIVE on 89-5 FM and streaming at WNIJ.org. We have multiple guests, stories, and exclusive segments. Our next episode airs on Friday, April 28th at 11 a.m. Tune in on the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes.


Educator in this episode:

Jason Artman

Story featured in this episode:

One of Illinois' largest school districts changed its code of conduct to decrease exclusionary discipline. Has it worked?

Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.