The Power of Podcasting

Part 1: Master Class

Through a partnership with Youth Leading Change and Duquesne University, Hear Me will facilitate a “Master Class” during the showcase on May 10, 2016.


Hear Me will teach students how to produce audio media through the podcast medium and to develop messaging strategies for specific audiences. The audio media produced will be used in one of Hear Me’s podcasts (May, June or July 2016).


The class will be offered in two 90-minute sessions.  In the first of the sessions, Hear Me will introduce podcasting strategies for expressing one’s voice. Then, we will instruct youth on audio recording conventions, interviewing skills and best practices. Students will work in teams, and select one of the five questions from the conference’s theme in order to plan the podcast. Students will generate 5-10 relevant interview questions and conduct audio interviews with their peers. We will introduce podcast scripting, and in teams, write short scripts using the audio pieces generated in the beginning of the session.


In the second session, students will break into working groups: 1) revise and record their scripts, and 2) learn to edit audio using Audacity. By the end of the session, working groups will combine their work to produce a 2-4 minute story that details their personal experiences with the proposed issue/question.  Students will learn about exporting audio pieces and publishing to a podcast site.


Following the showcase, the student’s stories will be edited and published on, and made available through the site’s open platform for YLC to use in their project documentation.

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Temple S. Lovelace

Dr. Temple S. Lovelace is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her research interests include social justice and equity through a disability inquiry lens, as well as innovative classroom based instructional and intervention strategies in the areas of academic and behavior supports. With 15 years experience as an educator, she has remained committed to serving young children and supporting quality and innovative education initiatives that provide the opportunity and access all children deserve. Dr. Lovelace spearheaded the revitalization of the widely successful Fusion program, which is a partnership between Duquesne University and Center of Life, a Hazelwood-based community empowerment organization. As a graduate of The Ohio State University and a doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst, Dr. Lovelace's research has been focused on the principles of behavior analysis and education in urban contexts. Currently, Dr. Lovelace is focused on achieving equity for persons of color with disabilities and their families. In a partnership with The Color of Autism Foundation, Dr. Lovelace hopes to continue her community-based work using Pittsburgh and Detroit as models for how families, communities, schools and universities can work together in support of groundbreaking instruction and intervention supports for the Autism community. Research Interests "Making" and "Tinkering" as Evidenced Based Practices (rooted in STEAM & Literacy) Critical Citizenship of African American Students with Disabilities Youth Voice: Impact on Resilience, Engagement and Education Reform Culturally Responsive Behavior Interventions Teacher, Student, Community - Mediated Transformative Educational Practices (Behavior and Academic Interventions) STEAM-based learning for Females and other Underrepresented Group