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The book, RootEd: How Trauma Impacts Learning and Society, will focus on education, values, neuroscience, trauma, psychology, and epigenetics. I will focus on students from different cultures and economic backgrounds. I will illustrate how varied their educational experiences are, and how current, epigenetic, or classroom experiences have impacted their educational outcomes. The information sources and interviews include university professors, epigenetic scientific researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, educators, students, and families. I will also delve into the different educational concepts including mainstream public schools and private schools, democratic schools and the unschooling movement.

If you would like to participate, feel free to submit your interview. You do not need to know anything about any of the above mentioned topics, but if you are interested in education, I encourage you to participate. This isn’t intended to be exclusionary of any group. This book will address deeper issues that go much further than I can summarize here. All insights are helpful in bringing a thorough understanding of our current beliefs and understanding about education to the book.

Interviews can be video, audio, or written.

The Interview Questions for You to Answer

State your name, occupation, and location.

Do you feel that students look for jobs or create jobs upon completion of school?

Do you believe that epigenetics can influence a style of learning?

What do you know about tribal values?

What is the point of education?

Do you feel that school is preparing students for life?

What is your definition of life?

How do you feel about conforming?

Do you feel the spirit of the people are ignored in education?

Do you feel that trauma impacts learning?

How should students with trauma be treated?

How do you know if a student has trauma?

How do you feel about censorship in mainstream education?

How important is critical thinking in education?

To Begin Your Interview Recording

  • Try to have a plain white background behind you.
  • Make sure the lighting is on your face and not behind you.
  • Be sure to have adequate lighting so your face can be fully seen.
  • Check your lighting and external noise levels then click START RECORDING when you’re ready to record your interview.
  • Center yourself in the record window, look into the camera and smile.
  • Begin answering the questions when you are ready.
  • Read each question OUTLOUD to the camera before providing your response.
  • Do not rehearse your answers.
  • Do not research the question if you don’t really know the topic – we want authentic responses as if we just saw you in the hallway and asked you a question.
  • We can edit out mistakes. If you do not like what you said say “DELETE THAT COMMENT” and begin again.
  • If you complete the piece and want to save your recording, click STOP RECORDING, then wait for the video to buffer and play back for review. If you like your video, click the SAVE VIDEO button after review and it will be saved on your computer.

Upload Your Interview After Recording to a File

  • If you use a regular video camera, smartphone, tablet or other device to record your video to a file
  • Go to http://www.filemail.com/
  • On the left side of the window, click the ADD FILES button to send your file(s)
  • The file size of your video may not exceed 2 GB, and must be in one of the following formats: MOV, WMV, AVI, MP4, M4V, DIVX, MPG and MPEG
  • Send to shella@zelenz.com
  • Click the SEND button, which shows up after you add the attachment.