July-September 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020  
A CCSSO show
ALABAMA SCHOOLS
CLAIMING NEW WINS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
WE welcome Alabama’s Sate Superintendent, Dr. Eric G. Mackey and the state’s ongoing efforts to improve education amidst COVID
EQUITY DRIVEN PRACTICES TO GROW CONFIDENT AND CAPABLE KIDS
Let Grow is an exciting new SEL program about creating opportunities in class settings  for rigorous instruction and projects  that build confidence.

THE  ‘THIS IS OUR CHANCE ‘  VIRTUAL EQUITY FILM FESTIVAL

Launching for FREE on October 6th, 2020 – This is Our Chance Film Festival is ready for you to REGISTER NOW! This festival is for all who are looking to understand the ways in which race, education, and youth empowerment intersect AND the ways in which YOU can inspire change in your own backyard. The festival includes access to pivotal films and virtual opportunities for viewing, gathering, and building community.

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ACT presents
“MyOptions” 
A BLENDED APPROACH TO COLLEGE COUNSELING FOR 1st GEN STUDENTS 
 Our guest is Bryan Contreras former 1st Gen student from Houston, now  V.P at MY Options for K12
 
 
TEACHING WITH TESTIMONY
THE ‘STRONGER THAN HATE’ CHALLENGE PROGRAM
Discovery Education supports the USC Shoah Foundation and we have Shoah’s Dr. Claudia Ramirez Weidemann to speak on the value students give to the program and the value the program gives the students.

FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS WITH INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO DIGITAL LEARNING

Equity and Innovation are the driving forces behind Edison Learning and their e-learning solutions. . For all students, for at-risk students with great training for educators using the service. You’ll meet Thom Jackson, their CEO.

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REVERSING THE COVID SLIDE BY ENGAGING STUDENTS WITH MUSIC BASED EDUCATION 

Make music work in all subjects for learning for all students including the underserved where COVID is hitting hardest. Muzology is up for a GRAMMY and their music based education works. We have a big article about them in the current issue of “Equity & Access”, the online journal at ace-ed.org.

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THE POLICY AND LEGISLATION SIDE OF SPECIAL ED

We have CASE (Council of Special Education Administrators) Executive Director Phyllis Wolfram and their Chair for Policy and Legislation Dr. Kevin Rubenstein to discuss all they do, have done,and need to do in these areas.

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THE AASA COHORT ON

EQUITY IN EARLY LEARNING

As a preview of  the AASA Symposium on Oct 22, we have four top administrators from across the country, Michigan, Washington and Maryland on equity…from the very beginning of Prek-12 on and why this is a must in todays public education. 

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT,LITERALLY!

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY IN ALL GRADES

Learn about RED T Media and using philosophy as a subject for great critical thinking and so social-emotional learning in difficult times.

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DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN STUDENT STRESS AND PANDEMIC TRAUMA

Our resident school psychologist Dr Howie Knoff, the president of the school consulting firm Project Achieve discusses the difference …what educators need to know to help students for the foreseeable future 

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THE SOCIAL STUDIES KNOWLEDGE MAP

The latest tool for educators from the experts at Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. This excellent project  for teaching and curriculum building from the JHU team of experts  becomes available to all Sept 29th.

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PEORIA IL SCHOOLS RETURN 
DURING COVID 
We’re highlighting districts and how they are handling the return and what its like on scene. Today is a visit with Lisa Giffor, Literacy and Social Studies  Coordinator  for Peoria School District 150 in IL. Joining her is Discovery’s Emily Keith to speak on how this company worked with the district to ensure a continuance of learning during remote ed.

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE APPLICATIONS CAMPAIGN

#WHYAPPLY

The goal is EQUITY as we host ACT’s Center on Equity in Learning and their spokesperson, the Director of the Campaign to increase the number of 1st generation and Low Income Students  applying for higher ed. Great stuff.

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THIS IS WHAT PUBLIC EDUCATION IS ALL ABOUT! 

PREPARING  YOUNG AMERICANS FOR DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP

My favorite professor is back… Johns Hopkin’s Dr Ashley Berner from JHU’s Institute for Education Policy. Always thought provoking, an expert on how rigorous curriculum brings about equity and how that develops good citizens, she also ahas developed tools that work for educators K-12.  

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ELEMENTARY MATH FOR ALL STUDENTS THAT WORKS …. WHEN ED TECH BECOMES EQUITY TECH.

You’re going to learn about a math education company focused on equity in their methods,especially for ELL students . Levered Learning’s founder Mitch Slater has brought with him San Diego County Office of Education’s Director of Migrant Education  Dr. Monica Ruiz-Laberge

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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN STEM LEARNING DURING COVID

The King oF science lab  and school safety, NSTA’s Safety guY, Glastonbury, CT schools Director of Safety Dr. Ken Roy is back. Always a ‘CAN’T MISS IT’ EXPERIENCE

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GREAT FREE, RIGOROUS RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL STUDIES  FOR EVERY SCHOOL BRING ABOUT EQUITY

If you aren’t using Izzit.org resources at your school , you soon will be, from 8th grade on. Their president and Director of Education join us. It’s free, it’s rigorous and it works.

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EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION IN THE ELEMENTARY GRADES

Thank you Waterford Institute for bringing us RtI expert , Arkansas elementary educator Lori Smith

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THE 2020 ‘EDUCATOR CONFIDENCE’ REPORT 

…with a HUGE thank you to HMH for sharing this information :  Measuring the incredible resilience of teachers during these crisis times., their adapting to remote teaching. With HMH  GM of Supplemental and Intervention Solutions, Matthew Mugo Fields.

http://tobtr.com/11805462

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BACK TO SCHOOL CYBERSECURITY

A CoSN show with guests AmyMcLaughlin of Oregon State and Il-based District IT Director Rod Russeau . It’s a ‘back to school’ like no other but student privacy and security must be maintained.

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THIS YEAR THE ‘ED SPACES’ CONFERENCE   WILL BE VIRTUAL 

Ed Spaces focuses on the design and building of schools and classrooms. Normally a “don’t miss’ live conference, this year it has to be virtual , so we have Jim McGarry of the Ed Market Association, the organization behind the event with the details for you to plan 

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THE SCIENCE OF READING

We are going to focus on Arkansas’ major effort with Reading Horizon’s guests Tyson Smith and Laura Axtell. 

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THE INCREDIBLE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS DURING A CRISIS

From Gresham/Barlow  OR schools, we welcome back one heck of a superintendent, Dr A. Katrise Perera along with her excellent Director of Communications  Athena Vadness. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a well managed communication program , both internal and external, in these times.

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AN ARCHITECTS VIEW OF SCHOOLS REOPENING

Fielding International’s Jay Litman is back with his colleague Jill Ackers-Clayton who will look at school re-openings through environmental and design eyes keeping in mind that schools must remain learning spaces  and at-home learning does not replace the school environment.

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ALL ABOUT ‘LEARNING PODS’ IN THE AGE OF REMOTE EDUCATION AN ARCHITECTS VIEW OF SCHOOLS REOPENING

You’ll meet returning guest Mike Teng of Swing Education. They are experts in matching substitute teachers ot districts and have developed a new service called “Bubbles” to help districts and parents create ‘learning pods’.

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REAL DATA ON STUDENT SAFETY  2019-20
A REPORT FROM GAGGLE
 We need data more than ever and Gaggle has it and your district can get it too. With so much remote education, it takes on an even stronger importance. Paget Hetherington, Gaggle Director of Marketing is our guest
CCSSO presents
 THE NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
TABATHA ROSPROY
Congrats to Tabatha, an early childhood educator. How about that! We’ll talk with her about her goals for the year as she represents great educators everywhere in this year of remote education.

a SETDA show

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES THAT SUPPORT REMOTE TEACHING

The State Ed Tech Directors Association brings us the one and only Christine Fox, their Ass’t Executive Director  and special guest  Dr Jason Roseberry CIO of Five Star Technology on a program originally designed for Indiana educators to help them gain the skills for online teaching.

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BUILDING STUDENT CONFIDENCE  WITH A SOLID S.E.L. PROGRAM

“LetGrow.org” believes that building student independence through projects and activities guides their growth  in confidence and self-reliance throughout their lives. It’s a very interesting school program and you’ll enjoy learning about it

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SPECIAL ED ADMINISTRATION:…. THE CASE FALL CONFERENCE

CASE Executive Director with theior director of PD Heath Peine. Special ed has its own special needs this year. Important for all school administration

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AUGUST 2020
THE SHOAH FOUNDATION  IN YOUR CLASSROOM
 Learn and teach anti-racism in your classroom through the work of this incredible  foundation founded by Steven Spielberg. Director of Education Claudia Ramirez Weideman is our returning guest.

“NOTICE. TALK. ACT.” : LEARN ABOUT THE SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS NOW AS WE AND THE STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL. From the American Psychiatric Association, their director of social justice programs for schools Chris Seeley and an educator  who  has been trained in this  program from Janesville WI math teacher,Christal Alling

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HOW AN IOWA ESA IS MAKING SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY A CURRICULUM PRIORITY

AESA’s Joan Wade is joined by the folks at Iowa’s Heartland AEA where, for the 150,000 students  and 10,000 educators they serve, they are creating a curriculum based on social justice and equity. LISTEN HERE

SUPERINTENDENTS VIEW ON EARLY LEARNING IN AMERICA

An AASSA show with Supt Ed Manuszak, Dundee MI can cochair of the Early Learning cohort at AASAand Todd Whitlock of “Standards for Success”

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HOW STUDENTS ENGAGE DURING REMOTE LEARNING  

We have the folks with the data on just that. Gotta keep those  kids not just busy but engaged. Friends from  “Catch On”, the company that gives you the data explore the subject.

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MAGNET SCHOOLS DURING COVID

An overview with Toddd Mann, Executive Director of  Magnet Schools of America and his special guest, Immediate Past president of the Association Susan King.

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  THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE REOPENING OF SCHOOL

An ASCA show with two ASCA board members, school counselors both, Geoff Heckman of Platte County MO and  Susan Arvidson of St. Paul MN schools 

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PREVIEWING AASA’S UPCOMING URBAN SUPERINTENDENTS  ACADEMY

AASA,The School Superintendents Association, will (virtually) host its 6th annual Urban Superintendents Academy Conference, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The Academy prepares educators for certification and success in urban and increasingly diverse suburban settings and bolsters the effectiveness of district leadership in those settings. AASA offers two cohorts of the Urban Academy in partnership with two premier universities: Howard University and the USC Rossier School of Education ….with guests Maria Ott, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education & Samuel King, Director of Superintendent Searches, Georgia State School Boards Association 

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CELEBRATING THE ‘ACT SCHOLARS PROGRAM” 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 Learn about a program that has had tremendous impact on education and individuals with ACT’s ‘Center  for Equity in Learning’ Director Lee Montgomery and ACT scholar Dr Shamira Rothmiller

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TECHNOLOGY AND THE RETURN TO SCHOOL IN CLAYTON CTY, GA 

Meet April Mayo, their Director of Instructional  Technology and from Boxlight-EOS, CEO Alex Leis

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CoSN’s  NEW “EQUITY AT SCALE’ REPORT 

CoSn has always stood for equity in K12. This new report goes deep….. based on the efforts of CoSN at an Ontario  Canadameeting in December of 2019. Our guests are from Hampton Township schools in PA,  Asst Supt Rebecca Cunnnigham and CTO Ed McKavany as well as  Cheryl Williams, the delegation leader. 

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FROM JOHNS HOPKINS  UNIVERSITY : “CENTER FOR EDUCATION POLICY

WHY KNOWLEDGE AND HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM MATTERS  FOR ALL STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS 

Meet Dr David Steiner, Executive Director of the Institute, former NY State Commissioner of Education,  and Director of Education at The Nat’l Endowment for the Arts. A rigorous and engaging curriculum makes all the difference in the world to every child’s learning. We need to make that happen 

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LEARN ABOUT THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR EDUCATORS

This  is going to be a very interesting show with Dr Ianya Jaafar, a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and how that works in her daily job in North Bergen NJ schools  as mental health situations arise 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PD DURING COVID

It’s a brave, new  world of opportunity and chaos out there in education today. We’re thrilled to have Dr Bob Spires and Dr Kate Cassada  from the University of Richmond  schools and centers of education on new courses designed to help educators get through. These courses were developed through the auspices of Discovery Education and  Susanne Thompson from Discovery will be joining us.  

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THE IMPACT OF COVID ON SCHOOL BUDGETS AND PROGRAMS 

We welcome a very learned voice in education, Rich Long, The Executive Director of “Learning First”, the organization that works with many professional education  associations nationwide to coordinate actions  and thought leadership

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GIFTED EDUCATION DURING REMOTE EDUCATION

An NAGC show  on ways to advocate and also a look at alternatives in these crazy COVID times to be sure gifted kids are getting the education they deserve while education is so caught up in a shuffle of other expectations.

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An ACE-ED.org EQUITY Consortium Presentation

AUTHOR /EDUCATOR BRONWYN HARRIS 
“LITERALLY UNBELIEVABLE”
Having taught in Oakland at an under-resourced school, she saw what’s going on first hand and how we can all make it better . Now a thought leader in the field of equity, we welcome Bronwyn to our show

COMMUNITY COLLEGES:

 HIGHER ED IN THE TIME OF COVID

J. Noah Brown of ACCT on how community colleges are reacting to COVID education , enrollment challenges and the financial hit of the pandemic 

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an ACE-ED.org Equity Presentation

SPECIAL EDUCATION &

 THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS

CASE, The Council of Administrators  of Special Education , bring us their Executive Director Phyllis Wolfram and from Essex Junction /Westford VT schools , Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Erin Maguire

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HELP YOUR STUDENTS PLAN 

CAMPUS VISITS THIS FALL

Platform Q Education plans virtual campus visits. Mallory Willsea, their Director of Strategy and Operations is our guest. Help your students plan higher ed ..give a listen

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LEARN ABOUT ONLINE EDUCATION AND WHY PROACTIVE CARE MATTERS FOR STUDENTS 

From DeVry Institute, we welcome back Elise Awwad, their VP of Strategic Enrollment. We can all learn from folks who have been doing this for years!

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REOPENING CHILD CARE CENTERS

Meet Dr Calvin Moore Jr., CEO of The Council for Professional Recognition,

the accreditation group for professionals in the field.

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MUSIC BASED MATH LEARNING

This has been a pet peeve of mine for years…why music isn’t incorporated into math education since kids love music and music is mathematics. Finally the great Dr Lana Israel has created MUZOLOGY, a company and program that emphasizes this and she is really something.

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2020 IN MERIDEN ,CT

Listen to long time Supt Mark Benigni, his ass’t supe, Mike Grove and the amazing Barb Haeffner, director of teaching and innovation at a district we’ve visited many times and their plans for opening the craziest back to school season ever.

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JULY 2020

CREATING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE, CLEAN SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

The Ed Market Association , producers of the Ed Spaces Conference, is now partnering with ISSA, the international association for cleaning products and services to give education tips, guidelines and resource as well as certifications  for school safety and cleanliness  as many building reopen.

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CONGRATS TO DISCOVERY ON THEIR NEW ‘TECH & LEARNING’ AWARD

HOW DISCOVERY DEVELOPS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR K-12

Let’s go behind the scenes and discover (no pun intended) how the sausage is made  with their VP of Content Robin Porter, mor important now than ever as learning and assessment  changes under COVID.

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A CoSN REPORT ON..and a new resource for …

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE K-12 

CoSN leaders Dr Beth Holland and Susand Bearden are our guests regarding a new resource from CoSN.

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SUPERINTENDENT VOICE ON REOPENING SCHOOLS   FROM CCSSO, THE CHIEF STATE OFFICERS ASS’N….ON REOPENING SCHOOL   

Join Doug Roberts of the Institute for Education Innovation and his guest, Ass’t Supt from Paducah KY, Will Black for a preview of their ‘open-to all’ virtual seminar this week.

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FROM CCSSO,THE CHIEF STATE OFFICERS ASS’N….

ON REOPENING SCHOOL 

From The Council of Chief State School Officers, we have  Kirsten Carr on their newest resource for reopening education this Fall. 

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COLLEGE FOR EVERY STUDENT: RURAL, URBAN , SUBURBAN CREATING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE CLEAN SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Meet Rick Dalton of Brilliant Pathways, a non profit designed

to bring college  to  every student.

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EDUCATIONAL PLURALISM : HOW IT WORKS. WHY IT WORKS

Professor  Berner returns . She’s so enjoyable to listen to that you’ll want to take notes.Educational pluralism is a structure for school systems in which the government funds and regulates, but does not always operate, elementary and secondary schools. Most democratic school systems are pluralistic. This is a great topic especially in the changing educational times we live in.You can get her book on Amazon.

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NEVADA TEAMS WITH DISCOVERY ED STATEWIDE  FOR SOLID LEARNING AND TEACHING , NO MATTER WHERE THIS FALL

We welcome Nevada’s State Superintendent Jhone Ebert to discuss how and why the decision was made as we make ready a new school year under COVID conditions.

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CHALLENGES OF SCHOOL DESIGN AND INFRASTRUCTURE AS WE PREPARE TO POSSIBLY RETURN IN THE FALL 

Our good friends from the school design firm of Fielding International  Jill Ackers and Jay Litman return. This is a very important issue regarding school and student and staff safety…the CDC has requirements , but we probably need to go much differently and further to ensure safety.E

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ACT CENTER FOR EQUITY IN LEARNING  presents

A CONVERSATION ON SEL & EQUITY 

with Dr. Nancy Lewin, Program Director of the Center, Dr. Dana Murano, Research Scientist at The ACT Center for Social, Emotional and Academic Research, and Marci Price, Program Director of ACT Learning Division-SEL.

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HOW TWO MISSISSIPPI EDUCATORS DELIVERED A-RATED INSTRUCTION THROUGH THE PANDEMIC  

Make sure you air conditioning works because we’re heading way down south to Mississippi  to visit with Dr Carla Evers, Supt of Pass Christian Public Schools and  Dr Kiana Pendleton, Principal of the Laurel Magnet School in, you guessed right, Laurel MS.Thank you Curriculum Associates for the introduction to these two excellent educators.

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PLANNING DIGITAL DEVICES AND TOOL NEEDS FOR WHEN SCHOOL REOPEN

Two returning experts from Lenovo, Rich Henderson and Celia DeCourcey are my guests. They deal with districts nationwide and are here to share what they are learning in these COVID times

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GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS LEADERS  S

This has never been more important than during this time of education change and crisis. Proper and effective internal and external communications matter  now more than ever. Listen to NSPRA’s Rich Bagin, Melissa Braham and Jennifer Alexander. Believe me, they know of what they speak.

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AUTHOR AND PRINCIPAL DEREK MCCOY

EMPOWERING CHANGE IN OUR SCHOOLS 

Derek McCoy has been the NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year  and author The Revolution: It’s Time to Empower Change in Our Schools”. His ‘revolutionary’ voice is worth listening to as we take a good look at schooling today.

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TEACH SOMETHING REALLY COOL

PHILOSOPHY…YEAH, PHILOSOPHY EVEN OVER THE SUMMER 

Red T Media’s Amy Leask is back and brings with her Canadian educator Jen Apgar of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario.

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PART 1: SCHOOL CULTURE 

WHY IT MATTERS …HOW IT IMPROVES 

Our  remarkable guest is Dr Ashley Rogers Berner, Deputy Director of The Johns Hopkins  Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor at JHU’s School of Education. She is author of ” Pluralism and American Public Education”

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DEVELOPING EQUITABLE PROGRAMS OF

SCHOOL/FAMILY/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We have one the great experts in family engagement in education, Dr Joyce Epstein , Professor at Johns Hopkins University, founder and leader of the National Network of Partnership School and Director of  The JHU Center  on School, Family and Community Partnerships

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SCHOOL CULTURE 

PART 2 … a continuation from Tuesday’s show 

WHY IT MATTERS …HOW IT IMPROVES 

Our  remarkable guest is coming back to follow up on Tuesday’s show ;Dr Ashley Rogers Berner, Deputy Director of The Johns Hopkins  Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor at JHU’s School of Education. She is author of ” Pluralism and American Public Education”

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ALL IN THIS TOGETHER:

INSIGHTS ON RE-TOOLING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

The industry works day and night to keep you connected to your students and colleagues with access for all involved. This show features friends from Cox Communication with their broad view of education as they work with districts all over the country.

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ADDRESSING THE COVID CRISIS  

Industry voice with our good friend, Jessica Sliwerski, CEO of Open Up Resources. Their HIVE conference is coming up and they’ve been busy bees ( see what I did there.) You’ll enjoy Jess’ insights and expertise. 

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