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84 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 067: Let’s Fix This
For this episode of Passing Notes, I visited with Andy Moore and Scott Melson with Let’s Fix This. Let’s Fix this is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating Oklahomans on politics and policy while providing opportunities for citizens to engage with their representatives. The produce a weekly podcast, Let’s Pod This, and provide resources and, when able to be in person, engagement opportunities for Oklahomans. I asked them on the podcast to talk about what advocacy will look like in the time of Covid and why it is just as important as ever, though it might be more difficult, to engage with your local and state legislators. You can learn more about Let’s Fix This on their website, Facebook page, or on Twitter @LetsFixThisOK. I recommend check out Let’s Pod This too! Reflection Questions: How do you plan on advocating on behalf of public education this year?Do you know the names of your state and local representatives?
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 066: State Superintendent
Every year I am incredibly fortunate to be able to connect with Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. This past year, and no doubt looking forward, was quite an unusual year for #oklaed. A pandemic not only devastated our country it also hi-lighted and exasperated many of the systemic issues of racism and inequities that exist throughout our country and our beloved system of education. New Year’s Day is one of my favorite times of year, I love reflecting and dreaming! I want to challenge you to lean in, reflect, and purposefully plan how you will be a part of the conversation of change. I want to thank Superintendent Hofmeister for always taking the time to meet with me and reflect on the past year while thinking to the year ahead. You can follow the Superintendent on Facebook or on Twitter @joy4ok. Reflection Questions: What were the highlights from the last semester of this school year?How did you grow as an education?What were some of the lowlights from the last semester of this school year?What kind of lessons did you learn from them?
83 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 065: Systemic Racism in Our Communities
Councilperson James Cooper has represented Ward 2 of Oklahoma City since April of 2019. Before that he was an AVID middle school teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools. I met Councilperson Cooper during the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout of 2018, holding up a really cool sign! Councilperson Cooper is also a writer and an adjunct professor who got his start in public service as a trustee on OKC’s transportation board. Upon being sworn in, Councilperson Cooper became the first Person of Color to serve Ward 2 and the first openly LBGTQ+ individual to serve as a councilperson in our city. In this episode, Councilperson Cooper and I discuss how systemic racism and discrimination outside of the school community dramatically impact what happens within the school. Reflection Questions: Make a list of the systems that are in place within your classroom or school that negatively impact student groups/populations.Make a list of policies that are in place within your classroom or school that negatively impact student groups/populations.What next steps can you take to remove those systems or policies?What hard conversations do you need to have with administration, teachers, parents?What practical steps can you make daily to hear and see your students?
55 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 064: Dyslexia
Let’s talk about dyslexia. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by having difficulties relating to language, particularly reading. It runs in families and is estimated that around 20% of the population. Payne Education Center, located in Oklahoma City, trains teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia while serving as a resource and a referral center for teachers and parents. In recent years, the state of Oklahoma has updated laws and policies around teaching children with dyslexia. You can learn more about them and the work that they do on Facebook or their website: www.payneeducationcenter.org. For this episode I interviewed Heather Johnson, the Executive Director of Oklahoma’s Payne Education Center. Reflection Questions: What practical steps can you take to meet the needs of your students who are demonstrating reading difficulties?How does your school/district plan to prepare your staff for meeting the needs of students with dyslexia?What resources do you have available that support your understanding of reading difficulties?
45 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 063: Teaching for Purpose
I have been holding on to this episode for too long. Truth time between having a new position in the district last year to a pandemic to just the regular day-to-day, I have found my self constantly behind. I am so thankful a historic ice storm gave me time to sit with some excellent recordings and prepare them for release. So meet Heather Malin, Ph.D. Dr. Malin is director of research at the Center on Adolescence. Her book is Teaching for Purpose: Preparing Students for Lives of Meaning. Dr. Malin focuses her work on applying research to education practice (YAY!) and exploring how schools can support students in developing purpose. This excellent conversation explores her research on developing purpose and how it can be applied in practice. Questions for Reflection: How do you embed purpose in your teaching?How do you help and support your students to find their purpose and weave that purpose into your teaching?Do you provide opportunities for your students to find their purpose?What atmosphere do you create in your classroom or school?
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