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The Future of K-12 Education, Presented by IdeaXChange and brought to you by McMillan Pazdan Smith
36 minutes | May 17, 2021
Equity in Education with Dr. Russell Booker | The Future of K-12 Education
In this episode, we welcome back Dr. Russell Booker, our episode one guest, for a fresh discussion about equity. What do you think of when you hear the words equity, equality of outcome, diversity, access, and mobility? We hear these words used in politics, social settings, and in the workplace, but what does 'equity' mean in an educational context? What are the current roadblocks to equity in education? What are some of the misconceptions about how it’s achieved? Is it possible for every student to receive the resources needed to ensure successful educational outcomes? These are just a few of the topics we break down and address. We hope you find this conversation enlightening and helpful. // The Future of K-12 Education Podcast: Contact Us Here! //
39 minutes | May 11, 2021
Managing Constant Change with Superintendent Joe Pye | The Future of K-12 Education
Managing Constant Change with Superintendent Joe Pye: How does a school Superintendent stay prepared and resilient in an environment of almost constant change? In this episode, Ben talks to Superintendent Joe Pye, a visionary leader with 48 years of public education service (22 as Superintendent of Dorchester School District 2). The schools in Pye’s district have a reputation for innovation and successful student career outcomes. How does he plan what to budget for? What is his communication style in the face of constant change? What attributes have led to his district’s stability and success? “We’re at a crossroads, we can make it, or we can break it. I want fresh ideas,” Pye says, “We want a fresh approach. Everything has changed.” // The Future of K-12 Education Podcast: Contact Us Here! //
33 minutes | May 4, 2021
Making Sense of School Funding with CFO Mellanie Jinnette | The Future of K-12 Education
What’s your reaction when talking about funding for K-12 public education? Every year Americans provide around 700 billion dollars in tax revenue to fund 56 million students in 84,000 public K-12 schools across this nation. Schools have multiple revenue sources from federal and state sources. Are we utilizing those dollars to their highest potential in education? In this episode, Ben talks with Mellanie Jinnette, CFO of the school district in Chester County. Mrs. Jinnette also served in the SC Department of Education for more than 24 years. We seek to understand how schools are funded and the policy decisions that affect students and their families. Listen as she helps us all make sense of complicated school funding formulas and talks about her hopes for the future of revenue allocation in schools. // The Future of K-12 Education Podcast: Contact Us Here! //
33 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Mental Well-Being and Student Success with Dr. Jennifer Parker | The Future of K-12 Education
"Schools have the largest opportunity to help children be successful,” says guest Jennifer Parker, Ph.D, LPC. K-12 students are experiencing higher levels of anxiety, depression, and trauma than ever before. The need for school mental health resources is more urgent than ever and not just from counselors, it takes a whole-school approach to effectively address student mental health. As the Director of Child, Youth and Family Initiatives for the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), Parker talks from first-hand experience about the types of mental health risks students today are dealing with and how schools can create learning environments where social and emotional skills are at the center of academic achievement. WARNING: This episode contains a description of sexual violence/assault involving a minor. Please be advised. Resources: Link to SAM: Spartanburg Academic Movement (learnwithsam.org) The Future of K-12 Education contact form: Contact Us Here!
41 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Safer Schools with Dr. Joanne Avery | The Future of K-12 Education
Mcmillan Pazdan Smith presents IdeaXchange: The Future of K-12 Education Podcast Series There is a clear relationship between a positive school culture and a potentially higher level of school safety. A well-designed school makes the environment safe without making it look like a fortification. In this episode, Dr. Joanne Avery brings her wealth of experience as a former Superintendent to the issue of school safety. Dr. Avery led her district through the aftermath of a fatal school shooting and discusses what she learned about space design, physical protection, and communication best-practices for maintaining a safer school. Warning: this episode contains talk of a school shooting that may be disturbing or upsetting to some listeners. Resources: Mcmillan Pazdan Smith Whitepaper on School Safety AASA School Safety Toolkit Contact us here!
30 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Return to Learn with Dr. Russell Booker | The Future of K-12 Education
Mcmillan Pazdan Smith presents IdeaXchange: The Future of K-12 Education Podcast Series The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a health crisis but an education crisis as well. For schools to be fully prepared to “return to learn” strategic plans must be in place. Ben Thompson welcomes Dr. Russell Booker, former Superintendent for Spartanburg School District Seven, to share his insights and tips to help educators form a successful academic plan for the upcoming school year and beyond. One Acorn inspires. Contact us here!
2 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
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Ben Thompson is a practicing architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture who leads the firm’s K-12 education work across six offices and three states. As an accredited planner and advocate for student learning, Ben wants to help make a difference in elevating student and school successes. That's why he's inviting you to tune in to this new series where he'll be talking to some of the most experienced and insightful people working in education today. These subject matter experts all have a vested interest in making our schools the best places for students to learn how to become our future leaders. Listen to new episodes every week and find out how you can help make the future of education brighter. This show offers many different perspectives in hopes of tackling some of the biggest issues facing schools and students today. Upcoming episodes will cover topics such as: • Where do schools go post-COVID? • How can we continue to make our schools safer and more inclusive places for all learners? • What can be done about the mental health epidemic in this country affecting students? • How can school buildings be improved for a changing world. • And, how can our schools truly be places of educational and environmental equity for all? We hope you’ll join us by subscribing and tuning in to the K-12 IdeaXChange Future of Education podcast every week. Don't forget to tell your friends and colleagues to listen too. As Ben likes to say, "Education matters because it's something that we all share in common." Let's learn how to improve our schools together.
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