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Positive Tomorrows

Director of Education Amy Brewer and Director of Family Support Kelly Berger join OPSRC's Jamila MacArthur and Sarah Julian to talk about the services and support Positive Tomorrows provides their students and families who experience homelessness and poverty.

Julian Guerrero, Jr. - Executive Director of American Indian Education, OK State Dept. of Ed.

Brent and Julian discuss Julian's role at the SDE and what he is doing to address native students' needs across the state. They also discuss resources people can access to educate themselves about the 39 tribes in Oklahoma and the history of native peoples.

Oklahoma Securities Commission's STARS Program

Brent spoke with Marquita Seifried, STARS Invest Ed program manager and Clinna Smith, family consumer science teacher from Caney Public Schools about their role with the Invest Ed program and educating Oklahoma students state-wide with unbiased securities education focusing on the investment basics and fraud prevention.They also give teachers the opportunity to teach the program and earn some extra money for doing so!

Stephanie Hinton - Director, Early Childhood, OKCPS

Brent talks with Stephanie about her podcast, Passing Notes, and her work with early childhood educators and providing resources for families in the Oklahoma City Public School district.

Ryan Walters - Executive Director, Oklahoma Achieves

Brent and Ryan talk about Ryan's new role as executive director of Oklahoma Achieves. They also make the exciting announcement that he will be teaching a blending learning AP U.S History class through our NextThought platform with students from Millwood and McAlester Public Schools.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Office of School Climate & Student Discipline: PART TWO

The school climate episode continues this week with 2 additional OKCPS school climate specialists and discussions on how OKCPS is teaching adults successful classroom strategies, including a focus on new and emergency-certified teachers along with veterans.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Office of School Climate & Student Discipline: PART ONE

What's the difference between school climate and culture? What is PBIS, and how is OKCPS using this strategy? How do they address behavioral issues and basic classroom processes? The School Climate team addresses these topics and more in today's episode.

Levi Patrick - Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction & Karen Leonard - Director of Education Technology and Computer Science, State Dept. of Education PART TWO

In this final episode of our leaders series with the OK State Department of Education, Brent talks with Levi and Karen about computer science and its evolution in our schools. They also discuss the new CS standards that are gaining us national attention and how these new standards affect the classroom.

Levi Patrick - Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction & Karen Leonard - Director of Education Technology and Computer Science, State Dept. of Education PART ONE

In this final episode of our leaders series with the OK State Department of Education, Brent talks with Levi and Karen about computer science and its evolution in our schools. They also discuss the new CS standards that are gaining us national attention and how these new standards affect the classroom.

Marissa Lightsey - Executive Director, College & Career Readiness, State Dept. of Education

In this episode, Brent talks with Marissa about ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plan)--a process that helps students engage in academic and career development activities and a product that is created and maintained for students’ academic, career and personal advancement.

Beth Whittle - Executive Director, Counseling & Elizabeth Suddath - Director, Prevention Services, OK State Department of Education

This episode covers how the State Department of Education is addressing ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and supporting schools with trauma-informed instructional training & resources.

(Part II) Joy Hofmeister - State Superintendent of Instruction, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

Brent talked with Supt. Hofmeister on a variety of projects and programs affecting public education in the state.

(Part I) Joy Hofmeister - State Superintendent of Instruction, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

Brent talked with Supt. Hofmeister on a variety of projects and programs affecting public education in the state.

Eli Pagel - President, Odyssey Global Solutions

Brent talks with Eli about how his company works with schools to implement energy-efficient options to save money.

Candace Macedo - OKC Regional Program Manager & Devin Schroeder - Tulsa Regional Program Manager, Hunger Free Oklahoma

Brent talks with Candace and Devin and what Hunger Free Oklahoma is doing to address food insecurity throughout the state, including our schools.

Kurt Bernhardt - Director of Technology, OPSRC

Brent talks to Kurt about his background, his work at the SDE and his goals for working with OPSRC member schools.

Dr. Greg Hudnall - Executive Director & Founder of HOPE Squad

Brent speaks with Dr. Hudnall about his experience as a school leader and his work across the world educating schools and families about suicide prevention.

Dr. Melissa Amon - Curriculum Director, Cushing PS & Dr. Lynne Kulich - Sr. Acct. Exec., NWEA

Brent talks with Melissa and Lynn about a new NWEA product: MAP Reading Fluency. Melissa discusses the impact this program has had on her students' literacy skills.

Aaron Lemon-Strauss - Vice President of College & Career Access, College Board

Brent and Aaron talk about the work College Board is doing here in Oklahoma with PSAT & SAT exams and AP courses. They also talk about how students use Khan Academy as a free alternative for test prep.

Joe Dorman - CEO, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA)

Brent talks to Joe about the work OICA is currently focused on to help Oklahoma's children and exciting upcoming events. They also discuss the legislature and bills OICA is supporting.

Nikhil Kawlra - Head of School, Collegiate Hall College Preparatory Charter School

Brent and Nikhil talk about strategies the school uses to prepare every student for college, what successes they've had and what they've struggled with.

Heidi Oliver - Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning

Brent talked with Heidi about her time as an educator, why she decided to leave and her new role with Imagine Learning, a language, literacy & math software solutions company.

Adam Jones - Director of School Engagement, Five Star Technology Solutions (Pivot software)

Brent and Adam talk about Pivot software, a tool to transform data to provide clear insight into both student and staff growth.

Luvona Copeland - Principal, Okmulgee ACE High School

Brent and Luvona talked about how Okmulgee's ACE HS is using personalized learning to address the needs of each student.

Donna Gradel - 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Brent talks with Donna about her growing up in West Virginia, her experiences as an educator, serving as the 2018 OK Teacher of the Year and being named a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.

Rob Reynolds - Executive Director, TEL Library

Brent and Rob discussed TEL Library and its role in education and reaching underserved populations.

Toni Hasenbeck - State Representative

Brent and Toni talked about her experience growing up in rural Oklahoma, her time as an educator and how she decided to run for office.

Scott Fetgatter - State Representative

Brent talks with Rep. Fetgatter about growing up in Okmulgee, his experience representing District 16 and his work on a variety of bills, including some that affect education.

Monroe Nichols - State Representative and OPEL Network Director

Brent and Monroe talk about the 2019 Oklahoma legislative session and Monroe's work with the Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning (OPEL).

Dr. Terri Cullen - Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma's Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

Topics in Brent and Terri's conversation include STEM, technology integration and the upcoming legislative session.

Forrest Bennett - State Representative and EBi Sales Executive

Brent and Forrest talk about state politics and how Educational Benefits, Inc. is providing supplemental insurance at low costs to educators across Oklahoma.

Ken Parker - NextThought

In this episode, Brent chats with NextThought's CEO and co-founder, Ken Parker, about the need for diverse learning methods, the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center's new online learning portal and the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Erika Lucas - Stitch Crew & The Thunder Launchpad

In this episode Brent Bushey sits down with Erika Lucas of Stitch Crew and the Thunder Launchpad.

Introduction - What is School Zoned?

In this episode our Executive Director, Brent Bushey, introduces our new podcast. Brent lets you know what you can expect as far as guests and our schedule. Subscribe now to be a part of the conversation!

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