Displaying episodes 31 - 60 of 67 in total

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.

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!

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.

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.

Becky Oglesby - 2019 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year

Brent and Becky talk about her role as Teacher of the Year and what sort of things she does traveling across the state talking to teachers. They also talk about her experiences as an art teacher and during her time at Plaza Towers Elementary School when the 2013 Moore tornado hit.

Adam Fox - Aviation Program Manager, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Brent and Adam talk about Oklahoma's role as a national aviation leader and how the Aeronautics Commission is providing annual grants to schools to help students explore career options in aviation.

Mike Rogers - Secretary of State & Education, State of Oklahoma

Brent and Sec. Rogers discussed where he grew up (NM), his time at ORU, settling in Broken Arrow and how he got into politics.They also talk about his new dual roles of Secretary of State and Education under Governor Stitt and what those encompass.

Jon Parker - Executive Director, Office of School Safety & Security, OSDE

Brent and Jon talk about all the work the School Safety and Security Office does to ensure Oklahoma schools remain as safe as possible. This includes the new Rave Panic Button app that districts have access to at no cost.

David Hanan - Associate Director of Band & Acting Director of Esports, University of Central Oklahoma

Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack from our Teaching & Learning team talk with David about the growing popularity and legitimacy of esports even here in Oklahoma and UCO's role in bringing it to students. David breaks down how schools can get started with their own teams: what equipment a school needs, how to recruit students to participate, how to generate revenue, etc. They also discuss shoutcasting, an integral job to esports and another career path for students who are interested in esports to consider.

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

Our guests today are Paula Gates, Director of Early Childhood Services with Sunbeam Family Services, and Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Superintendent of Millwood Public Schools. Director of Teaching & Learning Jason Midkiff is our host for this episode, and he talks with our guests about how they are working together to increase early childhood readiness specifically in Millwood PS. Paula also discussed how Sunbeam's Early Head Start and Head Start programs prepare children, prenatal to five years old, to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to be ready for school and life.

Paula Kedy - Executive Director of Academics & Instruction, Ada City Schools

In today's episode Jason Mack talks with Paula about Ada's highly successful aviation program from its inception to today. Not only have they been awarded multiple yearly grants for their program, but they have become the example for other schools across the state to follow in implementing their own aviation programs, and they've received national attention for their efforts.

McAlester High School Innovative Programs

In this episode, Brent talks with Assistant Principal/AP U.S. History Teacher Dewayne Hampton and Aviation, Engineering and Robotics Teacher Bret Lalli about the innovative programs they are providing their students. They talked about their participation in robotics leagues, how they are using Python coding curriculum, how they're addressing the need for aviation education and how they fund the programs.

Susan Snyder - Norman Public Schools reading specialist & Bal-A-Vis-X program user

Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack host this episode with Susan Snyder, during which they discuss the Bal-A-Vis-X program that Norman uses across their district. She has been using the program in her classroom for 10 years and has seen the incredible benefits for all students. The program, created by Bill Hubert, helps regulate students' attention and self control and also encourages cooperation between students. In fact, Susan found that her students' test scores were much higher than students in other classes that didn't incorporate Bal-A-Vis-X. The program is also used in nursing homes and with women & men in the armed forces who are experiencing the effects of PTSD.

Emily Burris - Founder & Executive Director, Operation Engagement

In this episode, Jason Mack talks with Emily about Operation Engagement. They also discuss her other role of being an instructional specialist with Yukon Public Schools. Operation Engagement began as a passion project to get students excited about learning and help teachers make their classrooms fun places by using special kits Emily and her staff have created that teachers can use for free!

Representative Jacob Rosecrants - Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 46

In this episode, Jason Mack talks with Rep. Rosecrants about his play-based learning initiative (HB 2794). Rep. Rosecrants also gives an update on the upcoming legislative session, including bills that are being proposed to address education in our state.

TSET Healthy Incentive Grants for Schools

TSET's Director of Public Information & Outreach Thomas Larson and Healthy Incentive Grants (Schools) Program Manager Sharon Howard speak about their work to help schools and programs beyond.

Rebecca Fine - Education Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Coordinator, OK Policy

In this episode Jason Mack and OPSRC Policy Director Jacque Walsh talk with Rebecca about Oklahoma's current legislative session and active education bills.

Todd Gragg - Director of Financial & Business Education, OKSDE

Jason Mack and Jason Midkiff talk to Todd about his role at the OKSDE in furthering financial literacy among our state's public schools. They also talk about his work to support districts' business teachers and various student opportunities available to help them think about financial career opportunities: career fairs, internships, mentorships, etc.

Sandra Kent - Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools

The 2 Jasons (Mack & Midkiff) talk with Sandra Kent about her role at A+ Schools, what the organization is all about and how they're helping implement art education throughout all curriculum. They also discussed the upcoming June conference: Creativity 2020: Not Your Average Conference.

COVID-19 Series: Nutrition Guidance

Brent talked to Executive Director of Hunger Free Oklahoma Chris Bernard and El Reno Public Schools Superintendent Craig McVay and Community Outreach Director Brooke Robertson about resources and guidance on how to handle feeding students during #oklaed school closures.

COVID-19 Series: Support for Students & Families

Brent talked with Transcend Education's Partner of School Design Services Jamila MacArthur and Casady School's Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist, Wesley Fryer. Their discussion included various resources families can use throughout school closures due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Series: Virtual Instruction & Support

We talked to Muskogee Public Schools' Chief Operations Officer Eric Wells and Aruba Systems Engineer Joshua Williams about infrastructure, equity issues, connectivity issues and how schools can support online learning.

COVID-19 Series: Mental Health & Wellness

We talked with counselors and school leaders who shared resources for coping during a time of anxiety & uncertainty.

COVID-19 Series: Virtual Board Meetings

Now that schools have the option to hold virtual school board meetings, Brent gathered some of the OPSRC team (Terri Thomas, Eric Doss, Andy Evans) to talk about guidelines schools will need to follow and recommendations on how to begin holding virtual board meetings.

COVID-19 Series: Teacher Resources for Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with OPSRC Teaching & Learning staff Jason Midkiff and Jean Potter about a variety of resources available for teachers to use in distance learning. They also offer up helpful suggestions to make the experience less stressful for all.

COVID 19 Series: Online Supplemental Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with Dr. Lisa Daniels, program specialist with the Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program (OSOCP). OSOCP is a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board & the local school district. Dr. Daniels talks about all the existing resources they have that schools can use for online learning, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason Lange - Co-founder & President, BloomBoard

In this episode, Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack talk with Jason Lange about how BloomBoard is helping teachers further their own learning through micro-credentialing. They also announce an exciting new partnership with us and how we plan to support our members with their online resources.

COVID-19 Series: One District's Distance Learning Plan: Ft. Cobb PS

In this episode, Brent talks with Superintendent Kyle Lierle about how Ft. Cobb PS is handling distance learning, the challenges his community faces and their solutions to address them.

COVID-19 Series: Special Education Resources

In this episode, Brent talks with OSDE Executive Director of Special Education Todd Loftin about various resources and solutions available to use with those students who have special needs.

COVID-19 Series: Teaching Through Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Ryan Walters who also teaches online AP U.S. History to McAlester and Millwood Public School students. He covers lessons he has learned by teaching through distance learning, both the pros and the cons, and how to effectively use various tools to present the best lessons possible to your students.

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