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#PublicSchoolProud

It’s Public School Week in Oklahoma! I’m a proud recipient of a public school education at Norman Public Schools and a proud public school educator who has served in Putnam City Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools! Majority of Oklahoma’s students attend public schools – let’s support them and their family’s decision by appropriately funding education!

Passing Notes Anniversary

One year ago today I announced the beginning of the Passing Notes podcast. Several things have changed on the blog and the podcast since that day! Thank you so much for listening and being apart of the conversation. A huge shout out goes to Jordan Kopf for his incredible graphic design, Jimmy Owens and Design Tunnel studios for helping to improve the quality of audio and providing a beautiful studio space, and to all the wonderful educators and education advocates who have taken the time to answer my questions and share about the incredible work that they do!

Lastly, thank you to my husband for letting me turn our dining room into a make shift studio and for buying me podcasting equipment as requested.

Thanks for listening. Cheers!

The mission of Passing Notes is to support, inform, and encourage educators.

#OklaEd Podcast Network

I’m so excited to announce the creation of the #OklaEd Podcast Network. The #OklaEd Podcast Network was created through a collaboration with Michelle Waters with reThinkELA and Scott Haselwood and Erin Barnes with OklaSaid. The #OklaEd Podcast Network was created to link together great #OklaEd podcasts and bloggers to help educators find resources and information. Check it out at www.oklaed.wordpress.com and let us know what you think!

Episode 031: Systems of Care and the Power of Hope

For this episode of Passing Notes, I met with Casey Gwinn and Dr. Rick Cobb. Casey Gwinn is an attorney who led the nation in the creating the concept for Family Justice Centers. He is the current president of the Alliance of Hope, developed the model for Camp HOPE, and is the recent co-author of the book Hope Rising. Dr. Rick Cobb is the superintendent of Mid-Del Public Schools and is working to shift they dynamics within the school district and the larger community to support families through a trauma-informed lens.

On January 7, 2019, Dr. Cobb and his leadership team brought Casey Gwinn to speak to the entire district in the morning and community members in the afternoon. Dr. Cobb invited me to join the afternoon session and I wasn’t prepared for such an incredible afternoon of learning. Very thankful that both took them time to visit with me afterwards for this interview!

Below are the questions I prepared for the interview:

  • Introduce yourself
  • What work do you and the Alliance for Hope International do?
  • Why is being trauma-informed an important community-wide endeavor?
  • What role does hope play in trauma-informed care?
  • What resources exist for teachers, principals? Communities?
  • What is happening today in your district?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this work?
  • Where did the idea start? What preparation took place? What data was collected?
  • Why do you believe that this work is important for your district?
  • How has trauma impacted your district? Individual schools?
  • What strategies have you put in place throughout the district to ensure that trauma-informed care is taking place in individual classrooms?
  • In what other ways do you plan to include the community on your work focused around trauma?
  • What would happen to the overall mission of our work if ACEs were radically reduced in the population as a whole? What does a low-ACEs culture look like?
  • Resources that have impacted the work that you are doing in the Mid-Del District?

Episode 029: Compassion Fatigue

What is Compassion Fatigue? Secondary Trauma? How does burnout effect my classroom practice? Can a teacher get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from experiences in the classroom? This growing area of research focused on how the stress of classroom experiences, learning about the trauma of students, and the demands of current mandates and expectations can have an impact on a teacher’s well-being. How do professionals counter the day-to-day and keep coming back? What resources are available to school employees as they work to support their students and families?

Dr. Elliott is a part time school counselor and a part time provider of professional development surrounding trauma-informed practices and compassion fatigue in the Oklahoma City Public School District. Dr. Elliott helps teachers and school professionals to reflect on their experiences and identify what they need to provide quality education and care to the students that they serve.

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Dr. Elliott:

  1. Tell us who you are and what you do?
  2. What is compassion fatigue?
  3. How is compassion fatigue different from burnout or secondary trauma or PTSD?
  4. Why is it important for teachers/principals to identify when they are experience compassion fatigue?
  5. What role does trauma play in teacher’s experiencing compassion fatigue?
  6. How can compassion fatigue effect classroom teaching?
  7. What do you recommend teachers do when they are experiencing compassion fatigue? Burnout? Secondary trauma? PTSD?
  8. How can teachers/principals identify compassion fatigue? Burnout? Secondary trauma? PTSD?
  9. How can leaders support teachers struggling through compassion fatigue? Burnout? Secondary trauma? PTSD?
  10. What are your go-to resources?

Episode 028: Legislative Update 2

In this second episode of the Legislative Update, I wrap up some of the senate and house bills of interest that were filed by January 17th (the last day to file bills).

All I can say at this point is this is going to be a fascinating legislative session. 1st Regular Session convenes on February 4, 2019. In the past post, I listed the Senate Committee on Education, below you will see the House Committees that focus on education but pay attention to the committee that the bill of interest is assigned to. Let me know your thoughts after listening to the episode and fill out your information in the “Be a Guest” tab to join me for a chat.

Resource: If you haven’t done so already, download the app “Oklahoma’s Legislative Guide” by OAEC.

House Subcommittee for Appropriations and Budget on Education

  • Rep Mark McBride (District 53): Chair
  • Rep Toni Hasenbeck (District 65): Vice Chair
  • Rep Rhonda Baker (District 60)
  • Rep Mickey Dollens (District 93)
  • Rep Jadine Nollan (District 66)
  • Rep Ty Burns (District 35)
  • Rep Derrel Fincher (District 11)
  • Rep Jacob Rosecrants (District 46)
  • Rep Sherrie Conley (District 20)
  • Rep Andy Fugate (District 94)
  • Rep Tammy West (District 84)

House Committee on Common Education

  • Rep Rhonda Baker (District 60): Chair
  • Rep Mark Vancuren (District 74): Vice Chair
  • Rep Kelly Albright (District 95)
  • Rep Sherrie Conley (District 20)
  • Rep Melissa Provenzano (District 79)
  • Rep Jacob Rosecrants (District 46)
  • Rep John Talley (District 33)
  • Rep Carol Bush (District 70)
  • Rep Sheila Dills (District 69)
  • Rep Randly Randleman (District 15)
  • Rep Todd Russ (District 55)
  • Rep John Waldron (District 77)
  • Rep Chad Caldwell (District 40)
  • Rep Ronny Johns (District 25)
  • Rep Dustin Roberts (District 21)
  • Rep Danny Sterling (District 27)
  • Rep Tammy West (District 84)

House Committee on Children, Youth, and Family Services

  • Rep Carol Bush (District 70): Chair
  • Rep John Talley (District 33): Vice Chair
  • Rep Forrest Bennett (District 92)
  • Rep Ronny Johns (District 25)
  • Rep Nicole Miller (District 82)
  • Rep Melissa Provenzano (District 79)
  • Rep Cynthia Roe (District 42)
  • Rep Jeff Boatman (District 67)
  • Rep Dell Kerbs (District 26)
  • Rep Cyndi Munson (District 85)
  • Rep Randy Randleman (District 15)
  • Rep Derrel Fincher (District 11)
  • Rep Mark Lawson (District 30)
  • Rep Jadine Nollan (District 66)
  • Rep Trish Ranson (District 34)

House Committee on Higher Education and Career Tech

  • Rep Jadine Nollan (District 66): Chair
  • Rep Derrel Fincher (District 11): Vice Chair
  • Rep Brad Boles (District 51)
  • Rep Jon Echols (District 90)
  • Rep Dell Kerbs (District 26)
  • Rep Trish Ranson (District 34)
  • Rep Tammy West (District 84)
  • Rep Sherrie Conley (District 20)
  • Rep Regina Goodwin (District 73)
  • Rep Lundy Kiger (District 3)
  • Rep Mark Vancuren (District 74)
  • Rep Jason Dunnington (District 88)
  • Rep Kyle Hilbert (District 29)
  • Rep Ken Luttrell (District 37)
  • Rep Emily Virgin (District 44)