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.
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!
Amy Curran is the Oklahoma executive director of Generation Citizen. She works across the state to bring the programming of Generation Citizen to school districts and to also advocate for strong civics education in our state. You can find Amy on Twitter @amycurranokc.
Generation Citizen is a national organization that works to empower young people to become engaged and effective citizens. In Oklahoma, Generation Citizen partners with local school districts to provide curriculum and training for teachers that actively involves students in civic engagement. You can find Generation Citizen on their website or on Twitter @gencitizen or @GCFeelingOK.
Below are the questions that I prepared to ask Amy Curran for this episode:
Introduce yourself and your organization.
What does Generation Citizen do? What ages/grades does the organization work with? What districts/schools does the organization currently work with?
What are some of the projects the organization has been involved in within the state?
Why is Civics Education important?
Where do teachers start?
What are some good examples of implementing strong Civics Education practices in the classroom?
What classroom strategies/content is available? What classroom strategies/content should teachers focus on?
How do teachers engage in promoting civics engagement/practices in their classroom if they don’t have a strong understanding of the process?
What positive outcomes occur from civically engaging classroom practices?
What role does having knowledge of history and current government practices play in being civically engaged?
What resources/supports are available to teachers?
For the fourth Legislative Update of Passing Notes, Todd Gragg, @MrGragg, of Mid-Del joins the podcast again. In this episode we focus on school entry dates, four-day school weeks, and the potential $1,200 teacher pay raise.
I found out last month that Passing Notes was selected as a Top 25 Teacher Podcast by Feedspot. So excited to be on a list of many great podcasts that are focused on educating, inspiring, and empowering teachers!
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:
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?
For the third legislative update of Passing Notes, Todd Gragg joined the conversation. Todd is an AP History and Economics teacher in Mid-Del Public Schools. In this episode we talk about the teacher shortage, funding, classroom sizes, and what it means to be a top 10 state in education. You can find Todd on Twitter @MrGragg or on his blog: Mr. Gragg.