Episode 029: Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue, Education, Education Podcast

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.A

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

Education, Education Podcast, Policy, Politics

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)

Episode 027: Trauma-Informed Teaching

Education, Education Podcast, Relationships

Trauma-Informed Teaching has become more and more of an important topic in our professional development in recent years. In this episode, I visit with Kristin Atchley about how trauma is impacting our students and ways teachers and schools can support families.

Kristin Atchley is the Executive Director of Counseling for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She has been a school counselor and a student advocate for Moore and Norman Public Schools. Kristin has brought in a wave of trauma-informed practices throughout our state. She trains school personnel at all levels and planned/organized the first Trauma Summit in 2018. If you don’t already follow her on Twitter, I would strongly recommend it – @KristinAtchley.

Below are resources mentioned in the episode:

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Kristin:

  1. Tell us who you are and what you do.
  2. How do you describe Trauma Informed Practice to the novice?
  3. Why is it important for schools to be Trauma Informed?
  4. What do teachers need to know about trauma?
  5. What are ACEs?
  6. What behaviors are prevalent in children who have a high ACE score?
  7. How does trauma impact brain development?
  8. What strategies/classroom practices need to be in place to help students develop their prefrontal cortex and lower students’ stress levels in the classroom?
  9. What is the importance of relationships in Trauma Informed Classrooms? How do teachers develop connections with their students?
  10. What makes a student or family resilient? How can schools help to develop resiliency in students and families?
  11. What are wrap around services? How can they benefit families with high-trauma?
  12. What professional development opportunities do teachers need surrounding trauma?
  13. What is fight, flight, and freeze? What does each look like?
  14. 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?
  15. What are your go-to resources to share with teachers/principals?

This episode was recorded at and mastered by Design Tunnel in downtown OKC.

Episode 026: Legislative Update 1

Education, Education Podcast, Policy, Politics

After lots of brainstorming about how I might make the Passing Notes blog and podcast better, I decided to make a 2019 goal to provide more news and information using both platforms. Passing Notes will still include interviews with education experts published every two weeks but every other week, we will get political (but not partisan). My goal is to provide information to educators, concerned citizens, stakeholders, families about what is going on in education in Oklahoma. Some weeks we might have guests or panels but every other week we will have updates. At least through the legislative session.

Please send me your thoughts and feedback! And definitely let me know if you’d like to come on an episode and talk education politics with me. Let’s get started!

This episode is focused on the Senate Bills that have been filed for the 57th legislature. Senators can file an unlimited number of bills. The deadline to introduce a bill is January 17th, 2019.

Senate Education Committee

  • Senator Gary Stanislawski (District 35) – Chair
  • Senator Joe Newhouse (District 25) – Vice Chair
  • Senator David Bullard (District 6)
  • Senator J.J. Dossett (District 34)
  • Senator Tom Dugger (District 21)
  • Senator John Haste (District 36)
  • Senator Carri Hicks (District 40)
  • Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman (District 37)
  • Senator Chris Kidd (District 31)
  • Senator Roland Pederson (District 19)
  • Senator Dewayne Pemberton (District 9)
  • Senator Marty Quinn (District 2)
  • Senator Paul Scott (District 43)
  • Senator Wayne Shaw (District 3)
  • Senator Jason Smalley (District 28)

Episode 025: My Conversation with the Superintendent

Education Podcast, Podcast, Policy

While most of us might agree that the current climate of education politics is improving, there is still a ways to go and Superintendent Hofmeister has been leading that charge. She recently requested a budget of $3.35 billion for the 2019-2020 school year, which was the largest budget ever requested for common education, aimed on reducing classroom sizes, decreasing the student to counselor ratio statewide, increasing funds to alternative education, a focus on professional development, and more.

Superintendent Hofmeister is Oklahoma’s 14th State Superintendent. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas Christian University, receiving a certificates in English and elementary education. She served as a public school teacher, then as the CEO of Kumon Math & Reading Centers of South Tulsa. She served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education from January 2012 to April 2013 before running for State Superintendent. She was sworn in on January 12, 2015. In November of 2018, Superintendent Hofmeister was re-elected to a second term and will be sworn in on January 14, 2019.

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Superintendent Hofmeister:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Describe your background in education.
  3. What motivated/encouraged you to run for public office?
  4. Describe what your typical day looks like as Superintendent.
  5. What has surprised you about the position of Superintendent?
  6. What of your first term accomplishments are you most proud of?
  7. What do you hope to accomplish moving forward into your next term? What do you hope to accomplish for teachers? Students?
  8. What do you hope to accomplish in regards to the budget?
  9. Over the years education has had to cut a number of programs (Oklahoma Parents as Teachers, teacher mentorship programs), are there any past programs that you are hoping to bring back?
  10. With a new freshman class of legislatures, what are your plans to educate them on public schools and higher education?
  11. What goals do you have surrounding decreasing the teacher shortage in Oklahoma? How will Oklahoma compete with surrounding states that are willing to pay teachers more?
  12. You have brought in a focus on trauma in our state, how do you hope to prepare educators and schools to mitigate the impact of trauma on students?
  13. The State Department of Education has received a large number of grants in the last year, how do you think this change education in our state?
  14. What do you hope education in Oklahoma looks like in the next four years? Ten years?
  15. What is favorite part of being the State Superintendent of Oklahoma?