Education Perspectives

Liza Holland

Education Perspectives podcast explores the challenges and opportunities in education from birth through productive work. Everyone seems to agree in principle that education is important. So, why is it so hard for us to get to a system that works for our society as it exists today?

Taking the 30,000-foot view to look at the entirety of our multiple systems so that we might begin to plot a course toward transformational change is worthwhile. This type of change cannot happen until people are “rowing the boat” in the same direction.

Education Perspectives includes interviews with people engaged in the work at every level. Looking at challenges and opportunities and what they would like for decision-makers to know. This type of communication changes the dialog. Understanding where the other people in the room are coming from breaks down barriers and opens the conversation on a broader level.

Framed by the host through the lens of having worked in a consulting role with each level, Education Perspectives can give policymakers, administrators, education advocates and the community a unique view into this education journey. Considering these various perspectives to make for better communication can reframe discussions and move policymakers' understanding forward to make policy that will better meet the needs of our information economy.


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S2 EP9 Transforming Struggling Readers: Insights from Dr. Joe Lockavitch
May 9 2024
S2 EP9 Transforming Struggling Readers: Insights from Dr. Joe Lockavitch
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 9  Dr. Joe LockavitchFounder, President, Author Failure Free Reading Introduction of Guest BIO – With a remarkable background as a former teacher, school psychologist, professor, and special education director, Dr. Joe Lockavitch is a true pioneer in the field of literacy education. He’s not just an educator; he’s the author and developer of groundbreaking programs like The Failure Free Reading Program, Joseph’s Readers Talking Software for Non-Readers, and Verbal Master-An Accelerated Vocabulary Program.Dr. Joe’s passion for empowering students with chronic reading challenges has led him to train countless teachers, parents, and administrators nationwide. His innovative approach has been featured on PBS NewsHour and national radio shows, and he’s been recognized in Who’s Who in American Education. Join us as we explore Dr. Joe’s journey, insights, and his unwavering belief that changing instructional approaches can unlock the hidden reading potential in every student. InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?Tell us about your solutions for reading successOptions for reading successWhat are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutshttps://failurefreereadingonline.com/  Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inboxIntro and Outro by Dynamix Productions Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
S2 EP 8 Harnessing Teacher Leadership for Deeper Learning with Lauren Hill
Apr 24 2024
S2 EP 8 Harnessing Teacher Leadership for Deeper Learning with Lauren Hill
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 8  Lauren HillELA Teacher Leestown Middle SchoolCEPS Facilitator Quotes of the Podcast – “All learning is worthwhile” - Anonymous“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Introduction of Guest BIO – Lauren Hill (NBCT): Lauren (she/her) teaches middle school ELA at Leestown Middle School in Lexington, KY. She has also taught high school and in a correctional setting, served as an instructional coach, and worked as the Teacher Leadership Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Education. Lauren directs Classroom Teachers Enacting Positive Solutions (CTEPS), which provides coaching and action research-based learning to emerging teacher leaders in Kentucky. She also serves as Associate Director of the University of Kentucky - Jewish Heritage Fund Holocaust Initiative, which supports Kentucky teachers in meeting the mandate for effective Holocaust education. Lauren graduated from Barnard College with a BA in History, Vanderbilt University with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision, and The University of Kentucky with a Rank 1 in English Education. Lauren focuses on elevating teachers as experts and leaders who facilitate deeper learning for their students. InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Teacher leadership, deeper learning, action research, school re-design, the teaching professionTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education.What are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsTeaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools--Now and in the Future - Barnett Berry and the crewSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
S2 Episode 7 Empowering Youth Voices: Rachel Belin on a Vision for Equitable Education
Apr 11 2024
S2 Episode 7 Empowering Youth Voices: Rachel Belin on a Vision for Equitable Education
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 7  Rachel BelinManaging Partner Kentucky Student Voice Team Quote of the Podcast – “Democracy must be learned by each generation.” This is an adaptation of a John Dewey quote by Earle T. Hawkins, the founder of the Maryland Youth and Government program. Introduction of Guest BIO – Rachel Burg Belin (she/her) is the Managing Partner and, with young people, a co-founder of the Kentucky Student Voice Team. She has decades of experience supporting young people as research, policy, and storytelling partners, acting by turns as a social studies teacher, media literacy nonprofit innovator, education policy aide, development consultant, and commercial radio news director. In the course of this work, she has spearheaded nine different ventures specifically to amplify and elevate the voices of young people as full partners in civic life. With young people as collaborators, she has been the recipient of the Citizen's and Scholars Civic Spring Award, the Kentucky Nonprofit Network Excellence in Public Policy Award, the Pathway 2 Tomorrow Breakthrough in Education Innovation Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. Rachel holds a BA from Harvard University and an MAT from the University of Rochester.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Tell us about What we mean by meaningful student voice; Schools as engines for democracy; the value of out-of-school time in supporting young people to do democracy; students as research, policy, and storytelling partners; the benefits and pitfalls of youth and adult power sharing and more!Tell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education.What are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsBest youth podcast: The Bell's "Missing Voices" series, produced by students in NYC Especially Topical Read: "High Conflict" by Amanda Ripley Oddly amazing show: "Wrestlers" on NetflixSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
S2 Episode 6 Amanda Burrows on Innovations in Education: A Deeper Learning Perspective
Apr 1 2024
S2 Episode 6 Amanda Burrows on Innovations in Education: A Deeper Learning Perspective
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 6  Amanda BurrowsDeeper Learning Director, CKEC Quote of the Podcast – Our job, as teachers, is not to "prepare" kids for something; our job is to help kids learn to prepare themselves for anything. - AJ Juliani Introduction of Guest BIO – Amanda Burrows is the Deeper Learning Director at Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative, where she leads and supports more than twenty school districts in their deeper learning initiatives. Burrows has been an educator since 2005, serving as a classroom teacher, college and career coach, educational consultant, and assistant principal. Burrows received her Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching and Master of Arts in Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her Education Specialist Degree and principal certification from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, Burrows was selected as Elkhorn Crossing School’s first ever teacher of the year and was recognized as the High School Teacher of the Year for Scott County Schools. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Campbellsville Excellence in Teaching Award and the University of Kentucky Teacher Who Made a Difference Award. Burrows is passionate about transformational education, innovative instructional models, engaging teaching strategies, and personalized systems of deeper learning. She is an avid supporter of students and the continuous growth and professional learning of educators in Kentucky. InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Tell us About the Deeper Learning InitiativeExplain what the Co-Ops are and what they offerTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in educationWhat are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsI would love for people to be able to check out our CKEC Deeper Learning Google Site. There are a lot of free resources there. bit.ly/CKECDLSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
Season 2 Episode 5 The KC7 Effect: Revolutionizing Cyber Education with Greg Schloemer
Mar 14 2024
Season 2 Episode 5 The KC7 Effect: Revolutionizing Cyber Education with Greg Schloemer
PODCAST Season 2  EPISODE 5  Greg SchloemerThreat Intelligence Analyst at Microsoft  Vice-President/Co-Founder of KC7 Foundation Quote of the Podcast – "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin Introduction of Guest BIO – Greg is a threat intelligence analyst at Microsoft who focuses on tracking North Korean state-sponsored cyber threat actors. Greg also co-founded and is the Vice President of the KC7 Foundation, a cybersecurity education nonprofit whose mission is to empower a more diverse cybersecurity workforce. Greg is passionate about creating opportunities in cyber and tech for students in underserved communities, like those in Rural Appalachia.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education side of training in Cyber?What do you love about what you do?KC7gamification in educationmaking STEM education more accessible/approachableTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in educationWhat are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsI'll shout out to everyone to go play KC7 - even if you "aren't technical" or have no interest in cyber, you may surprise yourself with how fun it can be :) Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
S2 EPISODE 3   Barnett Berry - Rethinking Teachers' Roles in a Changing World
Feb 8 2024
S2 EPISODE 3 Barnett Berry - Rethinking Teachers' Roles in a Changing World
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 3 Barnett BerrySenior Advisor, What School Could BeSenior Research Fellow, Learning Policy InstituteQuote of the Podcast – “Getting to scale with deeper, student-led learning requires teachers who “increasingly to think of themselves as operating in a web of professional relations that influence their daily decisions, rather than as solo practitioners.”  Dick Elmore (1996)Introduction of Guest BIO – Barnett Berry currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and a Senior Advisor for What School Could Be while also supporting efforts to ignite student-led learning. He especially supports the empowerment of the teaching profession required for it. Barnett’s work with the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future led to his founding of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) in 2000, and for 19 years, the nonprofit focused on igniting a bold brand of teacher leadership essential for an effective and equitable system of public education. His two books, TEACHING 2030 and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leave, frame a bold vision for the profession's future. In 2021, Barnett was honored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards with the James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching. He currently serves on several advisory boards dedicated to transforming education systems, including the University of Kansas’ Center for Reimagining Education, the Digital Promise Global Cities Education Network, and Next Education Workforce Initiative of Arizona State University.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Tell us about Why schools have be do difficult to change; and how they can do so now! Teacher roles: When it comes to school "reform" teachers have never been the problem; they have always been the solution.Tell us a story or favorite memory about your work in educationWhat are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsTEACHING 2030 Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't LeaveLearning Policy Institute for applying science of learning and development to school design Ted Dintersmith and Kapono Ciotti for advancing teacher-led innovation for student-led learning; Carole Basile and Brent Madden of ASU and their growing efforts to redesign the job of the teacher.Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
Season 2 EP2 Adam Watson - Gamification of Education
Jan 25 2024
Season 2 EP2 Adam Watson - Gamification of Education
PODCAST Season 2 EPISODE 2 Adam WatsonDeeper Learning Design Specialist, OVECQuote of the Podcast – “Follow your bliss.” -- Joseph CampbellIntroduction of Guest BIO – ADAM WATSON (@watsonedtech) is a Kentucky educator with a passion for edtech. Starting as an English teacher in 2005, he was named Teacher of the Year at South Oldham High School in 2009 and became National Board Certified in 2013. Adam's journey into educational technology began with a student podcast project, gaining recognition in Kentucky Teacher and other publications. In 2014, his "Shakespeare and Star Wars" unit garnered attention, featuring a Skype Q&A with a best-selling author and a mention in Star Wars Insider. Adam later became Shelby County Public School’s first Technology Integration Coach, contributing to the district's 1:1 initiative and pioneering the Profile of a Graduate.Among his achievements, Adam developed a digital citizenship curriculum featured in a 2019 ISTE book. Named the 2018-2019 Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education, Adam is a sought-after speaker at national conferences. He shares insights through his blog "Edtech Elixirs" and YouTube channel, and currently serves as a Deeper Learning Design Specialist for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Tell us about Game Based LearningTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in educationWhat are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsBooks: Play (Stuart Brown)Running with Robots (Greg Toppo and Jim Tracy)Adam’s You Tube ChannelPodcasts: Teachers in the Dungeon. Websites: Kentucky Educators for Role Playing Games (kyedrpg.com)Edtech Elixirs (watsonedtech.blogspot.com)Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
Season 2 Episode 1 Gregg Behr, When You Wonder You're Learning
Jan 11 2024
Season 2 Episode 1 Gregg Behr, When You Wonder You're Learning
PODCAST EPISODE Season 2 Episode 1Gregg BehrExecutive Director, The Grable FoundationChair, Remake LearningCo-Author, When You Wonder, You're LearningQuote of the Podcast – "Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.” Fred RogersIntroduction of Guest BIO – Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, is a father and children’s advocate whose work is inspired by the legacy of his hero, Fred Rogers. For more than a decade, he has helped to lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, scientists, artists, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. Formed in Rogers’ real-life neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning has turned heads everywhere from Forbes to the World Economic Forum for its efforts to ignite children’s curiosity, encourage creativity, and foster justice and belonging in schools, libraries, museums, and more.In 2016, President Obama recognized Gregg as a Champion of Change for his efforts to advance making and learning; in 2015, he was recognized as one of America’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education; and in 2014, Gregg accepted the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award on behalf of Remake Learning and Kidsburgh.org. Recognized for his deep and determined commitment to his hometown, Allegheny County once declared “Gregg Behr Day” in celebration of his advocacy for kids, their educators, and their families. He is Co-Author of the book When You Wonder, You're Learning.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators 30,000 Ft. View – Why so we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Tell us about The Grable FoundationTell us about Remake Education·       Tell us about your book:  When You Wonder, You're LearningTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education?What are the biggest challenges to you?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutouts• Book – When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids • Remake Learning • Remake Learning Days • Podcast – Remaking Tomorrow Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inboxIntro and Outro by Dynamix ProductionsSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 24 Dr. Joseph Goins CEO, NS4ed
Dec 28 2023
EP 24 Dr. Joseph Goins CEO, NS4ed
Dr. Joseph GoinsCEO, NS4edQuote of the Podcast – “To find what one is fitted to do and secure the opportunity to do it is the key to happiness”. John DeweyIntroduction of Guest BIO – Dr. Joseph L. Goins’s career began as a vocational educator in Tennessee, where he had the opportunity to develop the foundational skills program for learners with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System.  He was nominated for “Teacher of the Year” within the TBR system in 1995 and helped develop the first occupational profiles for the work-ready credential for 26 Technical and 14 Community Colleges.  For much of Joseph’s 30+ year career, he has focused on education and custom solutions in the ED TECH industry.  His career has brought him a deep understanding of integrating technology into the classroom through resources that promote student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and leadership strategies for administrators. He has led sales, marketing, and professional development efforts in all US and international markets. Dr. Goins is the CEO of an action-based research company, NS4ed, which works closely with policy leaders, companies, schools, teachers, and educators alike to understand applying best practices and research into practice. NS4ed is committed to excellence in education, research, equity, and inclusion because Joseph practices and lives by those same principles. This is also evident in that NS4ed is devoted to giving back to the communities it serves. Joseph works with schools across the country, helping them identify the best solution that fits their culture, region, needs, and, ultimately, valuable solutions that allow learners to be successful.  NS4ed developed the Pathway2Careers model that embodies the Career-Connected Learning approach.Podcast/book shoutoutsSavage InequalitiesExperience and EducationFoxfire ExperienceFive Miles AwayAllure of OrderUnreasonable HospitalitySupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
Ep 23 Amy Breeding McVey, Vice President Improvement Services, Cognia, Inc.
Dec 14 2023
Ep 23 Amy Breeding McVey, Vice President Improvement Services, Cognia, Inc.
PODCAST EPISODE 23Amy Breeding McVeyVice President Improvement Services, Cognia, Inc.Quote of the Podcast – "Learning and growth have no finish line" - John MaxwellIntroduction of Guest BIO – Amy McVey currently serves as Vice President of Improvement Services with Cognia, a nonprofit supporting institutions, teachers, leaders, and learners in all areas of continuous school improvement and professional learning across the globe. A 35-year veteran in education, Amy has experience as a primary and intermediate teacher, curriculum coach, and principal. Before joining Cognia, she was the principal of Veterans Park Elementary, an NCLB Blue Ribbon School, and Dixie Elementary School, both in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served on and chaired the AdvancED/SACS CASI Kentucky Council, as well as participated as a voting member on the AdvancED National Accreditation Commission. Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Georgetown College, and a School Leadership Certification from the University of Kentucky. As a lifelong learner, she is currently a student in the Education Systems Improvement Doctoral Program at the University of South Carolina. With her work at Cognia, Amy now gets the privilege of supporting teachers and educational leaders with strategic thinking and planning, leadership development, student engagement, and other professional learning opportunities.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators30,000 ft. view – Why do we, as a society invest in education?Tell us about your education journey?How would you like to see school change?Tell us a story or favorite memory about your time in school?What are the biggest challenges or obstacles you face?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsThe Marshall Memo - https://marshallmemo.com/ A great way for school leaders and educators to keep up with the current researchI don't even know where to start with books. Reading is one of my favorite things to do! My goal is to read 75 books this year, and I finished number 73 on Saturday (October 28), so I think I will make it! You can follow my reading on Instagram @abmlikesthis I usually have at least two books going at the same time... one audio and at least one 'real' book... one just for fun and one for learning. So for this list I will stick with some of my favorite non-fiction reads: Developing the Leader Within You - By John Maxwell The Four Agreements - By Peter Coyote The Alchemist - By Paulo Coelho Make Your Bed - By Admiral William H. McRaven The Betrayal Of Anne Frank - By Rosemary Sullivan Boone - By Robert Morgan Upstream - By Dan Heath The Power of Moments - By Chip Heath & Dan Heath Good to Great - By Jim Collins If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students! Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers - By Neila A. Conners The Coaching Habit Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever - By Michael Bungay StanierSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 22 Justin Reich Associate Professor at MIT Author: Iterate
Nov 25 2023
EP 22 Justin Reich Associate Professor at MIT Author: Iterate
PODCAST EPISODE 22Justin ReichAssociate Professor at MITAuthor: Iterate Quote of the Podcast – For 20 years, I’ve worked in schools on all kinds of projects: transforming curriculum, integrating technology, re-engaging students, and making school meaningful and relevant to young people and families. Whatever you are working on, every successful school improvement effort that I’ve been a part of has one thing in common: they all improve one step at a time.Introduction of Guest BIO – Justin is an associate professor of digital media in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at MIT and the director of the Teaching Systems Lab. He is the author of Iterate: The Secret to Innovation in Schools and Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education, and he is the host of the TeachLab Podcast. He earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow. He is a past Fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. His writings have been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other scholarly journals and public venues. He started his career as a high school history teacher, and coach of wrestling and outdoor adventure activities. Follow Justin on Twitter or Google Scholar.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators30,000 ft. view – Why do we, as a society invest in education?Tell us about your education journey?How would you like to see school change?Iterate: The Secret to Innovation in SchoolsTell us a story or favorite memory about your time in school?What are the biggest challenges or obstacles you face?What would you like decision makers to know? Podcast/book shoutoutsIterate: The Secret to Innovation in SchoolsFailure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform EducationTeachLab Podcast Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 20 Allison Sloan Special Education Teacher and Administrator of Kentucky Teachers In the Know
Oct 26 2023
EP 20 Allison Sloan Special Education Teacher and Administrator of Kentucky Teachers In the Know
PODCAST EPISODE 20Allison SloneSpecial Education TeacherAdministrator of Kentucky Teachers In the KnowQuote of the Podcast – “I’d rather scream! Silence is a crying shame.”Introduction of Guest BIO – Alliso Slone has been a special education teacher since January of 1999 in the Rowan County School System. She is also the administrator and founder of Kentucky Teachers In The Know and KYREADS (provides professional learning to teachers about dyslexia). She was the first active teacher in Kentucky to ever serve on The Kentucky Board of Education as an ex Officio non-voting member. I am married to Jason Slone (23 years) with two children, Jayden (21) and Will (16).InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators30,000 ft. view – Why do we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?The retention and recruitment of teachers, Teacher leadership from the classroomAdvocacy, dyslexia, celebrating people’s accomplishments.Tell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education.What are the biggest challenges or obstacles you face?What would you like decision makers to know?Podcast/book shoutoutsKentucky Teachers in the KnowMy friends and fellow teachers have a Facebook group where they share major discounts on products for the home and classroom. It’s called “Home and School Online Deals.” I’d also like to give a shout-out to Commissioner Jason Glass whose last day is this week. I was part of the Board that hired Dr. Glass. I was a strong advocate for him and he has not disappointed. I appreciate that he was willing to say the hard things but the right things even knowing it would ultimately cost him his job. That’s integrity at its finest and I am honored to have splayed a small part in his time and work in Kentucky. He did the right things for our children.Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 19 Dr. Laurel Martin - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass
Oct 12 2023
EP 19 Dr. Laurel Martin - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass
PODCAST EPISODE 19Dr. Laurel MartinPresidentJunior AchievementQuote of the Podcast –    “Believe in your heart that you are meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic, and miracles.”Introduction of Guest BIO – Laurel Raimondo Martin serves as the President of Junior Achievement and has been in that role since 2020.  She has worked in the higher education and non-profit sector for 29 years. Prior to joining Junior Achievement, she served as the Associate Vice President for Advancement at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and as Executive Director of the BCTC Foundation in Lexington, Kentucky.  Laurel earned her BS in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky, her MEd in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa and her PhD in Leadership, Organization, and Policy from Vanderbilt University.  Laurel also has ten years of experience as an adjunct professor, having taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Organizational Leadership, Business & Organizational Communication, Strategic Planning for Managers, Organizational Management, Group & Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Ethics.  Laurel is a past president of the Lexington Children’s Theatre and the Junior League of Lexington, she is a past chair of the Junior League Horse Show, and is currently a member of the Bluegrass Tomorrow Board of Directors, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and was appointed to the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission.InterviewAgents of Change: Leaders/Innovators30,000 ft. view – Why do we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?·       The power of education to change lives for the individual, their families, and the larger community. ·       The importance of challenging ourselves to try things that seem scary, or hard or we may not succeed in the same way we challenge our students.·       Managing organizational culture in education.Tell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education.What are the biggest challenges or obstacles you face?What would you like decision-makers to know? Podcast/book shoutoutso   Courage Goes to Work by Bill Treasurer o   Reframing Organizations by Lee Bowman and Terry Dealo   Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover  Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inboxIntro and Outro by Dynamix ProductionsSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 18 Marcey Ansley The Hearing and Speech Center
Sep 22 2023
EP 18 Marcey Ansley The Hearing and Speech Center
PODCAST EPISODE 18 Marcey AnsleyExecutive Director The Hearing and Speech CenterQuote of the Podcast – Find out who you are and do it on purpose. -Dolly PartonIntroduction of Guest BIO – Marcey Ansley is nearing her 13th year as the Executive Director at The Hearing & Speech Center. In addition to this role, she has worked in nonprofit leadership for nearly 30 years at local, regional and national organizations like, Arbor Youth Services, the American Red Cross, the Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Marcey and Erik, her husband of 26 years, are both transplants to Lexington, Kentucky, she is originally from Warren, Ohio. Marcey’s most important role is being the parent of a child (now young adult) with hearing loss, Alexander Ansley. He is her daily inspiration, as he is the poster-child for early intervention! She is an active volunteer within the Episcopal church community; she is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lexington and was the President in 2011; she has volunteered with many local organizations and school-based groups and is currently a member of the AG Bell Association, the treasurer of the National Association of Hearing & Speech Centers and she is on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass.OverviewIn this episode, we'll be discussing the incredible changes that have taken place in Kentucky's education system, specifically in the field of speech therapy and language acquisition for children with hearing loss. Marcey will walk us through the challenges of early education, shed light on the importance of investing in quality childcare, and share heartwarming stories of how her organization has made a significant impact on children's lives.Join us as Marcey Ansley opens up about her personal journey as a parent, her dedication to early intervention, and the vital work being done at the Hearing and Speech Center. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to gain new perspectives on education.Agents of Change: Leaders/Innovators30,000 ft. view – Why do we, as a society invest in education?What drew you to education?What do you love about what you do?Services offered at HSCEarly education/interventionTell us a story or favorite memory about your work in education.What are the biggest challenges or obstacles you face?What would you like decision makers to know? Hearing and Speech Center’s Online Hearing Test https://hscky.org/online-hearing-test/Hearing and Speech CenterPodcast/book shoutoutsJoan Garry's Nonprofits are MessyHidden Brain Sean Croxton's The Quote of the DaySupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 17 Brad Clark of Latent Talent Accelerator on Empowering Communities through Education and Workforce Solutions
Sep 7 2023
EP 17 Brad Clark of Latent Talent Accelerator on Empowering Communities through Education and Workforce Solutions
Welcome back to Education Perspectives! In today's episode, we have an incredible guest joining us. Brad Clark, a former teacher turned director of Workforce Solutions for Elon Renewables and the Director of the Kentucky Solar Energies Industries Association, will be sharing his fascinating journey in the field of education and economic development. From teaching in elementary schools to leading statewide knowledge-sharing networks, Brad has been on a mission to bridge the gap between education and employer engagement. Join us as we dive into his work in Eastern Kentucky, building work-based learning models, and creating economic resilience within local communities. This is an episode you won't want to miss! So, sit back, relax, and let's gain some incredible insights from Brad Clark on this edition of Education Perspectives.GUEST BIOBrad Clark is originally from Ashland, Kentucky and, while there, he was a pretty awful student. He taught upper elementary in Fayette and Woodford Counties for a decade. While teaching he became a better learner. Brad helped build state-based knowledge sharing networks for Hope Street Group, beginning in 2013. In 2019, while living on the road with his family in an RV, Brad founded Latent Talent Accelerator or LTA, a cradle-to-gray economic development consultancy. LTA currently supports grant writing, strategic planning, multi-stakeholder coalition building, and integrated community benefit planning across early childhood, secondary, postsecondary, workforce, economic development, governmental agency, nonprofit, philanthropic, and employer systems. He is the Director of Workforce Solutions for Edelen Renewables, a Project Manager on Accelerating Appalachia’s 8-state, USDA-funded Building Soil, Building Equity climate smart farming initiative, and he was recently named the Director of the Kentucky Solar Energy Industries Association. [00:02:57] Unexpected journey from struggling student to teacher.[00:05:16] Education professional wears multiple hats, advocates for teacher leadership, and supports workforce development.[00:08:38] Exciting projects in Eastern Kentucky workforce development.[00:12:22] Support for adult learners, career pathways, credentials, community college programs, barrier removal, education for all ages.[00:15:21] Seeking novelty and leveraging classroom skills.[00:21:02] Engaging locals for recruitment and support. Community-driven approach.[00:23:50] Exhausting for students and teachers, constantly changing.[00:27:04] State education agency: mandate, capacity, reform. Accountability system changes can create chaos.[00:30:03] Creating barriers or opportunities: a decision maker's role.[00:32:41] Thank you for listening. Share your thoughts.Quote of the Podcast – “If one person calls you a horse’s ass, you can tell them to kiss yours. If ten people call you a horse’s ass, you had better buy a saddle.” Brian Bishop Podcast/book shoutouts·       The Tao of Rick Rubin Ezra Klein podcast from February of 2023·       The Grid by Gretchen Bakke·       The Creative Act by Rick Rubin·       Ted Lasso - all of the characters have traumaSupport the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 16 Sharon Mofield-Boswell, FCPS Family and Community Engagement Office
Aug 17 2023
EP 16 Sharon Mofield-Boswell, FCPS Family and Community Engagement Office
Welcome to another insightful episode of "Education Perspectives"! In this episode, our host, Liza Holland, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with our special guest, Sharon Mofield-Boswell. Sharon, a dedicated advocate for education, shares her inspiring journey from being an active member of the PTA to her current role as a family and community engagement liaison in Fayette County public schools. Join us as we delve into the importance of family and community engagement in education, the barriers faced, and the positive changes that can be made. We also explore Sharon's personal experiences, her passion for connecting with students and families, and the transformative power of these relationships. Get ready for an episode filled with valuable insights and perspectives on how education can truly be a collaborative effort. You won't want to miss it![00:02:17] PTA involvement led to a fulfilling education career.[00:03:35] Preschool teacher turned kindergarten para educator turned writing coach turned 21st Century Coordinator, now supports non-title one elementary schools.[00:07:14] Partnerships, cohorts, and reduced tuition for advancement.[00:10:46] Barbering event brings joy and connections.[00:15:56] Fayette County working on equitable access.[00:18:48] Bilingual ambassadors break language barriers and offer assistance.[00:20:27] Legislators must address education barriers and transportation.[00:23:21] Education politics mean parents do care deeply.[00:26:50] Importance of clear, constant communication at the district level.Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 15 Jayme Gill International Baccalaureate Coordinator Tates Creek Middle School
Aug 3 2023
EP 15 Jayme Gill International Baccalaureate Coordinator Tates Creek Middle School
Jayme Gill is a deep thinker who believes in the importance of education for the functioning and development of society. Recognizing the necessity and comfort it brings, Jayme acknowledges the need to constantly evaluate and adapt the education system in order to maximize its benefits for students and the world at large. Jayme also emphasizes the role of education in preparing individuals to contribute and take care of future generations, highlighting the importance of continuous improvement and change in the educational landscape. Jayme's insights prompt us to question and challenge the status quo, ensuring that education evolves and remains impactful.Education Perspectives is proud to welcome Jayme Gill to the podcast She is theInternational Baccalaureate Coordinatorat Tates Creek Middle School in Lexington. Jayme moved to Kentucky in 2000 to attend Transylvania University and graduated with a degree in French Language & Literature. She then went on to complete a Masters in Teaching World Languages from the University of Kentucky, despite growing up swearing she would never be a teacher! Jayme thought she would move away after Transy and maybe work as an interpreter or travel the world as a tour guide...but then she met someone. Jayme has a lovely husband and twin boys who keep her more than busy at home. They love travel, boating, fishing, and anything outside! Jayme student-taught at Tates Creek Middle and this is now in her 16th year working there. She taught French for 14 years at Creek, but when the International Baccalaureate Programme Coordinator position opened up, she couldn't resist. Jayme truly believes in what the programme can bring their students, families, teachers, and community!Quote of the Podcast – "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson MandelaPodcast/book shoutoutsThe Lexington Podcast with Erica Friis (A former colleague and education, sharing knowledge!)Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions
EP 14 Brooke Gill Vice President and Director of Collaborative for Families and Schools Prichard Committee For Academic Excellence
Jul 21 2023
EP 14 Brooke Gill Vice President and Director of Collaborative for Families and Schools Prichard Committee For Academic Excellence
On this episode of Education Perspectives, host Liza Holland welcomes guest Brooke Gill, the vice president and director of Collaborative for Families and Schools at the Pritchard Committee. They delve into the founding of the Pritchard Committee in 1983, driven by the need to improve Kentucky's education ranking and involve communities in finding solutions. The committee's efforts led to town hall meetings, data analysis, and the enactment of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Gill highlights the importance of shared leadership and community involvement, as well as the recent statewide scaling grant awarded to their organization. The grant aims to support Family Resource Youth Service centers and overcome the overwhelming caseload of coordinators, particularly in high-poverty areas. They emphasize the need to coordinate resources effectively and address barriers to participation. Community conversations and tapping into existing infrastructure are crucial in addressing needs. Looking at family engagement, Gill discusses the importance of quality communication, two-way conversations, and evidence-based strategies that involve families in their children's learning. They challenge the current education system's focus on standardized approaches and advocate for a more personalized and inclusive approach. Gill highlights the crucial role of education in breaking generational poverty and providing opportunities. They stress the role of schools as social and emotional hubs and the need for safe spaces and necessary resources. The podcast explores the evolving role of education in society, with Holland leading the conversation from multiple perspectives. Gill's extensive experience in managing relationships and delivering high-impact services makes them an invaluable guest on this episode. They discuss the challenge of shifting the education system from programming to process and the importance of engaging with families to understand their needs and find unexpected solutions. Gill shares examples of successful collaborations and emphasizes the importance of real conversations and asking families what they want. They challenge the current emphasis on quantity over quality, urging teachers to prioritize building positive relationships with families. The power of simple acts, like a phone call or a genuine interest in students, is emphasized over labor-intensive events. The episode inspires listeners to rethink their approach to education and prioritize meaningful interactions that strengthen relationships.Quote of the Podcast – My life mantra: Just assume everyone is doing the very best they can, including you.Podcast/book shoutoutsBeyond the BakesalePowerful Partnerships, Mapp and HendersonEducation Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inboxIntro and Outro by Dynamix Productions Support the Show.Education Perspectives is edited by Shashank P athttps://www.fiverr.com/saiinovation?source=inbox Intro and Outro by Dynamix Productions