The new Future Ready Schools® (FRS) podcast series, Leading Through Unprecedented Times, looks at how teaching and learning have shifted online overnight due to mandated school closures across the nation. FRS leaders are simultaneously addressing and amplifying equity issues among marginalized groups as schools become the community hub for food distribution and human connection. Listen to powerful stories from school and district leaders who are overcoming adversity and offering their communities hope as they lead through unprecedented times!
Klein ISD (TX) Superintendent, Dr. Jenny McGown, shares how in the midst of uncertainty, there's opportunity to leverage your courageous leadership for kids. At a time when it'd be easy to go back to the status quo and what's comfortable, we must not recreate systems of the past that have brought about vast inequities. We must be courageous and bold so that every child has the opportunity that they deserve.
Long time teacher and coach, Chip Baker (@ChipBaker19) from Conroe ISD in Texas, reflects on this past school year and offers hope and ways to prioritize the work this coming school year. From cherishing the moments to leveraging opportunities that we do have, to keeping our priorities in order, Chip reminds us to maintain perspective in the midst of uncertainty.
New York Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Michael Nagler (@NaglersNotions) of Mineola Public Schools on Long Island, is well-known for his innovative style and out-of-the-box thinking to provide authentic learning experiences for all kids. In Episode 2 of Season 2, Dr. Nagler highlights how in the midst of uncertainty and challenges, great opportunities arise.
Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools USD501 in Kansas, Dr. Tiffany Anderson, the first African American, female superintendent in Kansas, is well-known for her fiery personality and do whatever-it-takes for kids style of leadership. Kicking off Season 2 of Future Ready’s Leading Through Unprecedented Times Podcast, Dr. Anderson shares how “we can complain about the rain, or we can dance in the puddles.”
Future Ready Advisor and former Illinois Teacher of the Year, Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher), joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss the importance of community collaboration and how it's vital to prioritize the people, not just during remote learning, but at all times.
Future Ready Advisor and Elementary Principal in the Colton Unified School District in California, Jessica Gomez (@MrsJessGomez), joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) for this episode. Jessica highlights the importance of connecting with students and families out of the school building and ways to continue to build relationships in a remote setting.
Future Ready Lead Advisor, Dr. Adam Phyall (@AskAdam3), a Director of Technology and Media Services in Georgia, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss the importance of balance and boundaries when leading through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Dr. Jill Siler (@jillmsiler), Superintendent of Gunter ISD in Texas and Future Ready Advisor, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss the importance of vulnerability and mindset when leading through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Jerry Almendarez (@JerryAlmendarez), Superintendent of Santa Ana Unified School District in California and lead advisor for the Future Ready School Boards Strand, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how in the midst of this global pandemic, it's essential that we work together and realize that we are not alone in this work!
Minnesota Principal of the Year, Jessica Cabeen (@JessicaCabeen), joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how in times of uncertainty, we must be intentional with our actions, but not seek perfection. Jessica reflects on the need to take care of others, keep priorities in order, and the importance of self-care for all during the global pandemic.
David Miyashiro (@davidmiyashiro), Superintendent of Cajon Valley Union School District in California joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how in times of uncertainty, leaders must focus on flexibility, human connection, and guidance. David reflects on the importance of community and how the relationships his team had pre-pandemic fostered a people-focused response during the crisis.
Beth Houf (@BethHouf), Principal of Fulton Middle School and author of Lead Like a Pirate, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how in times of uncertainty, it's okay to hit pause! Beth reflects on the work of her teachers and the importance of self-care during the global pandemic.
Dr. Neil Gupta (@drneilgupta), Director of Secondary Education in Worthington Schools in Ohio, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss realizations that he's had during the global pandemic and the importance of leveraging student voice in both physical and remote settings.
Dr. Suzanne Lacey (@TCBOE), Superintendent of Talladega County Schools in Alabama, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how she works to prioritize what's most important, how her team supports their amazing staff, and how they encourage "pacing through the pandemic."
Award-winning Superintendent Matt Miller (@LakotaSuper), joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how in the midst of a global pandemic, we must have a collaborative spirit and break down barriers as we work together! Serving as the proud Superintendent in Lakota Local School District in Ohio, Matt brings together his community and models how "We Are In This Together!"
Future Ready Principal Advisor and Junior High Principal, Sanée Bell (@saneebell), the former Principal of the Year in Katy ISD (Texas), joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray), as she offers up how to remain focused on flexibility and grace during a time of crisis. Sanée also discusses the importance of taking care of each other as well as tips for self-care in this episode.
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo (@joe_sanfelippo), Education Dive's 2019 National Superintendent of the Year, joins Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how even in the midst of uncertainly, we can still find joy in the context of our work each day. Serving in a small, rural district in Wisconsin brings significant barriers during remote learning, but the Fall Creek School District staff continues to rise to the challenge. #GoCrickets
In this episode, Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah (@rosaisiah), an Elementary Director in California, and a long time school and district leader, joins Future Ready Schools' Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) to discuss how schools are overcoming adversity during this global pandemic. Rosa shares part of her own personal story of growing up in poverty which has ignited her passion to serve and fight for traditionally marginalized students and groups.
In this episode, the proud Superintendent of Middletown City School District (Ohio), Marlon Styles (@MCSDSuper), joins Future Ready Schools' Thomas C. Murray to discuss the obstacles that his 100% free and reduced lunch rate, urban district is facing, and how every obstacle brings an opportunity. This Future Ready Superintendent clearly puts grace before grades and people before content as he leads his community in the midst of the 2020 global pandemic.
This introductory podcast gives a glimpse as to what's to come! Moderated by Future Ready Schools' Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray), this series will highlight powerful stories from school and district leaders across the United States, who are overcoming adversity and offering their communities the hope they need, as they lead through these unprecedented times!
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