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Class Dismissed Podcast is here to inspire educators through story and keep them up-to-date with the news that affects them directly.



Plus, we'll leave you with a bright idea in education that you can apply in your community.



So relax and enjoy the lighthearted 30-45 minute episodes, while doing chores around the house or commuting to work.



Regular Co-Hosts include Principal - Kristina Pollard, Teacher- Lissa Pruett, Education Data Expert-Russ Davis, and Journalist- Nick Ortego



We would love to hear from you! If you have a suggestion for the show or want to write to say hello, email us at info@classdismissedpodcast.com or find us on Twitter @classdismiss

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Class Dismissed Podcast is here to inspire educators through story and keep them up-to-date with the news that affects them directly.



Plus, we'll leave you with a bright idea in education that you can apply in your community.



So relax and enjoy the lighthearted 30-45 minute episodes, while doing chores around the house or commuting to work.



Regular Co-Hosts include Principal - Kristina Pollard, Teacher- Lissa Pruett, Education Data Expert-Russ Davis, and Journalist- Nick Ortego



We would love to hear from you! If you have a suggestion for the show or want to write to say hello, email us at info@classdismissedpodcast.com or find us on Twitter @classdismiss

    How a speech turned into a book for young adults

    How a speech turned into a book for young adults

    Jerald L. Hoover is an award-winning Young Adult fiction author and has garnered success and multiple accolades over the years. He was awarded Best New Male Writer of the Year by the Literary Society in Virginia in 1993 for his novella My Friend, My Hero. He was also listed as a bestselling author among black writers from 1994 – 1996 in various African American publications and was awarded the WritersCorp Award by President Bill Clinton in 1995.



    Hoover's series of YA fiction, known as "The Hero Book Series" is a group of Young Adult Fiction geared toward young black men ages 12 and up. 



    His first title in the series “My Friend My Hero” has become recommended reading in many classrooms throughout the world. 



    However, Hoover's success did not come easy. In Episode 188 of Class Dismissed Hoover tells us about the challenges he had to overcome to first get published in the 1990s. He says he was rejected by publishers over 40 times.



    To hear our full interview with Hoover listen to Episode 188. You can also hear any of our episodes of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.

    About "My Friend My Hero"

    Bennett Wilson has the world at his fingertips. One of the top basketball players in New York State, he is destined to lead Mount Vernon High to the state championship for the first time. Many of the nation’s top colleges are already reaching out, eager to sign him to their roster. Scholarships are guaranteed. Still young, Bennett is seduced by the promise of fame and fortune.



    Yet all is not as it appears. Bennett’s life is plagued with strife and conflict. The oldest of three, he has grown up with his single mother in the tough inner-city projects of Mount Vernon. Life is hard but Bennett refuses to choose the fast life of the streets. He knows his only ticket to freedom is through basketball and academics.



    Bennett’s dreams come to a screeching halt when he learns his sick mother has fallen far behind on her rent and is threatened with eviction. He knows he can get easy money on the streets, but at the cost of ruining his future. Will Bennett finally succumb to a life he’s avoided and if he does, what will it cost?



    You can learn more about The Hero Book Series at this link. 



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    Rural education in America may not be what you think

    Rural education in America may not be what you think

    Here on Class Dismissed, we've published over 180 episodes. However, as we reflect on all the great topics we've covered, we must admit that we haven't focused enough on the subject of rural education. What are schools like in rural America? What are the myths and stereotypes about rural education?



    If you keep up with education news, you may also notice the coverage of students educated in rural communities often feels like an afterthought. Why is this the case? After all, the number of students educated in rural America is greater than the number of students educated in the top one hundred urban school districts combined. 



    Geoff and Sky Marietta join us in Episode 187 to shine some light on the topic. The husband and wife duo are co-authors of "Rural Education in America: What works for our students, teachers, and communities." 







    The Marietta's have a unique perspective. They both grew up in rural towns, and they have both taught in rural communities. But they've also spent several years living in urban communities in the northeast while obtaining degrees from Yale and Harvard.



    Now the couple lives in Harlan, Kentucky. The city of Harlan has a population of about 2000 and sits along the Appalachian mountains. Part of Marietta's reasoning for writing "Rural Education in America" was to correct the caricature of what it means to be rural. 



    Sky says that they see rural America get misrepresented all the time. "We have a lot of very talented teachers in rural America," she says. "We don't want to pretend like rural America is utopia. We're not saying it's perfect. But we lived in Boston for 11 years and moved from Cambridge to Harlan County, Kentucky. People are not that different."



    In Episode 187 of Class Dismissed, the Mariettas explains how programs like Title 1 often use a formula that can lead to funding discrepancies for rural students. They also list the topics they'd like to see lawmakers address. For instance, they say the need for universal broadband internet is a national emergency and should be a top priority. 



    You can listen to Episode 187 or any of our episodes of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.



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    The most inspirational movie scenes for teachers

    The most inspirational movie scenes for teachers

    As educators, we sometimes need a spark. One great place to find that inspiration is from movies. In Episode 186 of Class Dismissed, we highlight some of the most inspirational movie scenes for teachers.



    The movie scenes that made our list include...

    Stand and Deliver (Rotten Tomatoes Score 82%)

    Los Angeles high school teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) is being hassled by tough students like Angel Guzman (Lou Diamond Phillips). But Jaime is also pressured by his bosses, who want him to control his raucous classroom. Caught in the middle, he opts to immerse his students in higher math.



    In our highlighted scene Escalante tries to convince his jaded colleagues that they just need "ganas," which translates to desire.

    School of Rock (Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%)

    Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -- much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack).



    In our highlighted scene Finn discovers his students' potential as musicians and his own potential as a teacher.

    Mr. Holland’s Opus (Rotten Tomatoes Score 75%)

    Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime, he's taken a job at an Oregon high school.



    In our highlighted scene, Holland has a breakthrough with one of his struggling students.

    Lean on me (Rotten Tomatoes Score 69%)

    In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of the declining school.



    In our highlighted scene Clark catches some students in the bathroom and challenges them to recite the school song. Their response surprises the hard-nosed principal.

    Remember the Titans (Rotten Tomatoes Score 73%)

    In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition, comes powerful emotions. In 1971 high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all-black school with an all-white school, the very foundation of football's great tradition was put to the test.



    In our highlighted scene, Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, takes his players to a hallowed ground to prove a point.

    Dead Poets Society (Rotten Tomatoes Score 84%)

    A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school.



    In our highlighted scene Keating explains to his students the importance of the arts and self-purpose.



    You can listen to Episode 186 or any of our episodes of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.



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    "Survivorman" makes a strong case for outdoor education

    "Survivorman" makes a strong case for outdoor education

    You may know "Survivorman" from the hit Discovery Channel TV show (2000-2018), Les Stroud's passion for the outdoors has driven him to some of the planet’s most remote locations.



    Now Stroud is reaching out to kids about the lessons that can be learned through outdoor adventures.



    Stroud says he worked with kids in camps for years, so the idea of a book directed at 8-12-year-olds just made sense. The result was Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman.



    In the book, he retells 12 true Survivorman stories, sharing nature facts and practical advice along the way. It's like sitting around a campfire with Survivorman himself, plus kid-friendly tutorials on using a compass, signaling for help, building a wildlife blind, tracking weather patterns, and packing a survival kit.



    In Episode 185 of Class Dismissed, Survivorman tells us that he actually grew up in a city.



    "I would go to a creek behind a hospital in the middle of Toronto," says Stroud. Adventure with nature exists even in an urban environment he says.



    In our interview with Survivorman, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to ask about all of the amazing things he's seen in his travels. Specifically, he tells us the scariest moment he's ever been in. The most awe-inspiring places he's ever stood, and which place he's visited that he'd like to move to.



    Stroud also has two new TV programs airing nationally, "Surviving Disasters" and "Les Stroud's Wild Harvest." They can also be viewed on his YouTube channel.



    You can listen to Episode 185 or any of our episodes of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.



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    • 43 min
    Tips for teaching video storytelling

    Tips for teaching video storytelling

    When it comes to video storytelling, the times have changed. Most students are already equipped with an Android device or an iPhone. The advanced cameras on phones can be a powerful tool to tell a story via video. At least when appropriately used.



    However, as an educator, you can still bring several tricks to the table to up your students' video filming game. 



    In Episode 184 of Class Dismissed, we spoke with former broadcaster Clement Townsend. Townsend works with youth to master storytelling with videos. 



    Townsend says they should learn to stay away from shooting vertical video for students just beginning to working with video. You know, a video that is shot with a phone upright. While that works for Instagram and TikTok, it's not the proper format for sharing videos on TV. 



    In our latest episode, Townsend offers layout tips for editing stories, and he tells his best advice for conducting an interview. 



    To hear our full interview with Townsend, listen to Episode 184 of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.



     



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    • 43 min
    District promises 17,000 students they will each be known by name, strength, and need.

    District promises 17,000 students they will each be known by name, strength, and need.

    Highline Promise

    In 2012, Highline school Superintendent, Susan Enfield, made a promise to students. It's a promise that's now core to the Highline School District strategic plan. The "Highline Promise" states that each student is known by name, strength, and need. 



    Most educators come to the job with this spirit. With the intent of knowing each student in this way. But accomplishing this with thousands of students can be a challenge. Sometimes students fall between the cracks. 



    Enfield challenges Highline's educators' to seek out the students that don't have natural connections with teachers on campus. 



    Enfield says, "We've done an exercise where principals have taken photos of every single student and laid them out in the cafeteria for a staff meeting. And had staff members go and put a sticker next to a student that they knew really well." 



    The teachers then step back and see which of those photos don't have any stickers next to them. 



    "Those are the kids that we have to assign someone to," says Enfield.

    Power of one

    Enfield is a big believer in the power of one.



    "We want to make sure that every student can say that they have an adult at their school who they trust, who knows them, who cares about them, and whom they can go to if they need help or support."  



    She says that by identifying the gifts and the talents that each students brings, allows their teachers to build student confidence and resiliency.



    To learn more and hear how Highline school districts works to live up to the Highline Promise, listen to Episode 183 of Class Dismissed on your favorite podcasting app or iTunes.



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