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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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    • 4.8 • 62 Ratings

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

    Bridging the gap in student access to mental health care

    Bridging the gap in student access to mental health care

    It's no secret that mental health care can be expensive and difficult to access, especially for young people. This can be a huge problem for students, who often face significant stressors. Bridging the gap in student access to mental health care can alleviate some of these stressors.



    Dr. Travis Gayles, a recent recipient of the AMA Award for Outstanding Service for his leadership during the pandemic, is an expert on child health access, especially as it relates to what kids have been up against for the past two years.



    In Episode 220 of Class Dismissed, Gayles tells about the stressors students face and how school districts are coming up with innovative new ways to get students access to school-based telehealthcare.



    Hazel Health, the company Gayles works with, partners with schools to provide physical health, check-ups, and mental and behavioral health evaluations. They give students access to a network of doctors for speedy diagnoses and care plans, including urgent care, particularly in underserved communities with large populations of Medicaid-insured students.



    To learn more about ways to bridge the gap in student access to health care. Listen to Episode 220 of Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



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    • 38 min
    Replacing detention hall with a mindfulness room

    Replacing detention hall with a mindfulness room

    Tools for facing adversity

    When teachers at Robert W. Coleman Elementary in Baltimore are struggling with a student’s behavior, the educators have an alternative to detention. Instead, they can refer the student to meditation.



    The Holistic Life Foundation keeps three staff members in a “mindful moment room” ready to help a frustrated student with a 15-minute active listening, breathing exercises, or meditation session.



    Andres Gonzalez is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Holistic Life Foundation. He says that in the elementary schools they work with, the teachers must refer the students, but in the high schools, the students can self-refer.



    Over time, their program becomes part of the school's culture, says Gonzalez.



    “The kids kind of know what they’re getting into, and they want to be there.”



    The Holistic Life Foundation believes that students are sometimes going through something that’s making their behavior a little off. It may be trouble at home or something internal, but either way, the students are screaming for attention, and they’re screaming for help.



    “Instead of you punishing a kid for something, you probably don’t even know what he’s going through,” says Gonzalez. “Why don’t we let the kid talk and give him tools that he can use in the future when he’s faced with adversity, stress, or trauma.”



    Listen to Episode 219 of the Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes to hear our full interview about replacing detention with meditation.



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    • 37 min
    How to lead with grace

    How to lead with grace

    In Episode 218 of the Class Dismissed Podcast, we caught up with Minnesota principal and author Jessica Cabeen. Cabeen, who is the author of “Lead with Grace: Leaning into the Soft Skills of Leadership,” shared tips on handling professional confrontations.



    Cabeen says one of the biggest mistakes school leaders can make is to “lead with their title.” Not sure if that’s you? Cabeen says that you may be leading with your title if you’re in your office more than you’re in the halls. Or if you’re multi-tasking when someone is having a conversation with you.



    Cabeen's tips on having those challenging conversations include



    * Don’t worry about being hated

    * Keep it professional, and don’t take things personally

    * Focus on what you can control

    * Empathize



    To hear our full discussion with Cabeen, you can listen to Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



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    • 28 min
    Could Congress be considering 100% home financing for teachers?

    Could Congress be considering 100% home financing for teachers?

    The HELPER Act

    In Episode 217 of Class Dismissed, we talk with Sam Royer, the architect of the HELPER Act, a bipartisan bill with broad support in the U.S. House, with a companion bill recently introduced on the other end of Capitol Hill by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) & Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA).



    The legislation would eliminate a down payment requirement and provide 100% up-front financing for teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs & other frontline heroes while also eliminating a monthly mortgage insurance premium (MIP) requirement typically required under other FHA programs.



    “Teachers have been on the frontlines of the pandemic in Covid-filled classrooms, get minuscule raises, and can’t save enough to afford today’s soaring home prices and all-cash bidding wars,” says Sam Royer, founder of Heroes First Home Loans. “We need a new law that provides these heroes with the same benefits I and countless others have received under the G.I. bill. If everyday teachers can no longer afford to buy a home it’s very possible we could see an outflow of talent from the profession”



     

    The HELPER Act, which is short for Homes for Every Local Protector, Educator, and Responder Act is a grassroots effort and will likely stand a better chance of passage if constituents contact their representatives and senators. 

    To learn more about the HELPER ACT, listen to Episode 217 of Class Dismissed. You can find episodes of the Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



    Other Show Notes

    How to Talk with Kids About War

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    • 34 min
    Teachers, there is an educational podcast for your young students

    Teachers, there is an educational podcast for your young students

    For the past few years, the world has consumed podcasts at blistering speeds. Consequently, a lot of listeners can choose from a variety of content. It's estimated that more than 2 million podcast shows are available. However, most of those shows target adults and teens. Very few podcast creators have taken the time to make shows aimed at 6-10-year-olds. 



    When Jerry Kolber contemplated making educational podcasts for young kids, he didn't see many existing options.



    "It's a very challenging age group to sell advertising against, for logistically and ethical reason," says Kolber.



    Kolber is the voice behind the new hit children's educational podcast "Who Smarted?" 



    You may not recognize the name, but you might recognize some of Kolber's other work. The company he co-founded, Atomic Entertainment, launched hit shows like Brain Games (Disney +) and Brainchild (Netflix).



    When the COVID pandemic hit in 2020, there was a period where they couldn't film shows, so he and his team at Atomic started looking into producing a podcast.



    "Before we started "Who Smarted?," we found lots of research that shows that children are able to comprehend at a grade level as much as two to three grades higher with audio than with text," say Kolber. "Because your conversation skills develop a little faster than your reading skills at that age." 



    Who Smarted is a creatively produced show that includes many sound effects and actors with fun voices. But the variety of topics are what will keep kids, parents, and their teachers coming back for more.



    For example,



    * How does your microwave oven heat up your Hot Pockets?

    * Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies?

    * Do animals cry?



    The "Who Smarted?" list of shows is extensive because a team of really bright writers turns out a ton of high-level content. It's about three shows a week, which is a lot in the world of podcasting. 



    To hear our full interview with Kolber and learn how it can be utilized as a tool in your classroom, listen to the latest episode of Class Dismissed. You can find episodes of the Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



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    • 35 min
    How to make suggestions to your school leaders

    How to make suggestions to your school leaders

    Managing Up

    In this week's Episode of Class Dismissed, we focused on some tips about managing up. The term "managing up" refers to an employee taking steps to improve their boss's efficiency and efficacy. 



    For some, steering their supervisor in any direction may bring anxiety, but there is a way to do it without coming across as pushy.



    We go over a few pointers to keep managing up from becoming a sticky situation.

    Professional Development Reimagined

    Our guest in today's bright idea segment is an education thought leader who has spoken worldwide on the importance of social-emotional learning and the power of music education.



    Nadine Levitt is also the Founder and CEO of Wurrly EDU and the PD Reimagined initiative.



    PD Reimagined is born out of Nadine Levitt's blog series Mind Your Business Ed!, in which she sat down with some of the best minds in business, sports, and entertainment. There, she realized that the drivers of success in each sector are entirely transferable to education.



    Now, with PD Reimagined, she wants to invite those same thought leaders into the world of education to interrupt this momentum through inspiration, celebration, and support for our teachers!

    Other Show Notes

    Teachers Are Obsessed With Wordle, Too. See How They’re Using It at School

    • 42 min

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