15 episodes

Chesterfield County Public School's Engage Chesterfield Podcast is a production of CCPS Family and Community Engagement Office or FACE. We welcome you to join us as we discuss topics that affect our school community. Our goal is to strengthen ties between home and school, families and teachers, and schools with the communities they serve through open dialogue. Engage with us!

Engage Chesterfield Family and Community Engagement, Cat Tompkins

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Chesterfield County Public School's Engage Chesterfield Podcast is a production of CCPS Family and Community Engagement Office or FACE. We welcome you to join us as we discuss topics that affect our school community. Our goal is to strengthen ties between home and school, families and teachers, and schools with the communities they serve through open dialogue. Engage with us!

    Talk They Hear You- Conversation Goals

    Talk They Hear You- Conversation Goals

    SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign is geared to help  parents and caregivers prepare for some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their children. A newly updated app for the cell phone takes parents through scenarios of everyday situations and turns them into opportunities to talk with their children about alcohol and other drugs. Working through the app equips parents and caregivers with the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge to start and continue conversations about drug and alcohol use as their kids get older. In this podcast,  Melissa Ackley and Eric Faw of Chesterfield County Prevention Services share the conversation goals of the Talk They Hear You application and simple small ways to effectively  talk to your child about underage alcohol use.

    • 12 min
    Career and Technical Education- Focus on the Why!

    Career and Technical Education- Focus on the Why!

    It is estimated that people change careers an average of 5-7 times throughout their working life.  The 21st century world is full of career possibilities. Technological advancements will likely increase the 5-7 career  average for our students and many occupations they will seek, do not yet exist. 
    How do we prepare our students for the future workforce? How does a student seek out the most interesting career path that will meet his/her needs? One answer may be considering the Career and Technical Education, or CTE.
    CTE facts: 
    95% of CTE students graduate high schoolCTE has incredible career demandCTE students achieve better grades...they are more satisfied and engaged in course work and they have direction in lifeThis Engage Chesterfield podcast explores the “W's” of CTE...What is it? Who benefits from it? Where is it available? What is the application process and when can students apply?  Can Career and Technical education support your child's dreams? We all want our children to be prepared for their future, to grow and be self sufficient productive members of the community doing something they love. Is the CTE right for your child? 
    Special thanks to guests:
    Chad Maclin, Career and Technical Education Director
    Georgia Kasper, Career and Technical Education, Implementation Coordinator
    Sarah Jurewicz, Baking & Pastry Arts Instructor
    Paul Lathrop, Mechatronics and Robotics Instructor

    Helpful links:
    CCPS Tech Center Website
    Association for Career and Technical Education

    • 29 min
    5 Things You Want Your Child to Be Online! Digital Competencies for 21st Century Learners

    5 Things You Want Your Child to Be Online! Digital Competencies for 21st Century Learners

    How do you want your child to be online? What will his/her digital footprint look like? How should children behave in digital platforms? Often times, we focus on the things that we do not want our kids to do online. For a change, let's ponder what we want them to do online. Let's think about all the positive ways our children and students can interact with technology and use the tools for good. The International Society for Technology Education or ISTE has come up with 5 key competencies that 21st century learners should all possess. Listeners will gain insight to each competency via conversations with CCPS experts Doug Fordham, Kelsey Pacer, Laurie Surles, Teresa Woodroof, and Suzanne Heath.  This podcast will give the listener food for thought in  helping shape their personal tech use and that of their children.

    • 28 min
    Understanding Your Kids' Online World

    Understanding Your Kids' Online World

    This episode was recorded prior to the COVID 19 pandemic. Yet, it is still timely as now more than ever, media and technology play a huge role in our kids’ lives. As our children mature and crave more privacy, it can be hard to have a window into their online world. During this podcast, I will interview Barbara Huth, Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education.  She will offer you the latest research about what and how much media our kids are using. We'll explore media and tech issues and trends including social media pressures. Then, we'll take a closer look at the perspectives of our kids and share tips and resources to help address these topics with your own child. You'll come away armed with new knowledge, empathy, and insight into the online issues they face and strategies for how to talk about them. 

    Thanks for listening!

    • 32 min
    Got Growth Mindset? You Should!

    Got Growth Mindset? You Should!

    What kind of mindset do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A person with a “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any significant way, and if we experience success it is because we are a "natural" at certain tasks. On the other hand, a person with a “growth mindset,” is up for a challenge and sees failure as evidence opportunity for growth. We can manifest a fixed or growth mindset from a very early age, and it affects us in both personal ways and ultimately professional ways. It can even make a difference in our overall happiness. 

    In this episode of the Engage Chesterfield podcast, you will learn the characteristics of a Growth mindset, the difference between growth and fixed mindset, learn how mindset affects learning, and discover ways that you can help foster growth mindset with your children or students. In addition, our three expert CCPS teachers, Shelby Bartilotti, Paula Spencer, and Erin Guthe share the positive impacts of using growth mindset strategies in the classroom.

    Thanks for engaging with us!

    • 28 min
    Every Person Counts! The Census and Our Community

    Every Person Counts! The Census and Our Community

    Every person counts!  In mid-March of 2020, homes across the United States will start receiving invitations to complete the census. Did you know that the census greatly impacts our community? School lunches, plans for roads, supports for firefighters and families are all impacted by the census count and affect our everyday lives! In this podcast, we will discuss this important event with census partnership specialist Justin Beck. He will share facts about how to respond, why your answers matter, and address privacy and security concerns. 

    We hope that by listening to this podcast you will understand how a complete and accurate count is critical for our community here in Chesterfield Virginia.

    For more information on the census, see the website census.gov.

    For details on Chesterfield County Public School's event, Statistics in Schools: Every Person Counts, see this event flier.

    • 21 min

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