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Hosted by The Education Trust’s Karin Chenoweth, ExtraOrdinary Districts guides listeners through the toil and triumphs of three school districts. While each district takes a different approach, they all demonstrate a commitment to students, research, and continual evaluation to solve many of the problems that face school districts nationwide.

ExtraOrdinary Districts Karin Chenoweth

    • Education
    • 4.8, 31 Ratings

Hosted by The Education Trust’s Karin Chenoweth, ExtraOrdinary Districts guides listeners through the toil and triumphs of three school districts. While each district takes a different approach, they all demonstrate a commitment to students, research, and continual evaluation to solve many of the problems that face school districts nationwide.

    “What Did We Hear? What Did We Learn?”

    “What Did We Hear? What Did We Learn?”

    In a lively conversation, Tanji Reed Marshall and Karin Chenoweth wrap up Season 1 of ExtraOrdinary Districts in Extraordinary Times by talking through what they have heard from school and district leaders from Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington D.C. Over the course of 19 episodes, front-line educators […]

    • 47 min
    “We’ve been planning, planning, planning.”

    “We’ve been planning, planning, planning.”

    “If we’re face-to-face, we’ll be pretty good with that. If we’re remote, we’re 80% there,” says superintendent Corey Miklus in Seaford, Delaware, about the upcoming fall semester. “The real question is if we go to a hybrid format, because in that hybrid format there’s probably about 50 to 100 different scenarios you could work out.” Should they have A days […]

    • 27 min
    “Schools that already had cohesive cultures did the best.”

    “Schools that already had cohesive cultures did the best.”

    Dr. Sonja Santelises joins ExtraOrdinary Districts in Extraordinary Times to discusses the Black Lives Matter protests and the decisions she faces as superintendent of Baltimore in planning for the return of students in the fall — from what equipment she is having to buy to what changes in the curriculum she will have to make. Surveys to gather information and […]

    • 51 min
    “Our hope is to come back as close to normal as we possibly can.”

    “Our hope is to come back as close to normal as we possibly can.”

    By using gyms and deploying every possible teacher, even if they don’t have all the proper certifications, Steubenville’s superintendent Melinda Young is hoping to “open up all day every day.” The only exception is that 4-year-olds will attend three days a week and 3-year-olds will go two times a week. “We just feel so strongly that we need those students […]

    • 28 min
    “Virtual learning on steroids.”

    “Virtual learning on steroids.”

    Increased costs in the face of massive budget cuts means that the already difficult task of re-opening school buildings becomes even more complicated. “It’s overwhelming,” says Vincent Romano, principal of Malverne High School in Nassau County, New York. In this episode of ExtraOrdinary Districts in Extraordinary Times, Romano and Sergio Garcia, principal of Artesia High School in Los Angeles County, […]

    • 38 min
    “We have the resources.”

    “We have the resources.”

    “The money exists to ensure that all students are served,” says Tricia McManus, the brand-new deputy superintendent of Winston-Salem Public Schools in North Carolina. The question, she adds, is whether we as a nation are willing to spend it. When the pandemic closed schools, McManus said, it shone a light on the needs of all children. “We definitely saw that […]

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

onholdforever ,

Excellent

An eye-opening account of the desegregation struggle in Delaware that culminated in the Brown v. Board of Education decision. In dramatic audio from the period, we hear about the courageous students of the Milford Eight, and their champions and opponents. Some of it sounds unsettlingly similar to what we’re experiencing today.

DLAUA ,

Golden find!

I’ve only listened to two episodes, but I have to say, I LOVE this idea! For anyone who’s remotely interested in the scope of K-12 education and even for those who work in the sphere, this is such an insightful look at components of the inner-workings of school districts. Please continue to publish these incredible podcasts!

Bridget A. White ,

Must-listen for change agents in ed!

Thank you for compiling such insightful and inspirational case studies. Two things impressed me most: 1. The balance of positivity, given impressive student results in each story, and the sober reality of the all-but-impossibly challenging work ahead 2. Every single time the narrator said “the educators listening are probably thinking ‘wow, that’s great, but HOW did that work?,’” she is spot on and follows with a clear and concise summarized explanation of how districts implemented their adopted strategies. Every episode left me satisfied yet eager to learn more next time. Thanks again, and here’s to our kids!

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