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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

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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.

    “This is going to make our system better”

    “This is going to make our system better”

    After delivering 10,000 devices, thousands of Wi-Fi hot spots, and 300,000 meals per week, Mobile County Public Schools created a hybrid system of instructional packets, online instruction, and television instruction to provide children and families choices in how continue their education. Many systems around Mobile “just gave worksheets or busy work,” Superintendent Chresal Threadgill says, and he has faced backlash […]

    • 31 min
    “Our schools were not built for this”

    “Our schools were not built for this”

    That sounds like an obvious statement, says Daniel St. Louis, principal of University Park Campus School (UPCS) in Worcester, Massachusetts. But “a big part of how we see our identity has been taken away” by the school closures following the pandemic. “One of our great, great strengths is the relationships — the social learning, group work, learning together, being with […]

    • 40 min
    “We would be wrong to believe that education won’t be transformed forever”

    “We would be wrong to believe that education won’t be transformed forever”

    “It hurts my heart tremendously” to know that gaps in achievement will grow during the shutdown of school buildings, says Jennie Black, principal of Washington Elementary in Junction City, Kansas. She is most worried about the students who were already struggling in school before buildings closed and aren’t logging into school lessons during this time. She and her teachers have […]

    • 37 min
    “We’re trying not to overwhelm them, because they are living through a pandemic.”

    “We’re trying not to overwhelm them, because they are living through a pandemic.”

    Before their school building closed, teachers and leaders at Garfield Prep Academy in Washington, D.C., learned as much as they could about COVID-19 and shared that with students and parents. The next step was to gather materials and lessons that students could take home. Once school closed, says principal Kennard Branch, “the first order of business was to make sure […]

    • 40 min
    “Why Did We Even Think That Could Work?”

    “Why Did We Even Think That Could Work?”

    Educators in Steubenville, Ohio, have been scrambling ever since hearing that their schools might close. With no clear standards for how to operate schools remotely, they have been trying things, evaluating them, and revising. “It’s a learning process,” says Superintendent Melinda Young. Initially thinking schools would only be closed for two weeks, teachers put together packets with review materials that […]

    • 41 min
    “There Are So Many Unknowns.”

    “There Are So Many Unknowns.”

    Corey Miklus became superintendent of Seaford (Delaware) Public Schools in January. On March 13 he closed the buildings to students. “These are some challenging times, but we’re figuring it out just like everyone else is.” Since closing its doors, the district has distributed 600 computers to families and worked with local internet providers to provide Wi-Fi for low or no […]

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 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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