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.
A Dream Project, Staff Shortages, and Canceling the Ku Klux Klan—Wait, What?
In Episode 4, we hear from Melinda Young, superintendent of Steubenville City Public Schools, Kayla Whitlatch, Steubenville’s treasurer, and Lynnett Gorman, the district’s federal grants administrator, about how ESSER funds are allowing Steubenville to construct a STEM building connected to the high school, which they view as a long-term investment in students’ dreams and post-pandemic economic growth. “This is the […]
Leading the Way
In Episode 3, leaders in two states explain how they are using ESSER funds to pursue statewide improvement efforts. In Delaware, recently retired state superintendent, Dr. Susan Bunting, along with Dr. Michael Saylor, education associate for school leadership initiatives, and Dr. Jackie Wilson, director of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, note that their state has developed a leadership pipeline […]
Addressing Learning Needs
In Episode 2, we sit down with Tricia McManus, superintendent of Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, who says that her district is making the most of its relief money by using it to address pressing needs and invest for the future. She’s spending on everything from COVID mitigation and new curricula to contracting with community “violence interrupters” to help mentor and […]
Where Are All Those Dollars Going?
How are educators using the $189 billion in federal #COVID relief funding? What does it take to retrofit old buildings to keep students & staff safe from illness?
Karin Chenoweth talks with Phyllis Jordan of Future Ed, Dr. Luvelle Brown, a superintendent in Ithaca, New York, and Dr. Corey Miklus, a superintendent in Seaford, Delaware.
COMING SOON: Season 5 of ExtraOrdinary Districts
Are you wondering how school districts are spending the money the federal government sent them to get through the COVID crisis? Karin Chenoweth, a writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, has been talking with educators around the country for Season 5 of ExtraOrdinary Districts.
Karin explores how this once-in-a-generation investment in education is being used to meet the immediate needs of students during the pandemic and to set up long-term strategies to address inequities.
Districts That Succeed
In the final episode of this season of ExtraOrdinary Districts, Tanji Reed Marshall interviews her co-host Karin Chenoweth about Chenoweth’s new book, Districts that Succeed: Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement, which will be published May 25 by Harvard Education Press. Be sure to subscribe to ExtraOrdinary Districts to be notified of new episodes when they come out.
So much good advice and so many thought provoking questions. Literacy is part of equity and justice!
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.
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!