29 episodes

Plugged In is a monthly podcast offering personal and professional insights from guests with hands-on involvement in the life of adolescents and expertise in education and related fields. Our goal is to partner with parents and adults involved in the formation of young men and women by inviting them to tune into ongoing and engaging conversations that offer insight into the lives, habits, culture, gifts, and challenges of the current generation of adolescents. We hope these insights will enable all of us to raise young men and women of deep faith, sound intellect, and exceptional character.

Plugged In - The Official Podcast for JSerra Catholic High School JSerra Catholic High School

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Plugged In is a monthly podcast offering personal and professional insights from guests with hands-on involvement in the life of adolescents and expertise in education and related fields. Our goal is to partner with parents and adults involved in the formation of young men and women by inviting them to tune into ongoing and engaging conversations that offer insight into the lives, habits, culture, gifts, and challenges of the current generation of adolescents. We hope these insights will enable all of us to raise young men and women of deep faith, sound intellect, and exceptional character.

    From Coven to Convent with Sr. Maria Catherine

    From Coven to Convent with Sr. Maria Catherine

    Sr. Maria Catherine wasn't always a Jesus fan. Far from it. Before meeting Christ, she was an actress who was involved in a host of non-Christian practices and thought Christianity and its "superstitious belief system" would be the last thing she would ever give in to. Then something changed — dramatically.
    Tune in to hear how this now deeply committed religious sister took the long road to Christ. In this dynamic podcast, Sr. Maria Catherine shares in depth about her miraculous journey from black magic to the foot of the Cross. You won't believe it until you hear it!
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Sr. Maria Catherine, O.P. is from the great state of Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked in various industries but mainly banking and administration before entering the convent. Sister has traveled widely and has been one of a few representatives of her community on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a published author in the Catholic San Francisco, The Imaginative Conservative, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. She loves teaching English and Theology and continues to be grateful for the opportunity to study Aquinas at Ave Maria University. She is currently teaching English at JSerra Catholic High School.

    • 27 min
    Mentoring Struggling Students with Drew Clute

    Mentoring Struggling Students with Drew Clute

    Students struggle in school for a variety of reasons. How do parents recognize when their son or daughter's academic struggle deserves expert attention? How do they help their teenage child to overcome the stigma associated with learning challenges? In this mini-podcast, JSerra's Director of Learning and Academic Support, Drew Clute, tackles a topic which is touching upon more and more parents via their teenagers' academic experience. Drew steps us through the methods and the means parents and teachers can use together in order to hearten young people facing academic trials and arm them with the tools to bring them through with confidence and success.
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Drew Clute is the Director of Learning and Academic Support at JSerra where he oversees multiple programs that provide support for various student groups on campus.
    Drew earned a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration Fresno State University (2006) and a certificate in serving under-privileged and at-risk youth. In 2010 he complete his M.A. in Secondary Education, as well as two credentials in social studies and mild-moderate special education.
    Drew spent six years teaching special education, History, Economics, and US Government in Fresno before coming to JSerra.
    He and his wife, Kristen, live with their two daughters, Chloe and Nora, in Laguna Beach, Calif.

    • 15 min
    Finding Joy in Waiting with Cara Morales

    Finding Joy in Waiting with Cara Morales

    Cara Morales believes that waiting is a necessary part of life and that if we embrace it with the right attitude it not only makes us stronger — it leads us to Christ. Usually, Cara says, we are not very good at waiting. Advent, however, the season of preparation for Christmas, gives us the chance year after year to embrace the reality of waiting and to ask Jesus to wait with us. Cara gives us three practical tips that will focus our hearts and lives on the expectant hope of Jesus in the days leading up to His coming this Christmas.
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Cara Morales is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who divides her career between her private practice and parent coaching. A Franciscan University graduate, Cara was the founding member of JSerra's theology department and campus ministry program. Additionally, she crafted a vision for JSerra to become one of the first high school's in the country to provide full-time on-campus professional therapy, a practice she sees as increasingly more critical given the continual breakdown of the family. Cara now resides with her husband and three children in Idaho, where she continues to counsel clients and coach parents though her growing Facebook ministry: Powerfully Connected Parenting Tweens and Teens.

    • 12 min
    Why We Teach Virtue with Sr. John Michael

    Why We Teach Virtue with Sr. John Michael

    JSerra's new Virtue Program has been a smash hit with students and staff, but three months into the project, some parents are asking, "Weren't you doing enough?" JSerra History Teacher, Sr. John Michael of the Dominican Sisters of Ann Arbor, gives a dynamic overview of the big picture around virtues and shares some concrete stories of the fruit it is bearing in the lives of our students. Tune in and get the inside scoop from one of the architects and boots-on-the-ground practitioners of the Dominican Sisters only high school virtue program in the nation.
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Sister John Michael has been in religious life for over ten years. For the past three of those years she has been a JSerra student favorite as a U.S. History and World History instructor. Sister has been pivotal pioneer of the Dominican Virtue Program being piloted on the high school level at JSerra. She grew up near Kansas City, Missouri with four sisters and a brother and enjoys many hobbies — not least of which are hiking, kayaking, playing guitar, piano, and just about every sport.

    • 12 min
    How To Discipline With Dignity

    How To Discipline With Dignity

    Bridget Desmond raised ten children, but that is only a small part of her role as a shaper of young people's lives. In her 16 years as Dean of Discipline at JSerra, she has had thousands of conversations with teenagers about the virtues they are made for and the behaviors that do — or do not — help them reach that destiny.
    In this 12-minute mini-podcast, Mrs. Desmond shares her wisdom regarding:
    The "why" and "how" of discipline within a Catholic framework What virtue-based discipline means How to discipline with love What teens who act out are really saying to adults Tips for parents on disciplining with long-term human formation in mind Enjoy this brief conversation with a veteran in forming young people.
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Bridget Desmond, JD, graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles and attended Loyola Law School. For many years, she was the only woman in an otherwise all-male law firm, practicing law from 1974 through 1983. She joined the staff of JSerra Catholic High School in September of 2005 and has served for the past 16 years as one of the school's two Deans of Discipline. More significantly, she is happily married with 10 children and 21 grandchildren.

    • 12 min
    American Teens At Risk with Dr. Leonard Sax

    American Teens At Risk with Dr. Leonard Sax

    Studies show that affluency, strong skill sets, and the school our children attend are not the most important factors for achieving health, wealth, and happiness. Dr. Leonard Sax shares new findings on the causes of adolescent stress, anxiety, and long-term unhappiness and offers evidence-based criteria for what most impacts a person’s long-term personal and professional success.
    In this enjoyable and candid conversation, he and special guest, his 9th-grade daughter Sarah, explore the most dangerous cultural threats to our teens' flourishing and offer father-daughter insights about how parents and their high school aged children can navigate safely and securely past these current cultural hazard.
    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Dr. Leonard Sax provided care for children and adults in a family practice outside Washington, D.C, for more than 18 years. He has spent two decades visiting over 400 schools to research the causes of American adolescent's decline in academic performance and social-emotional well-being.
    For the past 17 years, Dr. Sax has led workshops, authored books, and given keynotes to address the conclusions of his research. He has been a guest on countless national and international media sources, including the TODAY Show (five times), CNN (three times), Headline News, PBS, Fox News (four times), NPR's Weekend Edition, and the BBC. His books include Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, and The Collapse of Parenting, a New York Times bestseller.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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Outstanding!

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Fantastic

Wow. What an fabulous new resource. I've attended several coffees by Dr. Courtney Hawkins and am always blown away. She's that good.
Great 25 minute discussion between Pat Reidy and Courtney. Some good suggestions for being fully present with our kids, those dreaded smartphones and the importance of loving our teens for who they are, not what they are producing.

When we joined JSerra last fall, they talked about the importance of family dinners. Schedules get busy, but we faithfully have breakfast every weekend as a family. We enjoy sitting around the table talking and laughing. Super way to start the week.

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