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Special Ep. Part 2: Student Voices on School Safety
If you haven't already, we encourage you to listen to part 1 of this special episode on school safety.
Students are often the ones most impacted by decisions adults make in schools and many times don’t have a seat at the table. In part 2 of this special episode, we continue the conversation with three current and former Minneapolis students who have been working with staff as they develop a new model for school safety without the use of school resource officers.
Special Ep: A Vision for School Safety Without SROs
Safety in schools without the use of School Resource Officers (SROs). Is this the right approach and what exactly does this look like?
Stan Alleyne is a national leader in school communications. Previously the Chief of Communications for Minneapolis Public Schools and the Vice President of Diversity Engagement for the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), Stan Alleyne offers over 20 years of experience in school communications. Currently, he works as Chief of Communications at Vitals™ Aware Services, a Twin Cities-based company building technology for social good.
In this episode, Stan shares his insight and experience regarding race, student voice and education reform.
Sal Bagley and Vaughn Dierks
In this episode, Sal Bagley and Vaughn Dierks of Wold Architects and Engineers share predictions on how the shift across the country to distance learning has opened up a wider array of possibilities and considerations in designing educational buildings and learning spaces.
Read Vaughn's recent article, "A Chance to Evolve"
Since Ambar Hanson moved to the United States in 1997, she has been dedicated to promoting and advocating for communities of color and other historically underserved communities through her experience with non-profit and K-12 education organizations.
In this episode, Ambar provides great insight into creating meaningful relationships and partnerships with and for communities through strength-based community engagement efforts.
Ambar currently works as the Community Relationship Officer at Mortenson Family Foundation overseeing the Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families grant program. She is a deserving recipient of the Mano Amiga Award from the Minnesota Latino Economic Development Center for her commitment and generous contribution of time and work on behalf of the Latino community.
Andrea Gribble is the founder of #SocialSchool4EDU, a company dedicated to helping schools celebrate their students in a safe and positive way with social media. A great social media program connects the school and the community, helps celebrate all the great things happening in your district, improves chances for a successful referendums as well as retaining and gaining students!Andrea's team have proven systems and have trained over 1,000 districts on how to maximize the effectiveness of social media.
In today's episode, Andrea provides insight and tips on what’s working best for schools right now on social media. She covers topics like what are your communities craving during this time of school closures and how do you best gather and share authentic student and staff stories to share on social media.
To learn more go to socialschool4edu.com.
Get inspiration for your K12 school!
There are amazing things happening in our schools across this country. There are also challenges that schools are facing. Jake and his team are bringing those stories to life in this podcast. Don’t miss an episode - his guests are passionate about kids. You’ll leave inspired to take action in your district!
Dr Bernadeia Johnson
Loved your interview with Dr Bernadeia Johnson. What an incredible life she’s led.