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A podcast for educators, by educators. With the Vartek Podcast, you’ll hear from experts and doers in the field of technology integration and educational technology. Let's take a byte out of knowledge.

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A podcast for educators, by educators. With the Vartek Podcast, you’ll hear from experts and doers in the field of technology integration and educational technology. Let's take a byte out of knowledge.

    Season 2, Episode 14: Interactive Panels with Michael Brothers of Promethean World

    Season 2, Episode 14: Interactive Panels with Michael Brothers of Promethean World

    On today’s episode, we sit down with Michael Brothers, Classroom Technology Specialist of Promethean World. Michael brings over two decades of K12 classroom technology experience to this conversation and gives us a small taste of the work Promethean is doing to untether teachers and learners. 
    Promethean Resources
    Promethean Power Hour: Element Series Panel Orientation
     Have a new Promethean ActivPanel?  Want to learn more about it? Come and learn the ins and outs of your Element Series ActivPanel in this webinar.  You will learn about the console, unified menu, and the Promethean app suite.
     Click here to register!
     Ask the Experts: Promethean Office Hours
     Take advantage of this opportunity, in which you can sign into the Zoom session and ask specific questions to one of Promethean’s Education Consultants.  Bring your questions regarding your panel, Promethean apps, ActivInspire, and ClassFlow.
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    • 21 min
    Season 2, Episode 13: Focusing on Equity and Wellness at All Levels, with Zandra Jo Galvan

    Season 2, Episode 13: Focusing on Equity and Wellness at All Levels, with Zandra Jo Galvan

    On today’s episode, we sit down with Zandra Jo Galvan, Superintendent of Greenfield Union School District in Monterrey County, California. Zandra is a champion for equity, wellness, and community, and we get to learn a little about how she is blazing her path as the leader of the school district she once attended. 


    About Zandra
    Zandra Jo Galvan has served as Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District since August 2017 and has worked in public education since 1993. She is passionate about serving communities and breaking students free from the cycle of poverty. She is a design-thinker and successfully implemented a District Strategic Plan with an LCAP-aligned vision, mission, core values, and board of trustee priorities; Professional Learning Community systems of collaboration around essential standards mapping, identified learning targets, common assessments, and frequent data analysis; designed and implemented 21st century classroom spaces and innovative LEGO & Apple engineering learning lab spaces for ALL students to explore, create and prepare for their successful postsecondary college and career futures.
    Superintendent Galvan has been spotlighted on several State and National podcasts and routinely is on Superintendent panels and conference speaking events highlighting hot topics in education. She thrives in engaging other professionals around topics of relationship-building, emotional intelligence, organizational leadership, social justice and equity, dismantling racism, challenging the status quo, social emotional wellness, innovative technology, sisterhood circles of empowerment, and uplifting our next generation of scholars to flourish in a world that they challenge and design. She is extremely proud of her #SisterCircle who empower and lift women into positions of influence for the beautiful scholars and communities they serve. 
    Superintendent Galvan is the president of California Association of Latino/a/x Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), on the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 10 Board of Directors, a member of the National Superintendents Roundtable (NSR), and a mentor, coach, and keynote speaker for the national American Association of School Administrators (AASA). She possesses a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Fresno State, an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from CSUMB, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from SJSU and is earning her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. Go Trojans!
    Superintendent Galvan is enthusiastically passionate about preparing ALL scholars to be social-emotionally and academically prepared for college and career and ensures that every GUSD team member knows they are “an ELITE team member dedicated to the arduous task of saving students from the cycle of poverty.” She proudly is committed to “ALL Means ALL”: Fulfilling the Greenfield Guarantee for ALL students in the Greenfield Union School District.  (Twitter @zjgalvan Instagram @zangalvan LinkedIn @Zandra Jo Galvan)
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    • 28 min
    Season 2, Episode 12: EdTech from the Classroom to Administration, with Jon Corippo

    Season 2, Episode 12: EdTech from the Classroom to Administration, with Jon Corippo

    On today’s episode, Misty and I are joined by Jon Corippo, Educator, Consultant, Author, and EdTech enthusiast. Jon shares his experience from the classroom, to administration, to the tech office and everywhere in between. 

    This is a fun listen - we hope you enjoy! 
    About Jon
    Jon Corippo describes himself as a “formerly disgruntled student.” He made it almost all the way through school at a 2.9 GPA. His final three semesters in Advertising changed everything, though: Advertising classes were project based. Jon’s grades shot to nearly 4.0. Also while at Fresno State, Jon served as a graduate assistant football coach, learning about leadership and teaching at the feet of Jim Sweeney. Jon graduated college with no intention of teaching. After about 7 years in non-educational jobs, Jon’s amazing wife persuaded him to try his hand in education: he was hooked after just two days as a long-term sub on an emergency credential. 

    About 20 years later, Jon had served a decade at the K-8 level, opened a 1-1, PBL, Google-based high school, served in two county offices, including as an Assistant Superintendent and IT Director. Jon has been recognized a County Teacher of the Year, a 20 to Watch Educator by the NSBA, and was a finalist in the EdTech Digest Awards. Jon also holds the Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator badges. 

    Jon is very proud of his work with CUE, where he currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer. His work with CUE includes creating the CUE Rock Star concept of Professional Development, with a focus on hands-on learning and getting teachers connected via social media. Cue Rock Star Camps now include Admin, TOSA, Teacher and Specialized Editions for core areas. Jon has lead the development of the very successful CUE 
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    • 30 min
    Season 2, Episode 11: A Leader's Legacy, with Dr. Nick Polyak

    Season 2, Episode 11: A Leader's Legacy, with Dr. Nick Polyak

    On today’s episode, Misty and I are joined by Dr. Nick Polyak, proud superintendent of Leyden High School District in Illinois, author, and  leader of #SuptChat on Twitter.  

    Nick shares with us his hopes for his community, what he wants his legacy to be, and advice he has for aspiring school leaders. Hint, you don’t have to have all the answers today. 

    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. 
    About Nick
    Dr. Nick Polyak serves as the Superintendent for Leyden Community High School District #212.  The district contains two comprehensive high schools with 3,500 students from Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Unincorporated Leyden Township.  Nick is married with 4 children and they reside in suburban Chicago.
    Nick earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago where he received the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree and Chief School Business Officer (CSBO) license from Governors State University.  Dr. Polyak’s undergraduate work was at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education.
    Nick is proud to lead an award winning school district. Over the past seven years at Leyden, the district has received many honors.  They were named the 2014 National Advanced Placement District of the Year by the College Board.  In addition, the district has welcomed thousands of visitors to learn about teaching and learning in a 1:1 environment.  Leyden has been recognized with two Magna Awards from the National School Board Association (NSBA) and a Digital Content and Curriculum Award.  Both Leyden High Schools have been named Illinois Democracy Schools.  Leyden has also been named to the listing of the Top 100 Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune four different times.
    Dr. Polyak believes strongly in community involvement.  He is the Past-President of two different Chambers of Commerce; served four years as a School Board Member in Manhattan School District 114; coached youth sports, and has been involved in a variety of other community groups and charitable efforts.  Nick completed the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) School for Advanced Leadership in 2014 and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent Certification Program in 2016.
    Nick is a co-moderator of #suptchat, the international Twitter Chat for Superintendents.  He has co-authored three books: The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today,  Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable, and The Unfinished Leader: A Leadership Framework for Growth and Development.  Nick facilitates the AASA Transformational Leadership Consortium, the IASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy, and the AASA Blended Aspiring Superintendents Academy.  He can be followed at @npolyak.
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    • 24 min
    Season 2, Episode 10: Leading with Positivity, with Glenn Robbins

    Season 2, Episode 10: Leading with Positivity, with Glenn Robbins

    We’re excited to bring you today’s episode with Glenn Robbins, proud superintendent of Brigantine School District in Brigantine, New Jersey. Glenn shares his approach to leadership with Misty and Jamie - an approach that’s rooted in positivity and empowerment. We packed a lot into this short episode, and we can’t wait to have Glenn back on later this school year. 
    A quick housekeeping note: we experienced some technical difficulties with the audio late in this episode. 
    About Glenn
    Glenn Robbins is the proud Superintendent of the Brigantine Public School District in Brigantine, New Jersey. His passion is harnessing a school culture that thrives on design thinking, futurism, innovative digital spaces, technology integration, Social Emotional Learning Zen Dens, and Maker cultures. In addition, Glenn encourages all students to have a voice, not only in building a school culture, but also in designing student led entrepreneur opportunities. 

    Glenn is a New Jersey representative for the AASA Aspiring Superintendent Mentor Program, CoSN Empowered Superintendent Panel, NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year, the co-chair for the NJASA Technology Committee in New Jersey, and has received numerous state and national leadership distinctions during my career. Glenn also led a former school to become the first school in New Jersey history to receive the SETDA Student Voices Award, which honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of their students. 

    Glenn has been recognized by numerous organizations for his innovative technology implementation methods, and has been a featured speaker at numerous events across the globe. His extensive travels to various schools across the globe have helped to diversify his views on education and implement new instructional methods to better both students and staff. By empowering students and staff to have a growth mindset through design thinking, while implementing digital tools, we can better prepare them to be agile, flexible and adaptive, towards the profound shifts that they will encounter in life.
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    • 15 min
    Season 2, Episode 9: Back-to-School Prep with Michelle Henry, El Dorado School District

    Season 2, Episode 9: Back-to-School Prep with Michelle Henry, El Dorado School District

    On today’s episode, we’re joined by a very special guest - Michelle Henry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Federal Programs from Vartek Partner, El Dorado School District in Arkansas. Michelle is accompanied by Vartek EdTech Leader, Rachelle Crawford, and the two share with Jamie and Misty what a successful back-to-school experience looks like in a Vartek partnership. 

    Listen in to learn how collaboration is key to a smooth return to learning for teachers and students.
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    About Michelle
    Michelle Henry is an El Dorado High School grad and began her career in insurance before going back for her BS in Education to become a teacher. As a wife and mom to two working as a math instructional facilitator for K-4, she went back for her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. 
    Now, Michelle serves as the Director of Curriculum/Instruction and Federal Programs for El Dorado, a district she has worked for 22 years. She has a 19 year old daughter starting her sophomore year at Louisiana Tech University, and a 14-year-old son about to begin his freshman year at El Dorado High School. 
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    • 23 min

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