Episode 8: Leading by Example with Community ISD’s Roosevelt Nivens
In Episode 8 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we visit with the superintendent of Community ISD, Roosevelt Nivens. He was awarded the National Alliance of Black School Educators' Superintendent of the Year Award in November 2019, only a couple of weeks after a tragic car accident killed four of his students and devastated his community. The way Community ISD came together to support each other after the accident served as inspiration for a message of unity that Nivens and his fellow municipal leaders released in response to the civil unrest that arose after the killing of George Floyd this summer. This episode is sponsored by ClassLink.
#WeAreCommunity Video by Dr. Nivens: https://youtu.be/oR0Fj6VjpYc
Texas Association of Black School Educators (TABSE)
Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
Episode 7: An In-depth Conversation with Flip Flippen
In Episode 7 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we bring you an exclusive conversation with Flip Flippen, best-selling author and entrepreneur. A social-emotional learning pioneer, Flippen discusses how the stress of the unknown affects both teachers and students, the difference between being “trauma-informed” and administering “trauma-informed care,” and the importance of relationship-building in helping students deal with the emotional fallout of a tumultuous summer.
This episode is sponsored by Virco.
Episode 6: A Tale of Two Districts' Reopening
In Episode 6 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we take a look at back to school in two very different districts. Keene ISD Superintendent Ricky Stephens talks about what it’s like to see kids in his buildings for the first time since March 13, and Garland ISD Superintendent Ricardo Lopez debriefs the first three days of virtual school with its challenges and successes. This episode is sponsored by iStation.
Episode 5: Summer Conference, Summer Wellness, and Summer Planning
In Episode 5 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we preview our first-ever TASA Virtual SummerCon with TASA’s own Brandon Core, visit with featured SummerCon Thought Leader Todd Whitthorne about wellness leadership and the biggest indicators for a healthy immune system, and hear from Superintendent Tanya Larkin on how planning for summer school has helped Pampa ISD imagine what school will be like in the fall. This episode was sponsored by Google for Education and Naturally Slim.
Episode 4: Graduation and Team Building Habits
In Episode 4 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we look at the state's newest guidance on graduation ceremonies, hear how a few districts across Texas are planning special celebrations for their 2020 seniors, and visit with Keara Mascareñez, co-author of "The New Team Habits." Superintendents interviewed include Wichita Falls ISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt, Lytle ISD Superintendent Michelle Carroll Smith, and Denton ISD Superintendent Jamie Wilson.
Episode 3: Meeting Needs in Vulnerable Populations, Pt 2
Episode 3 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast is Part 2 of our series on vulnerable populations. In it, we explore how increased economic vulnerability and the stress of the pandemic affects students and adults. We start with the second half of our conversation with Ruby Payne, legendary education thought leader and best-selling author. Then we learn about the effects the pandemic is having on child abuse reporting from Lindsey Jordan, research and strategy senior manager, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. We also hear from Wes Cunningham with Frisco ISD on how the district's outreach and virtual counseling is helping students in crisis. Finally, we talk with Shelby McIntosh, managing partner at Education Elements, about the organization's work in trauma-informed leadership.
Episode 2: Meeting Needs in Vulnerable Populations, Pt 1
In Episode 2 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we bring you part 1 of a special two-episode series on vulnerable populations. In this episode, we explore how districts are meeting students’ special needs and IEPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. We start with an interview with legendary education thought leader and best-selling author, Ruby Payne. We also visit with Frisco ISD Chief Academic Officer Wes Cunningham about bringing special education services to continuing instruction, and to Monica Simonds, Director of Advanced Learning Programs and Services in Richardson ISD, about the needs of gifted and talented students. Next week, we’ll explore how the crisis affects the reporting of child abuse, the emotional impacts on students and families, and how districts can move forward with trauma informed leadership practices.
Episode 1: Instructional Continuity Planning and Community Messaging
In TASA's first podcast episode, we visit with Gunter ISD Superintendent Jill Siler about the process her team used to bring instructional continuity to 1,002 K-12 students; gain insight on some of the best practices for community engagement during this unprecedented crisis from Laura Milne, who works with our Corporate Partner, Thoughtexchange; and we explore the ways that Fort Bend ISD is addressing equity in supporting continuing instruction with Superintendent Charles Dupre.