Inspiring Leaders Podcast
Episode 12: What Really Matters in Reducing Absences During COVID and Beyond

Episode 12: What Really Matters in Reducing Absences During COVID and Beyond

November 12, 2020
Episode 12: What Really Matters in Reducing Absences During COVID and Beyond
 
In Episode 12 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we explore how schools can tap into their relationships with families to dispel myths about attendance and decrease chronic absences by 10 to 15%. We talk to Dr. Todd Rogers, a behavioral scientist and professor of public policy at Harvard who co-founded EveryDay Labs, about what his research has shown about scalable interventions. As is true with most parts of education policy, a simple compliance focus may leave out the information educators need to make a real difference in student access to support. This episode is sponsored by EveryDay Labs.
 
Learn more about Dr. Rogers’ research and interventions on the EveryDay Labs website. Access some of the research referenced in this podcast.
 
Review EveryDay Labs Family Insights Toolkit, which offers strategies on how to partner with families.
Episode 11: Exploring the Threat of Cyberattacks in Texas Districts

Episode 11: Exploring the Threat of Cyberattacks in Texas Districts

October 26, 2020

Episode 11: Exploring the Threat of Cyberattacks in Texas Districts

In Episode 11 of TASA's Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we explore the cybersecurity issues facing Texas districts. We hear from Jeff Burke and Buddy Denman about Splendora ISD's experience with one of the biggest ransomware perpetrators to hit the United States. We also visit with Clear Creek ISD Chief Technology Officer Robert Bayard about how his district works to protect itself from this threat to large and small districts alike.

This episode is sponsored by Scholastic.

Learn how your district can partner with the FBI and gain valuable information about ongoing attacks by visiting Infragard

Visit this episode’s sponsor, Scholastic, to learn more about their solutions for research-based literacy instruction

Episode 10: Instructional Leadership Drives Teacher Efficacy and District Transformation

Episode 10: Instructional Leadership Drives Teacher Efficacy and District Transformation

October 13, 2020
Episode 10: Instructional Leadership Drives Teacher Efficacy and District Transformation
 
In Episode 10 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, Shannon Buerk, founder and CEO of engage2learn, discusses how district instructional leadership affects teacher efficacy and allows districts to maintain direction during times of crisis. We’ll also visit with Winters ISD Superintendent Sean Leamon and Director of Curriculum Kathy Horner about how their foundational work with e2L has produced sustainability in their district’s transformation work.
 
This episode is sponsored by engage2learn.
 
Episode 9: Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Coach Districts on Designing Systems for Equity

Episode 9: Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Coach Districts on Designing Systems for Equity

September 29, 2020
Episode 9: Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Coach Districts on Designing Systems for Equity
 
In Episode 9 of TASA’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast, we talk with Purvi Patel and Crystal Xu. Their paper, “Capture the Opportunity: Steps to Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity," was released as part three of Education Elements’ Returning, Reimagining, Revamping series on reopening schools. Patel and Xu look at some of the overlooked opportunities that the return to schools present in the arena of social equity. By designing with equity in mind, schools can address the systemic racism and bias that affect all students, and finally make the lasting changes that schools have pursued for decades. This episode is sponsored by Education Elements.
 
 
Follow Purvi and Crystal on Twitter:
Purvi Patel = @Purvip4
Crystal Xu= @EE_CrystalX
Episode 8: Leading by Example with Community ISD’s Roosevelt Nivens

Episode 8: Leading by Example with Community ISD’s Roosevelt Nivens

September 17, 2020

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
ClassLink: www.classlink.com/remotelearning

Episode 7: An In-depth Conversation with Flip Flippen

Episode 7: An In-depth Conversation with Flip Flippen

August 31, 2020

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.

https://flippengroup.com/capturing-kids-hearts/

http://www.virco.com

Episode 6: A Tale of Two Districts’ Reopening

Episode 6: A Tale of Two Districts’ Reopening

August 19, 2020

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

Episode 5: Summer Conference, Summer Wellness, and Summer Planning

May 27, 2020

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

Episode 4: Graduation and Team Building Habits

May 12, 2020

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: Meeting Needs in Vulnerable Populations, Pt 2

April 27, 2020

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.

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