Introducing our new podcast, Shoulder to Shoulder!
Many of us listen to podcasts as a way to pass the time while traveling to and from districts or even in our own personal downtime. As a community of learners, we are always looking to gain insight into our individual roles and build our collective expertise by learning through the experience and knowledge of others. The Shoulder to Shoulder podcast is a new and exciting way to learn and grow while also allowing us to get to know our colleagues even more.
The first team member spotlight of the new year is a conversation with our Contracts Coordinator, Valerie Herbst. The combination of her background in the contract world as well as her experiences working with children in need make her yet another example of the quality that exists across the entire Instruction Partners team.
Malika Anderson and Allison Oliver join us for the first part in our series of conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Listen in as Leadpages' Diversity & Inclusion Group discusses what drew them into doing D&I work, why uncomfortable conversations about diversity are important, what it means to be an ally, the pitfalls of mansplaining, and their plan to rebrand diversity & inclusion.
For our second Team Member Spotlight, we hear from Michael Coon about his approach to authentic instructional support, the importance of questioning in the classroom, and his passion for ensuring all students have access to a quality education.
In this episode, Jeff Homan joins the podcast to dig into the details of action planning, his experiences in Indianapolis, and the connections the plans have to the overall scope of our partnership work.
In our first team member spotlight episode, we catch up with Golda Sharpe to talk about her personal pathway toward becoming an educator, some unique insights into our current work, and the moments that have inspired her along the way.
Sierah Tyson speaks with Sonja Bloetner, ESOL Supervisor at Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, about equitable education for English learners.
With initial walkthroughs taking place at the beginning of the school year, we invited Dory Creech to share some insights into the topic of walkthroughs in general, her preparation and facilitation processes, and some tips and tricks for all of us as we get out on the road and into schools.