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A podcast from OPSRC where we talk all things #oklaed. We'll have conversations with legislators, influencers, superintendents, teachers and others. We'll release new episodes on Fridays, and you can also watch full episodes on our YouTube channel.

A podcast from OPSRC where we talk all things #oklaed. We'll have conversations with legislators, influencers, superintendents, teachers and others. We'll release new episodes on Fridays, and you can also watch full episodes on our YouTube channel.


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A podcast from OPSRC where we talk all things #oklaed. We'll have conversations with legislators, influencers, superintendents, teachers and others. We'll release new episodes on Fridays, and you can also watch full episodes on our YouTube channel.








Brandi Green - High School Math Teacher, Sharon-Mutual Public Schools

In this episode, Brent talks with Brandi about how Sharon-Mutual PS handled distance learning during COVID-19. As a 1-to-1 Chromebook district, they were already using many personalized learning technology tools that made the transition a little easier. She gives several recommendations on what helped her.


Kyle Reynolds - Superintendent, Woodward PS

In this episode, Brent speaks with Kyle Reynolds about the struggles and successes Woodward PS has experienced during the COVID-19 distance learning period, their lessons learned and their plans moving forward.


Washington PS & College Counseling

In this episode, Brent speaks with Washington PS Superintendent Chris Reynolds and founder of The Program: College Consulting, Deanna Akin, about how the two have been working together to help students navigate the process of preparing for college. Made more difficult during COVID-19, Deanna has been supporting the district's counselors and students on how to stay on top of all the necessary steps leading up to their first year of college.


Sabari Raja - Co-founder and CEO, Nepris

In this episode, Brent talked with Sabari about her own educational experience and then how she came to co-create Nepris, a website that connects educators with a vast network of industry professionals to engage students in their learning and prepare them for their future.


COVID-19 Series: Lessons Learned From an Educator & Parent

In this episode, Brent talks with Marilyn Doerfel, who homeschooled 5 of her 7 children, including our colleague Jordan Doerfel! She also has experience in teaching students through a blended model, so we picked her brain of what to do and what not to do when it comes to distance learning.


COVID-19 Series: ELL and Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with OKCPS Title III ELL Instructional Facilitator Diana Dawson about strategies to use in distance learning with English language learners. Solutions they discussed include newcomer and shelter packets and a whole variety of online resources.


COVID-19 Series: Legal Issues With Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent speaks with OSDE's Office of Legal Services General Counsel Brad Clark. They discuss various legal questions surrounding distance learning that the State Department has received: equity, special education, CPR requirements, privacy issues using Zoom and students, support employee pay, etc.


COVID-19 Series: Teaching Through Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Ryan Walters who also teaches online AP U.S. History to McAlester and Millwood Public School students. He covers lessons he has learned by teaching through distance learning, both the pros and the cons, and how to effectively use various tools to present the best lessons possible to your students.


COVID-19 Series: Special Education Resources

In this episode, Brent talks with OSDE Executive Director of Special Education Todd Loftin about various resources and solutions available to use with those students who have special needs.


COVID-19 Series: One District's Distance Learning Plan: Ft. Cobb PS

In this episode, Brent talks with Superintendent Kyle Lierle about how Ft. Cobb PS is handling distance learning, the challenges his community faces and their solutions to address them.


Jason Lange - Co-founder & President, BloomBoard

In this episode, Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack talk with Jason Lange about how BloomBoard is helping teachers further their own learning through micro-credentialing. They also announce an exciting new partnership with us and how we plan to support our members with their online resources.


COVID 19 Series: Online Supplemental Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with Dr. Lisa Daniels, program specialist with the Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program (OSOCP). OSOCP is a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board & the local school district. Dr. Daniels talks about all the existing resources they have that schools can use for online learning, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 Series: Teacher Resources for Distance Learning

In this episode, Brent talks with OPSRC Teaching & Learning staff Jason Midkiff and Jean Potter about a variety of resources available for teachers to use in distance learning. They also offer up helpful suggestions to make the experience less stressful for all.


COVID-19 Series: Virtual Board Meetings

Now that schools have the option to hold virtual school board meetings, Brent gathered some of the OPSRC team (Terri Thomas, Eric Doss, Andy Evans) to talk about guidelines schools will need to follow and recommendations on how to begin holding virtual board meetings.


COVID-19 Series: Mental Health & Wellness

We talked with counselors and school leaders who shared resources for coping during a time of anxiety & uncertainty.


COVID-19 Series: Virtual Instruction & Support

We talked to Muskogee Public Schools' Chief Operations Officer Eric Wells and Aruba Systems Engineer Joshua Williams about infrastructure, equity issues, connectivity issues and how schools can support online learning.


COVID-19 Series: Support for Students & Families

Brent talked with Transcend Education's Partner of School Design Services Jamila MacArthur and Casady School's Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist, Wesley Fryer. Their discussion included various resources families can use throughout school closures due to COVID-19.


COVID-19 Series: Nutrition Guidance

Brent talked to Executive Director of Hunger Free Oklahoma Chris Bernard and El Reno Public Schools Superintendent Craig McVay and Community Outreach Director Brooke Robertson about resources and guidance on how to handle feeding students during #oklaed school closures.


Sandra Kent - Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools

The 2 Jasons (Mack & Midkiff) talk with Sandra Kent about her role at A+ Schools, what the organization is all about and how they're helping implement art education throughout all curriculum. They also discussed the upcoming June conference: Creativity 2020: Not Your Average Conference.


Todd Gragg - Director of Financial & Business Education, OKSDE

Jason Mack and Jason Midkiff talk to Todd about his role at the OKSDE in furthering financial literacy among our state's public schools. They also talk about his work to support districts' business teachers and various student opportunities available to help them think about financial career opportunities: career fairs, internships, mentorships, etc.