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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.








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.


Rebecca Fine - Education Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Coordinator, OK Policy

In this episode Jason Mack and OPSRC Policy Director Jacque Walsh talk with Rebecca about Oklahoma's current legislative session and active education bills.


TSET Healthy Incentive Grants for Schools

TSET's Director of Public Information & Outreach Thomas Larson and Healthy Incentive Grants (Schools) Program Manager Sharon Howard speak about their work to help schools and programs beyond.


Representative Jacob Rosecrants - Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 46

In this episode, Jason Mack talks with Rep. Rosecrants about his play-based learning initiative (HB 2794). Rep. Rosecrants also gives an update on the upcoming legislative session, including bills that are being proposed to address education in our state.


Emily Burris - Founder & Executive Director, Operation Engagement

In this episode, Jason Mack talks with Emily about Operation Engagement. They also discuss her other role of being an instructional specialist with Yukon Public Schools. Operation Engagement began as a passion project to get students excited about learning and help teachers make their classrooms fun places by using special kits Emily and her staff have created that teachers can use for free!


Susan Snyder - Norman Public Schools reading specialist & Bal-A-Vis-X program user

Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack host this episode with Susan Snyder, during which they discuss the Bal-A-Vis-X program that Norman uses across their district. She has been using the program in her classroom for 10 years and has seen the incredible benefits for all students. The program, created by Bill Hubert, helps regulate students' attention and self control and also encourages cooperation between students. In fact, Susan found that her students' test scores were much higher than students in...


McAlester High School Innovative Programs

In this episode, Brent talks with Assistant Principal/AP U.S. History Teacher Dewayne Hampton and Aviation, Engineering and Robotics Teacher Bret Lalli about the innovative programs they are providing their students. They talked about their participation in robotics leagues, how they are using Python coding curriculum, how they're addressing the need for aviation education and how they fund the programs.


Paula Kedy - Executive Director of Academics & Instruction, Ada City Schools

In today's episode Jason Mack talks with Paula about Ada's highly successful aviation program from its inception to today. Not only have they been awarded multiple yearly grants for their program, but they have become the example for other schools across the state to follow in implementing their own aviation programs, and they've received national attention for their efforts.


The Importance of Early Childhood Education

Our guests today are Paula Gates, Director of Early Childhood Services with Sunbeam Family Services, and Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Superintendent of Millwood Public Schools. Director of Teaching & Learning Jason Midkiff is our host for this episode, and he talks with our guests about how they are working together to increase early childhood readiness specifically in Millwood PS. Paula also discussed how Sunbeam's Early Head Start and Head Start programs prepare children, prenatal to five years...


David Hanan - Associate Director of Band & Acting Director of Esports, University of Central Oklahoma

Jason Midkiff and Jason Mack from our Teaching & Learning team talk with David about the growing popularity and legitimacy of esports even here in Oklahoma and UCO's role in bringing it to students. David breaks down how schools can get started with their own teams: what equipment a school needs, how to recruit students to participate, how to generate revenue, etc. They also discuss shoutcasting, an integral job to esports and another career path for students who are interested in esports to...