Making After-School Cool Podcast
Preview Ep 13: OST Professionals Decribing Lessons Learned During COVID 19

Preview Ep 13: OST Professionals Decribing Lessons Learned During COVID 19

September 29, 2022

This is a preview of episode # 103 of the Making after school cool podcast. During this preview you will hear my conversation with Helen Spencer, who is a doctoral student with the University of Houston. Ms. Spencer discussed her work concerning the experiences of Out of School time professional during the peak of COVID 19.  During her interviews, she heard personnel working in the after-school field describe their difficulties during this unprecedented time, their trusting of collaborative partners  and the lesson they learned during the pandemic 

Ep102: How the current climate of divisive opinions Shapes the way Educators Teach

Ep102: How the current climate of divisive opinions Shapes the way Educators Teach

September 19, 2022

This episode of the Making After School Cool podcast features a discussion with Dr. Deborah Appleman, professor at Carleton College and author of the recently published book Literature and the New Cultural Wars. We examine the challenges those who write and teach secondary literature face in today’s current climate of scrutiny and disagreement.

During this podcast you will learn more about the following:

  1. Why literature such an important subject matter for students to study
  2. Factors which have made it more complicated to teach literature, and other subject dealing with historical time periods
  3. Why cultural representation and diversity is needed in literary works
  4. How the current climate of divisive opinions has altered the way educators must currently teach
  5. How limiting literary work available to students can hamper their educational, social, and emotional development

Guest

Deborah Appleman previously taught high school English for nine years before receiving her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She has also been a visiting professor at Syracuse University and at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently Professor Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell professor of educational studies and director of the Summer Writing Program at Carleton College. Her recent research has focused on teaching college-level language and literature courses at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater for inmates who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education. She is the author  or co-author of more than a dozen books on literacy instruction.

Resources

Dr. Deborah Appleman

deborahappleman.com

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

 Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

Preview Ep 102: How the Current Climate of Divisive Opinions Shape the way Educators Teach Today

Preview Ep 102: How the Current Climate of Divisive Opinions Shape the way Educators Teach Today

September 16, 2022

This is a preview of episode # 102 of the Making after school cool podcast. During this preview you will hear a discussion I had Dr. Deborah Appleman, professor of educational studies at Carleton College, regarding the difficulty of teaching Literature in today’s current state of divisiveness and politics.  Dr. Appleman is the author of the recently published book Literature and the New Cultural Wars, where she offers educators solutions to how to address the complications which might arise teaching literature, as well as other field of studying dealing with historical time periods.

Ep 101: Highlighting Spotivity, an Online Tool Linking  Youth to After-school Opportunities

Ep 101: Highlighting Spotivity, an Online Tool Linking Youth to After-school Opportunities

September 7, 2022

This episode of the Making after School Cool podcast focuses on Spotivity. Spotivity is an interactive search, mapping, and education app that helps students and parents make the best decisions about their after-school activities. To discuss Spotivity is its founder Montana Butsch.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  1. Why are extracurricular and after school activities beneficial to secondary students
  2. Why is it important for school counselors and administrators to have knowledge of what students are engaged in during non-school hours.
  3. How can the lack of awareness of the variety, and number of activities available to students, hamper their educational, social, and emotional development?
  4. An overview of Spotivity and how it benefits students, parents, school administrators and providers

Guest

Montana Butsch is the Founder of Spotivity. Spotivity supports after school programs to increase enrollment and participation rates but also enables kids and their parents to make the best decisions about how to best use their time outside of school hours. Prior to Spotivity Montana Butsch was the founder and CEO of major sports non-profit organization which has served thousands of inner-city children in Chicago and who has formed extensive ties with Chicago business, philanthropy, and government leaders.

Resources

Spotivity

www.spotivity.com

 

Montana Butsch

montanabutsch@gmail.com

 Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

 Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

 

Preview Ep 101: Highlighting Spotivity, an Online Tool Linking  Youth to Afterschool Opportunities

Preview Ep 101: Highlighting Spotivity, an Online Tool Linking Youth to Afterschool Opportunities

September 2, 2022

Today we are previewing episode 101 of the Making After School Cool podcase which highlights Spotivity, a one-stop online site that connects and tracks secondary students’ participation in after school activities. Spotivity supports after school programs to increase enrollment and participation rates but also enables kids and their parents to make the best decisions about how to best use their time outside of school hours.

EP 100:  Starting an After School Program at the Start of the School Year

EP 100: Starting an After School Program at the Start of the School Year

September 1, 2022

This is our 100th full episode of the Making after School Cool podcast and I am excited to have colleagues of CASE for Kids to share in the impressive achievement. The topic of today’s episode focuses on the startup of after schools’ programs as we begin a new school year.  According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the more positive outlets students have at school the better they will feel about their campus.

During this episode you will learn about:

  • What inspired professionals to work in the out of school time field
  • Why are after school programs important for youth and their parents .
  • What the most exciting part this program year

Guest

Chuntania Moore, and Melvin Mead, Regional Site Coordinators of Campus-based Afterschool Programs :Gabby Sams and Maria Adeoti, After School Program Coordinators and Monique Smith, Project Direct  of 21st Century Cycle 10 campuses.

Resources

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

 Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

 CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

 

Podbean EP: 99: Resources to Build Students’ Self-esteem

Podbean EP: 99: Resources to Build Students’ Self-esteem

August 23, 2022

This episode of the Making After School Cool podcast features a discussion concerning students’ self-esteem. The way students see themselves as it pertains to the world around them will influence how they feel and respond in different situations. Self-esteem includes a person’s level of confidence, security, sense of belonging and competence level.

To discuss resources to address students’ self-esteem is my guest today is Margo Jordan, CEO, and founder of Enrichly.

During this podcast you will learn more about:

  • What low self-esteem looks like
  • What impact does students’ perceptions of themselves have on their social skills, as well as their academic performance
  • Why is important to have resources available to help address mental health and self esteem
  • How can parents, school districts, and after school programs can Enrichly

Guest

Margo Jordan is a U.S. Army veteran and CEO and founder of Enrichly, an online platform which provides educators, out school professionals and parents with resources to build positive self-esteem in youth and empowerment programs geared towards young people.

Resources

Enrichly Self-Esteem Base E-Learning

www.enrich.ly

Margo Jordan

margob@youthenrichments.com

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

 CASE for Kids

hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

Perview EP 99: Resources for Students Self-Esteem

Perview EP 99: Resources for Students Self-Esteem

August 18, 2022

Today we are previewing episode 99 of the Making After School Cool podcase which features a discussion regarding students’ self-esteem. Youths’ self-esteem relates to the way students see themselves as it pertains to the world around them and how they respond in different situations. Self-esteem includes a person’s level of confidence, security, sense of belonging and competence level.

To discuss resources that help to build students’ self-esteem, will be my guest Margo Jordan, CEO and founder of Enrichly, an online platform which provides educators, out school professionals and parents with resources to build positive self-esteem in youth.

Episode 98: The Importance of Young Adults Working with Youth Initiatives

Episode 98: The Importance of Young Adults Working with Youth Initiatives

August 15, 2022

Attracting young adults to work with programs supporting youth is important yet can sometimes be difficult to achieve. However, when agencies can identify and engages young adults to  play a role in the coordination of youth services then the benefits can be positive, and the programs become more appealing to school aged students. Therefore, this episode  of Making After School Cool Podcast focuses on the importance of young adults, working with youth initiatives. To speak on this topic is  Ms. Fernanda Marrero who is the Program Manager for the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education

 

During this podcast you will learn more regarding the following:

  • The educational journey of a first-generation college graduate?
  • Why is it important to have initiatives targeting girls for STEM type careers?
  • Information concerning the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education particularly the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights?
  • Why is it important for young adults be involved in youth related issues?

Guest

My guest today is  Ms. Fernanda Marrero who is the  Program Manager for the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education.  Fernanda is a  first-generation college graduate of the University of Houston, and a certified teacher through the teachHOUSTON program. She is currently working on her master’s in education at the  Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Fernanda has a passion for making STEM more accessible to underrepresented groups and has worked with programs which makes computer science education accessible to all students.

Resources

Fernanda Marrero 

Fernanda.Marrero@HoustonTX.gov

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

 Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

 CASE for Kids

hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

Preview Episode 98: The importance of Young Adults Working with Youth Initiatives

Preview Episode 98: The importance of Young Adults Working with Youth Initiatives

August 11, 2022

Attracting young adults to work with programs supporting youth is important yet can sometimes be difficult to achieve. However, when agencies can identify and engages young adults to  play a role in the coordination of youth services then the benefits can be positive, and the programs become more appealing to school aged students. Therefore, this preview episode 98 of Making After School Cool Podcast focuses on the importance of young adults, working with youth initiatives. To speak on this topic is  Ms. Fernanda Marrero who is the Program Manager for the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education

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