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Education Matters

Hosted by the BOE President, Education Matters is a 30-minute talk show where guests discuss education news, curriculum programs and initiatives, as well as challenges that schools, teachers and students face. The show features school success stories and what MCPS is doing to overcome barriers to student achievement.

Education Matters: Summer Preparations for the New School Year

BOE President Philip Kauffman talks with MCPS directors and principals about the many vital activities, tasks and works that take place over the summer months to prepare for the upcoming academic year. This one-hour special program explores new MCPS construction and maintenance projects, the hiring and scheduling process, summer training, the innovative technology initiative and more. Guests include: Donna Redmond Jones, Principal of Rosa Parks Middle School; Kara Trenkamp Director of the Department of Instructional Technology; Alan Goodwin, Principal of Walt Whitman High School; Jeff Martinez, the Director of Department of Human Resources; Kathy Lazor, Director of the Department of Materials Management; James Song, Director of the Department of Facilities Management; and Todd Watkins, Director of MCPS Transportation.

 

 

Past Episodes

Substance Abuse and Students

Board of Education President Phil Kauffman discusses how Montgomery County is handling substance abuse in schools. Topics of discussion include the role of parents, county government supports, alcohol and drugs of choice, substance abuse indicators, as well as prevention and outreach plans that foster greater communication among students, school staff and the police department. Guests included Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice, Police Captain Thomas Didone, Director of Student Services Ursula Hermann and school psychologist Pamela Lester.

Join BOE President Phil Kauffman as he hosts a discussion about food and nutrition in our schools.

Topics of conversation include the importance of breakfast, fresh new menu offerings, online conveniences and how the school system works to provide free and reduced meals to students during the school year and summer months. Guests: Marla Caplon, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for MCPS and Molly McCloskey, Director of Maryland No Kid Hungry.

The Common Core

BOE President Phil Kauffman leads a discussion about the Common Core State Standards to include the MCPS roll-out, teacher training, new testing measures, the benefits and challenges. Guests include Marty Creel, Niki Hazel, Carole Working and Margie Sybert.

Student Voices

BOE President Christopher Barclay talks with a dozen MCPS high school students about their opinions and ideas about their school system. Questions and comments centered around the possible changing of bell times, high school stressors, the importance of extra-curricular activities, testing and homework, as well as what makes a great teacher.

Early Childhood Education

BOE President Christopher Barclay hosts a conversation about the value of early childhood education, both in the home and in more formal settings. The show discusses many resources for parents and child care providers, as well as the positive impacts that early childhood education can have on students when they enter elementary school. Guests: Janine Bacquie, Director of the Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services at MCPS and Kate Garvey with Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services.

Academic Partners

BOE President Christopher Barclay leads a discussion about the important academic partnerships that MCPS has with local organizations. Guests include George B. Thomas and Michael Thomas of Saturday School, Gabe Albornoz with the Montgomery County Recreation Department and Cynthia Rubenstein with Passion of Learning.

Options After High School

BOE President Chris Barclay discusses with guests the options available to students after they graduate from high school, to include 2 and 4-year colleges, trade schools, the military and the world of work. Guests include John Randall, Audrey Hill, Genevieve Floyd and Cynthia Hammond Davis.

Transitions to Middle School and High School

BOE President Chris Barclay leads a conversation about the issues students and parents face as they make the transition from elementary school to middle school, as well as from middle school to high school.

BOE President Chris Barclay discusses Alternative Education Programs at MCPS

Guests include Dr. Ira Thomas, the principal of MCPS Alternative Education Programs and Karenina Vanlennep, the lead social worker with MCPS Alternative Education Programs.

Special Education
Guests include Dr. Ira Thomas, the principal of MCPS Alternative Education Programs and Karenina Vanlennep, the lead social worker with MCPS Alternative Education Programs.
ESOL Instruction in MCPS

Board President Christopher Barclay discusses services for MCPS students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Special Education
BOE President Chris Barclay discusses a variety of issues surrounding special education which include student identification, disproportionality concerns, allowing access to the most rigorous curriculum, early interventions, Autism, partnerships, the importance of training and para-educators, and family involvement.
 Student Voices
BOE President Shirley Brandman candidly speaks with a diverse group of high school students to hear their ideas and concerns about their schools and education. Topics of discussion include student engagement, building positive relationships with staff and preparing for the future.
Educators of Excellence
BOE President Shirley Brandman speaks with some of our school system’s award-winning educators to learn about their approach to teaching, how they engage and relate to students and how they are helping fellow teachers become more effective in the classroom.
Equity and Student Achievement
BOE President Shirley Brandman discusses the importance of equity in the classroom, how teachers are working to create culturally responsive classrooms and schools, and how this will foster higher student achievement, especially among the school system’s minority students.
Social Emotional Learning
BOE President Shirley Brandman discusses the importance of social emotional learning and how MCPS continues to bring this into schools. This 30-minute talk show highlights the benefits of social emotional learning to include stronger life skills, higher academic achievement and an overall positive school environment.
The Power of Student Government
Hosted by BOE President Shirley Brandman, this month’s Education Matters talk show discusses student governance and leadership opportunities. The show also talks about the benefits student government bring to schools, students, and MCPS as a whole.
The Montgomery County Latino Youth Collaborative
This program, hosted by BOE President Shirley Brandman, discusses The Latino Youth Collaborative, issues surrounding Latino youth, and what MCPS and its partners are doing to better serve this growing segment of our school population.
The MCPS Operating Budget
BOE President Shirley Brandman leads a discussion about the fiscal year 2013 operating budget, highlighting how the school system seeks community input during the budget process, the need to prioritize spending, and the importance of advocating.
Career Readiness
BOE Host Shirley Brandman talks with guests about career readiness and what MCPS is doing to give students the skills sets needed for the 21st Century workplace.
2012 Legislative Session
BOE President Shirley Brandman discusses with guests the impact that the current Legislative session in Annapolis will have on education.

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