Engage Chesterfield

Engage Chesterfield

Chesterfield County Public School's Engage Chesterfield Podcast is a production of CCPS Family and Community Engagement Office or FACE. We welcome you to join us as we discuss topics that affect our school community. Our goal is to strengthen ties between home and school, families and teachers, and schools with the communities they serve through open dialogue. Engage with us!

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May 7, 2021 12 min

SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign is geared to help  parents and caregivers prepare for some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their children. A newly updated app for the cell phone takes parents through scenarios of everyday situations and turns them into opportunities to talk with their children about alcohol and other drugs. Working through the app equips parents and caregivers with the necessary...

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It is estimated that people change careers an average of 5-7 times throughout their working life.  The 21st century world is full of career possibilities. Technological advancements will likely increase the 5-7 career  average for our students and many occupations they will seek, do not yet exist. 

How do we prepare our students for the future workforce? How does a student seek out the most interesting career path that will meet his...

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How do you want your child to be online? What will his/her digital footprint look like? How should children behave in digital platforms? Often times, we focus on the things that we do not want our kids to do online. For a change, let's ponder what we want them to do online. Let's think about all the positive ways our children and students can interact with technology and use the tools for good. The International Society for...

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April 20, 2020 32 min

This episode was recorded prior to the COVID 19 pandemic. Yet, it is still timely as now more than ever, media and technology play a huge role in our kids’ lives. As our children mature and crave more privacy, it can be hard to have a window into their online world. During this podcast, I will interview Barbara Huth, Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education.  She will offer you the latest research about what and how muc...

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March 23, 2020 28 min

What kind of mindset do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A person with a “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any significant way, and if we experience success it is because we are a "natural" at certain tasks. On the other hand, a person with a “growth mindset,” is up for a challenge and sees failure as evidence opportunity fo...

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Every person counts!  In mid-March of 2020, homes across the United States will start receiving invitations to complete the census. Did you know that the census greatly impacts our community? School lunches, plans for roads, supports for firefighters and families are all impacted by the census count and affect our everyday lives! In this podcast, we will discuss this important event with census partnership specialist Justin Beck. H...

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November 22, 2019 39 min

This podcast episode is all about an innovative teacher recruitment program in our area.  If you know of someone who has thought of making teaching a second career, or perhaps a current undergrad student who is thinking of pursuing a master's degree, or a CCPS teacher who would make a powerful mentor...please share this podcast with them! Special guest Kim McKnight, Director of RTR-Petersburg and RTR-Chesterfield at Virginia Co...

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Do you have a little guy or gal heading off to "big school" this year?  If so, this episode of the Engage Chesterfield Podcast is for you!  We will share a few things parents can do over the summer to prep for this monumental first day and year of elementary school.

Jana Kline, principal of Alberta Smith ES, shares important self-help skills that kindergartners need and bus riding tips. Kristen Hepburn, CCPS Literacy Special...

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How many times a month is your child missing school?  How many times a year?  It is something to take note of because without you even realizing it those days can add up quick! 

Did you know that missing just 2 days a month or 10% of the school year for any reason is defined as chronic absenteeism in Virginia? Chronic absenteeism can cause big gaps in learning at all levels and it is also a sign of drop out risk. Chesterfield County...

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January 24, 2019 34 min

In this podcast, we explore the budget process, learn how our school system is funded, compare our spending with that of other districts in the Commonwealth and identify those expenditures that are non-negotiable and also those items that we may need to fund in order to ensure that our students have the most supportive, safe and engaging learning experience possible.

Thanks to School Board members Rob Thompson and John Erbach for ta...

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November 20, 2018 36 min

According to the American Psychological Association from 2016 onward, 12th graders have spent an average of 6 hours a day on social media, texting, and surfing the web. Teens have turned on to technology and turned off reading. Many admit to rarely if ever picking up a book to read for pleasure. 

Our teens need to read…

Find out why middle and high school students need to spend time reading longer novels and books and also gain insig...

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October 10, 2018 25 min

October is Dyslexia Awareness month. On this Engage Chesterfield podcast, Dr. Zenia Burnett, Coordinator of Special Education and Dr. Samantha Hollins, Director of the Department of Special Education for Chesterfield County Public Schools talk about the signs and impacts of dyslexia. Emily Stains, Literacy Specialist for Chesterfield County Public Schools shares ways parents can support literacy learning at home. In addition, Caitl...

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When is the best time to talk to your child about underage drinking? It may be now! Learn about "Talk. They Hear you" SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol. Special guests are Ginger Dotter of Chesterfield County Prevention Services and Ann Tierney of Chesterfield County Public Schools.
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February 19, 2018 22 min
Be inspired! Cat Tompkins visits with Peyton Anderson CCPS Project Based Learning Training Specialist and is inspired to visit Crestwood ES and Midlothian Middle to see PBL in action. Listen to Lindsay Porzio and Crestwood students share elements of the school-wide Kindness Migration. Then travel to Midlothian Middle and Katherine Byers class to hear how they have supported non-profit organizations this year including the Cement ...
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January 25, 2018 31 min
What is screen time? Well, It is the time spent using a device such as a smartphone, computer, television, tablet or games console. Now that most households have multiple devices, screen time is a hot topic with parents. Many are having trouble getting their children to put down their devices. And our children are using Chromebooks in school. Is all this screen time healthy? How much is screen time is too much? It is my hope that ...
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