Invitations to Listen Podcast

Invitations to Listen Podcast

This educational podcast features classroom conversations on making learning more rigorous, engaging, and blended, which means a combination of online and face-to-face experiences.


May 24, 2022 33 min
Listen in on this conversation with Krissy Ronan, librarian at Marshall High School, and high school senior Aria as they share the importance of libraries offering windows, mirrors, and sliding doors into multiple perspectives and identities. "All reading is good reading" as Krissy shares. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you know when our next episode is released and leave a review because your feedback counts! Twit...
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Join Scherrie Dalton and Marissa Petty, two learning leaders from Key MS, as they share their journey through joining our FCPSOnward Learning Leader Cohort, reading the book Street Data, and implementing equity transformation cycles at their school. They share the power of centering student voices and making small shifts that personalize and humanize learning. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you know when our next episode is...
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March 29, 2022 38 min
Listen in on this conversation with Mollie Safran, Social Studies teacher at Fairfax High, as she defines and discusses queer pedagogy. We talk about how power is used to maintain privilege, how queer can be used as a verb to challenge normative understanding of what it means to be, and how queer pedagogy allows students opportunities to examine and disrupt existing power structures. She shares practical strategies teacher can imme...
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March 15, 2022 19 min
Join us for the third part in this three-part series on student tech leaders in schools! Leslie Leisey and Nishi speak with Jessie Davis, student at Chantilly HS, as she shares about her evolution from a tech aide at Poplar Tree ES to a facilitator of professional learning for teachers at Rocky Run MS. She now leads her peers by supporting them with their technology challenges and advocating for the use of technology to enhance lea...
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March 1, 2022 38 min
Join us for the second part in our three-part series on student tech leaders in schools! Summer and Nishi speak with Pam Galietta, School-Based Technology Specialist at Rocky Run Middle School, Amy Goodloe, Principal at Rocky Run, and two students who are also members of the Tech Padawans, a student technology leadership group that supports the school in leveraging technology for meaningful learning experience for all students. Thi...
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February 15, 2022 33 min
Join Summer and Nishi as we interview the lead teachers and a couple of students from the Paw Tech Squad at Poplar Elementary School in Fairfax County. The Paw Tech Squad has grown over the years from 12 students to 50, all of whom support the school with instructional technology needs. This squad has evolved from one that was primarily a "fix-it" crew to one that facilitates professional learning and builds capacity for le...
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November 23, 2021 34 min
Listen in on this powerful conversation with Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE, where he shares how we can leverage technology for good in the classroom. He talks about the power of technology in amplifying stories, connecting to student passions and interests, and fostering problem-solving and creativity in the classroom. This is a conversation you don't want to miss! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you know when our next ep...
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November 9, 2021 34 min
Join Jedervine Fils and Tammarrah Addison as they share a new initiative at Edison High School, the Human Library Project. This powerful project amplifies the stories of students, often ones who have been marginalized, and creates a catalog of the experiences of students, our "national treasures" as Jedervine and Tammarrah refer to them. Listen in for ideas that can be easily transferred to your school! Subscribe to the po...
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October 26, 2021 44 min
Join this conversation with Manny Gomez Portillo as he shares his journey leading to completing his dissertation on empowering indigenous families. Manny's research fills a gap and highlights the importance of decolonizing our thinking and recognizing our positionality. Manny shares the importance of celebrating the funds of knowledge of all our students, especially those who have been marginalized. Manny will defend his disser...
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September 21, 2021 27 min
Join Summer Johnson and Nishi Langhorne in Season 2 of Invitations to Listen. This season we are amplifying stories of learning, and today's story features Margaret Sisler, instructional technology coach at Westfield High School in Fairfax County Public Schools. Margaret shares the importance of setting boundaries, recognizing time as a statement of our values, and the importance of balancing all of our identities and not overe...
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September 7, 2021 37 min
Join Summer Johnson and Nishi Langhorne in Season 2 of Invitations to Listen. This season we are amplifying stories of learning, and today's story features Nathan Poumade, instructional technology coach at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA. Nathan shares his journey with podcasting, from a listener to a collaborator to a creator to a leader. Nathan has inspired students, teachers, and administrators to embrace podcasting...
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July 24, 2021 42 min
Join Dr. Lindsey Fisher and Nishi Langhorne during a gathering of our SBTS Podcast Club. Learn how you might create your own Podcast Club with your school or staff!
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May 25, 2021 38 min
Join us as we engage in a powerful conversation with Lindsay Trout, proud principal and former student of Terraset Elementary School! Lindsay shares so many lessons learned, including the value of servant leadership, the gifts of diversity, and the importance of unconditional love. One of her mottos in life is: We see you, we hear you, you belong here. This is one interview you don't want to miss! Subscribe to the podcast on i...
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May 11, 2021 51 min
This episode features Marly Jerome-Featherson, Social Worker at McLean High School. Marly shares the story of immigrating from Haiti to Massachusetts at the age of 11, her experiences transitioning to a new language and culture, and her journey to find her true calling of helping others. You will hear how, with her parents’ loving support, she didn’t let anyone tell her she was any less than others, and how Marly fights to remove...
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April 27, 2021 56 min
Join us as we listen to Roger Malone's story, current bus driver for FCPS and former forestry advocate and executive. Roger shares the importance of finding your passion, the power of words, and the infinite capacity to grow and achieve if we just believe in ourselves. He shares lessons learned from almost three decades of parenting and various career moves throughout his life. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you know wh...
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April 13, 2021 49 min
Join Nishi Langhorne & Kathleen Otal as we interview Tu Phillips, Educational Specialist in the Office of Equity & Cultural Responsiveness. Tu shares how she learned to “live with ambiguity” after being airlifted out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. She details her life as a refugee with her five brothers and sisters, and how she gained the ability to start again when she began a new life in third grade in...
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March 30, 2021 45 min
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains sensitive content including stories of sexual abuse. In this episode, Dr. Rejane Martinez, School-Based Technology Specialist at Fort Belvoir Upper Elementary School, shares her incredibly powerful story. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Rejane faced unimaginable challenges in her childhood and managed to rise above with the personal mantra, "I want more." Rejane shares her many experien...
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March 16, 2021 38 min
Join Nishi Langhorne & Kathleen Otal, co-hosts of Invitations to Listen, as we interview Alanna Dushok, School-Based Technology Specialist at Westlawn Elementary. Alanna shares how she learned to be her authentic self when facing her greatest challenge in life. She details how she has learned to live into her values, lean into the people around her, and take one step at a time. Alanna embraces the vulnerability of having to ...
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March 2, 2021 48 min
Join Nishi Langhorne and Kathleen Otal as we interview Dr. Jacob Kohut, Fairfax County Band Teacher, Member of the National Guard, Musician, Composer and the list goes on! Jacob shares his varied story, including childhood experiences in Michigan, periods of love and loss, and his ultimate resilience over the adversities of his life. We learn from his story that grief and loss lead to opportunity, and that it is more important than...
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February 16, 2021 30 min
Join Nishi Langhorne and Kathleen Otal, co-hosts of Invitations to Listen, as we interview Lynbrook Elementary Art School Teacher and 2020 Virginia Art Educator of the Year Libya Doman. Libya shares her experience moving from a North Philadelphia neighborhood to the suburbs in New Jersey as a child, and how she decided to combine her love of art and her love of children to become an elementary school art teacher. She details how ...
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