JFYNetWorks Podcast

JFYNetWorks Podcast

Podcasts from JFYNetWorks JFYNetWorks addresses today’s college readiness pursuit by providing focused blended learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools. Listen to our podcasts to learn more.


May 23, 2024 28 mins

Dramatic Academic Progress at East Boston High School

MAY 2024 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features a preview of a collaborative presentation to take place at the MassCue Convention on May 31st and June 1st at Polar Park in Worcester. Audrey Schindler, East Boston High School’s Director of ELA and Humanities and Dean of Students, will partner with JFYNetWorks for a presentation on East Boston High’s dramatic academic progress ...

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‘A New Chapter’ Brockton High School Principal Has Faith

Kevin McCaskill, ‘I know that we can achieve at high levels’

APRIL 2024 PODCAST -- This podcast features newly appointed Brockton High School principal Kevin McCaskill, who began his tenure in Brockton at the start of 2024. Described as “…a new chapter for our entire community” by Mayor Robert Sullivan, McCaskill discusses how Brockton High School was once a beacon of edu...

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JFY Deputy Director, ‘Education Equity, Still a Struggle’

FEBRUARY 2024 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features JFY’s Deputy Director Paula Paris, who has been with JFY since 1995. She has contributed to the growth and diversification of the organization first as Director of Development and then as Deputy Director. Paula shares her personal history beginning as a bus safety monitor during the desegregation of the Boston Public ...

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Lew Finfer, Quiet Leader, Thundering Results

NOVEMBER 2023 PODCAST -- JFY’s podcast this month features Lew Finfer, a Boston community organizer since 1970. In an article published last year in the Boston Globe, Lew was described as “a quiet leader who spent the past four decades orchestrating some of Boston’s biggest campaigns for social and economic justice.”


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Boston’s Historical Civic and Social Landscape: A Personal Account

SEPTEMBER 2023 PODCAST -- This month, JFYNetWorks will take the opportunity to expand on some of the history that Hubie Jones shared with our listeners when he was a guest for three JFYNet podcasts last year. [Podcast 1, Podcast 2, Podcast 3] Recently, PBS, in conjunction with local affiliate GBH, debuted the documentary “The Busing Battleground: THE DECADES-LONG ...

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David P. Driscoll, former Education Commissioner, responds to: MCAS Chatter, ‘déjà vu’ all over again’

AUGUST 2023 PODCAST -- Our podcast this month features part two of our conversation with former Commissioner of Education David Driscoll. His 49-year career in public education leadership includes being appointed deputy commissioner in 1993, interim commissioner in 1998, and commissioner in 1999. Dr. Driscoll currently serves on ...

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David P. Driscoll, former Education Commissioner, responds to: ‘Is it time to reconsider the Education Reform Act?’

JULY 2023 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features David P. Driscoll, who served as the 22nd commissioner of education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1998 to 2007. In his 49-year career in public education, Dr. Driscoll was a math teacher, an assistant superintendent, a superintendent, deputy commissioner,...

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'SCI-FI to AI' Fiction to Fact. A discussion with Mike Mino, Education Development in Technology Professional.

JUNE 2023 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features Michael Mino, founder of MM Development Services, a provider of innovative education development services to schools and classrooms. With his over 25 years of experience working at all levels of education, he has a strong track record of innovation, transforming tradition...

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What’s the AI impact on education, work, and society in general? A discussion with JFY

APRIL 2023 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features Dr. Michael Marrapodi, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Cambridge College Global at Cambridge College, in a recent conversation with JFY’s Executive Director Gary Kaplan, discussing the latest developments in artificial intelligence and how they may impact education, work, and society in general.

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    Is ChatGPT a Threat in the Classroom, Or a Tool to Embrace?

    MARCH 2023 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features Michael B. Horn, a writer, and speaker who advocates for the transformation of education through innovation to improve the learning and the lives of all students. In this podcast, Michael and JFYNetWorks executive director Gary Kaplan discuss how ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in general will impact not only ou...

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    Rejecting society's norm, Rita Smith became a nationally recognized and celebrated Educator

    FEBRUARY 2023 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features Professor Rita Smith, a lifelong educator and the 1985 recipient of Time Magazine’s Teacher of the Year Award. Professor Smith’s career as an educator spans 44 years, beginning as a high school teacher and then spending nearly two decades as the chair of the Secondary Education Depart...

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    Missing voices in the classroom… Does not make good sense

    DECEMBER 2022 PODCAST -- In this month’s podcast, JFYNetWorks Executive Director Gary Kaplan continues our conversation with Hubie Jones. A recent recipient of the Norman B. Leventhal Award from the organization A Better City, he continues to impact the civil and social landscape. This month, he shares his many ideas about how to ensure Boston is viewed as a world class ci...

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    Bucking the downward trend

    OCTOBER 2022 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast celebrates the MCAS results of two JFYNetWorks Partner schools: East Boston High School, an open enrollment Boston Public School, and Northeast Metro Tech, located in Wakefield and serving students from 11 surrounding communities. We feature JFY’s own Cathie Maglio and Joan Reissman as they discuss how both schools posted substantial gains in ELA and in math c...

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    A leader in the formation of countless community organizations

    SEPTEMBER 2022 PODCAST -- This month, JFY continues our conversation with Hubie Jones. Hubie has not only witnessed Boston history for 67 years-- he has also shaped and defined the civic and social landscape. He has been a leader in the formation of at least thirty community organizations in neighborhoods across the city, most recently Higher Ground and the Boston Chil...

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    JFY Highlight podcast part 2 – Boston History, a focus on education, civil rights, and social services

    AUGUST 2022 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast is the second installment of highlights from the past year, focusing on Boston history. Today you’ll hear excerpts from our conversations with civil rights leader Hubie Jones and his re-creation of a citywide daylong strike in Boston; Higher Ground Executive Director Mossik Hacobian and...

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    Students at Needham High School, Dr. John Brown, Michael Horn, Isa Zimmerman, and Ed Lambert

    JULY 2022 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features highlights from our podcasts during the past year, focusing on educational topics. Today you’ll hear excerpts from our conversations with Bayley, Jason, and Jack (students at Needham High School), Dr. John Brown, Michael Horn, Isa Zimmerman, and Ed Lambert as they discuss returning to the...

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    JFY Chats with Ed Lambert to chat about the status, challenges of our educational system.

    JUNE 2022 PODCAST -- One might assume that Ed Lambert, the executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, was a career-long dweller of the business world. But that assumption would be far from the truth. In fact, Ed’s career has traced a long trajectory of public service and education, giving him deep insight into th...

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    Taking an active role in history making events.

    MAY 2022 PODCAST -- It’s hard to believe one man has had such an influence on Boston’s civic and social landscape. A leader of reform in Boston politics and civic leadership since his arrival from New York in 1955, Hubie Jones has been involved in the creation of more than 30 community organizations, spearheaded the laws that guarantee educational rights for English language learners ...

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    The link between history, literature and our world view.

    APRIL 2022 PODCAST -- Do the winners really get to write history? Quincy College Professor Steve Dooner does not think so and explains why on the April edition of the JFYNetWorks Podcast, which features the link between history, literature and our world view. Professor Dooner recently directed and appeared in a performance of the play The Audience by Peter Morgan, which was t...

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    Sharing the early challenges of bringing technology to schools, and envisioning its future there

    MARCH 2022 PODCAST -- This month’s podcast features Isa Zimmerman, the principal of IKZ Advisors, LLC, where she serves as a resource for people in MA, and around the world, who are interested in STEM education. She served two terms on Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council and is the co-editor and contributor to two books publi...

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