Square Pizza

Square Pizza

The Square Pizza podcast focuses on the intersection of education, innovation, and diversity. We host and interview leaders doing incredible work around the country to ensure all students have access to an equitable education. The Square Pizza podcast is hosted by SchermCo, a social-impact implementation firm that offers strategic implementation and project management services to schools and education-focused organizations across the country.

Episodes

April 29, 2022 24 min

We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. To kick off year 3, Greg is in conversation with  Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues. He is also known as the Godfather of Smallball. He played 14 seasons in the NBA, with 10 of those being with our beloved Charlotte Hornets. One fun fact about Muggsy is that he was a wrestler in high school and how that sport influenced his basketball career.

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  • Muggsy's ...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week's episode is from a recent webinar hosted by Greg and Rachel Tutwiler Fortune from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. We recently concluded a partnership with them. The two main objectives of the partnership were helping them, and their community partners think and build out a strategy around measurable goals for diversifying the teaching force in D...

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    March 3, 2022 37 min

    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with three Charlotte Lab students, Ara Jenkins, Ahmir Lee, and Aliyah Walker, who are in 10th grade. One fun fact: they will be the first graduating class of Charlotte Lab School.

    In this episode:

  • How they chose Charlotte Lab 
  • What it's been like attending a school during covid 
  • What they enjoy about school
  • Importance of relationships...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Jason B. Allen, Owner, Educational Entities, LLC. One fun fact you will learn about Jason is his immense dedication to equity and equality in education. 

    In this episode:

  • What keeps him in this line of work 
  • Work with Profound Gentlemen 
  • Leading the first Charter Commission school for girls in ATL
  • Engagement with the school board in ...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Reyna Montoya, Founder, CEO, and Board Member, at Aliento. One fun fact you will learn about Reyna is her love for dance. Find out how dancing at a young age turned into a career at Teach For America. 

    In this episode:

  • Dating advice 
  • Why the work of Aliento is personal
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Community organizin...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Lagra Newman, Founder and Head of School at Purpose Prep in Nashville, Tennessee. Purpose Prep opened its doors to an inaugural class of 90 Kindergarteners in fall 2013. 


    In this episode:

  • Policies revolving around equitable initiatives in education 
  • Accountability requirements for Charters' 
  • Dynamics between Charter and District...
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    December 17, 2021 1 min

    To our listeners, thanks for making 2021 another great year. SchermCo wishes you the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to seeing you back next year. We have some fresh slices coming your way in January 2022. 

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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Lydia Logan, Vice President for Global Education and Workforce Development, Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. She serves as the global lead for IBM’s education and workforce development initiatives.

    In this episode:

  • Family background within education  
  • Her vision of effective philanthropy and social-impact work from the corpo...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Dr. Monique Perry-Graves, Executive Director at Teach For America NC. Congratulations, on the new role! A fun fact about Dr. Perry-Graves: she worked as a corporate speechwriter before pursuing a career in higher education.
     
    In this episode you will learn: 

  • How she got the nickname "Master of Analogies"
  • Becoming the Executi...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Dr. Daniel Velasco, Chief Operating Officer at Latinos for Education. Latinos for Education's mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leaders in the education sector. 

    Topics covered in this episode:

  • How Latinos for Education came to be
  • Why disaggregation needed across all levels to understand disparity
  • How cha...
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    We joined forces with the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA)  to bring you a session on strategic planning + implementation. You can learn more about Schermco’s unique approach to strategic planning and how it helped TECA secure a six-figure grant to expand their work across the state of Tennessee. This episode is ideal for executive leaders, funders, and other stakeholders interested in organizational growth and supp...

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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Fidel Vargas, President of the Hispanic Scholarship  Fund. One fun fact about Fidel Vargas: In 1992, at age 23, Vargas was elected mayor of Baldwin Park, California becoming the youngest elected mayor in US history.

    Topics covered in this episode:

  • Centinela Capital Partners - investing and managing nearly $1B in minority owned fun...
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    September 20, 2021 1 min

    Sending all the love to everyone that has supported SchermCo over the last 7 years.  Thank you for sticking with us. 

    More to do. More to come. 

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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Frances Messano, President of NewSchools Venture Fund. One fun fact about Frances Messano: Frances sings with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

    Topics covered in this episode:

  • Go-to karaoke song
  • Commitment to racial justice in education is rooted in her lived experience
  • NewSchools Venture Fund invested nearly $345 million in thei...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Dan Lugo, President of Queens University of Charlotte. One fun fact about Dan Lugo: “A bit obsessed with big storms."

    Topics covered in this episode:

  • First-gen college graduate
  • Colby College - $750 million fundraising campaign, largest in liberal arts history
  • Significance of being the first racial minority to serve as president ...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Dr. Stacey Gonzales of the Ed Up Edge Podcast. This slice has a unique twist as Greg is the guest on this episode. 

    Topics covered in this episode:

  • The educational system
  • Supporting stakeholders in various ways as schools return 
  • Supports needed to make sure instruction and learning continue to offer responsive options 
  • Insights abou...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with colleague, Noel Harmon,  President at Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.  

    Topics we covered in this episode:

  • The connection between the Midwest 
  • 2009 Dissertation “experiences of Black college female student-athletes at PWI’s”
  • APIA Scholars 
  • Mental health within students
  • What we can do to elevate the work of othe...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with new colleague, Mike Yates,  Senior Managing Director of Network Strategies at TFA Reinvention Lab.  One fun fact: Mike Yates sang the National Anthem at the Houston Hotshots game. 

    Topics we covered in this episode:

  • The beef between Dallas and Houston
  • 2x TEDx Speaker
  • Being more than just a teacher with personal branding 
  • Allowing stu...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with colleague, Dr. Harry Williams,  President & CEO at Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).  One fun fact: Dr. Williams was a first-generation college student, attending Appalachian State University on a track scholarship.

    Topics we covered in this episode:

  • Story of how Dr. Williams met Dewey Norwood at a Charlotte Bobcats game
  • T...
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    We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with good friend and colleague, James Ford,  Executive Director at Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED).  One interesting fact about James: While growing up in the Hip-Hop era of the 80s, James was an MC from the age of 13-29. 

    More topics we covered in this episode:

  • The most famous person from Rockford, Illinois
  • James preferre...
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