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.... Show More

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February 11, 2021 34 min

We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod focused on district-charter collaboration. This episode features two school leaders, Jamie Sumter from Movement Charter School - Freedom & Brenda Alston-Hasan from Ashley Park Prek-8 as they share their experience working across district-charter lines to support families and students. This episode also covers:

  • Brenda's hidden dance talents
  • Truth's about chart...
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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza podcast. We're excited to bring you this interview featuring Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduation Center. 

    Keep listening on to hear:

    - the connection between Angelique and Dewey Norwood (episode #54)
    - the $20M donation given by Makenzie Scott
    - Angelique's team made 1,400 calls to check on their students

    This episode also dives deep into the history of American...

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza podcast. In the first episode of 2021, Mia Howard of The Opportunity Trust joins Greg in conversation. Mia will share more about The Opportunity Trust later in the episode, an organization that is working to ensure that every child in St. Louis is prepared to lead a life of choice and dignity.

    Keep listening on to hear Mia and Greg discuss:

    - Mia's new podcast, The Pop Junction, that's focused...

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza Podcast. This week, Greg is in conversation with Taylor Toynes, the Founder and Executive Director of For Oak Cliff. For Oak Cliff is an organization out of Dallas, TX serving the Oak Cliff neighborhood. What started as back to school festival distributing school supplies has turned into an independent organization focused on liberating Oak Cliff from systemic oppression through education, community...

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza Podcast!

    Today Greg is in conversation with Krystal Allen, of K. Allen Consulting, a global education & management consulting firm that supports schools, nonprofits, and businesses through professional development, thought leadership, and philanthropy

    Krystal shares about:

    - her educational experience attending a boarding school in high school in Alabama

    - and how her career has lead her to establis...

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza Podcast! In this episode Greg is chatting with Dewey Norwood, one of his mentors, and SVP, Higher Education Relationship Manager, Talent Acquisition Strategy, & Targeted Programs, Wells Fargo

    Don't worry they'll get into what that extra-long title means and what his job consists of day-to-day.

    Beyond dissecting Dewey's role at Wells Fargo, Greg and Dewey discuss:

    - Sports! NBA, MLB, col...

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza podcast. This week, Greg got to connect with Barry White Jr. a passionate educator located in Charlotte, NC but also known around the world as The Handshake Teacher because of a viral video. We at SchermCo had the pleasure of working with Barry while he was a fifth-grade teacher at Ashley Park. He's now the Dean of Students at University Park Creative Arts School and today he shares with us:

    - Wh...

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    Ending our 6-part series by sending a sincere thank you. 

    More to do. More to come.  

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    Thanks for checking out the Square Pizza Pod. 

    This is the fifth of six episodes in our special series as we celebrate 6 years of SchermCo. In this episode, we discuss our lessons learned as well as our vision for the next 6 years and beyond. 

    What do you think the future holds for education? Leave us a comment - we'd love to hear from you. 

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    Thanks for checking out the Square Pizza Pod. 

    This is the fourth of six episodes in our special series as we celebrate 6 years of SchermCo. In this episode, we discuss our own highlights from the past 6 years as we've worked across 16 states and supported 40+ game-changing organizations.  

    Let us know what you think about the episode. 

    Support the show (http://Scherm.co)

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    Welcome back to the Square Pizza Podcast. Today we're talking to Sharif El-Mekki, Founder and CEO of The Center for Black Educator Development.

    In this episode, Sharif shares about:

  • How is upbringing shaped him (spoiler his parents were both members of the Black Panther Party)
  • The origin story of The 8 Black Hands podcast, a podcast he cohosts
  • His work at The Center for Black Educator Development
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    Thanks for checking out the Square Pizza Pod. 

    This is the third of six episodes in our special series as we celebrate 6 years of SchermCo. In this episode, we go into the specifics of the Square Pizza Pod, why we started it, and how we plan to use it moving forward.  Hope this gives you more insight about us. 

    Let us know what you think about the episode. 

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    Thanks for checking out the Square Pizza Pod. 

    This is the second of six episodes in our special series as we celebrate 6 years of SchermCo. We go into the specifics of naming the organization and perhaps some funny insight on the pros/cons of naming a business. Hope this gives you more insight about us. 

    Let us know what you think about the episode. 

    Support the show (http://Scherm.co)

    Support the show (http://Scherm.co)

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    Thanks for checking out the Square Pizza Pod. 

    This is the first of six episodes in our special series as we celebrate 6 years of SchermCo. We go into the specifics of how and why SchermCo was founded. 

    Let us know what you think about the episode. 

    Support the show (http://Scherm.co)

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    Hi all, welcome back to the Square Pizza Podcast. Today we're actually doing a little throwback to a panel Greg hosted at EmpowerCon, a conference hosted a year ago in Charlotte. Greg moderated a discussion on The Future of Education and today you'll hear the recording of that discussion, featuring the voices of:

    Kristy Thomas, Community Relations Senior Consultant at Wells Fargo

    James Ford, Executive Director of the Center f...

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    Sharing thoughts on the top two candidates for NC's Superintendent of Public Instruction. Be sure to vote on November 3rd. 
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    Shout out to EdNC and the News & Observer for their coverage of these candidates. Additional links below. 
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    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article245891385.html
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    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/voter-guide/

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    Hey, Everyone, 

    Thanks for checking out another episode of the #squarepizzapod.

    Discussing the plans for a return to in-person learning for schools across the country and best practices for equity within organizations. 

    Thanks for checking out the video. Let us know what you think.

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    September 15, 2020 27 min

    Welcome back to the Square Pizza pod! Today's interview is with Shani Dowell, the founder of Possip, a platform that helps make school decision-makers jobs easier by gathering feedback from families, parents, and teachers. 

    In this episode we cover:

    - the founding process and inspiration behind Possip 

    - the power of Possip's platform 

    - Shani's connection to both Beyonce & Jay-Z

    About Shani:
    Possip's Founder & C...

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    Sharing thoughts about the first week of school in North Carolina and the importance of discussing race and equity for the future public education.

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