REACH Fireside Chats: The Podcast
Why is It So Difficult for Districts and Schools to Do What We Know is The Right Thing?

Why is It So Difficult for Districts and Schools to Do What We Know is The Right Thing?

March 3, 2021

This episode closes the 3-part series focused on the 7th chapter of Dr. Richard Elmore's School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. We also have the 2nd part of Dr. Monica George-Fields' and Dr. Elizabeth City's discussion. The guests include Derrick Donald and Jonathan Clayton in the Zoom room and Dr. Fidel Montero, Jason Rivers, Nicolle Haynes, and Jennifer Dickerson at the Round Table. The discussions about internal accountability and teacher supports are too good to miss

Why is It So Difficult for Districts and Schools to Do What We Know is The Right Thing?

Why is It So Difficult for Districts and Schools to Do What We Know is The Right Thing?

March 3, 2021

This episode closes the 3-part series focused on the 7th chapter of Dr. Richard Elmore's School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. We also have the 2nd part of Dr. Monica George-Fields' and Dr. Elizabeth City's discussion. The guests include Derrick Donald and Jonathan Clayton in the Zoom room and Dr. Fidel Montero, Jason Rivers, Nicolle Haynes, and Jennifer Dickerson at the Round Table. The discussions about internal accountability and teacher supports are too good to miss. 


Who is The Secretary of Education and What Does His Nomination Signal for Educators and School Reform?

Who is The Secretary of Education and What Does His Nomination Signal for Educators and School Reform?

February 25, 2021

This episode explores Dr. Richard F. Elmore’s research and findings discussed in chapter three in School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. This chapter focuses on the impact of professional development.  Elmore discusses the ways in which schools and districts can improve student achievement by creating a robust plan that addresses teacher retention, the development of struggling teachers, and creating professional norms.

Who is The Secretary of Education and What Does His Nomination Signal for Educators and School Reform?

Who is The Secretary of Education and What Does His Nomination Signal for Educators and School Reform?

February 25, 2021

This episode explores Dr. Richard F. Elmore’s research and findings discussed in chapter three in School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. This chapter focuses on the impact of professional development.  Elmore discusses the ways in which schools and districts can improve student achievement by creating a robust plan that addresses teacher retention, the development of struggling teachers, and creating professional norms.


What Should Educators Know about Their Role in Achieving School Reform?

What Should Educators Know about Their Role in Achieving School Reform?

February 17, 2021

This episode explores Dr. Richard F. Elmore’s research and findings discussed in chapter one of School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. In this chapter, Dr. Elmore discusses the issues with reform at scale. His research is based on surveys of school leaders and teachers and thousands of school visits. At the heart of the chapter are three concepts Dr. Elmore believes are necessary for any type of effective reform to occur at scale. The concepts are knowledge, skill, and capacity.

What Should Educators Know about Their Role in Achieving School Reform?

What Should Educators Know about Their Role in Achieving School Reform?

February 17, 2021

This episode explores Dr. Richard F. Elmore’s research and findings discussed in chapter one of School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. In this chapter, Dr. Elmore discusses the issues with reform at scale. His research is based on surveys of school leaders and teachers and thousands of school visits. At the heart of the chapter are three concepts Dr. Elmore believes are necessary for any type of effective reform to occur at scale. The concepts are knowledge, skill, and capacity.


Welcome Back, My Friend!

Welcome Back, My Friend!

February 10, 2021

Welcome Back, My Friend introduces our audience to the new podcast format for the REACH Fireside Chats. Episode one focuses on the concept of interagency collaboration that provides a high-level of supports to children and their families, allowing schools to focus on providing intellectually safe spaces mainly. Listeners hear the thoughts of educational leaders such as Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Dr. Karren Dunkley, Dr. Akosua Lesesne, and Bridgett Hitchings.  The host Dr. Monica George-Fields assures the audience is the benefactor of honest conversations about education today!

Welcome Back, My Friend!

Welcome Back, My Friend!

February 10, 2021

Welcome Back, My Friend introduces our audience to the new podcast format for the REACH Fireside Chats. Episode one focuses on the concept of interagency collaboration that provides a high-level of supports to children and their families, allowing schools to focus on providing intellectually safe spaces mainly. Listeners hear the thoughts of educational leaders such as Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Dr. Karren Dunkley, Dr. Akosua Lesesne, and Bridgett Hitchings.  The host Dr. Monica George-Fields assures the audience is the benefactor of honest conversations about education today!


REACH Fireside Chats: Welcome Back, My Friend!

REACH Fireside Chats: Welcome Back, My Friend!

February 7, 2021

In spring 2020, REACH Educational Solutions produced the REACH Fireside Chats for educators around the world to enjoy. To our surprise and pleasure, hundreds of educators, community support members, and parents joined our chats regularly. These chats featured educational experts such as Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Lisa Delpit, Dr. Chris Emdin, Dr. Tyrone Howard, Dr. Gary Orfield, Dr. Gilda Ochoa, Dr. John F. King, Jr., Dr. Beverly Tatum, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, and many more. When we ended the Fireside Chats for the summer, as the pandemic eased a bit, our audience inundated REACH with requests to begin offering the sessions again. Never to disappoint, we are now bringing the REACH Fireside Chats: The Podcast to our loyal audience!

Here, you will find an elevated version of the Fireside Chats. The program’s format will feature experts from the field of education, social sciences, and activists. Each podcast will feature four segments.

  • Segment 1: What Do the Experts Say? - features Dr. Monica George-Fields reviewing a chapter from a pre-selected book that educators may be interested in using with their staff.
  • Segment 2: The Experts Corner - features either an interview with the author of the book/chapter, a video of that author discussing the book/chapter, or other data sources aligned with the topic of the book/chapter.
  • Session 3: The Round Table - features a group of educators, community-based support staff, and topic-related experts. Dr. George-Fields is known for her quick wit and sarcastic humor, so expect this segment to feature fun tell-tales of current and past stories, questions, and comments that entertain the audience.
  • Segment 4: Monica Said - features Dr. Monica George-Fields providing her thoughts about a current event that may impact the world of education, student support, families, and communities.

The Podcast closes with highlights of the upcoming episodes and invitations for audience participation. Subscribe to the podcast and perhaps you will make it into the Zoom room where the show happens.


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