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Episode #7

Pre-K: The Essential Pandemic Response

Our latest Intersect Ed podcast episode, part of our legislative agenda series, explores why pre-K is more powerful than ever — for all the research-based reasons we’ve touted for more than a decade, combined with the urgency of closing pandemic learning gaps and supporting the state’s economic recovery.

Episode #6

Why We Need the State to Ho-Ho-Hold Schools Harmless This December

This episode explains what the “hold harmless” does, why it won’t break the budget, and how schools are worried, for lack of a better description, that they might find nothing but coal in their stocking this year if the state doesn’t act.

Episode #5

The COVID-19 Crunch

In our fifth episode of Intersect Ed, we want to give you a landscape view of what school budgets look like for the upcoming school year and how the economic recession may impact school districts in the 2021 Texas Legislative session.

Episode #4

Leaning on Connection to Lead through Crisis

In our fourth episode of Intersect Ed, we’re giving you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall for two fascinating group conversations as school leaders from across the state planned, prepared, and reimagined school for the 2020-21 school year.

Episode #3

Missed Milestones: Graduating High School During a Pandemic

In the third episode of Intersect Ed, hear from several members of the Class of 2020 in Houston about how school closures and emergency remote learning impacted their final semester of high school. School leaders and educators will also share the ways they tried to help these seniors navigate their final days of high school in the midst of a global pandemic.

Episode #2

Beyond the Classroom: How Teachers Are Coping and Connecting in the Age of COVID

In the second episode of Intersect Ed, hear from five teachers from across Texas. They share the challenges and successes they had dealing with a lack of access to reliable internet and technology, building an engaging virtual classroom, navigating student engagement through a crisis, and finding ways to meaningfully connect with parents and families.

Episode #1

Navigating a Pandemic: What’s on Teachers’ Minds

This episode of Intersect Ed focuses on one key question: How has this pandemic been affecting teachers’ mental health? Teachers have struggled to find a balance between their work and home life. They worry about their students and families. They ask themselves: Where are they? Why aren’t they responding? What are the scenes in every home? In a profession where their work is driven by their connection to students, this episode digs deeply into what it has meant for teachers to try and connect meaningfully with students virtually.