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Episode #15

Advocacy and the 2021 Legislative Session

In the 15th podcast episode of Intersect Ed, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Libby Cohen, and Director of Policy, Bob Popinski, break down all of the school finance uncertainty from one of Texas most unusual legislative sessions.

Episode #14

Bridging the Digital Divide: What Challenge Does Texas Face? (Part 2)

Continuing on from our last Intersect Ed podcast episode, part two focuses on Texas communities hoping to close the gap between the haves and the have nots of the internet age. Hear from a superintendent, mayor, and VP of Community Investments on the importance of bridging the digital divide.

Episode #13

Bridging the Digital Divide: What Challenge Does Texas Face? (Part 1)

In the 13th episode of Intersect Ed (part 1 of 2), we focus on the digital divide — what it is, who is affected by it, how it is affecting Texas public schools and their students, and, most importantly, how experts and lawmakers can help to close the divide.

Episode #12

The Future of Virtual and Remote Learning

Throughout the 12th episode of Intersect Ed, we highlight the voices of virtual school educators and leaders from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Texas Tech’s virtual academy. Listeners will learn about the importance of a student-centered administration, funding’s impact on strong district-virtual school partnerships, policies to ensure virtual learning is the best fit for students, and the need for rigorous training and support for students, parents, and teachers.

Episode #11

Who Vouchers Hurt — and Where School Choice Really Works

In the eleventh episode of Intersect Ed, part of our legislative agenda series, we debunk the myth that school choice does not exist in Texas public schools. Listen from education policy professors who will also highlight the negative impacts voucher programs have on students and families. You’ll also hear from experts at Raise Your Hand Texas and school leaders across the state on how public schools are stepping up to offer more school choice options for their students.

Episode #10

Teachers: Texas’ Greatest Asset

Educators are telling us it will take teachers – lots of skilled, well-trained teachers – to close the learning gaps sustained during the last year. But will those teachers be there when the districts start to hire? The pandemic didn’t create the challenges facing the teacher pipeline in Texas, but it has certainly made addressing that problem more urgent. The 10th episode of Intersect Ed, part of our legislative agenda series, examines the imperative to invest in and improve the teacher workforce in Texas.

Episode #9

The Misconceptions of the “Missing Students”

In our ninth episode of Intersect Ed, we hear directly from superintendents and educators who are working daily to ensure every student across Texas is connected to their school. Throughout the episode, listeners will learn about the lengths school districts are going to find students and what barriers they are helping students and families to navigate throughout the pandemic.

Episode #8

Education Experts Go Deep on Texas Second Annual Public Education Poll

The eighth Intersect Ed podcast episode features education experts from a variety of fields reflecting on the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Poll data and how it impacts their work. This was always the goal — that Texas across fields would use the research to inform decisions and stimulate action to improve public education for all students and families.

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.