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By Anderson 5 DIS Team

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DIS Roundtable-Supporting the Three Pillars of the Instructional Vision
DIS Roundtable-Supporting the Three Pillars of the Instructional Vision
Welcome to Season 3 of the A5 iTalks podcast! To kick off the new school year and season, we wanted to talk about the district's instructional vision and how the DIS team can support you in the classroom. 
21:29
September 28, 2022
The Empowered Student
The Empowered Student
The empowered student 
36:49
May 05, 2022
DIS Roundtable: Work Smarter, Not Harder
DIS Roundtable: Work Smarter, Not Harder
The Anderson Five DIS team is an incredible team of educators dedicated to empowering, celebrating, and inspiring the learners they serve. The team collaborates with all stakeholders to provide and support high quality learning opportunities through innovative integration of instructional technology.
27:43
April 19, 2022
TeacherLife Balance
TeacherLife Balance
Danessa Barr is the principal of Varennes Elementary in Anderson School District Five. Mrs. Barr began her journey at Varennes in January 2021. She previously served as Assistant Principal at Nevitt Forest Elementary. She also taught 5th-grade and served as Instructional Facilitator during her tenure at Nevitt Forest. Mrs. Barr is married to Joseph Barr. He works for BHG as a Director of the Spartanburg Facility. His work is focused on Addiction and Recovery for almost 10 years. Together they have one son, Jaxon, and a dog, Cinnamon.
41:35
February 08, 2022
Creating Success with MTSS
Creating Success with MTSS
In this episode, listeners will hear from the Anderson District 5 experts as we take a deep dive into exploring Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Brenda Kelley, Lisa Lipscomb, and Tiffany Osborne share how MTSS helps all students reach their potential. Join us to learn why MTSS could really stand for Multi-Tiered Success Systems.​
47:32
January 07, 2022
The Story of the Innovation Learning Lab
The Story of the Innovation Learning Lab
Are you looking for opportunities to engage learners in hands-on experiences driven by your standards? Did you know each A5 school is equipped with an Innovation Learning Lab to support these opportunities? Anna Baldwin, Director of eLearning & Integration, and Dr. Paige Mitchell, Learning Engagement Coach for the SC Department of Education, share the origin story of how these tools got to your schools. Check out the resources for this episode at bit.ly/a5italks!
15:12
November 19, 2021
Full STEAM Ahead
Full STEAM Ahead
In this episode we talk to Sandy Bradshaw, Anderson School District Five District's Master STEM Teacher Leader. Sandy Bradshaw has been an educator for over 35 years. Sandy utilizes a problem-based learning approach to engage students in inquiry and real-world problem-solving. In her classroom, she facilitates learning and encourages students to collaborate and communicate to solve problems or make scientific discoveries. She is also a PLTW LAUNCH Master Teacher and now travels during the summer training others. Most recently, Sandra was named as the Project Lead the Way National LAUNCH Teacher of the Year and was also awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching. Click here to see a picture of Mrs. Bradshaw receiving the award. Sandra has led professional development sessions at the school and district level, presented at state and national conferences, and served on district and state science leadership teams.  She is also a Mickelson /Exxon Mobil Science Teacher, a PAEMST mentor, and a reviewer for Science and Children magazine. Sandra has a B. A. in elementary education, magna cum laude, and a M.Ed. in elementary education from Clemson University.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist and is also endorsed to teach gifted students.
24:58
November 12, 2021
Pass the EDUDuctTape
Pass the EDUDuctTape
Jake Miller is the #EduGIF Guy, a keynote speaker, tech integration specialist, Google for Education Trainer, Nerd, 8th-grade science teacher, and the #EduDuctTape Podcast Host. Educational technology works best when it's not the focus of the learning; it's a tool we're using. Think of it as duct tape; duct tape is the tool we use to make the thing we're using better or solve a problem. Educational technology is a tool we use to solve a problem, meet a goal, or address a standard. The focus is the content or learning goal. Podcasting became Jake's way of sharing more with educators when posting #EduGIFs/resources on Twitter wasn't enough. He wanted to go beyond how to use the tool and share the why and purpose of the tools. Now he sits with the DIS team to discuss all this and more!
42:52
October 10, 2021
BOLD Is A Choice-Part II
BOLD Is A Choice-Part II
Part II of our conversation with BOLD Consulting Group BOLD Leadership Consultants, LLC is a collaborative group of school leaders that successfully lead educational institutions aimed at ensuring students reach proficiency of academic content while learning how to (1) think critically and creatively, (2) collaborate and communicate effectively (3) adapt to challenges and complex problems. Public education requires bold leaders to design learning that is student-centered, systemic personalized learning that builds ownership of learning of all ages. BOLD Leadership Consultants offer the comprehensive capabilities and deep industry knowledge necessary to fundamentally redesign educational structures and help you solve the most complex issues of your organization.
28:28
October 10, 2021
BOLD is A Choice-Part I
BOLD is A Choice-Part I
During the challenging times of COVID education leaders around the Upstate found solace in sharing their expertise with each other to succeed. Through a variety of connections, BOLD was born. The core group of BOLD was formed with a variety of educators from multiple districts and experiences.
32:43
October 04, 2021
Live UNITED
Live UNITED
In 1946, under the leadership of Frank Brownlee and Douglas McDougald, the Community Chest of Anderson was organized to raise funds for nonprofit agencies who worked to help people in need in Anderson County. The Community Chest exceeded its goal of $45,000 in its first year, and provided these funds to seven nonprofit agencies. The Community Chest was replaced by the United Fund in the late sixties and then joined the national United Way movement in the mid-seventies. In 2003, Foothills United Way changed its name to the United Way of Anderson County, to better reflect the area in which it serves. This year the United Way of Anderson County is celebrating 75 years of service to the Anderson community. Superintendent Tom Wilson speaks highly of the United Way saying, “For any school district or city to thrive, it needs a strong backbone made up of dedicated volunteers and civic-oriented leaders, and that is exactly what the United Way of Anderson County provides for our community.” -- Carol Burdette has been the Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Anderson County since 2002 after serving as a volunteer with the organization for 13 years. Mrs. Burdette is a native of Pendleton who has lived in Anderson County her entire life, attending Anderson County public schools and receiving a bachelor’s of arts degree from Southern Wesleyan University in 1982.  She has been involved with community organizations as a volunteer or staff member for 32 years.  For 22 of those 31 years, Carol served in elected office in the Town of Pendleton as a council member from 1987 – 1997 and mayor from 1997 – 2009. Burdette has been honored with the Pointing The Way Award, the Athena award, the Leadership Anderson Alumni Award, presidential citation from her alma mater Southern Wesleyan University, 2014 Economic Development Ambassador for Anderson County by Governor Nikki Haley and was named as one of the 15 over 50 by the Independent Mail and named Non-Profit Director of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.  Most recently Burdette has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Upstate by the GSA Business Report
39:27
September 10, 2021
Welcome Back to Season 2
Welcome Back to Season 2
Hear from Superintendent Tom Wilson as he welcomes us back to another great school year.
08:20
August 27, 2021
Avoiding Your Summer Slide
Avoiding Your Summer Slide
Welcome to the last episode of Season 1 iTalks Podcast. Today Melissa Looney, Danae Acker, and Paige Mitchell discuss avoiding the educator summer slide. It's about leaving all of the education "work" in the classroom and using time this summer to explore your passions by digging into your why for education.
31:21
June 15, 2021
DISconnectED
DISconnectED
When we meet as a team on Fridays, we have roundtable discussions resulting from teachers’ questions throughout the week. Many ideas and initiatives have evolved from these talks. We now invite you into the conversation. In an effort to support the learners we serve and help you connect better with us, we have aptly named this episode style DIS-connectED. In this episode, we will be answering questions submitted by our A5 teachers.
24:02
April 15, 2021
Personalized Learning Minisode
Personalized Learning Minisode
Ashley Pursley and Danae Acker welcome back David Kelly to share his journey with personalized learning.  You'll remember David Kelly from our previous iTalks Episode called The Empowered Educator. He shared his experience as an innovative learning coordinator in Berkeley County School District. In this episode, we will take a dive into his experience with personalized learning. Visit our site page for episode show notes and resources!
13:31
March 23, 2021
Personalized Learning
Personalized Learning
Did you know the SC Department of Education has an office for Personalized Learning? Are you familiar with personalized learning? This team of educators work to make the Profile of the SC Graduate actionable through the Personalized Learning Framework. For episode 7, the DIS Team was fortunate enough to have Dr. Sarah Catto, the Upstate’s learning coach from the Office of Personalized Learning in the South Carolina Department of Education, to answer our questions about personalized learning. Visit our site page for episode show notes and resources!
35:34
March 04, 2021
Cultivating Wellness-Love Yourself
Cultivating Wellness-Love Yourself
In this episode the DIS team talks about self care; what that looks like and some things you can do for self care. Danae Acker and Adam Cobb interview Dr. John Neel of Town Square Chiropractic on the strategies we can use to practice better self care.  Visit our site page for episode show notes and resources!
30:24
February 18, 2021
DISconnectED-Rock Your School
DISconnectED-Rock Your School
Live without fear. Take those chances. Don't be too afraid to step outside the box if you see it's what's best for your students. Visit our site page for episode show notes and resources!
36:37
February 05, 2021
The Empowered Educator
The Empowered Educator
In episode four, we paid a visit to Berkeley County School District and met up with David Kelly, who was an Innovative Learning Coordinator at the time. We discussed his own empowerment and learned ways he empowers others.
22:48
January 26, 2021
This is Why We Do It
This is Why We Do It
In episode three, we sat down with Leonard Galloway, principal of Glenview Middle School in Anderson District 5, to tackle topics such as leadership, relationship building, the power of defining your WHY.
29:24
December 18, 2020
Navigating Uncharted Waters Mini Episode
Navigating Uncharted Waters Mini Episode
We know that using these technology tools and having the freedom/confidence to try it and fail forward takes support not only from the DIS team but also from school leadership. Administrators have had to rethink how to offer professional development in this new environment. Here's an example from Tiffany Osborne, Associate Principal from Glenview Middle,  of how the Glenview Leadership team changed the PD plan.
07:40
December 18, 2020
Navigating Uncharted Waters
Navigating Uncharted Waters
Change can be scary, but as George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset says, “When we embrace new opportunities, even when they seem like obstacles, we can create something much better than what currently exists. It can seem easier to stay with a ‘known bad’ than take a chance on the possibility of a ‘great’ new opportunity. Fear can make us reluctant, but it doesn’t have to defeat us”.  This is our opportunity to make positive changes in education, but what does that mean and what does that look like?  Join us in the conversation as we discuss Navigating Uncharted Waters.
31:49
December 07, 2020
DISconnectED
DISconnectED
When we meet as a team on Fridays, we have roundtable discussions resulting from teachers’ questions throughout the week. Many ideas and initiatives have evolved from these talks.  We now invite you into the conversation. In an effort to support the learners we serve and help you connect better with us, we have aptly named this episode style DISconnectED. Today we will be answering questions submitted by our A5 teachers. For show notes and additional resources visit the A5 Digital Toolkit Site.
30:16
November 12, 2020