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Inside CCS

By Columbus City Schools
The Inside Columbus City Schools Podcast is your exclusive look behind the scenes of Ohio's largest school district. We celebrate the stories of our staff, students, and community partners. Their efforts inspire - and make #OurCCS stand out every day.
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Yearly Recap

Inside CCS

Yearly Recap
The 2021-2022 school year has come to an end, as well as the first season of the Inside CCS podcast. Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon as they look back and discuss their favorite moments from this year. Also get a sneak peak of what's to come for season 2! 
June 17, 2022
Summer Experience
The school year is officially over and summer is finally here! Check in on what Columbus City Schools has in store for this upcoming summer and what to expect as we gear up for next school year.  
June 10, 2022
School Leadership
Behind every school is a great school leader. Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon as they discuss with local Columbus City School principals on the ups and downs of this 2021-2022 school year and how they overcame every obstacle.  
June 03, 2022
Meet the Independence High School Student Who Received the Prestigious Gates Scholarship
Independence graduating senior, Maedison-Louise Hughes talks about her plans for the future with Inside CCS Hosts, Superintendent, Dr. Talisa Dixon and multimedia journalist, Tyler Carter
May 20, 2022
Developmental Delay Diagnosis does not stop Fort Hayes HS student from graduating
From being told at birth that he would never be able to walk or talk, to watching her son become a high school graduate. Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon as they are joined by Debra Johnson, mother of Zuri Johnson, as they discuss the incredible journey of her son's challenging life. Born only weighing 14 oz, and was 4 ½ months premature, Johnson is set to receive his high school diploma this upcoming spring at Fort Hayes Arts & Academics HS. This is an inspiring episode that you do not want to miss!
May 13, 2022
Senior Fest 2022
Graduation is near and Columbus City Schools is ready to send our seniors off into the next chapter of their life! Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon as they discuss with Scott Varner (Executive Director of Family and Student Engagement) about the upcoming "Senior Fest" event being held by Columbus City Schools for the class of 2022. Joining as well is Briggs Senior Jimmy Foster to discuss his journey to graduation and what he has planned next in his life.  
May 06, 2022
Columbus Promise Update
Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon as they chat with our high school seniors about their journey into college and how The Columbus Promise helped pave the way to their already early success. Listen in on this important conversation and learn how The Columbus Promise is helping our young students and leaders reach their dreams. 
April 29, 2022
Instructional Coaching
Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Talisa Dixon on another episode of Inside CCS, as we learn about the Instructional Coaching Model. Sit back and relax as we learn how our teachers help other teachers in the Columbus City Schools district, so they can become the best educators for our students!  
April 15, 2022
Hilltonia Middle School - Talking with the Hawks
Join Dr. Dixon in a new role as she becomes a guest with Hilltonia Middle School's new student-led podcast! Timothy Walsh, the host and creator of this podcast is a student leading the way. The two discuss social-emotional learning, challenges facing the district, and hopes for the future!
April 08, 2022
Women's History Month Forum
Tyler Carter joins Dr. Talisa Dixon, Jennifer Adair, LaShanna Potts, Elizabeth Brown, and Charleta Taveres for Inside CCS's first ever broadcasted episode. Recorded at Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls, watch and listen in as this panel of successful women talk about their own personal journeys on how they got to where they are today.
March 31, 2022
Easthaven's Girls Rock
Join Tyler Carter and Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon as they take their first ever podcast on the road and visit Easthaven Elementary School, the home of “Girl’s Rock.” An initiative run by Easthaven’s Tierra Jackson, which helps young women learn the importance of being a woman. Listen in on this special Women’s History Month show to learn how Ms. Jackson educates her young women students on how to be a leader, boost their self-confidence, and so much more!
March 25, 2022
Black Girls SOAR
Join Tyler Carter as she sits down and talks to Priscilla Tyson, Bryn Wing, Sesily Wanjema, and Nicole Harper about Black Girls Soar. With the theme "Crowned to Succeed," created as a direct response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Black Girls SOAR provides a “safe space” and digital convening for African-American girls, ages 11 – 22 years. This organization is designed to provide important life skills and tangible best practices in the areas of leadership, professional development, financial literacy, self-care, self-love, and more. Black Girls Soar is outlined to set our girls up for success.
March 17, 2022
Female Wrestling
“I've never felt more empowered than when I'm wrestling, and I don't know where I'd be without it, because it's such an important part of my life." What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than with the news that OSSHA has sanctioned girls wrestling! We talk all things wrestling and achieving the impossible with two student athletes - Katya from South and Maddie from Whetstone.
March 10, 2022
Graduate Highlights - Aaliyah Reed
Dr. Dixon and Board Of Education President Jennifer Adair sit down with Aaliyah Reed, a 2020 Marion-Franklin High School graduate who is making history as the youngest African-American female to be accepted into the 114th Columbus Division of Fire (CDF) Recruitment Class. She discusses her time in Columbus City Schools as well as the adversity she overcame.
March 03, 2022
Student Voice - Mental Health and Mindfulness
Guest host Christian Ross sits down with Dr. Danita Thornton, supervisor of school psychologists at Columbus City Schools, and two CCS students. We discuss the importance of having healthy conversations about mental health, as well as what resources are available for our students.
February 24, 2022
Sports and the Columbus City League
What do winter sports look like with the pandemic? How do our athletes compete and succeed?
February 17, 2022
Student Voice - 6th Annual Teen Summit
Join us as we sit down with 3 CCS Student ambassadors, Carl (Linden McKinley/Columbus Downtown), Kaidyn (Eastmoor), Hafsa (Northland), as well as the Supervisor of Student Leadership and Engagement Mia Prewitt. The students share their thoughts on the recent virtual student summit they attended - addressing topics such as violence, and the necessity of therapy for both adults and youth.
February 10, 2022
Touching Base - Winter 2022
Join us as we check in with Dr. Dixon to see what's been happening around the district! From school visits, to Winter Graduation and Pathway Express at COSI, there's always something new to discover with CCS.
February 03, 2022
Power of Partnership: 2021 Convocation Recap
It takes a village to raise a child, and our community partners make it all possible! Scott Varner, Executive Director of Family Engagement and Dr. Dixon share CCS' 5 year strategic plan, and outline how our partners not only fit into it - but define it.
January 27, 2022
Power of Partnership: City Year
One of our greatest assets are our partners. Today, we're highlighting City Year Columbus, who works with our students both in and out of the classroom to prepare them for success. Join us as we talk with Adero Robinson, Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Columbus.
January 20, 2022
Back in the Classroom: Accelerated Learning
What does accelerated learning look like in a pandemic - especially when opportunities flip from in-person, to hybrid, to virtual? We sit down with Leslie Kelly, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning - and Kenton Lee, Executive Director of Accelerated Learning, to discuss district initiatives and special learning programs. 
January 14, 2022
School Choice
Are you interested in being a part of the Columbus City Schools family? Or want more information on what school will be a best fit for your child? January 13th marks the being of the CCS School Choice Fair for Middle and High School students. Followed by the Elementary School Choice Fair on February 3rd. Tonya Freeman, Director of Central Enrollment joins "Our Inside CCS: Podcast" to discuss the 2022-2023 School Choice Fair and what all families need to know when deciding where your child attends school to learn and grow.
January 13, 2022
Back in the Classroom: Student Perspective
Carl - a senior from Columbus Downtown HS, and Meia - a junior from Eastmoor Academy, share their experiences with Dr. Dixon. From learning in a pandemic to their hopes for the future, our students have proven their ability to overcome great challenges.
January 06, 2022
Back in the Classroom: Curriculum
We catch up with Kyra Schloenbach, Chief Curriculum and Instruction Officer, to discuss learning initiatives in a pandemic.
December 16, 2021
Columbus Promise
Earlier this month, a new initiative aimed at Columbus City Schools seniors and soon-to-be graduates was unveiled. The new program, the Columbus Promise, will provide free tuition for CCS seniors to attend Columbus State and continue their education after high school. Join Tyler Carter and Dr. Dixon as they sit down with Kofoworola Sholesi, the student speaker from the event. Kofo delivered a powerful message, and plans to stay in Columbus to study radiology.
December 09, 2021
Health Resources
CCS' own Courtney Hale explains the benefits and resources available to help keep us healthy and well - both physically and mentally!
December 02, 2021
Wellness Week
Dr. Sara Bode joins our show to talk about her new position as CCS' Medical Consultant, Wellness Week, and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for our youngest learners between the ages of 5-11. 
November 18, 2021
Join host Tyler Carter as she welcomes co-host Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent/CEO of Columbus City Schools. We'll learn about Dr. Dixon's history and how she's leading Ohio's largest district through the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 11, 2021