Kleinversations: Teaching and Learning Podcast by Klein ISD
By Klein ISD
Klein ISD’s teaching and learning podcast showcasing leaders and educators around the district who make a daily impact on others and are reflective, joyful, transparent, & apply their learning to transform the world.
In this episode, we sit down with Aaron Jordan, a current senior, to dive into his perspective of learning in a pandemic. We talk about his greatest fears, the parts of this new environment that are working, and how the implications of this pandemic are affecting student lives.
Dr. Jenny McGown, Klein ISD's Superintendent, joins us to talk about moving forward together during these historic times, practicing both optimism and realism , having empathy with our engagement and more.
Forged in Crisis: The Making of Five Courageous Leaders by Nancy F. Koehn
Peer Review Journal:
Managing teamwork in the face of pandemic: evidence-based tips by Scott Tannenbaum, Allison Traylor, Eric Thomas, & Eduardo Salas
Today's guest, Rekina Romes, is no stranger to supporting students who've experience trauma. After you listen to today's episode, you will see that most educators aren't strangers either. One in four children will experience trauma with at least one trauma happening before the age of four. Rekina dives into the complexities of trauma and how educators can extend grace in the classroom to support them. We dive into the difference of opposition and trauma, how trauma literally and biologically alters the brain, and how listening without judgement can be so powerful (and more!).
Resources for the public:
Foster Care Support and Services- CoVid 19 Resources Page
Several mini sessions to assist in understanding regulation, trauma, coping and skills for implementation for adults and children who may experience emotional regulation and/or trauma. Neurosequential Network- Series on Trauma and Coping
In this episode, we have guest Kayla Shaw, licensed counselor talk with us about navigating the processing of this pandemic, the effect it has on our lives, navigating trauma, and working through our grief as a result of our changed lives.
You can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Mental Health America
World Health Organization Healthy Parenting during COVID-19
National Alliance on Mental Illness
10 Tools to Feel Stronger
31 Ways to Improve Wellness
Benefit of Laughter
Benefit of Exercise
Benefit of Sleep
18 Mindfulness Games
Free Mindfulness Apps:
Stop. Breath. Think.
On this episode, we made a change to our usual Klein ISD staff and heard from two of our seniors from Klein High School. Grace Judice and Connor Winston talk about a district-wide initiative that will help our community, their perspective on helping others, how educators made an impact on them, and more!
Klein Serves Website
Our episode guest, counselor Meghan Blakey, talks about the world of school counseling, character education, nurturing hearts, and more. Listen to this episode to hear how to connect with others, learning the Nurtured Heart approach of resetting, and focusing on the whole child.
The Nurtured Heart Approach
Capturing Kids Hearts
In this episode, we unpack the characteristics it takes to be someone who leads from your seat. Klein ISD Superintendent, Dr. McGown, joins us and shares examples of people that have touched her life with the qualities that we should all strive to have each day in our work to serve others.
I'm excited to welcome back our repeat guest Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown as she has deep roots in the Klein community. She is a dedicated leader who has also served Klein ISD in the roles of deputy superintendent, chief learning officer, executive director, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher. She first became an educator in Uzbekistan where many of her first students were girls who had never had the opportunity to attend school, and their resilience and tenacious desire to learn captured her heart.
Dr. McGown has recently been named the 2019 Outstanding Woman in Education by the American Association of University Women-North Harris County Branch for her contributions to the field of education. Additionally, she was recognized as one of the top 40 professionals under 40 across all sectors in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal in 2017 and the Houston BizWoman Headliner in Education in 2018.
She also serves on the Google for Education North America K-12 Advisory Board, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Board, Northwest Assistance Ministries Board, Klein Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Advisory Council.
Dr. McGown completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University as a Dwight D. Eisenhower Scholar and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Sam Houston State University. She is Currently engaged in a strategic data project fellowship at Harvard University.
Outside of professional life, Dr. McGown enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and children, Joshua and Mary Claire, both Klein ISD students. She and her husband are members of Faithbridge Church, supporters of the Klein Education Foundation, and are involved in the work of Bridging for Tomorrow and Love 146.
This episode dives into questions you can ask your students to generate their thinking about their strengths to later apply to post-secondary life and celebrating students' diverse strengths in your classroom. Gordon See, advanced academics program coordinator, dives into his experience working with youth and how to draw out their gifts to better serve them.
Student Strengths List
Celebrating Students' Diverse Strengths
10 Ways to Celebrate
In this episode, guest Allie Martin (Klenk Elementary Principal) brings her knowledge about family engagement on campuses and classrooms. We talk about the four components of the dual capacity framework, specific examples she's implementing that you can use, challenges around involving families, and advice she has for our listeners. Below are the resources mentioned in the episode.
Family Engagement Expert
Dr. Mapp's Family Engagement Workshop Series
Dual Capacity-Building Framework
In this episode, we sit down with Julie Underwood, ELA Teacher, to discuss the components of a PLC "dream team". You will be surprised to learn there isn't a special magical answer and she gives the steps to achieve successful dynamics in your group today. Come along and listen as we talk about treating others respectfully, how to manage conflict in a PLC in a healthy way, and why it's important to build relationships on your team. You'll enjoy hearing about her favorites as we briefly discuss meditation and a scary book.
Check in and Check Outs for meetings
Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities
Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention
On this episode, Maria Ovalle, Family Engagement Coordinator, talks with us about culturally responsive teaching. We dive into the definition, how to start a culturally responsive mind shift, finding a crew where you can have courageous conversations, and how to have an accepting environment for your students in your classroom.
Darla Deardove publications
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
Klein ISD Family Engagement page
Raising Culturally Responsive and Responsible Children
2019 Fall Guest Schedule
Rocio Church, the 2019 Klein ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, sits down with us to talk about the power of positivity, family engagement in student learning, keeping class fun, and staying connected to your why as a teacher.
Be Real by Tara Martin
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
On this episode, our 2019 Klein ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, Tyrone Void, talks about why being cultural responsive is so integral to our teacher student relationships, how leadership forces those who lead to being more humble and pliable, how there are so many crossovers between teaching and coaching a sport, and more.
Resources from the show:
Positive University: Kerri Walsh " Greatness"
Positive University: Lane Kiffin | Getting Beyond Ego to Make a Greater Impact
Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter by Will Wise
Our episode hosted guest Kelsey Amaya, a 5th grade teacher at Kuehnle Elementary. During the conversation, she talks about giving students choice, personal learning paths through content, letting go of some teacher control, and working on a high-functioning team to maximize time.
In today's conversation, Lakita Combs, Metzler Elementary principal, joins us for a conversation centered around the Corwin Visible Learning evaluation and inquiry model. This model is based off of John Hattie's research and has the belief that every student should experience one year's growth each school year. You'll hear how her campus started making learning visible by implementing success criteria, using student voice in the buy in, how her teachers collaborate with each other to make learning meaningful, and how her students have cultivated a love of learning.
Overview of Visible Learning Model
John Hattie: 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning Webinar
Learning Intentions with Success Criteria Video with John Hattie
Learning Challenge Animation (James Nottingham)
How to Start and Sustain a Visible Learning Implementation
3 Indicators of Assessment-Capable Visible Learners
Becoming by Michelle Obama
In this episode, Antoinette Hernandez talks with us about building relationships to help students soar in class. We briefly talk about what AVID class is all about, we go into how teachers can and should incorporate relationship-building in their classes, how students can do goal setting (with self and peer editing!), and how keeping the general welfare of others will make a classroom culture be impact to students.
For more about the AVID class, visit the Avid website.
For more information about Antoinette's favorite book, visit Simon Sinek's website and purchase the book here.
Kim Sharp, digital learning specialist, is our guest for this episode and we talk about all things technology. In this conversation we talk about technology integration activities for the classroom, how to start small to keep from being overwhelmed when incorporating new digital tools in your lesson design, how to move from technology substitution to modification and redefinition, and more!
In this episode, I'm joined by Kalya Zitmann (intructional specialist) and we talk about how to create tangible personal learning paths for student academic growth, what creativity for technology usage looks like in the classroom, how the "why" of what we do is so important to the students we serve, and how using data to track progress will help our students retain the content we teach. There's so much more so come along and learn with us!
Welcome to our inaugural episode where we welcome our first guest, Dr. Jenny McGown, who is the Deputy Superintendent of Klein ISD. In this episode we talk about tangible examples of risk-taking in schools, suggestions for being innovative without forcing it and first focusing on the people, how important self-reflection is in the educational environment, and how we can teach our students to have all of these qualities to be more successful in their lives.
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