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Makin’ It Personal: A #PersonalizeSC Podcast

Makin’ It Personal: A #PersonalizeSC Podcast

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The “Makin’ It Personal Podcast seeks to inspire educators to engage in the work of personalized, competency-based learning for the benefit of all students! In each episode, we leverage stories from the field to move the work of personalized learning forward in the state of South Carolina! Join us as we chat with teachers and educational leaders across the state, provide support and inspiration for getting started, and challenge the educational status quo in South Carolina through learner-centered practices!

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Ep. 21 - Scaling and Spreading Equitable Practices Through the PSCG Competencies (Part 5)
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with River Bluff High School teacher Apryl Henry and Instructional Coach Britt Collins about their individual and collective journey towards infusing the PSCG Competencies into classroom practices. Get inspired by Apryl's approach to getting students to self-assess and demonstrate evidence of learning through competency rubrics and her methods for scaling and spreading this work across various organizations.  Connect with Apryl (ahenry@lexington1.net) and Britt (bcollins@lexington1.net) via email! Check out examples of Apryl's competency rubrics here and here! Register today for the SCPIVOT Virtual Conference happening on June 15, 2021!  Learn more about the SC Competencies here and check out our self-paced PD offerings here to start your learning! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
33:03
June 1, 2021
Ep. 20 - Skill Building & Goals Setting with Competencies: A Convo with Becky Funderburk (Part 4)
There are so many awesome and authentic ways to get started with the PSCG Competencies! In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Becky Funderburk, Instructional Coach at Saluda Trail STEAM Middle School in Rock Hill, SC about their school's journey towards infusing the PSCG Competencies into their work with students through the use of Learner Profiles. Hear more about 6th grade's focus on skill building, 8th grade's focus on academic goal setting, and the "Commit To It" initiative created to give teachers re-entry points to try new things with the Competencies before the school year ends! Connect with Becky Funderburk on Twitter (@BeckyFunderburk) Check out the 6th grade & 8th grade Competency Infused Learner Profile templates. Check out these teacher guides to using learner profiles or using student goal setting notebooks with competencies in mind. Learn more about the SC Competencies here and check out our self-paced PD offerings here to start your learning! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
27:30
May 3, 2021
Ep. 19 - Building Graduates Through the PSCG Competencies: A Convo with Dr. Era Roberts (Part 3)
One competency, one skill, one month...what's the best that can happen? In this episode, host Keri Fersner sits down with Dr. Era Roberts, Assistant Principal for Instruction at Batesburg-Leesville High School in Lexington 3 and chats about how she introduced her teachers to the PSCG Competencies through the use of one-point rubrics. Learn more about her passion for student centered learning and her approaches to meeting teachers where they are with this work! Connect with Era Roberts (eroberts@lex3.org). Check out the KnowledgeWorks article and one point rubric example Era referenced here. Learn more about the SC Competencies here and review the full Learning Independently Competency Continua here. Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings here and start learning at your own pace! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
27:20
April 1, 2021
Ep. 18 - Growth Over Grades: How One High School is Using the PSCG Competencies (Part 2)
How can you actually begin using the PSCG Competencies? What are the possibilities? In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with River Bluff High math teachers Andrea Moore and Jennifer Gibbons on their honest first impressions of the PSCG Competencies and how they've started using this resource with students in their contexts! Tune in to hear more about their journey and tips for using the Competencies to help students own their learning! Connect with Andrea (ammoore@lexington1.net) & Jennifer (jgibbons@lexington1.net). Check out Andrea's awesome PSCG Competency resources for conferring, end of year reflection, and progress monitoring! Preview Jennifer's formative reflection form and an overview of how she uses the Competencies to help math students track their learning (Also, check out her Teacher Talk on the PersonalizeSC Community to get a closer look!) Learn more about the SC Competencies & preview the full Learning Independently Competency Continua here. Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings here and start learning at your own pace! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
26:30
April 1, 2021
Ep. 17 - More Than A Poster: A Candid Convo on the Profile of the SC Graduate Competencies (Part 1)
What's a competency? Are they really relevant for the current times in SC education? Wait...South Carolina actually has competencies? Join host Keri Fersner in a candid conversation with fellow OPL Coach Kristen Logan and Sydney Schaef, Managing Director of reDesign on the Profile of the SC Graduate Competencies. In this episode, learn more about the SC Competencies, how they were created, entry level ways to use them, and why they are an important part of meeting EVERY child where they are and providing opportunity for true growth and learning! Learn more about the SC Competencies here. Preview the full Sustaining Wellness Competency Continua here. Check out the CASEL + SC Competencies Crosswalk here. Connect with Sydney (sydney@redesignu.org) & Kristen (@keefs727) Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here and start learning at your own pace! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
39:05
March 1, 2021
Ep. 16 - Teacher Chats: A Conversation with Britteny Drakeford
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Britteny Drakeford, 8th grade ELA teacher at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill, SC. Hear about how she infuses student centered learning in her classroom and guides her students towards becoming self-regulated learners through the use of Workshop Model, goal setting, conferencing, eNotebooks and more! Connect with Britteny on Twitter (@Ms_Bldrakeford) Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here and start learning at your own pace! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
28:53
February 1, 2021
Ep. 15 - Starting the New Year with Hope: A Conversation with Robin & Brenda
Happy New Year to you! Let's jump into this new year with HOPE in focus! Join host Keri Fersner as she chats with Robin Kanaan & Brenda Neel of KnowledgeWorks regarding the cultivation of hope within ourselves, our classrooms, and our culture of education. Start your year off with this inspiring episode! Connect with our guests via email: KanaanR@knowledgeworks.org & bneel1951@hotmail.com Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
41:43
January 4, 2021
Ep. 14 - Teacher Chats: A Conversation with Suzanne Rogers
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with teacher Suzanne Rogers from Oconee Academy, an alternative education program in Walhalla, SC. Hear about her student centered learning journey, the importance of educator community, and how she keeps the joys of teaching alive at a time like this! Connect with our guest below via email: srogers@sdoc.org  Check out the student journal page & her students' podcast, "Those Kids" here! Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
33:45
December 1, 2020
Ep. 13 - But, What Does It Look Like?: Conversations with Riverside Elementary
Ever ask yourself, "What does personalized learning actually look like in practice?" In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Anna, Megan, Macey, Kayla, and Jill, teachers from Riverside Elementary in Horry County, SC. Hear their take on building classroom culture, learning pathways, goal setting, mastery learning, and other student centered practices happening in their 2nd - 5th grade classrooms. If you're in need of some inspiration in the work, this episode is sure to do the trick!  Connect with our guests below via email: Anna King (AKing001@horrycountyschools.net), Megan Doiley (MDoiley@horrycountyschools.net), Macey Bullard (MBullard@horrycountyschools.net), Kayla Whitehead (KWhitehead@horrycountyschools.net), Jill Entsminger (JEntsminger@horrycountyschools.net) Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need some personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
38:38
October 1, 2020
Ep. 12 - Personalized Learning Through a High School Teacher's Lens
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Katie Allsbrook, high school math teacher and Blythewood High School’s 2020 Teacher of the Year about her journey towards personalizing learning with her students! (Recording was done in May 2020) Connect with Katie @ kallsbrook@richland2.org Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Need some personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
28:33
October 1, 2020
Ep. 11 - Makin’ It Happen: A Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with April Murphy of Cane Bay Elementary about her journey towards making learning personal for students through the use of transparency, learning pathways, and real world experiences for students! Connect with April via email: murphya@bcsdschools.net Check out April's Learning Pathway example here! Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community!  https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize
31:23
September 1, 2020
Ep. 10 - A Different Back to School Pt. 1
In this episode, host Keri Fersner talks with Quencenia Dantzler,  Director of Virtual School Education for Orangeburg County School District to get some tips on how educators can navigate this year's back to school climate, from a virtual or hybrid perspective!  Connect with Quen via email: quencenia.dantzler@ocsdsc.org   Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community! https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC  Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize 
15:45
August 3, 2020
Ep. 9 - Equity? Let's Talk About It!
What does equity really mean? How do educators move forward in a pandemic & climate of racial unrest? In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Dr. Latoya Dixon,  Director of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Gifted Education in York School District 1 about how race, inequity, and education collide and what educators today can do about it! Connect with Latoya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/latoyadixon5 Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community!  https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize
28:15
July 1, 2020
Ep. 8 - Intention vs. Impact: A Conversation with Elena Aguilar
This episode may be a little longer than usual, but we promise, IT'S WORTH IT! Tune in as host Keri Fersner chats with author and educational leader, Elena Aguilar to discuss her views on educational equity, accessing courage to continue moving forward in student centered practices, and how to truly transform the educational system for ALL kids! Connect with Elena at https://brightmorningteam.com/ Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
32:12
May 1, 2020
Ep. 7 - A Teacher's Take on Remote Learning: Convos with Brittany Terry
In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Brittany Terry, a 4th grade teacher from Clover, SC about how she's managing remote learning with her students, keeping the spirit of student ownership alive and well, and finding the balance between work and home life!  Brittany Terry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brits_ Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
23:46
April 1, 2020
Tough Times Call for Community #PersonalizeSC
As we're facing unprecedented times in the world today, it is imperative that we as educators unify to ensure that equitable learning still gets to happen for ALL students! In this episode, the Office of Personalized Learning introduces a new online network in collaboration with Knowledge Works called the PersonalizeSC Community! Click here to join the PersonalizeSC Community today!: https://share.knowledgeworks.org/registrations/groups/33024  Download the mobile app on Google Play and the Apple App Store! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
06:49
March 25, 2020
Ep. 6 - Vision, Culture, & Trust: Coach Chat with Heather and Sarah
In this episode, host Keri Fersner sits down with Office of Personalized Learning coaches Heather Bross and Dr. Sarah Catto to discuss strategies for coaching and spreading the work of personalized learning in SC schools and districts. Three key themes emerge from this interactive convo: building the vision, attending to culture, and cultivating trust are all important pieces of making the shift to student centered learning! Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
31:28
March 1, 2020
Ep. 5 - Is This What's Best For Kids?: A Chat with Red Bank Elementary
In this episode, host Keri Fersner talks with Lauren Vann and Jamee Childs of Red Bank Elementary to get the scoop on the school's journey towards personalized learning and competency based education. Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
28:39
February 3, 2020
Ep. 4 - What’s the Best That Can Happen?: New Year, Good Teaching, & Subtle Shifts
When it comes to personalized learning, one of the number one questions we're asked by educators is "how do I get started?" If you’re in need of some practical, user friendly tips on how to shift current teacher best practices to a more personalized approach, you’ve come to the right place! In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Office of Personalized Learning Coaches Kristen Logan and Nadine Groh and get their take on how to make subtle, intentional shifts towards personalized learning for students. Hey, what's the best that can happen? Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
28:54
January 1, 2020
Ep. 3 - Stories From the Field: Saluda Trail Middle School's Personalized Learning Journey
In this episode, featuring educators from Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill, SC, hear more about how their unique start and continuing journey towards personalizing learning for their students! Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
25:05
December 1, 2019
Ep. 2 - Leveraging The Stories: Personalized Learning from Multiple Perspectives
What do a teacher, an instructional coach, and a college professor have in common? A strong passion for personalizing learning! In this episode, we'll hear from Brittany Terry, a teacher from Clover, SC, Kelly Stello, an instructional coach from Berkley County, SC, and Lindsay Yerta, an education professor from Winthrop University regarding their take on personalized learning. Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
21:52
November 1, 2019
Ep. 1 - Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Personalized Learning in South Carolina
In our first episode, host Keri Fersner sits down with special guests Stephanie DiStasio and Lauren McCauley of the SC Department of Education Office of Personalized Learning as they dive into how Personalized Learning is defined in South Carolina. Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize #PersonalizeSC
17:38
November 1, 2019
Makin’ It Personal Podcast Trailer
Makin’ it Personal: A #PersonalizeSC Podcast is coming soon this Fall! Get a sneak peak into what our podcast has in store! #PersonalizeSC
00:53
August 2, 2019