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Take Care Tuesday

Take Care Tuesday

By The Center for Safe Secure Schools, Division of Harris County Dept. of Education
Welcome to the Center for Safe and Secure Schools "Take Care Tuesday" podcast series. The podcasts are centered around one topic and our guests are local, state, national and international school safety experts. We will introduce this podcast series in short segments, keeping it short and relevant. We are breaking down important and sometimes difficult topics into more manageable information segments. Our topics are all based on school safety information where teachers can teach and students can learn.
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School Safety Law: Educators Need to Be Aware
Our guest is Jammy Kiggundu, founding partner of the Texas based law firm, Douglass & Kiggundu, PLLC.  In this episode of Mr. Kiggundu takes the time to unpack the law and how it relates to educators keeping students safe.  He shares his legal opinions on the national cases dealing with educators and parental accountability of bullying, cyber safety and violence in our schools. He emphasizes the need for educators to be aware of their school district policies relating to keeping students safe. He has partnerships with notable organizations such as Crime Stoppers of Houston local governments, educators, private citizens, and others that are aiming to build and improve better communities, promote social awareness, and provide training on various issues including cyber safety, cyberbullying, and social media use, with the help of the media and corporate sponsors.  Learn more about him at
January 11, 2022
Focus on Learning: Grace for Students and Teachers
Welcome to the Take Care Tuesday Podcast with the Harris County Department of Education and the Center for Safe and Secure Schools. Our guest for this episode is Dr. Charles Barrett, Coordinator of Diagnostic and Psychological Services with Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, VA.  Dr. Barrett will focus the conversation on giving everyone in this education space some grace so we can all keep the main thing the main thing – learning.  Dr. Barrett's website contains a lot of great information, tools, and resources.  
December 14, 2021
Game On: The Influence of a Coach
Welcome to the Take Care Tuesday Podcast with the Harris County Department of Education and the Center for Safe and Secure Schools. We have a very special episode recorded and facilitated by Director, Julia Andrews. Julia interviews the inspirational head football coach and athletic coordinator of Randle High School, Coach Brian Randle from Lamar CISD. Tune in to hear this unique and inspiring interview!
November 09, 2021
The Importance of Emergency Planning: It Is Not to Scare but Prepare
Frank DeAngelis, Retired principal of Columbine High School will discuss why planning for an emergency is the most important thing for managing a crisis in school.  He will also unpack the impact of how tragedy affects students, staff and the community.
November 02, 2021
Taking Care of Yourself for Trauma Responsiveness with Dr. Danielle Busby
Dr. Danielle Busby is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Michigan and Texas, and currently offers telehealth psychotherapy services for residents of Michigan. Additionally, Dr. Busby is passionate about “paying it forward,” and loves working with the next generation of mental health providers. Dr. Busby offers clinical supervision services to psychology student trainees in the state of Michigan, with specific expertise in trauma-informed assessment and intervention of children and adolescents,  evidence-based clinical practices,  and suicide risk assessment and intervention. She is passionate about decreasing barriers to mental health service use for underserved patient populations and is committed to continuously bridging the gap between research and clinical practice. In addition to the clinical services she offers to residents of the state of Michigan, she providers a range of speaking and training services related to mental health and wellness including consultations, presentations, workshops, wellness retreats, and trainings for corporations, schools, and community agencies. Further,  Dr. Busby is a co-founder and vice president of professional relations & liaison for Black Mental Wellness, Corp., where she works with a team of change makers ( dedicated to the mental health and wellness of the Black community. CLINICAL INTEREST Adolescent depression Underserved patient populations, including Black youth and families General stress management and wellness practices for youth, families, and adults RESEARCH INTEREST Identification of barriers to mental health service use among youth at elevated risk for suicide Effects of traumatic and environmental stressors on psychological and academic outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults Identification of effective interventions relevant for adolescents and emerging adults at risk for suicide, depression, and/or exposed to traumatic stressors.
October 05, 2021
Building Relationships: The Foundation of Safety
Jane Devine, Title I Special Programs Coordinator for Lamar Consolidated ISD in Rosenberg, Texas, is our guest to enlighten on an LCISD initiative called "Connections" where they build safe supportive relationships with the students, parents and the community.  
September 07, 2021
Back To School Safety
Ms. LaTasha Bishop Katy ISD Back to school safety
August 17, 2021
School Safety in the Emergency Management Spotlight
A conversation with Scott Hudson, Director of Emergency Management for Cy-Fair ISD located in the suburbs of Houston, Texas.  The conversation centers around Scott's experience moving from local/state government to school district emergency management.
June 29, 2021
The Importance of Digital Threat Assessment® Training
A conversation with Mr. Nick Chernoff of Safer Schools Together on the impact and importance of their Digital Threat Assessment® training.
June 08, 2021
Saving Lives: From Law Enforcement to Education featuring Coach Mitchell
Today, we have a special and a personal treat! My very own little sister, Alaya Mitchell. Alaya Mitchell is an active and energetic educator from the Alief Independent School District. Serving as the 7th grade Physical Education Teacher and Campus Wellness Coordinator at Olle Middle School, Coach Mitchell as referred to by her students provides the Olle community of students and staff with strategies and practices for positive well-being, physical fitness, and healthy living. Alaya coaches the girls’ Volleyball, Basketball, Track, and Soccer teams! Prior to teaching, Alaya kept the Sarasota community safe as a law enforcement officer of the Sarasota Police Department in the sunshine state of Florida. Coach Mitchell brings a wealth of experience as a 4 Year Division 1 Women’s Basketball player at Marshall University in West Virginia where she earned her B.S. Exercise Science. Our interview was conducted on Alaya’s lunch break, so you may hear a few bells in the background. We definitely caught the richness of campus life during this brief chat! With absolute pleasure and excitement, I introduce to you Coach, Alaya Mitchell! Notes: In the interview, Alaya mentions dynamic stretching. Here is a great video that captures some dynamic stretches: 
May 24, 2021
Wrapping Around: Our Students and Communities
Join me in a discussion with the Houston Independent School District, Director of Wraparound Services, Jarad Davis. Wraparound Services provides students with the non-academic supports necessary to be successful in school, including: access to mental and physical health professionals, food, housing, and more. Listen in as we learn how this department is wrapping around the students and the community of HISD to nurture school safety and the whole child. 
May 04, 2021
The Stakes: Our Students, Our Community, Our Society
Join us on an enlightening conversation with our Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez. Sheriff Gonzalez spoke candidly regarding several pressing issues facing our society today including the impacts of trauma, community and policing and the school to prison pipeline. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is the largest Sheriff Office in the State of Texas and the third-largest nationwide. Sheriff Gonzalez leads upwards of 5,000 employees to protect the County’s 4.5 million residents within the 1,700 square miles of Harris County.
April 20, 2021
Let us Breathe: Leadership, Wellbeing, and Social Justice
"You do not have to choose between leadership and wellbeing." - Dr. Bradley Carpenter Today's episode focuses on wellness, leadership sustainability, and social justice within education with Dr. Bradley Carpenter from Baylor University. If you are a school leader or an aspiring school leader, this episode is for you!  For more information on the Sunday Mindfulness group, you can reach Dr. Bradley Carpenter via email at or on Twitter via @Brad_Carpenter!  ~Cheers and gratitude! 
April 06, 2021
Creativity Shell Anti-Luring Campaign
Today I’m joined by Ms. Shelancia Daniel, Creative Director for Creativity Shell, a non-profit organization that recently launched a major Anti-Luring Campaign in an effort to prevent human trafficking.
March 23, 2021
Active Shooter, Threat Assessment, and Intruderology
Sgt. Jeff McGowen of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, shares his expertise on active shooter training, threat assessment training and intruderology training.
March 02, 2021
Culture of Safety and Academic Success - Christy Tisdom Drew Elementary Barrett Settlement, TX
In celebration of Black History month join us as Christy Tisdom, principal of Charles R. Drew Elementary in Crosby ISD shares the rich culture of Drew Elementary located in historical town of Barrett Settlement, Texas.  Ms. Tisdom will share how integrating the historic culture of the Barrett Settlement community into the campus help build their academic success.  Drew Elementary moved from a focus school to a "B" rated school in the Texas A-F accountability rating system. within one year.   Barrett's Settlement was founded by a former slave, known as Harrison Barrett.  Born into slavery, Barrett was the son of Simon and Lisa Barrett who came to Texas from Louisiana. He had three brothers and two sisters.  Following the emancipation of Texas slaves in 1865, Barrett spent several years gathering his family together. He eventually found all of them except one sister, and they settled on part of Reuben White's league east of the San Jacinto River and purchased the land for fifty cents an acre in 1889. It became one of the largest holdings in Harris County to be acquired by a former slave. Barrett named the property Barrett's Settlement. Join us and listen to see how the integration of the community's historical culture and high academic expectations produced a safe, secure, and successful campus.
February 23, 2021
Ms. Susan Shaw with the Anti-Defamation League
Ms. Susan Shaw, Director of Education at the Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League, shares some valuable insight into the mission of the ADL and highlights one of their powerful school climate improvement programs called NO PLACE FOR HATE.
February 09, 2021
Conversation with Dean Herbst Asst. Emergency Mgmnt Director of Humble ISD
Dean Herbst is the newly appointed Assistant Emergency Management Director for Humble ISD.  Dean will share his experience of transfering from  a campus administrator to the district emergency management position.  Dean came into the position just as the COVID pandemic was changing our education landscape.  He will share his experiences as he focused on keeping school safety a priority as they transitioned to virtual learning.    In our conversation Dean shares his plans to of continuing the process of taking proactive action to build trusting student relationships and integrating social emotional components into the districts safety protocols.
January 19, 2021
Chief Henry Gaw Katy ISD Police Chief
Today's podcast is an introduction of a new face to the Harris County school district police community, Chief Henry Gaw of Katy ISD.  On this episode Chief Gaw takes the time to share his vision for safety and security in the Katy ISD community.  He shares with us his transition from the Houston Police Department to the carrying the responsibility of building relationships with his students, parents, teachers and his staff.  He describes  the police department's responsibilities in building healthy relationships between themselves and the community.  He also elaborated  on how  his officers will continue in the great Katy tradition of  providing  physical safety  as they move through out Katy ISD and how they will continue to train and expand their mental health training to have an impact on the emotional safety as well.  Chief Gaw's super power is a smile.  He believes strongly that smiling is a sign of strength.
January 05, 2021
Threats, Trauma, Teamwork
Welcome to our Center for Safe and Secure Schools - Take Care Tuesday podcast. Today's brief episode features school psychologist and safety expert, Dr. Melissa Reeves from Safe and Sound Schools. We discuss threat assessments and how this connects to trauma-informed practices and the dynamic power of a team.
December 14, 2020
More than Buzz Words: Equity and Implicit Bias in Action with Paul Forbes
This is Part 2 of my chat with Paul Forbes, the Executive Director of Equity and Access at the New York City Department of Education. In this segment, Paul shares insight into what equity work entails, from highlights about privilege, the danger of a single story, and the power of partnerships for a collective impact. We hope that you enjoy it! 
November 17, 2020
More than Buzz Words: Equity and Implicit Bias in Action with Paul Forbes
This podcast is the first part of a two part series. Paul Forbes chats with Cierra Nickerson about what can be done by schools and districts to provide equitable opportunities for all students. Paul shines an intentional lens on all that is being done in New York at the Department of Education to reduce the negative effects of biases in the educational system. We discuss everything from the power of words, access to programs and student voice.
November 02, 2020
Restorative Practices in Practice with Dr. Marcie Strahan
Today's Take Care Tuesday podcast features Dr. Marcie Strahan from the Aldine Independent School District. Dr. Strahan discusses the role Restorative Practices has in shaping the culture on the unique campus she serves. 
October 20, 2020
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: The Effects of Social Media
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: The Effects of Social Media 
October 06, 2020
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: Online Awareness
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: Online Awareness 
September 22, 2020
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: Effect on Youth and Communities
Christa Mayfield - Human Trafficking: Effect on Youth and Communities 
September 08, 2020
Scott Poland - Dealing with Loss in Schools (post COVID-19) S1-E6
Scott Poland discusses dealing with loss in schools (post COVID-19).
August 25, 2020
Scott Poland - Campus Safety Strategies for Staff and Students (S1-E5)
Scott Poland discusses campus safety strategies for staff and students.
August 11, 2020
Scott Poland - Proactive Strategies in Dealing with Social Unrest (S1-E4)
Scott Poland discusses proactive strategies in dealing with social unrest.
July 28, 2020
Michael Dorn - Emergency Drill Management in Post COVID-19 Era
Today's episode covers developing, exercising, and executing school emergency drills. Michael Dorn, President of Safe Havens International, will discuss how drills can be completed with the COVID-19 physical safety guidelines.  The discussion also investigates how drills can be more effective and limit emotional distress to students and staff.
July 14, 2020
Michael Dorn - School Policy in Post COVID-19 Era
Today's episode will cover the topic of school policy.  Michael Dorn, President of Safe Havens International, will discuss  proactive considerations that should be addressed in order to ensure District, State, CDC or other Public Health guidelines related to COVID-19 are in place and have been communicated to all stakeholders prior to implementation.  
June 30, 2020
Michael Dorn - School Re-Entry
Today we are beginning our series with one of our national and international safety partners, Michael Dorn, President of Safe Havens International, and we will discuss what re-entry to schools can look like as schools open following the COVID-19 shutdown.
June 17, 2020