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Navigating Your Child's Education: A Podcast for Parents

Navigating Your Child's Education: A Podcast for Parents

By Worthington Christian School
Welcome to the podcast for parents, grandparents, and others raising or influencing preschool and school-age children. Listen in on conversations about issues and trends facing students. Access resources and get tips and tools for navigating your child’s education.

A new episode is published on the first and third Wednesday from August to May. Subscribe and never miss an episode.

This podcast, along with a blog by the same name, is a service of Worthington Christian School, Columbus, Ohio’s leader in K-12 Christian education.
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The Cyberworld, Cybersecurity, and Parenting
As parents, protecting our kids in the physical world is often intuitive, but protecting our kids in the cyberworld is not. As the famous words of John Wooden go, "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching." With our young people often using personal devices, this is more true than ever. Teaching our kids how to navigate the cyberworld safely and with wisdom is a crucial part of modern parenting. On a broader scope, cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field with many opportunities for young people to explore and pursue. Dr. Seth Hamman, a leading expert in cybersecurity, discusses all of these topics and more. RESOURCES Cedarville University's Cyber Operations and Cybersecurity Programs Connect with Dr. Seth Hamman-- Dr. Seth Hamman's TedX Talk Worthington Christian School's Affordability Guide
September 15, 2021
A Modern Education for the Modern Learner
Traditional education has largely relied on teachers relaying facts and information to students who passively receive the information, memorize it, then prove that they memorized it on a test. World-renowned author and educator Dr. Jay McTighe suggest that this way of education no longer meets the needs of the modern learner or modern workforce. Rather than rote learning, our modern world requires skills like effective communication, creative problem-solving, and self-directed learning. A modern education ought to reflect these needs. McTighe and his colleague Dr. Grant Wiggins developed a framework for learning that they believe equips the modern learner for the modern world. RESOURCES The World Economic Forum Parents' Powerful Impact on Young Children’s Brains | Psychology Today Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
September 1, 2021
Building Teacher-Parent Rapport
Teacher-parent rapport is vital to a young student's success and overall well-being in a school year. Open communication is key to the parent-teacher relationship, but how much is too much? And how does this change as a student grows older and becomes more independent?  Middle school math teacher James Storey and elementary school principal Nanci Griffith tackle these questions and more. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience in education, they offer insight and wisdom to help parents establish open and maintain healthy communication with teachers. They also discuss ways to navigate difficult situations with teachers. RESOURCES Curbing Teacher-Student Clashes Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
August 18, 2021
Thriving in Middle and High School
Veteran middle school teacher Michael Clutz speaks to the current culture of middle school and high school, offering parents and students alike a deeper look at what truly matters in these formative years. With humor and personal anecdotes, he draws on 15 years of classroom experience to give parents a window into the inner world of tweens and teens in Gen Z. RESOURCES Articles and videos by Michael Clutz
August 4, 2021
Is a Gap Year right for your student?
In this episode, we explore all things gap year-related with Ethan Knight, the Gap Year Association executive director, the only national non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the gap year movement. A gap year, dedicating some time for career exploration and work between high school and college, has grown in popularity in recent years. However, there are still many misconceptions about what a gap year is and who may benefit from taking one. Knight provides thorough, informative insights on who should take a gap year, what a successful gap year involves, common parent concerns, the importance of experiential learning, COVID's impact on gap years, and more. The Navigating Your Child's Education podcast will take a break for the summer. Season two kicks off on August 4, 2021. RESOURCES Americorps World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) HelpX Ethan Knight's TedXTalk** The Growing Demand for Trade Workers Considering a Gap Year -- from Harvard University Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide **Brief strong language
May 19, 2021
Brain Development in the Tween Years
Neuropsychologist Dr. Andrew Colvin illuminates brain development in middle schoolers and what parents of young adolescents need to know as their tweens grow and mature. Dr. Andrew Colvin and his wife Dr. Cheryl Colvin lead their own private practice, Colvin Psychological Services, offering evaluations and therapy to children and adults in Columbus, Ohio. In this podcast episode, Dr. Colvin discusses the prevalence of drama in middle school, moving from concrete to abstract thinking, and why teen peer groups are critically important. RESOURCES The work and writings of Dr. Laurence Steinberg The Teenage Brain by Dr. Frances Jensen Worthington Christian School Viewbook
May 5, 2021
The Equality Act
On this episode of the Navigating Your Child's Education podcast, we discuss the Equality Act—a legislative bill with far-reaching implications for all Americans. In addition to discussing the bill itself, we zero in on the impact on schools and school-age children.  Joining us to discuss the Equality Act are Aaron Baer, president of the Center for Christian Virtues, and Troy McIntosh, the incoming executive director for the Ohio Christian Education Network and education veteran. RESOURCES United States Congress - H.R.5 The Ohio Legislature - House Bill 208 and Senate Bill 119 Center for Christian Virtues - Press Releases  Wall Street Journal - The Equality Act is at War with Reality Worthington Christian School - Affordability Guide
April 21, 2021
What makes a good coach?
We had the privilege of sitting down with Coach Jeff Hartings to discuss the characteristics of an effective coach. Coach Hartings was an All-American at Penn State and a Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout his career, Coach Hartings played for many coaches with varying styles and now coaches a high school football team. Coach Hartings is a student of the coaching profession and is intentional about adjusting his methods to better reach and connect with this generation of players.  RESOURCES Thoughts on Coaching—a blog post by Coach Jeff Hartings Worthington Christian School Viewbook
April 7, 2021
Building Resiliency in Our Kids
In this episode, Dr. Parker Huston, clinical director of On Our Sleeves at Nationwide Children's Hospital, joins us to discuss building resiliency in our children. With practical suggestions, parents with children of all ages will be empowered to nurture their child's mental well-being in the same way they do their physical and spiritual health. RESOURCES First Book Marketplace Behavioral Health Resources for Coronavirus Conversation Starters Parenting in the Pandemic Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
March 17, 2021
Kindergarten Readiness
Being ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond is more than your child being able to write her name or being a particular age. In this episode of Navigating Your Child's Education, we take a deep dive into readiness. We also discuss full- versus half-day programs, whether or not attending preschool is advantageous, and the importance of play in your child's preparedness for school.  Joining us on this episode are seasoned educators Jim Parrish, elementary principal, Jordan Berner, kindergarten teacher, and Jennifer Denorme, intervention director. If kindergarten is on the horizon, you won't want to miss this conversation.  RESOURCES Worthington Christian School Viewbook
March 3, 2021
The Growing Demand for Trade Workers
Whatever your preconceived understanding is of skilled trades, we feel confident that after listening to this episode you will be enlightened to the numerous career options for your child. With growing demand and increased earning power, both college-bound and non-college-bound students are finding career success with a skilled trades background. Our guests are Scott Laslo (M.S., MSM) the faculty program coordinator at Columbus State Community College, and Brad Dement, welding and sheet metal fabrication instruction at Delaware Area Career Center. During our conversation, we discuss misconceptions of trade skills, the profile of students finding their niche in a trade, the increasing demand for skilled workers in the marketplace, and how students and parents can explore whether this is a viable educational and career path. RESOURCES U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
February 17, 2021
Does my child have ADHD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.4 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  And the numbers are growing. To help us better understand ADHD and its impact on the child, family, and school, we sit down with three experts. Dr. Dale Richards, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Samantha Leeman, a child psychologist, and Katelyn Geisler, a school intervention specialist discuss characteristics of ADHD, coping strategies, the use of medication, and more. RESOURCES ADDitude: Inside the ADHD Mind Worthington Christian School Viewbook
February 3, 2021
Parenting Generation Z
A must-listen for dads and moms raising Generation Z—children born between 1997 and 2012. Pastor, author, and speaker Rich Nathan joins us for an in-depth look at generational differences and why it matters. Together we'll explore the impact of fear in our approach to parenting Gen Z. We, too, will discuss Gen Z's outlook on matters of faith. Filled with hope and practical take-aways, make sure to share this conversation. RESOURCES Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
January 20, 2021
Technology in Education
The proliferation of technology is here to stay. It's part of the fabric of our world, and education is no exception. Add in a global pandemic, and it seems that technology is now the lifeblood of education. Yet, all this technology in school raises questions and concerns for parents.   What's the proper role of technology in education? How has the role of teachers changed and stayed the same? Is online learning equal to in-person learning when it comes to cognitive function?  In this episode of Navigating Your Child's Education, we'll delve into these questions and more with four experienced educators (and parents).  Joining us are Troy McIntosh, a private school administrator, Mark Mousa, a veteran teacher and administrator in a large suburban school, private school technology teacher, Pam Cain, and Kristen Brown, the associate dean at Northeastern Seminary who specializes in distance learning.  RESOURCES Worthington Christian School Affordability Guide
January 6, 2021
Is Your Child A Multipotentialite?
The internet defines multipotentiality like this: "an educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of a person, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields." Hence, a multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. In this episode of Navigating Your Child's Education, we dig deeper into the concept of multipotentiality, the characteristics of multipotentialites at home and school, how to encourage curiosity, and the beauty of being a generalist. Our guest, Dr. Mark Eckel, is an esteemed educator with 35+ years of experience ranging from the high school ranks to graduate and doctorate students.  RESOURCES  Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling | Emilie Wapnick | TEDxBend Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein Worthington Christian School Viewbook 
December 16, 2020
The State of School Sports
In this episode of the Navigating Your Child's Education podcast, we discuss the school sports' landscape. How have athletics changed and stayed the same over the past 10 years? What impact has club teams and the decreased number of multi-sport student-athletes had on school sports? Will COVID-19 impact college recruitment? Joining us on this episode to discuss these questions and more are Doug Ute, executive director, Ohio High School Athletic Association; Kevin Weakley, a 20-year basketball coach and athletic director at a private school; and Wes Elifritz, an AD at a 1,400-student public high school. Whether you're new to the youth sports scene or rounding the bases and heading for home, you won't want to miss this enlightening conversation. RESOURCES Why The Best Are The Best by Kevin Eastman Worthington Christian School Viewbook
December 2, 2020
The Social Dilemma: Reactions to the Netflix Documentary
We sat down with a small group of high school students to watch and get their reaction to the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. The 1.5-hour presentation takes a deep dive into the unintended consequences of social media including mental health, democracy, justice, and more. The Social Dilemma features the voices of technologists and researchers who were instrumental in developing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other popular platforms.  RESOURCES The Social Dilemma Trailer Setting Up Screen Time Limits on Apple Devices Setting Up Screen Time Limits on Android Devices
November 18, 2020
The Changing Landscape of College Admissions
Many significant changes have taken place in higher education institutions including the shift from in-person to online or hybrid learning models, on-campus student life, and athletics. The admissions process also looks different with limitations on in-person visits and even the requirements for being accepted.  Hear from a veteran high school college counselor, admission counselors from The Ohio State University, and Grand Canyon University, as well as two high school seniors. A must-listen episode for parents and students who are starting the college search process or who are only months away from making their decision.
November 4, 2020
Navigating Your Child's Education Trailer
Welcome to Navigating Your Child’s Education, a podcast for parents, grandparents, and others raising or influencing young people, from preschool through high school. Together we will explore topics that matter most to us parents when it comes to the education of our children. We’ll hear from experienced educators, leaders in education, and school experts--ie students themselves--as we seek to learn what we don’t know and be informed to make the best decisions for our families. Our hope is that we come away from each episode empowered by what we learned, affirmed in what we already do know, and encouraged in knowing that we’re not alone as with wrestle through questions and issues. Join us on the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning November 2020 for a new episode of Navigating Your Child’s Education. Subscribe and never miss an episode, and make sure to leave us feedback on future topics in education you’d like to explore. This podcast, along with a blog by the same name, is a service of Worthington Christian School, Columbus, Ohio’s leader in K-12 Christian education.
October 7, 2020