CASDA EdCasts

CASDA EdCasts explores a wide range of topics to share resources and spark dialog among educators. 

Episode 10: The Journey to the Work
This podcast is the first in a series addressing race and equity issues and their impact on schools. In this episode, CASDA Executive Director Mike Piccirillo is joined by Kathleen McLean, CEO of the McLean Group. They discuss how their childhood experiences shaped their understanding of race and identity and reflect on events that led them to recognize the urgency of anti-racist work in schools. 
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Episode 9: Exploring Student Empowerment 
In this special EdCast, we are joined by Ricarlo-Luis Grevely, a senior at Schenectady High School. Ricarlo discusses student empowerment and student voice, the Teen Advocacy Group’s efforts to initiate dialogue on equity issues, and a newsletter published  to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx/o/a Heritage Month.  
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Episode 8: Relationships and Empathy: The Foundation of Safe, Supportive Schools
CASDA faculty member Brian Farr and Thomas Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation at the NYS Office of Youth Justice discuss how the concept of school safety must be contextualized for all students to be safe and thrive. They explore ideas such as ACEs, implicit bias, SEL, restorative practices and building relationships in the course of a fascinating, informative, and often moving dialog. 
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Episode 7: Instruction for Equity: Culturally Responsive Text Sets for Literacy and Content Engagement
CASDA Executive Director Mike Piccirillo speaks with Carmella Parente and Kerri Messler of Schenectady City Schools about their work utilizing text sets to help students access rigorous social studies content while reinforcing Schenectady's commitment to equity and social justice. Click here to learn more.
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Episode 6: Exploring Culturally Responsive Practices in Odds-Beating Schools 
CASDA Executive Director Mike Piccirillo speaks with Dr. Kristen Wilcox of UAlbany's School of Education and the NYKids program about how schools she has studied leverage cultural responsiveness to better serve the needs of their students and produce "odds-beating" results. Click here to learn more. 
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Episode 5: Tackling Chronic Absenteeism
CASDA's Rebecca Gardner speaks with Andrew Kourt, principal of Walter B. Howard Elementary School in New Lebanon, Brian Bishop, assistant principal at Averill Park High School and Dr. Antonio Abitabile, principal at Hudson High School about strategies to engage students and promote attendance. Click here to learn more.
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Episode 4: Exploring College and Career Readiness
Shenendehowa High School Counselor Gretchen Lynch discusses the current landscape of college and career readiness and what we can do to help students prepare for life after graduation. Click here to learn more. Click here to view excerpts from Shenendehowa's "Senior Planner."
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Episode 3: The Changing Role of EdTech: From Innovation to Integration
CASDA Faculty member Carly Mead is joined by Gina Fusco, Director of Instructional Technology at Lansingburgh Central Schools to discuss the evolution of educational technology, strategies to prepare for computer-based testing and women in STEM. Click here to learn more.
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Episode 2: Alternative Educators: Serving Students Beyond the Stigma
Mike Schell, a Social Studies teacher at HFM BOCES Adirondack Academy joins CASDA's Gregg Weinlein to discuss the challenges and rewards of working in Alternative Education.  Click here to learn more. 
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Episode 1: Teaching and Learning with ELLs
This episode features Kurt Hassenpflug, an ENL teacher at Shaker High School. He shares his background, experiences and insights into topics such as ELL Co-Teaching. Click here to learn more.
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