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An educational podcast exploring the many issues, trends, and experiences schools and communities face on a daily basis. Amazing things happen every day, and too many times, we do not capitalize on the opportunities to tell our story or celebrate the many successes we experience every day. The world… read more

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Senior Celebrations

June 2nd, 2020


Update Three - As schools and communities across the globe develop new ideas for celebrating graduates, host Jim O’Rourke details some successful …

Humanistic Leadership

May 18th, 2020


Update Two - As teachers face the home stretch of the school year, host Jim O’Rourke weighs in from home on the future of educational leadership and …

Introducing a CovED Conversation

May 5th, 2020


COVID-19 Update One - Recording remotely, host Jim O’Rourke acknowledges the impact of the current pandemic crisis on education today and how professionals are supporting students in this unprecedented time.

He invites …

Coming Soon: Season Two

April 20th, 2020


Before COVID-19, we prepared for an amazing second podcast season of education professionals talking about mental health in schools. In this original …

What’s Next?

September 27th, 2019


Host Jim O’Rourke ties everything together in this season wrap-up. Discussing what we’ve learned as a faculty in the years since our transformation, …

A Conversation with Baruti Kafele

September 6th, 2019


The team was thrilled and honored to host a visit with internationally renowned speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele.  Jim speaks with him about building …

Behind the Data

August 23rd, 2019


As the 2018-2019 school year wound to a close, Jim sat down with the outgoing Student Voice president, graduating senior Josh Marshall.  In this …

Burn It Down

August 9th, 2019


Back at home, Jim has an important conversation with teacher leader Alex Luhtjarv, who shares his personal journey during the Hillsboro-Deering transformation. His story begins at his lowest point, but inspires as he …

Crisis as Opportunity

July 26th, 2019


In this episode, the team goes on the road to talk with the educational consultant who navigated the turnaround with us: John Pierce of Future …

Two Ears, One Mouth

July 12th, 2019


Using audience questions, Jim and Producer Jessamyn Irwin talk about why school culture is so important, detail how the school built culture with the …

If You Feed Them...

June 21st, 2019


Host Jim O’Rourke sits down with five current students from across high school grade levels, including the outgoing and incoming student body …

A Clean Slate

June 7th, 2019


Host Jim O’Rourke goes back to the beginning with Dr. Jennifer Crawford, who was brought on as the associate principal during the initial transformational year.  They continued to head up the leadership team of the high …

The Trust Had to Be There

May 24th, 2019


Host Jim O’Rourke brings in teacher Nicole LaRoche, who worked as the School Improvement Grant Manager during Hillsboro-Deering High School’s …

Kids are Kids, No Matter Where You Go

May 11th, 2019


In order to understand an outside perspective on his school’s journey, Host Jim O’Rourke talks with his district’s superintendent, Robert Hassett. …

That Was the Big Change: You Were There

May 11th, 2019


Host Jim O’Rourke talks through school improvement with a former student who has returned to teach in the district.  They discuss a student’s …

So Why a Podcast?

May 3rd, 2019


When a school gets labeled as “at the bottom” and “in need of improvement,” what does that really mean for the people inside?  Host Jim O’Rourke and …

Coming Soon: CelebratEd

May 2nd, 2019


In a new education podcast, high school principal Jim O’Rourke and his team discuss the need to celebrate the good things that are happening in …

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