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Growing Together

45 EpisodesProduced by Douglas County SchoolsWebsite

The Douglas County School District Growing Together Podcast, bringing our community together through meaningful conversation. Hosted by Erica Mason. In season two, Erica has important conversations with best selling authors in the world of education around distance learning and other issues you care… read more

45 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

10 Meaningful Minutes: Guidance for Your Child with ADHD

February 25th, 2022


Laurie and Aaron have a conversation with Brandon Slade.  Brandon is the founder and CEO of Untapped Learning and a leading expert on the topic of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD).   Brandon talks about having ADHD and …

Growing Together: Conversation with Pam Allyn

June 11th, 2021


Our guest this week is Pam Allyn.  Pam and Erica have a conversation about literacy and how to encourage a love of literacy with our students.  Pam is an author of 26 books for educators.  A few of her books include, …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Conversation with Finessa Ferrell

May 27th, 2021


Laurie and Aaron invite Finessa Ferrell onto the show.   Finessa is a Social & Emotional Learning Specialist with the Colorado Education …

Conversation with Tina Boogren

May 18th, 2021


Our guest this week is Tina Boogren.    Tina and Erica have an in-depth conversation about self care for students and educators.  Tina is the Author of "Becoming a Reflective Teacher.   Tina is also an instructional …

10 Meaningful Minutes, How to Encourage your Children to Become Better Writers

April 30th, 2021


Aaron and Laurie invite friend and colleague, Jennifer Gottschalk on the show to talk about how to encourage your children to become better writers. …

Conversation with Best Selling Author, Elena Aguilar

April 8th, 2021


Our guest this week is Elena Aguilar.  Elena is the Best Selling Author of "Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators.     She's also the …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Changing ongoing habits for a less stressful life

March 26th, 2021


Laurie and Aaron invite friend and colleague Jon Widmier to discuss the best way to change some of the bad habits we've picked up over the years. …

Conversation with DCSD Middle School Students & their Parents

March 5th, 2021


Director / Curriculum Instruction & Professional Growth

Erica has an in-depth conversation with 3 Sierra Middle School students and their parents …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Time Management

February 19th, 2021


Laurie and Aaron invite friend and colleague Jon Widmier to discuss tips & tricks for time management during these stressful times.   Please …

Conversation with DCSD High School Students

February 12th, 2021


Erica has an in-depth conversation with 2 Chaparral high school students about how to be successful and positive and how to support each other during …

Conversation with Dave Burgess, Best Selling Author of Teach Like a Pirate

February 5th, 2021


Our guest this week is Dave Burgess.   Dave is the New York Times Best Selling Author of "Teach Like a Pirate".   Dave specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Advocating for our Students

January 21st, 2021


Laurie and Aaron invite friend and colleague Jon Widmier to discuss self advocating and how parents can help their children navigate these uncertain …

Conversation with Stephen Barkley

January 8th, 2021


Our guest this week is Stephen Barkley.   Stephen is Executive Vice President of PLS 3rd Learning.  Stephen is a master teacher of teachers and …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Laughter is The Best Medicine

December 10th, 2020


Laurie and Aaron talk about the scientific and therapeutic benefits of laughter.   Also, Aaron tells a really funny story that will most likely get him in hot water.   You can also watch the vidcast of this episode …

Conversation with John Spencer, Best Selling Author of Empower

December 4th, 2020


Our guest this week is John Spencer.  John is the best selling author of Empower, Launch, Vintage Innovation, also John has just released and discusses his new book, Empowered at a Distance.   You can also watch the …

10 Meaningful Minutes, Life Stories

November 23rd, 2020


During this stressful time of covid and politics, Laurie and Aaron keep it light and each tell one of their favorite life stories.  

Hosts: Lauren …

Conversation with Douglas Fisher, Best Selling Author of the Distance Learning Playbook.

October 21st, 2020


Our guest for our first show of the 2020/2021 school year is Douglas Fisher.  Douglas is a professor at San Diego State University and co-founder of …

DCSD: Summer break

June 24th, 2020


We hope you all have a wonderful summer break! If you have any ideas for our podcast or topics you would like us to talk about, please reach out to

DCSD: Remote learning at Stone Mountain elementary

June 11th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Alison Smith, Hollie Borrego, Lori Sinclair, Cynthia Berndt and Lisa Knudtson about their transition to remote learning and …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: John Widmier on tips for Parents to help their kids through unknown times

June 4th, 2020


Laurie Lacomb and Aaron Regan talk with John Widmier (the coordinator of social, emotional and behavior services for Littleton Public schools) about …

DCSD: Remote learning Music

June 1st, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Jeff Collins, a music teacher at Eagle Academy about how he has adapted to remote learning. 


Tell us about …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Mindfulness in times of uncertainty

May 20th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Regan talk about the importance of mindfulness during these times of uncertainty.


In times like these, how can …

DCSD: Remote Library and teacher support

May 14th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Graig MacHendrie (Digital Library Specialist at Sagewood middle school) and Linda Conway (Director of Library Programming) …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Helping students with Anxiety during COVID-19 with Dr. Cypers

May 7th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Dr. Scott Cypers, Director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center, about how to help students with anxiety. 


What advice do …

DCSD: Global awareness and social entrepreneurship at Mesa Middle school

April 29th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Tony Jackowski and Mary Murphy about their program at Mesa middle school regarding Global awareness and social …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Trade school options

April 22nd, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Patrick Alley, the training coordinator at DJEATC about their trade school program.


What does your …

DCSD: CTE/Engineering Potential and how students are helping fight COVID-19

April 15th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Kent Allison, Technology & Engineering Teacher, Department Chair and Technology Student Association Advisor at Mountain …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: MS Counseling

April 8th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Regan talk with Tiffany Anderson, the Counselor for Prevention at Sierra middle school about the programs and events they …

DCSD: Remote Learning

April 3rd, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Joy Griffin, our CPE and CE Coordinator at DCSD about remote learning and student support. 


1) As we rollout and …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Youth Services in Douglas County

March 4th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Marsha Alston, the Youth Services Program Manager at Douglas County Youth Initiative, about the different programs and services that are within Douglas County aimed to help and …

DCSD: A day in the classroom with Emma Watson, Science Teacher

February 26th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Emma Watson, a Science Teacher at Cimarron middle school about science day, standards, how kids are engaging in the classroom. 

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Support for At Risk Youth

February 19th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Amy Topelson about mental health, suicide prevention and how to help at risk students.


What are signs or indications that a child may need help?

If you see signs that …

DCSD: Global issues, student stress, and how to teach difficult topics.

February 12th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Laurie LaComb, Aaron Ragon and Heather Berry about teaching difficult issues like climate change to students. 


How …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Addiction and phones

January 29th, 2020


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon discuss technology use among students. 


Why should we be talking about technology use?

From a wellness …

DCSD: Dyslexia with Dr. Regan

January 16th, 2020


Erica Mason talks with Dr. Tiffany Regan about dyslexia and the work Douglas County schools are doing to support students and teachers.


Ten Meaningful Minutes: What is Mindfulness

January 9th, 2020


Aaron Ragon talks with Laurie LaComb about mindfulness, what it is and how it is being used in Douglas County schools. 


Can you tell me …

DCSD: Co-Teaching and ELD Support at Castle Rock Middle School

January 3rd, 2020


In this episode, you'll hear from two collaborating teachers on how the support English Language Learners through a co-teaching model. Additionally, …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Part Two of Tips, tricks, and trap doors. Helping your student through the college process

December 18th, 2019


In this episode, Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon continue their discussion about preparing your students for college.


Can you describe the …

DCSD: MTSS in action in Douglas County

December 11th, 2019


This podcast will provide some insight from current leaders and implementing educators in DCSD related to MTSS.


What does MTSS look like in your building?

What are the next steps for you this coming year?

When …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Part One of Tips, tricks, and trap doors. Helping your students through the college process

December 4th, 2019


In this episode, Laurie LaComb talks with Aaron Ragon about preparing your students for college.  Tips for how to apply, the importance of visiting …

DCSD: It's okay not to be okay.

November 22nd, 2019


In this episode we visit with two students (Jay Chohan and Zoey Zizzo) from Rock Canyon High School to hear about their Douglas County School …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: If student struggles arise, what are the best steps to take to solve them

November 13th, 2019


Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon define anxiety, identifying signs of anxiety, and providing a few strategies.


If student struggles arise, …

DCSD: Educator Effectiveness with Guest Dr. Kirby

November 6th, 2019


This week we visit with Deane Kirby to hear a little bit about her vision around instructional leadership and alignment to the strategic plan.


What is your philosophy of instructional leadership?

How does …

Ten Meaningful Minutes: Anxiety

September 30th, 2019


Laurie LaComb talks with Aaron Ragon (DCSD Counselor Leader), about what anxiety is followed by strategies and tips to help students and others deal …

DCSD "The Vision"

September 20th, 2019


Host: Erica Mason
Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Tucker

  • Erica Mason and Dr. Thomas Tucker discuss the instructional leadership, the vision and the strategic …
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