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School Zoned

67 EpisodesProduced by Oklahoma Public School Resource CenterWebsite

A podcast from OPSRC where we talk all things #oklaed. We'll have conversations with legislators, influencers, superintendents, teachers and others. We'll release new episodes on Fridays, and you can also watch full episodes on our YouTube channel.

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Kyle Reynolds - Superintendent, Woodward PS

May 8th, 2020

  • Gaggle alert system: To monitor for inappropriate content and any talk of self-harm or harm to others that may show up on their network.
  • School …

COVID-19 Series: Lessons Learned From an Educator & Parent

April 8th, 2020


In this episode, Brent talks with Marilyn Doerfel, who homeschooled 5 of her 7 children, including our colleague Jordan Doerfel! She also has …

COVID-19 Series: ELL and Distance Learning

April 6th, 2020



COVID-19 Series: Teaching Through Distance Learning

March 31st, 2020


In this episode, Brent talks with Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Ryan Walters who also teaches online AP U.S. History to McAlester and Millwood …

COVID-19 Series: One District's Distance Learning Plan: Ft. Cobb PS

March 27th, 2020


In this episode, Brent talks with Superintendent Kyle Lierle about how Ft. Cobb PS is handling distance learning, the challenges his community faces …

COVID-19 Series: Teacher Resources for Distance Learning

March 26th, 2020

  • Katherine McKnight has been doing almost daily free podcasts with guest speakers. You can find the recordings here (scroll down for links …

COVID-19 Series: Virtual Board Meetings

March 24th, 2020


Now that schools have the option to hold virtual school board meetings, Brent gathered some of the OPSRC team (Terri Thomas, Eric Doss, Andy Evans) …

COVID-19 Series: Mental Health & Wellness

March 18th, 2020

Guests included:
  • DeWayne Hampton, Assistant Principal, McAlester High School
  • Joe Hughes, Assistant Principal, Harding Charter Prep
  • Tiffany Briggs, …

COVID-19 Series: Support for Students & Families

March 18th, 2020


COVID-19 Series: Nutrition Guidance

March 18th, 2020


Brent talked to Executive Director of Hunger Free Oklahoma Chris Bernard and El Reno Public Schools Superintendent Craig McVay and Community Outreach …

Todd Gragg - Director of Financial & Business Education, OKSDE

March 6th, 2020


Oklahoma Securities Commission's STARS Program

August 2nd, 2019

More information about the STARS program:
Upcoming important one-day workshop dates:
  • September 11: Woodward
  • September …

Oklahoma City Public Schools Office of School Climate & Student Discipline: PART TWO

July 19th, 2019

Team Members:
Carolyn Erickson, School Climate Specialist
Kiona Fowler, School Climate Specialist

Kids Well If They Can (Ross Greene article)

Oklahoma City Public Schools Office of School Climate & Student Discipline: PART ONE

July 12th, 2019

OKCPS Team Members:
Stephanie Schutt, School Climate Specialist
Liz Hecox, School Climate Specialist

Kids Will If They Can (Ross Greene …

Levi Patrick - Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction & Karen Leonard - Director of Education Technology and Computer Science, State Dept. of Education PART TWO

July 5th, 2019


In this final episode of our leaders series with the OK State Department of Education, Brent talks with Levi and Karen about computer science and its …

(Part II) Joy Hofmeister - State Superintendent of Instruction, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

June 7th, 2019


Brent talked with Supt. Hofmeister on a variety of projects and programs affecting public education in the state.

(Part I) Joy Hofmeister - State Superintendent of Instruction, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

May 31st, 2019

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Eli Pagel - President, Odyssey Global Solutions

May 24th, 2019


Brent talks with Eli about how his company works with schools to implement energy-efficient options to save money.

Candace Macedo - OKC Regional Program Manager & Devin Schroeder - Tulsa Regional Program Manager, Hunger Free Oklahoma

May 17th, 2019

Find the nearest meal site: (keep checking back as more data becomes available)

For more info about Hunger Free OK, visit

Kurt Bernhardt - Director of Technology, OPSRC

May 10th, 2019


Brent talks to Kurt about his background, his work at the SDE and his goals for working with OPSRC member schools.

Dr. Melissa Amon - Curriculum Director, Cushing PS & Dr. Lynne Kulich - Sr. Acct. Exec., NWEA

April 19th, 2019


Brent talks with Melissa and Lynn about a new NWEA product: MAP Reading Fluency. Melissa discusses the impact this program has had on her students' literacy skills.

Aaron Lemon-Strauss - Vice President of College & Career Access, College Board

April 12th, 2019


Brent and Aaron talk about the work College Board is doing here in Oklahoma with PSAT & SAT exams and AP courses. They also talk about how …

Joe Dorman - CEO, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA)

April 5th, 2019


Brent talks to Joe about the work OICA is currently focused on to help Oklahoma's children and exciting upcoming events. They also discuss the legislature and bills OICA is supporting.

Nikhil Kawlra - Head of School, Collegiate Hall College Preparatory Charter School

March 29th, 2019

Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma:
Collegiate Hall College Prep:
Valor Collegiate:

Heidi Oliver - Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning

March 22nd, 2019


Brent talked with Heidi about her time as an educator, why she decided to leave and her new role with Imagine Learning, a language, literacy & …

Luvona Copeland - Principal, Okmulgee ACE High School

March 15th, 2019


Brent and Luvona talked about how Okmulgee's ACE HS is using personalized learning to address the needs of each student.

Donna Gradel - 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

March 8th, 2019


Brent talks with Donna about her growing up in West Virginia, her experiences as an educator, serving as the 2018 OK Teacher of the Year and being named a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.

Rob Reynolds - Executive Director, TEL Library

March 5th, 2019


Brent and Rob discussed TEL Library and its role in education and reaching underserved populations.

Toni Hasenbeck - State Representative

March 1st, 2019


Brent and Toni talked about her experience growing up in rural Oklahoma, her time as an educator and how she decided to run for office.

Scott Fetgatter - State Representative

February 15th, 2019


Brent talks with Rep. Fetgatter about growing up in Okmulgee, his experience representing District 16 and his work on a variety of bills, including …

Monroe Nichols - State Representative and OPEL Network Director

February 8th, 2019


Brent and Monroe talk about the 2019 Oklahoma legislative session and Monroe's work with the Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning (OPEL).

Dr. Terri Cullen - Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma's Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

February 1st, 2019


Topics in Brent and Terri's conversation include STEM, technology integration and the upcoming legislative session.

Forrest Bennett - State Representative and EBi Sales Executive

January 25th, 2019


Brent and Forrest talk about state politics and how Educational Benefits, Inc. is providing supplemental insurance at low costs to educators across …

Ken Parker - NextThought

January 18th, 2019


In this episode, Brent chats with NextThought's CEO and co-founder, Ken Parker, about the need for diverse learning methods, the Oklahoma Public …

Erika Lucas - Stitch Crew & The Thunder Launchpad

January 11th, 2019

In this episode Brent Bushey sits down with Erika Lucas of Stitch Crew and the Thunder Launchpad. StitchCrew was born out of a strong belief that …

Introduction - What is School Zoned?

January 4th, 2019


In this episode our Executive Director, Brent Bushey, introduces our new podcast. Brent lets you know what you can expect as far as guests and our …

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