District 401 Podcast
Several times a semester Ms. Iovinelli will sit down with members of the D401 community to discuss the latest innovations, achievements and best practices in our District.
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The first episode was launched Oct. 1, 2018. The most recent (Episode #14) was released June 6, 2019. All episodes are available on our podcast channel and on this page. Scroll down to listen!
Current Podcast | Episode #16 | Aug. 30, 2019
In our 16th episode, learn all about "Operation Genius," a challenge that will culminate in a districtwide event on March 12, 2020, focused on student choice, passion, creativity and innovation. Ms. Kristen Carroll and Ms. Jessica Iovinelli discuss the inspiration for the project, the opportunities it will provide for our students, and how it will bring the community together.
Archive of Podcast Episodes
This section contains every episode of "Parkside Chat" produced since the podcast began in October 2018. The archive will be updated as each new episode is released.
In our 16th episode, learn all about "Operation Genius," a challenge that culminates in a districtwide event on March 12, 2020, focused on student choice, passion, creativity and innovation. Ms. Kristen Carroll and Ms. Jessica Iovinelli discuss the inspiration for the project, the opportunities it will provide students, and how it will bring the community together.
Our 15th episode is "Welcome Back 2019-20," which features a conversation with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas D. Wade, who kicks off the new school year with an update on all of the work being done in the District, reflections on the 2018-19 school year and a discussion of the District's plans for moving forward.
Our 14th episode is "College and Career Pathways," which features a conversation with Principal Mr. Douglas Wildes and Assistant Principal Ms. Kyleen Coia from Elmwood Park High School and Principal Ms. Rebecca Siegel and Assistant Principal Ms. Ashley Groeneveld from Elm Middle School. Together they discuss the District's new pathways program for preparing students for 21st-century careers and higher education.
Our 13th episode is "The Transition Program," which features a conversation with D401 Director for Student Services Dr. Kari Smith and EPHS special education teacher Ms. Hilary Coia about the District's new transition program for young adults with special needs who are 18 to 21. The program is scheduled to be launched in August 2019.
Our 12th episode is "Full-Day Kindergarten," which features a conversation with Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401's Director for Curriculum & Instruction, and Early Childhood Center Principal Mr. Kevin Seibel on the benefits of moving to a full-day kindergarten program.
Our 10th episode is "Co-Teaching," which features a conversation on that subject with English learner (EL) teachers Ms. Johanna Arias from John Mills Elementary and Ms. Lisa Loffredo from Elmwood Elementary. The veteran educators discuss the collaborative practice of pairing teachers together in a classroom to share the responsibilities of planning, instructing and assessing students. How does co-teaching work, and what are its benefits?
Our ninth episode is "National Board Certification," featuring a conversation with Ms. Penny Dahmer, reading specialist at the Early Childhood Center, and Ms. Cami Breitzman, 4th-grade teacher at Elmwood Elementary School. In this podcast, the two National Board Certified teachers discuss how the national certification process works and how it contributes to the professional growth of teachers.
Our eighth episode features a conversation with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade. In this podcast, Dr. Wade talks about future changes in the District's elementary schools, including the move to full-day kindergarten, the adoption of standards-based report cards and the need for long-term facility improvements.
Our seventh episode features a conversation with EPHS teachers Ms. Angela Andrews (science), Ms. Debbie Anichini (math) and Mr. David Parolin (English) about District 401's Technology Initiative and the move to 1:1 computing, which began this year at the high school and will arrive at Elm Middle School after winter break.
Our sixth episode features a conversation with Elm Middle School students Emily Furgal, Alanis Rivera and Dounia Timejardine-Zomeno about the school's new drama club, sponsored by Mr. Noah Pligge. The club will perform "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 21.
Our fifth episode features a conversation with Elmwood Park High Schoolstudents Alexa Duarte, Sarah Meyers and Charles Sanchez about District 401's move to 1:1 computing, which began this year at EPHS and will take place next year at Elm Middle School.
Our fourth episode features a conversation about District 401's newly created instructional specialist positions with Director for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Leah Gauthier and instructional specialists Ms. Morgan Freeck and Ms. Jamie Kanas.
Our third episode features a discussion about social and emotional learning (SEL) with EPHS Assistant Principal Ms. Kyleen Coia, who also heads the District's Social Justice League, a committee dedicated to the social and emotional well-being of our students.
Our second episode features a discussion with Elm Middle School Principal Ms. Rebecca Siegel and Assistant Principal Ms. Ashley Groeneveld about the District's plans for renovating and expanding Elm, which will include incorporating 6th grade into the school.
Our inaugural episode features a conversation with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade about the District's approach to education — as embodied in the signature phrase "An Invitation to Opportunity" — and what that means for our District and our students.