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In this episode, as Park Tudor enters its new season of Professional Learning Communities, Laura Gellin and I talk with three of our new PLC leaders: Jamie Salatich, Carrie Payline, and Liz Odmark. We discuss what success in PLC groups looks like, as well as the main hopes and goals for the coming weeks and months.

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Jamie Salatich - Mrs. Salatich came to Park Tudor in 2013 from St. Richard's, where she taught first grade and helped implement a variety of programs, including project-based learning and various STEM initiatives. She has received multiple teaching awards, including MSD Perry Township Teacher of the Year 2006, Indiana PTA State Life Award 2007, and the Indiana Ice/Sharp Business Systems Educator of the Year Award 2011. Prior to St. Richard's, Jamie taught at the Paramount School of Excellence, where she chaired the School Improvement Committee, which focused on creating a culturally responsive environment. She currently coaches Lower School robotics.

Liz Odmark - Mrs. Odmark has taught English at Springfield North High School in Ohio, and at North Central High School and the Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis. She started the Upper School Speech and Debate Team in 1992, serving as coach for five years, and has served as advisor of The Artisan, Park Tudor’s Upper School art and literary magazine. She also served as English Department Chair from 2002-2007 and served on an ISACS school evaluation committee in 2014. She started a Middle School Speech and Debate Team in 2015.

Carrie Poehlein - Prior to joining Park Tudor, Carrie was College and Career Counselor at Roncalli High School and College Advisor at Cathedral High School. She also has experience on the other side of the college admissions process, having been an Admissions Counselor/Senior Admissions Counselor at Butler University for three years. Carrie is a leader in the field; in addition to her work at Park Tudor, she is a Course Instructor for the University of California, Berkeley Extension, teaching two foundational courses within their Certificate in College Admissions Advising program. In this graduate certificate program for school counselors and independent educational consultants, Carrie teaches both new and seasoned professionals from across the world regarding college application procedures, standardized testing requirements, and admissions requirements for public and private universities. In addition, Carrie also works as an Advanced Placement (AP) Coordinator Workshop Consultant for the College Board - one of only 25 training consultants nationwide. In this role, Carrie conducts training programs for AP Coordinators during interactive, virtual workshops. Carrie is very active in the Indiana Association of College Admissions Counselors, frequently presenting at their conferences and serving on a variety of committees. She is a 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. Carrie earned a B.A. degree in French and Business Studies, as well as a Master of Science in Effective Teaching and Learning, both from Butler University.

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In this episode, we chat with Dr. Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple, authors of 'Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation'. We discuss what it means to build a true culture of belonging, how this can lead to meaningful success and achievement, and how we can reframe our language around equity to move toward a more inclusive environment.

Book: Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity

About Dr. Floyd Cobb from instructionalcoaching.com:

Floyd Cobb has over 20 years of experience spanning the P-20 educational continuum, holding roles as a teacher, school leader, district curriculum leader, and a statewide policy implementer. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. There, he is an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses on social inequality through the lenses of race, class, and gender. In 2017, Floyd was awarded the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, which is given to one adjunct faculty member at the university. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is the lead author of the book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, which focuses on dignity as a key component of equity implementation. 

About John Krownapple from instructionalcoaching.com:

John Krownapple specializes in professional learning and organizational development focused on equitable change. Bringing with him over 15 years of experience as the coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion for a school district of over 50,000 students, John has published numerous articles and is the author of the book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally Proficient Facilitation (Corwin, 2017) and co-author of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation (Mimi & Todd Press, 2019). John has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and district administrator. He is currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and educational consultant.

 

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