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Tune In YRDSB Podcast

Tune In YRDSB: Inspiring learning through storytelling 

Tune In YRDSB is the first podcast of its kind in Ontario. Featuring a wide range of topics related to education, Tune In YRDSB is your go-to resource for news about the York Region District School Board.

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SHINE with Tune In YRDSB

SHINE

SHINE is a YRDSB podcast that features voices from the Black community. Guests share their lived experiences, advice, industry expertise and more.

Recent Episodes:

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 On this episode, Principal Aneta Fishman is joined by Author Maksim Goldenshteyn, student Sharon Kartuz, and her mother Mery Kartuz as they reflect on Maksim's book, "So They Remember." They discuss the importance of Holocaust education and creating identity-affirming learning and working environments.On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Principal Debbie Linkewich is joined by four secondary students Benny, Claire, Jennifer and Trinity, as they reflect back on this year's Hackathon. They discuss what is a hackathon, what students learned, the design thinking process, student projects, the benefits for students' future, and so much more!Today's episode features Dr. Olubimpe Ayeni, one of five doctors in her family of seven, and the Head of Plastic Surgery at Southlake Hospital.  In this conversation on SHINE, Dr. Ayeni speaks about family, medicine, what the pandemic has taught her, Black excellence and more. 

 

 

Previous Episodes

Active Routes to School

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, YRDSB and YCDSB Active Travel Coordinator Reena Mistry is joined by Castlemore P.S. Principal Leeanne Hoover-Joy, Curriculum Consultant Marlee Corcoran and City of Markham Traffic and Transportation Planning Manager Loy Cheah to discuss active routes to school. 

 

Secondary Athletics:

 On today's episode of Tune In YRDSB, York Region Athletics Association (YRAA) Coordinator of Athletics Mark Arsenault is joined by YRAA President Jeff Masterson, Bill Hogarth Secondary School Coach/Department Head Sarah Succee and Student Athletes Spencer Dillon (Bill Hogarth Secondary School) and Amy Pletsas (King City Secondary School) to discuss athletics at the secondary school level.  

 

GSA Month

On today's episode of Tune In YRDSB, we are going to be taking at a look at GSAs (Genders & Sexualities Alliances or Gay Straight Alliance) throughout the YRDSB in Secondary and Elementary Schools.  Joined by Missy Mae-Ng - School Social Worker, Hayden Bendavid - Equity Teacher Facilitator & Co-Chair, Elementary GSA Network, Brooke Ginsler - ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher, Donna Franklin - Child & Youth Worker and Cove - YRDSB Secondary School Student.

On this episode, our guests will be talking about, the history of GSAs, GSAs in York Region, the different types of GSAs, what GSA meetings look like, and so much more!

 

Nur Muslim Mentorship Program 

On today's episode of Tune In YRDSB, we are going to be taking at a look at the Nur Muslim Mentorship Program, brought to you by our guests Wahid Khan - South Asian Teacher Liason, Fahima Raufi - Teacher, Zahra Kaba - Equity Teacher Facilitator, Amira - Grade 10 Student, Alesha - Grade 10 Student and Rhyanne - Grade 10 Student.

Our guests will be talking about, what inspired the need for a Muslim Mentorship Program within YRDSB How this program will inspire, challenge and help growth of young Muslim students within the board. What non-Muslim educators, students, administrators need to know about why having NMMP is important at YRDSB The goals and plans to grow the program and expand over the next few years and much more!

 

French Immersion Program

On today's episode of Tune In YRDSB, we are going to be diving deeper into our French Immersion Program, brought to you by our guests Arin Otis - Principal, Deborah Joyce - Principal, Alexandra Papadakis - French Immersion Teacher, Birhavi Somasundaram - Student Teacher, Brandon Wilson - Student Teacher, Kaiden - Grade 3 Student, Mia - Grade 3 Student.

Our guests will be talking about what students like about French Immersion, what the program looks like, how to register, common questions families have and much more!

 

Pathways Programs

This week we are talking about some of the many exciting Ontario Youth Apprenticeship opportunities available to our secondary students. There are over 150 skilled trades for our students so that they can explore their interests and pathway options. 

Joined by Mirella Sanwalka, Principal Curriculum and Instruction Services, Reshma Badiani, Curriculum Coordinator and Linda Alati, Curriculum Consultant on the Pathways team. In addition we are joined by a former student from Stouffville DHS, Thomas Kroupis, and a current YRDSB OYAP student, Anna Maria Manousaridis from Markham District HS as they talk about their experience in the program. 

 

2021/22 School Year - Health and Safety Measures - Part One

On today's episode of Tune In YRDSB, we are joined by Heather Schreider - Elementary Principal of Operations, Education and Community Services, Dawn Adams - Senior Manager, Property Development and Planning Services, and Dr. Barry Pakes - Public Health Physician, York Region Public Health as they focus on the topic of the health and safety measures that will be implemented in schools for the 2021-22 school year, and discuss topics on preparing schools, screening & PPE, facility upgrades, vaccinations and so much more.

 

2021/22 School Year – School Reopening - Part Two

 In our second episode for the 2021/21 School Year, we are joined by, Louise Sirisko - Director of Education, YRDSB, Clayton LaTouche - Associate Director of Education, YRDSB, Dr. Steven Reid - Associate Director of Education, YRDSB, Jannice So - Infection Prevention and Control Specialist, York Region Public Health and Amber Clements - Resource Manager, York Region Public Health, as they share the topics of conversation had during our latest Town Hall, which included questions families had about school reopening this year, and included learning models, vaccinations, mental health resources, supports for families, and so much more. 

 

Welcome to Kindergarten - Parts One and Two

In this two-part episode, YRDSB parent Camille Robertson sits down with a team of Kindergarten educators from Johnny Lombardi PS to ask all the pressing questions she has about her child’s first year at school.

Featuring: 

  • Lara Chebaro, Principal, Curriculum and Instructional Services, Early Years Lead
  • Rita Angellotti, Principal, Johnny Lombardi PS
  • Falguni Karia, Designated Early Childhood Educator, Johnny Lombardi PS
  • Hannah Wolfstadt, Kindergarten Teacher, Johnny Lombardi PS
  • Camille Robertson, Parent

 

Indigenous Education in YRDSB

When we talk about Indigenous education, what are talking about? Is it Indigenous content, is it the way we teach, is it who’s doing the teaching?” In the latest episode of TuneIn YRDSB, hear Indigenous staff members in Inclusive Schools and Community Services discuss this question and more. Listen to this important conversation on Indigenous education in YRDSB – what it is, what it isn’t and where we are as a school board. Learn more about land acknowledgements, residential schools, colonial narratives, embedding Indigenous education in classrooms and more.

Featuring: Andrew McConnell - First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Coordinator, Bradley Gibson - Indigenous Student Advisor, Carolyn Marchand - First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Consultant, Jean Marc Raymond - First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Consultant, Michelle Zante - Equity Teacher Facilitator, Natasha Bascevan - First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Consultant and Victoria Raymer - Indigenous Student Advisor.  

 

As Long as the Rivers Flow: Treaty Talks - Part 3

 On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Indigenous Education Consultant Natasha Bascevan is joined by Amy Brant and Joe Brown from Mohawk Nation at Kenhté:ke as they discuss treaty connections.

 

Black Student Voice

Welcome back to Tune IN YRDSB. In today's episode we are joined by York Region District School Board students, Sydney Baxter, Jaylah Hall, Cameron Davis alongside Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity, Cecil Roach. 

 

The Role of Student Trustees

In today's episode we are joined by Administrative Advisor, Sofia Papadatos, and Student Trustees, Christine Lin, Felix Nomerovsky and Indigenous Student Trustee Ashton Wood. Our Trustees will be covering topics such as the role of Student Trustee, what it's been like navigating the school year through the pandemic, the importance of voting, and so much more!

 

Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students & Network of Educators Supporting Jewish Learners: Advocacy, Solidarity and Allyship

Please join us in this extremely powerful conversation from our 2 Affinity Groups AEMS (Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students) and NESJL (Network of Educators Supporting Jewish Learners) as they discuss the topics of Advocacy, Solidarity and Allyship within our board. 

Featuring: Rizwana Kaderdina, Fatima Jessa, Feras Suleiman, Rabbi Corey Margolese, and Zachary Teitel. 

 

As Long As the Rivers Flow: Focusing on Connections to Treaties - Part 2

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Indigenous Education Consultant Natasha Bascevan is joined by Social Worker and Author Cyndy Baskin as they discuss the connections to treaties. 

 

As Long As the Rivers Flow: Connection to Identity Part 1

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, we are honoured to have Education Consultant and Author Suzanne Methot on the podcast with Indigenous Education Consultant Natasha Bascevan. They’ll be kicking off an ongoing series called, As Long As the Rivers Flow - Treaty Talks.

 

Learning and Caring Part 2

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Superintendent of Education - Assessment and Research Services Shawn Bredin discusses your questions about the YRDSB Learning and Caring Plan with Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity Cecil Roach, Mental Health Lead Patricia Marra-Stapleton, Continuing Education Supervisor Michelle Tarto and Inclusive School and Community Services Principal Donna Ford. 

 

Pride Month in YRDSB Part 2

In this episode, Teacher-Librarian Darren Pamayah speaks with Kettle Lakes P.S. Teacher Natalie Zuchlinski, Community Partnership Developer Missy Sturtevant Mae-Ng, Social Worker Andy Gayoso-Descalzi and Student Gwynneth Kobold about Pride initiatives and student voice at YRDSB.  

 

Pride Month in YRDSB

On this episode on Tune In YRDSB, Teacher-Librarian Darren Pamayah speaks with Superintendent of Education Rita Russo,  Community & Partnership Developer Missy Sturtevant Mae-Ng, Special Education Student Services Principal Paul Woods and Silver Steam Public School Principal Patricia Yeates about Pride Month in YRDSB.

 

Learning and Caring During COVID-19

On this episode on Tune In YRDSB, Associate Director of Education Dr. Steven Reid, Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Student Services and Well Being Kate Diakiw and Superintendent of Education - Curriculum and Instructional Services Heather Sears discuss YRDSB's Learning and Caring Plan and answer some common questions about it. 

 

Beyond Black History Month - Featuring Louise Sirisko 

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity Cecil Roach talks to Director of Education Louise Sirisko about her equity goals and her thoughts on York Region District School Board’s 2020 Black History Month celebration.

 

Affirming Black Identities - Featuring Dr. Camille Logan and Donna Ford

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Superintendent of Education Camille Logan and Principal of Inclusive School and Community Services Donna Ford guest host and discuss why it is important to affirm Black identities and teach people the entirety of Black history, not just what happened during and after colonialism.  

 

In Pursuit of Excellence - Featuring Warren Salmon and Ransford Brempong

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity Cecil Roach interviews Black Board International and First Fridays President and CEO Warren Salmon about his equity work and what it means to demonstrate Black excellence.  Later, Cecil speaks with two-time Dutch Basketball League All-Star Ransford Brempong about perseverance and how Brempong was able to build on his parents’ Canadian dream as a first generation Ghanaian-Canadian.

 

Telling Your Truth - Featuring Anita Asante

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Associate Director of Education Clayton La Touche and Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity Cecil Roach speak with Buttonville Public School French Teacher Anita Asante about her work as a spoken word artist, teaching French, and how to tell your truth as a Black Canadian.

 

Pilot Episode

On this episode of Tune In YRDSB, Associate Director of Education Clayton La Touche and Coordinating Superintendent of Education - Indigenous Education and Equity Cecil Roach speak about the importance of Black History Month and why it is important to celebrate Black excellence.

Welcome to Tune In YRDSB's new sub-series SHINE. In this series, we will celebrate Black excellence in its many forms. 

 

SHINE - Jayden Hamilton (Li'l J Hollywood)

 This episode features Musician Jayden Hamilton (Li'l J Hollywood) and is hosted by Mawuli Chai. 

 

SHINE - Jillian Danford (Auntie Jillian)

This episode features YouTube, Television and Social Media Personality, Jillian Danford, also known as Auntie Jillian.  Please see episode advisory on Anchor prior to listening. 

 

SHINE - Saeed Renaud

This episode features Actor and Vocalist Saeed Renaud.  

Each month, we will give you a quick update on what’s been happening around the board, and what we have to look forward to in the coming weeks!