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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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Recent Episodes:

Tune In YRDSB's Monthly Review & Calendar Report: September & October: 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.

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.

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Welcome to Tune In YRDSB. Tune In YRDSB is the first podcast of its kind in Ontario. Here we will explore a wide range of topics related to education in York Region and beyond. We look forward to inspiring learning through storytelling.