Issues Now! Podcasts - Season 2

  • The purpose of this podcast is to highlight issues of equity in education by talking with experts in the field as well as teachers and administrators in the county who put equitable practices in action.  Our first episode aired July 29, 2020.  

  • Season Two


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    Episode One: Where Are We Now- Interrupting Racism Part One (January 13, 2021)

    Our first mini series of Season Two will focus on some of the equity work that is being done in Cumberland County Schools.  I want to highlight those that are addressing the inequities of the educational system by hearing from them.  Our first discussion will be with Kristy Newitt, who is the Counselor Coordinators here in CCS along with three school counselors from our district, Shacarra Taylor, Rangel McLaurin, and Deborah Martin. Kristy led a PD last fall with all of the counselors in our district based on the book Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling by Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins.


    Episode Two: Where Are We Now- Interrupting Racism Part Two (January 13, 2021)

    On this episode, I continue my conversation with the school counselors from Cumberland County about the professional development they embarked on in the fall.  Today they share with us some of their next steps.  I am so grateful for them and the work they are doing in our schools.  I am blessed to have had this conversation with them and as I stated before I will truly never forget where I was and who I was with (even though it may have been virtual) when the tragic events on the afternoon of January 6, 2021 took place.  Issues Now exists to highlight issues of inequity and injustice and we denounce the acts of violence and hatred that occurred that day. We look forward to the day when our country lives out the truth that all people were created equally.


    Episode Three: Where Are We Now- Creating Equity Teams (January 27, 2021)

    On today's episode I welcome back my good friend Tianna O’Brien and members of the new developed Equity Team from Bill Hefner Elementary School. As you will hear- Tianna started this team after the same Professional Development that led to the creation of this podcast. We talk about how they started their team and what they are doing to address inequities in their school. 


    Episode Four: Where Are We Now- Frank Conversations Through Professional Development (Feburay 10, 2021)

    For this episode, I spoke with several faculty members from Ashley Elementary School.  We disucssed a professional development they participated in last fall that took a deep dive into the historical aspect of systemic racism and how it is still affecting the schools today.  We discuss the need for all educators to participate in these types of conversations and their "takeaways and ahas."


    Episode Five: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Through Opportunity Culture (February 24, 2021)

    On today’s episode we will be learning about a new initiative that is starting in Cumberland County Schools to address the issue of access to highly effective teachers for historically underrepresented students.  Opportunity Culture is a program that addresses this issue while keeping equity at the center of its core beliefs.  I am so excited about this initiative and look forward to how it will help students at my school and across Cumberland County.

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  • Meet The Host

    Hannah Gray

    Hannah Gray, the creator of Issues Now!, is a product of Cumberland County Schools and has been an educator for 11 years.  She has spent 9 of those years here in Cumberland County Schools and is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Cliffdale Elementary School.  She has a deep passion for creating equity in our school community. To learn more about Hannah, listen to this podcast where she and her husband discuss being in an interracial marriage during this time.

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