The Cutting Edge is a web series powered by Verano Learning Partners and hosted by the Verano’s Chief of Staff, Chase Eskelsen.
The Cutting Edge features a variety of guests from school administrators and teachers to thought leaders and policy analysts.
Episodes focus on the latest trends in Education and the future of learning for younger generations.
Episode 14 | Dr. Yovhane Metcalfe
Dr. Yovhane Metcalfe, Chief Academic Officer of StrongMind, joins the final program of Season 1 to talk about digital curriculum design for students in grades K-5 as well as the new StrongMindED SEL curriculum.
Episode 13 | Jeff Kwitowski
Jeff Kwitowski, SVP Public Affairs for Stride, joins the show to talk about the current education landscape, policy trends across the nation, and the large number of new learning formats shared by all school formats.
Episode 12 | Mark Plitzuweit
Mark Plitzuweit, CEO of EdKey Inc., joins the show to talk about quickly pivoting during challenges experienced during COVID and how their organization is uniquely situated to keep student outcomes at the forefront, regardless of challenges both large and small.
Episode 11 | Inga Cotton
Parent Advocate and founder of San Antonio Charter Mom’s, Inga Cotton, joins the show to talk about how parents can enrich their student’s education, advocate for children and their very specific learning needs, and support emotional and mental wellbeing.
Episode 10 | Amy Valentine
Executive Director of The Future of School, Amy Valentine, joins the show to talk about their education non-profit and how they are supporting teachers and students. Future of School has been around for 5 years and their efforts are directly tied to student and teacher successes.
Episode 9 | Tamika Galvin
Principal of Valor Academy of Ohio, Tamika Galvin, joins The Cutting Edge this week to discuss a great public school option that feels like a private school in the heart of Columbus, OH.
Episode 8 | Tamara Becker
Vice President of School Services, Tamara Becker, joins the show to discuss digital instruction’s ability to differentiate the school experience for each learner. Additionally, she explains the benefits of serving adult learners through digital education. Finally, she provides some pointers for schools and administrators looking at adding digital programs within their schools post-COVID.
Episode 7 | Jessica Shopoff
Harvard Strategic Data Fellow, Jessica Shopoff, joins the show to talk through student performance data, academic policy, and creating specific student-centered decisions. Additionally, she provides advice to building data capacity within educational institutions.
Episode 6 | Tillie Elvrum
Tillie Elvrum, who leads the Parent Support for Online Learning, joins the show to talk about partnering with like-minded parents who see the value of digital education options for their students. She also explains her first-hand experience of enrolling her children in digital ed school formats and how what her kids experienced over the many years is very different than what many parents are experiencing during the COVID 19 emergency remote learning.
Episode 5 | Natalie Covarrubias
Assistant Program Director of iCode Goodyear, Natalie Covarrubias, joins the show to talk about computer coding, after school enrichment opportunities, and their one year anniversary on March 3, 2021.
Episode 4 | Seth McKinzie
Chief Development Officer of Verano Learning Partners, Seth McKinzie, joins the show to talk about finding the right educational option for each unique district, charter, or private school. The idea of an intentionally designed foundation to any school or institution becomes crucial to future thinking academic programs.
Episode 3 | Savannah Denning
Savannah Denning from Green River Regional Education Cooperative in Kentucky joins the show to talk about bite-size professional development opportunities paired with immediate takeaways to drive student success. Additionally, the idea of teacher resiliency is discussed.
Episode 2 | Julie Taylor
Head of School, Julie Taylor joins the show to talk about flexible private school options including a summer school opportunities for both currently enrolled and non-Bridge School enrolled students from anywhere in the world.
Episode 1 | Dan Mahlandt
Principal Dan Mahlandt gives a real world example of hybrid learning. Additionally, get more information on The Valor Preparatory School of Arizona’s open house and iCode Goodyear’s one-year anniversary scheduled for March 3, 2021.