Education Buzz is a new podcast from Harvard Community Unit School District 50. In each episode, Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya talks with leaders and innovators working in and around the world of public education.
A variety of topics will focus on the challenges and solutions facing students, teachers, administrators, and families in the landscape of 21st-century learning.
9: Lifelong Educator Dr. Richard Crosby – Part 2
Dr. Tafoya continues his talk with current board member and lifelong educator Dr. Richard Crosby. In the second half of this two-part episode, they discuss major inflection points for the district. Many aspects of education have changed over the decades, but Dr. Crosby’s commitment to the children of Harvard remains constant.
8: Lifelong Educator Dr. Richard Crosby – Part 1
Dr. Tafoya talks with current board member and lifelong educator Dr. Richard Crosby. In the first half of this two-part episode, they trace Dr. Crosby’s origins and experiences as a teacher, coach, principal, facilities director, superintendent, and dedicated community member of Harvard. Many aspects of education have changed over the decades, but Dr. Crosby’s commitment to the children of Harvard remains constant.
7: Instructional Consultant Lisa Westman and Remote Learning
Dr. Tafoya talks with author and educational consultant Lisa Westman. They discuss the changes schools are facing since the onset of COVID-19. Westman works with school systems across the country to effectively implement student-driven differentiation, standards-based learning, and instructional coaching programs. She’s provided support to Harvard CUSD 50 for the past three years.
- After the Pandemic: Our Children Deserve an Education Revolution
- 9 Ways School Will Look Different When We Open
- Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
6: Caring for Harvard High School Students
Dr. Tafoya talks with Principal Carl Hobbs about the end of the year planning for Harvard High School as the community deals with the impact of COVID-19.
- Spring Sports
- AP Testing and the SAT
- Senior Awards and Scholarships
During this period of uncertainty, it’s critical that students connect with their teachers, counselors, and social workers. Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation. The staff of Harvard High School is here for you.
5: Life-Changing Benefits of Community College
In this episode, Dr. Tafoya interviews McHenry County College President Dr. Clint Gabbard. The college offers a multitude of pathways for students seeking traditional degrees, technical programs, and career training. Harvard CUSD 50 and McHenry County College have a strong and growing partnership, including Upward Bound and dual credit classes.
4: Earning Your Doctorate
Dr. Tafoya talks with Harvard’s Director of Curriculum and Assessment Dr. Mary Cooke and Harvard High School Division Chair and Science Teacher Dr. Sara Weaver.
Both guests recently completed doctoral programs. The newly minted doctors share their experiences and insights about the journey to earning a doctorate.
3: Facilities Planning with Wold Architect John Maurer
Dr. Corey Tafoya talks John Maurer from Wold Architects and Engineers. With a growing student population and school facilities reaching capacity, Harvard District 50 has been examining space needs and formulating a long-range facility master plan.
2: Harvard High School Senior Desiree Brady
For the second episode, Dr. Tafoya ditched his tie for a day and shadowed Harvard High School senior Desiree Brady. Ms. Brady shares her perspective on high school and what her life is like as a student.
1: Tackling Teacher Shortages
Education Buzz is a new podcast from Harvard Community Unit School District 50. In the debut episode, Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya talks with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Vicki Larson about hiring, retention, and dealing with the growing teacher shortage.