New Communication – Talk Radio & New Podcast #Engage109

It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.”- Michael Dell

In the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 we take communication very seriously! We use email and telephone notification systems and we also use a district “app”. In addition, our hashtag #Engage109 on Twitter allows us to tell our story in real time and with images and video and text.

Facebook for the district as well as the six schools is also still a highly used communication medium.

Of late we have been expanding our communications via interview (blog radio interviews), and we are also starting a DPS109 Podcast (which you can subscribe to on the iTunes store). We’ll share more about the Podcast in subsequent blog posts; for now we are going to issue a podcast episode at least once a month, and more frequently when district news warrants it.

With this blog post I’m sharing one of these new forms of communication, an interview with one of the District 109 parent leaders, Mrs. Patty O’Machel. Patty has taken the lead on Disability Awareness Week planning and facilitation. This pro-social series of lessons and experiences help remove the fear that some people have when encountering people with differences. Patty is a leader that you should learn more about!

Patty and I were recently interviewed with Larry Jacobs … listen below:

Blog Talk Radio Interview with Larry Jacobs on the EDUCATION IN AMERICA: FOR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY radio show.

Back to School Message and Video

“One of the keys to success lies in knowing and believing in yourself. When you are confident and trust in who you are, you can perform to the best of your ability.”
– Pete Carroll, Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion

We are gearing up for our Back To School kick offs next week! With staff institute days, in-services, and training, to the first days of school for our 3000 students in grades PK-8, we are ready to Engage, Inspire, and Empower for another learning-packed school year. With so much anticipation of the changes taking place, we like to take the time to reflect on our mission, vision, values, and experiences which are all tied together in support of and for learning and growth.

Click here for the Back To School Mini-Cast

On August 14th teachers and staff from Districts 109, 112, and 113 gathered for a day of professional development to prepare as we all move to 1:1 transformative learning environments for all students, grades K-12. Please see this video for a look into how our teachers are getting ready for the new way of providing public education:

Engage 109 Podcast 3 with Jenny Miltimore

In DPS109 we are committed to the success of all learners – youth and adults. About every week Dr. Zoul and I are celebrating the engaging, inspiring, and empowering work of a member of the DPS109 faculty and staff. This week we interview Mrs. Jenny Miltimore, @JLMILTI on Twitter, who identifies some special features of historic Wilmot school and the trailblazing efforts of Jenny and her classroom.

Please take a few minutes and listen to wonderful work that Jenny does each and every day – this is representative of the outstanding work of the many fabulous teachers and staff members in DPS109.

#Engage109 Podcast Channel

Dr. Zoul and I are so proud of all DPS109 educators! In another form of communication and celebration, he and I are proud to share the inaugural #Engage109 Podcast Channel (see below). We will interview (10 minutes or less) an educator from DPS109 and we will share out news, updates, information, celebrations, and thoughts from our engaging, inspiring, and empowering public school district!