Podcasts

Below are podcast interviews conducted by the League of Education Voters, in descending order by date. Enjoy!


Department of Early Learning Director Heather Moss - League of Education VotersDepartment of Children, Youth, and Families Deputy Director Heather Moss

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Heather Moss, Deputy Director of the Washington state Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and Director of the Department of Early Learning (DEL), to discuss how the new DCYF will work, how to support children from a background of trauma, how to bolster the early learning educator pipeline, how to ensure quality of childcare by Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers, and her overall vision for early childhood education.

July 19, 2018



Parent Educator Katherine Lewis - League of Education VotersParent Educator Katherine Lewis on Social Emotional Learning

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with parent educator Katherine Lewis, author of “The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It,” to discuss the importance of student self-regulation, why adult mindset is key in schools, and what Social Emotional Learning support looks like in practice.

June 21, 2018


Dr. Nadine Burke Harris - League of Education VotersAdverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Expert Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with national childhood trauma expert Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, to discuss how to help kids who have experienced childhood trauma, and what we can do if we went through trauma ourselves.

June 1, 2018


2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning - League of Education Voters2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year and 2018 Washington state Teacher of the Year, to discuss how the teaching profession has changed during her tenure, how to create a national narrative around education when it is often seen as a local issue, what advice she would give teacher prep institutions, and what it was like meeting President Trump.

May 7, 2018


Senator Andy Billig and Senator Ann Rivers - League of Education VotersBipartisanship in Washington state

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Senator Andy Billig (D-Spokane) and Senator Ann Rivers (R-La Center) to discuss bipartisan accomplishments, the effect of national politics on bipartisanship here in the ‘other Washington,’ and opportunities to work across the aisle moving forward.

March 1, 2018


2016 Washington state Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling - League of Education VotersNate Bowling on Physical Health Student Supports

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with 2016 Washington state Teacher of the Year Nathan Gibbs-Bowling to discuss students’ physical health needs, how teacher voice could impact education policy, and how his life has changed since being named Teacher of the Year.

February 20, 2018


Student Activist Nina Reckinger and Kim Beeson of Puget Sound ESD Student Support Services - League of Education VotersMental Health Supports for Students

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Youth Council Mental Health Organizer Nina Reckinger and Kim Beeson, Director of Student Support Services at Puget Sound Educational Service District, to discuss current mental health needs, how educators could be trained to provide support to students, and where a student facing mental health issues can get help now.

February 1, 2018


Senator Lisa Wellman

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Lisa Wellman, Chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, to discuss why she decided to run for office, her priorities for 2018, her personal education journey, and how she would like to see our education system serve her grandson.

December 21, 2017


The 2018 Washington Teachers of the Year

2018 Washington state Teacher of the Year - League of Education Voters

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman asked the 2018 Teachers of the Year about their teaching philosophy, their greatest accomplishment in the classroom, how they would make teaching better in Washington state, what advice they would give a new teacher, and what motivation they still carry with them from their first day in the classroom. LEV was honored to interview:

Mandy Manning, 2018 Washington state Teacher of the Year from the Spokane School District

Melissa Charette, 2018 ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Olympia School District

Denisha Saucedo, 2018 ESD 121 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Kent School District

Jon Magnus, 2018 ESD 171 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Wenatchee School District

Linne Haywood, 2018 ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Darrington School District

Jennifer Tenney, 2018 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Mount Adams School District

Laurie Price, 2018 ESD 123 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Richland School District

Ethan Chessin, 2018 ESD 112 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Camas School District

December 8, 2017


Spokane Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger - League of Education VotersSpokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger to discuss her personal education journey, what questions she has about school funding changes resulting from House Bill 2242, the McCleary deal, and what she is most excited about for her community.

November 13, 2017


Katie Bubalo Summit Atlas - League of Education VotersSummit Atlas Executive Director Katie Bubalo

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Summit Atlas Public School Executive Director Katie Bubalo to discuss her personal education journey, how students can learn to take responsibility for their education, and how Summit Atlas can impact education for every student in Washington state.

October 18, 2017


Manka Dhingra - League of Education Voters45th Legislative District Candidate Manka Dhingra

The outcome of the 45th Legislative District Senate race will determine control of the Washington state Legislature.

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with 45th Legislative District Senate candidate Manka Dhingra (D) to discuss her education priorities, her personal education journey, her opinion about the Legislature’s progress on education funding, and what scares her most about the job.

September 21, 2017


Jinyoung Lee Englund - League of Education Voters45th Legislative District Candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund

The outcome of the 45th Legislative District Senate race will determine control of the Washington state Legislature.

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with 45th Legislative District Senate candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund (R) to discuss her education priorities, her personal education journey, her opinion about the Legislature’s progress on education funding, and what scares her most about the job.

September 15, 2017


Team Child Legal Services Director David Huneryager - League of Education VotersTeam Child on Special Education in Washington

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Team Child Legal Services Director David Huneryager to discuss the special education landscape in Washington state, this year’s US Supreme Court Endrew ruling and the ACLU’s lawsuit against the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and what would happen if we all believe that every child can learn.

July 24, 2017


OSPI Chris Reykdal - League of Education VotersState Superintendent Chris Reykdal

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal to discuss his six-year K-12 education plan, how the plan would prepare our kids for what comes after high school, and how we can help make it happen.

June 22, 2017


Washington STEM CEO Caroline King - League of Education VotersWashington STEM CEO Caroline King

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Washington STEM CEO Caroline King to discuss how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Career Connected Learning can be applied in the classroom, and how she would design an education system from scratch.

May 18, 2017


Representative Pat Sullivan - League of Education VotersRepresentative Pat Sullivan

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, member of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Education Funding Task Force, to discuss how parents, teachers and the community can get involved in a McCleary education funding solution, why teachers are so important, and what he would tell someone who is considering a run for public office.

May 4, 2017


Senator Ann Rivers - League of Education VotersSenator Ann Rivers

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Ann Rivers, Co-Chair of the Education Funding Task Force and member of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, to discuss why she decided to run for office, where she sees common ground for a McCleary education funding solution, and her favorite classroom accomplishment when she was a middle school teacher.

April 20, 2017


Senator Hans Zeiger - League of Education VotersSenator Hans Zeiger

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Hans Zeiger, Chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, to discuss why he decided to run for office, how he transitioned from the House to the Senate, and what he sees as priorities for the McCleary education funding solution.

March 9, 2017


OSPI Chris Reykdal - League of Education VotersState Superintendent Chris Reykdal

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal to discuss the K-12 education funding plans on the table, how to close the opportunity and achievement gaps, and how to create a statewide system of career technical education.

February 2, 2017


Governor Jay Inslee - League of Education VotersGovernor Jay Inslee

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Governor Jay Inslee to discuss his 2017 education priorities, how to build bridges in today’s political climate, and how to close the opportunity and achievement gaps.

December 14, 2016


Teachers of the Year

2017 Teachers of the Year Elizabeth Loftus and Camille Jones - League of Education Voters

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman asked current and former Regional Teachers of the Year about their teaching philosophy, their greatest accomplishment in the classroom, and how they would prioritize education spending in Washington state if they were in charge. In this podcast, LEV was honored to interview:

Camille Jones, 2017 Washington state Teacher of the Year from the Quincy School District

Shari Conditt, 2015 ESD 112 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Woodland School District

Kendra Yamamoto, 2017 ESD 112 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Vancouver School District

Elizabeth Loftus, 2017 ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Oak Harbor School District

John Gallagher, 2017 ESD 114 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Port Angeles School District

Lynne Olmos, 2012 ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year from the Mossy Rock School District

Lyon Terry, 2015 Washington state Teacher of the Year

December 1, 2016


State Senator Christine Rolfes - League of Education VotersSenator Christine Rolfes

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman sat down with Senator Christine Rolfes (D-23) to talk about solutions to funding our education system, how to close achievement gaps, the importance of career-connected learning, and why she decided to run for office.

November 18, 2016


Rep. Ruth Kagi - League of Education VotersRepresentative Ruth Kagi

League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32) about the politics of early learning, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families, and why she decided to run for office.

November 18, 2016


OSPI Chris Reykdal - League of Education VotersSuperintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Chris Reykdal

 

The League of Education Voters interviewed both candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Note: The League of Education Voters did not promote or endorse either candidate.

September 6, 2016


OSPI Candidate Erin Jones - League of Education VotersSuperintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Erin Jones

The League of Education Voters interviewed both candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Note: The League of Education Voters did not promote or endorse either candidate.

September 21, 2016


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