Latest Episodes

CDC guidelines and helpful tips during COVID-19
March 27, 2020

In this episode, Akwi and Justin share important CDC guidelines, some outside thinking, ways to create schedules, and ways to create some lasting memories during this difficult time. 

Just One Moment
December 19, 2019

In this podcast episode, we sharing three unique #JustOne moments that have made a difference in someone's life in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. If you have a #JustOne moment to share, please let us know.   

A Recipe to Feed a Community Need
November 26, 2019

In this Thanksgiving podcast, we take time to give thanks to a partnership that is finding ways to feed our community. Hear from Nick Cappussi, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids and Suzy Ketelson, Manager of Food and Nutr.

The Impact of Magnet Schools
November 14, 2019

In this podcast, we discover the impact CRCSD Magnet Schools are having across the Cedar Rapids community. We explore, what makes a successful magnet school, and how do they compare to other schools? Our guests are Doreen Marvin, who is a past-president .

Iowa School Board Elections
October 21, 2019

In this podcast, we explore the topic of the importance of Iowa School Boards. We talk to Lisa Bartusek from the Iowa Association of School Boards, we speak with Dr. Roack Horn from the School Administrators of Iowa and we chat with two former Cedar Rapi.

The Community Growing and a New Elementary School
October 11, 2019

We welcome Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomerance and Ron Corbett, former mayor and current business retention and expansion strategist of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. We discuss the role of school infrastructure in the community and how i.

The Digital Literacy Journey - Part 1
September 19, 2019

We discuss our Journey with Digital Literacy. We speak with Amy Yu, Regional Program Manager, Google for Education at Google and Ryan Rydstrom, Director of Access and Instructional Design from the Cedar Rapids Community School District. 

The Digital Literacy Journey - Part 2
September 19, 2019

The conversation continues on about the Digital Literacy Journey. We talk with Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning and Media Services from Grant Wood Area Education Agency and Ryan Rydstrom, Director of Access and Instructional Design from the .

Safety, Equity and a Diverse Workforce in K-12 2019
September 04, 2019

In our kickoff episode, we chat with Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise about statewide initiatives to keep an eye on in the 2019-20 academic year. We also hear from the Cedar Rapids Community School District superintendent Noreen Bush who s.

Resilience: The Fourth "R" in Education
March 15, 2019

Lauren Cerqueira, McKinley M.S. - Lauren Cerqueira, professional school counselor at McKinley Middle School discusses the importance of fostering resilience in our students.