JFYNetWorks Podcast
Early College Info Session, BMC Durfee High School Dual Enrollment with Bridgewater State University

Early College Info Session, BMC Durfee High School Dual Enrollment with Bridgewater State University

May 27, 2021

MAY 2021 PODCAST - This month's podcast features an early college information session held at BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, which is supported by JFYNetWorks. The session, hosted by Director of Counseling Andrew Woodward and Durfee Counselor Kerry Bulk, highlights experiences by both faculty and students involved in the program. Early College at Durfee High School is a student-outcome driven pathway designed to increase post-secondary enrollment, persistence, and graduation for all students including underserved populations in higher education.

Podcast transcript found here.

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MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

Teacher & Student from Kingsman Academy in DC: Some students more focused in online school

Teacher & Student from Kingsman Academy in DC: Some students more focused in online school

March 31, 2021

APRIL 2021 PODCAST - This month’s podcast features a conversation with teacher Crystal Seawood and her student Takaria, both from JFYNetWorks partner Kingsman Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, as they discuss how some students may be more focused working in the online version of school. Kingsman Academy Public Charter School is an open-enrollment school that welcomes all students into a comfortable, therapeutic environment with personal attention and multi-tiered behavioral and academic supports. Due to the pandemic, the school has been forced to operate remotely this academic year and the diverse population of students, who already face many challenges related not just to education, but to life itself, have adapted to the new educational platform.

Podcast transcript found here.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

English Professor Steven Dooner’s analysis of Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb

English Professor Steven Dooner’s analysis of Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb

February 24, 2021

FEBRUARY 2021 PODCAST - Our celebration of Black History Month continues with today’s podcast featuring an analysis of the poem The Hill We Climb presented by Amanda Gorman during the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It features Quincy College English Professor Steven Dooner’s analysis of the rich allusions, references and wordplay woven into the texture of this densely patterned tapestry of spoken word. Professor Dooner, a teacher and performer of literature for over 30 years and a favorite among Quincy College students, teases out Ms. Gorman's many evocations of the writings of African American poets, writers and leaders, a backdrop of reference that provided poignant and pointed context for the historic moment.

Podcast transcript found here.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

In Their Own Words: ‘How the School Shutdown of 2020 Impacted Teachers & Students’

In Their Own Words: ‘How the School Shutdown of 2020 Impacted Teachers & Students’

January 27, 2021

‘How Teachers Adjusted in 2020’ A Compilation

JANUARY 2021 PODCAST - During this past year, we have explored relevant and topical educational issues each month. In today’s podcast, we’ll take a look back at some of the memorable moments from our 2020 podcasts. Our focus will be on how teachers adjusted to the school shutdown.

This compilation podcast features:

ADMINISTRATORS:

  • MICHAEL MARRAPODI, Dean of Online Programming at Cambridge College
  • JAMES WEAVER, the director of performing arts and sports from the National Federation of State High School Associations
  • KEVIN MCCASKILL, Executive Director, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston
  • JORGE SANTANA, Executive Director of the PACE Career Academy Charter School, Pembroke, New Hampshire
  • KENNESHA KELLY, co-founder and Executive Director of Kingsman Academy, Washington, DC

TEACHERS:

  • RACHEL SILVA, English Teacher, Durfee Academy, Fall River
  • LISA HONEYMAN, Math Teacher, Newton South High School
  • CHARLOTTLE BOCCUZZI, Special Education Paraprofessional, Ashland Public Schools
  • SETTENAH WRIGHT, English as a second language teacher for English Language Learning students, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston

STUDENTS:

  • JARIN, Durfee Academy, Fall River
  • EVAN, Durfee Academy, Fall River
  • HENRY, Needham High School
  • MAGGIE, Needham High School
  • SASHA, Needham High School

Podcast transcript found here.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

Kevin McCaskill, Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Part II

Kevin McCaskill, Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Part II

December 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a lack of access to technology for some Boston families.

DECEMBER 2020 PODCAST - This month's podcast is the second part of the conversation between Executive Director Gary Kaplan and Kevin McCaskill, the Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, the only Vocational High School in the Boston Public School system. Mr. McCaskill has been working in education for over 30 years and between them, Gary and Mr. McCaskill have close to 75 years of experience advocating for public education. In this episode, they discuss how the current pandemic exposed a lack of access to technology for some Boston families, how progress and change continues to work its way across the country, and the most important types of leadership needed in our schools to ensure they provide the best possible education to our students.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness problem by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

JFY Welcomes Kevin McCaskill, Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

JFY Welcomes Kevin McCaskill, Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

October 28, 2020

Technology could be the great equalizer for underserved populations.

OCTOBER 2020 PODCAST - This month's podcast features a conversation between JFY Executive Director Gary Kaplan and Kevin McCaskill, the Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, the only Vocational High School in the Boston Public School system. Mr. McCaskill has been working in education for over 30 years. Between them, Mr. Kaplan and Mr. McCaskill have close to 75 years of experience advocating for public education. In this episode, we'll hear as they talk about a variety of topics, including Mr. McCaskill's reason for leaving the private sector and beginning a career in education, why urban schools struggle to hire diverse educators, and how technology could be the great equalizer for underserved populations.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness problem by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Connected Learning’ Support for Online Teaching and Learning

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Connected Learning’ Support for Online Teaching and Learning

September 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gary Kaplan, JFYNetWorks, 617-338-0815 ext.224, gkaplan@jfynet.org

JFYNetWorks offers online content and data serve as the anchor of instruction and accountability.

BOSTON – JFYNetWorks, the Boston-based nonprofit pioneer of online education, is offering middle and high school teachers support in the practice of online instruction.

With every school district in Massachusetts adopting either the remote or hybrid model, teachers will need methods and materials for online courses. JFYNetWorks has developed a library of resources for math and English teachers in grades 6 through 12.

JFY’s “Connected Learning” resource bank includes standards-aligned curriculum for math and ELA, training videos and PowerPoint decks, and specialized strategies for English Learning and Special Education to help teachers meet the challenges of learning loss, achievement gaps, and high needs student groups. It also offers curriculum resources for science and social studies.

JFY’s resources are backed up by training and support from JFY Learning Specialists.

Live online training sessions for groups of teachers are customized to fit into professional development schedules. Schools can choose to focus on ELA, math, EL, SPED, MCAS or other topics. Fees are flexible to accommodate strained school budgets.

The JFYNet online program has been in operation since 2000. It is approved and monitored by the state and the Boston Public Schools’ PartnerBPS.

JFY’s “Connected Learning” web page https://jfynet.org/jfynet-connected-learning/ offers a selection of the agency’s resources. Teachers and administrators are invited to email info@jfynet.org to discuss designing a professional development program for their staff.

About JFYNetWorks
For more than 40 decades JFYNetWorks has served the most vulnerable populations of Boston, Massachusetts and beyond by developing and delivering education and job training programs that improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by equipping them with the skills to earn a self- and family-sustaining living. JFYNet’s methodology, AIMS—Assess, Instruct, Measure, Support—guides students towards the two goals that are most critical to their future: high school graduation and college entry at the credit earning level. JFY’s ongoing professional development and in-class support help teachers use student performance data to drive continuous adjustments in instructional strategies.

JFYNet is the online learning program of JFYNetWorks, a nonprofit state-approved provider of online academic support to Massachusetts schools with a two-decade track record of improved student achievement.

Even as operational models shift in the course of the year, online content and data will serve as the anchor of instruction and accountability. The stability of the JFYNet online environment provides continuity of teaching and learning no matter what changes might come.

JFYNetWorks provides blended learning that combines online and teacher-led instruction in the classroom. Combining online resources with teacher direction gives students a wide range of materials to learn from and teachers a wide range of teaching tools to select from.

JFY’s academic support begins with high school MCAS prep and continues through the most critical leverage point in the education–employment continuum, the transition from high school to college. It has produced measurable results in high school achievement for 19 years and in college and career readiness for 8 years.

Gary Kaplan, the Executive Director of JFYNetWorks would be glad to discuss options for fall implementation with you. Please send him an email at gkaplan@jfynet.org so that we can arrange a phone or video conversation.

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Downloadable version of release found here.

 


Dr. James Weaver of NFHS, Importance of Extracurricular Student Activities

Dr. James Weaver of NFHS, Importance of Extracurricular Student Activities

August 26, 2020

Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports

AUGUST 2020 PODCAST - This podcast features Dr. James Weaver, the director of performing arts and sports of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Federation is the national leader and advocate for high school athletics, as well as fine and performing arts programs. Dr. Weaver has been the director of performing arts and sports for the past four years. In this interview, he discusses the importance of extracurricular activities for students, his own involvement in high school and college activities, how organizations are navigating during the Covid-19 era, and the groundbreaking preliminary results from a study of aerosol spread during performing arts activities.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness problem by providing focused blended learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

Kingsman Academy Public Charter School Presents in DC; JFYNet Partner School

Kingsman Academy Public Charter School Presents in DC; JFYNet Partner School

July 29, 2020

Kingsman Academy Public Charter School Presents in DC; JFYNet Partner School

JULY 2020 PODCAST - This month's podcast features excerpts from a presentation by Kingsman Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, a JFYNet partner school. The presentation to the DC Public Charter School Board took place on June 20th, and describes the process begun shortly after the school's opening in 2015. The Kingsman staff and administration realized that their operational plan was not serving the needs of their student population as they had thought it would and spent the next few years redesigning the school from the ground up. The current move to competency- based learning is the final step of their rebuilding process.

 


 

MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness problem by providing focused blended learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

PACE Career Academy Executive Director Paves Success Path

PACE Career Academy Executive Director Paves Success Path

June 24, 2020

Once an at-risk student himself, Jorge Santana now leads his students towards success

JUNE 2020 PODCAST - This month's podcast features Jorge Santana, the Executive Director of the PACE Career Academy Charter School in Pembroke, New Hampshire, a JFYNet partner school. In this episode, you'll hear how Mr. Santana was an at risk student while growing up, worked early in his career to find systemic solutions to help students connect with mentors, and how PACE Academy works with students who are considered at risk and struggle with education due to other factors in their lives. We also hear two current students at PACE Academy discuss how they have found success with the help of Mr. Santana and all the staff members at PACE.


MORE ABOUT JFYNET

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness problem by providing focused blended learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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