Square Pizza Podcast

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The Square Pizza podcast focuses on the intersection of education, innovation, and diversity. We host and interview leaders doing incredible work around the country to ensure all students have access to an equitable education. The Square Pizza podcast is hosted by SchermCo, a social-impact implementation firm that offers strategic implementation and project management services to schools and education-focused organizations across the country.

Jia Lin-Bothe, our Director of Family Empowerment, is in conversation with three special guests from SchermCo’s family empowerment work. The focus of this episode is to share insights + reflections from Innovate Public Schools’ Leadership Institute (April 2024).

  • Parents from SchermCo’s family empowerment work
    • Governors’ Village STEM Academy: Deneka Sampson, Ayesha Scott
    • Ridge Road Middle School: Lisa Divers

In this episode:

  • Intros
  • Innovate Public Schools + Leadership Institute
    • SchermCo has partnered with Innovate Public Schools and sent many parents and parent leaders to this training
    • Training focused on community organizing, advocacy, civic leadership, and more
    • LI in February 2024 – 6 parents from our network completed this training
    • LI in April 2024 – another 20 parents from our network completed this training
  • Reflections
    • Opportunity and experience
    • Expectations
    • What has happened since then?
      • DS + AS – February LI
      • LD – April LI

Check out Innovate Public Schools’ work here: https://innovateschools.org/