A Zoomed Out Picture Of Education From Leaders Who Oversee Dozens Of School Districts | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new Teachers’ Lounge, we’re climbing to the top of the ladder to chat with two education leaders who can give us a statewide perspective. We’re chatting with Chris Tennyson, who is a regional superintendent, meaning he oversees dozens of school districts in three counties. He took an unusual path to become a teacher. He started as a police officer for 10 years and then found his calling in education.
“I remember walking in that first day, and I had 48 students staring at. It is one of the scariest things I've ever been in – and I had been in three shootings!” he said. “So, there was nothing dangerous about standing there, but it was very intimidating. And my first year I had a blast, but it was rough.”
We’ve also got a shorter conversation with Mark Klaisner, who is the president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. He joins the show to talk to us about how schools are betting on micro-credentials -- short, online teacher and staff development programs -- to help their students stay on track through the pandemic.
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Educator(s) in this episode: Chris Tennyson
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