"The main goal of 'Chalkboard Ch@t' is to have meaningful conversations that direct Mississippians to 'right-now' resources, tools, tips and strategies that will propel them to navigate through the evolving education ecosystem," she adds.
Wren and co-host Germaine Flood plan to discuss a variety of topics associated with educating Mississippi's children and adults alike, including digital learning, health, politics, the digital divide, workforce and career-readiness issues, and other subjects. The podcast will also cover educational concerns of Mississippi students, teachers and parents.
"Chalkboard Ch@t" offers crossover to other MPB departments such as radio and television and will feature both single-issue episodes and themed series to allow for deep dives into topics with lots of thorough discussion and practical details.
"Our primary goals are to help guide our conversations by connecting the dots across all of our departments here at MPB to emerging trends in education," Flood says. "We want to take a holistic approach in providing information on education and learning as a whole and not just in the classroom. The world is our teacher and learning outside of the classroom is as equally important as education that takes place inside of the classroom." In addition to reminding listeners about some of the educational programs and services already in place—like MPB Classroom TV, "Ed Said," MBP Kids Club, Parents Are Teachers Too, Teacher Features and more—the dynamic pair will bring in experts like Toni Lewis, a licensed clinical social worker, to speak on the educational challenges faced by children during a pandemic.
Future experts include teacher Sharetia Jones of Irving, Texas, in a "slate session," a special segment where educators from across the U.S. offer tools, tips, and beneficial practices.
MPB invites listeners to submit suggestions, speak out and "join the ch@t" by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. New episodes release each Friday.
Listen to "Chalkboard Ch@t" at shows.acast.com/chalkboardchat. Michele D. Baker is a freelance travel writer and blues music fan in Jackson. She has three cats, too many books, and listens to public radio. Visit MicheleDBaker.com to learn more.