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Is Civics Education in Prisons Working?

Jim Flanagan and Harrison Painter speak with Benjamin Volpe about how the Certell Civics Education Project has helped him return to society after being released from incarceration.

After spending 15 years in prison Benjamin now proudly serves as Director of Political Affairs for Leading Returning Citizens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused solely on the individual needs of each Returning Citizen. We want to break the cycle. All of us have different needs. We encounter varied barriers upon release. While housing may be an issue for one person – it may not be for another. Finding a job that will allow you to support your family may be an issue for some, while restoration of family relationships will be a priority need of others. Yet, finding the support of someone who understands the emotions of a long timer being released may be an issue for many. The LRC, Inc. staff is uniquely dedicated on assisting you in meeting your individual needs.

A Millennial’s Experience Teaching in a Global Pandemic – Jacob Lukach

In this episode of the Certell Connects Podcast we speak with Jacob Lukach. Jacob a younger teacher at Chesterton High School and a former student of Certell’s Curriculum Coordinator Julie Nesbit. Mr. Lukach shares what it’s like to be a newer teacher dealing with the current challenges of remote learning during the pandemic school shutdown.

Dealing With the Mental Health of Students – Kaley Billick

Today our special guest is Kaley Billick – Guidance Counselor at White River Elementary School located in Noblesville, IN.

We speak with Kaley about dealing with the mental health of students, teachers, and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also offers up some great tips on how stay healhty and maintain a positive outlook during these challenging times.

Teaching During the COVID-19 Crisis – Carol Rubel

Today the Certell team speaks with Carol Rubel – Student Teaching Supervisor at the University of Scranton.

Carol Rubel shares a unique perspective about teaching during the COVID-19 crisis through a combination of her career in public education and experience as a community activist and volunteer.

She is a nationally recognized speaker and author, and believes in the inherent potential of individuals, all of whom need to be sustained and mentored as they work to become their “best selves.”

Her career accomplishments include creating the vision behind a nationally recognized educational model for at-risk teens.

In her role in higher education, Carol continues to supervise and mentor beginning teachers; she also coaches school leaders in problem-solving and decision-making.

Connecting Superintendents with Guests Johnny Berry and Dr. Derek Arrowood

In this episode of the Certell Connects Podcast we are honored to connect two high school superintendents working hard to lead their schools through remote learning during lockdown. Our guests are Dr. Johnny Berry – Superintendent of Arab City Schools in Alabama and Dr. Derek Arrowood – Superintendent of Hamilton Heights Schools in Indiana.

Certell Connects Podcast: Dr. Russ McCullough – Director/Founder Gwartney Institute

On today’s episode of the Certell Connects Podcast we are excited to have Dr. Russ McCullough of Ottawa University as our guest. Dr. McCullough is the Director/Founder of the Gwartney Institute and is host of the Faith and Economics podcast. Listen in as he shares how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact us from an economist point of view and uncovers the mystery behind the toilet paper shortage of 2020.