Empty Seats, Full Hearts podcast: Serving the underserved – Discussion with Pediatrician Dr. Joanna Andujar | Empty Seats, Full Hearts

(Arizona’s Family Originals) — Hear how educating a doctor shaped her mission to serve and gain trust in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the documentary now at emptyseatsfullhearts.com.

With unprecedented access over the course of a year, Empty Seats, Full Hearts: A New World in Education follows the dedication and optimism of Janet Hecht, the principal of an elementary school in West Phoenix, as she seeks to fill the void in virtual learning.


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Post-pandemic Mental Health Needs in Education – Rosa Linda Duron: Serving students and providing needed social-emotional support is the number one priority for Assistant Principal Rosa Linda Duron, who helps address the trauma, depression, and anxiety that so many suffered during the 2020-21 school year. .

How the documentary came about: Hear an in-depth Q&A with the crew who gained unprecedented access to follow an elementary school, its teachers, students and families throughout the 2020-21 school year as they navigate the pandemic, educational inequality, food scarcity, isolation, disease, death, and sorrow.

Never underestimate a freshman – Kelsey Morales: A freshman teacher teaching first grade online during the pandemic reflects on the historic 2020-21 school year, what she learned, her advice for other future teachers… and whether she’ll be back.

How to run a school in a virtual world – Janet Hecht, part one: Principal Janet Hecht leads an elementary school through online learning, a pandemic, educational inequality and food scarcity, and explains how relationships are key to community building and success.

Lessons learned from 2020-21 and where we’re headed – Janet Hecht, part two: Here’s how the 2020-21 school year reshaped school enrollment, teaching and learning in the second part of our conversation with Principal Janet Hecht.

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