Supercast Episode 37: Blackridge Students Celebrate Virtual “Fantasy Week” With Creative Potions, Harry Potter, Wands and Wizardry

Students participate in "wizarding world" activitiesIt is always one of the most exciting weeks for third-grade teachers, students and their families at Blackridge Elementary School. “Fantasy Week” transforms classrooms into the land of Hogwarts with a curriculum based on the popular Harry Potter story and characters.

In this episode of the Supercast, hear how teachers managed to recreate “Fantasy Week,” using their magic and creativity to make the lessons come alive virtually.


Supercast Episode 36: A Teacher’s Story of Perseverance During the Pandemic

Students on an Online Conference CallIt is a sign of the times… educators working harder than ever to keep learning alive during the pandemic. In this episode of the Supercast, hear the inspiring story of an American Sign Language teacher who says her passion and perseverance for teaching has grown during these unprecedented times.


Supercast Episode 35: A Graduate’s Guide to Finding Success After High School

Graduate signs at local homesThe road to success after high school can look very different for individual students, depending on their goals and aspirations. On this episode of the Supercast, school counselors talk about the most important things parents and teens need to be doing now before graduates leave the nest to face a new world on their own. We share advice for college-bound students and others pursuing future careers, especially during a pandemic.


Supercast Episode 34: Kitchens Turned Classrooms with ‘Teacher of the Year’ Rachelle Smith

What is it like for a teacher working from home during school dismissal with possibly a kitchen turned classroom? On this episode of the Supercast, we hear from Jordan School District Teacher of the Year, Rachelle Smith, about teaching during these troubled times and how she makes learning fun and is finding success.

Then, Superintendent Godfrey actually has a virtual visit with Ms. Smith’s 6th grade class. Hear what some very bright and animated students have to say about the school year and learning from home.


Supercast Episode 33: Poetry in Motion: Utah’s Poet Laureate Shares Her Passion

Paisley RekdalOn this special edition of the Supercast in honor of National Poetry Month, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey talks with Utah’s Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal. This U of U professor, writer and poet shares her thoughts on how parents can support a child’s budding passion for poetry and how that passion can grow and change lives.

Ms. Rekdal invites everyone to explore Utah authors and their creative work by visiting the Mapping Literary Utah website.