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2 New HCDE Podcast Series Help Public Navigate COVID-19 School Issues, Mental Health, Racial Equity

Two new, free podcast series launched this summer and fall by Harris County Department of Education address social-emotional issues; wellness and safety needs of the education community; and racial equity in schools.

“The Wellness Space,” hosted by Errica Dotson-Hooper of HCDE’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and “Take Care Tuesdays” provided by the HCDE’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools (CSSS) tackle education issues related to COVID-19 and other topics impacting education.

“We provide feedback from experts on a wide variety of social-emotional and mental health issues through varied stakeholders, including superintendents, principals, teachers, students and parents,” Dotson-Hooper said.


Physical and emotional safety in school communities is the focus of “Take Care Tuesdays” as licensed professionals share dialogue regarding safe culture and climate that promotes deeper learning for students.

“We realize that many people are struggling now and feel that these conversations can help both educators and community members,” CSSS Director Julia Andrews said.

Examples of upcoming podcasts include national presenter Michael Dorn on Tuesday, July 14: “Re-Entry into Schools: School Policy Changes Post COVID-19.” “Helping Children Navigate Grief” is the topic July 17. Scott Poland brings “Campus Safety Strategies for Staff and Students” Aug. 11. “Threat Assessment Management: In the Virtual School Setting” is provided by Melissa Reeves Sept. 8 and “Mindfulness Practices for Educators” is Sept. 15 with Ann Friedman.

The podcasts are available through Apple Music, Google Play or Spotify. For more information, email edotson-hooper@hcde-texas.org or jowolabi@hcde-texas.org .

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