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District Podcast Represents PA in #GraduateTogether2020 Event

Senior Speak

The Senior Speak podcast was recently selected to represent the commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for the #GraduateTogether2020 event. Click here for more details and see below for more information on Senior Speak.

Senior Speak is a podcast with the purpose of celebrating the Class of 2020. Elizabeth Forward Seniors Rafael Delao and Ethan Cain were looking for a way to spread positivity during a time of so much uncertainty, and also to share the extraordinary stories of High School Seniors. With the help of their former 8th grade teacher turned Director of Digital Teaching & Learning, Steve Hartnett, the three begin each episode with “Remote Learning Tips”. Rafael and Ethan provide tips for students that range from ways to stay organize to maintaining a routine during remote learning. Mr. Hartnett offers advice to teachers and parents who listen to each episode. The key segment of each episode is the Senior Interviews. These seniors are asked to share their experiences with remote learning and to also share their stories for others to listen to. Recently, a High School Senior explained how she has helped raise $20,000 dollars for local families. Another student described his Eagle Scout Project. A student has also shared a project that helps children in the foster care system. High School Seniors reflect on their time as students and also give praise to their teachers who have made an impact on their lives. Guests of the podcast share their future aspirations and also provide words of encouragement to their peers. Each episode ends with a “What We Learned” segment. In this segment, Rafael, Ethan, and Mr. Hartnett reflect on the interviews and share their main takeaways. In each of our episodes, Rafael, Ethan, and Mr. Hartnett are left in awe of the amazing work that these students are able to accomplish. We hope that the podcast not only brings awareness to the Class of 2020, but also leaves listeners inspired to make an impact like the guests of the podcast have done. Thank you for listening!

To listen to Senior Speak, please click here!