Talking Heads Podcast
Talking Heads is precisely that, the Oakhill Day School Head of School and Division Directors discussing the hot topics of the day at Oakhill Day School in Gladstone, Missouri. This monthly podcast features special guests who share their knowledge and expertise with the Oakhill Community!
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That's a wrap! Our first season of the Oakhill Taking Heads Podcast is coming to an end. What better way to end the season than by catching up with a few of our alumni! Join us as The Heads talks portrait of an Oakhill graduate. What does it mean to be an Oakhill graduate, what are they doing, and where are they now? Chatting with our Heads are alumni Alex Diaz ('12), Anthony Giordano ('13), Harrison Feaster ('14), Delaney Clawson ('16), Connor Carlson ('17), and a special surprise, Brady McCanles ('14). This episode is longer than usual, but these former students blew us away; we couldn't help ourselves. We have bankers, filmmakers, golf professionals, and scientists repping Oakhill every day! Hear all about it for yourself directly from the alumni.
Also, this is our last episode of the season, but don't worry; we will be back in August for season 2 of Talking Heads!
What did you think about season 1 of Talking Heads? Is there something you want the Heads to cover next season? We want to hear from you! Leave us a Message
Premiere Date: May 25, 2022
This month, our heads are talking internet safety and cyber security. In an increasingly digital world, the conversation is not whether or not to give students technology but how we can keep them safe while using technology. Join us as The Heads talk about their own technological woes and how the school has pivoted to make the tech students bring with them part of the school day. Stick around as guest experts join us, Oakhill's Innovation Specialist Sara Verwers and 8th Grade parent, and Chief Information Security Officer Cindi Carter. They will walk us through simple steps to get your family one step closer to being safe and secure online.
Get more info about keeping your family safe online: Visit staysafeonline.org for more information!
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Premiere Date: April 14, 2022
This month, our heads are talking parenting and discipline. Parenting is one of the most challenging jobs that a person can have, and there is no guidebook. Join us as The Heads talk about their parenting journeys, discuss questions from Oakhill parents, and more! Then stick around for the show's second half, where 5th-grade teacher Audra Olson will walk us through Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive emotional intelligence and classroom management system that integrates all learning domains (social, emotional, physical, cultural, and cognitive).
Want to bring Conscious Discipline into your home? Visit Conscious Discipline for Parents and download free resources!
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Premiere Date: March 10, 2022
This month, our heads are talking State of the School and Summer. How is Oakhill doing as we head into the last half of the year? Get a real-time update on admissions, finance, and more as we talk about the growth the school has seen so far over the 2021-2022 school year. Board of Trustees President, An Le, is joining us to help lead this important conversation. In the second half of the episode, Kids' Club and Summer Coordinator, Taylor Clevenger, joins us in the studio to talk about Oakhill Fully Charged Summer 2022. What's new this summer? Will Mr. Kleyh get invited back to the pool? Find out the answer to this and more in our next episode of Talking Heads!
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Premiere Date: February 22, 2022
This month, our heads are talking about investing in the future. Specifically, your child's future. How can you save for your child's education expenses while creating a nest egg that will last well beyond your lifetime? Our guests, Angela Williams from MOST (Missouri's 529 Education Plan) and Leslie Gasser, Oakhill's Director of Development, will walk us through the process of saving for today and tomorrow.
This month's episode is jammed full of information, have questions or comments? We want to hear from you! Leave a Message
Premiere Date: January 28, 2022
This month, our heads are talking, "Why Oakhill?" Picking a school for your child can be challenging for any family. What did you look for in a school? Class size, great teachers, academic outcomes? What makes a school a good fit for your family? Oakhill Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance, Dorothy Beckham, joins the Heads this month to walk through the ODS family journey, the family/school partnership and talks about the value of an Independent School education. Enjoy this month's conversation with the Talking Heads!
Why did you look for when choosing a school? We want to know your thoughts! Please leave us a message.
Premiere Date: December 9, 2021
This week our Talking Heads talk traditions and their importance to the Oakhill community. We'll also take a look at what's happening at Oakhill in the next month and will chat with special guests, Emma (4th Grade) and Oakhill Third Grade teacher Mrs. Hadel, about their exciting trip to Cape Canaveral to watch the NASA Lucy Mission Space Launch. Sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy this month's Talking Heads.
What are some of your favorite school traditions? These could be Oakhill traditions or ones that you experienced during your school years! Please leave us a message.
Premiere Date: November 11, 2021
This week our Talking Heads recap the middle school's recent trip to the Badlands trip and discuss why Oakhill makes student travel part of the curriculum. We'll also get a run-through of the big fall events coming up for Oakhill and we will get a glimpse at how the Mental Wellness programming has evolved over the past year. Sit back, and enjoy this month's fun with the Talking Heads.
Premiere Date: October 14, 2021
So here we are, the Talking Heads (of school and divisions) embarking on a new adventure! We're educators, not talk show hosts, but we are going to do our best each month to engage and inform as we host a variety of special guests and give you a preview of what's happened and what's coming up at Oakhill. Sit back, and enjoy our first episode of Talking Heads with your hosts Suzanne McCanles (Head of School), Amy Ganaden (MS and IM Division Director), Tim Ziegler (LS and EC Division Director), Tori Jones (PRIME High School Director), and special guest, Delaney Zimmermann (Oakhill's Learning Specialist).
Premiere Date: September 9, 2021