Supe's On! Podcast

Get an inside look at Bend-La Pine Schools from Superintendent Dr. Steven Cook

In every podcast, Supt. Cook will serve up news and insights about our schools and decision-making. Thanks for tuning in to Supe's On!

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Episode 8: Every Student Belongs and the Importance of Uncomfortable Conversations

Today on the Supe’s on!, Dr. Cook talks with Kinsey Martin, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, about the Every Student Belongs legislation, the difference between bias and hate, pushing back on the notion that our community isn’t diverse, and the importance of empathy and staying at the table during uncomfortable conversations.

  • 3:45 What is the Every Student Belongs legislation?
  • 5:10 Bias and stereotypes affect everyone
  • 7:50 - Bias is not the same as communicating hate
  • 9:15 - Three symbols the Oregon Department of Education says have no place in our schools
  • 11:00 - What are restorative practices? What does that mean?
  • 12:50 - Not about shame, blame or judgement, about empathy
  • 13:15 - Do we see swastikas, nooses or Confederate flags in our schools used for hate?
  • 14:10 - “We are not in the practice of banning everything that feels uncomfortable to anyone”
  • 14:40 - Rights as individuals balance with responsibility as community members
  • 18:30 - Martin, a Bend native and alumni, shares how diversity and differences were handled when she was growing up in Central Oregon
  • 20:00 Pushing back on the idea that “Bend is not diverse”
  • 26:00 - What are we doing as an employer?
  • 30:30 - The importance of staying at the table

Learn more about Every Student Belongs legislation

Nov. 4

With cold, blustery weather on the horizon, it’s a good time to get prepared for inclement weather. Today on the Supe’s On! Podcast, Superintendent Cook talks with our Transportation Director Kim Crabtree about how we make decisions about when to call snow days and how our drivers prepare for inclement weather of all kinds. Learn what it’s like behind the wheel, the numerous ways Crabtree and the crew have adapted during the past two years and what’s making her hopeful for the future.

October 20, 2021

Did you know Bend-La Pine Schools has its very own Executive Chef? On this episode Tracie Surgeon takes us into the high tech production kitchen at Bend High, where she and Superintendent Steven Cook talk supply chain issues, buying local, the surprisingly sophisticated palates of kindergartners and why she is proud to be called THE Lunch Lady. Plus the pride she feels of preparing to feed from-scratch chili and cornbread to 1,200 community members at Caldera's ribbon cutting Oct. 21.

Sept. 17 Podcast

Fruit math and four square:

Today, in a change of pace, Superintendent Cook goes back to school and gets a taste of what fifth grade at Amity Creek is like thanks to tour guide Quinn. He learns about fruit math, the importance of four square and finds out when Quinn would advise “don’t bite yourself!”

Sept. 3 Podcast

Summary: Director of Schools play a critical role for our schools – learn what these folks do, their vision for what challenges lie ahead, unforgettable first days and whether they think families and staff can dare to get excited for the first day. Thanks to Juan Cuadros, Tammy Doty, Katie Legace and Skip Offenhauser for joining Dr. Cook to share their insights.

Aug. 13 Podcast

For part three of Dr. Cook's series on Return to School Planning, we flipped the script a bit and instead of Dr. Cook conducting the interview, he is interviewed by Alandra Johnson, Assistant Director of Communications for Bend-La Pine Schools. Alandra and Dr. Cook have a good conversation about how the district is preparing for school in the fall, with information on the district's Continuation of In-Person Learning plan which includes information on masks, vaccinations, quarantines, and much more.

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