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Getting Smart Podcast

Mar 19, 2021

Join hosts Rashawn “Shawnee” Caruthers and Tom Vander Ark in this special Getting Smart Podcast mini-series about the Nevada Succeeds InspirED Global Fellowship! This will be a three-part series all about leadership, innovation, and education opportunities within Nevada Succeeds — a Las Vegas-based education non-profit focused on empowering systems transformation through educator impact, policy, and design-thinking.

Dedicated to building a state-wide ecosystem, Nevada Succeeds launched InspireED Global Fellowship in July 2020 in partnership with Las Vegas Sands. The goal of the fellowship is to empower educational practitioners to investigate Nevada education challenges and use design-thinking to develop actionable plans to determine solutions.

In this first part of the three-part series with Nevada Succeeds, Shawnee and Tom Vander Ark welcome Jeanine Collins, Mary Jean Gallagher, and Chip Kimball to the podcast. Jeanine Collins is the Executive Director of Nevada Succeeds; an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the founder and Principal at Reflect Forward. Mary Jane Gallagher is the former Chief Student Achievement Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Education. She also co-authored the book, The Devil Is in the Details: System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being. Chip Kimball was the previous Superintendent for Singapore American Schools and is now making his way over to the International School of Prague.

In their conversation together, Jeanine, Mary, and Chip discuss the important work that Nevada Succeeds is doing, the challenges of system leadership today, strategies for developing young leaders, insights and advice on how leaders can innovate and be champions for equity in their school system, and much more.

The Getting Smart team is honored to partner with Nevada Succeeds on this type of work and is so excited for all of you to listen in to these conversations with the many key players in the initiative! Be sure to tune in (and stay tuned for part two of the series coming next week)!


Key Takeaways:

[:04] About the first episode in the three-part series with Nevada Succeeds.

[2:03] Tom welcomes Jeanine Collins, Mary Jean Gallagher, and Chip Kimball to the podcast.

[2:56] The backstory of Nevada Succeeds, about their mission, and how they have shifted their goals in the last year with COVID-19 by doing meaningful virtual and remote work.

[5:09] Jeanine speaks about the amazing and diverse lead learners that they’ve assembled at Nevada Succeeds.

[6:28] How did Dr. Kimble originally connect with Nevada Succeeds? And how does he think about the challenges of educator and school leadership today?

[9:11] Jeanine elaborates on the learning agenda at Singapore American and how inviting 100 of his faculty members to visit 100 of the best schools in the world impacted their success.

[11:36] Mary Jane Gallagher reflects on the challenges of system leadership today.

[15:55] Jeanine summarizes how she thinks about leadership development, what it should look like, and how she has incorporated these ideas at Nevada Succeeds.

[18:21] Chip speaks about strategies for developing young leaders.

[20:32] Mary Jane shares her insights on important experiences for developing leaders.

[23:36] Chip shares his thoughts on how leaders can innovate and be champions for equity in their school system.

[25:27] Mary Jane shares her insights on leading for innovation while championing for equity.

[29:28] Chip shares some additional insights on what they discovered after visiting 100 of the best schools in the world.

[31:12] Jeanine shares her key insights on innovation and equity.

[34:19] Mary Jane shares what is currently on her ‘shortlist’ for innovation opportunities.

[36:04] Chip shares what is on his shortlist for innovation.

[38:13] Jeanine shares what is on her own shortlist for innovation.

[39:29] Tom chimes in with an innovation of his own and thanks Jeanine, Chip, and Mary Jane for joining the Getting Smart Podcast.


Mentioned in This Episode:

Rashawn Shawnee Caruthers | Getting Smart

Nevada Succeeds

Nevada Succeeds InspirED Global Fellowship

Jeanine Collins LinkedIn

Mary Jean Gallaghers Twitter

Chip Kimballs LinkedIn

Reflect Forward

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Devil Is in the Details: System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being, by Michael Fullan and Mary Jean Gallagher

Ontario Ministry of Education

Las Vegas Sands

Singapore American School

International School of Prague

The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action, by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

Getting Smarts Newest Report: “20 Invention Opportunities in Learning & Development


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