Oklahoma’s KIDS COUNT Podcast


In light of the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the foiled bombing attempt in OKC by someone allegedly motivated by white supremacy views, how can parents and caring adults talk with children and youth about racism? How can individuals and groups address racism and promote tolerance in their communities? Today we’re talking with Tulsa’s Chief Resilience Officer, DeVon Douglass, to help us weed through this sensitive and often intimidating topic.

DeVon Douglas served as an economic opportunity and poverty policy analyst for the Oklahoma Policy Institute in 2015 – 2016. December of 2016 she was appointed by Tulsa Mayor, G.T. Bynum, to the position of Chief Resilience Officer. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science from Missouri State University and a law degree from the University of Tulsa. As the Chief Resilience officer for the City of Tulsa, Ms. Douglas has stated her top priority is addressing the city’s racial divide.

In today’s special episode we’re talk with OICA’s CEO and in-office political guru, Joe Dorman, about what happened at the Oklahoma Supreme Court last week and what it means for OK kids.

What happens when a child discloses abuse? There’s no magic wand that ferries children into a safe, happy, and healthy space. Is our judicial and child welfare system set up in a thoughtful holistic way?

Today we’re talking with Maria Rosales-Lambert, Founder, Program Director, and Bi-lingual Forensic Interviewer at Oklahoma Interviewing Services (OIS). She provides forensic interviews in English and Spanish and training for law enforcement agencies, Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) throughout the state of Oklahoma.

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Are our kids in Oklahoma getting the best education available? Is what’s available enough? In 2016 The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Oklahoma 42nd in the nation when it comes to education. Our guest will explore a new kind of educational system with us. We’re talking with Dr. John Thompson about “Community Schools.” Is there a better way to approach education?- you weigh in. Have you heard of this concept before– Good, bad, feasible? Let us know what you think on our facebook page 

Thompson is an award-winning historian with a PhD from Rutgers. His varied life experiences include serving as a legislative lobbyist, a school teacher, an oilfield roughneck, and a full range of blue collar jobs.

In the 1980s, John’s neighborhood became a center for drugs and gangs. He became attached to the kids living in homes affected by drug abuse and violence. This experience drove him to become an inner city teacher. Thompson taught for 18 years at John Marshall and Centennial high schools in Oklahoma City. After retiring he continued to teach part time and write. His book, A Teacher’s Tale, is a case study of teaching in the age of school reform.

What do kids from the age 0-5 have to do with economic development? Our guests today explain why entrepreneurs and CEO’s across our state are investing in kids long before they reach the workforce, and the one thing you can do today to make tomorrow better.

Pat Potts is the founder and former CEO of the Potts Family Foundation. At the time of recording, Pat was CEO and Craig Knutson was VP of Advocacy and Outreach at the Foundation. Currently, Pat has retired and Craig has assumed the role of CEO.

OICA CEO, Joe Dorman discusses, life at the state capitol, term limits, the state of educational funding in Oklahoma and more. Join us today on the Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Podcast.

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