Empty Seats, Full Hearts: The Podcast

(Arizona's Family Originals) -- State superintendent Kathy Hoffman reflects on the Delta variant and how politics is putting a damper on back to school. She shares her best advice for parents to get to the bottom of COVID and curriculum questions in our schools. 

Watch the documentary now at emptyseatsfullhearts.com

With unprecedented access over the course of a year, Empty Seats, Full Hearts: A New World in Education follows the dedication and optimism of a west Phoenix elementary school principal, Janet Hecht, as she sets out to fill the void in virtual learning.


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How vaccines are going to get kids back to normal, with Dr. Joanna AndujarDr. Joanna Andujar discusses what you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine in children and tips for addressing their physical, mental, and emotional needs moving forward.

Serving the underserved – Discussion with Pediatrician Dr. Joanna AndujarHear how one doctor’s upbringing helped mold her mission to serve and earn trust in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Post-pandemic mental health needs in education – Rosa Linda DuronServing students and providing the social emotional supports needed is priority number one for assistant principal Rosa Linda Duron helping to address the trauma, depression and anxiety so many suffered during the 2020-21 school year. 

How the documentary came to be: Hear a comprehensive Q&A with the crew that gained unprecedented access to follow an elementary school, its teachers, students, and families through the 2020-21 school year as they navigated the pandemic, education inequities, food scarcity, isolation, illness, death, and grief.

Never underestimate a first year teacher - Kelsey Morales: A first-year teacher, teaching first grade online during the pandemic, reflects on the historic 2020-21 school year, what she’s learned, her advice for other future teachers...and if she’s coming back.

How to lead a school in a virtual world – Janet Hecht, Part One: Leading an elementary school through online learning, a pandemic, education inequities, and food scarcity, Principal Janet Hecht shares how relationships are key to community building and success.

Lessons learned from 2020-21 and where we go from here – Janet Hecht, Part TwoHere's how the 2020-21 school year reshaped school enrollment, teaching, and learning in the second part of our conversation with Principal Janet Hecht.


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