Empty Seats, Full Hearts: The Podcast

(Arizona's Family Originals) -- EMPTY SEATS, FULL HEARTS is a companion podcast to the feature-length documentary Empty Seats, Full Hearts: A New World in Education. We visit with guests, reflect on the film, and explore the aftermath of virtual learning. Listen as we talk to newsmakers about the effects of COVID-19 on children and the education system, and where we go from here.

Watch the documentary at emptyseatsfullhearts.com


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 Two

Here'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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