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Westchester Words: Education, EdTech, and Publishing
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Westchester Words: Education, EdTech, and Publishing

Westchester Publishing Services, Westchester Education Services and guests

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Informed and informative conversations with experts about the topics that are impacting the Educational Publishing and Ed-Tech sectors, as well as the broader publishing industry. Covering a range of issues including operations, production, product development, content distribution, and more. Hosted by Westchester Education Services and Westchester Publishing Services.
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Topical discussions about the issues that are impacting upon the education publishing industry within the UK and internationally, along with the ways that Westchester Education UK and International supports education publishers and ed tech companies. Hosted by Westchester Education UK and International.
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Rebecca Durose-Croft and Jennifer Cole explain how a global perspective is beneficial when developing content to meet the specific requirements of English Language learners. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our website.By Westchester Education UK and International, and guests
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Linda Secondari, Principal and Creative Director for Studiolo Secondari returns to Westchester Words to discuss how our attention spans have been distracted by the digital world we live and work in. She also shares how to design long-form content in a more visually appealing manner so it can better engage and maintain a reader's interest.…
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Tyler M. Carey provides an overview about trade associations, their specific publication requirements, and ways that packagers like Westchester Publishing Services can help them provide content to their members in the formats they desire and in a more efficient manner.By Nicole Tomassi
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Brian O'Leary returns to the Westchester Words podcast to tell us all the new projects BISG has been working on, how the organization provides information of value to companies and individuals throughout the publishing industry supply chain, and previews the topic/speakers for the annual meeting in late April…
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Jada Bradley, Senior Editor of Culturally Responsive Education, and Kevin Schroeder discuss why it's important for existing and new educational content to include culturally relevant principles, and how Westchester Education works with publishers and ed-tech companies to ensure a high-quality outcome.…
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In this episode, Jay Diskey, of Diskey Public Affairs, returns to Westchester Words to share a preview of the topics he will be discussing with Kevin J. Gray during the webinar, "2023 Federal and State Education Funding Update," hosted by Westchester Education Services on Thursday, February 23. Visit westchestereducationservices.com to register for…
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Managing Director for Education, Rebecca Durose-Croft, talks to Harry Waters, teacher and founder of Renewable English, about giving teachers the tools to raise climate change awareness and how to bring the climate change discussion into the classroom. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our website.…
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In this episode of Westchester Words, Kevin J. Gray, President and Chief Content Officer of Westchester Education Services has a conversation with Gina Faulk of EdGate, and Johanna Wetmore from Evotext about how working with a vendor partner network that provides complementary product development solutions can offer education publishers and ed tech…
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Rosie Stewart leads a discussion with Tyler Carey and Julie Willis on the ways in which Westchester works with foundations, charities and institutions. This fast-paced and often highly confidential work comes with its own requirements and challenges Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our website.…
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In this episode of Westchester Words, we learn about Laura Cunningham, Content Director, STEM for Westchester Education Services. She discusses her career as an educator and content developer prior to joining Westchester and also explains how the constructs of NGSS and adaptive assessments each help to provide students with learning supports to imp…
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In this second instalment about editorial processes, Rosie Stewart and Kat Mitchell discuss their experiences of working with freelance editors and proofreaders, including the importance of maintaining open communication, and ways in which editing and proofreading have been affected by the development of digital publishing. Find all of our episodes…
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Rosie Stewart, Editorial and Pre-press Director at River Editorial, in conversation with Kat Mitchell, Publishing Services Manager at emc design, discussing the relationship between design and editorial mark-up, as well as how proofreading methods and mark-up have changed over the past decade, where we are now, and what the future might look like. …
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Managing Director, Rebecca Durose-Croft talks to Literacy Consultant Sarah Loader, about what reading aloud can provide, at what age we can read aloud to our children, and how it can promote a lifelong love of reading. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our website.By Westchester Education UK and International, and guests
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Deborah Bosley, the founder and principal of The Plain Language Group explains why it’s important for publishers of academic, professional, medical, and scientific content to express information in simple, easy to understand terms that will help them expand their audience to people who have a significant interest or benefit in reading the materials…
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Jennifer Cole discusses her career spanning more than two decades in educational publishing. Jennifer shares how her knowledge and experience help her lead her team of literacy and humanities content development professionals to create high-quality educational materials for Westchester's clients.By Nicole Tomassi
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Content and Services Director, Rebecca Durose-Croft talks with Simon Haynes, producer and owner of film and video production company S H Creative, about how the use of video in educational materials has changed over the past decade, and what the future of video looks like in the advent of new media. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast…
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Do all the meetings you have on your calendar really need to be there? Linda Secondari can help you answer that question by sharing strategies you can use to make your meetings more effective and less frequent, putting time back in your day to get other items checked off your to-do list.By Nicole Tomassi
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A conversation with Julie Willis and Rosie Stewart of River Editorial Services (a Westchester Publishing Services UK company) about when publishers should consider outsourcing editorial services on their projects, and tips for identifying the right company for your requirements.By Nicole Tomassi
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During the first eighteen months of the pandemic, many schools across the UK were on lockdown, with primary and secondary education taking place in the home environment. As a result there was a greater deal of parental involvement in the education of the children. In this episode, Rebecca Durose-Croft has a conversation with literacy consultant, Sa…
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Rebecca Durose-Croft and Sarah Loader continue their conversation from episode 2, discussing some of the challenges and the benefits of returning to school, for children, parents, and educators. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our website.By Westchester Education UK and International, and guests
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Maria Dismondy, Founder and Publisher of Cardinal Rule Press, a children's book publisher whose catalog focuses on realistic fiction titles that embody the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, discusses what inspired her to start the company along with the strategies she and her team have used to help the business grow and remain success…
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A conversation with Rebecca Durose-Croft, Content and Services Director for Westchester Education UK, about how Westchester partners with education publishers, ed-tech providers, and other education entities to create superior curriculum materials for students and teachers. Find all of our episodes on your favorite podcast platform or at our websit…
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In this episode, educational publishing professional Andrea Bown discusses her experiences living and working with a visible disability and why it's important for people with disabilities to be included as active participants within education publishing. She also shares why it's important that education content is developed in a manner that fosters…
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Nilofer Ali, Resources Manager and DEI Committee Lead, Westchester Education Services and Beau McCoy, Founder and CEO, SOLCademy have a conversation around how education is evolving. They also explore why support and collaboration between all stakeholders—including teachers, administrators, students, and families—is needed more than ever.…
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Nicole Tomassi, Marketing and Conference Manager provides an overview of the topics that will be covered on Season 2 of Westchester Words. In addition, she provides details about the October webinar that is being co-hosted with Publishers Weekly. Visit our websites, https://www.westchesterpublishingservices.com/ and https://www.westchestereducation…
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Debbie Allen, Content Director for Career and Technical Education discusses why Westchester Education Services is well-suited to create classroom materials for teachers and students in this area of study.By Debbie Allen, Content Director for Career and Technical Education
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Meg Overman, Senior Supervising Editor for Literacy and SEL at Westchester Education Services explains why using SEL experts is key to developing quality content effectively. and that now is the time to incorporate social-emotional learning into core content at every grade level.By Meg Overman
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Dave Bailis, Senior Director of Operations for Westchester Education Services describes his time with the company from joining in an editorial role to leadership of the day-to-day operations of the division, and discusses some of the unique characteristics of the Westchester team that benefit the work developed for their clients.…
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Marquita Celestine, Westchester Education Services UK, asks Kaye Jones, Founder, The Herstorian, and Rebecca Durose-Croft, Content Director and Curriculum Specialist, Westchester Education Services UK to dive into the definition of CRE (Culturally Responsive Education), how it differs from DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), and explain why CRE…
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Kevin J. Gray, President and Chief Content Officer, discusses the launch of the Westchester Education Services division and the successful strategies he has implemented to serve education publishers, ed-tech companies, and industry associations that require curriculum resources.
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In this episode, we'll be talking with Paul J. Crecca, President & CEO for Westchester Publishing Services and Westchester Education Services. He’ll be discussing his experience in education publishing, how that inspired him to launch Westchester Education Services, and the strategy that has made the company successful.…
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Civics education lost favor in many schools due to an increased emphasis on other subject areas. As recent events have shown, students need to understand the importance of civics. Tim helps us understand the connection that civics education has to Science, climate change, and equity, too. Students who study civics are also more likely to be more in…
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As we all start to emerge from the pandemic and people seriously consider meeting more in person than on Zoom, what will this mean for virtual events? Will virtual events still have a place in a post-pandemic society? Cev Bryerman, Publisher and Executive Vice President of Publishers Weekly shares his thoughts about what publishing industry events …
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Tyler M. Carey, Chief Revenue Officer, Terry Colosimo, Director of Operations and Susan Baker, Director of Editorial Services at Westchester Publishing Services discuss how their experience working for publishers helps them and their teams resolve workflow challenges for our clients.By Westchester Publishing Services
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Kevin Gray and Sara Kloek, Senior Director of Education Policy at SIIA (the trade association for the ed-tech industry) discuss the ARP, its allocations, and its impact on the ed-tech and education publishing industries.By Kevin J. Gray, President and Chief Content Officer of Westchester Education Services and Sara Kloek, Senior Director of Education Policy at SIIA
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The term Culturally Responsive Education is becoming more widely used, but there are still questions about what it is. In this episode, Sam Tucker, CRE Team Lead, has a conversation with Kaye Jones, founder of The Herstorian, about the differences in culturally responsive education in the US and the UK, and how the need for educational materials th…
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In this final audio excerpt from the Publishing Now ’21: Looking Forward webinar, co-hosted by Westchester Publishing Services and Publishers Weekly on April 6, you’ll hear from Dominique Raccah, CEO & Publishers Sourcebooks, Cathy Felgar, Publishing Operations Director at Princeton University Press, Tom Chalmers, Managing Director, Legend Times an…
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Featuring audio excerpts from the Publishing Now ’21: Looking Forward webinar, which was cohosted by Westchester Publishing Services and Publishers Weekly on April 6. Each of the excerpts focuses on specific topic areas that were discussed during the webinar. In this episode you’ll hear another audio excerpt from the Publishing Now ’21: Looking For…
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