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WASB Connection Podcast

39 EpisodesProduced by WASBWebsite

A podcast for members of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and others about a wide range of educational issues they consider as elected officials.

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37. Legislative Update: A New Two-Year Budget

February 28th, 2023


Wisconsin lawmakers are creating the next two-year budget. It will have a major impact on the opportunities school districts can offer their students.

36. The Governor and State Superintendent Address the State Education Convention

January 31st, 2023


The 102nd State Education Convention is over, and we’re hoping attendees will be thinking and talking about it for months.

This month, we’re sharing two speeches from the convention.

First, we’ll hear from Governor Tony …

35. Wisconsin Combats the Referee Shortage

December 31st, 2022


It’s getting more and more difficult to find and keep referees for youth sports. And without refs, kids can’t play.

Today, we talk to two women who …

34. Working Better Together

December 1st, 2022


Have you ever struggled to persuade colleagues to see things your way? Has your hand ever hovered over the "send" key after you finish a difficult …

33. What’s Trust Got to Do With It?

October 27th, 2022


David Horsager believes that successful people, companies, schools and other institutions have one thing in common: they’re trusted. And when they …

32. A Fall Wisconsin School Board Tradition Continues

October 3rd, 2022


Every fall, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards travels around the state to provide an update to members and give them an opportunity to share …

31. Reversing the Teacher Shortage One Student at a Time

August 31st, 2022


Plenty of students want to serve as educators. But they face challenges, not the least of which include negative reactions from their friends and …

How To Keep Improving as a School Board

July 29th, 2022


School boards spend a lot of time continuously improving their school district. But they may not devote as much time to understanding their own …

How Are Districts Spending Federal Relief Funds?

June 22nd, 2022


Wisconsin school districts have or will receive almost $2.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds. They’re using this one-time money to purchase …

How to Be a Servant Leader

June 6th, 2022


Leaders put others before themselves. That's the core of the concept of servant leadership.

In today's episode, we talk to Tom Thibodeau, an associate professor at La Crosse-based Viterbo University, about what servant …

Building a Solid Foundation for New School Board Members

April 15th, 2022


Newly elected school board members are taking their oath of office this month.

In an effort to help them be effective as quickly as possible, the …

Social Media Guidance for School Board Members and Legislative Update

March 31st, 2022


Our latest episode tackles two topics: practical and legal ways to use social media along with an update on the recently concluded legislative session. 

First, we hear from WASB Associate Executive Director and Staff …

Highlights from the 2022 State Education Convention

February 28th, 2022


We've included highlights from the student music performances, general sessions and keynote speakers. We also asked attendees — presenters, students, education leaders and exhibitors — about why they come to the …

The School Leadership Team: A Conversation With Wisconsin's Superintendent of the Year

January 17th, 2022


School boards govern their districts in partnership with a superintendent. Each person understanding their role is a key part of the team working …

Episode 23: Preparing the Next Generation to Pivot

December 6th, 2021


Ravi Hutheesing is no stranger to change. As life threw him curve balls, he pivoted from rockstar to aviator to cultural diplomat.

He believes …

Bonus Episode: Managing Challenging School Board Meetings

November 17th, 2021


School boards meet to conduct business. At the same time, these meetings are a chance for the public to weigh in.

Balancing these aims isn't always …

Episode 22: Promoting Diversity on Our School Boards

October 27th, 2021


School boards are hardly unique in that candidates are often drawn from similar social and political networks. This can lead to a lack of school …

Episode 21: Conflict Resolution

September 20th, 2021


Navigating conflict has always been part of school leadership. But what should we do when incivility runs rampant and compromise seems impossible?

Episode 20: COVID Relief Funding

August 17th, 2021


With the help of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, we assembled a group of experts in school finance to talk about federal …

Episode 19: Toward Effective Governance

June 26th, 2021


We know good teachers and good principals help kids learn. We talk about how school board-superintendent teams can have the same effect.

Retired …

Episode 18: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Lac du Flambeau

May 26th, 2021


To understand culturally responsive teaching, we went to a school district that sees this practice as a core part of its mission.

 Dr. Larry Ouimette …

Episode 17: A Lesson in Communications That Engage

April 30th, 2021


Elmbrook Schools are in one of the most competitive education markets in the state, so communications that engage and build relationships with …

Episode 16: The Duties of School Board Officers

March 29th, 2021


Wisconsin school boards generally must select a president, vice president, treasurer and clerk from among their ranks.

We talk about what each of …

Episode 15: The State of COVID

February 12th, 2021


This episode is a conversation with Louise Wilson, state school nurse and health services consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. We …

Episode 14: Legislative Update — Vaccines, COVID Relief and More

January 26th, 2021


Given the fast pace of news in Madison and Washington, D.C., this episode will be an update on education news at the state and federal levels.

We …

Episode 13: Wisconsin's Teachers of the Year

December 28th, 2020


This episode features conversations with three of Wisconsin's teachers of the year. 

  • Trisha Kilpin, Greendale School District, school social …

Episode 12: Preview of the 100th State Education Convention

November 30th, 2020


As a virtual experience, the 100th Wisconsin State Education Convention, to be held Jan. 20-22, will be different from all those that have come before it.

We wanted to give attendees an idea of what to expect, so this …

Episode 11: Coping With Stress

October 22nd, 2020


Stress has always been part of being a board member. But the pandemic is requiring education leaders to make tough decisions that may prompt criticism from their community.

This episode is a conversation with WASB …

Episode 10: Educational Equity

September 24th, 2020


This episode focuses on educational equity. It begins with an overview of the issue from Wisconsin Association of School Boards consultants Louise …

Episode 9: Conversations With Three Female Superintendents

August 21st, 2020


A number of long-serving female superintendents are retiring. We caught up with three of them to talk about their path to leadership, their lessons …

Episode 8: Introduction to the Title IX Overhaul

July 29th, 2020


Title IX, the federal anti-sex discrimination law, is undergoing major changes that affect virtually every school district in the country.

In this …

Episode 7: Conversations With Board Members of Color

June 24th, 2020


This episode features interviews with three school board members of color, in order: Marilyn Ruffin of Sun Prairie, Gloria Reyes of Madison and …

Episode 6: The New Board Member Experience

May 27th, 2020


New school board members often face a steep learning curve. This episode includes three conversations meant to help new members find their footing. 

Bonus Episode: A Discussion About the Link Between Board Governance and Student Success

April 30th, 2020


This bonus episode comes to us from the Texas Association of School Boards. If you like education podcasts, check out TASB Talks wherever you listen …

Episode 5: Onboarding New Members

April 20th, 2020


This episode features an interview with WASB consultant and 43-year education veteran Fran Finco. Learn more about him here.

Learn more about the New …

Episode 4: Teacher retention

March 2nd, 2020


Episode 4 of the WASB Connection Podcast focuses on how districts are addressing the teacher shortage by making their districts better places to work. 

First, WASB members can learn more about the issue of teacher …

Episode 3: The State Education Convention

February 5th, 2020


This episode covers the 99th annual Wisconsin State Education Convention, held Jan. 22-24 in Milwaukee. Photos are now available online, including …

Episode 2: Convention Conversations

January 6th, 2020


This episode features conversations with two Wisconsin State Education Convention speakers. 

The first is Dr. David Schuler, the 2018 Illinois and …

A conversation with 2020 State Education Convention keynote Dr. Scott McLeod

December 2nd, 2019


We would like to thank the Texas Association of School Boards, Georgia School Boards Association, Tennessee School Boards Association and the …

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