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We Love Schools

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WE LOVE SCHOOLS highlights success stories in school communications campaigns. We address the issues, obstacles and benefits of communicating with your community in today’s all-access social media-driven world. Subscribe to our podcast for inspiration, best practices and critical industry news.

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Dr. Matthew Montgomery, Superintendent at Revere Local Schools

September 30th, 2020


We talk with Dr. Matthew Montgomery, Superintendent at Revere Local Schools, in Richfield, Ohio.

They are fully opened up, unlike his counterpart up …

Chris McCully, Superintendent at EHOVE Career Center

September 18th, 2020


Chris McCully, Superintendent at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH), is our guest.

EHOVE Career Center is a leading career tech school in Milan Township …

Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent at Olmsted Falls City Schools

September 18th, 2020


Joining me in this episode is Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of the Olmsted Falls City Schools.

What we cover is how their school district is handling …

Prepping for a School Year When You Don't Know What It Will Look Like

May 26th, 2020


The truth is, administrators start planning for the next school year in January and February.  Here we are at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, a …

Agile Leadership In Uncertain Times

May 18th, 2020


In uncertain times, how important is agile leadership? Our guest is Diane Egbers. She's pretty much our resident leadership guru here on the podcast. …

The Looming Fiscal Crisis for Schools: Four Ways to Talk with Your Community About Finances

May 11th, 2020


In our first of two episodes on the emerging fiscal crisis facing schools, we talked about the 2008 fiscal crisis, the Great Recession, as it was …

The Looming Fiscal Crisis for Schools: Four Takeaways from 2008 Great Recession

May 11th, 2020


This episode is the first of a two part series focusing on the looming fiscal crisis that public schools will be facing. This is something that's …

COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Ahead With Communication

April 20th, 2020


We are so glad to be back again. We feel like I've been on a little bit of a hiatus. And we're sure you have been as well while dealing with the COVID virus.

With episode I'm back with my co-host Joel Gagne. We …

COVID-19 Crisis: Where We Are Right Now With Communication

April 20th, 2020


We are so glad to be back again. We feel like I've been on a little bit of a hiatus. And we're sure you have been as well while dealing with the COVID virus.

With episode I'm back with my co-host Joel Gagne. We …

Leadership Development with Diane Egbers

January 22nd, 2020


Are you ready to break through barriers to higher levels of achievement for you and the leaders around you? In this episode we talk about leadership development.

What is leadership development?

Well, we all have our own …

How Career Centers Can Form Partnerships With The Business Community

December 2nd, 2019


We welcome Superintendent Rick Smith of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, which is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, northwest of Columbus, Ohio.

We talk about …

Developing Work Ethic in Today's Students

November 18th, 2019


In this episode we interview Superintendent Dennis Blatt of the Washington County Career Center, located in Marietta, Ohio.

What we talk about is something of an unusual subject, but we  think a necessary one. That is …

Part 3 - Being an Agile Leader with Diane Egbers

October 15th, 2019


Today's an exciting episode as it marks the last installment of the Agile leadership series with Diane Egbers with Leadership Excelleration: …

Authentic Leadership - Meet Your Community Where They Are

October 2nd, 2019


It is great to have Tom Bailey, Superintendent of the Washington Court House (OH) Schools, on the podcast today.

He's a repeat guest and he brings so …

Part 2 - Being an Agile Leader with Diane Egbers

September 11th, 2019


A few weeks ago we started a new leadership series with Diane Egbers of Leadership Excelleration. Specifically, this podcast series is about agile leadership.

In Part 1 - Agile Leadership with Diane Egbers, we talked …

Getting To Know A Community As A Superintendent

September 3rd, 2019


Kirk Koennecke is the current and new superintendent at the Indian Hills Schools in the Cincinnati (OH) area.

He's not new to the superintendent …

Part 1 - Being An Agile Leader with Diane Egbers

August 28th, 2019


In this first episode of our series of three we are calling Being An Agile Leader in Today's Educational Market, we cover Adventure.

Diane Egbers,

Offering Fresh Locally Grown Foods Students Will Eat

July 2nd, 2019


Summer is a great time to talk about food fresh, locally grown food. Some incredible things are underway at the Van Buren Schools, where the Black …

Big Blue Bus

June 5th, 2019


I talk with Tom Bailey, Superintendent of the Washington Court House (OH) Schools, about a big and blue solution that his school district came up …

The New Ohio Department of Education Strategic Plan

May 29th, 2019


Diane Egbers from Leadership Excelleration (LEI) and co-author of The Ascending Leader joins Carole Dorn-Bell on the podcast once again.

The Ohio …

The Triple A's To Nurture Educators - Alignment

April 8th, 2019


In this third episode of our series of three we are calling The Triple A's To Nurture Educators -Advocacy, Authenticity and Alignment, we cover …

Organic Time

March 26th, 2019


Organic time. What is that? So often we're conditioned that time is linear. That learning is linear. But it's not necessarily. And in today's podcast we talk with K-12 music teacher Bill Manchester. We came to know Bill …

The Triple A's To Nurture Educators - Authenticity

March 7th, 2019


In this second episode of our series of three we are calling The Triple A's To Nurture Educators -Advocacy, Authenticity and Alignment, we cover …

Top 'Must Do’s' From A Recent School Construction Project

February 20th, 2019


Want to know all about how to do a school construction project? Not just to do one, but do it well?

That is what we're covering in this podcast. We …

The Triple A's To Nurture Educators - Advocacy

February 14th, 2019


Diane Egbers from Leadership Excelleration (LEI) and co-author of The Ascending Leader joins Carole Dorn-Bell on the podcast once again.

In this …

How to Adjust to the Changes in an Urban School District

November 15th, 2018


Carolyne Albert-Garvey was the reason that Joel's family moved so the kids could attend Maury Elementary School in the District of Columbia Public …

The Tremendous Impact of Team Leadership Development

November 12th, 2018


Diane Egbers from Leadership Excelleration (LEI) and co-author of The Ascending Leader is back! She talks with Carole about the importance of …

Beyond the Textbook: Using Outdoor Education to Spark Creativity

October 25th, 2018


What does an extensive outdoor education have to do with sparking creativity, interest in learning, and the ability to learn from failure? Carole …

Ways to Create Systemic and Lasting Diversity and Inclusion

October 1st, 2018


Carole speaks with Diane Egbers of LEI Consulting about how (and how not) to create lasting diversity and inclusion in your schools.

For more …

The Unique Aspects of School Leadership in Appalachia

September 27th, 2018


Dr. Stephanie Starcher, superintendent of the Fort Frye Local Schools  in Appalachia, talks with Carole about the unique challenges and opportunities …

The Importance of Change and the Best Ways to Help Your Organization Navigate It

August 30th, 2018


Carole speaks with Lou Kramer, superintendent of London City Schools in Ohio, about the importance of change in your schools.They also come up with …

How Community Colleges Save Students Money and Provide Workforce Development

August 20th, 2018


Joel speaks Rick Hanes from Edison State Community College about workforce development, College Credit Plus, student debt, and how to plan wisely for …

Why Rural Schools MUST forcefully tell their story!

August 16th, 2018


If you don't tell your story, then somebody else will for you. It's pretty simple, but it's not a lesson you can afford to learn later. To help provide insights and ideas, Joel speaks with John White, former Deputy …

How to do Strategic Planning for your First Year at a New District

August 13th, 2018


The first year at a new district means that changes are coming, but the important question is: Where do you start? Dr. Kim Peach Miller of Bexley …

How schools can partner with parents to control screen time for students

August 9th, 2018


Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio, returns to talk to Joel about the benefits of limiting screen time at home …

Culture Building in Schools from the Top

July 30th, 2018


Joel speaks with Dr. Trent Bowers, superintendent of Worthington Schools in Worthington, Ohio about how to create a community culture from the top …

Women's Leadership in Education

July 23rd, 2018


Joel speaks with Kathy Krendl, former president of Otterbein University, about the importance of women in leadership positions throughout education. They discuss the forces that continue to limit female opportunities as …

Technical Schools and The Skilled Labor Shortage

July 16th, 2018


Carole speaks with Dan Snyder, President and CEO of Great Oaks, about the labor shortage and how we can prepare our children for the future. Based in …

Turnover in School Leadership

July 9th, 2018


Joel and Carole discuss the structural and cultural issues that have created a merry-go-round in educational leadership and the cost it has on our …

Content Marketing for Public Schools

July 5th, 2018


Jason Wheeler is the Marketing Director for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. He explains content marketing to Joel and how those techniques can be used …

How to Decide Which Technology to Use to Communicate

July 2nd, 2018


Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Denver Fowler, professor at California State University - Sacramento and author of the book, The 21st Century School …

The State of Rural Education

June 28th, 2018


John White is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. He speaks with Joel about the state of rural education and the possibilities for the future.

For more, make sure …

Student Celebrations, School Climate, and Communication

June 25th, 2018


Brad Ritchey is the Superintendent of Milton Union Exempted Village School District. He speaks with Carole about the various approaches that his …

How Education Leaders Can Nurture Their Leadership Talent Next Year

June 18th, 2018


Diane Egbers from LEI Consulting joins Carole to talk about ways that educational leadership can be developed.

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Career Centers Have Changed! How to you use Career Centers to get a step ahead

May 28th, 2018


Carole speaks with Alicia Mowry from the Delaware Area Career Center in Ohio about the state of the career center. A lot of people don't quite …

Access & Equity for Small and Rural Schools

May 24th, 2018


Carole speaks with John Carder, an Assistant Principal at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio. He's also the Associate Director of the Ohio …

Schools and Districts Need to be on Instagram!

May 14th, 2018


Joel and Carole are back together and they're talking about Instagram. More specifically, they're talking about how they love it and how it's the …

How to Craft an Amazing Strategic Plan for Your School and District

May 9th, 2018


Carole speaks with Diane Egbers, the owner of Leadership Acceleration about the process of envisioning and developing a strategic plan for your …

Communicating Your Needs to Your Community | An Administrator Shares His Experiences with Referendums

May 3rd, 2018


Rich Hanson is the District Administrator for the Almond-Bancroft School District in Wisconsin. He speaks with Joel about his experiences working to …

Starting a Community Garden in Your District

April 26th, 2018


Carole speaks with Zac Shutler from Bridgeport School District (Ohio) about the community garden they have in development. They discuss the unique …

"We Do Not Have Metal or Mental Detectors At Our Schools": A discussion about schools shootings and safety with a superintendent

April 9th, 2018


With the recent dialogue about school shootings and how to prevent them, Joel speaks with Dr. Jim Lloyd, superintendent of Olmsted Falls, about what …

Public Schools and Revitalization

March 26th, 2018


Jen Kime is the CEO of Downtown Mansfield - a not-for-profit that seeks to revitalize Mansfield, Ohio. She speaks with Joel about the intersection of …

Create a New Climate in Your Schools

March 22nd, 2018


Carole speaks with Noble Local Schools Superintendent Dan Leffingwell about the steps his district has taken to improve their schools' climate. They …

National School Walkout | Five Students Discuss Why They Walked Out of Their School

March 15th, 2018


In a special episode, Joel speaks with five student leaders from New Albany Plain Public Schools in Ohio. These five students not only participated …

Civil Rights in Our Schools

March 14th, 2018


Jill Habig is the Founder and President of the Public Rights Project - a not-for-profit that helps to public institutions fight to protect the civil rights of members of their community. She speaks with Joel about civil …

The Power of Mentorship | How one teacher inspired her student to become a teacher

March 12th, 2018


Heidi Feller took German at Wisconsin Heights High School and had Jeri Springstead as her teacher. Fast forward a little bit and Heidi is a German …

The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today's World | Dr. Denver Fowler

March 8th, 2018


Carole speaks with Dr. Denver Fowler, friend of the podcast AND the author of the forthcoming book The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in …

How Polling, Focus Groups, and Research Can Help Your District

March 5th, 2018


Paul Fallon speaks with Joel about the value of various kinds of public opinion research when it comes to understanding your community and how best …

The Power of Adding One Communication Expert to the District Staff

March 1st, 2018


Joel speaks with Luke Francois, superintendent, and Joelle Doye, Communications Director, about their experience adding a full-time communications …

How Diversity is Essential to Success

February 26th, 2018


The Superintendent of Mason City Schools, Gail Kist-Kline, has spent over 30 years in the public school system and has experienced how our schools …

The Changing Career Center Paradigm

February 22nd, 2018


Carole speaks with Rick Smith about the ways in which career and technical programs are being re-examined and re-imagined for the modern workforce.

Navigating the Politics of Your School Board

February 19th, 2018


Former Representative Mike Ward joins the WLS podcast to talk about how school boards aren't that different from his experience on the state and …

Have a Compelling Story to Tell! | What should schools share (but aren't) with their communities?

February 15th, 2018


Heidi Feller, Chief Inspiration Officer for #SocialSchool4EDU, talks to Joel about some of the best practices that schools can utilize to help tell …

The Opportunities and Challenges of Diversity in Public Education

February 12th, 2018


Creg Williams is the Superintendent of Schools for the Thornton Fractional High School District in Illinois. He speaks with Joel about the …

Pre-K Classes in Public Schools | A conversation with a veteran Pre-K teacher

February 8th, 2018


Janine Levin has been teaching for 18 years - most of them at Maury Elementary School in the Washington D.C. Public Schools system. She speaks with …

Diversity in Public Schools: A look at a district that has undergone tremendous growth and change

February 5th, 2018


The Dublin City Schools have grown rapidly since the early 2000's and, with that, they have seen an increase in diversity. Last year alone, the …

Passing a $230 Million Bond Issue: How one district made it happen

February 1st, 2018


Paul Imoff's community just passed a $230 million bond issue. Paul is the superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio and he speaks with Joel …

Be Prepared: How a Strong Communication Strategy Helped During a Hurricane

January 29th, 2018


What happens when a literal hurricane comes headed your way? Even if we won't see one of those in our schools, there are all kinds of figurative …

The Experience of Being a Child with a Superintendent Parent (at your school!)

January 25th, 2018


Lindsey Imhoff's dad is currently the superintendent at Upper Arlington Schools. She speaks about the expectations placed on her, how she understands …

"Challenge Everything": Navigating Technology and Change In Our Classrooms

January 22nd, 2018


Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio, returns to talk about how technology is implemented in their schools and what …

Poverty & Public Schools

January 18th, 2018


Half of schools enrolled in public schools now qualify for free and reduced lunch. These economic realities are an indication of what needs must be …

From the Trenches: A Veteran Science Teacher Discuss The Impact of Technology In Schools

January 11th, 2018


Shawn Morris has been teaching for 19 years and is at Hilliard Darby High School.When Shawn started teaching there were no computers in the classroom …

Why Music Education (and the arts) Should be in Schools (and how we should make the case)

January 8th, 2018


Joel speaks with Nick Jaworski (former music teacher and current podcaster) about the case for music education in schools... and how NOT to make the …

A Case Study in Marketing A Small District

January 4th, 2018


Dan Parent is the superintendent of Danbury Local Schools, a small district in Ohio with around 500 students. He speaks with Joel about their …

The Value of Local Control in Schools

January 1st, 2018


Richard Lewis, Executive Director of the Ohio School Boards Association, speaks with Joel about the role of outside organizations that support school …

The Energy Bus School | A New Model in Education in Practice

December 28th, 2017


Carole Speaks with Franko Gallow (Superintendent, Keystone Local Schools District), Maura Neville (Principle, Keystone Elementary), Jacob Alfareo …

Navigating the Holidays and the Winter Months as a School or District

December 18th, 2017


Joel speaks with Amanda Morris, Outreach Specialist for Allerton Hill, about the specific communication needs that face school districts during the …

What is a Parent Teacher Association and Why Are They Important?

December 14th, 2017


Elsa Huxley is a member of Parent Teacher Association at Maury Elementary School in the DC Public Schools. She talks to Joel about how PTAs and PTOs …

Sharing Individual Stories to Engage Your Community

December 11th, 2017


Joel speaks with Lynda Tran, Founding Partner at 270 Strategies and former press secretary for Organizing for America, about the importance of highlighting individual stories to your community, crisis communication …

Addressing Poverty as a Barrier to Learning

December 4th, 2017


Carole speaks with Keith Kline, superintendent of West Clermont School District, about the steps his district is taking to fight the impact of …

Podcasting in Public Schools

November 30th, 2017


Joel speaks with Nick Jaworski, former music teacher and current podcast producer, to discuss how to start a podcast for a district or school and, …

Expansive Communication Strategies

November 27th, 2017


Joel speaks with Dr. Ray Lechner from the Wilmette Public Schools (District 39) about some of the ingredients that makes Wilmette one of the best …

Advocacy with (and for) Elected Officials | A conversation with former representative Mike Ward

November 20th, 2017


Joel speaks to former Mike Ward, former congressman from Kentucky. They talk about some best practices in public school advocacy and how schools can …

Mental Health Within The School Environment

November 16th, 2017


Carole speaks with CJ Soliday, a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Delaware Area Career Center in Ohio. They discuss the vital role that CJ plays …

Seeking Out and Using Community Resources

November 13th, 2017


Carole speaks with Sue Hanson from HelpLine: A resource that  updates and maintains the resource directory to link people with available services in …

What are Educational Service Centers?

November 9th, 2017


Carole speaks with Dr. Daniel Kaffenbarger, the Superintendent of the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center in Ohio. Dr. Kaffenbarger talks …

The Intersection of Public Schools and Politics

November 2nd, 2017


Joel talks with Eric Waldo, former Chief of Staff for President Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. He was also the Executive Director for Reach Higher - an initiative started by Michelle Obama. Eric is …

The Role of Career Centers

October 30th, 2017


Carole speaks with Bob Timmons, Superintendent of Polaris Career Center, about the role of career centers in public education. Bob talks about how …

Professional Development in Small & Rural Schools

October 26th, 2017


Carole speaks with Bill Wade, Superintendent of Kirtland Local Schools, about professional development in his district, the challenges of delivering …

Tips for New Superintendents

October 16th, 2017


Carole speaks with Matt Miller, Lakota Local Schools Superintendent. They discuss the importance of introducing yourself to your new community and …

The Value of Virtual Town Halls

October 9th, 2017


Carole speaks with Mike Davis of Broadnet - a company that provides an online platform for multimedia events. They discuss how a platform like …

Small & Rural Schools Unite! | Announcing a partnership with the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative

September 28th, 2017


Carole Dorn-Bell welcomes back Kirk Koennecke. In addition to being the Superintendent of Graham Local Schools in Ohio, Kurt is the Executive …

Funding Uncertainty

September 18th, 2017


Joel and Carole discuss how to handle communicating uncertainty around school funding with your community.

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The Next Four Years for Public Education

September 11th, 2017


Joel Gagne speaks with Marlon Marshall about the 2016 election and what's next both politically and legislatively for our schools. Marlon is a …

The Kindergarten Parent's Experience & What It Means

September 4th, 2017


Joel and Carole talk about the importance of putting your best foot forward with Kindergarten parents - often times it's their first experience with …

Financial Communication Plans and Listening to Your Community

August 28th, 2017


This week, Carole speaks with Jenni Logan the 2016 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials …

Teaching as a Second (or Third) Career

August 14th, 2017


Michael Demana talks with Carole Dorn-Belle about his transition into teaching later in life and provides tips for anybody who is thinking about …

The View from City Hall: A former mayor talks local schools

July 31st, 2017


Mark Kingseed, former mayor of Centerville, Ohio, stops by and talks about the value of local governance in public schools, the future of …

Communicating to our Communities

July 17th, 2017


Meg Ansara, founding partner at 270 Strategies, talks with Joel Gagne about increasing engagement with the community (through her work with the DC …

It's Summer Time. Now is the Time to Plan for the Fall!

July 3rd, 2017


Carole Dorn-Belle and Joel Gagne talk about the best ways to use the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Topics include social media …

The Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Rural Schools

May 22nd, 2017


Kirk Koennecke, the Superintendent at Graham Local Schools in Ohio, and Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, …

How to Teach School Districts How to Use Social Media

May 1st, 2017


Andrea Gribble is back! She is the founder of She speaks with Carole and Joel about how she gets schools to understand the …

How Schools Should Use Social Media

April 17th, 2017


Joel and Carole speak with Andrea Gribble, founder of As an expert in the use of social media in schools, Andrea shares her …

How SHOULD Your School or District Communicate with You?

April 3rd, 2017


What are some best practices for schools if they want to communicate effectively with parents and the community? This week, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel …

Educational Leadership

March 27th, 2017


Joel speaks with Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association. Dr. Price speaks about the key characteristics of being an educational leader, the …

The Importance of the Treasurer

March 20th, 2017


Chris Mohr - K12 Consulting from Columbus, Ohio. Carole and Chris discuss one of the most important positions within every school district - …

Learning To Be An Educational Leader with Dorie Clark

March 13th, 2017


This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Stand Out and Reinventing …

How to Navigate the Changes in Education Since the Election

March 6th, 2017


With on power in control of the federal government we can expect a lot of changes. Some have already gone into effect. This week, Carole and Joel …

How to Support Transgender Students in Our Schools

February 27th, 2017


While much of the focus on issues facing transgender students and their families has focused on the federal policies surrounding bathroom access, …

Expanding Sign Language in Our Schools

February 20th, 2017


Emily Fermier talks to Carole about American Sign Language (ASL) and the growing movement to teach ASL as a foreign language in high school. For more …

What the Proposed Ohio Budget Means for Schools and What Happens Next

February 8th, 2017


Barbara Shaner, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, speaks with Carole Dorn-Bell about Ohio Governor …

How To Spot A Great School At A Glance

January 16th, 2017


Barney Arnold speaks with Joel Gagne about key steps in recognizing a successful school. Topics include classroom decor, communication with parents, …

The Benefits of Community College

December 14th, 2016


Community colleges can be an important link the chain of somebody’s school and career ambitions. This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Rick Hanes, the …

Our Ever-Changing Graduation and Assessment Requirements

December 5th, 2016


Carole speaks about state graduation requirements and assessments with Dr. Jim Lloyd from Olmsted Falls High School and Amanda Morris from Allerton …

Career Tech Education

November 21st, 2016


Today we speak with our guest Scott Palmer, Executive Director of Adult Workforce Education at Butler Tech, about Career Tech education and how it …

The Silence Around Education in the 2016 Elections

November 14th, 2016


The 2016 Presidential campaign has largely ignored issues directly related to education. This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Allerton-Hill Consulting's …

7 Leadership Lessons

October 24th, 2016


Dr. Neil Gupta, Worthington City Schools, shares 7 lessons that he's learned on his own leadership journey that are sure to help anybody fine tune …

Perspectives from a Veteran Superintendent

October 17th, 2016


Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Philip Ehrhardt, the superintendent of Benjamin School District 25 in West Chicago, Illinois. They talk about Dr. Ehradt's …

The Important Correlation Between Poverty & Achievement

October 3rd, 2016


Dr. Walter Tschinkel is a renowned entomologist and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. His main research focused on …

Organizing a TEDx Event With Your School District & Community

September 26th, 2016


TED Talks are amazing. They bring great minds together under one roof and then give them a venue to share their ideas with an engaged audience. Ty …

Crisis Communication - Don't Hunker In Your Bunker

September 19th, 2016


Hopefully, you and your school never have to deal with tragedy. But, it's always best to be prepared. In this episode, Carole speaks with Dr. Joe …

Building a "CrowdStruction" Movement

September 12th, 2016


The Graham Local Schools in Ohio have created "CrowdStruction" - a technology conference that shows teachers how to use the latest and greatest tech …

Grassroots Campaigning for Your Ballot Issues

August 29th, 2016


How do you run a grassroots campaign for your school? Today, Carole speaks with Sue Mahler about how to get community members involved with your …

The Importance of Athletics and Grassroots

August 22nd, 2016


Carole speaks with Mike Klein about creating grassroots programs that can affect real change for students. Mike is a former member of the New Albany …

Technology in the Classroom and The Importance of Communication

August 8th, 2016


Vicki Davis talks with Joel about technology in the classroom and the important of meeting children and parents where they are (hint: online). Vicki …

Hands-on Learning

July 25th, 2016


Carole speaks with Crissy Lauterbach about how the benefits of teaching high school students on how to be teachers. In 2015, Crissy was named a White …

Building Leaders and Building Community

July 18th, 2016


Joel speaks with Dr. Gail Kist-Kilne, Superintendent of of Mason City Schools (Mason, Ohio). They talk about the number of women in school leadership …

Summer Communications

July 11th, 2016


Joel and Carole talk about some best practices when it comes to using your summer months effectively to ensure that your school community is informed …

Increasing Community Engagement

July 6th, 2016


Dr. Jeff Butts from the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (Indiana) joins the show today to talk about how his district is bringing more …

Developing Leaders in Our Schools

June 20th, 2016


Dr. Denver Fowler talks with Carole about the importance of developing leaders within our schools. Dr. Fowler, professor at the University of …

How to Increase Collaboration and Build Consensus In Your School

June 13th, 2016


The ability to communicate effectively with your staff is so important and, sadly, many school leaders haven't thought critically about how to best …

How To Get Child & YOU Ready for College

June 6th, 2016


Today’s show touches on the personal side of planning for college and the complicated landscape for parents and children. Our guest is Elizabeth …

A Close Look at Trends in Education | Looking at Mississippi and Beyond

May 30th, 2016


Today’s show touches on funding, equity, and resources in public schools and how socioeconomic status and zip codes are dictating the success of our …

How to Guide Change and Make It Stick

May 23rd, 2016


Today’s show concerns several approaches to guide an organization through change. Our guest is Dr. Jenny Hooie, from Dynamix, a company that works to help organizations improve their workflow and navigate change. With …

Helping Girls Navigate Childhood and Achieve Success

May 16th, 2016


ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) is an organization that helps girls develop the skills to deal with social, personal, and academic issues including: …

Election Special | Education and the November Elections

May 9th, 2016


Is it a good thing or a bad thing that education isn't being talked about by the major presidential candidates? Today’s show is a roundtable …

Planning for the Transition from High School to College

May 2nd, 2016


Today’s show focuses on the all important question of what college to attend and the factors that go into making that decision. We welcome Beth …

Effectively Communicating During and After a School Shooting or Any Major Crisis

April 25th, 2016


Today’s show takes an honest look at school shootings and crisis situations from a  school communications lens. We welcome Ellen Ondrey, the …

Technology Trends in Education

April 18th, 2016


Wondering about the latest trends in educational technology? Well, you're in luck! Carole speaks with Keith Pomeroy about how innovative teachers …

How To Successfully Launch a 1:1 Technology Initiative in Your School

April 11th, 2016


Today’s show is about technology and 1:1 initiatives in public schools. Technology can be a great equalizer for students, but understanding all sides …

Perseverance, Grit, and Love

April 4th, 2016


Today, Carole speaks with Tom Burton about nurturing perseverance, grit, and commitment in today’s K-12 students. The role educators and parents play …

National Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Thomas Tucker, Talks About the Past and the Future

March 28th, 2016


Dr. Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools Superintendent (Ohio) and the National Superintendent of the Year, talks with Carole about the power of …

Schools and Local Control

March 21st, 2016


Chris Brown, a 30-year veteran of the Southwest Local School District in Ohio, talks with Carole about the value of local control, the importance of …

Preparing Our Future Educational Leaders to Communicate

March 14th, 2016


Communication is key and, in our changing world, so is learning to adapt. This week, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of …

What Does "Sociability" Mean & Why Is It Important For My School? | Dane Dellenbach

March 7th, 2016


Dane Dellenbach, from Blackboard, talks with Joel about "sociability" - a way for schools to use all of their social media platforms all under one …

How Schools Need to be Strategic When Going on the Ballot

February 29th, 2016


Today, Joel speaks with Steve Avakian, a newspaper man and veteran educational consultant. His work has reached students in nearly every region in …

New Trends in Public Education Roundtable

February 22nd, 2016


Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff & John Marschhausen about all of the new ideas and practices that school districts must address in our modern …

Forward Thinking in Education with John Marschhausen

February 15th, 2016


Today we talk with John Marschhausen, Superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio. He talks about servant-leadership, the importance of …

Small Goals, Big Impact

February 8th, 2016


Today, Joel speaks with John Gould, the principal of Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth Massachusetts about the impact of his own schooling, teaching …

A Technology Makeover in Your Schools

February 1st, 2016


Today Carol speaks with Mentor, OH Superintendent Matt Miller today about their tech makeover in Mentor and technology in our schools.

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Grading Your School District by Using a Quality Profile

January 25th, 2016


We're talking about honest and authentic assessment of school districts this week. We've got all of the information you need to get started in …

Twitter for Schools and Teachers

January 18th, 2016


Twitter is simply too easy and too useful of a platform to not use in your school. Regardless of your current engagement with Twitter, we talk about …

Strategic Planning in Your Schools with Paul Imhoff

January 12th, 2016


Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff about creating community based, living strategic plans that transform school districts. One of the major …

Branding IS Important in Education! | How to get started

December 9th, 2015


Branding is an important part of business, and it is just as important in education. Amanda Morris joins us to talk about branding--for individuals, …

Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Community

December 9th, 2015


Kindergarten teachers have a special place in many of our hearts. In this episode, Joel speaks to a veteran teacher about how to communicate with …

Why are we doing this? | Meet Carole and Joel

December 9th, 2015


Speaking with educators time and time again about issues that concern parents, teachers, administrators and students we came to the conclusion that …

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