Episode 32

August 8, 2016

Technology in the Classroom

Episode 31

July 25, 2016

Hands-On Learning

Episode 30

July 20, 2016

Engagement in Educational Leadership

This week’s show deals with women and community in educational leadership. Our guest is Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent of Mason City Schools and one of the premiere leaders in public education in Ohio.

Women in Educational Leadership

Over 70% of the public education workforce are female, but only 20% of superintendents are women. In looking at the minimal research we have, the women who ARE in leadership positions seem to be held to a higher standard than their male counterparts. Most of the women in educational leadership have more degrees, and more years/experience teaching and we need to look at how school board members hire educational leaders, and broadening their knowledge base.

Connecting to Your Community

Engaging the community is critical and finding a way to not only inform but to support your students. Recently an international company came to town, and Mason City Schools reached out to them. They created a program centered around STEM learning activities that utilized their work to teach over 800 third graders. It sparked a year long program that engaged business, community and students. Day to day, engaging all of your employees (bus drivers, secretaries, teachers, food services) to be ambassadors for your school is the best engagement you can create. Giving those employees information and stories to tell their friends, neighbors, parents, and community members can be the best tool to connect and engage your community.

One Wish

Equity is so important in public schools. Stable and sufficient funding for every school would be Dr Kist-Kline’s wish. Funding allows schools to have the resources to provide an education that serves each and every student.

Book Recommendation

True North­ by Bill George

What Really Matters: Leadership, People, Values­ by John Pepper

Follow Dr. Kist-Kline on Twitter @docgkk

Episode 29

July 11, 2016

Summer Communication

This week’s show deals with communicating during the summer and how to stay in touch with all the stakeholders in your community. Summer isn’t a sleepy time to cut­of communication, but an opportunity to engage, inform and tell your story.

When to Communicate

Early July is a time when a lot of people are traveling or may be busy. It’s not the best time to communicate. Late July and Early August is a great time to get out a newsletter, or bulletin that starts to get people back in the school mind­set. A couple of weeks before school starts bringing the community back into the narrative of summer work and what the next school year holds is crucial. Additionally, once the school year actually begins, it becomes too busy for schools to engage, produce and distribute a newsletter.

Content

Summer is a great time to reframe the previous school year, the work of the summer and the plans for the upcoming school year. Additionally, while it is a cost issue, color is so important. Having pictures that encapsulate real life, and a newsletter that looks pleasing really does a lot to communicate to the community.

Engagement

With summer communication, it is important to frame the upcoming school year not just for the community and students, but for the teachers. Planning and disseminating information to the teachers about convocation can be really helpful. A couple of videos over the summer that goes along with what will concern convocation of the new year can be a great tool to communicate easily to teachers, the community and even prospective families looking to move into the district. One venue where districts can slow down a bit, it social media. People don’t need tweets every day or constant facebook posts over the summer. Take a step back and share the big things.

Board Elections

Regardless of when your board elections are or will be, taking time in the summer to take stock and potentially tap someone can be really valuable. Summer can be a period to start to help a potential board member see the district and see what that type of involvement would be like. You need to tell your school’s story. If you don’t then any other narrative, told by anyone will be what people know. Use summer to tell your story and engage your community.

Episode 28

July 6, 2016

Creating Opportunity and Engaging the Community

This week’s show concerns creating opportunity for every student and finding ways to engage communities that may not necessarily be directly engaged with our schools. Our guest is Dr. Jeffrey Butts, superintendent of the Wayne Township School in Indiana. He has been a teacher, an athletic director, a principal, and assistant superintendent.

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Episode 27

June 21, 2016

Developing Leaders in Our Schools

Today’s show concerns traits and tools for successful school leadership. Our guest is Dr. Denver Fowler, professor at the University of Mississippi, who has served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and administrator in P­12 settings for over a decade. He was named the 2015 State Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Ohio and nominated for the National Assistant Principal of the Year. His research interests include ethics, leadership and research on the superintendency.

Being a Leader

Lifelong Learning: The importance of being a lifelong learner is key to reinforce in young teachers and teacher leaders.

Social Media: Using social media is also another key trait of school leaders. Celebrate everything and celebrate often­­ tell your story, don’t have your stakeholders tell your story, tell your story.

Work/Life Balance: It is crucial to build a solid foundation for leaders. When leaders take on too much and overcommit on work or personal ventures, both realms suffer.

Instructional Tasks: Focusing on managerial tasks is where many leaders spend their time. Focusing on instructional tasks should come first.

Why Public Education?

The one constant in Dr. Denver Fowler’s life has been education. Coaching led him into education and at some point in his undergraduate degree program he came to realize education is the most important job in the world.

Book Recommendation

Quantitative Data Analysis using Microsoft Excel by Gerard Babo & Leonard H. Elovitz

Check out Denver’s Article: “Cats in the Cradle” in School Administrator Magazine (March 2016)

 @denverjfowler

Episode 26

June 13, 2016

How to Increase Collaboration and Build Consensus In Your School

Today’s show talks about how to run a meeting and build buy in/collaboration among stakeholders. Our guest is Dr. Jenny Hooie, from Dynamix, a company that works to help organizations improve their workflow and navigate change. With Jenny, Carole explores how school districts and school leaders can create the best opportunities to collaborate.

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Episode 25

June 6, 2016

How To Get Child & YOU Ready for College

Today’s show touches on the personal side of planning for college and the complicated landscape for parents and children. Our guest is Elizabeth Probst, who founded “At the Core”, a company that works to serve students as they prepare to make the very important decisions that surround their transition from high school to the future.

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Episode 24

May 30, 2016

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

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 students. Our guest is Dr. Denver Fowler, professor at the University of Mississippi, who has served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and administrator in P­12 settings for over a decade. He was named the 2015 State Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Ohio and nominated for the National Assistant Principal of the Year. His research interests include ethics, leadership and research on the superintendency.

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Episode 23

May 23, 2016

How to Guide Change and Make It Stick

This week’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 Jenny, Carole explores how school districts can adapt and change with ease and transparency.

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Episode 22

May 16, 2016

Helping Girls Navigate Childhood and Achieve Success

This week’s show discusses girls, experiences unique to girls, and the effect of these experiences on women. Our guest is Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, a professor at The Ohio State University and founder of the group, Ruling Our Experience (ROX), an evidence based empowerment program for girls.

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Episode 21

May 9, 2016

Election Special: Education and the November Elections

This week’s show is a roundtable discussion with Joel, Carole, and John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard School District, about education and the upcoming Presidential election in the United States.

“It’s a civil rights issue.” — John Marschhausen, on education & socioeconomics

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Episode 20

May 2, 2016

Planning for the Transition from High School to College

This week’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 Probst, from At the Core, an organization that was founded to help serve students as they prepare to make important decisions that surround their transition from high school to the future.

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Episode 19

April 25, 2016

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

This week’s podcast takes an honest look at school shootings and crisis situations from a school communications lens. We welcome Ellen Ondrey, the District Community Coordinator with Chardon Schools in Northern Ohio. Through conversation we seek to better understand both the process of dealing with a tragedy and the impact of crisis situations on schools as well as the community at ­large.

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Episode 18

April 21, 2016

Tech Trends with Keith Pomeroy

This week’s show is a continuation about trends in technology. Carole welcomes back Keith Pomeroy, the Chief Technology Officer at Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio to fill us in on the latest and the greatest technology trends.

“You have to be open to flexibility… and you have to talk to kids. Pay attention to what’s happening in their world.”

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Episode 17

April 11, 2016

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

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 of implementation and day­to­day use is crucial to the success of any 1:1 technology program. Our guest is Keith Pomeroy, the Chief Technology Officer at Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio where they have recently successfully launched a 1:1 initiative.

“…changing what is possible in the classroom.”

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Episode 16

April 6, 2016

Perseverance, Grit, and Love

Today, Carole speaks with Tom Burton about nurturing perseverance, grit, and commitment in today’s K­-12 students. The role educators and parents play is key and not necessarily always easy (loving in the unlovable moments). Our guest is Tom Burton, the associate superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

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Episode 15

March 30, 2016

Strong Leaders, Strong Schools

Dr. Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools Superintendent (Ohio) and the National Superintendent of the Year, talks with Carole about the power of public schools, the importance of vision, the public debate over the role of public schools and what he would change if he were king for a day.

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Episode 14

March 21, 2016

Schools and Local Control

“We have to provide funding to back up the mandates.”

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 public education, the differences between schools and businesses, and the impact of adding more and more requirements to school curricula.

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Episode 13

March 14, 2016

Preparing Our Future Educational Leaders to Communicate

“Trust is built through communication.” — Dr. Todd Hoadley

Communication is key and, in our changing world, so is learning to adapt. This week, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), and Jennifer Economus, Allerton-Hill Consulting. Topics include how to develop communication skills, the limits of social media, the value of face-to-face communication, using Instagram, developing a social media identity, and the importance of local newspaper.

“Our community has high expectations. People expect communications to be accurate. They expect it to be timely. And by timely I mean NOW.” — Dr. Todd Hoadley

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