August 8, 2016
July 25, 2016
July 20, 2016
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.
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.
True North by Bill George
What Really Matters: Leadership, People, Values by John Pepper
Follow Dr. Kist-Kline on Twitter @docgkk
July 11, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
June 21, 2016
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.
Check out Denver’s Article: “Cats in the Cradle” in School Administrator Magazine (March 2016)
June 13, 2016
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.
June 6, 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 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.
May 30, 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 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.
May 23, 2016
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.
May 16, 2016
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.
May 9, 2016
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
May 2, 2016
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.
April 25, 2016
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.
April 21, 2016
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.”
April 11, 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 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.”
April 6, 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 is key and not necessarily always easy (loving in the unlovable moments). Our guest is Tom Burton, the associate superintendent of Princeton City Schools.
March 30, 2016
March 21, 2016
“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.