Episode 41

November 7, 2016

The Silence Around Education in the 2016 Elections

Today, the day before the US Elections we speak with Amanda Morris and Jennifer Economus, both experts in school communications. We discuss this particular election cycle and how these politics relate to education. This year, in contrast to other years, the national discussion hasn’t included education and there seems to be a disconnect between the national stage and the local stage.

The Absence of Public Education

In many areas, there has been a push to keep local education separate from the federal. The focus and push is to keep control local. Regardless of this push, the absence of discussion about public education in this presidential election cycle seems strange, but potentially good. Perhaps politicians and the American public are satisfied with education, or confident that local school districts are doing a good job.

Dialogue is important, and we need to make sure that we are still talking about education, so that we do not fall away from the minds of the public.

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Episode 40

October 25, 2016

7 Leadership Lessons

In this week’s episode, 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 their own leadership skills.

Dr. Gupta walks us through lessons he’s learned from his own personal experience on his own leadership journey as an administrator. He advises listeners to process his advise with introspection rather than thinking about what other people in their life match up to his do’s and don’ts. It’s important to listen for those moments that “send a tingle up your spine that asks, ‘am I doing that?’ so that you start to second guess yourself, to check yourself.”

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Episode 39

October 17, 2016

Perspectives from a Veteran Superintendent

This week we’re talking with Dr. Philip Ehrhardt, Ed.D., Superintendent of Benjamin School District 25 in West Chicago, IL.

Episode 38

October 3, 2016

The Important Correlation between Poverty & Achievement

In this week’s podcast, Carole dives into the important issue of the connection between poverty and educational success. She talks with Dr. Walter Tschinkel, renowned myrmecologist, entomologist and Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Science and R.O. Lawton Distinguished Professor emeritus at Florida State University. Dr. Tschinkel applied the same analysis of variants he uses in his biology research to breakdown state school report cards and look for consistent variables. The link between poverty and performance was undeniable. Now the question is… how do we get schools and state government to apply this analysis and make adjustments to their test scores? And will we ever find a way to create a balance in opportunity?

“To ignore the link [between performance and…]  poverty is to beg for failure in any successful use of this testing system.” — Dr. Walter Tschinkel

Episode 37

September 27, 2016

Organizing a TEDx Event With Your School District & Community

In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Ty Debevoise, about how he created a TEDx event in his district and how you can too. Ty  is the director of communication and marketing at Whitehall City School District. Partnering with the Whitehall Community, they created TEDx Yearling Road.

“Want to do a giant project? Don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who’ve done it before. Seek a mentor.” — Ty Debevoise

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Episode 36

September 19, 2016

Don’t Hunker in Your Bunker: Crisis Communication

We’ve talked time and time again about the key component of crisis communication is to already have a communications plan in place and a good relationship with your community so they’ll trust you when an emergency hits. This week we’re talking with Dr. Joe Clark, Superintendent of Nordonia Schools in Northfield, Ohio, about leadership and communications when a crisis hits.

@DrJoeClark

Episode 35

September 13, 2016

Building a “Crowdstruction” Movement

Episode 34

August 29, 2016

Grassroots Campaigning for Your Ballot Issues

This week’s guest is Susan Mahler from Mahler Strategic Consulting. Her work with Ohio Schools to build effective grassroots campaigns to pass levy issues has earned her a winning reputation as a strategic authority in education and campaigns.

Episode 33

August 24, 2016

Grassroots How To

This week, we’re talking with Mike Klein about creating grassroots programs that can affect real change for students. Mike is a former member of the New Albany Schools School Board and the creator of the grassroots movement, Eagle Pride Victory Club.

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Episode 32

August 8, 2016

Technology in the Classroom

“I believe our biggest problem with technology actually starts in our minds. Our minds our the greatest software ever invented and we need to program it for excellence.” — Vicky Davis

This week, Vicki Davis is our guest, talking about the strengths and impediments of technology in the classroom and for the school district at large. Vicki is a teacher of technology in Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and the author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

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Episode 31

July 25, 2016

Hands-On Learning

This week’s show concerns the impact of teachers and the role they play in inspiring us all. Our guest is Crissy Lauterbach, an experienced educator and works with Contact Learning.

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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.

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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 cut off 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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