Monthly Archives: March 2017


Episode 52

Educational Leadership

March 27, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Phillip Price

This week, Joel Gagne is joined by Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association.

In analyzing strong educational leadership, Dr. Price says he looks to see what an individual was like as a teacher.

“I think it’s extremely helpful, because you understand what’s going on in the classroom,” he says. “Not just observe it, but understand.”

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Episode 51

The Importance of the Treasurer

March 20, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Chris Mohr

This week, host Carole Dorn-Bell is joined by Chris Mohr, of K-12 Consulting in Columbus. Mohr shares thoughts on one of the most important positions within every school district – treasurer, also known as Chief Financial Officer.

Mohr talks about how treasurers get licensed, their job duties – and how those have changed – and how school districts hire for the position.

Any treasurer search starts with a set of traits the board is looking for in a person.

The top characteristics, Mohr says, include: Communication skills, financial leadership skills, approachability and ability to work as a team with the superintendent and board of education.

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Episode 50

Learning to be an Educational Leader

March 13, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dorie Clark

In this episode, Joel Gagne speaks with Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Stand Out and Reinventing You.

Clark brings her experience as a branding and communications expert and applies it to the challenges facing school administrators.

Optics, she says, are important in being an educational leader: You want to be a leader that both listens and is willing to take charge.

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Episode 49

How to Navigate the Changes in Education Since the Election

Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

This week, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about what’s changing and how local school districts can help drive the conversation.

The rhetoric lately around public schools, they note, has been negative.

Under the new presidential administration in Washington, D.C., Gagne says, schools have the opportunity to “take the fight local,” to say, we bring value to the community and we’re irreplaceable.

School districts can say whatever happens nationally, here’s what we’re going to focus on. Essentially, the best defense is a good offense.

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