Monthly Archives: November 2017


Episode 77

Effective communication strategies

November 29, 2017 | Communications
Guest: Dr. Ray Lechner

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Ray Lechner of Wilmette Public Schools (District 39) about how effective communication strategies are one of the factors that make Wilmette one of the best school districts in Illinois.

(more…)




Episode 76

Live streaming and social media

Guest: Tate Skinner

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Tate Skinner, secretary of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC), about live streaming and social media. Tate is also the assistant principal at Minford High School, which uses live streaming and social media to provide access for students and families.

(more…)




Episode 75

Public school advocacy

November 22, 2017 | Community Engagement
Guest: Mike Ward

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with former Kentucky Congressman Mike Ward. The two chat about public school advocacy and how important it is to support education in America by encouraging your elected officials to vote to help public education.

“Public schools are what America is all about,” Ward says. “The only way to help young people and to help families is to get them a better education.”

(more…)




Episode 74

Mental health in the school setting

November 21, 2017 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: CJ Soliday

In today’s episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell talks with CJ Soliday, a Behavioral Health Specialist of the Delaware Area Career Center. Dorn-Bell recently heard Soliday speak about her role with the DACC and how she handles mental health in the school setting.

(more…)




Episode 73

Seeking out and using community resources

Guest: Sue Hanson

In today’s podcast episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Sue Hanson of HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties. HelpLine updates and maintains the resource directory to link people with available services in five Ohio counties. The two discuss seeking out and using community resources and the depth of what HelpLine offers. With the holidays approaching, it’s especially important to be armed with the right tools to cope with stress.

(more…)




Episode 72

What are educational service centers?

Guest: Dr. Daniel Kaffenbarger

In today’s episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Daniel Kaffenbarger, the superintendent of the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center in Ohio. Dorn-Bell and Dr. Kaffenbarger discuss educational service centers and the important role that educational service centers play in Ohio today.

(more…)




Episode 71

Rethinking the public school experience

November 6, 2017 | Strategies, Success Stories
Guest: Dr. Dave Palzet

Today’s We Love Schools podcast episode features Dr. Dave Palzet, superintendent at Pleasantdale Elementary District 107 in Illinois. Host Joel Gagne and Dr. Palzet discuss moving beyond classroom walls and rethinking the public school experience.

(more…)




Episode 70

The intersection of public schools and politics

Guest: Eric Waldo

In the latest episode of We Love Schools, host Joel Gagne speaks with Eric Waldo, who was the Chief of Staff for President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, about the intersection of public schools and politics. Waldo was the Executive Director for Reach Higher, which was an initiative started by Michelle Obama, and he is currently the Executive Vice President for Education at Civic Nation.

Waldo has worked in education throughout his entire career, and the two discuss the intersection of public schools and politics in this episode of the podcast.

(more…)