Category: Issues Facing Schools Today


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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 69

The role of career centers in public education

Guest: Bob Timmons

In this episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Bob Timmons, Superintendent of Polaris Career Center, about the role of career centers in public education.

Timmons discusses how career centers interact with K-12 districts and the future of career centers in public education.

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Episode 63

The next four years for public education

September 11, 2017 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Marlon Marshall

In this episode, host Joel Gagne talks with Marlon Marshall, a founding partner at 270 Strategies, about the 2016 presidential election and what’s to come for schools, both politically and legislatively. Marshall served as Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement, where he led on-the-ground enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.
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Episode 56

The Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Rural Schools

Guest: Kirk Koennecke and Allen Pratt

In this episode, Kirk Koennecke, the Superintendent at Graham Local Schools in Ohio, and Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, talk about the unique needs and challenges facing rural and small schools.

Pratt tells host Carole Dorn-Bell that it’s a timely discussion because of the climate in Washington, D.C.

“When we go around the U.S. talking to different groups, this is rural education and rural small schools’ 15 minutes of fame right now,” Pratt says. “I think in Washington, they’ve paid attention, and rural is definitely a buzzword. It’s a positive culture that we have to take advantage of, and tell our story and be that voice to help all rural schools and communities.”

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Episode 48

How to Support Transgender Students in Our Schools

Guest: Dr. Vanessa K. Jensen

While much of the focus on issues facing transgender students and their families has focused on the federal policies surrounding bathroom access, there are a number of ways that schools can provide support to the students. Today, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Pediatric Psychologist, Dr. Vanessa K. Jensen at the Cleveland Clinic. She talks about how transgender children develop, the risks they face at school, and how families and schools can be supportive of them.

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Episode 46

What the Proposed Ohio Budget Means for Schools and What Happens Next

Guest: Barbara Shaner

This week, Barbara Shaner, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, speaks with Carole Dorn-Bell about Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal. The agencies and school districts that operate under the Ohio education budget start their new fiscal year on July 1. Carole and Barbara talk about what the budget proposal could mean for education and what happens between now and June 30th when the budget must be passed.

It is important to note that the actual language of the proposed budget has not been released yet. Also remember that this budget now has to go through committees and before both the Ohio House and Senate so a lot of changes will be made through this process — and there is a lot of time to provide feedback through public hearings.

“Everyone who will be affected by this budget will have the opportunity to weigh in.”

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Episode 44

The Benefits of Community College

Guest: Rick Hanes

Community colleges can be an important link the chain of somebody’s school and career ambitions. This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Rick Hanes, the Vice President of Business and Community Partnerships for Edison State Community College. The talk about why people should take a close look at community college, the cost, some of the false stigmas that some attach to them, and some of the great benefits.

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Episode 41

The Silence Around Education in the 2016 Elections

Guest: Amanda Morris & Jennifer Economus

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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