Category: Issues Facing Schools Today


Episode 87

The value of music education in schools

January 9, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Nick Jaworski

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Nick Jaworski, former music teacher and current podcaster, about the value of music education in schools. The two discuss the benefit of both music education and the arts in schools as well as the right and wrong ways to make the case for music and arts in schools.

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Episode 85

Local control of schools

January 2, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Richard Lewis

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Richard Lewis, the executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, about local control of schools and its value. The two discuss outside organizations that support school districts, the impact of social media for schools and more.

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Episode 79

Effects of poverty on learning

December 6, 2017 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Keith Kline

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Keith Kline, superintendent of West Clermont Local Schools, about the effects of poverty on learning. The two discuss the steps that West Clermont School District is taking to fight the impact of poverty on learning.

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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.

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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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