Category: Leadership


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 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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Episode 40

7 Leadership Lessons

October 25, 2016 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Neil Gupta

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

Perspectives from a Veteran Superintendent

October 17, 2016 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Philip Ehrhardt, Ed.D.

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




Episode 38

The Important Correlation between Poverty & Achievement

Guest: Dr. Walter Tschinkel

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 36

Don’t Hunker in Your Bunker: Crisis Communication

Guest: Dr. Joe Clark

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.

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Episode 30

Engagement in Educational Leadership

July 20, 2016 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Gail Kist-Kline

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 27

Developing Leaders in Our Schools

June 21, 2016 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Denver Fowler

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