Category: Leadership


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 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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