Category: Success Stories


Episode 47

Expanding Sign Language in Our Schools

Guest: Emily Fermier, ASL Virtual Academy

This week, Carole talks with Emily Fermier about American Sign Language (ASL) and its increase in popularity among high school and university students. Emily has taught ASL at both the high school and university level for the past 14 years. Emily notes that in high schools and universities, the number of schools offering ASL is increasing in fact it has been a 67% increase from 1990 to 2013, in the # of students taking ASL as a foreign language. The surge in popularity as a foreign language can “be credited to… it being out there more, people seeing interpreters, people seeing Deaf people and sign language on TV, in movies, and really wanting to learn more about the language and the Deaf Community.”

“There’s something about sign language that is very public and private at the same time… it’s a secret language.” — Carole Dorn-Bell

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Episode 45

How To Spot A Great School At A Glance

Guest: Barney Arnold, Kindergarten Teacher

Many things can facilitate a transition to a new school both at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year and it can be a stressful time for families and their students. Joel speaks in this episode with Barney Arnold, a kindergarten teacher for many years in Carlisle, Massachusetts, about the key steps to recognizing a successful school.

“We ask so much of our teachers, we ask so much of our administrators but because of technology, we do expect that there is going to be consistent communication.” — Joel Gagne

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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 37

Organizing a TEDx Event With Your School District & Community

Guest: Ty Debevoise

In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Ty Debevoise, about how he created a TEDx event in his district and how you can too. Ty  is the director of communication and marketing at Whitehall City School District. Partnering with the Whitehall Community, they created TEDx Yearling Road.

“Want to do a giant project? Don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who’ve done it before. Seek a mentor.” — Ty Debevoise

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Episode 33

Grassroots How To

Guest: Mike Klein

This week, we’re talking with Mike Klein about creating grassroots programs that can affect real change for students. Mike is a former member of the New Albany Schools School Board and the creator of the grassroots movement, Eagle Pride Victory Club.

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Episode 28

Creating Opportunity and Engaging the Community

Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Butts

This week’s show concerns creating opportunity for every student and finding ways to engage communities that may not necessarily be directly engaged with our schools. Our guest is Dr. Jeffrey Butts, superintendent of the Wayne Township School in Indiana. He has been a teacher, an athletic director, a principal, and assistant superintendent.

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Episode 16

Perseverance, Grit, and Love

Guest: Associate Superintendent Tom Burton

Today, Carole speaks with Tom Burton about nurturing perseverance, grit, and commitment in today’s K­-12 students. The role educators and parents play is key and not necessarily always easy (loving in the unlovable moments). Our guest is Tom Burton, the associate superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

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Episode 15

Strong Leaders, Strong Schools

Guest: Dr. Thomas Tucker

Dr. Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools Superintendent (Ohio) and the National Superintendent of the Year, talks with Carole about the power of public schools, the importance of vision, the public debate over the role of public schools and what he would change if he were king for a day.

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Episode 10

New Trends in Public Education Roundtable

Guest: Paul Imhoff & Dr. John Marschhausen

Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff & Dr. John Marschhausen about all of the new ideas and practices that school districts must address in our modern public schools. Topics include: teaching the “whole child”, how technology empowers personalization, testing, and school culture.

“What is [the world] going to look like when they are the leaders in 2035, 2040?” – Dr. John Marschhausen

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Episode 8

Small Goals, Big Impact

February 8, 2016 | Interviews, Success Stories
Guest: Principal John Gould

In this week’s episode, Joel speaks with John Gould, the principal of Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth Massachusetts about the impact of his own schooling, teaching independent thinking, and the power of public education.|

“Today, we don’t have all the answers but we aren’t ignoring the questions and we’re trying to address them. And that’s empowering.” — John Gould

The Impact of Public Education

Diagnosed early on with a language learning disability, John was sent by taxi at the tender age of four to receive special help to learn how to speak. His experiences left him with an immense feeling of gratitude for the teachers and adults in his life who helped him persevere through his own learning challenges. These feelings inspired John throughout his education and now in how he helps educate. He sees public education as crucial and adept at not only helping students with learning challenges but also addressing the social/emotional issues in their lives.

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