Category: Success Stories


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 71

Rethinking the public school experience

November 6, 2017 | Strategies, Success Stories
Guest: Dr. Dave Palzet

Today’s We Love Schools podcast episode features Dr. Dave Palzet, superintendent at Pleasantdale Elementary District 107 in Illinois. Host Joel Gagne and Dr. Palzet discuss moving beyond classroom walls and rethinking the public school experience.

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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 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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