Monthly Archives: December 2017

Episode 84

Promoting ballot initiatives and more

December 22, 2017 | Communications
Guest: David Axner

Host Joel Gagne speaks with David Axner, the deputy executive director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. David shares his experiences as a superintendent, his thoughts on promoting ballot initiatives, and what the Buckeye Association of School Administrators does for current and future school administrators.


Episode 83

Navigating winter as a school district

December 20, 2017 | Communications
Guest: Amanda Morris

Host Joel Gagne talks with Amanda Morris, Outreach Specialist for Allerton Hill Consulting. Joel and Amanda discuss the communication needs for schools during the winter months and the difficulties schools may face communicating over the holidays.


Episode 82

What is a PTA?

December 19, 2017 | Leadership
Guest: Elsa Huxley

Host Joel Gagne talks with Elsa Huxley, former president of the Maury Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, or PTA. The two answer the question “What is a PTA?” while also covering the basics of how PTAs and PTOs work as well as why PTAs are so important.


Episode 81

Sharing stories to engage with the community

December 12, 2017 | Community Engagement
Guest: Lynda Tran

Host Joel Gagne talks with Lynda Tran, founding partner at 270 Strategies, about the importance of sharing stories to engage with the community. Lynda was also the press secretary for Organizing for America, among many other impressive roles, and she shares her insight on highlighting individual stories, crisis communication plans and the importance of public schools.


Episode 80

The Energy Bus School

December 11, 2017 | Leadership
Guest: Franco Gallo, Maura Neville and Jake Alferio

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.


Episode 78

Podcasting in public schools

December 1, 2017 | Communications
Guest: Nick Jaworski

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Nick Jaworski about podcasting in public schools. Nick is a former music teacher and current podcast producer at, and the two discuss how public schools can use podcasts to connect with their community.