Monthly Archives: February 2018


Episode 99

The future of career centers

February 28, 2018 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: Rick Smith

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Rick Smith about the future of career centers. The two discuss ways in which career and technical programs are being re-examined and re-imagined for the modern workforce. Rick is the Superintendent of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and the Career and Technical Center Representative for the Ohio Small and Rural Collaborative.

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Episode 98

Navigating school board politics

February 26, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Mike Ward

Former Representative Mike Ward joins Joel Gagne in this episode to talk about how school boards compare to and operate under political governing bodies. The two chat about effectively navigating school board politics. 

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Episode 97

School communication and sharing compelling stories

February 20, 2018 | Communications
Guest: Heidi Feller

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Heidi Feller, Chief Inspirational Officer for #SocialSchool4EDU, about some of the best practices schools can utilize in telling their stories and inspiring their communities. The two chat about school communication and how compelling stories drive the best communication strategies.

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Episode 96

Opportunities and challenges of diversity in public education

February 16, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Dr. Creg Williams

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Creg E. Williams, the Superintendent of Schools for Thornton Fractional High School District 215 in Illinois. The two discuss both the opportunities and challenges of diversity in public education.

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Episode 95

Pre-kindergarten classes in public schools

February 12, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Janine Levin

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Janine Levin, who teaches pre-kindergarten at Maury Elementary School in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools system.

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Episode 94

Diversity in schools

February 8, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Dr. Todd Hoadley

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Todd Hoadley, the superintendent of Dublin City Schools in Ohio, about diversity in schools.

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Episode 93

Passing a $230 million bond issue: How one district made it happen

February 5, 2018 | Success Stories
Guest: Paul Imhoff

Host Joel Gagne is joined by Paul Imhoff, the superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio, which recently passed a $230 million bond issue.

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Episode 92

How a strong communication strategy helped during a hurricane

February 1, 2018 | Communications
Guest: Greg Turchetta

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Greg Turchetta, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement at Collier County Public Schools in Florida, and the two chat about how a strong communication strategy can help in a hurricane and a number of other challenges.

Greg discusses literal and figurative hurricanes, or challenges, having recently guided his district’s communications strategy through Hurricane Irma. 

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