Monthly Archives: March 2018

Episode 108

Public schools and revitalization

Guest: Jennifer Kime

Host Joel Gagne is joined by Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, a not-for-profit that seeks to revitalize Mansfield, Ohio. Jennifer talks with Joel about the intersection of public schools and revitalization of cities.


Episode 107

Create a new school climate

Guest: Dan Leffingwell

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Noble Local School District Superintendent Dan Leffingwell about the steps his district has taken to improve school climate. They discuss communicating goals and expectations to students and families, student ownership and creating a sense of hope and pride in students.


Episode 106

National School Walkout: Five students discuss why they walked out

Guest: New Albany Plain Public Schools Students

In a special episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with five student leaders from New Albany-Plain Local School District in Ohio. They not only participated in the national school walkout on Wednesday but have plans to attend the March For Our Lives event in Columbus later this month.


Episode 105

Civil rights in schools

Guest: Jill Habig

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Jill Habig, founder and President of the Public Rights Project, a not-for-profit that helps public institutions protect the civil rights of their communities. Habig, a lawyer by training and involved in local and state government for most of the past decade, discusses civil rights in schools, as well as chronic absence and the school-to-prison pipeline.


Episode 104

The power of mentorship

March 12, 2018 | Leadership
Guest: Jeri Springstead and Heidi Feller

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Heidi Feller, Chief Inspiration Officer for #SocialSchool4edu, and her mentor, Jeri Springstead.

Joel asks Jeri and Heidi about their mentor-mentee relationship, and how Jeri inspired Heidi to become a German teacher in Wisconsin via the power of mentorship.


Episode 103

The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World

March 9, 2018 | Leadership
Guest: Dr. Denver J. Fowler

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Denver J. Fowler, a friend of the podcast and author of the forthcoming book The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. Dr. Fowler is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education at California State University, Sacramento. He discusses the book, how it came about and what he hopes people take away from it.


Episode 102

Public opinion research for schools

March 7, 2018 | Communications
Guest: Paul Fallon

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Paul Fallon of Fallon Research & Communications, a full-service public opinion research and polling firm. Paul discusses the value of public opinion research in understanding your community and how best to communicate your district’s priorities.


Episode 101

The power of a school communication expert

March 5, 2018 | Communications
Guest: Luke Francois & Joelle Doye

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with two guests from the Mineral Point Unified School District in Wisconsin: Luke Francois, the district’s Superintendent, and Joelle Doye, Communications Director. They discuss the importance of school communication expert, and how it is rare for a rural district to have a communications expert on staff.


Episode 100

Diversity in schools today

Guest: Gail Kist-Kline

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Gail Kist-Kline, the superintendent of Mason City Schools in the Cincinnati area. Gail has spent more than 30 years in the public school system and has experienced how schools view and internalize the idea of diversity. The two discuss the importance of diversity in schools today and how it’s essential to a school’s success.