Category: Communications

Episode 117

Student celebrations, school climate, and communication

June 26, 2018 | Communications
Guest: Brad Ritchey

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Brad Ritchey, Superintendent of Milton-Union Exempted Village School District in Ohio, about school climate and the approaches his school district takes to communicate with the community.


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 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.


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. 


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 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.


Episode 77

Effective communication strategies

November 29, 2017 | Communications
Guest: Dr. Ray Lechner

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Ray Lechner of Wilmette Public Schools (District 39) about how effective communication strategies are one of the factors that make Wilmette one of the best school districts in Illinois.


Episode 67

Tips for new superintendents-How to connect with a new community

October 18, 2017 | Communications
Guest: Matt Miller

In this week’s episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell talks with Matt Miller, the Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools.

Miller is starting his 13th year as a superintendent, and he talks in this episode about transitions as a superintendent and how a new superintendent can connect with a new community.

“I was at a really good place coming to Lakota because it happened so early in the superintendent search process,” Miller says. “The Board here at Lakota did a really good job of letting me have transition days, which I think is huge for any school board, any superintendent to work out transition details.”


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