This week, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about what’s changing and how local school districts can help drive the conversation.
The rhetoric lately around public schools, they note, has been negative.
Under the new presidential administration in Washington, D.C., Gagne says, schools have the opportunity to “take the fight local,” to say, we bring value to the community and we’re irreplaceable.
School districts can say whatever happens nationally, here’s what we’re going to focus on. Essentially, the best defense is a good offense.
While much of the focus on issues facing transgender students and their families has focused on the federal policies surrounding bathroom access, there are a number of ways that schools can provide support to the students. Today, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Pediatric Psychologist, Dr. Vanessa K. Jensen at the Cleveland Clinic. She talks about how transgender children develop, the risks they face at school, and how families and schools can be supportive of them.
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
This week, Barbara Shaner, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, speaks with Carole Dorn-Bell about Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal. The agencies and school districts that operate under the Ohio education budget start their new fiscal year on July 1. Carole and Barbara talk about what the budget proposal could mean for education and what happens between now and June 30th when the budget must be passed.
It is important to note that the actual language of the proposed budget has not been released yet. Also remember that this budget now has to go through committees and before both the Ohio House and Senate so a lot of changes will be made through this process — and there is a lot of time to provide feedback through public hearings.
“Everyone who will be affected by this budget will have the opportunity to weigh in.”
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
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.
Carole speaks about state graduation requirements and assessments with Dr. Jim Lloyd from Olmsted Falls High School and Amanda Morris from Allerton Hill Consulting. Dr. Lloyd recently organized a large meeting to get more educational leaders involved in the decision-making process that directly impacts students.
In this week’s episode, Carole speaks with Scott Palmer, Executive Director of Adult Workforce Education at Butler Tech, about Career Tech education and how it has changed in the last decade. While many still believe have a view of adult education that is separate and lesser than a path like college. Through our conversation with Scott, we discover that career technical education provides a multitude of options and opportunity for students.
“The tide is turning. Especially with the rising cost of college, and we hear of people who graduate with college with hundreds of thousands or at least tens of thousands of dollars in debt and no practical skills where they can earn a sustainable wage for them and their families.”
Today, the day before the US Elections we speak with Amanda Morris and Jennifer Economus, both experts in school communications. We discuss this particular election cycle and how these politics relate to education. This year, in contrast to other years, the national discussion hasn’t included education and there seems to be a disconnect between the national stage and the local stage.
The Absence of Public Education
In many areas, there has been a push to keep local education separate from the federal. The focus and push is to keep control local. Regardless of this push, the absence of discussion about public education in this presidential election cycle seems strange, but potentially good. Perhaps politicians and the American public are satisfied with education, or confident that local school districts are doing a good job.
Dialogue is important, and we need to make sure that we are still talking about education, so that we do not fall away from the minds of the public.
In this week’s episode, Dr. Neil Gupta, Worthington City Schools, shares 7 lessons that he’s learned on his own leadership journey that are sure to help anybody fine tune their own leadership skills.
Dr. Gupta walks us through lessons he’s learned from his own personal experience on his own leadership journey as an administrator. He advises listeners to process his advise with introspection rather than thinking about what other people in their life match up to his do’s and don’ts. It’s important to listen for those moments that “send a tingle up your spine that asks, ‘am I doing that?’ so that you start to second guess yourself, to check yourself.”