Category: Issues Facing Schools Today


Episode 133

Sparking creativity with outdoor education

October 29, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: James Saxer and Laura Grimm

What does an extensive outdoor education have to do with sparking creativity, interest in learning and the ability to learn from failure?

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with James Saxer and Laura Grimm from Dalton Local Schools about their unique and exciting outdoor education curriculum and how it connects to the rest of their school.

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Episode 125

How schools can partner with parents on limiting screen time

August 10, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Dr. John Marschhausen

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio, about the benefits of limiting screen time at home and at schools, and ways to get started.

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Episode 111

Communicating your needs to your community

Guest: Rich Hanson

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Rich Hanson, District Administrator for the Almond-Bancroft School District in Wisconsin, about his experiences in working to get ballot initiatives passed. They discuss why town halls don’t always work, the importance of newsletters and socials in communicating your needs to your community, as well as the one thing that Rich would change about public schools.

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Episode 109

We do not have metal or mental detectors at our schools

Guest: Dr. Jim Lloyd

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls School District outside Cleveland, about keeping students safe and preventing school shootings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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