Category: Issues Facing Schools Today


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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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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