Category: Issues Facing Schools Today


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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Episode 91

Being a child with a superintendent parent (at your school!)

January 29, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Lindsey Imhoff

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Lindsey Imhoff, whose father Paul Imhoff serves as superintendent at Upper Arlington Schools near Columbus, Ohio. The two chat about being a child with a superintendent parent.

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Episode 89

Poverty in schools

January 25, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Luke Shaefer

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Luke Shaefer, Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, about poverty in schools. The two discuss poverty within schools and what can be done to help children reach their full potential.

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Episode 87

The value of music education in schools

January 9, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Nick Jaworski

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Nick Jaworski, former music teacher and current podcaster, about the value of music education in schools. The two discuss the benefit of both music education and the arts in schools as well as the right and wrong ways to make the case for music and arts in schools.

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Episode 85

Local control of schools

January 2, 2018 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Richard Lewis

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Richard Lewis, the executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, about local control of schools and its value. The two discuss outside organizations that support school districts, the impact of social media for schools and more.

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Episode 79

Effects of poverty on learning

December 6, 2017 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: Keith Kline

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Keith Kline, superintendent of West Clermont Local Schools, about the effects of poverty on learning. The two discuss the steps that West Clermont School District is taking to fight the impact of poverty on learning.

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Episode 74

Mental health in the school setting

November 21, 2017 | Issues Facing Schools Today
Guest: CJ Soliday

In today’s episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell talks with CJ Soliday, a Behavioral Health Specialist of the Delaware Area Career Center. Dorn-Bell recently heard Soliday speak about her role with the DACC and how she handles mental health in the school setting.

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