Category: Leadership


Episode 156

The looming financial crisis for schools: Four ways to talk with your community about finances

May 11, 2020 | Leadership
Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

This is our second episode in a 2-part series on the looming financial crisis for schools. In the first episode, Joel Gagne and Carole Dorn-Bell discussed what school districts could learn from the 2008 Great Recession. In this second part of the series on our podcast, they discuss how to position yourself to successfully communicate with your community about finances.

Joel and Carole discuss how school districts can best prepare as they work through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 155

The looming financial crisis for schools: Four takeaways from the Great Recession

May 11, 2020 | Leadership
Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

This episode of our podcast is the first in a 2-part series during which Joel Gagne and Carole Dorn-Bell discuss the looming financial crisis for schools.

Joel and Carole discuss how to best prepare for the looming financial crisis and what we can learn from the 2008 Great Recession.

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Episode 154

COVID-19 and what’s ahead for communication

April 21, 2020 | Leadership
Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

In this episode of our podcast, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about COVID-19 and what’s ahead for communication in schools.

They start out by discussing a holistic communication strategy. Social media metrics are through the roof as people are living entirely online. Regardless of what’s happening in the world, it remains true that you have to have a lot of tools in the tool box and multiple ways to reach people in your communities. Use the newspaper, for example, to complement other communication channels.

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Episode 153

Communication amid COVID-19

April 20, 2020 | Leadership
Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne discuss how schools are coping with the coronavirus and what communication looks like amid the pandemic.

Things are changing extremely quickly in this crisis situation and it’s difficult to plan ahead.

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Episode 152

Leadership Development with Diane Egbers

January 23, 2020 | Leadership
Guest: Diane Egbers

Leadership development is about being intentional and deliberate. Diane Egbers, CEO of Leadership Excelleration, joins host Carole Dorn-Bell to explain further and discuss the development of district leadership teams.

Carole starts the conversation by asking about Diane’s passion for leadership development.

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Episode 150

Cultivating work ethic in students today

November 19, 2019 | Leadership
Guest: Dennis Blatt

In this episode of our podcast, host Joel Gagne is joined by Dennis Blatt, Superintendent of the Washington County Career Center in Marietta, Ohio to discuss cultivating work ethic in students today.

Joel and Dennis talk about work ethic, why employers are putting a premium on it, and how the Washington County Career Center works to develop work ethic in students.

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Episode 148

Agile Leadership: Orchestrate

November 1, 2019 | Leadership
Guest: Diane Egbers

This exciting episode is the final installment of the Agile Leadership Series with Diane Egbers of Leadership Excelleration.

The previous two episodes in this series covered the Adventure and Empower components of Agile Leadership. In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell and Diane close out the series on Agile Leadership with a discussion on the final component: Orchestrate.

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Episode 147

Authentic Leadership

October 3, 2019 | Leadership
Guest: Tom Bailey

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell is joined by Tom Bailey, Superintendent of Washington Court House City Schools in Ohio. Tom is a repeat guest who brings amazing energy, creativity and care to what he does in his school district as well as his community.

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Episode 146

Agile leadership: Empowerment

September 12, 2019 | Leadership
Guest: Diane Egbers

In this second part of the series on being an agile leader, Diane Egbers of Leadership Excelleration discusses the role of Empowerment.

Host Carole Dorn-Bell asks how the role of Empowerment complements the role highlighted in the previous episode, Adventure.

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Episode 145

How superintendents get to know their communities

September 4, 2019 | Leadership
Guest: Kirk Koennecke

Kirk Koennecke, the new superintendent for Indian Hill Schools near Cincinnati, Ohio, joins host Carole Dorn-Bell to discuss how superintendents get to know their communities when they’re new to the job.

Kirk brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served as a superintendent elsewhere, and offers advice on communication strategies for superintendents as well as potential pitfalls to avoid.

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