Category: Leadership


Episode 104

The power of mentorship

March 12, 2018 | Leadership
Guest: Jeri Springstead and Heidi Feller

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Heidi Feller, Chief Inspiration Officer for #SocialSchool4edu, and her mentor, Jeri Springstead.

Joel asks Jeri and Heidi about their mentor-mentee relationship, and how Jeri inspired Heidi to become a German teacher in Wisconsin via the power of mentorship.

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Episode 103

The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World

March 9, 2018 | Leadership
Guest: Dr. Denver J. Fowler

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Denver J. Fowler, a friend of the podcast and author of the forthcoming book The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. Dr. Fowler is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education at California State University, Sacramento. He discusses the book, how it came about and what he hopes people take away from it.

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Episode 82

What is a PTA?

December 19, 2017 | Leadership
Guest: Elsa Huxley

Host Joel Gagne talks with Elsa Huxley, former president of the Maury Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, or PTA. The two answer the question “What is a PTA?” while also covering the basics of how PTAs and PTOs work as well as why PTAs are so important.

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Episode 80

The Energy Bus School

December 11, 2017 | Leadership
Guest: Franco Gallo, Maura Neville and Jake Alferio




Episode 52

Educational Leadership

March 27, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dr. Phillip Price

This week, Joel Gagne is joined by Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association.

In analyzing strong educational leadership, Dr. Price says he looks to see what an individual was like as a teacher.

“I think it’s extremely helpful, because you understand what’s going on in the classroom,” he says. “Not just observe it, but understand.”

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Episode 51

The Importance of the Treasurer

March 20, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Chris Mohr

This week, host Carole Dorn-Bell is joined by Chris Mohr, of K-12 Consulting in Columbus. Mohr shares thoughts on one of the most important positions within every school district – treasurer, also known as Chief Financial Officer.

Mohr talks about how treasurers get licensed, their job duties – and how those have changed – and how school districts hire for the position.

Any treasurer search starts with a set of traits the board is looking for in a person.

The top characteristics, Mohr says, include: Communication skills, financial leadership skills, approachability and ability to work as a team with the superintendent and board of education.

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Episode 50

Learning to be an Educational Leader

March 13, 2017 | Interviews, Leadership
Guest: Dorie Clark

In this episode, Joel Gagne speaks with Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Stand Out and Reinventing You.

Clark brings her experience as a branding and communications expert and applies it to the challenges facing school administrators.

Optics, she says, are important in being an educational leader: You want to be a leader that both listens and is willing to take charge.

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Episode 48

How to Support Transgender Students in Our Schools

Guest: Dr. Vanessa K. Jensen

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.

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Episode 44

The Benefits of Community College

Guest: Rick Hanes

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.

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Episode 41

The Silence Around Education in the 2016 Elections

Guest: Amanda Morris & Jennifer Economus

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.

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