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WE LOVE SCHOOLS is a weekly podcast that highlights success stories in school communications campaigns. We address the issues, obstacles and benefits of communicating with your community in today’s all-access social media-driven world. Subscribe to our podcast for inspiration, best practices and critical industry news.
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Jul 16, 2018

Carole speaks with Dan Snyder, President and CEO of Great Oaks, about the labor shortage and how we can prepare our children for the future. Based in Cincinnati, Great Oaks is one of the largest career and technical education districts in the United States.

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Jul 9, 2018

Joel and Carole discuss the structural and cultural issues that have created a merry-go-round in educational leadership and the cost it has on our schools and students.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jul 5, 2018

Jason Wheeler is the Marketing Director for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. He explains content marketing to Joel and how those techniques can be used by your school district. For more from Jason, visit his blog, Social Media Schoolhouse.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jul 2, 2018

Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Denver Fowler, professor at California State University - Sacramento and author of the book, The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. They discuss the philosophy behind using technology to communicate to your community and some of the technology available. 

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jun 28, 2018

John White is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. He speaks with Joel about the state of rural education and the possibilities for the future.

For more, make sure to visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jun 25, 2018

Brad Ritchey is the Superintendent of Milton Union Exempted Village School District. He speaks with Carole about the various approaches that his school district takes to communicate its vision and events with the community. To check out the Milton-Union Live Feed, visit: https://www.milton-union.k12.oh.us/live_feed.

This episode is sponsored by The Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative. Make sure to visit them at https://ohiosrc.org/

 

Jun 18, 2018

Diane Egbers from LEI Consulting joins Carole to talk about ways that educational leadership can be developed.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

May 28, 2018

Carole speaks with Alicia Mowry from the Delaware Area Career Center in Ohio about the state of the career center. A lot of people don't quite understand how they can use career centers to get ahead. Topics include: when to start visiting the career centers (it's earlier than you think), how they can help you narrow your options, and what's changed in the last 20-30 years.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

May 24, 2018

Carole speaks with John Carder, an Assistant Principal at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio. He's also the Associate Director of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative

John speaks with Carole about small town values, the advantages of smaller districts, the power of small schools banding together, and how organizations like OSRC can help. 

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

May 14, 2018

Joel and Carole are back together and they're talking about Instagram. More specifically, they're talking about how they love it and how it's the social media platform that deserves your attention. 

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

May 9, 2018

Carole speaks with Diane Egbers, the owner of Leadership Acceleration about the process of envisioning and developing a strategic plan for your school and district. She discusses the ways to bring in important stakeholders, how to communicate with the community, and how to implement your new, beautiful strategic plan.

For more about Leadership Acceleration, visit http://lei-consulting.com.

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

May 3, 2018

Rich Hanson is the District Administrator for the Almond-Bancroft School District in Wisconsin. He speaks with Joel about his experiences working to get ballot initiatives passed for his district. Topics include: why town halls weren't working get their message out, the importance of newsletters and socials, and the one thing that Rich would change about public schools.

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Apr 26, 2018

Carole speaks with Zac Shutler from Bridgeport School District (Ohio) about the community garden they have in development. They discuss the unique situation that led to its creation, the partnership with a local correctional facility, and what Zac hopes will happen as a result of this exciting project.

This episode is sponsored by The Ohio Small and Rural Collaborative.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Apr 9, 2018

With the recent dialogue about school shootings and how to prevent them, Joel speaks with Dr. Jim Lloyd, superintendent of Olmsted Falls, about what schools can do to help keep students safe. 

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

 

Mar 26, 2018

Jen Kime is the CEO of Downtown Mansfield - a not-for-profit that seeks to revitalize Mansfield, Ohio. She speaks with Joel about the intersection of public schools and a city's efforts to encourage more economic and commercial development.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Mar 22, 2018

Carole speaks with Noble Local Schools Superintendent Dan Leffingwell about the steps his district has taken to improve their schools' climate. They discuss communicating goals and expectations to students and families, student ownership, and creating a sense of hope and pride in students.

For more information on the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative, visit https://ohiosrc.org/.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Mar 15, 2018

In a special episode, Joel speaks with five student leaders from New Albany Plain Public Schools in Ohio. These five students not only participated in the walkout, but have plans to attend the March For Our Lives later this month, and one has spoken directly to the school board. This occasion is historic and we're so happy to get the opportunity to talk to these young adults on the same day it all happened.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Mar 14, 2018

Jill Habig is the Founder and President of the Public Rights Project - a not-for-profit that helps to public institutions fight to protect the civil rights of members of their community. She speaks with Joel about civil rights within our schools including a discussion on chronic absence and the school-to-prison pipeline.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Mar 12, 2018

Heidi Feller took German at Wisconsin Heights High School and had Jeri Springstead as her teacher. Fast forward a little bit and Heidi is a German teacher herself! Joel speaks with Heidi and Jeri about the relationship between teachers and students and asks the important question: Why German as a foreign language? (Spoiler: It's a good answer.)

Heidi is currently the Chief Inspiration Officer for #SocialSchool4edu.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

 

Mar 8, 2018

Carole speaks with Dr. Denver Fowler, friend of the podcast AND the author of the forthcoming book The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today's World. They talk about the book (there's a lot of stuff in there), how it came about, and what Dr. Fowler hopes people take away from it.

Dr. Denver J. Fowler is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education, within the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/denverjfowler. Make sure to search for #21stCenturyLeader.

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

 

Mar 5, 2018

Paul Fallon speaks with Joel about the value of various kinds of public opinion research when it comes to understanding your community and how best to communicate your district's priorities. 

Paul Fallon runs Fallon Research & Communications - a full-service public opinion research and polling firm that serves a variety of clients, from major political, corporate and public affairs campaigns to small local community initiatives.

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Mar 1, 2018

Joel speaks with Luke Francois, superintendent, and Joelle Doye, Communications Director, about their experience adding a full-time communications position to the Mineral Point Unified School District. They talk about the strategic plan that led them down this path and the ways in which Joelle made an instant difference for the district.

For full show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Feb 26, 2018

The Superintendent of Mason City Schools, Gail Kist-Kline, has spent over 30 years in the public school system and has experienced how our schools view and internalize the idea of diversity. She speaks with Joel about how things have changes and where diversity in public schools is headed next.

For show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Feb 22, 2018

Carole speaks with Rick Smith about the ways in which career and technical programs are being re-examined and re-imagined for the modern workforce.

Rick Smith is the superintendent of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and the Career and Technical Center Representative for the Ohio Small and Rural Collaborative

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Feb 19, 2018

Former Representative Mike Ward joins the WLS podcast to talk about how school boards aren't that different from his experience on the state and federal level.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

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