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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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Feb 15, 2018

Heidi Feller, Chief Inspiration Officer for #SocialSchool4EDU, talks to Joel about some of the best practices that schools can utilize to help tell their story and inspire their community.

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Feb 12, 2018

Creg Williams is the Superintendent of Schools for the Thornton Fractional High School District in Illinois. He speaks with Joel about the opportunities and challenges of diversity in public schools.

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

 

Feb 8, 2018

Janine Levin has been teaching for 18 years - most of them at Maury Elementary School in the Washington D.C. Public Schools system. She speaks with Joel about what led her to the public schools, the importance of Pre-K, and what she would change in the future.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Feb 5, 2018

The Dublin City Schools have grown rapidly since the early 2000's and, with that, they have seen an increase in diversity. Last year alone, the district enrolled students from 100 different countries! Dr. Todd Hoadley is the superintendent of the district and he speaks with Joel about the district's growth, the benefits of diversity both in the classroom and out in the real world, the challenges of catering to 61 different languages, and the biggest misconception about diversity in schools.

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

 

 

Feb 1, 2018

Paul Imoff's community just passed a $230 million bond issue. Paul is the superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio and he speaks with Joel about their proactive steps to communicate their needs to the community and get the resources they need to serve their students. (Spoiler: It takes planning, a lot of direct conversations with community members, and a lot of work.)

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

 

Jan 29, 2018

What happens when a literal hurricane comes headed your way? Even if we won't see one of those in our schools, there are all kinds of figurative hurricanes that you need to be prepared for. Greg Turchetta, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement at Collier County School District in Florida, has been through it. His district was in the path of Hurricane Irma. Luckily, they were prepared.

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

Jan 25, 2018

Lindsey Imhoff's dad is currently the superintendent at Upper Arlington Schools. She speaks about the expectations placed on her, how she understands her role in the community, and the impact on her family. 

Lindsey recommends Wonder by R.J. Palacio. 

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

 

Jan 22, 2018

Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio, returns to talk about how technology is implemented in their schools and what happens next. Joel and John also speak about how to manage a staff that has fast adopters (“joggers”) and less fast ones (“walkers”). They also talk about how Dr. Marschhausen’s recent visit to Apple headquarters has him rethinking his district’s hiring process.\

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jan 18, 2018

Half of schools enrolled in public schools now qualify for free and reduced lunch. These economic realities are an indication of what needs must be addressed for students when they arrive at school. Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Luke Schaefer, associate professor of School Work at the University of Michigan, about these trends, poverties impact on children, and how schools can help.

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

 

Jan 11, 2018

Shawn Morris has been teaching for 19 years and is at Hilliard Darby High School.When Shawn started teaching there were no computers in the classroom and now, between laptops and smartphones, there are numerous devices in every room. He speaks with Joel about how curricular instruction has changed in the last two decades. 

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

 

Jan 8, 2018

Joel speaks with Nick Jaworski (former music teacher and current podcaster) about the case for music education in schools... and how NOT to make the case.

Here is the Stick Figure Advocacy Cartoon that Nick references.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jan 4, 2018

Dan Parent is the superintendent of Danbury Local Schools, a small district in Ohio with around 500 students. He speaks with Joel about their rebranding efforts that have helped their school share their message that they're the "best kept secret in Northwest Ohio". 

After that, Joel speaks with Amanda Morris from Allerton Hill about some more specifics of the Danbury efforts.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Jan 1, 2018

Richard Lewis, Executive Director of the Ohio School Boards Association, speaks with Joel about the role of outside organizations that support school districts, the impact of social media, and the importance of local control when it comes to schools.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Dec 28, 2017

Carole Speaks with Franko Gallow (Superintendent, Keystone Local Schools District), Maura Neville (Principle, Keystone Elementary), Jacob Alfareo (Assistant Principal, Keystone Elementary) about their district’s new initiative: The Energy Bus School. It’s a program based off of The Energy Bus that works to develop relationships between staff and students to create positive student leaders who can influence school culture.

 

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Dec 21, 2017

Joel speaks with David Axner, the Deputy Executive Director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. David shares some positive experiences he had as a district superintendent, his thoughts on how to promote a ballot initiative, and what the Buckeye Association of School Administrators does for current and future school administrators.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Dec 18, 2017

Joel speaks with Amanda Morris, Outreach Specialist for Allerton Hill, about the specific communication needs that face school districts during the holidays and throughout winter. Topics include: "Happy Holidays", communicating snow days, and celebrating diversity.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Dec 14, 2017

Elsa Huxley is a member of Parent Teacher Association at Maury Elementary School in the DC Public Schools. She talks to Joel about how PTAs and PTOs work, the growth of their PTA, and why they’re so important.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Dec 11, 2017

Joel speaks with Lynda Tran, Founding Partner at 270 Strategies and former press secretary for Organizing for America, about the importance of highlighting individual stories to your community, crisis communication plans, and the importance of public schools.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Dec 4, 2017

Carole speaks with Keith Kline, superintendent of West Clermont School District, about the steps his district is taking to fight the impact of poverty on student achievement. They talk about the changing demographics in his community and the role of poverty simulations in increasing staff buy-in.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Nov 30, 2017

Joel speaks with Nick Jaworski, former music teacher and current podcast producer, to discuss how to start a podcast for a district or school and, more importantly, why it might be a good idea.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Nov 27, 2017

Joel speaks with Dr. Ray Lechner from the Wilmette Public Schools (District 39) about some of the ingredients that makes Wilmette one of the best districts in the state of Illinois. Dr. Lechner speaks about the district’s focus on personalization for every child along with their communication strategies (that involve the park district, library, rotary club… you name it). They also speak about the importance of internal communication with staff.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Nov 23, 2017

Carole speaks with Tate Skinner, Secretary for the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC). He’s also the Assistant Principal at Minford High School. They speak out Tate’s philosophy behind social media and how Minford High School uses live streaming to provide access for students and families.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Nov 20, 2017

Joel speaks to former Mike Ward, former congressman from Kentucky. They talk about some best practices in public school advocacy and how schools can grab the attention of the public and their elected officials.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

Nov 16, 2017

Carole speaks with CJ Soliday, a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Delaware Area Career Center in Ohio. They discuss the vital role that CJ plays in helping the students of DACC succeed including her work with students with diagnosed mental health needs, helping to identify students with undiagnosed needs, and assisting in urgent mental health needs.

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Nov 13, 2017

Carole speaks with Sue Hanson from HelpLine: A resource that  updates and maintains the resource directory to link people with available services in 5 counties within Ohio. They speak about the importance of such a service and how it could help families, parents, teachers, and everybody cope with the difficulties that keep them from being as successful and happy as they could be.

Visit http://helplinedelmor.org/ for more information.

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