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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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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.

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.

For more, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

 

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.

 

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