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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 17, 2017

Meg Ansara, founding partner at 270 Strategies, talks with Joel Gagne about increasing engagement with the community (through her work with the DC Public Schools), the importance of principals, the future of public education, and lots more. 

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Jul 3, 2017

Carole Dorn-Belle and Joel Gagne talk about the best ways to use the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Topics include social media posting frequency, new media platforms, fall ballot initiatives, and the importance of breaks.

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May 22, 2017

Kirk Koennecke, the Superintendent at Graham Local Schools in Ohio, and Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, talk about the unique needs and challenges facing rural and small schools.

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May 1, 2017

Andrea Gribble is back! She is the founder of She speaks with Carole and Joel about how she gets schools to understand the power of social media and then how to actually use that power.

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Apr 17, 2017

Joel and Carole speak with Andrea Gribble, founder of As an expert in the use of social media in schools, Andrea shares her thoughts on parents' social media use, the challenges that school districts face, the primacy of social media as a communicative tool to the community and, of course, whether or not schools should use Snapchat. 

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Apr 3, 2017

What are some best practices for schools if they want to communicate effectively with parents and the community? This week, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne share their thoughts as both communication professionals and parents. They discuss the role of newsletters, text messages, Twitter, and Joel asks if any school out there is using Snapchat. 

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Mar 27, 2017

Joel speaks with Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association. Dr. Price speaks about the key characteristics of being an educational leader, the role of experience, how is/isn't a superintendent like a CEO, and the changing experience of the superintendent.

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Mar 20, 2017

Chris Mohr - K12 Consulting from Columbus, Ohio. Carole and Chris discuss one of the most important positions within every school district - treasurer (sometimes called the Chief Financial Officer). Chris talks about how treasurers get licensed, how school districts hire treasurers, the job responsibilities, and how the job has changed over the years.


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Mar 13, 2017

This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Stand Out and Reinventing You. Dorie brings her experience as a branding and communications expert and applies it to the challenges that face school administrators.

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Mar 6, 2017

With on power in control of the federal government we can expect a lot of changes. Some have already gone into effect. This week, Carole and Joel talk about what's changing and how local school districts can help drive the conversation.

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Feb 27, 2017
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 familes and schools can be supportive of them.
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Feb 20, 2017

Emily Fermier talks to Carole about American Sign Language (ASL) and the growing movement to teach ASL as a foreign language in high school. For more information, visit


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Feb 8, 2017

Barbara Shaner, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, speaks with Carole Dorn-Bell about Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal. They discuss what it could mean for education and what happens between now and June 30th when a budget has to be passed.

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Jan 16, 2017

Barney Arnold speaks with Joel Gagne about key steps in recognizing a successful school. Topics include classroom decor, communication with parents, and how principals should interact with the community.


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Dec 14, 2016

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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Dec 5, 2016

Carole speaks about state graduation requirements and assessments with Dr. Jim Lloyd from Olmsted Falls High School and Amanda Morris from Allerton Hill. Dr. Lloyd recently organized a large meeting to get more educational leaders involved in the decision-making process that directly impacts students.


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Nov 21, 2016

Today we speak with our guest Scott Palmer, Executive Director of Adult Workforce Education at Butler Tech, about Career Tech education and how it has changed in the last decade. While many still believe have a view of adult education that is separate and lesser than a path like college. Through our conversation with Scott, we discover that career technical education provides a multitude of options and opportunity for students.

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Nov 14, 2016

The 2016 Presidential campaign has largely ignored issues directly related to education. This week, Joel Gagne speaks with Allerton-Hill Consulting's Amanda Morris and Jennifer Economus about what this means for our public schools and what's going to happen next.

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Oct 24, 2016

Dr. Neil Gupta, Worthington City Schools, shares 7 lessons that he's learned on his own leadership journey that are sure to help anybody fine tune their own leadership skills.

Oct 17, 2016

Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Philip Ehrhardt, the superintendent of Benjamin School District 25 in West Chicago, Illinois. They talk about Dr. Ehradt's career in a variety of school districts, his experiences with desegregation, and his wish for public education.

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Oct 3, 2016

Dr. Walter Tschinkel is a renowned entomologist and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. His main research focused on ants, but he's done some research into the correlation between poverty and achievement by using the statewide performance data reported by each school. He found that poverty was a huge factor into determining performance and he shares his process and findings with Carole.


Sep 26, 2016

TED Talks are amazing. They bring great minds together under one roof and then give them a venue to share their ideas with an engaged audience. Ty Debevoise, the Director of Communications and Marketing for Whitehall City Schools in Ohio, recently organized a TEDx event and he shares what he learned about undertaking such an ambitious event. 

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Sep 19, 2016

Hopefully, you and your school never have to deal with tragedy. But, it's always best to be prepared. In this episode, Carole speaks with Dr. Joe Clark about how schools navigate and deal with drama, day-to-day, big and small. Dr. Clark is the superintendent of Nordonia Hills City School District. Dealing with trauma and tragedy concerns not just the tragedy but the connections and fallout that personally effect each student and staff member.

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Sep 12, 2016

The Graham Local Schools in Ohio have created "CrowdStruction" - a technology conference that shows teachers how to use the latest and greatest tech in the classroom. Kirk Koennecke, the Superintendent at Graham Local Schools, talks about the power of bringing a crowd together to learn from each other and cultivate new ideas for use within the classroom. 

Aug 29, 2016

How do you run a grassroots campaign for your school? Today, Carole speaks with Sue Mahler about how to get community members involved with your efforts and how to communicate directly with voters. Sue runs Mahler Strategic Consulting which specializes in helping schools district and their campaign committees pass school ballot issues.

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