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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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Mar 21, 2016

Chris Brown, a 30-year veteran of the Southwest Local School District in Ohio, talks with Carole about the value of local control, the importance of public education, the differences between schools and businesses, and the impact of adding more and more requirements to school curricula. 

For more information, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Mar 14, 2016

Communication is key and, in our changing world, so is learning to adapt. This week, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), and Jennifer Economus, Allerton-Hill Consulting. Topics include how to develop communication skills, the limits of social media, the value of face-to-face communication, using Instagram, developing a social media identity, and the importance of local newspaper.

For more information, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Mar 7, 2016

Dane Dellenbach, from Blackboard, talks with Joel about "sociability" - a way for schools to use all of their social media platforms all under one roof. Dane talks about technology, the value of keeping all of your district on the same page, and the difference between "good" and "bad" technology within the educational field.

For complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Feb 29, 2016

Today, Joel speaks with Steve Avakian, a newspaper man and veteran educational consultant. His work has reached students in nearly every region in the state of Ohio.

For more information and complete show notes, visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Feb 22, 2016

Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff & John Marschhausen about all of the new ideas and practices that school districts must address in our modern public schools. Topics include: personalization, testing, and school culture. For complete bios and more information, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Feb 15, 2016

Today we talk with John Marschhausen, Superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio. He talks about servant-leadership, the importance of education, the benefits of a varied curriculum, and he shares some best practices for communicating effectively with students, parents, and the community. John is knowledgeable and inspiring and he's got a lot to share. Take some notes!

For more information, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Feb 8, 2016

Today, Joel speaks with John Gould, the principal of Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth Massachusetts about the impact of his own schooling, teaching independent thinking, and the power of public education.

For more information about the podcast, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Feb 1, 2016

Today Carol speaks with Mentor, OH Superintendent Matt Miller today about their tech makeover in Mentor and technology in our schools.

For full show notes, visit www.welovesschoolspodcast.com

Jan 25, 2016

We're talking about honest and authentic assessment of school districts this week. We've got all of the information you need to get started in understanding Quality Profiles.

What is a Quality Profile?

The Quality Profile originated in Ohio, but as a model it is gaining traction nationwide. It’s a tool for school districts to grade themselves and be authentic, stating what specific values exist in each community and how the district is measuring up. It’s not a fluff piece and it is meant to be honest and clear representation of how the district is actually performing. Authenticity is paramount.

Three Key Characteristics of Quality Profiles

  1. Reflection of Values (measure of what the community wants/values)
  2. Data (knowing where we have been to measure where we are and where we are going)
  3. Clarity (clear and concise)

Quality profiles are unique for each district based on each community's’ unique values, but there are key elements we believe must be a part of every quality profile. A close look at academics as a whole and the district’s finances should be included. Consistency is also important. Quality profiles that differ wildly from year to year cannot accurately help districts reflect, grade, and improve.  

We believe this is a document well worth producing and it can have a huge benefit for your district. You will no longer be dependent on the state or another agency to inform you about your practices.

Click here for examples of Quality Profiles from Allerton-Hill.

For more information about the podcast, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Jan 18, 2016

Twitter is simply too easy and too useful of a platform to not use in your school. Regardless of your current engagement with Twitter, we talk about how to wade into the waters of Twitter.

For more information on best practices for your schools or district, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Jan 12, 2016

Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff about creating community based, living strategic plans that transform school districts. One of the major accomplishments during his time in Upper Arlington has been leading the effort to reinvent the strategic planning process for his schools. The new hybrid planning process incorporated the best from private-sector and public-sector models and resulted in a focused, results-oriented plan with measurable goals. Learn more at www.weloveschoolspodcast.com

Dec 9, 2015

Branding is an important part of business, and it is just as important in education. Amanda Morris joins us to talk about branding--for individuals, organizations, leaders, and schools. She is a huge proponent of public education. Her parents made sure she and her siblings received the best possible educational opportunities and she believes that those experiences have led them all to the successful and fulfilling lives they have today.

For more information about the podcast, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Dec 9, 2015

Kindergarten teachers have a special place in many of our hearts. In this episode, Joel speaks to a veteran teacher about how to communicate with parents and children.

Barnie Arnold has been teaching kindergarten for 15 years in Westfield and Carlisle Massachusetts. Early in her pre-service teacher training she worked with students in the urban, low-income setting of Cambridge. It was there that she saw how valuable and powerful the role public education played in these students’ and families’ lives.

For more information about the podcast, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

Dec 9, 2015

Speaking with educators time and time again about issues that concern parents, teachers, administrators and students we came to the conclusion that there are too many schools that have great stories that aren’t being shared. We want to tell those stories and we are seek to push past the negativity that often permeates education culture in the United States. We are strong supporters of public schools and the narratives that connect us all as members in the communities we live in and the truly great things happening in schools across the country. Our goal is to be a vehicle to deliver these stories to the world and community at large.

Joel Gagne and Carole Dorn-Bell speak each week about the importance of the work they are setting out to do and the value that they are seeking to bring to the community and their listeners. Wading through the thick smoke of negativity that often clouds the educational realm, WLS seeks to share the stories of hard work, communities working together, and schools providing amazing opportunities for students.

For more information about the podcast, please visit www.weloveschoolspodcast.com.

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