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From the Podcast: Snow days and school closings

Snow days and school closings, Allerton Hill Consulting, two boys playing in the snow

January 17, 2018

Discussing snow days and school closings

Hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne chat about snow days and school closings, fittingly, during a snow day in Ohio. The two both understand the need for snow days, but they think with some thought and strategy there could be a better way.

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From the Podcast: Technology in schools

Technology in schools, Allerton Hill Consulting, group of diverse students using technology together

January 12, 2018

Discussing technology in schools with Shawn Morris

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Shawn Morris, 19-year veteran science teacher at Hilliard Darby High School. Shawn and Joel discuss technology in schools and how it has changed over the last several decades.

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From the Podcast: Music education in schools

Music education in schools and its value, two girls smiling while playing instruments

January 9, 2018

Discussing the value of music education in schools with Nick Jaworski

We Love Schools host Joel Gagne speaks with Nick Jaworski, former music teacher and current podcaster, about music education in schools and its value. The two discuss the benefit of both music education and the arts as well as the right and wrong ways to make the case for music and arts in schools.

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From the Podcast: How to market a school in a small district

How to market a school in a small district, family smiling with daughter holding drawing of their new home

January 5, 2018

Discussing how to market a school in a small district with Dan Parent

Our podcast host Joel Gagne speaks with Dan Parent, the superintendent of Danbury Local Schools, about how to market a school in a small district. Danbury Local Schools is a small school district in northwest Ohio, and the two discuss the district’s rebranding efforts to share the message that Danbury Local Schools is the “best kept secret in northwest Ohio.

Joel also chats with Amanda Morris about the strategy that went into the Danbury Local Schools rebranding efforts and how it will continue to grow.

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From the Podcast: The value of local control of schools

Photo of empty chairs in a room representing the value of local control of schools

January 2, 2018

Discussing the value of local control of schools with Richard Lewis

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Richard Lewis, the executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, about the value of local control of schools. The two chat about outside organizations that support school districts, the impact of social media in schools and more.

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From the Podcast: Promoting ballot initiatives

Promoting ballot initiatives by walking door-to-door, photo of hand knocking on door

December 22, 2017

Discussing walking door-to-door while promoting ballot initiatives with David Axner

Host Joel Gagne speaks with David Axner, the deputy executive director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. David shares his experiences as a superintendent, thoughts on promoting ballot initiatives, and what the Buckeye Association of School Administrators does for current and future school administrators.

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From the Podcast: Navigating winter as a school district

Tree and snowman cutouts, blog post on navigating winter as a school district

December 20, 2017

Discussing how to communicate effectively in the winter months with Amanda Morris

Host Joel Gagne talks with Amanda Morris, Outreach Strategist for Allerton Hill Consulting. Joel and Amanda discuss the communication needs for schools during the winter months and the difficulties some schools may face regarding communicating effectively over the holidays.

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From the Podcast: What is a PTA?

Woman working with a young boy, featured image for blog post on "What is a PTA?"

December 19, 2017

Answering the question “What is a PTA?” with Elsa Huxley

We Love Schools Podcast Host Joel Gagne talks with Elsa Huxley, former president of the Maury Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, or PTA. The two answer the question “What is a PTA?” while also covering the basics of how PTAs and PTOs work as well as well as explaining their importance.

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From the Podcast: Sharing stories to engage the community

Sharing stories to engage the community, young student smiling in front of chalkboard with muscles flexing in chalk

December 12, 2017

Discussing sharing stories to engage the community with Lynda Tran

We Love Schools podcast host Joel Gagne talks with Lynda Tran, founding partner at 270 Strategies, about sharing stories to engage the community. Lynda was also the press secretary for Organizing for America, among many other impressive roles, and she shares her insight on highlighting individual stories, crisis communication plans and more.

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From the Podcast: The Energy Bus School

Boy choosing to be optimistic, related to the Energy Bus School principles utilized at Keystone Local School District

December 11, 2017

Discussing The Energy Bus School with Keystone Local School District leaders

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Franco Gallo (superintendent of Keystone Local School District), Maura Neville (principal of Keystone Elementary) and Jake Alferio (assistant principal of Keystone Elementary) about The Energy Bus School.

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