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Category: Community Outreach

From the Podcast: School advocacy

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November 22, 2017

Discussing school advocacy with former Kentucky Congressman Mike Ward

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with former Kentucky Congressman Mike Ward about school advocacy. The two chat about how important it is to effectively communicate with elected officials about school districts as well as how schools can share their stories better.

“Public schools are what America is all about,” Ward says. “The only way to help young people and to help families is to get them a better education.”

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From the Podcast: Seeking out community resources

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November 13, 2017

Coping with stress: Seeking out community resources

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Sue Hanson of HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties. Dorn-Bell and Hanson discussing seeking out community resources to help cope with stress. Especially with the holidays approaching, now is a great time to visit the community resources available to those who may need help.

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Allerton Hill Success Stories: Danbury Local Schools’ marketing

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November 8, 2017

Danbury Local Schools’ Marketing Outreach leads to increased enrollment

We’re thrilled to share the recent success of Danbury Local Schools’ Marketing campaign. Amanda Morris guided an outreach strategy that led to great results for Danbury Local Schools in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio.

Danbury Local Schools worked closely with Allerton Hill for its outreach strategy. The first step of the strategy was to conduct a series of surveys. The surveys showed that many people in the five-county area didn’t even realize that Danbury Local Schools was an educational option.

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How your school can stay on message

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October 24, 2017

Overwhelmed? Here’s how your school can stay on message

It’s hard to concentrate on a single goal in an environment of 24-hour news and social media. From the White House to your school, everyone can struggle at times. How do you move a project and its messaging forward, in harmony, from start to finish? Here are a few ways how your school can stay on message.

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From the Podcast: Tips for superintendents to connect with a new community

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October 18, 2017

Tips for superintendents to connect with a new community

In this week’s episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Carole Dorn-Bell talks with Matt Miller, the Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools.

Miller is starting his 13th year as a superintendent, so he knows a bit about transitions as a superintendent and how a superintendent can connect with a new community.

“I was at a really good place coming to Lakota because it happened so early in the superintendent search process,” Miller says. “The Board here at Lakota did a really good job of letting me have transition days, which I think is huge for any school board, for any superintendent to work out transition details.”

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From the Podcast: The value of virtual town halls

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October 10, 2017

Use the power of virtual town halls to communicate with your community

In the latest episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell chats with Mike Davis of Broadnet about the value of virtual town halls for schools.

Broadnet offers Access Live, a way for a superintendent, for example, to have a town hall via the phone.

Davis says they’ve led virtual town halls in close to a dozen countries.

With so many different avenues to reach people these days, Dorn-Bell says, something like Access Live can be very valuable in reaching out to a community.

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From the Podcast: School funding uncertainty

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September 18, 2017

Operating with school funding uncertainty

In this episode of the We Love Schools Podcast, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about uncertainty around school funding and the huge impact it can have on schools. A lot of school levies are on the ballot in the fall, and if these levies don’t pass, it can have a huge impact on the school and the community, and it can be difficult for a school to operate within this cloud of uncertainty.

“Number one, talk about it with your community,” Dorn-Bell says about the uncertainty that can surround school funding. “Because if you don’t talk about it, it must not be happening. And then if something really bad happens, like funding is just ripped out from under you, your community is going to say ‘What the heck?’ and ‘Where were you?’ and ‘Why weren’t you telling us that this was going to happen?'”

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From the Podcast: Communicating to our communities

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July 17, 2017

This week, Meg Ansara, founding partner at 270 Strategies, talks with Joel Gagne about increasing engagement with the community, the importance of school principals and the future of public education.

Ansara credits her own education growing up in Massachusetts, as shaping her view on the topic.

“At a personal level, I feel like there’s no more important work than working on public education,” Ansara says. “I myself experienced as I got older so many of the opportunities that I received, as well as the sense of opportunity, really comes from the educational privilege that I got. For me that translates into a deep sense of responsibility in terms of making sure that every American child has the same great opportunity and access to a high-quality education.”

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From the Podcast: The challenges and opportunities for small and rural schools

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May 22, 2017

In this episode, 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.

Pratt tells host Carole Dorn-Bell that it’s a timely discussion because of the climate in Washington, D.C.

“When we go around the U.S. talking to different groups, this is rural education and rural small schools’ 15 minutes of fame right now,” Pratt says. “I think in Washington, they’ve paid attention, and rural is definitely a buzzword. It’s a positive culture that we have to take advantage of, and tell our story and be that voice to help all rural schools and communities.”

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From the Podcast: How to teach school districts how to use social media

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May 1, 2017

Recurring guest Andrea Gribble joins the podcast to explain how she gets schools to understand and harness the power of social media.

Gribble, the founder of #SocialSchool4edu.com, knows it’s difficult for teachers and administrators to stay on top of the ever-changing world of social media.

She started her business three years ago to serve the social media needs of small businesses, but, thanks to her own childhood school district, realized the immense opportunity to assist educators.

Her Woodbury, Minnesota company now serves 30 schools in four states.

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