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From the Podcast: Perseverance, Grit, and Love

Perserverance, Love & Grit -- a podcast episode on leadership & love with Tom Burton, Assoc Superintendent from Princeton City Schools

April 6, 2016

Today, Carole speaks with Tom Burton about nurturing perseverance, grit, and commitment in today’s K­-12 students. The role educators and parents play is key and not necessarily always easy (loving in the unlovable moments). Our guest is Tom Burton, the associate superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

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From the Podcast: Strong Leaders, Strong Schools

Dr Thomas Tucker, Superintendent of the Year, Ohio, Talks about Strong Leadership in Schools on the We Love Schools Podcast

March 31, 2016

Dr. Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools Superintendent (Ohio) and the National Superintendent of the Year, talks with Carole about the power of public schools, the importance of vision, the public debate over the role of public schools and what he would change if he were king for a day.

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From the Podcast: Schools and Local Control

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. / Allerton Hill Consulting talking with Chris Brown on Ohio Education / Podcast

March 21, 2016

“We have to provide funding to back up the mandates.”

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.

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From the Podcast: New Trends in Public Education Roundtable

Roundtable Podcast discussion on trends in education

February 22, 2016

Carole speaks with Paul Imhoff & Dr. John Marschhausen about all of the new ideas and practices that school districts must address in our modern public schools. Topics include: teaching the “whole child”, how technology empowers personalization, testing, and school culture.

“What is [the world] going to look like when they are the leaders in 2035, 2040?” – Dr. John Marschhausen

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From the Podcast: Talking with John Gould, Principal at Dartmouth High School

Episode 8 of We Love Schools Podcast: The importance of public schools, a conversation with John Gould

February 8, 2016

In this week’s episode, 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.|

“Today, we don’t have all the answers but we aren’t ignoring the questions and we’re trying to address them. And that’s empowering.” — John Gould

The Impact of Public Education

Diagnosed early on with a language learning disability, John was sent by taxi at the tender age of four to receive special help to learn how to speak. His experiences left him with an immense feeling of gratitude for the teachers and adults in his life who helped him persevere through his own learning challenges. These feelings inspired John throughout his education and now in how he helps educate. He sees public education as crucial and adept at not only helping students with learning challenges but also addressing the social/emotional issues in their lives.

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From the Podcast: A Technology Makeover for your Schools

Technology and Blended Learning on the Podcast

February 1, 2016

This week, Carol speaks with Mentor, OH Superintendent Matt Miller today about their tech makeover in Mentor and technology in our schools including the innovative concept of “blended learning”.

“Really good instruction infused with technology. Period.

“The relationship between the students and teacher is still the most important aspect. The technology piece just helps. — Matt Miller, Mentor, OH Superintendent

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Dr. Thomas Tucker Named Ohio Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools, Ohio Superintendent of the Year

January 12, 2016

The Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) has named Princeton City School District Superintendent, Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., the 2016 Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

According to BASA Executive Director, Kirk Hamilton, Ph.D., Tucker was selected by an esteemed panel of former Ohio Superintendent of the Year awardees.  The panel evaluated each nominee based on the candidate’s body of work and experience, but specifically the candidates were measured against the following criteria: Leadership for Learning, Communication, Professionalism and Community Involvement.

Tucker was nominated by Ms. Monica Green, a parent and small business owner in Worthington and Dr. Bobby Moore, Senior Director at Battelle for Kids.  Before coming to the Princeton City Schools this year, Dr. Tucker was the superintendent at the Worthington Schools in central Ohio.

“Thomas’s educational background as a distinguished teacher, coach, award winning principal and superintendent, and mentor to educational leaders across the state, as well as his international educational experience made him a tremendous asset to our community during his tenure in the Worthington City School District,” Green said of Tucker.

Moore stated, “Dr. Tucker is one of only a handful of educators in the state who has led both a building and district to the highest rating by the State Department of Education and a ranking in the top ten percent for growth. Dr. Tucker’s teams are able to accomplish feats like this because of his ability to set ambitious goals, empower those around him, and continually reflect and evaluate on the progress of those goals.”

On selecting Tucker for the award, Hamilton remarked, “Dr. Tucker’s passion for what he does has made him a highly effective superintendent. He has great vision and works hard. He is not afraid to take on the tough issues. Thomas is a great person and a committed educational leader. Princeton City School District will benefit from his strong sense of mission.”

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Effective media relationships ensure your message is heard

December 5, 2015

There is more to working with the media than simply responding to questions.  You need to develop a cooperative relationship, and become a valued resource.

When you are on good terms with the local media, they can become an important tool in your district’s communications toolbox.  The media can enhance your image, or they can destroy it.  A relationship built on mutual respect benefits everyone.

To build a solid relationship, it is helpful to understand what the media looks for in a source.  Some tips:

  • Tell the truth, no matter how much it hurts. One needs to look no further than the current presidential race to understand that lies warrant headlines. The truth is rarely as interesting. This does not mean, however, that you must reveal every ugly truth or fact that will have a negative impact on your district. Sometimes, it is better to say nothing. But when you do speak, tell the truth.

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Letters to the editor: get your message heard

December 2, 2015

Looking for a simple way to get your message heard?  Write a letter to the editor!

Letters to the editor are probably the best read section of a publication.  Whether you chose to contact a newsletter, newspaper, or magazine, letters to the editor are great ways to:

Complain, about unbalanced coverage, poorly conceived content or illogical editorials.

Set the record straight, about ill-conceived articles, inaccurate information, or unproven misperceptions.

Express a strong reaction, to community events, news coverage, and taxpayer issues.

Explore ideas, about life, community needs, and politics.

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Podcasts offer exciting opportunities for school districts

November 19, 2015

The surge in the use of mobile devices among all age groups could make podcasts a valuable implement in a school district’s communications toolbox. Podcasts create a unique communications opportunity because of their portability, ease of use and growing popularity. With careful planning and a little creativity, podcasts could become a primary source of information for  your schools to communicate with staff, students, parents and the community.

What is a podcast? Podcasts are audio or video files stored online that may be downloaded by subscribers to their computer, MP3 player (such as an iPod) or smartphone.

According to Pew Research Center, more than one-third of all Americans, ages 12 years or older, have listened to at least one podcast, and researchers say that number is growing.  According to a study by Edison Research, among daily podcast listeners, podcasts occupied 30 percent of their listening time, more than any other audio source.

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