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From the Podcast: The kindergarten parent’s experience & what it means

Children in a kindergarten class talking to a teacher

September 4, 2017

This week, hosts Joel Gagne and Carole Dorn-Bell discuss the importance of putting your best foot forward with kindergarten parents as it’s often their first experience with the school district.

Gagne and Dorn-Bell share stories from their own experiences to help schools make informed decisions about communicating with new families.

With his daughter heading into kindergarten in Washington, D.C., Gagne says the importance of a strong first impression was not lost on him.

“One meeting with the principal convinced us to buy a house,” he says. “We knew right away that she was the right fit for us.”

Education leadership should always be an emphasis. Parents will want to know that strong leaders are in place and will remain there, and that the tone set at the top will trickle down to teachers.

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From the Podcast: Financial Communication Plans and listening to your community

A group of parents and teachers discussing a school's financial communications plan

August 28, 2017

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Jenni Logan, named the 2016 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials’ Foundation for School Business Management. Logan, who is treasurer of Lakota Local Schools near Cincinnati, talks about a Financial Communication Plan, lessons learned from losing ballot initiatives and the value of a listening tour.

Dorn-Bell and Logan first discuss the benefits of having a prospectus document, which weaves together and combines the narratives of what’s happening academically, facility-wise, operationally and fiscally.

“Because those are all so interrelated,” Dorn-Bell says. “It’s this fabulous document.”

Many school districts struggle with financial communication, so it’s important to have materials conveying all relevant details.

“We communicate quite a bit about what’s going on instructionally inside the walls of the school district,” Logan says. “But the financial piece, we don’t do as often.”

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From the Podcast: Teaching as a Second (or Third) Career

Man with briefcase walking into school

August 14, 2017

In today’s episode, Carole Dorn-Bell hosts Michael Demana, who made a career change later in life to begin teaching. Demana provides tips for anybody who is considering making the switch to education.

“Our generation is really the first to experience the impact of that,” Demana says, speaking about how people are more likely to switch jobs and careers throughout their lives. “I know a lot of friends who have had to make midlife career changes.”

After a few other jobs out of college, Demana began working for an airline, which he believed would give him the time and energy to follow his dream of writing fiction. While he didn’t necessarily write as much as he planned, he was happy with his job and the travel it afforded him—until his airline merged with another airline.

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From the Podcast: The View from City Hall: A former mayor talks local schools

Children in classroom raising hands

July 31, 2017

In this episode, Mark Kingseed, former mayor of Centerville, Ohio, discusses the value of local governance in public schools, the future of community-based schools and the relationship between local schools and their communities.

Kingseed, who served as mayor of the Dayton-area community for 12 years beginning in 2003, says it’s critical that a city to work hand-in-hand with the local school board.

Strong schools make strong communities, he says, and help draw young families that put down roots for 20 or 30 years.

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From the Podcast: Communicating to our communities

Two women talking about their school district

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: It’s summer time. Now is the time to plan for the fall!

Man on laptop at the beach

July 3, 2017

In this episode, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about how to use the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The bottom line: It’s not wise to just turn off the lights or go on cruise control.

The less chaotic summertime can be a great chance to learn new forms of social media, prepare newsletters, conduct polling or manage outreach for an upcoming fall ballot.

“Summer goes away quickly, and so before you know it you are right on top of some of those publications and the need to get those out,” Dorn-Bell says. “So take advantage of the bit of luxury of time that you have with those and get those done.”

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

Wheat field with blue sky

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

Strategizing social media for a school district via phone and paper

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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From the Podcast: How schools should use social media

Woman using social media on her phone

April 17, 2017

In this episode, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne, speak with Andrea Gribble, founder of #SocialSchool4edu.com. As an expert in the use of social media in schools, Gribble shares her thoughts on the variety of social media platforms, the challenges that school districts face, and parent engagement.

Gribble calls social media a “complete game changer” for schools wanting to better engage with the community.

Most adults are on social media, she notes.

“And if are schools aren’t there, what kind of information are they learning about our schools?”

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From the Podcast: How SHOULD your school or district communicate with you?

A woman checking her phone for emails

April 3, 2017

This week, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne discuss the best practices for schools wanting to communicate effectively with parents and the community.

They discuss the role of newsletters, text messages, Twitter and even Snapchat.

Dorn-Bell says her first impressions, as a parent, begin with beautification and security around a school building.

Gagne adds, there’s a way to be secure but to soften it to be more welcoming.

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