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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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From the Podcast: Educational leadership

Group of teachers discussing how to be great leaders

March 27, 2017

This week, Joel Gagne is joined by Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association.

In analyzing strong educational leadership, Dr. Price says he looks to see what an individual was like as a teacher.

“I think it’s extremely helpful, because you understand what’s going on in the classroom,” he says. “Not just observe it, but understand.”

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From the Podcast: The importance of the treasurer

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March 20, 2017

This week, host Carole Dorn-Bell is joined by Chris Mohr, of K-12 Consulting in Columbus. Mohr shares thoughts on one of the most important positions within every school district – treasurer, also known as Chief Financial Officer.

Mohr talks about how treasurers get licensed, their job duties – and how those have changed – and how school districts hire for the position.

Any treasurer search starts with a set of traits the board is looking for in a person.

The top characteristics, Mohr says, include: Communication skills, financial leadership skills, approachability and ability to work as a team with the superintendent and board of education.

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From the Podcast: Learning to be an educational leader

Black teacher standing near lockers in school

March 13, 2017

In this episode, Joel Gagne speaks with Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Stand Out and Reinventing You.

Clark brings her experience as a branding and communications expert and applies it to the challenges facing school administrators.

Optics, she says, are important in being an educational leader: You want to be a leader that both listens and is willing to take charge.

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From the Podcast: How to navigate the changes in education since the election

American flag in front of school chalkboard

March 6, 2017

This week, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne talk about what’s changing and how local school districts can help drive the conversation.

The rhetoric lately around public schools, they note, has been negative.

Under the new presidential administration in Washington, D.C., Gagne says, schools have the opportunity to “take the fight local,” to say, we bring value to the community and we’re irreplaceable.

School districts can say whatever happens nationally, here’s what we’re going to focus on. Essentially, the best defense is a good offense.

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