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Category: Issues Facing Schools Today

How career centers can form partnerships with the business community

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December 3, 2019

Joel Gagne and Rick Smith of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center discuss the importance of career centers forming partnerships with the business community

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Rick Smith, Superintendent of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Joel begins by asking why it is important for career centers to form partnerships with their local business community. Rick says he is always hearing about a looming workforce crisis—an estimated 4 million unfilled jobs in the next five years—that will affect businesses across all industries.

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From the Podcast: Healthy, Local Foods Students Will Eat

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July 2, 2019

Jay Clark and Brianna Reinhard chat with host Carole Dorn-Bell about getting students excited about healthy, local foods

Summer is a great time to talk about healthy, local foods and some incredible things are underway at the Van Buren Schools in northwest Ohio. The district has started to overhaul their food service program with no playbook to work from, and they join the podcast to share some advice for schools who are looking to implement a similar program.

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From the Podcast: The Big Blue Bus

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June 10, 2019

Superintendent Tom Bailey chats about the success they’ve seen with the Big Blue Bus

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell is joined by Tom Bailey, Superintendent of Washington Court House City Schools. They discuss the Big Blue Bus, a solution that his school district came up with as a way to meet three goals to serve students over the summer: to feed every child, to provide enrichment and to continue to build relationships.

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From the Podcast: Using outdoor education to spark creativity

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October 29, 2018

Using outdoor education to spark creativity

What does an extensive outdoor education have to do with sparking creativity, interest in learning and the ability to learn from failure?

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with James Saxer and Laura Grimm from Dalton Local Schools about their unique and exciting outdoor education curriculum and how it connects to the rest of their school.

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From the Podcast: How to limit screen time

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August 10, 2018

Discussing how to limit screen time with Dr. John Marschhausen

In this episode of our podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools in Ohio, about the benefits of limiting screen time at home and at schools, and ways to get started.

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From the Podcast: Communicating with your community

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May 4, 2018

Discussing communicating with your community with Rich Hanson

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Rich Hanson, District Administrator for the Almond-Bancroft School District in Wisconsin, about his experiences in working to get ballot initiatives passed. They discuss why town halls don’t always work, the importance of newsletters and social media in communicating with your community, as well as the one thing that Rich would change about public schools.

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From the Podcast: Community gardens

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April 27, 2018

Discussing the value of community gardens with Zac Shutler

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, sponsored by The Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Bridgeport School District Superintendent Zac Shutler about the value of community gardens. Carole and Zac discuss the unique situation that led to Bridgeport deciding to create a community garden, the partnership with a local correctional facility and what Zac hopes will happen as a result of starting a community garden.

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From the Podcast: School safety with Dr. Jim Lloyd

School safety with Dr. Jim Lloyd

April 10, 2018

Discussing school safety with Dr. Jim Lloyd

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls School District right outside of Cleveland, about keeping students safe and preventing school shootings.

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From the Podcast: Public schools and economic revitalization

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March 27, 2018

Discussing public schools and economic revitalization with Jennifer Kime

In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne is joined by Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, a not-for-profit that seeks to revitalize Mansfield, Ohio. Jennifer talks with Joel about the intersection of public schools and economic revitalization of cities.

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From the Podcast: Improving school climate

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March 23, 2018

Discussing improving school climate with Dan Leffingwell

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Noble Local School District Superintendent Dan Leffingwell about improving school climate. They discuss communicating goals and expectations to students and families, student ownership and creating a sense of hope.

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