S2E9 Clayton Wilcox, Dallas Dance on leadership and superintendent self-care
01/22/2021Dr. Wilcox and Dr. Dance, emeritus superintendents, join us to discuss leadership strategies in difficult times and preview the reflection and self-care program they are planning, along with emeritus superintendent Traci Davis, for IEI's Las Vegas Superintendent Retreat Feb 25-28.
S2E8 Dr. Paul Gavoni and the power of relationships
01/15/2021Dr. Paul "Paulie" Gavoni joins Doug and two IEI member superintendents, Dr. Jason Andrews of Windsor CSD in NY and Dan Cox of Rochester 3a in IL, to talk about the power of relationships to get our schools through this pandemic challenge.
S2E7 Looking back at the good in 2020, looking forward to 2021
01/08/2021The whole IEI team comes on to introduce this episode, which features Jeff Patterson of Gaggle, Jess Gartner of Allovue, Megan Harney of MIDAS, and Berj Akian of Classlink. We reflect on the good things that happened during an otherwise terrible year, and we look forward to 2021!
S2E6 Equity and Curriculum: The fight and the opportunity ahead
This episode features a panel discussion from our final Fall 2020 IEI Retreat at Suncadia, WA, featuring:
Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools
Ms. Heather Bybee, Director of Curriculum, Spokane Public Schools
Eric Westendorf, Founder, Learnzillion and former principal
Chris Blevins, iStation
S2E5 School Finance Challenges with Jess Gartner and Doug Mesecar
This panel from IEI's Fall 2020 Hybrid/Virtual Superintendent Retreat in Georgia examines the challenges of school finance during the pandemic, what we know, and what we don't know. Doug Mesecar of Strategos Consulting and Jessica Gartner, Founder/CEO of Allovue, give insight on the federal funding landscape and advice to district leaders and vendors for how to best ride out the fiscal uncertainty and challenges.
IEI Member superintendent Leigh Ann Putman of Metro Atlanta RESA in GA co-moderates with IEI CEO Doug Roberts. Kevin Mitchell of Audio Enhancement also contributes to the discussion.
S2E4 Andy Crozier, Sarena Shivers, Michael Munoz, and Tad Everett: Challenges we slayed, lessons we learned
4 IEI superintendents discussed the challenges we slayed this year and the lessons we learned, originally recorded at our IL Fall Superintendent Retreat at Eagle Ride Resort in Galena, IL. The panel was moderated by Dr. Andy Crozier, Superintendent of Central Lee CSD, IA. The panel included:
Dr. Tad Everett, Sterling Public Schools, IL
Dr. Sarena Shivers, Superintendent Emeritus and Executive Director of Michigan Association of School Administrators
Mr. Michael Munoz, Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, MN
S2E3 Keeping kids in our schools physically and emotionally healthy during a pandemic
Panel discussion from IEI's Summer Symposium on social/emotional and physical health strategies being deployed in districts across the country, featuring:
Justin Jennings, CEO, Youngstown Public Schools, OH
Dr. Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent, Victoria ISD, TX
Dr. Shai Fuxman, EDC
Dr. Rob Darzienkiewicz, M.D., Hazel Health
Stephanie Taylor, Presence Learning
Alex Meis, Kinvolved
S2E2 The Original Pandemic: A discussion on equity
10/11/2020This discussion from IEI's Summer Symposium at The Biltmore is moderated by Ms. Traci Davis, Superintendent Emeritus and advisor to IEI, and features 3 great superintendents, Dr. Mark Bedell of Kansas City (MO), Dr. Luvelle Brown of Ithaca (NY), and Dr. Gregory Hutchings of Alexandria (VA), as well as Dr. Brian Kingsley, CAO of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
S2E1 Dr. Jody Barrow, Fayette County Schools, GA
09/01/2020Dr. Jody Barrow, pioneer IEI member, sits down with Doug to kick off Season 2 of Talk Supes (and CEOs) with only 1 month left in the superintendent's chair. Dr. Barrow delayed his retirement 3 months to help his district through the pandemic and transition things to a new leader. We reflect back on a long successful career delivering results for students and their families.
S1E31 Dr. Howard Koenig, Central Islip UFSD, on 40+ years as a superintendent
Dr. Howard Koenig, superintendent of Central Islip UFSD on Long Island, NY, reflects back on his 40+ years as a superintendent. This is not Howard's first attempt to retire, but this time it may stick. Howard and Doug talk about Howard's long career as a champion for public school students and we reflect on the leadership challenge of a generation as Howard's colleagues carry into the fall with plans to respond to the pandemic. Thank you for your distinguished service to public school students, Dr. Koenig!
S1E30 Dr. Tim Mitchell, Superintendent of Riverside CSD, IA
06/26/2020Journey with Doug to Iowa, where schools had just begun resuming sports even though it was already summer break! Tim has been through many challenges in his career of superintendenting, and he shares how he is applying those lessons learned to this current situation. Tim also talks about how the Black Lives Matter and anti-racism discussions have made their way to his mostly white rural district.
S1E29 Health protocols with Hazel and School Finance during a pandemic with Allovue
06/12/2020Doug visits first with longtime friends and partners at Allovue with some thoughts to chew on related to the impending fiscal challenges facing schools due to COVID. Then he sits down with Dr. Rob Darzynkiewicz, Chief Medical Officer at Hazel Health, about the slippery slope involved with minimizing exposure to COVID when we bring kids back into buildings.
S1E28 Mitch Weisburgh talks VR/AR
05/31/20Mitch Weisburgh, Founder/CEO of Academic Biz Advisors and co-Founder of EdChatInteractive.org joins Doug to talk about some ideas fur utilizing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality during this new age of forced distance learning in our schools.
S1E27: David Irwin on making big changes with small steps
05/28/2020Consultant, former NYCDOE official and current NJ school board member David Irwin joins Doug to talk about his method for making big changes with tiny steps each day. Also: we explore how the talk of Blended Learning over the last 10-12 years failed to engage educators and educational leaders and why this should be a learning opportunity for everybody in the K12 ecosystem- you can't "reform" schools without involving the educators in the discussion!
S1E24 Dishing with Doug, Gretchen, and Paula
05/01/2020Just 3 people who've been at this a while in the education industry dishing on coping strategies, ideas for how partners can weather the storm, and discussing our ideas for positive changes that can come out of COVID, particularly for underserved kids in public schools.
S1E23 NY Superintendents on Home Instruction and School Finance Challenges
Doug sits down with IEI members from rural and suburban NY Districts to talk about how they are managing to deliver instruction and services during COVID-19, and the impending school finance challenges they expect to face in the 2020-2021 School Year. Panelists include:
Mr. Ryan Pacatte, Avon CSD
Mr. Matthew Cole, Livonia CSD
Mr. Kevin MacDonald, Gennessee Valley BOCES
Dr. Robert Molisani, Caledonia-Mumford CSD
Mr. Rich Calkins, Pocantico Hills CSD
S1E22 Eric Hirsch of Ed Reports Talks Curriculum Decision-Making
04/15/2020Eric Hirsch of Ed Reports joins Doug to nerd out on curriculum!
S1E19 Larry Berger
3/29/20Larry Berger, Founder/CEO of Amplify joins Doug to talk about school in the age of COVID-19, how things might change, and how parents who've suddenly become teachers can survive this! Hang in there, everyone!
S1E20 Dr. Clayton Wilcox and Ms. Traci Davis on Leadership During a Crisis
04/02/2020Clayton Wilcox, former superintendent of a few places but most recently Charlotte-Mecklenburg in NC, and Traci Davis, former superintendent in Washoe County (Reno) NV, talk about leading a district during times of crisis, strategies for maintaining sanity, and advice to partners about how to work with districts during this difficult time.
S1E21 Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools (WA)-Equity Equity Equity
04/08/2020Doug visits with Dr. Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools (south of Seattle, WA) and we talk about Equity and what COVID-19 might be un-earthing in terms of the work ahead of us to ensure every student has access to education. We also talk about Susan's "tweet heard round the world" about what vendors should NOT do as districts scramble to respond to a global pandemic.
S1E17 Panel: Helping District Partners during COVID-19
03/24/2020IEI pulled together a Zoom panel of some of its corporate partners and a member superintendent to talk about what is happening in school districts as they fight to continue to provide educational and related services to kids and families. Our corporate partners share some of the work they are doing to provide services at no cost and with light to no implementation lift, and IEI Advisory Board Member John Welch of Puget Sound ESD (Seattle area) shares some heroic stories from districts in the Seattle area.
S1E16 We're Back! Dr. Art Fessler CCSD#59 (IL)
03/20/2020IEI Advisory Board Member and Superintendent of CCSD #59in IL, Dr. Art Fessler, joins us to talk about decision-making processes and how they were preparing to handle the COVID-19 situation. The episode was recorded a few days before schools were closed in Illinois. Please follow Art on Twitter @afess7.
S1 E16 Fireside Chat with K12 Investors Steve Kupfer and Jennifer Wu
02/08/2020This is the recording of a workshop at the IEI Palm Springs General Session in which @dougroberts_iei sits down for a "fireside chat" with two leading K12 investors, Jennifer Wu of @reachfund and @steve_kupfer of Red House Capital. Steve and Jen dish on the investments of which they are most proud in terms of their impact on kids and share their thoughts on the new ideas coming forward in the safety/security sector of K12.
S1 E15 3 Supes live from Palm Springs IEI - Youngstown OH, Pocantico Hills NY, Meridian IL
02/01/2020Fresh off our Winter Superintendent Summit in Palm Springs, Talk Supes (and CEOs) presents three of our members sharing their thoughts about school safety and security. We are so glad to have Mr. Justin Jennings of Youngstown City Schools (OH), Dr. Rich Calkins of Pocantico Hills CSD (NY), and Mr. Joe Mullikin of Meridian CUSD (IL) as IEI members. Enjoy!
S1 E14 New Years' Resolutions for the K12 industry
01/14/2020We're back from the holiday hiatus as we prep for our Winter 2020 Summit in Palm Springs! @dougroberts_iei dishes on New Years' Resolutions for those of us working to provide innovative solutions and services for K12 students. Also note that there is an incentive for the upcoming Spring 2020 Summit in New Orleans! Listen to learn more. Next week we'll have a bunch of supe interviews from the IEI Summit! And perhaps most importantly- new theme song! #talksupes #supes #k12 #edtech #iei
S1 E13 Jessica Herthel, Co-Author "I Am Jazz" on keeping LQBTQ kids safe in schools
12/21/2019The Suicide Prevention Resource Center estimates that between 5 and 10% of LGBT youth, depending on age and sex groups, have attempted suicide, a rate 1.5-3 times higher than heterosexual youth. There is no issue more critical to safety and security in our schools than making sure all kids feel loved and protected by our schools, something our IEI superintendents work very hard to do in the schools they run. Author and occasional Reality TV star Jessica Herthel returns to visit with @dougroberts_iei as a follow-up from her presentation at the IEI Summit in Suncadia, WA in the summer of 2018. You can catch her on @Iamjazz_tlc or at @jessicaherthel. We also want to congratulate @jazzjennings_ on graduating at the top of her class and wish her luck at Harvard next year!
S1 E12 Dr. Tom Leonard and Dr. Jeff Arnett of Eanes ISD on Safety and Security
12/14/2019In this episode, we talk with the "1-2 punch" of Eanes ISD in Austin, TX- Tom Leonard, Superintendent, and Jeff Arnett, Deputy Superintendent, about their district's journey and conversations around safety and security. We also discuss Tom's musical passion and his performance with students at a jazz club in which he is a partner, and Jeff's previous life working at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Looking forward to having Jeff and Tom with us in January in Palm Springs! Perhaps we can get an IEI band together?
S1 E11 Dr. Luvelle Brown, Supe of Ithaca City SD, on The Culture of Love
12/07/2019An interview with Dr. Luvelle Brown @luevelleb, author of the book "The Culture of Love," past NY Superintendent of the Year, who will be joining IEI for the first time this January in Palm Springs as a speaker. We talk about how to build a culture of love throughout an organization, we also talk snow day cancellations, Virginia Cavalier Football, and Luvelle schools us on how to write a book between sets at The Gym. This might be the most inspiring "morning routine" segment so far. The moral of the story is: Get to the gym in the morning and good things happen. #iei #k12 #edtech #supes
S1 E10 Will Black, Deputy Supe of Paducah (KY) Public Schools on Teacher-Centered Curriculum
11/27/2019Hear from Will Black, Deputy Superintendent in Paducah Public Schools, which is led by IEI member Dr. Donald Shively, on their progressive curriculum decision-making processes. Teachers in Paducah have the ability to promote effective curriculum solutions for piloting and vetting via their PLC's. If you like Supes Talking Curriculum, this is the episode for you. Shout out to @edreports for their work along the same continuum!
S1 E9 Dr. PJ Caposey of Meridian CUSD 223 (IL) on Leadership, Time Management
11/21/2019Dr. PJ Caposey, superintendent of Meridien CUSD 223 (near Rockford, IL) discusses leadership, and the nuance and art to understanding when your leadership style needs to adapt to the changing needs of your team and your organization.
Learn more about Dr. Caposey and his work at www.pjcaposey.com
And of course visit www.instituteforedinnovation.com to learn more about IEI, the publisher of Talk Supes!
S1 E8 Eric Westendorf, Learnzillion, Curriculum, and A Cappella
11/08/2019Longtime friend of @dougroberts_iei, Eric Westendorf, CEO/Co-Founder of @learnzillion, dishes on curriculum and his journey from educator, to administrator, to entrepreneur. Learnzillion sits at the nexus of teaching/learning and scaling a business operation. And, since Eric and Doug met in college singing in the same a cappella group, you're going to be subjected to a dose of The Princeton @nassoons circa 1996. If you think real hard, you can guess who the soloist on this track is...
S1 E4 Genevieve Collins, VP @istation on multi-tasking and transitioning to Congress
09/28/2019Genevieve has been a long-time friend and a partner to IEI, and she shares some of her secrets to success. She also talks about her decision to throw her hat in the ring for Congress in her hometown, Dallas, TX! We grabbed a few minutes with her before she headed off to a meet and greet and a day that would have her out at various events and activities until 11pm. Thanks for making some time for us, and don't forget us when you are in the White House!
S1 E2 Pat Sullivan-Kriss #ieifall19roadshow
09/22/2019Hear the update on the most recent leg of Doug's #ieifall19roadshow and hear an interview with IEI Board Director, former NY State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) president, and retired supertintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, who will be awarded NYSCOSS' distinguished career service award at their fall summit in Saratoga Springs this week! Pat shares some wisdom and stories about a long career as an administrator in public education in New York.
S1 E1 Back to School
09/14/2019IEI kicks off its Podcast series with Doug Roberts, CEO, laying the groundwork and introducing the podcasting world to the work and people of IEI.