S2E29 Season Finale! IEI Members Reflect on Thier Years of Service Before Retirement
07/09/2021Doug Roberts sits down with Dr. Deborah Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction from Brighton Central School District in New York, and Dr. John Jungmann, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Missouri as they close out their careers as district leaders celebrate their retirement. Debby & John discuss how they started their careers, some lessons learned, and what they have planned for the future.
S2E28 Celebrating Educators
06/23/2021This week's podcast features three amazing teachers from across the country. We are joined by Erin Leahy a middle school reading teacher in Omaha, NE, Katie Graham a 2nd-grade teacher from Pittsburg, PA, and Melissa Crawl a 4th-grade teacher from Chelsea, AL. Listen as these educators share their thoughts on instruction, school culture, and their overall reflection on one of the toughest yet rewarding school years.
S2E27 Leadership Discussion with Dr. Robert Avossa & Doug Roberts
06/19/2021Join us this week with former superintendent, education thought leader, and IEI Senior Advisor, Dr. Robert Avossa. Dr. Avossa talks about the leadership of superintendents during Covid and advice he has for these leaders as they go back to "normal" next school year. Also, listen in to hear about some of the upcoming IEI events for K12 industry leaders.
S2E26 Creating a Community of Supes & CEOs with Sarah Williamson & Doug Roberts
06/13/2021Sarah Williamson from "Build Momentum" chats with our CEO Doug Roberts on all things ed-tech, leadership, and building community. They also discuss how IEI handled the challenges of Covid and where we are headed for the 2021-2022 school year.
S2E25 Finishing out the School Year Strong with Matt Miller
06/08/2021Matt Miller, Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools in Ohio (Follow him on Twitter @lakotasuper) discusses how he and his staff conquered the challenges of Covid this year and together organized memorable graduation ceremonies that celebrated that focused on the students and all they have accomplished. Matt talks about his new learning; what he will change, and what will stay the same moving forward with a positive outlook for next year.
S2E24 Strategies for Anywhere, Anytime Instruction with Paper's Phil Cutler
An august panel of superintendents joins Phil Cutler of Paper for a discussion about the strategies they are deploying to make instruction available to all student anywhere, anytime. The panel includes:
Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent, Savannah-Chatcham County Public Schools (GA)
Dr. Danny Merck, Superintendent, Pickens County Public Schools (SC)
Dr. Debby Baker, Assistant Superintendent, Brighton CSD (NY)
Mr. Todd Dugan, Superintendent, Bunker Hill CUSD (IL)
Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Mt. Diablo USD (CA)
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools (WA)
Originally recorded at the IEI Spring Summit, Colorado Springs, CO
S2E23 Dr. PJ Caposey- Do Not Wish It to be Easier!
05/23/2021Dr. PJ Caposey (@mcusdsupe), Superintendent of Meridian CUSD in IL, gives the IEI Spring Summit his talk, "Do Not Wish It to be Easier," plus some updates from @dougroberts_iei about how the K12 business is shifting and how IEI will be continuing to innovate to support its members and partners.
S2E22 Micro-Credentials with MIDAS and Dr. Gustavo Balderas
05/21/2021IEI Member Superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas of Edmonds Public Schools and Megan Harney and Patrick Leonard of MIDAS Education join Doug to discuss micro-credentials and the possibility of a shift in how large-scale and summative assessments will work. We also discuss the changing landscape of teacher professional development and the onset of micro-credentials to facilitate individualized learning paths.
S2E21 ABCs of ESSER with Jess Gartner of Allovue
This session is a must-listen for anybody who cares about public schools: vendors, district leaders, parents, board members, voters in a school budget election.
Jess breaks down the funding from the CARES Act in plan English and offers advice from her deep expertise in ed finance for how districts can make a multi-year plan with these dollars that will best position them to deliver value to the students they serve.
This was a session at the IEI Spring Summit in Colorado Springs.
S2E20 IEI Superintendents: 5 Minites of Fame
A round robin "group keynote" from IEI superintendents telling great stories about the work they've done this year to the assembled IEI Spring Superintendent Summit in Colorado Springs. In this episode, you'll hear from:
Dr. Dwight Jones, Denver Public Schools, CO
Mr. Ken Dyer, Dougherty County Schools, GA
Mr. Todd Dugan, Bunker Hill CUSD, IL
Dr. Shanna Downs, Gilmer County Schools, GA
Dr. Tim Mitchell, Riverside CUSD, IA
Mr. Mike Daria, Tuscaloosa Public Schools, AL
Mr. Dan Cox, Rochester Public Schools, IL
Moderated by Talk Supes Host Doug Roberts and Kevin Mitchell and Spencer Anderson of Audio Enhancement.
S2E19 Fireside Chat with Dr. Dwight Jones + Governer Jared Polis Welcomes IEI to CO!
Dr. Dwight Jones, Interim Superintendent in Denver Public Schools, former Commissioner of Education for the state of Colorado and former superintendent of Clark County, NV, joins @dougroberts_iei at IEI's Spring Summit for a Fireside Chat about his experiences sitting in the hot seat over the years. We chat about leadership, success, learning opportunities, and the role race plays in how a superintendent is perceived and judged.
Also! Governor Jared Polis of Colorado shares a message of welcome to the IEI Family to kick off our Spring Summit in Colorado Springs!
- S2E18 In which Jim McVety and @dougroberts_iei share strategies for picthing districts and Jim critiques Dougs 2 minute pitch05/13/2021
Jim McVety, CEO of First Step Advisors and advisor to IEI, sits down with Doug to share strategies for K12 companies seeking to grow their business through district partnerships during this unique time in our business.
Doug takes his own medicine and does a 2-minute pitch of IEI's hybrid meeting software, @use_remo. Jim critiques.
- S2E17 Keeping kids safe with Steve Murley and Gretchen from Gaggle05/13/2021In this episode, @dougroberts_iei has an in-depth discussion about the new ways districts are keeping kids safe online and offline with IEI Advisory Board Superintendent Mr. Stephen Murley of Green Bay Community School District in Wisconsin and Gretchen Thompson, RVP at Gaggle.
- S2E16 James Miles, Mike Kleba, Leigh Ann Putman05/11/2021SXSW EDU presenters Mike Kleba and James Miles join IEI superintendent Leigh Ann Putman of the Metro Atlanta RESA to talk mentoring and morale in our schools with guest host Sara Croll!
- S2E15 Managing Screen Time with Steve Mesler and Todd Dugan05/09/2021This week, Doug visits with Steve Mesler, Olympic Gold Medal BobSledder and CEO/Founder of Classroom Champions and Mr. Todd Dugan, Superintendent of Bunker Hill CUSD in IL, to discuss screen time management, social/emotional health, coaching, and instruction during this interesting school year.
- S2E14 The changing face of professional development with Dr. Johnnie Thomas05/07/2021Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent of Rich Township 227 School District in IL and Max Brooks, VP of District Partnerships at CT3 join Doug to talk about the changing nature of PD and some of the progressive decisions Rich Township began making a few years ago to address the achievement gap and how that early work will support their students and community through the post-pandemic recovery period.
- S2E13 Dr Kristie Brooks and Donnie Whitten of Apptegy05/05/2021IEI Director of Marketing, Sara Croll, hosts this episode! She visits with Dr. Kristie Brooks, superintendent of Chattahoochee County Schools in Georgia, and Donnie Whitten of Apptegy about how they've worked together over the years to engage district families and community members.
- S2E12 Dr. Quinten Shepherd, Katie Lash, co-pod with Sarah Williamson and Build Momentum Pod05/03/2021
Talk Supes teams up with Sarah Williamson of Build Momentum Pod to talk about entrepreneurialism and the superintendency. We are joined by IEI members Dr. Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent of Victoria ISD (TX) and Ms. Katie Lash, Director of the East Central ESD in Indiana.
- S2E11 Jeff Anderson and Colin Seale on the resilience of schools and rolling with the pandemic punches05/01/2021Colin Seale, Founder/CEO of Thinklaw and Jeff Anderson, CEO of Audio Enhancement join Doug to talk about the resilience of schools and district leaders, changes to the way districts are doing business, and their own leadership journey through this crazy pandemic adventure.
- S2E9 Clayton Wilcox, Dallas Dance on leadership and superintendent self-care01/22/2021Dr. 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 relationships01/15/2021Dr. 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 202101/08/2021The 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 ahead12/23/2020
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 Mesecar12/14/2020
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 learned12/07/2020
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 pandemic10/19/2020
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 equity10/11/2020This 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, GA09/01/2020Dr. 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 superintendent07/01/2020
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, IA06/26/2020Journey 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 Allovue06/12/2020Doug 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/AR05/31/20Mitch 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 steps05/28/2020Consultant, 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 Paula05/01/2020Just 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 Challenges04/22/2020
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-Making04/15/2020Eric Hirsch of Ed Reports joins Doug to nerd out on curriculum!
- S1E21 Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools (WA)-Equity Equity Equity04/08/2020Doug 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.
- S1E20 Dr. Clayton Wilcox and Ms. Traci Davis on Leadership During a Crisis04/02/2020Clayton 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.
- S1E19 Larry Berger3/29/20Larry 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!
- S1E17 Panel: Helping District Partners during COVID-1903/24/2020IEI 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 Wu02/08/2020This 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 IL02/01/2020Fresh 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 industry01/14/2020We'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 schools12/21/2019The 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 Security12/14/2019In 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 Love12/07/2019An 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 Curriculum11/27/2019Hear 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 Management11/21/2019Dr. 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 CappellaView All11/08/2019Longtime 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...
- S2E18 In which Jim McVety and @dougroberts_iei share strategies for picthing districts and Jim critiques Dougs 2 minute pitch