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  • S2E8 Dr. Paul Gavoni and the power of relationships 
    01/15/2021
    Dr. 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
    01/08/2021
    The 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
    12/23/2020

    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 Mesecar
    12/14/2020

    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 learned
    12/07/2020

    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 pandemic
    10/19/2020

    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 equity 
    10/11/2020
    This 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
    09/01/2020
    Dr. 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
    07/01/2020

    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, IA
    06/26/2020
    Journey 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
    06/12/2020
    Doug 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.  
    CATEGORIES: PodcastsCOVID-19
  • S1E28 Mitch Weisburgh talks VR/AR
    05/31/20
    Mitch 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.  
    CATEGORIES: PodcastsIEI PartnersCOVID-19
  • Educators Should be Asked to Help Re-imagine NY Schools

    05/07/2020
    Doug Roberts shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo's decision to partner with the Gates Foundation to reimagine New York public schools.
    CATEGORIES: BlogCOVID-19
  • S1E24 Dishing with Doug, Gretchen, and Paula
    05/01/2020
    Just 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.
    CATEGORIES: PodcastsCOVID-19
  • S1E23 NY Superintendents on Home Instruction and School Finance Challenges
    04/22/2020

    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

    CATEGORIES: PodcastsCOVID-19
  • S1E18 Dr. Danny Merck, Pickens County Public Schools, SC
    3/25/2020
    IEI member Dr. Danny Merck talks with Doug about leadership and the mentor who identified his leadership skills early on and encouraged him to work toward becoming a superintendent. He also discusses the district's planning process for COVID-19.
    CATEGORIES: IEI PartnersCOVID-19
  • S1E19 Larry Berger
    3/29/20
    Larry 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!
    CATEGORIES: PodcastsCOVID-19
  • S1E20 Dr. Clayton Wilcox and Ms. Traci Davis on Leadership During a Crisis 
    04/02/2020
    Clayton 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
    04/08/2020
    Doug 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
    03/24/2020
    IEI 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.
    CATEGORIES: PodcastsCOVID-19