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  • 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.
  • S1E16 We're Back! Dr. Art Fessler CCSD#59 (IL)
    03/20/2020
    IEI 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
    02/08/2020
    This 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
    02/01/2020
    Fresh 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
    01/14/2020
    We'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
    12/21/2019
    The 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
    12/14/2019
    In 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
    12/07/2019
    An 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
    11/27/2019
    Hear 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
    11/21/2019
    Dr. 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
    11/08/2019
    Longtime 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 E7 Safety and security/Hank Grishman of Jericho UFSD
    10/22/2019
    Hear @dougroberts_iei report from the #ieifall19roadshow between the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and The Council of Great City Schools, and reflect on all the discussions of school safety and student safety from around the country.

    The interview this week is with Mr. Henry Grishman, superintendent of Jericho UFSD, one of the most decorated public school systems in the country. Hank is a past president of the NYS Council of School Superintendents and a former NY Superintendent of the year, in addition to being on the IEI Advisory board and a longtime friend and mentor to IEI CEO, Doug Roberts.

    Enjoy!
  • S1 E6 Steve Murley, superintendent of Iowa City CSD
    10/12/2019
    Steve Murley is one of those superintendents who far outpaces the average tenure of a superintendent. Listen to him discuss what he's learned over the last 10 years in Iowa City. Also, I guarantee he's up earlier than you are each morning.
  • S1 E5 Kinvolved and IEI's mission
    10/10/2019
    IEI CEO Doug Roberts was pressed by a thoughtful superintendent at a conference recently about what success for IEI would look like, and what our impact will be, and he shares his thoughts on IEI's future and its mission, as well as thoughts about how IEI can bridge gaps in the K12 ecosystem.

    In the interview, Doug visits with Alex Meis and Miriam Altman, Co-Founders of Kinvolved and long-time IEI partners. They discuss their founding story, leadership, how they figure out how to be partners and friends in real life, and of course, their morning routines!
  • S1 E4 Genevieve Collins, VP @istation on multi-tasking and transitioning to Congress
    09/28/2019
    Genevieve 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 E3 Dr. William Heidenreich of Valley Stream CHSD (NY) on how they purchase services
    09/27/2019
    IEI Member, Dr. William Heidenreich of Valley Stream Central High School District on Long Island (NY) shares his district's process for vetting new solutions and services that come across their radar. He also shares insights on the process of working with a BOCES in New York so districts can get state aid back on funds they spend on products. Get a rare insider view on the district purchasing process and the unique relationship between BOCES and districts in New York. This is what IEI is about - orienting the K12 marketplace around how districts work. If you enjoy thus podcast, you will love being part of our Palm Springs convening in January!
  • S1 E2 Pat Sullivan-Kriss #ieifall19roadshow
    09/22/2019
    Hear 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
    09/14/2019
    IEI kicks off its Podcast series with Doug Roberts, CEO, laying the groundwork and introducing the podcasting world to the work and people of IEI.