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The Illinois Association of School Administrators is the state's premier advocacy organization for public school superintendents. This podcast tackles the most important issues facing public education in Illinois and provides knowledge and insight from experts about how to run the best school district possible. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.

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Using a Strategic Dashboard to Effectuate Change and Communicate to the Public
In this episode, Dr. Jeff Stawick, superintendent of CCSD #146, shares how is district is utilizing its Strategic Dashboard, powered by the ECRA Group, to not only tell the district's story to the community, but also be the main tool the district uses to measure progress toward the goals listed in its strategic plan.  Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
16:14
August 21, 2019
Increasing the Engagement of Culturally Diverse Families
Oak Lawn-Hometown SD #123 Superintendent Dr. Paul Enderle shares the steps his school district is taking to increase the engagement of culturally diverse families in his district. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
21:09
July 17, 2019
Summer Programming
Summer is here but that doesn't mean learning has to stop. In this episode, we speak to Dr. Nicole Howard, assistant superintendent for Academics and Student and Family Services at  Proviso Township High Schools District # 209, to learn how their district expanded its summer programming for students. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.   
17:36
June 12, 2019
Evidence-Based Leadership: Using Data to Drive Immediate and Lasting Improvements
In a follow up to our ESSA and Strategic Dashboard academies, IASA is offering a new academy titled Evidence-Based Leadership: Using Data to Drive Immediate and Lasting Improvements, presented by Dr. Don White and Dr. Rich Voltz. In this episode, we  interview superintendents Dr. Tim Arnold, superintendent of Center Cass SD #66, and Shane Gordon, superintendent of Bluford Unit School District #318, to learn how they benefited from the academy. This academy is scheduled for August 7 in Pontiac. You can register here. It is also being offered September 17 in Charleston. You can register here. If you are interested in scheduling the academy in your region contact IASA at 217-753-2213 or email Melissa Arney at marney@iasaedu.org. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
23:03
June 4, 2019
Scaling Innovation in Your School District: A Systems Approach
Dr. David Moyer, superintendent of Elmhurst CU #205, shares with IASA how his district is tapping into the creativity of his staff to drive student learning and think about how education needs to evolve to fit the needs of a changing economy.  This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
26:58
May 24, 2019
Jason Helfer of ISBE on Teacher Shortage
Dr. Jason Helfer, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning at ISBE, has studied the teacher shortage extensively in Illinois. In this episode, IASA speaks to Helfer about how ISBE is addressing the teacher shortage. The conversation also focuses on where things stand with the basic skills test, alternative licensure and other factors contributing to the problem. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
27:37
May 7, 2019
New State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala
IASA spoke with new Illinois State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala to learn more about her background, views about ISBE and her goals as leader of the new state agency. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
21:51
April 25, 2019
Food Distribution Program Q&A
If you have ever had questions about how the Food Distribution Program for schools works this short Q&A podcast with Paula Williams, principal consultant in ISBE's nutrition division, is a good resource for you. In the podcast, Williams answers questions like how the program can help your budget and what happens when districts don't utilize all of their allocated Food Distribution Program funds. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.  
09:39
April 23, 2019
Taking PE Remotely
Elgin Area School District U-46 is launching two online physical education courses that will allow some high school students to track their own wellness by self-monitoring and recording their weekly physical activity outside school using heart-rate monitors. In this episode, IASA speaks to Tracey Jakaitis, U-46 student wellness curriculum coordinator, about why their district elected to try this approach and how it implemented it. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
22:36
April 8, 2019
AP District of the Year
Fenton School District 100 was recently named Advanced Placement District of the Year. In this episode, IASA speaks to Fenton School District 100 Superintendent James Ongtengco about how his district was able to achieve this honor, and what other districts can do to improve AP programs in their districts.  Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
17:29
March 28, 2019
Using Video to Interview Job Applicants
Greg Dietz, an assistant superintendent at Maine Township HSD #207, has utilized computer technology, rather than face-to-face interviews, to interview job applicants for the district. In this podcast, Dietz discusses if video interviewing has increased the pool of candidates, the quality of candidates, how  districts can get started with video interviewing and if the district exposes itself to legal troubles using this method. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
29:32
March 15, 2019
Podcasting In Schools
Michael Doyle and Stacy Reagan, both instructional coaches at Central CUSD #301 in Burlington, launched a podcast series this school year that uses interviews to highlight district issues and programs. In this IASA Podcast, we speak to Doyle and Reagan to learn what steps they took to begin a podcast, what topics they cover and see if it's been a worthwhile experiment. The IASA Podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
17:05
March 6, 2019
Superintendent Stress
Dr. Adam Ehrman, superintendent of New Berlin CUSD #16, has been studying stress among superintendents as part of his dissertation. In this episode, Ehrman discusses findings from his research, which shines new light on what triggers stress, what superintendents experience the most stress and ways to alleviate stress. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
21:06
February 28, 2019
What changes to marijuana laws could mean for IL school districts
In this episode, IASA speaks to attorney David Braun, with the law firm Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., about the possible effects a law signed last year that allows children with debilitating conditions to take medical marijuana to school, as well as what it would mean for school districts if marijuana is legalized. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
29:35
February 15, 2019
Undercover Boss
After seeing the Undercover Boss television show, Dr. Dale Mitchell, superintendent at Homewood SD #153, tried the concept out in his district - minus the makeup. The process was eye opening, Mitchell says, and he encourages other veteran superintendents to spend the day with their staff. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
19:32
February 7, 2019
IDEA Flow-Through and Preschool Funding
Heather Calomese, Executive Director of Special Education Services for the Illinois State Board of Education, speaks to IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz about changes in how funding for IDEA and preschool will be distributed. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
08:41
January 29, 2019
Developing Positive Union-Superintendent Relations
The dynamics between superintendents and union officials can sometimes create friction, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Larry Frank, a research specialist for the Illinois Education Association, about developing positive relations between union representatives and administrators. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
25:33
January 15, 2019
AASA/SPN Case Study: Maine Twp HSD # 207
Maine Township High School District #207 was one of 25 school districts in the U.S. to be honored as one of the “Most Innovative School Districts” for its unique approaches to expand and support teacher learning and student success both during and after high school. The award was provided by AASA and the Successful Practices Network (SPN). In this podcast, IASA speaks to Superintendent Dr. Ken Wallace about the steps his district is taking to improve student learning. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
27:45
January 3, 2019
Redefining Physical Education
Physical education classes at Consolidated High School District 230 look much different than what people grew up with. Students pedal on stationary bikes through virtual mountains and girls dance while wearing a heart monitor. In this episode, IASA speaks to Sean Airola, division chair for physical education, health and drivers education, at District 230 about the innovative program. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
14:54
December 17, 2018
Defining an Instructional Day
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Ralph Grimm, acting Chief Education Office for ISBE, on new guidance ISBE released about the new definition of an instructional day. Grimm encourages districts to utilize the guidance and think outside-of-the-box in developing ways to improve student achievement. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
17:36
November 26, 2018
PJ Caposey: Time Management
In this episode, Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Dr. PJ Caposey about his new book, "Manage Your Time or Time will Manage You." Caposey is also superintendent of Meridian CUSD #223. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
17:32
November 13, 2018
Effective School Leadership
In this episode, Dr. Rich Voltz, IASA Associate Director, speaks to Dr. Nancy Blair, Professor Emerita of Leadership Studies at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about how superintendents can be effective school leaders and how to cultivate the next generation of school leaders.
18:00
November 5, 2018
Late Starts
Have you ever thought about pushing back the start time to the school day in your district? Well, Barrington CUSD #220 did just that last school year. Listen to our new podcast with Barrington's superintendent, Dr. Brian Harris, on why the district embarked on this mission, what challenges they encountered and if the district is already starting to see benefits? This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
16:38
October 25, 2018
Advanced Placement Courses
In this episode, Jason Nevel, assistant director of communications for IASA, speaks with Jennifer Gill, superintendent of Springfield SD #186, on the district's efforts to enroll more students in Advanced Placement courses. Springfield was one of the district's selected for a pilot program in 2017 to work with the non-profit, Equal Opportunity Schools, to boost participation, especially among minority students. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
20:55
October 19, 2018
Julie Kraemer on why she became a police officer
In this episode, Dr. Rich Voltz, IASA Associate Director, speaks to Hutsonville CUSD # 1 Superintendent Julie Kraemer, on why she went through nine months of training to become a certified police officer, giving her the ability to carry a gun in school and help keep students safe in the event of a school shooting. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
21:10
October 12, 2018
Chronic Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism
In this episode, Dr. Rich Voltz of IASA speaks to Dr. Lindsey Hall, superintendent of Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3, about issues with how schools report absenteeism, differences between chronic truancy and chronic absenteeism under ESSA and how these calculations can impact schools. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
20:29
October 4, 2018
Using Video to Improve Instruction
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Merry Brownlow, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Riverside District 96, about how to use video to improve instruction and the pros and cons of using video in teacher evaluations This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
17:11
September 25, 2018
Lessons Learned From Using the Quality Framework
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Tad Everett, superintendent of Sterling CUSD #5, about what he learned from piloting the Quality Framework in his district. The effort, Everrett says, was meaningful and led to important discussions about how to improve climate for students. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
16:23
September 13, 2018
Using Data to Improve Instruction
In this episode, Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Tara Tighe Chandler, curriculum director at Paxton Buckley Loda CUSD #10, about how the district is using data to help tell its story and improve instruction. PBL has partnered with the ECRA Group to develop an overall growth score based on local norms, rather than relying on standardized test scores to gauge student progress. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
14:56
September 4, 2018
EBM Funding: How the new dollars are helping Vienna HSD #133
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Vienna HSD #133 Superintendent Josh Stafford. Vienna ranks as the third least adequately funded district in the state. EBM dollars, Stafford says, is helping the district rehire staff, enhance programs and catch up on much-needed maintenance projects. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
22:02
August 27, 2018
Quality Framework for Illinois School Districts
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Dr. Julie Schmidt, Superintendent, Kildeer Countryside CCSD #96 in Buffalo Grove. Schmidt served on the Illinois Balanced Accountability Measure committee and subsequently ESSA committee. Her district volunteered for a pilot program with implementing the framework. Schmidt discusses the Quality Framework works and how it can benefit school districts. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
20:42
August 16, 2018
Career and Technical Education
In this episode, IASA Associate Director Dr. Rich Voltz speaks to Sebastian Kapala, assistant director of operations at the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, about career and technical education in Illinois today. Kapala discusses how it fits with vocational training, preparing students for the digital age, and how the school fits academic courses into its learning environment, among other things. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
14:17
August 1, 2018
School Finance
Managing a school budget is one of the most important jobs a superintendent does. Dr. Bill Phillips, a retired superintendent who now serves as IASA field services director, is an expert in the area. In this episode, Phillips discusses ways school districts can save money, strategies for crafting a budget and details how important it is to understand the ins and outs of school finance. The IASA Podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
35:57
July 26, 2018
Every Student Succeeds Act
IASA associate director/legal counsel Sara Boucek discusses how implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act is going in Illinois and details what superintendents need to know about new school designations being rolled out as part of the law. This podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
35:22
July 16, 2018
New Superintendents Conference
The Illinois Association of School Administrators will be hosting a New Superintendents Conference August 1-2 in Springfield. Dr. Rich Voltz of IASA talks about what attendees can expect to learn at the conference and how they can build a support network for their first year on the job.
17:35
July 10, 2018
Competency-based learning
Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 was among 10 school districts in Illinois chosen last year to participate in ISBE's competency-based learning pilot. Dr. Donn Mendoza, deputy superintendent, discusses how the effort is going and what it took for his school district to implement the change.
16:25
June 27, 2018
Trauma-informed care
Dr. Heidi Podjasek, director of professional development at Oswego Community Unit School District 308, discusses why and how her district switched to a trauma-informed care approach to better understand student behavior and help students stay on track.
15:33
June 21, 2018
School Safety Part 2
School safety security expert, Ken Trump, joins IASA podcast to discuss ways school superintendents can keep their buildings safer. Trump encourages superintendents to focus most on peoples and procedures rather than products and hardware.
21:18
June 11, 2018
School Safety
Former IASA Communications Director Mike Chamness, who is now chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, discusses the 13 recommendations the School Safety Working Group sent to the governor. Among ideas is to expand uses of countywide sales tax and more information sharing between schools and law enforcement.
26:58
May 24, 2018
Creating A Successful Educator Prep Program
In this episode, Township High School District 214 Superintendent David Schuler discusses how his district is addressing the teacher shortage problem by growing their own educators. Over three years, the initiative has placed just over 300 students in the teacher pipeline.
14:02
May 16, 2018
Women in Leadership
Lemont School District 113A Superintendent Dr. Courtney Orzel discusses why she wanted to become a superintendent, why more women are entering administration, finding a balance between work and home life and how her district crawled out of financial ruin.
16:35
May 3, 2018
Capitol Watch
IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark discusses why it was important two bills on administrative caps and debt structuring were defeated, as well concerns IASA has with the so-called "shared superintendent" bill. Also, Clark discusses the budget, pension shift and more.
18:58
April 30, 2018
EBM Funding Helping Rockford Public Schools
Dr. Ehren Jarrett, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, discusses how new EMB funding is helping his district and details short and long-term plans for RPS moving forward.
23:25
April 24, 2018
Effingham School District changing approach to teaching
Mark Doan, superintendent of Effingham School District, joins IASA podcast to discuss "Leadership, Creativity and Innovation," a new teaching model deployed in the district that is adapted to the 21st century.
16:37
April 19, 2018
Illinois Teacher Shortage Part 3
Illini West High School District 307 Superintendent Kim Schilson discusses how the teacher shortage in Illinois has affected her district.
14:35
April 12, 2018
Vision 20/20 What's Been Accomplished; What's Next
Ralph Grimm, director of Vision 20/20, discusses how the public policy platform came together, the passage of the evidence-based model and goals moving forward.
21:29
April 10, 2018
Why Illinois has a teacher shortage Part 2
Mark Jontry, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, speaks to IASA about findings from the group's survey on Illinois' teacher shortage, as well as provides recommendations to fix the problem.
16:31
April 3, 2018
Why Illinois has a teacher shortage
Dr. Jim Rosborg, director of Master of Education Programs at McKendree University, speaks about various factors that have caused Illinois' teacher shortage.
15:51
March 28, 2018
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03:04
March 27, 2018
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