IASA Podcast

Women in Leadership

An episode of IASA Podcast

By IASA Communications
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2018
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March 27, 2018
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