WASB Connection Podcast

WASB Connection Podcast

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A podcast for members of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and others about a wide range of educational issues they consider as elected officials.
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Episode 5: Onboarding New Members

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Episode 6: The New Board Member Experience
New school board members often face a steep learning curve. This episode includes three conversations meant to help new members find their footing.  First, we talk with Bob Butler, WASB associate executive director and staff counsel, about the WASB New School Board Member Handbook. Then we talk with two veteran board members — Gary Vose of Kettle Moraine and Larry Dux of Pewaukee — who give general advice to new members and explain their work as part of the WASB's Peer Mentoring Program. Finally, this page provides a good overview of basic resources for new school board members.
26:55
May 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: A Discussion About the Link Between Board Governance and Student Success
This bonus episode comes to us from the Texas Association of School Boards. If you like education podcasts, check out TASB Talks wherever you listen or go to their website.  This episode is a conversation with Paul A. Johnson, a researcher who studies the connection between school boards and student achievement. We're sharing this now as a complement to an article about school board governance in the May issue of Wisconsin School News. Thanks for listening, and we'll be back with a regular episode for new school board members later this month.
22:29
April 30, 2020
Episode 5: Onboarding New Members
This episode features an interview with WASB consultant and 43-year education veteran Fran Finco. Learn more about him here. Learn more about the New Board Member Gathering webinars, which will be held the evenings of April 21, 22 and 23: https://www.wasb.org/meeting-and-events/2020-new-school-board-member-gatherings If you miss them live, look for the recording at our webinars page.  Fran also mentioned the New School Board Member Handbook, which can be found here.
17:31
April 20, 2020
Episode 4: Teacher retention
Episode 4 of the WASB Connection Podcast focuses on how districts are addressing the teacher shortage by making their districts better places to work.  First, WASB members can learn more about the issue of teacher retention by downloading this presentation, given before last year's Fall Regional Meetings.  We'd also appreciate it if listeners could review our podcast on their favorite app and take the survey. Based on survey feedback, we're including timestamps for different segments so listeners can jump to the area they're interested in.  This month's legislative update begins at 28:25. Our Legislative Update blog can be found here. Listeners who'd like to learn more about how stay interviews work can read this story in Wisconsin School News.
36:43
March 2, 2020
Episode 3: The State Education Convention
This episode covers the 99th annual Wisconsin State Education Convention, held Jan. 22-24 in Milwaukee. Photos are now available online, including one of Southern Door County School District student Luke Bousley (featured at 9:23). A photo of Kettle Moraine High School student Peter Kopperud (featured at 10:50) is here.
30:52
February 5, 2020
Episode 2: Convention Conversations
This episode features conversations with two Wisconsin State Education Convention speakers.  The first is Dr. David Schuler, the 2018 Illinois and national Superintendent of the Year. We talked about his district's college, career and life readiness program, which will be the subject of a pre-convention workshop. Learn more here. We also spoke with Dr. Yong Zhao, the Thursday keynote speaker, about how we can take a more expansive view of educational outcomes. We also check in with Dan Rossmiller, WASB governmental relations director, to give a brief convention preview of the delegate assembly. We also briefly discuss the Virtual Attendee Access program.   
29:35
January 6, 2020
A conversation with 2020 State Education Convention keynote Dr. Scott McLeod
We would like to thank the Texas Association of School Boards, Georgia School Boards Association, Tennessee School Boards Association and the Michigan Association of School Boards for their advice and encouragement as we started this podcast. If you are interested in educational issues, we encourage you to listen to their podcasts, too. Dr. Scott McLeod's 4 Shifts Protocol (a tool intended to facilitate educator conversations about student learning) is available at his website. He also posts regularly at his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant. To learn more about the 2020 State Education Convention, please visit our website. WASB members can read the legal comment Bob Butler referred to here. To learn more about the tour of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum tour Sheri mentioned, click here. In addition, please consider taking a brief, nine-question survey to help us understand who is listening and improve the podcast.
30:52
December 2, 2019