IASA Podcast

IASA Podcast

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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. To listen to the podcast from your computer use Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. It may not play in Internet Explorer.


Questions for Teacher Evaluators to Ask Students
Oct 8 • 21 min
Debra Lynch, principal at River Valley School in Lemont-Bromberek CSD #113A, has received teacher evaluation training through IASA. However, her elementary school has put a new spin on the process. In this episode, Lynch discusses what questions her…
Using Data to Make Decisions
Sep 23 • 15 min
Dr. Tom Mulligan, superintendent at Arcola CUSD #306, has been a superintendent for more than 20 years. He says he is more excited about IASA’s, “Evidence-Based Leadership: Using Data to Drive Immediate and Lasting Improvement,” academy than any other…
Back to School Rocks at Diamond Lake SD #76
Sep 5 • 9 min
Staff at Diamond Lake SD #76 recently dressed as their favorite rock stars and walked the red carpet to kickoff a new school year. Superintendent Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis (who dressed as Tina Turner) says the event was a great way to take everyone’s mind…
Using a Strategic Dashboard to Effectuate Change and Communicate to the Public
Aug 21 • 16 min
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…
Increasing the Engagement of Culturally Diverse Families
Jul 17 • 21 min
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…
Summer Programming
Jun 12 • 17 min
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…
Evidence-Based Leadership: Using Data to Drive Immediate and Lasting Improvements
Jun 4 • 23 min
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…
Scaling Innovation in Your School District: A Systems Approach
May 24 • 26 min
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…
Jason Helfer of ISBE on Teacher Shortage
May 7 • 27 min
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…
New State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala
Apr 25 • 21 min
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…
Food Distribution Program Q&A
Apr 23 • 9 min
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…
Taking PE Remotely
Apr 8 • 22 min
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…
AP District of the Year
Mar 28 • 17 min
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…
Using Video to Interview Job Applicants
Mar 15 • 29 min
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…
Podcasting In Schools
Mar 6 • 17 min
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…
Superintendent Stress
Feb 28 • 21 min
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…
What changes to marijuana laws could mean for IL school districts
Feb 15 • 29 min
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…
Undercover Boss
Feb 7 • 19 min
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…
IDEA Flow-Through and Preschool Funding
Jan 29 • 8 min
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…
Developing Positive Union-Superintendent Relations
Jan 15 • 25 min
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…
AASA/SPN Case Study: Maine Twp HSD # 207
Jan 3 • 27 min
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…
Redefining Physical Education
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Defining an Instructional Day
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
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…
PJ Caposey: Time Management
Nov 13, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Effective School Leadership
Nov 5, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Late Starts
Oct 25, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Advanced Placement Courses
Oct 19, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Julie Kraemer on why she became a police officer
Oct 12, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Chronic Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism
Oct 4, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Using Video to Improve Instruction
Sep 25, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Lessons Learned From Using the Quality Framework
Sep 13, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Using Data to Improve Instruction
Sep 4, 2018 • 14 min
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…
EBM Funding: How the new dollars are helping Vienna HSD #133
Aug 27, 2018 • 22 min
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,…
Quality Framework for Illinois School Districts
Aug 16, 2018 • 20 min
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.…
Career and Technical Education
Aug 1, 2018 • 14 min
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…
School Finance
Jul 26, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Every Student Succeeds Act
Jul 16, 2018 • 35 min
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…
New Superintendents Conference
Jul 10, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Competency-based learning
Jun 27, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Trauma-informed care
Jun 21, 2018 • 15 min
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.
School Safety Part 2
Jun 11, 2018 • 21 min
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.
School Safety
May 24, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Creating A Successful Educator Prep Program
May 16, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Women in Leadership
May 3, 2018 • 16 min
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.
Capitol Watch
Apr 30, 2018 • 18 min
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,…
EBM Funding Helping Rockford Public Schools
Apr 24, 2018 • 23 min
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.
Effingham School District changing approach to teaching
Apr 19, 2018 • 16 min
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.
Illinois Teacher Shortage Part 3
Apr 12, 2018 • 14 min
Illini West High School District 307 Superintendent Kim Schilson discusses how the teacher shortage in Illinois has affected her district.
Vision 20/20 What’s Been Accomplished; What’s Next
Apr 10, 2018 • 21 min
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.
Why Illinois has a teacher shortage Part 2
Apr 3, 2018 • 16 min
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.
Why Illinois has a teacher shortage
Mar 28, 2018 • 15 min
Dr. Jim Rosborg, director of Master of Education Programs at McKendree University, speaks about various factors that have caused Illinois’ teacher shortage.
IASA Podcast Promo
Mar 27, 2018 • 3 min
The very first episode of IASA!