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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.

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This podcast is a follow up to our last episode on Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE. We speak to Dave Ricketts at the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative about the availability of PPE and other questions school leaders might have about acquiring masks and other supplies. BuyBoard is a nationwide online purchasing cooperative that schools can to use to acquire PPE and other commodities. 
Planning for PPE

Planning for PPE

2020-05-2117:26

Acquiring Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is a pressing issue for school leaders across Illinois. In this episode, we speak to Kay Dosier, managing director of the Schools of Illinois Public Cooperative, about what schools should be doing now when it comes to PPE and possibilities for next school year. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
In this episode, we speak to Dr. Ehren Jarrett, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, in a wide-ranging interview on how the district rebounded from a cyber security attack last fall, invested its EBF dollars and how it plans to utilize its federal CARES funding. In addition, Jarrett discusses Rockford's remote learning plan and what learning could look like in the fall. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education. 
The spread of COVID-19 has created a change in working conditions for educators across Illinois. In this episode, we speak to attorney David Braun of the law firm Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, and IASA Associate Director/General Counsel Chad Watkins, about collective bargaining issues related to remote learning. The podcast features an in-depth discussion on critical matters school leaders will face, and serves as a guide to help superintendents navigate labor relations moving forward. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
We continue our series learning about how school districts across Illinois responded to remote learning with a perspective from large unit districts. Our guests are Dr. Tad Everett, superintendent of Sterling CUSD #5, and Dr. John Burkey, executive director of the Large Unit District Association. In addition to discussing remote learning this year, Everett and Burkey share their thoughts on next school year and how education could change in the future. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
What does remote learning in Illinois look like from an urban district perspective? In this episode, we discover how Thornton Twp HSD #205 is continuing to serve and support its students through this difficult time. Our guests are Superintendent Dr. Nathaniel Cunningham and Brett Fickes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
What does remote learning look like for a leading technology district? In this episode, we speak to Dr. Colleen Pacatte, superintendent of Gurnee District 56, to learn how their district responded to remote learning. Gurnee took part in the state's pilot e-learning program and has been one-to-one for years. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
In this episode, we speak to Larry Lovel, superintendent of Trico CUSD #176, about how his district in rural southern Illinois has adapted to remote learning, despite facing significant issues with internet connectivity. Lovel also discusses the financial challenges his district will face next school year and how education could change forever. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
In this episode, we welcome three superintendents from different parts of the state for a panel discussion on remote learning and how their school districts are responding to a number of new challenges. Our guests are Steve Murphy, superintendent of Carbondale CHSD #165, Dee Scott, superintendent of Casey-Westfield CUSD #4C and Dr. Jon Bartelt, superintendent of Bloomingdale SD #13. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Dr. Voltz has spent years encouraging superintendents to focus on work/life balance. In this episode, he provides new work/life balance tips in the era of social distancing as well as shares a message about the importance of maintaining healthy habits. In addition, Dr. Voltz provides tips for schools about how to continue to engage with students.  Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Dr. Mike Jacoby, executive director and CEO of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, comes on the IASA podcast to discuss financial planning during COVID-19. This podcast doubles as IASA COVID-19 Swat Team Report #9. 
One way educators can engage with students and families while school buildings are closed is through Facebook Live. In this episode, we speak to David LaFrance, principal at Oakland Elementary School in the Bloomington Public Schools District 87. LaFrance began recording Facebook Live videos after schools were closed due to COVID-19. The sessions have become very popular with students and families, allowing LaFrance to remain connected. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Looking for new and innovative ideas to recharge your school families and staff and keep them engaged? Carrie Hruby, superintendent of O'Fallon CCSD #90, shares how her district has asked parents to become honorary staff, even making them t-shirts to wear with their new title. Hruby also discusses other ways her district is addressing new challenges created by COVID-19. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
In this episode, we speak to Dr. Courtney Orzel, superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek CSD #113A, Dr. Jennifer Garrison, superintendent of Vandalia CUSD #203 and Dr. Brad Skertich, superintendent Collinsville CUSD #10, about how their districts are adapting to remote learning, what virtual platforms their districts are using and how they are trying to provide social-emotional support for students and staff. This podcast was recorded before ISBE released remote learning recommendations on March 27.  Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
This podcast is a follow up to the IASA COVID-19 Swat Team Report #7, which focused on emergency planning. Our guests are IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark, Gary Tipsord, Dr. Brian Harris and Dr. Jennifer Garrison. Listen to learn more about why it's important to engage community partners with emergency planning and about what steps superintendents are taking in their communities. 
Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, U-46 will launch its Educational Pathways initiative, aimed at preparing all U-46 students for the rigors of college and tomorrow’s career skills, while also providing students opportunities to earn college credit and industry credentials. In this podcast, we speak to U-46's Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Lela Majstorovic, about the initiative. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Herrin Elementary School, part of Herrin CUSD #4, made the incredible jump from Underperforming to Exemplary. In this episode, we speak to Superintendent Dr. Terry Ryker about how hiring instructional coaches was a big factor in the turnaround. According to Ryker, the district chose to hire instructional coaches after analyzing the research in the Evidence-Based Funding Formula. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
The Evidence-Based Funding Formula is much more than a tool to funnel additional money to needy schools. It has the power to be used as a strategic communication and planning tool that superintendents can use to detail what it costs to provide students with a high-quality education. This podcast is the second part of a new IASA initiative to help superintendents better understand the power of EBF and learn how to use the formula to speak confidently and factually about the impact any potential property tax relief plan will have on their local district. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Barb Food Mart was founded in 2013 by retired teachers in DeKalb CUSD #428. The food pantry has been recognized for its impact on the community  and how volunteers go above and beyond to provide needy families with more than just a meal. The founders of Barb Food Mart, located in a middle school, also take a unique approach where families are treated like shoppers. Listen and learn how the food pantry started, how it works and get advice on how to start a food pantry in your home school district. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
Belvidere CUSD #100 is part of a pilot program allowing the district to use proficiency-based grading. In this podcast, Superintendent Dr. Daniel Woestman discusses why the district believes in proficiency-based grading, how it train staff to adopt the new system and what has been the reaction from students and parents. In addition to listening to the podcast, Belvidere CUSD #100 has a lot of information about proficiency-based grading on its website. You can find that here. Our podcast is sponsored by American Fidelity. Consider American Fidelity for a different opinion on employer benefit solutions for education.
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