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Welcome to Sparkwheel. Where conversations with leaders cultivate curiosity, question the status quo, and help clear the way to do education better.

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Welcome to Sparkwheel. Where conversations with leaders cultivate curiosity, question the status quo, and help clear the way to do education better.

    Kristin Magette & Shawn McKillop

    Kristin Magette & Shawn McKillop

    Does your school PR work feel heavier than it used to? Join the national K12prWell conversation to learn factors that can increase and decrease your risk of occupational burnout. 
    Our two rockstar featured guests present to school leaders across the country on wellness strategies to ensure you deliver the greatest value to your district while staying well for yourself and your loved ones.
    Kristin Magette, APR is a communications professional and author who traded a dream career in school public relations for a work-from-home adventure helping organizations reduce their carbon footprint.
    Shawn McKillop, APR is the Manager of Communications and Community Engagement at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Ontario. 

    • 34 min
    Dr. Jim Rickabaugh

    Dr. Jim Rickabaugh

    Dr. Jim Rickabaugh serves as the Senior Advisor to the Institute for Personalized Learning, an education innovation lab dedicated to the transformation of public education. The Institute serves a growing number of member school districts engaged in personalizing learning and is a part of the multi-state Innovation Lab Network coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
    Jim formerly served as the Director of the Institute for six years and as a superintendent in several districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Rickabaugh was Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2008 and Minnesota Superintendent of the Year in 1996. 
    Dr. Rickabaugh is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders, focused on helping principals and other educational leaders to engage their staffs in designing and implementing personalized learning ecosystems.  
     
    Show Notes:
    The Changing Landscape of Education - Video created in partner with Spring Lake Park Schools, Dr. Jim Rickabaugh, and Captivate Media + Consultling

    • 39 min
    Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

    Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

    Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. Go Crickets!
     
    Joe has used social media and speaking engagements across the country to celebrate the great things happening at Fall Creek and create a national following for the district.
     
    In this Sparkwheel episode, Sanfelippo explains how telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Empowering those around you to be the storytellers of your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community.
     
    Education Dive named Joe their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019. Dr. Sanfelippo is also an author and creator of the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge.

    • 32 min
    10. Jessica Davis

    10. Jessica Davis

    Jess Davis is a mathematics teacher and advisor of the Black Pride Organization at South Saint Paul Secondary School. In being named 2019 Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, she was described as an educator who is “modeling for students that equity needs to be deliberate and intentional.” 
    Jess possesses an educational philosophy deeply rooted in student agency. She believes student voice is an essential cornerstone often missing in the revolution of our educational system.
    She holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from Minnesota State University Mankato, and a mathematics teaching license and Master’s in Teaching from Hamline University.

    • 32 min
    9. Brian Woodland

    9. Brian Woodland

    Brian Woodland has 30+ years in school PR and is a passionate advocate for public education. He recently retired as Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Peel District School Board, one of Canada’s largest school districts. 
    Brian now consults with school districts and speaks to audiences across North America through his communications firm, BrianInspires. In this episode, he talks to us about discovering our inner superhero and our public education needing the very best you.
     

    • 35 min
    8. Dr. Lisa Snyder

    8. Dr. Lisa Snyder

    Dr. Lisa Snyder is the executive director for EdVisions, a non-profit educational development organization focused on innovation through personalization, teacher and student empowerment and student-driven, project-based learning. 
     
    Dr. Snyder has served in public education as a teacher, principal, technology director, curriculum director, and superintendent. Throughout her career, she has been a champion for innovative change and transformational improvement and is highly regarded for her instrumental role in creating new opportunities for student-centered learning.
     

    • 44 min

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