Aug 19, 2022

The Foster Grandparent Program Impacts Learning

In this episode, I had the pleasure to speak with Mary Byrns, Foster Grandparent Program Director at CESA 10.  Also joining us was Maryann Ludwigson, a 12 year veteran Foster Grandparent.  Listen in to hear about the Foster Grandparent Program and ways it is beneficial to students and schools alike.


If you would like more information about how to get involved–as a school or a potential grandparent, contact Mary Byrns (

Aug 5, 2022

Preparing Students through Business and Industry Partnerships

Today I spoke with Erica Zerr, CESA 10’s Business & Industry Partnership Consultant. Listen in as Erica describes the amazing opportunities being provided for students.

Aug 4, 2022

Off and Running: New Leader Discusses Plans to Support Students

Today I spoke with Tonia Anderson Ruskin, Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Services at CESA 10, as well as the Regional Special Education Network Director for CESA 10. Listen in as Tonia shares with is happening in the Special Education and Pupil Services Department at CESA 10.

Jul 28, 2022

Empowering English Learners

In this episode, I spoke with Brianna Smit, English learner consultant at CESA 10.  Listen in as Brianna shares tips for educators as they begin the school year, ways every school can empower English learners, and the tools available to help students engage.

Mar 2, 2022

Trauma and the Brain: An Interview with Dr. Bruce Perry and Steve Graner

Today I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Bruce Perry, Principal of the Neurosequential Network and Steve Graner, the Neurosequential Networks' Project Director.  Please listen as we discuss the neurosequential model, Dr. Perry’s most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing and a unique opportunity for educators and school-associated adults in Wisconsin to learn about trauma and the brain.

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Jan 4, 2022

Advocating for Financial Equity

Today I had the pleasure to speak with John Humphries, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association for Equity in Funding, a group of school districts advocating for financial equity in the state’s school financing system.  Listen in as John talks about the association’s priorities, current projects and their upcoming conference.


For more information about AEF and the exciting things discussed during this episode, go to:

Dec 21, 2021

Hope Dealer - An Interview with Hasan Davis

In this episode, I had the opportunity to talk with Hasan Davis–speaker, writer, youth advocate, and hope dealer. For more than 25 years, Hasan has worked to transform attitudes about children, their potential and the dire need to never give up. 


Please listen as Hasan talks about what inspired him, resiliency, courage and how he helps youth trust others with their dreams.

Dec 21, 2021

Leadership in Equity

In this episode, I had the pleasure to talk with two incredible people– Milaney Leverson and Kent Smith.  Milaney and Kent, along with Dr. Jennifer Rose, are deeply involved in helping schools and other organizations ensure equitable outcomes. Dr. Rose was not able to join us for this conversation, however all three will be at the State Education Convention in Milwaukee in January. Please stop by the CESA 10 CORE booth.


Below are links to resources discussed in this episode:


CORE Website


Leadership in Equity Series

Dec 21, 2021

A Conversation with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards

In this episode, I spoke with two people who are making a difference: Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director, John Ashley, and Director of Member Services, Ben Niehaus.  Listen in as John and Ben talk about ways the WASB is supporting school boards and school leaders across the state and exciting news about the upcoming State Education Convention.


For more information:


The Wisconsin Association of School Boards 


The 2022 State Education Convention

Dec 7, 2021

Leaders in New Roles

Today I spoke with four leaders who are in their first year as district administrator/superintendent.  Join me in getting to know more about these leaders and the ways they are making a difference on behalf of their students, staff and communities:

  • Angie  Hanlin, District Administrator for the Thorp School District
  • Kory Rud, District Administrator for the Gilmanton School District
  • Ryan Bargender, District Administrator from the School District of Abbotsford
  • Jeff Rykal, District Administrator for the School District of Mondovi

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