Podcasts

February 11, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Leslie Boggs, president, National PTA

National PTA President Leslie Boggs discusses ways parents can work with their schools to help support their children. The National PTA has many resources and strategies from schools that have successful relationships with parents, teachers and administrators.

February 6, 2020
Host
Deborah Rigsby, NSBA Program Director for Lobbying & Federal Legislation
Guest
ElizaBeth Branham, President, National School Boards Association and member, Lexington School District Two South Carolina

The National School Boards Association talks about the power of public schools as an integral part of the community. NSBA President Beth Branham, a former teacher, is proud of her school district and says Public Schools Week 2020 is a special time to show support for public schools.      

February 5, 2020
Host
Richard Long, executive director, LFA
Guest
Kelly Avants, APR, Chief Communications Officer for Clovis Unified School District (Calif.)

Kelly Avants discusses the importance of school district's strategic communications plans, transparency and building relationships with a community as part of LFA's Public Schools Week 2020 podcast series.

Avants is the 2019-20 president of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Chief Communications Officer for the Clovis, Calif. school district, a suburban school district of 38,000 students in Central California.

January 15, 2020
Host
Justin Dearing, Assistant Director of Communications, Carroll Independent School District, Texas
Guest
Rich Bagin, National School Public Relations Association
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance

Rich Bagin and Richard Long chat about the importance of public advocacy for public schools and upcoming events with Public Schools Week with School PR Happy Hour host Justin Dearing.

March 28, 2019
Host
Richard Long, LFA executive director.
Guest
Brian Coleman, counselor, Jones College Prep, Chicago; 2019 School Counselor of the Year
Carol Fenstermacher, community engagement coordinator, Centennial School District, Oregon
Mary Ann Ranells, superintendent, West Ada School District, Idaho

Three exemplary educators-- an Idaho superintendent, a school/community engagement professional and a school counselor discuss their roles in public education and the importance of public schools in their communities with Richard Long, LFA executive director.