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The Huron Forward Podcast
Au Gres-Sims Superintendent, Jeffrey Collier, and Au Gres City Manager, John Stanley, invite you to listen and enjoy the following Podcasts which are the engaging products of a unique joint communications project between the City of Au Gres and the Au Gres-Sims School District. These weekly "Huron Forward" Podcasts focus on all topics related to: Business opportunity and entrepreneurial ventures, organizational partnerships, education, leadership, and the high quality of life throughout the region. The dialogues highlight a primary celebration of the positive energy and proactive initiatives taking place within the greater Au Gres area, Arenac County, and Northeast Michigan.
"Our Huron Forward Podcast show is the organic result of a series of brainstorm sessions that we (John and I) had four years ago about how to better harness available technology, within an existing communication platform, that would allow us to directly speak to community stakeholders through the voices and lenses of our leadership positions as a city manager and superintendent. By simply aligning our "communication arrows," we have jointly broadened the scope of our celebratory story-telling capacity to promote and share the amazing quality of life experienced throughout our area. Our podcast enables us to progressively establish relationships, form partnerships, and highlight proactive leadership concepts to sustain growth and "place-build" our community as a destination to live, work, and play."
- Jeffrey Collier
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Au Gres-Sims High School Valedictorian, Lance Schwiderson, and Salutatorian, Brian Shmina, discuss their academic accomplishments and experiences as academic leaders at Au Gres-Sims School District, along with their future plans and goals.
Dr. Stephen Bigelow, (@stephencbigelow) Superintendent of Bay City Public Schools, joins the Huron Forward discussion in Podcast #72. With John on vacation, Jeff takes the opportunity to hijack the entire episode to talk about educational issues with Dr. Bigelow from the perspectives of two superintendents within the same regional Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District. As the guys converse about educational paradigms within the context of a continual quest to seek excellence in action, topics include; discerning the right leadership "fit" within organizational cultures, embracing social media, the concept of "co-opertition," equitable school funding, and disrupting the existing status quo perception of schools.
Michigan State Senator Jim Stamas, from Michigan's 36th State Senate District, makes his third appearance (Season 1, Podcast #20, and Season 2, Podcast #44) on the Huron Forward Podcast. Senator Stamas references a series of positive indicators of success and progress to express Michigan's new vitality. Discussion topics include a celebration of Michigan's Lake Huron "sunrise side" region, entrepreneurism, Governor Snyder's newly unveiled Marshall Plan, and equitable school funding. http://www.senatorjimstamas.com
Chris Woods (@dailystem), master teacher and host of the STEM Everyday Podcast on remarkablechatter.com, joins this podcast as a featured guest to discuss the relevancy of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in everyday life. Discussion ensues about the celebratory importance of the acronym as a central and purposeful theme of teaching reasoning, comprehension, and higher-order thinking skills attained through STEM conceptual frameworks and educational practices. Because STEM is literally everywhere, everyday, it must be infused into comprehensive daily instruction and understanding, rather than treated as stand alone "one-hit wonder" moments.
Jeff and John reflect on relevant leadership concepts shared by guests on previous podcast recordings. Dialogue identifies the purpose of the Huron Forward Podcast as a media platform that layers the celebratory story of the greater Au Gres region within a buffet of constituent communication choices, while increasing the capacity to build lasting relationships and partnerships. Linking the podcast concept as a growth model of change for new-age leaders, discussion focuses upon an article by Lou Glazer, titled, "Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills," which highlights the need for encompassing the 4Cs: Collaboration, Communication, Critical-thinking and Creativity, into rich blends of STEM and liberal arts experiential education opportunities.
Judith Wilson, a thought-leading certified BrandED trainer with Trish Rubin, Ltd. and education consultant at the Executive Leadership Institute Council of Supervisors and Administrators in New York City, is a featured guest on this podcast to discuss new-age leadership and the power of professional connectivity and communication on social media. Drawing on her diverse experiences as an educational leader, and influenced connections with Eric Sheninger and Trish Rubin, co-authors of the book, BrandED, Judith shares her thoughts about branding, story-telling, and growth-mindset leadership. Engaging dialogue introduces the idea of "Edupreneurs," a concept that challenges new-age leaders to be thoughtful, action-oriented, and creative cultural architects who are able to recognize opportunity, and willing to embrace change.
Erik Rodriguez, Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, joins today's podcast as a guest to discuss collaborative community building within a "Working together for our future" framework. As the largest employer in Arenac County, and with a host of ongoing business development expansion projects, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is committed to economic development opportunities, collaborative partnerships, and sustainable grant resource donations throughout the region to share their collaborative story and build a better tomorrow for our youth and future generations. This podcast is the second part of a discussion with Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal leadership that began on Podcast #14 during season 1 ( https://www.ags-schools.org/season-1).
Trish Rubin ( http://www.trishrubin.com), owner of Trish Rubin LTD, and co-author of BrandED: Tell your story, build relationships, and empower learning, joins today's Podcast as a special guest to discuss why "Brand" matters to schools and communities, and what brand IS and what brand IS not. Discussion centers on identifiable processes of branding typical schools and organizations into remarkably atypical entities. A "+1" model of capacity building reflects the purposeful importance of linking transparent communication and storytelling with new ideas and engaging actions that build stronger relationships.
Casey Mikula, Apptegy's Director of Sales, ( www.apptegy.com) joins today's Podcast as a special guest to discuss opportunities to build and scaffold broad, joint communication platforms. Au Gres-Sims was the first school district in the State of Michigan to partner with Apptegy to create a mobile "app" solution for stakeholders and synchronously overhaul the district's website. Although Apptegy "helps school leaders share the story of every student," in reality the designed partnership with Au Gres-Sims has provided the means to share the story of an entire school system, from multiple perspectives, to create a compelling community profile.
Jeff and John are graced with guests from Swartz Creek, Michigan. Adam Zettel, Swartz Creek's City Manager, Ben Mainka, Swartz Creek Community School's Superintendent, and Rodney Hetherton, Assistant Superintendent from Swartz Creek Community Schools, visit the Au Gres-Sims School District campus for a Huron Forward Podcast. A lively discussion ensues about the importance of sharing and celebrating a community's "story" within the context of full transparency, and the need to examine creative communication platforms in order to set the table for a community-wide "communication buffet."
A poignant discussion about identifying and branding "Purple Cows." Reflecting on the article Brewing a remarkable school brand: How to be 'anything but typical' by Trish Rubin ( https://www.districtadministration.com/article/brewing-remarkable-school-brand), conversation reviews the steps taken throughout the greater Au Gres area to promote the remarkable and unique qualities of our organizations.
The podcast has a new name, and new look, but same dedicated mission to celebrating and championing the greater Au Gres area and "Huron Forward" region. Listen in to hear about fantastic new constituent communication resources.