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MI SoundBoard

MISoundBoardA twice-a-month podcast where Executive Director Don Wotruba sits down and talks with education professionals in an ongoing conversation on the current state of education in Michigan and nationwide.

Since it's launch MI SoundBoard has been recognized by the Michigan Society of Association Executives as an award-winning member engagement resource for those interested in education in Michigan and nationwide.

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Episode 1, State Superintendent Brian Whiston

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Episode 2, Michigan League for Public Policy's President & CEO Gilda Jacobs and Kids Count in Michigan Project Director Alicia Guevara Warren

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Episode 3, Panel Featuring National School Boards Association President Kevin Ciak, Georgia School Boards Association Executive Director Valarie Wilson, and MASB President Michael Rochholz and Executive Director Don Wotruba

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Episode 4, Michigan Democratic State Board of Education co-President Casandra Ulbrich

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Episode 5, Michigan Future Inc. President Lou Glazer, Part One of Two

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Episode 6, Michigan Future Inc. President Lou Glazer, Part Two of Two

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Episode 7, Tyler Sawher, Senior Strategy Advisor for Education & Career Connections for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

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Episode 8, Michigan Teacher of the Year Luke Wilcox

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Episode 9, Michigan State Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Township)

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Episode 10, Bridge Magazine's Ron French

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Episode 11, Executive Director for Michigan College Access Network Brandy Johnson

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Episode 12, Michigan Education Leaders: David Martell, Chris Wigent and Wendy Zdeb

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Episode 13, MASB Staff Members

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Episode 14, MASB and MASA Government Relations Staff

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Episode 15, Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative Trainers Stephanie Dyer and Melissa Nantais

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Episode 16, Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles

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Episode 17, Small Business Association of Michigan President Rob Fowler

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Episode 18, Michigan Food Bank Council Executive Director Phil Knight

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Episode 19,  Director of Teaching and Learning for Waverly Community Schools Dr. Laura Slee

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Episode 20, Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Missouri School Boards Association John Warner

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Episode 21, Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive for the state of Michigan and Nick Lyon, Director of Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services

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Episode 22, Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic gubernatorial nominee

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Episode 23, Craig Thiel, Citizens Research Council Research Director

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Episode 24, Executive Directors of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (Wendy Zdeb), Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (Chris Wigent) and Michigan School Business Officials (David Martell)

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Episode 25, Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., Professor, Literacy, Language and Culture, Department of Education, University of Michigan

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Episode 26, Donna Oser, CAE, Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search Services, MASB

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Episode 27, Scott Koenigsknecht, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education's P-20 Systems and Student Transitions

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Episode 28, Wendy Larvick, Chief of Staff to the State Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

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Episode 29, Scott Little, Executive Director and Richard Browder, President, School Nutrition Association of Michigan

Episode 30, MASB Director of Government Relations Jennifer Smith and MASB Assistant Director of Government Relations Mitch Albers

Episode 31, Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent

Episode 32, Kim Marshall, The Marshall Memo

Episode 33, Two of Launch Michigan cochairs, Paula Herbart, President of the Michigan Education Association and Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan

Episode 34, Emily Laidlaw, Policy Director for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Episode 35, De'Shondria Bedenfield, Policy Analyst and Grassroots Coordinator

Episode 36, Paul Salah, Ed.D., Superintendent, Huron Valley Schools

Episode 37, Adam Fletcher, Founder, SoundOut.org

Episode 38, Rep. Pamela Hornberger, Chair, House Education Committee

Episode 39, Heidi Otero, Director of Communications, Arizona School Boards Association

Episode 40, Michigan Education Leaders: David Martell, Chris Wigent and Wendy Zdeb

Episode 41, Jinghong Cai, Ph.D., National School Boards Association Center for Public Education

Episode 42, 2019-2020 Michigan Teacher of the Year Cara Lougheed

Episode 43, National Alliance on Mental Illness' Frank Mumford