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Dialogues 18-11 E-Sports at Ashland Univ.

October 7th, 2018 by admin

Video games as a varsity sport?  Yes…Really!


It’s happening in the fall of 2018 at Ashland University.  Joshua Buchanan, the school’s new player-manager, told Bob Tayek in this April interview about the inception of this new program.  He describes the teams to be formed and the games they will play.

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Dialogues 18-09 Little Vet School

September 23rd, 2018 by admin

Young Students Aspire to be Future Doctors

Junior docs on the job

You’re never too young to learn when the material is presented in the right way.  That appears to be the philosophy behind a unique program with the goal of introducing elementary school children to the medical field.  It’s the “Little Veterinarian School” offered by Avon Lake’s Parks and Recreation Department, designed to introduce children to medicine through the study of animal health.  LaShaun Perry, a Registered Nurse and director of Little Medical School Northeast Ohio, describes to Bob Tayek this local example of the kind of national after school programs that may well be providing extra-early starts for future medical professionals.

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Dialogues 18-08 Perspectives from the ESC Lorain County

July 8th, 2018 by admin

A Talk with the Outgoing Superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County


Gregory D. Ring has been Superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County since June of 2013.  He is retiring later this year, but gladly spent a few minutes with us to survey the world of public education today and outline some of the challenges facing school systems in the region.  Having provided services to schools in several communities he has unique insight into major topics of concern and controversy, such as Common Core and student evaluation.  He updates many areas covered in our previous interviews.

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Dialogues 18-07 A New Superintendent in North Ridgeville

July 8th, 2018 by admin



Roxann Ramsey-Caserio, the new Superintendent designate for North Ridgeville City Schools, looks ahead to the work ahead.  After positions with several northeast Ohio districts, notably as an assistant superintendent in Lakewood, she was named chief executive for North Ridgeville schools earlier this year.  She discusses some of the challenges faced by schools in growing communities and her plans for when she officially takes charge of the district in August.

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Dialogues 18-06 Science Study at Lake Ridge Academy

July 8th, 2018 by admin

Biomimicry is Science Topic at LRA

Andrew Wright,  an instructor at Lake Ridge Academy and the man who helped to spearhead the school’s successful venture into solar power, returns to the program to describe a unique course in which students investigate biomimicry.  Students discover how plants and animals have become models for innovative human activity in many fields.

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Dialogues 18-01 Community Foundation CEO

July 8th, 2018 by admin

An Update on Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of Lorain County


Cynthia H. Andrews, the foundation’s new CEO, is not new to Lorain County philanthropy, with previously long service with Oberlin Community Services.   In her second visit to Dialogues since her appointment in October of 2017, she presents her vision for the Community Foundation, with particular attention to donor advised funds, collaboration with other nonprofits, and educational initiatives.

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Dialogues on Education 18-05 School Security

May 8th, 2018 by admin

School Safety and Security Under Scrutiny

Ken Trump. Photo from

Kenneth S. Trump is a school security expert, presenter, and consultant  based in Cleveland.  His specialty is much in demand in light of growing concerns as violent incidents have become more frequent.  As President of National School Safety and Security Services, a national consulting firm, he describes to Bob Tayek various aspects of emergency preparedness training, security assessments, crisis communications, and other such things with which he deals on a daily basis.  (Ken Trump is no relation to the President.)

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Dialogues on Education 18-02 LC Hist. Soc.

May 8th, 2018 by admin

 New Leadership at the Lorain County Historical Society


Kerrie Broome is the new Executive Director of the historical society.  In this interview with Bob Tayek, she relates her lifelong experience in the county to her interest in local history. She describes the organization’s mission and its unique programs, particularly relating to education.  and her plans for the future in her new leadership role.

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Dialogues on Education 18-03 Public Media Educational Initiatives

February 22nd, 2018 by admin

Ohio Public Broadcasters Enhance Aid to Schools


Ideastream, the public broadcasting organization in Cleveland, Ohio, was recently only one of a few such organizations in the country to receive a substantial grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to expand its outreach to Ohio schools.  To find out about their plans, Bob Tayek interviews  Dr. Linda J. Williams, Ideastream’s Senior Director of Community Engagement and Education.  She has been since 2009   overseeing educational programs and services from Pre-K through K-12 as well as Post Secondary.  A career educator, she previously has served at Hiram College, the Lake County Educational Service Center and school districts in Richmond Heights and Mentor.

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Dialogues on Education 18-04 Teen Suicide

February 21st, 2018 by admin

Professionals Dealing with Teen Suicide in Lorain County


It is important to seriously consider the issue of teen suicide, and that is what the Lorain County Board of Mental Health is doing.  Bob Tayek speaks with the board’s Executive Director Kathleen Kern.  Immediate attention is often required and the following services are discussed on the program.  The 24/7 hotline is 800-888-6161 or one can key in 741741 and text “4-HOPE”.  For those seeking advice you are asked to call the Navigator Number at which a bilingual technician can direct you to the best place to find help.  That number in Lorain County is 440-240-7025.

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