‘Talking Out of School’ podcast: AASA 2024 National Superintendent of the Year Finalist Joe Gothard

Keeping students at the center of every conversation: This idea has been central to Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard's success in his district. Listen how he's paving the way for students in episode two of DA's "Talking Out of School" podcast.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with superintendents across the country is discovering the source of the “spark,” so to speak, that made them fall in love with educational leadership in the first place. For Joe Gothard, superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, it’s about revering the student voice, no matter their socioeconomic status or their background.

Gothard, who is a finalist for The School Superintendents Association 2024 National Superintendent of the Year award, sat down with District Administration’s Alcino Donadel and Micah Ward to share his vision of success and the amazing initiatives he’s spearheading for students in his district.

You can listen to the full podcast below, on Podbean or Spotify.

Micah Ward
Micah Wardhttps://districtadministration.com
Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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