This month we talk to John Carver, Superintendent of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District in Northeast Iowa and participant in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House in November 2014. This was an exciting interview! After all, how often do I get to glean insights from one of the top superintendents in the country? It only took this 15 minute conversation for me to hang up and reflect, ‘How are we getting it so wrong everywhere else when they are getting it so right in Iowa?!

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SCHOOL DISTRICT STATS:

  • Total Enrollment: 1,467 students across 7 schools and 426 square miles
  • Population Served: PreK through 12th grade
  • Interesting Tidbit: The school district has been recognized by the US Department of Education as one of the top 100 most technologically innovative districts in the nation as part of the Future Ready Initiative.

This podcast is part of our Admins Connect series, which highlights the experiences and opinions of a strategic cohort of educational administrators. Learning an outside perspective is valuable and The Hello Foundation is committed to building connections between administrators to promote our core value of Putting Kids First. Each 15 minute conversation captures an administrator’s answers to 5 questions. Things look different when you’re at the top, and by asking each guest the same 5 questions we’ll be weaving a rich, textured, and interesting narrative about decisions from the strategic desk. You can find them all here.