The Education Insider Podcast with PRP Group

The Education Insider Podcast with PRP Group

The podcast for education innovators. Join Jacob Hanson and Chris Piehler for conversations with PreK—12 school and district leaders about ed-tech, curricula, and the big decisions they make every day. PRP Group (formerly PR with Panache!) is a premier public relations, marketing intelligence and strategic communications firm serving the preK-12 and higher education markets for over 20 years. Learn more at


November 15, 2023 25 mins

In a can’t-miss conversation with host Jacob Hanson, Julia Fallon, the executive director at SETDA, delves into the evolving landscape of educational technology, offering valuable insights and actionable advice. She shares thoughts on:

  • Cybersecurity's growing importance in K-12 education;

  • Crisis communications for education companies;

  • SETDA’s role in edtech partnerships; and

  • Market research and building community ...

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Kristen Plemon, PRP’s director of strategic storytelling & client success (say that ten times fast!) shares her extensive knowledge about how companies can stand out from the competition by building on a short unique value proposition that is truly unique. She also offers practical advice about messaging, the impact of customer stories, and the power of partnerships.

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October 6, 2023 19 mins

In a lively chat with PRP editorial director Chris Piehler, Susan Enfield, the award-winning Superintendent of Washoe County Schools, shares why she wants to work with “compassionate human beings,” why fall break is a good time to reach her, why AI will never trump human-to-human connection, and the correct way to pronounce “Nevada.”  

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Collin Earnst is the founder and managing partner of The EdTech Leadership Collective, which helps K-12 edtech companies build leadership capacity in their middle management. He joined Alison Deutsch, VP of curriculum assessment and data at Lexia Learning, at the T&L Ed Exec Summit. In today’s The Education Insider Podcast Short, Jacob Hanson chats with Collin about the summit and key takeaways from Collin’s presentation.


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On this Education Insider Podcast Short, Jacob interviews Chuck Amos, CEO of The Amos Group, about his panels at the Tech & Learning EdExec Summit, which focused on funding and government affairs. The Amos Group is the parent company of SchoolBondFinder & SchoolNetwork.

SchoolBondFinder is the first comprehensive online database tracking K12 funding projects in the U.S., and SchoolNetwork is a networking platform for K12 Di...

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After a lively couple of days of sessions and networking, PRP’s Kristen Plemon recorded her thoughts live from #TLTechLive! Whether or not you were with us at Chateau Elan, you'll want to check out her 90-second rundown of her most important takeaway from the EdExec Summit!  

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“I've ​been ​fortunate ​enough ​to ​speak ​at ​conferences ​around ​the ​world, and ​one ​of ​the ​things ​that ​I ​come ​away ​with ​is ​educators ​around ​the ​world ​are ​all ​trying ​to ​solve ​the ​same ​problems,” says Dr. Charles Khoury, who recently retired after a 49-year career in which he served as classroom teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.

On this epi...

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Are you ready for the Tech & Learning EdExec Summit? I'm super excited to come and see all of you!

FYI that there is a ride sharing opportunity from the airport. Reach out to me or Christine Weiser to learn more. It's a bit of a jump from the airport to this wonderful venue, so I encourage you to reach out: So drop her line and she will get you hooked up with Joyce Whitby who is helping to coor...

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Welcome to the first episode of The Education Insider Podcast Shorts from PRP Group. Our podcast shorts are a new series of 2-minute videos with timely info about what's happening in education, best practices for understanding your customers, and answers to listener questions about our episodes.

In this episode, PRP Group co-founder and CEO Jacob Hanson introduces our podcast shorts and gives a sneak peek into what you’ll get o...

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If you've worked with PRP before, you might know Benjamin Bachman. Benjamin is the former Director of Marketing at PRP and is now the founder and CEO of Identify.Solutions, where he helps companies bring ideas to life with no-code platforms like Airtable, SmartSuite, Zapier, etc. In addition to his expertise in creating user-friendly webapps, advanced prototypes, and more, Benjamin is a wizard with one of our favorite digital p...

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Our good friends at Tech and Learning have revived EdNet, and so we are here to talk about their EdExec Summit with Dr. Kecia Ray.

PRP is delighted to sponsor Tech & Learning's EdExec Summit, the new event for K12 executives that focuses solely on the business of education. The conference takes place at the Chateau Elan Resort in Atlanta on September 6-8. EA...

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Rhea Kelly, the editor-in-chief of Campus Technology, talks with Chris Piehler about how the pandemic accelerated technology spending in higher ed, what tech issues universities are grappling with (Chat GPT, anyone?) and how edtech companies can connect with the real decision-makers at universities.

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In this freewheeling chat with PRP’s Chris Piehler, Dr. Paula Love (aka The Funding Doctor) surveys the current K-12 funding landscape. She shares her insights on the changing roles of key decision-makers and offers practical advice about how edtech companies can help connect their customers with the enormous pool of funds that are available right now. 

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Chris Piehler and Jason Innes, Director of Curriculum, Training, and Product Management at KinderLab Robotics, talk about validating education technolgoy products for the ed-tech market.

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Gerard Dawson was still teaching when he noticed that writing about teaching made him not just a better writer, but a better teacher as well. His writing helped him form relationships. He eventually left teaching to write and consult full-time.

On this episode of The Education Insider Podcast, Jacob and Gerard talk about why and how to build relationships in the education market.

Learn more about Gerard at:

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PRP editorial director Chris Piehler interviews Lisette Gushiniere, PRP’s newest strategist and a former educator, about her career path and the benefits education and edtech vendors get from hiring people with classroom experience.
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Our editorial director Chris Piehler recently had the opportunity to sit down with Carmello the Science Fellow, founder and operator of three early education schools in New York, for a chat about how he finds new EdTech products and how he prefers to be approached by vendors.

Here are a few tips to help you be sure you’re putting your best foot forward when talking to potential clients in the early education arena.

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During a recent episode of The Education Insider podcast, I chatted with education lawyer Steve Wellvang. He’s the former president and CEO of ECMC Holdings Corp., an education-focused private equity investment company, and the former general counsel of ECMC Group, Inc., a higher-education services company, so he’s quite qualified t...
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As a public relations company, we at PRP are often asked what the difference is between PR and marketing. While the former is about creating and maintaining your organization’s good reputation and the latter is about selling products and services to people, there’s still a fair amount of overlap and no bright dividing line.

To help understand the overlap and shed a little light on the differences between the two, I invited two membe...
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Matt Kinnamen is the president and co-founder of New Era Superintents, an organization dedicated to helping superintendents put the focus back on student success at a time when there’s a lot of distractions and political division. He’s an expert in the field. Before founding New Era, he was VP for events at Thoughtexchange, and group publisher at District Admini...
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