fairview park schools podcast Welcome to the Fairview Advantage podcast. At Fairview Park City Schools, our vision is to be a community united, empowering each other to learn differently, care deeply, and aspire to excellence.

Each episode, we strive to bring you relevant information and resources related to the school district and how we implement The Fairview Advantage, a framework for student success.

If you have suggested episode topics, questions, or if you would like to be a guest on the show, please email us.

Listen to episodes below or visit  Soundcloud or the Apple Podcasts to download to your device.

The Fairview Advantage Podcast was recognized in 2018 with a “Mark of Excellence” Award from the Ohio School Public Relations Association.



Episode 1: What is the Fairview Advantage?

Show Notes:
Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Wagner and Director of Teaching and Learning Melanie Wightman discuss the elements of The Fairview Advantage, the district’s framework for student success.

Hosted by FPCS Communications and Marketing Coordinator Amanda Lloyd, this episode’s discussion includes:

  • The history of the development of the Fairview Advantage framework
  • Why we believe in this framework and how it’s being implemented
  • What does it mean to “learn differently” in Fairview Park?
  • What tools for learning and readiness are being utilized by the school district?
  • What does it mean to be a “community united?” Highlights include recent partnerships with the City of Fairview Park and Playhouse Square.

Episode 2: What’s New at Fairview High School Next Year?

Show Notes:
Fairview High School Principal Chris Vicha outlines the Top 5 new things students, families, and the community can expect at FHS for the 2017-18 school year, including block scheduling, new AP courses, the Junior Experience, and Senior Exit Interviews. High school biology teacher Mr. Bruening joins the conversation to talk about the start-up of a district Robotics team.


Episode 3: What’s New at Gilles-Sweet Elementary? 

Show Notes:

Gilles-Sweet Elementary School has incorporated the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) model with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program to create a collaborative and engaging program called “Warrior P.R.I.D.E.”

Principal Barb Brady, Associate Principal Matthew Krivak, and School Counselor Meredith Schulte are the guests on this episode of “The Fairview Advantage” podcast and share the details of the Warrior P.R.I.D.E. program.

While the elementary school, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, had a PBIS program in place since the building’s opening, Principal Brady said, “We decided it was time to refresh our model and fine-tune what we had been doing.”

The program directly aligns with the district’s vision to be “a community united.”

Gilles-Sweet teachers and administrators have coined the hashtag #GillesGreat to highlight exceptional examples of Warrior Pride.

Episode 4: Let’s Talk About Digital Citizenship 

Show Notes: 

On this episode we welcome two Fairview Park residents who bring an incredible amount of expertise and resources in the areas of digital citizenship and media literacy. 

Paula Deal, a retired teacher who worked as a school library media specialist with 45 years of experience in education. Currently, she is a content contributor at the Source for Learning and an Educational Consultant for WVIZ PBS Ideastream here in Cleveland. She has been a Fairview Park resident for over 30 years with two children who are graduates of Fairview HS.

Rebecca Zullo has been in the field of Education for over 30 years. She is currently a technology integration specialist and mathematics coach for ideastream. Rebecca is also the author of several graduate courses for educators and is currently writing a course entitled “New Generation Literacy.”


Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship



PBS Kids

PBS Parents

PBS Learning Media




Episode 5: FACE Time with Carrie Sullivan

FACE Coordinator Carrie Sullivan discusses her role in the community and highlights upcoming events.

Special Event Recording

Parenting in a Digital Age: Parent and Student Panel Discussion – 3/23/2017


Students and parents discuss their experiences with the Summit Learning Platform, the Personalized Learning Platform used at Fairview Park City Schools as well as how parents can embrace technology and independent learning.


 Personalized Learning Parent/Student Focus Group – April 20, 2017

Notes: Students and parents discuss their experiences with the Summit Learning Platform, the Personalized Learning Platform used at Fairview Park City Schools.