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The School Leadership Show

This is the School Leadership Show. Learn everything you need to know to thrive in school administration. The School leadership show is where ordinary school administrators become extraordinary leaders. The only podcast dedicated to helping practicing and aspiring school leaders realize their potential, advance their careers, and achieve work-life balance, The School Leadership Show brings together the greatest minds from inside and outside of education to deliver you the insights and tools you need to succeed in school leadership.

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Kim Marshall on Teacher Evaluation, Where Great Administrators Spend Their Time, and More

In this episode I interview educator and author Kim Marshall.  You can access much of Kim Marshall’s work for free at www.marshallmemo.com.  His weekly Marshall Memo helps countless educators stay current on what’s happening in K-12 education.  We talk about how he creates and publishes the Marshall Memo, where education is headed in the next decade, best practices in teacher evaluation, how to stay current in the field, good habits that successful administrators have, and rookie mistakes to avoid.  Enjoy this interview with Kim Marshall. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

43mins

16 May 2015

Rank #1

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S2 E8 Critical Feedback and Difficult Conversations

Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about critical feedback and difficult conversations.  Our conversation is based on a chapter in a new book by Jenn David-Lang and Kim Marshall - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  This is a wide-ranging discussion about strategies for having crucial conversations with students, colleagues, staff, and parents. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

31mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Stop wasting your time on ineffective coaching practices - strategies for making the most of your work with teachers

Jenn David-Lang makes her fourth appearance on the show.  She now holds the record.  And there’s a reason I keep talking to Jenn - I always learn so much.  Jenn produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book.  Jenn has over 30,000 subscribers and has an incredible perspective on all things education.  We talk about Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s new book Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers.  We get into Paul’s model for coaching and how he recommends setting up an entire system.  The part about real-time, in-the-moment feedback is really cool. You can reach Jenn at her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  I’m a happy subscriber of The Main Idea and a big fan of Jenn’s work.  She’s offered to send listeners of the show some free book summaries if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.  It’s definitely worth the time.  Enjoy this interview with Jenn David-Lang. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you would like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/leadership.

44mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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Teacher Observation and Evaluation that Makes Sense

In this episode I go another round with educator and author Kim Marshall.  This time we talk in detail about teacher observation and evaluation and ways to make the process meaningful and doable for everyone involved.  Kim shares several resources including a tool that districts might consider using to help streamline the paperwork involved with the observation process (https://www.t-eval.com/).  You can access much of Kim Marshall’s work for free at www.marshallmemo.com.  His weekly Marshall Memo helps countless educators stay current on what’s happening in K-12 education.  Enjoy this interview with Kim Marshall. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

37mins

21 Aug 2015

Rank #4

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Why are we all so bad at giving and receiving feedback?

In this episode I interview Doug Stone, one of the authors (along with Sheila Heen) of the book Thanks for the Feedback and Jenn David-Lang who summarized the book for her Main Idea publication.  We have a spirited discussion about the different types of feedback, why giving and receiving feedback can be so difficult, and how to get better at both sides of the process.  You can reach Jenn at her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net) or on Twitter @The_Mainidea.  I’m a happy subscriber of The Main Idea, and a big fan of Jenn’s work.  Doug can be reached through his consulting group’s website at triadconsultinggroup.com/.  After you read Thanks for the Feedback, check out one of Doug’s other books: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

36mins

6 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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So You Think You Can Implement - The Often Ignored Science of Implementation

We all know how to implement, right?  It’s not as easy as it sounds.  In this episode I interview Caryn Ward.  Caryn works with the National Implementation Research Network or NIRN (http://nirn.fpg.unc.edu/).  She is an expert on implementation science the research that supports it.  We talk about the Five Implementation Frameworks, how they apply to education, and what they mean for school leaders, and pitfalls to avoid.  Additional information and tools that Caryn mentions in the podcast can be found at The Active Implementation Hub (http://implementation.fpg.unc.edu/). Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

32mins

11 Sep 2015

Rank #6

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#49 Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

In this episode sometimes co-host Dan White and I get into all things teams - how to build them, how to think about the larger context, and much more. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

34mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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#43 Dan Rockwell - The Leadership Freak

I found Dan Rockwell’s blog Leadership Freak (www.leadershipfreak.blog) through The Marshall Memo.  And now I’m hooked. His short but powerful blog posts have become part of my daily routine.  During this conversation, Dan and I talk about the origin of the blog and his ongoing work with leaders through workshops, seminars, and individual coaching sessions.  Here are a couple of notes from his website just to reinforce what a big deal he is: Inc Magazine Top Fifty Leadership and Management Expert and Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers. American Management Association Top 30 Leader in Business of 2014. According to the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness, the Leadership Freak blog is the most socially shared leadership blog on the Internet. We go deep on some big leadership concepts, and we get granular with very practical strategies for being a better leader.  I loved this time with Dan, and I made him promise me a part 2. You can reach Dan through his blog (www.leadershipfreak.blog) or by Google searching “leadership freak.” Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

31mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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High-Performance Instructional Leadership in 21 Days

A conversation with The Main Idea’s Jenn David-Lang and Justin Baeder, the author of Now We’re Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea returns to the show and we talk with Justin Baeder, the author of Now We’re Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership.  Justin discusses his model for turning daily classroom visits into a powerful habit for instructional improvement.  He offers a practical approach to mastering this high-leverage technique for helping teachers reflect on their practice and grow as professionals.   Now We’re Talking! is available everywhere, and you can learn more about Justin and his work at http://www.instructionalleadershipchallenge.com/. You can reach Jenn through her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  She’s offered to send listeners of this episode a free summary of Now We’re Talking! if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

47mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Strategies for Managing Your Time and Attention

In this episode I interview writer, speaker, and broadcaster Merlin Mann. We talk about managing all of the inputs that come your way.  We go into great depth on managing email and working toward what Merlin has coined “inbox zero.”  We also talk about strategies for managing your time and attention in order to set yourself up for doing your best, most creative work.  To learn more about Merlin and his work visit http://www.merlinmann.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Merlin Mann.Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

33mins

3 Oct 2015

Rank #10

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S2 E7 Kim Marshall and the Book You Can’t Live Without

In this episode educator and author Kim Marshall (www.marshallmemo.com) and I talk about his new book co-authored with Jenn David Lang (www.themainidea.net) - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  We talk about the structure of the book and how it will help busy school leaders grow and develop.  Kim has offered listeners of this podcast a free copy of, “Chapter Two: Managing Time for Impact.”  Kim also mentioned a cool book that he is currently reading - Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy Herman.  You can access much of Kim Marshall’s work for free at www.marshallmemo.com.  His weekly Marshall Memo helps countless educators stay current on what’s happening in K-12 education.  Enjoy this conversation with Kim Marshall. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com. Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

32mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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S2 E9 Why Aren’t We World Class? And What Can We Do About It?

Teru Clavel is a comparative international education specialist, speaker, and author.  Her book World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children, is a must-read for anyone interested in improving our education systems in the United States.  Teru and I have a lively discussion about her experiences, what she learned about how different countries approach education, and the implications for our K-12 systems.  Teru promised me a round two, and after you hear this conversation, you will know why I can’t wait to have her back on the show. You can learn more about Teru and her work at www.teruclavel.com.  Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

42mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Are your teams as effective as they could be?

A conversation with Jenn David-Lang about The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools, a book by Elena Aguilar.   During this conversation, Jenn and I talk about her summary of the book The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools, a book by Elena Aguilar.  This book is packed with practical strategies for helping all of the teams you work with improve their effectiveness.  It’s a great conversation, and as always, I’m smarter for having talked with Jenn.   You can reach Jenn at her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  I’m a happy subscriber of The Main Idea and a big fan of Jenn’s work.  She’s offered to send listeners of this episode a free summary of The Art of Coaching Teams if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.  It’s definitely worth the time.  Enjoy this interview with Jenn David-Lang. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

43mins

6 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Social Emotional Learning - The Other Side of the Report Card

In this episode I interview Dr. Maurice Elias, an accomplished author and professor of clinical psychology and clinical health at Rutgers University.   He is also the director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and Academic Director of The Collaborative, Rutgers' Center for Community-Based Research and Service.  Maurice and I talk about the importance of social emotional learning and character development, particularly when it comes to adolescents.   We get into emotional intelligence, misconceptions about SEL, what’s most important for school leaders to know, trauma-informed care, fostering a supportive climate, and mistakes to avoid.  Maurice mentions several helpful links during the interview including the following: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (http://www.casel.org/) http://character.org/ The National School Climate Center (http://www.schoolclimate.org/) He also blogs at edutopia.org: http://www.edutopia.org/user/67.  And I encourage you to check out his book The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students' Social, Emotional, and Character Development.  I found it on Amazon.com.  You can learn more about Maurice and his work at http://www.secdlab.org/. As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

35mins

19 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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High-leverage Strategies for Helping Teachers Improve their Craft

In this episode I interview Tim Bowman, a teacher, author, and entrepreneur from Australia.  In addition to having the best accent of anyone I’ve interviewed yet, Tim has a great deal to share from a teacher’s perspective.  His book Forget Being the Favourite: 88 Ideas on Teaching Differently is destined to become one of the most important and useful books for helping teachers improve their craft.  We talk about some of the highest leverage strategies teachers can use and how to support that work from an administrator’s perspective.  I learned a ton from Tim and really enjoyed our conversation. Tim is also the founder of Class Creator, a software program designed to help schools with one of the most unpleasant tasks that leaders face - creating balanced class lists.  You can learn more about Class Creator and Tim’s work at www.classcreator.io. You can reach Tim directly by email at Tim@classcreator.io. As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

30mins

27 Feb 2016

Rank #15

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Episode 3 - Instructional Technology: Past, Present, and Future

In this interview with veteran technology director and CIO Dr. Jeff Cimmerer, we explore the past, present, and future of instructional technology.  We also get into the traps and mistakes that school leaders can avoid to maximize the impact of technology and data in improving teaching and learning.  Contact Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.com

33mins

8 May 2015

Rank #16

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Are you organized yet?

My favorite Professional Office Organizer, Kacy Paide, and I go a second round on getting and staying organized.  Kacy shares many strategies and tips to help us all get our acts together.  From the perils of too many systems to the power of structures, we get into lots of areas of organization and productivity.  Kacy and I talked about the following resources during the interview: Evernote software to organize and retrieve your stuff electronically: www.evernote.com Podcast Recommendations: Debbie Millman’s Design Matters Asian Efficiency Mike Vardy’s The Productivityist The Leverage Podcast  by Ari Meisel You can learn more about Kacy and her work at www.theinspiredoffice.com.  I can’t say enough about her work and how much she has helped me become more organized, efficient, and effective at work and at home.  Enjoy this follow up interview with Kacy Paide. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you would like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/leadership.

45mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #17

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How to Get Good at Things Faster

In this episode I interview Erika Andersen, an author, trainer, consultant, and executive coach.  The time flew by.  Erika shares her recent work on how to become a better learner (from her new book Be Bad First - Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future).  This might sound simple, but it’s hard work.  Her insightful model (ANEW) is a simple and practical approach to learning new things in all aspects of our lives.  I also tap into Erika’s more than 30 years of coaching high-performing leaders to identify common mistakes that leaders must avoid.  Erika promised a part two where we will get deeper into her work around the traits of great leaders.   You can learn more about Erika Andersen and her work at the website of her company - Proteus: http://www.proteus-international.com/.  Erika’s personal website is http://erikaandersen.com/.    As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

42mins

20 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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We’re sick of sitting through bad presentations.

In this episode I sit down with friend and colleague, Dr. Jeff Cimmerer.  Jeff is the Chief Information Officer for a large suburban school district in Upstate New York.  He and I have a lively discussion about the horrible presentations we have seen during our time as school leaders.  We share a bunch of dos and don’ts about planning, designing, and delivering effective presentations.  Don’t be one of those school administrators that we talk about for giving bad presentations.  You can get better. For more on this topic consider listening to my interviews with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen and Dr. Nick Morgan.   If you’d like help improving your presentation skills or would like one of us to come talk to your team, please contact us.  You can reach me at  mike@schoolleadershipshow.com and Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.com. Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com. Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

42mins

22 Nov 2015

Rank #19

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Enough with the Eye-Rolling - Educating and Parenting Teenage Girls

Parenting and educating teenagers can be challenging. Teenage girls can take that challenge to a whole new level.  In this episode Jenn David-Lang and her Husband Tim David-Lang and I discuss Lisa Damour’s 2016 book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.  Not many books have had the impact on my thinking, my work, and my parenting that this one has had.  Jenn, Tim, and I have a lively conversation about what we learned from the book and our own experiences putting the information into practice at work and at home.  You’ll remember Jenn from two previous podcast appearances.  She produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book and has a ton of experience in education.  Tim David-Lang is a guidance counselor for the New York City Department of Education and has worked with teenagers for many years.  And like me, Jenn and Tim are the parents of teenage girls.  Enjoy this conversation about a great book.  Jenn has graciously agreed to share discussion questions and a summary of helpful language from the book.  You can email her directly at j.davidlang@gmail.com, and she’ll send them to you.   Support The School Leadership Show by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/leadership. Help mae the show even better! As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

45mins

13 Aug 2016

Rank #20