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The BLBS podcast is created for ruckus makers. What exactly is a ruckus maker? Someone who has found freedom from the status quo. Someone who creates change. Someone who never, ever gives up. Listen to this category-defining podcast in education to level up your leadership skills. Lead with confidence. Lead authentically. Lead by serving your community. Each week Daniel has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to the table. Turn your commute (or chores) into professional development and then go make a ruckus!

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The BLBS podcast is created for ruckus makers. What exactly is a ruckus maker? Someone who has found freedom from the status quo. Someone who creates change. Someone who never, ever gives up. Listen to this category-defining podcast in education to level up your leadership skills. Lead with confidence. Lead authentically. Lead by serving your community. Each week Daniel has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to the table. Turn your commute (or chores) into professional development and then go make a ruckus!

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AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME podcast. Always timely information.

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300 Ratings
Average Ratings
276
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Yes!

By Ginitabella - Jun 06 2019
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So excited I found this podcast!

Great Podcast

By Rcoop70 - Dec 24 2018
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AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME podcast. Always timely information.
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The BLBS podcast is created for ruckus makers. What exactly is a ruckus maker? Someone who has found freedom from the status quo. Someone who creates change. Someone who never, ever gives up. Listen to this category-defining podcast in education to level up your leadership skills. Lead with confidence. Lead authentically. Lead by serving your community. Each week Daniel has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to the table. Turn your commute (or chores) into professional development and then go make a ruckus!

Rank #1: 7 keys to a positive learning environment with Tom Hierck

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.   Tom Hierck was originally on my show in EP 056   Tom Hierck Show Highlights:
  • I wish I always got it right, but I didn’t.
  • Speaking to the essence of positive learning environment
  • The start of the day is our one chance to win
  • Focus on students and make school the best 6 hours of their day
  • Create an elevating culture
  • Standing meetings sharing the good news
  • Kids first agendas
  • How writing a solo book is challenging
  • Teacher presence
  • The difference between expectations and rules
  • How to inspire hope for a new school year
  • The most amazing feedback activity for teachers to give students
  • Do we turn to each other or against each other?
  Tom Hierck Resources   Tom’s book: 7 keys to a positive learning environment in your classroom Pyramid of behavior interventions Starting a movement Connect with Tom on Twitter     Actionable Step Move from direct, to correct, to connect.  

Join my hybrid group coaching

& leadership development community

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Create winning cultures

Focus on the essential

Lead with courage & integrity 

BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH

DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE!

SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW

Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders 

Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

SHOW SPONSORS:

SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING

  • Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check
  • Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling
  • Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.

Jun 14 2017

46mins

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Rank #2: Take a breath and reduce stress

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Sonya Thomlinson (Uchita) HHC, ERYT-500, C-IAYT was co-director and co-founder of Tandava Yoga and Trinity Yoga Centers in Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia from 2003-2016.  An avid student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and teaching since 1998, Sonya leads trainings, retreats, workshops and classes throughout Western Canada and the US and works individually with those interested in dynamic health and healing.

Jeff Thomlinson is formally the co-owner and director of Trinity Yoga Center, then Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, since 2003. Jeff began teaching yoga in 1991. For 10 years, he lived, studied and worked at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, USA, the largest yoga teaching center in North America. This enabled him to study with international leaders in yoga and to assimilate leading teaching and practice techniques.

Read the full bio on the show note page.

Take a Breath Show Highlights:
  • The story of starting Take a Breath
  • Stress reduction for kids with yoga
  • Get out of a stress response
  • How breath practice calms our flight and fight response
  • 100% of kids are stressed
  • Don’t be a jerk … people can’t think or perform around you
  • Rest before a test led to 20% increase in test scores
  • The inherent stress beast
  • Consequences of ignoring the stress epidemic
  • BRAVE acronym
  • Bring attention to stress so staff and students don’t feel alone in this
Take a Breath Resources:   Take a Breath Website The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer  

Join my hybrid group coaching

& leadership development community

Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444

Create winning cultures

Focus on the essential

Lead with courage & integrity 

BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH

DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE!

SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW

Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders 

Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

SHOW SPONSORS:

SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING

  • Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check
  • Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling
  • Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.
  • SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2017. Download the guide here.

Copyright © 2017 Better Leaders Better Schools

Dec 13 2017

49mins

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Rank #3: Becoming the new boss

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Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is an accomplished executive coach, organizational consultant, and sought after trainer and lecturer. He completed his doctorate in human and organizational psychology, which analyzes successful individual or organizational change and development, and holds two master’s degrees in education and educational leadership, respectively. Naphtali’s practical, action-oriented approach has endeared him to his many clients. His personal experience in the leadership field allows him to understand leaders’ needs and craft solutions to help them optimize their performance and success.   Naphtali Hoff Show Highlights
  • How school leaders can motivate their staff
  • Tactics to communicate value and respect in teacher debrief conversations
  • Leadership can be tested in a vacuum, but can’t flourish
  • It’s okay to be an introverted leader
  • Make your leadership participatory
  • A beautiful bottom-up buy-in story of starting PBIS at a school
  • The importance of bonding and learning from your predecessor if possible
  • Manage change carefully with foundational openness 
  • Listen and get feedback (then go deeper and get more)
  • Criticism means you are doing work that matters
  • Work life balance and it’s importance to your sustainability
  Resources   Becoming the New BossImpactful Coaching websiteNaphtali on Twitter Becoming the New Boss on GoodReads

Join my hybrid group coaching

& leadership development community

Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444

Create winning cultures

Focus on the essential

Lead with courage & integrity 

BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH

DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE!

SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW

Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders 

Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

SHOW SPONSORS:

CSC Consulting Group: Catalyzing Sustainable Change

  • Our mission is to support people in education and nonprofit organizations to improve processes and enhance the performance of their organizations.
  • Our venture is a social enterprise and their vision is to catalyze sustainable change in our society one organization at a time
  • Our home city is Chicago but their work can be done anywhere in the nation and they are actively looking for clients elsewhere
  • Our current portfolio includes individual schools, nonprofit organizations, small and large districts and urban school systems
  • Our team represents and shares a stake with the populations we serve
  • We are strategic thought partners to leaders of public sector organizations
  • We ideates, builds and maintains easy-to-understand data tools using the latest analytics technology

SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING

  • Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check
  • Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling
  • Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.
  • SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2017. Download the guide here.

Jul 19 2017

54mins

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Rank #4: Rethinking Staff and Grades

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

In today’s episode, our guest Orly Friedman is one of our ruckus makers who will share her experience with you. She is the founder of a new K-8 school with a focus on developing a sense of urgency in all students.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction to Orly Friedman
  • The story of Orly
  • Building of efficient system for teachers
  • Red bridge vs traditional schools
  • Importance of grades
  • Training of staff with OKRs
  • Top three priorities
  • Advice for Ruckus makers

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[00:14] Introduction of Orly Friedman

[04:14] Orly’s Story

[05:29] Making of school 

[12:20] Utilizing staff in different ways

[15:51] How do grades put a stop to learning?

[20:47] Orly’s learning

[23:25] Example of a student or teacher’s goal

[26:10] Training staff with OKRs

[27:42] Top three priorities for building and school

[29:59] Advice from Orly

Key Quotes

  1. “Once you are like the coach Mentor role the way that their day is scheduled is one-on-one meetings students.”
  2. “In traditional schools all of the structures and systems are really designed to reward compliance.”
  3. “We know what motivates the adults and the same thing is true for kids, so you can give students mastery, autonomy, purpose and meaningful relationship.  They are going to love coming to school and that’s true for students and teachers.”

About Our Guest

Orly Friedman is the founder of Red bridge, a new K-8 school marching in San Francisco in September 2020. The focus of the school is developing a sense of agency in all students previously or they spent five years teaching Elementary School in Washington DC. She moved to California to get her MBA at Stanford after which she joined the founding team of Khan Lab School and work there for 4 years as head of lower school.

Resources 

Twitter

Website

One World School House

Measure What Matters

Blog post on OKRs

Show Some Love

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Nov 19 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: Relentless Learning with Hamish Brewer

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When the name Hamish Brewer is mentioned, a number of words come to mind; relentless, innovative, maverick and loyal. Hamish Brewer is a visionary unfazed by conventional leadership and educational practices and theories, which leads him to push boundaries and challenge archaic processes and practices. As a leader and speaker, Brewer is considered an inspiration, innovator and motivator by those who have met, watched, or listened to him.   Hamish Brewer is an award winning Title 1 Principal, a Nationally Distinguished Principal, and has seen his school award the Nationally Distinguished Title One School designation.   He has over 20 years’ experience serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, international education Director and an educational consultant in the United States and abroad. Brewer is a highly regarded and sought after keynote and conference speaker on key educational topics from school improvements to engaging practices, motivation, and best performance practices.   Brewer is high octane in his approach to children, teachers and his community. Hamish Brewer has been nominated for numerous leadership awards for his visionary approach and results in education. He is currently a principal in Prince William County, one of the largest divisions in the country, helping in best practices and advances in the implementation and use of technology.    Hamish Brewer Show Highlights:
  • The story of relentless learning
  • How to do it different and get results …
  • Breaking the mold and changing the game
  • Removing No and Can’t from your vocabulary
  • Do you make work meaningful?
  • What are we growing our students to do?
  • Kids behavior is feedback
  • You can’t serve when you think you’re better than everyone else
  • Growing from 35 to 90th percentile in student achievement
  • Never forget how you got to where you’re at
  • If you allow average, average is all you’ll get
  Podcast Upgrade …    Download the “10 Ways to Become a More Relentless Leader” on the official show notes page.   Hamish Brewer Resources:   Relentless Learning websiteFollow Hamish on TwitterHamish on FB   Watch 👉 The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun AgainTribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss   Legacy by James Kerr   The Fish Philosophy   Show Some Love   Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community   Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444   Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders    Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn   SHOW SPONSORS:   SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING   •Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check •Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling •Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing. •SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2017. Download the guide here.   Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

Jan 22 2018

1hr

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Rank #6: Bob Siegel: Let love transform your school

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Bob Siegel is principal of Valley View Elementary School in Rockford, MI.  Bob is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University and has 30 years experience in education.  Bob also wrote a book, Learn to Lead with Love, which is available here.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What coaching cross country taught him about leadership.

  • How to leverage love to build trust and gain influence in the workplace.

  • What he learned about how to treat people and who to confide in at work.

  • How to rebound from getting burned by someone close to you.

  • Do you know how to keep “the big thing” “THE BIG THING!”

  • The importance of being present in the moment whether at home or at work.

  • The power of using jokes to engage students and staff.

  • Why identifying your people’s strengths is so important.

  • “Management by walking about”

Leadership Book: Lincoln on Leadership

Pick up a copy of Bob's book, Learn to Lead with Love, here.

Please rate and review if you found value in today's show.

Sep 02 2015

31mins

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Rank #7: Do you understand the value of others?

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Mr Corey M. Christman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vethos, LLC - a Human Capital Leadership and executive strategy firm.  He’s a retired Supervisory Special Agent, United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   Since retiring in 2012, he’s worked within the veteran advocacy space and is currently partnered with several key leaders to raise awareness for mental/behavioral health for first responders – nationwide.    He’s a professionally trained winemaker, he works within the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State and he will be launching his own veteran/first responder focused wine label in 2017.   He’s the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, human resource management and innovation.  In 2017, he completed the Executive Leadership Program, Cornell University, and he holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and BA in Criminal Justice.   Corey Christman Show Highlights:
  • The story of starting a wine label
  • How winemaking taught him humility
  • The wine you love might not be the wine your customers love
  • The story of starting Vethos
  • Do you understand the value of others?
  • How to give your heart as a leader
  • The predictive index personality assessment and how it can save schools / districts money
  • Perception management vs actual leadership
  • We don’t delegate accountability; we delegate responsibility
  • Lead with your heart, not your mind
  Corey Christman Resources:   American Generalshipby Edgar Puryear Corey’s website Connect on LinkedIn Connect on Twitter Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444   Click Here to Join the MastermindCreate Winning Cultures | Focus on the Essential | Lead with Courage & Integrity BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTHDID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE!SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEWGrab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders  Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn   SHOW SPONSORS:   CSC Consulting Group: Catalyzing Sustainable Change
  • Our mission is to support people in education and nonprofit organizations to improve processes and enhance the performance of their organizations.
  • Our venture is a social enterprise and their vision is to catalyze sustainable change in our society one organization at a time
  • Our home city is Chicago but their work can be done anywhere in the nation and they are actively looking for clients elsewhere
  • Our current portfolio includes individual schools, nonprofit organizations, small and large districts and urban school systems
  • Our team represents and shares a stake with the populations we serve
  • We are strategic thought partners to leaders of public sector organizations
  • We ideates, builds and maintains easy-to-understand data tools using the latest analytics technology
Copyright © 2017 Better Leaders Better Schools

Jul 12 2017

40mins

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Rank #8: Attitude of gratitude hacks with Danny "Sunshine" Bauer

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In today’s show, Danny “Sunshine” Bauer, host of Better Leaders Better Schools shares some of attitude of gratitude hacks with the listeners. These are tips and tricks to develop a more positive mindset and outlook which the listener can implement today.   Show Highlights:  
  • What is the "Awesome Jar” and how to make one
  • Why you should start journaling today
  • How to complete a 5 minute journal
  • Practicing "Loving kindness” meditation
  • 20+ ways to appreciate staff
  • The “Daily Practice”
  • “Secret System” of How to Achieve More in 12 Weeks Than Most People Do in an Entire Year
  • The power of masterminds
  Show Resources:   Sign up for the FREE "Secret System" Webby hereJoin the Mastermind   Contact Danny   312-788-7595   Anywhere on social media: @alienearbud

Join my hybrid group coaching

& leadership development community

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Create winning cultures

Focus on the essential

Lead with courage & integrity 

BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH

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SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW

Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders 

Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

SHOW SPONSORS:

SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING

  • Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check
  • Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling
  • Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.

Apr 26 2017

27mins

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Rank #9: Hacking School Discipline Using Restorative Justice

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

For some teachers and administrators, discipline is something that is to be dealt with.” If a child acts up in class, write them up or send them to principal.

But for Nathan a child “acting up” isn’t something to just be dealt with. It’s a student reacting to something.

That “something” is what Nathan believes we need to figure out and support. He shows us how to uncover that “something” and use it to build relationships that create better students and better leaders.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  •     The story of Luka, a powerful lesson in restorative conversations
  •     Understanding what restorative conversations look like
  •     Dealing with criticisms about restorative conversations
  •     The Big “Why”- Why it’s important to support emotionally intelligent students

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[3:15]The powerful story of Luka

[7:33] What are some tips on improving your willpower to get up early and exercise?

[10:00] Doing restorative conversations: Why are open-ended conversations important?

[12:07} Doing reflective conversations: How does a restorative conversation look like?

[19:25] How would you deal with critics and skeptics of the “restorative conversation” method?

[22:44] BehaviorFlip

 

Key Quotes
  1. “The best thing to do is to build a relationship with as many people as possible.”
  2. “When you’re having a restorative conversation, the main component is you want to seek to understand.”
  3. “I’ve always said that no matter what I do, that’s the population [I choose to work with]: underserved, underprivileged, at-risk….”
  4. “Any support that we can put in place...is really going to make the world a better place.”
  5. “Seek to understand every behavior in the school.”

 

Key Resources 

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice (Hack Learning Series) Paperback

BehaviorFlip

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard

https://twitter.com/NmaynardEdu

https://twitter.com/BehaviorFlip

 

About Our Guest

Nathan is a co-author of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. He also is the Co-Founder and acting CEO of BehaviorFlip. He is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap through implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices. 

 

Contact Info

Twitter

LinkedIn

 

Show Some Love

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Teach FX

  • Empowers teachers with feedback on student engagement
  • A fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement
  • Research shows that the more students speak in class, the more they learn, and the better they perform on standardized tests.
  • Use your phone or laptop to analyze your class, and the app’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm tracks your talk ratio automatically, with no extra work from you or an instructional coach. 
  • The idea is to give teachers a useful barometer of student engagement you can check every day!

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://teachfx.com/

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Aug 28 2019

29mins

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Rank #10: Stand out. Be different. Find your purpose.

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Jesse is the Owner of Fans First Entertainment, who owns and operates the Savannah Bananas and the Gastonia Grizzlies.  The teams have welcomed more than 1 million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, and ESPN. Cole’s teams have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and have won three CPL Championships.   The Savannah Bananas currently have sold out 32 straight games and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets.   Cole is an in-demand speaker and author of “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to Be Successful by Standing Out” released in January 2018.  Cole is also the host of the Business Done Differently Podcast.   Cole believes to be successful you need to Stand Out and Be Different.  He releases blogs and videos daily on FindYourYellowTux.com.   He is passionate about creating attention, loving your customers more than your product and loving your employees more than your customers.  Cole’s mantra is “Whatever’s normal, do the exact opposite.”   Jesse Cole Show Highlights:
  • How Jesse created his own major in college
  • Questions to ask to have a powerful “Mirror Moment”
  • What are the stories you are creating?
  • Ideas = Currency
  • We need more teachers and less bosses
  • Finding talent = hiring the people at the best at what they do
  • Repeat what you are all about. 
  • Are you making small bets every day?
  • Go to the source when you want to learn
  Jesse Cole Resources:   Jesse Cole Contact Info   Podcast Upgrade Download the 10 Small Bets School Leaders Can Make here betterleadersbetterschools.com/jesse-cole   Show Some Love   Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community   Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444   Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders    Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn     SHOW SPONSORS: SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING •Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check •Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling •Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing. •SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2018. Download the guide here.

Mar 05 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: Personalized PD that Inspires Staff with Todd Schmidt

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Todd Schmidt is the lead learner at Harbor View Elementary in Corona del Mar, CA.  He is a proud husband and father to two beautiful daughters.  He received his doctorate from USC in K-12 Leadership.  Prior to administration, he was a middle school history and English teacher!  An edtech enthusiast, a mediocre golfer, and a long-suffering San Diego Chargers and Padres fan, Dr. Schmidt is a big believer in the power of personalized PD and an Innovator's Mindset.   In this episode you will learn:
  • How to survive in Jamestown
  • Innovator’s Mindset
  • Personalized PD
  • Make a priority to give feedback
  • Where do you see yourself going?
  • Leave the hammer in the shed
  • 1st day back truth
  • Lean on your rockstars
  • How to over communicate
  • HUGE HITS & BIG MISSES
  Resources   What connected educators do differentlyWhat great principals do differentlyGood to greatTransforming school cultureCreative schoolsLaunch   Contact   Todd’s TwitterTodd’s Blog   Do you need accountability? Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444 Daniel wants to work with you and help you accelerate your leadership development and increase your impact.   Follow Me and Get Behind the Scenes Access on SNAPCHAT!!!

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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:

  • Soliciting and synthesizing teacher input on PD needs
  • Creating an intuitive, simple dashboard of needs so leaders can take immediate and informed action to support teachers
  • Measuring and reporting on the impact of those efforts over time

Schools, districts, and charter networks leverage KickUp’s platform and consultative support to synthesize data so that all stakeholders--administrators, coaches, and teachers--can monitor progress, identify meaningful professional learning actions, and demonstrate and share impact.

What Great Educators Do Differently

This conference hosts professional learning and networking events for educators serving in teaching and leadership roles. The next WGEDD conference is October 14 and 15 in beautiful Kansas City, MO. The conference is a two-day eventsfeaturing world class learning and presenters such as Todd Whitaker, Pernille Ripp, George Couros, Kenneth Williams, Tom Murray, Joe Sanfelippo, Angela Maiers, LaVonna Roth, Garnet Hillman, Shannon McClintock Miller, and Erin Klein to name a few. 

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Aug 17 2016

55mins

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Rank #12: Leading for long-term change with Colin Hogan

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Colin Hogan is Head of School at Learning Community Charter School.  From 2010-2013 he was the Social Studies Coordinator for the Highland Park School District.  He taught 6th grade history in Highland Park from 2004-2010.  Prior to coming to Highland Park Mr. Hogan taught at Princeton Charter School.  Mr. Hogan began his career in education in 1999 teaching at the Academy of Communications and Technology and at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago.  He has won numerous awards for teaching and was recognized as New Jersey History Teacher of the Year in 2013.  Before becoming a teacher he worked as a community organizer in both Israel and New York City.  Mr. Hogan earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Indiana University, pursued graduate studies in Early Adolescent Education at Bank Street College of Education, and at the NJExcel program.  Mr. Hogan currently serves as President of the Kean University Diversity Council the state's premier prejudice reduction and Holocaust education consortium for NJ schools.    Show Highlights:
  • Giving everyone a seat at the table
  • The power of student focus groups
  • Why Michelle Obama didn’t give Colin a job
  • How to make a difference through social justice
  • What a school that runs a post-office and has a therapy dog operates
  • An amazing 8th grade activity to push kids outside the “bubble”
  • Leadership is lonely
  • Put your invisible megaphone away
  • How the mastermind has helped his school leadership 
  • Leading for long-term change
  • Why you should avoid saying “from now on …”
  Resources   Start where you are, but don’t stay there Rac(e)ing to classboth by Dr. H Richard Milner IV   Follow Colin on Twitter

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May 24 2017

45mins

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Rank #13: Learned While Climbing the Leadership Ladder Fast

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

In this episode, Danny talks with his colleague, expert coach and new Better Leaders Better School Mastermind cohort leader Dr. Kelly Crane. Dr. Crane shares her experience moving up the career ladder from assistant principal to district administrator while raising children, going through a divorce and working on her specialist and doctorate degrees. Along the way, Dr. Crane shares the insights she learned about school leadership, decision making, and networking.

 

Key Talking Points  
  •     Climbing the school corporate ladder
  •     Balancing school leadership and family life
  •     Networking Tips
  •     Creating your “vivid vision”
  •     Networking within the Better Leaders Better Schools mastermind

 

Key Milestones

[3:20] The unexpected way that Dr. Crane became a principal

[5:26] How did Dr. Crane balance her really busy life as a school administrator, Mom, Volleyball coach, District sub coordinator, and being a student herself

[7:34] Climbing the corporate ladder

[8:20] Networking Tips

[13:40] Creating your “vivid vision”

[15:29] Joining the Better Leaders Better Schools mastermind

[20:48] Leadership Guilt

 

Key Quotes

“I have a choice every day and that was to get up and make it the best day or not. I choose to make it the best!”

“Always believe that something awesome is about to happen”

 

Key Resources

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Girl, Stop Apologizing

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Contact Information for Dr. Crane

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Other resources

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Teach FX

  • Empowers teachers with feedback on student engagement
  • A fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement
  • Research shows that the more students speak in class, the more they learn, and the better they perform on standardized tests.
  • Use your phone or laptop to analyze your class, and the app’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm tracks your talk ratio automatically, with no extra work from you or an instructional coach. 
  • The idea is to give teachers a useful barometer of student engagement you can check every day!

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://teachfx.com/

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Jul 08 2019

30mins

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Rank #14: Barking up the wrong tree with Eric Barker

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Eric Barker’s humorous, practical blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. Over 290,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter and his content is syndicated by Time Magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times. With a writing career spanning over 20 years, Eric is also a sought-after speaker and interview subject, and has been invited to speak at MIT, Yale, West Point, the University of Pennsylvania, NPR affiliates, and on morning television. His first book, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, will be released by HarperCollins on May 16th.   "The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed” - William Gibson   Eric Barker Show Highlights
  • Why extroverts aren’t better leaders
  • How a focus on research with a touch of warmth and emotion amplified his influence
  • Technology is a tool
  • 5 questions that will make you emotionally strong
  • The benefits of meditation 
  • How Stoicism can help you make better choices
  • Do you think enough about your thoughts? You can change those!
  • Why you should frame challenges as a game
  • The story of starting Barking Up the Wrong Tree
  • Are the maxims we here even true (e.g. nice guys finish last)
  • Filtered vs unfiltered leaders
  • Gratitude will make you awesome at life
  Eric Barker Resources   Eric’s blogBarking up the wrong tree (the book)5 questions that will make you emotionally strong

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May 03 2017

51mins

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Rank #15: Be Awesome for Kids

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Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology, and former Elementary Principal for six years. Adam also taught elementary school for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Adam was Principal of the Year for his ACSA region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, ACSA and also writes his own blog. Adam also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their product for others!    Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. Adam believes leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles and do whatever it takes to connect with kids!    He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney and there book is currently on Amazon for order.    Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active.   Adam Welcome Show Highlights
  • What to do with the haters …
  • Your barometer should be kids (awesome / not awesome)
  • The power of being “un-principal”
  • "You need a life!” Do you have one?
  • Do something today with your kids they don’t expect
  • Some of the worst advice Adam received as a principal
  • Do what you are great at and let others do the rest
  • The story of starting Kids Deserve It
  • Why he chose “Suffer” as his one-word for 2017
  • Find you passion to connect with outside of school 
  Adam Welcome Resources   Leadership Lessons of the Navy SealsEgo is the Enemy … send to Adam (ask permission)   Kids Deserve It (the book)   Kids Deserve It (podcast) on iTunes   Kids Deserve It Twitter chat: 6 pm PST every Wednesday   Adam on Twitter   Help Adam raise $100,000 for homeless students   Show Some Love   Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community   Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444   Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders   Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above. Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn SHOW SPONSORS: SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING •Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check •Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling •Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing. •SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2018. Download the guide here.   Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

May 02 2018

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Rank #16: Innovation Student-Centered Real-World Innovation

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Nancy Conrad created the Conrad Foundation in 2008 to energize and engage students in science and technology through unique entrepreneurial opportunities. The organization’s flagship program, the Conrad Challenge, is a global competition challenging students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to create products that address real-world challenges and global sustainability. By enabling young minds to connect education, innovation and entrepreneurship, the Foundation helps provide a bold platform for enriching the innovative workforce of the future.

Ms. Conrad has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences. Her presentations include TED Long Beach, the Legatum Institute at MIT, and, at the invitation of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, she spoke at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also presented at the Global Diversity Leadership Conference at Harvard University and the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition conference in Washington, DC. As a leader in transformative education, she has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership and mentorship to improve STEM education. She has been named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM Education. Ms. Conrad serves on the Board of Directors of the Presidential Scholars.

 

Nancy Conrad Show Highlights:
  • Why Nancy started the Conrad Challenge
  • The transformative education approach Nancy uses
  • What kind of challenges do students solve in the Conrad challenge?
  • “No box” thinking
  • Use the word “challenges” instead of  “problems”
  • Your expectations matter for your students and staff
  • Are we making students prisoners of their own minds?
  • Invite your students to the table
  • How schools are juice factories

 

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  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

The Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge promotes collaborative, student-centered, real world-relevant learning that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, unleashing students’ potential to create future-defining solutions and a sustainable society for generations to come.

The Conrad Challenge invites teams of 2-5 students between the ages of 13-18 to innovate new products and services that address global issues in one of six categories:

  • Aerospace & Aviation;
  • Cyber-Technology & Security;
  • Energy & Environment;
  • Health & Nutrition;
  • Smoke-Free World;
  • Transforming Education with Technology.    

The registration process is open from August 24 to October 19, 2018 at www.conradchallenge.org.

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Oct 21 2018

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Rank #17: Standards Based Grading with Ryan Bruick

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Ryan Bruick has been teaching for 12 years and instructional coaching for 4.  He taught 3 years at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Chicago's west suburbs where he learned to teach physics using Modeling methods.  For the past nine years Ryan has taught at Noblesville High School in a northern suburb of Indianapolis.  He currently use Modeling methods to teach three sections of Chemistry I Honors and am an instructional coach when he does not teach.  This is his second year practicing standards-based grading with his students, and his first year coaching other teachers in SBG.  Ryan coaches distance runners and learners, and for two years each, long/triple jumpers and pole vaulters. Ryan’s experiences in chemical research and development influence the way he approaches teaching and coaching.  His first job out of college was serving at an Outback Steakhouse.  His second was a "Flavor Technician" in the Sweets division for an international flavor-engineering company where he worked with Flavorists to develop artificial flavors for companies like Yoplait, Coca-Cola, and Diageo.  He left that job for his first teaching job. Later in his career, he worked as a research assistant to brother in Golden, CO.  There he worked largely on developing solutions for companies to turn waste into profit while reducing environmental impact.  He got to see and do so much cool stuff in that job, but most importantly his immersion in the industry gave him a better perspective as to what skills his students really need to compete.  Ryan loves teaching, loves coaching, and loves science.   In this episode you will learn:
  • Quit or get better
  • How to lead by example
  • Humility is key
  • It's okay to admit you're not an expert
  • The problem of saying yes to everyone
  • Over-promise and Under-deliver vs Under-promise and Over-deliver
  • The importance of piloting before school wide implementation
  • Are you assigning meaningful work?
  • The power of getting ready
  Resources   Ryan's Blog Ryan's Progress Report Rethinking GradingCanvas - Learning Management WebsiteNotability - appContact Ryan   Do you need accountability? Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444 Daniel wants to work with you and help you accelerate your leadership development and increase your impact.   Follow Me and Get Behind the Scenes Access on SNAPCHAT!!!

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Mar 09 2016

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Rank #18: Creating a Supportive Environment for Students and Staff

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Over the past 35 years I have been a teacher, teacher educator, program designer, educational administrator, educational consultant, and psychotherapist. I currently combine my skills as an educator and psychotherapist to offer teachers and administrators support in making sense of the emotional and relational data that floods their classrooms. I have written a book about this work called The Feeling of Teaching: Using Emotions and Relationships to Transform the Classroom. I am in the process of figuring out how to make this kind of support -- direct, experiential support that helps teachers develop their Social-Emotional Competence -- a norm in the field of education.   Betsy Burris Show Highlights
  • How people work together to make change happen
  • Rethinking behavior, emotions, and interpretations as data
  • Betsy’s teacher support groups 
  • Are you doing damage or supporting?
  • The “why” behind her work supporting teachers
  • A “holding” environment and why you need it in your school
  • Teachers deserve supervision (but that’s not the definition you think)
  • How support groups eliminate blind spots
  Betsy Burris Resources   The Feeling of TeachingBetsy’s Website   Show Some Love   Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community   Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444   Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders   Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above. Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn   SHOW SPONSORS: SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING •Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check •Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling •Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing. •SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2018. Download the guide here.

Apr 18 2018

38mins

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Rank #19: Building Relationships and Resilience

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Elena Aguilar is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting. She has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching and team development. She is a regular contributor for Edutopia and EdWeek Teacher and has published two highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams (2016) with an upcoming book titled Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators anticipated to release in May 2018. Elena’s expertise derives from over twenty years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. In her role as a consultant, she has partnered with leaders in public and private organizations across the United States and abroad. Elena lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee and reading fiction.

 

Elena Aguilar Show Highlights:
  • How teaching her brother how to read inspired her career in education
  • History was taught “numbingly boring” in her HS experience
  • Addressing injustices we see in the world and education
  • What Elena figured out about engagement and coaching
  • Listen to kids, recognize their full humanity, and the rest is easy …
  • The #1 question about coaching and working on teams.
  • Wonder how to work “With them” instead of “How to get them to do something”
  • The one area we don’t talk about with relationship building
  • Tips for better listening
  • You can build resilience starting right now
  • Be wary of the stories we tell ourselves …
  • How to find a coach
  • Tips to saying No

“You are alive to do something about the injustices in the world”

-Elena Aguilar 

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  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
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You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

  

Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

Aug 15 2018

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Rank #20: The Journey of a First Year Principal

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Jason Bodnar is the new principal at Lincoln Middle / High School in Cambridge City, Indiana.  This is his 12th year in education.  He taught high school science for nine years and was a middle school assistant principal before accepting his new position.  Mr. Bodnar loves connecting with other educators, learning, and helping others learn through his podcast which can be found at principallyspeaking.com.  He can also be found on Twitter @PrincipalBodnar.     In this episode you will learn:
  • What can make you look different
  • The power of putting yourself "out there"
  • The paper resume is dead and what to do about it
  • What it’s like to be a 1st year principal
  • His New Personalized Learning Academy
  • Why we should build classes with glass walls
  • How to ignite learning with disengaged schools
  Resources   Jason’s website and podcast Episode 46 w/ Ken Grover   Episode 47 w/ Joe Mazza   Episode 50 w/ Neil Gupta    Jason’s TwitterUtah school mentioned in the showThe Principal 50 by Baruti Kafele     Do you need accountability? Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444 Daniel wants to work with you and help you accelerate your leadership development and increase your impact.   Follow Me and Get Behind the Scenes Access on SNAPCHAT!!!

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Apr 06 2016

54mins

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Better Decisions and Supercharged Learning

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Jonathan Levi is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and keynote speaker born and raised in Silicon Valley. Since 2014, Jonathan leads SuperHuman Enterprises, which produces the SuperHuman Academy Podcast; the bestselling "Become a SuperLearner®” book; and offers online courses through SuperHuman Academy® and Branding You™ Academy training portals. His latest book, The Only Skill That Matters details his own journey and the techniques that anyone can use to learn faster. 

3 Big Ideas
  • Career criteria list
  • How to train like an Olympian
  • How to improve learning and memory
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Jan 15 2020

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Tough Conversations Teacher Evaluations and Trends to Pay Attention to

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Today, my guests need no introduction … I am honored to host Kim Marshall (of “The Marshall Memo) and Jenn David-Lang (of the Main Idea) to discuss their new book, The Best of the Marshall Memo.

Show Highlights
  • The importance of finding gaps and filling them
  • Being good doesn’t mean that’s what you do best
  • The unexpected benefit of writing The Marshall Memo
  • Why Kim considers himself an “accidental educator.”
  • The research behind tough conversations
  • The research on teacher evaluation
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  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

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Jan 08 2020

40mins

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How to have a powerful 2020

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Today’s podcast is a special episode where host, Daniel Bauer, shares a handful of tips to designing a powerful 2020.

Leaders are also invited to join the “productivity sprint,” a special 3 month program connecting leaders to each other hoping to be more focused and productive in Q1 of 2020. 

Leap into 2020 and enroll in the sprint here: https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/productivity-sprint/

 

3 Big Ideas
  • Ideal Week
  • Miracle Morning
  • Daily Huddles
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ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

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Jan 01 2020

34mins

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Including Parents into Powerful Professional Development

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Chris Legleiter is a middle school principal with 23 years of experience in education, with 12 of those being an administrator. Chris has a lead learner focus on helping others to collectively grow and learn from each other. He serves his school community by building relationships, being student centered and modeling the way.

Follow Chris on Twitter here.

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ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

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Dec 25 2019

36mins

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Dreaming big and exploring your potential

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Over the past two decades (since she was in college) Jennifer has sculpted groundbreaking campaigns around youth empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, bringing educational, government and corporate stakeholders together to impact millions.  Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions, and a Youth Advisor at the UN. Building Exploring Your Potential is part of a lifelong quest to ensure no driven young person lacks access to opportunity to achieve their potential.

Students are intimately coached through Exploring Your Potential™ by Jennifer, who offers context, explains the relevance of key topics, and inspires action every step of the way.

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Dec 18 2019

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Avoiding Burnout

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

It’s December, half of the 2019 school year has come and gone and I bet I could predict one thing you're feeling right now, tired! You've been putting in a lot of work and I hope, ruckus maker, that you’ve seen the fruit of your labor. Jethro Jones joins the show from the Transformative Principal. We are going to talk about avoiding burnout and personalized communication.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  • Meet Jethro Jones
  • Burnout
  • Never give up
  • Power of Motivation
  • Five steps improvement plan
  • Approach to understand people
  • Mastermind
  • Advice to make a difference

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:55] Getting to know Jethro

[05:09] The story involving burnout

[08:23] Importance of not giving up

[10:40] How to motivate others

[17:08] How to impact on others

[18:20] Five steps to single Focus School Improvement plan

[26:55] What is Mastermind

[29:01] One thing for ruckus makers to remember

Key Quotes

  1. “Burnout can happen at any time.”
  2. “When a leader gets better. Everybody wins.”
  3. “I think that's a really great way to approach this because you have to know them and you have to know what makes them tick and what I found is the things that make people really happy or really sad are the things that are most important to them because most teachers are just going to come and say this is what I need to make me happy and successful.”
  4. “If you're not at the level right now, then don't feel like you're not doing the best that you can.”
  5. “If you get the right people in the room-magic is created as a result.”
  6. “Remember the power that you have to affect people's lives for good.”

About Our Guest

Jethro Jones, 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year, is a principal in Fairbanks, Alaska, and host of Transformative Principal, where he interviews principals, leaders, and influencers who help improve K-12 education throughout the world. Jethro is a leading consultant for principals through masterminds and helps schools create school improvement plans that actually work.

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Get the right people on the bus:  We have all heard a million times, but it is worth saying again, “Get the right people on the bus”. It is a Hidden Jim Collins’ gem in his book “Good to Great”. He discusses how important it is to have the right people in your organization. So you really need to think about it, figure out who you need in what positions and then you need to act on it. It's one thing to just think about it, but you do need to act on it. So make sure that you are getting the right people on your bus. 

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Dec 11 2019

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Extreme Ownership and Building Resilience

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Nobody is born with ownership and resilience. It is a muscle one needs to build. How do you go about building the resilience and ownership? In today’s episode, we are joined by Winston Clement. He will be taking us through the process of developing the ownership and resilience muscle. 

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction of Winston Clement
  • The victim mentality
  • Managing change, stress and mental health
  • The power of having a morning routine
  • How does Winston measure success?
  • Winston’s dream school

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[04:56] Getting to know Winston

[08:21] Dealing with the victim mentality

[12:46] Managing change, stress and mental health

[14:47] Stepping out of the comfort zone and being proactive

[19:14] What keeps Winston in check?

[20:13] Importance of a morning routine

[25:08] How does Winston measure success?

[31:57] What message would Winston have on a school marquee?

[34:56] Winston’s dream school

Key Quotes

  1. “Your dreams start before you're ready.”
  2. “People crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who actually do.”
  3. “You almost have to be a little bit crazy to believe that you can do something so audacious.”
  4. “It’s no longer about Winston it’s about the impact and hopefully, my journey of leaving this world a better place.”
  5. “Be creative and find ways to win even when those causes are not dealt in your favor.”
  6. “We are always seeking ways to develop and not getting comfortable, which I believe is almost the enemy of progress.”
  7. “It feels good to be the big baby when things don't go your way because now you have all the attention.”

About Our Guest

Winston Clement is a speaker and trainer, empowering audiences worldwide to break through their own barriers. Winston's mission is to inspire 1 billion people to enlist their full human potential. In 2018 he delivered a TEDx talk titled, your limitations are an illusion. They had a massive impact. Mine.

Contact Winston at:  work@winstonclemente.com

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Take pictures. Make sure you have somebody with you, whether it be a student or a staff member or somebody you can rely on to take pictures. It's so important because you need to capture those memories with the kids and you need to be able to have something in a file somewhere when it's time to do celebrations or for graduation that you could put together a video slideshow quickly.

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Dec 04 2019

39mins

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Community Innovation That Leads to Student Growth

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

As a new principal you are trying to figure out just who you are.  What your leadership voice is, and the footprint and legacy that you'll leave behind. How do you start to make change happen? How do you gain the trust, credibility and build relationships that you'll need to take the school to the next level?

In today’s episode, our guest Heather Bell Williams is one of our ruckus makers who has a better idea about how to do this, how she would build her dream school and building leadership in teachers.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  •     Introduction to Heather
  •     Footsteps of principals
  •     Inviting people for change
  •     Community innovation
  •     How would you build your dream school?
  •     Building leadership in teachers
  •     Message for self-awareness
  •     Top three priorities
  •     Advice to make a difference

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[04:27] Introduction to Heather

[05:13] Following the footsteps

[10:25] Inviting people to the change

[13:12] Aha moments

[19:00] Community Innovation

[24:55] Building leadership

[29:19] Pre-testing and post-testing

[30:10] Heather’s message

[31:53] Heather’s top three priorities

[33:09] Advice from Heather

Key Quotes

  1. “The amazing gift to give your kids to just give them unfiltered undivided attention and pour into their lives.”
  2. “How can we make some subtle shifts to add value to these kids’ lives and  continue to help them and push them?”
  3. “You're not limited by any resources. You're only limitations your imagination.”
  4. “I look back on my journey here in this building so much of a thing so many of the things that we had to overcome.”

About Our Guest

Heather is a Chief Ruckus maker of a small school in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where she and her husband have lived for 20 years.  They have raised two great sons with a focus on community engagement. She is most proud of the summer intervention camp, on-site daycare, and the employment of a family coordinator whose sole job is to get kids to school.

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Tip of the Week

Training, Mentoring and Leading Students: Be a principal that trains, mentors and leads a group of students.  This will put you back in touch with the kids and with some of the things in the classroom.  Putting yourself in position and sharing your knowledge with students build relationships quicker than you'll ever imagine.

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Nov 27 2019

34mins

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How do I Start a Business in Five Years?

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

In today’s episode, our guest Robert Breyer is one of our ruckus makers who will share his story with you. He has served as a classroom teacher and administrator for the past fourteen years. He has some brilliant ideas about business and to execute his plans he has launched a podcast.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction to Robert
  • Starting of Podcast business
  • Importance of building confidence
  • Leaving comfort zone
  • Making an emotional connection
  • AP to the principal transformation
  • Importance of learning
  • Take away from the conversation

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[05:32] Introduction to Robert Breyer

[07:16]  Starting of podcast

[13:28]  Aha moments

[18:36]  AP to Principal

[23:50]  Importance of building confidence

[26:08]  Gift for Ruckus Maker

[33:30]  Leaving comfort zone

[36:49]  First book of Daniel

[43:41]  Story for the Ruckus maker

[45:58]  Demand of the business

[47:55]  Take away from the conversation

Key Quotes

  1. “Isolation is the number one enemy of excellence and isolation is also a choice.”
  2. “Don't try to do everything for everybody.”
  3. “You don't have to do it alone.”
  4. “People will reveal what they need and why they need.”
  5. “People see themselves in the stories you tell.”
  6. “Leadership is service or if you're interested in business. That's just solving somebody's challenge.”
  7. “I'm looking at different ways to go to separate myself from others because there's a lot of people already doing this type of business. How do I make myself stand out?”

About Our Guest

Robert Breyer has served as a classroom teacher and administrator for the past 14 years. He was selected to the first Sandhills Leadership Academy class, which is a selective process to prepare a cadre of highly effective school leaders for high needs schools These experiences have shaped Robert into a reflective and effective school leader who sets the example for his peers, teachers, and students.

Robert is also the host of the Guiding Principals podcast.

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Honoring Students:  Follow the universities and honor your students with Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude.  Get them ready for college. I've seen a school district do this and it was amazing because there are no questions asked about students weighted GPA’s and courses they took.  A student has to have a certain GPA and above to be at Magna, Summa and Cum Laude. It’s just a brilliant introduction to honoring deserving students and moving away from tradition.

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Nov 20 2019

50mins

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Rethinking Staff and Grades

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

In today’s episode, our guest Orly Friedman is one of our ruckus makers who will share her experience with you. She is the founder of a new K-8 school with a focus on developing a sense of urgency in all students.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction to Orly Friedman
  • The story of Orly
  • Building of efficient system for teachers
  • Red bridge vs traditional schools
  • Importance of grades
  • Training of staff with OKRs
  • Top three priorities
  • Advice for Ruckus makers

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[00:14] Introduction of Orly Friedman

[04:14] Orly’s Story

[05:29] Making of school 

[12:20] Utilizing staff in different ways

[15:51] How do grades put a stop to learning?

[20:47] Orly’s learning

[23:25] Example of a student or teacher’s goal

[26:10] Training staff with OKRs

[27:42] Top three priorities for building and school

[29:59] Advice from Orly

Key Quotes

  1. “Once you are like the coach Mentor role the way that their day is scheduled is one-on-one meetings students.”
  2. “In traditional schools all of the structures and systems are really designed to reward compliance.”
  3. “We know what motivates the adults and the same thing is true for kids, so you can give students mastery, autonomy, purpose and meaningful relationship.  They are going to love coming to school and that’s true for students and teachers.”

About Our Guest

Orly Friedman is the founder of Red bridge, a new K-8 school marching in San Francisco in September 2020. The focus of the school is developing a sense of agency in all students previously or they spent five years teaching Elementary School in Washington DC. She moved to California to get her MBA at Stanford after which she joined the founding team of Khan Lab School and work there for 4 years as head of lower school.

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Nov 19 2019

31mins

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One approach to facing a major personal challenge?

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

What would you do if you walked into the doctor's office for what you thought was possibly kidney stones and instead the doctor looked at you in the eyes and said you have cancer. What would be your next step?

In today’s episode, our guest Aubrey Patterson is one of our ruckus makers who will share his with you. He’s a cancer survivor and wanted to do something in education and set up an example.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  •     Introduction to Aubrey
  •     The story of Aubrey
  •     How to face challenges in life
  •     Simplify, Amplify and Clarify
  •     About Management
  •     Things that build you up
  •     Top three priorities
  •     Advice to make a difference

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:55] Introduction to Aubrey Patterson

[05:34] Aubrey’s Story

[12:44] Concrete idea to face challenges in life

[13:56] The message

[19:28] Example to understand the message

[21:52] What things build you up

[27:16] Top three priorities

[28:58] Advice from Aubrey to Ruckus makers

Key Quotes

  1. “If you don't change direction, you might just end up where you're headed.”
  2. “I always want students to feel significant.  I want the families, parents and teachers-every adult in the building to feel significant.  Not just today, but always”
  3. “The best way to become a stronger leader is to try to build leadership in others.”
  4. “Amazing teachers grow our leaders”.
  5. “To make a difference trust your gut.”

About Our Guest

Aubrey has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in a high performing school district in Western Canada.  

Aubrey co-created Nohea Leadership to help EDUleaders use of technology to capture great ideas, recapture time and build exceptionally open and positive learning cultures. Nohea’s easily adaptable systems use three distinct stages that fall in succession like dominoes: simplifi, clarifi and amplifi.

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Start with the end in mind. What is the result that you are watching for the end of the year? You want to win, you want those kids to win, you want that achievement score to go up, and you want those kids to master skills. So, always start with the end in mind. 

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Nov 13 2019

30mins

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How to Write and Publish a Book

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Do you have a dream of writing and publishing a book, but you do not go how to about it?  Everyone has a book inside them. The problem is how to transform it into reality.   

In today’s episode, our guest Caleb is one of our ruckus makers who thinks he has a book inside him. Danny coaches Caleb on how to find the book within and the process of how to write and publish his book.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  • Introduction to Caleb
  • Finding the time to write
  • Brainstorming your book topic
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • Developing your audience and identity
  • Finding a publisher and presenting your book
  • Understanding self-publishing
  • Caleb's next step

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[00:35] Introduction to Caleb Bonjour

[07:27] Committing and setting time aside for writing

[11:35] Brainstorming your book topic

[17:43] imposter syndrome and how to deal with it

[20:48] Developing your audience and identity

[25:11] Pitching a publisher

[28:20] Understanding self-publishing

[31:46] Caleb's next step

 

Key Quotes
  1. “You can't please everyone.”
  2. “Humans are imperfect beings, so we do make mistakes.”
  3. “Amazing educators take the opportunity to write a book and tell their story or shared some of their knowledge and wisdom.”
  4. “You need to write a bunch of garbage to get to the goal.”
  5. “Your job is to create the content.”
  6. “What sets successful people apart from others - even though we all have that inner critic - is that they act professionally...”
  7. “You get more creative control if you're self-publish.”

 

Key Resources 

1. James Woosley

2. Jennifer Harshman

 

About Our Guest

Caleb Bonjour is a fun loving educator that strives to be a lifelong learner. He has an amazing, supportive wife Amanda, a talkative and rambunctious five-year-old son Lincoln, and a 3 year old daughter McKinley. They also have three great dogs, Milo (an American Bulldog), Willow (a Cocker Spaniel), and Rosie (A Fox Red Labrador that is training to be a therapy dog for schools). Caleb loves being with his family, watching and playing sports, listening to many varieties of music, and learning more and more leadership and education on a daily basis.

Caleb strives to be the best educator he can be through studying best practices and constantly changing or adapting his practices to reach all students and staff. He has taught and coached with Pella Community Schools and Grundy Center Community Schools and is in his second administrative position as Principal of Cardinal Elementary in the Maquoketa Community School District.

 

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Loosen up: Stop taking yourself too seriously. Humans are imperfect beings, so we do make mistakes. Sometimes we trip, we might spill our coffee on ourselves. You need to laugh at yourself and tell people those kind of stories.

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Nov 06 2019

35mins

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Empowering Student Voice

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Imagine a 10-year-old student is invited to your staff meeting, and he stands courageously in front of 60 to 80 adults. His task to present the data which he's researched and collected on staff implementation of a new aspect of a student-designed curriculum. The results are that only half the staff is implementing with fidelity, and the student challenges the team to level up their game.

You are probably wondering how you can give your students such a voice. Our guest today tells us how she has managed to empower the students' voice in her school.  Listen in, get inspired, and learn.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  • The birth of student voice empowerment in Melissa's school
  • Challenges and setbacks when children are given so much voice
  • Negative and positive impacts of student voice empowerment
  • Implementing student voice empowerment
  • Melissa's dream school

  

Key Milestones of the Episodes

 [03:01]  Tip of the week.

 [04:52]  Melissa Clark's Introduction

 [08:08]  How Melissa started the student voice empowerment

 [13:25]  Challenges and setbacks when students are given so much voice

 [16:58]  Positive impacts from a student's voice

 [23:24]  Everything is about learning

 [28:57]  Melissa's top three priorities for her dream school

 

Key Quotes
  1. "The secret to improving our impact and to really make the change as leaders is to ask students what they need."
  2. "As teachers that we underestimate the power of a child."
  3.  "We discovered that the secret was to improve our impact as classroom teachers and to simply ask students what they need."
  4. "Student voice could go so much further than just making a difference in classroom practice. They're actually the untapped change agents within a school as well."

 

Key Resources 

Pivot (online platform for student voice)

  About Our Guest

Melissa Clarke is a Principal and coach who has worked in primary schools for the last 20 years. Melissa believes strongly in providing teachers with ‘permission’ to try innovative practice and believes through coaching and personalised professional learning staff will be empowered to be the best they can be while ensuring all teachers are on a journey of ongoing improvement. Her interests include high quality literacy teaching in the classroom, visible learning and the activation of student voice to empower learners. Melissa has taught all grades from K-6 and worked with students from a range of backgrounds and support needs.

 

Tip of the Week

Be the best at one thing: Be really darn good at one thing. Be an expert in that. Find what you're passionate about, be an expert in that and then hire others to be good at other things or empower your assistants to be good at the other things that you as a leader need to be active and an expert in at least one thing plus one to hire others.

 

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Oct 30 2019

30mins

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Learning from Different Industries to Create an Amazing School Experience

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Did you know that you can borrow ideas from other industries and implement them in your schools? Some people have tried, and they have succeeded. 

One of those people is Maria Piccolo Mattoon, who happens to be our guest today.

She is the first person from the Learning Community to be interviewed on the show. Maria is a board member at Birla public school in Qatar.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  • Maria’s introduction
  • Learning from other industries and implementing in schools
  • OODA Loop
  • How are promotions done at Birla School?
  • Retaining top talents
  • Happiness KPIs
  • Importance of partnership building with the local community
  • Maria’s dream school

  

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:50]  Tip of the Week

[06:07]  Maria’s introduction

[07:47]  Implementing ideas borrowed from other industries

[09:27]  OODA loop reflection technique

[10:31]  The department of capacity building

[12:07]  How are promotions done at Birla School?

[13:05]  Pitfalls to avoid when promoting from within

 [14:13] The secret to retaining top talent

[17:57]  Happiness KPIs

[21:17]  What is the most important thing when creating local partnerships?

[25:06]  Maria’s dream school

 

Key Quotes
  1. “The person with the fewest blind spots wins.”
  2. “You need to go to bed early, make yourself do it. You will be more productive during the day, and you will get more things done. At six o’clock, you should shut it off.”
  3. “From being in a variety of industries, you expose yourself to a variety of risk profiles.”
  4. “Our team is like a family.”
  5. “We invest in our people’s professional development and growth and advancement for all of them, all members of our team across all levels.”
  6. “We like to look at unusual places to see what insights can be gleaned from there as well.”
  7. “Our life is only limited by our own imagination, not the imagination of others.”
  8. “We have an amazing generation, and they can do really great things if they can imagine that act based on their own imagination and what they want for their own life.”
  9. ” Children are so different and so unique, and it’d be nice to cater to all of them. “

 

Key Resources 
  1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  2. OODA Loop
  3. Steve Francis Website
  About Our Guest

Maria Pakalomattom is a Board member at Birla Public School, a private school with over 7500 students in Qatar. She has led various initiatives at the school covering the strategic, academic, operational and financial aspects. Maria has investments in ventures across sectors as an entrepreneur, but education is her favorite. Maria studied at Columbia University, where she focused on finance and entrepreneurship.

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Tip of the Week

Go to bed early.  Just like eating right and exercising, there is immense value in getting appropriate rest.  I make terrible decisions when I’m tired and i’m no fun to be around. I love Michael Hyatt’s post on the importance of rest.

  Show Some Love

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  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

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Oct 23 2019

27mins

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Create your Mobile Office (and the best french fry?)

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

As a school head, you can't make ruckus sitting in your office with the four walls surrounding you and all the business of public education happening out in the school. Our guest today, Andy Lindsay tell us how he built himself a mobile office which ended up as a learning inspiration for an autistic student in the school.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  1.     What is a mobile office?
  2.     The development and advancement of Andy’s mobile office
  3.     The unintended consequences of the mobile office
  4.     Andy’s communication system between him and the teachers
  5.     What is the French fries challenge

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:50]  Andy’s introduction

[05:25]  What’s a mobile office?

[06:08]  Development and advancement of Andy’s mobile office

[09:44]  The unintended consequences of the mobile office

[13:11]  The communication system

[17:01]  The French fries challenge

[22:33]  Danny’s ideal stuff profile

[29:06]  Danny’s top three priorities for his dream school

 

Key Quotes
  1. “Isolation is the number one enemy of excellence and it is also a choice.”
  2. “Sometimes we exist in a vacuum of natural talent and that will only get us so far.”
  3. “Effective school leaders need to connect with others that can help them accelerate their growth and pass their knowledge on to as well.”
  4. “You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
  5. “You can't make ruckus sitting in your office with the four walls surrounding you and all the business of public education happening out in the school.”
  6. “There are so many neat opportunities out there that are not in textbooks, but they're real.”
  7. “Helpful teachers have to be helpful by nature.”
  8. “Passion will lead you to success more than a desire for money.”
  9. “I can inspire their passion, but they've got to have it in the corner to begin with.”
  10. “We cannot be inflexible in any way. Flexibility has to be part of our part of everyday life for us.”

 

 Key Resources 
  1. School Leadership Reimagined Podcast- Robyn Jackson
  2. School Leadership Series with Daniel Bauer

 

About Our Guest

Andy Lindsey has worked in public education for 22 years as a teacher, coach, tech leader, mentor association leader and Dean of Students. For the past five years, Andy has served as an assistant principal, he has won statewide awards in Michigan as a first year teacher, social studies teacher and as an assistant principal. His secret sauce is passion for learning, leadership and kids.

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Tip of the Week

Network! Sometimes we exist in a vacuum of natural talent and that will only get us so far. So effective school leaders need to connect with others that can help them accelerate their growth and pass their knowledge on to as well.

 

Show Some Love

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  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

The Conrad Challenge

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Oct 16 2019

31mins

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What to do about Workplace Bias

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Why is career advancement for women more difficult than it is for men? What can women do to fight the bias at workplaces?

People put you into buckets based on who they perceive you to be. Women have had it all rough. Their ambitions and competence get questioned all the time. For instance, how can she deliver at work yet she has a baby to nurture? How can she be so ambitious?

Our guests today are here to help us understand how we can fight bias at workplaces. According to our guests, it all begins with demonstrating confidence, even when you are not confident.

Women are very often perceived as too weak, too sweet, too nice to be effective. If they’re very effective, then they’re considered to be unpleasant and unlikeable.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

  

Key Talking Points 
  • How to deal with stereotyping that comes from transitioning from a smaller firm to a larger firm
  • Where do we begin the journey of being comfortable to talk about our accomplishments?
  • How can we enroll men in the bias conversation, and how can we get them to invest in the needed change?
  • Goldilocks dilemma

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

 [03:22]  Transitioning from a smaller firm to a larger firm. How to deal with the stereotyping

 [06:26]  Talking about our accomplishments

 [07:42]  How can we engage men in the conversation against bias?

 [11:10]  Goldilocks dilemma

 

Key Quotes
  1.   “The way we present ourselves gives other people an idea of who we are.”
  2.   “The balance between communal and agentic behaviors is dependent on the ability to manage the impressions that you create that other people have of you.”

 

 Key Resources 
  1. Website
  2. Twitter
  3. It's Not You It's the Workplace: Women's Conflict at Work and the Bias that Built It by Andrea S. Kramer and Alton  B. Harris

 

About Our Guest

Andie Kramer and Al Harris are married practicing lawyers. They have been mentoring women and speaking and writing about gender communication for more than 30 years. Andie and Al offer women unique, balanced, and highly practical advice they can use to prevent gender biases from slowing or derailing their careers.  

 

Join the BLBS Mastermind 

What kind of leader makes a good mastermind member?  Danny asks members that he already serves and this it what they said about their peers: 

Mastermind members are supportive, wise and not afraid to kick your butt! ~Eileen, Deputy Head of Schools in China

Courageous, risk takers and learners are how I describe my mastermind peers. ~Chris, VP in Canada

Mastermind members are generous, driven and are never satisfied with the status quo. ~Melody, Principal in Kentucky

If that sounds like you or people you want to surround yourself with apply today at https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/mastermind/

Our 5th mastermind cohort is launching and is hands down the best professional development a leader can engage in.  Join Today!

 

Tip of the Week

Be Consistent:  Consistency leads to trust.  Make sure you are doing what you say you are going to do each day.  Follow through and be consistent with your teachers. Your authentic leadership depends on it.   People love a leader who they trust.

  Show Some Love

LEVEL UP 🚀 Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

The Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge unleashes the potential of students to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Register until November 1, 2019 at The Conrad Challenge

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Oct 14 2019

18mins

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Lead with courage, Lead with your voice

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

What is Courage? How can you lead with Courage?

Today we are honored to have Amanda Valenzuela on the show. Amanda will tell us what it takes to lead with Courage. According to our guest, Courage is asking that pesky question that you don’t want to ask at the end of the admin meeting because you know, it needs to be asked. How often do you hold back on something just because you think it doesn’t matter, but deep inside, you know you need to ask?

Amanda takes us through how she leads with Courage.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  • Amanda’s introduction
  • Courage
  • Leading with Courage
  • How to find a voice

  

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[01:22]  Amanda’s introduction

[09:14]  What is Courage?

[10:57]  Leading with Courage

[19:09]  Finding your voice

[28:51]  Amanda’s top 3 priorities

 

Key Quotes
  1. “When you’re on your path, the universe will conspire to help you.”
  2. “If you are going to find your voice and you’re going to be willing to share your voice, you have to like yourself, and you have to believe that other people like you and or that what you have to say matters or no one’s going to listen to you.”
  3. “As a woman, there’s no reason I can’t do anything that anyone else does.”
  4. “You just can’t be worried about being popular all the time.”
  5. “If you’re going to hold back, then there’s no way that your team can trust you.”
  6. “Courage is asking that pesky question that you don’t want to ask at the end of the admin meeting because you know, it needs to be asked.”

 

Key Resources 
  1. Dare to Lead- Brenae Brown’s

  2. The Conrad Challenge
  About Our Guest

Amanda Valenzuela, native of Southern California, is the Upper School Coordinator and the Languages Department Head. She completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Fullerton in Spanish Linguistics and Literature, and her graduate studies at UCLA, where she earned a Masters in Spanish and Ph.D. Candidacy in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. As a school leader, she credits the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) for building her capacity to support equitable and inclusive educational practices at ESLA. During the 2019-2020 school year, Amanda is teaching Global Citizenship Through the Lens of Recent Spanish Cinema and AP Spanish Language and Culture. Amanda is also a 2019-2020 Leadership and Design Fellow (L+D) and a contributor to California World Language Project (CWLP) & the California Global Education Project. Amanda loves surfing, hiking, motorcycles, and storytelling.

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Tip of the Week

Build a team:  As you develop relationships within the organization take note of everyone’s strengths.  Build your team on complimentary pieces. In fact, build the team to bolster your weaknesses as a leader.  Do you have a school improvement team, a leadership team, or a data team? Effective school leaders build teams that can support their efforts.

 

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  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

The Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge unleashes the potential of students to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Register until November 1, 2019 at The Conrad Challenge

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Oct 09 2019

32mins

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Taking on dress code and AP classes

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Do you know students can advise you in ways that you cannot imagine?  Dr. Marcus Campbell tells us how his students helped him come up with the dress code for the school.  Additionally, Dr. Campbell tells us how his school changed the status quo and got more students to the AP classes regardless of their race.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

  

Key Talking Points 
  • How Marcus implemented dressing code in his school
  • Race vs. Gender
  • Breaking the status quo of the AP classes
  • Being a better decision maker

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[05:10]  The history of dress codes

[06:15]  Adopting the Oregon chapter

[10:59]  What shift happened to the dress code?

[17:02]  Access and equity to AP classes

[24:47]  How Marcus makes decisions

[27:41]  Self-care

 

Key Quotes
  1. “There's nothing worse than being inconsistent.”
  2. “If you say you're going to do something, follow through.”
  3. “Authentic leadership is a leader’s ability to lead with their mind their heart and their feet.”
  4. “If learning is our focus, let's focus on the learning and leave the dressing.”
  5. “Do what you have to do when you have to do it regardless of how you feel.”

 

Key Resources 

Frederick Douglas by Dr. David Blight 

 

About Our Guest

Dr. Campbell earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National College of Education, National Louis University in the fall of 2015.

Marcus Campbell also serves as the Assistant Superintendent/Principal at ETHS since 2013. In this role, he serves as the educational leader and chief administrator of all school operations at Evanston Township High School and is responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Board of Education to ensure that all students are educated and supported in a safe, equitable, culturally relevant and student-centered learning environment.

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Join the BLBS Mastermind 

What kind of leader makes a good mastermind member?  Danny asks members that he already serves and this it what they said about their peers: 

Mastermind members are supportive, wise and not afraid to kick your butt! ~Eileen, Deputy Head of Schools in China

Courageous, risk takers and learners are how I describe my mastermind peers. ~Chris, VP in Canada

Mastermind members are generous, driven and are never satisfied with the status quo. ~Melody, Principal in Kentucky

If that sounds like you or people you want to surround yourself with apply today at https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/mastermind/

Our 5th mastermind cohort is launching and is hands down the best professional development a leader can engage in.  Join Today!

 

Tip of the Week

Be Consistent:  Consistency leads to trust.  Make sure you are doing what you say you are going to do each day.  Follow through and be consistent with your teachers. Your authentic leadership depends on it.   People love a leader who they trust.

Show Some Love

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

The Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge unleashes the potential of students to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Register until November 1, 2019 at The Conrad Challenge

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Oct 02 2019

35mins

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Challenging White Supremacy

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

How can you attack the white supremacy culture?  Why is it that we are so afraid to talk about race? Why is it so difficult for us to kick start the conversation?

White supremacy has affected our schools but we are shy to talk about it.  Our Ruckus maker today takes us through the white supremacy issue in our schools and its remedy.

Joe Truss is a fourth year principal of Visitation Valley Middle School in San Francisco. He is working to bring PBL to the hood and empower students to rise above the odds. In addition, Joe Truss is a leadership coach helping educators to engineer for equity. He focuses on long-term planning, racial equity in the transformation of adult culture.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points 

  • The journey to end white supremacy culture
  • White supremacy in our organizations and schools
  • The illusion of objectivity

Key Milestones of the Episodes

 [07:06] Joe’s introduction

 [08:56] Joe’s catalyst to pursue white supremacy

 [11:20] First attempt to fighting racism

 [12:03] How to get back after defeat

 [17:54] Implementing change and learning

 [20:20] Is school an exercise of power hoarding?

 [25:51] The great release and a sneak peek into the future.

Key Quotes

  1. “Vulnerability leads to authenticity and trust.”
  2. “We fight for equity because it's so important.”
  3. “School is an exercise of power hoarding.”
  4. “People can drive their own learning once they want to.”
  5. “Decolonize your mind.”

Key Resources 

Culturally Responsive Leadership

Culturally Responsive Leadership 1

About Our Guest

Joe Truss is a 4th year Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco. He is working to bring PBL to the hood and empower students to rise above the odds. In addition, Joe Truss is a Leadership Coach helping educators to engineer for equity. He focuses on long term planning racial equity and the transformation of adult culture. 

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Tip of the Week

Being Vulnerable: Let those you lead know that you are human.  Let them know that you are passionate about everything you are working on. Being vulnerable leads to authenticity and trust.  Trust is so important and with trust you can accomplish almost anything. Listen to the podcast for an excellent vulnerability activity you can do with your teachers and teachers can do with students.  Being vulnerable is an excellent characteristic of a strong leader.

  Join the BLBS Mastermind 

What kind of leader makes a good mastermind member?  Danny asks members that he already serves and this it what they said about their peers: 

Mastermind members are supportive, wise and not afraid to kick your butt! ~Eileen, Deputy Head of Schools in China

Courageous, risk takers and learners are how I describe my mastermind peers. ~Chris, VP in Canada

Mastermind members are generous, driven and are never satisfied with the status quo. ~Melody, Principal in Kentucky

If that sounds like you or people you want to surround yourself with apply today at https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/mastermind/

Our 5th mastermind cohort is launching and is hands down the best professional development a leader can engage in.  Join Today!

 

Show Some Love

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Teach FX

  • Empowers teachers with feedback on student engagement
  • A fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement
  • Research shows that the more students speak in class, the more they learn, and the better they perform on standardized tests.
  • Use your phone or laptop to analyze your class, and the app’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm tracks your talk ratio automatically, with no extra work from you or an instructional coach. 
  • The idea is to give teachers a useful barometer of student engagement you can check every day!
  • You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://teachfx.com/

The Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge unleashes the potential of students to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Register until November 1, 2019 at The Conrad Challenge

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Sep 25 2019

33mins

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Candid and Compassionate Feedback

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Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

We all know there a times when we have to “tell like it is” in a conversation. Yet, there is no roadmap to having these conversations. How you do give clear feedback without sounding rude or inconsiderate? How do we create environments where staff can move from “being nice” to telling us the truth when it matters?

These are the questions (and more) that Joseph and TJ cover in this episode

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Key Talking Points 
  • The need for authentic feedback and criticism
  • Why candor is more about being specific vs just being honest
  • Why clear expectations should be the foundation of every relationship you build
  • How to give conversation with candor and clear expectations
  • Ensuring accountability within yourself
  • Creating an environment where candid conversations can really happen

  

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[7:20] How do we break out a culture of trying to be nice all the time

[9:00] What are some common misperceptions people have about having candid conversations?

[17:35] What should we do if our best practices and strategies aren’t working?

[24:22] Being candid with yourself

[26:50] How to encourage candid conversations with staff

[29:17] How do we empower teachers to be more candid leaders?

 

Key Quotes

“Very often when we talk about candor,it’s associated with being rude..”

“Unfortunately, we often miss the mark in order to help people...because we sugarcoat things.”

“The relationship is far better when we have a firm ground on which to start it.”

“With precision, you can go faster.”

 

Key Resources 

Candid and Compassionate Feedback by Joseph Jones & Dr. TJ Vari

Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail by Michael Fullen

 

About Our Guests

Both of our guests are school administrators and educators.

Dr. Joseph Jones is the Director of Assessment and Accountability in the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District. Dr. T.J. Vari is the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and District Operations in the Appoquinimink School District. Dr. Jones and Dr. Vari are co-authors of the new book: Candid and Compassionate Feedback: Transforming Everyday Practice in Schools.

Dr. TJ Vari LinkedIn

Dr. Joseph Jones LinkedIn

 

Tip of the Week

The Angry Parent: Always direct the angry parent back to the teacher.  The parent should always go to the teacher first as they are in the trenches and may have information the parent needs to possibly solve the issue at hand,  This is an important step as 99% of the time the issue will be handled at the teacher level and empowers the teacher and adds respect and trust.

 

Show Some Love LEVEL UP 🚀 Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Teach FX

  • Empowers teachers with feedback on student engagement
  • A fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement
  • Research shows that the more students speak in class, the more they learn, and the better they perform on standardized tests.
  • Use your phone or laptop to analyze your class, and the app’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm tracks your talk ratio automatically, with no extra work from you or an instructional coach. 
  • The idea is to give teachers a useful barometer of student engagement you can check every day!

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://teachfx.com/

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Sep 18 2019

43mins

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Yes!

By Ginitabella - Jun 06 2019
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So excited I found this podcast!

Great Podcast

By Rcoop70 - Dec 24 2018
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AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME podcast. Always timely information.