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The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast with Daniel Bauer

The BETTER LEADERS BETTER SCHOOLS podcast is a show created for RUCKUS MAKERS in education -- those out-of-the-box school leaders making change happen.Launched in 2015, this category-defining podcast in educational leadership has helped over 1 MILLION leaders LEVEL UP. Each week host DANIEL BAUER has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to listen in. Turn your commute, chores, or workout into professional development and then GO MAKE A RUCKUS!BLBS is the #1 downloaded podcast for school leaders.

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7 keys to a positive learning environment with Tom Hierck

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 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.

46mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Take a breath and reduce stress

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

49mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #2

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Barking up the wrong tree with Eric Barker

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 strongJoin 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.

51mins

3 May 2017

Rank #3

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How to have a powerful 2020

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 Full Transcript (Available on the website) Looking for more? Read The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap Join “The Mastermind” Read the latest on the blog   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/ SANEBOX Suffer from email overload? Bring Sane-ity back to your email inbox.  Click here for a free 14-day trial to Sanebox and get a $25 credit, by visiting sanebox.com/blbs Copyright © 2020 Better Leaders Better Schools

34mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Leading for long-term change with Colin Hogan

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 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.

45mins

24 May 2017

Rank #5

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What great educators do differently

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Jeff also served as a teacher and coach in the State of Georgia for many years before moving into school administration.    Zoul has also taught graduate courses at the university level in the areas of assessment, research, and program evaluation. He is the author/co-author of many books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently, Start. Right. Now. - Teach and Lead for Excellence, Improving Your School One Week at a Time, and Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers.    Jeff has earned several degrees, including his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. He is also been recognized for his work as an educational leader on numerous occasions, including the 2014 Bammy Educators’ Voice Award. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys running and has completed over a dozen marathons. Zoul resides in Evanston, Illinois.      Jimmy Casas recently completed his 22nd year in educational leadership, the last fourteen years as principal of Bettendorf High School in Iowa.     Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year.   In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. He is the Co-Founder of EdCampIowa and also the Co-Founder of #IAedchat, an on-line discussion chat that takes place every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. CST.  Jimmy is the co-author of two popular educational books with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul entitled, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “Start. Right. Now.  Teach and Lead for Excellence”   Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and also serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching a graduate course on Educational Leadership.   “Be noticeable. Be memorable.”       Jeff Zoul and Jimmy Casas Show Highlights How Jeff and Jimmy met and started WGEDD The importance of gift giving and taking care of people. The best gift you can give is your time. When you walk into a room do you leave it with more energy? Different ways to connect with staff. Do you acknowledge your staff by being visible and observing classes? The Daily 5. Why it’s important to make a commitment to celebration. 2-a-days (notecards to staff) How to build celebration into culture through staff meetings Students First Banquet (overcoming obstacles celebration)   “Passion. Purpose. Pride”   Resources Jeff’s blog Jimmy’s blog WGEDD website Start. Right. Now. What Connected Educators Do Differently. Jeff on Twitter Jimmy on Twitter

54mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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Personalized PD that Inspires Staff with Todd Schmidt

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!!!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 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.  Audbile: Try over 180,000 titles on any smart device or computer.  I've downloaded and enjoyed books by Charles Duhigg, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, and Gary Vaynerchuk so far.

55mins

17 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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Secrets to productivity and accountability with Henry Vasquez

Better Leaders Better Schools guest Henry Vasquez is a 4-time entrepreneur with experience in consumer media, B2B SaaS, and software consulting. Henry helped Spartz Media grow from a dorm room idea to a downtown office with more than 40 employees and 5 million users. He has built two 7-figure startups, two venture-backed startups, and created over 100 software applications.     In this episode you will learn: Do you have a bench of talent? The importance of building trust and how to do it at scale Why you should be world-class in one thing and broad in all the rest How to build a brand Why you need to do what you say you’ll do How his app, Tribe builds accountability Why you should find people that compliment your skill set   Resources   Tribe.do Tribe demo videoContact HenryNudge by Richard Thaler     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!!!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

43mins

29 Jun 2016

Rank #8

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Hacking School Discipline Using Restorative Justice

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 “The best thing to do is to build a relationship with as many people as possible.” “When you’re having a restorative conversation, the main component is you want to seek to understand.” “I’ve always said that no matter what I do, that’s the population [I choose to work with]: underserved, underprivileged, at-risk….” “Any support that we can put in place...is really going to make the world a better place.” “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 BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS              $1/MONTH     DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW 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

29mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Empowering Student Voice

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 "The secret to improving our impact and to really make the change as leaders is to ask students what they need." "As teachers that we underestimate the power of a child."  "We discovered that the secret was to improve our impact as classroom teachers and to simply ask students what they need." "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.   Show Some Love BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW 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

30mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Bob Siegel: Let love transform your school

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.

31mins

2 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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Tough Conversations Teacher Evaluations and Trends to Pay Attention to

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 Full Transcript (Available here)   Resources & Contact Info: The Best of the Marshall Memo Email Kim for a free chapter here Kim’s website Jenn’s website Jenn on Twitter Looking for more? Read The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap Join “The Mastermind” Read the latest on the blog   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/ SANEBOX Suffer from email overload? Bring Sane-ity back to your email inbox.  Click here for a free 14-day trial to Sanebox and get a $25 credit, by visiting sanebox.com/blbs Copyright © 2020 Better Leaders Better Schools

40mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Crush the first 90 days of the principalship with Chad Weiden

Better Leaders Better Schools guest ChadWeiden is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign with a BA in History and Teaching of Social Studies. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Before working with the incredible faculty and students at Edgebrook Elementary, Chad began his career teaching middle school in Georgia at Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County and at Drew Charter School in the East Lake Community outside Atlanta. He moved back to Chicago to become the founding social studies teacher at KIPP Ascend Charter School on Chicago's West Side. And while teaching, Chad served as managing director and co-founder of White Horse Theater Company in Chicago from 2001-2006.    In 2004, he was asked to join the staff of Social Justice High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, which was born out of a community-based hunger strike in 2001. During his 7 years at Social Justice, Chad served as social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal and was proud to see 95% of all graduates accepted to college.    Missing his elementary school roots, Chad accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Blaine Elementary School in the Lakeview Neighborhood in Chicago. While at Blaine, he worked with an outstanding group of students, parents and teachers to ensure Blaine remained one of the top performing neighborhood school in the city of Chicago.    In his free time, Chad is an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University in the Educational Leadership Department. He is an avid runner, triathlete, epic reader and dog lover. But the center of his life is his family and his beautiful son Uriah.     He is thrilled to be the principal at Edgebrook Elementary School and serve the extended Edgebrook community.   In this episode you will learn: The playground environment 360 degree process Align everything to values Consistency is more important than words The question to ask, "How are you ... What's going on?" ... And just listen! How to enter the building Your 1st 90 days Your leadership story ... Why teach? ... Why lead? You need the school as much as the school needs you The leader is a coach   Resources:   First 90 DaysCourage to TeachThe Breakthrough CoachThe Skillful TeacherLeadership on the LineTeach BoostContact Chad    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!!!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 Grad your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders  Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

52mins

23 Mar 2016

Rank #13

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Get rid of buy-in & replace it with ____ with Ken Williams

Better Leaders Better Schools guest Ken Williams has a message of motivation and success for your audience! His inspiring and engaging style will make your entire organization shift into high-gear. Collaboratively, professionally and personally!   For nearly two decades, Ken Williams has studied what makes achievers different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. Ken brings this critical and practical insight to your organization in a way that is timely, engaging and relevant.   As an nationally recognized speaker and trainer in team and individual peak performance strategies, Ken delivers his innovative, engaging and powerful  universal breakthrough principles to enthusiastic audiences around throughout the  US and Canada.   In this episode you will learn: What kind of coach are you? Importance of core purpose and shared mission High ceilings / soft floors philosophy The VELVET HAMMER!!! Are you clear on why your school exists? What do you seek to become as a school? Get rid of buy-in and replace it with ______. Why planning time is sacred Where to get PLC velcro (hint: it's not at Target!)   Resources   Ken's website.Contact Ken.Ken's Twitter.Starting a movement by Ken Williams & Tom Hierck   Crucial conversations by Patterson et. alIt's about time by Buffum and MattosOvercoming the achievement trap by Anthony MuhammadIn praise of American educators by Rick DuFour   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!!!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 Grad your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders  Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

1hr 11mins

16 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

Steve Shallenberger is the Founder and Chairman of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership, a company based on his breakthrough book, Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders. Becoming Your Best produces transformational leadership, which in turn builds cultures of excellence, which produce high-performance individuals and organizations that are at the top of what they do. Steve’s goal is to help individuals and companies achieve their very best as they implement the 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders. These principles are crucial to the success of any leader or person. Steve has provided consulting and training for hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of leaders throughout 25+ countries. An innovator in leadership and corporate training, Steve takes leadership training and team development to a new level using a results-driven success blueprint. His exciting seminars on Leadership, Communication, Time- Management, Goals, Creativity, and Relationships provide an entirely new way of seeing and thinking that can change lives and organizations for the positive. Steve also co-hosts the popular podcast Becoming Your Best with his partner (and son) Rob Shallenberger. Together, they help listeners uncover the principles of highly successful leaders.   Steve Shallenberger Show Highlights: Research on leadership and how it applies to education What sets apart high performing individuals and organizations from everyone else The 12 principles of great leadership Do you share a vision that is big and inspirational? His process of identifying what sets top performers from average or low performers Top performers often have failures Transformational vs transactional leadership Building great teams Generating the rhythm in your organization Do you use TIGS in your organization? “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson   Steve Shallenberger Resources: Personal Performance Self Assessment Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Richest Man in Babylon How to Win Friends and Influence People The Greatest Salesman in the World The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap   Steve Shallenberger Contact Info Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Podcast Upgrade Download the Creating Your Vivid Vision here: https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/vivid-vision Buy the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap Show Some Love BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: 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 of ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/ Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

36mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Lead change with the power of simple with Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner is the founder and lead consultant for Transform Educational Consulting, an organization that empowers school leaders to lead change and improve student learning through simple, innovative strategies and teaming structures. He is also the former Coordinator of Futures Academy at the International School of Beijing, a program that uses interdisciplinary project- based learning to connect students to their passions and the world outside of school. His book "The Power of SIMPLE" documents this experience and helps provide simple, research- based strategies for school transformation. Kyle is also a former educator at High Tech High, the school featured on the hit documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” He holds a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a thesis that focuses on developing democratic classrooms and distributed leadership models. When not writing or teaching, he is performing with his original band, participating in karaoke contests and traveling the world with his partner. He currently resides in San Diego, California where he spends time developing schools of the future while helping other school leaders build theirs.   Kyle Wagner Show Highlights Which super-hero would play Kyle in real life. The “explore-possibilities" style of leadership Leadership needs to be personalized Great questions are connected to people’s most desired outcomes How to meet people where they’re at to lead effectively What Kyle learned from leaving an incredible job at High Tech High to jump into the unknown in China The paradox and freedom from removing yourself from everyone you know Smaller system = greater innovation Designing a mission that is authentic Don’t post your mission; show your mission (when it’s played out) Leadership is taking people from where they are at and taking them one step further   Kyle Wagner Resources   Kyle on Twitter Kyle’s website The power of simple by Kyle Wagner Brett Wagner’s band: Emersen Adaptive school trainings Made to stick by The Heath brothers Xlr8 by John Kotter Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros   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.

43mins

22 Mar 2017

Rank #16

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Playing in the deep end of the pool with Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee.   Jennifer has been recognized as one of “18 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know” by Education Week’s “Finding Common Ground” blog, and the International Academy of Educational Entrepreneurship’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year.   Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs   Jennifer Abrams initially was my guest on EP036   Jennifer Abrams Show Highlights: How schools encourage "get out" thinking and acting? How to make different choices in their work What the shift from teaching to leading in school requires Why pushing and wanting to be fixed is the problem Here is how to grow adults Playing in the deep end of the pool What is collective efficacy? What the Ministry of Education learned from talking to their principals Jennifer’s process for writing Why "slowing down” and "don’t push” is unhelpful   Jennifer Abrams's Resources: Jennifer’s website (and get the newsletter) Farnam Street Blog Shane Parrish Conference? Tell me so I can hear you (book)  How the way we talk can change the way we work Global dexterity Hard conversations unpacked   Contact Twitter Contact Jennifer for a free consultationJoin 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.

42mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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Learned While Climbing the Leadership Ladder Fast

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 LinkedIn Email Twitter   Other resources Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap   Show Some Love BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW 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

30mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Powerful Reflection Activity to Do with your Staff

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools  podcast. This is a weekly show is 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. Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Rebecca Roper. They explore interesting topics such as how she starts each day, a program called the Principal Apprenticeship and her taking action on a letter activity Daniel described in the School Leadership Series. 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   Get to Know Rebecca For the last 17 years, Rebecca has worked in two different counties in VA. She’s currently the Principal at Donahoe Elementary School in Henrico County, VA and  is in her fourth year leading this Title I school. Donahoe has 530 students, ranging from Pre-k to 5th grade. Prior to this, Rebecca served as the Associate Principal of Ward Elementary School in Henrico County, the Assistant Principal of Beaverdam Elementary in Hanover County, and 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Pole Green Elementary in Hanover County.   Outside of work, Rebecca loves to start her day by working out and end it by reading.  She enjoys baking for others and spending time with my family especially her two fabulous boys.   Perfect Day At Work Rebecca takes us on a journey of her perfect day at work with waking up early and exercising to get in the right headspace.  She arrives to work early before her teachers and organized things for the day. Next she greets the students with music, high fives, dancing to get in the mood for school.  Rebecca tries to spend the rest of her day where the students are. “One of the favorite things I love about my day is when I have a principal apprentice.  We are a PBIS school and my students can use dolphin dollars they get for their awesome behavior and they can purchase 20 minutes they can spend with me as the principal apprentice.” - Rebecca Roper   Principal Apprenticeship Program Students love being a principal apprentice.  Rebecca allows students to spend 20 minutes of their day with her holding her walkie, carrying her lanyard and experiencing that time with the principal.  The students perspective is that she is on the phone a lot, in classrooms, run a fire drill’ whatever the day may bring. Students pay 80 dolphin dollars for this experience. “When I ask them why do you think I am in the classrooms they say because we want to make sure that the kids are learning and you are watching the teachers and what they are teaching.  Sometimes you have to talk to kids about their behavior.” - Rebecca Roper   Letter Activity Rebecca had her staff envision what type of year they had and write a letter to themselves about what they experienced.  The letter was addressed to dear future self to describe the year the had, their successes, their achievements. The staff put the letters in a bag and Rebecca will give them back at the end of the year. “They talked about how it was such a powerful activity.  I gave them the choice of either putting the note away and I would give it to them at the end of the year or if they wanted me to read it and give them an idea of what they’re working towards where I can encourage them.” - Rebecca Roper   Rebecca Roper Resources: Transformative Principal: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/transformative-principal/id770942472?mt=2 Cult of Pedagogy https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cult-of-pedagogy-podcast/id900015782?mt=2 Rise Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-podcast/id1245763628?mt=2   Rebecca Roper Links: Twitter Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap   Show Some Love BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: 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 © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

30mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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The Journey of a First Year Principal

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!!!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 Grad your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders  Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.   Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

54mins

6 Apr 2016

Rank #20