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The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast: Leadership Insights | Create Winning Cultures | Focus on the Essential | Lead with Courage & Integrity | Principal Radio | School Administrator | Danny "Sunshine" Bauer

Better Leaders Better Schools is a world-class podcast created for you --the current school administrator, emerging leader, and educational influencer. Each episode Daniel Bauer interviews top school principals as well as industry leaders to unpack their leadership insights learned via their experiences and mistakes. Discover how to create a winning school culture, focus on the essential, and lead with courage and integrity. Learn how to build relationships, leverage data, and maximize your influence by practicing a growth mindset. Each show includes helpful educational resources shared to improve your leadership skills at school. In addition to increasing student achievement and helping school leaders meet their peak performance, this podcast was created to make your commute, workout, and even the chores more enjoyable!
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Apr 18, 2018
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 Teaching 
 
Betsy’s Website
 
Show Some Love
 
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•SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2018. Download the guide here.
Apr 11, 2018
Jennifer Fraser obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. A passionate educator for over twenty years, Jennifer's interests and publications revolve around transition, empathy and the harm done by educator bullying.
 
The last five years of research, writing and publishing have led Jennifer to recognize: We are in the midst of a scientific revolution, set in motion by fMRI and MRI technological advances, that allow us to non-invasively examine our brains and more importantly, the brains of children. 
 
Jennifer Fraser is fascinated by the power of mindfulness and empathy---confirmed by neuroscientific research---to transform school leadership in the 21st century.
 
Jen Fraser Show Highlights
  • What do you do when teachers bully students?
  • School has gotten into a strange dynamic
  • We need to flip the leadership model
  • What happens when a kid’s brain is flooded with cortisol
  • The Happiness Advantage
  • Are you taking care of kids? That’s more important than your content!
  • Empathy facilitation training
  • Bullying neural pathways are a real problem
  • "Be the teacher you needed as a kid" - Dr. Clark
 
Jen Fraser Resources
 
Teaching Bullies
 
The Happiness Advantage
 
The Empathic Civilization
 
Spark
 
Email Jen
 
Pushing Boundaries Consulting
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
& leadership development community
 
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Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders
 
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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 4, 2018
Mr. Michael Acomb is currently an elementary principal in the Solon City School District, located near Cleveland, Ohio. He proudly earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University where he played football and learned the importance of serving with and for others. He holds master’s degrees in special education and K-12 organizational leadership. Michael has been a thought leader in school administration with 14 years of experience at the middle and elementary levels. His leadership has earned the United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbon, and over time, his schools have earned numerous other national and state awards for consistent high performance in special education, value added growth, and overall student achievement. Mostly recently, the Solon City Schools were rated #1 in the country by NICHE for public school districts. Since 2002, Michael has spoken to audiences throughout the United States on numerous topics. His passion in developing leadership and school cultures that support excellence in teaching and learning has earned him a reputation as an exceptional leader and collaborator. He is recognized widely for his skill in directing comprehensive, systematic, and differentiated literacy efforts in the early childhood and middle grades. He is an expert in strategically leading teams of teachers in developing systems of common assessments that monitor student learning and guide instructional and organizational decisions. He relishes in solving problems and helping others through improvement. Michael is married to Lindsay. They have four school-aged children.
 
Mike Acomb Show Highlights:
  • How education felt like “home” to Mike
  • His passion to help students be happy, successful, confident, and have hope
  • Mindset Mondays
  • "Just Do It, Stick to It”
  • How to build culture
  • Leadership is hard
  • The Principal life is one of conflict
  • Listen, then coach to solutions
  • Strategy to work with upset parents
  • Do you paraphrase in conversations?
  • Mike’s morning starts the previous day
 
 
Mike Acomb Resources
 
Follow Mike on Twitter
 
Visible Learning
 
Above the Line
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
& leadership development community
 
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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.
 
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Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Randy Watson was named Kansas Commissioner of Education by the Kansas State Board of Education in November 2014 and assumed his role in July 2015.

As the state’s chief education officer, he provides leadership to the Kansas State Department of Education in carrying out the policies and programs prescribed by the State Board of Education to ensure the necessary oversight and support is provided to assist Kansas schools, educators and students in achieving their goals.

Dr. Watson began his education career in 1981 as a high school social studies teacher in Tescott, KS. He has served as a high school principal and provided classroom instruction at the university level.

Most recently, Dr. Watson served the community of McPherson for 22 years — working as an assistant superintendent from 1993-2005 and as superintendent from 2005-2015.

A native of Coffeyville Kansas, Dr. Watson attended Kansas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in science in secondary administration, staff supervision and staff development, building level certification. Additionally, he received his doctorate of education in secondary administration, school law, curriculum development and instructional leadership, and district level certification.

The recipient of many awards, Dr. Watson was named an Alumni Fellow at Kansas State and in 2015, was honored by being named the Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

Throughout his career, Dr. Watson has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for his educational insights as well as his clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policymakers, educators and students.

Dr. Randy Watson Show Highlights:

  • How his grandma inspired him to pursue a career in education
  • In leadership you never get great, you just keep improving
  • Coaching high level teams to be a part of something bigger
  • Leadership skills that carry over from classroom > building > district > the state level
  • The question Dr. Watson asked before accepting the Commissioner position
  • The new vision for education in Kansas
  • What Dr. Watson learned interacting with statewide focus groups
  • The inspiring story of the Kansas Redesign Project
  • What educators and business people agree on concerning education
  • Do you have an inspiring vision?
  • How Dr. Watson transitioned to a trusting model of leadership
  • You need someone to tell you the truth

“Today we are going to help students be more successful than they were yesterday”

-Dr. Randy Watson

Dr. Randy Watson Resources:

 

 

Dr. Randy Watson Contact Info

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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

Mar 28, 2018
Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board,  and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student, and a food-loving, book-loving Ukulele player-want-to-be. She loves to hang out with her family--playing cards or hiking, and enjoys curling, golfing, reading, and writing. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.
 
Jennifer Casa-Todd Show Highlights
  • What inspired her to start playing Ukulele 
  • How she improved listening skills (Their Point A to Their Point B)
  • Digital Leadership
  • The fear approach doesn’t work
  • How are we helping kids in school with digital leadership?
  • Do modern kids lack empathy?
  • Power of optimism
Jennifer Casa-Todd Resources
 
 
 
 
Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild & Ukulele Songs
 
 
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
& leadership development community
 
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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 21, 2018
Superintendent Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools. A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects, including social studies, computers, and literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was both student centered and data driven. Jay received his Masters Degree in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written and received over $140,000 in grants for his students. Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive goldrush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009. Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal, a K-12 Supervisor, and has been a Superintendent of Schools in three districts. He was the 2015 educators choice pick for the national Superintendent of the Year for the BAMMY awards. 
 
Jay’s blog can be found at http://www.JayEitner.com  and can be followed on Twitter under the name @Jay_Eitner. He also has published a series of Flash-Reads on Amazon and hosts a monthly podcast available on iTunes and Google Play.
 
Jay Eitner Show Highlights
  • What informs Jay’s belief that all kids can succeed
  • Build a PLN online
  • How Jay leverages Twitter
  • Lots of coffee will lead to the opportunity to build relationships with district level leaders
  • Are you willing to compromise?
  • Skills you need to jump from local school to district leadership
  • Crockpot learning
  • Secret to earning millions in grants
 
Jay Eitner Resources
 
What They Don't Teach You in Schools of Education ...
 
Escaping the Dunk Tank
 
Jay on Twitter
 
Jay’s Blog
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
& leadership development community
 
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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 14, 2018
Michelle Lenzen is a teacher, writer, and the founder of Humans at Heart. She runs an after school program at YES Prep Northside where she teaches high school students communication skills and creative problem solving. Through her company, Humans at Heart, Michelle uses  qualitative research and human-centered design to help brands connect with their audiences. 
 
Michelle Lenzen Show Highlights
  • Michelle switch from advertising to education
  • How her teaching experience in Rio informed her instruction in Houston
  • Human centered design
  • What problems Michelle’s students wanted to solve
  • Design thinking applied to a “Crappy” situation
  • Qualitative research is the foundation of human centered design
  • How to move from surveys to answers
  • Are you using improv in your classroom or school?
 
Michelle Lenzen Resources
 
Theater Games for the Classroom
 
Group Improvisation
 
Impov Games Michelle Suggests
 
Creative Confidence
 
Michelle’s website: Humans at the Heart
 
Email Michelle
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
& leadership development community
 
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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 10, 2018

Did you know I have a new podcast out?

The School Leadership Series is daily, 5 minutes or less, and meant to be a quick encouragement.

On iTunes :https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/school-leadership-series-motivation-for-todays-educator/id1352995134?mt=2

Mar 9, 2018

Don Wettrick is the Innovation Coordinator at Noblesville High School, and is the author of "Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level." Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; CEO, and podcast host. He is also the founder of StartEdUp, an organization dedicated to help transform the school culture toward innovation and enable student-led entrepreneurship.

 

Don has lectured across the US, Europe, South America and Africa about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. Through his travel, he has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Ghana, and seeks to bring that entrepreneurial mindset into our classrooms. His podcast, StartEdUp, has featured some of the most successful entrepreneurs, authors, and thought leaders in the world- focusing on educational change. Most importantly Don works with educators, students, and entrepreneurs to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

Don Wettrick first appeared on the podcast back in Episode 017.

Don Wettrick Show Highlights:

  • The origin story of StartEdUp
  • Learning by doing
  • Where is the economy going?
  • There are a lot of kids that shouldn’t go to college
  • It’s okay to admit when you don’t know
  • Now is the time for you and your students
  • The themes Don has learned from extremely successful entrepreneurs
  • What can we start doing to change?

Don Wettrick Resources:

Don Wettrick Contact Info

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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 7, 2018
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas is an independent consultant who has spoken on the subject of how to combat bullying, create identity safe classrooms, and positive school climates at conferences, schools, and universities across the United States. She has been hosted at the White House twice where she briefed President Obama’s education staff. book, Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, co-authored with Dr. Dorothy Steele, was published by Corwin Press.
 
She has worked as Director of Not In Our School (NIOS), a bullying and intolerance prevention project of The Working Group. She also has spent over 35 years in public education in California.
 
Becki co-owns the Makengue Preserve, 190 acres of virgin rainforest in Nicaragua near the border with Costa Rica. She has been leading college student groups there for the last five years to do research and community service projects.
 
Becki Cohn-Vargas Show Highlights
  • How her family’s roots in Nazi Germany influenced her desire to create safe schools
  • The definition of identity safety
  • How to create schools that are more welcoming, validating, and safe.
  • Creating safety for teachers as well as the students
  • How identity safety impacts student achievement?
  • Addressing bullying and intolerance
  • Don’t be color blind and don’t ignore differences
  • Routine and rituals that helps Becki be successful
 
Becki Cohn-Vargas Resources
 
Becki’s Website
 
Identity Safe Classrooms Website
 
Not In Our School Identity Safe and Inclusive School Program
 
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
 
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 5, 2018
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
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Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
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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.
Feb 28, 2018
Nathaniel Provencio, M.Ed. has been the principal of Minnieville Elementary in Prince William County, Virginia since 2010. Mr. Provencio began his teaching career in 2001 as a third-grade teacher. Under his leadership, Minnieville Elementary, a Title 1 school with a significant culturally and linguistically diverse student population has been recognized as a National Model Professional Learning Community and a Virginia Distinguished Title 1 school. Minnieville Elementary has been awarded as a Prince William County School of Excellence and was recently recognized as one of Northern Virginia’s top performing schools.
 
In 2016-2017, Nathaniel Provencio was selected as the Prince William County principal of the year and the Washington Post Principal of the Year. In addition to leading Minnieville Elementary, Mr. Provencio is a leader in advocating for local community involvement and business engagement in economically and culturally diverse schools. These efforts have allowed Minnieville Elementary to be recognized as a three-time winner in the Prince William County Schools Business Partnership of the year. Mr. Provencio is a sought-after presenter and has presented at regional, state and national conferences in the areas of Professional Learning Communities, Community Engagement and Effective Literacy Frameworks. Mr. Provencio graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2001 with a degree in education and has a Master’s degree in education administration from George Mason University.
 
Nathaniel Provencio Show Highlights
  • How his town’s struggle with poverty pushed him to a career in education
  • Providing free school supplies to all (500+) students
  • Generosity attracted parents to volunteer within the school
  • What do you do when you inherit a leadership team?
  • Celebrating success big and small was the catalyst for cultural change
  • The Family Engagement Team success story (a 1150% increase in volunteer hours)
 
Nathaniel Provencio Resources
 
Connect on Twitter
 
Free School Supplies Article
 
Soaring to Excellence Video
 
Principal of the Year School Focus Video
 
Colorín Colorado Video
 
First Break All the Rules
 
School Spirit Vending
 
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.
Feb 21, 2018
 
 
Sarah Johnson has been an educator in Northwest Wisconsin for thirteen years, first as an English Teacher and then as a building principal. She is entering her sixth year in school administration and is currently a high school principal in Spooner, WI. Sarah is passionate about leadership and building collective leadership in schools. She is currently writing a book with two of her favorite people in the world, the topic of which is being a balanced leader at home, work, and life to be able to stay in leadership. Sarah seeks this balance in her own life by pursuing passions such as running and writing, focusing on family with her two young daughters, and honing leadership skills to be her best version of a leader and to grow professionally. Sarah believes that leadership is a calling and she is proud to answer every day!
 
Sarah Johnson Show Highlights
  • The powerful story how Sarah changed tracks from Journalism to Education
  • Do you know QPR Training?
  • Sarah and her two favorite people working on a book about Balance
  • Steps to Achieve Balance
  • Skills needed to run a 1000 days in a row …
  • Just do better than you did before
  • Do you avoid quiet because pain might lurk there?
  • How to "take stock" and be more self aware
  • Why Sarah is able to be reframe things in a positive way
  • What her dad taught her about leadership
  • What Intervention/Enrichment time looks like at her school
 
Sarah Johnson Resources
 
Connect with Sarah on Twitter
 
QPR Training
 
Sarah’s Blog
 
The Coach Approach
 
Hacking Leadership
 
Show Some Love
 
Join my hybrid group coaching
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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.
 
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Feb 19, 2018
Chris Mefford has done it all, from starting his own company to working for churches, and most recently as a former VP at the Dave Ramsey organization (planning live events and more) and EVP for Dr. Henry Cloud. Currently, Chris is the acting COO for Standard Behavior Digital. In his many roles, Chris has had the opportunity to change people’s lives by providing clear, actionable strategies to help people make smart business decisions and turn a fledgling department into one of the best in
the company.
 
Chris has coached leaders from businesses and nonprofit organizations nationwide. He offered his
expertise and insight to assist senior executives and small business entrepreneurs to build better cultures, turn around underperformance, hire the right employees, know when to let people go, implement efficient processes, manage finances, and implement the organization’s mission all while making money and changing lives. Chris even played a part in helping the Ramsey Organization win the“Best Place to Work in Nashville” award for 8 straight years. Chris is a former high school teacher and holds an MBA from the prestigious Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor.
 
In short, he knows a lot about business, communication and leadership. Chris is passionate about sharing his experiences and using his teaching skills to help others create amazing cultures and places to work.
 
GUEST’S NAME Show Highlights:
  • Creating great teams and cultures
  • Communication happens outside of your office
  • Great companies OVER communicate
  • What happens when you DON’T communicate
  • How to run a great weekly “TMZ Meeting"
  • Fighting "Us vs Them" mentatlity
  • 4 things to do for better accountability
  • As a leader you are a part of the PROBLEM and the SOLUTION
  • When you pour into your teachers, the teachers pour into your students
  • How to pull out the organic intrinsic motivation that schools are privileged to have
  • Why you need the DISC for communication ...
 
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Feb 14, 2018
Kevin Monroe is captivated by the idea that God has a higher purpose for life, leadership, and service. He believes the people who find and fulfill their higher purpose have more fun, experience greater fulfillment, and make the world better and brighter for everyone else.
 
It is those beliefs that energize his work as an executive coach, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker as he helps individuals and organizations give authentic expression to their higher purpose.
 
He is the founder of X Factor Consulting and host of The Higher Purpose Podcast. Kevin has an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University where he also studied Servant Leadership and a BA from Mercer University. 
 
Through the years, Kevin has held plenty of prestigious titles, his current favorites are husband, Dad, Papa, and friend. Kevin invites you to connect with him online at: KevinDMonroe.com, @kevin_monroe, Facebook.com/kevinmonroeonline, or linkedin.com/in/kevinmonroe.
 
 
Kevin Monroe Show Highlights
  • Should we love in our organizations?
  • People can’t hear what you know until they know you care
  • Kevin’s definition of servant leadership
  • Everybody wins in the Southwest culture
  • Students come second
  • Nemo dat quod non habet: You can’t give what you don’t have
  • Kevin’s 3 journals and his process to journal
  • Kevin’s struggle with little thinking
  • Ask this question to start thinking bigger
  • Be authentic. Avoid being an echo.
 
Kevin Monroe Resources
 
Radical Loving Care by Erie Chapman
 
Patients Come Second by Spiegelman and Berrett
 
The One Thing by Keller and Papasan
 
Louder than Words by Todd Henry
 
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Feb 7, 2018
Winston Sakurai has distinguished himself as an innovative educational leader at the state and national level for over 25 years. He was recently named by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as a 2016 National Digital Principal of the Year and by the Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators as the 2016 Hawaii State Principal of the Year. He currently moderates a national education chat for school leaders, #PrinLeaderChat, on Twitter.
 
Winston Sakurai believes that empathy, empowerment and a positive environment are keys to unleashing innovative ideas to help students and teachers be successful.
 
Winston Sakurai Show Highlights:
  • Winston’s rich history and interest in becoming a principal since 3rd grade
  • Students know quality educators when they see it
  • Leadership is about caring
  • Make sure students know you love them
  • Do your best to make students successful
  • Ask students how to improve the school
  • You can grow future educators starting today in your school
  • Give opportunity when opportunity isn’t there
  • Be generous with wisdom, support, and time.
  • Relationships are more important than policy and procedures
 
Winston Sakurai Resources
 
Grit by Angela Duckworth
 
Connect with Winston on Twitter
 
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Feb 5, 2018
Mike Roberts has taught middle school English for nearly twenty years. In that time, he has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching, including being named the 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year. 
 
Mike's most recent book, Hacking Classroom Management - 10 Ideas to Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About, identifies a variety of strategies that empower students in the learning process. Additionally, he is the co-author of The New Science Teacher's Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching, and was a featured columnist in English Journal.
 
Mike also teaches college classes focused on classroom management and literacy in the content areas. He has served on many educational committees, and has been a featured speaker at dozens of state, regional, and national conferences. 
 
When he's not teaching or presenting, Mike can usually be found running ultra-marathons in the mountains. And even after all these years, he's still not sure which takes more energy...a week with 8th graders or a 100 mile race.
 
Mike Roberts Show Highlights:
  • How Mike got started in ultra-marathons
  • What running taught him about education
  • Give it a shot: If you keep doing what works … you’ll never get better
  • Do you have an acid wash jacket you need to get rid of?
  • 5-15-5 Class Format
  • Person-to-Person connection not Teacher-to-Student
  • Struggling with the F-Word
  • The 3 Es of School
  • Tell me about your expectations … 
  • We are under-utilizing emails
  • Mike’s most spectacular experiment failure and win in the classroom
  • Why we need to give up power …
 
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Jan 31, 2018
A sought after speaker and writer, Kerry Gallagher’s full time job is as Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.organd an EdSurge Columnist. Kerry’s passions and the focus of her work include empowering teachers, students and parents to learn with open education resources; educating school communities about the power and privacy concerns that come with social media use; and diving headfirst into learning more about new and effective practices in education.
 
 
Kerry received the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize for her submission on the use of mobile devices for a paperless public school classroom. In 2015, she was a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, the Family Online Safety Institute recognized her with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and she was a MassCUE Featured Educator. In 2016, she was an ASCD Emerging Leader and received the MassCUE Pathfinder Award. Kerry speaks and presents often at conference locations that have included Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and Stanford University. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law. Her multi-award winning blog can be found at www.KerryHawk02.com.
 
Kerry Gallagher Show Highlights:
  • Why Kerry pivoted from politics to education
  • How Kerry uses books to build relationships
  • The book Kerry hands out the most
  • Long emails from colleagues and what they teach us …
  • The strength of a discussion that leads to no clear answer and more questions …
  • Do you fix problems quickly?
  • Kerry’s writing process
  • The importance of mentorship for new teachers
  • How to build sustainable and authentic mentor relationships
  • Fighting the Imposter Syndrome
  • Moving reluctant teachers to take risks
 
Kerry Gallagher Resources:
 
Kerry’s blog
 
The Power of School Culture for New School Teachers
 
Follow Kerry on Twitter
 
Books:
An Ethic of Excellence 
Learning Transformed
Blended 
Blended Learning
Blended Learning in Action
 
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Jan 24, 2018
Originally from DeMotte, Indiana, Kyle Hamstra moved to Cary, North Carolina in 2002. After teaching fifth grade math/science for fourteen years at Davis Drive Elementary, Kyle is now a second-year elementary STEM Specialist, serving over 1,000 students weekly. Kyle is happily married to Leann Hamstra. Kyle is passionate about and interested in speaking on the topics of educational leadership, curriculum, STEM, and growing with his professional learning network. Connect with him at kylehamstra.com@KyleHamstra, and kghamstra@gmail.com. 
 
@DDEDolphins STEM Specialist • #ISTE Speaker • @ASCD Emerging Leader • #NCPDK Board • AfterSch Dir • @MarblesRaleigh Adv • #EdcampWakeOrg • #Hashtag180 Creator
 
Kyle Hamstra Show Highlights
  • Why Kyle was not a fan of social media at first (and why he changed his opinion)
  • Some of Kyle’s favorite TwitterChats
  • What it’s like to win an ASCD Emerging Leader Award
  • The obstacle is the way
  • People crave authenticity
  • Are you open to trying something new?
  • Why each school should include a STEM special course
  • The 3 kind of people you need in life 
 
Kyle Hamstra Resources
 
Kyle on Twitter
 
Kyle’s Blog
 
The Ultimate Guide to TwitterChats for Educators
 
The Obstacle is the Way
 
What Connected Educators Do Differently
 
Twitter Chats you should check out:
  • #Satchat
  • #L2Lchat
  • #Leadupchat
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Jan 22, 2018
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
 
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Relentless Learning website
 
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Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
 
Legacy by James Kerr
 
The Fish Philosophy
 
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Jan 17, 2018
Matt Arend is an Elementary Principal (KN-5) in Plano ISD in Plano, TX. As the principal of #SiglerNation or Sigler Elementary, Matt models servant leadership through working side by side with teachers, never asking anyone to do something he is not willing to do himself. It is through this intentional approach that relationships are cultivated leading to transformed learning experiences across the campus for students.
 
Matt Arend Show Highlights
  • How he makes time for fitness and how it impacts his leadership
  • The story of #SiglerNation
  • How using social media to tell the school’s story has attracted high-quality applicants
  • Push yourself to present and connect at conferences
  • Are you noticing and celebrating the amazing contribution your staff makes each day?
  • CASA (Creating And Supporting Amigos)
  • Build a mini golf course for Open House
  • You don’t have to be the expert at everything and you don’t have to do it yourself
  • Teach empathy to students
  • Great people first, all the time.
 
Matt Arend Resources
 
Collaborative Leadership by Peter Dewitt
 
Student Voice the Instrument of Change
 
Sigler Nation Video
 
Matt on Twitter
 
Matt on Instagram
 
Matt’s Website

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Jan 10, 2018
Nathaniel Bozarth calls himself a storyteller and curious individual. Trained in the techniques of anthropology, Nathaniel strives to see the small (the minute details that are often overlooked), to see the big (the overarching systems that inform how we live) and to see the seeing (the biases and assumptions that interpret how we see). Nathaniel has produced two web documentaries that are available online for free: Your Fellow Americans and Re:Dream [pronounced Re-Dream]. Both series look at how issues of race and identity affect opportunity in America through the eyes of diverse individuals. Nathaniel now hosts and produces Wide Ruled, a podcast on the past and present of equality in education. 
 
 
Nathaniel Bozarth Show Highlights:
  • How privilege pushed Nathaniel to care about issues of race and equity
  • Nathaniel and Daniel’s story of understanding privilege
  • Why Nathaniel started a podcast on race and equity called Wide Ruled
  • Nathaniel’s Ah-Ha moments learned through his podcast
  • Teachers have been victimized by top down reform
  • How to give dignity back to your staff, students, and community
  • Are we training our Principals and APs to lead?
  • “The History of Math” class Nathaniel would teach in school’s today
  • How schools can become the happiest place on Earth
 
Nathaniel Bozarth Resources
 
Wide Ruled Podcast
 
End of Education by Neil Postman book 
 
Our Kids by Robert Putnam
 
The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
 
Connect with Daniel on Twitter
 
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Jan 8, 2018
Adam started Abl to help all schools move beyond the 20th century model of education. Two and a half decades after dropping out of high school, he returned to the field of education to rethink the structure of school as we know it. His career has been focused on helping organizations become more agile and responsive, and now he brings this expertise to schools. Prior to Abl, Adam co-founded Yammer in 2008, ultimately creating one of the fastest growing SaaS companies of all time. He oversaw product, analytics, and engineering, scaling the company to 500 employees until Yammer sold to Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 Billion. To clear his head, Adam also enjoys long bike rides, backpacking, and rock climbing.
 
"If we started today, designing school what would it look like?”
-Adam Pisoni
 
Adam Pisoni Show Highlights
  • How a listening tour started his company Abl
  • What prevents traditional school from meeting the needs of all their kids
  • Abl allows data to guide through terrible trade-offs and challenging constraints
  • The problems with current master scheduling systems
  • How school leaders can apply agility and responsiveness to education
  • Try testing small things first
  • Everything is an experiment 
  • Reframing success and failure
  • Should we run schools top-down?
  • Model agnostic philosophy
  • How Adam uses cadences in his company
  • Consent vs Consensus (integrated decision making)
  • Real change starts by engaging the community
 
Adam Pisoni Resources
 
Adam’s Company Abl
 
Never Split the Difference
 
The Teacher Wars
 
The End of Average
 
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Jan 3, 2018
Ben Baker has always been passionate about story telling. Whether it was in sales in his early career or over the last 20 years as a marketer, Ben’s goal has always been to tell a story that is relevant, valuable and engages his audience.
 
It is about letting people understand the values and vision of the companies that I work with.   If people, whether they be staff, customers or potential customers do not understand who you are, what you do and why you do it. . . why should they care?    My job is to create the conversation that allows them to care.
 
Ben has been the owner and chief storyteller at Your Brand Marketing for the last decade and can be found at www.yourbrandmarketing.com
 
Ben Baker Show Highlights
  • Branding 101: Who are you and what are you about?
  • What do you feel and what do you believe?
  • Generating story “stickiness"
  • Are you using multiple channels to tell your story?
  • Great Idea: Highlights from the week or the week in the review
  • Do you give people the opportunity to care?
  • Tips for engagement
  • What makes a great story?
  • Use plenty of questions in your content (dare them to engage!)
  • How to run contests via Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Is your website fresh?
  • Do you really understand who you serve?
  • What a personal branding class for students would look like
 
Ben Baker Show Resources:
 
 
“I want people to understand it’s all about effective communication"
 
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CONTEST RULES: 
  • Create a 1 minute video (or less) with your leadership “Hack.” What helps you make incredibly effective as a school leader. Try to be unique and offer an idea that will inspire other school leaders. Content will be curated in an upcoming blog post. The Better Leaders Better Schools Tribe will vote on the best video who will win the mastermind or coaching …
  • All video urls must be shared with Danny. Email video urls to daniel@betterleadersbetterschools.com with the subject line “Leadership Video Hack” so I can easily search and create the blog post.
  • All submissions are due by Jan. 31st 11:59pm CDT. 
  • Blog post will be created no more than 15 days later and a winner will be announced at the end of February.

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Dec 27, 2017
Mighty Writers was founded in 2009 with the mission to teach kids to think clearly and write with clarity. The organization offers free programs for students from elementary through high school at centers in four diverse Philadelphia neighborhoods, including one bilingual location for Spanish-speaking students.
 
Mighty Writers offers daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, College Prep courses and college essay writing classes. In addition to their four main Philadelphia locations, they hold "On the Road" sessions at other locations across the city. Over 300 of the city’s best creative minds (writers, teachers, journalists, etc.) teach and mentor some 2,000 kids at Mighty Writers annually.
 
President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities named Mighty Writers "one of the 50 top nonprofits" in the nation and the Philadelphia 76ers honored Mighty Writers as a "Hometown Hero" in 2014. NBCUniversal named Mighty Writers a "21st Century Solution Winner" in 2016.
 
Founder and executive director Tim Whitaker began his career teaching fifth and sixth grade in Philadelphia before becoming a writer and editor. He was the editor of Philadelphia Weekly (1994-2008), and previously the editor of PhillySport and Pittsburgh magazines. Whitaker was a head writer at NBC Radio and has written for The New York Times, Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also the author of “Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen.”
 
Tim Whitaker Show Highlights
  • Tim’s love for writing
  • Why Tim chose to leave journalism and start Mighty Writers
  • How Tim inspires students to write
  • The definition of thinking clearly
  • Don't underestimate street smarts of your kids
  • Are you the smartest one in the room (you don’t have to be)
 
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