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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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Dec 21, 2016

Professional Development Agent Pete Hall, 12-year veteran school principal on sabbatical, proudly offers professional development experiences, workshops, mentoring support, keynote addresses, and other educational consulting services full-time. After a teaching career that spanned three states and included primary, intermediate, and middle-school positions, Mr. Hall served as principal of Anderson Elementary School in Reno, Nevada. When he took over Anderson Elementary in 2002, it was the only school in Nevada to have failed to make AYP for four consecutive years. Two short years later, it was the only Title I school in the state of Nevada to earn “High Achieving” designation. Subsequently, he served as the principal of Sheridan Elementary, a Title I school in Spokane, which earned accolades from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for its growth and achievement, and as principal of Shaw Middle, another Title I school in Spokane, which earned recognition for its college & career readiness indicators and growth.

Pete Hall Show Highlights

  • His style of “building capacity” and how he does it ...
  • What he learned from his 28 page School Improvement Plan
  • Leave it to your team to create the plan for where your school is going
  • How Pete builds trust with his people
  • The 4 step reflective cycle Pete created
  • Pete’s creative process for writing
  • The question you must ask yourself as a leader, “What are you focused on?"
  • We need something for trauma-informed instruction
  • How to maintain relationships with people different than us
  • What do we want our kids to be like when they leave?
  • Read something non-professional to be more human

Resources

The principal influence
Fostering resilient learners
Teach, reflect, learn
Building teachers’ capacity for success
 
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Dec 14, 2016
Randy Harris is the Superintendent of Huntington County Community School Corporation in Huntington, Indiana. Prior to being this, he was the Superintendent of Eastern Hancock Schools for 6 ½ years.

Randy started a traditional educational career by teaching and coaching for 5 years before moving into secondary administration where he stayed for 9 years. Then his career took a turn and he spent 14 years in private business. For 8 years he traveled the country in sales, marketing and training with school technology while working for Dukane Corporation headquartered in St. Charles, IL. He then joined a small business of selling school furniture in Indiana. Finally, in 2009 Randy returned to school administration.

Randy’s educational background includes a B.A. in social studies and secondary education from Oral Roberts University, M.S. in secondary administration from Butler University, and an Ed.S. Degree in school administration and curriculum and instruction from Indiana University.
 
Randy Harris Show Highlights
  • Be a lifelong learner
  • What he learned about leadership interviewing some superstars in his community
  • Steps to effective delegation
  • 3 ingredients to building trust
  • What new skills he needed as a superintendent
  • Why he left sales to return to school leadership
  • Guard against making decisions too quickly
  • They are talking to the chair
  • Find a mentor
 
Resources
 
 
Drive by Daniel Pink
 
Leadership Axioms by Bill Hybels
 
 
 
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Dec 7, 2016

Derek McCoy has been fortunate in his career to have had some great experiences and made a difference helping kids grow and achieve. He's served urban and rural schools/districts as reading specialist, math teacher, curriculum facilitator, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal and director of curriculum and innovation.

Derek McCoy's career goal is to be a part of school/district leading and learning team that will promote innovative and difference-making learning and teaching practices that result in student and teacher growth! Continuing his growth and development is a large part of him diving into his PLN and committing to helping other build their networks. Derek's family, friends and PLN have been instrumental in his success and impact. This includes being honored with such recognitions as a 2014 NASSP Digital Principal and one of 25 NC Educators to Follow on Twitter.

Everything Derek does is about improving learning and teaching, making a difference in his school, district, PLN and [to paraphrase a quote from Gandhi] to be the change he wants to see in the world and education.

Derek McCoy show highlights
  • Derek’s definition of an incredible school leader
  • Inspect what you Expect
  • Be intentional building relationships
  • Developing “My Understandings” group norms
  • Why conflict is healthy 
  • Leadership can be a lonely road
  • What colors & flexible spaces have to do with smiling students
  • Engagement vs Empowerment (and Genius Hour)
 
Connect with Derek on Twitter
 
Check out Derek’s website
 
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Nov 30, 2016

Fran McGreevy has 42 years of experience as an educator - 30 years in high schools as a teacher (social studies & religion), Assistant Principal & coach - 12 years as a middle school principal.  Fran worked his first 23 years in private schools and the last 19 years in public schools - all in the Western New York Area. After all of these years Fran is hungry to understand learning & the conditions under which it is most likely to occur and how we can create those conditions.

Fran McGreevy is the husband of an amazing women Anne (she just published her first children's book) and the father of 4 children of whom he is so proud.  They have provided him and Anne with 10 wonderful grandchildren.  Finally, Fran is the president of a new corporation, "Root-Ed  Leadership & Learning" who hosted our first conference this past July in Buffalo.

 

Fran McGreevy Highlights

  • why he loves the high school scene
  • how to see something in other people
  • leadership by caring
  • how to appreciate each other and relate in positive ways 
  • take charge of your time
  • the tough guy approach doesn’t work ...
  • be true to yourself
  • story of starting Root-Ed Leadership and Learning
  • what do you love?
  • how to bring energy to your staff
 
Resources
 
Malachi Pentecost
 
Creativity Inc
 
Procrastinate on Purpose
 
Learn more about the masterminds
 
Adam Grant: Originals
 
Steven Pressfield: The War of Art
 
Seth Godin: What to Do When It’s Your Turn 
 
Christina Maslach: The Truth about Burnout
 
 
Contact Fran McGreevy
 
Fran’s Website (Root-Ed)
 
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Nov 23, 2016
John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of EOFire, an award winning Podcast where he interviews today's most successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. JLD has interviewed over 1200 Entrepreneurs and EOFire generates 
over 1 million monthly listens. John's latest project is The Freedom Journal; a 
gorgeous leather bound journal that guides you in accomplishing your #1 goal in 100 days. Launched on Kickstarter, it raised 453k in 33 days and became the #6 most funded publishing project of all time. You can learn more at TheFreedomJournal.com.
 
Show Highlights
 
  • The story behind starting EoFire
  • The lights aren’t always green
  • Magic happens outside your comfort zone
  • The moment in his life when he knew he most take action
  • How he would build a school as an entrepreneur
  • His favorite memory in school
  • Ripple effect and leadership
 
Resources
 
The One Thing by Keller and Papasan
 
The Freedom Journal
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Nov 16, 2016
Lily has been in education for over 25 years. She has taught students ages 0-adult and has been a student of leadership for over 16 years. She has servedas a CEO of an early intervention agency, a director of a charter school, and a program director for a Pre-K school. She currently teaches and supervises Student-Teachers at Hofstra University, where she completed her Advanced Certification in Educational Leadership. 
Lily is a certified John Maxwell Team (JMT) Leadership Coach, Teacher & Speaker.  She is the creator and host of Master Leadership, a podcasts that takes listeners on a journey towards greater significance. 
 
Highlights:
  • Why servant leadership is a must
  • How Super-storm Cuomo impacted her life
  • The story of starting her podcast, Master Leadership
  • The power of asking great questions
  • How are you invest in yourself
  • Develop your emotional intelligence
  • Trust is a choice
 
Resources
 
 
 
 
 
Connect
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 9, 2016
Adriane Hanes is an amazing educator. She has worked as a college counselor Marian Catholic HS, a coordinator for the academic center and IB program at Morgan Park, and as a counselor at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep in Chicago, IL.
 
Last year she helped less than 200 students earn over $26 million in scholarships.
 
Highlights from the episode:
 
  • What an awesome college experience looks like
  • People first attitude and how to form relationships
  • Sometimes people just want to be heard
  • What principals can do to connect with staff
  • Are you watching what people don’t do or don’t say?
  • Take time for yourself
  • The key steps she took to help ~200 students earn more than $26 million in scholarship awards
  • Measure and provide incentives through healthy competition
  • How to celebrate Seniors through College Signing Day
 
Resources
 
 
 
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Nov 2, 2016
Maureen Blaha is the executive director of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), an organization with the mission to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
 
According to NRS’ most recent Crisis Connection Trend Report that high-lights emerging trends on youth in crisis, the number of online chats doubled and the crisis connections increased by 20 percent from 2014 to 2015. Maureen Blaha, NRS’ executive director, talks about what this increase in crisis connections means and dive into the trends revealed, such as the reasons youth run away, how long they’re on the streets, where they go, what their means of survival are, and so much more.
 
Maureen Blaha Highlights
  • History of National Runaway Safeline
  • How to identify warning signs that a child is thinking about running away
  • What parents and educators can do when children are thinking of running away
  • NRS' Free Runaway Prevention Curriculum
  • Become a NRS Street Team Member
  • Leaders are listeners
 
Resources
 
 
 
 
 
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Oct 26, 2016

Katie Martin works with districts and individual schools to facilitate teacher innovation through sustained, personalized professional learning. With a focus on developing the global competencies of all students, Katie works with instructional leaders to support and empower teachers to integrate technology and transform learning, teaching, and leading.

 
Prior to joining USD, Katie Martin spent 10 years in Hawai’i on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu. teaching middle school English language arts and was the school based literacy coach. Katie continued as a new teacher mentor and coordinator of district programs to support and retain effective teachers.
 
Katie Martin Highlights:
  • how a decreased interest in education led to a career in education
  • the importance of choice in the classroom for all involved
  • the importance of designing curriculum for the students you have in front of you
  • the keys to empowering your staff and students
  • difference between not showing up and getting out of the way
  • creating an “open door” culture so teachers can learn from each other
  • share more student work
  • push through the fear … start the process
  • the importance of highlighting the positives and growth
  • focus on people’s strengths 
 
Resources:
 
Innovators Mindset - George Couros
Follow Katie on Twitter
Katie’s Website
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Oct 19, 2016

The Dynamic Duo is here! Jeff Veal & Nathan Lang join me on the show to discuss the idea behind starting #leadupchat 7 LeadUpNow.

#Leadupchat is my favorite Twitter chat. It happens every single Saturday 8:30-9:30 am CST.

Show Highlights

  • why every educator needs a voice
  • how to empower educators on their campus
  • what’s next for LeadUp
  • people are hungry for connection
  • do your people feel valued, loved, cared for, heard?
  • focus on value not numbers
  • importance of community
  • the power of “YES"
  • go ahead and work 24/7 … you still won’t get it all done
  • stick with your true north
  • people don’t need your next great idea … celebrate what is happening right now!

Resources

LeadUpNow Website

What great principals do differently - Todd Whitaker
 
The principal - Michael Fullan
 
Multipliers - Liz Wiseman
 
Follow Jeff Veal
 
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Oct 12, 2016
Connie Hamilton is an admitted curriculum geek.  She's been seen with Fisher and Frey in her hands at the beach during summer break, using her store of knowledge and life lessons to synthesize new perspectives and make connections that deepen understanding of complex pedagogical applications.
 
Connie never outgrew her 4-year old mindset of asking question after question.  As a 20+ year veteran in the educational field, Connie excels at using her communication skills, masterfully using effective questioning to clarify situations and distill information and data fundamental to the creation of logical, thorough, and realistic solutions.
  • The “look at me I have all the answers” leadership model didn’t work
  • Why questions are more valuable than answers
  • How to ask better questions
  • If you want to build great teams do this ____
  • How Connie finds untapped resources in her people
  • Why Connie would tell herself “shut-up” as a novice principal
  • Connie’s new book that is coming out ...
  • Be faithful to your calendar
  • Focus on impacting the individual
  • The problem in education is that everything works
 
Resources 
 
Hacking Homework by Connie Hamilton & Starr Sackstein (available end of Oct 2016)
 
Connect
 
 
 
 
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Oct 5, 2016

Bruce Langford has always loved helping others, and have worked in the field of bullying prevention starting in 2003. As he helped hundreds of students and adults through bullying situations, he began to use mindfulness techniques more and more to help them regain their confidence and happiness.

 
For the past 5 years he's been helping people become more calm, focused and happy … through mindfulness.
 
If you’re looking for more peace in your life, a sense of contentment, Bruce can help you with that.
 
Highlights from the episode:
  • Definition of mindfulness and why 2 year olds are great at it ...
  • How the present and judgment are related
  • Mindfulness vs meditation
  • How Bruce would teach mindfulness in a school
  • How Bruce used mindfulness to help address bullying
  • Mindfulness can help you through challenges (even in a chaotic music class!)
  • Increasing your reach via a podcast
 
Resources:
 
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
 
Connect
 
Follow Bruce on Twitter
 
Listen to his podcast
 
 
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Sep 28, 2016

Angus Nelson reached out to me to be on the show and boy am I happy he did. One of the best parts of starting the podcast is that I’ve made more friends and have been exposed to infinitely more awesome people than when I was in my rather large “bubble” of Chicago.

 
I really appreciate this episode with Angus because he is so transparent … and an engaging speaker! I guess you have to be when you present to places like Whole Foods, BMW, and Coke!
 
During this episode we get into a lot of fun conversations around leadership, emotional intelligence, grace, and empathy. I know you are going to love it … in fact if I’m right do you mind sharing it with a friend?
 
Bio
 
Angus works with executives of the world’s largest companies as a speaker, coach, and facilitator. He’s spoken at corporate headquarters for Walmart, Whole Foods, Coke, BMW and others; hosts an Inc.com Top 20 business podcast called, “Up In Your Business”; and has been featured on Aol.com, Huffington Post, & VentureBeat. His book is called “Love's Compass: How Do You Recover After a Lost Relationship”.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • model approach of leadership 
  • how to become more self-aware
  • are you focused on the past or the future
  • TODAY (The only day that’s actually yours)
  • life is based in paradox
  • who is the person in the mirror? 
  • do you love yourself?
  • are you afraid of success?
  • the importance of what you are learning and who you hang out with
  • tourist vs engagement  
  • expose yourself to fear … you will grow
  • why we should be like arctic musk-oxen
  • what if we open-sourced education
 
Resources
 
Connect
 
   
 
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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:
Soliciting and synthesizing teacher input on PD needs
Creating an intuitive, simple dashboard of needs so leaders can take immediate and informed action to support teachers
Measuring and reporting on the impact of those efforts over time
 
Schools, districts, and charter networks leverage KickUp’s platform and consultative support to synthesize data so that all stakeholders--administrators, coaches, and teachers--can monitor progress, identify meaningful professional learning actions, and demonstrate and share impact.
 
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Sep 21, 2016
Do you use systems in your school? Do you even know what systems are? I have heard the term “systems” used frequently, but I never really quite understood what they were … As a result, I brought on the systems expert, Kate Erickson, to give some very practical advice on how to start systematizing your work as a school leader.
 
This show very well could be a game changer.
 
It is short, but filled with practical tips and resources. Kate defines systems as "saving time, and working more efficiently, and not recreating the wheel."
 
Throughout your day, how may repetitive tasks do you complete (e.g. email, financial approvals, observations, etc.)? If you were able to speed up time around all those tasks, how would you spend this abundance of new time?
 
Bio
 
Kate Erickson is a creator, engager and implementer over at EOFire, a 7-day a week podcast that interviews today's most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs. She is also the host of Kate's Take: The EOFire Audio Blog and author of The Fire Path: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Your Online Business. Kate is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • definition of systems
  • first step to creating systems ...
  • why everyone CAN be a systems person
  • how to take inventory
  • what Kate learned about herself after doing an “inventory"
  • resources for creating systems
  • what could you do if you never had to teach a system again?
  • what Kate realized about herself that helped her implement systems
  • how to get through mindset blocks & the impostor syndrome
  • are you surrounding yourself with the right people?
 
Resources
 
Essentialism
 
Connect
 
Kate’s email
 
Kate’s podcast
 
Kate’s website
 
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Sep 14, 2016

Butch Bellah is a superior salesman and former comedian who shares a ton of value in this show! I know Butch from the mastermind I participate in with Aaron Walker. Don’t know what a mastermind is … you can learn more here. If you think it’s the right fit, then I’d love to work with you.

 
Butch Bellah is the owner of B2 Training & Development where he works with salespeople and organizations to gain more appointments, win more business and retain more customers. From his first corporate job at 21, it took Butch only 4 years to be promoted to Division Sales Manager, then another short 5 years to Vice President of Sales. At 35, he and a business partner acquired controlling interest in the company he’d helped build from a $35 million local business to one of the largest wholesale food distributors in the nation with annual sales almost a quarter-billion dollars.
 
 
In May 2009, Butch underwent triple-bypass heart surgery at 43-years old, completed cardiac rehab and ran his first 5K 190 days after surgery. He’s since completed dozens of 5ks, 2-10k’s and two half marathons.
 
He has written two books, The 10 Essential Habits of Sales Superstars: Plugging Into The Power of Ten and Sales Management For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons).
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • comedy is great for sales and how that relates to ed leadership
  • the importance of 1st impressions and how to speed up the process of getting people to like you
  • why you should script what you present and how it helps you overcome objections
  • delivering with passion
  • people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
  • success is just a decision away
  • your location is not your destination
  • a great gift idea for your significant other (you will thank me later!)
 
Resources
 
Procrastinate on purpose by Rory Vaden (one of my favorites)
 
Funny business by Butch Bellah (free gift)
 
Connect
 
Butch’s website
 
Butch on Twitter
 
Butch on LinkedIn
 
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Sep 7, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Tiawana Giles is an Assistant Principal at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • The "I am you" perspective
  • Finding out what kids are passionate about
  • Situational leadership
  • How to get "all the facts"
  • The importance of a game plan
  • How to celebrate kids
  • How to conduct home visits
  • What she learned doing the 21 Day Instructional Challenge
 
Resources
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Soliciting and synthesizing teacher input on PD needs
  • Creating an intuitive, simple dashboard of needs so leaders can take immediate and informed action to support teachers
  • Measuring and reporting on the impact of those efforts over time

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

What Great Educators Do Differently

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

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Aug 31, 2016
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.
 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How many leaders did you leave behind?
  • How to establish a collective commitment
  • Build trust by being trustworthy
  • Leaders don’t rush to consequences, but rush to support
  • All means all
  • Kids that challenge us the most need us the most
  • Are you there to lead or to survive?
  • Are you using the Significant 72?
  • Be positive by design
 
Resources:
 
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
 
Tom’s TedX
 
Starting a Movement
 
I am the Future
 
7 Keys
 
What do you make?
 
Connect with Tom ...
 
Blog
 
Twitter
 
Email
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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.

Aug 24, 2016
Better Leaders Better School’s guest Erich Kurschat is the founder of Harmony Insights, an HR coaching and consulting business focused on helping companies build and grow teams that value diverse communication, personality, and leadership styles.  A seasoned corporate HR professional and dynamic DiSC assessment instructor, Erich has partnered internationally with thousands of business leaders to get the most out of themselves and their teams.  He facilitates group workshops and 1-on-1 coaching that are at once both highly interactive and deeply introspective.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How to go farther in your conversations
  • The coach vs the disciplinarian
  • What is meaningful work?
  • Why do people do what they do?
  • How to build even greater diversity
  • How the DISC assessment can build better schools
 
Resources
 
Connect:
 
Erich’s company: Harmony Insights
 
Erich on LinkedIn
 
Erich on Twitter
 
Erich on FB
 
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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:

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

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

What Great Educators Do Differently

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

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Aug 17, 2016
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 differently
 
What great principals do differently
 
Good to great
 
Transforming school culture
 
Creative schools
 
Launch
 
Contact
 
Todd’s Twitter
 
Todd’s Blog
 
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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:

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

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

What Great Educators Do Differently

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

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.

Aug 10, 2016
I met Steve Larosiliere through a mutual friend and helped him explore getting his after school program into Chicago schools. Listeners will notice how authentic and self-aware Steve is. This episode is going to rock your world because we go deep into leadership … especially how to create great teams.
 
I admire so many things about Steve, but can you imagine when you were in high school ...
  • if you created your own skateboard from scratch?
  • what if you went on monthly skating, snowboarding or surfing trips?
  • is there anything better than going on an over night trip with your high school peers … snowboarding for hours and writing the best personal essay ever for college?
 
Bio
 
Steve Larosiliere, is the President of STOKED, an award winning youth development program voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business.
 
Steve speaks worldwide on the subject of youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and closing the opportunity gap, and action sports at places such as Do Lectures, Creative Mornings, Nike, Bloomberg, The United Nations, and various universities. Prior to STOKED, Steve began his career with an independent marketing firm that he cofounded working with clients such as Sony Music, Reader’s Digest, and Rock the Vote.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • trust … trust … trust
  • you’re doing the universe a disservice if you’re playing small
  • transactional vs transformative leadership
  • don’t underestimate the value of spending time with people
  • what hiring the wrong person does to an organization
  • the reason you need coaching and mentors
  • the story of starting STOKED
  • the 1st step of leadership is self-awareness
  • how to teach life skills through action sports
  • learning happens in the classroom … development happens outside the classroom
 
Resources
 
Stoked website
 
Join the Stoked Igniters!
 
I did and you should too!
 
No more prisons
 
Losing my virginity
 
Connect
 
Email
 
FB
 
LinkedIn
 
Twitter
 
Insta
 
Do you need accountability?
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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.

 

 
 
 
Aug 8, 2016

How do you change things when change is hard?

First, you should read Switch, by Chip and Dan Heath ...

Or if you're strapped for time, listen to my Mini-Monday episode that focuses on this topic.

According to the Heath Bros change centers on 3 elements:

  1. Rider (logic)
  2. Elephant (emotion)
  3. Path (necessary steps for change)

Leaders need to be aware of each of these 3 elements to effectively instill change in their organization.

Make sure you listen to the entire episode for a few anecdotes and examples of what you can do in your school or district to more effectively be a change agent.

Resources

Switch

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

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

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

What Great Educators Do Differently

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

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.

 

Aug 3, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Karine Veldhoen, M. Ed. is the founder of Learn Forward and a creative force in education. She’s also the Chief Learning Officer at
Willowstone Academy, the CEO/Founder of Niteo Africa, a former Education Consultant for Fresh Grade and a modern day Learn Forward represents a lifetime of her professional study, action research, and meaning-making within the context of education.

Driven by her passion for making a difference in the lives of others, Karine’s been exploring the most important journeys of children through serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Willowstone Academy for the last 10 years and as an educator for over 20 years. In her talks about the transformation of education, she emphasizes the importance of cultivating a connection between school and home and uses the Table of
Learning as a metaphor for where we can begin.
 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • Power of being a learner
  • Don’t take things so personally
  • How to frame experiences in healthy ways
  • Power of letting go
  • The story of starting Learn Forward
  • The 5 most important journeys of a child
  • Brutal honesty + trust
  • How to invite practice into your community
  • Self-care
  • Vision building
  • How to get on the same page as a couple
 
Resources
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connect with Karine ...
 
 
 
Do you need accountability?
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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.

Aug 1, 2016

 Today is another Mini-Monday episode ... 32 to be exact.

I discuss the last two chapters of Creativity, Inc.

Show Highlights:

  • Lessons learned from a Disney-Pixar merger
  • What does your office say about you?
  • Get great results (with the same staff)
  • How to run notes day
  • The key question that drove the solutions of Notes Day

Resource

Creativity, Inc.

 

Do you need accountability?
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Daniel wants to work with you
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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:

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

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

What Great Educators Do Differently

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

 

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.

 
 
 
Jul 27, 2016
Greg is the founder of Coachwell, Inc. and author of The Enemies of Excellence.
 
For over a decade Greg has coached and consulted leaders to realize their goals and improve their lives. Greg directs the Coachwell team and inspires team members to pursue excellence as an example to others. Coachwell’s mission is to develop positive results by inspiring excellence through professional coaching, certification and coaching systems. Greg lives in Central Oregon with his family where he enjoys the great outdoors. When Greg is not serving leaders, he ski’s at Mt. Bachelor, rides mountain bikes, and hikes with family and friends.
 
Show Highlights
 
  • Coaches and their message of importance of character
  • The definition of character and how you match them with your life
  • The problem with not listening
  • Greg’s defining moment and when his wife said “I’m done …"
  • How to actively listen
  • Why do leaders fail?
  • How ego hurts leaders and what that leads to
  • Wisdom of Proverbs 18:1
  • The antidote to failure and how to sustain your success
  • Are you using a pre-scheduled calendar?
  • What to look for in a core group
  • Tips for planning
 
Resources
 
The Enemies of excellence
 
Living forward
 
The 5 dysfunctions of a team
 
The advantage
 
Connect
 
Greg’s email
 
Greg on Twitter
 
Greg’s website
 
 
"Excellence is not a destination, it’s a journey ..."
 
-Greg Salciccioli
 
 
Do you need accountability?
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Daniel wants to work with you
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your leadership development
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KickUp: KickUp is a professional learning data analytics company that provides an easy-to-use platform to help school leaders optimize their PD resources and efforts by:

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

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

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.

 
 
 
Jul 25, 2016

 

Today I'm releasing a bonus episode ...

In my masterminds for school leaders we read an excellent leadership book each month and it bothers me that listeners miss the valuable insights from the books because I have limited availability in the masterminds.

So I decided to experiment ... in this show I share a few ideas around some impactful ideas from the book we read this July: Creativity, Inc.

Show highlights:

  • honesty vs candor
  • how Pixar delivers feedback through the Braintrust
  • what "good notes" are
  • how Pixar's feedback system is different than yours
  • Braintrusts and Masterminds

Thanks for listening!

Books mentioned in the episode:

Creativity, Inc.

Switch

Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
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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.

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.

 
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