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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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Feb 24, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Trenton Goble spent a twenty-years career in public schools. He taught several grade levels, served as an assistant principal, and was an elementary school principal for eleven years. As an administrator, he won numerous awards for innovation and educational excellence, including Rookie Principal of the Year and Principal Innovator of the Year.

In 2009 Trenton co-founded MasteryConnect, a mastery learning platform designed to help K-12 educators measure student growth against any set of standards. In 2012 he left his position as a principal to become the MasteryConnect Chief Learning Officer. In this role, he remains a passionate advocate for American educators, traveling the country helping schools and districts implement mastery learning.

 
Trenton married his high school sweetheart, Amy, who is now a history teacher. They live in Salt Lake City with their two children, Elliott and Maggie. He holds an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from Utah State University.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • the evolution of education … maybe for the worse
  • why autonomy is so important to success
  • the difference between high stakes testing vs common formative assessments
  • the BIG 3
  • why assessments should be in the hands of teachers
  • where do you place your emphasis?
  • are you communicating what grades mean to your community?
  • be engaged in the school
  • go to where the problems are and solve them
  • be patient
  • why you should replace your staff meeting with 5 minute standing meetings
  • want to be a hero at your school? stop wasting teachers’ time!
 
Resources:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
 
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 17, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a district administrator in Rock Island, Illinois, and a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff also served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois. Zoul has also taught graduate courses at the university level. Before working as an administrator, Jeff taught for 18 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and enjoyed coaching a variety of sports. Jeff is the author of several books, including Improving Your School One Week at a Time and co-author of What Connected Educators Do Differently. In addition, Zoul enjoys sharing his thoughts about a wide range of educational topics through his blog, Teach. Learn. Lead. Repeat.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How disconnection and lack of inspiration motivated Jeff to make an impact
  • Why he uses the phrase "Work hard, have fun, be nice"
  • What MICE+E stands for
  • The power of old fashioned thank you cards
  • The problem wiht jumping to conclusions
  • The power and pitfalls of listening
  • You can't make everyone happy
  • The real importance of mission, vision, and values
  • The power of hard work
  • The one thing he would do if he was a principal now
  • Innovation vs Transformation
 
Contact Jeff
 
Jeff's blog
 
What great educators do differently conference
 
Books:
 
The Advantage by Pat Lencioni
 
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin (free)
 
The Innovator's Mindset by George Cauros
 
Improving Your School One Week at a Time by Jeff Zoul
 
What Connected Educators Do Differently by Jeff Zoul
 
Leading Professional Learning by Jeff Zoul
 
The One World School House by Salman Khan
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
 
 
Feb 10, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest  Sean Thom is currently in his 2ndyear serving as the principal of Brookfield Elementary School In Haddon Heights, NJ.  His school is a private, out-of-district placement for students with behavioral and emotional issues. The aim of the school is to provide a rigorous academic and therapeutic education for their students to ensure that they will be equipped with tools to be successful in life. Prior to this, Sean taught middle school science for 6 years throughout New Jersey (in Hoboken, Camden, and Millville).

In addition to being an educator, Sean has also had a patent approved for a student-centered teacher feedback system. This approach takes the focus solely off of student output and examines student input. The process allows students to provide instant feedback on any one of several key aspects of a lesson. He is currently speaking with several companies about partnerships to get this system in the hands of students and educators as soon as possible.

When he is not working on school or business-related tasks, Sean loves to spend time with his wife, their two-year old son, and their two dogs. He enjoys running, mountain biking, training for and running Spartan races, and doing whatever he can to stay active and involved. 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How challenges in school helped become a better leader
  • How to keep fragile students on track for greatness
  • The power of a second chance
  • There is a reason story behind every struggle and how to find that story
  • How to dig deeper and find the "Why?"
  • Stop talking & start listening
  • Connecting online to grow leadership development
  • Tom's word for 2016: Breathe ... And how he finds space in his day to recalibrate
  • Why school leader and students should start meditating 
  • Sean's patent approved system for soliciting student feedback
 
Resources
 
Smart but stuck: Emotions in teens and adults with ADHD by Thomas Brown
 
Tara Brach on Tim Ferriss show.
 
Contact Sean
 
Sean’s Blog
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
 
Feb 3, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Paul Erickson is the proud principal of Union Valley Elementary School in Hutchinson, KS. This is Paul’s seventh year as a building principal and 12th year in education. Paul has always summed up quality school leadership the same way he has summed up quality classroom teaching–if what you do is all about kids and taking them to unprecedented levels of learning, then you can do NO WRONG! He is passionate about creating and sustaining positive school cultures, maximizing collaborative opportunities for teachers, integrating technology, and helping others harness the power of Professional Learning Networks. 
 
LeadUpNow is at the heart of his own PLN. Paul has led staff development on the concepts of Technology Leadership and Professional Learning Communities. He also has organized and led the Beginning Principals Workshop for the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals from 2012-present. In 2014, he was recognized as KAESP’s National Distinguished Principal.
 
Outside of education, Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends. Paul and his wife, Tasha, have a three-year-old daughter, Stelli. He is also a Big Brother via Big Brothers/Big Sisters and coaches a 5th Grade Dodge Ball team each year at his school through the local YMCA.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How to build great relationships through 2 key tips
  • When to use humor in your leadership
  • Why you should extend the benefit of the doubt to everyone
  • Paul’s use of a daily morning assembly
  • How being “connected” helped develop his leadership style
  • Why failing to disperse leadership is a key mistake
  • The power of taking risks
  • The power of planning each day
  • How to create a mobile office
  • What is group capital and why you need to know
 
Resources:
 
The Principal by Michael Fullan
 
iPad
 
Voxer
 
Connect with Paul
 
Paul's blog
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
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