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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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Mar 30, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Neil Gupta  graduated from Miami University and began his teaching career at Ashland High School, Ohio.  While teaching math, he obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and then pursued a doctoral degree from Ashland University in Educational Leadership.  While conducting his doctoral work, he worked as an Assistant Principal at Ashland High School for one year.  Afterwards, he served as the Director of Secondary Curriculum for Ashland City Schools while completing his doctoral work.
 
After six years, Dr. Gupta moved to New Albany, Ohio and served as Director of Curriculum of Teaching and Learning for two years at New Albany School District.  With his deep level of understanding on how assessments drive instruction, he then became the Director of Assessment and Programming for New Albany Plain Local School District for one year.
 
Beginning, July 1, 2015, Dr. Gupta became the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington City Schools.  He is fortunate to serve in a district with a vision and focus to provide opportunities for students in the areas of the arts, STEM, and international perspectives.
 
Dr. Gupta has served on a number of local and state committees, including the Ohio Improvement Process State Committee and Ohio Board of Regents STEM Committee.  He currently serve as the President of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Association and is a member of the Ohio Educator Leader Cadre.  Dr. Gupta is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and works with Student Achievement Partners.  He has presented at many state and national conferences, such as the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Association, Ohio Leadership Cadre specializing in state assessments, the national PARCC Education Leader Cadre.
 
Dr. Gupta has a passion for Principal leadership and coaching leaders using effective strategies and tools, such as design thinking and organizational management.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • The power of connecting via social media to grow your PLN
  • Why waiting is sometimes the best choice
  • The importance of adding white space to your calendar
  • Why you need accountability
  • How to get clear on goals
  • The mistake of working outside the community 
  • Improve parent engagement by going where they are
  • The value in honoring everyone in the district
 
Resources
 
Neil's blog
 
Contact Neil.
 
Twitter chats:
 
#leadupchat Saturdays from 8:30-9:30am CST
#OHEDchat 8:00 pm CST
 
Good to great by Jim Collins
 
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Mar 23, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest ChadWeiden is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign with a BA in History and Teaching of Social Studies. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Before working with the incredible faculty and students at Edgebrook Elementary, Chad began his career teaching middle school in Georgia at Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County and at Drew Charter School in the East Lake Community outside Atlanta. He moved back to Chicago to become the founding social studies teacher at KIPP Ascend Charter School on Chicago's West Side. And while teaching, Chad served as managing director and co-founder of White Horse Theater Company in Chicago from 2001-2006. 
 
In 2004, he was asked to join the staff of Social Justice High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, which was born out of a community-based hunger strike in 2001. During his 7 years at Social Justice, Chad served as social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal and was proud to see 95% of all graduates accepted to college. 
 
Missing his elementary school roots, Chad accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Blaine Elementary School in the Lakeview Neighborhood in Chicago. While at Blaine, he worked with an outstanding group of students, parents and teachers to ensure Blaine remained one of the top performing neighborhood school in the city of Chicago. 
 
In his free time, Chad is an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University in the Educational Leadership Department. He is an avid runner, triathlete, epic reader and dog lover. But the center of his life is his family and his beautiful son Uriah.  
 
He is thrilled to be the principal at Edgebrook Elementary School and serve the extended Edgebrook community.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • The playground environment
  • 360 degree process
  • Align everything to values
  • Consistency is more important than words
  • The question to ask, "How are you ... What's going on?" ... And just listen!
  • How to enter the building
  • Your 1st 90 days
  • Your leadership story ... Why teach? ... Why lead?
  • You need the school as much as the school needs you
  • The leader is a coach
 
Resources:
 
First 90 Days
 
Courage to Teach
 
The Breakthrough Coach
 
The Skillful Teacher
 
Leadership on the Line
 
Teach Boost
 
Contact Chad 
 
Do you need accountability?
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Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
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Mar 17, 2016

Today I get the mic turned on me!

My buddy Jethro Jones of the Transformative Principal interviews me about why masterminds are a key advantage for school leaders interested in the personal development.

In this episode you will learn exactly what masterminds are, how they work, and why you need to join one today!

Resources:

Mastermind blog post

Blindspot blog post

Schedule a complimentary 30 minute call

I'M ALL IN ... RESERVE MY SPOT TODAY IN A BETTER MASTERMIND!

Fostering Resilient Learners

Living Forward

Daniel's Ideal Week

Reclaiming the Classroom

The Transformative Principal

Jethro on Twitter

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Mar 16, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Ken Williams has a message of motivation and success for your audience! His inspiring and engaging style will make your entire organization shift into high-gear. Collaboratively, professionally and personally!
 
For nearly two decades, Ken Williams has studied what makes achievers different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. Ken brings this critical and practical insight to your organization in a way that is timely, engaging and relevant.
 
As an nationally recognized speaker and trainer in team and individual peak performance strategies, Ken delivers his innovative, engaging and powerful  universal breakthrough principles to enthusiastic audiences around throughout the  US and Canada.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • What kind of coach are you?
  • Importance of core purpose and shared mission
  • High ceilings / soft floors philosophy
  • The VELVET HAMMER!!!
  • Are you clear on why your school exists?
  • What do you seek to become as a school?
  • Get rid of buy-in and replace it with ____________.
  • Why planning time is sacred
  • Where to get PLC velcro (hint: it's not at Target!)
 
Resources
 
Ken's website.
 
Contact Ken.
 
Ken's Twitter.
 
Starting a movement by Ken Williams & Tom Hierck
 
Crucial conversations by Patterson et. al
 
It's about time by Buffum and Mattos
 
Overcoming the achievement trap by Anthony Muhammad
 
In praise of American educators by Rick DuFour
 
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Daniel wants to work with you
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Mar 9, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Ryan Bruick has been teaching for 12 years and instructional coaching for 4.  He taught 3 years at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Chicago's west suburbs where he learned to teach physics using Modeling methods.  For the past nine years Ryan has taught at Noblesville High School in a northern suburb of Indianapolis.  He currently use Modeling methods to teach three sections of Chemistry I Honors and am an instructional coach when he does not teach.  This is his second year practicing standards-based grading with his students, and his first year coaching other teachers in SBG.  Ryan coaches distance runners and learners, and for two years each, long/triple jumpers and pole vaulters.

Ryan’s experiences in chemical research and development influence the way he approaches teaching and coaching.  His first job out of college was serving at an Outback Steakhouse.  His second was a "Flavor Technician" in the Sweets division for an international flavor-engineering company where he worked with Flavorists to develop artificial flavors for companies like Yoplait, Coca-Cola, and Diageo.  He left that job for his first teaching job.

Later in his career, he worked as a research assistant to brother in Golden, CO.  There he worked largely on developing solutions for companies to turn waste into profit while reducing environmental impact.  He got to see and do so much cool stuff in that job, but most importantly his immersion in the industry gave him a better perspective as to what skills his students really need to compete. 

Ryan loves teaching, loves coaching, and loves science.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • Quit or get better
  • How to lead by example
  • Humility is key
  • It's okay to admit you're not an expert
  • The problem of saying yes to everyone
  • Over-promise and Under-deliver vs Under-promise and Over-deliver
  • The importance of piloting before school wide implementation
  • Are you assigning meaningful work?
  • The power of getting ready
 
Resources
 
Ryan's Blog
 
Ryan's Progress Report 
 
Rethinking Grading
 
Canvas - Learning Management Website
 
Notability - app
 
Contact Ryan
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
Mar 2, 2016

Better Leaders Better Schools Guest LaVonna Roth is the founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.™ a movement to fire up those in your organization, school or district to create a place where we cherish and value… everyone! LaVonna is so pumped (and want you to be, too) about creating environments where every person wants to be actively present, know they are valued, are bursting with confidence (not ego) and ready to illuminate the world with their gifts!  This is your time to be a part of something bigger than you. It’s a time where we brighten the world by focusing on the positive attributes, strengths and qualities rather than focusing on the negatives. Let’s find where people’s strengths are, then foster and flourish them in a way that compares to nothing  else.

 
It’s more than just a movement though… it’s about creating a place around you where productivity, engagement and FUN is at its peak.  Everyone involved wants to be there and believes in this dynamic model that organizations can embed in their everyday practices and culture.  Are you ready for this mind-blowing shift? 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • how to build confidence in kids and staff
  • why it’s important to focus on strengths
  • how to ignite your S.H.I.N.E.
  • how to create cultures where people feel cherished and valued
  • why it’s necessary to learn how to let go ...
  • why leadership isn’t about power
  • people want to support you and how to capitalize on that
  • how to own who you are
 
Books / Links / Resources:
 
What great educators do differently conference
 
Get your custom made S.H.I.N.E. bracelets
 
 The shawshank redemption (movie)
 
Start with why - Simon Sinek
 
Evernote
 
Contact LaVonna … Twitter / LinkedIn / igniteyourshine.com / LaVonnainc.com
 
 
 
Do you need accountability?
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Daniel wants to work with you
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