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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 27, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest John Mergnedoller works on special projects for the Buck Institute for Education as the first recipient of the annual Mergendoller Fellowship. He was Executive Director of BIE from 2000 to 2015, guiding its growth and building its reputation for high-quality work. He joined BIE in 1989 as Research Director, and was responsible for conducting research on the impact of BIE’s Project Based Economics Units on student learning. 
 
Before joining BIE, he was a Senior Program Director at the Far West Laboratory (now WestEd), a federally-funded regional educational laboratory. At Far West, he also established and managed the At-Risk Student Program and the Secondary School Improvement Program.
 
His publications span educational technology, science education, middle grades reform, and Project Based Learning.
 
John holds an MA and a PhD in Psychology and Education from the University of Michigan, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Letters from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship to study cognitive development at the University of Geneva. 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How to establish priorities in your class / school
  • Critical question = What would embarrass me if students didn’t know it by the end of the year?
  • How to build a culture of Project Based Learning
  • Classroom management is key
  • What gets in the way of student success?
  • How is time used in school?
  • Does the system support your goals?
  • Start small
 
Resources
 
Setting the standard for project based learning by John Larmer, John Mergendoller, Suzie Boss.
 
Why we changed our model of the ‘8 essential elements of PBL’” by John Mergondoller and John Larmer
 
An ethic of excellence by Ron Berger (mistakenly called A culture of critique - I apologize!)
 
Crucial conversations by Patterson, Granny, McMillan, & Switzler.
 
Buck Institute for Education
 
Contact John
 
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Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 20, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Justin Birkbichler is a fourth-grade teacher at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School in Front Royal, VA. He has been 
teaching fourth grade since 2013, and recently earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. In the technology world, Justin is both a Google Certified Educator: Level 1 and 2 and a Google for Education Certified 
Trainer. He has presented at numerous local, regional, and state events and at VSTE15. He is a very connected educator, blogging at blog.justinbirckbichler.com, tweeting at @Mr_B_Teacher, co-moderating the #FlyHighFri and #Teach20s Twitter chats, and co-hosting the Eduroadtrip podcast. He enjoys a student-led classroom with a high degree of purposeful technology integration, in addition to collaborating with parents to best meet all learning needs.
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • How to create a family environment in your class/school
  • How to get to know your staff
  • Improve connections to parents and parent involvement
  • Utilize Google Hangouts on Air for the classroom
  • Advantages to a flipped class
  • Fridays + positivity
  • Why every educator needs to be on Twitter
  • DC vs Marvel
 
Resources
 
Justin’s Blog
 
Justin’s Twitter & don’t forget to check out #FlyHighFri and #Teach20s
 
EduRoadTrip Twitter & Podcast
 
Move your bus: An extraordinary new approach to accelerating success in work and life by Ron Clark
 
Creating Classroom Magic by Shauna Pollock
 
Learn like a pirate by Paul Solarz
 
Flipped learning from participate
 
#FlyHighFri article
 
#Teach20s article
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 13, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel, and others on new employee support, supervision, being generationally savvy, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills. 
 
Jennifer considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices - be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University. 
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • to say YES a lot
  • steps to becoming authentic
  • the importance of meditation and quiet
  • how to become softer and gentler
  • why being too credible can be a problem
  • difference between clarification conversations and hard conversations
  • have you thought through what you really want from people?
  • how to give growth producing and humane connections
  • the real misunderstanding between a multi-generational workplace
 
Resources
 
Jennifer’s Website
 
Contact Jennifer
 
Follow Jennifer on Twitter
 
Hard Conversations Unpacked: The Who’s, the Whens, and the What-Ifs by Jennifer Abrams
 
Clarity First; Accountability Follows by Jennifer Abrams
 
Planning Productive Talk by Jennifer Abrams
 
Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators by Drago-Severson & Blum-DeStefano 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Apr 6, 2016
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Jason Bodnar is the new principal at Lincoln Middle / High School in Cambridge City, Indiana.  This is his 12th year in education.  He taught high school science for nine years and was a middle school assistant principal before accepting his new position.  Mr. Bodnar loves connecting with other educators, learning, and helping others learn through his podcast which can be found at principallyspeaking.com.  He can also be found on Twitter @PrincipalBodnar.  
 
In this episode you will learn:
  • What can make you look different
  • The power of putting yourself "out there"
  • The paper resume is dead and what to do about it
  • What it’s like to be a 1st year principal
  • His New Personalized Learning Academy
  • Why we should build classes with glass walls
  • How to ignite learning with disengaged schools
 
Resources
 
Jason’s website and podcast
 
Episode 46 w/ Ken Grover
 
Episode 47 w/ Joe Mazza
 
Episode 50 w/ Neil Gupta 
 
Jason’s Twitter
 
Utah school mentioned in the show
 
The Principal 50 by Baruti Kafele
 
 
Do you need accountability?
Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444
Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
your leadership development
and increase your impact.
 
 
 
 
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