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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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Jan 25, 2017
Ms. West is recognized internationally for her innovative, effective, and cutting edge ideas and proven practices for transforming schools into multi-generational learning communities that thrive in the 21st century. She is uniquely qualified to assist school districts across the country because she has worked at every level of the system from classroom teacher, to building administrator, to curriculum coordinator, to district administrator, and as consultant to urban, suburban, and rural districts.
 
Lucy West established Metamorphosis TLC after her outstanding run as Director of Mathematics Instruction in New York City’s Community School District 2.
 
Lucy West Show Highlights
  • How theater helped prepare Lucy for a career in education
  • Tips to healthy conflict
  • How to find out what really is going on ...
  • Listen more than you tell!
  • The ONLY way to introduce a new initiative
  • What are you afraid of?
  • Don’t follow a pacing guide … follow the kids
  • Contradictions in education
  • Coverage vs Depth
  • The power of content-focused coaching
Resources
 
 
 
 
 
Connect with Lucy
 
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Jan 18, 2017

Adam in his eighth year as an educator. After four years of teaching, he moved into a principal position. Now in his fourth year, Adam is the principal for grades 6 through 12 at Renaissance Academy in VA Beach. He is currently working on his dissertation at the College of William and Mary, Adam has dedicated his career to reaching and empowering all students. Adam is a 2014 American Educational Research Association 'Emerging Scholar', 2016 ASCD 'Emerging Leader', and 2016 ASCD Influence Leader. Adam is a presenter and currently blogs for Corwin Press, ASCD, and Edu-Rise.org. A student of leadership, Adam seeks to improve and learn from the world around him.

Show Highlights

  • How his parents influenced his career path
  • Avoid servant leadership mistakes
  • Mr Belding as a model for a principal
  • What it’s like to take over a new building
  • Systems that support open communication
  • Adam’s dissertation on burnout
  • How becoming an ASCD Emerging Leader impacted his leadership
  • Prioritization
  • 3 ways to find time to read and develop
Resources
 
Adaptive Schools 
 
Procrastinate on purpose 
 
12 week year
 
Essentialism
 
Mindset
 
Leadership and the new science 
 
5 dysfunctions of a team
 
Good to great
 
Connect
 
Adam on Twitter
 
Email Adam
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Jan 11, 2017
An experienced educator who has led a number of private institutions for nearly 30 years, Jim Power has been named the 13th Head of Schools of Culver Academies.
 
Culver Academies is a college preparatory boarding high school comprised of Culver Military Academy (founded in 1894) and Culver Girls Academy (1971). The Academies’ enrollment consists of 800 students from 38 states and 23 countries. The Academies’ also operate the Culver Summer Schools & Camps, a six-week program with 1,400 youth ages 9 to 17.
 
Prior to his position at Culver Academies , Power served as principal Principal of Upper Canada College in Toronto, and Headmaster of Georgetown Preparatory School near Washington, D.C. He also served in such roles as an English teacher, coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, English Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean at the Pomfret School in Connecticut.
 
During his tenure at UCC, Power served as President of the Board of the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), and as a trustee of the International Coalition of Boys Schools and of the Canadian Educational Standards Committee. He was a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship participant in 2003. Recognized for his years of distinguished service as a head of school, Power serves on the faculty of the Institute for New Heads of the National Association of Independent Schools and wrote a chapter, “The Administrative Team,” for The Head’s Handbook: A Guide for Aspiring, New, and Experienced Heads of School.
 
Power holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross. His work toward the degree included one year at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He also was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from Boston College in English and a doctorate (Ed.D.) from Boston University in Educational Leadership.
 
Dr. Jim Power Show Highlights
  • How a lack of an imagination 
  • The power of mentorship
  • Respect people’s pies of energy
  • How to develop character in students (and how boarding schools do it)
  • Why language is so important to a school/student identity
  • Model difficult conversations
  • School leaders need two things: wisdom and courage
  • Hard conversations never get easy 
  • Religious schools teach character better, but not because of theology
  • Listen. Listen. Listen.

Resources

 
 
 
 
Contact Dr. Jim Power
 
 
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Jan 4, 2017
Suzanne Mitchell is in her 4th year as principal of Selma Elementary in North Carolina. In 2015, She was the Johnston County Principal of the Year.
 
Suzanne Mitchell contributed to the epic blog post on staff appreciation where she shares a variety of incredible ways to honor your staff. We get into her tips for appreciating staff and so much more in this episode. Finally, I consider Suzanne a friend and she adds so much value as a weekly mastermind member.
 
Highlights:
  • How a long line of educators influenced her career choices
  • Tips to celebrating staff and her Directors of WOW
  • How she went from hiring 25 teachers one year to 20 the next and then solving the turnover problem (hired only 6 teachers last year)
  • Connect teachers to why they got into the profession
  • Work a system to be in the Top 5 of student growth
  • Don’t believe everything you hear
  • Failure is an opportunity to reflect and learn
  • Leverage your leadership team to hold yourself accountable as principal
  • Be true to yourself or risk being fake
  • Powerful PD: Walk & Learn

Resources & Connect

 
Staff Appreciation Ideas blog post with a super-star contribution from Suzanne Mitchell!
 
Voxer
 
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
 
Crucial Conversations
 
Twitter: @SuzanneReads
Do you need accountability?
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Daniel wants to work with you
and help you accelerate
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