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The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast with Daniel Bauer

The BLBS podcast is created for ruckus makers. What exactly is a ruckus maker? Someone who has found freedom from the status quo. Someone who creates change. Someone who never, ever gives up. Listen to this category-defining podcast in education to level up your leadership skills. Lead with confidence. Lead authentically. Lead by serving your community. Each week Daniel has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to the table. Turn your commute (or chores) into professional development and then go make a ruckus!
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May 22, 2019

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Robert Palazzo. They discuss his role as a principal and building a new playground.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Getting to know Robert Palazzo

Robert grew up in Long Island, New York. He started his career as a school psychologist and became involved in developing a school-wide positive behavior program. Robert then decided to pursue his Master’s in Educational Administration and served as a k-3 principal. He then concentrated on trauma-informed practice and restorative discipline. In 2013, he opened a new playground at the school that did not have one for 10 years.

Outside of school, Robert enjoys time with his wife and 2-year-old and as a wedding DJ on the weekend.

 

Perfect Day of Work

Robert talks about how being with the kids is meaningful and checking in with all the departments are the highlights of his day. He likes meeting with the students at any time during the day and really building a relationship with them. Robert talks about meeting the students where they are at and making sure to be there at all times, such as lunch and recess.

“Early on as a school psychologist, I knew I wanted to be around them and know who they are. This is what’s helped me in my career and relationship building with the students.” - Robert Palazzo

 

Playground Story

Robert tells us that people before him wanted a playground, but it is a tough task to get done. He explains how the teachers did a great job of trying to fill time for the students and donating items so that the students could be happy. Robert was fortunate enough to hear that a grandparent was delighted to help to get the project done. He says that he got a lot of his drive from this and knew that it could be done.

“We raised 32,000 dollars from beginning of the 2017 school year to August 2018 which helped us pick who we really wanted to work with.” - Robert Palazzo

 

Robert talks about how they were able to do this from projects that the students could work on like a coin drive. He talks about how the community really got behind this project and worked hard to gain money. Having this support helped get the project done and was refreshing to see the community support it.

 

Trauma-Informed Instruction

Robert tells us that meeting students where they are is essential and can only help the child be successful. He encourages his staff to listen to the students and really hear why something is going on.

“Actually listening to your students can help them grow and shows that you really do care for them.” - Robert Palazzo

Robert says that sometimes the staff has to call him in to talk with students and he is okay with this. He just asks that his staff reinforces their rules at school.

 

Why did you come to the mastermind?

Robert says he comes from a small district and how leaders can be in isolation. He sometimes says that you need a soundboard to hear some discussions that helped him sustain himself in the work he does.

Robert also says that he has really enjoyed this service and how it’s kept him positive and excellent connections. He describes this as having a group of people that are there to champion you and support you on the not so good days.

 

Message to Schools

“Listen to a child when they have something to say, those 5 minutes may change that whole child’s life.” - Robert Palazzo

Robert says that children have a lot to say, but they can always have something to share that has meaning to them.

 

How would you build your dream school?

I would continue to fill the school with people that love kids and care for them. Robert would then want to slow down the school process and allow teachers to dive deep into topics.

3 priorities

  1.  Enthusiastic educators
  2.  Deeper knowledge on topics
  3.  Have fun

 

Robert Palazzo Resources:

Power Of Moments by Chip Heath

Kids Deserve It by Todd Nesloney & Adam Welcome

 

Good News Call of the Day:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7izWQPRbLNuZndIejQ2MThNblBkWjVFV0pvNDFRQnh3bWpr/view?usp=sharing

 

Cool Cat of the Day:  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7izWQPRbLNuNUlBZmxlOEtVRU9WdVNKMTNHT1hVMHRYN1dJ/view?usp=sharing

 

Robert Palazzo Contact Info:

Twitter: @Palazzopves

 

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May 15, 2019

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with David Domena. They discuss creating memorable learning experiences.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Getting to know David

David is a fourth-grade elementary teacher in southern California but is transitioning to third-grade. David came to education as a second year as he managed retail warehouses for 12 years, this gives him a different perspective on education. David is passionate about teaching the whole student, establishing meaningful relationships with the students, and creating memorable experiences for the students.

David is known for his honesty, enthusiasm, and strategically speaking his mind. David loves being present with his family and doing random acts of kindness.

 

Creating Memorable Experiences

David talks about how on the first day of class he took his students out to the volleyball court and did a cookie challenge. He told the students that this is all about trying something new and being open-minded. To get into the classroom, students just had to try this but did not have to be successful. David said this helped set the tone that everything is earned throughout the year.

Breaking things down into small steps can create clarity and help create a connection with the community that you are working within.

This is all about trying things and not being worried about what others are thinking about you. David Domena

 

Anonymous Acts of Kindness

David says this is much more powerful when people do not know where it is coming from. The reward comes from people acknowledging the gift of kindness but not knowing who it actually comes from.

David’s most significant act of kindness is setting up a Kindness Club at school and seeing the students giving help. This help goes out to all the staff around the building.

Daniel reminds us that meeting with everyone in your community helps the overall goals of education. Everyone can have a great idea and hearing input from others can help create unity and a better learning environment.  

 

What is your why?

David shares that his why is getting rewards beyond a paycheck such as seeing students grasping a new concept or installing academic confidence. An example was when a student improved his score by 8 points and having the student realize that this was a great accomplishment and allowing them to take that small gain.

Turning around someone’s day or witnessing a student’s growth shows that I’m doing the right thing.” – David

 

Biggest Leadership Mistakes

Was when David was back in the warehouse and the company was starting to plan his exit. David says that he was clueless about this and regretted not being able to prepare them for this. He wasn’t able to help them set up an exit plan, and he carried this with him for a while.

Some people do not want to take ownership of their mistakes which creates problems with not learning from their mistakes.

“I do call and responses for my students and have them move around a lot to get them to be comfortable with their mistakes. The students can acknowledge this and be okay with it.” David

 

Routines and Rituals

David starts his day off early and gets a mild workout in before his wife and kids are up. David then sets his intention for the day.

Daniel reminds us to think where we need to be perfect and where can we give 70-80% effort. People get to leadership roles and want to give their best to certain projects and really diving into them to make them perfect.

 

How would you build your dream school?

Market it as a leadership academy and focus on foundational skills, leadership, kindness, and service. Academics would emerge from teacher passion and not force into what they need to teach.

 

3 priorities

  1.   Enthusiastic educators
  2.   Flexible curriculum
  3.   Huge massive budget

 

David Domena Resources:

Whole Brain Teaching

The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap by Daniel Bauer

 

David Domena Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @mrdelementary
  • Gmail: mrdelementary@gmail.com

 

Three leadership questions I ask everyday

Download resource: https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

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SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

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May 8, 2019

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Joël McClean.  They discuss servant leadership and the imposter syndrome.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Getting to know Joel

Joël McClean began his career in education in 1997. He has worked as a science and chemistry teacher at the intermediate and secondary level and has been a school principal since 2006.

From 2014 to 2018, Joël was on detachment from his school board as a Pedagogical Leader at CFORP, serving the 12 French school boards of the province of Ontario in Canada, as well as various educational partners. As a leadership coach, he worked with school principals to help develop their leadership skills, as well as board-level pedagogical teams regarding leading, teaching and learning in the digital age.

Joël is presently an elementary school principal, as well as a Provincial Leadership Coach for his professional association. He is the founder of Inspire Life & Leadership Coaching, as well as founder and host of Inspire Leadership Podcast.

 

Having a Deep Impact

Joël believed his impact would come from being a classroom teacher and then a principal.  He wanted to develop himself and needed a different challenge. He began coaching principals and worked the processes with them to have a deep impact.  He was able to ask questions and let them come up with the solutions.

Be an even better version of yourself today than you were yesterday. - Joël McClean

 

Imposter Syndrome

Joël talks about a time after receiving a new job when he was sitting without a school to get ready, no staff to talk with, no kids coming in.  Joël began to wonder what he had gotten himself into. He was having some anxiety as they were building it from the ground up.

It probably ended up being the best decision I could have ever made in terms of my career. ” -Joël McClean

 

Deeper Impact On Larger Scale

Joël started with posting video tips, blogging, building a website and podcasting (in French) to reach as many leaders as he could on a broader scale.

Everyone was like-minded that were creative and motivated people just pushing and pushing themselves and each other.” - Joël McClean

 

Joël McClean Resources:

Stratosphere by Michael Fullan

Digital Leadership:  Changing Paradigms with Changing Times by Eric Sheninger

Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow Hardcover by Joshua Spodek

The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap by Daniel Bauer

 

Joël McClean Contact Info:

 

 

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

Show Some Love

 

LEVEL UP 🚀

 

Website :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

 

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

May 1, 2019

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools  podcast. This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Afika Afeni Mills they explore 3 skills all leaders need, going deep with equity and eradicating blind spots.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Getting to know Afrika

Afrika Afeni Mills is the Manager of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and an Instructional Coach with BetterLesson. She works with teachers, coaches and administrators to transform instructional practices and empower all students to thrive. A former teacher, administrator and prominent thought leader, she has been featured on podcasts discussing the school-to-prison pipeline and white fragility and co-presented Required Reading Reconsidered and Interrogating the Curriculum at conferences across the U.S.

Afrika holds a master’s degree in elementary teaching from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, where she graduated first in her class. Afrika believes that all teachers can be motivated, engaged, dynamic educators and leaders when provided with the support needed to create student-centered, culturally responsive learning environments that inspire wonder and creativity and nurture diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Three Skills Leaders Need

Afrika credits Paul Gorski of the Equity Literacy Institute for these three skills after a conference she attended.  These really resonated with her.

  1. Having Good Will
  2. A depth of knowledge and curiosity
  3. The will to change

 

“When it comes to some of the inequitable practices and policies that exist in schools and even thinking about curriculum being inclusive and things like that, we also need to have a depth of knowledge about that history and the curiosity about that and what students most need and then the will to change those things to make sure we're always serving students the best. So I think those three, those three qualities are really important for a leader.” - Afrika Afeni Mills

 

Going Deep with Equity

Afrika talks about the conference she recently attended and how just serving others makes them more comfortable but really doesn’t solve or end the issue at hand.  She talks about this experience being eye opening.

Paul Gorski said that those things absent of really thinking about why the inequities exist in the first place, it's not going to end anything.  So we really have to have that will to dismantle inequitable practices in our schools. And that just really was like, wow.  And I didn't really think about it that way.” - Afrika Afeni Mills

 

Eradicating Blind Spots

Afrika talks about the idea that if we are not experiencing some of the inequitable practices personally, then we have blind spots.  She says it’s not because we are terrible people, it just doesn’t occur to us to think about it.

“When I became a teacher, I'm just like, I grew up in Brooklyn, you know, I grew up in Flatbush, I know what it's like to have some challenges.  So when I became a teacher, I made the wrong assumption that I'm already culturally responsible because I'm a black woman who grew up in an urban setting. Right.  And then I started teaching and I'm like, oh man, was I wrong!” - Afrika Afeni Mills

 

AFRIKA AFENI MILLS Resources:

 

AFRIKA AFENI MILLS Contact Info:

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

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  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Apr 24, 2019

 

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools  podcast. This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Rebecca Roper. They explore interesting topics such as how she starts each day, a program called the Principal Apprenticeship and her taking action on a letter activity Daniel described in the School Leadership Series.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Get to Know Rebecca

For the last 17 years, Rebecca has worked in two different counties in VA. She’s currently the Principal at Donahoe Elementary School in Henrico County, VA and  is in her fourth year leading this Title I school. Donahoe has 530 students, ranging from Pre-k to 5th grade. Prior to this, Rebecca served as the Associate Principal of Ward Elementary School in Henrico County, the Assistant Principal of Beaverdam Elementary in Hanover County, and 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Pole Green Elementary in Hanover County.  

 

Outside of work, Rebecca loves to start her day by working out and end it by reading.  She enjoys baking for others and spending time with my family especially her two fabulous boys.

 

Perfect Day At Work

Rebecca takes us on a journey of her perfect day at work with waking up early and exercising to get in the right headspace.  She arrives to work early before her teachers and organized things for the day. Next she greets the students with music, high fives, dancing to get in the mood for school.  Rebecca tries to spend the rest of her day where the students are.

“One of the favorite things I love about my day is when I have a principal apprentice.  We are a PBIS school and my students can use dolphin dollars they get for their awesome behavior and they can purchase 20 minutes they can spend with me as the principal apprentice.” - Rebecca Roper

 

Principal Apprenticeship Program

Students love being a principal apprentice.  Rebecca allows students to spend 20 minutes of their day with her holding her walkie, carrying her lanyard and experiencing that time with the principal.  The students perspective is that she is on the phone a lot, in classrooms, run a fire drill’ whatever the day may bring. Students pay 80 dolphin dollars for this experience.

“When I ask them why do you think I am in the classrooms they say because we want to make sure that the kids are learning and you are watching the teachers and what they are teaching.  Sometimes you have to talk to kids about their behavior.” - Rebecca Roper

 

Letter Activity

Rebecca had her staff envision what type of year they had and write a letter to themselves about what they experienced.  The letter was addressed to dear future self to describe the year the had, their successes, their achievements. The staff put the letters in a bag and Rebecca will give them back at the end of the year.

“They talked about how it was such a powerful activity.  I gave them the choice of either putting the note away and I would give it to them at the end of the year or if they wanted me to read it and give them an idea of what they’re working towards where I can encourage them.” - Rebecca Roper

 

Rebecca Roper Resources:

Transformative Principal:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/transformative-principal/id770942472?mt=2

 

Cult of Pedagogy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cult-of-pedagogy-podcast/id900015782?mt=2

 

Rise Podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-podcast/id1245763628?mt=2

 

Rebecca Roper Links:

 

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

Show Some Love

 

Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community

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SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

 

Teach FX

  • Empowers teachers with feedback on student engagement
  • A fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement
  • Research shows that the more students speak in class, the more they learn, and the better they perform on standardized tests.
  • Use your phone or laptop to analyze your class, and the app’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm tracks your talk ratio automatically, with no extra work from you or an instructional coach.
  • The idea is to give teachers a useful barometer of student engagement you can check every day!

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://teachfx.com/

 

Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

 

Apr 17, 2019

Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools  podcast. This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers -- What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with his friend Jennifer Abrams. She’s been on the show three times and has a new book out called Swimming in the Deep End.  This book helps leaders escape the old routine.  Keep listening and you’ll learn how to drive change and break from tradition in today’s podcast.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Get To Know Jennifer

Jennifer Abrams, a former English teacher and new teacher coach, is currently a communications consultant who works with educators and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Her new book Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives which released March 29th.

 

Starting School Initiatives

Jennifer does not want anyone to feel like they are drowning when they initiate change.  She wants you to build up your ability to swim in the deep end. You may not be able to start in the shallows because an initiative has to happen now and there is an urgency for students.  But you can work with someone or put on floaties to get to the deep end and while you are working in the deep end.

“I think that anytime we are working with adults to roll out bigger scale things in a school, in a department or in a district, we are not in the shallow end anymore.  We are looking at some work that requires a little bit more strength, a little bit more skill set and there are times when your feet aren’t touching the ground.”

- Jennifer Abrams

 

4 Foundational Skills

Jennifer talks about the 4 foundational skills of how to make change.  

  1. Think before you speak
  2. How can we understand resistance - don’t mock the concern for change?
  3. Respond to resistance in a humane way
  4. How do you manage yourself -- self care

 

Jump In and Swim

Jennifer thinks that understanding others is a practical way to start to make change.  Consider if people will push back and say they need more knowledge when you roll things out for the first time.  Ask yourself what is the purpose, who is going to help me, and are they credible, will I be trained, and how does this connect to the culture I signed up for.  People may be more willing to jump into the deep end if these are answered.

“If the person who is trying to roll out this initiative can anticipate those and can have answer to those before they start the initiative it might assist in making it more palatable.” - Jennifer Abrams

 

Slowing Down In Leadership

Jennifer encourages everyone to take a half a day with those people that will be in the deep end with you and craft the message that you are all on the same boat it is well worth it.  Get out of your office and take 3 hours and put energy into it so the message is consistent. Unifying is worth your time.

 

Resources

Swimming in the Deep End by Jennifer Abrams

Hard Conversations Unpacked by Jennifer Abrams

Hard Conversations Unpacked - The Whos, the Whens and the What-Ifs by Jennifer B. Abrams

The Multigenerational Workplace:  Communicate, Collaborate, and Create Community by Jennifer Abrams and Valerie Von Frank

 

Jennifer Abrams Contact Info

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

Show Some Love

 

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and non-cognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

 

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Apr 10, 2019

Known as ‘The Connection Coach’, Tara Brown is an award-winning educator, author and international speaker whose 30-year professional journey has taken her from rural Florida to gang territory in California and to one of the largest high schools in Tennessee with over 43 countries represented. Her international engagements have included Dubai and Beirut, training both educators and students. Tara believes strongly in the power of connections and that a major key to reaching kids is the ability to build positive relationships.

Whether here or abroad, Tara’s passion and humor continues to drive her work to better equip adults with the ability to connect with youth in order to unleash their true potential. She is committed to helping strengthen organizations ‘One connection at a time’. Buckle up....because you are about to get ‘Tara-Ized!’

 

Tara Brown Show Highlights:

  • The challenge of being a high-tech, low-touch society.
  • Tips for getting below the surface and being present in the moment
  • Kids are more than a number on the spreadsheet
  • Kids before content
  • We’re neurologically wired to connect. How do you do that at your school?
  • Slinging dopamine and making emotional deposits
  • What does it feel like on your campus?
  • What is your fundamental message?
  • Do the work to find the story behind the story
  • Have you identified your line in the sand?

 

Tara Brown Resources:

“We are world-class dopamine slingers committed to putting kids before content.”

-Tara Brown

 

Tara Brown Contact Info

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

Show Some Love

 

LEVEL UP 🚀

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Apr 3, 2019

Barry Saide has been in education for 18 years. He currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Tabernacle School District, in Tabernacle, New Jersey. He is a current board member for NJASCD, is an ASCD Emerging Leader, and ASCD Influence Leader. He is a former elementary school teacher, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and adjunct college professor. He's served on educator work groups for the New Jersey Department of Education, and advised on policy for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Great Schools!, and National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ).  Connect with Barry via Twitter @barrykid1 or his website, barrysaide.com.

 

Barry Saide Show Highlights:

  • Who are the people you surround yourself with
  • How Barry uses the obstacle of time to his benefit
  • Engaging in the moment you’re in right now
  • Absorb from everywhere and then add it to your life
  • The power of gratitude
  • Barry’s approach to being great every day
  • Thought leaders Barry follows
  • The Reflective Practice Protocol used in Tabernacle School District

 

Barry Saide Resources:

 

Thought Leaders to Follow:

 

Barry Saide Contact Info

Read the Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap

 

Show Some Love

 

Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS:

ORGANIZED BINDER

  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

Copyright © 2018 Better Leaders Better Schools

Mar 27, 2019

At the core, Jaime Jay is a connector of personalities and brands. He constantly challenges himself to be a better human being. He is also an amateur hockey player and starter geek who truly enjoys helping his clients rediscover themselves, their companies and how to realize their ‘WHY’.

  • Worked with clients in Canada, the United Kingdom, America, the Philippines, other countries in Asia, and Mexico.
  • Responsible or growing and leading multiple management, sales, and operations teams.
  • Co-founded and operated a publishing company where he helped create, publish, and distribute a regional real estate publication.
  • Recipient of the Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service.
  • Hosted a Top 100 Business podcast in iTunes.
  • Selected to speak on marketing panel and was awarded the “Top Gun Consulting Maverick Award” in recognition o his outstanding marketing performance.

 

His line of business, Bottleneck Virtual Assistants, is more than just a staffing agency. They connect businesses with qualified talent who share the same love for success.

Jaime Jay Show Highlights:

  • Jaime’s entrepreneurial journey to success via focus
  • Energy givers vs distraction suckers
  • How Jaime thinks about FOCUS
  • Why Jaime downsized running four businesses to one
  • Having direction without having clarity
  • How schools can use Virtual Assistants to improve the quality of work

Jaime Jay Resources:

  • Hire a VA: Use the PROMO code  “BLBS “ to receive a discount.

 

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Mar 20, 2019

Jeff Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Jeff also served as a teacher and coach in the State of Georgia for many years before moving into school administration.

Jeff Zoul has also taught graduate courses at the university level in the areas of assessment, research, and program evaluation. He is the author/co-author of many books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently, Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence, Improving Your School One Week at a Time, and Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers.

Jeff has earned several degrees, including his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. He is also been recognized for his work as an educational leader on numerous occasions, including the 2014 Bammy Educators’ Voice Award. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys running and has completed over a dozen marathons. Zoul resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Jeff originally appeared on episodes 27 & 107 of the podcast.

 

Jeff Zoul Show Highlights:

  • The story of Education Write Now
  • 100% of proceeds of #EdWriteNow go to the Will to Live Foundation
  • Relationships matter people!
  • Improving on something that already works
  • Hire people that compliment you
  • What Great Educators Do Differently
  • Do what you say you’ll do
  • We will … [FILL IN THE BLANK]

 

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  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

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Mar 13, 2019

Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS, a full-service strategic communications and consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference. As an international generational expert, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people.


Mark’s best practices have helped parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America to connect more effectively with the younger generations. He frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events and spoke at Harvard University by special invitation. At TFS, Mark’s team of talented professionals share his vision of helping organizations of all sizes experience significant gains in recruitment, engagement, retention, and performance rates.


Mark’s best-selling book Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life. Mark is the father of two successful Millennials and resides in Cleveland, Ohio. Find out more about Mark and his work at MarkCPerna.com.

 

Mark Perna Show Highlights:

  • We shouldn’t prep kids for college and careers …
  • Meghan’s powerful story
  • Do you understand the tactical level?
  • Improving employee performance and retention.
  • The young generation is the most inspiring Mark has ever seen
  • Don’t look at young people as a challenge to be solved, instead do this …
  • Mark’s epiphany working with younger generations
  • How to improve your understanding of different individuals within your organization
  • The power of YouTube
  • Focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel for students
  • Career and lifestyle … younger generations care more about the lifestyle piece

 

Mark Perna Resources:

  • Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

 

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  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

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Mar 6, 2019

Jennifer Gonzalez is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience. Most of this time was spent teaching middle school language arts, and the rest was at the college level, where she trained pre-service teachers for the classroom. In 2013, she created the website Cult of Pedagogy, where she now works full-time to help teachers of all subjects and grade levels practice and perfect the art of teaching.

Jennifer Gonzalez Show Highlights:

  • How Crossfit is a beautiful model for differentiation and teaches other leadership principles too
  • The story of starting and going full time with the Cult of Pedagogy
  • How Jennifer decides what is a Yes and No
  • Practical tips for improve websites from blah to yah!
  • Why it matters to be different, stand out, and be a person!
  • How are you finding your marigold?
  • Tips for winding down and unplugging

“Ego is dangerous”

-Jennifer Gonzalez

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  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

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Feb 27, 2019

SANDRA NAGY has dedicated her career to driving innovation and building effective organizational strategy. Sandra began her career at Accenture as a Change Management consultant where she supported public and private sector clients through large-scale strategy and business transformation. Two of her years at Accenture were exclusively focused in the Government practice.

Sandra spent over a decade as a senior digital strategist at Pearson Education where she led multiple teams that worked across K-20 to transform curriculum and professional development resources with the use of technology. She was a member of a global team of educational technology champions focused on collaborating to solve problems in education. She engaged with stakeholders globally and was responsible for nurturing strategic partnerships with key customers and other like-minded organizations.

Prior to Pearson, Sandra worked at The Learning Partnership, a non-profit organization responsible for building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. She led a government and business-funded research project to look at blended, online and face-to-face, professional development for teachers in STEM courses. Sandra engaged in speaking opportunities across Canada sharing best practices in sustained, action-research driven professional development that leads to authentic community building.

With over 20 years of experience, Sandra has designed, developed and delivered hundreds of learning opportunities to thousands of employees and educators. She is a firm believer in the capacity of educators to drive future-skill development, and in sustained professional development that leverages a blend of learning tools. Sandra leads the Education Practice at Future Design School building strong academic partnerships with school leaders that help to drive their strategic priorities through consulting support, professional development and efficacious curriculum resources.

Sandra’s educational background includes a Master's in Education from Harvard University focused on Technology in Education. While completing this degree she worked at TechBoston, an organization infusing technology programs into inner-city Boston schools; conducted published research into distance learning at the Concord Consortium; and volunteered through the MIT Media Lab teaching robotics to home-schooled students. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused on Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

 

Sandra Nagy Show Highlights:

  • How to rekindle the passion for educators that might have lost their way
  • The mindset you can use to help educators reconnect with their why
  • Developing empathy for people in your organization
  • What tools you can provide to help people move further
  • Learning can be uncomfortable but that’s an example of progress
  • Embracing the “Entrepreneurial mindset.”
  • How to effectively critique ideas
  • How Future Design School works with school leaders and empowers teachers
  • Building problem solvers in schools
  • How Future Design School turned an “innovation pillar” into a reality

“What problem do you want to solve?”

-Sandra Nagy

 

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“Whose shoes did you walk in today?”

-Sandra Nagy

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Feb 20, 2019

After years of working with students and schools as a motivational speaker, Jeff Becker realized that today's students need more.  He's now the founder of the national organization Can Do U, and it's from this revolutionary platform that he and his team help busy principals to create the school culture of their dreams through packages of motivational speeches, engaging videos, discussion and activity guides, and leadership camps.  He spends all of his time helping principals to win, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles, hoping they can do so as well. He loves his wife, two kids, beef jerky, and peanut M&Ms.

 

Jeff Becker Show Highlights:

  • What Jeff’s eight-month-old has taught him about happiness
  • Jeff’s morning routine and identifying his top 3-5 things for the day
  • How being a recovering copier salesman has helped him pivot
  • How Jeff helps students reach their goals
  • Giving students a positive voice throughout the year
  • Why does communication matter?
  • 3 tips to vastly improve your communication and influence
  • Lack of preparation is a symptom of a larger problem; it exposes your priorities

 

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Feb 13, 2019

Chuck Poole is a veteran teacher of nearly 20 years who has made it his mission to inspire and encourage teachers all over the world to be the best they can be. He is the visionary behind Teachonomy.com, and the host of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. Chuck is the producer of the uNseries, which is a book series to help teacher reimagine teaching, and he is the author of  uNforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being the Teacher They Never Forget, the first book in the series. Chuck lives in New Jersey with his wife and enjoys mentoring, creating laughter in the classroom, and the continued pursuit of his next adventure.

 

Chuck Poole Show Highlights:

  • The value of travel and adventure
  • The three things that makes a perfect day for Chuck
  • The two-phase system Chuck uses to plan lessons
  • Are you allowing students and staff to offer regular feedback?
  • A few ideas of how to add “roundtables” to your school
  • The story of uNforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being a Teacher They Never Forget
  • How to be unforgettable
  • How to push past fear
  • Finding balance to be unforgettable
  • The five people you need in your inner-circle

 

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  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

 

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Feb 6, 2019

Tammy Breitweiser is currently a Curriculum Coach in Northwest Indiana where she is dedicated to student achievement in 7th and 8th grade. With over 23 years of education experience, she is a reading advocate who has a passion for writing as well. During the span of her career, she has worked with pre-K through adult learners.  Tammy has presented at the Indiana Computer Educators conference, the Indiana State Reading Association, and the International Reading Association.

After earning her Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership, a new opportunity presented itself and she became trained as a TAP Master teacher. In this position, she was honored to be able to have extensive training in coaching, Teach Like a Champion, professional development, and action research. Tammy Breitweiser now uses all that training in her current position in Michigan City Area Schools.

 

Tammy Breitweiser Show Highlights:

  • Tammy’s practice of using a bullet journal
  • The three questions Tammy asks that she learned from the School Leadership Series
  • How Tammy used goals and self-care with the educators she coaches
  • The teachers' response to Tammy focusing on their health
  • How reflection helped Tammy solve a communication problem
  • What Tammy is excited about for this year
  • How block scheduling improved literacy campus-wide
  • The support and training offered by transitioning to a block schedule
  • A cool activity you should try with your staff, “The advocate activity.”
  • The power of “Magic Tupperware.”

 

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“Don’t ask kids to do anything you’re not willing to do yourself.”

-Tammy Breitweiser

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Jan 30, 2019

John Ewing joined MƒA in early 2009 as President. Before joining MƒA, Ewing served as Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society for nearly 14 years. With a staff of over 200 employees in four offices and over 32,000 members, the AMS is a major publisher of mathematics research and the largest mathematics research society in the world.

 

John Ewing previously was a professor of mathematics at Indiana University from 1973-1995, where he also served as Chair of the department for two terms. He has held visiting positions in the mathematics departments of Dartmouth College, the University of Virginia, the Newcastle University, and Göttingen University.

 

In addition to his research work, Ewing has been active in mathematical exposition, both as writer and editor, winning several national awards. In recent years, he has also written extensively on scholarly and electronic publishing. In 1966, Ewing received his B.S. from St. Lawrence University, which also awarded him an honorary degree in 1996, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1971.

 

John Ewing Show Highlights:

  • The MƒA program and the community it produces
  • Teachers choose their professional development plan
  • How MƒA looks for teamwork (you know it when you DON’T see it)
  • Bringing MƒA concepts back to your schools
  • Changing what teaching “feels” like and how it’s perceived
  • How MƒA engages school leaders
  • Some steps school leaders can take to adopt the MƒA model

 

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  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

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Jan 23, 2019

After overcoming cancer at 25, Courtney Elmer has made it her mission to show her fellow female entrepreneurs – especially busy moms – how to eliminate stress so they can feel clear, focused, and in control of their life and business.

Through private coaching, online courses, speaking appearances, and exclusive retreats, Courtney changes the lives of women by teaching them how to stop feeling overwhelmed and live a more vibrant and fulfilling life. #StressLESS and #LiveMORE is her motto, after all!

Courtney Elmer makes her home in the fun and funky city of New Orleans with her husband, Alan, and their son, AJ, as well as their fur-friends Ace and Deuce.

To learn more about Courtney, visit courtneyelmer.com or follow her on Instagram @CourtneyElmer_ to learn how to have success without the stress and create a more satisfying life!

 

Courtney Elmer Show Highlights:

  • Work became her everything and the consequences of that
  • The mirage of success with “things” vs success of your soul
  • When you walk the talk and live what you preach your life aligns to those goals
  • Do you have the support to call you out when you fall into bad habits
  • How Courtney nurtures herself
  • One way you can use an email “Vacation” responder
  • How to cultivate awareness

“I felt chained to my work which led to deep depression”

-Courtney Elmer

 

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“You can’t give from an empty well”

-Courtney Elmer

 

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Jan 16, 2019

Steve Shallenberger is the Founder and Chairman of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership, a company based on his breakthrough book, Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders. Becoming Your Best produces transformational leadership, which in turn builds cultures of excellence, which produce high-performance individuals and organizations that are at the top of what they do.

 

Steve’s goal is to help individuals and companies achieve their very best as they implement the 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders. These principles are crucial to the success of any leader or person.

 

Steve has provided consulting and training for hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of leaders throughout 25+ countries. An innovator in leadership and corporate training, Steve takes leadership training and team development to a new level using a results-driven success blueprint. His exciting seminars on Leadership, Communication, Time- Management, Goals, Creativity, and Relationships provide an entirely new way of seeing and thinking that can change lives and organizations for the positive.

 

Steve also co-hosts the popular podcast Becoming Your Best with his partner (and son) Rob Shallenberger. Together, they help listeners uncover the principles of highly successful leaders.

 

Steve Shallenberger Show Highlights:

  • Research on leadership and how it applies to education
  • What sets apart high performing individuals and organizations from everyone else
  • The 12 principles of great leadership
  • Do you share a vision that is big and inspirational?
  • His process of identifying what sets top performers from average or low performers
  • Top performers often have failures
  • Transformational vs transactional leadership
  • Building great teams
  • Generating the rhythm in your organization
  • Do you use TIGS in your organization?

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Jan 9, 2019

Nathan Boyd, took on a new role August of 2017, he is the new Director of African American Student and Parent Services for South Bend Community School Corporation.  As a former school administrator of 13 years, 2012 ISCA Principal of the Year, 2012 National Blue Ribbon of School Excellence Recipient, and 2016 Indiana Principal of the Year he prides himself on being a champion for children.  

 

Nathan Boyd attended Ball State University where he became a special education teacher later earning his masters and administrative license in 2008. Priding himself on providing students with more than just a rigours learning environment.  He is innovative and inspires by fostering a culture of excellence among the school to best prepare students for their future. A few of his accomplishments: voted 2012 ISCA Principal of the Year, 2012 IUSB Distinguished Alumnus,  2012 Ball State Graduate of the Last Decade, traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence, and 2016 Indiana (State) Principal of the Year.  While recognized on the floor of the United States Congress, the Honorable Jackie Walorski., shared: “Under Mr. Boyd's leadership, Grissom is providing students a positive, challenging, and academically-oriented learning environment with a focus on building knowledge, reinforcing values, and developing a strong sense of self-worth for every student.”

 

“Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.”

-St. Jerome

 

Nathan Boyd Show Highlights:

  • School is about developing human beings
  • The importance of social capital
  • Going all in restorative practices
  • Get buy-in by doing compassion circles with the staff
  • Do you treat kids the way you want your own son or daughter treated?
  • Why you should stop using the word student in parent communication
  • What Nathan misses (and doesn’t miss) about the principalship
  • Using a “coaching” voice all the time is a mistake

 

“If you don’t feed the teachers, they’ll eat the kids”

-Nathan Boyd

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“It’s a journey … there is no finish line.”

-Nathan Boyd

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Jan 2, 2019

Danny “Sunshine” Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools, a popular blog and most-downloaded podcast for leaders in education. He helps school leaders fight isolation and frustration through his leadership community, “The Mastermind,” in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges. Danny is also the author of a “#1 Hot New Release" on Amazon, The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap, which helps educators create legendary schools.  

David Domena is today’s host.  David is an elementary teacher in southern California and a loyal follower of this very podcast,  Today the mic is turned to host Danny “Sunshine” Bauer.ny “Sunshine” Bauer.

Danny Sunshine Bauer - Avoiding Isolation

Danny experienced isolation as an assistant principal in Chicago. He felt overlooked and that is really why the podcast was birthed. Danny realizes that some school districts excel in their leadership development out of the park. Um, but has found through networking with assistant principals that they're often the leader that's overlooked.   So often assistants don't have meetings or leadership development. Danny knew that he had so much more to offer. Avoiding isolation is really hard to do, so through the podcast Danny connects leaders and helps to solve problems.

"And so basically as a podcast listener and listening to different leadership, business related entrepreneurial related podcasts, I thought to myself, well, if I invite people to a powerful conversation, put it out there for free through the show, maybe I'll learn some things right.  I could hear people's success stories, uh, what they've learned from failure and all the tips and tricks, you know, that we try to unpack through the better leaders, better schools podcast." – Danny “Sunshine” Bauer

 

Danny’s Dream School

Take time to download this episode and listen to Danny’s answer to a question he asks often on his podcast.  He will share is idea of what his dream school would look like. He will also share a little secret with his listeners!  Be sure to tune in!

 

Connecting Consistently

The greatest paradox that Danny experienced is when he opened up the podcast and the mastermind to the world,  HeI was able to connect on a much more consistent basis. Danny is in the Netherlands and David is in California and Danny is able to record this interview and share it worldwide through technology.  

"So looking at what's available and just trying to get like minded people together a form of tribe and see what we could do as a result." – Danny “Sunshine” Bauer

 

Staying Focused

Danny is focusing on being fully present during these type of conversations or coaching conversations.  He practices meditation to help with choosing whether you want to stay distracted or bring yourself back with intention.  Danny desires to record inspiring and empowering conversations out there for educators. Danny makes a habit of checking in with himself to ensure that he is present frequently.

"But it's the small stuff, you know, it's not real big grand things, but they, they, they add up and when I can address them, it helps me just keep trying to become that best version of myself." – Danny “Sunshine” Bauer

 

Career Highlight

Danny’s career highlight is his mastermind group. He has worked with a mentor himself and has gained so much personal growth over the past six months.  While working with Aaron Walker in his mastermind Iron Sharpens Iron, Danny realized that the education industry needed the same type of group to avoid isolation and for transformation of leaders.  He decided that he would step up and fill the gap and serve school leaders. The mastermind group is there week in, week out, where you can build strong deep relationships. Members can be their true authentic self. Leaders can can bring issues of what they don't have figured out and where they need some help and the other members will  alongside you during this leadership journey and help you through it.

“And the best part is we don't work together so we can be brutally honest. There's no thinking like, well, you know, what's it going to be like at work if I, if I'm honest and blah, blah, blah. Say this stuff, uh, in, in there's no politics, so we're all just cheering each other on wanting everyone to be successful and we can do that in a very, very authentic, honest, but rooted in love and rooted in love type of way” - Danny “Sunshine” Bauer

 

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  • Organized Binder is an evidence-based RTI2 Tier 1 universal level solution
  • Focuses on improving executive functioning and noncognitive skills
  • Is in direct alignment with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Is an integral component for ensuring Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

 

You can learn more and improve your student’s success at https://organizedbinder.com/

 

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