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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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Nov 27, 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.

As a new principal you are trying to figure out just who you are.  What your leadership voice is, and the footprint and legacy that you'll leave behind. How do you start to make change happen? How do you gain the trust, credibility and build relationships that you'll need to take the school to the next level?

In today’s episode, our guest Heather Bell Williams is one of our ruckus makers who has a better idea about how to do this, how she would build her dream school and building leadership in teachers.

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

 

Key Talking Points

  •     Introduction to Heather
  •     Footsteps of principals
  •     Inviting people for change
  •     Community innovation
  •     How would you build your dream school?
  •     Building leadership in teachers
  •     Message for self-awareness
  •     Top three priorities
  •     Advice to make a difference

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[04:27] Introduction to Heather

[05:13] Following the footsteps

[10:25] Inviting people to the change

[13:12] Aha moments

[19:00] Community Innovation

[24:55] Building leadership

[29:19] Pre-testing and post-testing

[30:10] Heather’s message

[31:53] Heather’s top three priorities

[33:09] Advice from Heather

 

Key Quotes

  1. “The amazing gift to give your kids to just give them unfiltered undivided attention and pour into their lives.”
  2. “How can we make some subtle shifts to add value to these kids’ lives and  continue to help them and push them?”
  3. “You're not limited by any resources. You're only limitations your imagination.”
  4. “I look back on my journey here in this building so much of a thing so many of the things that we had to overcome.”

 

About Our Guest

Heather is a Chief Ruckus maker of a small school in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where she and her husband have lived for 20 years.  They have raised two great sons with a focus on community engagement. She is most proud of the summer intervention camp, on-site daycare, and the employment of a family coordinator whose sole job is to get kids to school.

 

Resources 

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

 

Tip of the Week

Training, Mentoring and Leading Students: Be a principal that trains, mentors and leads a group of students.  This will put you back in touch with the kids and with some of the things in the classroom.  Putting yourself in position and sharing your knowledge with students build relationships quicker than you'll ever imagine.

 

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  • 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 Environment (LRE)

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

 

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Nov 20, 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.

In today’s episode, our guest Robert Breyer is one of our ruckus makers who will share his story with you. He has served as a classroom teacher and administrator for the past fourteen years. He has some brilliant ideas about business and to execute his plans he has launched a 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

 

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction to Robert
  • Starting of Podcast business
  • Importance of building confidence
  • Leaving comfort zone
  • Making an emotional connection
  • AP to the principal transformation
  • Importance of learning
  • Take away from the conversation

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[05:32] Introduction to Robert Breyer

[07:16]  Starting of podcast

[13:28]  Aha moments

[18:36]  AP to Principal

[23:50]  Importance of building confidence

[26:08]  Gift for Ruckus Maker

[33:30]  Leaving comfort zone

[36:49]  First book of Daniel

[43:41]  Story for the Ruckus maker

[45:58]  Demand of the business

[47:55]  Take away from the conversation

 

Key Quotes

  1. “Isolation is the number one enemy of excellence and isolation is also a choice.”
  2. “Don't try to do everything for everybody.”
  3. “You don't have to do it alone.”
  4. “People will reveal what they need and why they need.”
  5. “People see themselves in the stories you tell.”
  6. “Leadership is service or if you're interested in business. That's just solving somebody's challenge.”
  7. “I'm looking at different ways to go to separate myself from others because there's a lot of people already doing this type of business. How do I make myself stand out?”

 

About Our Guest

Robert Breyer has served as a classroom teacher and administrator for the past 14 years. He was selected to the first Sandhills Leadership Academy class, which is a selective process to prepare a cadre of highly effective school leaders for high needs schools These experiences have shaped Robert into a reflective and effective school leader who sets the example for his peers, teachers, and students.

Robert is also the host of the Guiding Principals podcast.

 

Resources 

Story Driven

The Right Story

The Compelling Communicator

The Story Skills Workshop

Join the mastermind

Guiding Principals Podcast

 

 

Tip of the Week

Honoring Students:  Follow the universities and honor your students with Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude.  Get them ready for college. I've seen a school district do this and it was amazing because there are no questions asked about students weighted GPA’s and courses they took.  A student has to have a certain GPA and above to be at Magna, Summa and Cum Laude. It’s just a brilliant introduction to honoring deserving students and moving away from tradition.

 

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 Environment (LRE)

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

 

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Nov 19, 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.

In today’s episode, our guest Orly Friedman is one of our ruckus makers who will share her experience with you. She is the founder of a new K-8 school with a focus on developing a sense of urgency in all students.

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

 

Key Talking Points

  • Introduction to Orly Friedman
  • The story of Orly
  • Building of efficient system for teachers
  • Red bridge vs traditional schools
  • Importance of grades
  • Training of staff with OKRs
  • Top three priorities
  • Advice for Ruckus makers

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[00:14] Introduction of Orly Friedman

[04:14] Orly’s Story

[05:29] Making of school 

[12:20] Utilizing staff in different ways

[15:51] How do grades put a stop to learning?

[20:47] Orly’s learning

[23:25] Example of a student or teacher’s goal

[26:10] Training staff with OKRs

[27:42] Top three priorities for building and school

[29:59] Advice from Orly

 

Key Quotes

  1. “Once you are like the coach Mentor role the way that their day is scheduled is one-on-one meetings students.”
  2. “In traditional schools all of the structures and systems are really designed to reward compliance.”
  3. “We know what motivates the adults and the same thing is true for kids, so you can give students mastery, autonomy, purpose and meaningful relationship.  They are going to love coming to school and that’s true for students and teachers.”

 

About Our Guest

Orly Friedman is the founder of Red bridge, a new K-8 school marching in San Francisco in September 2020. The focus of the school is developing a sense of agency in all students previously or they spent five years teaching Elementary School in Washington DC. She moved to California to get her MBA at Stanford after which she joined the founding team of Khan Lab School and work there for 4 years as head of lower school.

 

Resources 

Twitter

Website

One World School House

Measure What Matters

Blog post on OKRs

 

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 Environment (LRE)

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

 

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Nov 13, 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.

What would you do if you walked into the doctor's office for what you thought was possibly kidney stones and instead the doctor looked at you in the eyes and said you have cancer. What would be your next step?

In today’s episode, our guest Aubrey Patterson is one of our ruckus makers who will share his with you. He’s a cancer survivor and wanted to do something in education and set up an example.

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

 

Key Talking Points

  •     Introduction to Aubrey
  •     The story of Aubrey
  •     How to face challenges in life
  •     Simplify, Amplify and Clarify
  •     About Management
  •     Things that build you up
  •     Top three priorities
  •     Advice to make a difference

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:55] Introduction to Aubrey Patterson

[05:34] Aubrey’s Story

[12:44] Concrete idea to face challenges in life

[13:56] The message

[19:28] Example to understand the message

[21:52] What things build you up

[27:16] Top three priorities

[28:58] Advice from Aubrey to Ruckus makers

 

Key Quotes

  1. “If you don't change direction, you might just end up where you're headed.”
  2. “I always want students to feel significant.  I want the families, parents and teachers-every adult in the building to feel significant.  Not just today, but always”
  3. “The best way to become a stronger leader is to try to build leadership in others.”
  4. “Amazing teachers grow our leaders”.
  5. “To make a difference trust your gut.”

 

About Our Guest

Aubrey has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in a high performing school district in Western Canada.  

Aubrey co-created Nohea Leadership to help EDUleaders use of technology to capture great ideas, recapture time and build exceptionally open and positive learning cultures. Nohea’s easily adaptable systems use three distinct stages that fall in succession like dominoes: simplifi, clarifi and amplifi.

LinkedIn

 

Tip of the Week

Start with the end in mind. What is the result that you are watching for the end of the year? You want to win, you want those kids to win, you want that achievement score to go up, and you want those kids to master skills. So, always start with the end in mind. 

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 Environment (LRE)

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

 

Copyright © 2019 Better Leaders Better Schools

Nov 6, 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.

Do you have a dream of writing and publishing a book, but you do not go how to about it?  Everyone has a book inside them. The problem is how to transform it into reality.   

In today’s episode, our guest Caleb is one of our ruckus makers who thinks he has a book inside him. Danny coaches Caleb on how to find the book within and the process of how to write and publish his book.

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

 

Key Talking Points 

  • Introduction to Caleb
  • Finding the time to write
  • Brainstorming your book topic
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • Developing your audience and identity
  • Finding a publisher and presenting your book
  • Understanding self-publishing
  • Caleb's next step

 

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[00:35] Introduction to Caleb Bonjour

[07:27] Committing and setting time aside for writing

[11:35] Brainstorming your book topic

[17:43] imposter syndrome and how to deal with it

[20:48] Developing your audience and identity

[25:11] Pitching a publisher

[28:20] Understanding self-publishing

[31:46] Caleb's next step

 

Key Quotes

  1. “You can't please everyone.”
  2. “Humans are imperfect beings, so we do make mistakes.”
  3. “Amazing educators take the opportunity to write a book and tell their story or shared some of their knowledge and wisdom.”
  4. “You need to write a bunch of garbage to get to the goal.”
  5. “Your job is to create the content.”
  6. “What sets successful people apart from others - even though we all have that inner critic - is that they act professionally...”
  7. “You get more creative control if you're self-publish.”

 

Key Resources 

1. James Woosley

2. Jennifer Harshman

 

About Our Guest

Caleb Bonjour is a fun loving educator that strives to be a lifelong learner. He has an amazing, supportive wife Amanda, a talkative and rambunctious five-year-old son Lincoln, and a 3 year old daughter McKinley. They also have three great dogs, Milo (an American Bulldog), Willow (a Cocker Spaniel), and Rosie (A Fox Red Labrador that is training to be a therapy dog for schools). Caleb loves being with his family, watching and playing sports, listening to many varieties of music, and learning more and more leadership and education on a daily basis.

Caleb strives to be the best educator he can be through studying best practices and constantly changing or adapting his practices to reach all students and staff. He has taught and coached with Pella Community Schools and Grundy Center Community Schools and is in his second administrative position as Principal of Cardinal Elementary in the Maquoketa Community School District.

 

Tip of the Week

Loosen up: Stop taking yourself too seriously. Humans are imperfect beings, so we do make mistakes. Sometimes we trip, we might spill our coffee on ourselves. You need to laugh at yourself and tell people those kind of stories.

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/

 

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