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Jul 9, 2021

In this episode, I interview Doug Fisher and Dominique Smith who, along with Nancy Frey and John Hattie, co-authored the book Leading the Rebound: 20+ Must-Dos to Restart Teaching and Learning. This was a great conversation about what school leaders and all educators need to be thinking about as they plan for a post-pandemic school year. Jenn David Lang has done a Main Idea summary of the book, and If you would like a copy, you can email her at Jenn@TheMainIdea.net


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Jun 12, 2021

In this episode, co-host Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I interview Cornelius Minor about his book We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. This was a fun and wide-ranging conversation about all things equity and how teachers and school leaders can work in the system and on the system to improve school for all kids. If you would like a copy of Jenn’s summary of Cornelius’s book, you can email her at Jenn@TheMainIdea.net

Also, Cornelius and his publisher graciously gave me a few books to give away. Email me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com if you would like a copy - while supplies last.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

May 4, 2021

Co-host Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about her recent foray into the world of masterminds groups for school leaders as a tool for professional learning. It was a great conversation, and I learned a ton. If you would like to know more about the groups that Jenn is running, you can email her at Jenn@TheMainIdea.net


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Apr 10, 2021

Co-host Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about her summary of The Influential School Leader: Inspiring Teachers, Students, and Families Through Social and Organizational Psuchology by Craig Murphy and John D’Auria. If you would like a copy of this summary, you can email Jenn at Jenn@TheMainIdea.net

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Mar 4, 2021

Co-host Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about her summary of The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make by Ron Lieber. Jenn and I roped Jenn’s husband Tim into the conversation. Tim has many years of experience as a guidance counselor and college counselor. If you would like a copy of this summary, you can email Jenn at Jenn@TheMainIdea.net


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Feb 7, 2021

Part 2 of 2. Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about her summary of The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. If you would like a copy of this summary, you can email Jenn at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Sep 23, 2020

Part 1 of 2. Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about her summary of The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. If you would like a copy of this summary, you can email Jenn at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Jun 3, 2020

Welcome to Season 3 of The School Leadership Show.

In this episode Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about a new set of resources that she has developed to help school leaders through these challenging times.  This series of one-pagers titled Leading in Disruptive Times each address an important topic in a clear and concise way. The first one we tackle is “Clarity and Communication.” If you would like copies of the one-pagers, you can email Jenn at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Dec 11, 2019

In this episode Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk with Will Parker about his new book Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students, and Reach Communities, which Jenn has summarized in The Main Idea.  You can learn more about Will and his work at his website: https://williamdparker.com/.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email:  mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Nov 13, 2019

In this episode Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about student engagement.  Our conversation is based on the book Engagement by Design: Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Russell Quaglia, Dominique Smith, and Lisa Lande, which Jenn has recently summarized in The Main Idea.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Oct 30, 2019

Teru Clavel is a comparative international education specialist, speaker, and author.  Her book World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children, is a must-read for anyone interested in improving our education systems in the United States.  Teru and I have a lively discussion about her experiences, what she learned about how different countries approach education, and the implications for our K-12 systems.  Teru promised me a round two, and after you hear this conversation, you will know why I can’t wait to have her back on the show. You can learn more about Teru and her work at www.teruclavel.com

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Oct 24, 2019

Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about critical feedback and difficult conversations.  Our conversation is based on a chapter in a new book by Jenn David-Lang and Kim Marshall - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  This is a wide-ranging discussion about strategies for having crucial conversations with students, colleagues, staff, and parents.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Oct 17, 2019

In this episode educator and author Kim Marshall (www.marshallmemo.com) and I talk about his new book co-authored with Jenn David Lang (www.themainidea.net) - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  We talk about the structure of the book and how it will help busy school leaders grow and develop.  Kim has offered listeners of this podcast a free copy of, “Chapter Two: Managing Time for Impact.” 

Kim also mentioned a cool book that he is currently reading - Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy Herman. 

You can access much of Kim Marshall’s work for free at www.marshallmemo.com.  His weekly Marshall Memo helps countless educators stay current on what’s happening in K-12 education.  Enjoy this conversation with Kim Marshall.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com. Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Sep 23, 2019

Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about interviewing and hiring teachers.  Our conversation is based on a chapter in a new book by Jenn David-Lang and Kim Marshall - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  Specifically we discuss strategies for spotting candidates, reviewing and updating hiring processes, and developing interview questions.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Sep 16, 2019

Guest host Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea interviews author and consultant Elena Aguilar.  Elena’s books - The Art of Coaching, The Art of Coaching Teams, and Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators - are must-reads for all school leaders.  Jenn and Elena focus their deep and wide-ranging conversation on Onward.

You can learn more about Elena and her work at her website (https://brightmorningteam.com/), on Instagram (elena_aguilar_writer, bright_morning_team), and on Twitter (@brightmorningtm).


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Jan 11, 2019

Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea returns to the show,  and we talk with Grant Lichtman about his new book Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education.  This is an amazingly thought-provoking conversation about where we ought to be heading in education.

The best way to reach Grant is at his website: http://www.grantlichtman.com/.

You can reach Jenn through her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  She’s offered to send listeners of this episode a free summary of Moving the Rock if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Jan 10, 2019

Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea returns to the show and we nerd out on the book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had: Ideas and Strategies for Vibrant Classrooms by Tracy Johnston Zager.  As two former math teachers this conversation is wide ranging and fun. Here’s a link to the companion website to the book that has a ton of resources.

You can reach Jenn through her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  She’s offered to send listeners of this episode a free summary of Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Nov 11, 2018

 

In this episode I sit down with Nicola Giardina, a museum educator, consultant, and founder of Inspiring Learners through Art.  She has also recently published The More We Look, the Deeper it Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art.  Nicola and I talk about her approach to engaging students in higher level thinking through art using a framework that she developed called the Pyramid of Inquiry.  You can learn more about Nicola and her work and find her book at her website: https://nicolagiardina.com/.  Please enjoy this conversation with Nicola Giardina.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Oct 6, 2018

In this episode I sit down with Mike Petrilli, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and wildly prolific writer about education and education policy.  We also talk about how policy can and and ought to policy into practice at the local level.  I wanted to share a little more about Mike’s background from the Thomas B. Fordam Institute’s website because it is so impressive:

[Mike is also a] research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Education Commission of the States. An award-winning writer, he is the author of The Diverse Schools Dilemma, and editor of Education for Upward Mobility.

Please enjoy this conversation with Mike Petrilli.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Sep 3, 2018

This episode is a departure from our usual fare on the School Leadership Show.  Today I sit down with Jack, a high school junior with an uncanny knowledge of film and pop culture.  Jack is the co-host of The Everything Geek podcast (available in iTunes and @EveryGeekPod on Twitter), and he and I argue about the best movies where high school plays a central role in the story.  Jack is one of the smartest and funniest humans I know. I hope you enjoy this back to school episode and that you have a great start to your school year.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com

Aug 27, 2018

I found Dan Rockwell’s blog Leadership Freak (www.leadershipfreak.blog) through The Marshall Memo.  And now I’m hooked. His short but powerful blog posts have become part of my daily routine.  During this conversation, Dan and I talk about the origin of the blog and his ongoing work with leaders through workshops, seminars, and individual coaching sessions.  Here are a couple of notes from his website just to reinforce what a big deal he is:

 

  • Inc Magazine Top Fifty Leadership and Management Expert and Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers.
  • American Management Association Top 30 Leader in Business of 2014.
  • According to the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness, the Leadership Freak blog is the most socially shared leadership blog on the Internet.

 

We go deep on some big leadership concepts, and we get granular with very practical strategies for being a better leader.  I loved this time with Dan, and I made him promise me a part 2.

 

You can reach Dan through his blog (www.leadershipfreak.blog) or by Google searching “leadership freak.”

 

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

 

Aug 20, 2018

In this episode sometimes co-host Dan White and I get into all things teams - how to build them, how to think about the larger context, and much more.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Aug 13, 2018

In this episode occasional co-host Dan White and I interview, Noah, a recent high school graduate about his experiences in a typical Upstate New York High School.  Noah’s candid assessment of what works and what doesn’t in our classrooms is refreshing and compelling. And it’s certainly not all rainbows and unicorns.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Aug 6, 2018

Dr. Barbara Oakley is an educator, writer, and engineer with one of the coolest backstories I’ve ever heard.  She has become an expert on learning and her most recent book Learning How to Learn: A Guide for Kids and Teens is spectacular - so spectacular that my 16-year-old daughter was impressed.  Barb and I have a wide-ranging conversation about her background, learning in general, a little bit about math instruction specifically, and her thoughts on how we can improve teaching and learning in our schools.  I was really impressed with Barb, and I made her promise to do a part two. I hope you enjoy her story and insights as much as I did.

Learning How to Learn: A Guide for Kids and Teens is available everywhere, and you can learn more about Barb and her work at www.barbaraoakley.com.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

Jul 30, 2018

In this episode I interview former Phi Delta Kappan Editor-in-Chief Joan Richardson.  Joan is now in charge of polling for PDK and she has written an article on the 50-year history of the annual Kappan poll of U.S. attitudes toward public schools (http://pdkpoll.org/history).  There is also a cool timeline compiling key findings from the last five decades of results, along with noteworthy events in the nation each year (http://pdkpoll.org/timeline).  I had no idea about the origins of this annual poll, and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.  Joan has promised to come back on the show when the results of the current year’s poll are released in September.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the show, send me an email at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.

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