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Mar 20, 2017

Jenn David-Lang makes her fourth appearance on the show.  She now holds the record.  And there’s a reason I keep talking to Jenn - I always learn so much.  Jenn produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book.  Jenn has over 30,000 subscribers and has an incredible perspective on all things education.  We talk about Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s new book Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers.  We get into Paul’s model for coaching and how he recommends setting up an entire system.  The part about real-time, in-the-moment feedback is really cool.

You can reach Jenn at her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net).  I’m a happy subscriber of The Main Idea and a big fan of Jenn’s work.  She’s offered to send listeners of the show some free book summaries if you send her an email at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net.  It’s definitely worth the time.  Enjoy this interview with Jenn David-Lang.

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 would like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/leadership.

Feb 16, 2017

 

My favorite Professional Office Organizer, Kacy Paide, and I go a second round on getting and staying organized.  Kacy shares many strategies and tips to help us all get our acts together.  From the perils of too many systems to the power of structures, we get into lots of areas of organization and productivity.  Kacy and I talked about the following resources during the interview:

  • Evernote software to organize and retrieve your stuff electronically: www.evernote.com
  • Podcast Recommendations:
    • Debbie Millman’s Design Matters
    • Asian Efficiency
    • Mike Vardy’s The Productivityist
    • The Leverage Podcast  by Ari Meisel

 

 

 

 

You can learn more about Kacy and her work at www.theinspiredoffice.com.  I can’t say enough about her work and how much she has helped me become more organized, efficient, and effective at work and at home.  Enjoy this follow up interview with Kacy Paide.


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 would like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/leadership.

Aug 13, 2016

Parenting and educating teenagers can be challenging. Teenage girls can take that challenge to a whole new level.  In this episode Jenn David-Lang and her Husband Tim David-Lang and I discuss Lisa Damour’s 2016 book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.  Not many books have had the impact on my thinking, my work, and my parenting that this one has had.  Jenn, Tim, and I have a lively conversation about what we learned from the book and our own experiences putting the information into practice at work and at home.  You’ll remember Jenn from two previous podcast appearances.  She produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book and has a ton of experience in education.  Tim David-Lang is a guidance counselor for the New York City Department of Education and has worked with teenagers for many years.  And like me, Jenn and Tim are the parents of teenage girls.  Enjoy this conversation about a great book.  Jenn has graciously agreed to share discussion questions and a summary of helpful language from the book.  You can email her directly at j.davidlang@gmail.com, and she’ll send them to you.  

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As always, 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’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

May 16, 2016

In this episode I interview Brad and Genevieve Ermeling, two experienced educators who have collaborated on the bestselling book Teaching Better: Igniting and Sustaining Instructional Improvement.  I loved talking with this husband and wife team about everything from what works in changing practice to mistakes and pitfalls administrators can avoid.  The depth of their collective experience in teaching, learning, research, and school improvement is impressive.  Information about Brad and Genevieve and their book can be found at their website www.teachingbetter.com (And why didn’t I register that domain name?).  You can also follow them on Twitter @BradErmeling and @Graff_Ermeling.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Brad and Genevieve Ermeling.

 

Brad and Genevieve will be hosting a free webinar on June 6, featuring more information on many of the topics discussed in this interview.  You can learn more and register at www.Corwin.com.  Choose online learning from the menu and click on webinars.

As always, 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.

 

Apr 3, 2016

Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh is an experienced teacher and principal who is now an author, consultant, and college professor.  Early in her career as a middle school principal, Beckie saw the need to improve the critical thinking skills of her students.  We talk about what she learned during that process including the five misconceptions about critical thinking.  While we focus primarily on supporting teachers as they support students developing critical thinking skills, the conversation transcends the specific content and hits many important leadership concepts - the importance of mentors, achieving critical mass for change, focusing initiatives.  This was a great conversation, and you can learn more about Beckie and her work at the Mentoring Minds website: https://www.mentoringminds.com/meet-us.  You can also follow Beckie on Twitter @RebeccaStobaugh.

As always, 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.

Mar 26, 2016

Mike Vardy is the host of the wildly popular Productivityist Podcast (http://productivityist.com/).  He is also a writer, speaker, and productivity strategist. He’s also great to talk to.  Mike and I have a lively discussion about all things productivity.  What’s cool is that we start with the big picture: task centric vs. time centric thinking, mode-based theming for your days, and Mike’s own NOW Year Method.  Then we move into specific skill and techniques including approaches to scheduling and setting up anchors.  Mike generously provided a link for School Leadership Show listeners to download his NOW Year Method Basic Workflow (https://productivityist.com/doughty).

You can learn more about Mike and his work you can visit the Productivityist website or Mike’s personal site at http://mikevardy.com/.  And make sure you subscribe to The Productivityist Podcast in iTunes and other podcast outlets.

As always, 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.

Mar 20, 2016

 

In this episode I interview Erika Andersen, an author, trainer, consultant, and executive coach.  The time flew by.  Erika shares her recent work on how to become a better learner (from her new book Be Bad First - Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future).  This might sound simple, but it’s hard work.  Her insightful model (ANEW) is a simple and practical approach to learning new things in all aspects of our lives.  I also tap into Erika’s more than 30 years of coaching high-performing leaders to identify common mistakes that leaders must avoid.  Erika promised a part two where we will get deeper into her work around the traits of great leaders.  

You can learn more about Erika Andersen and her work at the website of her company - Proteus: http://www.proteus-international.com/.  Erika’s personal website is http://erikaandersen.com/.   

As always, 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’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

Nov 22, 2015

 

In this episode I sit down with friend and colleague, Dr. Jeff Cimmerer.  Jeff is the Chief Information Officer for a large suburban school district in Upstate New York.  He and I have a lively discussion about the horrible presentations we have seen during our time as school leaders.  We share a bunch of dos and don’ts about planning, designing, and delivering effective presentations.  Don’t be one of those school administrators that we talk about for giving bad presentations.  You can get better.

For more on this topic consider listening to my interviews with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen and Dr. Nick Morgan.  

If you’d like help improving your presentation skills or would like one of us to come talk to your team, please contact us.  You can reach me at  mike@schoolleadershipshow.com and Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.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.

Oct 3, 2015

In this episode I interview writer, speaker, and broadcaster Merlin Mann. We talk about managing all of the inputs that come your way.  We go into great depth on managing email and working toward what Merlin has coined “inbox zero.”  We also talk about strategies for managing your time and attention in order to set yourself up for doing your best, most creative work.  To learn more about Merlin and his work visit http://www.merlinmann.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Merlin Mann.


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.

Sep 18, 2015

In this episode I interview two fantastic attorneys whom I’ve known for several years about special education law.  Joyce Berkowitz has a practice representing parents, and Dave Oakes works for the Harris Beach Law Firm and represents school districts.  Our lively discussion centers on what school administrators need to know about special education law.  We get into mistakes to avoid, how to stay current on changes to special education law - if that’s even possible, when to call the attorneys, what to expect when the attorneys show up, and where the focus of all this work rightfully should be - on children.  Joyce and Dave also share insights about their own personal productivity and setting priorities.

 

To reach Joyce you can Google her name (Joyce B. Berkowitz) or call her at (585) 421-9094.  You can learn more about Dave and his work at Harris Beach’s website (www.harrisbeach.com).  Enjoy this interview with Joyce Berkowitz and Dave Oakes.

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.

Sep 6, 2015

In this episode I interview Professional Office Organizing Consultant Kacy Paide.  We talk about how much more productive and focused you can be when your environment is organized.  It sounds so simple.  Why aren’t more of us there already?  We get into practical tips, where to start, and mistakes to avoid.  Kacy mentioned the following resources during the interview:

 

 

You can learn more about Kacy and her work at www.theinspiredoffice.com.  She has a blog and a bunch of great instructional videos.  Enjoy this interview with Kacy Paide.


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.

Aug 21, 2015

 

In this episode I go another round with educator and author Kim Marshall.  This time we talk in detail about teacher observation and evaluation and ways to make the process meaningful and doable for everyone involved.  Kim shares several resources including a tool that districts might consider using to help streamline the paperwork involved with the observation process (https://www.t-eval.com/).  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 interview 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.

Aug 13, 2015

In this episode I interview Justin Murphy.  Justin is a seasoned journalist who reports on education both in print and online.  We talk about how school administrators can build positive relationships with the media, mistakes to avoid when working with the press, and how to figure out the real story when you have conflicting information from different sources.  We also get into a couple of productivity hacks that Justin has found useful as a reporter as well as his approach to staying caught up on email.  Enjoy this interview with Justin Murphy.

Jul 17, 2015

In this episode I interview Dan White.  Dan has been a school counselor, a high school principal, and a school district superintendent.  He is currently the superintendent of a large educational service agency.  We talk mainly about decision making, specifically how not to let another person’s crisis become your crisis, using the time you have to make decisions, not hitting flies with sledgehammers, making thoughtful course corrections, and much more.  This is likely the first of several episodes with Dan related to the nuts and bolts of leadership in general and school leadership specifically.  The book Dan mentions towards the end of the episode is Time Present, Time Past by Bill Bradley.  Enjoy this interview with Dan White.

Jul 11, 2015

In this episode I interview Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author of the book Presenting Data Effectively.  She has worked across all sectors, including education, teaching and coaching people about how to communicate using data.  We talk about what great presenters do, tips on creating good slides, how your visuals should complement your personality when you present, and more.  We barely scratch the surface in this interview, and you are going to want to hear more from Stephanie.  Her website is http://stephanieevergreen.com/, and you can go there to learn more about her book, read her blog, and listen to her podcasts.  Enjoy this interview with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen.

 

Below are two links that Stephane mentions during the interview:

Jun 20, 2015

In this episode I interview productivity expert Erik Fisher.  His podcast, Beyond the To-Do List, is essential listening for anyone looking to increase their personal productivity and improve their work-life balance.  We talk about priorities, rituals, multi-tasking, getting control of your email, tools to help you stay focused, and much more. You can learn more about Erik, follow him on Twitter @ErikJFisher, and download his podcast at http://beyondthetodolist.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Erik Fisher.


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.

Jun 12, 2015

In this episode I interview Jill Pancoast from The Breakthrough Coach.  The training that she describes in the interview has helped tens of thousands of school administrators all over the world get out of their offices and spend more time in classrooms where the real work of school is going on.  We talk about the characteristics of effective school administrators, developing a results orientation, minimizing distractions in your work environment, and much more.  You can learn more about Jill and The Breakthrough Coach at http://www.the-breakthrough-coach.com/.

Jun 5, 2015

In this episode I interview productivity author and podcaster Jeff Sanders.  His wildly popular podcast The 5 AM Miracle changed my life, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation with Jeff.  We talk about the idea of intentionality when it comes to scheduling your day, the importance of developing anchor habits, what school administrators can do to be more efficient and effective, tips to increase energy and improve health and wellness, all kinds of resources on all of these topics and more.  More information about Jeff and his work can be found at his website www.jeffsanders.com.

May 29, 2015

 

In this episode I interview author and communications coach Dr. Nick Morgan.  Dr. Morgan is the author of many books about public speaking and communications.  We talk about what makes great communicators stand out, rookie mistakes to avoid, how to communicate effectively with social media, what to do when you have to talk to a reporter, how to give clear concise “say a few words” speeches, and much more.  To learn more about Dr. Morgan and his work visit his website www.publicwords.com.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Dr. Nick Morgan.

May 22, 2015

In this episode I interview Dr. Charlie Shaw, a chiropractor and wellness expert, about what school administrators can do to increase their energy and improve their overall health.  Charlie and I get into the impact of movement, hydration, and nutrition on productivity and wellness.  While you may have heard some of the advice before, it’s affirming to have it come from an expert in the field.  We also talk about several specific personal productivity strategies that Charlie has found effective for maintaining balance while managing a busy chiropractic practice.  Charlie mentioned a few links in the interview that I have included below:


You can learn more about Charlie and his work at http://activecarechiropractor.com/.

May 8, 2015

In this interview with veteran technology director and CIO Dr. Jeff Cimmerer, we explore the past, present, and future of instructional technology.  We also get into the traps and mistakes that school leaders can avoid to maximize the impact of technology and data in improving teaching and learning.  Contact Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.com

May 3, 2015

In this interview with educator and author Cheryl Dobbertin, we talk about how school leaders can support teaching and learning in their buildings.  With public debate over standards, curriculum, and assessment at an unprecedented and fevered pitch, we get into how administrators can manage all of the competing interests while still focusing on good instruction.  Enjoy this one with Cheryl Dobbertin.

May 3, 2015

In this first episode I lay out the purpose for the show - to fill a void.  There are no podcasts out there dedicated to helping practicing and aspiring school leader improve their craft.

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