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136: Tim Elmore | When Students Take Ownership Of Their Own Learning, They Are Incentivized To Be Creative | Marching Off The Map: How To Teach And Lead Generation Z | Navigating Cross-Generational Leadership | Habitudes: Leadership Habits And Attitudes

Dr. Tim Elmore is the President of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit leadership training and development organization that equips students to be leaders in their classrooms, communities, and ultimately their careers. Tim helps guide helps the parents, educators, mentors, coaches and employers that lead this generation. Tim has also authored more than 30 books including: Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and AttitudesArtificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming...


135: Kris Murray | Vulnerability Inspires Your Team To Follow Your Vision | The Connection Between Extreme Skiing And High Performance Leadership | A Quick How-To Guide On Self-Publishing | The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide |

Kris Murray is a business coach and marketing consultant exclusively for the early childhood industry. As President and Founder of Child Care Marketing Solutions, her mission is to make a difference in the lives of one million children, by helping more than 5,000 clients create and lead businesses that provide early learning excellence for families and employees. Kris is the author of two top-rated books, The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide and The 77 Best Strategies to Grow Your Early...


134: Chris Trieste | Take the Complex and Make it Simple | Put Yourself in the Shoes of Your Students | 14 Great Coaches: Learn Their Lessons, Improve Your Coaching, Have a Lasting Impact | Best Practices in Teaching

Chris Trieste has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, school administrator, athletic director, and coordinator of physical education. Over the past 10 years, Chris has coached many different sports from elementary through high school. He has extensive experience in tennis, serving as the head men’s tennis coach at Mount Saint Mary College where he was named Coach of the Year twice and led that team to its first conference championship in program history. Chris...


133: Matt Bardin | Don't Ignore The Elephant In The Room, Address The Big Issues Head-On | How To Get Students Excited About Reading | Create An Experience For Your Students | The Link Between Reading Comprehension And Success In School

Matt Bardin taught high school and middle school in the New York City public schools in the early 1990s and was a founding director of Teach For America. He founded Veritas Tutors (now Zinc Educational Services) in 2001. He was a co-founder in 2008 of High Five Labs, a company that produced a few popular apps, and he founded Zinc Learning Labs to make the key element of an elite education - advanced literacy - widely available. Connect with Matt Bardin on Twitter: @MattBardin Educators...


132: Connie Hamilton | Be Patient! Sometimes You Have To Go Slow To Go Fast | What A Tattoo Show Can Teach You About Leadership | Hacking Homework | The Path From Rocket Scientist, Counselor, Teacher, And Principal To Curriculum Director & Author

Connie Hamilton has served as an elementary teacher, middle school ELA teacher, instructional coach, and principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. She now serves as the K-12 curriculum director in Saranac Community Schools and provides professional development nationally that focuses on questioning, best instructional practices, literacy, assessment, and leadership. Connie is the co-author of Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies That Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom,...


131: Naphtali Hoff | How To Have A Great Work Ethic AND A Balanced Life | What You Wish You Would Have Known Before Going Into School Leadership | Becoming The New Boss | How To Have Sustained Success In School Leadership

Naphtali Hoff has served in education as a teacher, associate principal, head of school, and is currently the president and executive coach of Impactful Coaching and Consulting, a company. Naphtali is also the author of Becoming the New Boss, a newly released book that builds on his leadership experiences and lessons and seeks to empower new leaders to hit the ground running. Naphtali has earned two master’s degrees in both education and educational leadership as well as a doctorate in...


130: Jeff Zoul | Start. Right. Now. | Know The Way, Show The Way, Go The Way, Grow Each Day | Work Hard. Have Fun. Be Nice. | How To Survive The Running Of The Bulls | What Great Principals Do Differently | There Are Always Many Sides To Every Story

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a district administrator in Rock Island, Illinois, and a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff also served as a principal with...


129: Toni Cameron | People Trust You If They Know You Believe In Them | The Connection Between Math and Music | From Aspiring Concert Pianist To Educator | Origin And Highlights Of Agents Of Change: How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching

Toni Cameron has worked as a mathematics educator and writer for the past twenty years and is currently the Director of Professional Development at Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities. In this capacity, she is responsible for coaching consultants and for developing all the elementary professional development offered by MTLC. Her recent publication, Agents of Change, How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching, co-authored with Lucy West, who I had the honor to interview back in...


128: Tom Hierck | How To Win Over Cynical Teachers | 7 Keys To A Positive Learning Environment | Celebrating Victories Validates The Value Of The Accomplishment And The Sacrifice It Took To Get There | Every Student Is A Success Story Waiting To Be Told

Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy. Tom is a compelling presenter and author, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. He understands that educators face unprecedented challenges and knows...


127: Dr. Megan Slocum | How To Juggle It All | Care Enough To Engage In Relationships | Being A Good Human | Make Decisions Based On What Is Best For Kids, Not On What Is More Convenient For Adults

Dr. Megan Slocum has worked as a teacher, principal, Superintendent, and is currently the Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Springdale School District in Northwest Arkansas. She also helps maintain the Springdale Public Schools YouTube channel. Megan is passionate about serving students and parents to help all learners achieve their potential each day. She was awarded the Arkansas Rural Education Superintendent of the Year in 2013 and has served as...


126: Chanie Wilschanski | The Ripple Effect Of Kindness | Line Up Your Calendar With Your Core Values | Practical Tips And Examples Of How To Show Sincere Appreciation | Reggio Inspired Schools | Be A Trail Blazer | Change Things Up And Be Flexible

FREE BONUS FOR EDUCATORS LEAD LISTENERS!!!! Get "The Director's Toolkit Bundle" Chanie mentioned on this episode for FREE by visiting:! "The Director’s ToolKit will give your the answers, strategies and tips to some of your biggest everyday struggles as a leader in your school." Chanie Wilschanski is an early childhood strategist and leadership coach and works with Early Childhood directors to help them build schools that make a bigger impact...


125: John Stevens (2) | How To Incorporate Math Education Into Daily Activities To Make It More Real And Memorable | How To Enhance Learning With 3D Printing | Be Fully Present | Reduce Resistance To Change By Helping People Understand The WHY | Give Your

Back for a second interview (check out episode 97 to hear his first interview), John Stevens is an Educational Technology Coach in Southern California, author of recently published book Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide for Bringing Math Into Everyday Conversations co-author of The Classroom Chef, and contributing author of Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. He moderates #caeedchat on...


124: Beth Russell | Learn How To Say What People Need To Hear In A Way That Resonates With Them | Differentiated School Leadership | How Travel Can Change Your Perspective On Education And Leadership

Dr. Beth Russell has been in education for 28 years. Prior to entering the field of education, Beth was a social worker working with children on emotional and behavioral challenges in treatment foster care. Beth is the former principal of South View Middle School in a suburb of Minneapolis. She holds a BS in child development and family relations from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in educational policy and...


123: Ben Bruni | Control The Controllables | How The Study Of Behavioral Psychology Will Help You Better Understand The Students And Teachers In Your School | Do The Best You Can With What You've Got, Right Where You're At | How This Podcast Will Impact Y

Ben Bruni is an Assistant Principal at Adairville Elementary and Middle School, a rural Preschool through 8th grade school located in Logan Co. Kentucky. This is his 14th year in public education and his second as an Assistant Principal. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal, he spent the first decade of his career as a high school English teacher and Head Football Coach. He also spent two deeply impactful years working as a program director in an urban Alternative School. Ben is a avid...


122: Lucy West | Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast! | The Story Behind Metamorphosis TLC, Adding Talk To The Equation, Content-Focused Coaching, And Agents Of Change | Develop The Right Culture And The People In The Organization Will Solve The Problems

Lucy West has been a mover and shaker in the world of education for over 30 years. Since the mid-nineties Ms. West has been at the forefront of the movement to increase classroom discourse and infuse it with rigor and equity. Ms. West began her career in New York City Public Schools as a second grade teacher. Later, while serving the city as the Director of Mathematics for Community School District 2, Lucy invented a capacity building process for cultivating teacher leaders and...


121: Daniel Bauer | Better Leaders Better Schools | Trust Your Gut | Why Educator Masterminds Are So Powerful | Get Yourself Right So You Can Serve Others Effectively | Everyone Gets Better When The Leader Gets Better

Daniel Bauer is the author of This is Momo: A Story About A Little Idea and he currently serves as Principal of a middle school in Houston, TX. Daniel is a recent transplant from Chicago where he served as a Teacher and Assistant Principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. In addition to writing This is Momo, Daniel has written an ebook called The Blueprint for School Success that is currently available for free on his website, where he blogs regularly...


120: Jim Sturtevant | Encourage Others And You Will Empower Them To Become Better | Hacking Engagement | You've Gotta Connect | How To Build A Strong Student-Teacher Connection In The Classroom

Jim Sturtevant is in his 32nd year teaching public high school students. Currently, Jim is a Social Studies teacher for Big Walnut Local Schools in Sunbury, Ohio and a College Credit Plus Adjunct Professor at Columbus State Community College. Jim is also the author of “You’ve Gotta Connect” (2014) and “Hacking Engagement...50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily” (2016). Jim is a professional development presenter, a blogger, and even hosts his own podcast called "Hacking...


119: Jane Kise | Learn How To Work With Different Personality Types To Unlock The Potential Within Your School | A Resistant Teacher Is Simply A Teacher Whose Needs Have Not Been Met | Differentiated Coaching: What Is It And How Can It Help Your School

Dr. Jane Kise is a consultant, coach, and author of over 20 books. She founded Differentiated Coaching Associates to increase leadership effectiveness and currently works with leaders and their teams to improve communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and change management—the four “big C’s” of her organizational consulting. Jane’s background spans the worlds of government, business, and education. From strategic planning, to in-depth workshops for educators, to guiding teams in...


118: Jennifer Abrams | Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials: Why Can't We All Just Get Along? | Becoming Generationally Savvy | How To Prepare For Hard Conversations | Highly Effective Leaders And The Endless Quest For Clarity

Jennifer Abrams spent over 20 years in the Palo Alto School District as a lead coach and is currently an author and international education and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel, and others on new employee support, supervision, on working effectively with different generations, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills....


117: Oskar Cymerman | Be Fully Present | Encouraging Independence And Critical Thinking With Flexible Seating | Inspiring Student Excellence In An Inner City School | How To Get Explosive Student Engagement In Chemistry Class

Oskar Cymerman teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering and is author of Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom a book that promotes brain based learning to help students become better learners. His professional interests are brain based learning, flexible seating in high school, social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning. Follow Oskar on Twitter: Oskar's Book on...