Leader of Learning
Exploring Transformational Leadership in Education
The Leader Of Learning podcast explores transformational leadership in education. It is where educators can come find inspiration to transform education through effective leadership. It is a community where educators can realize their leadership potential regardless of their position or title.
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Episode 56

In episode 56, I interviewed Robert Kaplinsky (@RobertKaplinsky), author of the new book “Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, Grades 6 – 12.” Robert’s experience is as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist, and…

Episode 55

In episode 55, I interviewed Chrissy Romano Arrabito (@theconnectededu), author of the new book “Quiet Kids Count.” Chrissy is an elementary school teacher from New Jersey who is an expert on supporting introverted students. We discussed…

Episode 54

In episode 54, I interviewed Tim Cavey (@mistercavey), host of the popular “Teachers On Fire” podcast. Dave is a teacher from Canada who just earned a Master’s degree while researching content consumption through podcasts. We discussed how…

Episode 53

In episode 53, I interviewed Dr. Dave Schmittou (@daveschmittou), author of the book, “Bold Humility.” Dave is a former teacher and administrator, speaker, and the author of the book, “It’s Like Riding a Bike.” We discussed how to stay…

Episode 52

In episode 52, I interviewed George Couros (@gcouros) and Katie Novak (@katienovakudl), authors of the book, “Innovate Inside the Box.” George is a former teacher and administrator, speaker, and the author of the popular book, “The…

Episode 51

In episode 51, I interviewed Sabba Quidwai (@AskMsQ), a doctoral candidate in USC’s Global Executive Doctor of Education program. Sabba is a former social sciences teacher and Director of Innovation at USC, a speaker, and a social…

Episode 50

In episode 50, I interviewed Danny Bauer, educational leader, podcast host, and author behind the Better Leaders Better Schools brand. Danny is the author of “The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap: Small Ideas That Lead to Big Impact.”…

In episode 49, I want to wish all educators a happy new school year. I reflect on something I heard Eric Sheninger say during my district’s convocation – take ACTION. Also, I get vulnerable and open up about a difficult situation during my first year…

Episode 48

In episode 48, I interviewed Dr. Kristyn Klei Borrero (@KKB_CT3), educator, author, CEO and co-founder of CT3. Kristyn is the author of “Every Student, Every Day: A No-Nonsense Nurturer® Approach to Reaching All Learners.” We discussed…

Episode 47

In episode 47, I interviewed Jonathon Lee (@jleeTechPercent), a School Improvement Consultant for St. Louis RPDC Instructional Specialist for METC, and Don Sturm (@SturmDon), a technology integration specialist for the Morton schools in…

Episode 46

In episode 46, I interviewed Dr. Sheldon Eakins (@sheldoneakins). Dr. Eakins is the host of the Leading Equity podcast and an educational administrator in Fort Hall, Idaho. We discussed issues related to equity in education, including…

Episode 45

In episode 45, I welcomed Dr. Will Deyamport (@iamDrWill) back on the show as a return guest. Dr. Will is a blended learning specialist, fellow podcast host, and documentary filmmaker. We discussed educators carving paths as…

Episode 44

In the third episode in a three-part mini series on Social Emotional Learning, I interviewed Elizabeth Merce (@EMercedLearning), a kindergarten teacher and adjunct professor, about student discipline as it relates to social emotional…

Episode 43

In the second episode in a three-part mini series on Social Emotional Learning, I interviewed Brian Kulak (@bkulak11), a K-5 principal, speaker, and author of “Level Up Leadership: Advance Your EduGame.” We discussed social emotional…

Episode 42

In the first episode in a three-part mini series on Social Emotional Learning, I interviewed Krista Leh (@krista_leh), an educator, former administrator, adjunct professor, and educational consultant specializing in SEL. We discussed what…

Episode 41

In this episode, I interviewed Alyssa Gallagher (@am_gallagher), an educator, administrator, educational consultant, and author of Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change, published by ASCD….

Episode 40

In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Rick Jetter (@rickjetter), an educator, author, speaker, trainer, and education consultant. We discussed Rick’s career journey that has led him back to the classroom, his successes as a consultant and…

Episode 39

In this episode, I interviewed Mark Barnes (@markbarnes19), an educator, speaker, and best-selling author and publisher. We discussed connecting and engaging in education spaces on social media, writing and publishing content, the success…

Episode 38

In this episode, I interviewed Ashley Bendiksen (@AshleyBendiksen), a national speaker, activist, and advocate. Ashley speaks about abusive and unhealthy relationships. We discussed recognizing signs and symptoms of these relationships,…

Episode 37

In this episode, I interviewed Ryan McHale (@pondereducation), an English teacher from Massachusetts. Ryan and the host of the Pondering Education podcast. We discuss supporting preservice teachers, equity in education, and other things we…

Episode 36

In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Sam Fecich (@SFecich). We discuss Dr. Fecich’s book, “EduMagic, her work at the higher education level with pre-service teachers, and the state of teacher induction programs.

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Episode 35

In this episode, I recap the year, speak to the great success the podcast experienced in 2018, and discuss the important balance between short-term and long-term goal setting.

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In this episode, I spoke with Basil Marin (@basil_marin), a fellow ASCD Emerging Leader and education administrator, about inspiring lifelong learning, working with at-risk students, and promoting equity in education.

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In this episode, I spoke with Elizabeth Shaw (@davineoptimism), a member of the team behind Davine Optimism, about building a culture of optimism, strategies to combat pessimism, and how optimism relates to growth mindset.

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In this episode, I spoke with Brad Shreffler (@BradShreffler), host of the Planning Period podcast, about asking important questions about flaws in education and ways to take action to improve education.

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In this episode, I spoke with Kyle Hamstra (@kylehamstra) about the importance of STEM education, leadership, and his work with networking educators and sharing educational resources.

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In this episode, I spoke with Chris Nesi (@mrnesi) about educational podcasting, professional development and educational technology. I also thank him for his help and support for everything he has done to contribute to the success of this podcast….

This episode is part three of a three-part summer mini series on educational leadership strategies. In the third episode in the series, I go over ways to follow through on ideas, goals, and visions. I also tie together parts one and two in the series,…

This episode is part two of a four-part summer mini series on educational leadership strategies. In the second episode in the series, I go over ways to inspire and empower others through leadership. I also discuss the differences between being a…

This episode is part one of a four-part summer mini series on educational leadership strategies. In the first episode in the series, I discuss how to “find your why” and create your personal vision for education. I also share my own personal vision…

In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad @drlangraad about his role at WeVideo, student content creation, his book, “Everyday Instructional Coaching,” and his upcoming book he is co-authoring with Dr. Robert Marzano.

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In this episode, I spoke with Rabbi Michael Cohen (@TheTechRabbi), designer and technologist, about design and branding, his upcoming book, and his work as The Tech Rabbi and his “Educated By Design” brand.

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In this episode, I spoke with Don Wettrick, high school teacher and entrepreneur, about innovation and entrepreneurship, his book, “Pure Genius,” and his work with StartEdUp Innovation, LLC and the StartEdUp Foundation.

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In this episode, I spoke with Sean Gaillard (@smgaillard), a middle school principal, about his leadership with spreading positivity among educators and students and the book he is writing called “The Pepper Effect.”

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In this episode, I spoke with Brian Costello (@btcostello05), digital innovation specialist, author of the upcoming book, “The Teacher’s Journey,” and podcast host, about mentorship and professional growth among teachers. Brian shared some of what he…

In this episode, I spoke with Jon Harper, assistant principal and host of the “My Bad” podcast, about embracing vulnerability. Jon shared why it’s important for people to learn from their mistakes, explained some of his findings from interviewing…

In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Marialice Curran and her son Curran Dee, otherwise known as Curran Central. This mother-son team from Connecticut is the brains behind the operations at DigCit Kids and are leading the way when it comes to educating…

Episode 19

In this episode, I talk to educator and soon-to-be-author Dene Gainey about his upcoming book, “Journey to the Y in YOU.” The book is about finding your Y (“why”). Dene also discussed his exciting opportunity to take part in the Tanzania…

Episode 18

In this episode, I talk to award-winning educator Rachelle Dene Poth about leading the student-centered classroom. We talk about blended and flipped learning and allowing for more student voice and choice in the classroom.

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In this episode, I talk to instructional technology coordinator Claudio Zavala about leveraging educational technology, whether or not students are creating enough content in school, and his success with his popular Flipgrid grids such as #singasong,…

In this episode, I talk to principal and host of the Transformative Principal podcast Jethro Jones and talk to him about making the transition into the role of a school administrator, how to create buy-in with followers, and how to empower others….

In this episode, I interview Starr Sackstein, a district-level administrator, author and blogger, speaker, and fellow ASCD Emerging Leader about her thoughts about topics such as “playing the game of school,” going gradeless, and, of course,…

In this episode, I interview Tara Martin, a district-level administrator, creator of #booksnaps, blogger, speaker, and soon-to-be-published author about her thoughts about being R.E.A.L. as an educator and the success and purpose of #booksnaps.

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In this episode, I interview Raye Wood, a national board certified teacher and doctoral candidate, about her thoughts on building and maintaining strong relationships with students and other educators.

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Dr. Will Deyamport III, host of the Dr. Will Show and educational technology specialist, joins me to discuss his show and podcast, getting connected with other educators to share content and ideas, and to spread his message, “Invest in you, EDU!”…

Don Sturm, technology integration specialist in Illinois, joins me to discuss how to stay ahead of the curve on new trends in instructional technology and how to adapt to such rapid advancements.

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Valerie Lewis, an award-winning educator and leader, discusses teacher leadership, what it means to be a teacherpreneur, and her involvement in educational movements such as #passthescopeedu and EdObstacles.

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Matt Miller, author of “Ditch That Textbook” and “Ditch That Homework” discusses risk-taking, making the switch from serving only students to helping grow teachers, his work with the Google Teacher Tribe, and of course the upcoming, 2nd annual digital…

Educational leadership expert, coach, and fellow podcaster Danny Sunshine Bauer discusses his work helping leaders grow through masterminds, his podcast and brand, “Better Leaders Better Schools”, and his insights about inspiration and motivation….

In this episode, I share my thoughts on this message: Sometimes pushing your students means pushing yourself first. I encourage you, the listener, to raise the bar on your own learning and find new ways to grow yourself as an educator and leader…

Mark Crowley, the author of Lead From The Heart, joined me to discuss his experiences as a leader, his views on transformational leadership, and, of course, how to lead from the heart.

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Gabriel Carillio, Educational Technology Specialist in San Antonio, Texas, discusses his role as a technology leader and how he has seen educational leadership from a variety of roles and positions, and pitches his own podcast, EdTech Bites, which…

Josh Tappan, Customer Advocacy Manager at Nearpod, responds to criticism of teacher ambassador programs and discusses how Nearpod handles their PioNear program to support teacher leaders.

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Jaime Donally discusses opportunities for global collaboration, advancing education, and shares her passion for immersive technologies such as augmented, virtual and mixed reality.

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Dr. Josue Falaise discusses his experience quickly turning around underperforming schools, provides advice on how to lead from any role, and describes his new educational leadership consulting business.

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Sarah Thomas, the founder of Edumatch©, tells us how connecting and collaborating can help educators move education forward.

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