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Paul Vandersteen: The power of permission

Paul Vandersteen on the better leaders better schools podcast

Better Leaders Better Schools guest Paul Vandersteen has been the science department chair at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois for 18 years.  The science department has 29 members, in two different buildings.  Paul has hired them all, along with others that have left to pursue other interests or relocated.  Paul was one of the original staff members when Neuqua […]

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Forget about Balance with Amy Heavin

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Amy Heavin is the principal at Ryan Park Elementary School, MSD of Steuben County in Angola, IN. She has been a school administrator since 2010, and taught middle school English for 8 years prior to that in Pasadena, CA, and Kendallville, IN. Passionate about curriculum and instruction, she pursues learning opportunities […]

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Leaders are Readers

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In today’s show Dan and Iby explore tips 19-21 from the #1 Google ranked post, 200 tips for effective school leaders. In this episode you will learn: is your time balanced? why leaders are readers how books, audio, and video are virtual mentors why it’s important to learn from other industries do you empower your […]

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Mark French: The secret of cooking for families

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Mark French has been a principal for eighteen years, the last ten of which he has spent at Rice Lake Elementary School. Since he arrived there, he has served as a role model by exhibiting compassion, enthusiasm, and a strong affinity for technology. “Mark builds strong relationships with families, staff, […]

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Mark Modesti: Looking for Trouble

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Mark Modesti … In this episode you will learn: Think. Solve. Do. The importance of tension Do you own your vision? Builder vs Fixer mindset Why you should look for trouble What are you really capable of? Why fear is a sign you’re on the right path Don’t underestimate what […]

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John Mergendoller: Project Based Learning

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest John Mergnedoller works on special projects for the Buck Institute for Education as the first recipient of the annual Mergendoller Fellowship. He was Executive Director of BIE from 2000 to 2015, guiding its growth and building its reputation for high-quality work. He joined BIE in 1989 as Research Director, and was […]

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Creating Caring Classrooms with Justin Birckbichler

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest, Justin Birckbichler, is a fourth-grade teacher at Hilda J Barbour Elementary School in Front Royal, VA.  He has been teaching fourth grade since 2013, and recently earned a Master of Science Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. In the tech world, Justin Birckbichler is a both a Level 1 & […]

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Jennifer Abrams: What do you really want from people?

Jennifer Abrams on the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast

Better Leaders Better Schools guest Jennifer Abrams is an international educational 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, being generationally savvy, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills. Jennifer Abrams considers herself a “voice coach,” […]

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Jason Bodnar: Journey of a First Year Principal

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Jason Bodnar is the new principal at Lincoln Middle / High School in Cambridge City, Indiana.  This is his 12th year in education.  He taught high school science for nine years and was a middle school assistant principal before accepting his new position. Jason Bodnar loves connecting with other educators, learning, and helping […]

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033: The Power of a PLN with Dr. Neil Gupta

Neil Gupta on the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast

Better Leaders Better Schools guest Dr. Neil Gupta  graduated from Miami University and began his teaching career at Ashland High School, Ohio.  While teaching math, he obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and then pursued a doctoral degree from Ashland University in Educational Leadership.  While conducting his doctoral work, he worked as an Assistant […]

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