Top 10 Podcast Episodes

top 10 podcasts for school leaders

100,000 and counting …

The moment I passed 25,000 downloads I figured it was time to make a Top 10 podcast episodes list for my tribe … and that was a long time ago.

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I am so grateful for the Better Leaders that listen each week. Based on your listening is the Top 10 Podcast Episodes.

I’ll share a short summary of each podcast and why I loved doing the interview.

I’ll also keep this post updated as things change.

Updated 3/17/17

1: Ryan Jackson

ryan jackson -- a one man professional learning network

Ryan is the #UnderdogsAdvocate and someone that has grown to become a friend over the years. This guy is amazing and you will appreciate his heart to serve the often overlooked …

I’ve recorded 2 shows with Ryan and the second one is below …

Ryan’s passion for education is contagious and if you don’t leave this episode inspired to do something big within education, then I question if you have a pulse!

We recorded this show soon after Ryan accepted his position as Principal at Mt. Pleasant High School. He discusses his ideas around project based learning, #ArtAntidote, and #Courage2Create.

Check out his blog here.

Follow Ryan on Twitter.

2: Steve Larosiliere

I want to leave a legacy like Steve Larosiliere

Steve is now one of my favorite people in the world. His after school program, Stoked, is one of the best I’ve come across teaching leadership lessons and personal development through action sports. I am a Stoked Igniter and I encourage you to support his program too.

Check out this show if you are interested in leading at a high level with great authenticity and integrity.If BLBS closed it’s doors tomorrow I would do whatever I could to join his team. Steve taught me much around self-awareness which in my opinion is THE advantage of any top notch leader.

3: Ken Williams

Ken Williams on the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast

Ken brought the fire on this episode. If you want your “leadership bell rung” then listen to this one. Ken means ALL when he says a quality education for all.

Check out his website here.

Follow Ken on Twitter.

4: Tom Hierck

tom hierck on the better leaders better schools podcast

Tom Hierck is the man. His ideas around “The Significant 72” and “All means All” make this episode a must listen. Tom also taught me how to build trust with intergrity.

Connect with Tom on Twitter

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5: Connie Hamilton

Connie Hamilton on Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast

Connie Hamilton is an admitted curriculum geek.  She’s also an expert at asking questions. In fact, she’s never outgrown her 4-year old mindset of asking question after question. Learn how to use questions to clarify situations and distill information and data fundamental to the creation of logical, thorough, and realistic solutions in this episode.

6: Jeff Zoul

jeff zoul on the better leaders better schools podcast

Jeff is a central office admin near me in IL. I reached out to him via Twitter after noticing he starts every morning tweeting the same thing, “Work hard, have fun, be nice.”

Check out his website here.

Follow Jeff on Twitter.

7: Bruce Langford

bruce langford teaching mindfulness

Bruce is the master of helping people become more calm, focused and happy through mindfulness.

If you are curious about what mindfulness is or how to start your own practice, then check out this episode. This is a topic I believe in passionately about and I think every school leader should at least investigate this topic for their own lives.

8: Jason Bodnar

jason bodnar on the better leaders better schools podcast

Jason’s candor and vulnerability was refreshing in this episode. As a current AP I loved hearing about his 1st year as a principal.

Check out his podcast here.

Follow Jason on Twitter.

9: Butch Bellah

butch bellah teaching leadership

10: Chad Weiden

chad weiden on the better leaders better schools podcast

I’ve known Chad for over a decade. I think our friendship comes through in this show. It was a blast recording with him. He understands how to lead from both the head and the heart.

Follow Chad on Twitter.

Bonus Episodes

The following episodes aren’t considered Top 10 in terms of downloads, but they have been some of my favorites too.

Bonus 1: Aaron Walker

aaron walker on better leaders better schools podcast for school leaders

Aaron is my mentor. This guy oozes integrity. If I could be the half the man he is then I’ll be in good shape. He has years of experience on me. When he talks I listen. You should too.

Check out his website here.

Follow Aaron on Twitter.

Bonus 2: Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams on the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast

I’m so happy to have met Jennifer through the show. She is the leading expert regarding tough conversations (a favorite topic of mine to explore) and multi-generational workforces. She “shoots from the hip” and I appreciate her authenticity and clarity in communication.

Jennifer’s monthly email, “Voice Lessons,” is one of my favorite newsletters.

Check out her website and subscribe to her email list here.

Bonus 3: D’Andre Weaver

D'Andre Weaver

D’Andre and I go way back we might as well be family. Our relationship started in Champaign, IL leading the AVID programs at our respective schools in Champaign Unit 4 School District. After that we formally started working together at Brooks College Prep in Chicago, IL … an incredible school where I really cut my teeth as a new school leader. I owe him everything for giving me that opportunity and coaching me to be a better educator.

D’Andre’s top strength is casting a vision and inspiring others to join him. Listen to this episode to see why.


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