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9 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Episode 50: the FINAL episode / “Closing the Door” / the new ‘Assholes in Education’ podcast!
It’s bittersweet to say that episode 5-0 is my last one. 50 books - 150 takeaways - countless tidbits of information. I’ll be reviewing my own book, but I also share my new podcast rolling out called “Assholes in Education”. The podcast will be focusing on teachers, administrators, colleagues, and companies that are, well, assholes. This podcast will not be for the weak at heart, as I’ll be covering every type of person ranging from “do-nothing teachers who make their own schedules to make themselves feel important to pedophiles to drunks to the useless. I am not sparing anyone or any organization. There are some really terrible and superficial people and organizations in the education space, and I’m going to tell you about them. All of them.
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Episode 49: Go See the Principal by Gerry Brooks
We’ve all heard horror stories from the Principal’s office. This is not that book. This book is full of smiles, tips, and tricks on how to handle life in school… most importantly in a positive way.
6 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
SUPERreads Episode 48: Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzer
Crucial conversations could happen on a daily basis in your life, both in and out of the classroom or office. Knowing what to say and how to say it with parents, students, colleagues, or bosses is clutch for many reasons, but mostly for a sane piece of mind. Have a listen as to how you can navigate these conversations and place yourself in the “amazing communicator” slot.
5 minutes | May 18, 2021
Episode 47: P is for Pirate by @BurgessDave and @Burgess_Shelley published by dbc_inc
Everyone could use a book full of educational magic and quotes to live by. Dave & Shelley Burgess put together such a book in 2014. Over 70 educators from all walks of life in a myriad of positions based in schools of various socioeconomic levels. This book will put a smile on your face. Check out my review of it.
5 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
SUPERReads Episode 46: Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson
Creativity and schools have often gone hand in hand over the past decade as we move onward in a progressive educational system, breaking away from the school designed to put students immediately into working factories or some other form of labor. Sir Ken breaks down the history of where we were and 8 chapters on where we are going and where we need to be. An asset for all administrators and those considering to go into the field.
6 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Epsiode 45: The Power of Unstoppable Momentum by @MichaelFullan1 and @MarkEdw22
Change in school is always hard, but technology infusion has made it harder. This episode breaks down the challenges of today’s learning and offers meaningful and achievable solutions to overcome them.
5 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 44: Whole Brain Teaching for Troubling Kids
Challenging students is almost a given in any school setting regardless of age or zip-code. This book take a unique angle in combating it by means of utilizing the whole brain for engagement purposes. There are lots of tips & tricks on everything from how to captivate in the long game to simplistic class management for the short game. This episode is certainly worth a listen.
6 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
SUPERreads Episode 42: The 20time Project
The 20time Project was pushed in 2014 for educators to embrace a meaningful, positive project that can have substantial change in our world. Initially based off of Google's moonshot thinking model, the book lays out step by step how your students can change the world. Connect with the author: @brookhouser
4 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
SUPERReads Episode 42: Teaching, Learning, and Trauma
Published by Corwin in 2021, the book takes a deep dive into trauma in schools. Trauma can range from parental arguing to living during a pandemic. Pew Research has stated anxiety and depression amongst students is as much as 70% during any given time, with spikes during points of individual trauma. This podcast covers tips and tricks along with solid reflection for the reader on how to grow, learn, and move onward during student or teacher trauma.
6 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Episode 41: Educational Foundations
If you’re looking for a modern day collection of educational essays address the gamut in education, look no further. Some of the most brilliant minds in the country collaborated and shared their thoughts on why you want to go into education...and stay in education. This is not light reading — and should be apart of those studying to get into education today.
4 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 40: Happy Kids Don't Punch You in the Face
Episode 40 reviews the book Happy Kids Don’t Punch You in the Face”... what a catchy title...talk about a hook that gets your attention! Ben Springer published this in 2018 (Corwin) and focuses on “positive psychology” and how the use of it can help students and teachers inside and outside of the classroom. A great book for all special education teachers and administrators. Those going into the field should also get a copy.
7 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Episode 39: Imploded YOU-niverse by @S_Dallas_Dance
Hands down, this is my favorite education book of 2020. This book, written as a letter to his son, is as raw as it gets. Dr. Dallas Dance writes from the heart, sharing both positive and negative experiences about his career and life. The lessons learned combined with raw & meaningful advice is not oy essential to school leaders, but to all those ready for the next chapter in life.
6 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Episode 38: What They Don't Teach You in School Administration
This is, by far, one of my favorite books about educational administration. Why? Because the title speaks for itself! This book is LOADED with stories, tips, and how to live life in the big chair. Have a listen — and I’ll be you will be looking for the book afterwards.
5 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
SUPER reads podcast - Episode 37: the Super-Boss-Intendent
Nothing beats a fun picture book with a great message... and this is the epitome of it. Offering scads of scenarios on a bright note while laying out a series of scenarios, this is a great coffee table book for aspiring and first year Superintendents.
5 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Episode 36: Out of Our Minds by Sir Ken Robinson
2020 will go down as one of the most disappointing and challenging years in a generation. A huge loss in the education field was Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most brilliant minds in education. I review Ken’s book and all that it has to offer...and that’s a lot. Onward!
7 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Episode 35: The 4 O'clock Facutly by Rich Czyz
Professional Development (PD) has been loved or loathed since its’ inception in schools. If you’ve been on the loathing side of it, this book is for you. You can turn PD lemons into some great lemonade.
5 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Episode 34: The Superintendent's Planner
You’re thinking to yourself “who needs another planner?” If you’re an aspiring or current Superintendent— you’d be foolish to pass this book up. Penned by 7 Superintendents coming from 7 different walks of life, this is a treasure chest of checklists and insight.
5 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
SUPER reads Episode 33:Leading for Equity
The 7th edition of this book was published in 2017, and each edition gets better and better. This book covers the entire process of change ranging from diving deep to the problem to mistakes made during implementation. This is a book for those in leadership positions that are for “the long haul”, as change on this level does not happen overnight, within a month, or even a year. This is a book that leaves no stone unturned insofar as how to begin to wrapping things up.
5 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Episode 32: Effective School Board Meetings
School Board meetings can be very laid back all the way to Jerry Springer-like. This book is perfect for novice or aspiring Superintendents as well as novice or aspiring Board members. I’ve lived through the serene (one meeting was 17 minutes) and the insane (another went for 7 hours laced with yelling and politics for TV). This is a great reference to have for all scenarios.
5 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode 31: The Hacked Learning Anthology
In 2017, Mark Barnes amassed a collection of chapters of books from the Hack Learning series. He put the best of the best into one book, allowing readers to “try before you buy” for the full book. Great for novice teachers or those who want to try something new or switch things up a bit.
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