Deeper, different, discussions on the topics that matter most to educators. UnearthED is part of the TweetED Channel covering the best Twitter education chats of the week, with lead anchors Dr. Brad Gustafson and Ben Gilpin.
Why Becoming the Ideal School Leader Is So Elusive
Most school administrators are committed to good leadership, so why is becoming an ideal school leader often so elusive? In this episode, we take off the masks, gaze deeply in the mirror, and search for real answers.
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James Bailey and Randy Weiner co-wrote Leading SEL by Modeling It. James Bailey's career has encompassed teacher, principal, school turnaround, principal consultant, and superintendent roles spanning Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. As Superintendent in Wyoming, his district was the first member in the state to join the League of Innovative Schools after reform efforts around personalized learning and social-emotional development. In San Antonio, he led the turnaround efforts for the Carpe Diem Schools. His deep-seated commitment to equity and supporting school leaders led to him training as an executive coach and co-founding Brass Tacks Innovations focused on adult SEL development, school redesign, and the use of improvement and implementation science to help all schools and learners meet the demands of our emerging society. Randy Weiner has worked in start-ups, education, and education technology throughout his career. He is a co-founder and served as the founding Chairman of the Board at Urban Montessori Charter School (UMCS) in Oakland, CA—the nation’s first public Montessori, Arts Integration and Design Thinking school. Randy is also a co-founder and the CEO at BrainQuake, a two-time U.S. Department of Education Small Business Innovation Award winner. Randy taught for five years in Oakland and Madagascar. He provides educational consulting services, along with James Bailey and Elana Feinberg, through Brass Tacks Innovations.
How School Leaders Can Maintain Motivation Through This Exceptionally Challenging School Year
Most school years are challenging during the best of times. Given the exceptional challenges students, teachers and parents are struggling with during the pandemic, how can school leaders maintain motivation during this unique school year?
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Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, and The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. With more than ten million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy. His latest book, The Motivation Code, is a practical guide to discovering what truly drives your best work.
What Can School Leaders Expect From Our New U.S. Secretary of Education?
In this episode, we pick the brain of one of our “Washington insider” colleagues for clues about the road ahead under the new U.S. Secretary of Education.
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Tom Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year” in 2018, the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed, was released in 2017 with ASCD, and his new book, Personal & Authentic was released last fall. Connect with him at thomascmurray.com
Time to Hit the Pause Button and Take Care of Ourselves
As school leaders, we often consider busyness a badge of honor — until we hit the wall. Our guest says, “There were days I felt so low that if I didn’t do something I don’t know what could have happened.” In this episode, we talk about knowing when to hit the pause button and take care of ourselves.
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Dwight Carter is a nationally recognized school leader from Central OH. Because of his collaborative and innovative leadership, in 2010, he was inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Educator Hall of Fame. He was also named a 2013 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the 2014 Academy of Arts and Science Education High School Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year. He is currently an Assistant Director and Eastland Career Center in Groveport, OH. He is the co-author of three books: What’s In Your Space? Five Steps to Better School and Classroom Design (Corwin, 2015), Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper-change (Corwin 2017), and the second edition of Leading Schools in Disruptive Times (Corwin, 2021. Additionally, he has contributed to several educational books and articles.
What We’ve Learned from 100 Discussions about Effective Teaching, Leading, and Life-long Learning
As we celebrate our 100th episode we take a look back and reflect on the myriad lessons we’ve learned from three years of talking with educators, and school leaders about teaching, leading schools, and lifelong learning.
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Brad Gustafson is the principal and lead learner at Greenwood Elementary in Minnesota and author of Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital Age Learners. Ben Gilpin is currently the principal at Warner Elementary School in Spring Arbor. He has a Master’s in education from Spring Arbor University and has an Educational Leadership Certification through Eastern Michigan University.
How School Leaders Can Create the Climate to Effectively Teach Students of Color
School leaders are on the front lines of moving our discussions about race beyond stereotypes to facilitate the candid conversations required to teach students of color. In this episode, we look at what it takes to create the right climate.
Alexs Pate is President and CEO of Innocent Technologies. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has written five novels – including Amistad, a children's book, a book of nonfiction and has curated numerous literary anthologies. His latest book The Innocent Classroom: Dismantling Racism for Children of Color was published in 2020 by ASCD. Throughout his career, Alexs has attacked the virulent racial stereotypes that limit the realities of people of color. He has worked to create worlds in which the humanity of everyone is recognized, known and finally assumed. Alexs founded Innocent Technologies to build the world in which we can live our authentic humanity, uninhibited by the stories about who we are supposed to be.
UneartthEd - Fantastic!
Brad and Ben offer a fresh take on important educational topics stemming from recent tweets or twitter chats. These two engaging educators allow the conversation to go beyond 140 characters and support and challenge my thinking at the same time. I find these podcasts very inspirational and motivational to help me grow as an educator. Thank you for your continued focus on learning from and with our connected educator world. Be sure to take the time to listen to Brad and Ben - you won't regret it!
So reflective & encouraging!
I love how Brad & Ben encourage listeners to develop their own opinions! Thought posing questions with great suggestions and guests! Leaves me always waiting fir the next new episode...this is a podcast where you will never get behind in listening, it's that good.
Brad and Ben have such great insight and topics thus far have been timely. I love listening to something that I can reflect and act on that day. Well done and looking forward to the next episode.