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The Leader Of Learning podcast explores transformational leadership in education. It is where educators can come to find inspiration to grow their impact as instructional leaders. It is a community where educators can realize their leadership potential regardless of their position or title. More information can be found at https://leaderoflearning.com

Leader of Learning Dr. Dan Kreiness

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The Leader Of Learning podcast explores transformational leadership in education. It is where educators can come to find inspiration to grow their impact as instructional leaders. It is a community where educators can realize their leadership potential regardless of their position or title. More information can be found at https://leaderoflearning.com

    Baking Up Positivity in Education and Beyond with Phil Januszewski

    Baking Up Positivity in Education and Beyond with Phil Januszewski

    Welcome to episode 169 of the Leader of Learning Podcast. In this episode, we will hear from Phil Januszewski, a dynamo in the realm of education known for his infectious energy and mission to infuse happiness into the world of teaching. Since stepping into the classroom in 2005, Phil hasn't just taught chemistry and physics; he's also become a beloved motivational speaker who champions the well-being and upliftment of educators everywhere. Some of you might even recognize him from his whimsical foray into the "Nailed It" baking show on Netflix, where his alien cake became a memorable highlight.

    Phil's powerhouse teaching strategy draws from the science of energy, motivation, and the pursuit of flow states. His structured schedule approach creates that coveted sense of calm and control that so many educators seek. This episode will delve into his fascinating insights on the art of giving and gratitude, including how his passion for baking enriches the lives of coworkers and students.

    We'll also explore how Phil's interest in positive psychology led him to the Flourishing Center, and how this knowledge shapes his teaching and life philosophy. Today, he stands as a testament to balancing life's many roles: as a father, creator, worker, and teacher, Phil knows firsthand the importance of flexibility and decluttering our lives to focus on what truly brings us joy.

    Guest Information:
    Phil Januszewski is a tattoo-covered, Netflix baking-show flopping, high-energy chemistry/physics teaching keynote speaker and coach who is on a mission to create and spread happiness through education, motivation, and entertainment. He empowers his audiences to completely flourish in their personal lives first, in order to ignite passion and purpose in their professional lives as well. Phil is a nationally known dynamic speaker of 10+ years and a public school educator since 2005 with a bachelor's in chemistry, a master's in teaching leadership, and a certification in positive education. When not teaching, speaking, or supporting educators, Phil enjoys everyday adventures with his wife and two children and pursuing his personal passions of fitness, baking, networking, and personal development. If you ever meet Phil, be prepared for a great deal of positive energy, love, and passion.

    Episode Resources:
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    Infusing Creative Projects with Social Emotional Learning with Michele Haiken

    Infusing Creative Projects with Social Emotional Learning with Michele Haiken

    Welcome to episode 168 of the Leader of Learning Podcast. In this episode, Michele Haiken, a seasoned middle school English teacher and an adjunct professor of literacy, joins us to share her innovative approaches to integrating SEL with hands-on creative projects.

    We'll explore how Michele’s students are creating impactful documentaries and public service announcements in media literacy class, addressing global issues and social responsibility. She'll give us a taste of how memoir writing intersects with food discussion and the impressive ways that certain technology tools help amplify student voice and choice.

    With her expertise already shared in four remarkable books, and her latest focusing on blending creativity with SEL, Michele is the guide we need in navigating this crucial aspect of contemporary education. So, whether you're interested in learning about persuasive technology-infused projects, cross-curricular collaborations, or seeking inspiration to support leadership in SEL—this episode packed with Michele's practical advice and visionary thinking is just what you need.

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    Michele has been teaching for over two decades as a middle school English teacher outside of New York City. She is also an adjunct professor of literacy at Manhattanville College. Michele has published four books with ISTE on literacy and ed tech. Her most recent publication is a collection of activities that blend creativity and social emotional learning she co-wrote with Mark Gura. When Michele does not have her head buried in a book, she is spending time with her family and out with her dog.

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    Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Schools with Tom Murray

    Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Schools with Tom Murray

    Welcome to episode 166 of the Leader of Learning Podcast. In this episode, we delve into the heart of educational innovation and growth. with Tom Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools and a renowned expert in the field of education. In this episode, we're going to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing educators today, from the readiness and challenges of innovating within our school systems to understanding the unique learning styles and needs of our students. We'll discuss the importance of a mindset shift, embracing change, and breaking free from cycles of negativity.

    Tom Murray will draw upon his vast experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator to share insights on creating authentic learning experiences, building leadership capacity, and ensuring that all students have access to an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Additionally, we will dive into the dichotomy of structure and flexibility in education systems, with an emphasis on the delicate balance between fostering student voice and adhering to societal norms and standards.

    Expect to walk away with practical advice, a heightened understanding of leadership in education, and an array of free resources available to support educators in their quest to become future-ready. So, whether you're a teacher, administrator, or just passionate about the future of teaching and learning, this episode is packed with value and insight that you won't want to miss.

    Guest Information:
    Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of All4Ed, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the "2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year," by EdTech Digest, the "2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year," one of "20 to Watch" by NSBA in 2016, and the "Education Policy Person of the Year" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, “Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today,” co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, “Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime,” was released in October of 2019. Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today's modern learners need to thrive.

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    Coaching for Change: Breaking Through Teacher Resistance with Becca Silver

    Coaching for Change: Breaking Through Teacher Resistance with Becca Silver

    Welcome to episode 166 of the Leader of Learning Podcast. In this episode, our host Dan engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Becca Silver, founder and CEO of The Whole Educator. Together, they explore the intricacies of addressing resistance to change in professional development, particularly in the field of education. Becca shares her expertise in the neuroscience behind habit formation and discusses strategies for empowering educators to overcome resistance. The episode delves into the importance of trust, active listening, and celebrating small wins to create a supportive environment for educators.

    Guest Information:
    Becca Silver is the founder and CEO of The Whole Educator and host of the podcast Coaching the Whole Educator. She is a highly energetic and knowledgeable trainer who approaches leadership development with coaching skills and strategies that get at the root cause of ineffectiveness and burnout. Becca is a former educator, instructional coach, life coach and performance coach. Currently, she consults in a variety of states nationally and internationally working with instructional coaches and all levels of school, district and state-wide leadership. Her work focuses on helping coaches and leaders better support teachers, increasing job satisfaction, retention, resilience and growth.

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    Understanding Resistance to Change Blog Post

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    Exploring the Future of Technology in Education with John Sowash

    Exploring the Future of Technology in Education with John Sowash

    Episode 165 of the Leader of Learning Podcast features John Sowash, an expert in all things Chromebooks, Google apps, and Google Workspace for Education live from the FETC conference in Orlando, Florida. John discusses the future of technology in education, specifically focusing on the impact of AI and the latest developments in Google's educational tools. John sheds light on the challenges and opportunities AI presents in the classroom and shares practical advice for teachers and leaders on navigating these new trends. Dan and John also delve into the exciting advancements in Chromebooks and how educators can leverage web-based tools for teaching and learning.

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    Since 2011, John has worked with schools around the world, providing practical, hands-on professional development and technology integration support. He began his educational journey as a high school science teacher exploring the use of Google Docs and Wikis with ninth grade students. John eventually became a high school principal and helped his school launch one of the first 1:1 ipad programs in the country. When the Chromebook made it’s appearance in 2011, he was convinced it was the perfect device for the classroom. John has spent years exploring, testing, listening, and watching the use of Chromebooks in classrooms. This research led to his first book, The Chromebook Classroom, which was released in 2016. In 2014 John started the Google Certification Academy, a program that helps educators earn their Google Certification. A few years later I added the Google Admin Bootcamp to help IT directors effectively manage the technical aspects of Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education.

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    Empowering Justice and Elevating Student Voice with Lindsay Lyons

    Empowering Justice and Elevating Student Voice with Lindsay Lyons

    Episode 164 of the Leader of Learning Podcast features an interview with Lindsay Lyons (@lindsaybethlyons), an educational justice coach and expert in creating feminist, anti-racist curricula. In this eye-opening conversation, Lindsay emphasizes the crucial role of instructional processes and tools in promoting justice in education. She highlights the need for structures and processes that involve students in conversations about justice, and the significance of stakeholder diversity and representation. At the heart of it all, Lindsay reveals the power of adaptive leadership in addressing adaptive challenges, such as racism.

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    Lindsay Lyons is an educational justice coach who helps schools and districts co-create feminist, antiracist curricula that challenges, affirms, and inspires all students. A former NYC public school teacher, she holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the blog and podcast, Time for Teachership. She believes the secret sauce of educational equity is student voice.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

DPepp ,

Leading and Learning

Dr. Kreiness has such a clear and relaxed presence in this podcast. His guests always push my thinking. Dan seems to always ask just the right question at the right time to drive awesome conversations that make an impact on today’s educators!

EdTechEducator ,

It’s okay

Lot’s of self promotion and long cumbersome conversation. Episodes could definitely be condensed for more clarity. Topics are of interest and include a wide variety.

NPS Redhead ,

Worth your time as an educator

I am a teacher & my time is precious. I made a personal commitment to my own self care this year (2021- and on) as the toll of teaching this year has been significant. This podcast is worth a listen. Dan Kreiness is a coach in our district and was my instructional coach for a year. He helped me through a very tough year so I am personally grateful for his time & encouragement.

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