For current and aspiring education leaders, this podcast covers evidence-based approaches for tackling immediate needs to impact student learning. Every week Peter DeWitt and our guests get together to share ideas, put research into practice, discuss what's working and what's not in equity, SEL, burnout, learning recovery, and much more to help you ensure every student is learning not by chance, but by design.
A Smarter Way to Discuss the Reading Wars with Kareem Weaver
Many educators are tired of the pendulum swinging so often when it comes to reading instruction. And while this fatigue is understandable, the low reading rates of so many children demand continued attention. In fact, many argue that it is the social justice issue of our time. Kareem Weaver would agree and has spent most of his career fighting for a student’s right to read. He has learned many lessons on how to cut through the polarization and grow a coalition of leaders who are fighting for the same cause. Find out Kareem’s groundbreaking insights on what he calls “full and complete reading”, leader development, the hidden chasm between educators and students, and steps to end the reading wars once and for all.
Family Matters with Steve Constantino
Behind every great school are active and engaged families. Period. Yet it can be so easy for this to fall through the crack for busy leaders. Today’s bestselling author will break down why it’s important to prioritize engaging families, how engaging families has shifted in our current time, and give some practical tips that work quickly. He will convince you that developing relationship with families, especially those that appear disengaged or those who have been disenfranchised, is one of the most important things you can do as a school leader.
How De-implementation Can Ease Overwork with Peter DeWitt
In this episode, Peter Dewitt discusses the concept of de-implementation and why it’s a term that should be on every leader’s mind. He sounds the alarm on what will continue to happen to our school communities if we don’t start easing the overwhelming workload for teachers and principals. With its origins in the medical field, Peter explains how de-implementation is also useful in the field of education for tackling the challenge of overwork. He will share the different forms it can take and when it makes sense to use a formalized process to lessen waste, increase results, and support major school improvement efforts.
Dear School Leaders
Leaders today know that teacher voice matters, yet getting honest feedback can be elusive. In this episode, four veteran teachers discuss what is top of mind for them as they educate our students. Topics range from current ideas in math and ELA to how you can help keep heated political issues away from their classrooms. If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall and hear what your most respected and productive teachers have to say, this is the session for you.
How to Help Leaders Stick Around
We all know the principal who has led their school for over a decade. How does that happen? What makes them feel like they can make a difference year after year. Our guests would say it is likely the kind of training and support they received before ever stepping into the role. This includes apprenticing expert leaders, engaging in relevant learning tasks, taking risks, and celebrating mastery to name a few. To nourish future leaders, and stem the growing tide of attrition, it’s all about setting them up for success in the first place.
The Meeting You Need to Have
Collaborative does not always mean productive or responsive. Earmarking time in the day for educators to meet and discuss the needs of children is essential, but only if these meetings scale solutions and build teacher capacity. In this episode find out how you can efficiently respond to the needs of individual and small groups of students while building your school’s overall collective efficacy.
Please fix your sound
This is a good podcast filled with many fascinating topics. Perhaps finding a non echo room for recording would make this podcast better for sound.