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Are you looking for proven ideas to increase your influence, hire and develop an excellent staff, build a stronger culture, lead meaningful change, and form a strong foundation for teaching and learning success? This is the podcast for you.

On The Authority, leadership coach, storytelling strategist, and edtech advisor Ross Romano interviews the prominent education authors you already admire, up-and-coming voices, and experts from the worlds of business, personal development, and beyond — including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestsellers — to take a deep dive into their wealth of practical insights.

Whether you're a leader to seeks to refine your command of core educational strategies, learn new management techniques from those who have used them at some of the world's largest corporations, gain fresh perspectives on personal development or student success from practitioners across fields, or a little bit of everything, you'll find powerful content in this series.

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    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Are you looking for proven ideas to increase your influence, hire and develop an excellent staff, build a stronger culture, lead meaningful change, and form a strong foundation for teaching and learning success? This is the podcast for you.

On The Authority, leadership coach, storytelling strategist, and edtech advisor Ross Romano interviews the prominent education authors you already admire, up-and-coming voices, and experts from the worlds of business, personal development, and beyond — including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestsellers — to take a deep dive into their wealth of practical insights.

Whether you're a leader to seeks to refine your command of core educational strategies, learn new management techniques from those who have used them at some of the world's largest corporations, gain fresh perspectives on personal development or student success from practitioners across fields, or a little bit of everything, you'll find powerful content in this series.

    Coaching for Multilingual Student Success with Karen Johannesen-Brock

    Coaching for Multilingual Student Success with Karen Johannesen-Brock

    Dr. Karen Johannesen Brock has been an educator and educational consultant for more than three decades. She has assisted more than one hundred schools and districts with implementing instructional coaching and design as well as professional learning plans and school-improvement plans and has worked at the state, school, and district levels. 

    Our conversation centers on her book Coaching for Multilingual Student Success: Intentional Practices to Accelerate Learning and Close Achievement Gaps.

    We discuss:
    Understanding multilingual students in our schoolsThe achievement gaps we’re working to close and the challenges in doing soHow to build teachers’ confidenceAn asset-based approachEngaging parents in the learning processLeveraging instructional coaching to strengthen collective teacher efficacyKaren’s approach to instructional coachingTeacher-coach relationships4 essential practices for teachers that accelerate learning for all studentsFind the book Coaching for Multilingual Student Success from Solution Tree or wherever you get your books. 

    About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 
    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 51 min
    Calm in the Chaos with Danny Bauer and Glenn Robbins — Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership

    Calm in the Chaos with Danny Bauer and Glenn Robbins — Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership

    Today we present a great conversation with returning guest Danny Bauer of Better Leaders Better Schools and Glenn Robbins, superintendent of Brigantine Public Schools in New Jersey. Danny and Glenn have co-authored the new book Calm in the Chaos, applying ancient Stoic wisdom to the demands of school leaders. 

    Our conversation covers:
    Summary of ancient Stoic wisdom and philosophyThe Obstacle is the Way - Ryan HolidayWhy the authors applied this philosophy to school leadershipModern chaos in schoolsSchool leaders’ stress levels are high. What is stillness in the chaos?Four virtues: Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and JusticeEquanimity is the outcome — calmness of mind and soulFind the book on Amazon.
    About today’s guests
    Daniel Bauer is host of the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast, ranked in the TOP 0.5% of 3 million global podcasts, and author of books including Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader, co-published by Corwin and the National School Superintendents Association (AASA). Subscribe to Better Leaders, Better Schools on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

    Glenn Robbins is the proud Superintendent of the Brigantine Public School District in Brigantine, New Jersey. He has been awarded numerous administrative national and state recognitions including the National Exemplar of Education Award, Northeast Innovative Superintendent Award, NJ Visionary Superintendent Award, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools Member, NASSP Digital Principal of the Year, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Winner, and SETDA Student Voice Award Winner. Glenn is passionate about helping school leaders create schools where every student and educator can have the opportunity to succeed to their utmost potential in a VUCA world.

    About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 

    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 52 min
    A Complete Guide to Effective Mentoring with Andy Lopata

    A Complete Guide to Effective Mentoring with Andy Lopata

    There’s clear research demonstrating that professionals who are mentored out-earn and outperform those who are not. They also have greater satisfaction and lower rates of burnout. However, only a little over one-third of professionals have a mentor. I spoke with Andy Lopata about this valuable topic. 

    Andy is a specialist speaker on professional relationships, mentoring, networking and social media strategy. He has worked in the field of networking and professional relationships for 25 years, working with global giants such as Paypal, GSK, AstraZeneca, HSBC, the BBC, and more, as well as with leading universities.

    He has written or co-authored six books on networking and professional relationships, with his sixth book, The Financial Times Guide to Mentoring, co-authored with Ruth Gotian, being published in Spring 2024. 

    Our conversation covers:
    Defining mentorshipMentors tell, coaches askBenefits to the mentee and why not everyone is aware of themHow to find a mentor and what to expectBenefits to mentors and organizationsHow to be a better mentor and menteeWhy do these programs often fail?Learn about the book: http://mentoring-guide.com Take the quiz: http://ftmentoring.scoreapp.com Learn more about Andy: http://linktr.ee/andylopata About today’s guest
    Andy Lopata is a firm believer that professional relationships underpin our success in our business, our roles and our careers. The right relationships with the right people can lead to new business opportunities, investment, collaborative working, innovation and career progress. We just need to be comfortable approaching those relationships strategically, without making people feel ‘networked’ by us.

    Andy has worked in the field of networking and professional relationships for 25 years, working with global giants such as Paypal, GSK, AstraZeneca, Wella, HSBC, Wembley Stadium, the BBC, the Prime Minister’s Office of the UAE and many more in that time. He has worked with leading universities including NYU, Duke University and Oxford University’s Said Business School.

    A regular blogger for Psychology Today, Andy has been quoted in The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian as well as many other national and regional newspapers and magazines worldwide. Connect with him on social media:
    twitter.com/andylopata linkedin.com/in/networkingstrategyAbout the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 
    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to

    • 58 min
    On The Same Team with Ari Gerzon-Kessler — How to Bring Educators & Underrepresented Families Together

    On The Same Team with Ari Gerzon-Kessler — How to Bring Educators & Underrepresented Families Together

    For this episode, it was a pleasure to speak with Ari Gerzon-Kessler about the critical topic of authentic family engagement. 

    Ari leads the Family Partnerships department for the Boulder Valley School District (CO) and is an educational consultant working with schools and districts committed to forging stronger school-family partnerships.

    He’s author of On The Same Team: Bringing Educators & Underrepresented Families Together, which was just named the Independent Publishers Book Award 2024 IPPY Gold Medal for the best education book

    The conversation covers:
    Do educators and parents feel like we’re on the same team?Defining what we mean by “underrepresented families”The difference between “family involvement” and authentic partnerships4 Pillars of Authentic Partnerships How to design Families and Educators Together Teams (FETs)The goals of FETs and the problems they preventCapacity-building for educatorsLearn about Ari’s book and get free reproducibles here: https://www.solutiontree.com/on-the-same-team.htmlAccess Ari''s free resources HERE. Learn more about bridging the gap between educators and families on Ari's webpage. Read Ari’s recent articles on Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/article/parent-teacher-conference-tips About today’s guest
    Ari Gerzon-Kessler is author of On The Same Team: Bringing Educators & Underrepresented Families Together, which won the Independent Publishers Book Award 2024 IPPY Gold Medal for the best education book.  He leads the Family Partnerships department for the Boulder Valley School District (CO) and is a speaker, trainer, and coach working with schools and districts committed to forging stronger school-family partnerships.
    Ari has been an educator since 2000, having served as a principal and bilingual teacher. His leadership efforts to strengthen partnerships with underrepresented families and dismantle unjust practices was featured in Education Week in 2015. Ari regularly presents at national and international conferences on Families and Educators Together (FET) teams and other innovative family partnership best practices. He received his bachelor’s in African American Studies from Wesleyan University and a master’s in instruction and curriculum from the University of Colorado. Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

    About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 
    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first

    • 49 min
    Customer Transformation with Chris Hood — Google & Disney Veteran Shares Strategies to Ensure Stakeholder Success

    Customer Transformation with Chris Hood — Google & Disney Veteran Shares Strategies to Ensure Stakeholder Success

    My guest, Chris Hood, is a keynote speaker who specializes in merging customer success with digital strategy. 

    His background includes leading digital strategy at Google and innovating storytelling technologies at Fox and Disney. He offers a Fractional Chief Customer Officer practice to help organizations align closely with customer needs. 

    Additionally, Chris influences the Gaming and AI sectors, hosts 'The Chris Hood Digital Show,' and educates students at Southern New Hampshire University.

    He is author of Customer Transformation and Customer Transformation for Nonprofits.

    We talk about:
    The foundational “why” of customer transformationDefining the stakeholderHow organizations should connect with and understand stakeholdersCommunicating organizational mission and valuesThe goal of stakeholder loyalty when there’s nothing to “sell”The heart of effective innovationAnticipating and adapting to the needs of tomorrowLearn about Customer Transformation at https://chrishood.com About today’s guest
    Chris Hood, a keynote speaker, specializes in merging customer success with digital strategy. With over 35 years, he's a leader in fostering customer-centric cultures. The author of 'Customer Transformation,' Chris is recognized among the Top 30 Customer Experience Gurus in 2024. His background includes leading digital strategy at Google and innovating storytelling technologies at Fox & Disney. He offers a Fractional Chief Customer Officer practice to help organizations align closely with customer needs. Additionally, Chris influences the Gaming and AI sectors, hosts 'The Chris Hood Digital Show,' and educates students at SNHU on the fusion of business strategy and technology. Follow Chris on LinkedIn. 

    About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 
    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 54 min
    The Way Forward with Anthony Muhammad — A Leader’s Urgency to Create the Bright Future of Education

    The Way Forward with Anthony Muhammad — A Leader’s Urgency to Create the Bright Future of Education

    Dr. Anthony Muhammad is an author and international thought leader who currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. 

    He served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years, as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, was named the Michigan Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005, and has been honored by the Global Gurus organization as one of the 30 Most Influential Educators in the world for the past four years. 

    In this timely and urgent episode, we discuss his latest book, The Way Forward: PLC at Work® and the Bright Future of Education.

    We talk about:
    The Big Idea in his new bookEffects of COVID-19 on educators and students“I am concerned that this profession is losing its soul.”Will vs. skillHow to make things better for educatorsHow did we get here? The history and promise of public schoolingWhy right now is a unique window for innovationPLC at Work — Anthony’s journey with it, mentorship from Rick DuFour, and how to do it rightHis hope for the future of educationFind The Way Forward from Solution Tree or wherever you get your books. 

    About today’s guest
    Anthony S. Muhammad, Ph.D. is an author and international thought leader. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years. He served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was named the Michigan Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. Dr. Muhammad has also been honored by the Global Gurus organization as one of the 30 Most Influential Educators in the world in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

    Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and Professional Learning Communities at Work (PLC). He also serves as an Associate Professor of School Leadership and Culture at Academica University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn. 
    About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 

    I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 54 min

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Keepin It Real Diehl ,

Ross Rocks!

Great interviewer! Check in, listen in, and get educated as Ross drops all the knowledge bombs!

- Erin Diehl, the improve it! podcast

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Cheers to Variety and Hard Questions

I appreciate the fact that the authors have such a variety of backgrounds and the books different focus areas that all lead to conversations about education and learning.

Torin615 ,

Practical and down to earth education podcast

Always fabulous to listen to conversations between brilliant educators. Right now educators are overwhelmed and are looking for inspiration and suggestions to shift systems, increase outcomes for learners and find more balance. Having a place to listen to discussions about how to make this happen is a great place to start.

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