300 episodes

The BETTER LEADERS BETTER SCHOOLS podcast is in the TOP 0.5% most downloaded shows of over 2 million podcasts across the world. The BLBS show was created for RUCKUS MAKERS in education -- those out-of-the-box school leaders making change happen.

Launched in 2015, this category-defining podcast in educational leadership has helped over 1 MILLION leaders LEVEL UP. Each week host DANIEL BAUER has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to listen in. Turn your commute, chores, or workout into professional development and then GO MAKE A RUCKUS!

BLBS is the #1 downloaded podcast for school leaders.

The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast with Daniel Bauer Daniel Bauer

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    • 4.8 • 299 Ratings

The BETTER LEADERS BETTER SCHOOLS podcast is in the TOP 0.5% most downloaded shows of over 2 million podcasts across the world. The BLBS show was created for RUCKUS MAKERS in education -- those out-of-the-box school leaders making change happen.

Launched in 2015, this category-defining podcast in educational leadership has helped over 1 MILLION leaders LEVEL UP. Each week host DANIEL BAUER has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to listen in. Turn your commute, chores, or workout into professional development and then GO MAKE A RUCKUS!

BLBS is the #1 downloaded podcast for school leaders.

    A Teacher’s Tale of Burnout and Recovery

    A Teacher’s Tale of Burnout and Recovery

     
     
    Danielle Nuhfer, a former teacher turned coach and author of "The Path of the Mindful Teacher," has dedicated over 20 years to supporting educators in navigating the challenges of the school system. As the founder of Teaching Well, she works with teachers and school leaders to prioritize well-being and transform schools into thriving learning communities.
     
     
    Show Highlights
     
    The crucial role of school administrators' support and mindfulness practices to avoid teacher burnout.
    Practical applications of the TLC framework in teaching.
    The TLC framework to help teachers with emotional regulation and self-awareness. 
    Managing one's inner landscape to improve teaching outcomes.
    Practical examples of how mindfulness changes interactions with students.
    Ways to find well-being leaders among teachers.
    Importance of emotional regulation and self-awareness for teachers.
    "Teaching Well in Schools" professional development and wellness coaching to foster well-being among educators.
     
    “The biggest thing is … you have the conversations, even if there's no evidence of change, you might not see it, but the words that you speak to the teachers and the doors that you open just through asking those simple questions, you might not see what happens on the other side, but they matter. I'm living proof of that. 20 years after the fact, I've remembered that conversation, and it has shaped the trajectory of where I'm at. I want all Ruckus Makers to know that.”
    -Danielle Nuhfer 
     
    Danielle’s Resources & Contact Info: Linkedin
    The Path of the Mindful Teacher • Teaching Well
    Teaching Well Life Call
    Teaching Well
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as a space of what didn’t work
    Go to https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/principal-checklist to download now.
     
    Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™
    The “secret” to peak performance is ot complicated.  It’s a plan on how to optimize the five fundamentals found in The Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™.
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/mindset
     
    The Positive Spotlight Tool™
    Energy flows to where attention goes!
    If you want to get more of what you want, when you want it as a school leader I have a tool for you…
     
    Download The Positive Spotlight Tool™ for free here:
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/positive
     
    The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™
    Are you ready to accomplish more?
    With less effort and in less time?
    When you download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  I’ll send you the tool and a short 8-minute coaching video that shows you how to work smarter, not harder…and create more value for your school campus.
     
    Download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  for free at
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/goals
    SHOW SPONSORS:  
    TEACHFX
    How much student talk happened today?
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    • 34 min
    Transformative Leadership - From Failure to Trust

    Transformative Leadership - From Failure to Trust

     
     
    Andy Rodford is the Principal of Venture Gained Consulting and works with school, camp, and business leaders to build capacity. He’s been involved in education for 30 years, holding senior roles at various independent schools, and is passionate about experiential learning. He has degrees in Science, Education, and leadership and loves wood carving, outdoor adventures, and helping others unearth potential.  
     
     
    Show Highlights
     
    Every interaction is an opportunity for managing trust and building relationships.
    Overcoming the 'yeah, but' stage challenge of receiving hard feedback. 
    Make a goal board  for effectively receiving and implementing feedback.
    211 degrees will change the state of your school.
    Throw a ‘Failure Fest” to celebrate productive failure.
    Consulting and counseling in leadership to avoid isolation.
    Live out what's most important to your values with a ‘dump journal.’
     
     
    “ There's nobody that's going to help you move ahead in your leadership and as a school leader than the people that you're working with. And if you try to pretend that you're something that you're not, when everybody is giving you feedback that you're not doing what they hoped that you would be doing, you're going to be ground into the halt over time because people will just start to disconnect. And that is part of the management of trust.” 
    -Andy Rodford 
     
    Get the episode transcript here!
     
    Andy’s Resources & Contact Info: Linkedin
    Venture Gained Consulting Inc.
     
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as a space of what didn’t work
    Go to https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/principal-checklist to download now.
     
    Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™
    The “secret” to peak performance is ot complicated.  It’s a plan on how to optimize the five fundamentals found in The Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™.
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/mindset
     
    The Positive Spotlight Tool™
    Energy flows to where attention goes!
    If you want to get more of what you want, when you want it as a school leader I have a tool for you…
     
    Download The Positive Spotlight Tool™ for free here:
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/positive
     
    The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™
    Are you ready to accomplish more?
    With less effort and in less time?
    When you download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  I’ll send you the tool and a short 8-minute coaching video that shows you how to work smarter, not harder…and create more value for your school campus.
     
    Download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  for free at
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/goals
    SHOW SPONSORS:  
    TEACHFX
    How much student talk happened today?
    When classrooms come alive with conversation, learning improves, students feel a sense of belonging, and teachers feel inspired. 
     
    The TeachFX instructional coaching app gives teachers powerful insights i

    • 47 min
    Navigating Life with DBT and Mindfulness

    Navigating Life with DBT and Mindfulness

     
     
    Alexandra Mejia, who goes by Sasha, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice specializing in working with complex trauma, dissociation, and personality disorders.  She aims to de-stigmatize trauma and personality disorders through her social media platforms and Clinical Residency Program and to spread the word on using DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) to settings outside of therapy.
     
    Show Highlights
     
    ​​Coexistence of self-acceptance and change through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques. 
    Walk  ‘the middle path’ to promote awareness through mindfulness practices.
    Resolve conflicts by observing internal opposing forces. 
    Create an inclusive educational environment emphasizing life skills education over traditional teaching methods.
    Emphasizes applying mindfulness to daily activities and thoughts.
    Distinguishing between reality and thoughts to enhance accountability.
    3 Guiding Principles that align coursework with student passions as key principles for schools.
    Applying mindfulness skills to navigate various challenges effectively.
     
    “In dialectics, we like to call it walking the middle path. And it's taking a look at the positives and the negatives at each side of the dialectic. Let's say one side of the dialectic, there is self acceptance. And who out there doesn't want to find an experience? Self acceptance. It's a wonderful thing. We think we are more confident. We are less likely to be down on ourselves and to talk down to ourselves. If we're self accepting, we're not going to struggle as much or be as anxious or be as depressed if we're accepting of ourselves.”
    -Sasha Mejia
     
    Get the episode transcript here!
     
    Sasha’s Resources & Contact Info: Mindfulness with Sasha
    Linkedin
    Facebook
    Instagram
     
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as a space of what didn’t work
    Go to https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/principal-checklist to download now.
     
    Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™
    The “secret” to peak performance is ot complicated.  It’s a plan on how to optimize the five fundamentals found in The Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™.
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/mindset
     
    The Positive Spotlight Tool™
    Energy flows to where attention goes!
    If you want to get more of what you want, when you want it as a school leader I have a tool for you…
     
    Download The Positive Spotlight Tool™ for free here:
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/positive
     
    The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™
    Are you ready to accomplish more?
    With less effort and in less time?
    When you download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  I’ll send you the tool and a short 8-minute coaching video that shows you how to work smarter, not harder…and create more value for your school campus.
     
    Download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™  for free at
    https://betterleadersbetterscho

    • 34 min
    The Power of Asking Questions - A Teacher's Tale

    The Power of Asking Questions - A Teacher's Tale

     
     
     
    Robyn Hamasaki is the Managing Director of Leadership Development at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Leading a multidisciplinary team of Leading & Learning, Student Program Operations, Recognition & Engagement, and External Relations, she fosters the growth and engagement of school leaders, advisers, and students through impactful programs and services nationwide. Previously, she established the Principal Leadership Institute at Colorado's Department of Education. Her career has included roles as a principal, assistant principal, educator, and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
     
    Show Highlights
     
    The power of asking questions in education
    The impact of understanding individual student needs.
    Tips to build trust with students can lead to better educational outcomes. Importance of growing your network and taking an extra day to synthesize learnings.
    Cultural shock and inclusion are keys to belonging in education. How to maximize the experience at the United conference Details about the conference strands and keynote speakers.  
     
    “The power and magic of feeling included, noticed, and a sense of belonging is paramount. And it's paramount in education, where every day, as a principal, as a teacher, you know, we need to see our kids, and we need to help them feel seen and that we need to help them realize that they matter 100%.”
    -Robyn Hamasaki 
     
    “Leadership matters. You matter. People look up to you. You are a role model. Everything you do, people are watching, kids are watching, babies are watching, and every student is someone's baby. And so what we do with students matters. And whether you're having a good day or a bad day, you matter. So keep up the good work, and we believe in you. You are doing an amazing, impossible job during turbulent, challenging times. And you are the unsung heroes of education and democracy.”
     -Robyn Hamasaki 
     
    Get the episode transcript here!
     
    Robyn’s Resources & Contact Info: Linkedin
    Robyn Hamasaki (@hamasaki_r) / X
    UNITED 2024 in Nashville
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as a space of what didn’t work
    Go to https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/principal-checklist to download now.
     
    Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™
    The “secret” to peak performance is ot complicated.  It’s a plan on how to optimize the five fundamentals found in The Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™.
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/mindset
     
    The Positive Spotlight Tool™
    Energy flows to where attention goes!
    If you want to get more of what you want, when you want it as a school leader I have a tool for you…
     
    Download The Positive Spotlight Tool™ for free here:
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/positive
     
    The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™
    Are you ready to accomplish more?
    With less effort and in less time?
    When you download The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™

    • 40 min
    "Breaking the Mold - Transforming Traditional School Systems"

    "Breaking the Mold - Transforming Traditional School Systems"

     
     
     
    Camp is Head of Teaching & Learning at NEIA. He oversees the development of systems to recruit, hire, support, and evaluate teachers and helps teachers develop and implement the curriculum. He's been a leader and a teacher at a variety of schools throughout his 29-year career: boarding, day, single-sex and college.  
     
    Show Highlights
     
    ‘Aim to teach what cannot be googled.’ 
    NIA's unique mashed up of 5 different assessment systems for mastery learning. 
    A needed mindset shift to let go of rigid structures and embrace innovative approaches.
     'X Days' for teaching and learning flexibility with integration across subjects and collaboration.
    Transforming traditional school systems through the power of letting go.
    Unlearning traditional methods among parents, students, and staff
    Strategies for effectively communicating changes and supporting stakeholders through transitions and school policies.
    Avoids siloed learning with ‘Spiraling Curriculum.’ 
     Targeted feedback with single panel rubric feedback feedback
     
     
    “We have a mindset that we're going to be flexible. We're going to help you achieve the things you want to achieve or pursue the things you want to pursue. And for a lot of students, especially post Covid in this day and age of AI and everything else, that helping a student navigate an academic path that they have some ownership in is really liberating.”
    -John Camp 
     
    “My biggest thing for Ruckus Makers is to make sure you have the courage to change education. We're relying on you to be a Ruckus Maker. We're relying on you. We need you to do that. Otherwise the inertia of the system will steamroll and just keep going. And so, yes, as we've talked about, being a Ruckus Maker is not for everybody, and it's not easy. If you have that feeling inside at all about change, we're relying on you to do it. Get out there and do it. Act outside the box and get it done.”
    -John Camp 
     
    Get the episode transcript here!
     
    John’s Resources & Contact Info: Instagram-New England Innovation Academy (@hello.neia) 
    NEIA's website: www.neiacademy.org
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 
     
    100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as a space of what didn’t work
    Go to https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/principal-checklist to download now.
     
    Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™
    The “secret” to peak performance is ot complicated.  It’s a plan on how to optimize the five fundamentals found in The Ruckus Maker Mindset Tool™.
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/mindset
     
    The Positive Spotlight Tool™
    Energy flows to where attention goes!
    If you want to get more of what you want, when you want it as a school leader I have a tool for you…
     
    Download The Positive Spotlight Tool™ for free here:
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/positive
     
    The Ruckus Maker 8-Step Goal Setting Tool™
    Are you ready to accomplish more?
    With less effort and in less time?

    • 39 min
    From Isolation to Innovation

    From Isolation to Innovation

     
    Veronica Holyoke, has been working in education for 24 years. Originally from the East Coast she moved to Utah in 2012. She has held various leadership roles in the Jordan School District before becoming a school administrator 3 years ago. 
     
    Veronica underwent a transformative journey through the Ruckus Maker Mastermind.  She initially faced challenges in school leadership and imposter syndrome but found renewed joy and confidence upon joining the program. Through activities like the hot seat, she received practical advice and support from educators globally, fostering a supportive community that helped her overcome obstacles in both professional and personal life. 
     
    Veronica describes her new perspectives on leadership effectiveness. With aspirations for advanced research in educational practices and leading a lab school, she credits the mastermind for instilling confidence and clarity about her career path.  She sees herself  using her leadership capabilities to one day get a PhD in education to do the latest research to support the future of education. Her ultimate goal is to work collaboratively with school districts to research best practices, especially in terms of classroom management and behaviorism. 
     
    In less than 90 days after joining the Ruckus Maker Mastermind, Veronica was named the assistant principal of the year for her district and since recording this podcast she was named the assistant principal of the year for the state of Utah.
     
     
    Show Highlights
     
    Thrive amidst external challenges for a "life-changing" experience and new perspectives on leadership effectiveness. 
    Professional development opportunities with practical reflective practices and deep listening to enhance leadership skills.
    Action-oriented approach with steps and support from the Mastermind
     The lack of a leadership roadmap strands leaders when facing difficult conversations.
    Navigate ambiguity and the importance of adapting to challenges in leadership roles.
    Defeating imposter syndrome and reconnecting with joy in work 
    Tools for flipping mindsets from challenges to smooth with colleagues to create more value on campus.



    “The structure of the sessions (Mastermind) is that we don't just moan and groan. We have an agenda. And the thing I love about it the most as a former instructional coach, is the way the questions are asked. I feel like I've never been a part of anything where better questions were asked, and it's actually helped me improve my own level of questioning when I'm in tough situations with people, kids, adults, whatever. The questioning is super fabulous. I knew right at the end that this was the place to be. I just didn't expect, necessarily, the deep dive into my own soul.”
    -Veronica Holyoke
     
    Get the episode transcript here!
     
    Veronica’s Resources & Contact Info: veronica.holyoke@jordandistrict.org
     
    Read my latest book! Learn why the ABCs of powerful professional development™ work – Grow your skills by integrating more Authenticity, Belonging, and Challenge into your life and leadership.
     
    Read Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader today!
    Apply to the Mastermind The mastermind is changing the landscape of professional development for school leaders. 
     
    100% of our members agree that the mastermind is the #1 way they grow their leadership skills.
     
    Apply to the mastermind today!
     
    How We Serve Leaders  
    The School Leadership Scorecard™
    Identify your highest leverage areas for growth this year in 10 -minutes or less.   
    https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard
     
    Month-to-Month Principal Checklist
    As a principal with so much to do, you might be thinking, where do I even start?
     
    When you download The Principal Checklist you’ll get
    12-months of general tasks that every campus need to do
    Space to write your campus specific items.
    Space to reflect and not what worked as well as

    • 38 min

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4.8 out of 5
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299 Ratings

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Inspirational Leadership

Danny brings in some of the greatest minds in education who are making a Ruckus in todays schools.

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Awesome for expanding your mindset and staying current!

This podcast has directly impacted my leadership and vision for our school. Thank you, Daniel!

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