Podcasts About Books

Want to do your professional reading on the go (in the car, at the gym, etc.)?

Now, in addition to writing 8-page summaries of education and leadership books, Jenn has also started recording podcast conversations with Mike Doughty about each month’s books. Listen and learn below!

Mini-sode 2 Interpersonal Skills for School Leaders

In this mini-sode #2, Jenn & Mike discuss 4 must-read books on the topic of INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS in just 20 minutes.

Listen Now: 4 must-read books on INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: The Listening Leader, Thanks for the Feedback, Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff, & Trust Matters

Mini-sode 1 Leadership Resilience

In this special mini-sode (mini-episode), Jenn & Mike discuss 3 must-read books on the topic of LEADERSHIP RESILIENCE in just 15 minutes.

Listen Now: 3 must-read books on LEADERSHIP RESILIENCE: Onward, From Burnt Out to Fired Up, and The Mindful School Leader

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Listen to the author share how academic conversations help students build their thinking, content knowledge, and interpersonal skills. Consider a school-wide focus on academic conversations K-12 and all subjects!

Listen Now: Next Steps with Academic Conversations

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Burnout is real; here’s how to beat it. Listen to Jenn and Mike interview author Morgane MIchael about research-backed strategies for helping your staff bounce back from their burnout.

Listen Now: From Burnt Out to Fired Up

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Teaching and learning can’t improve unless leaders give teachers candid feedback. Listen to Jenn and Mike’s interview with Joe and TJ who share why honest feedback is so important and how to give it.

Listen Now: Candid and Compassionate Feedback

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Jenn & Mike interview the authors to discuss ways school leaders can forge a path toward racial equity in their schools. Now is the time!

Listen Now: Principal Leadership for Racial Equity

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Without trust, teacher observations fail. To learn ways to develop trust in your teacher observations, listen to Jenn & Mike interview the author of this book.

Listen Now: Trust-Based Observations

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We need to prepare kids for the future! Mike interviews an author of this book to discuss ways to move toward 21st century learning in our schools.

Listen Now: Deep Learning

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Mike and Jenn interview the book’s authors to learn key practical strategies to navigate the challenges of the principalship.

Listen Now: Principaled

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Mike interviews Doug Fisher and Dominique Smith to discuss “must-dos” for leaders to open schools given the pandemic.

Listen Now: Leading the Rebound

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Jenn & Mike interview Cornelius Minor about all things equity, especially how to improve schools for all kids.

Listen Now: We Got This

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Jenn and Mike discuss tips for handling complex change from The Influential School Leader.

Listen Now: The Influential School Leader

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Learn strategies for saving on the price of college in this podcast conversation with Jenn, Mike, and Jenn’s husband, Tim! A good one to share with families and school counselors.

Listen Now: The Price You Pay for College

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Jenn and Mike discuss the best strategies for making distance learning engaging and effective from The Distance Learning Playbook — Part 1 (self care, the 1st days of school, relationships, & teacher credibility).

Listen Now: The Distance Learning Playbook – Part 1

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Jenn and Mike discuss the best strategies for making distance learning engaging and effective from The Distance Learning Playbook — Part 2 (teacher clarity, student engagement, quality instruction, and feedback & assessment)

Listen Now: The Distance Learning Playbook – Part 2

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School leaders must now be skilled in PR, too! Jenn and Mike interview author Will Parker about ways for school leaders to improve their communication and messaging.

Listen Now: Messaging Matters

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Nothing matters in schools if students aren’t engaged. Mike & Jenn discuss concrete strategies for engaging students in this book by Doug Fisher and colleagues.

Listen Now: Engagement by Design

Onward

Educators have the toughest job in the world. Listen to Jenn and Elena Aguilar discuss ways to prevent burnout and build resilience in educators.

Listen Now: Onward 

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Listen to Jenn and Mike interview author Grant Lichtman about where the world of education will be heading in the future.

Listen Now: Moving the Rock

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Jenn and Mike were math teachers and this is definitely the book they wish they had! Listen to them nerd out about how teachers SHOULD be teaching math.

Listen Now: Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

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What if you observed teachers DAILY? Listen as Jenn and Mike interview author Justin Baeder who will tell you exactly how you can do this to truly impact teaching and learning.

Listen Now: Now We’re Talking

The Listening Leader

If school leaders could improve just one interpersonal skill, I would vote for LISTENING. Mike & Jenn discuss how leaders can develop the mindset and skills to improve their listening so students, staff, and families feel they belong.

Listen Now: The Listening Leader

The Gift of Failure

Mike and Jenn interview New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey about why it’s crucial to let children fail so they can persevere and learn. We discuss motivation, executive functioning, and what school leaders can do to change mindsets about failure.

Listen Now: The Gift of Failure 

The Art of Coaching Teams

Mike and Jenn discuss practical strategies for working with and improving all of the teams you work with. The Art of Coaching Teams by Elena Aguilar is one of the best resources for those who work with teams!

Listen Now: The Art of Coaching Teams

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School leaders can’t focus on teaching and learning if they don’t know how to be efficient with their time. Mike and Jenn discuss systems and strategies for helping the busy school leader get organized from The New York Times bestselling classic, Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Listen Now: Getting Things Done

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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo helps school leaders develop teachers more in one year than many do in 20 years. Mike and Jenn discuss his strategies for doing this in his book Get Better Faster.

Listen Now: Get Better Faster

Untangled

Between Mike and Jenn, we have 4 teenage girls so together with Jenn’s husband Tim David-Lang we had a great discussion about understanding girls’ development and strategies to better engage with them. This is a great one to share with counselors and deans or even with parents.

Listen Now: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Thanks for the Feedback

This book will change how you view feedback forever. Mike and Jenn discuss why giving and receiving feedback can be so difficult and how to get better at both — great insights from Thanks for the Feedback.

Listen Now: Thanks for the Feedback

The Mindful School Leader

If you’re a school leader who doesn’t have time for mindfulness practices, you may need them more than anyone. Given that leaders lead complex and unpredictable organizations, listen to Mike and Jenn as they discuss simple mindfulness strategies to better deal with stress, make better decisions, and lead more effectively.

Listen Now: The Mindful School Leader