When my term ended as president of NASSP last July, I had a strong desire to explore coaching and mentoring opportunities. During the past year, I completed the NAESP Mentor Training and Certification Program. I also joined the second Rhode Island cohort of the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL). Both of these opportunities provided great insight into my leadership and coaching abilities.
One of my favorite coaching/mentoring activities is to speak to future school leaders in graduate programs at local colleges and universities. A couple of weeks ago, I, along with about a dozen RI school leaders, were invited to speak to Providence College students who were completing their masters degree in educational leadership. Our task was to prepare students for the interview process. We provided feedback to interview questions and discussed strategies for a successful interview. We then had a full panel discussion to discuss strategies to be successful in the first year of the principalship. During the panel discussion, one of the instructors asked about any articles I read recently that I thought would be helpful. I thought about the question for a moment, and asked the instructor if he had any experience with podcasts? I shared a few of my favorites and continued on with the panel discussion. At the conclusion of the session, a few people asked me again about the podcasts. So, I thought I might share some of my favorite podcasts that I listen to.
- Principal Matters – William Parker
- Better Leaders Better Schools – Danny Bauer
- Principal Center Radio – Justin Baeder
- Transformative Principal – Jethro Jones
- The Cult of Pedagogy – Jennifer Gonzalez.
Danny Smith, the principal at Harry Kizirian Elementary School in Providence shared his top podcasts that push his thinking.
- Hidden Brain: https://www.npr.org/series/423302056/hidden-brain
- Radiolab: https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/radiolab
- Invisibilia: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia
With summer break approaching, I am looking for new podcasts to explore. So I am wondering what podcasts are you listening to in order to stay current and challenge your thinking?