5 Podcasts Principals Should Try

Why podcasts are great professional development for principals

Why podcasts are great for learning

We know you’ll say you’re too busy, we all are. We know you’ll say you like to read, we do too! Here’s why you need to set aside your preconceptions and –

Start Listening to Podcasts

It’s one of the easiest ways to stay current, learn regularly, and get something done while doing something else. Here are 5 podcasts principals should try:

1. My Bad Podcast

Jon Harper is the host of the My Bad Podcast on BAM Radio Network and an Assistant Principal. You can find him on Twitter at @jonharper70bd. His podcast is about how and what extraordinary educators learn by sharing their mistakes. You’ll find I Reacted Rashly Because I Did Not Want to Look Weak and I allowed myself to burnout again and tried to hide it. 

2. Transformative Principal

Jethro Jones is the host of Transformative Principal. Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. He can be found on Twitter at @TrnFrmPrincipal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker

3. Principal Matters

William D. Parker from the Principal Matters Blog reveals his school leadership strategies, insights from other leaders, and practical tips so that you can have the tools to achieve your own goals. He can be found on Twitter at @williamdp. Rediscover healthy motivation, resolve conflicts and challenges, maximize your communication, grow your instructional abilities, and learn to streamline responsibilities—all while creating raving fans among your team members, students, parents, and patrons. William is currently Principal of Skiatook High School near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

4. Hack Learning Podcast

Longtime teacher, bestselling author, and original education Hacker Mark Barnes is taking old school to task, and giving you right-now solutions for your biggest problems, in brief, no-nonsense episodes of the Hack Learning Podcast. Listen now and change everything tomorrow. He can be found on Twitter at @markbarnes19. You’ll find How New School Leaders Create Culture, Empowerment, and Collaboration and Hacking School Discipline: How to Throw Out Detention and Other Lame Punishments.

5. Better Leaders Better Schools

Better Leaders Better Schools is for current school administrators, emerging leaders, and educational influencers. Each episode Daniel Bauer interviews principals as well as industry leaders to unpack their leadership insights learned via their experiences and mistakes. He can be found on Twitter at @alienearbud

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Kimberley Moran

Posted by Kimberley Moran

Kimberley Moran is a Senior Digital Editor at WeAreTeachers and School Leaders Now. You can follow her on Twitter at @kimberleygmoran. Email her at kimberley@weareteachers.com. Her work has been featured on Good Magazine, The Week, International Public Radio, SheKnows, Parent.co and many others. She is an expert in the field of Literacy, a teacher of 15 years and Master’s degree holder in Literacy Education. She writes about parenting and education and when she's not writing, she's reading and laughing with her two tween kids.

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