Adam shares a little about his family and background, including how living with a family in China for three weeks while helping Chinese schoolteachers learn how to teach English had a huge impact on himself and his career(2:05)
How a person who speaks no Chinese gets past the language barrier in China – it’s all about relationships with other people (6:06)
Adam’s career path from college to today, and his career as an education consultant (10:22)
The five pillars of Adam’s consultation work with principals to help create a great school culture and climate – systemic planning, mentoring, instructional design, data analysis, and community engagement (13:10)
When and why Adam decided to move into school leadership (15:04)
Adam describes some of the struggles he encountered on his path to becoming an administrator (17:30)
That quote that kept Adam moving toward his goals during those early struggles –“You must be the change you seek in the world” (19:13)
The importance of making it a priority to maintain family and other relationships as you pursue your career goals (20:35)
Why you should consider online education opportunities for graduate degrees, and the importance of planning backwards (21:45)
The only day in the year when you have nothing to plan for is the first day after the last day of school (25:25)
How becoming an educator has shaped Adam as a person and how he has capitalized on his natural strengths to help others (29:42)
How Adam uses a calendar to set his goals, and why reflection on your goals is so critical to constant improvement (31:58)
One of the most memorable moments of Adam’s career so far – knowing that he was leaving the school he had led in good hands (33:45)
One student’s amazing transformation from an apathetic and troubled 2nd grader to a successful middle school student and leader (35:20)
The key to igniting powerful change in students is helping them see the respect you have for them (37:54)
The best leadership advice Adam has ever received – think twice, act once (41:46)
A good leader has the ability to see what’s coming and make plans to deal with it before it happens (42:00)
Adam’s top book recommendations for school leaders (44:20)
Adam’s advice to school administrators on working with the students that you serve – make time to be visible (46:14)
Adam’s advice to school administrators on working with the teachers that you serve – you can’t make everyone happy or be everything to everyone (49:10)
Here’s the advice Adam would give his younger self if he could travel back in time to when he was just starting out in school administration (50:44)
Books mentioned in this episode
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The five pillars of creating a great school culture and climate that dam talked about in the broadcast:
Systemic Planning—Creates structures and processes to ensure schools are working toward a common goal based on your vision and mission, and how to reach that goal without over assessing student learning.
Mentoring—As a new administrator or teacher, mentoring is critical more than ever before in education. Develop a plan for mentoring or even work one on one with us to develop that support system.
Instructional Design—Utilizing a lesson design that has been the foundation of teaching for years, vertically and horizontally align skills to maximize student learning in the classroom with effective instructional design which includes 21st century and soft skills for today’s learner.
Data Analysis—What to do with all the data you have collected is a common concern among educators. Organize and analyze the data to coincide with systemic planning and instructional design for students.
Community Engagement—Unique to DEI includes the importance of developing community engagement for your school or district. The more input from your partnering community and the more open the school is to working with organizations, the stronger the foundation of your school becomes.
Educators Lead is a podcast created to help launch educators into the next level of leadership. This show is for you if you are interested in educational leadership as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent, teacher or someone who hopes to be a school leader one day. Educators Lead offers inspiration and practical advice to help you lead more effectively. Jay Willis interviews school leaders three days a week to discuss why and when these educators made the decision to move into school leadership, challenges along the journey, and stories that made it all worthwhile. Educators Lead is a great resource for any educator looking to make a greater impact.
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