Dan shares a little about his family, background, and hobbies, including running track for Adams State University, and being #193 of the 400 Americans who’ve run a mile in less than four minutes (2:06)
Dan’s very unusual career path from training to try out for the Olympics to where he is today, including “getting discovered” while working as a medical transcriptionist, and a bomb threat on his first day of teaching, and becoming the “tech guru” by default along the way (3:42)
What brought about Dan’s decision to move from teaching into administration, and some important things to think about if you’re thinking of making the same move (15:31)
Some of the struggles you might face when you move from teaching to admin, and some ways to adapt to the challenges (20:21)
Some unusual and memorable leadership advice(28:04)
To be a successful administrator, you have to be able to both work within the system and break paradigms (29:05)
Dan talks about two books he’s gotten a lot out of (32:10)
Dan’s advice for school administrators on working with students (33:20)
Dan’s advice for admins on working with teachers (34:35)
Dan’s answer to the time machine question (35:52)
Books mentioned in this episode
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