5 Best Podcasts for School Leaders

Podcasts have gained immense popularity, thanks to their easy accessibility and affordability (most being free). Audio podcasts provide a convenient opportunity for multitasking school leaders to learn and absorb knowledge while commuting to and from school. Furthermore, both audio and video podcasts serve as a fantastic platform for connecting with a broader community and discovering like-minded individuals who share similar passions and interests.

If you’re a school leader seeking insightful podcasts, here are five favorites worth exploring:

1. Better Leaders Better Schools

Hosted by Danny Bauer, Better Leaders Better Schools is a highly acclaimed podcast that ranks in the top 0.5% of all shows globally. Bauer’s mission is to assist school leaders in tackling challenges by actively improving their campuses and building leadership capacity. If you’re an out-of-the-box leader, this podcast is tailored just for you.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, and other platforms. It’s also available to watch on YouTube.

2. Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went so Wrong

In this limited episode podcast, Emily Hanford exposes the truth about how, for decades, teaching reading was based on incorrect ideas.

Available on Apple, Spotify, Audible and others.

3. School Leadership Reimagined

School Leadership Reimagined, hosted by Robyn Jackson, PhD, is specifically designed for school administrators, instructional coaches and teacher leaders. The podcast launched in 2018 with the aim of helping leaders who aspire to enhance their skills. Robyn Jackson provides practical tips, strategies, and tools to help these leaders achieve greater success and make a significant impact on their campuses.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, and other platforms.

4. School Culture by Design

Created by renowned speaker and author Phil Boyte, School Culture by Design encourages school leaders to create a nurturing and secure environment for everyone. The podcast features anecdotes from school leaders and provides practical ideas that can be readily applied to your campus.

You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Podcast Addict, and other platforms. 

5. Principal Matters: The School Leader’s Podcast

Hosted by William D. Parker, Principal Matters focuses on leadership strategies, insights from school leaders, and practical tips and tools to help you achieve your school’s goals. This captivating podcast will motivate you, help you resolve conflicts, develop your abilities, and streamline your responsibilities. It also emphasizes building a positive community for all stakeholders.

You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other platforms.

So, whether you find yourself relaxing on your favorite beach, catching up on housework, or heading out for a run, you can engage in professional development and gain new insights by tuning in to one of these podcasts. Do you have a favorite podcast? Let us know so we can share it in a future blog post.

Teia Hoover Baker is an educator, published author, and entrepreneur. She is an innovative, devoted educator whose career has been dedicated to coordinating programs that support struggling learners. Her passion is meeting students where they are and guiding them to excel. Her main focus is always what is best for children. Teia holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys being Lovie to her growing grandchildren.

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