Writing the Wrongs of My First Podcast

I tried. I failed. I reflected. I rebranded. And I am ready to try again.

Last December, after many conversations and a lot of encouragement from friends, I decided to launch a podcast. I researched, planned a little, contacted two potential guests, and bought the needed equipment. I was ready… or so I thought. Ten episodes later, I realized that I had enjoyed my guests, I had learned many things, and I had failed.

On January 14, 2017, I published my first episode: Episode 1 – Educational Larceny. I was proud of it. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had achieved my goal to start a podcast. I began a journey that would teach me many valuable lessons over the next six months. I am grateful for the experience and grateful for those who helped me. Appropriate to my endeavor, one of the podcast episodes addressed the value of failure: Episode 3 – I Failed. I Learned. I failed. But more importantly, would I do it again? Absolutely. Just wait for Round 2. My second attempt at a podcast will begin in the new year. Continue reading Writing the Wrongs of My First Podcast

Interview with Mr. Ricardo Belgrave – Episode 10

Episode 10 features Mr. Ricardo Belgrave, the Founder and President of a community based non-profit organization. He is opening New Jersey’s first single-gender charter school.

Show Notes: Contact Info: Email – RBelgrave.FDSB@gmail.com; Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fdsb2018/ ; Mr. Belgrave’s Book Recommendation – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

You can connect with Mr. Ricardo Belgrave on Instagram via @FDSB2018



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Synapses of My Mistake – Episode 9

Episode 9 welcomes guest host, Jake Fernandez. He is an aspiring broadcaster. Hear Jake’s story. Learn about My Mistake. Learn about an awesome course that you could offer at your school. Learn more from students about the importance of sports in schools. Be RADD Leaders.

Show Notes: “My Bad” Podcast hosted by Jon Harper (@Jonharper70bd)

Twitter to the Rescue – Episode 7

In this episode, learn how Twitter can help you and your school community.

Rule of Three:

  1. Twitter makes leaders/educators realize daily that we are a part of something greater.
  2. There are very few absolutes in education. Don’t be overwhelmed by those who post absolutes.
  3. Twitter can strengthen relationships with colleagues because it is an unobtrusive way to share.

Show Notes: Follow Brad Currie @bradmcurrie (#satchat – Twitter chat on Saturday mornings at 7:30 EST), Danny Sunshine Bauer @alienearbud, Blunt Educator @BluntEducator, and Tim Bedley @tbed63 on Twitter.


Positive Psychology – Interview with Dr. Paoletti – Episode 6

Episode 6 features an interview of Dr. Gabe Paoletti, a Primary Instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, an Assistant Instructor in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program, and the Director and Creator of a positive education program titled the Leadership Academy at a high school in New Jersey. Our R.A.D.D. letter that guides our conversation is A for Attitudes. The topic is Positive Psychology’s Value in Learning Communities. You can connect with Dr. Paoletti on Twitter via @GabePPRC.

Show Notes and Additional Resources: Connect with Dr. Paoletti via Email – Gabepaoletti@gmail.com or Twitter @GabePPRC

Peterson, C. – A Primer in Positive Psychology; Seligman, M. E. P.- Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being; Seligman, M. E. P. – Learned Optimism; Seligman, M. E. P. – Authentic Happiness; Reivich, K., & Shatté, A. – The Resilience Factor: 7 Essential Skills for Overcoming Life’s Inevitable Obstacles; Zagano, P., & Gillespie, C. K. – Ignatian Spirituality and Positive Psychology

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No Offense to You – Episode 5

Episode 5 begins with a Blog Post from August 16, 2016, “No Offense to You”. The lessons from a random train ride lead us to the struggles of leadership in a diverse world. Our host, Kevin Burke, takes us from a train ride in Philadelphia to a high school’s freshman basketball court to an NFL sideline as quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, takes a knee during the national anthem. Learn how these events can teach school leaders to be better leaders for all.

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Interview with Fr. Donald Reilly O.S.A. – Episode 4

Episode 4 features an interview of Fr. Donald Reilly O.S.A., D.Min., newly appointed Head of School at Malvern Preparatory School. Our R.A.D.D. letter that guides our conversation is A for Attitudes. The topics are “Building a Culture of Leadership,” “Designing a School Leadership Structure,” and “The Importance of Values in a School’s Mission.” You can connect with Fr. Donald Reilly on Twitter via @FrReilly.

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“I Failed. I Learned.” – Episode 3

Episode 3 is about the valuable lessons I’ve learned from failure and want to share with you. Empathetic, impactful administrators learn from their mistakes and grow into strong leaders, better guiding and serving all of their colleagues. Thank you to all of the school leaders who have shared their missteps so that we all can learn from your experiences. I fail, therefore I learn.

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Interview with Mr. Chad Flexon

Episode 2 features an interview of Mr. Chad Flexon, an Academic Innovations and STEM Coordinator for a school district in New Jersey. Our R.A.D.D. letter that guides our conversation is D for Direction. The topics are “Educational Trends and Student Needs”, “Teach to the Top?”, and “College and Career Ready Standards”. You can connect with Mr. Chad Flexon on Twitter via @MrFlexon.

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Educational Larceny – Episode 1

Episode 1 is an introduction to the R.A.D.D. School Leadership podcast and a reflection by the host on the topic of Educational Larceny. Two topic questions are: “What is educational larceny?” and “What are the roadblocks that prevent administrators and teachers from the practice of educational larceny?”

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