Staff Recommended Read/Podcast List

The staff of State Support Team 4 would like to use this space to share with you our favorite books and podcasts. Each month you will be introduced to a new staff recommended book or podcast. We hope that you find something new to consider and possibly impact your personal professional development. 
Happy Reading!

November Recommended Podcast

Better Leaders Better Schools

By: Daniel Bauer

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Podcast Reviewed By: Liesl Blackwell

Podcast Synopsis:

Better Leaders Better Schools is the number one downloaded podcast for school leaders. This series, created and hosted by Daniel Bauer, presents a conversation with a new leadership expert each week. These out-of-the-box leaders, AKA 'ruckus makers', are making change happen in schools and districts all over the country.

Why I Recommend This Podcast:

Do you want to be a ruckus maker as an educational leader? What do you have to do to be a ruckus maker? Well here's the list: invest in your continuous growth, challenge the status quo, and design the future school now. Each week listeners can drop in on a conversation with leadership experts as they discuss ways in which they are reimagining education. From growing yourself as a leader to finding new ways to think about old problems to transforming your building culture, this podcast has something for everyone.

October Recommended Podcast

The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast
By: Jennifer Gonzalez
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Podcast Reviewed By: Dr. Tricia McCollum

Podcast Synopsis:

Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology - if it has something to do with teaching, they're talking about it! Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other things you'll never learn in a textbook.

Why I Recommend This Podcast: 


This podcast was highly recommended and I immediately became hooked! The episodes take a deep dive into hot topics like trauma-informed learning and using ChapGPT. In between episodes, there are short (5 minutes) EduTips that cover one small, useful topic that teachers can use in their classrooms.

September Recommended Read

In Support of Students: A Leader's Guide to Equitable MTSS
by: Drs. Katie Novak and Kristian Rodriguez

Book reviewed by: Ashley Girt

Book Synopsis:

"In Support of Students", takes K-12 educators through an in-depth study of the conceptual framework and theories foundational to MTSS, but also offers hands-on advice around building structures, teams, understanding and using data effectively, and how to build a system that fosters success for each student.

Why I Recommend This Book:

MTSS is truly the gateway to equitable educational practices. When educators look at the needs of each student and structure their system to promote high level learning for ALL, everyone succeeds.

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