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Author: Becca Silver

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This podcast helps instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school leaders improve their educators’ effectiveness and resilience, especially the ones who need it most by focusing on the mindsets and motivations that are at the source of unproductive behaviors. Each week, we’ll cover quick tips, strategies and coaching mindsets so that you can be on top of your coaching game.

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Send us a Text Message.As leaders, we are faced with problems the generations before us did not experience and we are joined again by Dr. Jody Carrington to explore the crucial role of human connection in our schools and how it impacts our educators. They share why striving for a perfect work-life balance is a myth. ⁠In schools, we often preach the need for authentic leadership, but are we neglecting our own emotional well-being as well as our teachers? Being authentic requires emotiona...
Send us a Text Message.Feeling like a broken record? Your clients keep hitting the same wall, and you're not sure why? This episode will shed some light on those frustrating roadblocks.Science reveals there are two types of challenges: the straight forward kind (like how to load the dishwasher the "right" way) and those that require us to adapt to different sutations (like how to improve engagement in a multitude of situations). These "adaptive challenges" are why that goal just always ...
Send us a Text Message.School leaders and coaches are drowning in data. Yet, you play a crucial role in helping teachers leverage data to improve student learning. From test scores to attendance records, information floods in from various sources, often incompatible with each other. While all of this data is a powerful tool, teachers experiencing resistance can hinder its effectiveness. Here is where you come in! Listen to this episode to find out the reasons for this resistance. Find out the...
Send us a Text Message.Let's talk about the concept of willpower, its limitations, and how to strengthen it. We begin by looking at how willpower is defined by researcher Kelly McGonigal. According to McGonigal, it's the ability to resist temptation and make choices that align with our long-term goals, even when faced with resistance. Interestingly, research shows willpower is a finite resource that depletes throughout the day except for one element, which acts as a buffer against this deplet...
Send us a Text Message.Does it ever feel like an uphill battle when you are asked to implement a new change in your building or district? In this episode, James Fester and Becca discuss the Change Adoption Curve and how to use it to navigate successful school improvement. The curve gives you the order in which teachers will adopt change: innovators (eager early adopters), early adopters (enthusiastic supporters), early majority (need some convincing), late majority (cautious adopters), and la...
Send us a Text Message.As instructional coaches and school leaders, we sometimes struggle to understand why teachers resist change or exhibit unproductive behaviors. In this episode we explore the research behind Choice Theory! Developed by psychiatrist William Glasser, Choice Theory emphasizes that people's behavior is driven by their desire to fulfill five basic needs. These needs include: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun. By understanding these needs, you can empower t...
Send us a Text Message.Watch the UNEDITED Youtube version too!This podcast episode confronts the epidemic of isolation plaguing educators, instructional coaches and school leaders. Dr. Jody Carrington, a child psychologist turned best-selling author and public speaker, joins me with her sass and boldness to discuss the root cause of this isolation- a system that most times prioritizes cold efficiency over human connection.Educators, wired for connection, are drowning in a sea of disconnection...
Send us a Text Message.HINT: It's not self-care.Hey coaches and leaders! Feeling the weight of teacher burnout pressing down on your school? While we all are looking forward to that summer break, the question is- how helpful is taking time away really helpful?This episode looks at the science behind burnout and the tools to reduce it. Believe it or not, it’s actually all about completing your stress cycles, and guess what….. incomplete cycles lead straight to burnout.We will discuss seven res...
Send us a Text Message.Do your teacher teams sometimes struggle with miscommunication and confusion?The Enneagram offers a powerful tool for instructional coaches to help your educators understand themselves and their colleagues better. In this episode, we explore how the Enneagram's nine motivation types can be used to:Identify sources of confusion in team dynamics.Improve communication by understanding different communication styles.Build trust and rapport among teachers with diverse person...
Send us a Text Message.This is our VERY FIRST Research Rundown! These episodes will be bi-weekly mini-episodes sharing about research studies Becca uses within her own coaching and professional development.This podcast episode cracks the code on how our brains ACTUALLY handle challenges, and the secret weapon might surprise you. This episode reveals a groundbreaking study that shows how our brains LIGHT UP during challenges, but what happens NEXT is what truly separates growth mindsets from f...
Send us a Text Message.Want free PD? Check out our *new* Podcast PD!This podcast episode dives into the concept of appreciating teachers beyond the typical gestures and explores how a 6 Pillar Framework can create a school environment where teachers truly feel valued. Allyson Apsey, author of "Leading the Whole Teacher," emphasizes that feeling seen and heard is crucial for teachers. Her six pillars from the book address this need:Valued: This pillar goes beyond superficial appreciation event...
Send us a Text Message.Want free PD? Check out our *new* Podcast Playlists!Our school culture (whether it's intentional or accidental) impacts so many vital aspects impacting the success of our schools. And building a thriving school culture can feel like herding cats... on roller skates... blindfolded (you get the picture). Especially when your great teachers keep leaving for greener pastures? You're not alone!This episode's all about reframing the state test obsession and focusing on ...
Send us a Text Message.Let's ditch the sugar coating and learn to have those tough conversations that really make a difference.Scott Robley brings some down to earth, real talk about Crucial Conversations. You know, those conversations that make your stomach churn a little – the ones about tough topics where emotions run high. We've all been there, right?Let's face it, in our schools, so many of our conversations feel crucial – high stakes, different viewpoints, and emotions flaring.&nb...
Send us a Text Message.**NEW and FREE PD** Grab your Podcast Playlists (Part 2) HERE!Have you ever found yourself perplexed by the repetitive conversations with teachers or staff? Alongside Angela Kelly and Becca, explore the key factors driving this issue. They explore elements such as awareness levels, resistance to change, fear of failure and the desire for control. Gain insights into self-reflection questions and strategies for addressing these underlying dynamics. Discover how refr...
Send us a Text Message.Watch the full, unedited episode on Youtube!This conversation between Mia Pumo, coach of coaches, and Becca discusses how to give and receive feedback more effectively. Here are the key takeaways:People resist feedback for three reasons:*Truth triggers: they believe the feedback is untrue or unhelpful.*Relationship triggers: they don't trust the person giving the feedback.*Identity triggers: they feel the feedback threatens their sense of self.They discuss how to mitiga...
Send us a Text Message.*Watch the full, unedited episode on Youtube.*In this episode, Allison Rodman and Becca dive into the messy, beautiful world of adult learning. In Allison's book "Still Learning," she shares about the adult social and emotional journey and the real, raw stuff that fuels our capacity to learn and grow.Here's the thing: we spend so much time worrying about curriculum and perfect facilitation for our students, but sometimes forget about the adults. We forget that teachers ...
Send us a Text Message.**Watch the unedited Youtube episode here**Are you looking for the ultimate list for what makes a great leader? You won't find that here. This episode dives into the surprising truth: the best leaders are the ones who can comfortably straddle contradictions. This podcast episode is about the book "The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership" by Tim Elmore. The main idea is that leadership is not about following a set of rules, but rather about balancing paradoxes...
Send us a Text Message.Research shows that schools with strong collective teacher efficacy have higher student achievement (even having a higher impact than socio-economic status).The episode discusses the following:What collective teacher efficacy is and why it is importantNon-examples of collective teacher efficacyExamples of how collective teacher efficacy can be built in schoolsThe importance of setting mastery goals instead of performance goalsKey takeaways:Collective teacher efficacy is...
Send us a Text Message.**Watch the unedited video of the episode HERE**Do you ever struggle to get your ideas across? In today's episode, we'll be diving into the world of visual leadership with expert Todd Cherches. He'll share practical tips and frameworks to help you leverage the power of visuals to become a more effective communicator and leader. Tune in and gain valuable insights on how to make your message truly resonate.Highlights:The CAP model: Confidence, Assertiveness, and Presence....
Send us a Text Message.Coaches and leaders, I know that you make a ton of decisions everyday. What would it be like to feel empowered and energized while making them (instead of fristrated and exhausted)? Neuroscience expert Dr. Chris Lee joins this podcast to shed light on how our brains work for and against us when making choices. From overcoming negativity bias to harnessing the power of intuition, Dr. Chris Lee offers actionable tips and strategies to make better decisions and feel more s...
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