Three Podcasts for School Heads

Vol. 13 No. 10

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What’s playing over your headphones lately? Music, or a favorite morning talk show? You could use your spare time as a way to find out what’s going on with your peers and learn new techniques through podcasts! Podcasts are pre-recorded radio shows you can download to your phone, music player, or computer. This month, we’ve found three we think School Heads will appreciate.

Edsurge On Air

Release Schedule: Weekly

Description: “A weekly podcast, chock-full of the week’s top news stories, commentary and announcements from the edtech world. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an educator, or an investor, there’s something for everyone ‘on the air.’”

Why We Chose This: If you’re looking to know what’s going on in the education-technology realm, this podcast is one of the best resources around. Its parent website,, also keeps written directories and repositories of information about technology that educators from all types of schools and settings have found useful in their classrooms.

Previous Episodes Include:

The Ziglar Show

Release Schedule: Weekly

Description: “Zig Ziglar is recognized as a world leader in Motivation & Inspiration who has reached and influenced over 250 million people through his best selling books, legendary presentations and timeless quotes. He is one of the most quoted leaders of all time. In The Ziglar Show, hosts Kevin Miller, Tom Ziglar (CEO & Proud son!) and special guests take quotes and messages from Zig and discuss how to use them to ‘Inspire True Performance’ in your life today!”

Why We Chose This: Motivation and inspiration are two key ingredients needed for a successful work life, and this podcast provides those in spades. If you need a pick-me-up (or a kick in the rear) to reach a goal or complete a task you’ve been putting off, The Ziglar Show can be the perfect jumpstart you’ve been looking for.

Previous Episodes Include:

  • “317: Handling what happens to you”
  • “304: Role Models - Who have you patterned your life after?”
  • “82: Be an optimist with your child”

Rock Star Principals’ Podcast

Release Schedule: Weekly

Description: “The Rock Star Principals Podcast jams to all the latest and greatest in educational leadership! Join your hosts, ‘The Boss’ Jon Ross and ‘The Doctor of Proctors’ Nick Indeglio as they bring a unique blend of humor, timely topics, and ‘real’ talk each episode. They bring the ‘Principal Perspective’ to a wide range of topics! Rock out with ‘twisted steel and school appeal!’

Why We Chose This: Everyone—including you!—needs that down-to-earth colleague who understands what your job entails and can offer you advice on tricky situations. As school administrators, Ross and Indeglio are that sane voice for school leaders who have “been there” and can give you the support and information you need to navigate lonely, uncharted waters. (Plus, their “Fake Sponsor” spotlights are downright hilarious!)

Previous Episodes Include:

A quick note: ISM is not affiliated with any of these podcasts directly, and so advice at times may conflict with ISM theory or guidance. We're offering you these resources as a chance to take from them what works for your school and to be re-inspired for fall!

Additional ISM resources:
ISM Monthly Update for Division Heads Vol. 12 No. 8 8 Must-Have Student Resources for Writing and Researching
ISM Monthly Update for Division Heads Vol. 12 No. 6 20 Free Online Resources for School Administrators
ISM Monthly Update for School Heads Vol. 10 No. 4 Web Resources on Key Topics
ISM Monthly Update for Human Resources Vol. 8 No. 1 Resources You'll Want at Your Fingertips This Year

Additional ISM resources for Gold Consortium members:
I&P Vol. 26 No. 13 Estimates of Constituent Income: Salary Resources Online
I&P Vol. 26 No. 5 Sexual Orientation, Harassment, and Victimization: Resources for Administrators and Teachers

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