Best Podcasts for Leaders in Education
Podcasts are a great way to push your thinking through accessible, bite-sized conversations.
Education leaders should listen to voices inside and outside of education for tips on management and leading.
Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn in small doses and hear from a wide range of diverse voices on a given subject. The Getting Smart team is passionate about redefining and reimagining leadership, particularly as it pertains to learning and education. We’ve identified a handful of our favorite leadership-oriented podcasts that we believe will best provide timeless advice to principals, superintendents, and edleaders.
While the themes and settings are not always schools and learning, we think that the wisdom these conversations hold will help you in your day-to-day leadership role.
Getting Smart Podcast
This is a shameless plug for our own podcast — but mostly because it speaks directly to what this blog is about! Every week we have on edleaders or thought leaders in what’s next in learning to discuss what they are seeing in the field and what that means for YOU. Be sure to subscribe and check out some of our greatest hits here:
- Navid Nathoo on What Education Can Learn From The Real World and The Knowledge Society
- Julia Freeland Fisher and Mahnaz Charania on Social Relationships and Networks
- Randy Ziegenfuss on Learner-Centered Leadership
The Knowledge Project
This is a podcast from Farnam Street that is hosted by Shane Parrish, a die hard proponent of mental models. The podcast’s slogan is “helping you to master the best of what other people have figured out.” These conversations have ranged from Bill Belicheck to Daniel Kahneman to Adam Grant.
Akimbo is Seth Godin’s podcast that marries entrepreneurship, leadership and doing creative work. These podcasts typically feature questions from listeners and a monologue style musing on a related topic.
Brené Brown Podcasts
Brene Brown is one of the most well-known voices in leadership today. Her advocacy for vulnerability and changing how we lead has turned her into a bestseller, celebrity and thought leader. These episodes feature conversations with inspiring people about what makes them tick.
Iowa BIG Podcast
This podcast from one of our favorite programs in the country highlights the how and the why of school leadership. From student features to community building, this podcast is a great representation of how to connect school and community to what matters.
“Featuring leading voices in American education, health and child development, The 180 explores how to transform 21st century education – how to turn it around – using 21st-century science.”
Simon Sinek Podcast
Titled ‘A Bit of Optimism,’ this podcast seeks to “inspire people to do the things that inspire them so that, together, each of us can change our world for the better.”
On the Remaking Tomorrow podcast, Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski interview leading thinkers, practitioners, and experts in education.
Join four friends as they have conversations with important thinkers and leaders in education to help get a better idea of where education is now and where it is headed.
Group Project Podcast
Dr. Jared Smith interviews school and system heads about leadership, growth and the future of education. This podcast is perfect for educators looking to enhance their professional and personal lives.
The McKinsey Podcast
A business and management podcast featuring conversations with leading experts. The series features topics ranging from leadership and change management to digital, analytics and deep-dives into specific regions and industries.
What podcasts would you add to the list? Which conversations challenge your mind and heart to continue growing, improving and including?
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