Leadership With Latoya Podcast

Leadership With Latoya Podcast

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This podcast is for Leaders on the Grow! Come learn with Latoya as she explores a variety of topics on leadership. Interested in enhancing your leadership ability? Are you an aspiring leader? Aspiring or Experienced-this podcast is for every leader who desires to be the best and grow!


S4E1: Instructional Equity
Aug 17 • 18 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss practical ways school leaders can work to reduce the variation in student achievement by focusing on adopting a set of evidence-based instructional equity practices. They share practical tips and pose questions to…
S3E11 Professional Learning Communities Part Three
Mar 28 • 21 min
In this episode, Mike and Latoya tackle the 3rd and 4th critical questions: What do we do when our students have not learned? and What do we do if they already have mastered it? Additionally, they give listeners some critical insights regarding…
S3E10 Professional Learning Communities Part 2
Feb 23 • 15 min
In the third episode of the Instructional Leadership Series, Latoya and Mike tackle the second core question of Professional Learning Communities. The conversation touches on assessment and the power of teachers immersing themselves in the process of…
S3E9 Power Up With Professional Learning Communities Part 1
Feb 16 • 18 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike identify what a professional learning community isn’t, and clearly define what a PLC is-teacher teams who collaborate via inquiry and action research to improve their instructional practices and student outcomes. They go…
S3E8: The Instructional Leadership Series
Feb 9 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike kick off their Instructional Leadership Series. Episodes 8-12 will focus on helping educational leaders enhance their instructional leadership support. We’re talking about everything from clarity and focus, to PLCs,…
S3E7: Authentic Leadership
Jan 27 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss the challenges and joys of embracing authentic leadership. Leaders who want to release themselves from the pressure of feeling that they have to be perfect, know all of the answers, and can’t demonstrate a…
S3E6: Making Feedback Matter
Oct 6, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya welcomes guest Chris Chandler (@chrischandler24), a practicing assistant principal, to discuss how the leadership team at this school is making feedback matter. From being transparent and consistent about expected instructional…
S3E5: From Idea to Execution: A Leadership Challenge
Aug 25, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode, Mike and Latoya explore the challenge that leaders have sometimes moving from the idea stage to execution or vice versa. Their discussion leads them down a path of interesting insights and thoughts about how leaders can improve their…
S3E4: 5 Key Lessons for Aspiring Leaders
Jul 14, 2018 • 15 min
Are you an aspiring leader? In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss 5 key lessons for those who aspire to lead. Leading isn’t just about managing, evaluating, and directing the work of others. It’s about serving, influencing advocating, developing your…
S3E3 Leaders As Learners
Jul 4, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike explore the role of leaders as learners. They provide insight into how leaders can create time and opportunities to learn and self-direct their own development. Far too often, leaders find themselves ignoring their own…
S3E2: Challenges of Communication For Leaders
Jun 9, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike tackle the big C-Communication! It can be a challenge for all leaders, but it is a vital skill in helping accomplish organizational goals and objectives. This episode will give you some ideas about the practical methods…
S3E1 Positive Advocacy
Apr 13, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss Latoya’s new book, Burned Out, Beaten Up, Fighting Back: A Call To Action For America’s Public Educators and how educators can practice positive advocacy! Press Play to learn about the #call2action4ed April…
S2E12: Are You Really Listening?
Feb 3, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode, Latoya and Michael discuss strategies for leaders to become better listeners. Listening with intention isn’t easy, and is a skill that must be practiced. Get ready to learn about some great listening techniques you can put it into…
S2E11 Creating Conditions for Success
Jan 13, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya and Michael discuss the critical conditions that leaders must work to create in order to be successful. From building trust to listenting, leaders have a responsiblity to reflect and adapt their behaviors as needed to maximize…
S2E10: Best of Leadership With Latoya 2017
Jan 7, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode Latoya and Michael recap some of their favorite episodes from 2017. They take their discussions on focus and clarity, why good ideas fail, and accountability and support one step further. If you liked any of these past episodes, you’ll…
S2E9: The Complexities of Leadership
Nov 18, 2017 • 11 min
In this episode, Latoya and Michale tackle the idea that leadership, although sometimes mistakenly boilded down to something simple, is really a complex operation. They specifically dive into the idea of how leaders sometimes mistakenly over simplify the…
S2E8: Inequity In Education
Nov 11, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss the inequity that still plagues the public k-12 school system and ways we can begin to address the root causes of it instead of the symptoms. They suggest a straight forward approach, that is comprehensive in…
S2E7: Future Focused Leadership
Nov 4, 2017 • 12 min
In this expisode, Mike and Latoya challenge listeners to think about how they are preparing the next generation of leaders in their organization in ways that ehhance the capacity of future leaders and support the sustainablity of accomplishments. From…
S2E6: Rethinking Principal Leadership
Oct 22, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss the changing nature of teaching and learning, the push for a more future focused teaching and learning enviormnment, that conflicts with the traditional structure of school leadership, which remains in its orginal…
S2E5: The Impact of Unconscious Leadership
Oct 7, 2017 • 13 min
It’s easy for leaders to get bogged down in the routine and habitual activities related to their work. Sometimes, those routines and habits lead us to being less aware of how our actions and leadership style is impacting those we lead. In this episode,…
S2E4: Advocacy Leadership
Sep 30, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, we discuss the role of a leader as an advocate. Great leaders advocate on behalf of the folks they serve. Advocacy is a central part of leadership. How so, you might ask? That’s because leaders have a responsiblity to advocate in order to…
S2E3: Leading With Equity In Mind
Sep 23, 2017 • 12 min
Of all the things leaders have to keep in mind, equity is certainly one of them. Meeting people where they are to support them appropriately and in an equitable manner is a challenge for every leader. In this episode, Latoya and Mike discuss ways leaders…
S2E2:Equity In Education
Sep 16, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike begin their conversstion about equity. They specifically address the difference between equity and equality and talk about how access and opportunity play a critical role in equity being a key element in any organizatiion,…
S2E1: Standardization vs. Personalization
Sep 9, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike kick off season two with a conversation about the tension that leaders sometimes face in trying to meet standards of performance, while personalizing their support of those doing the work. They specifically discuss this…
E18S!: Lessons In Leadership: Why Good Ideas Fail
Aug 5, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya and Mike explore further her latest blog post, The Gap Between Knowing and Doing: Why Good Ideas Fail. They discuss the importance of planning for implementation of good ideas, altering organizatonal or operational structure to…
E17S1: Leadership Lessons in Accountability and Support
Jul 29, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode, Mike and Latoya tackle a challenge that many leaders face: How do you hold members of your organization accountable, but balance it with support? They discuss what makes holding others accountable challenging at times, how to couple…
E16S1: Leadership Lessons From The CoPrincipalship
Jul 15, 2017 • 15 min
In this episode of the summer series, Latoya and Michael discuss leadership lessons learned from being co-principals. While leaders often demonstrate a belief in the value of collaboration, the position of leader is often held by a single person. Mike and…
E15S1: Leadership Lessons in Instructional Leadership-The Summer Series
Jul 8, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode, the summer series continues, as Latoya and Mike tackle the topic of instructional leadership. While this is packed full of great practical information that you can use now, don’t let the title keep you from listening if you’re not an…
E14S1: Leading Innovation: The Summer Series
Jul 1, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya chats with Virgil Hammonds, @VirgelHammonds, Chief Learning Officer at Knowledge Works, about lessons in leading for innovation. They address key elements that must be present for leading with innovation, how leaders of innovation…
E13S1: Lessons in Resilient Leadership-Summer Series
Jun 24, 2017 • 9 min
In episode 13 of the Summer Series on Leadership Lessons, Latoya and Mike tackle the topic of resilient leadership. So often leaders struggle to move forward after an error is made or the need for course correction is revealed. Mike and Latoya talk about…
E12S1: Leadership Lessons-Summer Series Kick-Off
Jun 17, 2017 • 10 min
This episode, Leadership Lessons, kicks off our summer series. Mike and Latoya chat about some of the toughest lessons they’ve learned in leadership, including how to use critical feedback for your growing your leadership abilities and ways leaders can…
E11S1: Leading in Transition
Jun 10, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, Latoya and Michael tackle the topic of how leaders can succesfully transition from one leadership role to a new one or from leading in one organization to leading in a different organization. They specifically adress the challenges,…
E10S1: Teacher Leadership Matters!
Jun 3, 2017 • 10 min
In this episode, Latoya chats with Dr. Mary Hemphill, @ScholarVlogger, about the value and importance of teacher leadership in school improvment. Excellent leaders are not only skilled at leading, but also sufficiently skilled at building leadership in…
E9S1: Who’s In Charge of Your Professional Development?
May 27, 2017 • 11 min
In this episode, Latoya, and co host Mike, chat about the importance of leaders taking charge of their professional developmet and growth. They discuss the dangers of waiting to be developed by others versus strecthing yourself and addressing your own…
E8S1 Transformational Leadership
May 20, 2017 • 11 min
In this episode, Latoya and Michael take a chance at trying to define transformational leadership. In addtion, they discuss core elements of transformation as well as the difference in the leadership behaviors leaders of transformation need to execute…
E7S1: Effective Leadership Behaviors For Success
May 13, 2017 • 10 min
In this episode, Latoya welcomes back Dr. Mike Waiksnis, @mwaiksnis, to discuss the key behaviors of effective leaders. They discuss how excellent leaders respond to critical feedback or constructive criticisim, how they deliver praise versus criticicism,…
E6S1: Value Added Leadership
May 5, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode, Latoya chats with Dr. Michael Waiksnis about the importance of leaders adding value to their organizations. Value added leadership means leaders reflect on how their efforts are contributing to the success of the organization. Adding…
E5S1: The Power of Shared Leadership
Apr 29, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode, Latoya welcomes Dr. Lynn Moody, @lynn_moody, superintendent of Rowan Salisbury Schools, in Rowan County, NC to discuss the value and benefits of shared leadership. Dr. Moody provides her insight on why shared leadership is necessary to…
E4S1: Strategy Matters: Why Working Hard Should Not Be Confused With Delivering Results
Apr 22, 2017 • 11 min
In this episode, Latoya welcomes her thought partner, Dr. Michael Waiksnis,@mwaiksnis, to discuss the importance of not confusing effort with delivering results. They highlight why strategy and structure are essential to helping folks work smart. This is…
E3S1: A Real Life Accountability and Thought Partnership: Practical Tips You Can Use Tomorrow
Apr 13, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode, Latoya welcomes special guests, Shawn Berry Clark, @shawnblove, and Brady Venables, @bradyvenables to discuss practical ways they thought partner around their work. Shawn is the author of Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional…
E2S1: The Value of Thought Partnership
Apr 8, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode, Latoya explores the topic of thought partnership and cognitive collaboration for leaders. Give it a listen if you’re a leader who’s feeling “lonely at the top” for some quick tips on how to find a valuable thought partner and why it’s…
E1S1: The Gap Between Knowing And Doing
Apr 1, 2017 • 9 min
This podcast is for Leaders on the Grow! Come learn with Latoya as she explores a variety of topics on leadership. Interested in enhancing your leadership ability? Are you an aspiring leader? Aspiring or Experienced-this podcast is for every leader who…