In this week’s Aspire to lead episode, Dave Schmittou discusses ways to confront your own thinking and how to challenge the status quo. But the aim of our conversation is not to provide a step-by-step, one size fits all solution. Instead, the goal is to create a spark that inspires you to engage in difficult conversations.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why an “open door policy” doesn’t work
- Ways to push past the fear of uncomfortable situations
- And his new book, Poking the Bear
About Dave Schmittou:
As an educator for more than two decades, Dave has earned a reputation for being a disruptor of the status quo, an innovator, and a change agent. Having served as a classroom teacher, school-based administrator, central office director, and professor of Educational Leadership, he often uses real-life stories and examples of his own life and career to describe why and how we need to confront “the way we have always done it.” He is now the Director of Leadership and Development with the Teach Better Team where he speaks, consults, and partners with districts around the country.
He has written multiple books, including “It’s Like Riding a Bike: How to make learning last a lifetime”, “Bold Humility”, “Making Assessment Work for Educators Who Hate Data but Love Kids”, and “Poking the Bear”.
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Aspire to Lead Won the FireBird Award!
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