Leaders Learning from Leaders Podcast

Conversations with Education Leaders

Leaders Learning from Leaders is an engaging and insightful educational leadership podcast designed exclusively for leaders in the field of education. This dynamic podcast is created by seasoned leaders for leaders, providing a valuable platform to exchange ideas, share effective strategies, and explore the stories of education leadership challenges and success.

Each episode features distinguished guests, including experienced education leaders and superintendents, who generously impart their knowledge and first-hand experiences. Through thought-provoking discussions and inspiring stories, this podcast equips education leaders with practical tools, innovative approaches, and invaluable insights to thrive in their roles.

Whether seeking fresh perspectives, expert advice, or inspiration to transform your leadership journey, Leaders Learning from Leaders is the go-to resource for educational leaders striving to continue learning and growing while positively impacting the communities they serve. 

Leaders Learning from Leaders Episodes

Jun 25, 2024 | Podcast - 21:51 mins

Episode 9: A Conversation with Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall, Superintendent,

In this episode of the Leaders Learning from Leaders podcast, host Steve Barkley interviews Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall, Superintendent of the Williamsville Central School District, located in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. Dr. Brown-Hall shares insights from his extensive career in education, highlighting the impact of his previous roles in Buffalo public schools on his current position. He emphasizes the importance of visibility, approachability, and hard work in leadership, and discusses the critical role of senior-level decisions in shaping student outcomes.

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May 23, 2024 | Podcast - 22:57 mins

Episode 8: A Conversation with Dr. Gennaro Piraino, Jr., Superintendent

In this episode of Leaders Learning from Leaders, Dr. Gennaro Piraino, Superintendent of Franklin Regional School District, shares insights from his extensive career in education. With over a decade of experience as a superintendent and recognition as the 2019 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Piraino discusses the impact of his early career on his leadership, the importance of collaboration, and the founding of Educational Leadership and Innovation Consultants (ELI).

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Apr 11, 2024 | Podcast - 26:38 mins

Episode 7: A Conversation with Dr. George Fiore

In this episode of the Leaders Learning from Leaders podcast, Dr. George Fiore, the Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania and the President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), shares insights into the role of intermediate units in Pennsylvania's education system and the challenges and opportunities facing school leaders.

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Feb 27, 2024 | Podcast - 24:30 mins

Episode 6: A Conversation with Dr. Sherri Smith

Dr. Smith emphasizes the challenges facing superintendents, including building effective leadership teams, navigating increased politicization at the local school board level, addressing mental health and aggression among students, and managing teacher workforce shortages and burnout. Despite these challenges, she sees opportunities for innovation and creativity in education, advocating for outcome-focused policies over procedures and promoting collaboration among educators to meet the evolving needs of students.

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Nov 29, 2023 | Podcast - 28:34 mins

Episode 5: A Conversation with Dr. Gladys Cruz

In this episode of Leaders Learning from Leaders, host Steve Barkley interviews Dr. Gladys Cruz, the District Superintendent and CEO of Questar III BOCES in New York State and the current president of AASA (The School Superintendents Association). Dr. Cruz discusses her dual role as the district superintendent of BOCES and the commissioner's representative in the field, highlighting superintendents' collaborative efforts to address education challenges. She emphasizes the importance of collective wisdom and collaboration in finding solutions.

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Oct 18, 2023 | Podcast - 23:51 mins

Episode 4: A Conversation with Dr. Charles Dedrick and Jacinda Hall

In this episode of Leaders Learning from Leaders, host Steve Barkley welcomes Dr. Charles Dedrick and Jacinda Conboy, Esq. from the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). Chuck Dedrick serves as the Executive Director and Jazz Conboy is the General Counsel of NYSCOSS. The episode delves into their roles at the Council and their dedication to advocating for the success of children and communities served by their members.

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Sep 20, 2023 | Podcast - 23:58 mins

Episode 3: A Conversation with Dr. Luvelle Brown

Dr. Luvelle Brown is a highly accomplished educator with a diverse background in various educational roles. He currently serves as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York, where he has overseen remarkable achievements during his tenure. Recognized as the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year, Luvelle Brown has received numerous accolades for his contributions to education.

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Aug 18, 2023 | Podcast - 39:31 mins

Episode 2: A Conversation with Dr. Jason Andrews

In this podcast episode, Steve Barkley interviews Dr. Jason Andrews, the superintendent of Windsor Central School District in New York State. He shares the importance of collaboration, high expectations, and support within the district.

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Jul 7, 2023 | Podcast - 27:50 mins

Episode 1: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin McGowan

Kevin McGowan, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of the Brighton Central School District, a suburban district in Monroe County, New York. In addition to being highly ranked in New York State and nationally, Brighton schools have been recognized as "Schools to Watch," Blue Ribbon award winners, and as a 2018 US News and World Report Gold Medal school.

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