Karen’s Mashups-Show 14-Administrators

On this show, we’re going to listen to podcasts for school administrators. Time is at a premium for busy administrators and yet there is so much important information that is critical to their jobs. There are updates on policy issues, NCLB, state legislation, legal updates, personnel issues, funding, school improvement, and much more.


One way to stay on top of it all is with podcasts from education experts, like state DOEs, NSBA, TICAL, and others. These podcasts are a good way to stay on top of vital information while managing your time effectively.

At the bottom of this post is a list of state departments of education that have podcasts. If you know of others, let us know.

Included in this show are the following:

Radio TICAL from the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) (segment on cell phones)

This monthly podcast from TICAL provides school leaders with professional development, covering a range of interesting issues related to educational technology. Recent shows have included technology trends, exemplary technology use, online issues, and finding high quality technology staff.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan’s podcast from the Michigan Department of Education (excerpt from podcast on budget cuts)
This forward-thinking state superintendent is using podcasts to communicate about key issues he deals with on a daily basis. His podcast airs monthly, and the shows are generally under 10 minutes long. This podcast is also available in a video format. If you’d like to share your thoughts on this, they’d love to hear from you.

BoardBuzz from NSBA (excerpt from show on a legal case concerning school newspapers)

The National School Boards Association is a trusted source of important information for school boards and administrators, and now they are producing a podcast. This monthly podcast provides a quick 10 minute summary of news, information, and updates of interest to administrators. There is also an easy-to-use widget that you can use to listen or embed it on your own site. BoardBuzz also provides an informative daily blog.

Indiana Department of Education Podcast (show on AYP)

Indiana is another innovative state department of education providing information via podcast. Their podcasts feature rebroadcasts of press conferences and state board meetings, as well as program updates and other information important to school leaders and the general public. There are audio and video podcasts available through this web site, and they vary in length and frequency.

School Leader’s Review from NASSP (segment on transforming school culture)
This is a new podcast from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It covers a variety of issues of interest to middle and high school principals. It is a weekly show that typically runs about 15 minutes in length.

Transition sound – Electric school bell by John Sauter

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this show.


These state departments of education have podcasts that may be of interest to school leadership:

Kansas (KSDE conference)
Missouri (MORENet)
New York (tech prep)
North Carolina (high schools standards)
South Dakota

(I am surprised there aren’t more. This is such an inexpensive and effective way to communicate information!)

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