Ed Resource Round-Up

Kate Wade Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership Interview, Pedagogy Of Leadership®, Student Leadership

by Kate Wade, Editor In Chief, gcLi Blog

with Steph Nebel and Lisa Singleton, gcLi Social Media Ambassadors

As anyone in education knows, the school year flows with a particular rhythm.  Certain weeks and months feel like a sprint or a slog, while at other times we are gifted with pockets of time and a slower pace to rest and restore.  I always find myself looking to be re-energized around Thanksgiving, having made it through the whirlwind of fall and looking ahead to the winter and spring, hungry to inject my planning and thinking around my teaching with new ideas and strategies.  So, with a little help from our gcLi social media ambassadors Steph and Lisa, we present this fall’s Ed Resource Round-Up, a cornucopia of social media “must-follows” and links to time-tested leaders of educational pedagogies.  Bon appetit!


Stephen Valentine & Reshan Richards

On Twitter: @sjvalentine @reshanrichards

Co-authors of Make Yourself Clear: How to Use a Teaching Mindset to Listen, Understand, Explain Everything, and Be Understood, Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off, and designers of the Small Online Kindness Generator, Stephen and Reshan offer practical ideas and frameworks with clarity and inspiration.  Stephen’s blog Refreshing Wednesday bestows a weekly-ish nugget of awesomeness and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Reshan and his team’s revolutionary whiteboard app Explain Everything.

Gholdy Muhammad 

On Twitter: @GholdyM; Insta: @gholdy.m

Associate Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, Gholdy recently designed (and shared about it!) a mini-curriculum featuring Stevie Wonder songs as anchor texts that centered on the themes of identity, resistance, and social change.  

Eric Hudson

On Twitter: @ejhudson

Director of Learning & Design @goalearning, Eric offers myriad resources through his Twitter account, including original content on leadership and competency-based learning.  Eric is also an exceptional curator of resources and often shares true gems that inspire us to reflect and grow as educational leaders and practitioners.

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

On Twitter: @NicoleFurlonge

Professor and Director of @KlingenseinCtr, Nicole crafted the concept of “listening leadership” which centers the practice of inquiry, deep listening, and then filtering, sense-making and decision-making.  Read more about it here!

Adam Grant

On Twitter: @AdamMGrant  

An organizational psychologist and Professor at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, Adam is best known for his TedTalks and books, most recently Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.  We love Adam and his tweets are always insightful! Adam often takes a complex concept and frames it in such a way that makes it accessible yet deeply thought provoking.   

Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

On Twitter: @lizandmollie

Their recent book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work is now a Wallstreet Journal Bestseller and endorsed by such thought leaders as Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant.  They publish illustrations about emotions and work that we love to ponder!  An added bonus, of course, because a picture is worth a thousand words!


Advancing Girls and Co-founder Bridgette Ouimette engage in data-driven programming and curricula to “work with those serving girls to design the ideal circumstances in which girls can thrive.” If you teach at a girls’ school, it’s worth checking out https://www.advancing-girls.com.

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is a long-time partner of the gcLi and your first stop for cutting edge brain-based strategies for exceptional teaching and learning.  Their vision of “a world where every teacher understands how every student’s brain learns” unlocks the moment you explore their site which is rich in resources and professional development opportunities.  

Character Lab was founded in 2013 by Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania; Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP public charter schools; and Dominic Randolph, Head of School at Riverdale Country School. While you may already be familiar with Character Lab, the new format of their website and “Playbooks” offer an extremely accessible and resource-rich treasure trove of leadership goodies for you and your teaching team.  


While classroom veterans surely know the benefits of checking out EdSurge, KQED: Mindshift (podcast), and Edutopia, here are a few other podcasts worth your time:

The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast hosted by Vikki Davis (@coolcatteacher) provides listeners with weekly tips and tools for effective and inspired teaching.  We love her “5-idea Fridays” feature!

While Robyn Jackson’s School Leadership Reimagined podcast’s audience is primarily public school administrators, her “Buildership” philosophy applies to any school leader working toward school improvement and positive change.

Jennifer Gonzales and her team at Cult of Pedagogy do not shy away from tackling the real and raw topics that we teacher-leaders are grappling with day in and day out in this challenging new educational terrain.  Alternating between deep dive episodes and five minute “tips,” there’s something here for everyone.

Last on our list, but certainly not least, we are thrilled to highlight the launch of our very own gcLi podcast with Katherine Berdy!  Berdy, as she asks to be called in her opening episode, will chat with folks from the gcLi community and beyond, offering content that will challenge and inspire us to bring our very best to teaching leadership.  

We wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with time to rest and restore, and possibly pick up some wisdom and your next big idea from one of these featured resources!

Kate Wade is currently the Head of the Middle School at The Fenn School.  Formerly the English Department Chair at Fenn, a boys’ middle school in Concord, MA, she actively collaborates with colleagues to bring the Pedagogy of LeadershipⓇ to life on a daily basis. While at The Rivers School in Weston, MA, she served as Dean of Students, Grade Dean, Admissions Associate, English teacher, and co-founder of the girls’ ice hockey program and enjoyed supporting student leadership through service-learning opportunities. She is a Lab grad, Scholar, and recipient of the gcLi-Penn/GSE scholarship for School Leadership.  Through her recent work as Editor in Chief of the gcLi Leadership Blog, she has thoroughly enjoyed connecting with all facets of the gcLi family and invites you to reach out if you have an idea you’d like to share with our community!