Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers — What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

How do you create a school-wide change that impacts the students, teachers, staff and community….without fundraising?  Be proactive like Adam Drummond.

Adam Drummond created an innovative school-wide “economy” where students applied for jobs, were paid a “salary” and couly buy items and experiences.

In this episode of Better Leaders Better Schools, Dr. Drummond shares the mindset behind this innovative economy and his lessons on transforming the entire culture of school for the positive.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points  

  • Creating your own school-wide economy
  • Practical leadership lessons from“The Instructional Change Agent”you can do in less than 5 minutes
  • What is student-centered decision-making?
  • What does “perspective on impact” mean?

Instructional Change Agent: 48 Ways to be the leader your school needs

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[5:00] The school-wide economy experiment

[7:50] What unexpected good things happened during your experiment?

[9:00] Partnerships with the community and local businesses-How did you get buy-in from the community for your experiment?

[17:30] What is student-centered decision-making and what does it look like?

[20:21] Creating change you believe in with management

[25:00] One practical exercise listeners can make to be a stronger leader

[29:00] The story of Joanne

Key Quotes

We wanted kids to do the right thing because it was the right thing to do. Others needed some of that extrinsic motivation.”

“It really starts with building out relationships.”

“It’s [The education industry] really become this competitive landscape.”

“I think the power of success happens within the opportunities we create for kids.”

Key Resources 

The Instructional Change Agent: 48 Ways to Be the Leader Your School Needs

Don’t forget to catch more episodes and resources at the Better Leaders Better Schools website.

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Other resources

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About Our Guest

Adam Drummond, EdD is the director of Professional Learning for the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), a keynote speaker, and author with leadership experience at levels of education.




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