The Power of Leverage: How to Maximize Your Influence and Impact with Ron Rapatalo | The LP: EP 15

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It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child, but perhaps selfishly, as I have gotten older, I have concluded that it takes a village to raise an adult as well. Raising each other higher psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and professionally should be the work of the village well after we turn 18. The raising shouldn't stop, even if it shifts. This is especially true in the macro and micro villages within education, where if you want to succeed in co-raising children well, your own mindset, heartset, and skillset must be raised by worthy peers, mentors, and role models. This is the career work of educator Ron Rapatalo, a self-defined career shepherd. Join us as we discuss his book Leverage the People Who Love and Care About You Personally and Professionally and explore how our villages, raising us from childhood through career, can impact the instruction that we provide our students. 


Key Takeaways

  • Emphasize the importance of leveraging the people who love and care about you to help advance your career and goals. This includes seeking their advice, connections, and resources.
  • Build a "circle of champions" - allies, advocates, and agitators to collaborate with and support the work of implementing equitable instruction.
  • Rapatalo discusses how a lack of wellness and burnout can push educators toward the "dark side," compromising their ability to provide high-quality instruction. Prioritizing wellness is critical.
  • Schools should provide scaffolded and differentiated instruction, caring relationships, wraparound services, community involvement, and activism - to educate and empower all students.
Ron Rapatalo
Author of Leverage the People Who Love and Care About You Personally and Professionally

About Ron Rapatalo

Ron Rapatalo, career shepherd, executive, motivational speaker, and podcast host of "Ronderings", grew up in the hustle and bustle of New York City. The son of immigrants, he learned early to seek out a "circle of champions" that would help him uplevel to the life of his aspirations. After advising a generation of leaders to uplevel their own lives and careers by leveraging the people who love them personally and professionally, Ron is now bringing his tips, tricks, and stories to the general public in his book Leverage the People Who Love and Care About You Personally and Professionally

About The LP: Literature in Practice

UnboundEd's goal is to instill the GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instructional framework into classrooms across the nation with professional development, curated programs, and now with a brand new podcast series, The LP: Literature in Practice. Host Brandon White interviews the authors of today’s thought-provoking educational literature and connects the text to GLEAM.

About Brandon White

Brandon White is a former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. He has worked for seven years as a servant leader intern and site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Programs in Rochester. He has also advocated for these practices through his participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council and through providing professional development at BMGF-sponsored Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conferences.


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