Dr. Brad Gustafson is a school leader who understands the importance of collaboration, culture, and learner empowerment. He earned his doctorate from Bethel University where his research focused on professional development and innovative learning.
Brad is an award-winning principal, avid reader, speaker, and best-selling author. He’s also serving as a National Advisor with Future Ready Schools and a School Improvement Advisor with Scholastic. Brad was recognized as a “20 to Watch” by the National School Boards Association and he was Minnesota’s Principal of the Year in 2016. He received the Digital Innovation in Learning Award from EdSurge and Digital Promise and his school was recognized with a Local Government Innovation Award by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He co-hosts the “UnearthED” podcast on the Bam Radio Network.
Brad’s is the author of Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital-Age Learners and his newest book, Reclaiming Our Calling, is a genre-busting book that’s helping educators hold on to the things that matter most in this profession.
The short (two minute) videos that follow demonstrate Brad’s commitment to supporting student learning through three critical leadership skills. Each video contains digital artifacts (e.g. additional pictures and video) that help to unpack the specific strength.
Communication and Community Partnership
This video highlights how Brad's team prioritizes two-way dialogue to move forward on district vision. It also demonstrates how they leverage the important time in between face-to-face meetings to stay connected with constituents.
The community is counting on school leaders to be wise stewards of their trust and tax dollars. At the same time, students are counting on courageous leadership to propel their learning and schools into the 21st century. This video shows how both of these important responsibilities are being accomplished.
Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy.
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Arms Wide Open
Meaningful Technology Integration
Technology is changing at breakneck speeds. Students need leaders with the vision and fortitude to navigate complex change. Brad and his team have embraced this challenge with passion and resolve, and they are seeing students produce incredible work as a result.
You'll find a summary of Brad’s degrees below, but be sure to click on the "Audio Outtake" button to hear a fun summary of his university studies. The short audio clip also includes a surprise cameo from a future educator who helps him reflect on his experience through the eyes of a child.
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION, 2015
SPECIALIST IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, 2007
Minnesota State University-Mankato
MASTERS IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION, 2005
Saint Cloud State University
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, 2001
Saint Cloud State University