If the Dance Floor is Empty, Change the Song: Featuring Dr. Joe Clark

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Have you ever been on the dance floor at a party or a wedding and when the DJ changes the song, everyone either runs on or off the dance floor? This week’s guests, Dr. Joe Clark, explains why leadership is similar to being a disc jockey and how to inspire others to take action and serve others. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why it’s important to share when you made a mistake
  • How to go above and beyond your position
  • And his book, If the Dance Floor is Empty, Change the Song

About Dr. Joe Clark:

Dr. Joe Clark has worked as an educator since 1992, including six years as a high school English teacher, seven years as a building principal and assistant principal, and seventeen years in the central office as a superintendent and assistant superintendent. Dr. Clark is currently the superintendent of the Nordonia Hills City Schools, a district serving 3,600 students in Northeast Ohio. Dr. Clark received all three of his degrees at Kent State University: a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Leadership, with a school law focus. His dissertation is titled “A legislative and judicial analysis of sexual relationships between American secondary students and their teachers.”

Dr. Clark is the author of the book If the Dance Floor Is Empty, Change the Song (A Superintendent’s Spin on Making Schools Rock).

Dr. Clark has also spent significant years as a camp director and mobile disc jockey. He is married to Amie and has two adult sons, Isaac and Matthew. His best buddy is Frankie, a three-year-old Beabull. You can follow Dr. Clark on Twitter @DrJoeClark, and you can follow Frankie @Frankie_Dawg.

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About the author, Joshua

Joshua Stamper is a middle school Assistant Principal for a North Texas School District, where he's had the amazing opportunity to work at four campuses, two districts, and with hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators. Prior to Joshua's current position, he was a classroom educator and athletic coach for 6 years working with students in grades 6-8.

In addition to his administrative position, Joshua is a podcaster, blogger, leadership coach and education presenter.