Over, Under, or Properly Rated? Education in 2020 with Amy Fast
What's the Big Idea?
In which Dan weighs what 2020 taught us about many of the tenets of education. He's joined by Amy Fast (@fastcrayon), principal of McMinnville High School in Oregon, to take part in "Over, Under, or Properly Rated?", a game of evaluation and reflection. They talk synchronous vs asynchronous, teacher content knowledge, parental involvement, college prep, and more. As always, we welcome comments and questions on Twitter @BigIdeaEd.Music: "Que Extrano Es" by Molo courtesy of Tribe of Noise
What should we be focusing on when evaluating our kids in 2021? What does fast.crayon mean? How important is intrinsic motivation to the success of students in this virtual environment? We answer these questions and more with our discussion with Dr. Amy Fast. Besides being an author and principal. She is an educational commentator looking to change the status quo in education in 2021!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/robert-knowles3/support
Amy Fast is a high school principal in the McMinnville School District in Oregon. She holds a Ed.D. degree. Previously, she’s been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She is also an education commentator and author of the book, It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates. After a brief overview of Amy’s career and a discussion of her book, we dug into the issues facing educators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We covered planning for remote vs. in-person classes, the technology of remote classes, teacher concerns about in-person class safety, funding for cleaning, effectiveness of remote teaching, mental health issues, and long-term changes to education in the post-pandemic era. Parents with schoolchildren and educators will find this interview enormously helpful. Today our sponsor is MacPaw. One of MacPaw’s apps I want to tell you about is CleanMyMac X. CleanMyMac X is a beautifully designed application for managing clutter on your Mac. It shows you exactly what’s stored on your Mac revealing app leftovers and system junk that you didn’t know existed. The app’s most popular feature is the Smart Scan. It examines your system for system log files and user cache that is no longer needed. Smart Scan also does a quick malware scan. Time to complete? A few seconds. Designed for macOS 10.10 and higher, CleanMyMac X helps speed up even the oldest machines – the Maintenance feature offers multiple tweaks to optimize your slow system. Installation takes just a couple of minutes. CleanMyMac X has a trial mode, which allows you to try out the app’s features for free and decide whether it works for you. Visit macpaw.com/podcast to purchase as subscription and use coupon code BGM2020 to receive 5% off. Click the “buy now” button, then scroll to the bottom of your screen to enter the code before completing your purchase. CleanMyMac X is also now available in the Apple App Store. So check it out. And thanks MacPaw for being our sponsor! My Background Mode interview with Dr. Amy Fast Amy on Twitter. Amy's book: It's the Mission, Not the Mandates: Defining the Purpose of Public Education Support TMO when you buy your Apple gear from Apple. The story of my Background Mode podcast. Inside TMO’s Background Mode podcast. TMO Background Mode Twitter feed. Archive of all Background Mode Shows. Background Mode at iTunes. Send your comments to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Author and Principal, Amy Fast discusses the reopening of schools from an administrator’s perspective as the new school year approaches.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
I have a list in my head of smart people I’ve never met in person. Amy Fast is on that list. Her disposition and beliefs line up very closely with mine. She shares great stuff online and is willing to share her struggles as well as shining a light on those she serves. You can listen or watch here but if you’re a podcast listener you can also subscribe via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.If you’re interested in more of these conversations, my co-author, Dr. Scott McLeod, has started a similar podcast, The COVID Chronicles which is focused a little more on leadership. Check it out!… Read the rest
Dr. Amy Fast is the author of an outstanding book called, "It's the Mission, Not the Mandates." This book is about how real change occurs and how we never have had a clear purpose for our schools. Additionally, she argues that now more than ever educators need this book in their lives. Fast is a former teacher, instructional coach, professional developer, and now current educational lead principal at McMinnville High School in Oregon. Fast's main goal in life is to inspire students, teachers, and educational leaders to be able to find their passion and pursue their purpose. In this episode, Fast talks about having your 3 word why and letting that carry you through every decision you make. Later, Taya joins Nicole and Jordan to discuss their why and how teachers can be more effective knowing their students’ stories. CONNECT WITH AMY: INSTAGRAM TWITTER **Award Winning Culture is Sponsored by: CharacterStrong Use the Code AWC and get $200 off the Advisory Curriculum or $100 off the Leadership Curriculum Follow Award Winning Culture : Twitter Instagram
I am really excited to say that today’s guest is the next principal of our school, Amy Fast. As you’ll soon hear, many of us at McMinnville High School are ecstatic to see the vision that Amy has for our school because she holds student connections up as one of the most important aspects of what we do as educators. During the episode, you’ll get to hear Amy’s ideas about the purpose of a public education, her thoughts about the key ingredient to good instruction, and her vision about the direction in which she’d like to see the school grow. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/matt-brisbin/message
How do we have high expectations in our assessment data while increasing the mastery of student’s soft skills and social emotional health? This week’s guest, Amy Fast, discusses how to embrace measurement, improving school culture through the amplification of student experiences, and the importance of developing your school’s story. About our Guest, Amy Fast: Dr. Amy Fast is a high school Assistant Principal at the McMinnville School District in Oregon and she just announced she has been promoted as the Principal of the same high school! Amy is a speaker, blogger, and author of “It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates: Defining the Purpose of Public Education.” Follow Amy Fast Twitter: https://twitter.com/hansappel094 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fast_amy/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Mission-Not-Mandates-Education/dp/1475823363 Follow Joshua Stamper Twitter: www.twitter.com/Joshua__Stamper Instagram: www.instagram.com/joshua__stamper Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-stamper Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspirePodcast Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aspire-the-leadership-development-podcast/id1384210762?mt=2 New website being launched soon at www.joshstamper.com Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on social media and in our comments section. Please use the #AspireLead hashtag as you continue the conversation on social media. If you’ve gotten any value from this show at all, please subscribe and leave a rating and review wherever you’re listening. The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help us reach more school leaders by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review.
Ep. 54: 1% Better Educational Leadership w/ Amy Fast
The One Percent Better Podcast
Today I share my conversation with Amy Fast. We discuss how she uses Twitter to continue her journey as a lifelong learner. Her book details her WHY, namely that education is about much more than trying to produce the most desirable data points on a spreadsheet. She believes in the power of schools, and more so, the power of student voices to transform the world. We discuss all this and more in our conversation. As always, thank you for listening. Head to my website with any questions or feedback! --JF