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Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker

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Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker

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I never heard bad advice on thus podcast.

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Educational leaders need to hear from innovative principals. Cool resource.

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68 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
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3
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5

Leadership

By BalazMan - Jul 24 2016
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I never heard bad advice on thus podcast.

Needed Insights

By 0000LB - Apr 03 2015
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Educational leaders need to hear from innovative principals. Cool resource.
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Transformative Principal

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Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker

Rank #1: Helping Great Teachers Fly with Rick Wormeli and Todd Whitaker Transformative Principal Special #nassp16

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I was so honored to chat with Todd Whitaker and Rick Wormeli after their keynote at the #nassp16 conference.

This was a really fun conversation today. These two guys were so excited about what they were talking about they just kept going. It was awesome.

  • Professional Development.
  • Twitter chats (Comprehensive list of Twitter Chats)
  • Twitter is the best free professional development there is.
  • Exposed to newer research-based information
  • How sad that we use research as an excuse to not do something.
  • The teachers is a ceaseless researcher in their classroom.
  • When there is a great teacher, there is no research, because it has never been done.
  • How to help your great teachers fly.
  • How to help struggling teachers.

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Feb 27 2016

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Rank #2: The Future of Project Based Learning with Thom Markham Transformative Principal 235

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Thom Markham is a founding father of Project Based Learning.

Started in the mid-90s at a high school trying to reclaim the positive name of the school.

  • Formed charter high school - envision schools.
  • Wrote the handbook on PBL
  • PBL Global
  • PBL = problem to be solved, investigating process, end of process - defining what they did to solve their problem.
  • Lots of variations in that definition.
  • Inquiry, research, facilitated
  • One of the misnomers is the notion is that it is discovery only.
  • Teacher has a strong role in PBL, but it changes.
  • 3 roles: direct instruction, mentor, designer.
  • To be a designer, need to have a better idea of whose role is what?
  • What do you need to learn from someone else, and what do you need to discover yourself?
  • Sensitive to students, need to know them.
  • PBL works better in a personalized culture in the classroom.
  • Getting teams to work well is challenging.
  • We don’t teach teachers known coaching protocols.
  • Skillset is changing dramatically.
  • Teaching 21st century skills.
  • Goal of working with teams is welcoming disruption.
  • Critique as designers.
  • Focus on some personal skills.
  • Every teacher candidate in personality profile to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are.
  • Having very serious conversations about mindset and skillset.
  • Self-analysis and inquiry into the teaching profession.
  • You have to look at yourself and see if you can handle it.
  • Take an inward look and not just an outward look.
  • What is high quality PBL
  • 6 essential principles of PBL
  • Social Emotional learning
  • Human performance method, not a content acquisition method.
  • If you’re going to have kids working in teams, how are they going to work in teams?
  • Chief characteristic is humility.
  • Teams of students create quality work.
  • Accountability, becoming a leader.
  • Breaking down collaboration skills.
  • What happens in the middle of the project?
  • Teaching design thinking process.
  • Social good-focused PBL projects.
  • the standards are not capable of containing what we can learn in the world.
  • Intelligence as successful behavior
  • Z school
  • Deep performance rubrics that kids can judge themselves against.
  • What’s the nature of intelligence in today’s world?
  • The curriculum is the world.
  • You’re in one of the most creative professions in the world.
  • In places where the PBL is happening, the teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Have some basic training in project based learning. How to become an inquiry-based teacher?

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Jul 15 2018

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Rank #3: Stop Stealing Dreams with Seth Godin Transformative Principal 131

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Yes, that Seth Godin! What an amazing opportunity to interview Seth on the podcast. He was so very generous with his time. I asked him questions like the following: How do you teach kids to connect the dots?

Failure freezes. How do you make failing safe?

Can everyone succeed being independent? How can the little guy compete with someone like Walmart?

How do you help teachers not want to be competent anymore?

How do you measure the experience? How do you know if has been successful?

If we give kids the ability to dream, they’ll figure out the grammar and history the minute it helps them reach their dreams.

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How to make a ruckus in a highly bureaucratic, slow moving monstrosity that is education.

  • Has anyone done something that others were delighted by?
  • We’ve all been impacted by teachers who made a difference.
  • It is a mistake to first look at gravity if you are a beginning runner.
  • Brooke Jackson the Lab School NY
  • Show up with a different agenda
  • Already voted
  • If this were easy, everyone would be doing it.
  • Afraid of being called out by our hubris, getting in trouble with the bureaucracy.
  • Going outside the box
  • When we get true enrollment from the students.
  • 10% where we can have non-factory time.
  • What enrollment means.
  • What did the student and parents sign up for?
  • How to learn about Baseball
  • The lesson plan
  • What’s your attitude?
  • Interesting is more important than right.
  • Why memorize nothing?
  • We don’t need people to memorize recipes.
  • Sarah Kay poetry - no right answer for your poetry.
  • Competence is overrated.
  • Write books not read them.
  • What if they don’t learn the grammar that way? That happens to people who don’t have sufficient dreams.
  • Easy to retreat back to the safe place.
  • Seeking reassurance.
  • The only thing I’m trying to sell teachers is to challenge teachers to explore.
  • How do we protect against failure?
  • Why is doing more what we’ve doing any better?
  • People want to do things that matter.
  • People tend to feel cheated.
  • Better to be a musician than an instrument player.
  • It’s possible because we graduate kids who are better off.
  • Stated goals are wrong.
  • All schooling is home schooling. Schools must encourage and amplify the parents.
  • Kids teach their parents about what matters today.
  • Parents think the most important thing they can do is help kids be good at sports.
  • Jim engages with kids, their graduation chance improves by a factor of five!
  • How to be a transformative principal - recognize the heroes! Catch people doing something right
  • How to help kids solve interesting problems in that system. 

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Jul 03 2016

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Rank #4: Engaging Businesses Parents and Students with Tom Braddock Transformative Principal 173

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Tom Braddock is the principal of Evergreen Elementary in Woodbury, New Jersey.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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May 07 2017

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Rank #5: Core Values Help Us Say No with Dr. Drew Williams Transformative Principal 199

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Dr. Drew Williams started teaching in Las Vegas and ended up as the principal of Tuacahn High School in Southern Utah, where he shares a facility with Tuacahn Center for the ArtsCreativity, Inc.

  • A work or a text to land on so that it wasn’t personal.
  • Lots of work to come up with core values of Collaborative Design, candid feedback, original work.
  • Grading policies, attendance policies.
  • Changes need to be based on evidence.
  • Core values help us say no.
  • Radical candor.
  • Challenges in creating core values.
  • Comfort in being comfortable.
  • Disrupted status quo.
  • Conversations that require a keen intellect to navigate.
  • Awoke in our faculty a feeling of learning.
  • Why Tuacahn? It’s through the uncertainty that you can drive to the question of why.
  • Dropping a class because it doesn’t align to our core values.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Never stop learning. Go out of your box and seek learning.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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Nov 05 2017

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Rank #6: Establishing Your Core Values with akprincipals Transformative Principal 128

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In this episode this week, we are listening to some principals share their core values as a result of what they did as an activity as part of "The Principal 50" book club. I hope you enjoy it. 

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Jun 12 2016

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Rank #7: My Bad with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 169

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My Bad with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 169 Split at 18:55 when I ask, what are you most excited about at your school? 25:04 maybe edit out. The QTIP Strategy with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 170

Jon Harper is the host of the My Bad Podcast on BAM Radio Network and an Assistant Principal. You can find him on Twitter at @jonharper70bd.

  • Why he started his podcast.

  • The power of mistakes.

  • Powerful episode with Maggie Bolado

  • Strengths-based leadership

  • Listen

  • Treat people as people first and teachers second.

  • Education is what we do, not who we are.

  • Restorative Practices

  • You might lose minutes in Math or ELA, but you gain learning in the social emotional area.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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Apr 09 2017

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Rank #8: Equality Vs. Equity with Pedro Noguera Transformative Principal 212

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Pedro Noguera is a sociologist by training and is a professor at UCLA. Center For The Transformation Of Schools.

  • Author of many books.
  • If ideas are too abstract and we can’t address the practical needs of kids then academia is in trouble.
  • Address both the academic and non-academic needs of kids.
  • Equality vs. Equity.
  • Equality is treating everyone the same.
  • It makes no sense in education because we know all kids are different.
  • Equity is about understanding differences. It is not about lowering the standards. Compensate for needs that kids that bring.
  • Adjust how we do homework to meet the needs of kids that are in front of us.
  • Don’t penalize kids because they don’t have the same circumstances as someone else.
  • Many kids are relational learners and they will learn better with people they trust and care about.
  • You start from the premise that we do best when we are in a community.
  • The conditions for learning
  • Community
  • More likely to punish kids with the greatest needs.
  • What sorts of things must we do to make edu equitable for kids.
  • Build a partnership with the family.
  • Partnership must be rooted in trust and respect in order for it to have success.
  • Teachers get almost no training on how to work with parents, especially when parents are from a different
  • We don’t want to judge anyone.
  • What we want is empathy. It is not pity, it is not looking down on anyone. We don’t make excuses for them.
  • When we act with empathy, we demonstrate that we care.
  • How do we build empathy?
  • “You know more about your child than I do. What can you tell me about your child that will help me teach him or her.”
  • It is important to let the parent know that we are aware of their child.
  • Parents want their child to be successful.
  • It should Never be the case that the only time we talk with parents is when children are in trouble.

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Feb 04 2018

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Rank #9: Best Year Ever with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1043

Nov 29 2017

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Rank #10: When PLC is not just a meeting with Larry Villiard Transformative Principal 270 1

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Larry Villiard is the principal of a K-12 school in Bruce Wisconsin.

  • Larry has been there since 1995
  • Moved from a junior high school to a middle school.
  • About 500 students
  • 2 classes per grade
  • Middle school has a separate schedule from everyone else. Extended core classes 80 minutes long.
  • The staff is the key to making kids successful.
  • How has the PLC approach helped you.
  • Took ideas from the staff to make it successful. Transitions getting kids moving around more.
  • Give kids 20 minutes of homework time during the class period.
  • Lengthened class periods decreased ODRs.
  • A small little man can't make all the decisions.
  • People couldn't believe that people just went about their business when they visited the school.
  • In one school year, we lost superintendent and elementary principal. I was going to be moved out of my comfort zone.
  • They came back like new staff, like new people.
  • A PLC cannot be a set of meetings!
  • A PLC has to become your culture.
  • Take what is working best and eliminate what is not working.
  • Data Days 3 times per year - drives all interventions
  • Were dead last in our achievement and now are in 1st place.

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Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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Mar 17 2019

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Rank #11: The New School Rules with Anthony Kim Transformative Principal 244

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The New School Rules with Anthony Kim Transformative Principal 244

Social Media: We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure.

Anthony Kim is the founder and CEO of Education Elements, a consulting company that helps districts meet the needs of their students. He is also the coauthor of “The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools“

  • Focusing learning for adults on what your school specifically needs.
  • Where the experiments came from.
  • We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure.
  • From “failing forward” to “safe enough to try”.
  • It’s obvious when you see that things didn’t. Doing things how we have been doing them really facilitates
  • First milestone - classes in school buildings, then factory model.
  • Comparing currency to education.
  • Starting private schools
  • What you know, what you anticipate.
  • If you’re bringing it up
  • Meeting Agenda - Could be chaotic.
  • Jethro’s Blog Post about WeWork’s ]http://www.jethrojones.com/blog/2018/5/17/an-elementary-school-just-acquired-a-startup
  • Articulate what game you’re playing rather than arguing over it.
  • People often don’t know how to construct the problem of practice.
  • Brainstorming vs. decision making.
  • People aren’t trained to work in ambiguous environments.
  • leaders live in ambiguity. Teachers live in
  • How to be a transformative principal? Internal monthly experiments in our company, nothing to do with our work, but trying to understand people’s habits. Meditation example. Finding something that will get people to take action.

Sep 23 2018

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Rank #12: Making SEL a Part of Your School with Jeff Becker Transformative Principal 321

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Jeff Becker and I are hosting a webinar about how to implement SEL in your school. Register here! Jeff is a former school counselor and current video production teacher in Florida. He also hosts the CanDoU SEL podcast and produces courses for high schools to use to support their students. Check those out here.

  • It won’t work unless you address SEL with staff, too
  • People feel ill-equipped to do SEL.
  • The students will lead you through the process.
  • CASEL Core Competencies - Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills, Responsible decision-making
  • What is SEL?
  • SEL just feels fluffy.
  • Professional development on social emotional learning.
  • Teachers hate to be put in a situation where they don’t feel set up for success.
  • If you work with kids, and you do care, you’ve already won 80–90% of the battle.
  • You know more than you know.
  • Kids just want to be listened to.
  • Create a space to talk about what the kids want to talk about.
  • Think about when you had a connection
  • At worst, SEL shows kids how much you care.
  • Data on success from doing SEL.
  • Write down all your problems in your school, and fit them into each of the buckets from CASEL.
  • When given the opportunity, they want to know how to stop using substances to stop numbing feelings.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Give your teachers the green light to carve in time to talk about something non-academic in your class.

Mar 08 2020

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Rank #13: Moving to College Prep with Tiger Aguon Transformative Principal 176

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Pastor Tiger Aguon Twitter is the headmaster of Triumph Christian Academy , being renamed to Kingdom Prepartory School (http://kingdomschool.org).

  • Future plans for Triumph

  • Second campus in Orlando

  • College prep

  • Special education is difficult to handle, need to find ways to support them.

  • How to prepare for college prep.

  • Dual enrollment with local community college.

  • Teach high school as a headmaster.

  • Open house tour. Sign up for 10 minute opportunities to see what is going on.

  • Teach high school students in a combined grade levels.

  • Name, vision, mission will all change with new approach.

  • Vision Banquet

  • Fresh start is important.

  • We can do more with a new name.

  • Honor the former owner, but move on.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Know your staff and teachers. A leader with no followers is just taking a walk. Staff your weaknesses. Serving is key. Can only serve those with whom you connect.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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May 28 2017

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Rank #14: When Schools Focus on Refugees with Clare Fulp Transformative Principal 174

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Clare Fulp is the principal of an Chugach Optional and we talk today about her work running a summer school program for refugee students in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • School designed for new-to-country students
  • Director of ELL for Anchorage School District
  • Qtel institute
  • No walls or doors between the classrooms, project-based learning, little direct instruction.
  • Open learning
  • How to set up the culture of a school for the success in an open classroom.
  • Soft skills taught to kids.
  • Seth Godin, Let’s stop calling them soft skills.
  • Changed approach from just ELL teachers getting the gig.
  • How to hire the right people for this position.
  • Each team member is bringing their own strength to this group.
  • Looking for great passion.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Self, Social, City, State, World
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Working with current K-6 students. 230 kids total.
  • How to deal with refugees: have an open heart.
  • An interest in the world.
  • Couldn’t think past a day as a refugee.
  • Misconceptions about language
  • Vigotsky Zone of Proximal Development
  • Kids are so much better at learning languages than adults.
  • Younger/Elder approach
  • Goal is not testing, but SEL, Math, and Literacy.
  • Community engagement with the process - Community block party
  • Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Connect with kids, know their names, It’s all about relationships.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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May 14 2017

38mins

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Rank #15: Creating a Gradeless Math Classroom when grades are still required with Andrew Burnett Transformative Principal 231

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Andrew Burnett is a veteran teacher of Math who took a few years to do research, and is back in the classroom making a big splash with going gradeless.

  • Study measuring the effect of immediate feedback and whether it helps kids learn. It does.
  • Change is hard.
  • How to help educators change.
  • Why Andrew made the change when he came back to the classroom.
  • Teachers going Gradeless.
  • Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
  • Student Self-assessments, engaging math.
  • Isn’t every kid going to say they deserve an A?
  • Show me what you can do - low stakes, no grade.
  • We spend a lot more time on student “show me what you can do’s“
  • Give specific details on what they did well and what they did not do well.
  • Not grading assignments, but giving feedback on learning.
  • No grades go on the papers.
  • They were no longer looking for a grade.
  • Evidence vs. completion
  • Seesaw online portfolio
  • Workload decreased in some areas and increased in other areas.
  • Worst-case scenario is I could go through all their work and give them a grade if I needed to.
  • Learning opportunity vs. homework.
  • Many of these grades had no indication of whether students understood the concepts!
  • Students complete learning opportunities on assistments.
  • Check-ins vs. Grade book accountability.
  • Why did I not learn this sooner?
  • Teachers say they have to have a minimum number of grades.
  • Need support around you.
  • Letter to parents.
  • Other barriers: fear of change.
  • It’s ok to wait for the new year to start.

Doesn’t this mean that kids never show anything because they aren’t getting a grade for it?

Jun 17 2018

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Rank #16: Rick Wormeli Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser

Jul 12 2018

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Rank #17: Taking Care of Teachers with Danielle Nuhfer Transformative Principal 289

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Danielle Nuhfer is a teacher who helps other teachers focus on self-care and you can find more information about her at teachingwell.life

  • Teacher for 16 years.
  • Not sure she was going to go back to teaching.
  • Second burnout at year 10.
  • Sabbatical in 2015 and 2016.
  • What led to the second burnout.
  • Lots of additional work responsibilities being taken on.
  • Hard saying no to things.
  • Reframe the No. “Let me say no for now.”
  • Summer of Self-Care. - Deep dives into self-care
  • What teachers need to start doing:
  • Burnout and stress is common, but it doesn’t have to be normal.
  • How we feel begins with us.
  • Nothing needs to change, but everything can change when we change.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Start with yourself. What can you do to take care of yourself?
  • Back to School Bundle - Stress care solutions, how to get a 40-hour workweek, and more!

Jul 28 2019

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Rank #18: Time Serving Students with Jon Laffoon Transformative Principal 119

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Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive.

  • Flex Mod schedule
  • Form of a block schedule. Certain classes that might meet 4 days a week or 3 days a week.
  • Videos explaining the schedule
  • Empower the teachers - get them out of their silos
  • The gray ILT times keep the classes from conflicting.
  • The schedule to look at
  • Independent learning time: with great power comes great responsibility.
  • Designing a PE unit based on their fitness goals.
  • 210 clock minutes whether you meet 3 days or 4 days a week.
  • ILT time is class time.
  • Many teachers have flipped their classes.
  • 60% of students each year were going to a 2 year or 4 year institution. Only 25–30% of students were staying in school.
  • SLT Structured Learning Time is some RTI time.
  • 2000-student high school designed for the Flex Mod schedule.
  • Teachers don’t teach in the same rooms every day.
  • Teachers offices are moved to the big classrooms which have been converted to commons areas.
  • Rotating schedule made it so we didn’t have to build more classrooms.
  • River Bluff

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Apr 10 2016

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Rank #19: Confronting with Kindness with Rachel Brown Transformative Principal 310

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Rachel Brown is a Curriculum, Instruction, & Professional Growth Strategist for Douglas County School District.

  • Power in the missed opportunities
  • You have the power of leading culture in your building.
  • Even the opportunity of saying hello to a kid is really powerful.
  • Each teacher had to own making a positive interaction with each child.
  • When things were going unsaid, they festered
  • Confronting with Kindness
  • the things you don’t say could have a big impact on the climate and culture.
  • Emotional intelligence - Elena Aguilar work on the art of coaching teams.
  • Have to get rid of your ego, go in in a way that you open yourself up like a book.
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  • We didn’t do our best work.
  • Kids couldn’t tell who was the principal
  • New principal was very communicative and it changed the culture.
  • How to be a transformative principal? This is a rough time for some kids and you can take the time to be an impactful person and not miss the opportunity to make a little adjustment to make your school feel like the safest home for those kids.

Turmoil with change in leadership because of lack of communication and emotional intelligence. * Talking with team about how to make things better. * People coming to say

Dec 22 2019

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Rank #20: Design Thinking Process with Susie Wise Transformative Principal 122

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This is part 2 of my interview with Susie Wise. Susie has had multiple incarnations at the d.school – teaching EX-Tools back in the trailer days, launching the K12 Lab in 2007 with the Nueva School Innovation Lab project, and jumpstarting Media Ops and Hootenanny design for the inauguration of Building 550 in 2008–2010. Back again in 2012 she is leading our efforts to support the movement bringing design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Susie stumbled upon design thinking when she took a course with David Kelley in 2003 and the experience helped her make sense of the universe. Susie is motivated by the simple belief that humans are by nature designers. Recently a design strategist and innovation coach at Intuit, her practice centers on inspiring teams to use empathy to get to innovative outcomes. Susie has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford’s School of Education and is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. She lives there with her husband and daughter (yes, the one in the movie Babies).

  • Design thinking process
  • New way to seek opportunities and problem solve.
  • Traditional Analytic ways of thinking: see a problem, come up with ideas, do a lot of planning
  • Empathize first, to see what they could see. Ask questions, immersion. Understand the space in a human centered way.
  • Define the problem once you have empathy.
  • Once you have framed what you’re going after, ideate.
  • Ideation is about separating idea formation from selection. Yes and vs Yes but.
  • Prototype - make bite-sized change.
  • Test it out in small spaces to see if you are on the right track in a human-centered way.
  • Do it rapidly. How quickly could you prototype and test your ideas?
  • Mine the failures for learning.
  • Questions to ask after empathy experience: Ask Why 5 times.
  • It can be scary to ask Why.
  • It is about people.
  • Somebody pulls out or somebody pulls rank.
  • Let’s run those prototypes.
  • Bias towards action.
  • Practice on hacking things that are not in school. Hack something in life.
  • Breaking it down into the smallest possible size to get quick wins.
  • Take on more complex tasks.
  • How to be a transformative principal? 1. Shadow a student and 2. put yourself in a different position than you have been in.

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May 01 2016

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How to be a Learner in a Digital Age with Janneke Ritchie Transformative Principal 363

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Janneke Ritchie is an entrepreneur, speaker, designer and digital transformation expert. A robot momma, she brings both passion and a healthy dose of realism to how robots, AI and future technologies can be used to transform how we work, live and age. 
After 20 years of envisioning, designing and implementing solutions to enhance adoption of new technologies in large organizations, Janneke designs simple, elegant solutions to support people adopting modern technologies to go digital. 

An international speaker, Janneke inspires audiences to envision the opportunities and prepare for the challenges of the era of AI. She has a specific interest in how modern technologies can enhance the experience of aging.

Janneke is the host of bricksTObytes, a podcast featuring real stories of real people daring to adopt modern tech to transform and go digital.
 * Digital learning for non-digital natives * The challenges of how to design learning experiences using these digital technologies. * First Five Minutes Game Jane McGonnigal * non-linear learning * Digital natives vs digital immigrant * Losing it includes not knowing how to find it! * Because of the explosion of information, there’s not an expectation they know everything. * I took a course on coding because I wanted to know how coders work. * After that, they work with repositories. * How to be a learner in a digital age. * What are the skills you must learn. * nothing is solid in a digital world. * How the salient nugget retrieval happens * Things that would do well to persist. * There is no course that could have taught me. * There’s a hyper personalization that occurs. * SFD - Crappy first draft. * How to be a transformative principal? Do something new and find a way to share how you’ve done it with your colleagues and maybe even with your students.

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Nov 22 2020

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Wellbeing is the Outcome Rather than the Process with Kat Howard Transformative Principal 362

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Kat Howard is AP at the Duston School and founder of LitDrive, PD for English Teachers. She is also the author of the book “Stop Talking About Wellbeing”

  • Came to teaching quite late after working in finance
  • Felt lack of reward outside of education.
  • How to help teachers take care of themselves.
  • Approaching workload - we have a responsibility to ourselves
  • Building strong relationships.
  • Effective conversation and effective exchange.
  • We’ve done several things to support conversation
  • It’s not just the resolution of the problem.
  • In schools, I don’t think email is a productive tool.
  • That’s the double edged sword of our profession.
  • Wellbeing is the outcome rather than the process
  • Our sense of purpose is really important.
  • Teachers don’t want to create their own behavior process in the classroom.
  • Give teachers autonomy over things that are important.
  • Curriculum design & teaching.
  • Teacher guilt - but it’s for the kids!
  • Teachers don’t come in to education to be mediocre.
  • People tell you what you want to hear.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen
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Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

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Nov 18 2020

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Leading from Four Continents with Lizzy Neiger Transformative Principal 361

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Lizzy Neiger is an elementary principal at an international school in Nepal. Previously, Lizzy was a special ed teacher and 2nd grade teacher.

  • Geographically positioned between China and India.
  • Only flights people could get were repatriation flights back to their home countries.
  • Thought people would be able to return.
  • Making my self available at the end of my days.
  • How to support a school that is tuition based during this time.
  • How this will change their approach their approach to learning.
  • Reaching out via Twitter and PLN.
  • The Modern classroom project.
  • Creating family rituals.
  • Both asynchronous and synchronous meetings.
  • Meeting 4 times per week to focus on social emotional needs.
  • Lessons asynchronous.
  • Consume, process, assess.
  • Crisis teaching mode.
  • Monday-Thursday teaching schedule. Friday is screen free challenges.
  • Trying to take the modern classrooms project in tiny bites.
  • Plans for the future.
  • How to be a transformative principal? You can’t take care of other people if you can’t take care of yourself. Know yourself and know what you need.
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John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Nov 15 2020

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Can You Teach without College? with Hannah Costello Transformative Principal 360

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Hannah Costello graduated in January 2020 after homeschooling her whole life. While co-founding the Learner Council and volunteering at virtual camps in her distributed learning high school, she discovered a passion for guiding and supporting other learners, and for creating systems that work. She wants to help other kids to experience learning the way she did by designing and supporting individualized learning paths.

  • What is a distributed learning high school?
  • Enrolled in a program where you had lots of power over your learning.
  • Created our own curriculum through grade 9.
  • Still a diploma granting program, but in Grade 10 switched to a thematic learning system.
  • There weren’t courses, but projects and ideas that were combined in a theme.
  • Having the opportunity to see connections between things is really important.
  • Find something you are interested in and delve into it.
  • Learner council was like a student council, and we didn’t have one.
  • Many students saw struggles with all the changes.
  • One student got fed up with all the changes and decided we needed a student council.
  • The model was based on the idea that every student should be heard.
  • Our school was so happy to have learner initiative.
  • Challenges were creating space for kids to talk with us.
  • We did all of our communication online.
  • Each learner has a learner consultant that they talk with at least weekly.
  • The school organized events (like camps) that were in person.
  • Befriended the communications team within the school.
  • Forum space set up to meet with
  • Tools to be successful
  • Reach out and ask for what I needed.
  • There was lots of support, but kids weren’t making use of their educators.
  • Found it useful to find out who was doing what.
  • I feel bad for my educators, because I asked a lot of them.
  • What to do now?
  • I could not join the educator team because I don’t have a college degree.
  • There are definitely uses for college.
  • I don’t want to teach a class, I want to facilitate learning.
  • Different ideas to help people.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Offer kids options as to how to express their learning. Because not everyone is going to learn the same way and not everyone is going to want to do it the same way.
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John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Nov 11 2020

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Helping Kids Foster Independence with Andrea Keith Transformative Principal 359

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Andrea Keith is the Vice President of School Programs at Let Grow.

  • Let Grow non profit to bring back childhood independence.
  • What changes have happened in the how parenting happens?
  • Belief that it is the parents’ job to protect kids from any discomfort.
  • Blue hands in the windows.
  • Benefits of kids having independence.
  • Nobody intends to give their kids the message that they’re not capable.
  • How has the pandemic influenced independence?
  • Re-education of adults.
  • I wasn’t taught social-emotional learning when I was a child.
  • Give your kids independence.
  • Let Grow Project
  • Let Grow Play Club
  • How to be a transformative principal? Start the project once a week after school with your kids.
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John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Nov 08 2020

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A Tribute to Maria Montessori with Barb Labotka Transformative Principal 358

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Barb Labotka is a principal of a Montessori School in Chicago, Illinois. And this podcast is a little different in that she is going to tell some stories about Maria Montessori!

  • integrated her faith into her theory.
  • Montessori was the first scientific method.
  • Inspiration will come in moments when you least expect them.
  • At 36, she said that her educational approach will fill the whole world.
  • Match activities to abilities
  • Kids enjoy the things we typically think they hate in education.
  • Brains are designed to keep our bodies alive.
  • If kids are not given freedom, it is harder for them to learn.
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John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Nov 04 2020

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Obstatunity with Nancy Conrad Transformative Principal 357

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Nancy Conrad is the founder of the Conrad Challenge, a global competition to help kids learn without limitations.

  • Global competition for teams of students 13–18.
  • Students are invited to combine innovation, education, and entrepreneurship to create something new.
  • Students form teams and ind a coach.
  • Summit hosted at Kennedy Space Center.
  • As students are looking for unique opportunities for competition - kids can work across all possible barriers.
  • We’ve been doing online education for 15 years.
  • How to work on a team?
  • Pushing education vs pulling education
  • We believe in “pull” education
  • Obstatunity
  • They get engaged in their learning.
  • Each of them has achieved extraordinary things.
  • We gave kids the passion for learning.
  • four years to get to the finals and they finally won.
  • Always wanted it to be a community.
  • It becomes family.
  • Kids get talked at quite enough.
  • Cosmic chat.
  • Battelle - story about networking.
  • It’s not snooty and it’s not about money.
  • We facilitate collaboration.
  • Any company is a conglomeration of really great people doing really great work.
  • Hire amazing people and let them do their thing.
  • Nobox toolbox.
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John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Nov 01 2020

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School is a Verb with Amy Valentine Transformative Principal 356

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Amy Valentine, Leader at Future of School has been called a social rabble rouser, a turnaround strategist and a fighter of the status quo in K–12 education. She has served as a teacher, school leader and executive director. 

  • Gives scholarships to students and grants to teachers.
  • National Non-profit to support the changing of schools.
  • Why parents seek alternative methods of education.
  • Why wasn’t emergency learning effective in spring 2020?
  • We haven’t reached a tipping point.
  • COVID 19 taught us that school is verb.
  • How to demonstrate learning differently?
  • It doesn’t take a lot of money.
  • Fixed mindsets can be damaging.
  • Education is a personal thing for everyone.
  • Whatever it takes, all hands on deck.
  • Seeing education from a different perspective.
  • Role of teacher was elevated during pandemic.
  • buzzword - student-centered learning.
  • Crisis schooling - is not remote learning.
  • You need to listen to that voice inside you.
  • You’ve got all this education figured out.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Bring your community together through 1 or 2 different mediums. Stay connected even if you don’t know your plan.
  • Some data:
  • American public perception of the K–12 education system has been remained steadily low over the last 20 years
  • According to the most recent Gallup Poll, 47% of Americans expressed dissatisfaction with the K–12 education system (2019)
  • According to the 2018 Gallup Poll, 71% of parents expressed satisfaction with the K–12 education system (2018)
  • Americans’ Satisfaction With U.S. Education at 15-Year High
  • [Gallup Satisfaction Surveys on Education]
(https://news.gallup.com/poll/1612/education.aspx)
  • Seven in 10 Parents Satisfied With Their Child’s Education
  • Why the discrepancy?  
  • Not all “Americans” are parents; some are older and do not resonate with that title, others do not have children but own businesses; everyone pays taxes that go to schools;
  • Not all “Americans” are parents; some are older and do not resonate with that title, others do not have children but own businesses; everyone pays taxes that go to fund and support schools
  • Education is a third-rail political issue– nobody wants to touch it– highly charged
* Why have things stayed the same in our K–12 schools? the rate and pace of change in public schools not mirroring that of all other social institutions, policy constraints (which differ by state), limited school choice options (which differ by state), budget cuts (federal, state and local), a changing workforce, and nearly no alignment between the needs of businesses and what is being taught as part of required content/curriculum, lack of empowerment at the local level, fear of technology catalyzing the much needed change
  • Not all “Americans” are parents; some are older and do not resonate with the role, others do not have children, others are business owners; BUT everyone pays taxes that go to fund schools
  • A four-year degree is not the golden ticket that majestically ensures skills development to enter into the workforce
  • Why is this? If Americans are generally dissatisfied, why have schools remained the same, in large part? Reasons for parental dissatisfaction with district/school/the K–12 education system? Parent has a child who struggles in the school (academically, socially, personally, emotionally, other…), life-changing event (family moves, job change, terminal illness, medical condition, etc…) or another personal crisis (denoted as a small “c” or big/small “t” in their life)
  • Of the 3.3 million families who chose to homeschool their child(ren) in 2016, the top reason (34%) indicated by families “concern about the school environment” such as bullying, drugs, negative peer pressure; second on the list of reasons dissatisfaction with academic instruction, with only 16% of families indicating the reason was for religious reasons.
  • According to NCES, In 1999, 38% of families indicated religious reasons as the primary driver in choosing homeschooling 
* Since 1999, the number of homeschool families in America has nearly doubled (1999- 1.7 million; 2016- 3.3 million; NC)
  • A Fresh Look at Homeschooling in the U.S.
  • Parents’ Reasons for Homeschooling
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Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 31 2020

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Building Resilient Students with JC Pohl Transformative Principal 355

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JC Pohl is the co-founder and CEO of TeenTruth.net

  • Resilience is about taking the hits and moving forward.
  • Hear about bad things with kids.
  • Bouncing back.
  • It was really in the hard times in our life that we grew.
  • 5 keys to mental health.
  • Why is it harder for teenagers?
  • This is developmentally appropriate.
  • To them it really does feel like it is the end of the world.
  • Charismatic Adults - A developmental structure to support them.
  • They need a touchpoint when they need it.
  • All adults around out children have the ability to speak into their lives.
  • Dr. Robert Brooks - charismatic adult is the single most important influence.
  • Anybody can do this.
  • Some people aren’t invited.
  • Connect with students where they are.
  • Kids form common bonds.
  • Get free chapters: teentruth.net/resilientstudents Discount code relationships to get a discount on the book.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be vulnerable about a challenge you’re dealing with.

 

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Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 27 2020

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Online and Hybrid Engagement with Mariana Aguilar Transformative Principal 354

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Mariana Aguilar did some field research to determine what causes students to be engaged in online and hybrid learning environments.

  • How to define student engagement in online and hybrid environments.
  • Hard to define engagement, but we all say we can feel it!
  • You can feel it.
  • Emotionally connected
  • Manifests differently in hybrid environment
  • Hard to read people’s language.
  • How to turn on engagement for students, especially in an online space?
  • You can use similar tactics that you. May do in in person learning as you do in virtual learning.
  • Relationships!
  • Teacher and principal relationships with families!
  • Having a successful relationship requires connection between students, teachers and families.
  • Instructional practices: smaller groups.
  • Checks for understanding.
  • Technology doesn’t have to be complex.
  • Giving kids opportunities to engage in community based learning. Lead and health outcomes
  • Students want to feel like they are having an impact on the world.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Look for opportunities everywhere.
Today’s Sponsors

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 25 2020

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Seeing Everyone's Story through Mindfulness with Danielle Nuhfer Transformative Principal 353

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Danielle Nuhfer is a teacher and you can find more information about her at TeachingWell.Life

  • Bringing Awareness to the present moment without judgment.
  • Taking a step back and trying to think about how to proceed.
  • The benefits of mindfulness in self-care and resilient person in our students’ lives.
  • How to be mindful in talking about the coronavirus situation.
  • Take a breath, think, and respond.
  • Mindfulness allows us to see that everyone has their own story.
  • Would you rather be right or happy?
  • Take time for yourself to just breathe!
  • Create moments where you do those checkins.
  • It’s not about more, it is about changing how you do what you’re already doing.
  • How to prepare for each day.
  • Some kind of morning routine - quiet time.
  • It can be more than five minutes, or it can be much shorter.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Try to do something in regard to mindfulness.
Today’s Sponsors

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 18 2020

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Redesigning School for Equity with Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Transformative Principal 352

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Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel recently wrote a paper on how to Redesign School Level Systems For Equity.

  • How systems work together.
  • Started with redesign systems work.
  • We actually have a lot more autonomy than we think.
  • Expand our self-confidence around the structures we can control.
  • How we define engagement in school.
  • How do we deal with criticism that we face when we try to implement equitable practices.
  • It comes with the self work.
  • Power Struggle within a classroom.
  • You’re good about making a decision when you know it is true to who you are.
  • Privilege is not about good or bad.
  • Fellowship learning experiences.
  • How do we create more opportunities for Fellowship learning experiences.
  • Making sure people have opportunities that didn’t usually have it before.
  • Ceding power vs. Distributed leadership - Giving more ownership to others.
  • All of those decisions can come with biases and other barriers.
  • How to support people who may have an idea of what they want, but they don’t really have ideas of what they need.
  • How do we really change school so we are serving our families, not so they are serving us?
  • A sense of false choice.
  • Take off the choices that are not possible for most marginalized families.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen deeply and “Ring the bells that still can ring” quote. Identify a crack and see it as a light.
Today’s Sponsors

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 11 2020

37mins

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Behavior as a Lagging Skill with Matthew Portell Transformative Principal 367

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Matthew is a principal in Nashville, He was recently selected by FranklinCovey Education as a Leader in Me Community Champion in recognition of his outstanding work Trauma Informed Educators Network Facebook group

“I’m an activator,” he says. “In education, everyone is waiting for someone else to do something different, but if something is inequitable, I’m not going to wait―I’m going to disrupt.”

  • Impact of social justice and trauma informed practices
  • Trauma as a whole, but not as an event.
  • Intergenerational transmission of trauma.
  • Impact of racial trauma over time and day to day.
  • ACES and Trauma.
  • Understanding implicit bias
  • If we’re not cognizant of it, it can wreak havoc on our impact as an educator.
  • How do we navigate our roles as educator’s knowing that we possess bias?
  • Why do we have clip charts in elementary schools?
  • Unapologetic disruptor
  • Our schools are designed to reflect the majority of our culture
  • Behavior is a lagging skill instead of a personal choice.
  • Change the school to meet the needs of our kids.
  • When we put norms on kids.
  • Look at kids as though they are doing the best they can!
  • Many people have experienced trauma.
  • Focused on the strengths of what kids come with.
  • We’ve learned that clip charts in the classroom
  • When public shaming becomes a norm in the school it can have major damage.
  • Every kid is a genius.
  • You’re being sent home because…
  • How to have the conversation with adults.
  • Teachers just like kids are doing the best they could.
  • De-escalating kids.
  • An escalated adult cannot deescalate an escalated child.
  • Tap in and tap out strategy.
  • Happy teacher revolution.
  • You’re done.
  • I can’t handle that weight. It’s too much.
  • how to be a transformative principal? Activator - don’t wait for someone else to do it or try it. If it doesn’t work, it’s ok.
Today’s Sponsors

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 07 2020

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The Learner Agency Model with James Anderson Transformative Principal 351

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James Anderson is a educator, author, and speaker and a master of mindset work. Today we are talking about Learner Agency.

  • Anders Ericson - purposeful practice.
  • Agile Learner - capable of growth, but also knows how to go about achieving the growth.
  • What it means to achieve the growth in life.
  • Growth mindset is how much you see yourself as a learner.
  • How do I get really good at achieving that growth.
  • What it looks like to be a good learner.
  • Five areas: challenge, habits of mind, mistakes, feedback, time and energy.
  • We don’t talk a lot about being a skillful learner.
  • Seeks to find out what students can do rather than defining their abilities.
  • Performance learners avoid going to their best level. Stay in performance zone, but don’t go beyond their best.
  • Challenges will come and go, but behaviors stay with them.
  • Agile learner is proactive.
  • What does it mean to be fragile.
  • Anti-Fragile means drop me, it helps.
  • VUCA World
  • Post traumatic growth
  • Black Swan Events - you cannot predict the future, but you can prepare for it.
  • Look to the shite space in between.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Ask yourself what are you currently doing that is deliberately focused on helping students become better learners. We don’t get

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Oct 04 2020

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In Teaching You Learn with Tiersa McQueen Transformative Principal 350

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Tiersa McQueen is an unschooling mom and has a great story to tell. Follow her insightful comments on Twitter.

  • You can learn a lot of math through cooking.
  • What about math?
  • Math is everywhere.
  • Homeschooling vs unschooling vs public school
  • Many different styles.
  • You can relax a little bit with homeschooling. Ask your child what they want to learn. More of a family interaction.
  • When you have choices, it totally changes the experiences.
  • How do you know they’re progressing?
  • Black holes - 4th dimension
  • We live in a digital age with lots of social media. It’s never been easier to find your tribe.
  • Our educational approach is really about having experiences.
  • You have to get out of the mindset of being just your age group.
  • How are you adapting with everything being closed? Libraries, etc?
  • advice for a mind shift from being in school to home schooling? Three biggest mind shifts needed.
  • We don’t have a schedule of everything that needs to happen every single day.
  • Children do need structure. It comes from the family, not from following a bell schedule.
  • Children need a lot of sleep.
  • I had a lot of unlearning that I had to do. I always had this idea of children as people.
  • The first thing I did was buy some curriculum.
  • The things they were starting to learn were not coming from the curriculum. They were coming from the things they wanted to learn.
  • How long it took for the mindshift to happen to her kids?
  • Started to read John Holt
  • What if we didn’t buy curriculum?
  • You go as far as your interest goes.
  • You have them in an environment that stimulates some learning.
  • They don’t think of things in a linear school-based fashion.
  • What her favorite tools non tech with kids? The tools of the home. They talk to each other.
  • Socially involved? Finds ways for her kids to interact with other kids outside the home.
  • Recommendations for learning more.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Give kids some free time to learn something on their own. Not every second
Today’s Sponsors

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Sep 27 2020

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Entrepreneur-Focused High School with Cory Henwood Transformative Principal 349

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Cory Henwood is the Innovation Coordinator for Iron County Schools, founder of Launch HS.

  • What Launch HS is? How students demonstrate mastery.
  • There are systemic barriers that prevent people from taking this leap.
  • Lots of groundwork laid for this.
  • Partnerships are really important.
  • How is your partnership with SUU designed?
  • How Launch HS got started.
  • What skills do kids need to be successful?
  • Start with 8 innovative skills for students to learn.
  • State grants that support innovative approaches.
  • One way to meet students where they’re at is to do competency based education.
  • Design challenges that integrate curricular content and highlight entrepreneurial skills.
  • Work with local businesses.
  • 50% or more of time is dedicated to design challenges.
  • Authentic Work
  • How to be a transformative principal? use design thinking to help people know how to make decisions.

Sep 20 2020

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Different and Complex Instead of More with Tania Lyon and Marti Sievek Transformative Principal 348

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Marti Sievek is Assistant Principal of East High School. Tania Lyon is the talent Talent Development Coordinator. Both are in Mankato Area Public Schools Mankato Area Public Schools.

  • District from a GT program to a more inclusive program.
  • Professional development coordinator interim director of teaching and learning.
  • Helping students have access to high quality instruction with no ceiling.
  • Increase complexity of work that is being done
  • Selecting resources that will help kids.
  • Different and complex instead of more
  • Start with what those needs are for your community.
  • Start with Why, come back to How.
  • The How can’t just be adding more to the teacher’s plate.
  • Teachers needed a deep understanding of their academic standards.
  • Taking away things from teachers - take away the idea of being a sage on the stage.
  • What becomes electrifying for kids is the ability to collaborate with their peers.
  • Beast Academy and Mentor Networks
  • Gifted and talented is push-in instead of pull out.
  • NWEA scores improved
  • Able to connect with her friends that way.
  • “Tickles your brain”
  • It’s not just access, it’s the approach as well.
  • It gives permission to not have a right or wrong answer.
  • Strengths-based approach.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Help teachers to have a mindset shift from sage on the stage to a relinquishment of control AND ask, ”If ti couldn’t look like that, what could it look like?”

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Sep 13 2020

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#SchoolX is here! Get your Copy today!

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Click the title or long-press the album art to get to the book. or go to http://schoolx.me

Sep 09 2020

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Encourage Focus with Derek Sivers Transformative Principal 347

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Derek Sivers is an entrepreneur who founded CDBaby, and is now writing and doing cool things in New Zealand. Check out his Now page for more information. This episode is about the importance of focus and how to not be distracted all the time.

  • Moved to Oxford for the schools.
  • He grew up outside and that really shaped him.
  • want him to be really focused on whatever he is interested in.
  • If you’re focused, you can do anything.
  • Now he continues to do it.
  • He’s thriving more than ever without school.
  • anki flashcard software
  • So distracted when doing something for school.
  • Mastery path to anything is great.
  • In wanting to be great at it, it caused me to focus.
  • To be driven is the best thing we can help someone to be.
  • No connection from school to my interests.
  • applicable
  • If you don’t have a problem to solve.
  • How to be transformative principal. Listen.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Sep 06 2020

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Strategies to deal with the Coronavirus Trauma with Karen Gross Transformative Principal 346

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Karen Gross is an author and educator, as well as an advisor and consultant to nonprofit schools, organizations, and governments; instructor of continuing education at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work; visiting professor at Bennington College; former president of Southern Vermont College; former senior policy advisor to the United States Department of Education; and author of the sidequel, Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students and the trauma-sensitive children’s book series, Lady Lucy’s Quest. Visit Karen’s website at www.karengrosseducation.com.

  • Name it - start by recognizing that it exists. What is traumatic for one may not be traumatic for another.
  • Tame it - Strategies to deal with those. Invisible and it never goes away.
  • Fight, flight, freeze, faint, fawn.
  • activities that activate the senses allows the brain to reset.
  • Example of strategies - stand on one leg.
  • All of the senses have activities that are tied to them.
  • Frame it
  • Gotta do something to activate the brain.
  • Triphasic - disregulated, isolated, over regulated.
  • long term strategies.
  • Instead of blaming, seek to find what caused the behavior?
  • Processing in place.
  • Kimochis - https://www.kimochis.com
  • Fidget boxes
  • Play table.
  • how to be a transformative principal? Assuming schools haven’t reopened - reach out to everyone and provide support.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Aug 30 2020

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