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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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Leadership

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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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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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Rank #2: Culturally Responsive Teaching with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 156

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Zaretta Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. You can find her on the web at Ready4rigor.com and on Twitter at @ready4rigor

  • Culturally responsive teaching is seen as classroom management or one-off - both of these are wrong. It is really about learning.
  • Dependent vs. Independent learners
  • Brains aren’t any different, but the system is stacked against them.
  • It’s about getting students to take control of their own learning.
  • Once learning is relevant, then students can be engaged.
  • Multi-cultural education vs. culturally responsive education.
  • Where to start (Thanks to @feedurmind_read) in culturally responsive teaching.
  • Leader to create the conversation to talk about our students.
  • Counter-narratives - acknowledge the dominant narratives. Not about preaching from the leader.
  • Trust undermines culturally responsive teaching.
  • Here’s the three things we believe about our X students.
  • What’s being said in the media about those students?
  • Teachers are mirroring what they are seeing in the media.
  • Starts with relational trust and creating counter-narratives.
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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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Rank #4: Formative Five with Tom Hoerr Transformative Principal 225

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Tom Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the emeritus head of school. He teaches at the University of Missouri St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis he has written four books more than 100 articles including the “Principal Connection” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership.

  • Multiple intelligences school
  • Formative five as interpersonal and intrapersonal.
  • Developing it within themselves.
  • The schoolhouse at midnight
  • Trophy case - Plaque, most improved attendance.
  • How does what you have on your wall recognize all the students in your school?
  • Jethro’s attendance improvement TED talk
  • Multiple levels of recognition.
  • Level 1: Talk about it. Joyful Learning.
  • Level 2: Ask kids about how they used these skills over the weekend.
  • Level 3: Create rubrics by which we can measure kids’ success skills.
  • Teachers choose their own groups. Teachers can quickly create rubrics for measuring these success skills.
  • It helps kids reflect on the varying levels of performance.
  • Help kids take ownership of their learning.
  • Interview with Michael Shapiro about his school where they use PSS skills
  • How to be a transformative principal? We need a dialogue with our faculty. Don’t do the formative five to kids, do it with kids!
  • by the time we move forward, every teacher believes as fervently as I do.
  • trhoerr@newcityschool.org

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Rank #5: AKPrincipals2016 sectional application 54 with Shelly Morgan Transformative Principal

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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: Transformative Principal Top 10 Things I have Implemented from 2017

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As a review for a year that has included a lot of changes for me professionally, I wanted to list some of the greatest events from the podcasts that I released this year. You can check out my current Top 10 podcasts here, but this list is going to talk about the top 10 things I implemented this year as a result of interviewing some amazing guests.

  1. Improving the school scheduling nightmare with Adam Pisoni Transformative Principal 185 The most downloaded podcast released this year is my interview with Adam Pisoni, where we talked about improving the school scheduling nightmare. Here’s my big takeaway. Adam said (5:58–8:35) that he started asking instead of asking what was possible in schools, he asked what prevents traditional schools from iterating. This train of thought led me to make a decision to intentionally combat those things that prevent us from iterating, and make sure we can still iterate even with the struggles we will face.
  2. Enjoy the Journey with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1035 - This one is a bit of a cheat, since the episode where I shared my 4 year plan for my school was really a culmination of so many things that I have learned from this podcast. But, here goes. (19:50–24:42) What’s cool is that instead of my plan starting next year, it is already starting this year. Advisory and flexible learning block with service learning. Teachers are coming to me asking for these things.
  3. Don’t Try to Change People, Change Behavior with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 188 - 18:55–19:29 In this episode, it was really about the powerful thing that Tom shared about how to be a transformative principal. He said, “Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.”
  4. Rules turn students into classroom lawyers with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 187 - In this episode, 5:00–7:26 I found that the most powerful statement from this was when Tom said, “I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints”. Since this interview, I have worked hard to make sure that kids are connected. I’ve found what he said is true, when kids are connected, they rarely disappoint. Last week, a student threw some trash across the cafeteria and he made a mess. He needed to clean it up. Because we had worked on a relationship, I put my arms out as if to say, “what are you doing?“ and then had to wait about 30 seconds before he decided to stand up and take care of his mess. He didn’t disappoint.
  5. What I Wish I Knew as A First Year Principal with Jethro and Friends Transformative Principal Special - The thing that I have taken away from this one is from my friend Jessica Cabeen.3:40–4:08 She says, Take care of yourself. While I haven’t been exercising as much this year as I have in the past, my sleep has been much better and I am doing a much better job of not working from home and actually being home when I am home. That is really important to me.
  6. End College and Career Readiness with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1040 - This podcast seems to have hit a nerve, as it was just released a couple months ago, and is already one of the most downloaded. In this, I basically argue that we need to focus on inspiring passion in our students rather than preparing them for something. One man I recently met is amazing. He said that he is a jack of all trades, master of one: learning. That really hit me. He didn’t learn how to do that from school, he says. He learned how to do that from his experience. He learned that learning is the most important thing he can have. In a recent Hack Learning episode, Mark Barnes said that learning can’t be measured. In our traditional system, you’re right, it can’t. But it can in our own lives, and we are the ones best suited to measure. I can’t measure all that I have learned from doing this podcast over the last four years in an easy-to-digest way. This post is an example of one way that I am trying to summarize my learning. One of my good friends Darren Draper posted on the Facebook post for this comment the question, “If everyone follows their passions, will society have the skilled workers it needs?” We had a little back and forth, that I encourage you to add your two cents to. My real point here is that if we teach kids how to learn on their own they will have more success in their life, regardless of what their passions or careers are. (1:48 –2:18)
  7. Instructional Leadership Team with David Smith Transformative Principal 182 - David Smith’s advice on how to be a transformative was to decide that you’re going to spend time in every classroom. 17:21–20:15 I have made this my priority this year, even to the tune of spending each morning before lunch in classrooms. I’m not perfect at it, but it is helping me do a much better job.
  8. Routines to Make Yourself More Successful with Karine Veldhoen Transformative Principal 160 - I have really gotten into routines this year and established some good ones. I’ve read the book she recommends and even went deep into The 1 Thing, about which I interviewed Geoff Woods. Look for that interview coming up soon. She talked about setting daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly practices. This is not easy. It really isn’t. It is actually kind of boring. In fact, Geoff Woods said that most people are unwilling to endure the monotony of success. Success is doing the right things at the right time. 8:26–9:46 - Self-care plans for her staff and for herself. One aspect of that that I have adopted is a habit to go to bed with my wife each night and not stay up late doing things for the podcast or other work, or playing games, or wasting time on Facebook. That is a small thing, but something that I think will really help me get to bed earlier, get rested, and spend quality time with my wife each night. With being so busy, it is easy to be distracted from the important things.
  9. Kids Can’t Learn When They Don’t Trust with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 157 - 4:00–6:08 Trust Generators to quickly build trust. This has been really powerful as I have started my new school in Fairbanks. I have tried to be vulnerable with teachers to help build that trust so they know who I am. It’s not perfect, but we have been moving quicker than I expected in some areas, as I mentioned before.
  10. Where Jethro is interviewed for the Principal Matters Podcast with Will Parker - Bonus Episode 1033 21:45–22:53-The thing that sticks out from this interview is that 1, it was on Will Parker’s podcast, where he interviewed me. It was fun to release it at the same time. Number 2, Will asked me a big question, what do I want to achieve. My big goal is to impact 100 Million students over the next 10 years through my work on this podcast, my masterminds, speaking engagements, consulting, and everything else that I do. I had been thinking about setting a big goal before he asked me, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. So I took his challenge and set a goal. I’m tracking it here so please help me reach that goal by adding the impact this podcast has had on you to that survey. At the time of this writing, I am .021% of the way there. 21,412 kids have been impacted so far. WOW! That’s actually pretty amazing.

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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.

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Rank #10: Best Year Ever with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1043

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Rank #11: 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.

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: Stop Making Excuses with JT McCormick Transformative Principal 234

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JT McCormick is the Co-Founder of Book in a Box. Email him

  • JT’s interview on the 1 Thing podcast
  • Scaled software company, now a president and CEO of a publishing company, BookinaBox.com
  • No motivational story of someone who stood by him. Pushed through a bad educational system that did not meet his needs.
  • What I quickly learned…There is no geometry on a deposit slip.
  • Mindset, choices, and hard work = success for me.
  • Get up at 4 am.
  • If there’s anything I don’t like in life, it’s up to me to change it.
  • Where did these ideas come from?
  • What would you tell a 10 year old JT?
  • It’s not always what you tell a kid, but more what you show them.
  • 3 of the greatest moments - marriage, birth of children, mentor at-risk youth.
  • First time they got to see an office building.
  • Connecting with kids - What’s wrong with this picture? And this?
  • Shake hands with a firm handshake - when do we teach them this?
  • Manners, a firm handshake, and other small things have served me very well in life.
  • How is there not a life essentials class?
  • Every school a subscription the Forbes 400.
  • 3 avenues out of poverty: 1. Athlete 2. Rapper 3. Drug Dealer
  • Nobody told me the fourth option: entrepreneur.
  • If you are going to think, dream, or set goals
  • Money does not bring happiness.
  • Many children just don’t understand the ways of the world.
  • If you lost it all, what would you do?
  • Put in the time, put in the hard work now.
  • Have your own personal excellence every single day.
  • Show them examples of people who have accomplished great things.
  • Show little girls female executives.
  • Bring the examples in to the schools.
  • I have built a career off of asking questions.
  • There are no dumb questions!
  • No means not right now.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Show kids.
  • Routine is what breeds success
  • I Got There - Book
  • You can’t change the past, but you can change the future

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Rank #14: 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.

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Rank #15: Failure is not an Option with Rachel Yanof Transformative Principal 135

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TOMORROW! The Transformative Leadership Summit launches. Please, join me! Click HERE to register for Free Access to over 40 amazing education leaders who are ready to make your school the best ever! You don't want to miss any of these amazing interviews. They'll be online for 48 hours only! Get in here!

Rachel Yanof started the Phoenix Collegiate Academy with the express intent to get all the students to college. I hope you enjoy this interview, as I sure did.

  • Set a huge goal so failure was not an option.
  • The huge goal supported the day-to-day decisions.
  • Pushed ourselves to see if we are on track.
  • AP classes as freshman.
  • Small School - individualized and small group instruction.
  • Only inviting kids to Saturday school and after school who needed the specific skills.
  • More time - 1 hour in school longer - if used well, can be a huge benefit for the students.
  • NWEA MAP Assessment - research into college preparedness.
  • 75th percentile is the goal.
  • Saturday school - get as specific as possible while still managing numbers.
  • Does cost extra money - spend the resources to make the maximum impact on our students.
  • We know we need to offer X, we have the means to offer Y.
  • Governing board sponsors teacher appreciation each month.
  • Finding other ways to show teachers you appreciate them.
  • Videos of kids thanking their teachers.
  • Pay-for-performance fund
  • Is this scalable?
  • Haven’t figured out the challenge of hiring on mission in a larger setting.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Find that thing that you’re willing to live and die for and then tell everyone!

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Jul 31 2016

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Rank #16: Three Tips to Overcome the Savior Complex Transformative Principal 1036

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In education, we often hear from teachers who think that without us, these kids and families would not know what to do!

One time, I had a teacher talk to me about students with disabilities, and she basically said that students with disabilities only get help or have structure. She didn't realize that my daughter has Down syndrome and she was lumping my daughter in with this group of kids that would be lost if not for her and other educators like her. That rubbed me the wrong way.

In another instance, as I've talked about Home Visits, people have said, "Oh, you want to visit their home so you can see how awful their life is and have more empathy?" NO! I want to visit their homes so they know that we care enough to leave our ivory tower and go to them and tell them that we care.

Here are three tips on how to overcome it:

1. Don't judge parents. Just stop it. Seriously.

2. Have positive intentions. H/T to Melinda Miller. Assume the best. Don't make up their story for them. Learn from them, and ask them what they are doing! Don't just assume we know what is going on.

3. Recognize the good that people are doing the best they can. The numbers of parents who are actively hurting their kids is remarkably small! Are parents struggling because they don't have the skills, abilities, time, resources, etc. to be better? YES! I sure am! I am a well-educated, successful white dude and I still struggle to be as good a dad as I can be! That's just the truth. The truth is, our parents are awesome, and they are doing the best they can.

Expectations and Mindsets are powerful, and if we believe parents are doing the best they can, we will see evidence of that.

Let's make sure the self-fulfilling prophecy and storyline that we have is that parents are amazing and doing great things!  

Aug 30 2017

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Rank #17: 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.

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May 14 2017

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Rank #18: Instructional Coaching with Dan Kreiness Transformative Principal 217

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Dan Kreiness is an aspiring administrator who hosts the Leader of Learning podcast. He focuses on educational leadership. dan@leaderoflearning.com.

  • Aspiring administrator
  • Mark Crowley Lead from the Heart
  • Instructional coach is the sweetest gig in all of education.
  • Tricky position to be a coach.
  • Really hone in on the things they identify as what they need to be working on.
  • How to get teachers to jump on a technology bandwagon.
  • The power of reflection.
  • The Edumatch 2017 book

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Mar 11 2018

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Rank #19: Results Matter with Karl Rectanus Transformative Principal 237

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Karl Rectanus is an educator, entrepreneur and adviser. As cofounder and CEO of Lea(R)n, an education innovation Benefit Corporation that empowers educators and their institutions to organize, streamline and analyze education technology through its research-backed LearnPlatform, Karl leads schools and districts, states and networks, and colleges and universities in their efforts to simplify edtech selection, procurement, implementation and measurement. Karl works with learning organizations and networks across the country to establish and elevate standards of practice that drive personalized learning at scale, student achievement and equity in access.

Originally an educator and administrator in the US and abroad, Karl has started and led multiple education innovation organizations, and currently advises districts, states and foundations. Karl has lived, worked and studied in over 12 countries, and was an NC Teaching Fellow and James M Johnston Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduate courses at UCLA’s Anderson Business School and CalTech Executive Extension. Karl, his wife and three daughters now live in Raleigh, NC.

  • Became a CFO for schools
  • Fourth successful education company
  • How they evaluate the ed tech solutions.
  • Saving time, so we can focus on things that are most important.
  • 5000 ed tech tools.
  • 8 most important criteria for teachers.
  • Saves administrators
  • Grades based on teacher’s comfort and familiarity with technology.
  • Ed Tech is a broken economy
  • Results Matter
  • Store contracts in the platform.
  • Analyze usage.
  • only 9% of individual licenses are actually being used.
  • Lack of Transparency leads to pricing inconsistencies
  • Forming, storming, norming, and performing
  • Exploring, hacking, optimizing, performing
  • Self-assessment for determining where you are on the personalized learning at scale journey.
  • 80% of schools are in the hacking phase.
  • Really challenging to put together budget when you don’t know if tools are being used.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Learnplatform.com/resources

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Jul 29 2018

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Rank #20: AKPrincipals2016 sectional application 60 with Mary MacMahon Transformative Principal

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Sep 07 2016

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Starting a Meeting with a Student in Mind with Sam Brooks Transformative Principal 315

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Sam Brooks is honored to have worked for Putnam County Schools (TN) for the past 27 years. Brooks leads all student/teacher personalized learning opportunities in the district, which includes online, dual enrollment, dual credit, and industry certification options. Mr. Brooks is a Google Certified Trainer and was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as a national Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, Trailblazers in 2014 and his program has been identified in several national publications.

  • Director of Personalized Learning - started as credit options for kids. Now is for so much more.
  • How can we meet the individual needs of each child in the classroom?
  • State level personalized learning.
  • VITAL - virtual instruction to accentuate learning
  • Personalized learning task force.
  • Mimic task force in our own district.
  • Doing a lot with credit recovery.
  • Pockets of innovation.
  • Future Ready - Getting a student to be ready for whatever they want their future to be.
  • I only saw how things affected me as a teacher within my four walls.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be open minded and take on the mindset of working for the students.

Jan 26 2020

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Using Video Games as Text with Zachary Hartzman Transformative Principal 314

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Zachary Hartzman is a high school Economics & English teacher in New York City.

  • Taught many different social studies classes.
  • International and transfer school. 100% immigrant & ELL students.
  • Passionate about videos games.
  • Getting kids to interact with games
  • Florence - great app for relationships.
  • Using games to deal with discussing heavy issues.
  • Whenever I teach one of these lessons, I write a post showing how it went.
  • It’s been really hard to find engaging content that
  • 3 days a week, I teach an ELA course using video games as the main text.
  • Gone Home
  • What Remains of Edith Finch?
  • One student playing while everyone else is talking about the gameplay.
  • Regents exam required for graduation - read a text and identify the central idea, so we use the videos games to focus on those literary events.
  • You have to give them time to learn how to use the controller.
  • Positive outcomes: Whenever I teach with a game, there’s never a head down that day.
  • Expanding the curriculum, but would love to get more science and math.
  • How to be a transformative principal? If a teacher comes to you with a potentially wacky idea, hear them out.

I'd love to work with you! To learn more about working with Jethro, go here.

Jan 19 2020

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Keeping Up With The Joneses with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1054

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I've got some exciting news to share with you....

But first, a little context.

The last few months have been pretty exciting.

I've started a student driven learning newsletter in partnership with ASCD.

I spoke at the ReWire conference in New Jersey.

I've been at FETC this week, and have some amazing interviews coming out on the podcast soon.

The podcast is at 600,000 downloads for its six-year anniversary. (click here to get an email each Sunday when it is released!)

I am a New Team Habits Champion!

My wife and I have started coaching families on how to set goals in a family setting! How cool is that?

I'm giving a keynote at a conference in February, more details soon...

And here's the big news:

At the end of this school year I will be leaving Fairbanks and start supporting principals directly full time through the mastermind, speaking, and consulting.

I'm pretty excited about our new adventure, and I hope that I can work with you! If you've got a need for a speaker in the next six months, please reach out.

Jan 18 2020

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Taking a Planned Year Off with Kimberly Dixon Transformative Principal 313

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This is an amazing story of how Kimberly's district set them up for success so they could find time for the important things in life. What a cool and unique approach. 

Kimberly Dixon is principal in Toronto

  • Took a year off to take some coursework.
  • Mother had supported her at the beginning of her career.
  • Lacking balance.
  • Four over 5. Paid 80% over four years then paid 80% for fifth year.
  • Typically accept about a dozen people for that in our district.
  • Became principal and started coursework to become a superintendent at the same time.
  • I realized I had been working really hard so travel was definitely a goal.
  • I had to operate within the parameters of
  • Principal of a summer school program in South Korea, kids met in South Korea and then went to the Philippines.
  • Be present as a mother and take care of myself.
  • The year was very unplanned.
  • School seems very Eurocentric, but our schools are so diverse.
  • Families are always excited
  • The balance needed in life to be your best.
  • Without balance, we run into issues of burnout
  • It’s about putting myself well into the time I have.
  • Not having that rushed approach. Respecting my time when I’m not in school and not “on.”
  • Giving a lot of yourself to other people’s children.
  • Having a purpose for my days.
  • Be in each classroom before every major break in the day.
  • None of my goals could happen unless I built the relationships.
  • No more than one evening event each week.
  • More balanced for my own kids and the kids at school.
  • How to be a transformative principal? I’ve discovered who being me is! Try to center yourself in some way to figure out what makes you peaceful.

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Jan 12 2020

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Disney is the Best at This with Turner Jones Transformative Principal 312

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Turner is the principal of Tristate State Christian Academy in Elkton Maryland.

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Jan 05 2020

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For the Sake of Our Youth with Tessa Stuckey Transformative Principal 311

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Tessa works with teenagers, and has decided to take on parenting from a new perspective.   While patiently waiting for her book’s completion "For the Sake of Our Youth: A Therapist's Perspective on Raising Kids in Today's Culture" (due to hit the shelves Spring 2020) Tessa coaches and presents to parents her research on today’s teen depression, anxiety and suicide rate focusing on parent/child connection. You can connect with her at her website Tessastuckey.com or follow her on instagram @themomtherapist.

  • Why she wanted to work with teens and parents.
  • Kids came to me with suicidal thoughts.
  • It scared me that they were going to grow up in a world where suicide was so common.
6 cultural influences that are happening in today’s world.
  1. Social Trend - people see it and so they think it. Not being balanced with appropriate preventative care.
  2. Immediate gratification - everything is just a click away. Teaching our kids how to struggle. There is no instant fix for an emotional hardship. You have to think a little unnaturally to slow things down a little bit.
  3. Lack of personal connections are being made. Social media is meant for connection but it doesn’t create the same closeness and bond.
  4. Attention seeking - longing to feel important. It has become an acceptable way to get attention in our society. Reacting to a lack of attention and lack of resilience.
  5. Social media - 5 categories: don’t need to connect face to face, comparison, kids can’t turn their social life, cyberbullying (hurt people hurt people), phone addiction.
  6. Pressure - we live a go-go-go lifestyle. No mercy and no grace. Everyone is striving to be perfect.
  7. Be the supporter and helper for your child and not the fixer for all their problems.
  8. How to be a transformative principal? Understand your own philosophies on the kids you interact with. What are the core values you want kids to have when they leave your school? This is not just mental illness anymore.

Dec 29 2019

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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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Learning with AI with Adam Bellow Transformative Principal 309

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Adam Bellow is a dedicated educational technologist and father of two young boys. Adam is the co-founder of Breakout EDU, the immersive gaming platform that enables teachers and students to turn their classrooms into a place of discovery and inquiry based learning. Today we will be talking about learning with AI.

  • How AI will play into education.
  • Metacognitive piece - technology is serving our needs.
  • Really helpful to a teacher.
  • Empowering kids to get access to their own information before you.
  • Building a voice profile.
  • The use of the tool will have to outweigh the fears we have of it.
  • You likely have an assistant available.
  • My kids are very comfortable with robots.
  • Game Designer
  • Askmyclass
  • Giving them the open-endedness is really powerful.
  • as we look at school as more than just work-produced.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Have a conversation with a small group of students

Dec 15 2019

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Cope, Adjust, Transform with Dwight Carter Transformative Principal 308

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Dwight Carter is an award-winning school leader from Central Ohio. He believes reflection is at the heart of our practice and encourages principals, teachers, and students to focus on personal skill development to create the optimal conditions for learning to take place. Because of his collaborative and innovative leadership as a principal, he inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Educator Hall of Fame in 2010, he was named a 2013 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the 2014 Academy of Arts and Science Education High School Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year.

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  • Teaching in disruptive times.
  • Mark Wright - coauthor of book.
  • reforms are occurring in a shorter amount of time.
  • How to handle disruptions
  • 3–5 years for an initiative to stick but turnover is huge.
  • How to deal with disruptive events?
  • Cope
  • Adjust
  • Transform
  • So many pathways to graduation and high school credit.
  • Moving beyond credit recovery to credit acceleration.
  • Schools are taking opportunity to remove barriers.
  • Simply start by asking the question and have the conversation.
  • What else can students take in place of ___ required learning?
  • Kids have so much more opportunity today because of their access to opportunity.
  • Negative impact of technology on their social emotional health.
  • Both/and
  • Generation Z - It’s all about choice.
  • Work-based learning students doing amazing things
  • The kids became teachers to me.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Gather a group of students for an hour and ask them about how to improve their learning experience

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Dec 08 2019

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My Grandma's Kitchen with Dr. A. Katrise Perera and Dr. Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 307

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My Grandma’s Kitchen with Dr. A. Katrise Perera and Dr. Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 307

Social Media: Learning should be joyful. - @afewthingsworth

Dr. A. Katrise Perera peers acknowledge her commitment, her dedication, her courageous leadership and for being an “equity warriorette.” In 2015, the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) named her the National Superintendent of the Year. Before being recruited and hired by the Gresham-Barlow School District (Oregon) in May of 2017, she served in a variety of school leadership positions in Virginia, Texas, and as an executive leader with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.

Dr. Kimberly Miles is principal of East Gresham elementary, a turnaround principal and voracious reader.

In this episode we will discuss equity in leadership and how to have joyful moments.

  • Be determined.
  • Perspectives of many other experiences.
  • Equity in a school system is that it involves more than just a student and a teacher.
  • Giving kids what they need when they need.
  • In the kitchen with my grandmother.
  • To have equity, you have to look at what kids are actually in need of.
  • Look at policies, practices, systems, and more.
  • what little things should we focus on?
  • Is my approach helping them thrive?
  • The foundation is culture.
  • Need to know social and political response as well.
  • Community Success Act
  • We’re all going to get what we need.
  • how to change the culture of putting the newest teachers with the most challenging situations?
  • New teachers to the profession, because I can partner them with a collaborative team.
  • Mentor teacher leaders.
  • Benefit for new teachers to be supported by master teachers.
  • Starts with professional development.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
  • Kimberly: Share the responsibility of change with someone else. Bring along your community together.
  • Katrise: commitments—commit to reducing disproportionate suspension rates, early college, cultural competencies - commit to one!

Dec 01 2019

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Innovate Inside the Box with Dr. Katie Novak Transformative Principal 306

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Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 3 books published by CAST Professional Publications, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership.

Today we talk about her book with George Couros, Innovate Inside the Box.

  • UDL what is it?
  • Multiple means of engagement
  • multiple means of representation
  • multiple means of action and expression
  • Universal design stolen from architecture.
  • The traditional model of education is there is “one way to do it.”
  • We’re making content accessible as retrofits for really inaccessible lessons.
  • Dinner party.
  • Engagement is equal parts commitment and attention.
  • Enrollment vs. engagement.
  • When things get touch, I know how to manage it.
  • Macro success looks like little bits of attention.
  • Application for students with disabilities.
  • If we want kids to be learners, we are much better slated to help kids create their own journeys to get there.
  • How do we scaffold up to make it accessible and engaging.
  • In my loyalty to that ____, I am excluding students.
  • How do we teach empathy through these multiple means lenses?
  • What do I have to do so every single student can do that?
  • General ed teachers started referring to kids with special needs as their kids.
  • When we see growth, it’s because of the teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal? In a classroom I believe in cocreation. Work with teachers to co-create professional learning and school improvement plans.

Nov 24 2019

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In Awe with Sarah Johnson Transformative Principal 305

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In this Jolt episode, Sarah Johnson shares about the transformative power of practicing gratitude for ourselves as well a those around us. She shares research alignment, stories, and illustrates points from stories features during the month of November on the In AWE Podcast. 

Check out the The In AWE Podcast or In AWE Website Engage with Sarah at Sarah’s Website

Resources for Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Gratitude Huffington Post Four Gratitude Strategies Berkeley The It’s Worth It Box

Nov 17 2019

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Candid Compassionate Feedback with TJ Vari and Joe Jones Transformative Principal 304

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TJ Vari and Joe Jones are practicing Superintendents and coauthors of the book “Candid and Compassionate Feedback“.

  • Result of fear of offending people is that it becomes offensive anyway.
  • Ask questions to get them to see what they need to improve.
  • The lack of candor can be what people are offended by.
  • The candor is actually what is compassionate! TJ
  • Turning the corner so your empathy is backed with concrete evidence backed with what to do better.
  • Consistency is key.
  • People are given that advice when they go into schools.
  • Direct, sincere, accurate feedback.
  • Identified the problem.
  • Gave evidence.
  • Provided a solution.
  • Being clear does work.
  • Learning walks are like formative assessments.
  • Are the teachers using the “Goal” in their classroom?
  • As teachers are teaching they’re often not aware of what they’re doing. Joe
  • No way will a teacher ever grow through the formal observation process.
  • We really should be getting into the mindset work among the staff.
  • How to be a transformative principal? TJ: spend your time in the most important spaces in your school Joe: Disrupt your day. Speak to someone tomorrow that you haven’t spoken with this year.
  • Bonus question: how to keep principals in the building?

Nov 10 2019

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Creating Psychological Safety with Keara Mascareñaz Transformative Principal 303

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Keara Mascareñaz Managing Partner, Organizational Design at Education Elements. She helps schools and districts focuses build and scale a culture of innovation through leadership development, team habits, and human-centered organizational design.

  • Learning, meeting, projects
  • How do you create the environment of psychological safety?
  • the team that is more effective would be making less mistakes.
  • more comfort to talk about mistakes
  • Amy Edmondson TED talk
  • I didn’t say “I don’t know what I’m doing!“
  • It can feel high stakes, even though it is not.
  • Two types of leaders: one best ideas should strive - leaders are smarter and make fewer mistakes.
  • Interrogating archetypes.
  • Two books: Multipliers with Liz Wiseman As soon as a speaker starts speaking, everyone stops talking.
  • Here’s my interview with Liz Wiseman.
  • Talking about Failure is crucial for Growth
  • Noticing it is the first step to change.
  • It’s hard to make big shifts.
  • What foundation have I laid and signal have I given to my team about this?
  • “I’ve had good ideas before that haven’t worked out!”
  • So much deference made to people in power and authority.
  • Habit of talking about mistakes.
  • The more people in power can model talking about mistakes the more you can model and give more power to your people.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Next time you’re in front of your staff think about 1. Learning challenge, vulnerability, asking for advice.

Nov 03 2019

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A Story about Fish with Danny Bauer and Dr. Kelly Crane Transformative Principal 302

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A Story about Fish with Danny Bauer and Dr. Kelly Crane Transformative Principal 302

Social media: All of us are better than any of us.

Danny Bauer and Kelly Crane are co-conspirators of Better Leaders Better Schools

  • What do principals need to know about being a superintendent.
  • Legal, politics, finance.
  • Network.
  • How to start acting as if.
  • All of us are better than any of us.
  • When you’re so close to the situation, it is really hard to see.
  • Instructional leadership knowledge.
  • Following through.
  • Being authentic.
  • Empathy when visiting
  • Vulnerability.
  • Radical listening.
  • The mastermind is a sacred space.
  • You gotta learn from the mistakes of others.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Danny: Join a PLN! Kelly: be vulnerable when it is necessary. We don’t know it all and we have to reach out to others.

Oct 27 2019

32mins

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Making Inquiry Less Messy with Adam Fachler Transformative Principal 301

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Adam Fachler has a proven process for planning amazing lessons. Take the 

  • EMPOWER Method for planning amazing lessons.
  • We are all searching!
  • Little quality control
  • Making inquiry method a little less messy.
  • Envision - see the end in mind.
  • Map - simplifies a complex process.
  • Prime - prior knowledge, emotional aspect of learning
  • Orient
  • Walkthrough
  • Explore
  • Reflect
  • Teachers’ time to plan is too little. Yes this does take time.
  • Whether you win in your classroom is decided well before you enter the classroom.
  • Do this at the unit level - a time investment.
  • Crystalize your learning outcome in a GEM: goal, evidence, measure of success.
  • You are envisioning a destination for them.
  • Mapping the path to mastery.
  • School in the Square
  • How to be a transformative principal? Start from the beginning, what’s the GEM for your upcoming unit?

Oct 20 2019

28mins

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Episode 300 A Tricentennial Milestone with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 300

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Here's some excitement: Episode 300! I give updates on my professional life, the podcast, and more! Tune in!

Link to my speaking page

Oct 13 2019

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Identity with Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 299

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Dr. Grayson Maas is the Director of Communications for the Art of Problem Solving, a unique solution to teaching math anytime, anywhere.

  • Talking about dissertation - how we create scientific knowledge as a society - who can become a scientist and who cannot.
  • Scientific knowledge and how it gets created.
  • It’s no secret that there’s underrepresentation in science.
  • What is funneling certain groups towards science and what is not?
  • Science for all
  • Tests measure what we value.
  • Tests can be an unreliable indicator.
  • It’s a common experience that the scores you got on classes and tests to tell you if you’re smart.
  • All those tests are telling you, “are you good at that instrument on that day?”
  • Extremely difficult to identify high-ability kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Ability grouping is not a bad thing for the kids in the high group.
  • Kids know who is in different groups.
  • We need to reconfigure the labels we use.
  • For us to lose sight of kids that don’t get extra opportunities is not working for those kids.
  • It’s incumbent on us as a society to meet these kids where they’re at.
  • Providing the “right” amount of challenge.
  • We’re going to set the bar right above where you grasp it and help them reach the next level.
  • You deserve to be challenged and we’re going to make sure you get that.
  • Learning about the water cycle.
  • Their version of learning about the water cycle was a youtube water cycle rap song.
  • The kids in the low group developed low self-perception.
  • Constantly reinforce these students and tell them they are capable and can accomplish the work before them.

Oct 06 2019

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A Special Q&A with Will Parker Transformative Principal 298

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I am super excited whenever I get to talk with Will Parker, and today is no different.

Today we are tackling three questions that principal listeners have shared with us from our podcasts, covering these topics:

  1. What to do if or when your teachers give you the cold shoulder about learning something new. 

  2. How to manage student dynamics in competency-based instruction. 

  3. Ways to measuring student growth in Social Emotional Learning settings.

Listen-in for the complete conversation.

Questions for Jethro and Will:

1. My teachers give me the cold shoulder when I try to introduce them to new ways of teaching. What should I do?

  • Jethro and I discuss the following:

  • Modeling for teachers

  • Observation of other teachers

  • What is he/she doing well already? Praise first, then instruct.

  • Lead with the question, “Where do you want to grow?”

  • Creating an enviornment where teachers ask for help

  • Celebrating innovative teaching

  • Learning to say yes before saying no

2. How do you make sure that students who struggle don't feel embarrassed or ashamed that they aren't working with their peers? When competency-based, what happens?...

We discuss this question with suggestions about:

  • Defining expecations so that students measure against standards, not other students

  • They are already in different places! Your expectations matter in their perceptions...

  • Help them identify where they are good. And celebrate!

  • It’s not about competition with peers, but competition with themselves. 

3. How can Social Emotional Learning success be measured?

We respond with the following:

Discover the importantce of self-reflection. It’s okay to embrace different standards for everyone. 

Resilient students don’t really need more resiliency training. They need something else. 

A student with trauma needs different things than a student without. 

Creat an environment where you want your own chidren

You can measure the indicators like discipline, attendance and graduation/completion rates 

We share examples of SEL through FOMO -- karaoke cafeteria -- from Principal Kim Coody’s High School in Okahoma and Amy Fast’s emotional learning practices in Oregon

Recource recommended: Barb Sorrels - http://transformativeprincipal.org/episode269

Now It’s Your Turn

What is one new method or strategy you could model for your teachers or team? How can you instll in others the freedom to believe it’s okay to try and fail and in learning? And how can you celebrate the wins along the way?

Sep 29 2019

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The Conrad Challenge Changed My Life with Akhil Jariwala Transformative Principal 297

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Akhil is the business development manager at ChargePoint, a fast-growing start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Challenge, where his finalist team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics.

Register for the Conrad challenge here

* North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics * Didn’t know what I wanted to do. * Always wanted to be a doctor and ended up doing a ton of work in environmental areas. * Starting out with very little information. * Students start from two different places. * 1. Technology they are really excited about. * 2. We have a group of students really passionate about a specific problem and start to ideate about how to solve that problem. * We knew we wanted to build a wave energy device. * Knew nothing about piezoelectric ceramics. * Spent hours learning about the physics behind the technology. * Chemistry professor - her job was keeping us accountable. * What has changed since you did Conrad Challenge? * Shifted from focus on medicine to product management. * Conrad in college admissions process. * Spoke about the spirit of creativity. * most capable people I’ve ever known. Still in touch with many of them today. * I discovered my purpose. It challenged me to be a change-maker! * Group of students created a device to put out fires by sound waves in forests. * We champion no-box thinking. * How to be a transformative principal? Embrace divergent thinking.

Sep 22 2019

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