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with William D. Parker & Friends

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with William D. Parker & Friends

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So real and so full of great ideas

By Blindbeth67 - Oct 20 2019
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I look forward to this weekly podcast because I’m always finding so many great ideas!

Chalk Full of Information

By Dr. Body - Mar 07 2019
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I have listened to Mr. Parker’s podcast for over a year now. It’s has helped me grow as a leader. It has even influenced my own podcast (“Educate to Elevate” available on apple podcasts or SoundCloud) and provided a guide as to how I can grow and help others. Furthermore, I have even reached out to Mr. Parker for advice and he has been more than willing to help. So if you are interested in school leadership, this podcast, and host, is something you want to subscribe to ASAP. Dr. Matt Body

iTunes Ratings

54 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
2
3
0
3

So real and so full of great ideas

By Blindbeth67 - Oct 20 2019
Read more
I look forward to this weekly podcast because I’m always finding so many great ideas!

Chalk Full of Information

By Dr. Body - Mar 07 2019
Read more
I have listened to Mr. Parker’s podcast for over a year now. It’s has helped me grow as a leader. It has even influenced my own podcast (“Educate to Elevate” available on apple podcasts or SoundCloud) and provided a guide as to how I can grow and help others. Furthermore, I have even reached out to Mr. Parker for advice and he has been more than willing to help. So if you are interested in school leadership, this podcast, and host, is something you want to subscribe to ASAP. Dr. Matt Body
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Principal Matters: The School Leader's Podcast with William D. Parker

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with William D. Parker & Friends

Rank #1: PMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter

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Every person in your school is at a different level of growth. Not just students, but teachers are also at stages of growth. Leadership is not any different. Some educators are just beginning the journey. Others are finishing their first few years, and some are experiencing years of mastery in certain strategies or subjects. Over […]

Nov 21 2019

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Rank #2: PMP:144 Building and Maintaining Positive School Culture

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Cultivating a positive school culture is a lot like tending a garden. When you have tilled the soil, pulled the weeds, and watered your plants, your work is not finished. You will need to take the same steps again soon in order to keep a healthy environment for growth. School culture requires the same care. […]

Mar 06 2019

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Rank #3: PMP152: Maintaining Balance and Staying Focused on What Matters

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We just celebrated Mother’s Day. This time of year is a good reminder that our families play such an important role in our lives outside of school. No matter how many principals I visit, one conversation comes up often: how to maintain balance and stay focused on what matters even while leading a school. Although […]

May 15 2019

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Rank #4: PMP:149 Managing Adult Conflicts, Part 2

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Spring time is here, and the landscape is green with new growth. Ironically, my wife told me that by the spring of each school year, she has decided that our marriage is falling apart, our kids all need counseling, and we have chosen to the wrong places to live, work, etc.   In other words, […]

Apr 10 2019

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Rank #5: PMP:140 Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders – Interview with Jen Schwanke

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I’ll never forget the semester I transitioned from assistant principal to principal. Even though I had been in school administration for nine years at the time, the move to a new position brought back the old feelings of isolation. I also felt the creep of anxiety I had experienced as a new administrator almost a […]

Jan 25 2019

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Rank #6: PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

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If you are like most school leaders, time management can be one of the most difficult parts of your work. Most new school leaders I meet explain how overwhelming the list of to-do’s can be. What are the solutions? Well, Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang provide a wealth of information on resources and practices that […]

Oct 17 2019

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Rank #7: PMP141: How Culture Drives Successful Learning Communities – Interview with Dr. Kyle Palmer

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Recently, I had the privilege of talking to Dr. Kyle Palmer about the lessons he has learned in his years as a teacher, principal and district leader. As we talked about the successful professional learning teams his teachers have led, Kyle commented that when our hearts hurts when students fail, then we are willing to […]

Feb 06 2019

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Rank #8: PMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell

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Do you remember what is was like to be a middle school student? For many people, memories of those years often bring back stories filled with anxiety and awkward physical, emotional, and social changes. According to Phyllis Fagell, however, those years can be good ones. “Probably what people might be most surprised to know is […]

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #9: PMPEncore077: Four Tips for Parents as Principals

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Two years ago, my oldest daughter graduated from the high school where I was principal. When she headed off to college that fall, it was a mix of celebration and grief on my part. Recently, Jen Schwanke and I co-hosted two podcast episodes on Parenting as Principals. You can check them out here: Part 1 […]

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #10: PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening

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It’s that time of year again for hiring and job searches! Whether you are conducting an interview or being interviewed, I have found some common expectations anyone should have when walking into an education interview. If you are looking for sample questions specific to principal interviews, let me encourage you to check out the post, […]

Feb 21 2019

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Rank #11: PMP:Encore090 Branding Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor

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When I was in junior high school, everyone on my basketball team wore Converse high-tops. Yes, that means I’m officially from the 70’s! I’ll never forget mine: They were the color of golden-rod, and I was so proud of them that I never wore them outside the gym because I didn’t want to scuff them up. […]

Jun 12 2019

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Rank #12: PMP157: Preparing for the Start-of-School Year

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Jenny is a returning student at her high school. She has a part-time job which keeps her up late most nights. When she arrives late to school, she has already missed breakfast and she’s tardy. She stands in a long line at the counseling office until she is given her class schedule. She reads it […]

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #13: PMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars

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When I was in college, I had a blue 1981 Toyota Celica that overheated on the long trip to Oklahoma, and the engine burned up. It was my first car. I had bought it with the money I earned over summers as a shell diver in the Kentucky Lake area.  But now it was toast, […]

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #14: PMP:143 Learning for ALL with Dr. Garth Larson

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When Garth Larson was asked to move from secondary administration to become an elementary principal, he was curious if he could be an effective leader at that level. But his work in early-education combined with his years in secondary education gave him a unique perspective of the K-12 experience. Later, when he moved into a […]

Feb 27 2019

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Rank #15: PMP172: Learning and Leading with John Wink

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Thank you @johnwink90 for sharing these great takeaways for teachers and school leaders! #principalmatters @SolutionTree

Nov 07 2019

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Rank #16: PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

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This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals at schools or in regional meetings. Recently, I visited Texhoma, Oklahoma, with High School Principal Connie Miller. After touring her school that serves students grades 5-12, she drove me one mile across the community to […]

Sep 25 2019

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Rank #17: PMP154: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 1

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Oklahoma has experienced its share of storms and severe weather this spring. The other day, our family was sitting in our storm closet as sirens were sounding at 6:30AM. Afterwards, I was driving my seventh-grade son, Jack, to school. As we approached the school, I began to predict how his principals would manage the morning. […]

May 30 2019

28mins

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Rank #18: PMP:139 Building Stronger Collaboration – Interview with Diana Lebsack

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Great teams understand the importance of depending on one another. With the many roles of a school leader, one of the biggest challenges is moving from independence to interdependence. In other words, how do you shift from a school culture with teachers isolated from one another to a place of shared ideas and teamwork – […]

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #19: PMP155: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 2

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A few years ago, we had a lockdown drill at the high school where I was principal. Local police had called to say they were aware of a potential threat against our school on social media. They were locating the person of interest in a location outside the school community but wanted us to lockdown […]

Jun 05 2019

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Rank #20: PMP156: 6 Tips for Managing School-Wide Changes

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When my family recently visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, we enjoyed drives through snow-peaked mountains.  But my 13-year old son, Jack, was most excited about hiking and climbing. One morning, we gathered the family by Shadow Mountain Lake, and began a hike along the lake that eventually led to a 3-mile ascent to a […]

Jul 03 2019

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PMP180: Tipping Points and Why Small Things Matter

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What does it take for small actions to produce big results? Over Christmas break, I listened to the audio-version of Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and learned some value lessons we can apply to our schools. Let me quickly summarize by saying that Gladwell painstakingly details the phenomenon […]

Jan 16 2020

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PMP179: Special Edition – Principal Matters 2019 Year In Review

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Last week my family and I traveled back to Tennessee to see my parents and extended family. My parents both turned 79 this past year. Life has slowed down a lot for them now. One of my mother’s favorite past times, for instance, is walking the woods — gathering treasures like small rocks or interesting […]

Jan 08 2020

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PMP178: 10 Positive Takeaways from the Past Decade

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Just like you, I can think of many reasons to worry about the future or raise concerns about trends that have developed over the past decade. Whether that includes increases in school shootings, soaring health care costs, rises in the costs of education, the number of children experiencing trauma, growing concerns in climate change or […]

Dec 24 2019

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PMP177: Cha Cha’s for Making Learning Stick with LeAnn Nickelsen

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A few weeks ago, I was sharing with a group of principals one of my favorite video-clips from the movie, The Incredibles. It’s the scene where Lucius, aka the superhero, Frozone, is watching as his city is under attack from his apartment window. He pushes a button on his remote control to open a wall […]

Dec 18 2019

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Encore146: Balancing Priorities with Jen Schwanke

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Thank you @JenSchwanke for the great takeaways in this encore episode! #principalmatters #edleadership

Dec 12 2019

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PMP176: Leading Through Equity with William Stubbs

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In October 2018, William Stubbs, an instructional leadership director at Oklahoma City Public Schools at the time, entered and won the Teach for America’s Shark Tank OKC as a contestant in the city’s Shark Tank competition. He was awarded $10,000 to implement stronger partnerships and mentoring opportunties for the city’s young men of color with […]

Dec 04 2019

30mins

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PMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell

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Do you remember what is was like to be a middle school student? For many people, memories of those years often bring back stories filled with anxiety and awkward physical, emotional, and social changes. According to Phyllis Fagell, however, those years can be good ones. “Probably what people might be most surprised to know is […]

Nov 27 2019

29mins

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PMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter

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Every person in your school is at a different level of growth. Not just students, but teachers are also at stages of growth. Leadership is not any different. Some educators are just beginning the journey. Others are finishing their first few years, and some are experiencing years of mastery in certain strategies or subjects. Over […]

Nov 21 2019

32mins

Play

PMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars

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When I was in college, I had a blue 1981 Toyota Celica that overheated on the long trip to Oklahoma, and the engine burned up. It was my first car. I had bought it with the money I earned over summers as a shell diver in the Kentucky Lake area.  But now it was toast, […]

Nov 13 2019

14mins

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PMP172: Learning and Leading with John Wink

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Thank you @johnwink90 for sharing these great takeaways for teachers and school leaders! #principalmatters @SolutionTree

Nov 07 2019

33mins

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PMP:170 Four Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay

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Six years ago, on October 31, 2013, my son Jack was eight years old. We had just finished an amazing day of trick-or-treating, and he asked if he could change back into his normal clothes. This was a big deal because he had been wearing a hosptial gown for almost ten days. On this Halloween, […]

Oct 31 2019

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PMP169: Leading into the Wind – Lessons from Dave Sandowich

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to spend a few hours sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with Dave Sandowich. He commanded his 42-foot sailboat, Charis, with the skill of a man who has spent the past forty years on the water anytime when he wasn’t leading his school or his family. Dave, a […]

Oct 24 2019

23mins

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PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

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If you are like most school leaders, time management can be one of the most difficult parts of your work. Most new school leaders I meet explain how overwhelming the list of to-do’s can be. What are the solutions? Well, Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang provide a wealth of information on resources and practices that […]

Oct 17 2019

31mins

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PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

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Last week was the first time (except for a rare Christmas holiday) that I have not shared a blog post or podcast episode update in almost five years. At first, I thought it was because I’ve been so busy. Last weekend I flew to Florida for my nephew’s wedding. Then on Monday, I flew from […]

Oct 09 2019

14mins

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PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

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This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals at schools or in regional meetings. Recently, I visited Texhoma, Oklahoma, with High School Principal Connie Miller. After touring her school that serves students grades 5-12, she drove me one mile across the community to […]

Sep 25 2019

24mins

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PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

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Several years ago, I was standing in our school lunchroom watching hundreds of students eat breakfast. I was positioned in the middle section of the room, and the front doors of the school were about one hundred feet across the room from me. Dozens of students were entering when I saw one high school boy […]

Sep 19 2019

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PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

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These last couple of week, I’ve been on the road a lot visiting schools and principals across my state. For the next couple of weeks, I plan to share some thoughts from the road – literally. This week’s episode I recorded while driving (after safely cuing my recorder before starting a long drive). 5 Takeaways […]

Sep 12 2019

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PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

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Thank you @jethrojones for collaborating together to answer principal questions! #education #leadership #principalmatters #transformativeprincipals

Sep 05 2019

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PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

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Author David Weinberger once said: “The smartest person in the room is the room itself.” In other words, the collective power of our thinking is always more powerful than working in isolation. By connecting with others, we can stretch our thinking and be motivated to take new actions. This week I’m thrilled to bring back […]

Aug 28 2019

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PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

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Last week Jen Schwanke and I answered questions from podcast listeners. Listen to Part 1 here. This week we take three more questions from principals on parenting, women in leadership, and professional growth. Here’s our feedback, or you can listen to the entire conversation on the podcast: Question 1: How do you manage being a […]

Aug 15 2019

32mins

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iTunes Ratings

54 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
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3
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3

So real and so full of great ideas

By Blindbeth67 - Oct 20 2019
Read more
I look forward to this weekly podcast because I’m always finding so many great ideas!

Chalk Full of Information

By Dr. Body - Mar 07 2019
Read more
I have listened to Mr. Parker’s podcast for over a year now. It’s has helped me grow as a leader. It has even influenced my own podcast (“Educate to Elevate” available on apple podcasts or SoundCloud) and provided a guide as to how I can grow and help others. Furthermore, I have even reached out to Mr. Parker for advice and he has been more than willing to help. So if you are interested in school leadership, this podcast, and host, is something you want to subscribe to ASAP. Dr. Matt Body