OwlTail

Cover image of Principal Matters: The School Leader's Podcast with William D. Parker

Principal Matters: The School Leader's Podcast with William D. Parker

Principal Matters with William D. Parker & Friends

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

Read more

Principal Matters with William D. Parker & Friends

PMP249: Principal Reboot with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members

Podcast cover
Read more

On May 27, 2021, Jen Schwanke, principal of Indian Run Elementary in Dublin, Ohio, and author of two books on school leadership, joined me for a conversation with two principals from the Principal Matters Mastermind community: Samantha Bartrom, Principal of Coastal Academy in Oceanside, California, and Erin Irgoe, Assistant Principal at Piedmont High School in […]

The post PMP249: Principal Reboot with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members first appeared on Principal Matters.

Jun 09 2021

22mins

Play

PMP248: Inspiring and Leading Learning with Latrese D. Younger

Podcast cover
Read more

Latrese D. Younger is an instructional lead learner in Virginia. Her passion is English language arts and she believes that she will always be a teacher at heart. Latrese has a servant mindset, spirit, and attitude that she believes helps keep her grounded. She resides with her son, husband, and English bulldog. In her spare […]

The post PMP248: Inspiring and Leading Learning with Latrese D. Younger first appeared on Principal Matters.

Jun 02 2021

26mins

Play

PMP247: Leading Through ‘Unfinished Learning’ with Kimberly Miles

Podcast cover
Read more

Dr. Kimberly Miles is the Principal of East Gresham Elementary in Gresham, Oregon. A former elementary teacher and reading coach, she transitioned into a district instructional coach before becoming a principal. She has eleven years experience in school leadership, and is a turnaround principal – having led a school community that has seen marked improvement […]

The post PMP247: Leading Through ‘Unfinished Learning’ with Kimberly Miles first appeared on Principal Matters.

May 26 2021

28mins

Play

PMP246: Challenges and Solutions Leading Post-Pandemic

Podcast cover
Read more

During the fall semester, I invited listeners to some virtual meetings to share protocols for re-opening their schools. We formed a free Re-opening Mastermind and met once a week for six weeks to brainstorm and collaborate. Just a few days ago, I hosted a meeting to re-connect with some of these same leaders in a […]

The post PMP246: Challenges and Solutions Leading Post-Pandemic first appeared on Principal Matters.

May 19 2021

40mins

Play

PMP245: Handling Schools with Care with Joy Kelly

Podcast cover
Read more

Joy Kelly is the co-author of the new book, Handle with Care: Managing Difficult Situations in Schools with Dignity and Respect, co-authored with Jimmy Casas.  Joy has more than twenty-five years of educational experience in public and parochial schools as a teacher, coach, mentor, associate principal and principal. In 2015, she was named the Iowaa Associate […]

The post PMP245: Handling Schools with Care with Joy Kelly first appeared on Principal Matters.

May 12 2021

36mins

Play

PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh

Podcast cover
Read more

Marita Diffenbaugh is honored to serve as principal of Elevate Academy North, a public Career Technical charter school for students in 6th-12th grades.  She has served as a teacher, administrator, and has provided leadership support for districts, schools, and classrooms. As a partner with Elevate Academy Inc., Marita is connecting education with industry and community […]

The post PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh first appeared on Principal Matters.

May 05 2021

23mins

Play

PMP243: Grace in the Journey with Jessica Wee

Podcast cover
Read more

Jessica Wee is the Principal of Rainbow Centre Yishun Park  School in Singapore. She has previously served in the school  as Vice Principal before taking over principalship six years ago.   Rainbow Centre School serves 400 students with autism and multiple disabilities.The school aims to nurture young persons with disabilities (aged 7-18) into adults who are […]

The post PMP243: Grace in the Journey with Jessica Wee first appeared on Principal Matters.

Apr 28 2021

29mins

Play

PMP242: Leading from Xi’an International School with Brittainy Harris and Paul Wendler

Podcast cover
Read more

Brittainy Harris has been working at Xi’an International School, located in China, since 2010. With her undergraduate degree in education, she landed at this American-based international school (that was founded in 1996 with the help of Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Education) and began to teach multicultural students in a 4th grade classroom for a total […]

The post PMP242: Leading from Xi’an International School with Brittainy Harris and Paul Wendler first appeared on Principal Matters.

Apr 21 2021

34mins

Play

PMP241: Lessons from an All Girls School with Loredana Borello

Podcast cover
Read more

Loredana Borello is the Principal of Brescia House Secondary School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brescia House School is a Catholic Ursuline All Girls Independent School from K-12.  As a principal, she is passionate about empowering and educating girls to take up their place as leaders in society, equipped with courage and compassion. She also is […]

The post PMP241: Lessons from an All Girls School with Loredana Borello first appeared on Principal Matters.

Apr 14 2021

30mins

Play

PMP240: Self-Care Lessons with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín

Podcast cover
Read more

Seán Óg Ó Duinnín is Principal of Scoil Mhuire, a small Irish language medium school in Ballingeary, Co. Cork, Ireland since 2006.  In his time there, he has seen many developments of physical facilities with the support of Cork Education and Training Board and implemented a Restorative Practices approach to school-based relationships. He recently completed […]

The post PMP240: Self-Care Lessons with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín first appeared on Principal Matters.

Apr 07 2021

39mins

Play

PMP239: The Principal Experience Here & Abroad with Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird

Podcast cover
Read more

As schools re-open across the globe, Principal Matters listeners have been sharing common experiences and lessons learned, including in Ireland. Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird  serves a principal of Coláiste Ghobnatan, a second level high school in southwest Ireland. With 235 students, he has been the Principal there since 2017 and Deputy there since 2012. In addition, […]

The post PMP239: The Principal Experience Here & Abroad with Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird first appeared on Principal Matters.

Mar 31 2021

25mins

Play

PMP238: Lessons from an Australian Primary School with Anne-Marie Maw

Podcast cover
Read more

“Students are at the heart of all we do,” says Principal Anne-Marie Maw. “If you’re ever struggling with what to do, put the students at the heart of your decision, and it will always make the decision easier.” This week I’m sharing the beginning of a new series on lessons from principals across the globe, […]

The post PMP238: Lessons from an Australian Primary School with Anne-Marie Maw first appeared on Principal Matters.

Mar 24 2021

29mins

Play

PMP237: Tips for Finding the Right Fit in Your Leadership

Podcast cover
Read more

As co-host and Principal Jen Schwanke explains, the system we live in requires us to make some of the biggest decisions of life with our gut feelings. The good news is that you do not have to rely on gut feeling to find the right fit in leadership. What are steps you can take to […]

The post PMP237: Tips for Finding the Right Fit in Your Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.

Mar 17 2021

32mins

Play

PMP236: What to do When You Feel Restless in Leadership

Podcast cover
Read more

Spring time brings new opportunities. For some educators, it is a time of year when you may start feeling a little restless. Perhaps you will be considering new candidates for openings at your school. Or maybe you will be looking at new possibilities for your own leadership journey. In a previous podcast episode, Jen Schwanke […]

The post PMP236: What to do When You Feel Restless in Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.

Mar 10 2021

29mins

Play

PMP235: Leading Re-Entry in a Pandemic with Andrew O’Farrell

Podcast cover
Read more

Andrew O’Farrell has been the Principal of Beach Street Middle School in West Islip, New York since 2009. Prior to becoming a principal, Andrew was an assistant principal of Lindenhurst Middle School.  Andrew began his journey in education as a Social Studies teacher and then became the Dean of Students at Dyker Heights Intermediate School […]

The post PMP235: Leading Re-Entry in a Pandemic with Andrew O’Farrell first appeared on Principal Matters.

Mar 03 2021

29mins

Play

PMP234: Connecting Students to Caring Adults with TJ Warren

Podcast cover
Read more

This week, I had the privilege to interview TJ Warren, Director of Programs for Stand in the Gap Ministries. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stand in the Gap is an organization committed to impacting the lives of orphans, widows and prisoners in partnership with generous donations from individuals, churches and businesses as well as various foundations. […]

The post PMP234: Connecting Students to Caring Adults with TJ Warren first appeared on Principal Matters.

Feb 24 2021

30mins

Play

PMP233: Multiplying Excellence in Your School with Emily Paschall

Podcast cover
Read more

This week I have the privilege of interviewing Emily Paschall about her new book, Eyes on Culture: Multiply Excellence in Your School. As you know, culture drives the outcomes of your school, and Emily unpacks ways to not only live your own excellence, but to multiply excellence in others. In her book, you will learn: […]

The post PMP233: Multiplying Excellence in Your School with Emily Paschall first appeared on Principal Matters.

Feb 17 2021

30mins

Play

PMP232: Looking for a New Education Position

Podcast cover
Read more

Winter is a time of year for frigid temperatures across much of the U.S. It is also a time of year when principals look ahead. Many education leaders may also be considering new positions as they think about the final semester and plan for next school year. This week, Jen Schwanke, Principal of Indian Run […]

The post PMP232: Looking for a New Education Position first appeared on Principal Matters.

Feb 10 2021

29mins

Play

PMP231: Keeping Your Promises on Your Anti-Racism Journey

Podcast cover
Read more

When I was a little boy, I remember sitting in a small theater with my family where we watched the 1977 release of the first Star Wars movie. It was a pivotal moment. The visual effects and music were like nothing I had ever seen or heard. The characters were funny and endearing. Afterwards, I pretended […]

The post PMP231: Keeping Your Promises on Your Anti-Racism Journey first appeared on Principal Matters.

Feb 03 2021

27mins

Play

PMP230: Managing Decision-Fatigue with Jen Schwanke

Podcast cover
Read more

What do you do when every decision is a new one? How do you keep perspective amidst decision-fatigue? This week, Jen Schwanke, Principal of Indian Run Elementary in Dublin, Ohio, joins me for a conversation about leading through a pandemic. Welcome back Jen! Jen Schwanke is the author two books on education leadership. She provides […]

The post PMP230: Managing Decision-Fatigue with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.

Jan 27 2021

24mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
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