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Host and Science Teacher Jason Bodnar interviews teachers, administrators and other professionals that inspire creativity and excellence in schools across the country. Thank you for listening to Principally Speaking! For more info, check out jasonbodnar.net.

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Host and Science Teacher Jason Bodnar interviews teachers, administrators and other professionals that inspire creativity and excellence in schools across the country. Thank you for listening to Principally Speaking! For more info, check out jasonbodnar.net.

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Great guests and great content

By Derek Oldfield @Mr_Oldfield - Feb 10 2016
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Jason does an excellent job of bringing the “meat” of the podcast to the table early. You won’t have to listen to 30 minutes of the guest’s background, and I appreciate that about his podcast. It’s not that I don’t want to know the person better, but I’d rather hear them share something that can benefit me in my practice. Give this podcast a try if you’re a sponge like me trying to soak up what can better outcomes for your students.

Inspirational and motivating

By RobRogers - May 04 2015
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As a new administrator I really appreciate this awesome resource. Jason does a great job of getting a variety of guests that each bring a unique perspective. I look forward to each new show and would recommend it to any current or aspiring administrators.

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15 Ratings
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Great guests and great content

By Derek Oldfield @Mr_Oldfield - Feb 10 2016
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Jason does an excellent job of bringing the “meat” of the podcast to the table early. You won’t have to listen to 30 minutes of the guest’s background, and I appreciate that about his podcast. It’s not that I don’t want to know the person better, but I’d rather hear them share something that can benefit me in my practice. Give this podcast a try if you’re a sponge like me trying to soak up what can better outcomes for your students.

Inspirational and motivating

By RobRogers - May 04 2015
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As a new administrator I really appreciate this awesome resource. Jason does a great job of getting a variety of guests that each bring a unique perspective. I look forward to each new show and would recommend it to any current or aspiring administrators.

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Host and Science Teacher Jason Bodnar interviews teachers, administrators and other professionals that inspire creativity and excellence in schools across the country. Thank you for listening to Principally Speaking! For more info, check out jasonbodnar.net.

PS35: Reflective and Transformative Leadership with Baruti Kafele

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Just last year, I had the privilege of seeing Mr. Baruti Kafele speak at a local school.  It was extremely inspirational and helped reinvigorate my passion for education and building relationships with students.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to speak to him on my show and look forward to connecting with him in person at some point.  I'd highly recommend checking out his books as well as his website, which is home to his dynamic YouTube videos, which deliver powerful messages to both educators and students alike.  

Principal Kafele's Website

Connect with Mr. Kafele on Twitter

Apr 21 2015

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PS48: Teach Like a Pirate Day with Ryan McLane

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Principally Speaking is back! Check out my talk with dynamic leader Ryan McLane.  Next week, I talk with another awesome Buckeye, Dr. Neil Gupta.  

Ryan's Blog

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Sep 08 2015

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PS43: Never Underestimate Your Teachers with Robyn Jackson

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As I transition to my new role as a Principal, it was very valuable to me to speak with Robyn.  Her latest book specifically opened my eyes to understanding what approach an administrator needs to take when working to help teachers improve.  We also discussed her framework for her book Never Work Harder Than Your Students.  I really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do as well.

Robyn on Twitter

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Jun 16 2015

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PS54: Flex Mod Scheduling with Jon Laffoon

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Apr 26 2016

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PS52: Underdog Advocate Dr. Ryan Jackson

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It's pretty clear from my talk with Dr. Ryan Jackson that he has a clear focus and passion for what he does.  He is truly an inspirational and visionary leader.  Be sure to check out his excellent blog below and/or connect with him on Twitter.  

The Underdog's Advocate

Ryan on Twitter

Feb 07 2016

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PS34: Leading Professional Learning with Jeff Zoul

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Apr 14 2015

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PS58: Missional Leaders Jeff & Heidi Veal

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On this episode of the show, I catch up with Jeff and Heidi Veal, two influential leaders from Texas.  We compare and contrast each of their roles and they talk about the dynamics of being a married couple of edleaders.  They also talk about how they engage the community and help build a culture of innovation at their schools.

Jeff and Heidi are just another example of guests that I've had on this show that not only add amazing content to the podcast but are simply great people and I'm honored to have talked with them.  Here are resources from the show and ways you can connect with them:

Jeff and Heidi's Blog: jhveal.com

Jeff and Nathan Lang's Website: leadupnow.com

Jeff on Twitter: @heffrey

Heidi on Twitter: @VealHeidi

#leadupchat: Saturdays at 8:30 AM CT

#ecechat: Tuesdays at 8:30 PM CT

Jul 26 2016

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PS31: Dan Butler Leads Two Elementary Schools (and still has time to talk to me?!)

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In this 31st episode of PS, I connect with Dan Butler.  Dan was gracious enough to talk about his experience as the principal of both Epworth and Farley Elementary Schools in Epworth, Iowa.  He also shared some great resources on the show:

How Dan Uses Google Forms When Collecting Observation Data

Continuous Improvement at Farley Elementary School

Here's how you can connect with Dan and check out his blog:

Dan's Twitter

Dan's Blog

He also is a co-moderator of the awesomeness that is #IAedchat, which happens every Sunday night at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT.  

Here is the blog for Ben Gilpin, the Colorful Principal.

Mar 24 2015

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PS41: Intentional Digital Leadership with Thomas Murray

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Mr. Tom Murray is the Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education.  If you're a school leader and you haven't already, I would strongly urge to check out the Future Ready Schools website and take the pledge for your district.  I'm excited about the prospects of the Future Ready Leadership Network.  Also, don't forget to check out the book Leading Professional Learning, which he co-wrote with Jeff Zoul, my guest on Episode 34.

Tom's Website

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Jun 02 2015

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PS53: HS Principal Aric Thomas Taps Into Student and Teacher Passions Through Pathways

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Mar 09 2016

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PS37: The Student-Centered Classroom with Paul Solarz

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Paul Solarz is a 5th grade teacher in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  I really enjoyed hearing about his dynamic student-centered classroom and I think you will too.  Check out his new book Learn Like a Pirate if you want to "Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed."  You can connect with Paul on Twitter @PaulSolarz and he can also be found at the #learnLAP and #tlap hashtags.  

May 05 2015

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PS38: From AP to Principal with Riley Johnson

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I connected with Riley Johnson last year at EdCamp Fort Wayne.  Last year, Riley left Indiana for the Assistant Principal position at New Tech High School in Napa, California.  He will be taking over as Principal this summer.  I'm grateful to have a dynamic leader in my professional learning network going through the same transition as myself.  

Riley's Twitter

May 12 2015

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PS57: Computational Thinking, Not Just Coding with Dr. Aman Yadav

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In this episode of the show I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Aman Yadav, Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. We talk about the movement for more computer science in schools. Dr. Yadav helps clarify that we need to embed computation thinking, not just coding, in the classroom. I also have a big a-ha moment regarding administrative ed programs, a particular passion of mine. 

You can connect with Dr. Yadav at www.amanyadav.org or on Twitter @yadavaman

Thank you so much listening to Principally Speaking. Please consider heading to iTunes and providing the show with a review. And a big thank you to all of the guests that I’ve had one my show…you make this so refreshing, educational and enjoyable for me and I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.   Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, which can be found at edupodcastnetwork.com

Jul 07 2016

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PS55: EdCamp Leadership & Leading a Large High School with Bobby Dodd

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May 19 2016

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PS29: Rethinking High School Design with George Philhower

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In the 29th episode of the show, I have the privilege of speaking with George Philhower, Assistant Superintendent at Western Wayne Schools in Cambridge City, Indiana.  In this district and at Lincoln Jr./Sr. High School they are developing a school-within-a-school model that allows students to move at their own pace and take their own path to success.  George explained that he has leaned on the Innovations High School in Salt Lake City, Utah for support and that their Principal Kenneth Grover has been a great deal of help in this process.  Mr. Grover will be presenting at the Richmond eLearning Conference this summer if you're interested in meeting him and learning more about this school model.  Here is a very inspiring presentation about his personal philosophy and vision for Innovations High School:

Mr. Grover's Presentation

Here is George's Twitter and his e-mail is gphilhower@wwayne.k12.in.us.   

Next episode I will be talking with the inspiring Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate.  He will be the Keynote speaker at the Integrated eLearning Conference at East Noble High School on July 21 in Kendallville, Indiana.   

To see the other eLearning conferences all around Indiana this summer, click here.  

Mar 10 2015

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PS42: The Relevant and Connected Educator with Tom Whitby

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Tom was a great guest to have on Principally Speaking.  He reminded me that unless listeners are changing their educational practice, there isn't much point to my show.  Be sure to connect with Tom on Twitter, check out his very well-written blog, and become of a member of the Educator's PLN.  Finally, he is the co-author of The Relevant Educator and author of The Educator's Guide to Creating Connections, due for release this September.  

Connect with Tom on Twitter

Tom's Blog

The Educator's PLN

Jun 09 2015

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PS56: Rural Education Expert Daisy Dyer Duerr

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In this episode of the show, I have the pleasure of speaking with the most fun name in education, Daisy Dyer Duerr, or as I would address her if it was normal, D Cubed.   Daisy was named the 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by the NASSP and has also been nominated for several Bammy awards. Daisy and I talk about her education background, what she’ll be presenting about at Model Schools this next week, what she would do differently if she could start over as an administrator, and rural education. She’ll be coming out with a new book this fall with another eduhero of mine, Mr. Derek McCoy, who I interviewed way back in Episodes 5 and 6 when I was just starting out podcasting.

Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, where you can check out other great shows like Daniel Bauer’s Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. I had the honor of being a recent guest on Daniel’s show and talked about my experience as a newer principal. He also was a recent guest on my show, Episode 51 if you’d like to check it out.

I hope you’ve had a chance to catch some great conferences this summer. I’m currently planning on attending and presenting at two upcoming Indiana conferences in Warsaw on Monday July 25th and in Auburn at DeKalb High School on Tuesday July 26th.   I taught science at DeKalb High for 9 years so it will be great to connect with several former colleagues. Don’t forget that EdCamp Leadership is taking place July 11th all across the country. You can check out @edcampldr on Twitter to find out where EdCamp Leadership is happening near you. Thank you to amazing human Joe Mazza for leading this effort…I had a powerful talk with him back in Episode 47. Finally, EdCamp Fort Wayne is taking place Thursday July 28th at The Summit, which is an amazing venue. A big shoutout to Jennifer Brower, Andy Deatrick, Alison Schlotfeldt and Mandy Woollacott for putting this on.   Head to @edcampFW for more information.  

Jun 22 2016

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PS46: Innovations Early College High School Leader Ken Grover

Jul 07 2015

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PS33: I've Been BrandED by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis

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School Branding experts and dynamic leaders Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis join me for an awesome conversation.  

The Power of Branding

Principal Professional Development

The New Fall Creek Podcast

Tony's Blog with Student-Led PTA Meeting, Epic Letter to Gov. Cuomo, Etc.

Joe's Blog

The BrandED Podcast

I'm a third of the way to 100 episodes and it's been an amazing journey in which I've learned a lot and I hope you have too.  When I first started this show, I never thought I'd have the opportunities that I've had to connect with such amazing educators.  

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me along the way.  

Follow your dreams!

Apr 07 2015

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PS45: Servant Leader Jimmy Casas

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In Episode 45, I'm joined by Bettendorf High School Principal Jimmy Casas.  Jimmy is co-author of What Connected Educators do Differently, along with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.  During our conversation, Jimmy offers an excellent perspective on leadership and explains how he truly has built a student-centered learning environment at Bettendorf.  

Jimmy on Twitter

Jimmy's Website

His Suggested Book: The Leadership Challenge

Jun 29 2015

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Outro: Element Poker by Engage Games

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Check out my new project @ www.element.poker. Thank you for your support!  

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PS63: The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

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On this episode of the show, I connect with John Spencer, co-author of the book Launch.  If you want to get your students using more design thinking and creating more I highly recommend you check out his book.  He also is the host of the podcast The Creative Classroom and his websites is spencerauthor.com.  Not only does John create great blog posts, but he’s also excellent at creating dynamic videos, which you can catch at spencervideos.com.  We talk about his experience in the classroom, the importance of journalism in school, and one of my favorite topics, higher ed.  We also discuss the Global Day of Design, which is taking place on May 2.  You can join in at globaldayofdesign.com

Apr 22 2017

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PS62: David Geurin's SWAT Team & Barrage of Positive Tweets

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On this episode I connect with Missouri School Leader and NASSP 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin.  Among other things, he shares about his epic SWAT team at Bolivar High School who are armed with technical knowledge, not weaponry.  I also really enjoyed his story about a barrage of positive tweets he unleashed recently.  You can find him on Twitter @DavidGeurin and his excellent blog is at davidgeurin.com.  

Apr 08 2017

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PS61: "Instruction Without Relationships is Futile" with Danny Steele

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For this episode, I had the privilege of connecting with 2016 Alabama Secondary Principal of the Year Danny Steele.  Danny is clearly another great student-centered leader and he got me fired up.  You can connect with him on Twitter @Steelethoughts and his website is steelethoughts.com.  

Be sure to tune in next week for my discussion with 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin.  

Apr 01 2017

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PS60: A Personal Message

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Here's the new website for my current podcast and new one in development:

jasonbodnar.net

Dec 16 2016

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PS59: Kevin Honeycutt

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In this episode, I have the privilege of connecting with Kevin Honeycutt, amazing educator and speaker.  We discuss his vision for teaching and administration as well as a big life event that has helped mold his current views.  

You can connect with Kevin @KevinHoneycutt on Twitter and don't forget to check out his website kevinhoneycutt.org for a ton of great resources.  

Oct 06 2016

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PS58: Missional Leaders Jeff & Heidi Veal

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On this episode of the show, I catch up with Jeff and Heidi Veal, two influential leaders from Texas.  We compare and contrast each of their roles and they talk about the dynamics of being a married couple of edleaders.  They also talk about how they engage the community and help build a culture of innovation at their schools.

Jeff and Heidi are just another example of guests that I've had on this show that not only add amazing content to the podcast but are simply great people and I'm honored to have talked with them.  Here are resources from the show and ways you can connect with them:

Jeff and Heidi's Blog: jhveal.com

Jeff and Nathan Lang's Website: leadupnow.com

Jeff on Twitter: @heffrey

Heidi on Twitter: @VealHeidi

#leadupchat: Saturdays at 8:30 AM CT

#ecechat: Tuesdays at 8:30 PM CT

Jul 26 2016

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PS57: Computational Thinking, Not Just Coding with Dr. Aman Yadav

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In this episode of the show I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Aman Yadav, Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. We talk about the movement for more computer science in schools. Dr. Yadav helps clarify that we need to embed computation thinking, not just coding, in the classroom. I also have a big a-ha moment regarding administrative ed programs, a particular passion of mine. 

You can connect with Dr. Yadav at www.amanyadav.org or on Twitter @yadavaman

Thank you so much listening to Principally Speaking. Please consider heading to iTunes and providing the show with a review. And a big thank you to all of the guests that I’ve had one my show…you make this so refreshing, educational and enjoyable for me and I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.   Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, which can be found at edupodcastnetwork.com

Jul 07 2016

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PS56: Rural Education Expert Daisy Dyer Duerr

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In this episode of the show, I have the pleasure of speaking with the most fun name in education, Daisy Dyer Duerr, or as I would address her if it was normal, D Cubed.   Daisy was named the 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by the NASSP and has also been nominated for several Bammy awards. Daisy and I talk about her education background, what she’ll be presenting about at Model Schools this next week, what she would do differently if she could start over as an administrator, and rural education. She’ll be coming out with a new book this fall with another eduhero of mine, Mr. Derek McCoy, who I interviewed way back in Episodes 5 and 6 when I was just starting out podcasting.

Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, where you can check out other great shows like Daniel Bauer’s Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. I had the honor of being a recent guest on Daniel’s show and talked about my experience as a newer principal. He also was a recent guest on my show, Episode 51 if you’d like to check it out.

I hope you’ve had a chance to catch some great conferences this summer. I’m currently planning on attending and presenting at two upcoming Indiana conferences in Warsaw on Monday July 25th and in Auburn at DeKalb High School on Tuesday July 26th.   I taught science at DeKalb High for 9 years so it will be great to connect with several former colleagues. Don’t forget that EdCamp Leadership is taking place July 11th all across the country. You can check out @edcampldr on Twitter to find out where EdCamp Leadership is happening near you. Thank you to amazing human Joe Mazza for leading this effort…I had a powerful talk with him back in Episode 47. Finally, EdCamp Fort Wayne is taking place Thursday July 28th at The Summit, which is an amazing venue. A big shoutout to Jennifer Brower, Andy Deatrick, Alison Schlotfeldt and Mandy Woollacott for putting this on.   Head to @edcampFW for more information.  

Jun 22 2016

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PS55: EdCamp Leadership & Leading a Large High School with Bobby Dodd

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May 19 2016

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PS54: Flex Mod Scheduling with Jon Laffoon

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Apr 26 2016

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PS53: HS Principal Aric Thomas Taps Into Student and Teacher Passions Through Pathways

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Mar 09 2016

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PS52: Underdog Advocate Dr. Ryan Jackson

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It's pretty clear from my talk with Dr. Ryan Jackson that he has a clear focus and passion for what he does.  He is truly an inspirational and visionary leader.  Be sure to check out his excellent blog below and/or connect with him on Twitter.  

The Underdog's Advocate

Ryan on Twitter

Feb 07 2016

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PS51: Dynamic Edupodcaster & AP Daniel Bauer

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Mr. Daniel Bauer reached out to me to be a guest on his show, Better Leaders Better Schools.  Stay tuned for this episode to be released by him in April.  Our conversation went very well and so I was inspired to have him on my show as well. Daniel is doing great things as an Assistant Principal in Chicago and also through his blog and podcast.  Check it out and connect with Daniel by clicking on the image below.

Don't forget you can check out Daniel's and other great educational podcasts on the Educational Podcast Network.  

Jan 27 2016

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PS50: Secondary Ed Director Dr. Neil Gupta

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I talked with Dr. Gupta quite a while ago...a fantastic educator and simply great person.  I hope you enjoy Episode 50 of the show...it's been an honor being the host of Principally Speaking.  Thank you for your support and have a great 2016!

Jan 01 2016

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PS49: MS EdCamp Period with Glenn Robbins

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In Episode 7 squared of Principally Speaking, I have the honor of speaking with Glenn Robbins.  It will become very clear to the audience why educators are coming to visit Northfield Community School very regularly.  Glenn does an amazing job of talking about the importance of key words that we use in education, even hallway and classroom.  I was also really excited to hear more about his period of the day in which the students explore in an Edcamp like environment, as well as his epic makerspace.

Glenn's Blog

Glenn on Twitter

Nov 18 2015

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PS48: Teach Like a Pirate Day with Ryan McLane

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Principally Speaking is back! Check out my talk with dynamic leader Ryan McLane.  Next week, I talk with another awesome Buckeye, Dr. Neil Gupta.  

Ryan's Blog

Ryan on Twitter

Sep 08 2015

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PS47: #semicolonEDU with Joe Mazza

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Joe's Post: Let's Stop Faking It

Nick Provenzano's [thenerdyteacher] Post 

Bryn's Video: Life is a Journey

Please feel free to e-mail me at jason@principallyspeaking.com or connect with me @EagleLeadLearnr if you want to talk about depression.  

Jul 14 2015

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PS46: Innovations Early College High School Leader Ken Grover

Jul 07 2015

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PS45: Servant Leader Jimmy Casas

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In Episode 45, I'm joined by Bettendorf High School Principal Jimmy Casas.  Jimmy is co-author of What Connected Educators do Differently, along with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.  During our conversation, Jimmy offers an excellent perspective on leadership and explains how he truly has built a student-centered learning environment at Bettendorf.  

Jimmy on Twitter

Jimmy's Website

His Suggested Book: The Leadership Challenge

Jun 29 2015

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