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Principally Speaking

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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PS7: High-Performance Instructional Leadership with Justin Baeder

Justin Baeder discusses his evolution from teacher to principal and eventually to full-time consultant and speaker.  If you're an educator that's interested in branching out through consulting or speaking, you definitely don't want to miss this one.   For the notes from this show, click on this link: www.principallyspeaking.com/ps7.   Justin's websites can be found here: eduleadership.org theprincipalcenter.com He can be found on Twitter here.   


29 Jul 2014

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PS35: Reflective and Transformative Leadership with Baruti Kafele

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


21 Apr 2015

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PS34: Leading Professional Learning with Jeff Zoul


14 Apr 2015

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PS59: Kevin Honeycutt

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.  


6 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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PS38: From AP to Principal with Riley Johnson

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


12 May 2015

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PS37: The Student-Centered Classroom with Paul Solarz

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.  


5 May 2015

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PS6: Derek McCoy (2 of 2)

Thank you for tuning into the second half of my interview with Derek McCoy and be sure to check out his blog at mccoyderek.com and connect with him @derekmccoy on Twitter.   Check out principallyspeaking.com/ps6 for the notes from this show.   Stay tuned for next week for my interview with educational consultant and former elementary principal Justin Baeder.  Justin's website can be found at eduleadership.org.  


22 Jul 2014

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PS58: Missional Leaders Jeff & Heidi Veal

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


26 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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PS3: Jeffrey Benson (2 of 2)

Please see the show notes for this episode at  www.principallyspeaking.com/ps3 for an outline of the show, along with links to Jeffrey's book recommendations. Click on the image below to head to "Hanging In" on Amazon.


1 Jul 2014

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

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. 


7 Jul 2016

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PS8: Private School Principal Theresa Stager

This week Theresa and I talk about her experience as a new administrator last year and she provides advice to those jumping into the profession.  She talks about the experience of also hosting a podcast, the PrincipalCast, which was recently announced will be renamed PrincipalPLN.  We discuss her experience leading a private school in Michigan that does not receive any public funds.  She also provides other podcast and book recommendations.  Finally, she sells the audience on Voxer, an amazing app that allows educators to build unique chats and grow together.  Don't wait like me...get this app immediately!   Theresa can be found @PrincipalStager on Twitter and her blog is at principalstager.com.   Stay tuned next week for my interview with Matthew Brown, assistant principal at Sunnyside Intermediate School in Lafayette, Indiana.


5 Aug 2014

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PS29: Rethinking High School Design with George Philhower

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.  


10 Mar 2015

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PS5: 2014 Digital Principal of the Year Derek McCoy (1 of 2)

Today I have the privilege of speaking with Derek McCoy, the NASSP 2014 Digital Principal of the Year.  In this episode, Derek talks about what effective Digital Leadership means to him and provides some recommendations for digital tools as well as conferences to attend, including the infamous ISTE.  I also ask him what inspired him to become an administrator and how he supports strong leaders in his school.   Tune in next week for the second half of this interview, in which Derek talks about being an innovative educator and his experience assisting with the EdCamp movement in North Carolina.  He also provides recommendations for your PLN and books that educational leaders should consider reading.  For the show notes from this episode, head to principallyspeaking.com/ps5.  Thank you so much for tuning in to the show and don’t forget to please provide feedback on iTunes and Stitcher, which really helps get the word out.  I’d love to hear from you @ mrjasonbodnar on Twitter and jason@principallyspeaking.com.  


15 Jul 2014

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PS4: Fellow Book Addict Principal Park Ginder

In this episode I speak with Park Ginder, the Principal of Homestead High School, home to approximately 2300 students in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We’ll talk some about the logistics of leading such a large school and Mr. Ginder will provide some of his thoughts as a life-long learner and digital leader.  As per usual, I ask my guest about advice for newer administrators and to provide some book recommendations.  Check out principallyspeaking.com/ps4 for the notes and links from this episode.


8 Jul 2014

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

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!


7 Apr 2015

Rank #15

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PS11: Mark Barnes Reshapes My Thinking

Mark Barnes is the author of the new book Teaching the iStudent, which was just released August 19.  Click the image of the book above to check it out.  This is part of a series with other influential educators such as Spike Cook, Peter DeWitt, and Kristen Swanson.  In this episode Mark talks about his personal journey from classroom technophobe to technophile and his paradigm shift towards a results only learning environment.  Be sure to check out his websites at markbarnes19.com and brilliant-insane.com.    Stay tuned next week for my talk with Eric Sheninger, author of Digital Leadership.  We’ll be talking about the book, his background, what qualities he believes makes a strong principal, and his new position with Scholastic.  If you have questions, comments, or suggestions remember you can always reach me @APJasonBodnar on Twitter, or jason@principallyspeaking.com.  


26 Aug 2014

Rank #16

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PS10: AP and App Developer Matthew Brown (2 of 2)

In this episode, Matt and I wrap up our conversation by discussing www.meetup.com/k12tech and his role in the upcoming TedX Lafayette event.   Don't forget you can e-mail me at jason@principallyspeaking.com.  I'm also on Voxer at jbodna782.   Stay tuned for next week's show with author Mark Barnes, who can be found at markbarnes19.com.  


19 Aug 2014

Rank #17

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PS9: AP and App Developer Matthew Brown (1 of 2)

Today, I have the privilege of interviewing Matt Brown, Assistant Principal at Sunnyside Intermediate School in Lafayette, Indiana.   Here is the outline for this show:  Matthew’s Inspirational Educational Background Why Matt Became an Administrator  Excellent Advice for New Administrators: Knowing your Place, Putting your “Teacher Glasses” On, and Being Humble Most Important Qualities of a Strong Assistant Principal: Effective Communication, Not Saying Yes Too Much, Discipline with the Right Mindset Matthew’s Role in a School Transitioning to 1:1 with iPads This Year Matthew’s App Philosophy: Going Beyond the Flashiness and Extending the Classroom Effectively You can connect with Matt @EdTechMatthew.  Stay tuned for next Tuesday for the second half of the interview! 


12 Aug 2014

Rank #18

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

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.


24 Mar 2015

Rank #19

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PS30: Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess

In this episode I speak with former social studies teacher and current author and speaker Dave Burgess.  Dave is of course the author of Teach Like a Pirate.  We talk about the TLAP philosophy and its connection to leadership.  Dave will be the keynote speaker on July 21 at IntegratED @ East Noble High School if you happen to be in Northeast Indiana like me.  You can register for IntegratED now or apply to present at the link above.  I'm very excited to be working with Jennifer Brower and Andy Deatrick on EdCamp Fort Wayne, which is taking place July 23 @ The Summit in Fort Wayne.  Check out this awesome picture of the Ideation Lab, one of the amazing rooms we'll be using to collaborate!  If you're interested in securing yourself a spot at this free unconference, click here to register.  


17 Mar 2015

Rank #20