Transformative Principal
Discover the secrets of school leadership in this weekly interview podcast with top leaders in education.

 

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?

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.

 


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.

 


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?

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

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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.
Direct download: Identity_with_Grayson_Maas_Transformative_Principal_299.mp3
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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?

 

Direct download: A_Special_QA_with_Will_Parker_Transformative_Principal_1054.mp3
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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.


 

Jayme Hull helps schools and churches make millennial friendly environments. She also mentors millennials so that they can be successful. Check out her free resource for principals at her web site.

  • They want to be connected and work somewhere they can make an impact.
  • They have heard their parents talk about how bored or angry they are at work.
  • Very few parents and grandparents were actually happy.
  • The fear of change is strong!
  • Millennials don’t even have the choices like they had in the past.
  • More than 50% cannot stay where they grew up to find work.
  • Completely consumed with staying up on the digital happenings are.
  • They have to be learning or they’ll lose their jobs.
  • You give and you receive. Build a relationship first.
  • Mentorships are really beneficial for millennials.
  • Care about the person first, not what you can get from them.
  • We’ve forgotten how to encourage our new teachers.
  • Make sure they have downtime
  • Their deepest heart’s desire is to have a desire.
  • The millennial are a gift to us. They are demanding that we get back to what we used to do.
  • We have forgotten how to teach what is essential.
  • Mentoring program - The older generation will be blessed. Don’t tack on any more paperwork or extra hours.
  • 2 kinds of mentors - someone on staff willing to pour into the next generation. Group of retired teachers. Never more than 30 minutes for 6–12 weeks.
  • Their words and encouragement.
  • Millennials are so tired of being on a checklist.
  • It’s not about the nail
  • How to be a transformative leader? Look three teachers in the eyes and tell them thanks!
  • Face to face mentoring podcast.
Direct download: Mentoring_Millennials_with_Jayme_Hull_Transformative_Principal_296.mp3
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Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class, and the new book coming out this week called “Choosing College!”, which is the book we are talking about today!

  • The book is about more than just choosing college, right? Tell me about that.
  • There are a few stats about college that are just appalling, so many people not finishing, so much debt. Why do we still support it?
  • boost in wages, employers require it.
  • military or college!
  • Personally fulfilling
  • A lot of people don’t know.
  • What language do people use to describe what they did.
  • A lot more students should be taking a gap year.
  • Working on the newspaper in high school.
  • Let’s talk about quality assurance. I hear people give advice that it doesn’t matter at all where you go or what you major in.
  • What’s the value I’m getting from this experience?
  • We don’t have enough data while we do have too much data!
  • I am not a historian, even though my major was history.
  • We don’t know what we don’t know.
  • We have to give kids experiences about what they can be doing.
  • Make it tangible with an emotional connection.
  • Give kids immersive experiences in those fields so they can see themselves in that setting!
  • Do your strengths and abilities allow you to get into that field?
  • Learning starts with engagement.
  • What do you think about something like Lambda school, which doesn’t offer a degree, but rather a skill, and you don’t pay for that?
  • More than a coding bootcamp.
  • Might ultimately replace college.
  • Purdue university has an income share agreement.
  • University of Utah.
  • Traditional top universities are going to continue to drive up costs.
  • Price competition among universities.
  • understanding your “why” is important.
  • Understanding what progress looks like for you.
  • Find out what you want and work backwards.
  • Not seeing distinct spheres but rather integrated parts of our lives.
  • Kids look more at what you say than what you do.
  • Loves this from the Forbes’ piece:

    “Because no one understands the precise mix of what external supports cause student outcomes to improve, a theory of innovation—the theory of interdependence and modularity—suggests that schools must integrate to control every critical component of a student’s life that isn’t “good enough” to ensure academic achievement. In other words, when driving toward greater performance with moving parts that are unpredictably interdependent, in order to do anything, schools must do nearly everything.”

    “From the vantage point of our theory, it appears one of the reasons for City Connect’s success is that its school-based coordinator starts with the teacher and each student’s academic goals. That is, the organization integrates the supports it provides in a tight, interdependent manner with each teacher and around the needs of each individual student in a personalized way—not in a tiered way that treats cohorts of students judged to have similar risk profiles in the same way.”

  • Much to love about the personalized approach,
  • Let’s play to your strengths and support you in your weaknesses.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Principals ought to step back and ask, how do I integrate more authentic experiences?

Direct download: choosing_college_with_michael_horn_transformative_principal_295.mp3
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Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them.

  • We are an academy, not a school.
  • Agnostic about the school kids attend, it just needs to be good.
  • We can react very quickly and give support to kids.
  • We diagnose their problems.
  • Sometimes they take notes to impress someone else.
  • When you get into the business world, you have to learn really rapidly.
  • Why would kids want to come to the Tesla Academy?
  • It feels so weird to do something different.
  • There’s a generation gap in parents: younger parents totally get it.
  • How to be a transformative principal? My model could really take off in special education. My model would work perfect with 20-40 students.
Direct download: you_changed_my_life_with_brad_barber_transformative_principal_294.mp3
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Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them.

* Business process outsourcing.
* Went back to school as a teacher.
* Started at a charter school.
* Not the primary person who delivers the content.
* Education is so inefficient.
* I can teach it, but I want my students to learn how to learn.
* The difference between a coach and a teacher.
* They’ve been surviving school for 9 or 10 years.
* The teachers become babysitters (in other classes) and that’s not what we’re about.
* We’re observing the entire time.
* Kids understand that the technique wasn’t right


 

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

  • Motivated students in grades 2–12.
  • We are the place students come to to learn math that they aren’t going to learn in school.
  • Instill motivation in kids to want to do math.
  • By and large math is traditionally taught with an emphasis on procedures, memorizing, and pattern matching.
  • We are losing the art and beauty of mathematics by how we teach math in schools.
  • We challenge them and ask them to rise to the occasion.
  • We give them puzzles.
  • We get a flood of serotonin when we solve problems.
  • It’s not wrong to have the wrote, it’s wrong if that’s all you have.
  • If you don’t move beyond the basics, you won’t be able to apply it later.
  • If you take a problem-solving approach…
  • We need to carve out time for kids to be uncomfortable with a problem.
  • But how do we make time for that?
  • It limits the incentive for kids to take intellectual risks.
  • We can do this together. Education doesn’t just have to be teachers in a classroom alone.
  • There’s a dissatisfaction because there is still a lingering question about how I would have done that.
  • Rigorous activities early on!
  • ASTE Keynote
  • How to be a transformative principal? Carve out time and space for students to do some thinking without a goal in mind! gmaas@aops.com

Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291

Social Media: Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that.

Over the past 10 years, Kevin has visited over 1,000 schools and spoke with educators and students to learn how student outcomes are impacted by the learning environment. As CEO of Kay-Twelve, a company committed to improving learning environments for 10,000,000 students, Kevin wants to share his findings with others involved with education.

  • Came from a family of educators.
  • Hesitant to get into education furniture business because it was all the same.
  • If you’re implementing change, it’s really difficult to do without changing the environment.
  • Start small, learn from it, and then make the changes needed.
  • The furniture is preventing me from doing it.
  • It’s not about the furniture.
  • Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that.
  • Need to establish some rules around chaotic furniture.
  • Space can have a big impact on driving change.
  • Start with shared spaces.
  • Flex seating or student choice seating.
  • Get your free copy of “Creating Better Learning Environments”
  • How to be a transformative principal? Find a network where you can be talking to other people. Join the mastermind

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Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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Communicating to Create Happy Families with Jennifer Larson Transformative Principal 290

Social media: If you have a good communication system and everyone is engaged, there’s a positive buzz to the school.

Jennifer Larson is he co-founder and CEO of Hive Digital Minds, which provides parent-school communication solutions through schoolbzz.com

  • Completely overwhelmed
  • Couldn’t keep up.
  • Shift towards personalized learning means there are a lot of different adults supporting a student.
  • “I don’t even read the newsletter anymore.”
  • Parents want to know what the two or three places for information.
  • Grades communication is an important part of it as well.
  • School website is a great marketing tool to recruit students, teachers, and families to your school.
  • Figure out what information you want to share with the public and put that on the web site.
  • Find tools that work well for your enrolled families.
  • Build a communication strategy that gets information to the families quickly and efficiently.
  • Do a communication audit to see what you are currently using.
  • Which have information that parents might want access to.
  • Need to implement a multi-year strategy.
  • Talk to your parents.
  • When schools jump into parent engagement, they are probably meeting the needs of those who were already having their needs met.
  • Challenges around native languages spoken.
  • Focus on mobile.
  • Recognize that not all parents can be there physically at the school.
  • Parent engagement is about making sure the families understand the value of education.
  • Volunteer hours.
  • Parents want to be engaged but they don’t know how.
  • If you have a good communication system and everyone is engaged, there’s a positive buzz to the school.
  • If you have happy families at your school, there is no other better testimonial.
  • How to be a transformative principal? It all comes down to communication. Connect with each of your staff members and parents.

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Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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Danielle Nuhfer is a teacher who helps other teachers focus on self-care and you can find more information about her at teachingwell.life

  • Teacher for 16 years.
  • Not sure she was going to go back to teaching.
  • Second burnout at year 10.
  • Sabbatical in 2015 and 2016.
  • What led to the second burnout.
  • Lots of additional work responsibilities being taken on.
  • Hard saying no to things.
  • Reframe the No. “Let me say no for now.”
  • Summer of Self-Care. - Deep dives into self-care
  • What teachers need to start doing:
  • Burnout and stress is common, but it doesn’t have to be normal.
  • How we feel begins with us.
  • Nothing needs to change, but everything can change when we change.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Start with yourself. What can you do to take care of yourself?
  • Back to School Bundle - Stress care solutions, how to get a 40-hour workweek, and more!

 

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My wife told me she just couldn't do it anymore. "It's too hard," she said. "Every time I drop him off, the tears, the yelling, and the crying. I just can't take him to school anymore. We've got to figure something out."

We had talked about different things, from counseling to medication to other options.

For the time being, our solution was that I would drop him off at school. For some reason, his reactions to his anxiety seemed to be less when dad dropped him off.

Any parent who has experienced this knows how difficult it is to deal with the intensity of the emotions on a daily basis.

This was especially challenging for me, because I struggled with this as well. All the way until I was 19, any new change was especially difficult. My heart broke for him every day, because I knew how powerless he felt.

When he started kindergarten, we were living on a small island in the gulf of Alaska, and the community didn’t have the resources to offer a lot of help.

We did all kinds of things to try and help, meditation apps, calming techniques, praying, blessings, and more, and nothing really seemed to work.

When we moved to Fairbanks, we were ready to get more serious, but then he took care of this himself.

Before I get to what actually happened, let me back up a bit.

I read a book when I was 21 called “Write it down. Make it Happen.” Actually, I think I just read the first chapter or so. That was all I needed. It talks about the power of writing things down to make them come to fruition.

Well, I wrote down a bunch of goals that I wanted to accomplish when I turned 30, and guess what? I accomplished them all.

I’ve been a big believer in goals for a long time, and this really solidified what I knew.

So, I decided to start setting goals with my family each week. My four kids would set their own goals every week, and my wife and I would set our goals. We share them with each other and track them on a piece of paper.

Eventually, that has now grown into yearly and monthly goals we set with each other, and help hold each other accountable.

Back to my son. We had set goals as a family for a couple years, and after we moved to Fairbanks, he started taking an interest in setting meaningful goals for himself.

It started with little goals.

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We are pretty strict that we don’t tell the kids what goals they should set, but rather help them set their own goals.

So, my son spent some time setting little goals like play with certain toys each day, or do his chores when he first got up, or play Minecraft.

Then, one day, it happened.

“My goal this week is to go to school without complaining.”

My wife and I looked at each other in stunned silence. For over two years, this had been a battle, and now, he was saying he wasn’t going to complain.

We played it cool, and said, “Good goal. Let’s see how it goes.”

Honestly, we didn’t think he would do it.

But sure enough, he got out of the car on Monday, without a single complaint. And each day after that, he has done the same.

I’m not going to lie, having some AMAZING teachers who really cared about him and helped him has been a really powerful experience. But the thing that really made the difference has been him setting his own goal to be in control of his life.

 

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Kip Motta is a principal in Rich Utah.

  • You have to deal with people.
  • Everything is about relationships.
  • Doing what’s best for the team.
  • Everyone is different, and you need to adapt your leadership to that person.
  • A history of four-day school weeks.
  • Change based on school district transportation costs.
  • Waiver to reduce day requirement (152 vs 182) and still meet 990 hour requirement (now meet over 1000 hours)
  • Start school at 8 am, out at 3:30.
  • Parent teacher conferences count as
  • Very few breaks - Labor Day, thanksgiving, Christmas for 1 week.
  • Student and staff attendance increased.
  • Ask staff and community to do personal appointments on Fridays
  • 4 day school week is much more difficult for elementary school.
  • Helped us go down the road of standards-based instruction.
  • Struggles with 4 day school week
  • Finding coaches is difficult
  • Daycare for Friday’s with no school.
  • You have to do everything through the lens of what is best for the most children.
  • Kids are more recharged after a 3-day weekend every week!
  • March and April can be long months with no break.
  • Restorative practices, mindfulness to help kids cope with added pressure.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Find someplace to go and learn!
  • Contact kmotta@kipmotta.com

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Direct download: A_Four_Day_School_Week_with_Kip_Motta_Transformative_Principal_287.mp3
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Revolutions Start with Relationships with Darren Ellwein Transformative Principal 286

Social media: Tailor everything to the learner - via @dellwein

Darren Ellwein is my dessert bro and principal at the middle level in South Dakota!

  • Revolution is about a group of people.
  • From a staff culture standpoint: there was some kickback.
  • It’s so much fun!
  • Personalizing learning - what small steps do you need to take?
  • Tailor everything to the learner.
  • Mastery projects - success criteria
  • You have to give up control.
  • Relationships “it feels like my family.”
  • Let the kids decide the norms.
  • Waiting on content for 2-3 weeks.
  • Done with our standards before we get to the standardized tests.
  • personalizedlearningtools.com
  • Personalized Learning is not about sitting in front of a computer all day.
  • Starts with a relationship, then goes on to flexible content.
  • Those kids broke in adults every year!
  • Hannah and Alex - there was a pace set for everyone, even though it didn’t match.
  • She would tell you she wouldn’t go back to the way it was.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be your own person. Hold on to your beliefs. Have the mindset of serving kids.

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After a career in innovation, Ted Dintersmith is most well-known to educators as the executive producer of the movie, Most Likely to Succeed, coauthor of the book of the same, and the man who traveled all fifty states to see What Schools Could Be.

  • How to change schools?
  • Changing everything overnight - the sharp knives come out.
  • Thoughtful, supportive resources at innovationplaylist.org
  • Have your community define essential competencies for your kids.
  • Look for success points in your school.
  • Encourage the innovators to do things.
  • Ask them to keep an open mind.
  • Native villages
  • Carving up a moose carcass.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Spend some time with young kids and recognize that this is the fight we can take on. change happens slowly right up until it happens quick
  • What do teachers have in common that do innovative things within the system?
  • What are you seeing China?
  • Deleted scenes about kids not having homework from Most Likely to Succeed - share that story.
  • http://teddintersmith.com/innovation-playlist/ *

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After a career in innovation, Ted Dintersmith is most well-known to educators as the executive producer of the movie, Most Likely to Succeed, coauthor of the book of the same, and the man who traveled all fifty states to see What Schools Could Be.

  • Education is the only antidote
  • Machines are taking over so many jobs.
  • Social media fueled technology is making it challenging to know what is real.
  • What they could do vs. what they do.
  • the people who get to the top of these bureaucratic systems are bureaucrats
  • If we just focused on setting up the conditions for educators to do their best work.
  • It’s time for us to be more like activists.
  • What are you working on and why?
  • The purpose of school is to rank kids.
  • Why isn’t that the way we do it?
  • New Hampshire portfolio assessment system.

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Mia Pumo is a former teacher and math specialist and currently is the cofounder of Constructive Learning Design, which supports teachers and learners by making learning joyful.

  • Partnering with community organizations.
  • Schools often don’t know how to partner.
  • Businesses don’t know how to join in the work with schools.
  • Use coaching skills to build relationships.
  • Learning is much more beneficial when they come together and make a real impact.
  • Experiential learning - year long process developing a plan around a real issue.
  • You never know what seeds have been planted through that experience.
  • How to start the conversation.
  • Focus on quality partnerships.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Active listening to create a shared vision.

Mia Pumo is a former teacher and math specialist and currently is the cofounder of Constructive Learning Design, which supports teachers and learners by making learning joyful.

  • Making learning joyful
  • I was really starting to contemplate leaving the profession I love because the joy was not there.
  • We believe that if we design and deliver powerful learning experiences for educators, they will design and deliver powerful learning experiences for students.
  • Coaches can transform the learning and cultural experiences of a school.
  • You can’t afford to not have coaches! There are many ways to incorporate coaching into a culture.
  • Leaders with coaching skills are more effective and more impactful.
  • Communication, active listening, developing a culture where coaching and feedback are part of the norm.
  • Have leaders take on that coaching role as part of what they do.
  • Developing culture falls on the leader.
  • Set up protocols and structures to make that an enjoyable experience.
  • Coaching cycles
  • The best professional development is the teacher down the hall.
  • Position coaching to the staff as a support, not another observation.
  • Why is there a stigma related to coaching?
Direct download: Making_Learning_Joyful_with_Mia_Pumo_Transformative_Principal_282.mp3
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Brittni Schroeder is the founder of Compassion Clubs, dedicated to the memory of her late son who passed away tragically at the age of 14.

  • Started with a scholarship fund for students.
  • Received hundreds of cards and letters from people who cared about Gage.
  • The “Can Man”
  • People wanted to be with our family.
  • “We only suffer when we think about ourselves.” - Tony Robbins
  • We have to serve. That’s how we heal.
  • Gave kids pizzas and told them to sit with kids who didn’t have anyone sitting with them.
  • Elementary and secondary curriculum.
  • Secondary the kids lead it.
  • Elementary is teacher/counselor/parent run.
  • If they don’t know how to serve and think outside of themselves they are going to have a rough adult life.
  • 12 different values: compassion, kindness, gratitude, charity, courage, etc.
  • Teach about the value, share a story, then serve.
  • Teenagers don’t seem to have coping skills.
  • Nominate kids for scholarships and grants.
  • My son’s legacy is compassion.
  • Most successful club in Michigan.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Look for those kids that need to belong.
Direct download: Compassion_Clubs_with_Brittni_Schroeder_Transformative_Principal_281.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23am MST

 

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, @jchorvath is an educator and researcher with expertise in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, brain simulation, the learning sciences, and effective teaching/learning practices

  • There is 1 learning process!
  • It is the same for everyone.
  • You don’t differentiate so students learn differently, you differentiate so students engage differently.
  • If you want to learn something you have to engage in it, but not too much!
  • Attenborough effect.
  • Science of learning and craft of teaching.
  • Thinking principle
  • Learning principle - all learning has to begin with facts.
  • Semantic memories for the key 10 or 15 facts. Three episodic memories for a fact.
  • Episodic memories vs. semantic memories.
  • All starting of learning builds episodic memories.
  • How we use inquiry wrong in education.
  • Surface learning is semantic facts. Binary.
  • Conceptualization - how are you going to organize your facts. Forming a concept. Can’t be binary.
  • Contextually emergent skills.
  • Fear of failure
  • Learning resilience
  • Education gives you experience in learning.
  • How to be a transformative principal? People who you don’t really know what they think at the end, because they are trying to get you to question your own assumptions.

Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, all the while managing an independent clinical practice, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges.

  • Every single kind of problem was transformed based on relationship.
  • It’s the adult’s job to be the relationship manager.
  • Live up to your goals.
  • Relational breakdowns.
  • How do we promote the relationship between the boy and the teacher.
  • Breakdowns happen all the time.
  • It’s the responsibility of the relationship manager to monitor whether it has broken down.
  • The boy that simply checks out and underperforms.
  • Book I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners
  • I won’t learn from you
  • You may have to develop new skills out of your repertoire to reach kids.
  • Every type of boy can be reached.
  • When a teacher reaches their end of their rope, they need to reach out for their help.
  • You recognize that this is really challenging and it is frustrating. You have the power to change this boy’s life, and I know it is hard, If you can bear with him and continue to check in with him, you can reach him.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Understand that you are asking your teachers to do this emotional work and validate the challenge that it is while saying boys are relational learners first!

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Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, all the while managing an independent clinical practice, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges.

  • The stereotypes of women has changed significantly in the last 40 years.
  • There’s been very little to counteract stereotypes of men and boys.
  • Stereotypes shape boys’ lives early on.
  • We cannot say that women are limited because of biology, but we still say that about boys.
  • When Boys become “Boys” - Judy Chu
  • Started out as direct, authentic and able to articulate themselves. Traveled from presence to pretense by way of posturing.
  • Inauthentic and less willing to articulate their feelings.
  • Conditioning comes from everywhere: teachers, parents, peers.
  • A man box study - messages about being a man. Stoic, unemotional, strong, etc. Men more associated with man box stereotypes were more prone to negative behaviors, including suicidal ideation.
  • Schools play a profound role in organizing the messages about what Men are.
  • Every school is occupied by a hidden curriculum.
  • Most educators feel as though they can’t get their arms around it.
  • Boys have very little efficacy over the hidden curriculum. Policed by other boys. Often receive subtle and not-so-subtle redirection from adults and other boys.
  • Student-teacher relationship and significance
  • One-dimensional type of masculinity that is rewarded in school cultures.
  • 1500-member study of boys and 1000 of their teachers. Tell us a story about a relationship that went well and oe that didn’t go well.
  • So reassuring that the mask can be taken away when they do have a relationship.
  • Relationships are transformative in three ways: practically, psychologically, existentially.

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Derek McCoy is a middle school principal in Georgia, and a fellow Digital Principal of the Year. He is also the coauthor of “The Revolution: It’s Time To Empower Change In Our Schools”

  • We still sit in rows, we still deliver everything the same as we always.
  • The time for shifting is over.
  • Shift gives comfort, but we’ve got to make some change for our kids.
  • We’re asking adults to change.
  • 3 R’s is how we conduct business, and it always has been. That’s not going anywhere.
  • We also know better.
  • Shifting from the three R’s
  • Passion - finding something that you’re passionate about. You might have some parents that can’t get into all the fundamental three R’s.
  • When you’re passionate about it, you don’t give up.
  • There is a disconnect with schools and parents now.
  • We know better. We know how the brain works. Learning is more social than it is memorization.
  • Don’t be the teacher you had as a student,
  • It’s about learning new, and trying new for our learners.
  • Change is going to happen, so we can embrace that change for our students.
  • How do we get the whole system to change?
  • The revolution@ries primary responsibility to build a vision!
  • Committing to learner-centered change!
  • Find your pusher who is going to support you through it and ground your thinking.
  • Significant change is relative.
  • Survey and talk to kids?
  • Getting learner input.
  • Control vs. Trust
  • 5 core values: communicators, collaborators, __, have integrity, act with purpose
  • Giving kids opportunity to provide input.
  • Ask the kids, “How do you see this working?“
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms. Spend half your day in there talking to kids. Let that be the formative assessment for how you

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Christopher is a principal at Whitman Hansen Regional High School.

  • Transitioning to a new high school.
  • A new position gives you the opportunity to reflect on where you want to go and who you want to go.
  • Sharing yourself first.
  • I’m not a student-centered principal!
  • I’m a staff-centered principal.
  • Build staff meetings around getting to know each other.
  • Building relationships
  • Every day, with some exceptions, I’m in classrooms giving feedback to teachers.
  • Out in front playing music with kids.
  • Using Voxer to give immediate feedback and face-to-face meetings.
  • Three simple questions: What’s working? What do I need to stop doing? What can I do to make your life better or easier?
  • Start by supporting, then you engage them, then you empower them.
  • A good leader is a servant leader.
  • A good leader becomes a better leader by making others more successful.
  • Clear the road for others.
  • Experience is so important and we have to fail to keep learning.
  • We don’t know how good we can be.
  • Every student leaving the high school with something in their pocket to prepare them for the next level.
  • Key components of S1 to raise failing grade to passing grade.
  • Empowering teachers to give kids hope and keep integrity of the grades.
  • Teachers choose most important units and then give kids an opportunity to make things happen.
  • 92% of the kids who did winter school passed the year-long course.
  • Summer Read Smackdown!
  • Interdisciplinary days - kids don’t come back to a test on the book.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and give honest feedback to teachers so you can have a conversation with them.

 

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Mike Fisher author of Hacking Instructional Design. Shoutout to @elizabethfisher

  • All this stuff that is eating up teachers’ time to plan.
  • Easier to just purchase a program or a plan.
  • Shift focus to contemporary instructional design.
  • Why is it so hard to move away from
  • Decision paralysis. So many decisions to make that we don’t know what to do.
  • How well we need to design assessments.
  • Standards, resources, external assessments.
  • The What - standards
  • The How - activities
  • The How Well? - assessments.
  • Tripticks from AAA
  • Trying things out - gives you some freedom.
  • Being a lead learner is pushed aside to get things done.
  • Right-sizing the work. Allow students to be cocreators in instructional design.
  • Breaking the standard into manageable bits for teachers and for students.
  • Learning targets “standard statement“ with I can in front of it.
  • Help students have high level of mastery.
  • Kids do not care about your grades!
  • Let them be accountable to each other and accountable to the world.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Invite conversation, collaboration. How do we remain loyal to the learner and learning?

This is a keynote that I presented for the Alaska Society for Technology in Education Conference in February. Here is the link to the video of it. 

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Byron Darnall is the principal of Potter Gray Elementary School in Bowling Green Kentucky

  • Long term sustainable change is slow.
  • How do you improve something that is already successful?
  • Examine the student experience.
  • Who’s school is it?
  • As educators we tend to operate from the center.
  • Busyness is the disease of our time.
  • How are you? Busy! <-bothersome
  • “I would love to, but I’m too busy.“
  • Am I too busy to get better?
  • How to be less busy?
  • Every day shouldn’t lead to absolute exhaustion.
  • There is nothing easy about it, but we have to be open to finding someone we trust to give us good feedback about our time management
  • Systems thinking - not exposed to it as a teacher or
  • Centralize school-wide communication through a blog. If it matters, it is on the blog.
  • If it can’t be said in 1-2 sentences, it’s a conversation.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Talk to your students and ask them questions.

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Direct download: Stop_the_Busyness_with_Byron_Darnall_Transformative_Principal_273.mp3
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RTI process for Lyn Marsilio's elementary school.

  • Set a couple goals: know their letters, ICU.
  • 4 rotations, 6 minute rotations
  • Letter writing, letter sorts, tracing, sound sorts.
  • After the first 20 days, graduated kids went back into the classroom.
  • Did a round 2 to add rhyming and took out tactile piece.
  • Taking attendance for kids to see how many times they went to this intervention.
  • Out of the 20 days, some kids only made 14, and so called him to make sure kids
  • Our third round, the teachers are finally seeing why we take data.
  • Kids making the goals early are taking off in other areas because they had those foundational skills.
  • 80% on grade level vs. 40% that were on grade level last year.
  • Narrows down who needs special skills.
  • In the past, title I data has felt like a collection with no meaning. Up until this year, that has been data that we collect, not that we use.
  • Teachers plan it, teacher assistants implement it.
  • 1st grade - 46 kids, three title I teachers are working with these kids. We have seen 84% of the kids in 1st grade making progress.
  • Co planning with the reading teachers.
  • In second grade, about 50% of kids have rotated out because of progress.
  • There is a great benefit in being targeted.
  • 3rd graders, all but 2 of the 25 kids needing intervention are making great progress.
  • Lots of young staff, and they are still doing well.
  • Teachers are seeing why the planning is affecting instruction and what that impact is.
  • foundational skills in 2nd and 3rd grade: decoding, then once they hit grade level, push comprehension.
  • Holding on to them a little longer.
  • Got push back in the beginning because we are doing something different.
  • Now that they are seeing why we structured that the way did, there is more excitement.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade, asked teachers for input to make sure they felt supported.
  • Success is contagious.
  • What haven't we figured out: 4th and 5th grade.
  • Looking at budget as people and not programs.
  • We are getting kids to be readers.

 

Direct download: RTI_for_Real_Gains_with_Lyn_Marsilio_Transformative_Principal_272.mp3
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Larry Villiard is the principal of a K-12 school in Bruce Wisconsin.

  • Leadership team, started with 12 people, now we have up to 20 people come to the leadership team meeting each month. Follow up leadership team meeting after PD.
  • Anybody who wants to be part of leadership team can join us.
  • Leadership Meeting norms.
  • Six Step Process
  • Weekly article share at 7:30
  • Book studies.
  • Tight and loose.
  • Need more time if we are going to teach the curriculum with fidelity.
  • Seniors leave a week earlier than the rest of the student body, so they are going to do a test run with the new schedule.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Have an open mind. Tap into your talented staff.
  • call bruce high school.

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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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Dr. Barbara is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education, a professional development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children.

  • Barbara started rocking abandoned babies when she was in high school in Washington, D.C.
  • First year teaching was in the inner city.
  • The role of spirituality and faith in children.
  • Faith community is a resilience factor.
  • Faith enables us to have connection.
  • Children have innate understanding of God.
  • When you have that child standing in front of you that can sometimes get on your last nerve, ask not what is wrong with you, but what has happened to you?
  • Impacts us at the cellular level.
  • I look at you with compassion for your story.
  • The kids’ history has told them that the world is not a safe place.
  • “Children act out“ in behavior what they do not have the words to say.
  • How much do we need to know about student’s trauma?
  • The trauma determines the impact.
  • The behavior speaks for itself.
  • Need to look at trauma with a broader lens.
  • What happens inside a child’s body when they experience trauma.
  • FAE and Pre-natal drug exposure impacts organization of brain.
  • Most vulnerable time is in-utero and first two months of life as it relates to brain development.
  • Dr. Perry and neurotransmitters.
  • ADHD medication manipulates one of the three neurotransmitters.
  • Dendrites on neurons related to quality and health of early life.
  • Trauma can interrupt two hemispheres of the brain.
  • Memory, language, using symbols can be compromised by trauma.
  • Moral classrooms, moral children.
  • Children with trauma will only thrive in a community.
  • Developmentally appropriate practice with kids exposed to trauma - Narrow window of strategies.
  • Children with significant trauma act at half their chronological age.
  • Active learning engagement for kids exposed to trauma.
  • Primary strategy is a do-over or reboot. “Let’s try that again!” - may need to model that first.
  • Goal is not to manage behavior but to heal them from inside out.
  • Ignore the no and give two choices!
  • Cozy corner: “You let me know when you’re ready to go back to class.“
  • Simply changing the location is sometimes enough.
  • Pattern, repetitive movement is calming to the brain.
  • Wet washcloth is a tangible symbol of empathy.
  • How to be a transformative principal? When you see those children who are struggling, remind yourself it’s not about what’s wrong with you, but about what’s happened to you. I know who you are.

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Jason Glass is the superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools

  • 85,000 students on the west side of Denver, Colorado.
  • Lots of great people in the district.
  • Community is politically divided 1/3 democrats, 1/3 independent, 1/3 republican
  • When it comes to our kids, it should be an area where everyone can work together.
  • PBS Documentary about the Jeffco recall
  • Things that disturb the balance here get noticed
  • How do we prepare the students for the right future.
  • Green Mountain Youtube Video
  • Changing the student experience through changing the student task
  • Information is really easy to acquire.
  • Problem and project-based learning across the entire organization
  • Three categories of practitioners: those who have always taught in authentic: Allow those teachers to be influencers.
  • Second group is those who see the changes and are willing to engage but don’t know how: provide lots of opportunities for them to see what it looks like.
  • Third group: waiting to see if this is a fad.
  • How do you inspire your leadership to do these things as well?
  • This is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult change to make.
  • “This is exactly why I got into education”
  • Really hard because this is not a technical change
  • Much deeper and more meaningful change approach.
  • Have the changes really changed what students experience
  • how to be a transformative principal? Principals can support, encourage and help a teacher take a risk to create an authentic meaningful approach for a student.
  • @cojasonglass Jason.glass@jeffco.k12.co.us

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Greg Goins is a former superintendent, principal, teacher and coach who is now the host of the Reimagine Schools Podcast

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  • Reimagine Schools
  • Twitter opened my eyes greatly.
  • Find some life skills.
  • Someone has dealt with a similar problem.
  • School Leadership can be a very isolating profession.
  • Have the courage to have some really difficult conversations.
  • Ask why we are doing the things we are doing.
  • Nothing wrong with starting slow
  • When I was in school.
  • Stop looking at kids as part of groups.
  • Change is the most feared word in education, but we need to embrace it.
  • Being highly innovative is a scary proposition for many people.
  • How to implement change: We’re going to try something new and see how it goes.
  • Henry Ford, “Those who have never made a mistake work for those who have.“
  • Create a culture of Yes.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be a connected educator.
  • Learn as much as you can.

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Jeremy Williams is the principal of Manor Hall International School in United Arab Emirates

  • 600 students from 46 countries
  • Bitcoin and blockchain
  • Bitcoin made it speculation.
  • At its core, it is a ledger. A record of transactions and accounts.
  • Eliminate Higher ed from being the sole guarantor of credentials.
  • Blockchain seeks to destroy intermediaries.
  • Blockchain verifies information and can’t be hacked.
  • Blockchain authenticated vs university degree.
  • What it would look like in the K-12 system.
  • If we had the ability for authentic assessments that were performance oriented and we attached blockchain credential instead of a grade. It’s not just about getting the A.
  • How to know it is good enough.
  • You can store as much as you want on the transaction.
  • Tasks have to be structured in a way that are binary.
  • Publicly declare purpose and passion.
  • Tie to the credential where people could see the work.
  • Assess where the viability would be for you.
  • For the teacher who wants kids to be motivated intrinsically.
  • You have to have a low barrier to entry.
  • Upskilling people who are already working.
  • Blockchain is not bitcoin.
  • Technology is going to impact the future of jobs.
  • Discerning passion and purpose vs. understanding what jobs are possible with that.
  • Parents exposed her to a lot of things when she was younger.
  • It’s our opportunity to expose kids to things to see what they like.
  • Genius hour model.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Spend time with yourself and figure out what it is that you love about the work you do. Help 1 kid learn about what they love.

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Claude Charron is a Teacher in Miami Florida and director of STEM program in Gulliver Florida. Claude@conradawards.org

  • Empowering students to make change
  • Sports has it right in being able to expose kids at a young age to become an athlete.
  • Things that will not work.
  • Keeping kids safe doesn’t inspire.
  • Kids have to choose something they are interested in.
  • Empathy is vital.
  • When students are inspired by seeing someone challenged by something, they have a purpose for working hard.
  • Designing something that matters is what inspires kids.
  • How designing something that matters inspires kids.
  • Getting kids to agree on something is an art.
  • How do you get kids to engage and go down the path where they want to design something that matters.
  • You do learn things through projects.
  • Design process since 1997!
  • What is the art?
  • We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. How do you go from an idea to a working prototype?
  • Google Sprint method. Book
  • Modules that would help teachers.
  • How to select a challenge.
  • Visualize everything on a board.
  • No Box Toolbox -
  • Collaborate with someone visually.
  • It’s our responsibility to engage kids
  • If kids aren’t engaged it’s a personal failure on me as the teacher
  • Shows that kids can each communicate in an effective way to give everyone a voice.
  • Haven’t reinvented the process. The difference is they are not working in silos.
  • Once you have the clarity within a team, you have the power to do what the team wants to do.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
  • Ask faculty, how can we work together in a way where we are going deeper with kids.

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Jennifer Hogan is an assistant principal in Hoover, Alabama. Her web site is The Compelled Educator

  • Rising Tide Radio Focused on women in ed leadership.
  • Guide on the side for PD with her teachers
  • School goals take the learning outside the classroom walls.
  • First session wasn’t about the technology, but about gathering courage and thinking differently about how they thought of their classroom in the past.
  • Jump-start ideas.
  • Connect with an expert in their content areas.
  • Walked around and listened is all Jennifer did.
  • Decide on something, then figure out technology.
  • Timeline
  • Skype and blog with experts
  • Connections with other classrooms.
  • What is holding principals back from doing things this way.
  • How do we want to go about doing that?
  • Think of as many ideas as possible.
  • Not many challenges.
  • School has three goals for learning
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms.

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Kelly Young is the Executive Director at Education Reimagined, where they seek to help educators create a learner-centered learning environment.

  • What happens when kids don’t learn the same thing!?
  • It is a myth that just because things are being taught that all students are all learning the same thing.
  • Kids are not learning the same things now even though we may be teaching the same thing now.
  • What are the competencies that kids need to have?
  • Once kids get over the fear, they realize they have a lot to say.
  • All of your learning is not going to be in K12
  • Inspire life-long learning
  • Equity issues
  • Examining what bias we might be bringing.
  • This process of education is incredibly liberating for educators.
  • How to be a transformative principal? 2 things: 1. Listening and being a team with the educators 2. Actually asking 5 young people and five teachers what it is like for them in the school.
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Kelly Young is the Executive Director at Education Reimagined, where they seek to help educators create a learner-centered learning environment.

  • Non profit in Washington, D.C. that figures out how we can accelerate the transition from school-centered to student-centered
  • All kids and outcomes that are actually relevant.
  • A whole new way of seeing education.
  • Learning is a natural phenomenon.
  • Unfurl students’ unique potential.
  • Shifting from the transfer of knowledge to the investigation of unknown knowledge
  • Einstein National Geographic.
  • Asking teachers about passionate learning experiences that they had.
  • Had people that cared about them and what they learned.
  • Great learning experiences rarely happen in a classroom setting.
  • Relevant to what kids need to learn.
  • Why is it so hard for educators to let this go?
  • It’s what we experienced and what we know.
  • Maybe there is something wrong with me.
  • When you’re really struggling with a student, ask what might I do differently and what role can the kids take in fixing the problem.
  • It always feels risky to invite kids into the conversation.
  • Iowa BIG - architecture project.
  • He didn’t have the words to describe what he was missing.

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Jeff Kubiak is a principal in Davis, California.

  • Didn’t really like school growing up.
  • Pushed to be an administrator by his now-superintendent.
  • One of the most diverse counties in the United States.
  • MAP assessment closely related to state test.
  • Much more small group instruction and intervention. MAP skills tied in with Khan Academy.
  • Reclaiming our child by Brad Gustafson.
  • Technology makes it possible
  • It might be a little bit loud, but I can still have my kids in the back, and we can be rocking!
  • Have a hard time having videos to show my teachers.
  • Encourage teachers to go check out other teachers’ classrooms.
  • Students set goals with teachers.
  • Start with why.
  • Then add the what.
  • How to help teachers change
  • Lots of PD - how to have a MAP goal setting conference with students.
  • Approach each teacher with how it will work for them.
  • We ask 800 kids to change every day! Why can’t we as adults make one little adjustment?
  • We don’t gossip.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into all the classrooms. Gotta get out of the office!

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Bridget Belcastro is the principal of Johnnsburg Elementary School.

  • Principal of every grade level in K-12
  • Why Bridget joined the mastermind.
  • I’m always just starting out, even in my 12th year.
  • Makes me reflect on things that I have experienced.
  • I can give recommendations or experiences that helped me.
  • I do have some very specific goals for my career, and I get those through the mastermind.
  • Intimacy of it, we all have time each week to share what we are doing.
  • GRIT Program - Greatness Requires Internal Toughness.
  • A team of 10 teachers developed the lessons.
  • There is a new series of lessons for each grade level.
  • We talk about Goal Setting, Perseverance, Overcoming Obstacles, Reflection, Growth Mindset, Etc.
  • Talk about brain research and famous failures.
  • Teachers buy into it more when we create it.
  • Year 1 was very easy, all the lessons look the same.
  • Year 2 was a little more challenging with fresh approach and different topics.
  • Year 3 is really challenging.
  • Teachers have t-shirts Got GRIT?
  • If I fail, I’ll be OK. I’ll just try it a different way!
  • Restorative practices - Problem-solving skills
  • Working through frustrations with kids.
  • Make sure our practice matches what we’re preaching.
  • Are we giving kids chances to show that the “Yet” part?
  • How to be a transformative principal? Reminding yourself that you’re all in this together. Making sure that your staff believes it!

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Social Media 259: Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values.

Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio

  • Teachers that put up welcome signs that were edgy.
  • Opinion piece following the vandalism.
  • Discussing racism head-on.
  • Being inclusive not exclusive
  • Equity committee that meets to discuss culture, morale, language barriers, etc.
  • Support students that are not documented immigrants, but make sure that their rights are preserved.
  • Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values.
  • How the mastermind benefits Joel.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get in a lot of steps to be out in your school!
  • Dual Language Principal Katherine

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Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio

  • Dual Language is much different.
  • Studied science and Spanish in college.
  • We as a nation are just starting to realize how important it is to speak another language.
  • Broca’s area
  • Families wanted to have their own language spoken in the school.
  • Family resource center
  • 2009 started as a dual language program
  • There were reluctant dual language program.
  • Change is hard.
  • Some staff members left.
  • Teachers are a major factor in school culture.
  • Talking and being out in the community is really important to help with a big cultural change.
  • Funds of knowledge community.
  • Parents’ values reflect what they want their kids to learn.
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  • Change school became a powerful space for people to have powerful conversations about school.
  • Change school brings a level of transparency and honesty that is really powerful.
  • Have an ongoing conversation with people who have similar ideas and understandings and have had experiences to make it possible.
  • People feel trusted inside this community.
  • It can be a difficult conversation about what modern learning should look like.
  • Constant learning is fascinating.
  • Tried to create some space for people to connect who don’t have room for that in their physical spaces.
  • It is very dependent on whether people are school leaders or something else.
  • The dark ages of change - leadership from the middle.
  • People who can be influencers - parents, students,
  • suddenly it’s not just about one teacher or one principal.
  • How to get parent and student feedback.
  • You often see yourself very isolated in a school.
  • People are looking for direct prompts and cues
  • So much of the educational conversation is led by journalists and politicians. We have to stop that.
  • People respond with a blank look to a blank slate because they don’t have the practice at it.
  • Modern Learners Lens
  • Existing schools - best vehicle for communication is your students.
  • We’ve conditioned kids to do what we say.
  • The notion of setting expectations.
  • If we’re going to shift the goalpost, we need to spend a lot of time talking to parents about the what and the why.
  • TED Podcast
  • Do we trust kids?
  • Four areas that we have to think hard about - Modern Learners Lens
  • Schools don’t know what they believe, they don’t articulate what they believe
  • Understand how literacy is changing.
  • Understand what is actually possible in schools now.
  • Peter Senge
  • Most change efforts are not grounded in those conversations.
  • Modern Learner Community
  • Change.school for more information
  • How to be a transformative principal?
  • Bruce: Engage more deeply in the spaces we already referred to.
  • Will: Have a willingness to see if you are actually doing what you believe in your classrooms!

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Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools.

  • PreK involvement
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Stronger voice for advocacy
  • Building strong relationships.
  • Can’t personalize learning unless you know about the kids!
  • Different levels for leaders learning at their own pace.
  • There needs to be customization because different people need different things.
  • Culturally responsive teaching and Trauma
  • How do people get involved?
  • Contact someone and say you want to be involved.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and support teachers.

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Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools.

  • The Three Amigos
  • Sandy Green Elementary School - lowest 10% of the schools. Working with a well-known publisher on reading and writing, and it wasn’t going as well as they thought!
  • Year 1 from 10%ile to 50%ile. Year 4 82%ile. With highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the district.
  • Honed in on systems and structures
  • Full staff turnover in those four years.
  • 3-4 year plan
    1. First thing you need to do is establish relationships.
    1. You’ve got to be the examiner of systems and structures.
  • Identify holes in intervention and enrichment.
  • Each building has its own issues.
  • Three changes in the first year: 1. Slow 2. Integrated with content, but lost on the students 3. No engagement
  • Students were passively sitting there, while the teacher was doing all the heavy lifting.
  • Level of community involvement.
  • Need to do different because we are teaching different students.
  • How do we do different different?
  • It’s supposed to be hard.
    1. Be the filter: teach to cause a positive result.
  • Modified Danielson Rubric for evaluation. I can’t evaluate you in Domain 1 unless I see your lesson plans.
  • You can’t be good with what you do without a game plan.
  • Look at the standards and make them meaningful.
  • New teachers out perform due to effective lesson plans.
  • Need guidance and coaching and mentoring around lesson plans. Provides the opportunity for reflection in lesson plans and it makes them better as teachers.
  • Lesson plans provide feedback on Professional Development - if we can’t see it reflected in lesson plans.
  • Keeping your lesson plans to reflect on later.
  • Planning formative assessment.
  • CoTeach model - special education & ELL population
    1. Be in classrooms a lot.

 

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Invitation Only Parent Teacher Conferences with Jay Posick Transformative Principal 254

Social Media: If you’re sitting in your office, trouble is going to come find you so you might as well go find it!

Jay Posick is principal of Merton Intermediate school in Merton Wisconsin

  • How our culture came to be here in Merton.
  • Weekly nuts and bolts emails “Good Morning Merton Family“
  • Take care of kids…
  • Connect with people face to face.
  • There aren’t silver bullets.
  • Get out of your office.
  • If you’re sitting in your office, trouble is going to come find you so you might as well go find it!
  • 3 all-staff meetings each year that I’m in charge of.
  • First agenda item on grade level meetings is kids.
  • There are times as educators where we focus more on the negative than on the positive
  • Recognize kids that are going above and beyond.
  • Be kind, be safe, do your job.
  • Good news call of the day. #mertonproud
  • Finding ways to recognize kids.
  • Find a way for teachers to share more with others.
  • Mark French came up with the idea.
  • Have a positive phone call at the end of the week.
  • Ordinary to you, amazing to everyone else.
  • Invitation only conferences
  • Pat on the back or a kick in the butt!
  • Building Leadership Team.
  • More on invitation only conferences.
  • Great things, challenges, great things.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get out of your office!

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Hi, this is jethro, host of transformative principal! You can reach me @jethrojones on twitter or at http://transformativeprincipal.org/

Today is episode 253 and I am so excited about what I am going to share.

My school is rocking and rolling in an amazing way! We are positively impacting kids not just academically, but socially, as well. It’s fantastic. In fact, I’m much more proud of our soft skills growth than I am of our academic success, because today, kids can learn anything anywhere!

Much of that growth is happening in Synergy, which I will talk about later.

But first, everyone is always asking, how do we get our schools to change. You’re listening to this podcast because that is what you want to know! In the fall listener survey there were about 90% of my listeners so far who said they wanted to learn more about the school change process.

Well, I’m going to tell you the secret.

Ready?

Here’s my four-step process guaranteed to bring about school change:

  1. Vision
  2. Communication
  3. Empowerment of faculty, parents, and students
  4. Continuous improvement

First, vision. Where there is not vision there is death. Do you want to be “just another school?“ No! That’s why you’re listening to some guy in Alaska describe how his school has dramatically changed over the last 18 months

If you go back to episode 1001 of Transformative Principal you will see how we did a ton of stuff at my last school. The same is happening here, with one notable exception. Everything that we are doing is centered around a vision for personalized learning. If it doesn’t have to do with personalizing learning for our students, I don’t touch it.

Our vision is clear. We are going to give kids what they need when they need it. That is personalized learning.

Our vision is clear: if something doesn’t contribute to personalizing learning, we don’t waste time on it.

Whatever training we do goes back to personalizing learning for our students.

We have a ton of new stuff happening in our school this year. Why? Because we are personalizing learning.

Math - project-based learning
Science - switching between 7th and 8th grade teachers each quarter-long unit to give kids choice and voice in their learning.

So, let’s talk about how all these things happened.

Step 2: communication

When I got hired, I came up and met the staff at the end of the school year. I talked at length with a few of them, and started communicating over the summer more extensively. There was a lot going on.

When I got to the school, I met with every teacher I could to ask, “What should we start, stop, or continue doing?” I got a lot of feedback from that. There weren’t a lot of opportunities to talk with parents, yet, but those that I did shared some of their concerns. The biggest thing that I learned in my four months’ research was that there were a lot of problems. It was tough coming into the school.

I did a survey at the end of the school year, and when I asked a question about culture at the school, only 2 responses were something positive. All the others were negative. ALL the others were negative.

This was tough for me. As a side note, one of the ways you measure culture is through little things, like how many people sit together at district-wide professional development. At our PD on Monday, we had the biggest group we’ve had sitting together. It’s working.

We also had a school district strategic vision and big push from the school board and superintendent to personalize learning for our students, which is what I really wanted to do in education anyway!

After all this research, we needed a direction. Many teachers responded to another survey that they wanted to be known for something. They had different ideas, but they desperately wanted to be known for doing something that no other schools were doing.

So, with their input, I created a vision for where Tanana would go in four years.

Here it is: We would fulfill our school district’s strategic vision by becoming the most personalized school in the district.

I announced to the teachers at the start of the year and then reviewed it again. I help monthly meetings with parents to explain where we were going to go in the future.

Part of the challenge was that we would only have students for 2 years.

Step 3: empowerment of faculty, parents, and students

This one is really exciting. I could write a whole book about this!

In our four year plan, there are outlines, and there is room for growth. There is room for personal accountability.

I learned long ago that a leader’s job is not to cap the top end, but rather to help light a fire under someone else.

Through this process parents and students and teachers may feel like they have a little too much power. The reality is you always have that power. It’s ironic that this piece is called empowerment, when we take that power away ourselves and think that we need permission to do good things. We don’t.

Throughout this whole process, teachers and students have been given great latitude to make their own decisions and do things how they think is best. They are the people with the most information about what works for them, so why should I, as the principal, who doesn’t know a lot of what is going on, be making all the decisions.

I do my best to teach them good principles, and then I let them govern themselves accordingly.

One of the other things that I have learned is that if I am running the ship, when I turn my back the ship crashes. There are initiatives that are happening solely because I am in charge of them. This is a recipe for disaster! This will not continue if I am not working my tail off to make sure that happens. I need to distance myself from that so other people can take ownership.

Right now, synergy is in that camp. But it is a school-wide effort and not many people have the capacity or opportunity to see all that there is to be seen! Even still, I need to move that away from me, and give more opportunities to others.

*What is Synergy?

You’d probably call it project based learning. And that would be pretty accurate. But it’s not exactly that.

Synergy is a time for students to learn without limitations. Synergy is a time when students bring all their skills and knowledge together to do something that leaves an impact.

I made a little video to explain it to my students, and I’d like to share it here.

What makes synergy so awesome? It’s all driven by kids. They come up with the ideas. They do the work. Teachers are very much guides on the side supporting them. It’s so exciting to see what kids are creating.

I’m working on a list that shows everything that kids are doing in Synergy, but it isn’t quite done, yet. Kids are writing novels, making scale models of battleships, organizing a step team, finding ways help homeless youth, raising awareness about LGBT issues, decorating our school, writing uplifting messages on origami to give to others, upcycling, organizing after-school programs (sports and chess) for a neighboring school, creating a smoothie company, a locker decorations company, a vinyl decal company, and so much more. It’s exciting!

I can’t believe what I get to witness every week with these kids. Stay tuned for more to come about this exciting chapter in our school.

Step 4: Continuous improvement

This is where it gets really exciting for me. Nothing is ever good enough. Good is the enemy of great. I want my school to be amazing, and it is never going to be if I settle for anything. For me, change and improvement is exciting and fun. For others, change is scary and challenging.

So, how do we make this happen? We constantly evolve in every area we can.

It means that I have a critical eye, and that means critical for the things that I want to have happen, too. Synergy is a good example of that. It started way back when I was a teacher and has been evolving ever since. It has different names in different schools, but the base idea is the same. You might call it Genius Hour or 20% time. I’ve called it “special projects,“ “tutorials,” “advisory,” and now “synergy.”

What is important in whatever process you are evaluating, is that you continually evaluate how things are going. You can’t settle for anything, anytime.

There are challenges with this. But this is where it goes back to the vision that you have for your school. If you don’t have that vision of what we are doing, the improvements can be seen as changes, and that doesn’t help anyone!!! People don’t like to change for change’s sake. They are willing to improve and grow, but they need to do it with an eye toward a vision of some sort.

 

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Eric Chagala is the principal of of Vista Innovation & Design Academy Twitter

  • Changing with the same kids same teachers same place.
  • Using the design thinking process to actually get there.
  • There is no difference in design thinking between business and schools.
  • Trying to create and add value for and in the community.
  • Identifying who our users are and what their
  • How do you get deep insights?
  • Steve Jobs idea, they never would have come up with that idea. Listen deeply, and read between the lines of what people are asking for.
  • What is it that they have not imagines.
  • About 1000 educational visitors come through our school each year. Want to do better by and for kids. Looking for exposure. Trying to gain understand about what might exist in different capacities.
  • What they understand from the perspective that they have. Important for the designers to have a really vast set of exposures.
  • It’s not just visiting schools.
  • Stopped reading about education stuff. Starting reading and focusing on things from industry.
  • Subscribing to more things outside the context of education.
  • discussion, reading, and some travel to other places.
  • Quallcomm, Mindsets of founding leadership team.
  • Translate what we were hearing from students and teachers.
  • Looking at creative firms that touch the education sector.
  • Diversity of the ecosystem.
  • The more diverse an ecosystem the better
  • Feb 2013 - spring smiling at each other, year long journey of trying to figure out what a new school would be.
  • August 2014, after just 1 year. Taught all day at the old school afternoon and evening were spent learning and gaining empathy.
  • Be centered around design thinking. Doesn’t translate very well into pedagogy.
  • Pedagogical framework, buck institute on Project-based learning. That gave us a framework to insert design thinking into.
  • PBL is more challenging in Math than humanities, so moved to Problem-based learning. Challenge-based learning.
  • Design-based learning. Deeper learning & project based & challenge-based
  • DBLe - including entrepreneurship to get them ready for the gig economy.
  • The narrative we share about the experience that kids get when they come here.
  • VIDA - Life - Narrative of life vs. school.
  • It’s not design thinking or PBL, what sets us apart is our narrative. This is not school.
  • You can’t just show up for 7.5 hours and think you’ll change your life.
  • First year - students who were matriculating through. Found some of the kids who had struggled the most in the old school and were stars in the new school. Tell their story on video.
  • Turnaround kids.
  • Schools have the power to perpetuate or change the culture of the neighborhood.
  • “Now our teachers care about us”
  • Pursue challenging tasks with
  • Love the hell out of every single person, every day.

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Whaley School is a separate day school with about 100 students with behavioral needs.

  • Some students stay through graduation, but goal is to get them back to a neighborhood school.
  • Sister school closed down and opened an elementary wing, so now a k12 school!
  • 100% special education population - level 4, level 5 is more like a residential treatment center.
  • Tier 3 in MTSS/RTI behavior.
  • Students can access neighborhood schools. No after-school activities at Whaley. Sometimes a parent goes with them to activities at other schools.
  • Why not inclusion at Whaley school?
  • Some of the behavioral needs are so intense that staff members do not have the support to deal with those severe behaviors.
  • Our motto is working through the problem.
  • Physical aggression they are showing towards others.
  • Strategies: Crisis Recovery Hallway - able to talk with intervention coaches to walk them through the conflict cycle, with whomever that may be!
  • What are you going to do when you go back?
  • Teaching kids to advocate for themselves.
  • We really believe in no suspensions
  • We give the same curriculum that they get at the other schools,
  • All of their communication becomes behavior.
  • An intervention coach in each classroom and there in the CR room. Intervention with Strategies and Support
  • To prevent recidivism, we need to teach skills to help them.
  • CR1 - something blows up and you lose your cool. Quickly getting back to class.
  • CR2 - spend a little more time talking about what is going on. Choose: mindfulness, exercise, or work.
  • CR3 - stay there the rest of the day.
  • How to help the teachers welcome kids back into class.
  • Every 5 minutes is a new beginning.
  • It’s ok to start fresh at the beginning of the next class.
  • Also have a few items that are specifically going to put them in the ISS room, Threatening, posturing, etc.
  • Eliminating behaviors
  • A lot of times teachers may see reactions, rather than instigating actions.
  • Suggestions, be very loud and say, “I don’t like that, don’t do that.“
  • Check in and check out.
  • 1st period talking about goals that they have.
  • When they go to checkout, tell how they did.
  • Doing so many checkpoints throughout the day. Behavior data every week.
  • Data review meetings can be called at any time to try to get a student back into the regular school.
  • Data review with the team, then we call a meeting with neighborhood school. Meet at the neighborhood school.
  • Sometimes self-sabotage - Extra help for kids that are getting close to transitioning.
  • Make sure kids feel that they have support when they leave.
  • Why not do a different curriculum with these students who are very different?
  • Students could have access to resource classes in all subject areas.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
    Build close relationships with students, be out there and make sure that kids know you think they are important.

 

Michelle Snyder@mlsnyder92 Vista Visions academy

  • Students have set lab times so they come in for special events.
  • Students in a lab with 5 or six students
  • Whether or not they are required to do the labs is up for debate, but it is good for kids to have the experience.
  • What kinds of students are attracted to your school?
  • Their reasons vary, but they each have a very specific reason for coming.
  • If they hadn’t found us, they would have gone outside the district to a charter school
  • Big picture learning. Upstream collaborative.
  • Learning through interests (LTI) student internship program
  • Teaching skills for seeking out their own internship.
  • Parents often speaking for their kids and how do we help parents.
  • Takes a lot for parents to be able to step back when they
  • How to build for scale for this program.
  • Looking at things from a dollars and cents point of view.
  • We’re not the same system as a regular school, so we need to look at what’s actually happening to see what we need to do to help them.
  • Every Friday afternoon we have collaboration and PD.
  • Individual Student Support Spreadsheet to record notes of students.
  • Touchstone - morning meeting with staff to see how everyone is doing.
  • Always looking at other options for kids.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Ask questions of their staff and listen to their answers.

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Kelly Tenkely founded Anastasis Academy in 2011.

We visited this school in September 2018, and we want to make

Anastasis is a kindergarten through 8th grade innovative, non-denominational Christian school located in Centennial Colorado. Our Reggio-Emilia, inquiry-based approach challenges students to gain a deep understanding of concepts and skills. Experiential learning allows our students to explore the world through research and play. Students collaborate in small, mixed age classes with teachers who support learning. It's no wonder that our student love coming to school every day!

  • Metanoia - greek the journey of one’s mind, body and spirit.

  • The way we interact is a journey.

  • Tie the morning time in with what is happening in our inquiry block.

  • Community time.

  • Mile walk together - all students and teachers all together.

  • Disregulated kids get regulated by walking together.

  • 3:10 time: we meet all together in the lobby.

  • Daniel Pink’s book, When.

  • The last thing that happens is the thing that stands out.

  • Sometimes it is a dance party.

  • Parent feedback about what these two things do.

  • We have parents ask, “Who did you notice being kind today?” It’s not just about academics, but about caring at a human level.

  • Kids feel judged when their parents ask about school because they think their parents ask about areas they are weak, so we coach parents to ask about social

  • What did you do creatively today?

  • The way we are shifting education is very different from what parents experienced in school, so we need to help parents see how the landscape has changed.

  • Our parents are a little more open to that because they are choosing this education.

  • My kids’ friends are memorizing 50 states.

  • Table topics at back to school night.

  • Getting to know people on a personal level. Cultivating community between parents and teachers.

  • Meeting of the minds - parent teacher conferences.

  • Sending postcards to parents as just in time information.

  • Pull information from handbook and put it on the postcards.

  • Making our handbook fun to read.

  • Most challenging is hearing parents say, “Why can’t you just call it X?”

  • People who aren’t in the space every day, don’t understand everything about why you need to call it something else.

  • How to change perception of what we are based on people’s experiences.

  • Start comparing yourself to what you want to look like.

  • “We are a magnet school if a magnet school was run by Pixar!” Connect to something they are familiar with and connect with that.

  • Assessment - means to sit beside.

  • We apprentice students in the art of learning.

  • Traditional assessment is a teacher making a determination of a grade. It’s never about a student understanding and reflecting on their own work.

  • Different things focused on social skills became part of upgrade (their report card).

  • Continuum of learning - Novice -> Apprentice -> Practitioner -> Scholar -> Changemaker

  • So many more skills than just doing math facts in under a minute.

  • 5sigma conference - See the kids’ activities first hand, then do breakout sessions.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into the classroom and get to know students on a personal level.

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Joe Erpelding, principal of Design39Campus:

  • Promotion Designer class - students are creating promotion experience
  • 2 promoting classes in last two years
  • the trouble with leadership in traditional models.
  • Anyone who is interested in leadership gets to be part of Lead39.
  • Students create leadership
  • Experienceships energize
  • Life-ready
  • How do we cram it all in?
  • Covering the content vs experiencing the content.
  • Enduring Learning through creativity, knowledge, identity.
  • Design thinking process is an extension of the scientific method.
  • Empathy.
  • Was the learning really “felt”?
  • What does great teaching look like?
  • What does great learning look like?
  • MOUs to reshape the strict rules and regulations.
  • Extensive Hiring Process: disorienting for anyone coming here.
  • 4 step process - 1. e-tell 2. Design challenge with student 3. Typical interview 4. Performance task
  • Onboarding process - historical documents of where we hoped to be.
  • Balance between quicksand and concrete - how do you balance this?
  • Steve Farver: Radical LEAP
  • Competency-based learning - TK-8 - what is critical?
  • Critical components that need to be covered before kids are ready for the next step.
  • 1st graders collaborating
  • Sense of self leads you to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Learner centered lab school - can’t disconnect parents from the learning community.
  • FutureNOW conference - parents are invited to be learners.
  • How many tours are we giving to our current parents?
  • TK-8 Experience
  • Pain points - 100 kids leave
  • Problem with us - communication around what a student is learning.
  • What are we going to assess?
  • Send home a progress report twice yearly.
  • altschool learning platform.
  • Seesaw
  • students can showcase their progress against competencies.
  • What’s next instead of I’m done.
  • allowing students to have variety in how they communicate what they learn.
  • Giving kids access.
  • Personal connection to mathematics can take a deep dive into mathematics.
  • Daily morning collaboration 7:45-8:45
  • Gift that we’ve given is time. We overstructure things.
  • Still have the same time as their peers at other schools
  • How to be a transformative principal? 10% - what am I willing to stretch myself to do tomorrow? What do I want to see this time next year?

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Scott Ellis is the founder and CEO of Mastery Track, which is a software program to help teachers use mastery-based grading in their schools.

  • Applied analytics at Hewlett Packard.
  • Teacher mentoring programs.
  • Blended and personalized learning for the last 7 or 8 years.
  • What contribution could I make?
  • Look at scale and what that might look like?
  • How to use technology as the core process that everyone can access and use for learning.
  • Making lots of progress on certain areas, but still having good access to the data is one area we are still struggling.
  • Anything more than individual student data is too much data.
  • Data wave is crashing across education.
  • We need to be crystal clear about what data we need?
  • What does the student know?
  • So what might we do next?
  • Which ways of learning work best for them?
  • Blended learning is combining great teaching with technology.
  • There is a new job description for teachers in the 21st Century.
  • It used to be that the teacher was the source of information, and now there are lots of ways for students to learn. There are so many more tools in the teacher’s toolkit.
  • We all know they know different things and are in different places. It’s extremely difficult to do differentiation in that system.
  • Teachers know things that nobody else knows. They know the children in front of them. The role of those teachers is to know how to use the variety of tools at their disposal to help kids learn as much as possible.
  • The children are at different places in their learning.
  • New tech makes things possible in new ways.
  • Station rotation models. Individuals and small groups is where the magic happens.
  • Effective educational practices that are happening when the teacher is not imparting instruction.
  • Start with a dashboard: Where are they now?
  • Second step: What are the next steps?
  • Third Step: What is our action plan?
  • Run a two-week cycle, where kids are learning certain things.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Enable students to move at their own pace: learn about what that means, and genuinely embrace it, or start asking the questions to make that happen.

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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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Alexis Gonzales-Black is a principal designer at IDEO.

  • Holacracy - One kind of self-organization practice. Distribute authority into the hands of those that are doing the work.
  • Series of circles that are self-running startups or businesses.
  • Put the organization’s purpose above your own ego.
  • Shift to Holacracy can be challenging.
  • What are the self-advocacy skills that people need to be able to be successful?
  • Where do you have influence over these structures?
  • Managing ourselves in a really interactive way.
  • We build stories around what might happen if we take a step out of our comfort zone.
  • The story you tell yourself is so important. Storylines
  • We’re never going to get it right!
  • We are a flawed species and we need to give people the ability to try new things.
  • Allow tension to happen. Tension is inevitable.
  • Own your tension and be the one who is responsible for resolving that.
  • My job as a self-manager is to deal with that.
  • Our job title becomes a uniform we can’t take off, rather than being a value we bring to the school
  • What do others expect of me?
  • What do others need of me?
  • What are some of the roles that I can offload to someone else?
  • Role Marketplace - bring your roles to the marketplace and share the load!
  • The workforce increasingly wants autonomy, mastery, and purpose
  • Flexible approaches to budgeting and staff assignment.
  • People points.
  • It’s holding us back from experimenting, where we definitely need experimentation.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Take one piece of yourself and offer it to someone else.

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Design39Campus

Brief School Profile:

 At Design39Campus, learning experiences are designed with the individual learner in mind. As a collaborative community, we nurture creative confidence, practice design thinking, learn through inquiry, connect globally, use technology and real world tools, and promote the courage and growth mindset necessary to change the world.

Teachers are called “Learning Experience Designers"

 

Location:

17050 Del Sur Ridge Road

San Diego, CA 92127

(858) 676-6639

 

Why are we visiting this school?

 

Alignment with our vision for K12 Magnet

[x]Competency Based

[x]Blended Learning

[x]Diversity

[x]Public School

 

Resources and Links:

School Blog

School Web Site

 

Contact:

Joe Erpelding

jerpelding@powayusd.com

858-382-4356

 


Notes from Visit:

  • Everything speaks titles, furniture, etc.
  • Open spaces, very flexible  
  • Choices in topic, process, product
  • Director of innovation
  • Teachers collaborating every single day.
  • Team (principal and 5 teachers) working together to design the school for a whole year.
  • TK - kindergarten for kids that are 5 before december 1 (½ day)
  • MIMS - PE teachers. When and why were they brought in?
  • Collaboration
  • Everyone is a leader.
  • Teachers are out of the room easily.
  • No more meetings - facilitated learning opportunities.
  • Carts for teachers, instead
  • No ownership of rooms. Design the space as needed. Reset the space at the end of each day/week/unit.
  • Students didn’t have any physical books, were put in the classroom.
  • Working agreements for student behavior not school rules.
  • Large classrooms, 60-65 kids, 2 teachers.
  • Kids without passes, not asking to use the bathroom.
  • Every piece of furniture has dual purposes.
  • Name design39 39th school and want kids to wonder first and foremost.
  • Design Studio for the adults.
  • Learning Experience Designers - We light the way.
  • Be cognizant of what works well for kids. Do it.
  • Activity for K12 sessions: Define what different things mean.





Questions still to ask:

  • Community agreements?
  • Video about 1st graders collaborating.
  • Clubs or activities
  • Philosophy on homework?
  • Literacy emphasis?
  • Lottery process: 1st draw is to match free and reduced lunch. 2nd draw is to fill Special Education demographics. 3rd draw is for diversity. Fourth draw is to do everything.
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Nancy Conrad is the founder of the Conrad Challenge, a global competition to help kids learn without limitations. How Listeners Can Learn More • Website: www.conradchallenge.org • Twitter: @ConradChallenge • Facebook: facebook.com/ConradChallenge • Youtube Channel (Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge)

Entry Timeline for 2018-19 Challenge: • Team Registration Open Online: Friday, August 24 • Team Registration Closes Online: Friday, October 19 • Investor Pitch Submission Deadline: Friday, November 2 • Finals: April 24-27, 2019, Kennedy Space Center

• We are looking for advisors and student teams to participate in the 6 Challenge Categories: ◦ Special Category: Smoke Free World, sponsored by Foundation for a Smoke Free World ◦ Special Category: Transforming Education Through Technology, sponsored by SMART Technologies ◦ Aerospace & Aviation ◦ Cyber-Technology & Security ◦ Energy & Environment ◦ Health & Nutrition

  • No box thinking.
  • This is social impact meets education meets global impact.
  • Inspired by Google Design Sprint
  • We are in a testocracy.
  • Adapt our system to what we are doing in our knowledge-based economy.
  • No box toolbox
  • Teacher of the year award.
  • Problems are negative, but challenges can be solved.
  • Learning without limitations
  • The goal is not to take a product to market, but to learn how to learn.
  • Calculated risks that had a massive impact.
  • Most of our education looks down a straw…but our world is globalized.
  • Our students earn a GSD - Get Stuff Done.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Passion - have it and use it!

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Matt Coleman, DEd, has worked at every level of the secondary education system. He has served as educational assistant, middle school teacher, high school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, director of secondary education, and assistant superintendent. In his administrative roles, Matt supported significant change resulting in improved outcomes for all kids—with a positive, differential impact on students who have been historically underserved.

  • Not for profit organization - research and consulting about making school work for all kids.
  • Think about what it means to be successful.
  • All kids are served well.
  • Organizational theory - inflexion framework.
  • School identity should inform
  • Schools don’t have a consensus of outcomes that defines readiness.
  • As Inflexion, we use the Four Keys (Think, Know, Act, and Go) developed by our founder, Dr. David Conley, as a critical driver in our work with schools. This framework represents a holistic vision for schools and systems to align with as well as a shared mental model for staff to anchor their understanding of readiness.
  • Our instructional approaches don’t engender ownership.
  • Some information is available only to the privileged few.
  • AVID is one of the programs that helps give kids privilege.
  • Must think holistically
  • Schools that are working for all kids have a consensus of outcomes and clarity of identity.
  • Life readiness maxims
  • Map skills they have learned against “Think, Know, Act, Go“ (or 5 C’s, or 21st Century Skills)
  • Identity is a concept of vision.
  • Take a look at what you do, and making a system that serves ALL students.
  • What are you doing to what end? How do the activities you’re doing link to “Think, Know, Act, Go”?
  • Life Ready Maxims Nike has 11 maxims.
  • Maxims - how to distill and communicate key ideas of your vision.
  • We are Valley
  • Structure should reflect identity.
  • Being consistently inconsistent
  • Question to ask in interviews. 2nd question: How would you define fair and how would you apply it to kids.
  • Hiring practices should reflect core maxims.
  • Articulate that you understand that your perspectives are different.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Schools cannot form identity if the principal doesn’t have an understanding of their own maxims.
  • Identify 10-12 stakeholders and ask 3 questions: What do I (as the principal) value, what do I believe, how do I see the world? (And what about what I do reflects those things)
  • If you don’t see consistency in maxims, you need to do your own development work.
  • How do I help my staff develop that same maxim? Be consistently inconsistent around the function of the behavior.

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Dr. Clement served nine years as the superintendent of Flowing Wells School District in Tucson, Arizona. Following his retirement in 2013, Dr. Clement was appointed to the Ernest McFarland Citizen’s Chair in Education by the dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. In this endowed, full-time faculty position, Dr. Clement is responsible for teaching and advocating for education throughout Arizona and the nation.

  • Legendary Teacher Day: Sept 27, 2018 Sign up for this free event to recognize your amazing teachers! 4th Thursday in September - stop and think of that teacher, and contact them if you can!
  • How did I get here?
  • It wasn’t by chance.
  • I got to this position because of a couple of great teachers.
  • They never once verbally encouraged me to go into teaching, but they were modeling my career!
  • What am I going to do now? Elevate the profession with my own resources and skills.
  • Open resources
  • Partnering with businesses is an opportunity to recognize and reward their school.
  • Goal is that in 10 years that it is part of our culture.
  • Three tenets of a legendary teacher: building relationships, engaging deeply with students, and creating high expectations.
  • What’s the perfect teacher?
  • Starts with relationships. Active participation - engagement - enrollment.
  • how to be a transformative principal? Pick a class and substitute.

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Katie Martin is middle school English teacher at heart and currently works at altschool and the Head of Partnerships. 

  • Where to start as a person.
  • Modeling my own learning journey.
  • You can’t control others. You can create the conditions where people can learn new things.
  • We have to look at the bigger picture. Are we educating for life, or are we educating for school?
  • We need to have conversation about what we want learners to have for the future.
  • What do we actually value?
  • Social Ledia
  • What’s possible with technology
  • Less about what your learning, but rather how you’re using the tools.
  • Technology should be there to super power the connections between the people.
  • Teachers plan engaging experiences.
  • Technology can document and manage that so much more effectively than teachers have been able to alone.
  • Learner Centered Innovation Book - reframing the idea of smart.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Talk to students, teachers and parents, and ask what you can do better.

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In this episode, I am sharing what we did at my school for the first days of school.

 

 


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Alysson Keelen is the Principal of Memorial Elementary School in New Jersey.

  • How to have an inclusive schools. Taught in general education classes.
  • Innovations In Special Education award winners
  • Taking a team approach to designing a stem lab that is accessible, based on universal design.
  • I didn’t pick them team!
  • Skye’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever talk to.
  • Empowering others is what makes magic happen in your school!
  • If you want to control it, you’ll get a great program, but if you want it to exceed your wildest expectations, give others leadership opportunities.
  • Make decisions in the best interest of students.
  • When I was teaching, we would change things up to meet the needs of our students.
  • In my mind, I can justify why.
  • Outside garden that is being transferred into an outside classroom.
  • ScIP Team meeting once a month. Plan once a month for professional development.
  • Inservice day. 2 escape rooms.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen to your teachers. What would you want your instruction to be differently? Ask them and let them do that.
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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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Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District . Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD and Lead Literacy.

  • Digital portfolios - started in 2012 with tiger woods golf, email and watching videos.
  • Need to be strategic about what we are doing with the technology.
  • How do we evaluate the digital portfolio options?
  • You really need to look at your own school’s needs.
  • Kidblog, freshgrade, google sites
  • 6 C’s of digital portfolios.
  1. Collect and curate
  2. Create and Collaborate
  3. Communicate and Celebrate - gotta put something out there that is yours.
  • Age of the student matters when it comes to type of portfolio.
  • Elementary - Freshgrade
  • Middle - Google Site
  • High School - start moving to their own platform.
  • Every on the same tool, using it the same way is really an impossible task.
  • Lisa Snider in Oklahoma web site for journalism class.
  • Making dog toys out of t-shirts.
  • Investigate portfolio assessment to start.
  • There is a need for something physical and not just digital.
  • Plan instruction and assessment with the student in mind.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Now is a great time to try out a tool to give kids access to an authentic audience.
  • Biblionasium.com
  • Kidblog account for a trip to Peru.

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Thom Markham is a founding father of Project Based Learning.

Started in the mid-90s at a high school trying to reclaim the positive name of the school.

  • Formed charter high school - envision schools.
  • Wrote the handbook on PBL
  • PBL Global
  • PBL = problem to be solved, investigating process, end of process - defining what they did to solve their problem.
  • Lots of variations in that definition.
  • Inquiry, research, facilitated
  • One of the misnomers is the notion is that it is discovery only.
  • Teacher has a strong role in PBL, but it changes.
  • 3 roles: direct instruction, mentor, designer.
  • To be a designer, need to have a better idea of whose role is what?
  • What do you need to learn from someone else, and what do you need to discover yourself?
  • Sensitive to students, need to know them.
  • PBL works better in a personalized culture in the classroom.
  • Getting teams to work well is challenging.
  • We don’t teach teachers known coaching protocols.
  • Skillset is changing dramatically.
  • Teaching 21st century skills.
  • Goal of working with teams is welcoming disruption.
  • Critique as designers.
  • Focus on some personal skills.
  • Every teacher candidate in personality profile to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are.
  • Having very serious conversations about mindset and skillset.
  • Self-analysis and inquiry into the teaching profession.
  • You have to look at yourself and see if you can handle it.
  • Take an inward look and not just an outward look.
  • What is high quality PBL
  • 6 essential principles of PBL
  • Social Emotional learning
  • Human performance method, not a content acquisition method.
  • If you’re going to have kids working in teams, how are they going to work in teams?
  • Chief characteristic is humility.
  • Teams of students create quality work.
  • Accountability, becoming a leader.
  • Breaking down collaboration skills.
  • What happens in the middle of the project?
  • Teaching design thinking process.
  • Social good-focused PBL projects.
  • the standards are not capable of containing what we can learn in the world.
  • Intelligence as successful behavior
  • Z school
  • Deep performance rubrics that kids can judge themselves against.
  • What’s the nature of intelligence in today’s world?
  • The curriculum is the world.
  • You’re in one of the most creative professions in the world.
  • In places where the PBL is happening, the teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Have some basic training in project based learning. How to become an inquiry-based teacher?

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