Transformative Principal
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Principal of South Heights Elementary in his 20th year. Rob doesn’t just look at his students currently, he has a much bigger vision of what they can accomplish and how they can make life better forever. Rob keeps in contact with kids who went to The 1199 many years ago and makes sure that they can still find ways to be successful.

  • Special things you do during Christmas for your schools
  • You can be an awesome combination of tradition and innovation.
  • We celebrate all of our holidays.
  • We take all of our kids to a movie.
  • Santa’s Treasure Island Mall!
  • Most schools going away from all this extra stuff, and it seems you are going toward it full steam ahead!
  • Work hard, play hard, succeed!
  • Neighborhood Christmas parade.
  • Go big or go home.
  • How has the community changed since you’ve been doing these things?
  • This school not prison, so let’s make it enjoyable.
  • Big ideas are going to happen. People are willing to go out and make it happen.
  • People are willing to come in and do extra as well.
  • Expensive endeavors require the community to buy in.
  • People like to be part of something bigger than themselves.
  • People look at their budget and try to see what they can do, and that is the wrong way, they need to find their ideas and make their budget work how they need it.
  • We do lots of recruiting to find the right people.
  • Non traditional interview methods.
  • Kids interview them first.
  • All about getting inside their head. Interested in what they think.
  • We want people that want to be at South Heights.
  • We can’t handle mediocre.
  • There’s no better identifier of authenticity than the kids.
  • Kids interview applicant, teacher support interviews kids to see what they think.
  • If you can’t handle being interviewed by a bunch of kids, you might not be able to handle 30 kindergarteners.
  • How to be a transformative principal? You’ve got to understand it is not about you, it is about them. It is about building people up.

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Rob Carroll

Principal of South Heights Elementary in his 20th year. Rob doesn’t just look at his students currently, he has a much bigger vision of what they can accomplish and how they can make life better forever. Rob keeps in contact with kids who went to The 1199 many years ago and makes sure that they can still find ways to be successful.

  • Man cave show on home and garden channel gave them at

  • Own version of Harlem Children’s Zone

  • Timeline of success milestone

  • From conception to career, how does every child succeed.

  • Not just a K–5 school. We help them after they move on. Help them in high school. Help them for college applications.

  • We really love our students.

  • Circle of life sustains change.

  • 11 years of doing college tours.

  • Kids had an unrealistic expectation of college.

  • K goes to local community college

  • Each grade goes to a different college.

  • Our 5th graders understand more about college than a lot of juniors and seniors.

  • If it’s good enough for my biological kids, it’s good enough for all kids.

  • Former kids of South Heights are the tour guides at the colleges.

  • Everyone can lead. Ideas rule, not people.

  • College tours are my baby, but everyone else leads something in our school.

  • As long as the idea matches the vision and mission, we say go for it!

  • What do our great people need to be inspired and successful?

  • Failures recently?

  • We love each other as a team.

  • Thought we could build our own leadership curriculum ourselves, but it didn’t work out very well.

  • Build, don’t copy.

  • You’ve only got so many shots at the same idea as a leader.

  • You can get a little full of yourself sometimes.

  • Respect the awesomeness of the task.

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Brian Costello is in his 7th year of teaching in Southern New Jersey.  Brian started his career as an instructional aide before going on to teach Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades.  He is an avid writer, blogger, and Twitter user that has published his first children’s novel: Will McGill and the Magic Hat.  Brian speaks at Educational conferences on topics including educational technology, leadership, communication, and professional development.  See Brian’s previous posts for CUE.  

Here is what we talked about today:

  • Will McGill and the Magic Hat Independent Publisher
  • CUE blog
  • Classroom Community World Tour - helping kids see what happens in other places.
  • Tour Builder - “Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you’ve visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.”
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • You use this to show students what life is like in another place.
  • Twitter: @btcostello05.
  • Inspired by the realization that we are in a really small community, and if we can show kids more of what the world is really like, they will be more open to what is possible for them.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Find ways to say Yes.
  • People are more willing to do things when you don’t tell them no.

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Brian Costello is in his 7th year of teaching in Southern New Jersey.  Brian started his career as an instructional aide before going on to teach Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades.  He is an avid writer, blogger, and Twitter user that has published his first children’s novel: Will McGill and the Magic Hat.  Brian speaks at Educational conferences on topics including educational technology, leadership, communication, and professional development.  See Brian’s previous posts for CUE.  

Here is what we talked about today:

  • Working with the youngest kids provides you with some things that start to disappear as they get older. The light bulbs go off way more than when they are older.
  • Rotating through content areas 1–4th grades.
  • Give teachers a chance to focus more on a content area.
  • Can be more difficult to build relationships with students.
  • Works together with other teachers more on because of their transitions.
  • How to deal with mean teachers.
  • Confront them directly. State the appropriate professional response.
  • How you treat people says a lot about you and how you feel.
  • Projection
  • How do I interact with this person after a confrontation?
  • Continue to be professional towards that person.
  • Need to model functional relationships for students - appropriate, nonviolent, non-angry problem solving solutions.

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Today, Damon Hargraves, host of the WorkflowED podcast turned the mic on me and interviewed me for the 100th episode of the Transformative Principal Podcast. I can’t believe I have done 100 episodes of this podcast. Thank you so much for listening to this and helping me make it better.

  • RTI idea was in place, but we needed a little kick in the pants.
  • Value of getting away from the day-to-day issues at school.
  • How to keep it going when you come back from conferences: hang up the poster.
  • Reducing ELA from 90 minutes per day to 45 minutes per day, with students who need 90 minutes still getting that much time.
  • How to get teachers to agree to reduce the number of minutes for their content area.
  • Yolanda Westerberg
  • We can always be better, so let’s always improve.
  • There is a story written before you. Accept the story that has been there before your chapter 1 starts.
  • How to have solid forward momentum as you make changes, and not get stalled.
  • Meeting with the correct people so you don’t get stalled.
  • Getting feedback and adjusting course.
  • Schedules Explained for Teachers video
    Schedules Explained for Parents video
  • Making sure that the right people had the information at the right time.
  • The schedule we creating had a place for every student in the school.
  • How to design software for your school when you don’t have what you need.
  • Having plans in place even if it is going to be very difficult.
  • Guru Technologies - the company we hired to develop the app for us.
  • The app you can actually use yourself: Pickr App
  • Teacher choice tutorial - kids know they aren’t performing and are eager to have the extra help.
  • Be simple about what you’re trying to implement.
  • MVP - minimum viable product
  • Goals for moving forward: anticipate needs earlier.
  • The book by Austin Buffum and Mike Mattos: It’s About Time

 

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Overview:  Woodson has been an all-day everyday Kindergarten Center for the past 11 years.  In the past 4 years enrollment has fluctuated between 360–425 students (currently about 385 with our preschool class).  51% of our students are students of color, and we have a 61% free and reduced lunch student population.  We have 16 sections of kindergarten this year–13 on the traditional school calendar and 3 on the modified (year long) calendar as they feed into the modified calendar elementary school.  We have been a PBIS school for the past 5 years and this year we were award a “School of Excellence” award by the State Department for our work in established strong tier one behavioral supports for all students.  This year we have implemented a behavior specialist position as well as being the second year in our bi-linguage reading pilot in which we have a spanish speaking paraprofessional front loading reading instruction in home languages of a sub section of our EL students.  Last year we tried a new venue for Parent Education via videos of local “celebrities” and teachers role playing activities that parents could do with their children to prepare for K.

Bio:  This is my 4th year as Principal of the Woodson Kindergarten Center.  Prior to this position I was an Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Special Education (all in Austin MN) and Special Education Teacher in Saint Paul MN.  Besides being the Principal at Woodson I am a facilitator for the Minnesota Principal Academy out of the University of Minnesota in units surrounding literacy, ethical leadership and RtI.   This year I am also a presenter for the Minnesota Department of Education in their P3 Principal Leadership Series.  I have started a blog.  

  1. Provide appropriate staff development
    • Provide flipped PD
    • Teachers leading PD (play center activities)
  2. Solid Understanding of developmental milestones
    • Become friends with the experts
    • Adjust schedule for success of students
    • School time: 8:30–2:05 with teacher prep time after school.
    • No specialists to reduce transitions for students
    • Teachers run everything
  3. Parent Engagement
    • Connecting with Parents
    • Packers in Training
    • Being a partner
    • Community initiative for kids to be ready for Kindergarten, so local celebrities get in on the action for “Ready, Set, Go
    • Make videos for parents
  4. Be more knowledgable about preschool options in the community
    • Meet the pre-k providers and respect their work
    • Give parents information about Pre-K options.
    • Service learning opportunities for former students.

Principal’s academy

  • Professional development for principals, in a cohort.
  • Principal as an ethical leader: just, fair and caring
  • How to deal with Social Media issues
  • BIFF Brief, Informative, Friendly, Firm

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Doug Timm is the principal of Carrie Downie Elementary School

  • First principalship - innovative technology, focus on standards.
  • Modern Teacher, Instructional Rounds. Cognitive growth targets (Bloom’s taxonomy)
  • Think beyond comprehension and recall.
  • What is the teacher doing and assigning?
  • 6 different centers, but all 6 focused on retrieving and comprehending.
  • How can we focus on more than the two basic levels?
  • Charlotte’s Web in the city takes it up a level.
  • Not all we are looking at, but major focus on tasks.
  • I need to change what I am asking them to do to get them where I want them to be.
  • Importance of how kids think. Why we need to make sure our kids are thinking beyond comprehending.
  • Have to practice those skills.
  • I don’t make inferences in observations anymore.
  • Talk to kids during the observation. Sitting at a desk with the kids.
  • Coaches (2) and Doug are assigned to teachers
  • Teacher Name, Task, Where it falls in blooms taxonomy.
  • What can you do to be a transformative principal? Walk around the building and see what focus you want to have: technology, literacy, math, student ownership. What do we have and how do we get to where we want to be? Keep the focus. There’s no end game.

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Amy Locke graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education: Deaf Studies and an M.Ed in Special Education: Deaf Education. She has been working in the field of Deaf Education for 7 years, beginning her career as an itinerant teacher for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in central Florida, then moving to Houston, TX to teach in a self-contained 3rd/4th grade class with DHH students. About 4 ½ years ago, she moved to Alabama to work as a reading teacher in the high school department at the Alabama School for the Deaf. In November 2014, she became the high school director.

The Alabama School for the Deaf currently has 178 students from all around our state, all of whom have a documented hearing loss. We have two academic departments here: Elementary serves students from age 3 through 6th grade and the High School department serves students in grades 7–12. We are a residential program and a little more half of them live on campus in our dorms. The rest are day students living within an hour of our school.

  • Seats arranged in semi circles
  • Classroom management
  • Communication is very powerful among adults.
  • Academic challenge is language.
  • English is a second language.
  • We can accidentally learn grammar and usage.
  • Students become the teachers of the language when they surpass their parents in ability.
  • Struggle showing knowledge on standardized test.
  • Disconnect between scores they get and what they know.
  • Transformation from advocate to getting what they need.
  • IEP Meeting dad spent 30 minutes educating them on deaf education.
  • Outsider because Amy is not hard of hearing.
  • If you try, and give a valiant effort, the community will hear you.
  • How to be a transformative principal: know your population: students, teachers, parents.

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Amy Locke graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education: Deaf Studies and an M.Ed in Special Education: Deaf Education. She has been working in the field of Deaf Education for 7 years, beginning her career as an itinerant teacher for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in central Florida, then moving to Houston, TX to teach in a self-contained 3rd/4th grade class with DHH students. About 4 ½ years ago, she moved to Alabama to work as a reading teacher in the high school department at the Alabama School for the Deaf. In November 2014, she became the high school director.

The Alabama School for the Deaf currently has 178 students from all around our state, all of whom have a documented hearing loss. We have two academic departments here: Elementary serves students from age 3 through 6th grade and the High School department serves students in grades 7–12. We are a residential program and a little more half of them live on campus in our dorms. The rest are day students living within an hour of our school.  

  • Wanted nothing to do with learning sign language.
  • Small community, tightly knit.
  • Culture is inviting.
  • Switched at Birth
  • There are always many opportunities to serve the hard of hearing students.
  • Parental involvement is hard to come by because of logistics.
  • IEPs over the phone.
  • 16 teachers are deaf.
  • Just started picture-in-picture with sign language interpreter.
  • Huddle originated at a university for the deaf Galladette University.
  • Travel to other deaf schools.
  • Recruiting and hiring.
  • Director for the high school
  • Director for elementary
  • Director for career teach
  • Director for athletics
  • Challenge to find other people to learn from.
  • Applying learning from other principals to her school.
  • Sending teachers to professional development.
  • Bring more professional development to the school, rather than sending teachers out.
  • Empowering teachers with technology.

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John Hope Bryant came to Alaska for the Alaska Principals Conference. He spoke to us about how he hopes to inspire corporations to partner with schools to prepare our students for the future. I bought both of his books mentioned below. I am excited to read them. 

John Hope Bryant on Twitter.
Learn more about Operation Hope.
Learn more about Global Dignity Day.

John has two books out. The first is Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. “Summary from the publisher: Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant for today’s economic climate, Love Leadership outlines Bryant’s five laws of love-based leadership-Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you).”

The second is How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. “Summary from the publisher: Raised in poverty-stricken, gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, Bryant saw firsthand how our institutions have abandoned the poor. He details how business loans, home loans, and financial investments have vanished from their communities. After decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions.
Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth. (It’s not just a question of finances; it’s values too.) He exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class.”

 

 

 

 

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Ashley:  Ashley teaches 3rd grade in Plymouth, Minnesota at Greenwood Elementary School. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in Ohio. She then completed her Masters of Arts in Education with an endorsement in   K - 8 writing from St. Mary University in Minnesota. 

Jamie: Jamie enjoys seeing students complete learning independently. Jamie teaches 3rd grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Iowa. She completed her Masters in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota. 

Both Jamie and Ashley feel that learning should be meaningful and authentic for their students.

PICE Learning is a new and improved way of teaching comprehension skills for our 21st century learners. The PICE approach gives students ownership in their learning while using the common core standards. Students are able to connect with each other and independently learn in our 21st century. PICE Learning was developed by Ashley and Jamie, they wanted to connect students’ learning to skills that they will use everyday and in their future. 

If you’d like more information check out: www.picelearning.com   * Learning then vs. now with PICE
* There is a little more work that goes into PICE.
* PICE Learning web site.
* Explain Everything App
* iMovie
* Notability
* Book Creator
* Pic Collage
* Mini Lessons on Monday to teach kids the apps.
* Email Learningpice@gmail.com Follow on Twitter @picelearning

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Just before the #AKPrincipals conference ended, I had a chance to catch up the minds behind it all, Mary McMahon and Rod Morrison. They did a great job planning the event and will do an even better job next year. 

 

 

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Here is a little bonus episode with Principal Kafele. We talk about how to reach those that are hardest to reach.

Principal Kafele spoke at the Alaska Principals conference in Anchorage on October 18th. 

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PICE Learning with Ashley Drill and Jamie Tewksbury Transformative Principal 094

Jamie: Jamie enjoys seeing students complete learning independently. Jamie teaches 3rd grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Iowa. She completed her Masters in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota. 

Both Jamie and Ashley feel that learning should be meaningful and authentic for their students.

PICE Learning is a new and improved way of teaching comprehension skills for our 21st century learners. The PICE approach gives students ownership in their learning while using the common core standards. Students are able to connect with each other and independently learn in our 21st century. PICE Learning was developed by Ashley and Jamie, they wanted to connect students’ learning to skills that they will use everyday and in their future. 

If you’d like more information check out: www.picelearning.com  

  • Gives Students an opportunity to be engaged learners.
  • Started as coteachers
  • Not 1:1 - 3:1 or 4:1
  • Engaging our students.
  • Kids were already eager learners
  • Model with the students how to learn together
  • Weekly Lessons - Project starts on a Monday, and they have all week to work on it.
  • Not about using an app, it is about learning.
  • Sequencing activities - visualizing.
  • How they are presenting their learning is up to them.
  • Students can listen to stories through the Moodle site.
  • Two students have jobs of being the Tweeters.
  • Kids are wanting to see themselves.
  • Twitter papers teach kids about character limits.
  • Twitter Mrs. Tewksbury
  • Twitter Mrs. Drill
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Michael Shapiro is serving in his second year as the principal of Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage School District. A recent transplant from the Chicago area, he previously served as principal of Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois for seven years, during which time the school earned a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Prior to that he served as an assistant principal for five years in two different schools. Mr. Shapiro began his educational career as a computer applications teacher and director of instructional technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Administration and Supervision at Loyola University in Chicago.

Highland Tech is a 6th–12th grade charter school that promotes personal mastery through student centered, individualized learning and varied assessment strategies. Student placement is based on academic ability, rather than chronological age, ensuring students are challenged each day. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their education and master core content and the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. Technology integration and project-based assessments are critical components of Highland Tech’s rigorous model. 

  • Professional Development - content expertise and deep understanding of the standards.
  • Focus on building a curriculum that is standards-based.
  • Planning meaningful activities that align with standards.
  • Help teachers help students refine and revise work.
  • Time is a huge barrier.
  • Giving up control to students.
  • Advisory - take this incredibly seriously.
  • School visit in Michigan.
  • In the traditional model, we don’t demand that they master, we demand that they pass with an average.
  • Redos and Retakes
  • Be present. Be in classrooms learning every day.
  • Uncomfortable being called boss, because he is really a servant.

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Michael Shapiro is serving in his second year as the principal of Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage School District. A recent transplant from the Chicago area, he previously served as principal of Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois for seven years, during which time the school earned a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Prior to that he served as an assistant principal for five years in two different schools. Mr. Shapiro began his educational career as a computer applications teacher and director of instructional technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Administration and Supervision at Loyola University in Chicago.

Highland Tech is a 6th–12th grade charter school that promotes personal mastery through student centered, individualized learning and varied assessment strategies. Student placement is based on academic ability, rather than chronological age, ensuring students are challenged each day. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their education and master core content and the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. Technology integration and project-based assessments are critical components of Highland Tech’s rigorous model. 

  • Not one and done approach, focused on student Mastery.
  • Time bound, but a lot of flexibility.
  • Real-world project based learning.
  • Rubrics at every level.
  • Takes some time for kids, teachers and principals even to get used to it.
  • Lots of misperceptions in the community.
  • Reinventing Schools Coalition RISC
  • Different Levels - Standards and Rubrics
  • Kids can be in 8th grade math and be in 10 grade ELA.
  • Require up to Alg. II/Trig in math at Highland Tech.
  • Integrate levels as much as possible.
  • Paying attention to outliers.
  • Variety of assessments qualify for standards. Not just the paper-pencil type.

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Piper is the principal of Draper Elementary in Draper, UT. She has been a long-time friend and mentor to me, personally, and has helped me learn so much over the last few years.

  • ELA in English and Math in target language
  • Teachers more intentional in working together on content between languages.
  • MobyMax to supplement schoolwork. Reflex Math to focus on computation skills.
  • What she’s doing is working because Draper Elementary ranked 22 in the state in math.
  • How you ensure good instruction is taking place when you don’t speak the target language?
  • Anyone should be able to understand topic in the classroom when they are in the target language.
  • Good instruction on Steroids.
  • 9 tenets of instruction from State of Utah
  • Listen.

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Piper is the principal of Draper Elementary in Draper, UT. She has been a long-time friend and mentor to me, personally, and has helped me learn so much over the last few years.

  • Dual immersion schools - what is the process, and what challenges are unique to you?
  • 200 dual immersion schools in the state, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French
  • What barriers are there to having native speakers come teach in America?
  • A/B schedule at elementary level.
  • Teachers come from mainland China and local areas.
  • Immersion teacher and non-immersion teachers and culture issues.
  • Personalizing issues with culture.
  • Specials to integrate the two cultures.
  • Dragon Training
  • Seeking input to learn what was important to the students, faculty, and parents.
  • Blanket monkey.

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Henry Turner is a fantastic principal doing some great things at Bedford High School outside Boston. He blogs at Leadingtolearn.

  • Implementing iPad initiative.
  • Focus on creating iPad content.
  • Fundraising
  • Upstander anti-bullying program. Facing History in Ourselves.
  • Asking curious questions.
  • Kids create public service announcements with their iPads.
  • Achievement gap strategies.
  • Data teams
  • Putting kids in levels, but not tracking them.
  • Conversations and district support.
  • The Calculus Project.

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Henry Turner - Principal of Bedford High School outside Boston.

  • Site visits is where the interview teams comes to the school to meet with the teams that work with the principal.
  • Tips to prepare.
  • Choose a diverse group of people.
  • Avoid some pitfalls: lack of preparation, only asking rockstars.
  • How to prepare people for the visit: Announce early to community.

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This week Geri Parscale came to visit us in Kodiak and teach us about PLCs. The teachers walked away energized and excited. On Twitter she is @ParscaleG.

In this episode she talks about PLCs and culture. PLCs are a way of life, not a program, and that is what I have always enjoyed about the PLC approach.

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Mike Kelly - Principal Eyer Middle School. East Penn School District.
Mike on Twitter: @principalmkelly
Mike’s Blog

  • The importance of blogging and reflection, sharing learning.
  • Personal growth mindset post.
  • The end of marking periods.
  • Starting removal of marking periods in 6th grade!
  • Arbitrary dates to complete learning on certain topics.
  • Extended learning program greatly reduces academic failures.
  • Many additional clubs and activities are offered.
  • “Required” extended learning program.
  • Perception of ELP.
  • Time and support are the variables and learning is the constant.
  • How to prepare for big changes in schools.
  • Parent concerns about end of marking periods.
  • Start with small parent groups.
  • How to gain teacher support for the end of marking periods.
  • The case against 0
  • The power of 0
  • Retesting and redo
  • How to be a transformative principal? Surround yourself with transformative people.

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Today I am joined by Theresa Stager and Jessica Johnson who talk about their book “Breaking out of Isolation”.

  • After the sad end of the Practical Principals podcast with Melinda Miller, Theresa and Jessica and Jethro all started a podcast at the same time.
  • Being connected sometimes makes you feel isolated.
  • On being a student again.
  • Fixed vs. growth mindset.
  • We are still in the middle of learning how to be connected.
  • You must always watch what you are saying and be cautious of what you are saying.
  • Connected Educator Series
  • How you can break out of isolation:
    • Jump on Twitter
    • Join #principalPLN and create your own personal little mentors.

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Bob Dillon Twitter Web Site is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Afton School District. He has been a middle school principal for 15 years in three different places and currently helps many other principals improve their practices.

  • Join the PrincipalPLN Voxer group
  • 1st order change - simple, fixit types of problems, typically exciting that help people feel good about things, but don’t really move the needle in improving a school.
  • 2nd order change - moving from management to leadership. Changes that will last after you are gone. People start to feel like they are part of a special organization. Sometimes it is messy, people don’t know how things will play out.
  • Doug Timm Principal in Delaware.
  • Need to focus on what matters in the long term.
  • 1st order change - painting over water stain on a house you just bought.
  • 2nd order change - taking off the drywall and cleaning (or replacing) studs and insulation.
  • Playing the short and the long game.
  • Higher-level conversations
  • Difficulty of dealing with minor problems.
  • If you are working hard daily, people will be more likely to give you a break.
  • Build up key communicators in the building.
  • Trust your teachers to say things in a way that you know will be beneficial.
  • People need to hear the same in multiple ways.
  • How to help teachers be comfortable taking risks.
  • Need to scaffold to the higher level of risk-taking.

Part 2

  • Director of Innovation. My role is to keep the system lubricated.
  • Keep technology systems moving at a fast rate. Jump technology ahead.
  • Looking for other places that slow growth and inhibit innovation.
  • Empower the teachers that are moving forward and working hard.
  • Most of the rest of my career I will have jobs that don’t exist yet.
  • Important to change mental model of where and how kids learn.
  • Our teachers get better when they tell our story.
  • If it is not your strength to share, allow it to be the power of your students and allow them to share.
  • Give kids a voice.
  • Authentic audience raises the quality of work.
  • Book Ethic of Excellence
  • How are you contributing to Education beyond this school?
  • It is about being humble, and knowing you don’t have all the answers. If I want other people to help me, I need to help other people.
  • What prevents teachers from contributing?
  • Powerful connecting to other schools. Bettendorf High School and their partner school learning from each other. Doc Seacrist St. Joseph in Missouri(LINK)
  • Why Jimmy Casas continues to be a principal.
  • Leadership
  • K–1–2 Makerspace about the philosophy of allowing kids to grow creativity and problem solving.
  • Create, make, design for empowerment, engagement.
  • Helping kids become solution makers.
  • How you can be a transformative principal: Go read something that doesn’t have to do with education with your principal hat on. Lateral capacity building. Brendan Hufford
  • Entreleadership Podcast
  • Chris Locurto Show

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Bob Dillon Twitter Web Site is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Afton School District. He has been a middle school principal for 15 years in three different places and currently helps many other principals improve their practices.

  • Join the PrincipalPLN Voxer group
  • 1st order change - simple, fixit types of problems, typically exciting that help people feel good about things, but don’t really move the needle in improving a school.
  • 2nd order change - moving from management to leadership. Changes that will last after you are gone. People start to feel like they are part of a special organization. Sometimes it is messy, people don’t know how things will play out.
  • Doug Timm Principal in Delaware.
  • Need to focus on what matters in the long term.
  • 1st order change - painting over water stain on a house you just bought.
  • 2nd order change - taking off the drywall and cleaning (or replacing) studs and insulation.
  • Playing the short and the long game.
  • Higher-level conversations
  • Difficulty of dealing with minor problems.
  • If you are working hard daily, people will be more likely to give you a break.
  • Build up key communicators in the building.
  • Trust your teachers to say things in a way that you know will be beneficial.
  • People need to hear the same in multiple ways.
  • How to help teachers be comfortable taking risks.
  • Need to scaffold to the higher level of risk-taking.

Part 2

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David Long, CEO of My Employees. Started the company from
Author of Built to Lead: 7 Management R.E.W.A.R.D.S Principles for Becoming a Top 10% Manager.. This book is amazing, and I learned a ton from talking to David. He is a businessman, and not an educator, but he is really on point here.

  • Top 1% in all three industries he has participated in, so topics relatable to all industries.
  • Employee recognition programs.
  • It’s not just plaques for employee recognition.
  • It is normal to procrastinate, forget, or otherwise delay awards and recognition for employees.
  • Great intentions last only 3 months.
  • Recognize 2 people from each department.
  • 20% or higher growth per year because of this employee recognition.
  • Employee recognition is the greatest way to get people to buy into your vision for the school.
  • Teachers will only be successful if the kids are successful, so we need to make our teachers and kids successful.
  • Metrics for schools: Don’t want it to be a popularity contest!
  • Measure what you are already using.
  • Recognition has to be administered every 7–10 days.
  • Employee recognition reminder chart. - Digital Version Recognize everyone 3 times a month!
  • If you can’t find something to recognize them for, you’re dropping the ball as a leader.
  • We do not outgrow the desire to be shown that we are significant.
  • If teachers don’t feel like they are part of the team, they want to leave you.
  • Two reasons people want to leave your school: 1) Not getting recognition or 2) the leader is forcing them to work with incompetent people.
  • You have to show the teachers that they matter.
  • People will listen to you because you care.
  • You will lose good people sometimes if you focus on them
  • Many employees receive no recognition for months at a time.
  • Find as many metrics as you can.
  • Demotivator: not using metrics to determine employee recognition, i.e., If someone comes in late and leaves early every day, and you reward that person.
  • Don’t make recognition about “It’s this person’s turn.”
  • 80/20 rule. Recognize top 20% of each department.
    Part 2

  • Student engagement surveys for teachers. Simplistic questions: How well do you feel the teacher teaches…? How well do you feel your teacher encourages you…? (What would be good)
  • Interview and assess what the kids are getting from their teachers.
  • Metrics he uses: Dollar/ticket, renewal sales, how many calls they answer, answering the phones by the third ring,
  • Kaizan - continuous improvement, monitoring something causes the production of it to increase by 10 percent.
  • TEDxCSDTeachers - increase attendance by 10%.
  • shoutoutcards.com - stubs or something to remind you of what someone did well.
  • Let your people shine.
  • Book clubs - teach your teachers how to improve their lives - personal development, not books related to our profession.
  • Dr. Tony Zeiss - 12 Essential Rules for Becoming Indispensable
  • Book clubs help teams that don’t usually work together work together.
  • Side note: teach kids how to use money and have their money spent effectively.
  • What can principals do? Use the recognition chart to make sure you are checking in on your teachers.
  • Invest in your own education, learn how to be a better principal, teacher, speaker, etc.
  • davidlong@top10manager.com
  • 800–489–0230
  • Buy the hardback copy, get the kindle version free by emailing Copy of workbook from the
  • “You’re impacting lives every day, or you’re not!”

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David Long, CEO of My Employees. Started the company from
Author of Built to Lead: 7 Management R.E.W.A.R.D.S Principles for Becoming a Top 10% Manager.. This book is amazing, and I learned a ton from talking to David. He is a businessman, and not an educator, but he is really on point here.

  • Top 1% in all three industries he has participated in, so topics relatable to all industries.
  • Employee recognition programs.
  • It’s not just plaques for employee recognition.
  • It is normal to procrastinate, forget, or otherwise delay awards and recognition for employees.
  • Great intentions last only 3 months.
  • Recognize 2 people from each department.
  • 20% or higher growth per year because of this employee recognition.
  • Employee recognition is the greatest way to get people to buy into your vision for the school.
  • Teachers will only be successful if the kids are successful, so we need to make our teachers and kids successful.
  • Metrics for schools: Don’t want it to be a popularity contest!
  • Measure what you are already using.
  • Recognition has to be administered every 7–10 days.
  • Employee recognition reminder chart. - Digital Version Recognize everyone 3 times a month!
  • If you can’t find something to recognize them for, you’re dropping the ball as a leader.
  • We do not outgrow the desire to be shown that we are significant.
  • If teachers don’t feel like they are part of the team, they want to leave you.
  • Two reasons people want to leave your school: 1) Not getting recognition or 2) the leader is forcing them to work with incompetent people.
  • You have to show the teachers that they matter.
  • People will listen to you because you care.
  • You will lose good people sometimes if you focus on them
  • Many employees receive no recognition for months at a time.
  • Find as many metrics as you can.
  • Demotivator: not using metrics to determine employee recognition, i.e., If someone comes in late and leaves early every day, and you reward that person.
  • Don’t make recognition about “It’s this person’s turn.”
  • 80/20 rule. Recognize top 20% of each department.
    Part 2

  • Student engagement surveys for teachers. Simplistic questions: How well do you feel the teacher teaches…? How well do you feel your teacher encourages you…? (What would be good)
  • Interview and assess what the kids are getting from their teachers.
  • Metrics he uses: Dollar/ticket, renewal sales, how many calls they answer, answering the phones by the third ring,
  • Kaizan - continuous improvement, monitoring something causes the production of it to increase by 10 percent.
  • TEDxCSDTeachers - increase attendance by 10%.
  • shoutoutcards.com - stubs or something to remind you of what someone did well.
  • Let your people shine.
  • Book clubs - teach your teachers how to improve their lives - personal development, not books related to our profession.
  • Dr. Tony Zeiss - 12 Essential Rules for Becoming Indispensable
  • Book clubs help teams that don’t usually work together work together.
  • Side note: teach kids how to use money and have their money spent effectively.
  • What can principals do? Use the recognition chart to make sure you are checking in on your teachers.
  • Invest in your own education, learn how to be a better principal, teacher, speaker, etc.
  • davidlong@top10manager.com
  • 800–489–0230
  • Buy the hardback copy, get the kindle version free by emailing Copy of workbook from the
  • “You’re impacting lives every day, or you’re not!”

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Brian Edmister is the principal of Genesee Valley Elementary School in Genesee Valley New York.

Brian was a fellow participant of the Model Schools Conference.

  • Attended many different colleges to complete his degree.
  • Design your own session.
  • Standards based grading.
  • Must create your culture before you change anything.
  • When you create a grade, you create a label.
  • Giving the kids a chance to be in charge of their own learning.
  • Schools Attuned
  • Giving teachers permission to fail at something.
  • 1 page of all academic, 1 page of social development on report card.
  • Levels of access can be unlocked with badges for showing digital citizenship.
  • Robot Farm
  • Allowing kids to demonstrate proficiency.
  • Communication build trust.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Build culture.

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Kyle Palmer is the principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Liberty, MO. Kyle was a presenter at the Model Schools Conference in Atlanta, GA. Here are the handouts from his session: Presentation and PDF

  • It’s about relationships, not programs.
  • Transformed school in last year.
  • Competition with others helps him be better.
  • Let’s not change the world, let’s just do our best.
  • Fostering belief in staff.
  • Growth mindset.
  • Katie Lawson, principal extraordinaire.
  • Need to know the “why” behind everything.
  • The Art and Science of Teaching
  • Angela Rosheim - Genius hour in the library, received grant of $8,000 of $10,000 of available resources, makerspace.
  • Focusing on being ready for the future.
  • Project Lead the Way - STEM Solution for schools.
  • Moving away from the sage on the stage mentality.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Looking into yourself first, before looking at others.

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Today I am speaking with Ron Fortunato, President of Trillium Learning and employee of NASA AMES research center. Listen to learn how you can get more information about to get your students more engaged in REAL projects!

  • Project-based vs activity-based projects.
  • Coupling students with real-life working projects.
  • If students are able to keep up with the real-world work, they are given an opportunity to be at the table.
  • Relationships with NOAA, NASA, and other institutions.
  • Identify real problems, and get students involved in those projects.
  • How Ron got involved with NASA.
  • Winning a proposal with NASA: Pick a project they would have done.
  • Meeting with the scientists that put Viking on Mars.
  • How predicting earthquakes works.
  • First earthquake sensor ever created installed in Kodiak.
  • Real world projects cross many disciplines.
  • “We don’t learn a darn thing when we do something right!”
  • Rapid prototyping process - iterate and learn piece by piece.
  • How students have actually discovered that earthquakes were coming with up to 48 hours notice.
  • NASA gave actual reviews to high school students.
  • Life-saving potential of predicting earthquakes is very important.
  • Kodiak, Ketchikan, Craig, Copper River, and Old Harbor have the earthquake systems installed.
  • Tasks and organizations for students are similar to tasks given to scientists.
  • NASA Directors sit in with students on status reviews.
  • Other projects kids can get involved with. Nano-agriculture
  • It looks like chaos at first, but then it becomes transformative.
  • Challenges of doing real-time and real-world project-based learning.
  • Teachers need to adapt to this new way of doing things.
  • School board has to support the project.
  • Build a foundation so the entire district can participate. Ramp Up!
  • How to make it for more than just the gifted or smart kids.
  • 6th grade class suggesting how to improve the sensor.
  • The process of learning how to learn.
  • Trainer of Trainers model.
  • You move at the speed you can go.
  • Contact Ron
  • What to do to start: Look at local organizations and what problems they’re trying to solve.

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Today I am speaking with Ron Fortunato, President of Trillium Learning and employee of NASA AMES research center. Listen to learn how you can get more information about to get your students more engaged in REAL projects!

  • Project-based vs activity-based projects.
  • Coupling students with real-life working projects.
  • If students are able to keep up with the real-world work, they are given an opportunity to be at the table.
  • Relationships with NOAA, NASA, and other institutions.
  • Identify real problems, and get students involved in those projects.
  • How Ron got involved with NASA.
  • Winning a proposal with NASA: Pick a project they would have done.
  • Meeting with the scientists that put Viking on Mars.
  • How predicting earthquakes works.
  • First earthquake sensor ever created installed in Kodiak.
  • Real world projects cross many disciplines.
  • “We don’t learn a darn thing when we do something right!”
  • Rapid prototyping process - iterate and learn piece by piece.
  • How students have actually discovered that earthquakes were coming with up to 48 hours notice.
  • NASA gave actual reviews to high school students.
  • Life-saving potential of predicting earthquakes is very important.
  • Kodiak, Ketchikan, Craig, Copper River, and Old Harbor have the earthquake systems installed.
  • Tasks and organizations for students are similar to tasks given to scientists.
  • NASA Directors sit in with students on status reviews.
  • Other projects kids can get involved with. Nano-agriculture
  • It looks like chaos at first, but then it becomes transformative.
  • Challenges of doing real-time and real-world project-based learning.
  • Teachers need to adapt to this new way of doing things.
  • School board has to support the project.
  • Build a foundation so the entire district can participate. Ramp Up!
  • How to make it for more than just the gifted or smart kids.
  • 6th grade class suggesting how to improve the sensor.
  • The process of learning how to learn.
  • Trainer of Trainers model.
  • You move at the speed you can go.
  • Contact Ron
  • What to do to start: Look at local organizations and what problems they’re trying to solve.

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This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it.

I interviewed Will in Episode 24 of Transformative Principal.

  • A little discussion about technology.
  • Some information on his book.
  • How to make decisions.
  • Write things down when they are still fresh so you know how to do it next time.
  • Write processes down now so that you have them next time.
  • Make a list and prioritize.
  • How to delegate effectively.
  • Importance of taking time off to recharge.
  • The power of good mentors.
  • Writing a letter of resignation.
  • How to live without putting out fires all the time!
  • Give instruction on the front end to make expectations more effective.
  • Great teachers teach with both sides of their brains at once.
  • More about KRAs (which we spoke about in Episode 24).

Part 2

  • Dealing with difficult people.
    • Make sure you are not the difficult person.
    • Seek to understand before being understood.
    • Be firm but friendly.
    • Change your posture or use humor when appropriate.
    • Agree to disagree.
    • Consider bringing all parties to the table.
    • What can I do to help you?
    • Sometimes it is inevitable to have difficult conversations.
  • Communicate privately with staff members when there is a difficulty.
  • Big fan of just being honest.
  • Talk straight with each other.
  • Relationships are so important for every teacher and staff member.
  • “It’s not an issue of me and you, it’s an issue of you and you.”
  • Buy his book!

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Principal Matters with Will Parker Transformative Principal 075

 

This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it.

I interviewed Will in Episode 24 of Transformative Principal.

  • A little discussion about technology.
  • Some information on his book.
  • How to make decisions.
  • Write things down when they are still fresh so you know how to do it next time.
  • Write processes down now so that you have them next time.
  • Make a list and prioritize.
  • How to delegate effectively.
  • Importance of taking time off to recharge.
  • The power of good mentors.
  • Writing a letter of resignation.
  • How to live without putting out fires all the time!
  • Give instruction on the front end to make expectations more effective.
  • Great teachers teach with both sides of their brains at once.
  • More about KRAs (which we spoke about in Episode 24).

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Today I am interviewing Assistant Principal, Entrepreneur, Father, and Hot Mess Brendan Hufford (Twitter).

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy - only successful school in Gary, Indiana.

OKkimonos.com and Entrepreneurs and Coffee Podcast are a couple side gigs that Brendan has going on.
* Gary, Indiana is a struggling city, but full of amazing people.
* Showing trust to students
* Leading with trust - people want to give back trust when you give it to them.
* It’s not as easy to build relationships as an admin than it is to build relationships as a teacher.
* If you care about the students, they’ll do what you need them to do.
* When you get frustrated, your care is the first to go away.
* Kids aren’t afraid of things happening in the school that make them unsafe, they are likely afraid of things happening on the way to or from school that make them feel unsafe.
* Resting vs. sleeping.
* Getting up at 3 am helps him be his best.
* Need to teach entrepreneurism to help US compete globally.
* The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
* College vs. Entrepreneurism.
* College Bubble is going to Burst - College is a great chance to mature, party, and have fun. If you want to go to college for an actual education, you are overpaying.
* Entrepreneurism is not for everybody.

Part 2

  • Working as a first grade teaching assistant.
  • There is no better gift you can give a human being than self-education.
  • Teaching kids how to be entrepreneurial could be almost as important teaching them to read.
  • Can’t do education just as a paycheck.
  • Pushback when innovating.
  • Using Twitter for real purposes.
  • Transparency at Buffer
  • If you want to learn something, spend 0 time focusing on your own industry.
  • Free tools at Brendan’s website.

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Today I am interviewing Assistant Principal, Entreprenuer, Father, and Hot Mess, Brendan Hufford (Twitter)!

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy - only successful school in Gary, Indiana.

OKkimonos.com and Entrepreneurs and Coffee Podcast are a couple side gigs that Brendan has going on.
* Gary, Indiana is a struggling city, but full of amazing people.
* Showing trust to students
* Leading with trust - people want to give back trust when you give it to them.
* It’s not as easy to build relationships as an admin than it is to build relationships as a teacher.
* If you care about the students, they’ll do what you need them to do.
* When you get frustrated, your care is the first to go away.
* Kids aren’t afraid of things happening in the school that make them unsafe, they are likely afraid of things happening on the way to or from school that make them feel unsafe.
* Resting vs. sleeping.
* Getting up at 3 am helps him be his best.
* Need to teach entrepreneurism to help US compete globally.
* The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
* College vs. Entrepreneurism.
* College Bubble is going to Burst - College is a great chance to mature, party, and have fun. If you want to go to college for an actual education, you are overpaying.
* Entrepreneurism is not for everybody.

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Today, I am honored to interview Anne Beninghof Twitter. Anne is an expert at coteaching and consults with districts about it.

In this episode, we talk about the following:

  • What is coteaching?
  • How little things become problematic
  • Paraprofessionals in the classroom
  • Resources on her web site
  • How to introduce teachers to the idea of coteaching
  • Choosing partners
  • Youtube Channel
  • Needs for teachers working together: Flexible personalities, common planning time, common philosophies about teaching and behavior management.
  • Expectation about actually using planning time.
  • Try to avoid a divorce in the coteaching relationship
  • Co teachers Need a coach.
  • Specific structures and procedures help coteaching partnership
  • Tap into teachers’ unique skill sets
  • One-minute formative assessments
  • 65% of class time spent in something other than whole group
  • Last couple minutes specialist takes lead
  • Parallel grouping
  • Professional learning & communication is a constant
  • 9 models of coteaching.
  • Duet model
  • Parallel model
  • Lead and support model
  • Other 7 models are ingredients
  • Don’t let students play one teacher against another
  • Ratios: no more than 30% of students on IEPs
  • Plan approach for talking to parents about coteaching model.

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Today, I am honored to interview Anne Beninghof Twitter. Anne is an expert at coteaching and consults with districts about it.

In this episode, we talk about the following:

  • What is coteaching?
  • How little things become problematic
  • Paraprofessionals in the classroom
  • Resources on her web site
  • How to introduce teachers to the idea of coteaching
  • Choosing partners
  • Youtube Channel
  • Needs for teachers working together: Flexible personalities, common planning time, common philosophies about teaching and behavior management.
  • Expectation about actually using planning time.
  • Try to avoid a divorce in the coteaching relationship
  • Co teachers Need a coach.

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Today, I am talking with Brad Gustafson @GustafsonBrad, principal of Greenwood Elementary School #GWGreats. I’ve been a follower of Brad’s blog for a long time. He is inspiring and helps me want to be a better principal. I hope you learn a ton from him, just like I have.

In this episode we talk about:

Part 2

  • Teachers are talented.
  • Failure - Moodle forums research
  • Monthly theme - optional vs. required.
  • Transparency builds trust
  • Teachers do great things no matter what, either openly and transparently or behind closed doors.
    *Invest in digital connections to deep your learning.
  • Educational malpractice to limit learning based on what we refuse to learn.

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Today, I am talking with Brad Gustafson @GustafsonBrad, principal of Greenwood Elementary School #GWGreats. I’ve been a follower of Brad’s blog for a long time. He is inspiring and helps me want to be a better principal. I hope you learn a ton from him, just like I have.

In this episode we talk about:

Part 2

  • Teachers are talented.
  • Failure - Moodle forums research
  • Monthly theme - optional vs. required.
  • Transparency builds trust
  • Teachers do great things no matter what, either openly and transparently or behind closed doors.
    *Invest in digital connections to deep your learning.
  • Educational malpractice to limit learning based on what we refuse to learn.

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Earning Freedom Podcast

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I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Santos this week. He is a former convict who spent 26 years in prison for running drugs. He says he never touched the drugs, but organized other people to do it. Pretty amazing story.

Michael has a podcast out, now as well. He pipes it into the prison system to help people learn to change.
You can learn a little bit more about Michael here:
PBS NewsHour (7-minute profile)
NBC Bay Area Proud (5-minute profile)
San Francisco Chronicle (Front-page profile)

We talk about the following:

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I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Santos this week. He is a former convict who spent 26 years in prison for running drugs. He says he never touched the drugs, but organized other people to do it. Pretty amazing story.

Michael has a podcast out, now as well. He pipes it into the prison system to help people learn to change.
You can learn a little bit more about Michael here:
PBS NewsHour (7-minute profile)
NBC Bay Area Proud (5-minute profile)
San Francisco Chronicle (Front-page profile)

We talk about the following:

Direct download: 67_26_Years_in_Prison_with_Michael_Santos_Transformative_Principal_067.m4a
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Mr. Gregory Leavitt is the principal of Draper Park Middle School in Draper, UT. Draper Park has experienced some great success recently as a top-scoring school in the state in Math, ELA, and Science. He was the 2013 Canyons District Administrator of the Year Award Winner.

In this episode we talk about the following:

Cross Curricular Teaming and PLCs.

  • Agenda consists of activities, common vocabulary, student problem solving, and team activities and celebrations
  • Vocabulary is a powerful way to connect content areas.
  • How he reviews all 9 PLC teams’ notes.
  • Consistency as key to long-term success.
  • How they use a Friday late start collaboration time.

Subject Area Teaming and PLCs

  • Large focus on data
  • Common Formative Assessments
  • Bringing everybody up, instead of comparing for comparison sake.
  • Easy to take big end-of-year test when you are assessing for mastery to the standards all throughout the year.
  • No need for a big push at the end.
  • Nothing fancy, just some Google Docs that are shared between the team.

Standards-Based Grading

  • 100% of grades are based on assessments, what the kids can actually demonstrate as mastery.
  • Rick Wormeli - “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
  • Objective Tracker, student-reported grades, and success.

How you can be a transformative principal:

Pick one thing that you can sustain for the next 5–7 years and stick with it.

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Mr. Gregory Leavitt is the principal of Draper Park Middle School in Draper, UT. Draper Park has experienced some great success recently as a top-scoring school in the state in Math, ELA, and Science. He was the 2013 Canyons District Administrator of the Year Award Winner.

In this episode we talk about the following:

Cross Curricular Teaming and PLCs.

  • Agenda consists of activities, common vocabulary, student problem solving, and team activities and celebrations
  • Vocabulary is a powerful way to connect content areas.
  • How he reviews all 9 PLC teams’ notes.
  • Consistency as key to long-term success.
  • How they use a Friday late start collaboration time.

Subject Area Teaming and PLCs

  • Large focus on data
  • Common Formative Assessments
  • Bringing everybody up, instead of comparing for comparison sake.
  • Easy to take big end-of-year test when you are assessing for mastery to the standards all throughout the year.
  • No need for a big push at the end.
  • Nothing fancy, just some Google Docs that are shared between the team.

Standards-Based Grading

  • 100% of grades are based on assessments, what the kids can actually demonstrate as mastery.
  • Rick Wormeli - “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
  • Objective Tracker, student-reported grades, and success.

How you can be a transformative principal:

Pick one thing that you can sustain for the next 5–7 years and stick with it.

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

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Mr. Gregory Leavitt is the principal of Draper Park Middle School in Draper, UT. Draper Park has experienced some great success recently as a top-scoring school in the state in Math, ELA, and Science. He was the 2013 Canyons District Administrator of the Year Award Winner.

In this episode we talk about the following:

Cross Curricular Teaming and PLCs.

  • Agenda consists of activities, common vocabulary, student problem solving, and team activities and celebrations
  • Vocabulary is a powerful way to connect content areas.
  • How he reviews all 9 PLC teams’ notes.
  • Consistency as key to long-term success.
  • How they use a Friday late start collaboration time.

Subject Area Teaming and PLCs

  • Large focus on data
  • Common Formative Assessments
  • Bringing everybody up, instead of comparing for comparison sake.
  • Easy to take big end-of-year test when you are assessing for mastery to the standards all throughout the year.
  • No need for a big push at the end.
  • Nothing fancy, just some Google Docs that are shared between the team.

Standards-Based Grading

  • 100% of grades are based on assessments, what the kids can actually demonstrate as mastery.
  • Rick Wormeli - “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
  • Objective Tracker, student-reported grades, and success.

How you can be a transformative principal:

Pick one thing that you can sustain for the next 5–7 years and stick with it.

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This is a video podcast, on my feed. Just a little experiment to try something new. Send me a tweet to tell me what you think. @jethrojones

 

http://bit.ly/tp-socialmedia <- This is the post that the video references. 

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  • Tech Club at Jason's school.
  • You can never have enough clubs or strong electives at your school.
  • What kinds of activities can put kids out in front?
  • DJ-ing the school dance.
  • How to start clubs - Just ask the kids!
  • Staple clubs - tech, video announcements, music, Minecraft club, etc.
  • It is ok to have just a few kids at each club.
  • How to have clubs that are flexible (teaching chess vs playing chess).
  • About Jason Bodnar's podcast
  • Jeff Bradbury
  • Matt Miller and his appearance on Jason's Podcast
  • You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
  • Being on Twitter can get you jobs!
  • How to be a transformative principal. Open reflection and transparency.

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Jason is an assistant principal at a middle school who taught for 9 years as a science teacher at the high school level. After working with Assistant Superintendent on 1:1 initiative and creating his own classroom, he realized that he was able to see education in a different light, and chose to go into administration.

  • Having a say in what is going on in your classroom can only lead to good things.
  • How he gives teachers autonomy in what they are doing.
  • Helping teaching find a way to try something new without fear of failure.
  • No matter how old you are, there are people older and younger that are smarter than you.
  • It’s not that you don’t like science, it is that the instruction you have had has not reached you.
  • What makes people great is having a knack for giving students a strong voice.
  • Differences between working with high school and middle school students and staff.
  • If you’re trying new things and doing what’s best for students, you’re going to be successful.

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Sue Szachowicz was a student, teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Brockton High School.

Article about the success of Brockton High School. New York Times article. Letters to the Editor.

State Tests started in 1993 in Massachusetts and the school was living in denial of whether or not the state would deny a diploma based on the state test. Why would a student continue going to school if they know they are not going to get a diploma?

  • How to create a sense of urgency when it doesn’t seem like there is one.
  • Front page of the Boston Globe in 1999, failing our kids.
  • Is this the best we can be?
  • Creating a restructuring committee - meeting over the summer.
  • Looked at the released test questions.
  • Major Fail - Shakespeare Focus
  • It can’t be about a test.
  • What are the skills kids need to be successful on this test AND what are the skills kids need to be successful in their classes AND what are the skills kids need to be successful in their lives?
  • Answer to these questions led to a school-wide literacy initiative.
  • What is missing from your class, and what do we need to say differently so it passes the 7–11 test?
  • Skill is the centerpiece, context is the supporting element.
  • How do you bring literacy to life in the classroom.
  • Wanted to pick something that was easily measurable in all content areas.
  • Active reading, followed by writing a response to the reading.
  • Writing is thinking.
  • Teachers taught other teachers how to implement writing process.

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Bill Daggett is the founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has worked all over the world helping schools improve and currently hosts the model school conference which showcases the 40 top performing schools in the country.

  • Other nations were doing some things better than us, but not everything. One thing we do much better is educating ALL students.
  • No nation in the world that would do what public education was doing for my family.
  • Spoke in 29 nations in 2 years.
  • Pulled company back to focus on America.
  • Carefully interviews people who need help, and mentor the schools to help them.
  • 5,000 - 8,000 people at Model Schools Conference in June.
  • Teaming is important. We have created artificial silos that don’t help students learn in real-life situations. School
  • Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL students
  • Schools are organized for ease of the teachers, not students.
  • Schools are organized for the top 1/3 of the students.
  • Want to motivate kids? Better make it relevant for them.
  • Interdisciplinary teams.
  • To start find two people who are willing to work together and go from there.
  • Build your master schedule around them.
  • Takes about 3–5 years for these initiatives to work.
  • We need the common planning period between disciplines.
  • Gotta pick the battles you are going to fight.
  • That’s too revolutionary and revolutionists get killed.
  • Breaking staff into thirds - Lunatic Fringe (let’s do every new initiative), Realists (I need some data to change first), Over My Dead Body (I’m not changing for nothing!). And it is not always broken down into even thirds.
  • Just leave the bottom third alone. Spend your time and resources on the top third.
  • Took 7 years working with that district for Brockton High School to start changing.
  • Teachers need an ongoing network of people beyond their own building.
  • Running Interference: Find ways to unlock teachers potential and remove roadblocks (state regs, parents/kids, union).
  • Get parent advocates. Talk to the parents of students who are doing a really great job. Get that parent to run for school board. Over time, it grows.
  • Public education has been around for a long time, you won’t change it overnight.
  • Measure what matters.
  • Academic Tenacity - do kids feel school is relevant? Do they feel safe? WE Surveys help find out if kids feel connected to school.
  • Do students and teachers agree that what is being taught is relevant?
  • Student and parent engagement are important.
  • Content, Methodology, Academic Tenacity, Parent/Community. We are so hung up on Content, that we can’t get to next three items. High performing schools don’t begin with content, they begin with getting the kids engaged.
  • Culture trumps strategy.

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  • There is a little audio issue at about 2:15 (and at the end) from my new microphone that I used for this. I couldn’t remove it without removing the whole piece. Please forgive me. ;)

Randy Barron Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. More info here

  • Kennedy Center teaching artists integrate arts into the curriculum. Much more focused on students creatively solving problems.
  • Arts integration is an approach to teaching where students create an art form to solve a problem.
  • Still want to have art taught as an art form,
  • Find ways to make kids guilty of learning.
  • Find ways to show movement with content areas.
  • Science and Poetry are areas that naturally relate to movement. Math is a little more difficult, so it may not connect with skills, but it does still connect with concepts.
  • Kids solve problems. Kids make water cycle through dance.
  • First drafts are not all that they do, it is just the beginning.
  • Integrating close reading of text and other strategies to make sure students understand content, as well as dance.
  • Playing with purpose.
  • Outside of comfort zone is in their learning zone.
  • Students use drawings, demonstrations, writing, and more to show what they are doing. Each child has their own record.
  • Randy started dancing at age 19.
  • Art integration is incredibly efficient.
  • Using verbal, physical, kinesthetic modalities.
  • Movement and dance gives them more of a reason to know something, makes it easy for kids to understand and remember.
  • Uncover the content versus cover the content.
  • Interleaving (or spiraling)
  • Tip for getting started: Find a Kennedy Center partnership to get started.
  • Principals: Make sure you let your teachers have a little breathing space.
  • http://kennedy-center.org
  • Contact Randy here
  • Web site
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