Transformative Principal
An interview style podcast discussing how to be a transformative educational leader in the K-12 setting.

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.
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  • Educational malpractice to limit learning based on what we refuse to learn.

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Direct download: 69_Mobile_Makerspaces_with_Brad_Gustafson_Transformative_Principal_069.m4a
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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.

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

Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

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Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com

Download Paperless Principal.  

Direct download: 66_Trust_with_Gregory_Leavitt_Transformative_Principal_066.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm MST
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