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

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Glenn Robbins (Twitter and Blog) is the 2016 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year.

  • Duties of digital principal of the year.
  • Things that were done to gain attention for this award.
  • Idea Street
  • Turtles in an aquarium in the school.
  • Digital Shop.
  • Design thinking.
  • NCMS Innovates blog
  • EdCamp Period. 5 days in a 45 minute period.
  • We want to create designers.
  • Using technology when appropriate.
  • Design thinking and deprogramming them.
  • The Extraordinaires Program
  • It’s saying yes more than no.
  • Responding to kids’ feedback.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be connected digitally and in person.

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Leyden East High School Principal Jason Markey, assistant principal Anita Huffman and principal-to-be-current-special-education-teacher Meaghan O’Neil join me to talk about the

  • Assistant principal for Student Services - The importance of a title
  • Breakfast with students to support the new students coming in.
  • ACCESS Program - extra 25 minutes for freshman to help them get acclimated.
  • Hand-schedule students with ACCESS teacher so they have a single adult to
  • Learning2breathe study time for students to focus on mindfulness.
  • Teaching the whole child.
  • “Yes, And” thinking.
  • Giving kids the time and space to be creative.
  • Innovation incubator.
  • Disengaging from PLCs to be in a new group focused on design thinking.
  • Design thinking
  • Trust and vulnerability is vital.
  • It is an unknown.
  • What can you do to be a transformative principal:
  • Work to empathize more with our students and teachers
  • [#shadowastudent](http://shadowastudent.org)
  • Have a PLN and connect with others to help reflect and continue to grow.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and learn and grow.

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Today, Daniel Bauer and I talk about our Mastermind. I encourage you to join. Check it out here: Transformative Mastermind.

 

If you still have questions or are ready to join, please set up a brief phone call. Schedule a call

Daniel and I are both setting up masterminds. I interview him on his podcast: Better Leaders Better Schools 

 

Mastermind For Principals

We all know that being a principal can be a lonely job. It is isolating to be the only one who has to deal with everything that goes on in your day-to-day life. Some of us have assistant principals, some of us have co principals, but each of us know that there are some things that are just hard to help other people understand what you’re going through.

Enter a mastermind. A mastermind is a group of people who are dedicated to investing in themselves to improve their lives.

We all have social networks which help us in various ways. If you have been on Twitter, in Facebook groups, or Voxer groups, you know there can be an ebb and flow with the conversation and ability to help other people in the group. You know there are a lot of lurkers. You also know that sometimes your questions and needs don’t get answered. Sometimes you don’t even ask questions because you can’t articulate what the problem is without giving a big back story.

A mastermind is different. You commit to being there for yourself and for your teammates. You commit to answering their questions, to supporting them, and, most importantly, to investing in yourself to help you be the best you can be.

Schedule a call with me right now

The truth is, a mastermind isn’t for everybody. Answer the following questions and see if you might be one of the ten principals in the country that will be able to join this mastermind.

  • Do you want your work and home life to be in balance?
  • Do you want to lead with a new level of confidence and ability?
  • Do you want to learn how to communicate with your teachers and students so they understand the vision you have?
  • Do you want to learn how to work with other principals and leaders in your district to be on the same page, working towards the same mission?
  • Do you want to be healthier?
  • Do you want to have better relationships with those you love?

If you answered yes to the questions above, then let’s set up a call and talk further about the possibilities.

Click here to set up the call

What do you get as a member of the mastermind?

  • Weekly meetings online to facilitate the mastermind.
  • A group of principals that are willing to help you as you help them.
  • A monthly leadership book club
  • A DISC personality profile test to help you understand how you communicate, and help people communicate with you.
  • Free access to events and trainings.
  • Private Facebook group and Voxer group.
  • A rotating weekly problem-solving session that allows you to go deep into the primary problem you are facing in your school.
  • Specific curated podcast list of the best podcasts available.
  • Celebrations of overcoming obstacles at your school with people who will understand the complexity of the obstacle.
  • A time to reflect that will energize you for the next week to be your best.
  • Lifelong relationships with other principals.

I hope you will join me, and take your leadership to a level you never could have imagined.

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If you are still not sure, please read through the frequently asked questions below and set up a call with me!

What is the time commitment?
We will meet each week online for about 60–90 minutes. These sessions will be jam packed with useful information, problem solving, and reflection.

Why does it cost money? I can join a Voxer group for free!
This is more than a Voxer group. This is a group of people, meeting regularly, to make sure that we are being the best we can be.
Simply put, if you don’t pay for it, you will likely get “too busy” and blow it off. When you invest an amount of money you are going to be more dedicated to it. Your level of commitment and dedication will be commensurate to the monetary value associated with it.
Your monetary investment in yourself shows that you are serious about learning and growing.

What if I don’t have the time for something like this?
Then it is not for you.

What if I don’t find it valuable?
If you’re not satisfied with it, you can call me and ask for a refund. I’ll ask for feedback about how to make it more meaningful, and happily refund your money.

What if I just want to listen and not participate?
The mastermind is for those who want to do. It won’t be as beneficial if you are on the sidelines. That being said, we won’t be forcing anyone to do anything. You will get out of this what you put into it.

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A continuation of my discussion with Eric Heiser, Exectuve direction or Sturgis Public Charter school in Mass.

  • Teachers go above and beyond often.
  • Teachers who join us are into teaching students, not content.
  • Students thrive on feedback, and if they feel they are going to get it, they are going to go to teachers for it more often.
  • Teachers mindset has to be, I’m going to do everything I can to help kids be successful.
  • How do you tease out that mindset?
  • If I took over your class, and I had no clue about what you were teaching, what words and phrases would your students have about you? How does the teacher see their role and connection?
  • Tell me something that went really well in the last week and why it went well.
  • Tell me something that didn’t go well and why didn’t it?
  • How did you choose your university? Tell me about your favorite class at university and why they were your favorite?
  • How do you connect outside the classroom and why do you do that?
  • Student discipline is not about the consequence, but it is about the opportunity to build a connection with the student after a situation and help the student see what they could have done.
  • Should be about the student growing, not about consequences.
  • Professional development focused on three areas: 1. Differentiation 2. Habits of mind 3. IB-specific training
  • Helping all faculty integrate Theory of Knowledge questions.
  • Preparing students well for assessments, but helping faculty collaborate daily.
  • Guiding principle is helping each student maximize their potential.
  • Recruited 5 people over the past month and a half who are the best.
  • Build passion and enthusiasm in their class, because it is about student learning.
  • We want every teacher to be at the top of their game every year.
  • If you’re really really careful about who you hire, you can be successful.
  • Tell faculty to recommend those who are great. Only recommend top 15%.
  • We want our kids to experience a star, each and every day.
  • Start with Why Simon Sinek TED Talk
  • Don’t measure student success on a specific score on a specific assessment. It is different for each student.
  • It’s not about a number, it is about them.

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Eric Heiser is the Exective Director of Sturgis Public Charter School in Massachusetts, where students have a 20% chance of getting in if you don’t have a sibling

  • International Baccalaureate has programs from K–12 and early college.
  • IB Diploma program the best preparation for College.
  • IB Program is a whole conception of a program. Rigorous courses and also character building.
  • Theory of knowledge, Creative action and service activities.
  • Gain points for what they know, rather than losing points for what they don’t.
  • Very few multiple choice tests in the assessments given.
  • IB for All - no non-IB courses for grades 11 and 12. 9th and 10th grade IB Prep.
  • Students challenge themselves, and grow into their commitment of becoming all they can be.
  • Special Needs at Sturgis on the web site
  • Guiding points on vision: 1. Help each student maximize their own individual potential. 2. Student learning is why we are here and should drive every decision we make.
  • Moving away from the word teach and saying “How do we create learning?”
  • 3 Rs - Rigor, Relevance, Relationships
  • IB provides external accountability for Rigor.
  • Help students see how what they are learning is relevant to their life.
  • Relationships are enhanced with smaller numbers (2 campuses with 400 students each).
  • School culture has a deep impact on the students’ learning.
  • Don’t do ranking, valedictorians, etc. Want students to be their own personal best.
  • To help students be successful, they need a lot of support, counseling, and care.
  • Schools can unintentionally create systems and events that detract from student learning.
  • Recruiting outstanding faculty is the most important thing I do.
  • Relationship is the most important thing about school.
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