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

In education, we often hear from teachers who think that without us, these kids and families would not know what to do!

One time, I had a teacher talk to me about students with disabilities, and she basically said that students with disabilities only get help or have structure. She didn't realize that my daughter has Down syndrome and she was lumping my daughter in with this group of kids that would be lost if not for her and other educators like her. That rubbed me the wrong way.

In another instance, as I've talked about Home Visits, people have said, "Oh, you want to visit their home so you can see how awful their life is and have more empathy?" NO! I want to visit their homes so they know that we care enough to leave our ivory tower and go to them and tell them that we care.

Here are three tips on how to overcome it:

1. Don't judge parents. Just stop it. Seriously.

2. Have positive intentions. H/T to Melinda Miller. Assume the best. Don't make up their story for them. Learn from them, and ask them what they are doing! Don't just assume we know what is going on.

3. Recognize the good that people are doing the best they can. The numbers of parents who are actively hurting their kids is remarkably small! Are parents struggling because they don't have the skills, abilities, time, resources, etc. to be better? YES! I sure am! I am a well-educated, successful white dude and I still struggle to be as good a dad as I can be! That's just the truth. The truth is, our parents are awesome, and they are doing the best they can.

Expectations and Mindsets are powerful, and if we believe parents are doing the best they can, we will see evidence of that.

Let's make sure the self-fulfilling prophecy and storyline that we have is that parents are amazing and doing great things!  


You Get what You Expect

Nicholas A. Fischer is a school-management consultant and coach. He was the superintendent of the New London, Conn., school district from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was the superintendent of schools in Fall River, Mass., and the Christina School District in Newark, Del.; the assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, Va.; and the associate commissioner for finance and accountability in the Massachusetts Department of Education.

  • Leading a District Can Be Controversial, Embrace it

  • Be clear to yourself about what your values are.

  • Working in public schools is very important.

  • Started working Florida as a principal when corporal punishment was still allowed.

  • Telling kids what we wanted them to do instead of what we don’t want them to do.

  • Problems in American Public education: Our expectations are too low.

  • All of us have special abilities

  • Every child can be expected to be out a maximum effort.

  • What we expect in engagement is different than what kids are taught growing up.

  • What are the ramifications of doing the right thing?

  • What are the right questions to ask a supervisor?

  • Are you mobile enough to find the right places to work?

  • Know what you believe, and talk to your supervisor, let your spouse know the ups and downs you will face.

  • That’s one way of doing it, but here’s a better way.

  • You have to know what the stakes are going in, and be willing to live with them.

  • Average tenure of Superintendent is 2-3 years. Average tenure of principals is a little longer.

  • Reasons for moving vary.

  • In some situations, leaving a situation can be a badge of honor.

  • Why are you staying if you’re struggling?

  • Get candid feedback about how you’re portraying yourself.

  • Much better off being honest with those we are talking with.

  • Don’t use the statement, “Don’t take this personally.”

  • I’d like to hear your version of what you see yourself doing.

  • Set up an active listening conversation.

  • We too often end a statement with “You know what I mean?”

  • Distinguish between what a person is doing and what you would like to see them doing.

  • Tell me what you think I’m asking you to do.

  • Sit down a couple weeks later and talking about what they have changed.

  • I don’t assume anything.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Transformative to do what? If you were to describe what you are trying to accomplish, define what is happening right now in your school. Think through how you frame things. Define what you perceive happening. Start to talk about what the difference is between what people are doing what you want them to do.

  • If you’re going to have a safe school, everyone needs to be involved.

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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This is my "practice" of my opening day remarks to my staff. I practiced it as though I was going to give it to the staff, so I didn't record when I was giving it to the staff. Here is the Powerpoint to go along with it if you are interested. 

The actual meeting with staff took an hour, so this is an abbreviated version. 

Direct download: Enjoy_the_Journey_2017-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30am MST

We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but bad collaboration takes even more time.

Tom Hierck can be found at his web site.

  • superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education.

  • Great educators all over the place.

  • Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom

  • I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints.

  • If you build them, they will learn.

  • Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities

  • Start with something simple.

  • Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive.

  • Focus on the kids

  • Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior.

  • Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.

  • Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids.

  • You can’t manage every classroom from your office.

  • Be the “Judicious Parent”

  • What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom.

  • The difference between rules and expectations.

  • What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like.

  • If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model.

  • How to work with challenging team members?

  • If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement.

  • Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind.

  • Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it.

  • How to deal with the comfortable, but not good.

  • Get clarity on our purpose.

  • Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose.

  • When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose.

  • We do construction work in times of calm.

  • Ineffective practices = easy.

  • We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids.

  • How to find time. We make time for what we really believe.

  • Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time.

  • Chase time doesn’t work

  • How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.

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!

Join my group coaching program

Subscribe in iTunes

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.

Buy Communication Cards

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Direct download: Dont_try_to_change_people_try_to_change_behavior_188.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30am MST

Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.

 

Tom Hierck can be found at his web site.

  • superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education.

  • Great educators all over the place.

  • Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom

  • I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints.

  • If you build them, they will learn.

  • Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities

  • Start with something simple.

  • Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive.

  • Focus on the kids

  • Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior.

  • Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.

  • Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids.

  • You can’t manage every classroom from your office.

  • Be the “Judicious Parent”

  • What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom.

  • The difference between rules and expectations.

  • What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like.

  • If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model.

  • How to work with challenging team members?

  • If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement.

  • Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind.

  • Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it.

  • How to deal with the comfortable, but not good.

  • Get clarity on our purpose.

  • Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose.

  • When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose.

  • We do construction work in times of calm.

  • Ineffective practices = easy.

  • We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids.

  • How to find time. We make time for what we really believe.

  • Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time.

  • Chase time doesn’t work

  • How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.

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!

Join my group coaching program

Subscribe in iTunes

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.

Buy Communication Cards

Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com

Download Paperless Principal.  

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Gain empathy

  • Live day-to-day changes to scheduling.
  • Basic level of master scheduling.
  • Deeper level of how everything works in a school.
  • Real instructional minutes. Where people are and when.
  • How to learn about struggles that people have.
  • Hired a principal to help guide the decision.
  • worked with 1 school.
  • Then worked with many schools.
  • How to affect change in others’ lives.
  • Get to the next level of detail.
  • All changes to school require a holistic understanding of the impact.
  • How to be a Transformative Principal? Gain empathy.

 

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!

Join my group coaching program

Subscribe in iTunes

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.

Buy Communication Cards

Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com

Download Paperless Principal.  

Sanebox

Web Site

Transformative Principal on Stitcher

Refer A Principal

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