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Kelly Tenkely founded Anastasis Academy in 2011.

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

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

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

  • The way we interact is a journey.

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

  • Community time.

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

  • Disregulated kids get regulated by walking together.

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

  • Daniel Pink’s book, When.

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

  • Sometimes it is a dance party.

  • Parent feedback about what these two things do.

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

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

  • What did you do creatively today?

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

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

  • My kids’ friends are memorizing 50 states.

  • Table topics at back to school night.

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

  • Meeting of the minds - parent teacher conferences.

  • Sending postcards to parents as just in time information.

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

  • Making our handbook fun to read.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Assessment - means to sit beside.

  • We apprentice students in the art of learning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joe Erpelding, principal of Design39Campus:

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

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

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

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The New School Rules with Anthony Kim Transformative Principal 244

Social Media: We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure.

Anthony Kim is the founder and CEO of Education Elements, a consulting company that helps districts meet the needs of their students. He is also the coauthor of “The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools“

  • Focusing learning for adults on what your school specifically needs.
  • Where the experiments came from.
  • We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure.
  • From “failing forward” to “safe enough to try”.
  • It’s obvious when you see that things didn’t. Doing things how we have been doing them really facilitates
  • First milestone - classes in school buildings, then factory model.
  • Comparing currency to education.
  • Starting private schools
  • What you know, what you anticipate.
  • If you’re bringing it up
  • Meeting Agenda - Could be chaotic.
  • Jethro’s Blog Post about WeWork’s ]http://www.jethrojones.com/blog/2018/5/17/an-elementary-school-just-acquired-a-startup
  • Articulate what game you’re playing rather than arguing over it.
  • People often don’t know how to construct the problem of practice.
  • Brainstorming vs. decision making.
  • People aren’t trained to work in ambiguous environments.
  • leaders live in ambiguity. Teachers live in
  • How to be a transformative principal? Internal monthly experiments in our company, nothing to do with our work, but trying to understand people’s habits. Meditation example. Finding something that will get people to take action.

 

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Alexis Gonzales-Black is a principal designer at IDEO.

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

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Design39Campus

Brief School Profile:

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

Teachers are called “Learning Experience Designers"

 

Location:

17050 Del Sur Ridge Road

San Diego, CA 92127

(858) 676-6639

 

Why are we visiting this school?

 

Alignment with our vision for K12 Magnet

[x]Competency Based

[x]Blended Learning

[x]Diversity

[x]Public School

 

Resources and Links:

School Blog

School Web Site

 

Contact:

Joe Erpelding

jerpelding@powayusd.com

858-382-4356

 


Notes from Visit:

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





Questions still to ask:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


This interview on the Transformative Leadership Summit was so good, I had to post it. I hope you enjoy it. 

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

  • How to have an inclusive schools. Taught in general education classes.
  • Innovations In Special Education award winners
  • Taking a team approach to designing a stem lab that is accessible, based on universal design.
  • I didn’t pick them team!
  • Skye’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever talk to.
  • Empowering others is what makes magic happen in your school!
  • If you want to control it, you’ll get a great program, but if you want it to exceed your wildest expectations, give others leadership opportunities.
  • Make decisions in the best interest of students.
  • When I was teaching, we would change things up to meet the needs of our students.
  • In my mind, I can justify why.
  • Outside garden that is being transferred into an outside classroom.
  • ScIP Team meeting once a month. Plan once a month for professional development.
  • Inservice day. 2 escape rooms.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen to your teachers. What would you want your instruction to be differently? Ask them and let them do that.
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Karl Rectanus is an educator, entrepreneur and adviser. As cofounder and CEO of Lea(R)n, an education innovation Benefit Corporation that empowers educators and their institutions to organize, streamline and analyze education technology through its research-backed LearnPlatform, Karl leads schools and districts, states and networks, and colleges and universities in their efforts to simplify edtech selection, procurement, implementation and measurement. Karl works with learning organizations and networks across the country to establish and elevate standards of practice that drive personalized learning at scale, student achievement and equity in access.

Originally an educator and administrator in the US and abroad, Karl has started and led multiple education innovation organizations, and currently advises districts, states and foundations. Karl has lived, worked and studied in over 12 countries, and was an NC Teaching Fellow and James M Johnston Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduate courses at UCLA’s Anderson Business School and CalTech Executive Extension. Karl, his wife and three daughters now live in Raleigh, NC.

  • Became a CFO for schools
  • Fourth successful education company
  • How they evaluate the ed tech solutions.
  • Saving time, so we can focus on things that are most important.
  • 5000 ed tech tools.
  • 8 most important criteria for teachers.
  • Saves administrators
  • Grades based on teacher’s comfort and familiarity with technology.
  • Ed Tech is a broken economy
  • Results Matter
  • Store contracts in the platform.
  • Analyze usage.
  • only 9% of individual licenses are actually being used.
  • Lack of Transparency leads to pricing inconsistencies
  • Forming, storming, norming, and performing
  • Exploring, hacking, optimizing, performing
  • Self-assessment for determining where you are on the personalized learning at scale journey.
  • 80% of schools are in the hacking phase.
  • Really challenging to put together budget when you don’t know if tools are being used.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Learnplatform.com/resources

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Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District . Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD and Lead Literacy.

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

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Thom Markham is a founding father of Project Based Learning.

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

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

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JT McCormick is the Co-Founder of Book in a Box. Email him

  • JT’s interview on the 1 Thing podcast
  • Scaled software company, now a president and CEO of a publishing company, BookinaBox.com
  • No motivational story of someone who stood by him. Pushed through a bad educational system that did not meet his needs.
  • What I quickly learned…There is no geometry on a deposit slip.
  • Mindset, choices, and hard work = success for me.
  • Get up at 4 am.
  • If there’s anything I don’t like in life, it’s up to me to change it.
  • Where did these ideas come from?
  • What would you tell a 10 year old JT?
  • It’s not always what you tell a kid, but more what you show them.
  • 3 of the greatest moments - marriage, birth of children, mentor at-risk youth.
  • First time they got to see an office building.
  • Connecting with kids - What’s wrong with this picture? And this?
  • Shake hands with a firm handshake - when do we teach them this?
  • Manners, a firm handshake, and other small things have served me very well in life.
  • How is there not a life essentials class?
  • Every school a subscription the Forbes 400.
  • 3 avenues out of poverty: 1. Athlete 2. Rapper 3. Drug Dealer
  • Nobody told me the fourth option: entrepreneur.
  • If you are going to think, dream, or set goals
  • Money does not bring happiness.
  • Many children just don’t understand the ways of the world.
  • If you lost it all, what would you do?
  • Put in the time, put in the hard work now.
  • Have your own personal excellence every single day.
  • Show them examples of people who have accomplished great things.
  • Show little girls female executives.
  • Bring the examples in to the schools.
  • I have built a career off of asking questions.
  • There are no dumb questions!
  • No means not right now.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Show kids.
  • Routine is what breeds success
  • I Got There - Book
  • You can’t change the past, but you can change the future

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Social media: Work doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional space.

Ryan Sheehy is an educator, speaker, author and Elementary Principal @HighlandsMDUSD, Professor at @stmarysca Lifelong Learner, Father, Husband, Author of Be The One For Kids.

  • Following a principal that was not well received.
  • Kids are running to us, not running away.
  • I’m a culture guy, so I was excited for the opportunity.
  • I look at everything as an opportunity.
  • I’m a principal of action.
  • Excited to build a culture around the idea of being in classrooms.
  • There’s no reason for me to be stuck in my office.
  • Work doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional space.
  • Being in the classroom allows me to have those conversations.
  • Locked down in meetings before and after school when teachers are available.
  • Too often we think the problem is with the kids.
  • Getting bogged down by teachers slow to change.
  • Be the one for kids: Stories about Ryan’s educational experiences.
  • Be the one who changes the dream. It’s ok to change the dream, but keep dreaming.
  • How do you help kids understand that it is ok to have a different dream?
  • Are your habits of today on par with your dreams of tomorrow?
  • Kids can achieve anything. Set up your habits today to achieve your dream.
  • It’s about the relationships.
  • How to deal with so many different challenges that we face.
  • The power of a strong PLN. We’re never standing stagnant. We want to always be improving.
  • If education isn’t fun, who would want to be a teacher or a principal?
  • How do you build powerful relationships?
  • We talked about everything but school. Really getting to know each other.
  • Taking the time to go off course.
  • Put yourself in the problem areas so you can get to know the kids.
  • You’ve got to take time to build relationships.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get yourself out there and sit down with each person on your campus and make sure they know you believe in them by trusting them and encouraging them!

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Can Do U with Jeff Becker Transformative Principal 232

Social Media: A vision is a filter you make decisions through.

Jeff Becker is a former motivational speaker who is now working on making a real impact on students he works with. Learn more at http://candou.us.

  • Motivational Speaker vs. Can Do U.
  • We help busy school leaders create the school they dream of.
  • Character education programs don’t really work.
  • Programs are incomplete - Pumps them up, but now what?
  • Work Sets with teachers that make it easy for teachers to do.
  • A vision is a filter you make decisions through.
  • Curriculum needs to speak “student.”
  • How to speak the same language as an adult.
  • Something powerful is going to happen when we can bridge the gap between generations.
  • How to figure out your own strength?
  • Once I founded out who I was much more excited to take that on!
  • Myers-briggs and DISC
  • Best part of CandoU.us is alumni retreat.
  • Strategic goal setting.
  • Empowering students to make their own strategic plan for the school.
  • Focus on Key Results Areas and look at the data.
  • Gaps, data driven SMART goals, interventions.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Walk slowly.
  • Education is the vehicle.

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Andrew Burnett is a veteran teacher of Math who took a few years to do research, and is back in the classroom making a big splash with going gradeless.

  • Study measuring the effect of immediate feedback and whether it helps kids learn. It does.
  • Change is hard.
  • How to help educators change.
  • Why Andrew made the change when he came back to the classroom.
  • Teachers going Gradeless.
  • Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
  • Student Self-assessments, engaging math.
  • Isn’t every kid going to say they deserve an A?
  • Show me what you can do - low stakes, no grade.
  • We spend a lot more time on student “show me what you can do’s“
  • Give specific details on what they did well and what they did not do well.
  • Not grading assignments, but giving feedback on learning.
  • No grades go on the papers.
  • They were no longer looking for a grade.
  • Evidence vs. completion
  • Seesaw online portfolio
  • Workload decreased in some areas and increased in other areas.
  • Worst-case scenario is I could go through all their work and give them a grade if I needed to.
  • Learning opportunity vs. homework.
  • Many of these grades had no indication of whether students understood the concepts!
  • Students complete learning opportunities on assistments.
  • Check-ins vs. Grade book accountability.
  • Why did I not learn this sooner?
  • Teachers say they have to have a minimum number of grades.
  • Need support around you.
  • Letter to parents.
  • Other barriers: fear of change.
  • It’s ok to wait for the new year to start.

Doesn’t this mean that kids never show anything because they aren’t getting a grade for it?

 


 

Amy McDonald helps kids have a strong web of support

  • The goal is for youth to have a strong enough web that they can come back.
  • The Survey that kids take at Phlight Club. The other side of the report card.
  • It’s their score card - others don’t see it.
  • Youth get a kaleidoscope bar graph.
  • Focus Declaration - the kind of person that they want to be.
  • Start with the strongest.
  • Kids come to Phlight Club because it is fun.
  • The reason she stayed in this district is because of Phlight Club.
  • Different people come. Application process for kids to come.
  • How to get started. Brightwayslearning web site and send an email to get started.
  • People say these events are only for small balloons. But Jill said this is not just for “at-risk” kids.
  • Kids leave with their stack.

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Amy McDonald helps kids have a strong web of support

  • Working with kids vs doing work for kids.
  • Developmental ecology of a youth
  • Strengths-based
  • Lots of training for teachers and youth.
  • Prince Wales Island in Alaska
  • Eat sleep and work in gyms.
  • 70 kids and 20 adults. 3 day lock in events
  • Brightways Learning runs Phlight Club.
  • Descriptions of the ROYGBIV story from the link above.
  • Red – The Rule of Five: The foundation for a personal village for each youth by five caring adults (or more,) having high expectations and providing opportunities, teaching skills, and celebrating relative best in appropriate ways.
  • Orange – Tangible Strings: Measurable supports provided through the anchors that shape the home, school, and community environment of each youth.
  • Yellow – Intangible Strings: Important, yet difficult to measure, beliefs, values, and behaviors that are being taught to and caught by the youth.
  • Green – Resiliency/Growing the Balloon: These DNA based characteristics and talents that increase the likelihood that the youth will remain connected to any web that they are given. How are you smart rather than how smart are you? Grit optimism, how am I smart, gender, wonder gene.
  • Blue – Scissor Cuts/Problem Reduction: Decreasing or eliminating the conditions, actions, and attitudes that erode the supports being created by the adult anchors.
  • Indigo – Caring for the Carers: Supporting those who anchor the web so they do not drop out of their lives even when circumstances in their own lives change.
  • Violet – Social Norms: The climate and culture of the social environment (home, school, and/or community) that have been accepted or agreed upon by a critical number of adults.

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Vision Mission Strategic Goals

Strategic goals line up with the district’s strategic goals. Our vision for Tanana is “give people what they need, when they need it.” This vision applies to staff, students, parents, and other community members as needed.

 

Our vision for the future of Tanana is clear and has been reviewed throughout the year. Here is the updated 4 year plan. At two times this year, I have met with each teacher individually to discuss the vision for the school and ensure that we are able to make collaborative decisions about the future. Additionally, the Leadership Team Running Agenda reviews and gives information about the trajectory of our school, as well as our Faculty Meeting Running Agenda and our PLC Session Board.

 

Data for Informed Decision Making

While academic success is surely one of our goals at Tanana, in this building year, there has not been a lot of focus on traditional school data. While we have certainly analyzed and reviewed MAP data, PEAKS data was essentially not useful, and we have focused more on other issues.

 

One of the major areas of concern related to attendance and tardies. We have systematically documented tardy issues and found that typically less than 5% of our students are tardy, which indicates it is a small problem, and not a widespread issue. We have identified 19 students who are consistently tardy and in the halls and have created a student contract for them. To enable us to identify the students who were the ones causing issues, we created hall passes for teachers to use to monitor student hallway use.

 

Additionally, we used informal qualitative data to determine next steps for our school this year, asking teachers the areas in which we needed to focus. A review of our progress will be completed at the conclusion of this school year.

 

Furthermore, at the beginning of the year, Dr. Orr and I met with each teacher to review MAP data and how it would impact their classrooms. We used the documents in this folder for our review with the teachers.

Empowering Work Environment

At Tanana Middle School, our success cannot be dependent on the principal’s ability to manage many different initiatives. That is a recipe for disaster. Teachers and other staff take a prominent role in ensuring that plans are successful.

 

One such area is our advisory options. Each teacher (and staff member that wants to) may submit a new advisory option every two weeks. This list shows all the different options that have been created this year. Each teacher takes responsibility for creating something of value for students. Many items on that list are also student-generated ideas that came from students wanting to have a bigger say in what we do.

 

Our school librarian was given the directive at the beginning of the year to make the library a “place where we learn and create” and has been given decision-making authority to accomplish that. Mrs. Martin redesigned the library, removed a wall, facilitated technology distribution, and created makerspaces in the library, that change nearly every single day.

 

Mr. Balash has adjusted his way of delivering instruction in the classroom to ensure all students are engaged in the process of learning and acting.


The beginning of the year, end of the year, and many other activities throughout the year have been organized by teachers working in committee to make meaningful change to our school.

Continuous Improvement

One of my favorite ideas is that we are never done improving. It doesn’t matter how much we do or don’t do, we can always get better. There is always room for growth, no matter what we are doing. One small example is that our hall passes were not as effective as we wanted, and so we created a second hall pass that met the teachers’ needs. One group of teachers needed additional support, so they created their own processes for dealing with hall passes in their section of the hallway.

 

A good example of our belief in continuous improvement relates to the Leadership Team Running Agenda. On the April 25 agenda, we had this posted on our agenda: Reevaluate schedule B, please…comment from teacher ”Does Schedule B really help us grow into the schedule we want for the future?  Does it help train students to be ready to handle the freedom of an open schedule?”

 

Even when we make a decision, we know that we have a long way to go to be where we want to be. Nothing in our school is too sacred to talk about.

Celebrating Success and Acknowledging Failures

Each faculty meeting, we start with celebrations. There are many areas when I have failed at something this year. I usually refer to those on my podcast. One of the failures that we had this year was an attempt to roll out a school-wide service learning program. A couple teachers came to the leadership team with an idea, and we tried to roll it out to the staff. It was too soon, and I let the leadership team know that I had jumped the gun too much on that.

 

Another area where I failed this year related to collaborating with principals relating to personalized learning. I attempted to have weekly meetings with other principals around personalized learning. Nobody showed up, and so I waited “by the phone” each week. I’ve recently started doing a Fairbanks mastermind with four other principals in the district on Friday mornings. This has been a much better solution and much more powerful because there are just a few of us. Even so, we have only had a couple meetings, so we will see where it goes.

 

Personalized Learning Student Reflections - One of our teachers

 

Ideal Week Schedule

Each week, I schedule out my week and plan to spend the morning with teachers. I used to think that I needed to be in classrooms observing teachers, but I’ve realized it’s much more powerful when I think of that time as coaching teachers. I might be in their room while they are teaching, or I might be talking with them during their prep, talking about how we can meet their goals. Other items that I time block include writing newsletters to parents, collaborating with my assistant principal, and making time for district-focused work each Tuesday afternoon.

 

Having time blocks has really helped me to be present in the moment so that I can devote attention to the things that are really important.

 

 

 

Systems Leadership

One of my goals this year after reading “The One Thing” has been about being more proactive, and less reactive. We’ve established Key Responsibility Areas for our special education staff, office staff and a couple other positions. It is easy to float through life, reacting to every situation, but it is so much more valuable to be proactive and lead with vision for the future. A shining example of the focus on systems has been to create strategies for recruiting top talent to our school. A recent full time certified hire told me, “I wasn’t going to work here, but then I came and heard your vision for what the school could be, and I knew I had to stay.”

Having a vision and sharing it with people is what makes them join the work. This one teacher who joined our staff will have a tremendous impact on our ability to reach our goals.

 

At the beginning of the year, we established new school rules. These rules are “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.” These school rules are clear, and easy to remember. They also allow teachers, students, staff, and anyone else in our building to support the rules by asking three questions about any student behavior:

 

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it respectful?
  • Is it responsible?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is, “No,” then we know the behavior needs to change. We have high expectations for students to always be safe, respectful, and responsible, but we also understand that it takes different students different amounts of time to be successful at the expectations.

 

Communication

One area of communication for which I am especially grateful is managing conflict at our school among adults. Despite our best efforts, we adults can sometimes be the most challenging to communicate with. In my own experience, I come across and stern and strict many times, when that is really quite opposite from who I really am inside. Teachers and staff in the past have complained that it is difficult to talk with me. I’ve made great strides in being more approachable, but still have a ways to go. One of the strategies that I have used is called “Communication cards.” These cards hang on my door so that anyone who needs to have a difficult conversation with me can have a difficult conversation knowing that I am going to respond a certain way when the communication cards are used. This has really been beneficial to me to diffuse difficult situations. Thankfully, these cards have sat largely unused for most of the year. That means that I am getting better in my interpersonal communication skills because people don’t feel the need to use the cards to communicate.

 

Constant communication is important. I’d like to share some stats from our newly-created-this-year social media accounts. It is important for us to be everywhere for our families and support them in making sure they know what is going on at our school. We have a long way to go to be there for everyone, but we are heading in the right direction.

Instagram

This account has 95 posts as of 04/25/2018 and 88 followers. Most posts generate about 10-15 likes. Dr. Orr and I are the only ones who post to this account.

 

Facebook

This account has 207 likes, and is climbing the charts in relation to the comparison schools. In three years in Kodiak, I got that page up to 700 likes, so we are making a good progression towards that. Our highest usage of our facebook page is between 4 and 8 pm and at noon. If we do any facebook live events, noon would probably be a pretty good time to do it. Our most popular posts average 10 reactions.

 

Twitter

Our Tweets earned 5.3K impressions over the last 28 day period. We have 57 followers and 800 tweets so far. Our most popular tweet over the last month was related to a student mastering his math facts up to 14x14! That’s pretty positive. This account is mostly automatic tweets from facebook and instagram.

 

Mailchimp

The fourth way we communicate with families is through our newsletter account in Mailchimp. Our emails usually get about 35-40% open rates. That’s pretty good.

 

Parent Feedback

Around the middle of the year, I asked parents how much they were satisfied with their Tanana experience:

 

With a 10% response rate, we have about 73% of parents who are satisfied or strongly satisfied with the work done by Tanana staff with their student. That’s very positive. Those in the middle left some comments about improving communication, and one notable comment said, “Your personalized learning plan was a pretty sh*tty idea.”

The Blog

We started a blog for our school relating

Volunteerism

Perhaps the best outcome from all this parent and community communication has been the increase in parent involvement and community engagement. Nearly every week, we have had parents or community members in our classrooms working with our students. Our school is welcoming to many from outside who don’t typically have interactions with middle school students. A favorite story is from Nelda and Tom Nixon who are local watercolor artists who live close by. They came to our school and taught watercolor during advisory. This opportunity gave this retired couple an opportunity to see what is going on in schools today and be more engaged in the school process.

 

Our goal for volunteers was 500 in our school this year. At the semester break, we were at 250. As of today, we are at 384.



Leadership For Learning

If we aren’t moving forward in our efforts for helping kids learn, then all our efforts are pretty much wasted.

 

Our focus this year is on personalized learning and my expectations for staff have been very clear, and quite minimal. Each staff member needed to do one activity, lesson, or unit that incorporated personalized learning each quarter. This is not a high bar, but with a vision like we have, it makes it so much easier for them to be successful in implementing that. In fact, I’d say that nearly every teacher has done way more than just a 4 Personalized Learning activities this year. It has really been amazing to see how far so many have gone.

 

I believe that the reason we have been so successful is two fold. First, we have really great teachers who strive to go above and beyond. Second, we have a clear vision of where we want to go, and we know it is ok to not be there right this minute. As we converse about different ways to improve instruction, teachers take a little idea, and implement something amazing that they can do themselves.

 

For example, after our MAP meetings with teachers, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Chorley, and some other teachers found the MAP goal setting worksheets, and worked with students to make individual goals for where they could improve their learning.

 

Teachers who have been effective in implementing personalized learning have also been “visiting” the distinguished range of the Danielson framework much more often. It is really powerful to see them be so successful.

 

One area where we have a lot of work to do revolves around grading. Plain and simple: our grades don’t mean anything. In one class, grades mean something entirely different from another class. It is imperative that we work on getting on the same page with grading. The need to move to a competency-based system is enormous. This is a major area of growth for our school. When grades mean so many different things, it is very challenging to hold students to high standards. For example, an A in one class means that a student is compliant and does what the teacher asks. An A in another class means that a student did a bunch of work, but maybe didn’t learn anything. An A in another class could mean that a student has actually learned the content. An A in another class could mean that a student has just shown up every day, or even most days.

 

In the last few months, I have consistently been saying that an F means that the teacher has failed, while a D means the student has failed. We are having conversations about taking away 0 grades so as to not penalize students. This is a great podcast episode with Rick Wormeli about that very idea.

 

Professionalism

Over the course of this school year, we have focused heavily on professional development for our staff. Each week, Dr. Orr and I curate articles, podcasts, TED talks, and other resources to help our staff have meaningful professional development on their own time.


We have focused our Faculty Meetings and PLCs on providing value to our teachers. We have eliminated sit and get PD sessions and have made them personalized and interactive for all adult learners. We must model this for our teachers first, if we expect them to do it in their classrooms.

 

One of the major challenges we have faced this year relates to our suspensions of students of color. This is challenging because if we follow the district policies, we have to suspend students of color at a higher rate because their natural behavior is in conflict with our school district policies. Students of color are louder than their white counterparts as a whole, and that makes them easy targets for teachers or staff members when assigning blame for incidents they didn’t see themselves. Students of color are often accused or targeted because they are loud or animated. This is an area where we need to continually work to improve.

 

Outside of work, I have sought to improve my own professional growth by applying to present at the Alaska Principals conference, the National Principals Conference, ASTE, and the Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco. For my podcast, since being in Fairbanks, I have interviewed  over 50 people for my podcast to learn how to be a transformative principal.

 

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Robyn Bagley is a former principal of Career Path High. She is now consulting now and working with Heather Staker on a project for Acton Academy. She is also chair of Parents for Choice in Education, located in Utah. You can email her here

  • Acton Academy is an amazing model.
  • Over 8,000 applications to start their own. How do we replicate that?
  • How to approve partners and facilitate the success of their schools.
  • How do you help kids not blow everything off?
  • In a traditional model, we’ve removed all the opportunities to have kids lead.
  • The first thing to think about is how to empower students.
  • It kills their love for learning.
  • You need to empower students.
  • The second thing is to set up processes for accountability.
  • It’s ok to fail as long as you are failing forward.
  • Every student had a success coach with whom they met every week.
  • Accountability: consequences like losing freedom and stopping college courses.
  • Support: You must have good support systems in place. Lots of processes in place to help them stay on pace and set their goals.
  • Three legs of a stool: Parents, students, school (teachers and administrators)
  • We never apologize for bothering you with communication
  • Four: give them something to be excited about in their pathway: i.e., have your certification when you finished school.
  • The light came back on.
  • The success coach was the real piece of accountability each week. Success coach had constant communication with parents, too.
  • Give recognition with accountability.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Collaborate with your team!
  • Changing the culture from top-down directives to a collaborative culture.

 

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Robyn Bagley is a former principal of Career Path High. She is now consulting now and working with Heather Staker on a project for Acton Academy. She is also chair of Parents for Choice in Education, located in Utah. You can email her here

  • The power of Networking with so many other people
  • Operating at 30,000 feet vs ground floor.
  • Policy vs. working in schools
  • Giving parents and kids options to have more control over their learning.
  • Statewide online learning
  • You don’t really understand the challenges until you are in the trenches.
  • First opportunity writing a charter.
  • How desperate parents are for control and choice in their education.
  • So many hoops to jump through.
  • There’s a lot of silliness out there that takes away your focus on the kids.
  • Issues that exist on the ground floor.
  • Administrative and clerical work to satisfy reporting.
  • Having the information in the system.
  • Kids not required to be there, and balancing what the law required and what was good for kids.
  • When you start to run into problems, be vocal to your elected officials.
  • You can still give good things to kids even in the system.
  • It’s teachers and a principal who is the change agent
  • Top-down dictation makes it hard for people to innovate.
  • Sharing of ideas in a collaboration is necessary!

 

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Naphtali Hoff is an educational consultant and coach who helps school leaders solve their biggest problems. impacfulcoaching.com/epic

  • Understaffing is a mindset issue.
  • They work harder to make up for it.
  • Underestimate their own leadership impact.
  • We have so much power within us.
  • Develop a sustainable process where they are leading through their
  • Expect, Pull together, Influence, Communicate
  • Expect - Set clear targets so that everyone is focused and engaged.
  • Pull together - Pull your team together and connect them deeply to the mission.
  • Influence - Influence and lead those around you.
  • Communicate - Communicate clearly and openly.

 

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Matt Shea is the Matt portion of Personalized Learning with Matt and Courtney, a podcast about, well, personalized learning. It is one of my favorite new podcasts and you can find it at plearnmc.com or in your favorite podcast player of choice!

  • Matt is a district administrator in Maine
  • Courtney is an instructional coach in Maine
  • Worked in Maine for his whole career
  • 10 schools in five communities
  • Goal: set up same systems in schools - it didn’t work
  • tenets of learning: applied learning
  • How do we design that culture so that there’s a balance between kids taking advantage of their own learning and teachers providing a range of options?
  • What teachers can provide in their place
  • What works for you?
  • District administrator as more of a support role
  • Talk about the tenets a lot.
  • “Cultivating hope in all learners”
  • Culture is a number 1 thing for all of us.
  • Designing a culture that involves the learners in their learning
  • Progression of learning
  • Social grade levels not academic grade levels
  • Place students on an academic progression where they are, and help them move forward.
  • Continuous flexible grouping - School building and schedules create a challenge for them.
  • Tried to do schedules in all the same way.
  • 15:16 We are the problem. We are the ones that have all the issues!
  • How do we get adults to be more like kids?
  • What’s our ultimate goal?
  • Guiding principles: They’ll find that information when they need it!
  • Interview with Seth Godin
  • You don’t really fail, you just are where you are.
  • It’s not just about the 80% of our kids that will do well no matter what, but about all the students
  • When she’s ready to take the next step, she’ll be ready for it.
  • End College Career Readiness
  • Many teachers have been teachers only.
  • The “real world“ is something different to everyone.
  • Provide kids with the skills and attitudes.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Design a culture in your building where it is ok to fail in a positive way. Failing upward. Failing forward. Take away some of the negative aspects of what school is.

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Tom Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the emeritus head of school. He teaches at the University of Missouri St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis he has written four books more than 100 articles including the “Principal Connection” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership.

  • Multiple intelligences school
  • Formative five as interpersonal and intrapersonal.
  • Developing it within themselves.
  • The schoolhouse at midnight
  • Trophy case - Plaque, most improved attendance.
  • How does what you have on your wall recognize all the students in your school?
  • Jethro’s attendance improvement TED talk
  • Multiple levels of recognition.
  • Level 1: Talk about it. Joyful Learning.
  • Level 2: Ask kids about how they used these skills over the weekend.
  • Level 3: Create rubrics by which we can measure kids’ success skills.
  • Teachers choose their own groups. Teachers can quickly create rubrics for measuring these success skills.
  • It helps kids reflect on the varying levels of performance.
  • Help kids take ownership of their learning.
  • Interview with Michael Shapiro about his school where they use PSS skills
  • How to be a transformative principal? We need a dialogue with our faculty. Don’t do the formative five to kids, do it with kids!
  • by the time we move forward, every teacher believes as fervently as I do.
  • trhoerr@newcityschool.org

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@AllysonApsey is the author of the book “The Path To Serendipity”

  • This book is my heart poured out onto paper.
  • Embracing all of the things we go through.
  • Stumbling on the fortunes of all the experiences we go through.
  • William Glasser’s Choice theory
  • Need language to figure out how to communicate about that.
  • This book for all people.
  • Serendipity - The three princes of serendip
  • There are beautiful things in every experience we go through.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be right where you are.

 


 

Tom Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the emeritus head of school. He teaches at the University of Missouri St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis he has written four books more than 100 articles including the “Principal Connection” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership.

  • 14 years principal connection column in Educational Leadership.
  • The principal job is so hard.
  • There’s always more to be done, no matter how good we do it.
  • Who you are is more important than what you know.
  • Prepare kids for success in life, not just success in school.
  • Been a principal long enough to see who kids became as adults
  • There are five qualities we need to develop in students: Empathy, Self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit.
  • But how am I going to get my students’ kids to embrace this?
  • At back to school nights and parent meetings throughout the year.
  • 8:20: Write down the initials of people you know who you consider to be successful.
  • Turn to your neighbors in groups of three or four.
  • Remind parents of what is truly a success.
  • Strategy for focusing teachers on what we want them to pursue.
  • 3x5 card, write down the initials of 2 or 3 teachers you’ve had that are most important in your life. What did they do to make you love them?
  • What can you do with your class that will encourage your kids to put your name down in 30 or 40 years?

 

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Brad Shreffler is the host of Planning Period Podcast, Teacher, and Tech Coach in Orlando, Florida. He is also an author and his web site is here.

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  • Planning period podcast - How do we fix problems?
  • What is the biggest problem facing education today?
  • Truly a challenge to answer, and many different answers.
  • Recognize that it could be better, but still work in what it is.
  • What teachers need in professional development.
  • Modeling.
  • Why is modeling so difficult for leaders of professional development?
  • Leaders haven’t been in the classroom for many years, so they are out of practice.
  • Different skill set to do the same strategies.
  • PD has become a dirty word.
  • The first time you do an innovative model, it will fail miserably.
  • Classroom management vs. engaging learners.
  • I refuse to lecture to my teachers about the importance of not lecturing to kids.
  • Flipped PD model - record what you need to tell them, then meet face-to-face.
  • “This is the next thing and it will be gone.”
  • Inherent resistance to new things.
  • Struggle through the challenge.
  • It didn’t work yet.
  • Crisp meetings
  • Stomach through the fear of failure.
  • Have an administrator who is willing to give the feedback.
  • You have to push for the feedback.
  • I just don’t take myself seriously enough to get offended.
  • How to teach someone to have an overinflated ego.
  • Build them up.
  • Education is fundamentally broken.
  • If people aren’t annoyed by what I’m doing, then I’m probably not doing something worthwhile.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Find the person who wants to change the world and give them the freedom to do it.

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Leslie Goodrum is the principal of General Tommy Franks Elementary in Midland, Texas. Her school is a pilot school for the Midland Values project, where they are attempting to improve their culture by adopting values based on authenticity, service, awareness, purpose, vision, enthusiasm, perseverance, courage, faith, focus, leadership, integrity. This is through Joe Tye’s Values Coach System

  • Brand new campus and so setting the culture from the beginning.
  • Crockett elementary - having accountability issues, so they were shut down.
  • It’s not the building that makes kids successful.
  • District wide initiative for adults, but General Tommy Franks Elementary is the first one doing it with kids as well.
  • Every morning doing announcements, self-empowerment pledge. Pickle pledge. Each student gets a bracelet for the value of the month.
  • Vision is the core value for January, so they try to pull it in everywhere.
  • Encouraging parents to attend trainings as well.
  • Pickle Pledge.
  • Authenticity is the first value and kids are using it all throughout the year. What is the thing you have done that is the authentic you?
  • Integrity - you’ve got to do the right thing, no matter who is watching.
  • Pickle Pledge - our pickles are happy pickles.
  • Did you say it or did you mean it?
  • Until you are ready to live it, you need to stop saying it.
  • The Values give you a framework each month.
  • Faith and purpose are needed conversations.
  • Foundation and a framework for helping kids set goals.
  • Parents are very supportive of what we are doing.
  • Discipline problems are very few.
  • Biggest challenge is making sure the value of the month is big throughout the month.
  • As the leader, I have to set the tone, because whatever I do, everyone will follow.
  • It’s not a program, it’s a way of life.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into your classrooms, be with your kids and teachers and be a great role model.

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Melissa Emler is the Director of Community at Modern Learning

  • Online media company to help schools change and be better. Really powerful conversations are happening regularly.

  • The Testing Emperor Finally has no Clothes

  • Modernlearners.com/jethro

  • All of the onus for learning is placed on the teacher.

  • It is the responsibility of teachers to create the conditions for learning to happen.

  • Communication beats compliance, every time.

  • Learning happens through feedback and questioning.

  • It is the student to communicate questions and understanding.

  • Going gradeless or standards based grading doesn’t really communicate learning.

  • We haven’t really had a conversation about what we mean by “learning”.

  • Seymour Sarason’s “What do you mean by learning?“

  • People are learning when they want to learn more.

  • It requires co-creating the curriculum

  • Our practices do not match our beliefs.

  • The amount of time we spend thinking, talking, planning for standardized tests.

  • Giving prizes for testing= :(

  • Beliefs must drive assessment.

  • Challenge assumptions, biases and orthodoxies that influence assessment practice.

  • Communication beats compliance, every time.

  • Explore status quo-busting assessment solutions to provide more authentic and real-world choices.

  • Let students learn about how they learn.

  • Measure what matters.

  • Invest in TRUST.

  • So important to trust teachers to create the conditions for learning to happen.

  • If we get to a common set of beliefs then we don’t need to pressure teachers to do well on a test.

  • Standards and tests change based on political issues.

  • how to be a transformative leader? Be strong in your individual beliefs.

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Dr. Will Deyamport Instructional technologist, consultant, and podcaster.

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  • Everyone has a brand. Jeff Bezos “Your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.“
  • You can’t control what other people think about you, but you can control what people see when they search for you.
  • If someone googles you and they don’t see you, you don’t exist.
  • Creating content can enrich your current life and your future.
  • Twitter connects you in powerful ways.
  • It’s about the learning, and the network you can learn from.
  • It’s also about the building a network of people who know you and know what you can do.
  • How to do well on Twitter:
  • Upload a profile picture.
  • Know your why and your what for being on social media.
  • Be intentional with the people you follow.
  • Use your hashtags.
  • Share what’s going on in your world.
  • obvious to you, amazing to others
  • Don’t take it personally.
  • Don’t be afraid to unfollow.
  • Dr. Will does some courses as well, so you can get CEUs for your credits, lot of support for edtech issues.
  • We no longer live in a world with gatekeepers.
  • You don’t have to ask permission to do your thing.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Let go of the small stuff.

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Spike Cook is the principal at Lakeside Middle School in New Jersey. We are going to talk about Developing a leadership platform with Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Balance.

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Jeff Sandefer started his first business at 16 and has run 5 successful companies since then. Now, most of his time is spent developing innovate educational curriculum for the Acton Academy and My Entrepreneurial Journey and teaching at the Acton School of Business.

  • The Courage to Grow - By Laura Sandefer, about the journey of creating Acton Academy
  • How Acton started, powerful story.
  • Socratic teacher at the graduate level for 20 years.
  • Confident that we could pull off pieces
  • Sugata Mitra -
  • Not in the school reform business, just trying to do our own little thing.
  • Frankenstinian mashup of pieces.
  • Montessori, socratic methods, game-based method.
  • Pods of 36 students interacting with each other throughout the day.
  • Multi-age campus.
  • Age levels tend to disappear.
  • Middle schoolers who may have finished calculus.
  • Self-management and self-government.
  • We are like game makers.
  • We are not allowed to utter a declarative statement.
  • There is an entropy among human beings to do nothing and waste time.
  • Auto-didacts are fairly rare. Most people want to hang out with their friends and have fun.
  • To stay in this fun place, you have to work hard.
  • Competitive personally, but also
  • Freedom and responsibility are tied together.
  • Feedback loops: Would you recommend Acton to a friend?
  • The harder you work and the kinder you are, the more freedom you get.
  • 360 peer satisfaction surveys once per session - warm hearted and tough-minded.
  • Entirely enforced by the peers. The council has the right to adopt something different.
  • Parents retain ultimately responsible for students.
  • Mission of the school: Each person will find a calling that will change the world. The Hero’s journey.
  • It’s about transformation.
  • The heroes are the ones that call against the entropy of mankind.
  • Entire community can fall apart from time to time.
  • Allow Lord of the Flies from time to time.
  • Pure democracy, democratic republic or benevolent dictator.
  • Creating challenges -
  • Half come from the top, and half come from the bottom.
  • They’ll be fine. I don’t want them to be fine. I want them to be better.
  • Heroes don’t always win but they do always get up.
  • Most difficult thing is the parents.
  • Parents have to be on a heroes journey also.
  • Parent badges as well as badges for students.
  • How do you keep track of your badges?
  • LMS to keep track of the badges.
  • Laszlo Bock
  • Give templates and the kids go do the work for
  • How to be a transformative principal? Every young child deserves to find a calling to change the world. Every child is a genius.

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Jeff Zoul and Anthony McConnell are the authors of The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools.

  • Anthony followed in Jeff’s role as assistant superintendent and is now going to be the superintendent of the district.
  • Being part of the development process for four years set Anthony on the right course.
  • How Jeff helped prepare Anthony for success in moving into his new role.
  • I believe in always being innovative and always getting better.
  • The Harmony principle.
  • Some people think they thrive when they are in crisis mode, but their schools do not.
  • Thinking I was supporting the teacher, I was equally elevated with the teacher.
  • How to stay calm when inside you are seething.
  • You get better with practice. Focus on the real issue.
  • Don’t come with the answer already decided on in your head.
  • How can I help? Ask this question often.
  • What you have to leave the conversation with is integrity.
  • It’s not about the nail.
  • Trust - if you don’t have trust, you don’t have a whole lot.
  • Address underperformance: It isn’t fun, but the best principals do that.
  • Doing what you say you’re going to do.
  • When the leadership does it, other people feel comfortable holding people accountable.
  • What sort of actions do you take so that people know you care about them?
  • 5 faculty values statements: “We will…”
  • I’m going to lead the way by asking you to hold me accountable.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Anthony - make your school more welcoming. Take a walk around.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Jeff - be super visible in the school. I’m not trying to be right, I’m trying to the right thing.

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Dan Kreiness is an aspiring administrator who hosts the Leader of Learning podcast. He focuses on educational leadership. dan@leaderoflearning.com.

  • Challenges with becoming a principal.
  • There is a lot of good to be done.
  • What is your number 1 strength that you bring to a school leadership position?
  • How did you find that strength out?
  • Disrupting, changing, going away from the status quo.
  • Our students are ready to move and change faster than we are.
  • Looking to be resourceful.
  • The power of connecting with Twitter.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Really be present.

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Dan Kreiness is an aspiring administrator who hosts the Leader of Learning podcast. He focuses on educational leadership. dan@leaderoflearning.com.

  • Aspiring administrator
  • Mark Crowley Lead from the Heart
  • Instructional coach is the sweetest gig in all of education.
  • Tricky position to be a coach.
  • Really hone in on the things they identify as what they need to be working on.
  • How to get teachers to jump on a technology bandwagon.
  • The power of reflection.
  • The Edumatch 2017 book

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This is a cross-post for the PrincipalPLN podcast that I was on last week. I talked a lot about masterminds. Get started on that today. Give me a call!

Here are the podcasts that I have been on lately:

Planning Period Podcast with Brad Shreffler

“Jethro and Brad talk about the importance of leaders being in classrooms and coaching teachers, that we need to ask “why” way more often, being reflective and outwardly recognizing your mistakes, the power of MasterMind groups, and unlocking the genius in all of our students.
It is a really great conversation, and you’ll notice a few times in there that I am literally left speechless by what he says.
So, sit back and enjoy episode 37 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Jethro Jones.”

Leaders of Learning with Dan Kreiness

“In this episode, I talk to principal and host of the Transformative Principal podcast Jethro Jones and talk to him about making the transition into the role of a school administrator, how to create buy-in with followers, and how to empower others.”

 

Direct download: PrincipalPLN_with_Jethro_Jones_Transformative_Principal_1046.mp3
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Richard Kincaid Twitter is EcoRise’s Chief Innovation Officer and is the lead designer for project-based learning professional development program, which integrates sustainability & design thinking methodologies into the Buck Institute's PBL framework. Richard has extensive experienced in K-12 public education, as a former CTE director, campus leader, and teacher in Texas. Richard's linked in profile is here: Linkedin

  • Hill elementary eco-audit
  • Green building and performance measures. Aikens high school action plan.
  • Ongoing improvements to make sustainable projects.
  • How to teach kids to get in touch with the right people.
  • Design studio - helps teachers facilitate conversations in their classroom.
  • Empower students to seek out the right people.
  • Microgrants for kids.
  • Up to $500 per student project.
  • Small enough that kids can actually do something.
  • Looking for every reason possible to fund an application.
  • The average project funded is about $470. Average return on investment is about $4500 of bottom-line savings.
  • At the end of the day, we want kids to be engaged.
  • Put budgets together and then put it out to a group of people who can do something.
  • how to be Create a Culture where you give people permissions to fail.

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Richard Kincaid Twitter is EcoRise’s Chief Innovation Officer and is the lead designer for project-based learning professional development program, which integrates sustainability & design thinking methodologies into the Buck Institute's PBL framework. Richard has extensive experienced in K-12 public education, as a former CTE director, campus leader, and teacher in Texas. Richard's linked in profile is here: Linkedin

  • Ecorise.org is a non-profit that helps schools implement sustainable education.
  • Richard’s educational background.
  • Microgrants directly to students.
  • Elementary literacy coaches, and K-12 curriculum director, and CTE director.
  • Helping teachers not knowing the path to make that happen.
  • Helping students focus on a challenge local to their community.
  • Giving kids tools to focus on making change happen in their area.
  • Project-based training program.
  • PBL programs don’t sound very accessible. We want to be facilitators, but then daily life in the classroom is overpowering, and we can easily give up.
  • 3-day program to design a standards-based project for their classroom.
  • It’s ok to not feel comfortable with this approach.
  • Deeply embedded support model.
  • Make these projects feel real, because they are.
  • Advice for reluctant learners.
  • Maybe a single strong project over the course of a year.
  • How to support teachers who are not naturals at project-based learning.
  • Start with teachers that are eager to have this happen.
  • Teachers aren’t resistant because it isn’t effective, but resistant because they don’t believe it will work.
  • If there is a working model that your campus can see, the resistance will gradually reduce.
  • Some teachers need a model to see that the support is there.
  • Getting everyone in a room and talking about what PBL looks like.
  • Worked in the district 6 months before we even begin the first training.
  • Without that administrator support, any initiative will fail.
  • Classrooms are laboratories.
  • What basis am I using to reevaluate what I’m doing to make my practice better.
  • Teach a protocol of precise feedback for process. Peer review model.
  • Teaching people how to move forward, how to have honest conversations.

 

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Matt Miller is the Founder of School Spirit Vending.

Top 10 school fundraising ideas.

CASH! 4 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Fundraiser!

  • Finding the right choice for school fundraising is challenging.
  • schoolzonepodcast.com for the top fundraising ideas.
  • School Spirit Vending - stickers placed in schools
  • Different needs for school fundraising.
  • checks come in monthly, varies based on how much school embraces program.
  • Giving kids access.
  • Doing the same thing they’ve always done.
  • Why not tie it all together?
  • Incentivize the teachers and students.
  • Leadership opportunity.
  • Matt’s passion project - stickers that have cardboard backing. Matt prints a comic series on the backing
  • Marlin and Percy
  • Inspire-a-kid providing additional inspiration for kids.
  • Read-a-thon - Collect pledges for the amount of reading that they do.
  • Scrip fundraising - affiliate relationships with local (and non-local) companies.
  • get movin’ crew
  • We Fund For You
  • It’s important to be better educated.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Do a better job of defining exactly what it is you want to accomplish in the upcoming semester. Don’t simply assign the PTA to fundraise, give better guidance.

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Pedro Noguera is a sociologist by training and is a professor at UCLA. Center For The Transformation Of Schools.

  • Once we have trust and respect, we can start having hard conversations.
  • You can only have conversations like that that don’t come off as judgment if you have trust.
  • We should ask parents to do things for which they have adequate resources.
  • How do we find the kids that need the most help.
  • The challenge is getting to know each child.
  • None of this is easy.
  • Meets with each student every day.
  • When kids are known, they behave differently.
  • The sense of belonging is so essential to kids’ success.
  • Forging relationships through extra activities.
  • John’s Hopkins University Talent Development High School. Robert Belfants. Interest inventory to start kids.
  • Age and class determines where they go.
  • The model we have created does not allow us to meet the needs of children.
  • Any kid who came in with a criminal record in the high school would get a mentor.
  • First days of school community building days.
  • It’s part of building strong sense of community.
  • Human beings don’t do well in isolation.
  • Relationships save lives.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? To really focus in on the culture of their schools.
  • Culture is about values, norms, how people are treated every day.
  • Create a culture that affirms the importance of children.

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Pedro Noguera is a sociologist by training and is a professor at UCLA. Center For The Transformation Of Schools.

  • Author of many books.
  • If ideas are too abstract and we can’t address the practical needs of kids then academia is in trouble.
  • Address both the academic and non-academic needs of kids.
  • Equality vs. Equity.
  • Equality is treating everyone the same.
  • It makes no sense in education because we know all kids are different.
  • Equity is about understanding differences. It is not about lowering the standards. Compensate for needs that kids that bring.
  • Adjust how we do homework to meet the needs of kids that are in front of us.
  • Don’t penalize kids because they don’t have the same circumstances as someone else.
  • Many kids are relational learners and they will learn better with people they trust and care about.
  • You start from the premise that we do best when we are in a community.
  • The conditions for learning
  • Community
  • More likely to punish kids with the greatest needs.
  • What sorts of things must we do to make edu equitable for kids.
  • Build a partnership with the family.
  • Partnership must be rooted in trust and respect in order for it to have success.
  • Teachers get almost no training on how to work with parents, especially when parents are from a different
  • We don’t want to judge anyone.
  • What we want is empathy. It is not pity, it is not looking down on anyone. We don’t make excuses for them.
  • When we act with empathy, we demonstrate that we care.
  • How do we build empathy?
  • “You know more about your child than I do. What can you tell me about your child that will help me teach him or her.”
  • It is important to let the parent know that we are aware of their child.
  • Parents want their child to be successful.
  • It should Never be the case that the only time we talk with parents is when children are in trouble.

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Direct download: Equality_Vs._Equity_with_Pedro_Noguera_Transformative_Principal_212.mp3
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Heather Staker is a former Mckenzie Consultant and coauthor of the book Blended Learning: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

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  • Questioning our own assumptions is a huge piece of opening up what learning can look like.
  • Every child has their genius.
  • There is value in finding the right path for each child.
  • Some teachers can be great at different things.
  • Allow teachers to specialize and micro credential.
  • How to match kids up with the right kinds of teachers that really help them.
  • Coming at the content in a variety of ways.
  • Sustaining innovations allow us to serve our customer even better.
  • Disruptive innovation completely changes the paradigm.
  • Online learning - adults are not unlike children.
  • When we are more engaged and active learners we are able to learn much better.
  • Blended Learning Live seminars - not traditional sit and get instruction.
  • Helps people learn in a different way.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Walk your building and note any instances that technology is replacing them, and then make sure you change the message.

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Heather Staker is a former Mckenzie Consultant and coauthor of the book Blended Learning: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

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  • Senior in High School as a state school board member
  • Reasonable and balanced voice that represents the whole.
  • Interested and well-versed in innovation
  • Clayton Christensen Center for Disruptive Innovation
  • It’s not just efficiency, it’s common sense to give kids information at their pace.
  • Agency is so important.
  • Disrupting Class
  • Actin Academy program for core skills.
  • 7 types of blended learning
  • What challenges do we still face?
  • Schools lead with 1:1 announcements.
  • How to address 1:1 issues?
  • Lead with a very clear plan for how they use online learning.
  • District and vendor level must prevent teachers from having to be the tech wizard.
  • Help teachers to reimagine their role.
  • Factory model settings do not give teachers the opportunity to do increase the humanity that can be in our schools.
  • Mentors and tutors for each child.
  • Not getting to deep work?
  • Station rotations can prevent this. Not every blended learning model is perfect.
  • How to create higher performing classrooms in 7 moves.
  • Younger ages, recommended 20 minutes max per day on screens.
  • “Certain children“ aren’t capable, but every child can learn
  • It’s the adults. We get in our own way.

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Amy Dujon is a Practice Leader at Learning Sciences International. Prior to joining the Learning Sciences team, Amy was the Director of Leadership Development at School District of Palm Beach County, FL, and principal of Acreage Pines Elementary School in Palm Beach, FL. Her current focus is on innovative school improvement through LSI’s Schools for Rigor initiative, where they embed within struggling schools to provide professional development and other long-term guidance to help schools achieve success.

  • Through a partnership with Learning Sciences International, I changed instruction and skills at my school, and now I work with many leaders throughout the states.
  • Main focus is a high school in Maryland, meeting weekly.
  • Data cycles with teachers.
  • I’m their lifeline.
  • What stays the same and what is different in schools?
  • Typical root causes.
  • Instruction hasn’t really changed much in the last 100 years.
  • Teacher is the gatekeeper of the learning.
  • How to get kids to own their learning.
  • Get teachers to identify learning targets and success criteria.
  • Remove the teacher from the front of the classroom.
  • Plan meaningful stops in their lesson.
  • New leadership skills for principals.
  • Second order change.
  • Rewriting your script of a teacher.
  • Teacher talks, take notes, do assignment.
  • Selective abandonment
  • Protection from initiative overload
  • Push pull and nudge of change.
  • The heavy lift for teachers is in planning.
  • Strengthening core instruction and building capacity of my teachers was more important than focusing on Reader’s Workshop processes.
  • Are we successful because of our instruction, or in spite of it?
  • I’m going to give you permission to focus on other schools.
  • Let the steam out so you can continue to function.
  • Being able to help teachers see that your plate is core instruction.
  • Shifted so much off my plate that wasn’t important.
  • What are you noticing?
  • Whisper coaching.
  • How do you shift so much off your plate?
  • Some things naturally shift of my plate because the students are cognitively engaged.
  • How to be more proactive about what was happening in classrooms.
  • Secretary can filter things out for you.
  • School events.
  • Started to empower support staff to use their gifts.
  • Getting your secretary to chunk time for you.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be the lead learner on your campus.

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Meredith Allen, music educator and Iowa AEA instructional technology coordinator, and account manager for Soundtrap.

  • Music is very powerful.
  • Traditional music education.
  • Giving kids an opportunity to expand on the seed in their head.
  • Expand on the seed.
  • Jon Churchville in Michigan.
  • “Let’s make a song!“
  • Guide kids by pulling out what is inside them.
  • How to coach teachers - Don’t tell teachers to do something different.
  • Students to take control of their learning.
  • How to benefit from the kids compiling information.
  • I was the teacher who did things the way I did them because that is how we did them for 50 years.
  • Junk Funk
  • Help teachers have that moment where they see the value.
  • Be connected - I go on Twitter and there’s always somebody doing it better.
  • SAMR - Using technology and getting to R.
  • trudacot
  • On Twitter, people often show what their doing and share the steps so that you can do too.
  • I didn’t know what I was clicking and two minutes later, I was bawling.
  • GarageBand and Google Docs had a baby, and it is called SoundTrap.
  • Non music educators use the tool as well.
  • Using it for group projects so kids can create it at home.
  • Collaborate with students without being in the same space.
  • Minnesota and Haiti connection.
  • Collaboration all across the globe.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Have great conversations with the best teachers!

 

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Mary Wegner is the Superintendent of Sitka Schools 1250 students.

  • League of Innovative Schools.
  • Is there support for innovation at a district level? Is the superintendent someone who can contribute to the national pool of leaders.
  • Make learning group, competency based education.
  • Monthly meetings to share and collaborate together on what needs to be done well in the area of focus.
  • How to narrow down and focus on initiatives as a leader.
  • Empowering student voice and choice.
  • Rather than figure out by trial, we figure out by expertise.
  • You must be an excellent talent scout.
  • What are the unique contributions each teacher has to support kids? Give them a microphone.
  • Whole system.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Listen. Put systems in place so things are working well.

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Mary Wegner is the Superintendent of Sitka Schools 1250 students.

  • City school district
  • Small community that knows excellence.
  • Wonderful community partners.
  • Great partnerships with local groups.
  • Under 1/3 of staff are our graduates.
  • 65% of elected officials are our graduates.
  • Paris of the Pacific.
  • They take a little bit of Sitka with them.
  • Superintendent visits every single classroom.
  • During the year, pick different areas of focus and visit those classrooms.
  • Understand the K-12 curriculum in all areas.
  • Superintendent’s Spotlight newsletter.
  • There is great power in small school systems of being able to get close the work.
  • 1:1 for each student is growing because the superintendent is in the schools
  • How the work changes when you are focused on the classroom.
  • Angst during budget time has decreased with more focus being put on the classrooms.
  • Budget process which gives more transparency. See current budget

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Jerry Snow is a District Administrator and former high school and middle school principal. piedmont.k12.al.us contact information is there. jsnow@piedmont.k12.al.us

  • Team time, class time, my time
  • Class time - social studies, math, etc.
  • Show mastery - what does that look like.
  • My time - 3 days a week, you work on the lowest area. Souped up study hall.
  • If you’re caught up on pace, work on what you want.
  • 2 days a week you work on ILPs
  • Team Time - looping with kids 6-8th grade. Goal setting, character education, team building activities, Student-led conferences.
  • Kids come up with the ways they do better.
  • Mastery looks like: mimic ACT aspire certain percentage of level 3 DOK.
  • 2 types of grades
  • A numeric grade (0-100, A-F)
  • MasteryConnect - mastery report where students are at.
  • Need to show mastery at 80% first time to get 100%.
  • Teaching parents that mastery is what is really important, but still keep grades to make sense of it all.
  • Pacing - kids can go as fast as they want, but they have to keep a minimum pace to keep kids up.
  • Schedule 8 period day, science and math were paired up. Teachers can trade kids.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be a better listener.

 

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As a review for a year that has included a lot of changes for me professionally, I wanted to list some of the greatest events from the podcasts that I released this year. You can check out my current Top 10 podcasts here, but this list is going to talk about the top 10 things I implemented this year as a result of interviewing some amazing guests.

  1. Improving the school scheduling nightmare with Adam Pisoni Transformative Principal 185 The most downloaded podcast released this year is my interview with Adam Pisoni, where we talked about improving the school scheduling nightmare. Here’s my big takeaway. Adam said (5:58–8:35) that he started asking instead of asking what was possible in schools, he asked what prevents traditional schools from iterating. This train of thought led me to make a decision to intentionally combat those things that prevent us from iterating, and make sure we can still iterate even with the struggles we will face.
  2. Enjoy the Journey with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1035 - This one is a bit of a cheat, since the episode where I shared my 4 year plan for my school was really a culmination of so many things that I have learned from this podcast. But, here goes. (19:50–24:42) What’s cool is that instead of my plan starting next year, it is already starting this year. Advisory and flexible learning block with service learning. Teachers are coming to me asking for these things.
  3. Don’t Try to Change People, Change Behavior with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 188 - 18:55–19:29 In this episode, it was really about the powerful thing that Tom shared about how to be a transformative principal. He said, “Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.”
  4. Rules turn students into classroom lawyers with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 187 - In this episode, 5:00–7:26 I found that the most powerful statement from this was when Tom said, “I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints”. Since this interview, I have worked hard to make sure that kids are connected. I’ve found what he said is true, when kids are connected, they rarely disappoint. Last week, a student threw some trash across the cafeteria and he made a mess. He needed to clean it up. Because we had worked on a relationship, I put my arms out as if to say, “what are you doing?“ and then had to wait about 30 seconds before he decided to stand up and take care of his mess. He didn’t disappoint.
  5. What I Wish I Knew as A First Year Principal with Jethro and Friends Transformative Principal Special - The thing that I have taken away from this one is from my friend Jessica Cabeen.3:40–4:08 She says, Take care of yourself. While I haven’t been exercising as much this year as I have in the past, my sleep has been much better and I am doing a much better job of not working from home and actually being home when I am home. That is really important to me.
  6. End College and Career Readiness with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1040 - This podcast seems to have hit a nerve, as it was just released a couple months ago, and is already one of the most downloaded. In this, I basically argue that we need to focus on inspiring passion in our students rather than preparing them for something. One man I recently met is amazing. He said that he is a jack of all trades, master of one: learning. That really hit me. He didn’t learn how to do that from school, he says. He learned how to do that from his experience. He learned that learning is the most important thing he can have. In a recent Hack Learning episode, Mark Barnes said that learning can’t be measured. In our traditional system, you’re right, it can’t. But it can in our own lives, and we are the ones best suited to measure. I can’t measure all that I have learned from doing this podcast over the last four years in an easy-to-digest way. This post is an example of one way that I am trying to summarize my learning. One of my good friends Darren Draper posted on the Facebook post for this comment the question, “If everyone follows their passions, will society have the skilled workers it needs?” We had a little back and forth, that I encourage you to add your two cents to. My real point here is that if we teach kids how to learn on their own they will have more success in their life, regardless of what their passions or careers are. (1:48 –2:18)
  7. Instructional Leadership Team with David Smith Transformative Principal 182 - David Smith’s advice on how to be a transformative was to decide that you’re going to spend time in every classroom. 17:21–20:15 I have made this my priority this year, even to the tune of spending each morning before lunch in classrooms. I’m not perfect at it, but it is helping me do a much better job.
  8. Routines to Make Yourself More Successful with Karine Veldhoen Transformative Principal 160 - I have really gotten into routines this year and established some good ones. I’ve read the book she recommends and even went deep into The 1 Thing, about which I interviewed Geoff Woods. Look for that interview coming up soon. She talked about setting daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly practices. This is not easy. It really isn’t. It is actually kind of boring. In fact, Geoff Woods said that most people are unwilling to endure the monotony of success. Success is doing the right things at the right time. 8:26–9:46 - Self-care plans for her staff and for herself. One aspect of that that I have adopted is a habit to go to bed with my wife each night and not stay up late doing things for the podcast or other work, or playing games, or wasting time on Facebook. That is a small thing, but something that I think will really help me get to bed earlier, get rested, and spend quality time with my wife each night. With being so busy, it is easy to be distracted from the important things.
  9. Kids Can’t Learn When They Don’t Trust with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 157 - 4:00–6:08 Trust Generators to quickly build trust. This has been really powerful as I have started my new school in Fairbanks. I have tried to be vulnerable with teachers to help build that trust so they know who I am. It’s not perfect, but we have been moving quicker than I expected in some areas, as I mentioned before.
  10. Where Jethro is interviewed for the Principal Matters Podcast with Will Parker - Bonus Episode 1033 21:45–22:53-The thing that sticks out from this interview is that 1, it was on Will Parker’s podcast, where he interviewed me. It was fun to release it at the same time. Number 2, Will asked me a big question, what do I want to achieve. My big goal is to impact 100 Million students over the next 10 years through my work on this podcast, my masterminds, speaking engagements, consulting, and everything else that I do. I had been thinking about setting a big goal before he asked me, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. So I took his challenge and set a goal. I’m tracking it here so please help me reach that goal by adding the impact this podcast has had on you to that survey. At the time of this writing, I am .021% of the way there. 21,412 kids have been impacted so far. WOW! That’s actually pretty amazing.

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Jerry Snow is a District Administrator and former high school and middle school principal. piedmont.k12.al.us contact information is there. jsnow@piedmont.k12.al.us

  • Part of a 1:1 initiative over 9 years ago.
  • Many awards and recognitions.
  • Trying to show kids that even though they are a small system, they can still do great things.
  • NGLC planning grant
  • Mastery based learning.
  • Sometimes in a class you can only go as fast as your lowest student.
  • Worked with Education Elements.
  • “Embolden Piedmont”
  • NWEA MAP into digital platforms to create ILPs (individual learning plans).
  • Fill in gaps to build on those skills, rather than adapt around them.
  • You’re curating the knowledge rather than giving the students everything.
  • The myth of average - there is no average. If you’re teaching to the average, you’re teaching to nobody.
  • Where a teacher will fall back into the old groove.
  • You need to be honest and up front with them.
  • We modify every year.
  • Can’t go in with an iron fist.
  • We want to make things better for the kids.
  • Troubleshoot to help them do better.
  • It’s a lot of pride, even though it is harder and more tiring.
  • Making sure the information is a high enough DOK level.
  • Harder for everyone, teachers and students alike.
  • Took stuff from everyone and make it our own.

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Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class.

  • 4 year plan
  • Look at it through a design process.
  • What do we want that student experience to look like?
  • Design process.
  • What is the narrative arc for the school.
  • Ask lots of questions to map back from the dream.
  • Start as a leadership team.
  • What would we like to be known for?
  • Where are the innovators?
  • Roadmap for how this scales throughout the entire school?
  • You want the whole group together to be aware of the process.
  • Understanding the tools of change is important.
  • What is the “right“ leadership style?
  • X axis agreement among team about how the world works.
  • Y axis agreement among team about goals
  • Use summer!
  • Use creative configurations to give teachers back the time.
  • Create space for professional learning during the school day.
  • How to communicate to parents and the broader community what you’re doing.
  • How to be a transformative principal? 1. Stories are what really move people. Focus on the stories. 2. Tell the teachers you’ll get their back when they do something.

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Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class.

  • Create educational options is to help kids find their potential.
  • Personalize to meet the needs of every student.
  • Organizations follow systems or processes that become engrained in cultures.
  • You get really good at the thing you’ve been doing.
  • We’re not going to see schools disappear.
  • Disrupting class, not the whole system to start.
  • If you want a system to change, you need a great leader.
  • So many forces arrayed to shoot down the “new”.
  • People are not being obstructionist because they’re bad people.
  • They’re not stupid people, they’re people in stupid systems.
  • We need a different system to match a new era.
  • Leaders have to give very clear permission about what you are allowed to violate.
  • “You’re allowed to do anything that doesn’t put kids in harm’s way.“
  • Very aggressively and clearly document every policy at odds with what has been on the books.
  • Competency-based learning
  • Don’t force them out of their comfort zone.
  • The Dual Transformation” managing transformation A and B.
  • Go slow to go fast.
  • We don’t fully understand what everything will look like.
  • Seeing teachers in other places can help them see how it works.
  • Coalition of the willing.
  • Couple years is a baseline.
  • May not know all the details, but then you have a chance to celebrate
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Tell a student you are grateful for them. Tell a teacher you are grateful for them. 

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Lucas Miller is the author of Beyond Brilliance: The Blueprint for Learning Anything.

  • Engineer, then neuroscience at UC Berkley.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein - How to remember everything.
  • Using brains more effectively and efficiently.
  • New research holed up in labs across the country.
  • Much is based on the foundation of memory.
  • Memorized learning is just important as it has ever been.
  • Research available for K-12 educators.
  • Growth Mindset
  • Brain is remarkably elastic.
  • Classrooms were quiet, now they are active
  • It’s one thing to be able to answer something on a test, it’s a different thing to be able to teach it to a classmate.

 

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In this episode, host Jethro Jones is interviewed by his assistant principal Dr. Courtney Orr.

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1)Culture First!
2)Love of Learning—never stop!
3)Focus—be in the moment, where ever that is, 4)Seth Godin—rules
5)Personalize Learning…shrink the classroom 6)Podcasting…continues to inspire 7)DeVos…interview wishlist
8)Admin….moving away from putting out fires to being control of our time/priorities
9)Teachers…(DPink)mastery, autonomy, purpose 10)Parents…over communication 11)Students…individualized learning 12)Shift…moving away from playing school to meet student where they are at, help them chart their own path…follow their passions
13)How can we break the rules w/out getting into trouble…change the things we can
14)LITERACY IN EVERY CONTENT AREA.
15)Inspire Students
16)This week…getting control of your time…start with one task…make that a priority.

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Dr. Drew Williams started teaching in Las Vegas and ended up as the principal of Tuacahn High School in Southern Utah, where he shares a facility with Tuacahn Center for the ArtsCreativity, Inc.

  • A work or a text to land on so that it wasn’t personal.
  • Lots of work to come up with core values of Collaborative Design, candid feedback, original work.
  • Grading policies, attendance policies.
  • Changes need to be based on evidence.
  • Core values help us say no.
  • Radical candor.
  • Challenges in creating core values.
  • Comfort in being comfortable.
  • Disrupted status quo.
  • Conversations that require a keen intellect to navigate.
  • Awoke in our faculty a feeling of learning.
  • Why Tuacahn? It’s through the uncertainty that you can drive to the question of why.
  • Dropping a class because it doesn’t align to our core values.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Never stop learning. Go out of your box and seek learning.

 

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  • First High School charter in the state of Utah - focused on the performing arts.
  • Working to partner more with the Center for the Arts.
  • Talking times - actors and actresses talking about their experience become actors and actresses.
  • Professional actors asking, “How can we connect and teach classes?
  • Compliance vs. deeper learning.
  • Idea of moving past compliance and on task
  • Idea of being joyful and passionate.
  • When doing auditions can bring working professionals in to participate as well.
  • Teachers are working outside of the classroom on their own careers to
  • Collaborative Design, candid feedback, original work.
  • Trevor McKinsey - Dive into inquiry
  • Math exists in Art, dance, etc.
  • Middle is messy, but it is where the magic happens.
  • Everything is not defined.
  • Don’t give out rules and such. Ask kids what they are curious about.
  • Be mean until December doesn’t really cut it anymore.
  • Belief that education does need to change.
  • Kids are excited to be here.

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