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

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.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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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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Joe Sanfelippo walks us through telling our own story. 

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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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Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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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.

 

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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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.

What I want to build at my school.

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