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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

  • 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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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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