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

Sandra is a great principal at Sandy Elementary. She has received numerous awards in her 7 years as an administrator:

  • Community Leader of the Year 
  • Rookie of the Year 
  • Distinguished Principal of the Year 
  • CITES Recognition 
  • National Board Certified Teacher

And, she is pretty much always being praised and recognized by her peers. I am fortunate to be able to work with her.

Here is Sandy’s web site and Twitter.

Big Goals: Wants to make people feel like they are at home-that her school is a family. Wants to be with the children as much as possible. Wants to provide a holistic education, especially to her disadvantaged students.

It is interesting to hear that she strives to really know her students, but is ok with not knowing every student’s name. I find this fascinating. In the last episode, Dr. Villar was very focused on knowing every student’s name. I don’t know that either way is the best method, but I do believe that their intent is the same. They both want their students to know that they are cared for and feel safe. That is what matters.

Direct download: Transformative_Principal_005_-_Sandra_Dahl-Houlihan.mp3
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In this second part of the interview with Bernardo Villar, we will learn about the following:

  • How Dr. Villar communicates with parents enough that they miss his communication when he leaves a school.
  • Twitter and Facebook
  • How Dr. Villar acknowledges the positve in every teacher and every student...
  • ...which leads to improved student behavior. 
  • What you can do to be a transformative principal, according to Dr. Villar
  • A focus on making sure every student feels comfortable in his school. 

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Direct download: Transformative_Principal_004_Bernardo_Villar_Part_2.mp3
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Transformative Principal 003 Bernardo Villar Part 1

This great interview with Bernardo Villar is broken up over two episodes. I hope you enjoy it. It was a great interview for me. 

Bernardo Villar is the principal of the Title I school Vae View Elementary in Layton, UT. In this interview, you will learn about the following ways Dr. Villar is a transformative principal:

  • Word of the year: rigor
  • How to get teachers to ask for help
  • How to not be defensive
  • How to ask for help and thus generate buy-in
  • How to run data team meetings
  • How to create an environment that invites students and parents to be a part of the school community. 

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Direct download: Transformative_Principal_003_Bernardo_Villar.mp3
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Transformative Principal 002 - Interview with Sondra Jolovich-Motes Part 2

Jethro interviews Sondra Jolovich-Motes, principal of Dee Elementary in Ogden School District. 

Here is some background information about Dee Elementary: 

Dee Elementary, formerly dead last, sees huge gains in reading scores

Ogden schools see dramatic spike in student proficiency scores

Dee Elementary school grade

Links that JM talks about:

 Teaching Channel is one way JM helps teachers identify where they can use some help. 

 Annette Brinkman did some work with JM and Dee Elementary.

 University of Virginia Turnaround School Program

Books: 

Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction

Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

Sponsor: 

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Direct download: Transformative_Principal_002.mp3
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Jethro interviews Sondra Jolovich-Motes, principal of Dee Elementary in Ogden School District. 

Here is some background information about Dee Elementary: 

Dee Elementary, formerly dead last, sees huge gains in reading scores

Ogden schools see dramatic spike in student proficiency scores

Dee Elementary school grade

Links that JM talks about:

 Teaching Channel is one way JM helps teachers identify where they can use some help. 

 Annette Brinkman did some work with JM and Dee Elementary.

 University of Virginia Turnaround School Program

Books: 

Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction

Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

Sponsor: 

http://paperlessprincipal.com learn how to be a paperless principal. Remove clutter, streamline your processes. 

Direct download: TP_001a.m4a
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Tell me who to interview next! 

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Transformative Principal 000

Welcome to the Transformative Principal. In this first episode, I share my TEDxCSDTeachers talk from November about increasing our average daily attendance to 96% by doing one simple thing! 

Enjoy. 

Have a Good Life.

Direct download: transformative_principal_000.m4a
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