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Dec 12, 2021

Michael Vargas is an international facilitator with nearly 10 years of experience.  Utilizing his Master in Clinical Psychology, improv and design thinking background Michael facilitates workshops and speaks to organizations on developing collaborative and productive team cultures.  Supporting teams to develop psychological safety, building trust, and effective communication.  He has worked with a variety of organizations like Dropbox, Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, ACLU, Evergreen Middle School, the County of San Diego and many more.

  • How a history of improv, substance abuse hospitals, and College got him to where he is.
  • Psychological safety is when we can challenge each other without divisiveness.
  • Toxic positivity
  • Internal resilience.
  • Find others who feel the same way.
  • How to lead to more productivity.
  • How to not get caught in the gripe session.
  • Yes, And
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be vulnerable recognizing how the space is not safe. Ask for their thoughts in a way that feels safe.


John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting
Learn more about some of the newest titles:
- The Coach’s Guide to Teaching by Doug Lemov

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: