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Nov 28, 2021

Eric Makelky is the Pinedale Middle School principal in Pinedale, WY.  He earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.  Eric has worked as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, football, wrestling, and track coach, 6–12 instructional facilitator, middle school assistant principal, and Skyline Academy (alternative high school) principal.

  • Mastermind made a huge difference - Join us.
  • Your book was based on my beliefs
  • Three yearly goals:
  • Target was always moving
  • What can we do every year, year after year?
    1. Every student who walks in the school can identify by name one trusted adult.
    1. Beat state average at reading and math growth
    1. Demonstrate beliefs behaviors and outcomes that create our school culture.
  • Greeting kids by name and in the hall.
  • What do you do with those kids that have negative experiences their whole school careers?
  • Sticker chart was dumb.
  • Staff love connecting with students.
  • Strategies for school culture.
  • Define the culture that you want in your school.
  • The outcomes we want are driven by our behaviors, and our behaviors are driven by our beliefs.
  • Anybody can make a poster, but making it happen is where it gets fun.
  • You have to call out the behaviors that
  • I ask for help, I give help, I care, listen, and communicate.
  • Want people to know the culture before they apply.
  • Keeping things simple.
  • Common language.
  • Staff appreciation/recognition
  • I feel too appreciated - said no one ever
  • You’ve got to help me give staff recognition and appreciation.
  • Why teachers don’t get recognition awards.
  • Nominate your teachers for awards.
  • Have a way to recognize when people do something great.
  • Trophy. Saul the saber-tooth tiger
  • Growth mindset, stand up and own it, power of the team.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Join the mastermind! Helps grow my confidence.


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John Catt

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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.

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- The Coach’s Guide to Teaching by Doug Lemov

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