Transformative Principal
Discover the secrets of school leadership in this weekly interview podcast with top leaders in education.

Tessa works with teenagers, and has decided to take on parenting from a new perspective.   While patiently waiting for her book’s completion "For the Sake of Our Youth: A Therapist's Perspective on Raising Kids in Today's Culture" (due to hit the shelves Spring 2020) Tessa coaches and presents to parents her research on today’s teen depression, anxiety and suicide rate focusing on parent/child connection. You can connect with her at her website or follow her on instagram @themomtherapist.

  • Why she wanted to work with teens and parents.
  • Kids came to me with suicidal thoughts.
  • It scared me that they were going to grow up in a world where suicide was so common.

6 cultural influences that are happening in today’s world.

  1. Social Trend - people see it and so they think it. Not being balanced with appropriate preventative care.
  2. Immediate gratification - everything is just a click away. Teaching our kids how to struggle. There is no instant fix for an emotional hardship. You have to think a little unnaturally to slow things down a little bit.
  3. Lack of personal connections are being made. Social media is meant for connection but it doesn’t create the same closeness and bond.
  4. Attention seeking - longing to feel important. It has become an acceptable way to get attention in our society. Reacting to a lack of attention and lack of resilience.
  5. Social media - 5 categories: don’t need to connect face to face, comparison, kids can’t turn their social life, cyberbullying (hurt people hurt people), phone addiction.
  6. Pressure - we live a go-go-go lifestyle. No mercy and no grace. Everyone is striving to be perfect.
  7. Be the supporter and helper for your child and not the fixer for all their problems.
  8. How to be a transformative principal? Understand your own philosophies on the kids you interact with. What are the core values you want kids to have when they leave your school? This is not just mental illness anymore.

Rachel Brown is a Curriculum, Instruction, & Professional Growth Strategist for Douglas County School District.

  • Power in the missed opportunities
  • You have the power of leading culture in your building.
  • Even the opportunity of saying hello to a kid is really powerful.
  • Each teacher had to own making a positive interaction with each child.
  • When things were going unsaid, they festered
  • Confronting with Kindness
  • the things you don’t say could have a big impact on the climate and culture.
  • Emotional intelligence - Elena Aguilar work on the art of coaching teams.
  • Have to get rid of your ego, go in in a way that you open yourself up like a book.
  • Buy the Communication Cards
  • We didn’t do our best work.
  • Kids couldn’t tell who was the principal
  • New principal was very communicative and it changed the culture.
  • How to be a transformative principal? This is a rough time for some kids and you can take the time to be an impactful person and not miss the opportunity to make a little adjustment to make your school feel like the safest home for those kids.

Turmoil with change in leadership because of lack of communication and emotional intelligence.
* Talking with team about how to make things better.
* People coming to say

  • Lost sight of standards - using the standards as our base.
  • student centered coaching - to try to come

Adam Bellow is a dedicated educational technologist and father of two young boys. Adam is the co-founder of Breakout EDU, the immersive gaming platform that enables teachers and students to turn their classrooms into a place of discovery and inquiry based learning. Today we will be talking about learning with AI.

  • How AI will play into education.
  • Metacognitive piece - technology is serving our needs.
  • Really helpful to a teacher.
  • Empowering kids to get access to their own information before you.
  • Building a voice profile.
  • The use of the tool will have to outweigh the fears we have of it.
  • You likely have an assistant available.
  • My kids are very comfortable with robots.
  • Game Designer
  • Askmyclass
  • Giving them the open-endedness is really powerful.
  • as we look at school as more than just work-produced.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Have a conversation with a small group of students
Direct download: Learning_with_AI_with_Adam_Bellow_Transformative_Principal_309.mp3
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Dwight Carter is an award-winning school leader from Central Ohio. He believes reflection is at the heart of our practice and encourages principals, teachers, and students to focus on personal skill development to create the optimal conditions for learning to take place. Because of his collaborative and innovative leadership as a principal, he inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Educator Hall of Fame in 2010, he was named a 2013 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the 2014 Academy of Arts and Science Education High School Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year.

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  • Teaching in disruptive times.
  • Mark Wright - coauthor of book.
  • reforms are occurring in a shorter amount of time.
  • How to handle disruptions
  • 3–5 years for an initiative to stick but turnover is huge.
  • How to deal with disruptive events?
  • Cope
  • Adjust
  • Transform
  • So many pathways to graduation and high school credit.
  • Moving beyond credit recovery to credit acceleration.
  • Schools are taking opportunity to remove barriers.
  • Simply start by asking the question and have the conversation.
  • What else can students take in place of ___ required learning?
  • Kids have so much more opportunity today because of their access to opportunity.
  • Negative impact of technology on their social emotional health.
  • Both/and
  • Generation Z - It’s all about choice.
  • Work-based learning students doing amazing things
  • The kids became teachers to me.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Gather a group of students for an hour and ask them about how to improve their learning experience

Direct download: cope_adjust_transform_with_dwight_carter_transformative_principal_308_.mp3
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My Grandma’s Kitchen with Dr. A. Katrise Perera and Dr. Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 307

Social Media: Learning should be joyful. - @afewthingsworth

Dr. A. Katrise Perera peers acknowledge her commitment, her dedication, her courageous leadership and for being an “equity warriorette.” In 2015, the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) named her the National Superintendent of the Year. Before being recruited and hired by the Gresham-Barlow School District (Oregon) in May of 2017, she served in a variety of school leadership positions in Virginia, Texas, and as an executive leader with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.

Dr. Kimberly Miles is principal of East Gresham elementary, a turnaround principal and voracious reader.

In this episode we will discuss equity in leadership and how to have joyful moments.

  • Be determined.
  • Perspectives of many other experiences.
  • Equity in a school system is that it involves more than just a student and a teacher.
  • Giving kids what they need when they need.
  • In the kitchen with my grandmother.
  • To have equity, you have to look at what kids are actually in need of.
  • Look at policies, practices, systems, and more.
  • what little things should we focus on?
  • Is my approach helping them thrive?
  • The foundation is culture.
  • Need to know social and political response as well.
  • Community Success Act
  • We’re all going to get what we need.
  • how to change the culture of putting the newest teachers with the most challenging situations?
  • New teachers to the profession, because I can partner them with a collaborative team.
  • Mentor teacher leaders.
  • Benefit for new teachers to be supported by master teachers.
  • Starts with professional development.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
  • Kimberly: Share the responsibility of change with someone else. Bring along your community together.
  • Katrise: commitments—commit to reducing disproportionate suspension rates, early college, cultural competencies - commit to one!