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

Vijay Ravindran is the creator of Floreo, an app to help kids with Autism understand social interactions.

  • Vijay’s son inspired the app.
  • Combines iPhone with VR headset
  • VR therapy.
  • help in 2 ways. 1. Opportunities to create fun characters.
  • Therapy can get patronizing and monotonous; we make it better.
  • Don’t have a lot of practice in giving kids
  • One of the fascinating things is that professionals use the scenes in ways that we haven’t predicted.
  • Student who is afraid of going outside.
  • Never seen child interact in traditional therapy.
  • Big emphasis around research.
  • Research partners Celebrate the Children, CHOP Center for Autism Research.
  • Work on eye contact with students.
  • NIH Fasttrack grant - helped fund groundbreaking research around Autism.
  • What are the barriers you face?
  • Helping families and professionals think about how you can schedule and integrate when they are already scheduled to the max.
  • VR is still not commonplace.
  • We carry the burden of being the first time adults and children experience VR.
  • Support iPad via tele therapy sessions.
  • floreotech.com for more information. Subscription plans for the software for homes and schools.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Starting with understanding the unique situations that families are in right now. Start with the customer and work backwards.
  • Knowing how much potential these kids have and knowing what’s possible if these

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 https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

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: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


Amber Dembowski (Twitter) is a principal of two elementary buildings and founder of emBOSSed Leadership.

Mindful leadership embedded within instructional leadership.

Amber’s podcast

  • Worked in many different facets of education - from para professional to teacher to instructional coach to university to principal.
  • Bringing staff together for professional learning opportunities
  • Article

1. Focusing too much on student outcomes

2. Staying out of teachers’ way

  • 4 types of teachers: notables (top 20%), classics (40% of teachers, need development), interim amateurs (20% of teachers, not living up to potential right now because of…), sideliners (<20%).
  • Are you happy at work? Do you feel successful at work? I notice statements. Don’t let them consume your time.
  • Can work through these throughout the day and circumstances.

3 Staying busy

  • Staying busy isn’t the same as being productive
  • Eisenhower matrix
  • Mindset Podcast
  • Find the things that are important
  • Schedule the things that are important. Getting into the classroom during instruction.

4 Always seeking out ways to critique

  • Are we sharing feedback to help, fix, or serve?
  • Glow and grow feedback is actually harmful.
  • Gallup found that when employees are given primarily positive feedback 98% will be given
  • 9 lies about work
  • I’m trying to bring humanity back.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Take time to recognize teachers for the talents they are bringing to the classroom.

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 https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.

Learn more about some of the newest titles:

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: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


Amber Dembowski (Twitter) is a principal of two elementary buildings and founder of emBOSSed Leadership.

Mindful leadership embedded within instructional leadership.

Amber’s podcast

  • Worked in many different facets of education - from para professional to teacher to instructional coach to university to principal.
  • Bringing staff together for professional learning opportunities
  • Article

1. Focusing too much on student outcomes

2. Staying out of teachers’ way

  • 4 types of teachers: notables (top 20%), classics (40% of teachers, need development), interim amateurs (20% of teachers, not living up to potential right now because of…), sideliners (<20%).
  • Are you happy at work? Do you feel successful at work? I notice statements. Don’t let them consume your time.
  • Can work through these throughout the day and circumstances.

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 https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.

Learn more about some of the newest titles:

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: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


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Sarah Levy and Mark Parmet are the co founders Einstein Academy in Colorado.

  • K–5 and building out to 8th grade
  • Four components of the school: for kids, family, community, today and the future.
  • I got sick of hearing people say, “It’s school, kids shouldn’t have fun.”
  • Setting an environment where kids can be the best they can.
  • While working on things they’re good at, we can also work on things they struggle with.
  • What do you love? What do you enjoy? What gets you excited?
  • Until we’re feeling good, we’re not going to push ourselves.
  • You gotta get to know your kids and their families!
  • Parents have fears also.
  • As educators, we’re the deciders.
  • We tell kids what is important to learn.
  • Teaching students and not teaching curriculum.
  • How can we integrate hockey into the curriculum?
  • Packaged curriculum.
  • We’re really trying to build a program around our students.
  • Curriculum adheres to Colorado state standards so it does provide some framework.
  • Personalized learning profile.
  • Private school instead of charter school.
  • Only about 160 students in K–8
  • The way we get to the content.
  • Can’t lose sight of teachers.
  • How do we get the best out of the teachers without overwhelming them?
  • Teaching the student means you’re also taking the social emotional growth of the student into consideration.
  • Hiring school teachers and not classroom teachers.
  • All teachers will have a role and responsibility to the whole school, and not just their classroom.
  • Teachers all need something different.
  • What teachers want is to feel heard, cared for, and supported.
  • Planning every morning to talk with teachers and talking with teachers every day after school.
  • I wanted to know that my administrators had open lines of communication.
  • Creating a culture where teachers want to collaborate.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Sarah: Think about where you can be more clear and transparent in your communication
    Mark: Make a list of things you’ve been afraid to do and just start knocking them off that list.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

 

Learn about some of John Catt Educational’s newest publications:


Literacy nerds Beth Lawrence and Deena Seifert cofounders of infercabulary.com

  • Infercabulary is a web-based k–12 interactive tool for helping kids improve vocabulary and skills.
  • speed up learning by making learning vocabulary like
  • Avidly reading.
  • We tend to make words simpler with oral language than authors when writing.
  • SLPs by trade.
  • Why should we help kids learn vocabulary?
  • TedX talk
  • 65% of students aren’t capable of comprehending text on grade level.
  • Unless you know 95% of words in a text, it will impact your comprehension.
  • A foundational skill that needs to exist is a strong vocabulary.
  • Breadth and depth of vocabulary.
  • If you only have a surface level understanding of a word, you can’t link it to more
  • A child needs 10–12 exposures to a word in a variety of contexts to understand the word.
  • Tiered words.
  • Tier 1: These are the common, everyday words that most children enter school knowing already. Since we don’t need to teach these, this is a tier without tears!
  • Tier 2: This tier consists of words that are used across the content areas and are important for students to know and understand. Included here are process words like analyze and evaluate that students will run into on many standardized tests and that are also used at the university level, in many careers, and in everyday life. We really want to get these words into students’ long-term memory.
  • Tier 3: This tier consists of content-specific vocabulary—the words that are often defined in textbooks or glossaries. These words are important for imparting ideas during lessons and helping to build students’ background knowledge.
  • Over-generalization and under-generalization
  • When the author is kind enough to give you context clues.
  • How to help kids who hate learning about reading.
  • Semantic reasoning -
  • Beta tests showed quickly that assumptions were wrong about their intended target student.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Deena: Bringing words to life.
    Beth: Do additional homework to understand importance of vocabulary!

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Learn about some of John Catt Educational’s newest publications:


Evidence-informed for Real Learning with Eric Kalenze Transformative Principal 334

Social Media: Evidence-informed means looking at what has worked.

Eric Kalenze is the author of “What The Academy Taught Us: Improving Schools From The Bottom Up In A Top-Down Transformation Era.”

How to teach practitioners to put this into practice.

  • High school teacher, English, coach, journalism.
  • Help educators around the country become evidence informed.
  • Education is upside down.
  • ResearchED
  • Evidence-informed - looking at what has worked.
  • More fascinated with planning instruction according to the evidence we have based in cognitive or behavioral science.
  • “There’s contrary evidence that the reading program didn’t work in another district.”
  • This is an evidence-based program, well show me the evidence.
  • “What has worked” is an incredibly complex study.
  • Humans learn incredibly similarly to others, regardless of our backgrounds.
  • Repetition is the mother of all learning.
  • Practice can make permanent.
  • How do we learn, and how can we integrate those sorts of things into practice.
  • How might you retrain people who are already ridiculously busy?
  • Redesigning teacher coaching and evaluation process.
  • Little systemic ways we can talk about scientific studies.
  • In what ways can systems make sure their PD is about evidence-based
  • Give us the tools you do have, and how can we apply some principles that inform the little things you do?
  • In the control of districts.
  • I can’t do certain things because district is moving in this direction.
  • “What the Academy Taught Us” - less academic, but still crucial in education.
  • Remarkable amount of autonomy.
  • I don’t know that enough research has been done on kids post-K–12 experience!
  • 10 years out - how do you look back on this experience?
  • What happened 5–6 years ago.
  • “They jumped the girl in front of me and told their story to me intentionally.”
  • Still close to each other even after all this time.
  • In Search Of Deeper Learning
  • Dr. Bob Perdaems
  • How to be a transformative principal? A book - Daniel Willingham - When can you trust the experts?
  • If the principals can push back on centrally

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Learn about some of John Catt Educational’s newest publications:


How We Nearly Doubled Math Scores with Kevin Finnegan Transformative Principal 333

Social Media: When we saw Math could be a discussion, it totally changed everything.

Kevin Finnegan is the principal of Prairie Hill School in Illinois. His students recently showed a 77% growth in Math, and we talk about how he made that happen.

  • Prairie hill is the school and the community comes together around it.
  • Northern Illinois, PK–4th grade.
  • 9 years as the principal.
  • Mission statement: Students first, always.
  • PLC school
  • Reformed schedule so that every day (4 teachers per team) have an hour of common collaborative time every day.
  • Why are we making this decision? The students are always the bringback.
  • Norms: imagine the students you are talking about are here.
  • To be a great principal is easy. You just have to have a great staff.
  • PE teacher said, “I want students more.”
  • Each class has 10 half hour blocks each week: Art, PE, STEM,
  • Always been a high performing district. Makes change really hard when you have had success in the past.
  • staff is competitive within themselves.
  • Noticed that math scores were less than we expected.
  • Dove into the data.
  • Computation was awesome, but they struggled with elaborating on their thoughts.
  • In every math assignment, adding the words, “I know this because…”
  • If you see something that can be done in Kindergarten it can be done anywhere.
  • Ready Math - iReady as platforms for learning.
  • Standards based School, done in isolation.
  • Common language in math.
  • Didn’t get good training at first, but then got good training and that made a huge difference.
  • Math has always dealt black and white.
  • Math didn’t have to be one answer, it could be a discussion, totally changed everything.
  • Talking about kids’ growth, talking about assessments, classwork, and then looking at the data.
  • It’s not about what you teach, it’s about what we learned.
  • How long did it take to understand that it was working?
  • It fit us, rather than us fitting it.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Spend a little time with kids, like on their birthday. It’s a constant reminder that kids come first.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

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Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.
 
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also an author and serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

  • Education evangelist.
  • Launched Gmail, G-suite for education, and chromebooks.
  • Transforming education
  • Facts - education is not broken, graduation rates higher than anywhere else
  • 21st century skills - Critical skill - ability to learn.
  • Education has become a process, but it is a mindset.
  • Our students have to be self-directed.
  • Let kids choose what they want to learn!
  • Math is the most important thing because everything has math in it.
  • There’s nothing that we can’t teach kids when they’re curious.
  • If you want to see pure creative genius, look at an undisciplined two year old.
  • 7 minute meetings.
  • Linear vs vision ways of approaching things - to do list.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Whatever time you set up for a meeting is how long it’s going to take. Empower your teachers! We all want autonomy, purpose, and mastery.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

 

Learn about some of John Catt Educational’s newest publications:

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JC Pohl is the co-founder and CEO of TeenTruth.net/schoolculture

  • Young filmmakers looked at coverage of Columbine, and we always saw adults telling the story of what happened.
  • Look into teenage life.
  • Giving students a voice.
  • How to give kids voice?
  • Control - told what to do, what classes to take, and everything else in between.
  • Lack of control really causes a lot of stress in students.
  • Are we doing a disservice to kids by not giving them control?
  • Three major buckets (school assemblies, )
  • These kids made a movie, what are you going to do?
  • Students can take ownership by getting involved.
  • How do you want to solve it?
  • It’s about creating culture of agency and ownership for kids.
  • There are so many kids on our campuses that it’s easy to get lost.
  • Kids desperately want to be there.
  • It’s up to us to create an environment that makes them want to be included.
  • Finding their thing.
  • Open up as many opportunities as we can for kids to get involved.
  • What were some of the data points that came out.
  • Principals get caught up in the data.
  • One goal: work for Disney!
  • If you have a school motto on your campus and you don’t hear your kids say it, it’s not working!
  • If you don’t have a tight brand, your school culture is not as strong as it could be.
  • Don’t mess with Texas.
  • “We > I”
  • We form an emotional connection with some brands.
  • Got to involve students in the process.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Your job is so important. Every principal needs to go all in, even with a slogan. Every student and every staff member is doing their best.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Learn about some of John Catt Educational’s newest publications:


Dr. Wendy Oliver serves as Chief Learning Officer for EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement.  In this role, her experience in digital learning and curriculum design, paired with her expertise in assessment and evaluation, are leveraged to design an innovative, learner-centered curriculum.

  • Expectations around online learning
  • How good design applies to online learning.
  • Teachers are working themselves into the ground to reach students!
  • 19% of teachers said they were adjusted!
  • Also have an 8 year old in her second grade studies.
  • Everyone is in survival mode.
  • Edison learning offering free courses to seniors.
  • Where to go to get help.
  • quality matters and common sense media.
  • How to make things look better?
  • Less is more.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Care about kids.

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Ryan is the author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership.” (Morgan James Publishing)

  • How a school changed their growth mindsets.

  • We take on the mindsets of our collective culture.

  • When people have a fixed mindset they focus on looking good.

  • When we are emphasizing grades and not learning and growing, we are emphasizing a fixed mindset.

  • Fixed vs. Growth mindset

  • 90% of our thinking feeling acting is driven subconsciously. What drives that? Our mindsets.

  • Study about when kids faced difficult questions.

  • When we don’t believe we can improve, and we fail, we feel that we are failures.

  • Growth mindset - when we have that belief that we can change, we see growth as an opportunity to learn.

  • 50/50 growth vs. fixed

  • Intervention for growth mindsets.

  • Small interventions can shift our mindsets for 2–4 weeks.

  • 15 minute training just talking about how people are not fixed can be beneficial.

  • TED Talks and brain plasticity.

  • Open vs. Closed mindset

  • Compare our mind to a bucket relating to a particular area.

  • Closed minded don’t invite feedback.

  • Open minded folks leave space in their bucket.

  • Book recommendations: Success Mindsets

  • Bridgewater Associates - Principles by Ray Dalio.

  • Discussions - are we a team or a group where ideas can be heard?

  • Principles for success

  • Prevention vs. Promotion mindsets

  • Compliance is the stereotypical prevention mindset.

  • Is that place of safety the intended destination.

  • Interventions: Have a destination.

  • Amy Purdy ted talk

  • Greatest Showman Keala Settle

  • Inward mindsets: we see ourselves as being more important than others.

  • Outward mindset: others have needs just as great as my own.

  • Interventions: positive self talk. Am I seeing people as tools?

  • The Arbinger Institute: Leadership and self-deception

  • TED talk Benjamin Xander

  • When we have an inward mindset, we expect students to cater to us.

  • The most powerful thing we can do as educators is see students as people.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Go individually to his or her teachers and ask what stands in your way of being your ideal self?


Nhon Ma is the co-founder of numerade.com

  • Mom was an educator in South Vietnam, Chinese immigrants who then moved to LA.
  • Grew up in LAUSD system.
  • Better Chance program in middle school. Placed me in a top private school.
  • Shaped my thinking around education.
  • Ride bus to school in a completely different culture.
  • Close educational opportunity gap
  • Prices for tutoring for synchronous doesn’t drop.
  • Largest STEM video library.
  • Jethro’s YouTube channel from when he was an English teacher
  • Mass adoption of synchronous learning through zoom.
  • Participation rates are much lower.
  • Office hours, daily creation, Students consume content at their own time.
  • Anonymous q&a feature.
  • Especially with STEM students, if there is a fall-off, it’s very hard to make up lost ground.
  • Stitching together playlists of math and science for students.
  • How to be a transformative leader? Always focus on the why!

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Ryan is the author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership.” (Morgan James Publishing)

  • How do we tap into the “being” element of leadership?

  • different types of mindset:

  • Fixed vs. Growth mindset

  • Open vs. closed mindset

  • Prevention vs. promotion mindset

  • Inward vs. outward

  • Continuum of positive and negative.

  • The more we are towards the positive, the better we interact with our environment.

  • Innate beliefs about our ability to change affect how we interact with the world.

  • With a fixed mindset, we internalize failure as though it means we are a failure.

  • What kinds of interventions can help improve our mindset?

  • Engage in interventions to promote growth mindset but if the culture doesn’t support it, there’s no point.

  • How Jethro and Ryan each reacted when doing poorly in a class in their freshman year of college.

  • Our mindsets are foundational to everything we do. They shape how we see the world, and how we operate in the world.

  • Assess teacher’s mindset across the school and determine what our collective mindsets are across the school and what does that teach our students.

  • How a school changed their growth mindsets.

  • We take on the mindsets of our collective culture.

  • When people have a fixed mindset they focus on looking good.

  • When we are emphasizing grades and not learning and growing, we are emphasizing a fixed mindset.

  • Fixed vs. Growth mindset

  • 90% of our thinking feeling acting is driven subconsciously. What drives that? Our mindsets.

  • Study about when kids faced difficult questions.

  • When we don’t believe we can improve, and we fail, we feel that we are failures.

  • Growth mindset - when we have that belief that we can change, we see growth as an opportunity to learn.

  • 50/50 growth vs. fixed

  • Intervention for growth mindsets.

 


Ross Romano is Managing Director of Communications & Public Affairs for MindRocket Media Group, a strategic advisory firm providing a range of services to companies and institutions operating within the K–20 education and education technology sectors worldwide.

In his current role, Ross oversees all corporate communications for MindRocket, as well as communications and public relations strategy and execution for MindRocket clients. He supervises PR, media relations, social media, and digital marketing efforts, is creative director for editorial content development, and drives significant efforts in partnership development and expansion into new lines of business.

Ross has built a reputation as a creative communications leader with expertise in telling compelling stories via diverse media. He has created and executive produced a number of successful podcast series, created and edited book projects, provided initial platforms to numerous authors, educators, and industry leaders, and more.

Prior to joining MindRocket, Ross spent time as the communications lead for the global education leadership association ASCD, where his media relations and publicity work contributed to multiple national award-winning communications teams. Earlier in his career, he worked in different roles for Major League Baseball, both in the US and internationally. Ross has a BA from The George Washington University, a Master’s of Professional Studies from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Education Writers Association (EWA) and Public Relations Society of merica (PRSA).

  • Works with ed tech companies and publishers and schools in K–20 space.
  • Comprehensive communication for stakeholders
  • When free isn’t really free.
  • Start with Empathy
  • Recognize startup situation.
  • Quick drop off in usage after a week.
  • Have a little patience for companies reaching out.
  • Before we put them on the do not buy list, let’s have empathy.
  • Everybody’s perspective is valid and understood.
  • Many different stakeholders have different expectations.
  • It works up until what point?
  • This is an extra long back to school period.
  • Wrap up the school year as best as possible.
  • Put the plan in place now and start warming up to it.
  • We can’t fail to learn from the challenges facing us right now.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Communicating. So important, all the time. If can communicate how I make decisions, it helps them make better decisions too.

Thom Gibson is a middle school math and robotics teacher and high school YouTube teacher in Austin, Texas.

  • Budgeting, saving and spending
  • How we should teach kids about money.
  • Rafe Esquith - Teach like your hair’s on fire.
  • Are you still using classroom economy?
  • Moved away from paper money to all digital
  • Automate a lot of things with it.
  • Classroom jobs.
  • Beginning of year is full of prep work.
  • Jobs that free up your time as the teacher.
  • Auctioneer takes a letter to local businesses.
  • Virtual bank for the kids’ money. paygrade.io
  • Forcing kids to do jobs.
  • Get Thom’s course 20% discount code - transformative
  • How to be a transformative principal? Look for an opportunity to let your teachers do something they would flourish in.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

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Tom Murray and I did office hours to support schools during this closure. Here are the questions we answered.

If you were on a leadership team, what would you be focusing on right now? High school, middle school, elementary school? People, equity, vision for your school

http://bit.ly/ToolsForEngagement 

How are you managing fears and anxieties around fall planning? How do you build trust in this environment?


Have a great network. Join the Mastermind

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Jethro Jones met up with Marlena Gross-Taylor at the Future of Educational Technology Conference earlier this year. 

 

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

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Tom Murray and Jethro Jones hosted office hours for people to answer questions during these school closures. 

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Katie and Camille are the dynamic duo of Educational Technologists in Canyons District. I worked with them nearly a decade ago. This interview is from #FETC2020

 

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

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An interview with Ed Tech Digest's Mark Gura and Victor Rivero from #FETC2020

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

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Adam Geller is the Founder of Edthena, a video coaching program. 

Enjoy this chat from #FETC2020

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

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Join host Tamara Fyke and Jethro Jones of Transformative Principal for a conversation about how to keep yourself calm when you’re feeling stressed and nervous.

We will talk about:

  • Phrases to show empathy
  • Phrases to give yourself some time to think!
  • Phrases to calm fears
  • How to control your voice.
  • Phone vs. in person vs. video conversations.

A great interview with Tom Murray at #FETC20 earlier this year. 

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

 

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At FETC2020, I had the privilege of interviewing Rebekah McPherson and Nikoski Darnell

Such a great conversation. I hope you enjoy it. 

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

 

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I had a 1:1 coaching call with Natalie Irons. She’s awesome.

If you want to reach out for help, you can send me a text: 801–252–6368


Matt Pavao is a principal in Burlingame, California. The following is a transcript of our conversation. 

I'd love to talk about my school will be a lot lots of things going great at the school in the district. I have a small district in in the Bay Area, like you said, We're right near the San Francisco Airport. We are a school of 338 students k five. We are title one school. We are also school. It's very dedicated to innovation and very dedicated to our community and being a real community school all the school district all the schools in Burlingame are committed to being really community schools. So we're really tight and tight knit community at our and in our district. 338 today? Yeah. You know, we always say about 350, actually, but we just did the count the other day, so 338 Oh, I'm sorry. Yeah, I've been at the school for eight years. My eighth year at the school. Yeah. As the principal the whole time. Yeah. It's my 20 I think third year in education. I'm done. Teaching and then other administration jobs at middle school and then and then this my first principalship first sponsorship, I'm eight years Hey, yes. Yeah. Yeah, we did. All right. We're doing okay.

Well, yeah, no,

I Well, the interesting thing about the school is I'm only the third principle they've had and Something like they reopen the school. It's the school is hundred years old this year. So it was built in 1919. But it was closed for some years in the end up until about and I think believe 1988. And since then we've only had three principals. So there was the principal there for 10 years. And the one before me was 11. And then mean, so I have, I'm the young still, I'm still the newbie in that group. You know, it's such a wonderful job and a wonderful community that I have such exciting people that I work with, and really inspired teachers and really inspired district that's allows me to have this community that allows me to have this, why they there is an expectation that we continue to push towards a very innovative practices. And we're in the kind of the north end of the Silicon Valley. So a lot of our parents work in the Silicon Valley in jobs that require the creativity and the collaboration and then the, you know, the critical thing that we talked about the communication. So they understand that's an important factor, and what we have to teach, so to give you this wide berth to kind of really push out into some things that aren't You know, you must be on page 25 of the textbook today. And we are. And at the same time, you know, I think we're a good example to other districts in that we have a wide range of students, you know, we have students of all socio economic backgrounds will talk about, you know, we have 27 different languages at the school. And that's not that's typical, actually, for our area, you know, our we have a very diverse population. And in that we still have achieved we were still able to achieve at high high levels of the typical if you want to call them that academic backgrounds, while at the same time really pushing our innovative practices into things like today where we're looking at podcasting or when we're doing a lot of creative work with presentations and so, a lot of creative creativity and design thinking and things like that. Okay,

Yeah, my advice would be one is to reach out to them. A lot of times we have this shutdown method of like you stay on your side of the fence and I'll stay on my side of the fence. But at Roosevelt and in Burlingame, we definitely encourage parent participation. So a lot of the ideas we have come from parent groups, you know, you meet with them after school and or in the evenings and if they're willing to give their time to you, and then you can listen to their great ideas and you can take that and put the educators lens at the same time possibly because not impossible because of the principles that came before me. There was this foundation of real partnership with the parents that I just inherited it worked hard to keep that going. But it's always been part of our culture at the school and in the district that there's a real partnership. And certainly, there are helicopter parents in all walks, but even we don't. We don't I wouldn't say we even have I can't name any that we would have even at my site, but we've always really valued our partnership with the parents and they valued our professionalism. It's really, really a special kind of place in that respect.

 

So hundred years. Yeah, this year Well, 1990 is actually passed over but 1919 we're gonna have the celebration this year.

It's real. And it's a real balancing between honoring what was before you, and then building, you know, continue to build. And so we tried to do that in the years I've been there and it's been successful. Yeah, yes. Yeah. Oh, yeah.

Sure. Let me preface a little bit. We, we so we have this giant wall in our school that we painted this mural on a while back for a lot of different reasons. We had an event, an unfortunate event of some graffiti that we and so it's This speaks to what our parents are like as well, that we, in typically, we just cross out the graffiti move on our day, the parents want to do more we did that. Got it down immediately, and then went about our day and then went to say, No, we want to express who we are. And part of that is our 27 languages that we spoke at the time and I think was 24. We've grown. So we put this wall that said, we are Roosevelt. Roosevelt elementary is my school. And so we and then we wrote in every different language on the wall. We are Roosevelt in that language. So if you had someone who was speaking to golic it's up there if you have Russian it's up there Chinese Portuguese. And after you when you see it, and I look at it almost every day when you come in it's really keeps you focused. So one of the parts we were having struggles with we you know, we have a wee hours about night where we celebrate all the cultures, but we weren't getting party active participation from all our parents. And one of the ideas was, well, we need a translation service to translate our newsletters and we went through that and there's a price to that. And then we thought what we have experts Right here in the school, so we should have an audio audio Translation by our students using podcasts. We'll just attach it right to a link on our newsletters and we so what we do is we have, so we get we put it out to the parents and the teachers in the fifth grade, our students in the fifth grade, come and help us translate our newsletter. And so they would show up on our newsletters go out on Thursdays, they would show up on Tuesdays, I would give them kind of these are the highlights. They would take it home, they write it out with their parents, and then they would come so we had the first year we had Japanese and Portuguese and Japanese Portuguese, Spanish, and not Russian, but I'm forgetting we had one more. And we've now since expanded to Turkish and China we have Mandarin Chinese now. So we're confused. We don't have all 27 right now but it's it's powerful for lots of reasons. If you just take out even the parties, the students feel valued, which is actually the number one piece. There's a technical aspect to it that the kids are learning how to do podcasting, there's a some of these kids knew how to speak the language. They didn't necessarily know how to write it out. So they're even learning their own language which is how to their parents language how to write it out, but so there's children

Well, you just bring up something, it's just my my wife's family comes from China. two generations ago her grandmother came from China and who just passed at 98 years old. And one of the things that her uncle brought up at the thing was even he had a commute there was always a communication issue with them and, and it was powerful it and so the other thing that we say is these and you just reminded me of another thing we do with students of second their second language students is we honor them, when they when they do learn English when they do read designated as English learners. And we have a full Berlin game. We had 100 and some odd students this year that we designated. We have celebration, we have metals and things like that, but when we do in front of the school, we always talk about how special these students are because of immigration stories like that. that at some point during the life of a family, someone is brave enough to learn English it was with my, my grandfather was the first one and then you see how that then expands out? So if we can hold on to it because you're right people then give up the language was isn't what necessarily we want? Right, right. Oh, it's a superpower. Yeah and in this world and what we're talking about at our students all the time is, you know, the flattening of the world, and how we need to be able to now cross culturally talk to people. And if you know about other cultures, you all of a sudden have a leg up where you thought it was something that was pulling you down, it's actually going to lift you up and the new economy or the new world for sure. 

When we do and so and with our translators they become a place where they become hope elevated at the school because we do acknowledge them at our assemblies. He's these people are doing this translation for you guys. So more so the parents will know it's out there, but also to honor them for doing the work.

Yes, no kidding. Right. And some of these kids come in. We had a student last year who could do the Portuguese like, I give it to you do it. Others need to take it home and write it down and really fit this guy was and he was having struggles in other areas. But you could see if you go in this route you are URL had, you know head and shoulders above the rest of the translators that we have at the school because I mean, if I was told, you know, you need go you're gonna be sitting in a classroom of all Spanish speakers and they all started speaking Spanish. I wouldn't be participating. I know a little bit of Spanish but I wouldn't be participating and this is similar similar sort of thing. Right? You got to put yourself in their shoes on that on those respects. Yeah. It's pretty brave kids.

It's it's one of those real low floor high ceilings, like it's very easy to do and you get tons out of it. Yeah, yeah. Oh, yeah.

Oh, well, one of the things we're really proud of is we have a full and we talked about communication in this. And we have, we're very dedicated to giving our students the skills to communicate with others. We have this thought that, you know, and I know a lot of schools are working on design process, and it's fantastic. And certainly we are to getting kids to be creative problem solvers and things like this. All right. Our philosophy is that it's not an idea unless you can share it with someone and get them to understand your idea. So how do we do that? Well, so we worked with a company in the Silicon Valley and there's a long story about how we came about with this, but Duarte, Duarte, marketing or duardo, we just call them dorky But anyway, the dirty design, the Silicon Valley and she Nancy Duarte and her husband Mark started this company and they work on giving high powered CEOs the skills to give presentations. They were going to work with college level students. I knew someone at the company, we kind of worked it out so that they came and worked to elementary school. So now, yeah, it was very Yeah, it's been fantastic. They've been working with us for six years now. Which is interesting. So we've gone through a full cycle now from kindergarten all the way to fifth grade or they don't know any different. So this is this year for it. So every year fifth graders give what we call our Teddy talks were Teddy Roosevelt elementary school. So we give our Teddy talks at the end of year and they give a presentation in front of a room full of about 200 people. We invites local celebrities, our local Congress, people and things like that come and visit. And they stand up there and give about a five minute presentation in a TED TED Talks type format about an idea That they've had and they're they're trying to move people forward and you'd be hard pressed to find people at the conference today, which is a great conference that give better presentations than these kids. At 10 years old, it's fantastic and it's transformative in how they view themselves. So what we do that's one thing we're very proud of his heart Teddy talks program.

I will tell you that is that not only is it hard for adults to give presentations is that they learn about giving presentations from watching other people that don't know how to give presentations. So it's just perpetuating this bad presentations that you sit Through, it all comes from our need to do this comes from me walking into a classroom and seeing my third grade teacher suffering while her kids were up there giving presentations that were boring and uninspiring and, and it was typical of everything I'd seen in all my years of education, there has to be a better way. And we went and found a better way. So we're hoping that we're changing the way and again in this age where you're going to need to be able to get your ideas out there. We think we're giving our students a real skill that they're going to need. Sure. Sure. Sure, the number one is that the audience is first meaning it's not about you. It's about your audience. What do they need you give it to them? The second is, if it's a good presentation, it vacillates between what is now and what will be. So this is why your life is down. But if you listen to my ideas, this is what it will be. It'll be my veteran you almost the audience, you almost feel like they're going on a rollercoaster ride where it's like, oh, I don't know about this. Oh, it's gonna be great. Oh, I don't know about this. Oh, it's going to be great. And then we have a few other things like how to do an introduction and how to finish it off with what Nancy Duarte calls something they'll always remember or your star moments sta or something that always remember. So we try to do that and there's a few other and then the other main probably thing is how they do their slides. So we do they do present with slides and they have to control you know, a PowerPoint presentation or a Google Slides presentation. But there's things that we put in that likes, lots of slides are too busy or they're showing me five words on a slide are you should be able to read it in three seconds and understand it. It ruins you from going to other presentations because you sit there go oh that's a terrible slide. And there's another teacher that have some time so if I ever see you giving a presentation I take out my phone and take a picture of the slide. I might be sending it to the My another teacher that I always said look at this slide.

Add that to the collection but it has been wonderful. This is for the city. years that we've been doing this that kids just they get it and that you start see changes now over time because we check in with the middle school and things like that. Okay.

And it also comes in that you're totally right. It also comes from the planning of the presentation like our students. Oftentimes, it's the last, you know, you'll do a project, their presentations, the last day, go do your project. Now I want to presentation. They're doing the work on the presentation the whole time. They're doing the research and the project and so they're laying out their slides using posts. And they're talking about what questions the audience might have. They're drawing pictures of the audience who's gonna be sitting there watching me. So they're considering it all the time. Well, if you, you know, read the book, read it resonate by Nancy Duarte, their little plug for Nancy and her company in. Oh, okay. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. She has several books out but that's the the cornerstone one, I think slide. ology is another one but okay. Yeah. So she works. We work with her. Yeah, it's great. It is we have we have been very fortunate with that one, and they've been very, very nice to us.

Okay, I would say just, I've taught me how to get into classrooms and talk to teachers and really not only have the expectation that they'll keep pushing their practice, but also have the trust in They need to have trust with you, that you will back them if they're going to try. They're gonna try something new. You know, oftentimes we have teachers at, it's always an easy default. Well, I'll get in trouble if I do that. I Roosevelt, you know, we don't try to get in trouble. But we certainly haven't. We always kind of have an explanation as to why we're doing something. And that's easy for me to then go tell my people, you know, my superintendent, hey, we're going to try this out. See how it goes. Or we're trying this out, and we'll see how it goes. But we want brave leaders are brave teachers. So we need to be brave leaders. So I would get get into two classrooms as much as possibly my number one go talk to teachers, you know.

Sponsorship:

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, has been publishing high quality guidebooks, magazines and educator-focused professional development books since 1959. 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.

 

John Catt amplifies fresh voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized around the world for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. Learn more about these professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/. 

 

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

 

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Jeff Becker and I are hosting a webinar about how to implement SEL in your school. Register here! Jeff is a former school counselor and current video production teacher in Florida. He also hosts the CanDoU SEL podcast and produces courses for high schools to use to support their students. Check those out here.

  • It won’t work unless you address SEL with staff, too
  • People feel ill-equipped to do SEL.
  • The students will lead you through the process.
  • CASEL Core Competencies - Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills, Responsible decision-making
  • What is SEL?
  • SEL just feels fluffy.
  • Professional development on social emotional learning.
  • Teachers hate to be put in a situation where they don’t feel set up for success.
  • If you work with kids, and you do care, you’ve already won 80–90% of the battle.
  • You know more than you know.
  • Kids just want to be listened to.
  • Create a space to talk about what the kids want to talk about.
  • Think about when you had a connection
  • At worst, SEL shows kids how much you care.
  • Data on success from doing SEL.
  • Write down all your problems in your school, and fit them into each of the buckets from CASEL.
  • When given the opportunity, they want to know how to stop using substances to stop numbing feelings.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Give your teachers the green light to carve in time to talk about something non-academic in your class.
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Systematizing Our Professional Development For The Charter School with Amanda Huza Transformative Principal 320

Social Media: We’re not wasting the time of teachers who have already mastered that aspect of teaching.

Amanda Huza is the principal of Equality charter school.

  • Serve about 630 middle and high school students in the bronx.
  • Share space with two other partner schools.
  • 27 teachers - 50% of them are new or 2 years or less.
  • Important to accelerate their growth.
  • Want them to feel successful enough to improve student learning.
  • Data-based professional development.
  • Focus on 10 pieces of Danielson framework.
  • Create rich cultures of learning, routines and procedures, logical consequences in the classroom,
  • Provide examples and non examples.
  • Informal observation on a weekly basis. Teachers know that someone could be in classrooms at any time.
  • higher order thinking questions and wait time. Scaffolding questions.
  • Focus on specific areas of mastery and track those.
  • We’re not wasting the time of teachers who have already mastered that aspect of teaching.
  • The list is not concrete, we want to think about the people that we have in front of us.
  • Scholar data as well.
  • 1–2 day opportunities for teachers to be learners themselves.
  • Peer observations.
  • coaching role and supervision, then principal position.
  • goal is expanding to elementary school.
  • Systematizing our professional development for the charter school
  • Building up to socratic seminar.
  • Get feedback from their peers and from their coaches.
  • Large group of kids who need intervention.
  • Footage of a demonstration lesson, then feedback from peers.
  • Swivl
  • Edthena
  • Can see videos of exemplars in their school.
  • Teachers are on an equal playing field.
  • Helps the administrator move away from being a judge.
  • To put the pressure on you to remember everything is really unkind to both the administrator and the teacher.
  • There’s pretty much always someone coming into the classrooms each day.
  • Informal observations happen weekly.
  • Weekly coaching meeting.
  • Coaching meeting is a debrief of the observation and a review of the data.
  • Provided weekly lesson plan feedback.
  • Video is 1 time per month at least, sometimes more if they are in higher need.
  • Explorations in EdThena.
  • Teachers create a professional development support plan.
  • Weekly professional development time on Tuesdays.
  • Quarterly data meetings.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Don’t forget that the work that’s happening is the most important work and the work we used to do, so we need to not be afraid to learn with them.
  • Really helps teachers feel supported and valued. amanda.huza@equalitycharter.org

Kim Marshall is the founder of the Marshall Memo and Jenn David-Lang is the founder of the Main Idea. We talk about their new book, “The Best of the Marshall Memo,”

  • As a principal I rarely had time to read in a thoughtful way.
  • Why write a book about the Marshall Memo.
  • Articles not organized.
  • Professional development ideas.
  • Educational journals have theme issues.
  • How to take the next step from the learning to the doing.
  • Practical article about how to have conversations - Don’t email criticism
  • Watching a teacher who made a grammatical mistake.
  • It’s going to be in the principal’s hands. One strategy, what do you notice?
  • Why have a conversation about the grammatical error? Are there reasons why you should talk with this teacher?
  • She was miseducating the kids. We couldn’t let that go by.
  • Has the leader created a culture of feedback?
  • Getting into classrooms enough that you see the bigger picture.
  • Teachers need to be appreciated.
  • Real time coaching vs after-the-event feedback.
  • Routine for principals to take over the class.
  • Have a conversation so that the teacher comes to the conclusion on what behavior comes next.
  • Sanebox - take control of your email
  • How to be a transformative principal? Kim: Have an out of office response on email. Jenn: Ask for feedback.
  • If you want to work with Jethro, please get in touch jethrojones.com or schedule a call

Phil Echols is an Administrator of Professional Learning supporting K-12 needs in the area of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and coaching in Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina.

  • Psychology major and teacher in his home town.

  • Counseling

  • The power of Twitter.

  • People often find a way to monetize things

  • Monetization of the network. You can’t monetize the network - via @adamcurry

* #BMETalk - Black male educators
* Black males are like unicorns in so many spaces.
* Every time I meet someone face to face at a conference I create a twitter list with them on it.
* How do you mentor those unicorns?
* 100+ staff members. 1200 students.
* Why do you stay here?
* You could be in a school where there are more minority students. Why do you stay here?
* Good things come from my DNA.
* Patience and reflection comes from my parents.
* Enter spaces with the mindset of who do I need to be in this space?
* How to decide who you need to be in a meeting.
* The relationships of the people at the table require a different approach.
* Paying attention to what people might need.
* Presume positive intent.
* Relationships are foundational.
* Sometimes I can be too heavy on the relationship and we don’t get everything done that we need to!
* Facilitated leadership equilateral relationships, processes, and tasks.
* Leader member exchange theory - focuses on three components: leader follower, and exchanges between those two.
* Leaders often have in groups and out groups.
* Out groups don’t always get everything they need.
* Help people feel like they are in the “in group!“
* How to be a transformative principal? Be more mindful of your individual interactions with all of your staff members.

Direct download: Relational_Leadership_with_Phil_Echols_Transformative_Principal_318.mp3
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Cristina Garza is the director of social impact for the Mission Economic Development Corporation. She curates and leads all STEAM and entrepreneurship initiatives for this EDC, and through this work commits herself improving the financial mobility of area residents, and fostering progressive and equitable economic development practices. Among the programs she founded are Web of Women, an initiative to teach technical skills to women professionals, and Career Readiness and Empowerment of Women (CREW), a multidisciplinary internship that trains young high-school women to serve as leaders in STEM and entrepreneurship. She is  2017 Next City Vanguard and named by CityLab Latino one of the Top 20 Young Civic Leaders of 2017. Before her career in economic development, Cristina worked in several museums in New York City including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin of Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Brooklyn Museum. 

  • What prevents the community relationships from having this kind of impact?
  • By the time they leave your school, they are not attractive to industry.
  • Don’t want to give tax incentives just to have them import their talent!
  • It’s not worth it to train someone who doesn’t have the soft skills.
  • There could be better systems where EDC pays for the high schoolers to work somewhere.
  • Challenges with push to early-college schools.
  • You were ready to get out of your hometown.
  • Too scared and insecure to do the real things that I wanted to.
  • Seeing myself as being capable of talking about.
  • Shy away from educational issues that are hard to measure
  • Feeling like we are not good enough.
  • Define what is important.
  • Everyone is measured by their productivity and we are teaching kids that.
  • Reevaluate how much time we are putting in kids’ schedules to think about these issues.
  • Have time in kids’ schedules to go to counseling and go to group therapy.
  • There are only two things that kids do all day in school: Compete or try to get good grades
  • How rare it is for kids to have an opportunity to work on something that is open ended.
  • Hard to ideate because they have never been given a prompt and how to deal with it.
  • Ideas come from spending time thinking.
  • Start the semester with what are the problems you see affecting you and others?
  • Giving kids time to find their own story and their own why
  • They are experts in their lives.
  • Policies should be done in consideration of their voices.
  • The level of complexity that youth today are experiencing.
  • Understanding their power and owning their truth.
  • how to be a transformative principal? Spend at least one hour sending emails to industry leaders asking about how to prepare their kids?

Cristina Garza is the director of social impact for the Mission Economic Development Corporation. She curates and leads all STEAM and entrepreneurship initiatives for this EDC, and through this work commits herself improving the financial mobility of area residents, and fostering progressive and equitable economic development practices. Among the programs she founded are Web of Women, an initiative to teach technical skills to women professionals, and Career Readiness and Empowerment of Women (CREW), a multidisciplinary internship that trains young high-school women to serve as leaders in STEM and entrepreneurship. She is  2017 Next City Vanguard and named by CityLab Latino one of the Top 20 Young Civic Leaders of 2017. Before her career in economic development, Cristina worked in several museums in New York City including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin of Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Brooklyn Museum. 

  • CREW is a year-long internship and career preparation program for women and non-binary individuals.
  • Getting mentored by women in industries that don’t exist in this town.
  • I wanted to create a program that I would have benefited from when I was 17
  • They are the first in their families to go to college.
  • Only Latina in the classroom or the workspace.
  • Integration of entrepreneurship and leadership.
  • Thinking about the statistics of women in Tech.
  • Why are we keeping women of color out of these leadership positions?
  • Instead of just putting kids in coding camps, we need to
  • Looking at problems that are affecting their communities, then create products or policies that fix that problem.
  • Jobs are not just for software engineers.
  • Not waiting for someone to tap them on the shoulder and say they are chosen.
  • You create change by doing it.
  • The coding doesn’t happen until the end of the internship so that they have a purpose for the coding.
  • Kids learn way more way faster when they have a problem they are trying to solve.
  • We’re not spending enough time simply talking to youth and seeing how they can solve problems in their communities.
  • You’ve got to create partnerships with the school and community partners.

Sam Brooks is honored to have worked for Putnam County Schools (TN) for the past 27 years. Brooks leads all student/teacher personalized learning opportunities in the district, which includes online, dual enrollment, dual credit, and industry certification options. Mr. Brooks is a Google Certified Trainer and was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as a national Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, Trailblazers in 2014 and his program has been identified in several national publications.

  • Director of Personalized Learning - started as credit options for kids. Now is for so much more.
  • How can we meet the individual needs of each child in the classroom?
  • State level personalized learning.
  • VITAL - virtual instruction to accentuate learning
  • Personalized learning task force.
  • Mimic task force in our own district.
  • Doing a lot with credit recovery.
  • Pockets of innovation.
  • Future Ready - Getting a student to be ready for whatever they want their future to be.
  • I only saw how things affected me as a teacher within my four walls.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Be open minded and take on the mindset of working for the students.

Zachary Hartzman is a high school Economics & English teacher in New York City.

  • Taught many different social studies classes.
  • International and transfer school. 100% immigrant & ELL students.
  • Passionate about videos games.
  • Getting kids to interact with games
  • Florence - great app for relationships.
  • Using games to deal with discussing heavy issues.
  • Whenever I teach one of these lessons, I write a post showing how it went.
  • It’s been really hard to find engaging content that
  • 3 days a week, I teach an ELA course using video games as the main text.
  • Gone Home
  • What Remains of Edith Finch?
  • One student playing while everyone else is talking about the gameplay.
  • Regents exam required for graduation - read a text and identify the central idea, so we use the videos games to focus on those literary events.
  • You have to give them time to learn how to use the controller.
  • Positive outcomes: Whenever I teach with a game, there’s never a head down that day.
  • Expanding the curriculum, but would love to get more science and math.
  • How to be a transformative principal? If a teacher comes to you with a potentially wacky idea, hear them out.

I'd love to work with you! To learn more about working with Jethro, go here.


I've got some exciting news to share with you....

But first, a little context.

The last few months have been pretty exciting.

I've started a student driven learning newsletter in partnership with ASCD.

I spoke at the ReWire conference in New Jersey.

I've been at FETC this week, and have some amazing interviews coming out on the podcast soon.

The podcast is at 600,000 downloads for its six-year anniversary. (click here to get an email each Sunday when it is released!)

I am a New Team Habits Champion!

My wife and I have started coaching families on how to set goals in a family setting! How cool is that?

I'm giving a keynote at a conference in February, more details soon...

And here's the big news:

At the end of this school year I will be leaving Fairbanks and start supporting principals directly full time through the mastermind, speaking, and consulting.

I'm pretty excited about our new adventure, and I hope that I can work with you! If you've got a need for a speaker in the next six months, please reach out.

 

Direct download: 20200118_1244_Jethro_Recording.mp3
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This is an amazing story of how Kimberly's district set them up for success so they could find time for the important things in life. What a cool and unique approach. 

Kimberly Dixon is principal in Toronto

  • Took a year off to take some coursework.
  • Mother had supported her at the beginning of her career.
  • Lacking balance.
  • Four over 5. Paid 80% over four years then paid 80% for fifth year.
  • Typically accept about a dozen people for that in our district.
  • Became principal and started coursework to become a superintendent at the same time.
  • I realized I had been working really hard so travel was definitely a goal.
  • I had to operate within the parameters of
  • Principal of a summer school program in South Korea, kids met in South Korea and then went to the Philippines.
  • Be present as a mother and take care of myself.
  • The year was very unplanned.
  • School seems very Eurocentric, but our schools are so diverse.
  • Families are always excited
  • The balance needed in life to be your best.
  • Without balance, we run into issues of burnout
  • It’s about putting myself well into the time I have.
  • Not having that rushed approach. Respecting my time when I’m not in school and not “on.”
  • Giving a lot of yourself to other people’s children.
  • Having a purpose for my days.
  • Be in each classroom before every major break in the day.
  • None of my goals could happen unless I built the relationships.
  • No more than one evening event each week.
  • More balanced for my own kids and the kids at school.
  • How to be a transformative principal? I’ve discovered who being me is! Try to center yourself in some way to figure out what makes you peaceful.

Work with Jethro


This is an amazing story of how Kimberly's district set them up for success so they could find time for the important things in life. What a cool and unique approach. 

Kimberly Dixon is principal in Toronto

  • Took a year off to take some coursework.
  • Mother had supported her at the beginning of her career.
  • Lacking balance.
  • Four over 5. Paid 80% over four years then paid 80% for fifth year.
  • Typically accept about a dozen people for that in our district.
  • Became principal and started coursework to become a superintendent at the same time.
  • I realized I had been working really hard so travel was definitely a goal.
  • I had to operate within the parameters of
  • Principal of a summer school program in South Korea, kids met in South Korea and then went to the Philippines.
  • Be present as a mother and take care of myself.
  • The year was very unplanned.
  • School seems very Eurocentric, but our schools are so diverse.
  • Families are always excited
  • The balance needed in life to be your best.
  • Without balance, we run into issues of burnout
  • It’s about putting myself well into the time I have.
  • Not having that rushed approach. Respecting my time when I’m not in school and not “on.”
  • Giving a lot of yourself to other people’s children.
  • Having a purpose for my days.
  • Be in each classroom before every major break in the day.
  • None of my goals could happen unless I built the relationships.
  • No more than one evening event each week.
  • More balanced for my own kids and the kids at school.
  • How to be a transformative principal? I’ve discovered who being me is! Try to center yourself in some way to figure out what makes you peaceful.

Work with Jethro


 

Turner is the principal of Tristate State Christian Academy in Elkton Maryland.

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