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

Clare Fulp is the principal of an Chugach Optional and we talk today about her work running a summer school program for refugee students in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • School designed for new-to-country students
  • Director of ELL for Anchorage School District
  • Qtel institute
  • No walls or doors between the classrooms, project-based learning, little direct instruction.
  • Open learning
  • How to set up the culture of a school for the success in an open classroom.
  • Soft skills taught to kids.
  • Seth Godin, Let’s stop calling them soft skills.
  • Changed approach from just ELL teachers getting the gig.
  • How to hire the right people for this position.
  • Each team member is bringing their own strength to this group.
  • Looking for great passion.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Self, Social, City, State, World
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Working with current K-6 students. 230 kids total.
  • How to deal with refugees: have an open heart.
  • An interest in the world.
  • Couldn’t think past a day as a refugee.
  • Misconceptions about language
  • Vigotsky Zone of Proximal Development
  • Kids are so much better at learning languages than adults.
  • Younger/Elder approach
  • Goal is not testing, but SEL, Math, and Literacy.
  • Community engagement with the process - Community block party
  • Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Connect with kids, know their names, It’s all about relationships.

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