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June 16, 2019
Building Community Relationships with Mia Pumo Transformative Principal 283
Mia Pumo is a former teacher and math specialist and currently is the cofounder of Constructive Learning Design, which supports teachers and learners by making learning joyful. Partnering with community organizations. Schools often don’t know how to partner. Businesses don’t know how to join in the work with schools. Use coaching skills to build relationships. Learning is much more beneficial when they come together and make a real impact. Experiential learning - year long process developing a plan around a real issue. You never know what seeds have been planted through that experience. How to start the conversation. Focus on quality partnerships. How to be a transformative principal? Active listening to create a shared vision.
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13 min
June 9, 2019
Making Learning Joyful with Mia Pumo Transformative Principal 282
Mia Pumo is a former teacher and math specialist and currently is the cofounder of Constructive Learning Design, which supports teachers and learners by making learning joyful. Making learning joyful I was really starting to contemplate leaving the profession I love because the joy was not there. We believe that if we design and deliver powerful learning experiences for educators, they will design and deliver powerful learning experiences for students. Coaches can transform the learning and cultural experiences of a school. You can’t afford to not have coaches! There are many ways to incorporate coaching into a culture. Leaders with coaching skills are more effective and more impactful. Communication, active listening, developing a culture where coaching and feedback are part of the norm. Have leaders take on that coaching role as part of what they do. Developing culture falls on the leader. Set up protocols and structures to make that an enjoyable experience. Coaching cycles The best professional development is the teacher down the hall. Position coaching to the staff as a support, not another observation. Why is there a stigma related to coaching?
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17 min
June 2, 2019
Compassion Clubs with Brittni Schroeder Transformative Principal 281
  Brittni Schroeder is the founder of Compassion Clubs, dedicated to the memory of her late son who passed away tragically at the age of 14. Started with a scholarship fund for students. Received hundreds of cards and letters from people who cared about Gage. The “Can Man” People wanted to be with our family. “We only suffer when we think about ourselves.” - Tony Robbins We have to serve. That’s how we heal. Gave kids pizzas and told them to sit with kids who didn’t have anyone sitting with them. Elementary and secondary curriculum. Secondary the kids lead it. Elementary is teacher/counselor/parent run. If they don’t know how to serve and think outside of themselves they are going to have a rough adult life. 12 different values: compassion, kindness, gratitude, charity, courage, etc. Teach about the value, share a story, then serve. Teenagers don’t seem to have coping skills. Nominate kids for scholarships and grants. My son’s legacy is compassion. Most successful club in Michigan. How to be a transformative principal? Look for those kids that need to belong.
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19 min
May 26, 2019
There is ONE Learning Process with Jared Cooney Horvath Transformative Principal 280
  Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, @jchorvath is an educator and researcher with expertise in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, brain simulation, the learning sciences, and effective teaching/learning practices There is 1 learning process! It is the same for everyone. You don’t differentiate so students learn differently, you differentiate so students engage differently. If you want to learn something you have to engage in it, but not too much! Attenborough effect. Science of learning and craft of teaching. Thinking principle Learning principle - all learning has to begin with facts. Semantic memories for the key 10 or 15 facts. Three episodic memories for a fact. Episodic memories vs. semantic memories. All starting of learning builds episodic memories. How we use inquiry wrong in education. Surface learning is semantic facts. Binary. Conceptualization - how are you going to organize your facts. Forming a concept. Can’t be binary. Contextually emergent skills. Fear of failure Learning resilience Education gives you experience in learning. How to be a transformative principal? People who you don’t really know what they think at the end, because they are trying to get you to question your own assumptions.
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45 min
May 19, 2019
You are the Relational Manager with Michael C. Reichert Transformative Principal 279
Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, all the while managing an independent clinical practice, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges. Every single kind of problem was transformed based on relationship. It’s the adult’s job to be the relationship manager. Live up to your goals. Relational breakdowns. How do we promote the relationship between the boy and the teacher. Breakdowns happen all the time. It’s the responsibility of the relationship manager to monitor whether it has broken down. The boy that simply checks out and underperforms. Book I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners I won’t learn from you You may have to develop new skills out of your repertoire to reach kids. Every type of boy can be reached. When a teacher reaches their end of their rope, they need to reach out for their help. You recognize that this is really challenging and it is frustrating. You have the power to change this boy’s life, and I know it is hard, If you can bear with him and continue to check in with him, you can reach him. How to be a transformative principal? Understand that you are asking your teachers to do this emotional work and validate the challenge that it is while saying boys are relational learners first! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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21 min
May 12, 2019
How to Raise a Boy with Michael C. Reichert Transformative Principal 278
  Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, all the while managing an independent clinical practice, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges. The stereotypes of women has changed significantly in the last 40 years. There’s been very little to counteract stereotypes of men and boys. Stereotypes shape boys’ lives early on. We cannot say that women are limited because of biology, but we still say that about boys. When Boys become “Boys” - Judy Chu Started out as direct, authentic and able to articulate themselves. Traveled from presence to pretense by way of posturing. Inauthentic and less willing to articulate their feelings. Conditioning comes from everywhere: teachers, parents, peers. A man box study - messages about being a man. Stoic, unemotional, strong, etc. Men more associated with man box stereotypes were more prone to negative behaviors, including suicidal ideation. Schools play a profound role in organizing the messages about what Men are. Every school is occupied by a hidden curriculum. Most educators feel as though they can’t get their arms around it. Boys have very little efficacy over the hidden curriculum. Policed by other boys. Often receive subtle and not-so-subtle redirection from adults and other boys. Student-teacher relationship and significance One-dimensional type of masculinity that is rewarded in school cultures. 1500-member study of boys and 1000 of their teachers. Tell us a story about a relationship that went well and oe that didn’t go well. So reassuring that the mask can be taken away when they do have a relationship. Relationships are transformative in three ways: practically, psychologically, existentially. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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17 min
May 5, 2019
The Revolution with Derek McCoy Transformative Principal 277
  Derek McCoy is a middle school principal in Georgia, and a fellow Digital Principal of the Year. He is also the coauthor of “The Revolution: It’s Time To Empower Change In Our Schools” We still sit in rows, we still deliver everything the same as we always. The time for shifting is over. Shift gives comfort, but we’ve got to make some change for our kids. We’re asking adults to change. 3 R’s is how we conduct business, and it always has been. That’s not going anywhere. We also know better. Shifting from the three R’s Passion - finding something that you’re passionate about. You might have some parents that can’t get into all the fundamental three R’s. When you’re passionate about it, you don’t give up. There is a disconnect with schools and parents now. We know better. We know how the brain works. Learning is more social than it is memorization. Don’t be the teacher you had as a student, It’s about learning new, and trying new for our learners. Change is going to happen, so we can embrace that change for our students. How do we get the whole system to change? The revolution@ries primary responsibility to build a vision! Committing to learner-centered change! Find your pusher who is going to support you through it and ground your thinking. Significant change is relative. Survey and talk to kids? Getting learner input. Control vs. Trust 5 core values: communicators, collaborators, __, have integrity, act with purpose Giving kids opportunity to provide input. Ask the kids, “How do you see this working?“ How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms. Spend half your day in there talking to kids. Let that be the formative assessment for how you Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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24 min
April 28, 2019
Supporting Engaging and Empowering Your Staff with Christopher Jones Transformative Principal 276
  Christopher is a principal at Whitman Hansen Regional High School. Transitioning to a new high school. A new position gives you the opportunity to reflect on where you want to go and who you want to go. Sharing yourself first. I’m not a student-centered principal! I’m a staff-centered principal. Build staff meetings around getting to know each other. Building relationships Every day, with some exceptions, I’m in classrooms giving feedback to teachers. Out in front playing music with kids. Using Voxer to give immediate feedback and face-to-face meetings. Three simple questions: What’s working? What do I need to stop doing? What can I do to make your life better or easier? Start by supporting, then you engage them, then you empower them. A good leader is a servant leader. A good leader becomes a better leader by making others more successful. Clear the road for others. Experience is so important and we have to fail to keep learning. We don’t know how good we can be. Every student leaving the high school with something in their pocket to prepare them for the next level. Key components of S1 to raise failing grade to passing grade. Empowering teachers to give kids hope and keep integrity of the grades. Teachers choose most important units and then give kids an opportunity to make things happen. 92% of the kids who did winter school passed the year-long course. Summer Read Smackdown! Interdisciplinary days - kids don’t come back to a test on the book. How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and give honest feedback to teachers so you can have a conversation with them.   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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31 min
April 21, 2019
Hacking Instructional Design with Mike Fisher Transformative Principal 275
  Mike Fisher author of Hacking Instructional Design. Shoutout to @elizabethfisher All this stuff that is eating up teachers’ time to plan. Easier to just purchase a program or a plan. Shift focus to contemporary instructional design. Why is it so hard to move away from Decision paralysis. So many decisions to make that we don’t know what to do. How well we need to design assessments. Standards, resources, external assessments. The What - standards The How - activities The How Well? - assessments. Tripticks from AAA Trying things out - gives you some freedom. Being a lead learner is pushed aside to get things done. Right-sizing the work. Allow students to be cocreators in instructional design. Breaking the standard into manageable bits for teachers and for students. Learning targets “standard statement“ with I can in front of it. Help students have high level of mastery. Kids do not care about your grades! Let them be accountable to each other and accountable to the world. How to be a transformative Principal? Invite conversation, collaboration. How do we remain loyal to the learner and learning?
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27 min
April 14, 2019
ASTE Keynote with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 274
This is the keynote that I gave at ASTE in February 2019.
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19 min
April 7, 2019
Stop the Busyness with Byron Darnall Transformative Principal 273
  Byron Darnall is the principal of Potter Gray Elementary School in Bowling Green Kentucky Long term sustainable change is slow. How do you improve something that is already successful? Examine the student experience. Who’s school is it? As educators we tend to operate from the center. Busyness is the disease of our time. How are you? Busy!
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24 min
March 31, 2019
RTI for Real Gains with Lyn Marsilio Transformative Principal 272
RTI process for Lyn Marsilio's elementary school. Set a couple goals: know their letters, ICU. 4 rotations, 6 minute rotations Letter writing, letter sorts, tracing, sound sorts. After the first 20 days, graduated kids went back into the classroom. Did a round 2 to add rhyming and took out tactile piece. Taking attendance for kids to see how many times they went to this intervention. Out of the 20 days, some kids only made 14, and so called him to make sure kids Our third round, the teachers are finally seeing why we take data. Kids making the goals early are taking off in other areas because they had those foundational skills. 80% on grade level vs. 40% that were on grade level last year. Narrows down who needs special skills. In the past, title I data has felt like a collection with no meaning. Up until this year, that has been data that we collect, not that we use. Teachers plan it, teacher assistants implement it. 1st grade - 46 kids, three title I teachers are working with these kids. We have seen 84% of the kids in 1st grade making progress. Co planning with the reading teachers. In second grade, about 50% of kids have rotated out because of progress. There is a great benefit in being targeted. 3rd graders, all but 2 of the 25 kids needing intervention are making great progress. Lots of young staff, and they are still doing well. Teachers are seeing why the planning is affecting instruction and what that impact is. foundational skills in 2nd and 3rd grade: decoding, then once they hit grade level, push comprehension. Holding on to them a little longer. Got push back in the beginning because we are doing something different. Now that they are seeing why we structured that the way did, there is more excitement. 2nd and 3rd grade, asked teachers for input to make sure they felt supported. Success is contagious. What haven't we figured out: 4th and 5th grade. Looking at budget as people and not programs. We are getting kids to be readers.  
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14 min
March 24, 2019
Including Everyone in Leadership with Larry Villiard Transformative Principal 271
Larry Villiard is the principal of a K-12 school in Bruce Wisconsin. Leadership team, started with 12 people, now we have up to 20 people come to the leadership team meeting each month. Follow up leadership team meeting after PD. Anybody who wants to be part of leadership team can join us. Leadership Meeting norms. Six Step Process Weekly article share at 7:30 Book studies. Tight and loose. Need more time if we are going to teach the curriculum with fidelity. Seniors leave a week earlier than the rest of the student body, so they are going to do a test run with the new schedule. How to be a transformative principal? Have an open mind. Tap into your talented staff. call bruce high school. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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19 min
March 17, 2019
When PLC is not just a meeting with Larry Villiard Transformative Principal 270 1
  Larry Villiard is the principal of a K-12 school in Bruce Wisconsin. Larry has been there since 1995 Moved from a junior high school to a middle school. About 500 students 2 classes per grade Middle school has a separate schedule from everyone else. Extended core classes 80 minutes long. The staff is the key to making kids successful. How has the PLC approach helped you. Took ideas from the staff to make it successful. Transitions getting kids moving around more. Give kids 20 minutes of homework time during the class period. Lengthened class periods decreased ODRs. A small little man can't make all the decisions. People couldn't believe that people just went about their business when they visited the school. In one school year, we lost superintendent and elementary principal. I was going to be moved out of my comfort zone. They came back like new staff, like new people. A PLC cannot be a set of meetings! A PLC has to become your culture. Take what is working best and eliminate what is not working. Data Days 3 times per year - drives all interventions Were dead last in our achievement and now are in 1st place. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey      
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18 min
March 10, 2019
Behavior Speaks for Itself with Barbara Sorrels Transformative Principal 269
  Dr. Barbara is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education, a professional development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children. Barbara started rocking abandoned babies when she was in high school in Washington, D.C. First year teaching was in the inner city. The role of spirituality and faith in children. Faith community is a resilience factor. Faith enables us to have connection. Children have innate understanding of God. When you have that child standing in front of you that can sometimes get on your last nerve, ask not what is wrong with you, but what has happened to you? Impacts us at the cellular level. I look at you with compassion for your story. The kids’ history has told them that the world is not a safe place. “Children act out“ in behavior what they do not have the words to say. How much do we need to know about student’s trauma? The trauma determines the impact. The behavior speaks for itself. Need to look at trauma with a broader lens. What happens inside a child’s body when they experience trauma. FAE and Pre-natal drug exposure impacts organization of brain. Most vulnerable time is in-utero and first two months of life as it relates to brain development. Dr. Perry and neurotransmitters. ADHD medication manipulates one of the three neurotransmitters. Dendrites on neurons related to quality and health of early life. Trauma can interrupt two hemispheres of the brain. Memory, language, using symbols can be compromised by trauma. Moral classrooms, moral children. Children with trauma will only thrive in a community. Developmentally appropriate practice with kids exposed to trauma - Narrow window of strategies. Children with significant trauma act at half their chronological age. Active learning engagement for kids exposed to trauma. Primary strategy is a do-over or reboot. “Let’s try that again!” - may need to model that first. Goal is not to manage behavior but to heal them from inside out. Ignore the no and give two choices! Cozy corner: “You let me know when you’re ready to go back to class.“ Simply changing the location is sometimes enough. Pattern, repetitive movement is calming to the brain. Wet washcloth is a tangible symbol of empathy. How to be a transformative principal? When you see those children who are struggling, remind yourself it’s not about what’s wrong with you, but about what’s happened to you. I know who you are. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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26 min
March 3, 2019
Changing the student experience through changing the student task with Jason Glass Transformative Principal 268
    Jason Glass is the superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools 85,000 students on the west side of Denver, Colorado. Lots of great people in the district. Community is politically divided 1/3 democrats, 1/3 independent, 1/3 republican When it comes to our kids, it should be an area where everyone can work together. PBS Documentary about the Jeffco recall Things that disturb the balance here get noticed How do we prepare the students for the right future. Green Mountain Youtube Video Changing the student experience through changing the student task Information is really easy to acquire. Problem and project-based learning across the entire organization Three categories of practitioners: those who have always taught in authentic: Allow those teachers to be influencers. Second group is those who see the changes and are willing to engage but don’t know how: provide lots of opportunities for them to see what it looks like. Third group: waiting to see if this is a fad. How do you inspire your leadership to do these things as well? This is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult change to make. “This is exactly why I got into education” Really hard because this is not a technical change Much deeper and more meaningful change approach. Have the changes really changed what students experience how to be a transformative principal? Principals can support, encourage and help a teacher take a risk to create an authentic meaningful approach for a student. @cojasonglass Jason.glass@jeffco.k12.co.us Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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20 min
February 24, 2019
Reimagine Schools with Greg Goins Transformative Principal 267
Greg Goins is a former superintendent, principal, teacher and coach who is now the host of the Reimagine Schools Podcast In our Simulcast we talk about the K12 Magnet. Here is the 1 Pager and here is the infographic and here is the video. Sign up for updates about the K12 Magnet school here Reimagine Schools Twitter opened my eyes greatly. Find some life skills. Someone has dealt with a similar problem. School Leadership can be a very isolating profession. Have the courage to have some really difficult conversations. Ask why we are doing the things we are doing. Nothing wrong with starting slow When I was in school. Stop looking at kids as part of groups. Change is the most feared word in education, but we need to embrace it. Being highly innovative is a scary proposition for many people. How to implement change: We’re going to try something new and see how it goes. Henry Ford, “Those who have never made a mistake work for those who have.“ Create a culture of Yes. How to be a transformative principal? Be a connected educator. Learn as much as you can. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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52 min
February 17, 2019
The Next Wave of Preparing Kids for the Future with Jeremy Williams Transformative Principal 266
  Jeremy Williams is the principal of Manor Hall International School in United Arab Emirates 600 students from 46 countries Bitcoin and blockchain Bitcoin made it speculation. At its core, it is a ledger. A record of transactions and accounts. Eliminate Higher ed from being the sole guarantor of credentials. Blockchain seeks to destroy intermediaries. Blockchain verifies information and can’t be hacked. Blockchain authenticated vs university degree. What it would look like in the K-12 system. If we had the ability for authentic assessments that were performance oriented and we attached blockchain credential instead of a grade. It’s not just about getting the A. How to know it is good enough. You can store as much as you want on the transaction. Tasks have to be structured in a way that are binary. Publicly declare purpose and passion. Tie to the credential where people could see the work. Assess where the viability would be for you. For the teacher who wants kids to be motivated intrinsically. You have to have a low barrier to entry. Upskilling people who are already working. Blockchain is not bitcoin. Technology is going to impact the future of jobs. Discerning passion and purpose vs. understanding what jobs are possible with that. Parents exposed her to a lot of things when she was younger. It’s our opportunity to expose kids to things to see what they like. Genius hour model. How to be a transformative principal? Spend time with yourself and figure out what it is that you love about the work you do. Help 1 kid learn about what they love. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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43 min
February 10, 2019
No Box Toolbox with Claude Charron Transformative Principal 265
  Claude Charron is a Teacher in Miami Florida and director of STEM program in Gulliver Florida. Claude@conradawards.org Empowering students to make change Sports has it right in being able to expose kids at a young age to become an athlete. Things that will not work. Keeping kids safe doesn’t inspire. Kids have to choose something they are interested in. Empathy is vital. When students are inspired by seeing someone challenged by something, they have a purpose for working hard. Designing something that matters is what inspires kids. How designing something that matters inspires kids. Getting kids to agree on something is an art. How do you get kids to engage and go down the path where they want to design something that matters. You do learn things through projects. Design process since 1997! What is the art? We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. How do you go from an idea to a working prototype? Google Sprint method. Book Modules that would help teachers. How to select a challenge. Visualize everything on a board. No Box Toolbox - Collaborate with someone visually. It’s our responsibility to engage kids If kids aren’t engaged it’s a personal failure on me as the teacher Shows that kids can each communicate in an effective way to give everyone a voice. Haven’t reinvented the process. The difference is they are not working in silos. Once you have the clarity within a team, you have the power to do what the team wants to do. How to be a transformative principal? Ask faculty, how can we work together in a way where we are going deeper with kids. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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26 min
February 3, 2019
Guide on the Side PD with Jennifer Hogan Transformative Principal 264
  Jennifer Hogan is an assistant principal in Hoover, Alabama. Her web site is The Compelled Educator Rising Tide Radio Focused on women in ed leadership. Guide on the side for PD with her teachers School goals take the learning outside the classroom walls. First session wasn’t about the technology, but about gathering courage and thinking differently about how they thought of their classroom in the past. Jump-start ideas. Connect with an expert in their content areas. Walked around and listened is all Jennifer did. Decide on something, then figure out technology. Timeline Skype and blog with experts Connections with other classrooms. What is holding principals back from doing things this way. How do we want to go about doing that? Think of as many ideas as possible. Not many challenges. School has three goals for learning How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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21 min
January 27, 2019
Equity Issues in Reimagining Education with Kelly Young Transformative Principal 263
  Kelly Young is the Executive Director at Education Reimagined, where they seek to help educators create a learner-centered learning environment. What happens when kids don’t learn the same thing!? It is a myth that just because things are being taught that all students are all learning the same thing. Kids are not learning the same things now even though we may be teaching the same thing now. What are the competencies that kids need to have? Once kids get over the fear, they realize they have a lot to say. All of your learning is not going to be in K12 Inspire life-long learning Equity issues Examining what bias we might be bringing. This process of education is incredibly liberating for educators. How to be a transformative principal? 2 things: 1. Listening and being a team with the educators 2. Actually asking 5 young people and five teachers what it is like for them in the school. * Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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January 20, 2019
Education Reimagined with Kelly Young Transformative Principal 262
  Kelly Young is the Executive Director at Education Reimagined, where they seek to help educators create a learner-centered learning environment. Non profit in Washington, D.C. that figures out how we can accelerate the transition from school-centered to student-centered All kids and outcomes that are actually relevant. A whole new way of seeing education. Learning is a natural phenomenon. Unfurl students’ unique potential. Shifting from the transfer of knowledge to the investigation of unknown knowledge Einstein National Geographic. Asking teachers about passionate learning experiences that they had. Had people that cared about them and what they learned. Great learning experiences rarely happen in a classroom setting. Relevant to what kids need to learn. Why is it so hard for educators to let this go? It’s what we experienced and what we know. Maybe there is something wrong with me. When you’re really struggling with a student, ask what might I do differently and what role can the kids take in fixing the problem. It always feels risky to invite kids into the conversation. Iowa BIG - architecture project. He didn’t have the words to describe what he was missing. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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21 min
January 13, 2019
Gotta Serve Them One at a Time with Jeff Kubiak Transformative Principal 261
  Jeff Kubiak is a principal in Davis, California. Didn’t really like school growing up. Pushed to be an administrator by his now-superintendent. One of the most diverse counties in the United States. MAP assessment closely related to state test. Much more small group instruction and intervention. MAP skills tied in with Khan Academy. Reclaiming our child by Brad Gustafson. Technology makes it possible It might be a little bit loud, but I can still have my kids in the back, and we can be rocking! Have a hard time having videos to show my teachers. Encourage teachers to go check out other teachers’ classrooms. Students set goals with teachers. Start with why. Then add the what. How to help teachers change Lots of PD - how to have a MAP goal setting conference with students. Approach each teacher with how it will work for them. We ask 800 kids to change every day! Why can’t we as adults make one little adjustment? We don’t gossip. How to be a transformative principal? Get into all the classrooms. Gotta get out of the office! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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29 min
January 6, 2019
Greatness Requires Internal Toughness with Bridget Belcastro Transformative Principal 260
  Bridget Belcastro is the principal of Johnnsburg Elementary School. Principal of every grade level in K-12 Why Bridget joined the mastermind. I’m always just starting out, even in my 12th year. Makes me reflect on things that I have experienced. I can give recommendations or experiences that helped me. I do have some very specific goals for my career, and I get those through the mastermind. Intimacy of it, we all have time each week to share what we are doing. GRIT Program - Greatness Requires Internal Toughness. A team of 10 teachers developed the lessons. There is a new series of lessons for each grade level. We talk about Goal Setting, Perseverance, Overcoming Obstacles, Reflection, Growth Mindset, Etc. Talk about brain research and famous failures. Teachers buy into it more when we create it. Year 1 was very easy, all the lessons look the same. Year 2 was a little more challenging with fresh approach and different topics. Year 3 is really challenging. Teachers have t-shirts Got GRIT? If I fail, I’ll be OK. I’ll just try it a different way! Restorative practices - Problem-solving skills Working through frustrations with kids. Make sure our practice matches what we’re preaching. Are we giving kids chances to show that the “Yet” part? How to be a transformative principal? Reminding yourself that you’re all in this together. Making sure that your staff believes it! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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27 min
December 30, 2018
Being Inclusive Not Exclusive with Joel Lavin Transformative Principal 259
Social Media 259: Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values. Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio Teachers that put up welcome signs that were edgy. Opinion piece following the vandalism. Discussing racism head-on. Being inclusive not exclusive Equity committee that meets to discuss culture, morale, language barriers, etc. Support students that are not documented immigrants, but make sure that their rights are preserved. Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values. How the mastermind benefits Joel. How to be a transformative principal? Get in a lot of steps to be out in your school! Dual Language Principal Katherine Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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26 min
December 23, 2018
Bilingual is Best with Joel Lavin Transformative Principal 258
  Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio Dual Language is much different. Studied science and Spanish in college. We as a nation are just starting to realize how important it is to speak another language. Broca’s area Families wanted to have their own language spoken in the school. Family resource center 2009 started as a dual language program There were reluctant dual language program. Change is hard. Some staff members left. Teachers are a major factor in school culture. Talking and being out in the community is really important to help with a big cultural change. Funds of knowledge community. Parents’ values reflect what they want their kids to learn.
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December 16, 2018
Modern Learners with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon Transformative Principal 257
  Change school became a powerful space for people to have powerful conversations about school. Change school brings a level of transparency and honesty that is really powerful. Have an ongoing conversation with people who have similar ideas and understandings and have had experiences to make it possible. People feel trusted inside this community. It can be a difficult conversation about what modern learning should look like. Constant learning is fascinating. Tried to create some space for people to connect who don’t have room for that in their physical spaces. It is very dependent on whether people are school leaders or something else. The dark ages of change - leadership from the middle. People who can be influencers - parents, students, suddenly it’s not just about one teacher or one principal. How to get parent and student feedback. You often see yourself very isolated in a school. People are looking for direct prompts and cues So much of the educational conversation is led by journalists and politicians. We have to stop that. People respond with a blank look to a blank slate because they don’t have the practice at it. Modern Learners Lens Existing schools - best vehicle for communication is your students. We’ve conditioned kids to do what we say. The notion of setting expectations. If we’re going to shift the goalpost, we need to spend a lot of time talking to parents about the what and the why. TED Podcast Do we trust kids? Four areas that we have to think hard about - Modern Learners Lens Schools don’t know what they believe, they don’t articulate what they believe Understand how literacy is changing. Understand what is actually possible in schools now. Peter Senge Most change efforts are not grounded in those conversations. Modern Learner Community Change.school for more information How to be a transformative principal? Bruce: Engage more deeply in the spaces we already referred to. Will: Have a willingness to see if you are actually doing what you believe in your classrooms! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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December 9, 2018
Get Involved with Rachael and John George Transformative Principal 256
  Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools. PreK involvement Trauma-informed practices Stronger voice for advocacy Building strong relationships. Can’t personalize learning unless you know about the kids! Different levels for leaders learning at their own pace. There needs to be customization because different people need different things. Culturally responsive teaching and Trauma How do people get involved? Contact someone and say you want to be involved. How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and support teachers. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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20 min
December 2, 2018
Systems and Structures with Rachael and John George Transformative Principal 255
  Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools. The Three Amigos Sandy Green Elementary School - lowest 10% of the schools. Working with a well-known publisher on reading and writing, and it wasn’t going as well as they thought! Year 1 from 10%ile to 50%ile. Year 4 82%ile. With highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the district. Honed in on systems and structures Full staff turnover in those four years. 3-4 year plan First thing you need to do is establish relationships. You’ve got to be the examiner of systems and structures. Identify holes in intervention and enrichment. Each building has its own issues. Three changes in the first year: 1. Slow 2. Integrated with content, but lost on the students 3. No engagement Students were passively sitting there, while the teacher was doing all the heavy lifting. Level of community involvement. Need to do different because we are teaching different students. How do we do different different? It’s supposed to be hard. Be the filter: teach to cause a positive result. Modified Danielson Rubric for evaluation. I can’t evaluate you in Domain 1 unless I see your lesson plans. You can’t be good with what you do without a game plan. Look at the standards and make them meaningful. New teachers out perform due to effective lesson plans. Need guidance and coaching and mentoring around lesson plans. Provides the opportunity for reflection in lesson plans and it makes them better as teachers. Lesson plans provide feedback on Professional Development - if we can’t see it reflected in lesson plans. Keeping your lesson plans to reflect on later. Planning formative assessment. CoTeach model - special education & ELL population Be in classrooms a lot.   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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38 min
November 25, 2018
Invitation Only Parent Teacher Conferences with Jay Posick Transformative Principal 254
Invitation Only Parent Teacher Conferences with Jay Posick Transformative Principal 254 Social Media: If you’re sitting in your office, trouble is going to come find you so you might as well go find it! Jay Posick is principal of Merton Intermediate school in Merton Wisconsin How our culture came to be here in Merton. Weekly nuts and bolts emails “Good Morning Merton Family“ Take care of kids… Connect with people face to face. There aren’t silver bullets. Get out of your office. If you’re sitting in your office, trouble is going to come find you so you might as well go find it! 3 all-staff meetings each year that I’m in charge of. First agenda item on grade level meetings is kids. There are times as educators where we focus more on the negative than on the positive Recognize kids that are going above and beyond. Be kind, be safe, do your job. Good news call of the day. #mertonproud Finding ways to recognize kids. Find a way for teachers to share more with others. Mark French came up with the idea. Have a positive phone call at the end of the week. Ordinary to you, amazing to everyone else. Invitation only conferences Pat on the back or a kick in the butt! Building Leadership Team. More on invitation only conferences. Great things, challenges, great things. How to be a transformative principal? Get out of your office! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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32 min
November 18, 2018
Four Step Process for School Change with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 253
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November 11, 2018
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November 4, 2018
Now Our Teachers Care About Us with Eric Chagala Transformative Principal 251
  Eric Chagala is the principal of of Vista Innovation & Design Academy Twitter Changing with the same kids same teachers same place. Using the design thinking process to actually get there. There is no difference in design thinking between business and schools. Trying to create and add value for and in the community. Identifying who our users are and what their How do you get deep insights? Steve Jobs idea, they never would have come up with that idea. Listen deeply, and read between the lines of what people are asking for. What is it that they have not imagines. About 1000 educational visitors come through our school each year. Want to do better by and for kids. Looking for exposure. Trying to gain understand about what might exist in different capacities. What they understand from the perspective that they have. Important for the designers to have a really vast set of exposures. It’s not just visiting schools. Stopped reading about education stuff. Starting reading and focusing on things from industry. Subscribing to more things outside the context of education. discussion, reading, and some travel to other places. Quallcomm, Mindsets of founding leadership team. Translate what we were hearing from students and teachers. Looking at creative firms that touch the education sector. Diversity of the ecosystem. The more diverse an ecosystem the better Feb 2013 - spring smiling at each other, year long journey of trying to figure out what a new school would be. August 2014, after just 1 year. Taught all day at the old school afternoon and evening were spent learning and gaining empathy. Be centered around design thinking. Doesn’t translate very well into pedagogy. Pedagogical framework, buck institute on Project-based learning. That gave us a framework to insert design thinking into. PBL is more challenging in Math than humanities, so moved to Problem-based learning. Challenge-based learning. Design-based learning. Deeper learning & project based & challenge-based DBLe - including entrepreneurship to get them ready for the gig economy. The narrative we share about the experience that kids get when they come here. VIDA - Life - Narrative of life vs. school. It’s not design thinking or PBL, what sets us apart is our narrative. This is not school. You can’t just show up for 7.5 hours and think you’ll change your life. First year - students who were matriculating through. Found some of the kids who had struggled the most in the old school and were stars in the new school. Tell their story on video. Turnaround kids. Schools have the power to perpetuate or change the culture of the neighborhood. “Now our teachers care about us” Pursue challenging tasks with Love the hell out of every single person, every day. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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31 min
October 29, 2018
Working through the Problem with Robyn Harris Transformative Principal 250
Whaley School is a separate day school with about 100 students with behavioral needs. Some students stay through graduation, but goal is to get them back to a neighborhood school. Sister school closed down and opened an elementary wing, so now a k12 school! 100% special education population - level 4, level 5 is more like a residential treatment center. Tier 3 in MTSS/RTI behavior. Students can access neighborhood schools. No after-school activities at Whaley. Sometimes a parent goes with them to activities at other schools. Why not inclusion at Whaley school? Some of the behavioral needs are so intense that staff members do not have the support to deal with those severe behaviors. Our motto is working through the problem. Physical aggression they are showing towards others. Strategies: Crisis Recovery Hallway - able to talk with intervention coaches to walk them through the conflict cycle, with whomever that may be! What are you going to do when you go back? Teaching kids to advocate for themselves. We really believe in no suspensions We give the same curriculum that they get at the other schools, All of their communication becomes behavior. An intervention coach in each classroom and there in the CR room. Intervention with Strategies and Support To prevent recidivism, we need to teach skills to help them. CR1 - something blows up and you lose your cool. Quickly getting back to class. CR2 - spend a little more time talking about what is going on. Choose: mindfulness, exercise, or work. CR3 - stay there the rest of the day. How to help the teachers welcome kids back into class. Every 5 minutes is a new beginning. It’s ok to start fresh at the beginning of the next class. Also have a few items that are specifically going to put them in the ISS room, Threatening, posturing, etc. Eliminating behaviors A lot of times teachers may see reactions, rather than instigating actions. Suggestions, be very loud and say, “I don’t like that, don’t do that.“ Check in and check out. 1st period talking about goals that they have. When they go to checkout, tell how they did. Doing so many checkpoints throughout the day. Behavior data every week. Data review meetings can be called at any time to try to get a student back into the regular school. Data review with the team, then we call a meeting with neighborhood school. Meet at the neighborhood school. Sometimes self-sabotage - Extra help for kids that are getting close to transitioning. Make sure kids feel that they have support when they leave. Why not do a different curriculum with these students who are very different? Students could have access to resource classes in all subject areas. How to be a transformative principal? Build close relationships with students, be out there and make sure that kids know you think they are important.
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October 21, 2018
Serving Students Individual Needs with Michelle Snyder Transformative Principal 249
  Michelle Snyder@mlsnyder92 Vista Visions academy Students have set lab times so they come in for special events. Students in a lab with 5 or six students Whether or not they are required to do the labs is up for debate, but it is good for kids to have the experience. What kinds of students are attracted to your school? Their reasons vary, but they each have a very specific reason for coming. If they hadn’t found us, they would have gone outside the district to a charter school Big picture learning. Upstream collaborative. Learning through interests (LTI) student internship program Teaching skills for seeking out their own internship. Parents often speaking for their kids and how do we help parents. Takes a lot for parents to be able to step back when they How to build for scale for this program. Looking at things from a dollars and cents point of view. We’re not the same system as a regular school, so we need to look at what’s actually happening to see what we need to do to help them. Every Friday afternoon we have collaboration and PD. Individual Student Support Spreadsheet to record notes of students. Touchstone - morning meeting with staff to see how everyone is doing. Always looking at other options for kids. How to be a transformative principal? Ask questions of their staff and listen to their answers. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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32 min
October 14, 2018
Anastasis Academy with Kelly Tenkely Transformative Principal 248
  Kelly Tenkely founded Anastasis Academy in 2011. We visited this school in September 2018, and we want to make Anastasis is a kindergarten through 8th grade innovative, non-denominational Christian school located in Centennial Colorado. Our Reggio-Emilia, inquiry-based approach challenges students to gain a deep understanding of concepts and skills. Experiential learning allows our students to explore the world through research and play. Students collaborate in small, mixed age classes with teachers who support learning. It's no wonder that our student love coming to school every day! Metanoia - greek the journey of one’s mind, body and spirit. The way we interact is a journey. Tie the morning time in with what is happening in our inquiry block. Community time. Mile walk together - all students and teachers all together. Disregulated kids get regulated by walking together. 3:10 time: we meet all together in the lobby. Daniel Pink’s book, When. The last thing that happens is the thing that stands out. Sometimes it is a dance party. Parent feedback about what these two things do. We have parents ask, “Who did you notice being kind today?” It’s not just about academics, but about caring at a human level. Kids feel judged when their parents ask about school because they think their parents ask about areas they are weak, so we coach parents to ask about social What did you do creatively today? The way we are shifting education is very different from what parents experienced in school, so we need to help parents see how the landscape has changed. Our parents are a little more open to that because they are choosing this education. My kids’ friends are memorizing 50 states. Table topics at back to school night. Getting to know people on a personal level. Cultivating community between parents and teachers. Meeting of the minds - parent teacher conferences. Sending postcards to parents as just in time information. Pull information from handbook and put it on the postcards. Making our handbook fun to read. Most challenging is hearing parents say, “Why can’t you just call it X?” People who aren’t in the space every day, don’t understand everything about why you need to call it something else. How to change perception of what we are based on people’s experiences. Start comparing yourself to what you want to look like. “We are a magnet school if a magnet school was run by Pixar!” Connect to something they are familiar with and connect with that. Assessment - means to sit beside. We apprentice students in the art of learning. Traditional assessment is a teacher making a determination of a grade. It’s never about a student understanding and reflecting on their own work. Different things focused on social skills became part of upgrade (their report card). Continuum of learning - Novice -> Apprentice -> Practitioner -> Scholar -> Changemaker So many more skills than just doing math facts in under a minute. 5sigma conference - See the kids’ activities first hand, then do breakout sessions. How to be a transformative principal? Get into the classroom and get to know students on a personal level. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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42 min
October 7, 2018
What's next instead of I'm done with Joe Erpelding Transformative Principal 247
  Joe Erpelding, principal of Design39Campus: Promotion Designer class - students are creating promotion experience 2 promoting classes in last two years the trouble with leadership in traditional models. Anyone who is interested in leadership gets to be part of Lead39. Students create leadership Experienceships energize Life-ready How do we cram it all in? Covering the content vs experiencing the content. Enduring Learning through creativity, knowledge, identity. Design thinking process is an extension of the scientific method. Empathy. Was the learning really “felt”? What does great teaching look like? What does great learning look like? MOUs to reshape the strict rules and regulations. Extensive Hiring Process: disorienting for anyone coming here. 4 step process - 1. e-tell 2. Design challenge with student 3. Typical interview 4. Performance task Onboarding process - historical documents of where we hoped to be. Balance between quicksand and concrete - how do you balance this? Steve Farver: Radical LEAP Competency-based learning - TK-8 - what is critical? Critical components that need to be covered before kids are ready for the next step. 1st graders collaborating Sense of self leads you to be able to communicate effectively. Learner centered lab school - can’t disconnect parents from the learning community. FutureNOW conference - parents are invited to be learners. How many tours are we giving to our current parents? TK-8 Experience Pain points - 100 kids leave Problem with us - communication around what a student is learning. What are we going to assess? Send home a progress report twice yearly. altschool learning platform. Seesaw students can showcase their progress against competencies. What’s next instead of I’m done. allowing students to have variety in how they communicate what they learn. Giving kids access. Personal connection to mathematics can take a deep dive into mathematics. Daily morning collaboration 7:45-8:45 Gift that we’ve given is time. We overstructure things. Still have the same time as their peers at other schools How to be a transformative principal? 10% - what am I willing to stretch myself to do tomorrow? What do I want to see this time next year? Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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September 30, 2018
Data Wave Crashing Across Education with Scott Ellis Transformative Principal 246
  Scott Ellis is the founder and CEO of Mastery Track, which is a software program to help teachers use mastery-based grading in their schools. Applied analytics at Hewlett Packard. Teacher mentoring programs. Blended and personalized learning for the last 7 or 8 years. What contribution could I make? Look at scale and what that might look like? How to use technology as the core process that everyone can access and use for learning. Making lots of progress on certain areas, but still having good access to the data is one area we are still struggling. Anything more than individual student data is too much data. Data wave is crashing across education. We need to be crystal clear about what data we need? What does the student know? So what might we do next? Which ways of learning work best for them? Blended learning is combining great teaching with technology. There is a new job description for teachers in the 21st Century. It used to be that the teacher was the source of information, and now there are lots of ways for students to learn. There are so many more tools in the teacher’s toolkit. We all know they know different things and are in different places. It’s extremely difficult to do differentiation in that system. Teachers know things that nobody else knows. They know the children in front of them. The role of those teachers is to know how to use the variety of tools at their disposal to help kids learn as much as possible. The children are at different places in their learning. New tech makes things possible in new ways. Station rotation models. Individuals and small groups is where the magic happens. Effective educational practices that are happening when the teacher is not imparting instruction. Start with a dashboard: Where are they now? Second step: What are the next steps? Third Step: What is our action plan? Run a two-week cycle, where kids are learning certain things. How to be a transformative principal? Enable students to move at their own pace: learn about what that means, and genuinely embrace it, or start asking the questions to make that happen. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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30 min
September 23, 2018
The New School Rules with Anthony Kim Transformative Principal 244
The New School Rules with Anthony Kim Transformative Principal 244 Social Media: We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure. Anthony Kim is the founder and CEO of Education Elements, a consulting company that helps districts meet the needs of their students. He is also the coauthor of “The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools“ Focusing learning for adults on what your school specifically needs. Where the experiments came from. We talk about failing forward, but we never set up the conditions for failure. From “failing forward” to “safe enough to try”. It’s obvious when you see that things didn’t. Doing things how we have been doing them really facilitates First milestone - classes in school buildings, then factory model. Comparing currency to education. Starting private schools What you know, what you anticipate. If you’re bringing it up Meeting Agenda - Could be chaotic. Jethro’s Blog Post about WeWork’s ]http://www.jethrojones.com/blog/2018/5/17/an-elementary-school-just-acquired-a-startup Articulate what game you’re playing rather than arguing over it. People often don’t know how to construct the problem of practice. Brainstorming vs. decision making. People aren’t trained to work in ambiguous environments. leaders live in ambiguity. Teachers live in How to be a transformative principal? Internal monthly experiments in our company, nothing to do with our work, but trying to understand people’s habits. Meditation example. Finding something that will get people to take action.  
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September 23, 2018
Holacracy - Self-Organizing with Alexis Gonzales-Black Transformative Principal 245 1
  Alexis Gonzales-Black is a principal designer at IDEO. Holacracy - One kind of self-organization practice. Distribute authority into the hands of those that are doing the work. Series of circles that are self-running startups or businesses. Put the organization’s purpose above your own ego. Shift to Holacracy can be challenging. What are the self-advocacy skills that people need to be able to be successful? Where do you have influence over these structures? Managing ourselves in a really interactive way. We build stories around what might happen if we take a step out of our comfort zone. The story you tell yourself is so important. Storylines We’re never going to get it right! We are a flawed species and we need to give people the ability to try new things. Allow tension to happen. Tension is inevitable. Own your tension and be the one who is responsible for resolving that. My job as a self-manager is to deal with that. Our job title becomes a uniform we can’t take off, rather than being a value we bring to the school What do others expect of me? What do others need of me? What are some of the roles that I can offload to someone else? Role Marketplace - bring your roles to the marketplace and share the load! The workforce increasingly wants autonomy, mastery, and purpose Flexible approaches to budgeting and staff assignment. People points. It’s holding us back from experimenting, where we definitely need experimentation. How to be a transformative principal? Take one piece of yourself and offer it to someone else. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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39 min
September 14, 2018
Design39Campus School Visit Overview
Design39Campus Brief School Profile:  At Design39Campus, learning experiences are designed with the individual learner in mind. As a collaborative community, we nurture creative confidence, practice design thinking, learn through inquiry, connect globally, use technology and real world tools, and promote the courage and growth mindset necessary to change the world. Teachers are called “Learning Experience Designers"   Location: 17050 Del Sur Ridge Road San Diego, CA 92127 (858) 676-6639   Why are we visiting this school?   Alignment with our vision for K12 Magnet [x]Competency Based [x]Blended Learning [x]Diversity [x]Public School   Resources and Links: School Blog School Web Site   Contact: Joe Erpelding jerpelding@powayusd.com 858-382-4356   Notes from Visit: Everything speaks titles, furniture, etc. Open spaces, very flexible   Choices in topic, process, product Director of innovation Teachers collaborating every single day. Team (principal and 5 teachers) working together to design the school for a whole year. TK - kindergarten for kids that are 5 before december 1 (½ day) MIMS - PE teachers. When and why were they brought in? Collaboration Everyone is a leader. Teachers are out of the room easily. No more meetings - facilitated learning opportunities. Carts for teachers, instead No ownership of rooms. Design the space as needed. Reset the space at the end of each day/week/unit. Students didn’t have any physical books, were put in the classroom. Working agreements for student behavior not school rules. Large classrooms, 60-65 kids, 2 teachers. Kids without passes, not asking to use the bathroom. Every piece of furniture has dual purposes. Name design39 39th school and want kids to wonder first and foremost. Design Studio for the adults. Learning Experience Designers - We light the way. Be cognizant of what works well for kids. Do it. Activity for K12 sessions: Define what different things mean. Questions still to ask: Community agreements? Video about 1st graders collaborating. Clubs or activities Philosophy on homework? Literacy emphasis? Lottery process: 1st draw is to match free and reduced lunch. 2nd draw is to fill Special Education demographics. 3rd draw is for diversity. Fourth draw is to do everything.
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5 min
September 11, 2018
Learning without Limitations: the Conrad Challenge with Nancy Conrad Transformative Principal Special 1053
Nancy Conrad is the founder of the Conrad Challenge, a global competition to help kids learn without limitations. How Listeners Can Learn More • Website: www.conradchallenge.org • Twitter: @ConradChallenge • Facebook: facebook.com/ConradChallenge • Youtube Channel (Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge) Entry Timeline for 2018-19 Challenge: • Team Registration Open Online: Friday, August 24 • Team Registration Closes Online: Friday, October 19 • Investor Pitch Submission Deadline: Friday, November 2 • Finals: April 24-27, 2019, Kennedy Space Center • We are looking for advisors and student teams to participate in the 6 Challenge Categories: ◦ Special Category: Smoke Free World, sponsored by Foundation for a Smoke Free World ◦ Special Category: Transforming Education Through Technology, sponsored by SMART Technologies ◦ Aerospace & Aviation ◦ Cyber-Technology & Security ◦ Energy & Environment ◦ Health & Nutrition No box thinking. This is social impact meets education meets global impact. Inspired by Google Design Sprint We are in a testocracy. Adapt our system to what we are doing in our knowledge-based economy. No box toolbox Teacher of the year award. Problems are negative, but challenges can be solved. Learning without limitations The goal is not to take a product to market, but to learn how to learn. Calculated risks that had a massive impact. Most of our education looks down a straw…but our world is globalized. Our students earn a GSD - Get Stuff Done. How to be a transformative principal? Passion - have it and use it! Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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30 min
September 10, 2018
Being consistently inconsistent with Matt Coleman Transformative Principal 243
  Matt Coleman, DEd, has worked at every level of the secondary education system. He has served as educational assistant, middle school teacher, high school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, director of secondary education, and assistant superintendent. In his administrative roles, Matt supported significant change resulting in improved outcomes for all kids—with a positive, differential impact on students who have been historically underserved. Not for profit organization - research and consulting about making school work for all kids. Think about what it means to be successful. All kids are served well. Organizational theory - inflexion framework. School identity should inform Schools don’t have a consensus of outcomes that defines readiness. As Inflexion, we use the Four Keys (Think, Know, Act, and Go) developed by our founder, Dr. David Conley, as a critical driver in our work with schools. This framework represents a holistic vision for schools and systems to align with as well as a shared mental model for staff to anchor their understanding of readiness. Our instructional approaches don’t engender ownership. Some information is available only to the privileged few. AVID is one of the programs that helps give kids privilege. Must think holistically Schools that are working for all kids have a consensus of outcomes and clarity of identity. Life readiness maxims Map skills they have learned against “Think, Know, Act, Go“ (or 5 C’s, or 21st Century Skills) Identity is a concept of vision. Take a look at what you do, and making a system that serves ALL students. What are you doing to what end? How do the activities you’re doing link to “Think, Know, Act, Go”? Life Ready Maxims Nike has 11 maxims. Maxims - how to distill and communicate key ideas of your vision. “We are Valley” Structure should reflect identity. Being consistently inconsistent Question to ask in interviews. 2nd question: How would you define fair and how would you apply it to kids. Hiring practices should reflect core maxims. Articulate that you understand that your perspectives are different. How to be a transformative Principal? Schools cannot form identity if the principal doesn’t have an understanding of their own maxims. Identify 10-12 stakeholders and ask 3 questions: What do I (as the principal) value, what do I believe, how do I see the world? (And what about what I do reflects those things) If you don’t see consistency in maxims, you need to do your own development work. How do I help my staff develop that same maxim? Be consistently inconsistent around the function of the behavior. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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40 min
September 2, 2018
Legendary Teacher Day with Dr. Nicholas Clement Transformative Principal 242
  Dr. Clement served nine years as the superintendent of Flowing Wells School District in Tucson, Arizona. Following his retirement in 2013, Dr. Clement was appointed to the Ernest McFarland Citizen’s Chair in Education by the dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. In this endowed, full-time faculty position, Dr. Clement is responsible for teaching and advocating for education throughout Arizona and the nation. Legendary Teacher Day: Sept 27, 2018 Sign up for this free event to recognize your amazing teachers! 4th Thursday in September - stop and think of that teacher, and contact them if you can! How did I get here? It wasn’t by chance. I got to this position because of a couple of great teachers. They never once verbally encouraged me to go into teaching, but they were modeling my career! What am I going to do now? Elevate the profession with my own resources and skills. Open resources Partnering with businesses is an opportunity to recognize and reward their school. Goal is that in 10 years that it is part of our culture. Three tenets of a legendary teacher: building relationships, engaging deeply with students, and creating high expectations. What’s the perfect teacher? Starts with relationships. Active participation - engagement - enrollment. how to be a transformative principal? Pick a class and substitute. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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22 min
August 26, 2018
Learner Centered Innovation with Katie Martin Transformative Principal 241
Katie Martin is middle school English teacher at heart and currently works at altschool and the Head of Partnerships.  Where to start as a person. Modeling my own learning journey. You can’t control others. You can create the conditions where people can learn new things. We have to look at the bigger picture. Are we educating for life, or are we educating for school? We need to have conversation about what we want learners to have for the future. What do we actually value? Social Ledia What’s possible with technology Less about what your learning, but rather how you’re using the tools. Technology should be there to super power the connections between the people. Teachers plan engaging experiences. Technology can document and manage that so much more effectively than teachers have been able to alone. Learner Centered Innovation Book - reframing the idea of smart. How to be a transformative principal? Talk to students, teachers and parents, and ask what you can do better. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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30 min
August 19, 2018
The First Days of School with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 240
In this episode, I am sharing what we did at my school for the first days of school.    
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12 min
August 13, 2018
Live Webinar with Robyn Bagley and Danny Bauer #TLS18 Transformative Principal 239
This interview on the Transformative Leadership Summit was so good, I had to post it. I hope you enjoy it.  You can still get the All Access Pass here.
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39 min
August 5, 2018
How to have inclusive schools with Alysson Keelen Transformative Principal 238
  Alysson Keelen is the Principal of Memorial Elementary School in New Jersey. How to have an inclusive schools. Taught in general education classes. Innovations In Special Education award winners Taking a team approach to designing a stem lab that is accessible, based on universal design. I didn’t pick them team! Skye’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever talk to. Empowering others is what makes magic happen in your school! If you want to control it, you’ll get a great program, but if you want it to exceed your wildest expectations, give others leadership opportunities. Make decisions in the best interest of students. When I was teaching, we would change things up to meet the needs of our students. In my mind, I can justify why. Outside garden that is being transferred into an outside classroom. ScIP Team meeting once a month. Plan once a month for professional development. Inservice day. 2 escape rooms. How to be a transformative principal? Listen to your teachers. What would you want your instruction to be differently? Ask them and let them do that. * Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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26 min
July 29, 2018
Results Matter with Karl Rectanus Transformative Principal 237
  Karl Rectanus is an educator, entrepreneur and adviser. As cofounder and CEO of Lea(R)n, an education innovation Benefit Corporation that empowers educators and their institutions to organize, streamline and analyze education technology through its research-backed LearnPlatform, Karl leads schools and districts, states and networks, and colleges and universities in their efforts to simplify edtech selection, procurement, implementation and measurement. Karl works with learning organizations and networks across the country to establish and elevate standards of practice that drive personalized learning at scale, student achievement and equity in access. Originally an educator and administrator in the US and abroad, Karl has started and led multiple education innovation organizations, and currently advises districts, states and foundations. Karl has lived, worked and studied in over 12 countries, and was an NC Teaching Fellow and James M Johnston Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduate courses at UCLA’s Anderson Business School and CalTech Executive Extension. Karl, his wife and three daughters now live in Raleigh, NC. Became a CFO for schools Fourth successful education company How they evaluate the ed tech solutions. Saving time, so we can focus on things that are most important. 5000 ed tech tools. 8 most important criteria for teachers. Saves administrators Grades based on teacher’s comfort and familiarity with technology. Ed Tech is a broken economy Results Matter Store contracts in the platform. Analyze usage. only 9% of individual licenses are actually being used. Lack of Transparency leads to pricing inconsistencies Forming, storming, norming, and performing Exploring, hacking, optimizing, performing Self-assessment for determining where you are on the personalized learning at scale journey. 80% of schools are in the hacking phase. Really challenging to put together budget when you don’t know if tools are being used. How to be a transformative principal? Learnplatform.com/resources Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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23 min
July 28, 2018
Jessica Cabeen Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 27, 2018
Brad Shreffler Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 26, 2018
Matt Coleman Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 25, 2018
KJ DellAntonia Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 25, 2018
Sonny Magana Ten Parenting mantras to be a happier parent.
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July 24, 2018
Kelley Begley McCall Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 23, 2018
Matt Renwick Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 23, 2018
Karine Veldhoen Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 22, 2018
Dave Beard Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 22, 2018
Digital Portfolios with Matt Renwick Transformative Principal 236
  Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District . Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD and Lead Literacy. Digital portfolios - started in 2012 with tiger woods golf, email and watching videos. Need to be strategic about what we are doing with the technology. How do we evaluate the digital portfolio options? You really need to look at your own school’s needs. Kidblog, freshgrade, google sites 6 C’s of digital portfolios. Collect and curate Create and Collaborate Communicate and Celebrate - gotta put something out there that is yours. Age of the student matters when it comes to type of portfolio. Elementary - Freshgrade Middle - Google Site High School - start moving to their own platform. Every on the same tool, using it the same way is really an impossible task. Lisa Snider in Oklahoma web site for journalism class. Making dog toys out of t-shirts. Investigate portfolio assessment to start. There is a need for something physical and not just digital. Plan instruction and assessment with the student in mind. How to be a transformative principal? Now is a great time to try out a tool to give kids access to an authentic audience. Biblionasium.com Kidblog account for a trip to Peru. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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26 min
July 21, 2018
Pirjo Suhonen Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 20, 2018
Peter DeWitt Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 20, 2018
Tara Brown Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 19, 2018
Lori Jackson and Steve Peck Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 18, 2018
Jeff Bradbury Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 18, 2018
Jeff Becker Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 17, 2018
Amy Baeder Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 16, 2018
Tamara Fyke Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 16, 2018
Mitch Weathers Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 15, 2018
Adam Welcome Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 15, 2018
The Future of Project Based Learning with Thom Markham Transformative Principal 235
  Thom Markham is a founding father of Project Based Learning. Started in the mid-90s at a high school trying to reclaim the positive name of the school. Formed charter high school - envision schools. Wrote the handbook on PBL PBL Global PBL = problem to be solved, investigating process, end of process - defining what they did to solve their problem. Lots of variations in that definition. Inquiry, research, facilitated One of the misnomers is the notion is that it is discovery only. Teacher has a strong role in PBL, but it changes. 3 roles: direct instruction, mentor, designer. To be a designer, need to have a better idea of whose role is what? What do you need to learn from someone else, and what do you need to discover yourself? Sensitive to students, need to know them. PBL works better in a personalized culture in the classroom. Getting teams to work well is challenging. We don’t teach teachers known coaching protocols. Skillset is changing dramatically. Teaching 21st century skills. Goal of working with teams is welcoming disruption. Critique as designers. Focus on some personal skills. Every teacher candidate in personality profile to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are. Having very serious conversations about mindset and skillset. Self-analysis and inquiry into the teaching profession. You have to look at yourself and see if you can handle it. Take an inward look and not just an outward look. What is high quality PBL 6 essential principles of PBL Social Emotional learning Human performance method, not a content acquisition method. If you’re going to have kids working in teams, how are they going to work in teams? Chief characteristic is humility. Teams of students create quality work. Accountability, becoming a leader. Breaking down collaboration skills. What happens in the middle of the project? Teaching design thinking process. Social good-focused PBL projects. the standards are not capable of containing what we can learn in the world. Intelligence as successful behavior Z school Deep performance rubrics that kids can judge themselves against. What’s the nature of intelligence in today’s world? The curriculum is the world. You’re in one of the most creative professions in the world. In places where the PBL is happening, the teachers. How to be a transformative principal? Have some basic training in project based learning. How to become an inquiry-based teacher? Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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40 min
July 14, 2018
Courtney Orr Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 14, 2018
Jennifer Abrams Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 13, 2018
Todd Nesloney Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 12, 2018
Rick Wormeli Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 11, 2018
Transformative Principal Live at #NPC18
This was a recording from our Connectathon session.  Jayneellsperman.com
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July 11, 2018
Fran McGreevy Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 11, 2018
Rachel Moree Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 11, 2018
Demetrius Ball Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 9, 2018
Amy Fast Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 9, 2018
Naphtali Hoff - influencer
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July 9, 2018
Nancy Conrad Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 8, 2018
Stop Making Excuses with JT McCormick Transformative Principal 234
JT McCormick is the Co-Founder of Book in a Box. Email him JT’s interview on the 1 Thing podcast Scaled software company, now a president and CEO of a publishing company, BookinaBox.com No motivational story of someone who stood by him. Pushed through a bad educational system that did not meet his needs. What I quickly learned…There is no geometry on a deposit slip. Mindset, choices, and hard work = success for me. Get up at 4 am. If there’s anything I don’t like in life, it’s up to me to change it. Where did these ideas come from? What would you tell a 10 year old JT? It’s not always what you tell a kid, but more what you show them. 3 of the greatest moments - marriage, birth of children, mentor at-risk youth. First time they got to see an office building. Connecting with kids - What’s wrong with this picture? And this? Shake hands with a firm handshake - when do we teach them this? Manners, a firm handshake, and other small things have served me very well in life. How is there not a life essentials class? Every school a subscription the Forbes 400. 3 avenues out of poverty: 1. Athlete 2. Rapper 3. Drug Dealer Nobody told me the fourth option: entrepreneur. If you are going to think, dream, or set goals Money does not bring happiness. Many children just don’t understand the ways of the world. If you lost it all, what would you do? Put in the time, put in the hard work now. Have your own personal excellence every single day. Show them examples of people who have accomplished great things. Show little girls female executives. Bring the examples in to the schools. I have built a career off of asking questions. There are no dumb questions! No means not right now. How to be a transformative principal? Show kids. Routine is what breeds success I Got There - Book You can’t change the past, but you can change the future Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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41 min
July 7, 2018
Will Parker Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 7, 2018
Justin Baeder Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 6, 2018
Baruti Kafele Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 6, 2018
Richard Gerver Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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July 3, 2018
Adam Pisoni Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser
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2 min
July 1, 2018
Be the One with Ryan Sheehy Transformative Principal 233
  Be the One with Ryan Sheehy Transformative Principal 233 Social media: Work doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional space. Ryan Sheehy is an educator, speaker, author and Elementary Principal @HighlandsMDUSD, Professor at @stmarysca Lifelong Learner, Father, Husband, Author of Be The One For Kids. Following a principal that was not well received. Kids are running to us, not running away. I’m a culture guy, so I was excited for the opportunity. I look at everything as an opportunity. I’m a principal of action. Excited to build a culture around the idea of being in classrooms. There’s no reason for me to be stuck in my office. Work doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional space. Being in the classroom allows me to have those conversations. Locked down in meetings before and after school when teachers are available. Too often we think the problem is with the kids. Getting bogged down by teachers slow to change. Be the one for kids: Stories about Ryan’s educational experiences. Be the one who changes the dream. It’s ok to change the dream, but keep dreaming. How do you help kids understand that it is ok to have a different dream? Are your habits of today on par with your dreams of tomorrow? Kids can achieve anything. Set up your habits today to achieve your dream. It’s about the relationships. How to deal with so many different challenges that we face. The power of a strong PLN. We’re never standing stagnant. We want to always be improving. If education isn’t fun, who would want to be a teacher or a principal? How do you build powerful relationships? We talked about everything but school. Really getting to know each other. Taking the time to go off course. Put yourself in the problem areas so you can get to know the kids. You’ve got to take time to build relationships. How to be a transformative principal? Get yourself out there and sit down with each person on your campus and make sure they know you believe in them by trusting them and encouraging them! &nbsp Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey ;
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31 min
June 24, 2018
Can Do U with Jeff Becker Transformative Principal 232
Can Do U with Jeff Becker Transformative Principal 232 Social Media: A vision is a filter you make decisions through. Jeff Becker is a former motivational speaker who is now working on making a real impact on students he works with. Learn more at http://candou.us. Motivational Speaker vs. Can Do U. We help busy school leaders create the school they dream of. Character education programs don’t really work. Programs are incomplete - Pumps them up, but now what? Work Sets with teachers that make it easy for teachers to do. A vision is a filter you make decisions through. Curriculum needs to speak “student.” How to speak the same language as an adult. Something powerful is going to happen when we can bridge the gap between generations. How to figure out your own strength? Once I founded out who I was much more excited to take that on! Myers-briggs and DISC Best part of CandoU.us is alumni retreat. Strategic goal setting. Empowering students to make their own strategic plan for the school. Focus on Key Results Areas and look at the data. Gaps, data driven SMART goals, interventions. How to be a transformative leader? Walk slowly. Education is the vehicle. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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30 min
June 17, 2018
Creating a Gradeless Math Classroom when grades are still required with Andrew Burnett Transformative Principal 231
  Andrew Burnett is a veteran teacher of Math who took a few years to do research, and is back in the classroom making a big splash with going gradeless. Study measuring the effect of immediate feedback and whether it helps kids learn. It does. Change is hard. How to help educators change. Why Andrew made the change when he came back to the classroom. Teachers going Gradeless. Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler Student Self-assessments, engaging math. Isn’t every kid going to say they deserve an A? Show me what you can do - low stakes, no grade. We spend a lot more time on student “show me what you can do’s“ Give specific details on what they did well and what they did not do well. Not grading assignments, but giving feedback on learning. No grades go on the papers. They were no longer looking for a grade. Evidence vs. completion Seesaw online portfolio Workload decreased in some areas and increased in other areas. Worst-case scenario is I could go through all their work and give them a grade if I needed to. Learning opportunity vs. homework. Many of these grades had no indication of whether students understood the concepts! Students complete learning opportunities on assistments. Check-ins vs. Grade book accountability. Why did I not learn this sooner? Teachers say they have to have a minimum number of grades. Need support around you. Letter to parents. Other barriers: fear of change. It’s ok to wait for the new year to start. Doesn’t this mean that kids never show anything because they aren’t getting a grade for it?  
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35 min
June 10, 2018
Phlight Club with Amy McDonald Transformative Principal 230
  Amy McDonald helps kids have a strong web of support The goal is for youth to have a strong enough web that they can come back. The Survey that kids take at Phlight Club. The other side of the report card. It’s their score card - others don’t see it. Youth get a kaleidoscope bar graph. Focus Declaration - the kind of person that they want to be. Start with the strongest. Kids come to Phlight Club because it is fun. The reason she stayed in this district is because of Phlight Club. Different people come. Application process for kids to come. How to get started. Brightwayslearning web site and send an email to get started. People say these events are only for small balloons. But Jill said this is not just for “at-risk” kids. Kids leave with their stack. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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18 min
June 3, 2018
Helping Kids have a Web of Support with Amy McDonald Transformative Principal 229
  Amy McDonald helps kids have a strong web of support Working with kids vs doing work for kids. Developmental ecology of a youth Strengths-based Lots of training for teachers and youth. Prince Wales Island in Alaska Eat sleep and work in gyms. 70 kids and 20 adults. 3 day lock in events Brightways Learning runs Phlight Club. Descriptions of the ROYGBIV story from the link above. Red – The Rule of Five: The foundation for a personal village for each youth by five caring adults (or more,) having high expectations and providing opportunities, teaching skills, and celebrating relative best in appropriate ways. Orange – Tangible Strings: Measurable supports provided through the anchors that shape the home, school, and community environment of each youth. Yellow – Intangible Strings: Important, yet difficult to measure, beliefs, values, and behaviors that are being taught to and caught by the youth. Green – Resiliency/Growing the Balloon: These DNA based characteristics and talents that increase the likelihood that the youth will remain connected to any web that they are given. How are you smart rather than how smart are you? Grit optimism, how am I smart, gender, wonder gene. Blue – Scissor Cuts/Problem Reduction: Decreasing or eliminating the conditions, actions, and attitudes that erode the supports being created by the adult anchors. Indigo – Caring for the Carers: Supporting those who anchor the web so they do not drop out of their lives even when circumstances in their own lives change. Violet – Social Norms: The climate and culture of the social environment (home, school, and/or community) that have been accepted or agreed upon by a critical number of adults. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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23 min
May 30, 2018
Year in Review with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1052
Join me for the Transformative Leadership Summit Vision Mission Strategic Goals Strategic goals line up with the district’s strategic goals. Our vision for Tanana is “give people what they need, when they need it.” This vision applies to staff, students, parents, and other community members as needed.   Our vision for the future of Tanana is clear and has been reviewed throughout the year. Here is the updated 4 year plan. At two times this year, I have met with each teacher individually to discuss the vision for the school and ensure that we are able to make collaborative decisions about the future. Additionally, the Leadership Team Running Agenda reviews and gives information about the trajectory of our school, as well as our Faculty Meeting Running Agenda and our PLC Session Board.   Data for Informed Decision Making While academic success is surely one of our goals at Tanana, in this building year, there has not been a lot of focus on traditional school data. While we have certainly analyzed and reviewed MAP data, PEAKS data was essentially not useful, and we have focused more on other issues.   One of the major areas of concern related to attendance and tardies. We have systematically documented tardy issues and found that typically less than 5% of our students are tardy, which indicates it is a small problem, and not a widespread issue. We have identified 19 students who are consistently tardy and in the halls and have created a student contract for them. To enable us to identify the students who were the ones causing issues, we created hall passes for teachers to use to monitor student hallway use.   Additionally, we used informal qualitative data to determine next steps for our school this year, asking teachers the areas in which we needed to focus. A review of our progress will be completed at the conclusion of this school year.   Furthermore, at the beginning of the year, Dr. Orr and I met with each teacher to review MAP data and how it would impact their classrooms. We used the documents in this folder for our review with the teachers. Empowering Work Environment At Tanana Middle School, our success cannot be dependent on the principal’s ability to manage many different initiatives. That is a recipe for disaster. Teachers and other staff take a prominent role in ensuring that plans are successful.   One such area is our advisory options. Each teacher (and staff member that wants to) may submit a new advisory option every two weeks. This list shows all the different options that have been created this year. Each teacher takes responsibility for creating something of value for students. Many items on that list are also student-generated ideas that came from students wanting to have a bigger say in what we do.   Our school librarian was given the directive at the beginning of the year to make the library a “place where we learn and create” and has been given decision-making authority to accomplish that. Mrs. Martin redesigned the library, removed a wall, facilitated technology distribution, and created makerspaces in the library, that change nearly every single day.   Mr. Balash has adjusted his way of delivering instruction in the classroom to ensure all students are engaged in the process of learning and acting. The beginning of the year, end of the year, and many other activities throughout the year have been organized by teachers working in committee to make meaningful change to our school. Continuous Improvement One of my favorite ideas is that we are never done improving. It doesn’t matter how much we do or don’t do, we can always get better. There is always room for growth, no matter what we are doing. One small example is that our hall passes were not as effective as we wanted, and so we created a second hall pass that met the teachers’ needs. One group of teachers needed additional support, so they created their own processes for dealing with hall passes in their section of the hallway.   A good example of our belief in continuous improvement relates to the Leadership Team Running Agenda. On the April 25 agenda, we had this posted on our agenda: Reevaluate schedule B, please…comment from teacher ”Does Schedule B really help us grow into the schedule we want for the future?  Does it help train students to be ready to handle the freedom of an open schedule?”   Even when we make a decision, we know that we have a long way to go to be where we want to be. Nothing in our school is too sacred to talk about. Celebrating Success and Acknowledging Failures Each faculty meeting, we start with celebrations. There are many areas when I have failed at something this year. I usually refer to those on my podcast. One of the failures that we had this year was an attempt to roll out a school-wide service learning program. A couple teachers came to the leadership team with an idea, and we tried to roll it out to the staff. It was too soon, and I let the leadership team know that I had jumped the gun too much on that.   Another area where I failed this year related to collaborating with principals relating to personalized learning. I attempted to have weekly meetings with other principals around personalized learning. Nobody showed up, and so I waited “by the phone” each week. I’ve recently started doing a Fairbanks mastermind with four other principals in the district on Friday mornings. This has been a much better solution and much more powerful because there are just a few of us. Even so, we have only had a couple meetings, so we will see where it goes.   Personalized Learning Student Reflections - One of our teachers   Ideal Week Schedule Each week, I schedule out my week and plan to spend the morning with teachers. I used to think that I needed to be in classrooms observing teachers, but I’ve realized it’s much more powerful when I think of that time as coaching teachers. I might be in their room while they are teaching, or I might be talking with them during their prep, talking about how we can meet their goals. Other items that I time block include writing newsletters to parents, collaborating with my assistant principal, and making time for district-focused work each Tuesday afternoon.   Having time blocks has really helped me to be present in the moment so that I can devote attention to the things that are really important.       Systems Leadership One of my goals this year after reading “The One Thing” has been about being more proactive, and less reactive. We’ve established Key Responsibility Areas for our special education staff, office staff and a couple other positions. It is easy to float through life, reacting to every situation, but it is so much more valuable to be proactive and lead with vision for the future. A shining example of the focus on systems has been to create strategies for recruiting top talent to our school. A recent full time certified hire told me, “I wasn’t going to work here, but then I came and heard your vision for what the school could be, and I knew I had to stay.” Having a vision and sharing it with people is what makes them join the work. This one teacher who joined our staff will have a tremendous impact on our ability to reach our goals.   At the beginning of the year, we established new school rules. These rules are “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.” These school rules are clear, and easy to remember. They also allow teachers, students, staff, and anyone else in our building to support the rules by asking three questions about any student behavior:   Is it safe? Is it respectful? Is it responsible?   If the answer to any of these questions is, “No,” then we know the behavior needs to change. We have high expectations for students to always be safe, respectful, and responsible, but we also understand that it takes different students different amounts of time to be successful at the expectations.   Communication One area of communication for which I am especially grateful is managing conflict at our school among adults. Despite our best efforts, we adults can sometimes be the most challenging to communicate with. In my own experience, I come across and stern and strict many times, when that is really quite opposite from who I really am inside. Teachers and staff in the past have complained that it is difficult to talk with me. I’ve made great strides in being more approachable, but still have a ways to go. One of the strategies that I have used is called “Communication cards.” These cards hang on my door so that anyone who needs to have a difficult conversation with me can have a difficult conversation knowing that I am going to respond a certain way when the communication cards are used. This has really been beneficial to me to diffuse difficult situations. Thankfully, these cards have sat largely unused for most of the year. That means that I am getting better in my interpersonal communication skills because people don’t feel the need to use the cards to communicate.   Constant communication is important. I’d like to share some stats from our newly-created-this-year social media accounts. It is important for us to be everywhere for our families and support them in making sure they know what is going on at our school. We have a long way to go to be there for everyone, but we are heading in the right direction. Instagram This account has 95 posts as of 04/25/2018 and 88 followers. Most posts generate about 10-15 likes. Dr. Orr and I are the only ones who post to this account.   Facebook This account has 207 likes, and is climbing the charts in relation to the comparison schools. In three years in Kodiak, I got that page up to 700 likes, so we are making a good progression towards that. Our highest usage of our facebook page is between 4 and 8 pm and at noon. If we do any facebook live events, noon would probably be a pretty good time to do it. Our most popular posts average 10 reactions.   Twitter Our Tweets earned 5.3K impressions over the last 28 day period. We have 57 followers and 800 tweets so far. Our most popular tweet over the last month was related to a student mastering his math facts up to 14x14! That’s pretty positive. This account is mostly automatic tweets from facebook and instagram.   Mailchimp The fourth way we communicate with families is through our newsletter account in Mailchimp. Our emails usually get about 35-40% open rates. That’s pretty good.   Parent Feedback Around the middle of the year, I asked parents how much they were satisfied with their Tanana experience:   With a 10% response rate, we have about 73% of parents who are satisfied or strongly satisfied with the work done by Tanana staff with their student. That’s very positive. Those in the middle left some comments about improving communication, and one notable comment said, “Your personalized learning plan was a pretty sh*tty idea.” The Blog We started a blog for our school relating Volunteerism Perhaps the best outcome from all this parent and community communication has been the increase in parent involvement and community engagement. Nearly every week, we have had parents or community members in our classrooms working with our students. Our school is welcoming to many from outside who don’t typically have interactions with middle school students. A favorite story is from Nelda and Tom Nixon who are local watercolor artists who live close by. They came to our school and taught watercolor during advisory. This opportunity gave this retired couple an opportunity to see what is going on in schools today and be more engaged in the school process.   Our goal for volunteers was 500 in our school this year. At the semester break, we were at 250. As of today, we are at 384. Leadership For Learning If we aren’t moving forward in our efforts for helping kids learn, then all our efforts are pretty much wasted.   Our focus this year is on personalized learning and my expectations for staff have been very clear, and quite minimal. Each staff member needed to do one activity, lesson, or unit that incorporated personalized learning each quarter. This is not a high bar, but with a vision like we have, it makes it so much easier for them to be successful in implementing that. In fact, I’d say that nearly every teacher has done way more than just a 4 Personalized Learning activities this year. It has really been amazing to see how far so many have gone.   I believe that the reason we have been so successful is two fold. First, we have really great teachers who strive to go above and beyond. Second, we have a clear vision of where we want to go, and we know it is ok to not be there right this minute. As we converse about different ways to improve instruction, teachers take a little idea, and implement something amazing that they can do themselves.   For example, after our MAP meetings with teachers, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Chorley, and some other teachers found the MAP goal setting worksheets, and worked with students to make individual goals for where they could improve their learning.   Teachers who have been effective in implementing personalized learning have also been “visiting” the distinguished range of the Danielson framework much more often. It is really powerful to see them be so successful.   One area where we have a lot of work to do revolves around grading. Plain and simple: our grades don’t mean anything. In one class, grades mean something entirely different from another class. It is imperative that we work on getting on the same page with grading. The need to move to a competency-based system is enormous. This is a major area of growth for our school. When grades mean so many different things, it is very challenging to hold students to high standards. For example, an A in one class means that a student is compliant and does what the teacher asks. An A in another class means that a student did a bunch of work, but maybe didn’t learn anything. An A in another class could mean that a student has actually learned the content. An A in another class could mean that a student has just shown up every day, or even most days.   In the last few months, I have consistently been saying that an F means that the teacher has failed, while a D means the student has failed. We are having conversations about taking away 0 grades so as to not penalize students. This is a great podcast episode with Rick Wormeli about that very idea.   Professionalism Over the course of this school year, we have focused heavily on professional development for our staff. Each week, Dr. Orr and I curate articles, podcasts, TED talks, and other resources to help our staff have meaningful professional development on their own time. We have focused our Faculty Meetings and PLCs on providing value to our teachers. We have eliminated sit and get PD sessions and have made them personalized and interactive for all adult learners. We must model this for our teachers first, if we expect them to do it in their classrooms.   One of the major challenges we have faced this year relates to our suspensions of students of color. This is challenging because if we follow the district policies, we have to suspend students of color at a higher rate because their natural behavior is in conflict with our school district policies. Students of color are louder than their white counterparts as a whole, and that makes them easy targets for teachers or staff members when assigning blame for incidents they didn’t see themselves. Students of color are often accused or targeted because they are loud or animated. This is an area where we need to continually work to improve.   Outside of work, I have sought to improve my own professional growth by applying to present at the Alaska Principals conference, the National Principals Conference, ASTE, and the Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco. For my podcast, since being in Fairbanks, I have interviewed  over 50 people for my podcast to learn how to be a transformative principal.  
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37 min
May 27, 2018
Empowering Students with Robyn Bagley Transformative Principal 228
  Robyn Bagley is a former principal of Career Path High. She is now consulting now and working with Heather Staker on a project for Acton Academy. She is also chair of Parents for Choice in Education, located in Utah. You can email her here Acton Academy is an amazing model. Over 8,000 applications to start their own. How do we replicate that? How to approve partners and facilitate the success of their schools. How do you help kids not blow everything off? In a traditional model, we’ve removed all the opportunities to have kids lead. The first thing to think about is how to empower students. It kills their love for learning. You need to empower students. The second thing is to set up processes for accountability. It’s ok to fail as long as you are failing forward. Every student had a success coach with whom they met every week. Accountability: consequences like losing freedom and stopping college courses. Support: You must have good support systems in place. Lots of processes in place to help them stay on pace and set their goals. Three legs of a stool: Parents, students, school (teachers and administrators) We never apologize for bothering you with communication Four: give them something to be excited about in their pathway: i.e., have your certification when you finished school. The light came back on. The success coach was the real piece of accountability each week. Success coach had constant communication with parents, too. Give recognition with accountability. How to be a transformative principal? Collaborate with your team! Changing the culture from top-down directives to a collaborative culture.  
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18 min
May 20, 2018
Balancing the law and doing whats right for kids with Robyn Bagley Transformative Principal 227
Robyn Bagley is a former principal of Career Path High. She is now consulting now and working with Heather Staker on a project for Acton Academy. She is also chair of Parents for Choice in Education, located in Utah. You can email her here The power of Networking with so many other people Operating at 30,000 feet vs ground floor. Policy vs. working in schools Giving parents and kids options to have more control over their learning. Statewide online learning You don’t really understand the challenges until you are in the trenches. First opportunity writing a charter. How desperate parents are for control and choice in their education. So many hoops to jump through. There’s a lot of silliness out there that takes away your focus on the kids. Issues that exist on the ground floor. Administrative and clerical work to satisfy reporting. Having the information in the system. Kids not required to be there, and balancing what the law required and what was good for kids. When you start to run into problems, be vocal to your elected officials. You can still give good things to kids even in the system. It’s teachers and a principal who is the change agent Top-down dictation makes it hard for people to innovate. Sharing of ideas in a collaboration is necessary!   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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20 min
May 17, 2018
An EPIC solution to understaffing with Naphtali Hoff Transformative Principal 1051
Naphtali Hoff is an educational consultant and coach who helps school leaders solve their biggest problems. impacfulcoaching.com/epic Understaffing is a mindset issue. They work harder to make up for it. Underestimate their own leadership impact. We have so much power within us. Develop a sustainable process where they are leading through their Expect, Pull together, Influence, Communicate Expect - Set clear targets so that everyone is focused and engaged. Pull together - Pull your team together and connect them deeply to the mission. Influence - Influence and lead those around you. Communicate - Communicate clearly and openly.   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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28 min
May 13, 2018
Personalized Learning with Matt Shea Transformative Principal 226
Matt Shea is the Matt portion of Personalized Learning with Matt and Courtney, a podcast about, well, personalized learning. It is one of my favorite new podcasts and you can find it at plearnmc.com or in your favorite podcast player of choice! Matt is a district administrator in Maine Courtney is an instructional coach in Maine Worked in Maine for his whole career 10 schools in five communities Goal: set up same systems in schools - it didn’t work tenets of learning: applied learning How do we design that culture so that there’s a balance between kids taking advantage of their own learning and teachers providing a range of options? What teachers can provide in their place What works for you? District administrator as more of a support role Talk about the tenets a lot. “Cultivating hope in all learners” Culture is a number 1 thing for all of us. Designing a culture that involves the learners in their learning Progression of learning Social grade levels not academic grade levels Place students on an academic progression where they are, and help them move forward. Continuous flexible grouping - School building and schedules create a challenge for them. Tried to do schedules in all the same way. 15:16 We are the problem. We are the ones that have all the issues! How do we get adults to be more like kids? What’s our ultimate goal? Guiding principles: They’ll find that information when they need it! Interview with Seth Godin You don’t really fail, you just are where you are. It’s not just about the 80% of our kids that will do well no matter what, but about all the students When she’s ready to take the next step, she’ll be ready for it. End College Career Readiness Many teachers have been teachers only. The “real world“ is something different to everyone. Provide kids with the skills and attitudes. How to be a transformative leader? Design a culture in your building where it is ok to fail in a positive way. Failing upward. Failing forward. Take away some of the negative aspects of what school is. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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31 min
May 6, 2018
Formative Five with Tom Hoerr Transformative Principal 225
  Tom Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the emeritus head of school. He teaches at the University of Missouri St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis he has written four books more than 100 articles including the “Principal Connection” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership. Multiple intelligences school Formative five as interpersonal and intrapersonal. Developing it within themselves. The schoolhouse at midnight Trophy case - Plaque, most improved attendance. How does what you have on your wall recognize all the students in your school? Jethro’s attendance improvement TED talk Multiple levels of recognition. Level 1: Talk about it. Joyful Learning. Level 2: Ask kids about how they used these skills over the weekend. Level 3: Create rubrics by which we can measure kids’ success skills. Teachers choose their own groups. Teachers can quickly create rubrics for measuring these success skills. It helps kids reflect on the varying levels of performance. Help kids take ownership of their learning. Interview with Michael Shapiro about his school where they use PSS skills How to be a transformative principal? We need a dialogue with our faculty. Don’t do the formative five to kids, do it with kids! by the time we move forward, every teacher believes as fervently as I do. trhoerr@newcityschool.org Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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22 min
May 3, 2018
The Path to Serendipity with Allyson Apsey Transformative Principal 1050
  @AllysonApsey is the author of the book “The Path To Serendipity” This book is my heart poured out onto paper. Embracing all of the things we go through. Stumbling on the fortunes of all the experiences we go through. William Glasser’s Choice theory Need language to figure out how to communicate about that. This book for all people. Serendipity - The three princes of serendip There are beautiful things in every experience we go through. How to be a transformative principal? Be right where you are.  
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20 min
April 29, 2018
Who You are is More Important with Tom Hoerr Transformative Principal 224
  Tom Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the emeritus head of school. He teaches at the University of Missouri St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis he has written four books more than 100 articles including the “Principal Connection” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership. 14 years principal connection column in Educational Leadership. The principal job is so hard. There’s always more to be done, no matter how good we do it. Who you are is more important than what you know. Prepare kids for success in life, not just success in school. Been a principal long enough to see who kids became as adults There are five qualities we need to develop in students: Empathy, Self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit. But how am I going to get my students’ kids to embrace this? At back to school nights and parent meetings throughout the year. 8:20: Write down the initials of people you know who you consider to be successful. Turn to your neighbors in groups of three or four. Remind parents of what is truly a success. Strategy for focusing teachers on what we want them to pursue. 3x5 card, write down the initials of 2 or 3 teachers you’ve had that are most important in your life. What did they do to make you love them? What can you do with your class that will encourage your kids to put your name down in 30 or 40 years?   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey      
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16 min
April 25, 2018
Three Incredible Announcements with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1049
In this episode, you can hear my pitch to the school board to start researching creating a K-12 Magnet.
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67 min
April 22, 2018
Stomach Through the Fear of Failure with Brad Shreffler Transformative Principal 223
  Brad Shreffler is the host of Planning Period Podcast, Teacher, and Tech Coach in Orlando, Florida. He is also an author and his web site is here. Thanks to our sponsor: candou.us/jethro Planning period podcast - How do we fix problems? What is the biggest problem facing education today? Truly a challenge to answer, and many different answers. Recognize that it could be better, but still work in what it is. What teachers need in professional development. Modeling. Why is modeling so difficult for leaders of professional development? Leaders haven’t been in the classroom for many years, so they are out of practice. Different skill set to do the same strategies. PD has become a dirty word. The first time you do an innovative model, it will fail miserably. Classroom management vs. engaging learners. I refuse to lecture to my teachers about the importance of not lecturing to kids. Flipped PD model - record what you need to tell them, then meet face-to-face. “This is the next thing and it will be gone.” Inherent resistance to new things. Struggle through the challenge. It didn’t work yet. Crisp meetings Stomach through the fear of failure. Have an administrator who is willing to give the feedback. You have to push for the feedback. I just don’t take myself seriously enough to get offended. How to teach someone to have an overinflated ego. Build them up. Education is fundamentally broken. If people aren’t annoyed by what I’m doing, then I’m probably not doing something worthwhile. How to be a transformative principal? Find the person who wants to change the world and give them the freedom to do it. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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31 min
April 21, 2018
Leading with Values with Leslie Goodrum Transformative Principal 222
  Leslie Goodrum is the principal of General Tommy Franks Elementary in Midland, Texas. Her school is a pilot school for the Midland Values project, where they are attempting to improve their culture by adopting values based on authenticity, service, awareness, purpose, vision, enthusiasm, perseverance, courage, faith, focus, leadership, integrity. This is through Joe Tye’s Values Coach System Brand new campus and so setting the culture from the beginning. Crockett elementary - having accountability issues, so they were shut down. It’s not the building that makes kids successful. District wide initiative for adults, but General Tommy Franks Elementary is the first one doing it with kids as well. Every morning doing announcements, self-empowerment pledge. Pickle pledge. Each student gets a bracelet for the value of the month. Vision is the core value for January, so they try to pull it in everywhere. Encouraging parents to attend trainings as well. Pickle Pledge. Authenticity is the first value and kids are using it all throughout the year. What is the thing you have done that is the authentic you? Integrity - you’ve got to do the right thing, no matter who is watching. Pickle Pledge - our pickles are happy pickles. Did you say it or did you mean it? Until you are ready to live it, you need to stop saying it. The Values give you a framework each month. Faith and purpose are needed conversations. Foundation and a framework for helping kids set goals. Parents are very supportive of what we are doing. Discipline problems are very few. Biggest challenge is making sure the value of the month is big throughout the month. As the leader, I have to set the tone, because whatever I do, everyone will follow. It’s not a program, it’s a way of life. How to be a transformative principal? Get into your classrooms, be with your kids and teachers and be a great role model. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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24 min
April 11, 2018
Changing assessments with Melissa Emler Transformative Principal 1048
Melissa Emler is the Director of Community at Modern Learning Online media company to help schools change and be better. Really powerful conversations are happening regularly. The Testing Emperor Finally has no Clothes Modernlearners.com/jethro All of the onus for learning is placed on the teacher. It is the responsibility of teachers to create the conditions for learning to happen. Communication beats compliance, every time. Learning happens through feedback and questioning. It is the student to communicate questions and understanding. Going gradeless or standards based grading doesn’t really communicate learning. We haven’t really had a conversation about what we mean by “learning”. Seymour Sarason’s “What do you mean by learning?“ People are learning when they want to learn more. It requires co-creating the curriculum Our practices do not match our beliefs. The amount of time we spend thinking, talking, planning for standardized tests. Giving prizes for testing= :( Beliefs must drive assessment. Challenge assumptions, biases and orthodoxies that influence assessment practice. Communication beats compliance, every time. Explore status quo-busting assessment solutions to provide more authentic and real-world choices. Let students learn about how they learn. Measure what matters. Invest in TRUST. So important to trust teachers to create the conditions for learning to happen. If we get to a common set of beliefs then we don’t need to pressure teachers to do well on a test. Standards and tests change based on political issues. how to be a transformative leader? Be strong in your individual beliefs. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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29 min
April 8, 2018
Branding Yourself with Dr. Will Deyamport Transformative Principal 221
  Dr. Will Deyamport Instructional technologist, consultant, and podcaster. Click here to learn how to be a social media ninja Everyone has a brand. Jeff Bezos “Your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.“ You can’t control what other people think about you, but you can control what people see when they search for you. If someone googles you and they don’t see you, you don’t exist. Creating content can enrich your current life and your future. Twitter connects you in powerful ways. It’s about the learning, and the network you can learn from. It’s also about the building a network of people who know you and know what you can do. How to do well on Twitter: Upload a profile picture. Know your why and your what for being on social media. Be intentional with the people you follow. Use your hashtags. Share what’s going on in your world. obvious to you, amazing to others Don’t take it personally. Don’t be afraid to unfollow. Dr. Will does some courses as well, so you can get CEUs for your credits, lot of support for edtech issues. We no longer live in a world with gatekeepers. You don’t have to ask permission to do your thing. How to be a transformative Principal? Let go of the small stuff. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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32 min
April 1, 2018
Finding Balance with Dr. Spike Cook Transformative Principal 220
  Spike Cook is the principal at Lakeside Middle School in New Jersey. We are going to talk about Developing a leadership platform with Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Balance. Blogging, Twitter, and all that. Spike took a break, and now he is coming back in gently. Social media can be a time and energy suck. Mindful school leader - Kirsten Olsen and Valerie Brown Brene Brown - Braving the Wilderness The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom. Resonant Leadership Book Cycle of Sacrifice and cycle of renewal Inbox zero and the challenges associated with that. Ideal Week - Sign up to transform your week. SAMs Time Trackers: How you use your time. Find an accountability partner for your most important work Daily perspective of gratitude. The Magic Book Transformative Mastermind - Schedule a call with Jethro today! How to be a transformative principal? Start your day focusing on three things you are thankful for in your work. * Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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29 min
March 25, 2018
Turning Learning Upside Down with Jeff Sandefer Transformative Principal 219
Jeff Sandefer started his first business at 16 and has run 5 successful companies since then. Now, most of his time is spent developing innovate educational curriculum for the Acton Academy and My Entrepreneurial Journey and teaching at the Acton School of Business. The Courage to Grow - By Laura Sandefer, about the journey of creating Acton Academy How Acton started, powerful story. Socratic teacher at the graduate level for 20 years. Confident that we could pull off pieces Sugata Mitra - Not in the school reform business, just trying to do our own little thing. Frankenstinian mashup of pieces. Montessori, socratic methods, game-based method. Pods of 36 students interacting with each other throughout the day. Multi-age campus. Age levels tend to disappear. Middle schoolers who may have finished calculus. Self-management and self-government. We are like game makers. We are not allowed to utter a declarative statement. There is an entropy among human beings to do nothing and waste time. Auto-didacts are fairly rare. Most people want to hang out with their friends and have fun. To stay in this fun place, you have to work hard. Competitive personally, but also Freedom and responsibility are tied together. Feedback loops: Would you recommend Acton to a friend? The harder you work and the kinder you are, the more freedom you get. 360 peer satisfaction surveys once per session - warm hearted and tough-minded. Entirely enforced by the peers. The council has the right to adopt something different. Parents retain ultimately responsible for students. Mission of the school: Each person will find a calling that will change the world. The Hero’s journey. It’s about transformation. The heroes are the ones that call against the entropy of mankind. Entire community can fall apart from time to time. Allow Lord of the Flies from time to time. Pure democracy, democratic republic or benevolent dictator. Creating challenges - Half come from the top, and half come from the bottom. They’ll be fine. I don’t want them to be fine. I want them to be better. Heroes don’t always win but they do always get up. Most difficult thing is the parents. Parents have to be on a heroes journey also. Parent badges as well as badges for students. How do you keep track of your badges? LMS to keep track of the badges. Laszlo Bock Give templates and the kids go do the work for How to be a transformative principal? Every young child deserves to find a calling to change the world. Every child is a genius. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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36 min
March 21, 2018
The Principled Principal with Jeff Zoul and Anthony McConnell Transformative Principal 1047
Jeff Zoul and Anthony McConnell are the authors of The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools. Anthony followed in Jeff’s role as assistant superintendent and is now going to be the superintendent of the district. Being part of the development process for four years set Anthony on the right course. How Jeff helped prepare Anthony for success in moving into his new role. I believe in always being innovative and always getting better. The Harmony principle. Some people think they thrive when they are in crisis mode, but their schools do not. Thinking I was supporting the teacher, I was equally elevated with the teacher. How to stay calm when inside you are seething. You get better with practice. Focus on the real issue. Don’t come with the answer already decided on in your head. How can I help? Ask this question often. What you have to leave the conversation with is integrity. It’s not about the nail. Trust - if you don’t have trust, you don’t have a whole lot. Address underperformance: It isn’t fun, but the best principals do that. Doing what you say you’re going to do. When the leadership does it, other people feel comfortable holding people accountable. What sort of actions do you take so that people know you care about them? 5 faculty values statements: “We will…” I’m going to lead the way by asking you to hold me accountable. How to be a transformative principal? Anthony - make your school more welcoming. Take a walk around. How to be a transformative principal? Jeff - be super visible in the school. I’m not trying to be right, I’m trying to the right thing. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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37 min
March 18, 2018
Aspiring to Administration with Dan Kreiness Transformative Principal 218
  Dan Kreiness is an aspiring administrator who hosts the Leader of Learning podcast. He focuses on educational leadership. dan@leaderoflearning.com. Challenges with becoming a principal. There is a lot of good to be done. What is your number 1 strength that you bring to a school leadership position? How did you find that strength out? Disrupting, changing, going away from the status quo. Our students are ready to move and change faster than we are. Looking to be resourceful. The power of connecting with Twitter. How to be a transformative principal? Really be present. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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18 min
March 11, 2018
Instructional Coaching with Dan Kreiness Transformative Principal 217
  Dan Kreiness is an aspiring administrator who hosts the Leader of Learning podcast. He focuses on educational leadership. dan@leaderoflearning.com. Aspiring administrator Mark Crowley Lead from the Heart Instructional coach is the sweetest gig in all of education. Tricky position to be a coach. Really hone in on the things they identify as what they need to be working on. How to get teachers to jump on a technology bandwagon. The power of reflection. The Edumatch 2017 book Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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18 min
March 6, 2018
PrincipalPLN with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1046
This is a cross-post for the PrincipalPLN podcast that I was on last week. I talked a lot about masterminds. Get started on that today. Give me a call! Here are the podcasts that I have been on lately: Planning Period Podcast with Brad Shreffler “Jethro and Brad talk about the importance of leaders being in classrooms and coaching teachers, that we need to ask “why” way more often, being reflective and outwardly recognizing your mistakes, the power of MasterMind groups, and unlocking the genius in all of our students. It is a really great conversation, and you’ll notice a few times in there that I am literally left speechless by what he says. So, sit back and enjoy episode 37 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Jethro Jones.” Leaders of Learning with Dan Kreiness “In this episode, I talk to principal and host of the Transformative Principal podcast Jethro Jones and talk to him about making the transition into the role of a school administrator, how to create buy-in with followers, and how to empower others.”  
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56 min
March 4, 2018
Sustainable Projects with Richard Kincaid Transformative Principal 216
  Richard Kincaid Twitter is EcoRise’s Chief Innovation Officer and is the lead designer for project-based learning professional development program, which integrates sustainability & design thinking methodologies into the Buck Institute's PBL framework. Richard has extensive experienced in K-12 public education, as a former CTE director, campus leader, and teacher in Texas. Richard's linked in profile is here: Linkedin Hill elementary eco-audit Green building and performance measures. Aikens high school action plan. Ongoing improvements to make sustainable projects. How to teach kids to get in touch with the right people. Design studio - helps teachers facilitate conversations in their classroom. Empower students to seek out the right people. Microgrants for kids. Up to $500 per student project. Small enough that kids can actually do something. Looking for every reason possible to fund an application. The average project funded is about $470. Average return on investment is about $4500 of bottom-line savings. At the end of the day, we want kids to be engaged. Put budgets together and then put it out to a group of people who can do something. how to be Create a Culture where you give people permissions to fail. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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15 min
February 25, 2018
Teaching people how to move forward with Richard Kincaid Transformative Principal 215
  Richard Kincaid Twitter is EcoRise’s Chief Innovation Officer and is the lead designer for project-based learning professional development program, which integrates sustainability & design thinking methodologies into the Buck Institute's PBL framework. Richard has extensive experienced in K-12 public education, as a former CTE director, campus leader, and teacher in Texas. Richard's linked in profile is here: Linkedin Ecorise.org is a non-profit that helps schools implement sustainable education. Richard’s educational background. Microgrants directly to students. Elementary literacy coaches, and K-12 curriculum director, and CTE director. Helping teachers not knowing the path to make that happen. Helping students focus on a challenge local to their community. Giving kids tools to focus on making change happen in their area. Project-based training program. PBL programs don’t sound very accessible. We want to be facilitators, but then daily life in the classroom is overpowering, and we can easily give up. 3-day program to design a standards-based project for their classroom. It’s ok to not feel comfortable with this approach. Deeply embedded support model. Make these projects feel real, because they are. Advice for reluctant learners. Maybe a single strong project over the course of a year. How to support teachers who are not naturals at project-based learning. Start with teachers that are eager to have this happen. Teachers aren’t resistant because it isn’t effective, but resistant because they don’t believe it will work. If there is a working model that your campus can see, the resistance will gradually reduce. Some teachers need a model to see that the support is there. Getting everyone in a room and talking about what PBL looks like. Worked in the district 6 months before we even begin the first training. Without that administrator support, any initiative will fail. Classrooms are laboratories. What basis am I using to reevaluate what I’m doing to make my practice better. Teach a protocol of precise feedback for process. Peer review model. Teaching people how to move forward, how to have honest conversations.   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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26 min
February 18, 2018
Make Your Fundraising Effective with Matt Miller Transformative Principal 214
  Matt Miller is the Founder of School Spirit Vending. Top 10 school fundraising ideas. CASH! 4 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Fundraiser! Finding the right choice for school fundraising is challenging. schoolzonepodcast.com for the top fundraising ideas. School Spirit Vending - stickers placed in schools Different needs for school fundraising. checks come in monthly, varies based on how much school embraces program. Giving kids access. Doing the same thing they’ve always done. Why not tie it all together? Incentivize the teachers and students. Leadership opportunity. Matt’s passion project - stickers that have cardboard backing. Matt prints a comic series on the backing Marlin and Percy Inspire-a-kid providing additional inspiration for kids. Read-a-thon - Collect pledges for the amount of reading that they do. Scrip fundraising - affiliate relationships with local (and non-local) companies. get movin’ crew We Fund For You It’s important to be better educated. How to be a transformative principal? Do a better job of defining exactly what it is you want to accomplish in the upcoming semester. Don’t simply assign the PTA to fundraise, give better guidance. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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34 min
February 11, 2018
None of this is Easy with Pedro Noguera Transformative Principal 213
Pedro Noguera is a sociologist by training and is a professor at UCLA. Center For The Transformation Of Schools. Once we have trust and respect, we can start having hard conversations. You can only have conversations like that that don’t come off as judgment if you have trust. We should ask parents to do things for which they have adequate resources. How do we find the kids that need the most help. The challenge is getting to know each child. None of this is easy. Meets with each student every day. When kids are known, they behave differently. The sense of belonging is so essential to kids’ success. Forging relationships through extra activities. John’s Hopkins University Talent Development High School. Robert Belfants. Interest inventory to start kids. Age and class determines where they go. The model we have created does not allow us to meet the needs of children. Any kid who came in with a criminal record in the high school would get a mentor. First days of school community building days. It’s part of building strong sense of community. Human beings don’t do well in isolation. Relationships save lives. How to be a transformative Principal? To really focus in on the culture of their schools. Culture is about values, norms, how people are treated every day. Create a culture that affirms the importance of children. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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17 min
February 4, 2018
Equality Vs. Equity with Pedro Noguera Transformative Principal 212
Pedro Noguera is a sociologist by training and is a professor at UCLA. Center For The Transformation Of Schools. Author of many books. If ideas are too abstract and we can’t address the practical needs of kids then academia is in trouble. Address both the academic and non-academic needs of kids. Equality vs. Equity. Equality is treating everyone the same. It makes no sense in education because we know all kids are different. Equity is about understanding differences. It is not about lowering the standards. Compensate for needs that kids that bring. Adjust how we do homework to meet the needs of kids that are in front of us. Don’t penalize kids because they don’t have the same circumstances as someone else. Many kids are relational learners and they will learn better with people they trust and care about. You start from the premise that we do best when we are in a community. The conditions for learning Community More likely to punish kids with the greatest needs. What sorts of things must we do to make edu equitable for kids. Build a partnership with the family. Partnership must be rooted in trust and respect in order for it to have success. Teachers get almost no training on how to work with parents, especially when parents are from a different We don’t want to judge anyone. What we want is empathy. It is not pity, it is not looking down on anyone. We don’t make excuses for them. When we act with empathy, we demonstrate that we care. How do we build empathy? “You know more about your child than I do. What can you tell me about your child that will help me teach him or her.” It is important to let the parent know that we are aware of their child. Parents want their child to be successful. It should Never be the case that the only time we talk with parents is when children are in trouble. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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19 min
January 28, 2018
Ready to Blend with Heather Staker Transformative Principal 211
  Heather Staker is a former Mckenzie Consultant and coauthor of the book Blended Learning: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. Download the “Getting Clear on Technology Purchases” guide. Questioning our own assumptions is a huge piece of opening up what learning can look like. Every child has their genius. There is value in finding the right path for each child. Some teachers can be great at different things. Allow teachers to specialize and micro credential. How to match kids up with the right kinds of teachers that really help them. Coming at the content in a variety of ways. Sustaining innovations allow us to serve our customer even better. Disruptive innovation completely changes the paradigm. Online learning - adults are not unlike children. When we are more engaged and active learners we are able to learn much better. Blended Learning Live seminars - not traditional sit and get instruction. Helps people learn in a different way. How to be a transformative Principal? Walk your building and note any instances that technology is replacing them, and then make sure you change the message. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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22 min
January 21, 2018
It`s Common Sense with Heather Staker Transformative Principal 210
Heather Staker is a former Mckenzie Consultant and coauthor of the book Blended Learning: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. Download the “Getting Clear on Technology Purchases” guide. Senior in High School as a state school board member Reasonable and balanced voice that represents the whole. Interested and well-versed in innovation Clayton Christensen Center for Disruptive Innovation It’s not just efficiency, it’s common sense to give kids information at their pace. Agency is so important. Disrupting Class Actin Academy program for core skills. 7 types of blended learning What challenges do we still face? Schools lead with 1:1 announcements. How to address 1:1 issues? Lead with a very clear plan for how they use online learning. District and vendor level must prevent teachers from having to be the tech wizard. Help teachers to reimagine their role. Factory model settings do not give teachers the opportunity to do increase the humanity that can be in our schools. Mentors and tutors for each child. Not getting to deep work? Station rotations can prevent this. Not every blended learning model is perfect. How to create higher performing classrooms in 7 moves. Younger ages, recommended 20 minutes max per day on screens. “Certain children“ aren’t capable, but every child can learn It’s the adults. We get in our own way. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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22 min
January 14, 2018
What is Truly on Your Plate with Amy Dujon Transformative Principal 209
Amy Dujon is a Practice Leader at Learning Sciences International. Prior to joining the Learning Sciences team, Amy was the Director of Leadership Development at School District of Palm Beach County, FL, and principal of Acreage Pines Elementary School in Palm Beach, FL. Her current focus is on innovative school improvement through LSI’s Schools for Rigor initiative, where they embed within struggling schools to provide professional development and other long-term guidance to help schools achieve success. Through a partnership with Learning Sciences International, I changed instruction and skills at my school, and now I work with many leaders throughout the states. Main focus is a high school in Maryland, meeting weekly. Data cycles with teachers. I’m their lifeline. What stays the same and what is different in schools? Typical root causes. Instruction hasn’t really changed much in the last 100 years. Teacher is the gatekeeper of the learning. How to get kids to own their learning. Get teachers to identify learning targets and success criteria. Remove the teacher from the front of the classroom. Plan meaningful stops in their lesson. New leadership skills for principals. Second order change. Rewriting your script of a teacher. Teacher talks, take notes, do assignment. Selective abandonment Protection from initiative overload Push pull and nudge of change. The heavy lift for teachers is in planning. Strengthening core instruction and building capacity of my teachers was more important than focusing on Reader’s Workshop processes. Are we successful because of our instruction, or in spite of it? I’m going to give you permission to focus on other schools. Let the steam out so you can continue to function. Being able to help teachers see that your plate is core instruction. Shifted so much off my plate that wasn’t important. What are you noticing? Whisper coaching. How do you shift so much off your plate? Some things naturally shift of my plate because the students are cognitively engaged. How to be more proactive about what was happening in classrooms. Secretary can filter things out for you. School events. Started to empower support staff to use their gifts. Getting your secretary to chunk time for you. How to be a transformative principal? Be the lead learner on your campus. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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43 min
January 7, 2018
Expanding on the Seed with Meredith Allen Transformative Principal 208
  Meredith Allen, music educator and Iowa AEA instructional technology coordinator, and account manager for Soundtrap. Music is very powerful. Traditional music education. Giving kids an opportunity to expand on the seed in their head. Expand on the seed. Jon Churchville in Michigan. “Let’s make a song!“ Guide kids by pulling out what is inside them. How to coach teachers - Don’t tell teachers to do something different. Students to take control of their learning. How to benefit from the kids compiling information. I was the teacher who did things the way I did them because that is how we did them for 50 years. Junk Funk Help teachers have that moment where they see the value. Be connected - I go on Twitter and there’s always somebody doing it better. SAMR - Using technology and getting to R. trudacot On Twitter, people often show what their doing and share the steps so that you can do too. I didn’t know what I was clicking and two minutes later, I was bawling. GarageBand and Google Docs had a baby, and it is called SoundTrap. Non music educators use the tool as well. Using it for group projects so kids can create it at home. Collaborate with students without being in the same space. Minnesota and Haiti connection. Collaboration all across the globe. How to be a transformative principal? Have great conversations with the best teachers!   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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32 min
December 31, 2017
League of Innovative Schools with Mary Wegner Transformative Principal 207
  Mary Wegner is the Superintendent of Sitka Schools 1250 students. League of Innovative Schools. Is there support for innovation at a district level? Is the superintendent someone who can contribute to the national pool of leaders. Make learning group, competency based education. Monthly meetings to share and collaborate together on what needs to be done well in the area of focus. How to narrow down and focus on initiatives as a leader. Empowering student voice and choice. Rather than figure out by trial, we figure out by expertise. You must be an excellent talent scout. What are the unique contributions each teacher has to support kids? Give them a microphone. Whole system. How to be a transformative leader? Listen. Put systems in place so things are working well. Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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16 min
December 24, 2017
Superintendent Visiting Every Classroom with Mary Wegner Transformative Principal 206
  Mary Wegner is the Superintendent of Sitka Schools 1250 students. City school district Small community that knows excellence. Wonderful community partners. Great partnerships with local groups. Under 1/3 of staff are our graduates. 65% of elected officials are our graduates. Paris of the Pacific. They take a little bit of Sitka with them. Superintendent visits every single classroom. During the year, pick different areas of focus and visit those classrooms. Understand the K-12 curriculum in all areas. Superintendent’s Spotlight newsletter. There is great power in small school systems of being able to get close the work. 1:1 for each student is growing because the superintendent is in the schools How the work changes when you are focused on the classroom. Angst during budget time has decreased with more focus being put on the classrooms. Budget process which gives more transparency. See current budget Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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20 min
December 20, 2017
Geoff Woods TP Special Episode 1045
Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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42 min
December 17, 2017
Mastery Based Learning with Jerry Snow Transformative Principal 205
Jerry Snow is a District Administrator and former high school and middle school principal. piedmont.k12.al.us contact information is there. jsnow@piedmont.k12.al.us Team time, class time, my time Class time - social studies, math, etc. Show mastery - what does that look like. My time - 3 days a week, you work on the lowest area. Souped up study hall. If you’re caught up on pace, work on what you want. 2 days a week you work on ILPs Team Time - looping with kids 6-8th grade. Goal setting, character education, team building activities, Student-led conferences. Kids come up with the ways they do better. Mastery looks like: mimic ACT aspire certain percentage of level 3 DOK. 2 types of grades A numeric grade (0-100, A-F) MasteryConnect - mastery report where students are at. Need to show mastery at 80% first time to get 100%. Teaching parents that mastery is what is really important, but still keep grades to make sense of it all. Pacing - kids can go as fast as they want, but they have to keep a minimum pace to keep kids up. Schedule 8 period day, science and math were paired up. Teachers can trade kids. How to be a transformative principal? Be a better listener.   Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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20 min
December 13, 2017
Transformative Principal Top 10 Things I have Implemented from 2017
Schedule a call with Jethro As a review for a year that has included a lot of changes for me professionally, I wanted to list some of the greatest events from the podcasts that I released this year. You can check out my current Top 10 podcasts here, but this list is going to talk about the top 10 things I implemented this year as a result of interviewing some amazing guests. Improving the school scheduling nightmare with Adam Pisoni Transformative Principal 185 The most downloaded podcast released this year is my interview with Adam Pisoni, where we talked about improving the school scheduling nightmare. Here’s my big takeaway. Adam said (5:58–8:35) that he started asking instead of asking what was possible in schools, he asked what prevents traditional schools from iterating. This train of thought led me to make a decision to intentionally combat those things that prevent us from iterating, and make sure we can still iterate even with the struggles we will face. Enjoy the Journey with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1035 - This one is a bit of a cheat, since the episode where I shared my 4 year plan for my school was really a culmination of so many things that I have learned from this podcast. But, here goes. (19:50–24:42) What’s cool is that instead of my plan starting next year, it is already starting this year. Advisory and flexible learning block with service learning. Teachers are coming to me asking for these things. Don’t Try to Change People, Change Behavior with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 188 - 18:55–19:29 In this episode, it was really about the powerful thing that Tom shared about how to be a transformative principal. He said, “Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.” Rules turn students into classroom lawyers with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 187 - In this episode, 5:00–7:26 I found that the most powerful statement from this was when Tom said, “I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints”. Since this interview, I have worked hard to make sure that kids are connected. I’ve found what he said is true, when kids are connected, they rarely disappoint. Last week, a student threw some trash across the cafeteria and he made a mess. He needed to clean it up. Because we had worked on a relationship, I put my arms out as if to say, “what are you doing?“ and then had to wait about 30 seconds before he decided to stand up and take care of his mess. He didn’t disappoint. What I Wish I Knew as A First Year Principal with Jethro and Friends Transformative Principal Special - The thing that I have taken away from this one is from my friend Jessica Cabeen.3:40–4:08 She says, Take care of yourself. While I haven’t been exercising as much this year as I have in the past, my sleep has been much better and I am doing a much better job of not working from home and actually being home when I am home. That is really important to me. End College and Career Readiness with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1040 - This podcast seems to have hit a nerve, as it was just released a couple months ago, and is already one of the most downloaded. In this, I basically argue that we need to focus on inspiring passion in our students rather than preparing them for something. One man I recently met is amazing. He said that he is a jack of all trades, master of one: learning. That really hit me. He didn’t learn how to do that from school, he says. He learned how to do that from his experience. He learned that learning is the most important thing he can have. In a recent Hack Learning episode, Mark Barnes said that learning can’t be measured. In our traditional system, you’re right, it can’t. But it can in our own lives, and we are the ones best suited to measure. I can’t measure all that I have learned from doing this podcast over the last four years in an easy-to-digest way. This post is an example of one way that I am trying to summarize my learning. One of my good friends Darren Draper posted on the Facebook post for this comment the question, “If everyone follows their passions, will society have the skilled workers it needs?” We had a little back and forth, that I encourage you to add your two cents to. My real point here is that if we teach kids how to learn on their own they will have more success in their life, regardless of what their passions or careers are. (1:48 –2:18) Instructional Leadership Team with David Smith Transformative Principal 182 - David Smith’s advice on how to be a transformative was to decide that you’re going to spend time in every classroom. 17:21–20:15 I have made this my priority this year, even to the tune of spending each morning before lunch in classrooms. I’m not perfect at it, but it is helping me do a much better job. Routines to Make Yourself More Successful with Karine Veldhoen Transformative Principal 160 - I have really gotten into routines this year and established some good ones. I’ve read the book she recommends and even went deep into The 1 Thing, about which I interviewed Geoff Woods. Look for that interview coming up soon. She talked about setting daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly practices. This is not easy. It really isn’t. It is actually kind of boring. In fact, Geoff Woods said that most people are unwilling to endure the monotony of success. Success is doing the right things at the right time. 8:26–9:46 - Self-care plans for her staff and for herself. One aspect of that that I have adopted is a habit to go to bed with my wife each night and not stay up late doing things for the podcast or other work, or playing games, or wasting time on Facebook. That is a small thing, but something that I think will really help me get to bed earlier, get rested, and spend quality time with my wife each night. With being so busy, it is easy to be distracted from the important things. Kids Can’t Learn When They Don’t Trust with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 157 - 4:00–6:08 Trust Generators to quickly build trust. This has been really powerful as I have started my new school in Fairbanks. I have tried to be vulnerable with teachers to help build that trust so they know who I am. It’s not perfect, but we have been moving quicker than I expected in some areas, as I mentioned before. Where Jethro is interviewed for the Principal Matters Podcast with Will Parker - Bonus Episode 1033 21:45–22:53-The thing that sticks out from this interview is that 1, it was on Will Parker’s podcast, where he interviewed me. It was fun to release it at the same time. Number 2, Will asked me a big question, what do I want to achieve. My big goal is to impact 100 Million students over the next 10 years through my work on this podcast, my masterminds, speaking engagements, consulting, and everything else that I do. I had been thinking about setting a big goal before he asked me, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. So I took his challenge and set a goal. I’m tracking it here so please help me reach that goal by adding the impact this podcast has had on you to that survey. At the time of this writing, I am .021% of the way there. 21,412 kids have been impacted so far. WOW! That’s actually pretty amazing. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? 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35 min
December 10, 2017
Curating Knowledge with Jerry Snow Transformative Principal 204
Jerry Snow is a District Administrator and former high school and middle school principal. piedmont.k12.al.us contact information is there. jsnow@piedmont.k12.al.us Part of a 1:1 initiative over 9 years ago. Many awards and recognitions. Trying to show kids that even though they are a small system, they can still do great things. NGLC planning grant Mastery based learning. Sometimes in a class you can only go as fast as your lowest student. Worked with Education Elements. “Embolden Piedmont” NWEA MAP into digital platforms to create ILPs (individual learning plans). Fill in gaps to build on those skills, rather than adapt around them. You’re curating the knowledge rather than giving the students everything. The myth of average - there is no average. If you’re teaching to the average, you’re teaching to nobody. Where a teacher will fall back into the old groove. You need to be honest and up front with them. We modify every year. Can’t go in with an iron fist. We want to make things better for the kids. Troubleshoot to help them do better. It’s a lot of pride, even though it is harder and more tiring. Making sure the information is a high enough DOK level. Harder for everyone, teachers and students alike. Took stuff from everyone and make it our own. Click here to try out my new chatbot Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
December 6, 2017
Telling Your Story with Joe Sanfelippo Transformative Principal 1044
Joe Sanfelippo walks us through telling our own story.  Schedule a call with Jethro about the Mastermind Best Year Ever information.
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37 min
December 3, 2017
Blended Learning with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 203
  Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class. 4 year plan Look at it through a design process. What do we want that student experience to look like? Design process. What is the narrative arc for the school. Ask lots of questions to map back from the dream. Start as a leadership team. What would we like to be known for? Where are the innovators? Roadmap for how this scales throughout the entire school? You want the whole group together to be aware of the process. Understanding the tools of change is important. What is the “right“ leadership style? X axis agreement among team about how the world works. Y axis agreement among team about goals Use summer! Use creative configurations to give teachers back the time. Create space for professional learning during the school day. How to communicate to parents and the broader community what you’re doing. How to be a transformative principal? 1. Stories are what really move people. Focus on the stories. 2. Tell the teachers you’ll get their back when they do something. Click here to try out my new chatbot Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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22 min
November 29, 2017
Best Year Ever with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1043
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7 min
November 26, 2017
Disrupting Class with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 202
Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class. Create educational options is to help kids find their potential. Personalize to meet the needs of every student. Organizations follow systems or processes that become engrained in cultures. You get really good at the thing you’ve been doing. We’re not going to see schools disappear. Disrupting class, not the whole system to start. If you want a system to change, you need a great leader. So many forces arrayed to shoot down the “new”. People are not being obstructionist because they’re bad people. They’re not stupid people, they’re people in stupid systems. We need a different system to match a new era. Leaders have to give very clear permission about what you are allowed to violate. “You’re allowed to do anything that doesn’t put kids in harm’s way.“ Very aggressively and clearly document every policy at odds with what has been on the books. Competency-based learning Don’t force them out of their comfort zone. “The Dual Transformation” managing transformation A and B. Go slow to go fast. We don’t fully understand what everything will look like. Seeing teachers in other places can help them see how it works. Coalition of the willing. Couple years is a baseline. May not know all the details, but then you have a chance to celebrate *   Click here to try out my new chatbot Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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25 min
November 21, 2017
Gratitude - Transformative Principal 1042
Tell a student you are grateful for them. Tell a teacher you are grateful for them. 
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6 min
November 19, 2017
The Blueprint to Learn Anything with Lucas Miller Transformative Principal 201
Lucas Miller is the author of Beyond Brilliance: The Blueprint for Learning Anything. Engineer, then neuroscience at UC Berkley. Moonwalking with Einstein - How to remember everything. Using brains more effectively and efficiently. New research holed up in labs across the country. Much is based on the foundation of memory. Memorized learning is just important as it has ever been. Research available for K-12 educators. Growth Mindset Brain is remarkably elastic. Classrooms were quiet, now they are active It’s one thing to be able to answer something on a test, it’s a different thing to be able to teach it to a classmate.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey Page 1 of 1 Zoom out Zoom in Page up Page down Fullscreen Print Comment on specific areas
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37 min
November 12, 2017
Celebrating a Big Milestone with Jethro Jones Courtney Orr Transformative Principal 200
In this episode, host Jethro Jones is interviewed by his assistant principal Dr. Courtney Orr. Check out the new Chatbot for Transformative Principal 1)Culture First! 2)Love of Learning—never stop! 3)Focus—be in the moment, where ever that is, 4)Seth Godin—rules 5)Personalize Learning…shrink the classroom 6)Podcasting…continues to inspire 7)DeVos…interview wishlist 8)Admin….moving away from putting out fires to being control of our time/priorities 9)Teachers…(DPink)mastery, autonomy, purpose 10)Parents…over communication 11)Students…individualized learning 12)Shift…moving away from playing school to meet student where they are at, help them chart their own path…follow their passions 13)How can we break the rules w/out getting into trouble…change the things we can 14)LITERACY IN EVERY CONTENT AREA. 15)Inspire Students 16)This week…getting control of your time…start with one task…make that a priority. What I want to build at my school. Thanks to @afewthingsworth for the show notes! https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/blog/the-carnegie-unit-revisited/
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46 min
November 5, 2017
Core Values Help Us Say No with Dr. Drew Williams Transformative Principal 199
Dr. Drew Williams started teaching in Las Vegas and ended up as the principal of Tuacahn High School in Southern Utah, where he shares a facility with Tuacahn Center for the ArtsCreativity, Inc. A work or a text to land on so that it wasn’t personal. Lots of work to come up with core values of Collaborative Design, candid feedback, original work. Grading policies, attendance policies. Changes need to be based on evidence. Core values help us say no. Radical candor. Challenges in creating core values. Comfort in being comfortable. Disrupted status quo. Conversations that require a keen intellect to navigate. Awoke in our faculty a feeling of learning. Why Tuacahn? It’s through the uncertainty that you can drive to the question of why. Dropping a class because it doesn’t align to our core values. How to be a transformative Principal? Never stop learning. Go out of your box and seek learning.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
October 29, 2017
Being Joyful and Passion with Dr. Drew Williams Transformative Principal 198
Dr. Drew Williams started teaching in Las Vegas and ended up as the principal of Tuacahn High School in Southern Utah, where he shares a facility with Tuacahn Center for the Arts First High School charter in the state of Utah - focused on the performing arts. Working to partner more with the Center for the Arts. Talking times - actors and actresses talking about their experience become actors and actresses. Professional actors asking, “How can we connect and teach classes? Compliance vs. deeper learning. Idea of moving past compliance and on task Idea of being joyful and passionate. When doing auditions can bring working professionals in to participate as well. Teachers are working outside of the classroom on their own careers to Collaborative Design, candid feedback, original work. Trevor McKinsey - Dive into inquiry Math exists in Art, dance, etc. Middle is messy, but it is where the magic happens. Everything is not defined. Don’t give out rules and such. Ask kids what they are curious about. Be mean until December doesn’t really cut it anymore. Belief that education does need to change. Kids are excited to be here. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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20 min
October 22, 2017
Owning Vs. Leading with Dan Kelley Transformative Principal 197
Owning vs. leading Pushed change a little too fast. Get teachers to drive initiatives. Can’t own it. The teachers have to. Biggest change - using grades for compliance It takes a lot of time to have the conversations relating to grading. Using alternative ways of assessing kids. NASSP’s mission and goals as a national support organization. Non-profit boards are struggling to have members. Mentor told Dan he needed to join NASSP for the insurance. Have to change the member benefit. We need to be more than just insurance. Advocacy - need to have someone there to advocate for the needs of schools and principals. Opportunities for advancing leadership. McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders 19,000 members in NASSP. 100% of Rhode Island principals are involved in NASSP Grading and assessment is the biggest conversation. NASSP Conference in Chicago How to be a transformative principal? Expand your network and get out of the little silos that we are in.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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32 min
October 15, 2017
Telling the Story of Your School with Dan Kelley Transformative Principal 196
NASSP President Dan Kelley talks about school change and the need for NASSP to have a real impact in principals’ lives. Special education background. President of NASSP. Archaic way of teaching The role of the school needs to change. 5:45 minutes. Schools can become hubs. Changing schools structurally and philosophically. Get caught up in test scores and ranking. Great alternative to AP tests - early enrollment rather than AP. How to tell the story of the school? Start with where the parents are. Facebook, Blog, twitter Easy to use Money following students     Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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25 min
October 12, 2017
Now We're Talking with Justin Baeder Transformative Principal 1041
Justin Baeder, of the Principal Center As instructional leaders there is no better way to lead than to be in classrooms. It is tough to find time and make it into classrooms. Being in classrooms that much sounds ridiculous and impossible. Start small. Just show up. * #everyclassroom challenge, be in every classroom within a 5-day period. * Build up the practice over a period of cycles. * Just keep track of the order you visit people in, and visit them * Systems to keep track of visits. * Write the date you visit on their note card. * Repertoire - app for keeping track of visits. * The way we schedule to get into our classrooms is important. * The way of doing it must fit your style. * Buy the Book: Now We’re Talking Special Interview about writing a book. Get the interview here * How long it took. * What to get clear on. * How to determine what belongs in this book and doesn’t. * How to sell your idea to the readers and publishers.  
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25 min
October 8, 2017
Prevailing Not Relishing with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter Transformative Principal 195
Prevailing, Not Relishing with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter Transformative Principal 195 Proactive paranoia is good paranoia Call people to the carpet in a professional way. Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter are the authors of Escaping the School Leaders Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want To See You Drown. How to prevail instead of getting bummed out. Depersonalize the situation. Some reason they have ego, fear, jealousy, etc. Didn’t start with you, started with someone or something else. Alignments - aligning to different people. How people gather allies. If you’ve got an army behind you. Moving on How to deal with politicking. Nonviolent communication Call people to the carpet in a professional way. 4 step process for nonviolent conversation. Script, rehearse, prepared for curveball reactions Said with care and patience. Don’t want to be alone without a witness. You’re not effective if you’re feeling this way. Teacher Bullies How to be a transformative principal? It comes down to being willing to do what is right. How to be a transformative principal? You’ve gotta try!   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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27 min
October 1, 2017
Escaping the Dunk Tank with Rick Jetter and Rebecca Coda Transformative Principal 194
Proactive paranoia is good paranoia. Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter are the authors of Escaping the School Leaders Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want To See You Drown. How to tell if you are being sabotaged. Proactive paranoia - inner voice where you know it is not right, but you It comes down to relationships. You notice the behavior changes. Exclusion. Emotional triggers that lead to tactics. Emotional driving forces - jealousy, skepticism, holding accountable. Leaving out information or leaving people out. What do we do when to handle it? Explicitly confront or leave it alone? Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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20 min
September 26, 2017
End College and Career Readiness with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1040
Let's inspire kids, not bore them.
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11 min
September 24, 2017
Elephants Fighting with Naphtali Hoff Transformative Principal 193
Naphtali Hoff is an executive coach, organizational consultant, trainer, writer & speaker. How to come back from making a mistake. Think big picture. If you don’t create the right foundation, then you will spend far less time helping kids than When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled. - Rick Lavoie Where you can support the vision Everything flows from the foundation. We make decisions based on the emotional connection. Trust shields you from other problems. How to be a transformative principal? Continue to invest in yourself. You can’t give what you don’t have. email: nhoff@impactfulcoaching.com becomingthenewboss.com 212-4706139     Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
September 17, 2017
Becoming the New Boss with Naphtali Hoff Transformative Principal 192
Naphtali Hoff is an executive coach, organizational consultant, trainer, writer & speaker. Teacher and school leader. Support principals in a way that he had been supported. Get his book, “Becoming the New Boss” Leadership vs. Management You need to manage processes. Leadership is another dimension. What is your priority and what is your main focus? You can delegate management. Leadership is getting people moving in a direction Leadership belongs to everyone in the building. Be a good listener, especially at the beginning. Good leaders are listeners. Demonstrate a willingness to listen and accept a culture. Find ways to make low-stakes, high-success wins. Rick Lavoie, earning chips. Need to go through change strategically. Consensus vs. agreement Data should drive the process. Initiating the process is good, but don’t go down the path if you’re not going to make the actual change. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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23 min
September 10, 2017
Job-Embedded PD with Connie Hamilton Transformtaive Principal 191
Part time curriculum director in a rural school district and part time consultant. How to stay on top of so many content areas. Framework for quality curriculum Instructional priorities. Looking at research and finding what’s current. Best practices Nearly all PD was sit and get. Spiraling themes of professional development. Able to provide effective supports Gradual release of responsibility. I do, we do, y’all do, you do. Practice feedback reflection That’s what we’ve always done. Peer observation isn’t always received very well. Timeline of job-embedded PD. August 1/2 day with 60 teachers as a pilot on classroom questioning Cohorts of 4-6 teachers in each cohort - meet for 1/2 day with that cohort. Host teacher presents lesson. Facilitator asks questions. Review of data points that people collected after observing a lesson. Scripting - What did the teacher say, what did the kids say? Share data, review host teacher’s goals and visit a new one each month. Don’t invite administrators to take part in the process Walkthroughs at the end of the year. Leadership team looks for strengths and growths for that teacher. Need to make sure your professional development is making it to the classroom. Effective to have a coach position be able to support the group. Give principals patterns in aggregated data. Principals engage in final conversation in the year. How to be a transformative principal? Be intentional about supporting teacher’s growth. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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25 min
September 6, 2017
What I Wish I Knew as A First Year Principal with Jethro and Friends Transformative Principal Special
I asked a bunch of awesome leaders one simple question:  What did you wish you knew when you first became a principal?  Here are their answers! 
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16 min
September 3, 2017
Don't Assume Anything with Nicholas Fischer Transformative Principal 190
Don’t Assume Anything Nicholas A. Fischer is a school-management consultant and coach. He was the superintendent of the New London, Conn., school district from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was the superintendent of schools in Fall River, Mass., and the Christina School District in Newark, Del.; the assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, Va.; and the associate commissioner for finance and accountability in the Massachusetts Department of Education. Leading a District Can Be Controversial, Embrace it Be clear to yourself about what your values are. Working in public schools is very important. Started working Florida as a principal when corporal punishment was still allowed. Telling kids what we wanted them to do instead of what we don’t want them to do. Problems in American Public education: Our expectations are too low. All of us have special abilities Every child can be expected to be out a maximum effort. What we expect in engagement is different than what kids are taught growing up. What are the ramifications of doing the right thing? What are the right questions to ask a supervisor? Are you mobile enough to find the right places to work? Know what you believe, and talk to your supervisor, let your spouse know the ups and downs you will face. That’s one way of doing it, but here’s a better way. You have to know what the stakes are going in, and be willing to live with them. Average tenure of Superintendent is 2-3 years. Average tenure of principals is a little longer. Reasons for moving vary. In some situations, leaving a situation can be a badge of honor. Why are you staying if you’re struggling? Get candid feedback about how you’re portraying yourself. Much better off being honest with those we are talking with. Don’t use the statement, “Don’t take this personally.” I’d like to hear your version of what you see yourself doing. Set up an active listening conversation. We too often end a statement with “You know what I mean?” Distinguish between what a person is doing and what you would like to see them doing. Tell me what you think I’m asking you to do. Sit down a couple weeks later and talking about what they have changed. I don’t assume anything. How to be a transformative principal? Transformative to do what? If you were to describe what you are trying to accomplish, define what is happening right now in your school. Think through how you frame things. Define what you perceive happening. Start to talk about what the difference is between what people are doing what you want them to do. If you’re going to have a safe school, everyone needs to be involved. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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30 min
August 30, 2017
Three Tips to Overcome the Savior Complex Transformative Principal 1036
In education, we often hear from teachers who think that without us, these kids and families would not know what to do! One time, I had a teacher talk to me about students with disabilities, and she basically said that students with disabilities only get help or have structure. She didn't realize that my daughter has Down syndrome and she was lumping my daughter in with this group of kids that would be lost if not for her and other educators like her. That rubbed me the wrong way. In another instance, as I've talked about Home Visits, people have said, "Oh, you want to visit their home so you can see how awful their life is and have more empathy?" NO! I want to visit their homes so they know that we care enough to leave our ivory tower and go to them and tell them that we care. Here are three tips on how to overcome it: 1. Don't judge parents. Just stop it. Seriously. 2. Have positive intentions. H/T to Melinda Miller. Assume the best. Don't make up their story for them. Learn from them, and ask them what they are doing! Don't just assume we know what is going on. 3. Recognize the good that people are doing the best they can. The numbers of parents who are actively hurting their kids is remarkably small! Are parents struggling because they don't have the skills, abilities, time, resources, etc. to be better? YES! I sure am! I am a well-educated, successful white dude and I still struggle to be as good a dad as I can be! That's just the truth. The truth is, our parents are awesome, and they are doing the best they can. Expectations and Mindsets are powerful, and if we believe parents are doing the best they can, we will see evidence of that. Let's make sure the self-fulfilling prophecy and storyline that we have is that parents are amazing and doing great things!  
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9 min
August 27, 2017
You Get what You Expect with Nicholas Fischer Transformative Principal 189
You Get what You Expect Nicholas A. Fischer is a school-management consultant and coach. He was the superintendent of the New London, Conn., school district from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was the superintendent of schools in Fall River, Mass., and the Christina School District in Newark, Del.; the assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, Va.; and the associate commissioner for finance and accountability in the Massachusetts Department of Education. Leading a District Can Be Controversial, Embrace it Be clear to yourself about what your values are. Working in public schools is very important. Started working Florida as a principal when corporal punishment was still allowed. Telling kids what we wanted them to do instead of what we don’t want them to do. Problems in American Public education: Our expectations are too low. All of us have special abilities Every child can be expected to be out a maximum effort. What we expect in engagement is different than what kids are taught growing up. What are the ramifications of doing the right thing? What are the right questions to ask a supervisor? Are you mobile enough to find the right places to work? Know what you believe, and talk to your supervisor, let your spouse know the ups and downs you will face. That’s one way of doing it, but here’s a better way. You have to know what the stakes are going in, and be willing to live with them. Average tenure of Superintendent is 2-3 years. Average tenure of principals is a little longer. Reasons for moving vary. In some situations, leaving a situation can be a badge of honor. Why are you staying if you’re struggling? Get candid feedback about how you’re portraying yourself. Much better off being honest with those we are talking with. Don’t use the statement, “Don’t take this personally.” I’d like to hear your version of what you see yourself doing. Set up an active listening conversation. We too often end a statement with “You know what I mean?” Distinguish between what a person is doing and what you would like to see them doing. Tell me what you think I’m asking you to do. Sit down a couple weeks later and talking about what they have changed. I don’t assume anything. How to be a transformative principal? Transformative to do what? If you were to describe what you are trying to accomplish, define what is happening right now in your school. Think through how you frame things. Define what you perceive happening. Start to talk about what the difference is between what people are doing what you want them to do. If you’re going to have a safe school, everyone needs to be involved. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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18 min
August 23, 2017
Enjoy the Journey with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1035
This is my "practice" of my opening day remarks to my staff. I practiced it as though I was going to give it to the staff, so I didn't record when I was giving it to the staff. A copy of the Powerpoint is available at http://transformativeprincipal.org/
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24 min
August 20, 2017
Don’t Try to Change People, Change Behavior with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 188
We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but bad collaboration takes even more time. Tom Hierck can be found at his web site. superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education. Great educators all over the place. Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints. If you build them, they will learn. Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities Start with something simple. Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive. Focus on the kids Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior. Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior. Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids. You can’t manage every classroom from your office. Be the “Judicious Parent” What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom. The difference between rules and expectations. What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like. If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model. How to work with challenging team members? If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement. Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind. Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it. How to deal with the comfortable, but not good. Get clarity on our purpose. Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose. When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose. We do construction work in times of calm. Ineffective practices = easy. We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids. How to find time. We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time. Chase time doesn’t work How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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20 min
August 13, 2017
Rules turn students into classroom lawyers with Tom Hierck Transformative Principal 187
Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.   Tom Hierck can be found at his web site. superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education. Great educators all over the place. Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints. If you build them, they will learn. Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities Start with something simple. Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive. Focus on the kids Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior. Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior. Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids. You can’t manage every classroom from your office. Be the “Judicious Parent” What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom. The difference between rules and expectations. What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like. If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model. How to work with challenging team members? If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement. Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind. Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it. How to deal with the comfortable, but not good. Get clarity on our purpose. Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose. When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose. We do construction work in times of calm. Ineffective practices = easy. We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids. How to find time. We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time. Chase time doesn’t work How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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19 min
August 8, 2017
Mastermind Live with Kimberly, Keven, Katie, Margaret, and Jethro Transformative Principal 1040
Jethro and the members of the Mastermind give you an insight into what the mastermind looks like!
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54 min
August 6, 2017
Real instructional minutes with Adam Pisoni Transformative Principal 186
Gain empathy Live day-to-day changes to scheduling. Basic level of master scheduling. Deeper level of how everything works in a school. Real instructional minutes. Where people are and when. How to learn about struggles that people have. Hired a principal to help guide the decision. worked with 1 school. Then worked with many schools. How to affect change in others’ lives. Get to the next level of detail. All changes to school require a holistic understanding of the impact. How to be a Transformative Principal? Gain empathy.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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22 min
July 30, 2017
Improving the school scheduling nightmare with Adam Pisoni Transformative Principal 185
Schools are being forced to lie to their systems to get their information correct. Adam Pisoni is a serial technology entrepreneur who is most notably known for being the co-founder and CTO of Yammer, the enterprise communications software that was bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012. He is considered a pioneer of the Enterprise Social Network (ESN) concept and a visionary in organizational design and management. After a short stint at Microsoft, Pisoni spent a year researching education in America and realized that master scheduling is a game changer for the future of K12 education. See Pisoni’s byline Why I started Abl in Student Voices. ABL Schools Startups since 1995 and founded Yammer with David. K-12 education wasn’t that positive. Where you go to school matters. How did he know that scheduling was a problem. Progressive schools. Instead of asking what’s possible in schools, what prevents traditional schools from iterating. Teachers don’t have the power to make some changes. Where is the greatest lever for change? We find countless examples of district schools that are doing innovation. Schools are being forced to lie to their systems to get their information correct. Master scheduling. Launching in July at Principal’s conference Multiple steps that are disconnected. Abl brings them all together. Conflicts and coteaching scenarios are all in the same dynamic system. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
July 29, 2017
Paul Erickson Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1032
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5 min
July 28, 2017
Nick Fischer Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1031
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3 min
July 27, 2017
Mike Anderson Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1030
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3 min
July 26, 2017
Where Jethro is interviewed for the Principal Matters Podcast with Will Parker - Bonus Episode 1033
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35 min
July 26, 2017
Mark Barnes Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1029
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3 min
July 25, 2017
Margaret Wright Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1028
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2 min
July 24, 2017
Kimberly Miles Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1027
The Transformative Leadership Summit is going to be amazing this year. I hope you enjoy this short teaser. Please sign up here: Click Here to Learn More> Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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3 min
July 23, 2017
Teaching Perseverance in Finland with Pirjo Suhonen Transformative Principal 184
If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough How to teach kids to be comfortable trying and failing We were surprised we did so well when we don’t prepare them for these big tests Kids’ interest in learning naturally grows as they do Kids need to understand that they come to school for themselves Dealing with misbehavior You normally need an audience to misbehave There is a reason for their misbehavior Challenges of education in Finland, Technology, collaboration, and presentation (social) skills. How to be a transformative Principal? Try a Skype break Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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15 min
July 22, 2017
Zaretta Hammond Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1039
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3 min
July 21, 2017
Keven Barker Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1026
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4 min
July 20, 2017
Katie Kinnaman Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1025
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3 min
July 19, 2017
Shane Safir Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1033
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3 min
July 18, 2017
Justin Baeder Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1024
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5 min
July 16, 2017
Education in Finland with Pirjo Suhonen Transformative Principal 183
You need to have imagination. You normally need an audience to misbehave Pirjo Suhonen lives in Finland and recently finished her Master’s in Education. What school is really like in Finland Give a lot of value to childhood and play Prefer to let them play and explore School is 4-5 hours   Preschool is up to 7 years old (only 4 hours per day, play rather than book learning) Play leads to more self-motivated learning Demanding a lot, but giving a lot Design Factory in Espol. Instead of just having a chat with someone in the coffee room only, you have open channels of Skype in other coffee rooms in other countries. If kids can teach coding, anyone can learn it! Pirjo’s MOOC Broad national curriculum. Core curriculum - 7 competencies Perseverance. Competencies give you the why you are in school. How to teach perseverance Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
July 15, 2017
Will Parker Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1038
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4 min
July 14, 2017
Sylwia Denko Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1034
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3 min
July 13, 2017
Jon Laffoon Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1022
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4 min
July 12, 2017
Jon Harper Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1021
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2 min
July 11, 2017
Joe Sanfelippo Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1020
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3 min
July 10, 2017
Jimmy Casas Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1019
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4 min
July 9, 2017
Instructional Leadership Team with David Smith Transformative Principal 182
* How to make certain that teacher leaders have support and training to be leaders. * Instructional Leadership Team - sole focus, making sure that good instruction is happening in the school. * How to identify instructional leaders in your school. * [Innovator’s mindset MOOC](http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/6669) * If someone is upset because you’re good, that’s not your problem. * Experience doesn’t necessarily lead to instructional leadership. * What we value in this school is instruction and instructional expertise. * The role of the principal supervisor. * Teams of principals visit a classroom and talk about the instruction that they saw. * Asking parents about what they think about instruction. * Adjusting instruction for teacher leaders. * ESSA allows us to do creative things with the principals. * Professional learning for administrators. * How to enable teacher leaders to be successful. * International models of education and how to allocate time for teachers. * How to allocate time during the day. * Maybe 180 minutes of reading time is not really necessary. * How to be a transformative principal? Decide that you’re going to spend time every day in classrooms. Schools.utah.gov - Departments - Educator Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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23 min
July 8, 2017
Jennifer Abrams Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1018
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3 min
July 7, 2017
Tom Braddock Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1035
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3 min
July 6, 2017
Jeff Zoul Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1017
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4 min
July 5, 2017
Tom Hierck Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1036
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5 min
July 4, 2017
Glenn Robbins Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1016
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4 min
July 3, 2017
Bob Sonju Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1037
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2 min
July 2, 2017
Effective Principal Coaching with David Smith Transformative Principal 181
Get rid of a culture of judgment and move toward a culture of improvement. David Smith (Web site, Twitter) is the Leader Effectiveness Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He mentors and supports principals all over the state. 30 years in public schools. 10 as a teacher and 20 as a principal. ALPS, Principal in 3 different schools, Math Specialist for the state. Why he should have gotten a doctorate. Works with principals, superintendents, and HR directors in different district. Summative Evaluations Principals need to become coaches to teachers. If in a summative evaluation, a teacher is surprised, then the principal hasn’t done his job. Principals should not take the role of teacher coaches. Principal should be the lead learner or principal coach in the school. We get so caught up in administrivia and don’t focus on learning. A business manager vs. principal. Equitable division of leadership responsibilities. Ideal that the principal is the instructional leader.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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17 min
July 1, 2017
Frederick Lane Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1015
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3 min
June 29, 2017
Kashi Bazemore-Hall Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1014
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4 min
June 27, 2017
Anthony Muhammad Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1013
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5 min
June 25, 2017
Increasing Expectations for Students with Sumant Pendharkar Transformative Principal 180
How to support kids with resources that are already there. In India, two board level exams 10th grade and end of high school. Immense pressure on students to be prepared for their Education has social pressure in India. US News and World Report explaining that children in India are better If the parents are educated and given guidance, they get age-appropriate support for their kids. Have an outside party develop coursework for the parent to start talking about future possibilities. Germany has a system of internships. Nationwide testing, those who are educated know to get their students to take the SAT and ACT. Other parents who are struggling are the ones who fall behind. How to be a transformative principal? 1. Introduce a nationwide exam. 2. Increasing the expectation for students’ academic ranking Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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24 min
June 24, 2017
Destry Brown Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1012
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3 min
June 22, 2017
David Smith Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1011
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4 min
June 20, 2017
Cindy Couchman Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1010
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4 min
June 18, 2017
Raising Yourself with Sumant Pendharker Transformative Principal 179
Take a bold stand, and bring about change. Increasing Expectations for Students with Sumant Pendharkar Transformative Principal 180 If you were a teacher in that system, you would have cheated, too. Born in India, Sumant S. Pendharkar has lived in the United States since 1985. As a hiring manager in the computer industry for over twenty years, he noticed that many of the choices his associates had made as teenagers were catching up with them. 
An accomplished author of technical books, Sumant turned his attention to help children make effective choices that would increase their chances of success and be better prepared to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive global marketplace. With the publication of two well-received and organizationally endorsed books for teens, he became increasingly involved as a public speaker in local communities and a frequent TV and radio guest. K12 Counts is the next chapter in his journey to provide the children of his adopted country the tools they need to make themselves successful. www.K12Counts.org Break the cycle of low academic outcomes permanently in a single generation From an immigrant’s point of view, Sumant has written a series of articles to open the discussion on ways to make the youth of America become competitive players in the global marketplace. He welcomes your thoughts and comments. Book for students: Raising Yourself: Making the Right Choices Sumant’s background Match a quality parent to another parent to help parents be successful. Thought it was a career planning issue. Should be parents’ responsibility to teach kids about career planning. In the United States, kids have the freedom to make their own choices. Growing up in a different country gave Sumant a different view to see issues that parents can have. Go to college message is strong in the media, but not necessarily home. Set the expectations for college at home. Exit exam is a benchmark. High School in San Jose. How do we get Singaporeans to think for themselves? Take a bold stand, and bring about change. 2 sets of immigrants: Educated & Aware vs. Uneducated & struggling Language level of both groups is the same, it is not an language issue. Attitude is the issue. USA is the only country in the world where there is not a sense of urgency for academic success. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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25 min
June 17, 2017
Chris Wejr Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1009
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3 min
June 17, 2017
Joshua Spodek Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1023
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4 min
June 16, 2017
Chris Horton Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1008
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2 min
June 15, 2017
Brian Edmister Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1007
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2 min
June 14, 2017
Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Bill Ziegler Transformative Principal 1006
Bill's new book is out soon. Check it out at ChaseLearning.com The Transformative Leadership Summit is going to be amazing this year. I hope you enjoy this Special Full Interview. Please sign up here: Click Here to sign up for this FREE Conference!
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20 min
June 13, 2017
Amy Fast Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser 1005
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3 min
June 11, 2017
Building adult skills to support trauma-impacted youth with Teri Barila Transformative Principal 178
This makes it too easy for kids. We coddle them. How did you learn resilience? Did you have an adult to help shape you into something better? Resilience - #1 strategy attachment to a caring adult. Bruce Perry - National Leader on trauma. Witnessed in their humanity How do we create that caring, supportive environment that supports that student when we are in the school environment. We can’t get hung up on the behavior. The problem is when we alienate because of the behavior. Understanding that any perception of loss of safety is potential for students to become disregulated. Trauma is the perception of loss of safety and connection, not just the ACES. Safety - not just physical safety. Moral safety and emotional safety - see more from Sandra Bloom How to deal with the response, “This takes too much time.” Calm room is not punishment. Schools can’t do this alone. “My Piece Matters” Won’t kids take advantage of that? Teachers notice that.   Every child wants to do well. Do we teach them through a punishment mode or regulatory mode. Building adult skills to support trauma-impacted youth. Emotional Hygiene How to be a transformative principal? Dig into understanding of hardwired response system in the brain. Kids aren’t out to get you, they just don’t know how to manage themselves. Self-Reg Stewart Shanker By Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Starts with understanding that each of us can help create a safe environment. Nurturance is reparative and restorative.  Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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29 min
June 6, 2017
Allison Zmuda Transformative Leadership Summit Teaser Transformative Principal 1004
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4 min
June 4, 2017
Safety. Connection. Learning. with Teri Barila Transformative Principal 177
Safety. Connection. Learning. with Teri Barila Transformative Principal 177 You ain’t getting to learning until that student is regulated Building adult skills to support trauma-impacted youth with Teri Barila Transformative Principal 178 Resilience - #1 strategy attachment to a caring adult. Nurturance is reparative and restorative Teri Barila is the Children’s Resilience Initiative Director. Toxic Stress impacts our brain development and architecture Brain developed to protect that individual. When you feel threatened, you go to that brain stem. How we look at behavior from a different lens. It’s not what’s wrong with this person What has this person experienced that I can manage to support him or her. Regulatory skills needed for kids. Body already understands that you are being threatened. Body shuts down all other functions to be supportive. Use the same response systems as a child. Understanding our brain architecture. Language centers are disconnected when they are in stress. Provide opportunities to calm down. You ain’t getting to learning until that student is regulated. We further escalate that response by sending the student out. When we recognize that behavior is a call for help, we will move from punishment to regulation. How to teach regulation to students. Teach them how their brain works. Don’t wait until they are in high school to teach self-regulation. Recognize, validate, and manage their feelings. Where are you as you’re walking into my classroom. What’s going on in your world? Mantras, other ways to regulate. It’s all about being present with the child. Noticing, naming, validating, managing their feelings. We forget to notice that kids are escalating. Rather than punishing a child for having a feeling… Do you have enough skills to manage the feelings What to do when they are escalated. When one is having trouble, we don’t alienate, we try to help. Welcome slip - “We’re glad you’re here. Welcome to school.” Safety. Connection. Learning. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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24 min
May 30, 2017
View From the Top with Aaron Walker Transformative Principal 1003
  Aaron Walker is without question a veteran entrepreneur. Starting his first business at 18 and selling to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later demonstrates Aaron’s passion for succeeding. Unwilling to rest on past success Aaron started, bought and sold twelve successful companies over the past 38 years. Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron has enjoyed a 37-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin. Today Aaron spends the majority of his time HELPING MEN GROW IN SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE as President and Founder of VIEW FROM THE TOP, a premier life and business coaching resource. Aaron’s new book, View From The Top is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to live a successful and significant life. Also, Aaron is the Co-Author of The Mastermind Blueprint endorsed by many including Seth Godin. Aaron has a vibrant history that guarantees to inspire you to reach heights you never dreamed possible. Aaron Walker Started working in a pawn shop at 13 years old. View from the Top book - June 20th. How people can live a successful and significant life. Ran over and killed a pedestrian. Giving away interviews and some other stuff. How to continue to grow and be better. Happiness is a choice, not a trait. Going from Poor to successful. Mom wouldn’t allow us to say can’t. Can’t couldn’t do it, but could did it all. Fear missing an opportunity more than you fear failure. You either succeed, or you learn. Don’t fear failure. “You can’t do that.“ No, you mean you can’t do that! Great purpose makes it so nothing can hold us back. Teachers have a huge impact on students. I believe in you. It’s no different than any other profession, care. Neely’s Bend Middle Prep. Be authentic and genuine. The Power of Habit Fully Alive Do the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with and that will be your life. How bitterness stifles creativity. Balance is impossible. Prioritizing your priorities. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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33 min
May 28, 2017
Moving to College Prep with Tiger Aguon Transformative Principal 176
Pastor Tiger Aguon Twitter is the headmaster of Triumph Christian Academy , being renamed to Kingdom Prepartory School (http://kingdomschool.org). Future plans for Triumph Second campus in Orlando College prep Special education is difficult to handle, need to find ways to support them. How to prepare for college prep. Dual enrollment with local community college. Teach high school as a headmaster. Open house tour. Sign up for 10 minute opportunities to see what is going on. Teach high school students in a combined grade levels. Name, vision, mission will all change with new approach. Vision Banquet Fresh start is important. We can do more with a new name. Honor the former owner, but move on. How to be a transformative principal? Know your staff and teachers. A leader with no followers is just taking a walk. Staff your weaknesses. Serving is key. Can only serve those with whom you connect. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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22 min
May 25, 2017
Instructional Leadership Intensive with Justin Baeder Transformative Principal 1002
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66 min
May 21, 2017
Surround Yourself with Smart People with Tiger Aguon Transformative Principal 175
Pastor Tiger Aguon Twitter is the headmaster of Triumph Christian Academy , being renamed to Kingdom Prepartory School (http://kingdomschool.org). Turned around school from 57 students (and dwindling) to over 320 students and now ranked 43 in the state. Facebook program - worksheets 6th in the county Fully accredited. The need for mentors. Surround yourself with people who know more than you. When taking over a role, need to find people who know the culture. Take ownership for the situation. Don’t pass the blame for anything. Painted a picture for teachers. Cleaned house Went from 6 staff to 24 teachers, through establishing a vision. Don’t just have a meeting to fire someone, retrain them. Give them an option of what it looks like. The power is in the parents’ hands. Contrasts with Public schools. Challenges in Central Florida schools. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
May 14, 2017
When Schools Focus on Refugees with Clare Fulp Transformative Principal 174
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. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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38 min
May 11, 2017
Thirty Four Initiatives in Three Years with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 1001
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19 min
May 7, 2017
Engaging Businesses Parents and Students with Tom Braddock Transformative Principal 173
Tom Braddock is the principal of Evergreen Elementary in Woodbury, New Jersey. How to teach alternatives to violence at elementary school Personal development course Amy Fast’s Tweet Engaging the community through two specific things: Barber Shop: discount on haircut for reading a book out loud while getting haircut Story in Philadelphia Inquirer - South Jersey school district hopes to create 'a buzz' about reading PRIDE Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, And Effort. Babies cry for, kids live for it, adults die for it - Recognition Standout student of the week with home visits 30 days without a tantrum. Sister of Dominique Moceanu Lead with love Build children’s (parent’s, teacher’s, community’s) belief in the school Resurrect resilience We often forget what we’re capable of. How to be a transformative principal? Wake up in the morning and count your blessings. Protect yourself from negativity. tbraddock@woodburysch.com 8568530125 ext 142 Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
May 3, 2017
Here’s What Happens When you Implement Something From Each Interview with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal Special
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19 min
April 30, 2017
Education A Noble Profession with Tom Braddock Transformative Principal 172
Tom Braddock is the principal of Evergreen Elementary in Woodbury, New Jersey. Planning to go into politics, changed to education Alternative Routes to Education licensure. Alternatives to Violence School Without Walls World peace starts with me Me -> Community -> Country -> World What can I do on a daily basis to be more positive productive and peaceful? Nonviolent protests Practicality of the class World hunger simulation The Wave - Book about “the classroom experiment that went too far.“ Ed Leadership Sims How to deal with negative aspects - build the support structure long beforehand. 4 simple classroom rules: 1. Keep it Disney 2. Be prepared 3. Be active 4. Be here You can’t teach them until you reach them. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
April 23, 2017
Sketch Noting with Red Rohl Transformative Principal 171
Red Rohl is a veteran elementary and middle school teacher who works to find ways to connect with kids via sketch noting and writing graphic novels. See his web site at http://heavysketches.com. Check out his Facebook page. How to help kids become part of your lesson. Jotting the ideas down quickly, but then adding more for effect. Importance of creativity. Not comparing to kids next to them. How to help kids get started with sketch noting. Start with lined paper and use it. Put a little more effort into the visuals. Reaching young men and boys and teaching them to be strong men. How to be a transformative principal? Listen to the teachers. Let teachers’ lights shine through. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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31 min
April 16, 2017
The QTIP Strategy with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 170
  Jon Harper is the host of the My Bad Podcast on BAM Radio Network and an Assistant Principal. You can find him on Twitter at @jonharper70bd. Why Jon’s school calls their classrooms families. Meetings are meant to build trust, loves, and empathy. Activities with kids to build trust, show vulnerability. QTIP - Quit Taking it Personally Learn people’s stories. You can’t feel what they feel, but you have an understanding of who they are. Lead by example. How to be a transformative principal? Share some of your flaws with a teacher or a student. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
April 9, 2017
My Bad with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 169
My Bad with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 169 Split at 18:55 when I ask, what are you most excited about at your school? 25:04 maybe edit out. The QTIP Strategy with Jon Harper Transformative Principal 170 Jon Harper is the host of the My Bad Podcast on BAM Radio Network and an Assistant Principal. You can find him on Twitter at @jonharper70bd. Why he started his podcast. The power of mistakes. Powerful episode with Maggie Bolado Strengths-based leadership Listen Treat people as people first and teachers second. Education is what we do, not who we are. Restorative Practices You might lose minutes in Math or ELA, but you gain learning in the social emotional area. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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18 min
April 5, 2017
Bringing a Calming Influence with Daniel Bauer Transformative Principal Special
Bringing a Calming Influence with Daniel Bauer Transformative Principal Special Who you are matters Daniel Bauer is the host of the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast, and a dear friend. He started his first year as building principal this last year and takes some time to reflect on what he has learned about it. Better Leadership Sprint with Daniel Bauer use the word transform! Or use the code Jethro for $30 “You brought a calming influence to the campus.” Best gift ever. 3 year journal Who you are matters. The power of being self-aware. The Go Giver Leader The Morning Miracle Tips for bringing a calming influence. Don’t forget rule #6 How to be a transformative principal? check out the Leadership Sprint and give mindfulness a chance. Download the Headspace app Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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28 min
April 2, 2017
An Individualized Education Program for Every Student with Scott Johns Transformative Principal 168
  Scott Johns is a former high school CTE teacher, and now works for Education Elements, former educators and administrators who are passionate about education. Student Reflection and Ownership Students need to understand their role in their learning. The power of setting goals. Self-directed learning. Small structured choices. Integrated Digital Content Computers/tablets/screen time is not all this is. Lily pad, too much on one corner causes you to drop. Integrated digital content allows personalized learning to scale. Digital tools can increase ability to perform at higher levels. Newsela.com and achieve3000 How to not meet just the needs of the middle. How to meet the needs of the high and low. How to be a transformative Principal? Design thinking process. Empathy. Get students’ input. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
March 26, 2017
Personalized Learning with Scott Johns Transformative Principal 167
Scott Johns is a former high school CTE teacher, and now works for Education Elements, former educators and administrators who are passionate about education. What education elements does. Personalized learning - what is it? Core Four Targeted Instruction - break down whole group instruction into smaller groups of students. Dynamic and purposeful groups of students. After 7–8 students in a group, results taper off. Challenges of targeted instruction. Presence of small groups does not necessarily equal targeted instruction. Data Driven Decisions - Data should inform instruction in the classroom. Allow teachers AND students to reflect on and work with the data. The problem with the question, “Why did you give me this grade?” Tight feedback loops. Standards-based grading. Can help with the process, but not the only way to do it. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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20 min
March 19, 2017
Leadership Step by Step with Joshua Spodek Transformative Principal 166
  Joshua Spodek (Twitter, Web Site and Blog) is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., founder of Spodek Academy, and author of Leadership Step by Step (launching February 2017). Sign up for his webinar here He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents. He earned praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, and has done burpees every day for six years and counting. He lives in Greenwich Village and blogs daily at www.joshuaspodek.com. Step-by-Step courses and Book. Iterations lead to higher quality. Grading by weight. Woody Allen said “80% of success is showing up.” Supporting STEM approaches. Theory vs. practice. How influence peoples’ behavior. All western philosophy is footnotes to Plato. What is a good life and how do I make mine better. Leadership Step By Step Book How to be a transformative Principal? Go to Educon and read Leadership Step by Step! Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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18 min
March 14, 2017
Standing and Delivering with Henry Gradillas Transformative Principal Special
Henry Gradillas, along with his co-author Jerry Jesness, has written a book that will challenge many common assumptions about public education. Henry served as the Principal of Garfield High School during the period depicted in the film “Stand and Deliver” about Jamie Escalante’s success’ and challenges. Henry is a well known Educator and Motivational Speaker. In this book, Dr. Gradillas shares both his upbeat philosophy of education and the practical school management techniques that helped translate that philosophy into success for thousands of students over three decades. The books focuses on three areas that are key to the operation of an effective school: School Climate, instruction, and curriculum. It includes many references to the Garfield High School experience, as well as to other schools where Dr. Gradillas was principal. How to adjust Thebestschools.org prize Kids are so involved on other things. Teaching Spanish at 83! Using today’s technology How do you support great teachers, without other teachers wanting to cut their heads off? They told me it couldn’t be done. Why AP is so important? Why is it so difficult to implement dual credit for high schools and colleges still? Did not change one thing in the district policy, but interpreted to make it work. Stamp of Approval for “Gifted” students. How can we implement this in lower grades? Infusing Math through everything Teach it to students early enough that they would be interested in it! How to deal with the difficult things as they happen: Because you know you’re right! I am so glad that finally the principal is doing what principals should do! Give the kids the opportunity to say how their school is helping them. Mandated Algebra for every high school student. When you don’t give a class to a student because you don’t offer it, you start them out as adults in a negative. When you’re in command, Command! Or get out! How to be a transformative principal? Go into a faculty and staff meeting and say: We are working hard, and we have some problems. Give me one thing that I can do to help you and make your teaching more effective? Secondly, give me one thing that I can do in the long-term to help you be more effective? Third, give me something that will improve what your doing for next year? Then what can you do yourself to move this along. How Jethro increased attendance Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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64 min
March 12, 2017
How You Learn Is As Important As What You Learn with Joshua Spodek Transformative Principal 165
  Joshua Spodek (Twitter, Web Site and Blog) is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., founder of Spodek Academy, and author of Leadership Step by Step (launching February 2017). Sign up for his webinar here He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents. He earned praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, and has done burpees every day for six years and counting. He lives in Greenwich Village and blogs daily at www.joshuaspodek.com. Josh’s history Chris Lehmann, founder of Science Leadership Academy. educon How you learn is as important as what you learn Realized the lectures he prepared weren’t as effective as he wanted. KIBSD High School Team Challenge How his graduate level courses work. Don’t give lectures on leadership, give experiences to help people learn what they need to learn. Understanding yourself Leading yourself Understanding others Leading others Think of a project that has some deliverable that you care about the outcome, tell what success means. Three raisins exercise: eat the raisins completely mindfully. People know when you’re not paying attention. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
March 5, 2017
Be the First Follower with Adam Beauchamp Transformative Principal 164
Adam Beauchamp (Twitter) is the principal at Waller Middle School in Edin OK. Rotations on Priority If a student has better reading skills, they will have a better time in class. 90 students that need reading support. 6 week study group. Have it flexible enough for kids to come and go. Were rotating every 2 days, and then ended up on 1 week. How to deal with detractors within the building. How to be a transformative principal? Don’t be the one with all the ideas, be the first follower. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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24 min
February 26, 2017
Don't Wait for Next Year with Adam Beauchamp Transformative Principal 163
Adam Beauchamp (Twitter) is the principal at Waller Middle School in Edin OK. Interview on Principal Matters Solution Tree PLC institutes for professional development. How to offer students on-time intervention. Don’t wait for next year. 30 minute time block. All school assembly google docs 1:1 this semester Teachers get to pick which kids they are working with. Small group, computer-based, and enrichment. How to change schedule mid-year Through the PLC process, we found ways to make sure we helped everyone Didn’t service the kids who were “getting it” in the beginning. 12 different options for kids who are on track.   Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
February 19, 2017
The Power of Goal Setting with Jessica Lahey Transformative Principal 162
Jessica Lahey (Twitter) is the author of “The Gift of Failure” and writes for The Atlantic and the New York Times, and other publications. Here are a bunch of other great books she recommends. Addressing effort Oversimplification of Carol Dweck’s work. Failure isn’t important, but what the person learns is important. Teach kids to be more patient with their own frustration. Make it Stick book Give honest feedback Feedback needs to be relevant Transparency and honesty with kids Goals are important Adapt by Tim Harford How to be a transformative Principal? Show respect for the growth your teachers are trying to make. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
February 12, 2017
The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey Transformative Principal 161
Jessica Lahey (Twitter) is the author of “The Gift of Failure” and writes for The Atlantic and the New York Times, and other publications. Here are a bunch of other great books she recommends. Drug and alcohol rehab teacher. The things that work for well-behaved kids are what is needed for kids that are really struggling. Autonomy and competence Connection is the most important part. Make what we’re teaching relevant to them. The role of touch in the classroom. The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch Student questions that needed to be answered. False sense of investment in sports or activities. Malleable brains allow kids to learn quickly. Standards-based grading Formative until I put it in the gradebook. Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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25 min
February 5, 2017
Routines to Make Yourself More Successful with Karine Veldhoen Transformative Principal 160
Karine Veldhoen, M. Ed. is the founder of Learn Forward and a creative force in education. She’s also the Chief Learning Officer at Willowstone Academy, the CEO/Founder of Niteo Africa, a former Education Consultant for Fresh Grade and a modern day pilgrim. Learn Forward represents a lifetime of her professional study, action research, and meaning-making within the context of education. Driven by her passion for making a difference in the lives of others, Karine’s been exploring the most important journeys of children through serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Willowstone Academy for the last 10 years and as an educator for over 20 years.  In her talks about the transformation of education, she emphasizes the importance of cultivating a connection between school and home and uses the Table of Learning as a metaphor for where we can begin.   Twitter @Learn_forward What do children need universally? The need is endless. Human need is endless. Matching our greatest gift to fulfilling the human need. Refined self-care. Sustainability. Design a self-care plan. Using design-thinking process. Designing for thriving. Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly practices Success of morning routine depends on setting yourself up for success the night before. It’s not perfect, sometimes nights are rough. When it does work well, it is awesome. If you have a spouse, take time each Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. GTD by David Allen. Review days on Friday. Review upcoming dates for the week on Friday. Teachers are doing the heroic work, leave on Friday and go home and rest. Empowering our team of teachers in their work is incredibly important. They need information and communication to do that well. Monthly routines reflect on what goals were achieved. The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran Michael Hyatt’s Free to Focus Course Visioning Retreat yearly with spouse - Nest Building for Parents How to be a Transformative Principal? WIN: do What’s Important Now! Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Join my group coaching program   Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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28 min
January 29, 2017
Imagination Creativity Innovation and Entreprenuership with Don Wettrick Transformative Principal 159
  Don Wettrick is a teacher in Noblesville, Indiana and founder of StartEdUp Innovation. He can be found on Twitter at @donwettrick, and his podcast on iTunes He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” How to make standards real. Begin in Elementary school 2 negatives to this Grades go down in other classes! Kids can get full of themselves. Pockets of teachers vs. teachers being innovative vs. principals being innovative. How to get leaders to buy in. We need to push out the awesome things that we are doing in our schools. Is 20% time enough time? Imagination, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship. How to be a transformative principal? Go to people and say do something amazing. It gets worse before it gets better! Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
January 22, 2017
True Genius Hours with Don Wettrick Transformative Principal 158
Don Wettrick is a teacher in Noblesville, Indiana and founder of StartEdUp Innovation. He can be found on Twitter at @donwettrick, and his podcast on iTunes He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” Innovation class, teaching kids to innovate Daniel Pink’s innovation time Ted Talk. Pure Genius Book Why can’t my child have this class? 20% time for ourselves. How to think like a startup/entrepreneur. Mindset Course We like to complain about things. How do we change things? It is easier to complain than to do hard things. Collect and Connect ROTH IRA Deliberately take social media seriously. Rule of thirds (1/3 personal interest, 1/3 skill acquisition, 1/3 benefit to others) Innovation is an idea. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
January 15, 2017
Kids Can't Learn When They Don't Trust with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 157
Zaretta Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Second phase - building capacity of teachers. Learning partnerships. We can’t learn when we don’t trust. How to quickly build trust through trust generators. Selective vulnerability. Social pain and physical pain are equal as far as the brain is concerned. Power of acknowledging students out in the community. Culturally responsive teaching isn’t about just relationships. We have the relationship so the teacher can push when the learning gets hard. 4 cultural learning tools. Understand there is a common thread through most cultures - collectivism. Individualism vs. Collectivism - figuring out a problem together. This is not a subject area you need to tackle, but something that you need to bring into the meeting. World cafe - strategy for teacher discussion. How to be a transformative principal? Facilitative leadership. How do you create an agenda that is equity focused?   Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
January 8, 2017
Culturally Responsive Teaching with Zaretta Hammond Transformative Principal 156
Zaretta Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. You can find her on the web at Ready4rigor.com and on Twitter at @ready4rigor Culturally responsive teaching is seen as classroom management or one-off - both of these are wrong. It is really about learning. Dependent vs. Independent learners Brains aren’t any different, but the system is stacked against them. It’s about getting students to take control of their own learning. Once learning is relevant, then students can be engaged. Multi-cultural education vs. culturally responsive education. Where to start (Thanks to @feedurmind_read) in culturally responsive teaching. Leader to create the conversation to talk about our students. Counter-narratives - acknowledge the dominant narratives. Not about preaching from the leader. Trust undermines culturally responsive teaching. Here’s the three things we believe about our X students. What’s being said in the media about those students? Teachers are mirroring what they are seeing in the media. Starts with relational trust and creating counter-narratives. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
January 1, 2017
How to Help Kids Stay Away from Drugs with Dr. Stephen Sroka Transformative Principal 155
Dr. Stephen Sroka (Twitter grew up in poverty and is now an educator and keynote speaker. Be sure to check out his great YouTube page. Drugs and alcohol exposure to kids. Perceived risk of harm is minimized because of decriminalization. Addiction rate doubles when kids use marijuana and alcohol in high school or before. The reality is that you don’t know if it is a gateway drug. Marijuana is not good for the adolescent brain. If you get addicted to opiates in high school, you will likely relapse. Focus on coping skills to help them deal with life. Give kids options. What do you want to get high on? Trauma-informed strategies for students. Predictors of success: when every staff member learns every student’s name. If you don’t have relationships, kids won’t trust you and kids won’t do what you ask. What can we do to be a transformative Principal? Know kids by name. Honest, humor, hope. Look and Listen. Smile and Say Hi to everyone. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
December 25, 2016
The Gift in a Toxic Society with Dr. Stephen Sroka Transformative Principal 154
  Dr. Stephen Sroka (Twitter grew up in poverty and is now an educator and keynote speaker. Be sure to check out his great YouTube page. Steve describes his life growing up and the challenges he faced. Overcoming welfare to become a chemist and eventually a teacher. The Gift in a Toxic Society - the perfect gift you can give this year. PDF format. Dear …, I don’t want to die, but if I do, I want you to know that…. Tell that person what they mean to you. It will change the person you love for life. It matters because you put everything you have into it. Write the gift now because you don’t know when you won’t have a chance. The Power of One Speaker That time when Steve died. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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33 min
December 18, 2016
The Power of Relationships with Christopher Kai Transformative Principal Special
Christopher Kai (Twitter) has given over 1,000 speeches or workshops to a global audience from more than 30 countries. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies like American Express, New York Life, and Microsoft and notable non-profits like the Milken Family Foundation. Christopher has spoken alongside some of the most prominent global business leaders like Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s founder Nolan Bushnell, MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. His keynote experiences have been described as “life-changing,” “absolutely amazing” and a “breath of fresh air” because he consistently delivers actionable ideas and strategies based on research and experience all wrapped up in inspiring and insightful stories. Christopher also has an uncanny ability to customize his speeches for each of his unique clients. Here he talks about how to create unique and powerful relationships with those you meet. 
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December 11, 2016
Starting Small Going Big with Derek Rhodenizer Transformative Principal 153
Derek Rhodenizer (Twitter Web site) is a principal in Ottawa Canada. He is also the host of the eduthoughts podcast.   Whiteboard by the table Legowall 4’x3’ the video Modeling as administrators. Giving ownership of the office to other people models giving ownership of the classroom to the students. Audio/visual recording studio. Weekly updates, drawing Teaching parents to read with their kids. Empower parents to ask questions. Sometimes you have to jump and start building your wings on the way down. Start small. What am I good at? Start there. What can you do to be a transformative principal? Go into the hallway and give kids high fives! You don’t need a reason to give a high five! Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
December 10, 2016
Best Year Ever Transformative Principal Special
This is a short episode where I talk about how I made the year 2016 as amazing as possible. If you want to make 2017 your best year ever, sign up for Michael Hyatt's program here.     
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December 4, 2016
Principals Office as a Learning Space with Derek Rhodenizer Transformative Principal 152
  Derek Rhodenizer (Twitter Web site) is a principal in Ottawa Canada. He is also the host of the eduthoughts podcast. Principal’s office as a learning space. The Third Teacher book about learning spaces. Why the principal’s office is a learning space. Another tool that a teacher can use. Constructive rather than negative. Permanent audio/visual recording learning space. Whiteboard by the table Legowall 4’x3’ the video Modeling as administrators. Giving ownership of the office to other people models giving ownership of the classroom to the students. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
November 27, 2016
Fridays in Fairbanks with Dana Evans Transformative Principal 151
  Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK. Students sign up for dance, tai kwon doe and other physical activities throughout the week. Friday in Fairbanks activity. See a schedule here extra prep time for teachers on Friday. How to schedule things for Fairbanks. Excursions cost about 20,000 a year. Go with the flow is a very important characteristic to have for teachers and students. Students with disabilities are thriving in this environment. Could this work at a typical school? How we could change the typical school to meet individual student needs? Core is grade specific. Start small with afternoon science and a couple How to be a transformative principal? Think of the possibilities. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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November 20, 2016
Core in the Morning Explorations in the Afternoon with Dana Evans Transformative Principal 150
  Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK. 3 hours of uninterrupted core math and ELA. explorations in the afternoon. Science, social studies, math, spanish, technology fine arts, extended learning program, etc. Explorations Class Catalog Explorations classes are 9 weeks for three each. Some are year long, some are semester long. Student choice enhances student engagement. Relationships deepen because of looping. Afternoon can be something that students really engage in because they choose it. Magnet school using the same Magnet is the explorations that bring students and families to the school. Lottery system to determine who goes to Barnette. Envision Math and GoMath. Explorations are multi-age in bands. Science and social studies checklists to make sure they get what they need. 416 students, 20 part time students. Have an additional secretary who does all the scheduling. How to deal with endorsements for teachers teaching explorations. How to deal with contractural obligations like prep time. How are class sizes affected by this schedule? Students each lunch in their rooms. Each teacher has 2 explorations to teach in the afternoon. Class sizes are 20–25 for core classes. Class sizes are a little smaller in explorations Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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November 13, 2016
The Power of Storytelling in Flipped Classrooms with James Sturtevant Transformative Principal 149
James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year. Storytelling, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. Empower the kids to find the stories. Fireplace app Chromebooks iOS. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. Delivering content in a flipped manner. The benefits of flipping your classroom. How to be a transformative leader? Check your ego. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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November 7, 2016
Leadership is Hard with Jimmy Casas Transformative Principal Special
Jimmy Casas Twitter is in his 22nd year of administrative leadership.  He received his BA in Spanish and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Iowa and his Master’s in Administrative Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.  Jimmy is currently working on his ED.S and serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching a graduate course on Educational Leadership.  Jimmy has served as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa for the last 14 years.   Jimmy’s core purpose lies in serving others. He was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year.  In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he was named the Bammy National Principal of the Year.  Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCampIowa and also the Co-Founder of #IAedchat, a popular online chat that takes place every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. CST.  Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of a book with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul entitled, “What Connected Educators Do Differently.” What Great Educators Do Differently conference Leadership is lonely, but doesn’t have to be as lonely. Why it is meaningful to bring experts in to help us learn. How to create a network of excellence. How to create a mindset of excellence. How vulnerability impacts school leaders. People who take their jobs seriously want good things to happen for others. Surround yourself with excellence. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. How pride can be a benefit and a detriment How to define a problem clearly. When you surround yourself with a team, others will be there to protect and support you. Why it is important to make those who lead you look good. People who do good things, good things come back to them. Never blame someone above you for a decision made. Take on the hard issues privately. Your personal excellence starts over today. Your personal excellence starts over today with Jimmy Casas Transformative Principal special How to be a transformative principal? Spend time with kids, relationships matter, know peoples’ story. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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November 6, 2016
Hacking Engagement with James Sturtevant Transformative Principal 148
James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year. Hacking Engagement Book and Podcast Need to make engagement a priority. It doesn’t matter how important or cool your topic is if the kids aren’t engaged. A lot of people confuse engagement with compliance. Grab your students by the virtual lapels Tackle problem of engagement on three fronts: technology, teacher strategies, and relationships. Talking for more than 10 minutes is not going to work!   Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
October 30, 2016
The Power of Desmos with Michael Fenton Transformative Principal 147
Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com. Bundles vs. one-off activities. Progression of units for teacher use. View of assessments. Using Desmos for testing Interview with Carl Hooker Challenges with using Desmos. Nature of assessments and challenging the status quo. How can teachers get started right now? Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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24 min
October 23, 2016
Building Great Math Actvities with Michael Fenton Transformative Principal 146
Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com. Activity Builder How Michael got connected with Desmos. How Desmos is different from a typical math site. Arguments are more fun when there are people in the room. Desmos Guide to Building Great (Digital) Math Activities (Dan Meyer’s Blog) It’s about generating interesting discussions in class. How long should activities in class be? What makes a good activity? Desmos Blog. WOSS (What Other Students Said), Pausing, & Anonymizing names to allow kids to focus on How to get the conversation out of the machine and into the room. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
October 16, 2016
How to Set Up Project Based Learning with Ginger Lewman Transformative Principal 145
  Ginger Lewman is a keynoter and consultant in Kansas. Purchase her book about life-practice learning here. Launch - how to set up PBL to be engaging. How to deal with having learning goals posted when The essential question to ask when starting Project Based Learning activities. Culture of schools - we unintentionally group kids to create bullies. Three ways to think about grouping. Ability, interest, readiness Good group-workers and bad group-workers 3 people in a group is optimal. How to deal with friends in groups. How to be a transformative principal? Know why you want to do it. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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39 min
October 9, 2016
Lessons for Life Practice Learning with Ginger Lewman Transformative Principal 144
  Ginger Lewman is a keynoter and consultant in Kansas. The power of connecting with others Campaign Trail Collaboration These are the projects that we can do. Lessons for Life Practice Learning
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October 2, 2016
Dealing with Toxic Staff with Randy Sprick Transformative Principal 143
Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene Oregon. He helps teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools that encourage student responsibility and motivation, and help students learn to behave in appropriate ways. He wrote the book CHAMPS and has lead numerous workshops, trainings, conferences, and much more. Safe and Civil Schools background CHAMPS Attendance ideas Top 3 musts for creating a safe school environment. Systematic and planful supervision of the entire school. If we don’t have enough adults in the halls, bullying is taking place. Why you want all staff present and interacting with kids. Presence of people in authority assists people in obeying the rules. Adults who are actively creating a positive school climate. The climate of the school is the daily behavior of the adults in the school. 5–10 adults who say hello to kids on the way to classroom. High expectations that are clearly communicated to kids and overtly taught and consistently enforced. Any infraction “please honor our school’s policy on ______”. Communication Cards Attributes of safe and unsafe school How to deal with toxic teachers? Messaging needs to come not just from administrators, but also teachers. The Checklist Manifesto - the book from which Randy’s reminders about doctor’s washing hands come. It is not the peer’s responsibility to call out their peers. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” The Diffusion of Innovations Link for meeting peoples’ basic needs webinar Communication Cards What can a principal do to be a transformative principal? Be more visible. Safeandcivilschools.com Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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September 25, 2016
Three Musts for a Safe School with Randy Sprick Transformative Principal 142
Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene Oregon. He helps teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools that encourage student responsibility and motivation, and help students learn to behave in appropriate ways. He wrote the book CHAMPS and has lead numerous workshops, trainings, conferences, and much more. Safe and Civil Schools background CHAMPS Attendance ideas Top 3 musts for creating a safe school environment. Systematic and planful supervision of the entire school. If we don’t have enough adults in the halls, bullying is taking place. Why you want all staff present and interacting with kids. Presence of people in authority assists people in obeying the rules. Adults who are actively creating a positive school climate. The climate of the school is the daily behavior of the adults in the school. 5–10 adults who say hello to kids on the way to classroom. High expectations that are clearly communicated to kids and overtly taught and consistently enforced. Any infraction “please honor our school’s policy on ______”. Communication Cards Attributes of safe and unsafe school How to deal with toxic teachers? Messaging needs to come not just from administrators, but also teachers. The Checklist Manifesto - the book from which Randy’s reminders about doctor’s washing hands come. It is not the peer’s responsibility to call out their peers. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” The Diffusion of Innovations Link for meeting peoples’ basic needs webinar Communication Cards What can a principal do to be a transformative principal? Be more visible. Safeandcivilschools.com Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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33 min
September 18, 2016
How to Make Students Authors with Mark Cheverton Transformative Principal 141
Mark Cheverton Twitter is an author, teacher, and physicist. Why self-publish. Building self-confidence. Easy to do and very cheap. How to be a better writer. How to not get in trouble for infringing on trademarks and copyright. Minecraft for Teachers Spilling Ink - how to write for kids. Wattpad - start publishing your writing. NaNoWriMo - Structure to the writing time. How to be a transformative principal: give kids a place to write about what they want to write about. Being the content expert makes it easier to write. Take the Fall Listener Survey Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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September 11, 2016
How to Write a Book Every 60 Days with Mark Cheverton Transformative Principal 140
Mark Cheverton Twitter is an author, teacher, and physicist. Nerdy writing stuff. How to be an author. The process of writing a book. Story Engineering
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26 min
September 7, 2016
AKPrincipals2016 sectional application 60 with Mary MacMahon Transformative Principal
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September 7, 2016
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September 7, 2016
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September 7, 2016
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September 7, 2016
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September 5, 2016
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September 4, 2016
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#AKPrincipals2016 sectional application #32 with Shawn Bernard Transformative Principal
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August 28, 2016
Planning Building Inservice with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 139
In this episode, I talk about how I ran building inservice. Here are a couple links mentioned in this podcast. Buy the Transformative Leadership Summit Hacking Relevance with Dennis Sheerin Happy People are More Magnetic with Michael Hyatt   Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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August 22, 2016
Inspiring Big Change with Jon Laffoon Transformative Principal 138
Today, I talk again with Jon Laffoon about the big changes you can make in a school and how to make them.    This was part of the Transformative Leadership Summit, which if you didn't get, it's not too late. Over 40 amazing educational leaders came together to teach you how to be an awesome leader. The Summit is over, but you can still get access by buying the All Access Pass.
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47 min
August 14, 2016
Reflecting on the Transformative Leadership Summit with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 137
Listen as I reflect on the Transformative Leadership Summit, which ends August 15, 2016. This is in my mastermind, which you can contact me about joining.    It's not too late to catch some awesome videos. You can even get the All Access Pass.  
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48 min
August 7, 2016
Transformative Leadership Summit Q&A with Jethro Jones and Daniel Bauer Transformative Principal 136
This episode is the Live Q&A that Daniel and I did for the Transformative Leadership Summit this week. I hope you enjoy it.  The Transformative Leadership Summit launched last Monday. Please, join me! Click HERE to register for Free Access to over 40 amazing education leaders who are ready to make your school the best ever! You don’t want to miss any of these amazing interviews. They’ll be online for 48 hours only! Get in here! You can even get college credit for your participation in the Summit!  Here's the schedule:  08/01/2016 Monday: Launch party, Will Parker, Brad Gustafson - Expired 08/02/2016 Tuesday: Kimberly Miles, Jeff Zoul, and Daniel Bauer - Expired 08/03/2016 Wednesday: Kendra Washington-Bass, Kyle Palmer, Robert Dillon - Expired 08/04/2016 Thursday: Live Q&A, Jennifer Abrams, Jonathon Wennstrom - Expired 08/05/2016 Friday: Amy Fast, Jethro Jones, Glenn Robbins - Expired 08/06/2016 Saturday: Geri Parscale, Anne Beninghof, Mike Kelly 08/07/2016 Sunday: Bill Ziegler, Clayton Reedie, Vicki Davis 08/08/2016 Monday: Mary McMahon, Doug Timm, Mark Modesti 08/09/2016 Tuesday: Justin Baeder, Neil Gupta, Mike Anderson 08/10/2016 Wednesday: Don Wettrick, Emily Drake, Damon Hargraves 08/11/2016 Thursday: Jen Gonzalez, Eric Connor, Paul Erickson 08/12/2016 Friday: Rob Carroll and Stacey Keown, Erika Mortensen and Christina Lufrano and Rosa Isiah 08/13/2016 Saturday: LaVonna Roth, Marlena Gross-Taylor and a surprise guest! 08/14/2016 Sunday: John Linney, Sean Gaillard and one other surprise guest to close out the conference! 08/15/2016 Closing Keynote with Jethro and Daniel This Summit is EPIC! Sign up today!  
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38 min
July 31, 2016
Failure is not an Option with Rachel Yanof Transformative Principal 135
TOMORROW! The Transformative Leadership Summit launches. Please, join me! Click HERE to register for Free Access to over 40 amazing education leaders who are ready to make your school the best ever! You don't want to miss any of these amazing interviews. They'll be online for 48 hours only! Get in here!   Rachel Yanof started the Phoenix Collegiate Academy with the express intent to get all the students to college. I hope you enjoy this interview, as I sure did. Set a huge goal so failure was not an option. The huge goal supported the day-to-day decisions. Pushed ourselves to see if we are on track. AP classes as freshman. Small School - individualized and small group instruction. Only inviting kids to Saturday school and after school who needed the specific skills. More time - 1 hour in school longer - if used well, can be a huge benefit for the students. NWEA MAP Assessment - research into college preparedness. 75th percentile is the goal. Saturday school - get as specific as possible while still managing numbers. Does cost extra money - spend the resources to make the maximum impact on our students. We know we need to offer X, we have the means to offer Y. Governing board sponsors teacher appreciation each month. Finding other ways to show teachers you appreciate them. Videos of kids thanking their teachers. Pay-for-performance fund Is this scalable? Haven’t figured out the challenge of hiring on mission in a larger setting. How to be a transformative principal? Find that thing that you’re willing to live and die for and then tell everyone! Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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22 min
July 25, 2016
Every Student in College with Rachel Yanof Transformative Principal 134
In just one week, the biggest and best leadership conference for educational leaders starts! Please join me to hear from over 30 experts in leadership and education as we set the stage for our best school year ever! CLICK HERE to sign up. Rachel Yanof started the Phoenix Collegiate Academy with the express intent to get all the students to college. I hope you enjoy this interview, as I sure did. First time I confronted the idea that kids could go to a college or not. Trusting the system could make it so the kids don’t get what they need. Building Excellent Schools 97% receiving free and reduced lunch. 90%+ minority Find families through being in their area Every parent has dreams for their child. Homework Overcommunicate Parents need to be involved in education, active participant. Mandatory parent orientation, come to us or we will come to you because it is that important that you are part of the team. Homework is assigned every night. Not a secret what is happening in school. Perseverance, respect, integrity, discipline, endurance. PRIDE Report - Tracking positive and negative consequences at school. Parents come in every quarter for conferences. 100% participation in conferences. Flipped model in the high school. Communication-focus in lower grades. Don't forget to sign up for the Transformative Leadership Summit which starts in just one week! Don't miss any of the awesome presenters including LaVonna Roth, Jennifer Abrams, Neil Gupta, Glenn Robbins, Vicki Davis, and many more! CLICK HERE to sign up! Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
July 17, 2016
How to Listen to Students with Amy Fast Transformative Principal 133
JOIN the #1 online conference for Educational Leadership: Transformative Leadership Summit. Join now for free access to over 40 educational leaders expert interviews!   Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates.   Microbehaviors Google Forms 6–8 questions Created statements based on national student Gallup poll hopeful teachers care connection to one staff member have friends I feel like I matter have you ever experienced discrimination? Would you report something bad that happened? Big changes around professional development what we do in schools has a lot more to do with mindset rather than skill set Simple ideas are the most profound Exit slips from teachers were more personal approaches Changing teachers’ mindsets What’s best for students is what’s best for teachers Collaboration How to be a transformative Principal? Teachers need to feel like they matter and feel hopeful about their future. Give staff a voice and let them know on a daily basis how much they matter. Let’s not fill their cups because they need to be there for kids, but because they are human. fastcranny@gmail.com @fastcranny   Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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19 min
July 10, 2016
It's the Mission with Amy Fast Transformative Principal 132
Join the #1 online conference for educational leaders: Limited Free Admission - Transformative Leadership Summit  Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates. Educators are humanitarians at heart NCLB made me a better teacher, but it got warped Focus vs. tunnel vision Venn diagram of academic achievement, soft skills, and internal drive Need everyone in schools to bring their A game every single day! Need to measure every single circle What we test gets taught How do we measure that success? Soft skills - measured through observation, should be part of curriculum. Measuring motivation - identify the constructs of motivation: purpose, autonomy, choice, rigor Student survey via google forms Want to know more about you than just your test scores Staff didn’t know them as individuals. Non-anonymous survey. Coded the data Created a high flyer list of kids who didn’t have a high connection to the school. 100 kids who were the most disconnected. Hard to measure the intangibles? Just ask the kids! Measuring the right things Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
July 3, 2016
Stop Stealing Dreams with Seth Godin Transformative Principal 131
Yes, that Seth Godin! What an amazing opportunity to interview Seth on the podcast. He was so very generous with his time. I asked him questions like the following: How do you teach kids to connect the dots? Failure freezes. How do you make failing safe? Can everyone succeed being independent? How can the little guy compete with someone like Walmart? How do you help teachers not want to be competent anymore? How do you measure the experience? How do you know if has been successful? If we give kids the ability to dream, they’ll figure out the grammar and history the minute it helps them reach their dreams. Also, please be sure to sign up for the Transformative Leadership Summit to learn from some of the greatest minds in education today! How to make a ruckus in a highly bureaucratic, slow moving monstrosity that is education. Has anyone done something that others were delighted by? We’ve all been impacted by teachers who made a difference. It is a mistake to first look at gravity if you are a beginning runner. Brooke Jackson the Lab School NY Show up with a different agenda Already voted If this were easy, everyone would be doing it. Afraid of being called out by our hubris, getting in trouble with the bureaucracy. Going outside the box When we get true enrollment from the students. 10% where we can have non-factory time. What enrollment means. What did the student and parents sign up for? How to learn about Baseball The lesson plan What’s your attitude? Interesting is more important than right. Why memorize nothing? We don’t need people to memorize recipes. Sarah Kay poetry - no right answer for your poetry. Competence is overrated. Write books not read them. What if they don’t learn the grammar that way? That happens to people who don’t have sufficient dreams. Easy to retreat back to the safe place. Seeking reassurance. The only thing I’m trying to sell teachers is to challenge teachers to explore. How do we protect against failure? Why is doing more what we’ve doing any better? People want to do things that matter. People tend to feel cheated. Better to be a musician than an instrument player. It’s possible because we graduate kids who are better off. Stated goals are wrong. All schooling is home schooling. Schools must encourage and amplify the parents. Kids teach their parents about what matters today. Parents think the most important thing they can do is help kids be good at sports. Jim engages with kids, their graduation chance improves by a factor of five! How to be a transformative principal - recognize the heroes! Catch people doing something right How to help kids solve interesting problems in that system.  Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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34 min
June 26, 2016
Leaders aren't Technicians with Scott Beebe Transformative Principal 130
Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision. Standard Core Values - Respect, honesty, integrity, etc. What are your unique core values? Top 10 words that describe you well. Three, four, or five key words. You want people to ask you that question about what your core values means. Run every decision through the filtration of core values. Core values are the curbs on the side of the road to get to your destination. Transference of knowledge, Systems - Free the leader up to not be the technician anymore. Hub for communication for all of the stuff you’re doing. Weekly meeting. How to find time? Block off time to work on vision. Bring somebody in to walk you through the process. How to be a transformative Principal? 1. Block out time and ask what we will look like in 3–5 years. 2. Decide if you really want to do this, recognize that something will change. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
June 19, 2016
Changing Hearts with Scott Beebe Transformative Principal 129
Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision. Being a pastor is like being a leader anywhere else. We want to change their hearts. What are those things? Vision Story - Vision statement is pretty pointless. Vision story is what is exciting. It’s ok for people to not be into the vision. Hiring. Need to give them the vision. Not hiring on a whim. Shareholder letter from Jeff Bezos Mission Statement - Not some catchy thing that sounds good. Highlight key action words in vision story. The mission statement is what drives you to get out of bed. It is the vision story in summary. Unique to who you are. 15 words max, memorizable. What is unique about your school? Use that to your advantage. What do we want our family to look like in 5–10 years? That will affect what our school looks like. What do we want our students to look like 28 years from now? “We exist to…” Mission statement “I see…” Vision story Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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29 min
June 12, 2016
Establishing Your Core Values with akprincipals Transformative Principal 128
In this episode this week, we are listening to some principals share their core values as a result of what they did as an activity as part of "The Principal 50" book club. I hope you enjoy it.      Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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65 min
June 5, 2016
Not Just the Hard Data with Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 127
Today I am honored to interview Kimberly Miles about our Mastermind Group. If you're interested in the Mastermind, please visit http://transformativeprincipal.org/mastermind to set up a call with me to join the mastermind. Narrow my focus to prioritize what I value and what is most Hold myself accountable Bounce ideas off like-colleagues Reflective Recommend it for those who are looking to refine your practice. Do your work at a more effective level. Narrow down to your priorities. Worth the time and money because I am investing in myself. We serve others so much, and this allows me to focus on improving myself, too! Not just about hard data, but also about soft data. Stories that students bring with them are just as relevant. Strengths finder and helps me Look at areas I could refine or enhance. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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13 min
May 29, 2016
Mastermind with Terri Walker Transformative Principal 126
It's time to fill the Mastermind! I'm opening up some slots for the mastermind. Now's your chance to get in and experience what Terri has experienced. I can't wait for you to join! a href="https://calendly.com/jethro-jones/mastermind">So, click here to set up a call! Terri Walker is the Principal of Buckland School in Buckland Alaska. She is also a member of the transformative mastermind. Today, she shares her experience in the mastermind. Felt stagnant after 25 years in education, thought about retiring. Mastermind was breath of fresh air. Goals help you focus on things that matter. Ability to talk about what matters to us, and how we can work together to solve them. It does take some out of my income but it is worth it. This is something I need right now. I need the motivation and support of the mastermind. I would encourage anyone old or new to seek [this mastermind] group and it would be beneficial. If you’re thinking about joining the mastermind, click here to set up a call and let’s talk about getting you the support you need to be your best!
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11 min
May 22, 2016
Habits of Highly Effective Kids with Jonathon Wennstrom Transformative Principal 125
Livonia Michigan Suburban district with 300 students, 16,000 in district Pre-K–4th. 5 years, 21 years in 14 years as a principal @jon_wennstrom sparkoflearning.blogspot.com teacher blog http://wennstromweekly.blogspot.com parent blog PBIS rules are umbrella for 7 habits of highly effective kids. Home grown project for 7 habits. District is very invested in character education. 8 character traits for entire district. Fundamental belief that character education is vital. Empowering students rather than engaging them - George Couros Not another thing on the plate, it is the plate. Building fundamental skills: collaboration, perseverance, grit, skills that will serve them in any location, any job, or any group of people they are with. Parent says “my child came home and my family needs to be more proactive.” Move beyond the vocabulary, but our words do count. What about parents being more responsible of teaching values and school teaching content? Public Service Announcements. Hearing is great, but seeing is even more powerful. PSAs are emailed out and other teachers create videos and share internally. Student-led announcements. Scripted for students. Quote of the week. What book they are currently reading. How to be a transformative principal? Read and connect! Most of my best ideas were not my ideas! Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey  
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21 min
May 15, 2016
School-Wide Meetings with Jonathon Wennstrom Transformative Principal 124
Livonia Michigan Suburban district with 300 students, 16,000 in district Pre-K–4th. 5 years, 21 years in 14 years as a principal @jon_wennstrom sparkoflearning.blogspot.com teacher blog http://wennstromweekly.blogspot.com parent blog PBIS school, 7 Habits of highly effective students, Positive phone calls, student led announcements, PSAs. Class Dojo, 23% ELLs Wall feature. School-wide meetings. PBIS school. Monthly, student of the month meetings. Stephen Covey’s 7 habits 3 to be pledge, respectful, responsible, safe Poster contests for that 90–95% parent attendance rate for kids who are students of the month. Weekly meeting. Sunrise and sunset meetings. Goal: build community Sean Gallard #celebrateMonday meetings Doesn’t a weekly meeting take away a lot of instructional time? Increase time-on-task Support staff who help K students get ready. Videos for students, less than 3 minutes. Perseverance, Stephen Covey’s 7 habits for highly effective kids Art teacher creates a canvas to help students showcase their work. Importance of including parents. Positive phone calls on a daily basis. Class dojo process - classroom wall (like a Facebook wall). Parent program for Love and Logic. Process for parent phone calls. 66 day challenge Youth making a difference Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey    
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21 min
May 8, 2016
Participate Chats with Brad Spirrison Transformative Principal 123
Participate.com use it for chats–it works really well. Check out this cool minute-long video about how it works. View a longer webinar about participate learning. Everything in there is based on conversations that Brad has with users. Chats are great, but how do you pay attention to everything that you learned from it? Calendar of chats Create collections from chats in the time period. Create collections and share with others. Schools and district hashtags can be involved in this as well to share their resources. Participate as a social network. How to be a transformative Principal: Have a growth mindset and empower everyone in your building. @participatelearn brad@participate.com @spirrison   Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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27 min
May 1, 2016
Design Thinking Process with Susie Wise Transformative Principal 122
This is part 2 of my interview with Susie Wise. Susie has had multiple incarnations at the d.school – teaching EX-Tools back in the trailer days, launching the K12 Lab in 2007 with the Nueva School Innovation Lab project, and jumpstarting Media Ops and Hootenanny design for the inauguration of Building 550 in 2008–2010. Back again in 2012 she is leading our efforts to support the movement bringing design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Susie stumbled upon design thinking when she took a course with David Kelley in 2003 and the experience helped her make sense of the universe. Susie is motivated by the simple belief that humans are by nature designers. Recently a design strategist and innovation coach at Intuit, her practice centers on inspiring teams to use empathy to get to innovative outcomes. Susie has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford’s School of Education and is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. She lives there with her husband and daughter (yes, the one in the movie Babies). Design thinking process New way to seek opportunities and problem solve. Traditional Analytic ways of thinking: see a problem, come up with ideas, do a lot of planning Empathize first, to see what they could see. Ask questions, immersion. Understand the space in a human centered way. Define the problem once you have empathy. Once you have framed what you’re going after, ideate. Ideation is about separating idea formation from selection. Yes and vs Yes but. Prototype - make bite-sized change. Test it out in small spaces to see if you are on the right track in a human-centered way. Do it rapidly. How quickly could you prototype and test your ideas? Mine the failures for learning. Questions to ask after empathy experience: Ask Why 5 times. It can be scary to ask Why. It is about people. Somebody pulls out or somebody pulls rank. Let’s run those prototypes. Bias towards action. Practice on hacking things that are not in school. Hack something in life. Breaking it down into the smallest possible size to get quick wins. Take on more complex tasks. How to be a transformative principal? 1. Shadow a student and 2. put yourself in a different position than you have been in. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
April 24, 2016
Shadowastudent with Susie Wise Transformative Principal 121
Susie Wise has had multiple incarnations at the d.school – teaching EX-Tools back in the trailer days, launching the K12 Lab in 2007 with the Nueva School Innovation Lab project, and jumpstarting Media Ops and Hootenanny design for the inauguration of Building 550 in 2008–2010. Back again in 2012 she is leading our efforts to support the movement bringing design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Susie stumbled upon design thinking when she took a course with David Kelley in 2003 and the experience helped her make sense of the universe. Susie is motivated by the simple belief that humans are by nature designers. Recently a design strategist and innovation coach at Intuit, her practice centers on inspiring teams to use empathy to get to innovative outcomes. Susie has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford’s School of Education and is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. She lives there with her husband and daughter (yes, the one in the movie Babies). Shadow a Student is a practice that is out there, but we wanted to make it a movement. Original idea Hack your school toward something deeper. Small scrappy experiment. How can you hack to something that is important. It’s not about a 3–5 year plan. It’s about something small. Something you can do right away. The big load that it takes to move from class to class. Not enough processing space in the day. Is the organization of the day really working for the kids? Is there time for Social Emotional Learning? Hacktivity mini course - bigger ideas from deeper learn. Choose a big idea Select a hack Take Hack-tion Jethro’s shadow experience Attack advisory time. every day for 5 or 10 days, you have a 3 minute conversation with that student. All students on a board, everyone puts a dot by kids’ names that have good relationships. Unwall your office. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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28 min
April 17, 2016
Saving Money with Smarter Scheduling with Jon Laffoon Transformative Principal 120
Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive. Save $10,000 on paper because of 1:1 Don’t hire substitutes Expectation is that teachers post everything to Google Classroom when they are absent. Subs are just babysitters Time serving students rather than students serving time. Redesign cafeteria to make it a modern space like a starbucks. Supervision of students. 3 Core Values: Leave no trace, be responsible, use time wisely Teach them personal responsibility. You have to take on a growth mindset to make changes. Students skipping a class still happens, but it has not increased, though the way to work with kids has helped. Phase Balance - can’t have every class meet 3 days (Phase 3) a week or every class meet 4 (Phase 4) days a week. Schools can come learn from PRHS. Conference in the summer. Office of Innovation for Education Summit 1:1 school, is that a requirement? No. No more textbooks. Google Classroom Schoology How to be a transformative Principal: Be student centered. Constantly assessing how we are doing. Build a team around you. Take ownership and pride in everything you do. Become connected. Find balance. jlaffoon@prhs.k12.ak.us @laffoon_jon Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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28 min
April 10, 2016
Time Serving Students with Jon Laffoon Transformative Principal 119
Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive. Flex Mod schedule Form of a block schedule. Certain classes that might meet 4 days a week or 3 days a week. Videos explaining the schedule Empower the teachers - get them out of their silos The gray ILT times keep the classes from conflicting. The schedule to look at Independent learning time: with great power comes great responsibility. Designing a PE unit based on their fitness goals. 210 clock minutes whether you meet 3 days or 4 days a week. ILT time is class time. Many teachers have flipped their classes. 60% of students each year were going to a 2 year or 4 year institution. Only 25–30% of students were staying in school. SLT Structured Learning Time is some RTI time. 2000-student high school designed for the Flex Mod schedule. Teachers don’t teach in the same rooms every day. Teachers offices are moved to the big classrooms which have been converted to commons areas. Rotating schedule made it so we didn’t have to build more classrooms. River Bluff Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
April 3, 2016
Ed Leadership Sims with Ken Spero Transformative Principal 118
Ken Spero of @edleadershipsim seeks to help leaders develop their decision-making ability by running simulations of realistic situations. Experience is the best teacher What simulations in a box look like. Engage one’s own imagination Experiences of those who go through it. This is an experience to be able to talk about what you could do. Valuable and engaging. Stories engage people. Running simulations as part of assistant principal training. Analyze the thinking of your team. Janice Case Become a Patron Focus is on critical thinking and judgment. Experience can be about getting things wrong. How he creates sims. Alternate Reality (sims) vs. Alternative Reality (games). How to be a transformative principal: what experience do you need to have to learn and grow? Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey &at=1l3vatw
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28 min
March 27, 2016
Saying Yes More than No with Glenn Robbins Transformative Principal 117
Loading… Glenn Robbins (Twitter and Blog) is the 2016 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year. Duties of digital principal of the year. Things that were done to gain attention for this award. Idea Street Turtles in an aquarium in the school. Digital Shop. Design thinking. NCMS Innovates blog EdCamp Period. 5 days in a 45 minute period. We want to create designers. Using technology when appropriate. Design thinking and deprogramming them. The Extraordinaires Program It’s saying yes more than no. Responding to kids’ feedback. How to be a transformative principal? Be connected digitally and in person. Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
March 20, 2016
Innovation Incubator with Jason Markey Anita Huffman and Meaghan O'Neil Transformative Principal 116
Leyden East High School Principal Jason Markey, assistant principal Anita Huffman and principal-to-be-current-special-education-teacher Meaghan O’Neil join me to talk about the Assistant principal for Student Services - The importance of a title Breakfast with students to support the new students coming in. ACCESS Program - extra 25 minutes for freshman to help them get acclimated. Hand-schedule students with ACCESS teacher so they have a single adult to Learning2breathe study time for students to focus on mindfulness. Teaching the whole child. “Yes, And” thinking. Giving kids the time and space to be creative. Innovation incubator. Disengaging from PLCs to be in a new group focused on design thinking. Design thinking Trust and vulnerability is vital. It is an unknown. What can you do to be a transformative principal: Work to empathize more with our students and teachers [#shadowastudent](http://shadowastudent.org) Have a PLN and connect with others to help reflect and continue to grow. Step out of your comfort zone and learn and grow. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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22 min
March 17, 2016
Mastermind with Jethro Jones and Daniel Bauer Transformative Principal
Today, Daniel Bauer and I talk about our Mastermind. I encourage you to join. Check it out here: Transformative Mastermind.   If you still have questions or are ready to join, please set up a brief phone call. Schedule a call Daniel and I are both setting up masterminds. I interview him on his podcast: Better Leaders Better Schools    Mastermind For Principals We all know that being a principal can be a lonely job. It is isolating to be the only one who has to deal with everything that goes on in your day-to-day life. Some of us have assistant principals, some of us have co principals, but each of us know that there are some things that are just hard to help other people understand what you’re going through. Enter a mastermind. A mastermind is a group of people who are dedicated to investing in themselves to improve their lives. We all have social networks which help us in various ways. If you have been on Twitter, in Facebook groups, or Voxer groups, you know there can be an ebb and flow with the conversation and ability to help other people in the group. You know there are a lot of lurkers. You also know that sometimes your questions and needs don’t get answered. Sometimes you don’t even ask questions because you can’t articulate what the problem is without giving a big back story. A mastermind is different. You commit to being there for yourself and for your teammates. You commit to answering their questions, to supporting them, and, most importantly, to investing in yourself to help you be the best you can be. Schedule a call with me right now The truth is, a mastermind isn’t for everybody. Answer the following questions and see if you might be one of the ten principals in the country that will be able to join this mastermind. Do you want your work and home life to be in balance? Do you want to lead with a new level of confidence and ability? Do you want to learn how to communicate with your teachers and students so they understand the vision you have? Do you want to learn how to work with other principals and leaders in your district to be on the same page, working towards the same mission? Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to have better relationships with those you love? If you answered yes to the questions above, then let’s set up a call and talk further about the possibilities. Click here to set up the call What do you get as a member of the mastermind? Weekly meetings online to facilitate the mastermind. A group of principals that are willing to help you as you help them. A monthly leadership book club A DISC personality profile test to help you understand how you communicate, and help people communicate with you. Free access to events and trainings. Private Facebook group and Voxer group. A rotating weekly problem-solving session that allows you to go deep into the primary problem you are facing in your school. Specific curated podcast list of the best podcasts available. Celebrations of overcoming obstacles at your school with people who will understand the complexity of the obstacle. A time to reflect that will energize you for the next week to be your best. Lifelong relationships with other principals. I hope you will join me, and take your leadership to a level you never could have imagined. Click here to set up a call with me If you are still not sure, please read through the frequently asked questions below and set up a call with me! What is the time commitment? We will meet each week online for about 60–90 minutes. These sessions will be jam packed with useful information, problem solving, and reflection. Why does it cost money? I can join a Voxer group for free! This is more than a Voxer group. This is a group of people, meeting regularly, to make sure that we are being the best we can be. Simply put, if you don’t pay for it, you will likely get “too busy” and blow it off. When you invest an amount of money you are going to be more dedicated to it. Your level of commitment and dedication will be commensurate to the monetary value associated with it. Your monetary investment in yourself shows that you are serious about learning and growing. What if I don’t have the time for something like this? Then it is not for you. What if I don’t find it valuable? If you’re not satisfied with it, you can call me and ask for a refund. I’ll ask for feedback about how to make it more meaningful, and happily refund your money. What if I just want to listen and not participate? The mastermind is for those who want to do. It won’t be as beneficial if you are on the sidelines. That being said, we won’t be forcing anyone to do anything. You will get out of this what you put into it.
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23 min
March 13, 2016
Top Ranked and Still Improving with Eric Hieser Transformative Principal 115
A continuation of my discussion with Eric Heiser, Exectuve direction or Sturgis Public Charter school in Mass. Teachers go above and beyond often. Teachers who join us are into teaching students, not content. Students thrive on feedback, and if they feel they are going to get it, they are going to go to teachers for it more often. Teachers mindset has to be, I’m going to do everything I can to help kids be successful. How do you tease out that mindset? If I took over your class, and I had no clue about what you were teaching, what words and phrases would your students have about you? How does the teacher see their role and connection? Tell me something that went really well in the last week and why it went well. Tell me something that didn’t go well and why didn’t it? How did you choose your university? Tell me about your favorite class at university and why they were your favorite? How do you connect outside the classroom and why do you do that? Student discipline is not about the consequence, but it is about the opportunity to build a connection with the student after a situation and help the student see what they could have done. Should be about the student growing, not about consequences. Professional development focused on three areas: 1. Differentiation 2. Habits of mind 3. IB-specific training Helping all faculty integrate Theory of Knowledge questions. Preparing students well for assessments, but helping faculty collaborate daily. Guiding principle is helping each student maximize their potential. Recruited 5 people over the past month and a half who are the best. Build passion and enthusiasm in their class, because it is about student learning. We want every teacher to be at the top of their game every year. If you’re really really careful about who you hire, you can be successful. Tell faculty to recommend those who are great. Only recommend top 15%. We want our kids to experience a star, each and every day. Start with Why Simon Sinek TED Talk Don’t measure student success on a specific score on a specific assessment. It is different for each student. It’s not about a number, it is about them. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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19 min
March 6, 2016
How to Create Learning with Eric Hieser Transformative Principal 114
Eric Heiser is the Exective Director of Sturgis Public Charter School in Massachusetts, where students have a 20% chance of getting in if you don’t have a sibling International Baccalaureate has programs from K–12 and early college. IB Diploma program the best preparation for College. IB Program is a whole conception of a program. Rigorous courses and also character building. Theory of knowledge, Creative action and service activities. Gain points for what they know, rather than losing points for what they don’t. Very few multiple choice tests in the assessments given. IB for All - no non-IB courses for grades 11 and 12. 9th and 10th grade IB Prep. Students challenge themselves, and grow into their commitment of becoming all they can be. Special Needs at Sturgis on the web site Guiding points on vision: 1. Help each student maximize their own individual potential. 2. Student learning is why we are here and should drive every decision we make. Moving away from the word teach and saying “How do we create learning?” 3 Rs - Rigor, Relevance, Relationships IB provides external accountability for Rigor. Help students see how what they are learning is relevant to their life. Relationships are enhanced with smaller numbers (2 campuses with 400 students each). School culture has a deep impact on the students’ learning. Don’t do ranking, valedictorians, etc. Want students to be their own personal best. To help students be successful, they need a lot of support, counseling, and care. Schools can unintentionally create systems and events that detract from student learning. Recruiting outstanding faculty is the most important thing I do. Relationship is the most important thing about school. 23"37’ Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
February 28, 2016
Smart Professionals with Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 113
Kimberly Miles is the principal of East Gresham Elementary School. 425 kids, mobility rate 64 students moving in and out since the beginning of the year. 33 percent ELL students. SUN School - community support in the school. PLCs Leadership Team 25 minutes each week with principal discussing the instruction and learning. Instructional coach. Essential Questions Meet weekly as a team Sense of urgency is happening. PD for Leadership Team Smart professionals can choose their own tools for the job. Also more fun to let them experience their own success. New focus is seeing students Comprehensive needs assessments Students need shared ownership Specific feedback Universal screeners for our students, they showed they were really struggling. DIBELs gives an indicator Phonics Screener Still need to create common formative assessments to help students demonstrate proficiency. Consultants come in to work with team to facilitate the needed changes. How to facilitate difficult conversations. Strict schedule is needed. Really want to be a good listener as a leader. How to be a transformative principal: Ask Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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17 min
February 27, 2016
Helping Great Teachers Fly with Rick Wormeli and Todd Whitaker Transformative Principal Special #nassp16
I was so honored to chat with Todd Whitaker and Rick Wormeli after their keynote at the #nassp16 conference. This was a really fun conversation today. These two guys were so excited about what they were talking about they just kept going. It was awesome. Professional Development. Twitter chats (Comprehensive list of Twitter Chats) Twitter is the best free professional development there is. Exposed to newer research-based information How sad that we use research as an excuse to not do something. The teachers is a ceaseless researcher in their classroom. When there is a great teacher, there is no research, because it has never been done. How to help your great teachers fly. How to help struggling teachers.   Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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33 min
February 23, 2016
Don't be an Alchemist with Cory Doctorow Transformative Principal Special
Cory Doctorow is a Canadian journalist and science fiction author. Follow him on Twitter, Web site, BoingBoing Cory spoke at ASTE this week, and I am excited to share the things I learned from him. Failing well We tend to ignore failing. What we should teach kids about technology Reidentification - people can figure out who you are. What we should teach kids Anonymity + distance = jerky behavior Should we be critical of the software and systems we use? Proprietary vs. open There’s never been a field or endeavor where scrutiny by your peers has not helped. Adversarial peer review. You can lock yourself into bad systems if you’re not careful. If 10% of a group got together and spent their money on developing open source software then they would produce something better that what is available. We did this at Kodiak Middle with our Pickr app Collective action threshold What is one thing that you can do to be a transformative principal? Got out of the students’ way. Employees were empowered to cost the company money if that made the experience better. His teacher let him read all day for two days. Electronic Frontier Foundation National network of campus clubs for EFF. Email Shahid@eff.org for more information. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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26 min
February 21, 2016
Improving Professional Learning with Carl Hooker Transformative Principal Special
Special Episode! This weekend I am at the ASTE Conference, and I had the privilege of learning from Carl Hooker for a leadership workshop all day on Saturday. It’s always fun to learn from a great presenter, and Carl is one of those. Carl did a great job of engaging a bunch of administrators, helping us get our guard down, and making the conversation great. Carl has been involved in education since graduating from the University of Texas in 1998. He has been in a variety of positions in both Austin ISD and Eanes ISD, from 1st grade teacher to Virtualization Coordinator.  He’s a father of three girls, Sophia, Lauren, and Caroline and a wonderful, understanding wife Renee, all of which play a large role in any presentations he gives or blogs he writes. Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning in the Eanes Independent School District. He is also the founder of the learning festival called iPadpalooza. As Director, he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs.  During his time in the position, the district has jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K–12 students at Eanes. See more at Mr. Hooker's Web Site! Director of Innovation How to engage people for professional development Building in reflection Brain Breaks Search on Twitter Would I want to be a learner in my own class? Reverse Charades Padlet Ben Breedlove Story Dropvox PechaFlickr - Powerpoint Karaoke - Here's what I did during this session: https://youtu.be/-smF0nG2KYk Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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16 min
February 21, 2016
Turnaround Principal with Kimberly Miles Transformative Principal 112
Kimberly Miles is the principal of East Gresham Elementary School. 425 kids, mobility rate 64 students moving in and out since the beginning of the year. 33 percent ELL students. SUN School - community support in the school. Turnaround principal. Everyone had the choice to leave or apply to stay. Looking for a willingness to do what works. How are we as a team going to fulfill that need for our kids? So much work to be done. Where would you start first for equitable student achievement? Are you willing to do the work? Building a culture of change. We GET to do this, and isn’t that exciting? As a leader, I go fast. Go slow to go fast. 3 things we did: 1. Culture change 2. Targeted Professional Development 3. Effective instruction Focus on literacy. How to teach the Big 5 in literacy. Grit and growth mindset. I can’t do it, yet. Feedback and trust are vital. Learning to trust each other and admit that I don’t know. Willingness to try something different. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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17 min
February 14, 2016
Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Frederick Lane Transformative Principal 111
Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written eight books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web site, FrederickLane.com. Less concerned about teachers communicating directly with parents. Not really a problem unless they are having a problem or argument. Need to have the mindfulness to step back and get someone else involved if there is a disagreement. General rule of thumb. No unmediated electronic communication between a teacher and a student. Digital communication inherently strips out that humanity, so why not have it mediated. Take whatever steps necessary to make it difficult to be found by your students. Make accounts as private as possible. Select different social media channels for different purposes. Difficult to pull things back once you put them out there. How to be a transformative principal: Communication is the key to all of this. Post unto others as you would be posted to. 1:1 education - when schools provide the technology, they need to play an aggressive and firm role in monitoring what kind of activity happens in school. The real problem is bypassing the schools network. Ongoing education, clear acceptable use policies, more education. Web site Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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23 min
February 7, 2016
Cybertraps for Educators with Frederick Lane Transformative Principal 110
Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written eight books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web site, FrederickLane.com. Cybertraps - problems that people have dealt with for many years Technology makes things easier. We don’t have a good clearinghouse across the country. Don’t need technology to be a predator. Slippery slope of boundary violations. Most common cybertraps: productivity within the school environment, oversharing of personal information, use of social media to start or engage in an inappropriate relationship. Digital technology has a leveling effect. Personal information about someone is not helpful in the education environment. You don’t need to share information with your students in order to have a relationship with them. Responsibility to educate students about technology. Idea that smartphones need to have a learner’s permit. Cell phones are the equivalent of high powered equipment that needs training and supervision. Kids are experts in the operation of technology. Our current adult generation was blindsided by the introduction of technology. Develop ways of thinking about this to fold new technology into appropriate social interactions. Web site Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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28 min
January 31, 2016
Honoring Native American Culture with Kara Four Bear Transformative Principal 109
Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota. Her generation doesn’t feel that people are coming in to take away their culture. There’s nothing we can’t learn from each other. How to help kids choose to be in education: Be that outstanding teacher! Having authentic conversations. History of Indian Education in America. Boarding schools were opened up. Goal was to assimilate the natives. Have to be willing to learn to respect their culture. Pow-Wows are very vital. Community Being fair, being willing to learn from others. To help students, you need to have a good relationship. Pair people up with support staff. Providing resources for students as they are growing and developing. Mediators help bridge the gap. How paraprofessionals can help. They need lots of training. In the eyes of the student, there is not much difference between paraprofessionals and teachers. How to be a transformative principal: Maintain work-life balance, be authentic and have authentic conversations. Expect teachers to be accountable for their work. Twitter is a educational toolbox. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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27 min
January 24, 2016
From Dropout to Doctor with Kara Four Bear Transformative Principal 108
Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota. Grew up Cheyenne-Sioux South Dakota. Foster education. Emancipated as a young adult. Knew what it took to survive in life. Dropped out of High School. Started school again in her 20s. Life on the reservation due to socio-economic and other issues. She saw the world starting to pass her by. Writing a paragraph sounds so simple to most people, but it is very difficult if you haven’t done it in 14 years. Working on a Doctorate. So much to give back now to others. No student cannot succeed when they have the resources to be successful. Uncle was a good mentor. Making connections instructors. Not being afraid to ask questions that were on my mind. Most people want to help others. You have to be open to saying “I don’t know” You have to be reflective. Be reflective in your successes. Need to relax, slow down, and wait for things to happen. Felt drawn back to the reservation. Groomed to teach in Bismarck, but felt that working on a reservation would be more appropriate. Throw-away kids - Kara wants to advocate for them. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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19 min
January 17, 2016
Teacher Led Professional Development with Nathan Adams Transformative Principal 107
Teacher-led Professional Development with Nathan Adams Transformative Principal 107 Nathan has been a special education teacher for 8 years. He has taught in middle, high, and elementary levels. Teacher led professional development Sponsored by the local teacher’s union. Joined the union that has supported him, in an effort to give back. Idea of helping general education teachers and special education teachers understand the needs of each other. Brotherhood of professionals. Need to find a way to offer this for credit to improve skills but also have incentive. NEA grant that supported professional development for teachers teaching teachers. Institute for Professional Development. Will align in the future to make the district PD calendar aligned with what the association is wanting. Surveyed members to determine what they wanted to learn. This is a perk/benefit for the members of the association. Challenge is finding the time to make this happen. Highlights: Teachers posted what they found beneficial from the courses. Google Certified Teacher, Level I and II. Teachers were responsive to the things they were learning. Advice: Continue to use good teaching strategies. But don’t be demeaning. District started doing magnet schools. Principal that just started in the position. Teacher leader for educational technology. Personable leader, understands the field, understands the kids. Ambassador as a teacher. Weekly email from the principal. Staff meetings are held in a different teacher’s classroom each week. What are we going to do that week that is interesting? Principal asks how he can support us. How to be a transformative principal: Trust the people that are working for you. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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29 min
January 10, 2016
Chasing Your Dreams with Kristin Bentley Transformative Principal 106
Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school. She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day Introductory Video Why use this rather than Class Dojo. Think Time forms and Office Discipline Referrals are built-in to the app. Shoutout to Tricia Skyles ODRs going down means nothing if teacher morale is going up. The process of creating an app from the ground up. Crayons and paper Lucidchart Found a graphic designer. Found a programmer. Tell people about your ideas, find out what people are looking for in their schools. Do something to make people’92s lives easier. Make sure it is not something extra for teachers or admins to implement. Need 3 people: Expert, designer, and developer. Three ways to get it off the ground: pay someone, find someone to buy into your vision, find investors. Planbook Support teachers who are building apps to support students. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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18 min
January 3, 2016
Color My Day with Kristin Bentley Transformative Principal 105
Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school. She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day [Introductory Video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4IrMJpInOk&feature=youtu.be) Using card pulls is not very effective. Clip charts use separate clips to show that positive and negative behavior. The two clips gave the ’93naughty’94 kids a chance to have a good day. Goal for card pulls is to stay positive. Card pulls don’92t give chances for kids to see what they can accomplish. Clips change kids self-esteem. Physical chart helps kids see and experience changes. Digital version allows teachers to collect and analyze data. Think Time form allows student to fill out the form with teacher and record it in the app. Data is collected school-wide and allows teachers to customize their individual reasons for clips up and down. Digital version of clip chart allows teachers to have data to collect and prepare for RTI, special ed referrals, and more. The app keeps track of the ratio of positive to negative ratios. Very powerful for teachers to see how they are interacting with their students. Teaches them a truth that we are both good and bad, and not just one or the other. Discounts available by mentioning this podcast. Huge discount for teachers. colormydaykids.com colormydaykids@gmail.com. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
December 27, 2015
Celebrating the Holidays with Rob Carroll Transformative Principal 104
Principal of South Heights Elementary in his 20th year. Rob doesn’t just look at his students currently, he has a much bigger vision of what they can accomplish and how they can make life better forever. Rob keeps in contact with kids who went to The 1199 many years ago and makes sure that they can still find ways to be successful. Special things you do during Christmas for your schools You can be an awesome combination of tradition and innovation. We celebrate all of our holidays. We take all of our kids to a movie. Santa’s Treasure Island Mall! Most schools going away from all this extra stuff, and it seems you are going toward it full steam ahead! Work hard, play hard, succeed! Neighborhood Christmas parade. Go big or go home. How has the community changed since you’ve been doing these things? This school not prison, so let’s make it enjoyable. Big ideas are going to happen. People are willing to go out and make it happen. People are willing to come in and do extra as well. Expensive endeavors require the community to buy in. People like to be part of something bigger than themselves. People look at their budget and try to see what they can do, and that is the wrong way, they need to find their ideas and make their budget work how they need it. We do lots of recruiting to find the right people. Non traditional interview methods. Kids interview them first. All about getting inside their head. Interested in what they think. We want people that want to be at South Heights. We can’t handle mediocre. There’s no better identifier of authenticity than the kids. Kids interview applicant, teacher support interviews kids to see what they think. If you can’t handle being interviewed by a bunch of kids, you might not be able to handle 30 kindergarteners. How to be a transformative principal? You’ve got to understand it is not about you, it is about them. It is about building people up. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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22 min
December 20, 2015
Build, Don’t Copy with Rob Carroll Transformative Principal 103
Rob Carroll Principal of South Heights Elementary in his 20th year. Rob doesn’t just look at his students currently, he has a much bigger vision of what they can accomplish and how they can make life better forever. Rob keeps in contact with kids who went to The 1199 many years ago and makes sure that they can still find ways to be successful. Man cave show on home and garden channel gave them at Own version of Harlem Children’s Zone Timeline of success milestone From conception to career, how does every child succeed. Not just a K–5 school. We help them after they move on. Help them in high school. Help them for college applications. We really love our students. Circle of life sustains change. 11 years of doing college tours. Kids had an unrealistic expectation of college. K goes to local community college Each grade goes to a different college. Our 5th graders understand more about college than a lot of juniors and seniors. If it’s good enough for my biological kids, it’s good enough for all kids. Former kids of South Heights are the tour guides at the colleges. Everyone can lead. Ideas rule, not people. College tours are my baby, but everyone else leads something in our school. As long as the idea matches the vision and mission, we say go for it! What do our great people need to be inspired and successful? Failures recently? We love each other as a team. Thought we could build our own leadership curriculum ourselves, but it didn’t work out very well. Build, don’t copy. You’ve only got so many shots at the same idea as a leader. You can get a little full of yourself sometimes. Respect the awesomeness of the task. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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21 min
December 13, 2015
Classroom Community World Tour with Brian Costello Transformative Principal 102
Brian Costello is in his 7th year of teaching in Southern New Jersey.  Brian started his career as an instructional aide before going on to teach Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades.  He is an avid writer, blogger, and Twitter user that has published his first children’s novel: Will McGill and the Magic Hat.  Brian speaks at Educational conferences on topics including educational technology, leadership, communication, and professional development.  See Brian’s previous posts for CUE.   Here is what we talked about today: Will McGill and the Magic Hat Independent Publisher CUE blog Classroom Community World Tour - helping kids see what happens in other places. Tour Builder - “Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you’ve visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.” The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds You use this to show students what life is like in another place. Twitter: @btcostello05. Inspired by the realization that we are in a really small community, and if we can show kids more of what the world is really like, they will be more open to what is possible for them. How to be a transformative principal: Find ways to say Yes. People are more willing to do things when you don’t tell them no. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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19 min
December 6, 2015
How to Deal with Teacher Bullies with Brian Costello Transformative Principal 101
Brian Costello is in his 7th year of teaching in Southern New Jersey.  Brian started his career as an instructional aide before going on to teach Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades.  He is an avid writer, blogger, and Twitter user that has published his first children’s novel: Will McGill and the Magic Hat.  Brian speaks at Educational conferences on topics including educational technology, leadership, communication, and professional development.  See Brian’s previous posts for CUE.   Here is what we talked about today: Working with the youngest kids provides you with some things that start to disappear as they get older. The light bulbs go off way more than when they are older. Rotating through content areas 1–4th grades. Give teachers a chance to focus more on a content area. Can be more difficult to build relationships with students. Works together with other teachers more on because of their transitions. How to deal with mean teachers. Confront them directly. State the appropriate professional response. How you treat people says a lot about you and how you feel. Projection How do I interact with this person after a confrontation? Continue to be professional towards that person. Need to model functional relationships for students - appropriate, nonviolent, non-angry problem solving solutions. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
November 29, 2015
RTI scheduling with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 100
Today, Damon Hargraves, host of the WorkflowED podcast turned the mic on me and interviewed me for the 100th episode of the Transformative Principal Podcast. I can’t believe I have done 100 episodes of this podcast. Thank you so much for listening to this and helping me make it better. RTI idea was in place, but we needed a little kick in the pants. Value of getting away from the day-to-day issues at school. How to keep it going when you come back from conferences: hang up the poster. Reducing ELA from 90 minutes per day to 45 minutes per day, with students who need 90 minutes still getting that much time. How to get teachers to agree to reduce the number of minutes for their content area. Yolanda Westerberg We can always be better, so let’s always improve. There is a story written before you. Accept the story that has been there before your chapter 1 starts. How to have solid forward momentum as you make changes, and not get stalled. Meeting with the correct people so you don’t get stalled. Getting feedback and adjusting course. Schedules Explained for Teachers video Schedules Explained for Parents video Making sure that the right people had the information at the right time. The schedule we creating had a place for every student in the school. How to design software for your school when you don’t have what you need. Having plans in place even if it is going to be very difficult. Guru Technologies - the company we hired to develop the app for us. The app you can actually use yourself: Pickr App Teacher choice tutorial - kids know they aren’t performing and are eager to have the extra help. Be simple about what you’re trying to implement. MVP - minimum viable product Goals for moving forward: anticipate needs earlier. The book by Austin Buffum and Mike Mattos: It’s About Time   Loading... Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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64 min
November 22, 2015
How a Kindergarten Center is Amazing with Jessica Cabeen Transformative Principal 099
Overview:  Woodson has been an all-day everyday Kindergarten Center for the past 11 years.  In the past 4 years enrollment has fluctuated between 360–425 students (currently about 385 with our preschool class).  51% of our students are students of color, and we have a 61% free and reduced lunch student population.  We have 16 sections of kindergarten this year–13 on the traditional school calendar and 3 on the modified (year long) calendar as they feed into the modified calendar elementary school.  We have been a PBIS school for the past 5 years and this year we were award a “School of Excellence” award by the State Department for our work in established strong tier one behavioral supports for all students.  This year we have implemented a behavior specialist position as well as being the second year in our bi-linguage reading pilot in which we have a spanish speaking paraprofessional front loading reading instruction in home languages of a sub section of our EL students.  Last year we tried a new venue for Parent Education via videos of local “celebrities” and teachers role playing activities that parents could do with their children to prepare for K. Bio:  This is my 4th year as Principal of the Woodson Kindergarten Center.  Prior to this position I was an Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Special Education (all in Austin MN) and Special Education Teacher in Saint Paul MN.  Besides being the Principal at Woodson I am a facilitator for the Minnesota Principal Academy out of the University of Minnesota in units surrounding literacy, ethical leadership and RtI.   This year I am also a presenter for the Minnesota Department of Education in their P3 Principal Leadership Series.  I have started a blog.   Provide appropriate staff development Provide flipped PD Teachers leading PD (play center activities) Solid Understanding of developmental milestones Become friends with the experts Adjust schedule for success of students School time: 8:30–2:05 with teacher prep time after school. No specialists to reduce transitions for students Teachers run everything Parent Engagement Connecting with Parents Packers in Training Being a partner Community initiative for kids to be ready for Kindergarten, so local celebrities get in on the action for “Ready, Set, Go” Make videos for parents Be more knowledgable about preschool options in the community Meet the pre-k providers and respect their work Give parents information about Pre-K options. Service learning opportunities for former students. Principal’s academy Professional development for principals, in a cohort. Principal as an ethical leader: just, fair and caring How to deal with Social Media issues BIFF Brief, Informative, Friendly, Firm Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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45 min
November 15, 2015
DOK Instructional Rounds with Doug Timm Transformative Principal 098
Doug Timm is the principal of Carrie Downie Elementary School First principalship - innovative technology, focus on standards. Modern Teacher, Instructional Rounds. Cognitive growth targets (Bloom’s taxonomy) Think beyond comprehension and recall. What is the teacher doing and assigning? 6 different centers, but all 6 focused on retrieving and comprehending. How can we focus on more than the two basic levels? Charlotte’s Web in the city takes it up a level. Not all we are looking at, but major focus on tasks. I need to change what I am asking them to do to get them where I want them to be. Importance of how kids think. Why we need to make sure our kids are thinking beyond comprehending. Have to practice those skills. I don’t make inferences in observations anymore. Talk to kids during the observation. Sitting at a desk with the kids. Coaches (2) and Doug are assigned to teachers Teacher Name, Task, Where it falls in blooms taxonomy. What can you do to be a transformative principal? Walk around the building and see what focus you want to have: technology, literacy, math, student ownership. What do we have and how do we get to where we want to be? Keep the focus. There’s no end game. Answer one survey question: What is the most challenging part of your job? Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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27 min
November 8, 2015
Being an Outsider with Amy Locke Transformative Principal 097
Amy Locke graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education: Deaf Studies and an M.Ed in Special Education: Deaf Education. She has been working in the field of Deaf Education for 7 years, beginning her career as an itinerant teacher for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in central Florida, then moving to Houston, TX to teach in a self-contained 3rd/4th grade class with DHH students. About 4 ½ years ago, she moved to Alabama to work as a reading teacher in the high school department at the Alabama School for the Deaf. In November 2014, she became the high school director. The Alabama School for the Deaf currently has 178 students from all around our state, all of whom have a documented hearing loss. We have two academic departments here: Elementary serves students from age 3 through 6th grade and the High School department serves students in grades 7–12. We are a residential program and a little more half of them live on campus in our dorms. The rest are day students living within an hour of our school. Seats arranged in semi circles Classroom management Communication is very powerful among adults. Academic challenge is language. English is a second language. We can accidentally learn grammar and usage. Students become the teachers of the language when they surpass their parents in ability. Struggle showing knowledge on standardized test. Disconnect between scores they get and what they know. Transformation from advocate to getting what they need. IEP Meeting dad spent 30 minutes educating them on deaf education. Outsider because Amy is not hard of hearing. If you try, and give a valiant effort, the community will hear you. How to be a transformative principal: know your population: students, teachers, parents. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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18 min
November 1, 2015
School for the Deaf with Amy Locke Transformative Principal 096
Amy Locke graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education: Deaf Studies and an M.Ed in Special Education: Deaf Education. She has been working in the field of Deaf Education for 7 years, beginning her career as an itinerant teacher for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in central Florida, then moving to Houston, TX to teach in a self-contained 3rd/4th grade class with DHH students. About 4 ½ years ago, she moved to Alabama to work as a reading teacher in the high school department at the Alabama School for the Deaf. In November 2014, she became the high school director. The Alabama School for the Deaf currently has 178 students from all around our state, all of whom have a documented hearing loss. We have two academic departments here: Elementary serves students from age 3 through 6th grade and the High School department serves students in grades 7–12. We are a residential program and a little more half of them live on campus in our dorms. The rest are day students living within an hour of our school.   Wanted nothing to do with learning sign language. Small community, tightly knit. Culture is inviting. Switched at Birth There are always many opportunities to serve the hard of hearing students. Parental involvement is hard to come by because of logistics. IEPs over the phone. 16 teachers are deaf. Just started picture-in-picture with sign language interpreter. Huddle originated at a university for the deaf Galladette University. Travel to other deaf schools. Recruiting and hiring. Director for the high school Director for elementary Director for career teach Director for athletics Challenge to find other people to learn from. Applying learning from other principals to her school. Sending teachers to professional development. Bring more professional development to the school, rather than sending teachers out. Empowering teachers with technology. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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22 min
October 28, 2015
Dignity with John Hope Bryant Transformative Principal Bonus
John Hope Bryant came to Alaska for the Alaska Principals Conference. He spoke to us about how he hopes to inspire corporations to partner with schools to prepare our students for the future. I bought both of his books mentioned below. I am excited to read them.  John Hope Bryant on Twitter. Learn more about Operation Hope. Learn more about Global Dignity Day. John has two books out. The first is Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. “Summary from the publisher: Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant for today’s economic climate, Love Leadership outlines Bryant’s five laws of love-based leadership-Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you).” The second is How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. “Summary from the publisher: Raised in poverty-stricken, gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, Bryant saw firsthand how our institutions have abandoned the poor. He details how business loans, home loans, and financial investments have vanished from their communities. After decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions. Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth. (It’s not just a question of finances; it’s values too.) He exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class.”         Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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24 min
October 25, 2015
Learning Now with Jamie Tewksbury and Ashley Drill Transformative Principal 095
Ashley:  Ashley teaches 3rd grade in Plymouth, Minnesota at Greenwood Elementary School. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in Ohio. She then completed her Masters of Arts in Education with an endorsement in   K - 8 writing from St. Mary University in Minnesota.  Jamie: Jamie enjoys seeing students complete learning independently. Jamie teaches 3rd grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Iowa. She completed her Masters in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota.  Both Jamie and Ashley feel that learning should be meaningful and authentic for their students. PICE Learning is a new and improved way of teaching comprehension skills for our 21st century learners. The PICE approach gives students ownership in their learning while using the common core standards. Students are able to connect with each other and independently learn in our 21st century. PICE Learning was developed by Ashley and Jamie, they wanted to connect students’ learning to skills that they will use everyday and in their future.  If you’d like more information check out: www.picelearning.com   * Learning then vs. now with PICE * There is a little more work that goes into PICE. * PICE Learning web site. * Explain Everything App * iMovie * Notability * Book Creator * Pic Collage * Mini Lessons on Monday to teach kids the apps. * Email Learningpice@gmail.com Follow on Twitter @picelearning Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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20 min
October 23, 2015
Reflecting on the #AKPrincipals Conference with Mary McMahon and Rod Morrison Transformative Principal Bonus 22
  Just before the #AKPrincipals conference ended, I had a chance to catch up the minds behind it all, Mary McMahon and Rod Morrison. They did a great job planning the event and will do an even better job next year.      Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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15 min
October 20, 2015
How to Reach Every At-Risk Student with Baruti Kafele Transformative Principal BONUS
Here is a little bonus episode with Principal Kafele. We talk about how to reach those that are hardest to reach. Principal Kafele spoke at the Alaska Principals conference in Anchorage on October 18th.  If this is your first time listening to Transformative Principal, please subscribe.    Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.   Sponsor: Sanebox Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey
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15 min
October 18, 2015
PICE Learning with Ashley Drill and Jamie Tewksbury Transformative Principal 094
Jamie: Jamie enjoys seeing students complete learning independently. Jamie teaches 3rd grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Iowa. She completed her Masters in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota.  Both Jamie and Ashley feel that learning should be meaningful and authentic for their students. PICE Learning is a new and improved way of teaching comprehension skills for our 21st century learners. The PICE approach gives students ownership in their learning while using the common core standards. Students are able to connect with each other and independently learn in our 21st century. PICE Learning was developed by Ashley and Jamie, they wanted to connect students’ learning to skills that they will use everyday and in their future.  If you’d like more information check out: www.picelearning.com   Gives Students an opportunity to be engaged learners. Started as coteachers Not 1:1 - 3:1 or 4:1 Engaging our students. Kids were already eager learners Model with the students how to learn together Weekly Lessons - Project starts on a Monday, and they have all week to work on it. Not about using an app, it is about learning. Sequencing activities - visualizing. How they are presenting their learning is up to them. Students can listen to stories through the Moodle site. Two students have jobs of being the Tweeters. Kids are wanting to see themselves. Twitter papers teach kids about character limits. Twitter Mrs. Tewksbury Twitter Mrs. Drill Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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21 min
October 11, 2015
Giving Up Control with Michael Shapiro Transformative Principal 093
Michael Shapiro is serving in his second year as the principal of Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage School District. A recent transplant from the Chicago area, he previously served as principal of Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois for seven years, during which time the school earned a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Prior to that he served as an assistant principal for five years in two different schools. Mr. Shapiro began his educational career as a computer applications teacher and director of instructional technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Administration and Supervision at Loyola University in Chicago. Highland Tech is a 6th–12th grade charter school that promotes personal mastery through student centered, individualized learning and varied assessment strategies. Student placement is based on academic ability, rather than chronological age, ensuring students are challenged each day. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their education and master core content and the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. Technology integration and project-based assessments are critical components of Highland Tech’s rigorous model.  Professional Development - content expertise and deep understanding of the standards. Focus on building a curriculum that is standards-based. Planning meaningful activities that align with standards. Help teachers help students refine and revise work. Time is a huge barrier. Giving up control to students. Advisory - take this incredibly seriously. School visit in Michigan. In the traditional model, we don’t demand that they master, we demand that they pass with an average. Redos and Retakes Be present. Be in classrooms learning every day. Uncomfortable being called boss, because he is really a servant. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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17 min
October 4, 2015
Student Mastery Learning with Michael Sharpiro Transformative Principal 092
Michael Shapiro is serving in his second year as the principal of Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage School District. A recent transplant from the Chicago area, he previously served as principal of Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois for seven years, during which time the school earned a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Prior to that he served as an assistant principal for five years in two different schools. Mr. Shapiro began his educational career as a computer applications teacher and director of instructional technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Administration and Supervision at Loyola University in Chicago. Highland Tech is a 6th–12th grade charter school that promotes personal mastery through student centered, individualized learning and varied assessment strategies. Student placement is based on academic ability, rather than chronological age, ensuring students are challenged each day. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their education and master core content and the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. Technology integration and project-based assessments are critical components of Highland Tech’s rigorous model.  Not one and done approach, focused on student Mastery. Time bound, but a lot of flexibility. Real-world project based learning. Rubrics at every level. Takes some time for kids, teachers and principals even to get used to it. Lots of misperceptions in the community. Reinventing Schools Coalition RISC Different Levels - Standards and Rubrics Kids can be in 8th grade math and be in 10 grade ELA. Require up to Alg. II/Trig in math at Highland Tech. Integrate levels as much as possible. Paying attention to outliers. Variety of assessments qualify for standards. Not just the paper-pencil type. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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20 min
September 27, 2015
Good Teaching on Steriods with Piper Riddle Transformative Principal 091
Piper is the principal of Draper Elementary in Draper, UT. She has been a long-time friend and mentor to me, personally, and has helped me learn so much over the last few years. ELA in English and Math in target language Teachers more intentional in working together on content between languages. MobyMax to supplement schoolwork. Reflex Math to focus on computation skills. What she’s doing is working because Draper Elementary ranked 22 in the state in math. How you ensure good instruction is taking place when you don’t speak the target language? Anyone should be able to understand topic in the classroom when they are in the target language. Good instruction on Steroids. 9 tenets of instruction from State of Utah Listen. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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18 min
September 20, 2015
Dual Immersion Chinese with Piper Riddle Transformative Principal 090
Piper is the principal of Draper Elementary in Draper, UT. She has been a long-time friend and mentor to me, personally, and has helped me learn so much over the last few years. Dual immersion schools - what is the process, and what challenges are unique to you? 200 dual immersion schools in the state, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French What barriers are there to having native speakers come teach in America? A/B schedule at elementary level. Teachers come from mainland China and local areas. Immersion teacher and non-immersion teachers and culture issues. Personalizing issues with culture. Specials to integrate the two cultures. Dragon Training Seeking input to learn what was important to the students, faculty, and parents. Blanket monkey. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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21 min
September 13, 2015
Facing History in Ourselves with Henry Turner Transformative Principal 089
Henry Turner is a fantastic principal doing some great things at Bedford High School outside Boston. He blogs at Leadingtolearn. Implementing iPad initiative. Focus on creating iPad content. Fundraising Upstander anti-bullying program. Facing History in Ourselves. Asking curious questions. Kids create public service announcements with their iPads. Achievement gap strategies. Data teams Putting kids in levels, but not tracking them. Conversations and district support. The Calculus Project. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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27 min
September 6, 2015
SIte Vists with Henry Turner Transformative Principal 088
Henry Turner - Principal of Bedford High School outside Boston. Site visits is where the interview teams comes to the school to meet with the teams that work with the principal. Tips to prepare. Choose a diverse group of people. Avoid some pitfalls: lack of preparation, only asking rockstars. How to prepare people for the visit: Announce early to community. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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27 min
August 30, 2015
Establishing PLCs with Geri Parscale Transformative Principal 087
This week Geri Parscale came to visit us in Kodiak and teach us about PLCs. The teachers walked away energized and excited. On Twitter she is @ParscaleG. In this episode she talks about PLCs and culture. PLCs are a way of life, not a program, and that is what I have always enjoyed about the PLC approach. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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37 min
August 24, 2015
Ditching Grading Periods with Mike Kelly Transformative Principal 086
Mike Kelly - Principal Eyer Middle School. East Penn School District. Mike on Twitter: @principalmkelly Mike’s Blog The importance of blogging and reflection, sharing learning. Personal growth mindset post. The end of marking periods. Starting removal of marking periods in 6th grade! Arbitrary dates to complete learning on certain topics. Extended learning program greatly reduces academic failures. Many additional clubs and activities are offered. “Required” extended learning program. Perception of ELP. Time and support are the variables and learning is the constant. How to prepare for big changes in schools. Parent concerns about end of marking periods. Start with small parent groups. How to gain teacher support for the end of marking periods. The case against 0 The power of 0 Retesting and redo How to be a transformative principal? Surround yourself with transformative people. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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29 min
August 16, 2015
Breaking out of Isolation with Theresa Stager and Jessica Johnson Transformative Principal 085
Today I am joined by Theresa Stager and Jessica Johnson who talk about their book “Breaking out of Isolation”. After the sad end of the Practical Principals podcast with Melinda Miller, Theresa and Jessica and Jethro all started a podcast at the same time. Being connected sometimes makes you feel isolated. On being a student again. Fixed vs. growth mindset. We are still in the middle of learning how to be connected. You must always watch what you are saying and be cautious of what you are saying. Connected Educator Series How you can break out of isolation: Jump on Twitter Join #principalPLN and create your own personal little mentors. Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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28 min
August 9, 2015
How do You Contribute to Education with Dr. Robert Dillon Transformative Principal 084
Bob Dillon Twitter Web Site is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Afton School District. He has been a middle school principal for 15 years in three different places and currently helps many other principals improve their practices. Join the PrincipalPLN Voxer group 1st order change - simple, fixit types of problems, typically exciting that help people feel good about things, but don’t really move the needle in improving a school. 2nd order change - moving from management to leadership. Changes that will last after you are gone. People start to feel like they are part of a special organization. Sometimes it is messy, people don’t know how things will play out. Doug Timm Principal in Delaware. Need to focus on what matters in the long term. 1st order change - painting over water stain on a house you just bought. 2nd order change - taking off the drywall and cleaning (or replacing) studs and insulation. Playing the short and the long game. Higher-level conversations Difficulty of dealing with minor problems. If you are working hard daily, people will be more likely to give you a break. Build up key communicators in the building. Trust your teachers to say things in a way that you know will be beneficial. People need to hear the same in multiple ways. How to help teachers be comfortable taking risks. Need to scaffold to the higher level of risk-taking. Part 2 Director of Innovation. My role is to keep the system lubricated. Keep technology systems moving at a fast rate. Jump technology ahead. Looking for other places that slow growth and inhibit innovation. Empower the teachers that are moving forward and working hard. Most of the rest of my career I will have jobs that don’t exist yet. Important to change mental model of where and how kids learn. Our teachers get better when they tell our story. If it is not your strength to share, allow it to be the power of your students and allow them to share. Give kids a voice. Authentic audience raises the quality of work. Book Ethic of Excellence How are you contributing to Education beyond this school? It is about being humble, and knowing you don’t have all the answers. If I want other people to help me, I need to help other people. What prevents teachers from contributing? Powerful connecting to other schools. Bettendorf High School and their partner school learning from each other. Doc Seacrist St. Joseph in Missouri(LINK) Why Jimmy Casas continues to be a principal. Leadership K–1–2 Makerspace about the philosophy of allowing kids to grow creativity and problem solving. Create, make, design for empowerment, engagement. Helping kids become solution makers. How you can be a transformative principal: Go read something that doesn’t have to do with education with your principal hat on. Lateral capacity building. Brendan Hufford Entreleadership Podcast Chris Locurto Show Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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30 min
August 2, 2015
Orders of Change with Dr. Robert Dillon Transformative Principal 083
Bob Dillon Twitter Web Site is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Afton School District. He has been a middle school principal for 15 years in three different places and currently helps many other principals improve their practices. Join the PrincipalPLN Voxer group 1st order change - simple, fixit types of problems, typically exciting that help people feel good about things, but don’t really move the needle in improving a school. 2nd order change - moving from management to leadership. Changes that will last after you are gone. People start to feel like they are part of a special organization. Sometimes it is messy, people don’t know how things will play out. Doug Timm Principal in Delaware. Need to focus on what matters in the long term. 1st order change - painting over water stain on a house you just bought. 2nd order change - taking off the drywall and cleaning (or replacing) studs and insulation. Playing the short and the long game. Higher-level conversations Difficulty of dealing with minor problems. If you are working hard daily, people will be more likely to give you a break. Build up key communicators in the building. Trust your teachers to say things in a way that you know will be beneficial. People need to hear the same in multiple ways. How to help teachers be comfortable taking risks. Need to scaffold to the higher level of risk-taking. Part 2 Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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26 min
July 26, 2015
Start Book Clubs with David Long Transformative Principal 082
David Long, CEO of My Employees. Started the company from Author of Built to Lead: 7 Management R.E.W.A.R.D.S Principles for Becoming a Top 10% Manager.. This book is amazing, and I learned a ton from talking to David. He is a businessman, and not an educator, but he is really on point here. Top 1% in all three industries he has participated in, so topics relatable to all industries. Employee recognition programs. It’s not just plaques for employee recognition. It is normal to procrastinate, forget, or otherwise delay awards and recognition for employees. Great intentions last only 3 months. Recognize 2 people from each department. 20% or higher growth per year because of this employee recognition. Employee recognition is the greatest way to get people to buy into your vision for the school. Teachers will only be successful if the kids are successful, so we need to make our teachers and kids successful. Metrics for schools: Don’t want it to be a popularity contest! Measure what you are already using. Recognition has to be administered every 7–10 days. Employee recognition reminder chart. - Digital Version Recognize everyone 3 times a month! If you can’t find something to recognize them for, you’re dropping the ball as a leader. We do not outgrow the desire to be shown that we are significant. If teachers don’t feel like they are part of the team, they want to leave you. Two reasons people want to leave your school: 1) Not getting recognition or 2) the leader is forcing them to work with incompetent people. You have to show the teachers that they matter. People will listen to you because you care. You will lose good people sometimes if you focus on them Many employees receive no recognition for months at a time. Find as many metrics as you can. Demotivator: not using metrics to determine employee recognition, i.e., If someone comes in late and leaves early every day, and you reward that person. Don’t make recognition about “It’s this person’s turn.” 80/20 rule. Recognize top 20% of each department. Part 2 Student engagement surveys for teachers. Simplistic questions: How well do you feel the teacher teaches…? How well do you feel your teacher encourages you…? (What would be good) Interview and assess what the kids are getting from their teachers. Metrics he uses: Dollar/ticket, renewal sales, how many calls they answer, answering the phones by the third ring, Kaizan - continuous improvement, monitoring something causes the production of it to increase by 10 percent. TEDxCSDTeachers - increase attendance by 10%. shoutoutcards.com - stubs or something to remind you of what someone did well. Let your people shine. Book clubs - teach your teachers how to improve their lives - personal development, not books related to our profession. Dr. Tony Zeiss - 12 Essential Rules for Becoming Indispensable Book clubs help teams that don’t usually work together work together. Side note: teach kids how to use money and have their money spent effectively. What can principals do? Use the recognition chart to make sure you are checking in on your teachers. Invest in your own education, learn how to be a better principal, teacher, speaker, etc. davidlong@top10manager.com 800–489–0230 Buy the hardback copy, get the kindle version free by emailing Copy of workbook from the “You’re impacting lives every day, or you’re not!” Loading… Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher.  Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal.  
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28 min
July 19, 2015
Recognizing Your Teachers with David Long Transformative Principal 081
David Long, CEO of My Employees. Started the company from Author of Built to Lead: 7 Management R.E.W.A.R.D.S Principles for Becoming a Top 10% Manager.. This book is amazing, and I learned a ton from talking to David. He is a businessman, and not an educator, but he is really on point here. Top 1% in all three industries he has participated in, so topics relatable to all industries. Employee recognition programs. It’s not just plaques for employee recognition. It is normal to procrastinate, forget, or otherwise delay awards and recognition for employees. Great intentions last only 3 months. Recognize 2 people from each department. 20% or higher growth per year because of this employee recognition. Employee recognition is the greatest way to get people to buy into your vision for the school. Teachers will only be successful if the kids are successful, so we need to make our teachers and kids successful. Metrics for schools: Don’t want it to be a popularity contest! Measure what you are already using. Recognition has to be administered every 7–10 days. Employee recognition reminder chart. - Digital Version Recognize everyone 3 times a month! If you can’t find something to recognize them for, you’re dropping the ball as a leader. We do not outgrow the desire to be shown that we are significant. If teachers don’t feel like they are part of the team, they want to leave you. Two reasons people want to leave your school: 1) Not getting recognition or 2) the leader is forcing them to work with incompetent people. You have to show the teachers that they matter. People will listen to you because you care. You will lose good people sometimes if you focus on them Many employees receive no recognition for months at a time. Fi