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Principal Matters: The School Leader's Podcast with William D. Parker

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William D. Parker from the Principal Matters Podcast reveals his school leadership strategies, insights from other leaders, and practical tips so that you can have the tools to achieve your own goals. Rediscover healthy motivation, resolve conflicts and challenges, maximize your communication, grow your instructional abilities, and learn to streamline responsibilities—all while building positive communities among your team members, students, parents, and patrons. A former teacher of the year and Oklahoma assistant principal of the year, he is also an author, blogger, speaker and education consultant. The former Principal of Skiatook High School, near Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Founder of Principal Matters, LLC, he also serves as the Executive Director for OASSP/OMLEA - state associations proudly supporting secondary leaders and middle level educators. He and his wife Missy are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not serving his members and family, he is a sought-after keynote speaker for principal conferences and leadership seminars. He has learned to leverage his lessons through growing in-person and online communities. Listen in for motivation to create incredible momentum in your school community.
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PMP396: Leadership Approaches to Conflict Resolution with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will You Help Us Celebrate?? Hello, Friends! It’s Will Parker here from Principal Matters: The School Leader’s Podcast. We’re excited to announce that we’re approaching our 400th episode! Can you believe it? To make this milestone even more special, we’d love to hear from you. If this podcast has inspired, helped, or encouraged you, would […] The post PMP396: Leadership Approaches to Conflict Resolution with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker appeared first on Principal Matters.
5/15/202434 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP395: Embracing MESSY Leadership with Alyssa Gallagher and Jen Schwanke

A few words from William D. Parker Hey everyone, William D. Parker here from Principal Matters: The School Leader’s Podcast. With over 1.4 million downloads and a decade of content for school leaders, our resources are always available for you at williamdparker.com. As we dive into May 2024, I’m reminded of the craziness this time […] The post PMP395: Embracing MESSY Leadership with Alyssa Gallagher and Jen Schwanke appeared first on Principal Matters.
5/8/202436 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP394: Lessons from a First Year Principal with Tomas Macaluso

In this week’s episode, William D. Parker interviews Tomas Macaluso, a dynamic first-year principal who began his journey in Career and Technical Education (CTE), where he served for 10 years as a CTE teacher. In this role, Tomas taught business, graphic design, and IT. His major contribution was helping establish a signature academy, available to […] The post PMP394: Lessons from a First Year Principal with Tomas Macaluso appeared first on Principal Matters.
5/1/202440 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP393: Turnaround Leadership with Dr. Tameka Hyland

Dr. Tameka D. Hyland is a transformative educational leader. As principal of Sherman Avenue Elementary, she and her team raised its grade from D to C and scored the second highest reading scores in Mississippi within two years. As the executive principal at Vicksburg High School, her team not only increased the graduation rate to […] The post PMP393: Turnaround Leadership with Dr. Tameka Hyland appeared first on Principal Matters.
4/24/202432 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP392: Small Steps to Big Joy with Kim Strobel and Jen Schwanke

Hi, Friends. William D. Parker here. As you listen to this week’s show, you’re going to hear a powerful conversation Dr. Jen Schwanke has interviewing author and educator Kim Strobel. Kim Strobel is a motivational powerhouse, inspiring lives and organizations as a keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and happiness coach. Overcoming personal adversities, she embarked on […] The post PMP392: Small Steps to Big Joy with Kim Strobel and Jen Schwanke appeared first on Principal Matters.
4/17/202445 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP391: Hiring Tips from the Field with Principal Beau Brannon

Beau Brannon has served as principal of Union High School Freshman Academy, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since the summer of 2022. Previously, he served four years as its assistant principal. A 2008 Muldrow High School alum, he ventured into college football at the University of Tulsa, then pursued his passion for education, earning a bachelor’s in […] The post PMP391: Hiring Tips from the Field with Principal Beau Brannon appeared first on Principal Matters.
4/10/202437 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMP390: Mindshifts for Leaders with Dr. T.J. Vari

Dr. T.J. Vari is the Deputy Superintendent of the Appoquinimink School District. T.J. is a former middle school assistant principal and principal and former high school English teacher. His master’s degree is in School Leadership and his doctorate is in Innovation and Leadership. He holds several honors and distinctions, including his past appointment as President […] The post PMP390: Mindshifts for Leaders with Dr. T.J. Vari appeared first on Principal Matters.
4/3/202444 minutes, 29 seconds
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PMP389: Building a Systems Transformation Pathway with Naheed Bardai

Naheed Bardai is the Principal of UWC Atlantic and arrived in south Wales in August 2021 from Upper Canada College in Toronto, where he was head of upper school for six years. Before that, he served as dean of students and senior school principal during his 10 years at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, […] The post PMP389: Building a Systems Transformation Pathway with Naheed Bardai appeared first on Principal Matters.
3/27/202444 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP338: How Do You Know if You’re Making the Right Decision? – with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In this week’s episode, Dr. Jen Schwanke and William D. Parker delve into the complexities of decision-making, particularly in leadership roles. Both share insights and strategies to navigate the often murky waters of making the “right” decisions. Continuous Learning and Humility Will emphasizes the importance of humility in leadership, advocating for a mindset of constant […] The post PMP338: How Do You Know if You’re Making the Right Decision? – with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker appeared first on Principal Matters.
3/20/202443 minutes, 50 seconds
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PMP387: Accountability – A Dirty Word or Essential? with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In this week’s episode, Jen Schwanke and Will Parker talk about the word accountability. In education, this word can be perceived as both positive and negative. On the negative side, education has been the target of a lot of political discourse, beginning for many modern U.S. educators in the 1980’s with the report a Nation […] The post PMP387: Accountability – A Dirty Word or Essential? with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker appeared first on Principal Matters.
3/13/202435 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP386: Connecting Every Student to Caring Adults with Melissa Barlow

Melissa Barlow is in her eleventh year as Principal of Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma.  In her past two decades as an educator, she has taught both middle-level and high school science and math, as well as serving in the role of assistant principal.  Barlow obtained her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and […] The post PMP386: Connecting Every Student to Caring Adults with Melissa Barlow appeared first on Principal Matters.
3/6/202440 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP385: Capturing Kids Hearts with Flip Flippen

Flip Flippen is a New York Times best-selling author, social entrepreneur, psychotherapist, and the founder and chairman of Capturing Kids’ Hearts, one of the largest educator training and team development companies in North America. Flip and his wife Susan were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, making them the first couple to ever […] The post PMP385: Capturing Kids Hearts with Flip Flippen appeared first on Principal Matters.
2/28/202439 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP384: Anticipate, Analyze, and Act with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In this week’s episode Will Parker and Jen Schwanke discuss more about Dr. Schwanke’s new book, The Principal’s Guide to Conflict Management. Jen asked leaders to consider a circle to anticipate, analyze and act as an ongoing movement – a way to visualize how approaching conflict.  Anticipate Anticipate the adult, student, parent and self conflict […] The post PMP384: Anticipate, Analyze, and Act with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker appeared first on Principal Matters.
2/21/202432 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP383: The Principal’s Guide to Conflict Management – Jen’s new book!

Conflicts are inevitable. The question is how do you manage them in healthy ways with the appropriate mindset, anticipation, analysis, and action? This week, Dr. Jen Schwanke shares takeaways with William D. Parker from Jen’s new book, The Principal’s Guide to Conflict Management. Listen-in as Jen explains how to approach conflict with courage. Learn the […] The post PMP383: The Principal’s Guide to Conflict Management – Jen’s new book! appeared first on Principal Matters.
2/14/202437 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP382: Profoundly Impacting Learning Culture with Dan Kelley

Daniel Kelley is an Associate Teaching Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Rhode Island. He previously served as the principal of Smithfield High School in Smithfield, RI. During his tenure, he successfully implemented sustainable change initiatives that profoundly impacted the school’s learning culture. Dan’s contributions to education extend to national leadership […] The post PMP382: Profoundly Impacting Learning Culture with Dan Kelley appeared first on Principal Matters.
2/7/202440 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP381: Maximizing the Superpowers of each Individual with Jim Wichman

Jim Wichman is the founder of Inspired Edification, LLC, a seasoned educational administrator with over 25 years of experience. Jim has a rich history of service in both urban and rural public school settings. Coming from a background of poverty and even experiencing homelessness, Jim is a strong advocate for centered, respectful, and value-driven education. […] The post PMP381: Maximizing the Superpowers of each Individual with Jim Wichman appeared first on Principal Matters.
1/31/202440 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP380: Dynamics of Building Leaders vs District Leaders with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke and Will Parker discuss the dynamics involved in building leadership vs district leadership. Although still a principal at heart, Jen has served in the role of Deputy Superintendent now for three years. Will asked her to reflect on the following: A few highlights include: We also discuss some takeaways from Patrick […] The post PMP380: Dynamics of Building Leaders vs District Leaders with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke appeared first on Principal Matters.
1/24/202431 minutes, 42 seconds
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PMP379: Systems Leader vs People Leader with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke

In this week’s episode, Jen Schwanke and Will Parker discuss the difference between systems leadership and people leadership. Here’s a quick summary: Leaders need to understand both. As one of Jen’s advisors told her, “If there is no route for the bus, it doesn’t really matter what people are on it.” In other words, we […] The post PMP379: Systems Leader vs People Leader with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke appeared first on Principal Matters.
1/17/202430 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP378: Surfing the Crest of New Waves with Mark Geraets

Mark Geraets, is an education leader with a career spanning 40 impactful years. Born in New Zealand as the youngest of seven to Dutch immigrant parents, Mark’s university education journey began at 16, as the youngest student at Teacher’s College. By 30, he assumed his first principal role in Whakatane, NZ. Venturing abroad, he taught […]
1/10/202439 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP377: Conversations that Matter with Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, universities, and nonprofits. She trains and coaches teachers, administrators, and others on new teacher/employee support, having hard conversations, collaboration skills, and being your best adult self at work. In her over two decades at Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, […]
1/3/202440 minutes, 33 seconds
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PMP376: Year in Review – Where Are You Growing? with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke

In this week’s episode, Will and Jen flip the mic, and Jen interviews Will about his experiences with Principal Matters as his full time work in the past six months of 2023. They discuss the emotional ups and downs of the new work, the stats from the previous year, and lessons learned in goal setting […]
12/27/202338 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP375: She Leads with Dr. Rachael George and Dr. Jen Schwanke

A few quick words from Will Parker: Hi, Friends! You’re going to be listening to an interview hosted by Jen Schwanke with our guest, Rachel George, the author of the book, She Leads: The Woman’s Guide to a Career in Educational Leadership, co-authored with Majalise Tolan. You’re going to love this conversation about Rachel’s background […]
12/20/202341 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP374: Accelerating Student Voice with Dr. James Flynn

Dr. James Flynn has been a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Principal of the Grades 3-6 Intermediate School in Burlington City, Principal of Burlington City High School, and is currently the Director of Planning/Research, Evaluation, Operations, and State and Federal Programs for the Burlington City School District, Burlington, New Jersey.  Jim’s principal practice included a number […]
12/13/202339 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMP373: Increasing Your Impact with Donna Hayward

Donna Hayward began her professional career as a high school mathematics teacher after earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Smith College. Inspired by her own high school principal, Donna completed her Sixth Year through UCONN and served as Assistant Principal/ Principal of Rocky Hill High School for a decade. During this time, she markedly […]
12/6/202340 minutes
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PMP372: The Power of Principal Mindfulness with Dr. Rob Russell and Dr. Dustin Miller

In this week’s episode, Dr. Jen Schwanke hosts an episode interviewing Drs. Rob Russell and Dustin Miller, with lessons from a recent article they authored on The Power of Principal Mindfulness. Rob Russell, Ed. D., is an assistant principal at New Albany High School in New Albany, Ohio. He is a former science teacher. His […]
11/29/202341 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP 371: Simplicity in Leadership Does Not Equal Easier with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

As a child, I had the privilege of observing my grandparent’s farming responsibilities, so this week’s conversation with Jen Schwanke is important to me personally and professionally. In it, we discuss a documentary about traditional farming methods, and we draw connections between producing healthy soil and cultivating strong school cultures.  How might the story of […]
11/22/202334 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMP370: Middle School Superpowers with Phyllis Fagell

Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, is a school counselor in Washington, DC, a therapist who works with children and teens in private practice, and an author and journalist. She is the author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help, and […]
11/15/202339 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMP369: Connecting Through Conversation with Erika Bare and Tiffany Burns

Erika Bare has been an educator for over 20 years, currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent in the Ashland School District in Oregon. A special education teacher by training, she is passionate about supporting all students through individual supports to reach their limitless potential. Tiffany Burns loves working with kids. In her two decades in […]
11/8/202342 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP368: Buildership with Robyn Jackson and Jen Schwanke

Hi, Friends. Will Parker here. A quick shout-out to Dr. Jen Schwanke and Dr. Robyn Jackson who agreed to record this special edition of Principal Matters where Jen hosts the show. In this conversation, you’ll find helpful lessons for your leadership as they discuss topics like: I heard Robyn Jackson present this summer at the […]
11/1/202345 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP367: Head and Heart, A Principal’s Tools with Jen Schwanke

In this episode, Will Parker and Jen Schwanke, talk about her recent article, “Heart and head: A Principal’s Essential Tools,” written for the ASCD Education Leadership magazine. Check it out here. Jen started the conversation by sharing a piece she read about chefs and their essential tools. Many chefs pointed to gadgets, but one chef’s […]
10/25/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP366: Navigating Leadership Drift with Cale Birk

Cale Birk is a former teacher, high school principal, and District Head of Innovation from British Columbia, Canada. In 2015, one of his schools was named one of the first Model PLC Schools in Canada. Feeling like he was only scratching the surface with collaboration, Cale wrote the book PLC 2.0 – Collaborating for Observable […]
10/18/202336 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP365: Likable Leadership with Lisa Parry

Lisa Parry is a veteran English teacher (1994-present) and K-12 principal (2018-present) who is proud to lead a 2021 National Blue Ribbon Elementary School and a 2020 ESEA Distinguished Elementary School. In 2022, her  colleagues recognized her as South Dakota Region 1 Principal of the Year. Some of the most gratifying work she has done […]
10/11/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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PMP364: Not Missing Out on Your Best Kept Secrets with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In today’s episode, Will Parker shares poignant takeaways from a summer hiking trip with his son, Jack, applying those insights to the realm of school leadership. The discussion centers on the importance of being present, connecting with students, and celebrating even the small moments. Afterward, Will and co-host Jen Schwanke talk about applying those lessons […]
10/4/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP363: Building Stronger, Authentic Relationships with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

This week Will Parker and Jen Schwanke respond to a listener question submitted several months ago but still relevant today for leaders: “I’ve been a loyal listener of the Principal Matters podcast and value the insights from both William and Jen. As a new principal of a small school with 125 students and 9 teachers, […]
9/27/202332 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP362: Be The Driving Force with Dr. Don Parker

Dr. Don Parker is a leading voice in professional development and educational transformation. Since beginning his educational journey in 1997, Dr. Parker has served in diverse roles, from teaching in Chicago’s inner-city schools to mentoring future educators as an Adjunct Professor at National-Louis University. As a former principal at both Posen School and Lincoln Avenue […]
9/20/202348 minutes, 5 seconds
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PMP361: Coaching Questions for Leaders with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In this week's episode of the PMP, Jen Schwanke asks Will Parker Michael Bungay Stanier's coaching questions.
9/13/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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PMP360: Creating Resilience in Learning and Leadership with Cheryl Step

Will Parker interviews guest Cheryl Step on her knowledge of creating resilience in students and leaders on this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP360: Creating Resilience in Learning and Leadership with Cheryl Step The post PMP360: Creating Resilience in Learning and Leadership with Cheryl Step first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/6/202346 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP360: Creating Resilience in Learning and Leadership with Cheryl Step

Will Parker interviews guest Cheryl Step on her knowledge of creating resilience in students and leaders on this week's episode of the PMP.
9/6/202346 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP359: Building Trust & Thriving as an Assistant Principal with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke tackle a listener question geared towards assistant principals in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP359: Building Trust & Thriving as an Assistant Principal with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker The post PMP359: Building Trust & Thriving as an Assistant Principal with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/30/202334 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP359: Building Trust & Thriving as an Assistant Principal with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke tackle a listener question geared towards assistant principals in this week's episode of the PMP.
8/30/202334 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bonus: Principal Matters Update from Will Parker

Hi, Friends. Will Parker here. I am sharing this bonus episode to inform Principal Matters listeners about some new updates. First of all, we have a new website. For 10 years, I have been using the same website, and this week we are excited to launch a new place where you can find all the […]
8/27/20233 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP358: Inspired to Be Faithful with Timothy Alexander

This week Will Parker interviews Timothy Alexander as he shares his inspiring story and how he uses it to reach students. … Continue readingPMP358: Inspired to Be Faithful with Timothy Alexander The post PMP358: Inspired to Be Faithful with Timothy Alexander first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/23/202334 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP357: Leading Your Hometown School with John Boyd

Will Parker and guest John Boyd discuss school management and leading your hometown high school in this week's episode of PMP. … Continue readingPMP357: Leading Your Hometown School with John Boyd The post PMP357: Leading Your Hometown School with John Boyd first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/16/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP356: Escaping the Black Hole of Urgency with Dr. Frederick Buskey

Frederick Buskey lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and helps assistant principals live and lead better by teaching them how to Continue readingPMP356: Escaping the Black Hole of Urgency with Dr. Frederick Buskey The post PMP356: Escaping the Black Hole of Urgency with Dr. Frederick Buskey first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/9/202346 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP355: Using Reflective Questions with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will Parker runs through a series of reflective questions by author Michael Bugay Stanier in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP355: Using Reflective Questions with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker The post PMP355: Using Reflective Questions with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/2/202333 minutes, 33 seconds
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PMP354: Questions on Allocation of Support with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke tackle a listener question about leadership and resource allocation on this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP354: Questions on Allocation of Support with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker The post PMP354: Questions on Allocation of Support with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/26/202334 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP353: How to Provide Meaningful Feedback in Observations with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke discuss ways to provide thoughtful and helpful feedback to teachers in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP353: How to Provide Meaningful Feedback in Observations with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker The post PMP353: How to Provide Meaningful Feedback in Observations with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/19/202335 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP353: How to Provide Meaningful Feedback in Observations with Jen Schwanke and Will Parker

In this episode, Jen Schwanke shares insights from a new Quick Reference Guide she authored for ASCD on Teacher Observation and Feedback. You can find the resource here. As the author of this new guide, Jen explains why she chose to focus on growth, positivity and relationship building as motivations for better observation feedback. As […]
7/18/202335 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP352: Grow Your Leadership with the Palo Alto High School Admin Team

Will Parker sits down with the admin team of Palo Alto High School to discuss the Grow Leadership Academy, a mastermind lead by Will. … Continue readingPMP352: Grow Your Leadership with the Palo Alto High School Admin Team The post PMP352: Grow Your Leadership with the Palo Alto High School Admin Team first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/12/202343 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP351: Understanding How to Serve Generations with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke discuss how to reach and best serve younger generations in this week's episode of PMP. … Continue readingPMP351: Understanding How to Serve Generations with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke The post PMP351: Understanding How to Serve Generations with Will Parker and Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/5/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP350: T.E.A.M: Together Everyone Achieves More with Bryan Miltenberg & Gary Karlson

Bryan Miltenberg is the proud principal of Aquebogue Elementary School in Riverhead, New York. He’s been a teacher, dean, and Continue readingPMP350: T.E.A.M: Together Everyone Achieves More with Bryan Miltenberg & Gary Karlson The post PMP350: T.E.A.M: Together Everyone Achieves More with Bryan Miltenberg & Gary Karlson first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/28/202344 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP349: Helping Graduates Be Life Ready with Jarrod Johnson

Will Parker talks to guest Jarrod Johnson about his Senior Culmination Series in this week's episode of the Principal Matters Podcast. … Continue readingPMP349: Helping Graduates Be Life Ready with Jarrod Johnson The post PMP349: Helping Graduates Be Life Ready with Jarrod Johnson first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/21/202332 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP348: Staying on the Path with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke joins Will Parker as they explore what happens when we lose focus on the important goals and outcomes involved in serving others … Continue readingPMP348: Staying on the Path with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke The post PMP348: Staying on the Path with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/14/202325 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP347: Becoming Better Leaders with Robyn Hamasaki

Will Parker and guest Robyn Hamasaki discuss ways that school principals can be better leaders to their school communities in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP347: Becoming Better Leaders with Robyn Hamasaki The post PMP347: Becoming Better Leaders with Robyn Hamasaki first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/7/202337 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP346: Equity for Multilingual Learners, Part 2 with Carlene Thomas

Last week, we met Carlene Thomas. This week, she returns to answer more questions from school leaders searching for solutions Continue readingPMP346: Equity for Multilingual Learners, Part 2 with Carlene Thomas The post PMP346: Equity for Multilingual Learners, Part 2 with Carlene Thomas first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/31/202332 minutes, 4 seconds
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PMP345: Equity for Multilingual Learners with Carlene Thomas

Carlene Thomas is the CEO and founder of an educational consulting company that advocates for equity for multilingual learners (MLs) Continue readingPMP345: Equity for Multilingual Learners with Carlene Thomas The post PMP345: Equity for Multilingual Learners with Carlene Thomas first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/24/202331 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP344: Refocusing When Exhausted with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke discuss wrapping up the school year and the importance of rest in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP344: Refocusing When Exhausted with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke The post PMP344: Refocusing When Exhausted with Will Parker & Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/17/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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PMP343: Supporting Resilience with Dr. Brooke Tuttle

William D. Parker and guest Dr. Brooke Tuttle discuss supporting students and staff through difficult times in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP343: Supporting Resilience with Dr. Brooke Tuttle The post PMP343: Supporting Resilience with Dr. Brooke Tuttle first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/10/202343 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP342: Never Stop Learning with Dr. Nick Davies

Will Parker and guest Dr. Nick Davies discuss what it means to never stop learning and the lessons learned from unending learning. … Continue readingPMP342: Never Stop Learning with Dr. Nick Davies The post PMP342: Never Stop Learning with Dr. Nick Davies first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/3/202337 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP341: The Power of Shared Leadership with Cissy Goodridge and Deirdre Timusk

Will Parker and guests Cissy Goodridge and Deirdre Timusk discuss shared leadership in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP341: The Power of Shared Leadership with Cissy Goodridge and Deirdre Timusk The post PMP341: The Power of Shared Leadership with Cissy Goodridge and Deirdre Timusk first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/26/202339 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP340: Prioritizing Work with Dr. Scott Beck

Will Parker and guest Dr. Scott Beck discuss ways to prioritize work and transitions in leadership roles in this week's episode of PMP. … Continue readingPMP340: Prioritizing Work with Dr. Scott Beck The post PMP340: Prioritizing Work with Dr. Scott Beck first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/19/202337 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP339: Digging Deeper into the 3 R’s with Jen Schwanke

This week Will and Jen share updates from their work, travel, and lives. They also discuss lessons related to the three R's in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP339: Digging Deeper into the 3 R’s with Jen Schwanke The post PMP339: Digging Deeper into the 3 R’s with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/12/202339 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP338: Supporting RTI with Jen Schwanke & Will Parker

This week’s discussion topic came to us in a question from a listener: As a prospective administrator (and someone who Continue readingPMP338: Supporting RTI with Jen Schwanke & Will Parker The post PMP338: Supporting RTI with Jen Schwanke & Will Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/5/202335 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP337: Helping Leaders Improve Wellbeing with Dr. Helen Kelly

Will Parker and guest Dr. Hellen Kelly discuss the importance of taking care of oneself as a school leader in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP337: Helping Leaders Improve Wellbeing with Dr. Helen Kelly The post PMP337: Helping Leaders Improve Wellbeing with Dr. Helen Kelly first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/29/202337 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP336: Lessons in Influencing Change with Pete Dunlap

Will Parker and guest Pete Dunlap discuss how leaders can influence change in their schools and Pete's business, Better Learning Education. … Continue readingPMP336: Lessons in Influencing Change with Pete Dunlap The post PMP336: Lessons in Influencing Change with Pete Dunlap first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/22/202335 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP335: Branding & Marketing Your Schools with Tyler Vawser and Britanny Keil

Will Parker is joined by guests Tyler Hawser and Brittany Keil on this week's episode to discuss how school leaders can market their schools. … Continue readingPMP335: Branding & Marketing Your Schools with Tyler Vawser and Britanny Keil The post PMP335: Branding & Marketing Your Schools with Tyler Vawser and Britanny Keil first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/15/202334 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP334: Questions on Student Behavior with Jen Schwanke

Will Parker and co-host Jen Schwanke tackle a listener question about student discipline in this weeks episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP334: Questions on Student Behavior with Jen Schwanke The post PMP334: Questions on Student Behavior with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/8/202333 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP333: Understanding ChatGPT with Naheed Bardai

Will Parker and guest Naheed Bardai discuss the use of an AI called ChatGPT in schools in this week's episode. … Continue readingPMP333: Understanding ChatGPT with Naheed Bardai The post PMP333: Understanding ChatGPT with Naheed Bardai first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/1/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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PMP332: Transformational Leadership with Joshua Spikes

Will Parker discusses transformational leadership in AP's with guest Joshua Spike on this week's episode. … Continue readingPMP332: Transformational Leadership with Joshua Spikes The post PMP332: Transformational Leadership with Joshua Spikes first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/22/202338 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP331: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall, Part 2

In this episode, Mary Beth and Amy continue to share ways they have engaged their teachers and leaders with ongoing learning, including with Principal Matters.  … Continue readingPMP331: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall, Part 2 The post PMP331: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/15/202335 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP330: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall

Will Parker discusses ways to help leaders grow with guests Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall in this week's episode of the PMP. … Continue readingPMP330: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall The post PMP330: How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/8/202335 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP329: How do you set and reach goals? with Jen Schwanke

Setting goals is a practice that I’ve used to help me grow in my own work. Not only is goal Continue readingPMP329: How do you set and reach goals? with Jen Schwanke The post PMP329: How do you set and reach goals? with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/1/202336 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP328: Peer Driven PD with Michael Alpert

Michael Alpert is a Crystal Apple Award Winning educator, and has worked in both small, rural districts and large, suburban Continue readingPMP328: Peer Driven PD with Michael Alpert The post PMP328: Peer Driven PD with Michael Alpert first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/25/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP327: Candid Conversations about Education with Dr. Eric H. Tornfelt

Will Parker and guest Dr. Eric Tornfelt discuss the state of U.S education and ways to care for those in your schools. … Continue readingPMP327: Candid Conversations about Education with Dr. Eric H. Tornfelt The post PMP327: Candid Conversations about Education with Dr. Eric H. Tornfelt first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/18/202337 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP326: The 7 Levels of Intimacy in Leading with Jason Jedamski

Will Parker discusses the seven levels of intimacy in leading and the importance of connectedness with guest Jason Jedamski in this weeks episode of PMP. … Continue readingPMP326: The 7 Levels of Intimacy in Leading with Jason Jedamski The post PMP326: The 7 Levels of Intimacy in Leading with Jason Jedamski first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/11/202337 minutes, 45 seconds
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PMP325: How Do Others See Me? Listener Questions with Dr. Jen Schwanke

In this week's episode, Will Parker and Jen Schwanke answer a listener question about seeking feedback. … Continue readingPMP325: How Do Others See Me? Listener Questions with Dr. Jen Schwanke The post PMP325: How Do Others See Me? Listener Questions with Dr. Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/4/202333 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Making Every Moment a Learning Moment – Year in Review and Big News for 2023!

Will Parker wraps up 2022, shares personal stories, and reveals some exciting news for 2023 in this week's episode of PMP. … Continue readingBonus Episode: Making Every Moment a Learning Moment – Year in Review and Big News for 2023! The post Bonus Episode: Making Every Moment a Learning Moment – Year in Review and Big News for 2023! first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/21/202229 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP324: How Do I Learn Subject Areas Not My Own? Listener Questions with Jen Schwanke

This week, Will Parker and Jen Schwanke are tackling some listener questions. The question they are covering this week is: "Do you have any tips on becoming well versed in becoming knowledgeable about content areas other than my own and scheduling classroom observations?" … Continue readingPMP324: How Do I Learn Subject Areas Not My Own? Listener Questions with Jen Schwanke The post PMP324: How Do I Learn Subject Areas Not My Own? Listener Questions with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/14/202230 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP323: Lessons for New Leaders, Part 2 with Dr. Lute Croy

Will Parker and Dr. Lute Croy continue their discussion from last week's episode, talking about lessons for new and aspiring leaders. … Continue readingPMP323: Lessons for New Leaders, Part 2 with Dr. Lute Croy The post PMP323: Lessons for New Leaders, Part 2 with Dr. Lute Croy first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/7/202237 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP322: Lessons in Leadership Transition with Dr. Lute Croy

This week, Will Parker and Dr. Lute Croy will be discussing ways that leaders can transition in administration roles. … Continue readingPMP322: Lessons in Leadership Transition with Dr. Lute Croy The post PMP322: Lessons in Leadership Transition with Dr. Lute Croy first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/30/202228 minutes, 52 seconds
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PMP321: Lessons in the Leadership Journey with Shenita Perry

Will Parker and Shenita Perry share with listeners one leader’s lessons in the journey of finding the right fit in leadership in this weeks episode. … Continue readingPMP321: Lessons in the Leadership Journey with Shenita Perry The post PMP321: Lessons in the Leadership Journey with Shenita Perry first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/23/202234 minutes, 18 seconds
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PMP320: Tips for Seeking an New Education Position With Jen Schwanke (Part 2)

This week, Will and Jen discuss six more tips and practical ways to plan for a job transition. … Continue readingPMP320: Tips for Seeking an New Education Position With Jen Schwanke (Part 2) The post PMP320: Tips for Seeking an New Education Position With Jen Schwanke (Part 2) first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/16/202225 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP319: Tips for Seeking a New Education Position With Jen Schwanke

Whenever leaders are looking for new opportunities, each situation is unique. Not everyone lives in the same setting, history or opportunity. … Continue readingPMP319: Tips for Seeking a New Education Position With Jen Schwanke The post PMP319: Tips for Seeking a New Education Position With Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/9/202229 minutes, 51 seconds
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PMP318: Returning the joy to teaching, learning and leading with Jen Schwanke

This week Will Parker is joined by Jen Schwanke to talk about returning the joy to teaching in learning and leading. As the year winds down, … Continue readingPMP318: Returning the joy to teaching, learning and leading with Jen Schwanke The post PMP318: Returning the joy to teaching, learning and leading with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/2/202224 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP317: Discipline with Dignity with Jen Schwanke

This week, Will Parker and Jen Schwanke tackle the topic of discipline in schools. Specifically, they discuss how to discipline with dignity as school leaders. … Continue readingPMP317: Discipline with Dignity with Jen Schwanke The post PMP317: Discipline with Dignity with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/26/202232 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP316: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas (Part 2)

This week, Will Parker and Jimmy Casas continue their conversation about Jimmy’s newest book, Recalibrate the Culture: Our Why...Our Work...Our Values. … Continue readingPMP316: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas (Part 2) The post PMP316: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas (Part 2) first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/19/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP315: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas

In this weeks episode of Principal Matters Podcast, Will and Jimmy Casas discuss Casas' newest book is Recalibrate the Culture: Our Why...Our Work...Our Values. … Continue readingPMP315: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas The post PMP315: Recalibrate Your Culture with Jimmy Casas first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/12/202233 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP314: A New Kind of Diversity with Dr. Tim Elmore

This week Will discusses the book A New Kind of Diversity: Making Different Generations on Your Team a Competitive Advantage with author Tim Elmore. … Continue readingPMP314: A New Kind of Diversity with Dr. Tim Elmore The post PMP314: A New Kind of Diversity with Dr. Tim Elmore first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/5/202230 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP 313: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey (Part 2)

This week Kristi and Danny share more ideas about teacher recruitment with Will as well as ways they are working for retention of highly effective teachers. … Continue readingPMP 313: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey (Part 2) The post PMP 313: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey (Part 2) first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/28/202233 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP312: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey

Schools across the U.S. continue to respond to teacher shortages. On September 1, the White House announced recruitment partnerships to Continue readingPMP312: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey The post PMP312: Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Kristi Kirschner and Danny Massey first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/21/202233 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP311: Politics and Advocacy for School Leaders with Jen Schwanke

In this week’s episode, Will Parker and Jen Schwanke share some thoughts on how to remain focused on service to your school communities while also remaining aware of what is happening in politics and advocacy that may also be affecting your school. … Continue readingPMP311: Politics and Advocacy for School Leaders with Jen Schwanke The post PMP311: Politics and Advocacy for School Leaders with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/14/202227 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMP310: Questions from Listeners on Teacher Shortage and Staff Development with Jen Schwanke

Will Parker and Jen Schwanke tackle questions from listeners in this weeks episode of the Principal Matters Podcast. … Continue readingPMP310: Questions from Listeners on Teacher Shortage and Staff Development with Jen Schwanke The post PMP310: Questions from Listeners on Teacher Shortage and Staff Development with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/7/202230 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP309: Leadership that Matters with Jordan Master

As a long-time listener of Principal Matters, Jordan reached out to me this summer after reading a copy of my first book. … Continue readingPMP309: Leadership that Matters with Jordan Master The post PMP309: Leadership that Matters with Jordan Master first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/31/202239 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP308: Leading with a Humble Heart with Zac Bauermaster

Zac Bauermaster currently serves as principal at Kissel Hill Elementary School, located in the Warwick School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. … Continue readingPMP308: Leading with a Humble Heart with Zac Bauermaster The post PMP308: Leading with a Humble Heart with Zac Bauermaster first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/24/202230 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP307: The Stolen Year with Anya Kamenetz

Will Parker interviews Anya Kamenetz on this weeks episode of the Principal Matters Podcast. … Continue readingPMP307: The Stolen Year with Anya Kamenetz The post PMP307: The Stolen Year with Anya Kamenetz first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/17/202229 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP306: Courageous Leadership with Sapna Hopkins

This week, Will interviews Principal Sapna Hopkins. Listen to the entire show for her inspiring personal story and journey in Continue readingPMP306: Courageous Leadership with Sapna Hopkins The post PMP306: Courageous Leadership with Sapna Hopkins first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/10/202239 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP305: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 2

This week Jen Schwanke and Will Parker continue conversations about ways school leaders can prepare for the school year – Continue readingPMP305: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 2 The post PMP305: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/3/202228 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP304: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 1

What priorities must you keep in mind as you start a new school year? In this week’s episode, Will Parker Continue readingPMP304: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 1 The post PMP304: You’re the Principal, Now What? Revisited Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/27/202228 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP303: Intro to The Teacher’s Principal – How School Leaders Can Support and Motivate Their Teachers

This week Jen Schwanke gives a sneak-peek into her newest book, The Teacher’s Principal: How School Leaders Can Support and Continue readingPMP303: Intro to The Teacher’s Principal – How School Leaders Can Support and Motivate Their Teachers The post PMP303: Intro to The Teacher’s Principal – How School Leaders Can Support and Motivate Their Teachers first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/20/202227 minutes, 50 seconds
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PMP302: Ideas for Principal Reboot Over Break

In this episode, Jen Schwanke and I discuss ways that principals can reflect over summer break. We begin with the Continue readingPMP302: Ideas for Principal Reboot Over Break The post PMP302: Ideas for Principal Reboot Over Break first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/13/202227 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP301: How to Respond to Negativity with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke, ASCD author and veteran educator, joins me in this episode to answer listener questions. Question #1 “How do Continue readingPMP301: How to Respond to Negativity with Jen Schwanke The post PMP301: How to Respond to Negativity with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/6/20220
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PMP300: Celebrating a Milestone & Lessons Learned with Dr. Jeff Springer

In December 2015, Principal Matters: The School Leader’s Podcast began from my home on my laptop with a borrowed microphone Continue readingPMP300: Celebrating a Milestone & Lessons Learned with Dr. Jeff Springer The post PMP300: Celebrating a Milestone & Lessons Learned with Dr. Jeff Springer first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/29/202255 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP299: 10 Lessons from a 2nd Year in School Admin with DJ Klein

Daniel (DJ) Klein is an Assistant Principal at Ocean Springs High School, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For longtime Principal Matters Continue readingPMP299: 10 Lessons from a 2nd Year in School Admin with DJ Klein The post PMP299: 10 Lessons from a 2nd Year in School Admin with DJ Klein first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/22/202248 minutes, 4 seconds
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PMP298: 5 Sticky Core Values for Leaders with Daniel Bauer

In this week’s episode, I am joined again by my friend Daniel Bauer, education leader, podcaster and author of the Continue readingPMP298: 5 Sticky Core Values for Leaders with Daniel Bauer The post PMP298: 5 Sticky Core Values for Leaders with Daniel Bauer first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/15/202228 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP297: Applying the Strangest Secret with Daniel Bauer

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a call with my friend Daniel Bauer, education leader, podcaster and author Continue readingPMP297: Applying the Strangest Secret with Daniel Bauer The post PMP297: Applying the Strangest Secret with Daniel Bauer first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/8/202236 minutes, 40 seconds
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PMP296: The Post I Didn’t Want To Write

I enjoy the sounds of morning. Yesterday, as I sat on my back porch sipping coffee, I could hear the Continue readingPMP296: The Post I Didn’t Want To Write The post PMP296: The Post I Didn’t Want To Write first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/1/202222 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP295: A Mastermind on Leaving a Legacy

This school year I had the privilege of connecting with leaders from schools in the great state of Ohio through Continue readingPMP295: A Mastermind on Leaving a Legacy The post PMP295: A Mastermind on Leaving a Legacy first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/25/202244 minutes, 15 seconds
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PMP294: Ensuring Staff and Student Voice with Brent Kline

Brent Kline is Principal of Palo Alto High School, in Palo Alto, California. His previous administration roles include four years Continue readingPMP294: Ensuring Staff and Student Voice with Brent Kline The post PMP294: Ensuring Staff and Student Voice with Brent Kline first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/18/202237 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP293: Lessons in Change, Bonus Episode with Garth Larson

Last week Garth Larson was a guest on episode 292 as he shared the Profile of a School Leader. During Continue readingPMP293: Lessons in Change, Bonus Episode with Garth Larson The post PMP293: Lessons in Change, Bonus Episode with Garth Larson first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/11/202224 minutes, 32 seconds
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PMP292: The Profile of a School Leader with Dr. Garth Larson

Garth Larson, Ed.D is the Co-Founder and CEO of FIRST Educational Resources. Garth has previously worked as the Director of Continue readingPMP292: The Profile of a School Leader with Dr. Garth Larson The post PMP292: The Profile of a School Leader with Dr. Garth Larson first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/4/202235 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP291: Growing Leadership Teams with Dr. Keri Launius

Dr. Keri Launius has worked in PreK-16 education for over 22 years. With experiences from classroom teacher, campus principal and Continue readingPMP291: Growing Leadership Teams with Dr. Keri Launius The post PMP291: Growing Leadership Teams with Dr. Keri Launius first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/27/202230 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP290: Teacher Pipeline Ideas & Solutions with Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke and William D. Parker talk about how principals and education leaders can recruit and retain high Continue readingPMP290: Teacher Pipeline Ideas & Solutions with Jen Schwanke The post PMP290: Teacher Pipeline Ideas & Solutions with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/20/202228 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP289: Supporting School Communities District-Wide with Jen Schwanke

In Jen Schwanke’s new role as an Deputy Superintendent and in dissertation work, she has been learning a lot about Continue readingPMP289: Supporting School Communities District-Wide with Jen Schwanke The post PMP289: Supporting School Communities District-Wide with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/13/202234 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP288: Better Strategies for Drop-Out Recovery with Dr. Warren Glen

Warren J. Glen has twenty years of experience in post-secondary education. His journey in higher education has enhanced his expertise Continue readingPMP288: Better Strategies for Drop-Out Recovery with Dr. Warren Glen The post PMP288: Better Strategies for Drop-Out Recovery with Dr. Warren Glen first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/6/202236 minutes, 8 seconds
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PMP287: Chasing the Show with Pete Hall

Veteran school administrator and educational consultant Pete Hall channels his experiences as a school principal, life coach, and small-business owner Continue readingPMP287: Chasing the Show with Pete Hall The post PMP287: Chasing the Show with Pete Hall first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/30/20220
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PMP286: We’re Not Broken with Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist focused on politics and policy and currently the senior Washington correspondent for The Continue readingPMP286: We’re Not Broken with Eric Garcia The post PMP286: We’re Not Broken with Eric Garcia first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/23/202230 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP: Spring Break Update 2022

This week I’m taking a break from posting so that I can enjoy more time with family during Spring Break. Continue readingPMP: Spring Break Update 2022 The post PMP: Spring Break Update 2022 first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/16/20222 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP285: Retention for a Change with Principal EL, Dr. TJ Vari and Dr. Joseph Jones

How do you transform school culture so that you keep high quality teachers? Today’s guest include three education leaders: Dr. Continue readingPMP285: Retention for a Change with Principal EL, Dr. TJ Vari and Dr. Joseph Jones The post PMP285: Retention for a Change with Principal EL, Dr. TJ Vari and Dr. Joseph Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/9/202229 minutes, 15 seconds
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PMP284: Triumph over Tragedy with Timothy Alexander

Timothy Alexander is a bestselling writer, award-winning speaker, and life coach who thrives at the intersection of character development, counseling, Continue readingPMP284: Triumph over Tragedy with Timothy Alexander The post PMP284: Triumph over Tragedy with Timothy Alexander first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/2/202231 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP283: How to Be a Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones

Jethro Jones is the founder of Transformative Principal, which provides leadership development, weekly masterminds, and one-on-one coaching for school leaders Continue readingPMP283: How to Be a Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones The post PMP283: How to Be a Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/23/202236 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP282: Building ‘Parentships’ with Dr. Kyle Palmer

Kyle Palmer is currently Executive Director of Human Resources for the Center School District of South Kansas City, MO. Before Continue readingPMP282: Building ‘Parentships’ with Dr. Kyle Palmer The post PMP282: Building ‘Parentships’ with Dr. Kyle Palmer first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/16/202234 minutes, 32 seconds
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PMP281: Paradoxes of Leadership with Dr. Tim Elmore

Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and CEO of Growing Leaders. His work grew out of 20 years of serving Continue readingPMP281: Paradoxes of Leadership with Dr. Tim Elmore The post PMP281: Paradoxes of Leadership with Dr. Tim Elmore first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/9/202230 minutes, 52 seconds
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PMP280: The Power of Your Messaging

Last month I had the privilege of presenting in a virtual event to a group of assistant principals and aspiring Continue readingPMP280: The Power of Your Messaging The post PMP280: The Power of Your Messaging first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/2/202230 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP279: Support, Empower, Engage with Chris Jones

Dr. Christopher Jones has been an educator in Massachusetts for 22 years.  He has just finished his 14th year as Continue readingPMP279: Support, Empower, Engage with Chris Jones The post PMP279: Support, Empower, Engage with Chris Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/26/202232 minutes, 7 seconds
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PMP278: Encouraging & Motivating Staff with Jen Schwanke

In a recent article Jen Schwanke published with ASCD, First Engage Teachers: A Principal’s Role in Cultivating Staff Motivation, Jen Continue readingPMP278: Encouraging & Motivating Staff with Jen Schwanke The post PMP278: Encouraging & Motivating Staff with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/19/202230 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP277: Lessons in Leadership from a Colonial Midwife

Last week a principal wrote to tell me he was short 25 teachers or staff as he ended his first Continue readingPMP277: Lessons in Leadership from a Colonial Midwife The post PMP277: Lessons in Leadership from a Colonial Midwife first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/12/202216 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP276: 2021 Year in Review & 2022 Goal Setting

This morning I read a gripping opinion post in Education Week by Lisa Mead, a principal in upstate New York, Continue readingPMP276: 2021 Year in Review & 2022 Goal Setting The post PMP276: 2021 Year in Review & 2022 Goal Setting first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/5/202219 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP275: 6 Literacy Levers, Part 2 with Brad Gustafson

What would happen if you asked your team, ‘What question would you predict I’m going to ask in a meeting?’ Continue readingPMP275: 6 Literacy Levers, Part 2 with Brad Gustafson The post PMP275: 6 Literacy Levers, Part 2 with Brad Gustafson first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/22/202123 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMP274: 6 Literacy Levers with Brad Gustafson

This week we share the first of a two-part series with Dr. Brad Gustafson. Listen-in as we discuss rethinking leadership Continue readingPMP274: 6 Literacy Levers with Brad Gustafson The post PMP274: 6 Literacy Levers with Brad Gustafson first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/15/202123 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMPEncore197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals

This week I’m sharing one of the most popular episodes from the Principal Matters archives. If you know a new Continue readingPMPEncore197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals The post PMPEncore197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/8/202139 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP273: How to Manage When Someone is ‘Stirring the Pot’

This week William D. Parker and Jen Schwanke answer the question: What do you do about a teacher who likes Continue readingPMP273: How to Manage When Someone is ‘Stirring the Pot’ The post PMP273: How to Manage When Someone is ‘Stirring the Pot’ first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/1/202125 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP272: Thankfulness & Answers about Emotional and Behavior Supports for Students

This week Jen Schwanke joins Will Parker to discuss stories of gratitude from former teachers and educators in their lives. Will Continue readingPMP272: Thankfulness & Answers about Emotional and Behavior Supports for Students The post PMP272: Thankfulness & Answers about Emotional and Behavior Supports for Students first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/24/202126 minutes, 42 seconds
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PMP271: Answering Questions on School Discipline with Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke and Will Parker answer the principal question: “How do you structure discipline so that punishments fit Continue readingPMP271: Answering Questions on School Discipline with Jen Schwanke The post PMP271: Answering Questions on School Discipline with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/17/202128 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP270: Gaining Buy-In & Building Leadership Teams with Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke and Will Parker answer principal questions: How do you gain ‘buy-in’ among staff vs just ‘setting Continue readingPMP270: Gaining Buy-In & Building Leadership Teams with Jen Schwanke The post PMP270: Gaining Buy-In & Building Leadership Teams with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/10/202125 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP269: Leadership at Every Level with Janelle McLaughlin

Janelle McLaughlin, is an Education Consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships working with districts all across the United States. She is Continue readingPMP269: Leadership at Every Level with Janelle McLaughlin The post PMP269: Leadership at Every Level with Janelle McLaughlin first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/3/202121 minutes, 48 seconds
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PMP268: Equity, Equality and Systems with Enid Lee

Enid Lee is a front-line educator, an anti-racist professional development specialist, leadership coach, writer and community builder. She began her Continue readingPMP268: Equity, Equality and Systems with Enid Lee The post PMP268: Equity, Equality and Systems with Enid Lee first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/27/202135 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP267: Answering Questions on Grief and Behavior with Jen Schwanke

This week, Jen Schwanke, joins me as we respond to more listener questions. Jen Schwanke is an author and education Continue readingPMP267: Answering Questions on Grief and Behavior with Jen Schwanke The post PMP267: Answering Questions on Grief and Behavior with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/20/202130 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP266: Principal Questions on Curriculum and Goals with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke joins me this week as we respond to listener questions. Jen Schwanke is an author and education leader Continue readingPMP266: Principal Questions on Curriculum and Goals with Jen Schwanke The post PMP266: Principal Questions on Curriculum and Goals with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/13/202133 minutes, 7 seconds
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PMP265: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer, Part 2

This week I have the privilege of sharing Part 2 of a conversation with Daniel Bauer about his new book, Continue readingPMP265: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer, Part 2 The post PMP265: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/6/202121 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP264: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer

This week I have the privilege of sharing a conversation with Daniel Bauer about his new book, His new book, Continue readingPMP264: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer The post PMP264: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader with Daniel Bauer first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/29/202125 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP263: Cycles of Self-Reflection in Leadership

This past month, we sent our third daughter to college. More than a year ago, she began to explore the Continue readingPMP263: Cycles of Self-Reflection in Leadership The post PMP263: Cycles of Self-Reflection in Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/22/202119 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP262: Revisiting the Hats You Wear in School Leadership

A few weeks ago, I was invited to provide some virtual professional learning with a wonderful group of aspiring and Continue readingPMP262: Revisiting the Hats You Wear in School Leadership The post PMP262: Revisiting the Hats You Wear in School Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/15/202126 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP261: Your Friendships, Legacy, Laughter and Well-Being

In last week’s podcast episode, I shared the second part of a keynote presentation I provided on August 12, 2021, Continue readingPMP261: Your Friendships, Legacy, Laughter and Well-Being The post PMP261: Your Friendships, Legacy, Laughter and Well-Being first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/8/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP260: Reflecting on Your Influence – Keynote Series #2

In last week’s podcast episode, I shared the first part of a keynote presentation I provided on August 12, 2021, Continue readingPMP260: Reflecting on Your Influence – Keynote Series #2 The post PMP260: Reflecting on Your Influence – Keynote Series #2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/1/202122 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP259: 10 Areas of Self-Care in the School Year Ahead

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, I had the privilege of providing a keynote from my book Pause. Breathe. Flourish.: Living Continue readingPMP259: 10 Areas of Self-Care in the School Year Ahead The post PMP259: 10 Areas of Self-Care in the School Year Ahead first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/25/202122 minutes
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PMP258: Bridging Academic and Social Gaps with Trevor Goertzen

Trevor Goertzen was recognized in 2020 as a National Digital Principal of the Year. He currently serves as the Principal Continue readingPMP258: Bridging Academic and Social Gaps with Trevor Goertzen The post PMP258: Bridging Academic and Social Gaps with Trevor Goertzen first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/18/202129 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP257: Leading with SOUL for the New School Year

Seven year ago, our son Jack was diagnosed with a rare disease. Kawasaki causes an inflammation of blood cells in Continue readingPMP257: Leading with SOUL for the New School Year The post PMP257: Leading with SOUL for the New School Year first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/11/202111 minutes, 40 seconds
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PMP 256: Disruptive Thinking with Eric Sheninger

Eric Sheninger is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was Continue readingPMP 256: Disruptive Thinking with Eric Sheninger The post PMP 256: Disruptive Thinking with Eric Sheninger first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/4/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP255: Reconstructing Place and Space, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke

This week, Jen Schwanke, author and education leaders, shares the second half of a conversation on Reconstructing Place and Space. Continue readingPMP255: Reconstructing Place and Space, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke The post PMP255: Reconstructing Place and Space, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/28/202130 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP254: Reconstructing Place and Space with Jen Schwanke

This week, Jen Schwanke, author and education leader, shares thoughts on why education leaders should consider how ‘place and space’ Continue readingPMP254: Reconstructing Place and Space with Jen Schwanke The post PMP254: Reconstructing Place and Space with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/21/202134 minutes, 8 seconds
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PMP253: 10 Lessons from a First Year Assistant Principal with D.J. Klein

One year ago, June 4, 2020, D.J. Klein was a guest on the Principal Matters podcast when we shared advice Continue readingPMP253: 10 Lessons from a First Year Assistant Principal with D.J. Klein The post PMP253: 10 Lessons from a First Year Assistant Principal with D.J. Klein first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/14/202132 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP252: Bomb-Proof Constructive Feedback with Chris Zervas

Leadership requires relationships, understanding others, and negotiating through conflicts. This week I am privileged to share a conversation from Chris Continue readingPMP252: Bomb-Proof Constructive Feedback with Chris Zervas The post PMP252: Bomb-Proof Constructive Feedback with Chris Zervas first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/7/202131 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP251: You Can Do Hard Things, featuring Samantha Bartrom

This week marks the end of June 2021, and just today I heard from a principal friend, Andrew O’Farrell,  West Continue readingPMP251: You Can Do Hard Things, featuring Samantha Bartrom The post PMP251: You Can Do Hard Things, featuring Samantha Bartrom first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/30/202112 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP250: Principal Reboot, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members

In this episode, Jen Schwanke, principal of Indian Run Elementary in Dublin, Ohio, and author of two books on school Continue readingPMP250: Principal Reboot, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members The post PMP250: Principal Reboot, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/23/202130 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters

This week’s post is an encore episode I shared a few years ago. Since I’m hoping you can enjoy some Continue readingPMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters The post PMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/16/202113 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP249: Principal Reboot with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members

On May 27, 2021, Jen Schwanke, principal of Indian Run Elementary in Dublin, Ohio, and author of two books on Continue readingPMP249: Principal Reboot with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members The post PMP249: Principal Reboot with Jen Schwanke and Mastermind Members first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/9/202122 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP248: Inspiring and Leading Learning with Latrese D. Younger

Latrese D. Younger is an instructional lead learner in Virginia. Her passion is English language arts and she believes that Continue readingPMP248: Inspiring and Leading Learning with Latrese D. Younger The post PMP248: Inspiring and Leading Learning with Latrese D. Younger first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/2/202126 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP247: Leading Through ‘Unfinished Learning’ with Kimberly Miles

Dr. Kimberly Miles is the Principal of East Gresham Elementary in Gresham, Oregon. A former elementary teacher and reading coach, Continue readingPMP247: Leading Through ‘Unfinished Learning’ with Kimberly Miles The post PMP247: Leading Through ‘Unfinished Learning’ with Kimberly Miles first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/26/202128 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP246: Challenges and Solutions Leading Post-Pandemic

During the fall semester, I invited listeners to some virtual meetings to share protocols for re-opening their schools. We formed Continue readingPMP246: Challenges and Solutions Leading Post-Pandemic The post PMP246: Challenges and Solutions Leading Post-Pandemic first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/19/202140 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP245: Handling Schools with Care with Joy Kelly

Joy Kelly is the co-author of the new book, Handle with Care: Managing Difficult Situations in Schools with Dignity and Continue readingPMP245: Handling Schools with Care with Joy Kelly The post PMP245: Handling Schools with Care with Joy Kelly first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/12/202136 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh

Marita Diffenbaugh is honored to serve as principal of Elevate Academy North, a public Career Technical charter school for students Continue readingPMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh The post PMP244: Being a Hope Giver with Marita Diffenbaugh first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/5/202123 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP243: Grace in the Journey with Jessica Wee

Jessica Wee is the Principal of Rainbow Centre Yishun Park  School in Singapore. She has previously served in the school  Continue readingPMP243: Grace in the Journey with Jessica Wee The post PMP243: Grace in the Journey with Jessica Wee first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/28/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP242: Leading from Xi’an International School with Brittainy Harris and Paul Wendler

Brittainy Harris has been working at Xi’an International School, located in China, since 2010. With her undergraduate degree in education, Continue readingPMP242: Leading from Xi’an International School with Brittainy Harris and Paul Wendler The post PMP242: Leading from Xi’an International School with Brittainy Harris and Paul Wendler first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/21/202134 minutes, 12 seconds
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PMP241: Lessons from an All Girls School with Loredana Borello

Loredana Borello is the Principal of Brescia House Secondary School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brescia House School is a Catholic Continue readingPMP241: Lessons from an All Girls School with Loredana Borello The post PMP241: Lessons from an All Girls School with Loredana Borello first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/14/202130 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMP240: Self-Care Lessons with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín

Seán Óg Ó Duinnín is Principal of Scoil Mhuire, a small Irish language medium school in Ballingeary, Co. Cork, Ireland Continue readingPMP240: Self-Care Lessons with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín The post PMP240: Self-Care Lessons with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/7/202139 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP239: The Principal Experience Here & Abroad with Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird

As schools re-open across the globe, Principal Matters listeners have been sharing common experiences and lessons learned, including in Ireland. Continue readingPMP239: The Principal Experience Here & Abroad with Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird The post PMP239: The Principal Experience Here & Abroad with Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/31/202125 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP238: Lessons from an Australian Primary School with Anne-Marie Maw

“Students are at the heart of all we do,” says Principal Anne-Marie Maw. “If you’re ever struggling with what to Continue readingPMP238: Lessons from an Australian Primary School with Anne-Marie Maw The post PMP238: Lessons from an Australian Primary School with Anne-Marie Maw first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/24/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP237: Tips for Finding the Right Fit in Your Leadership

As co-host and Principal Jen Schwanke explains, the system we live in requires us to make some of the biggest Continue readingPMP237: Tips for Finding the Right Fit in Your Leadership The post PMP237: Tips for Finding the Right Fit in Your Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/17/202132 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP236: What to do When You Feel Restless in Leadership

Spring time brings new opportunities. For some educators, it is a time of year when you may start feeling a Continue readingPMP236: What to do When You Feel Restless in Leadership The post PMP236: What to do When You Feel Restless in Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/10/202129 minutes, 45 seconds
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PMP235: Leading Re-Entry in a Pandemic with Andrew O’Farrell

Andrew O’Farrell has been the Principal of Beach Street Middle School in West Islip, New York since 2009. Prior to Continue readingPMP235: Leading Re-Entry in a Pandemic with Andrew O’Farrell The post PMP235: Leading Re-Entry in a Pandemic with Andrew O’Farrell first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/3/202129 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP234: Connecting Students to Caring Adults with TJ Warren

This week, I had the privilege to interview TJ Warren, Director of Programs for Stand in the Gap Ministries. Located Continue readingPMP234: Connecting Students to Caring Adults with TJ Warren The post PMP234: Connecting Students to Caring Adults with TJ Warren first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/24/202130 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP233: Multiplying Excellence in Your School with Emily Paschall

This week I have the privilege of interviewing Emily Paschall about her new book, Eyes on Culture: Multiply Excellence in Continue readingPMP233: Multiplying Excellence in Your School with Emily Paschall The post PMP233: Multiplying Excellence in Your School with Emily Paschall first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/17/202130 minutes, 18 seconds
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PMP232: Looking for a New Education Position

Winter is a time of year for frigid temperatures across much of the U.S. It is also a time of Continue readingPMP232: Looking for a New Education Position The post PMP232: Looking for a New Education Position first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/10/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP231: Keeping Your Promises on Your Anti-Racism Journey

When I was a little boy, I remember sitting in a small theater with my family where we watched the Continue readingPMP231: Keeping Your Promises on Your Anti-Racism Journey The post PMP231: Keeping Your Promises on Your Anti-Racism Journey first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/3/202127 minutes, 7 seconds
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PMP230: Managing Decision-Fatigue with Jen Schwanke

What do you do when every decision is a new one? How do you keep perspective amidst decision-fatigue? This week, Continue readingPMP230: Managing Decision-Fatigue with Jen Schwanke The post PMP230: Managing Decision-Fatigue with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/27/202124 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP229: Facing Your Giants with Samantha Bartrom

In the book David and Goliath (Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants) by Malcolm Gladwell, the author presents Continue readingPMP229: Facing Your Giants with Samantha Bartrom The post PMP229: Facing Your Giants with Samantha Bartrom first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/20/202137 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP228: Strategic Leadership During Times of Uncertainty

Years ago, when I was transitioning from assistant principal to high school principal, my superintendent gave me an assignment to Continue readingPMP228: Strategic Leadership During Times of Uncertainty The post PMP228: Strategic Leadership During Times of Uncertainty first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/13/202119 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP227: Me, Myself and Bob. 7 Lessons from the Rise and Fall of VeggieTales

Have you ever had a dream you’ve been unable to fulfill? Phil Vischer was born in Muscatine, Iowa, in 1967. Continue readingPMP227: Me, Myself and Bob. 7 Lessons from the Rise and Fall of VeggieTales The post PMP227: Me, Myself and Bob. 7 Lessons from the Rise and Fall of VeggieTales first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/6/202119 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP226: Year in Review and Power of Masterminds with Jeff Springer, Part 2

This past semester, Dr. Jeff Springer has helped me facilitate the weekly book study portion of our Principal Matters Mastermind. Continue readingPMP226: Year in Review and Power of Masterminds with Jeff Springer, Part 2 The post PMP226: Year in Review and Power of Masterminds with Jeff Springer, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/30/202030 minutes, 42 seconds
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PMP225: 4 Wishes for Your Much-Deserved Break (Plus Will’s Bonus Christmas Hymns)

As you are wrapping up the semester, I wanted to send this note of encouragement. This semester you have managed Continue readingPMP225: 4 Wishes for Your Much-Deserved Break (Plus Will’s Bonus Christmas Hymns) The post PMP225: 4 Wishes for Your Much-Deserved Break (Plus Will’s Bonus Christmas Hymns) first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/22/202021 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP224: The Power of a Mastermind with Jeff Springer

This past semester, I had the honor of leading a Mastermind with principals from across the U.S. Like eating a Continue readingPMP224: The Power of a Mastermind with Jeff Springer The post PMP224: The Power of a Mastermind with Jeff Springer first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/16/202023 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP223: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders, Part 2

In last week’s episode, Colonel Brad Ruttman shared lessons from his military experience that may also apply to education leaders. Continue readingPMP223: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders, Part 2 The post PMP223: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/9/202038 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP222: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders

Leadership is tactical, operational and strategic. These are three words Colonel Brad Ruttman has learned as the framework for understanding Continue readingPMP222: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders The post PMP222: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons for Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/2/202042 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP221: Designing Leadership Outcomes with Jethro Jones

This week I’m honored to talk to Jethro Jones about his new book, SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school Continue readingPMP221: Designing Leadership Outcomes with Jethro Jones The post PMP221: Designing Leadership Outcomes with Jethro Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/25/202048 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP220: Aspire in Leadership with Joshua Stamper

This week I had the privilege of being interviewed by Joshua Stamper for his podcast, Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast.  Continue readingPMP220: Aspire in Leadership with Joshua Stamper The post PMP220: Aspire in Leadership with Joshua Stamper first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/19/202038 minutes
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PMP219: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2 with Jen Schwanke

This week Jen Schwanke continues asking me questions about my new book Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Living Your Best Life as Continue readingPMP219: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2 with Jen Schwanke The post PMP219: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2 with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/11/202029 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMP218: Reflections on Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Jen Schwanke

When Jen Schwanke and I sat down to talk about my new book this week, Jen turned the microphone to Continue readingPMP218: Reflections on Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Jen Schwanke The post PMP218: Reflections on Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/4/202029 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP217: 57 Years Together, A Tribute to My Parents

This year’s pandemic has made it difficult to see my parents as they live a long distance and are both Continue readingPMP217: 57 Years Together, A Tribute to My Parents The post PMP217: 57 Years Together, A Tribute to My Parents first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/28/202013 minutes, 32 seconds
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PMP216: A Principal’s Toolbox with Justin Thomas

Although it is so important to understand your “why” in leadership, it is also imperative to understand “how” to effectively Continue readingPMP216: A Principal’s Toolbox with Justin Thomas The post PMP216: A Principal’s Toolbox with Justin Thomas first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/21/202033 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP215: Reflections from Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Sonia Lopez-Morales

During the summer, several principals from across the nation joined me for a Re-Opening Mastermind to collaborate, explore, brainstorm and Continue readingPMP215: Reflections from Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Sonia Lopez-Morales The post PMP215: Reflections from Pause. Breathe. Flourish. with Sonia Lopez-Morales first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/14/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP214: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2, Review with Dr. Jeff Springer

This week I was interviewed again by Dr. Jeff A. Springer, Ed.D., Educational Leadership Coach – Spring Strategies, LLC, and Continue readingPMP214: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2, Review with Dr. Jeff Springer The post PMP214: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. Part 2, Review with Dr. Jeff Springer first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/7/202027 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP213: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. A Review with Dr. Jeff Springer

This week I talk with Jeff A. Springer, Ed.D., Educational Leadership Coach from Spring Strategies, LLC, and 2013 TASSP Texas Continue readingPMP213: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. A Review with Dr. Jeff Springer The post PMP213: Pause. Breathe. Flourish. A Review with Dr. Jeff Springer first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/30/202036 minutes, 12 seconds
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PMP212: Strategies for Helping Gen Z Students with Dr. Tim Elmore

When this pandemic began, many of us were asking what lessons we may learn from something none of us ever Continue readingPMP212: Strategies for Helping Gen Z Students with Dr. Tim Elmore The post PMP212: Strategies for Helping Gen Z Students with Dr. Tim Elmore first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/23/202020 minutes, 14 seconds
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PMP211: Reflections on Reopening Schools, Part 2, with Jen Schwanke

As you are re-engaging with your school community, what lessons are you learning as you walk through this new journey Continue readingPMP211: Reflections on Reopening Schools, Part 2, with Jen Schwanke The post PMP211: Reflections on Reopening Schools, Part 2, with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/17/202033 minutes, 6 seconds
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PMP210: Re-opening Reflections with Jen Schwanke

This week I reconnected with Principal Jen Schwanke, Principal of Indian Run Elementary, author and education consultant, for reflections on Continue readingPMP210: Re-opening Reflections with Jen Schwanke The post PMP210: Re-opening Reflections with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/10/202033 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP209: Supporting Students from Immigrant Families in a Pandemic

Last week I talked a high school principal who told me she has already referred more students than normal to Continue readingPMP209: Supporting Students from Immigrant Families in a Pandemic The post PMP209: Supporting Students from Immigrant Families in a Pandemic first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/3/202029 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP208: New School Year Celebrations and Challenges

This is the time of year when the green stalks of corn begin to brown and yellow, and the once Continue readingPMP208: New School Year Celebrations and Challenges The post PMP208: New School Year Celebrations and Challenges first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/27/202012 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP207: Equity in Education During a Pandemic

Last week I was in a conversation with a principal from South Carolina, a member of a Mastermind for Reopening Continue readingPMP207: Equity in Education During a Pandemic The post PMP207: Equity in Education During a Pandemic first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/20/202018 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP206: Growing Through a Mastermind with Anthony Fisher

Especially during difficult times, leaders need support from other leaders. Each week this past year, I have been hosting virtual Continue readingPMP206: Growing Through a Mastermind with Anthony Fisher The post PMP206: Growing Through a Mastermind with Anthony Fisher first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/13/202037 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP205: Preparing the Start-of-School Year in a Pandemic

Jenny is a returning student at her high school. She has a part-time job which keeps her up late most Continue readingPMP205: Preparing the Start-of-School Year in a Pandemic The post PMP205: Preparing the Start-of-School Year in a Pandemic first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/6/202025 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP204: We are all Pioneers and Tweeners this school year!

This week I did my first in-person meeting with a group of fellow-school leaders as they plan for the beginning Continue readingPMP204: We are all Pioneers and Tweeners this school year! The post PMP204: We are all Pioneers and Tweeners this school year! first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/30/202019 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP203: Cultivating PLAY in Leadership with Jeff Springer

One of the biggest challenges for the a new school year is deciding how to mitigate concerns for safety while Continue readingPMP203: Cultivating PLAY in Leadership with Jeff Springer The post PMP203: Cultivating PLAY in Leadership with Jeff Springer first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/23/202042 minutes, 14 seconds
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PMP202: Transforming School Cultures with Dr. Anthony Muhammad

As you think about your own leadership, I’m curious if you give yourself the kind of scrutiny you may give Continue readingPMP202: Transforming School Cultures with Dr. Anthony Muhammad The post PMP202: Transforming School Cultures with Dr. Anthony Muhammad first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/16/202036 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP201: Rebooting for the Summer with Jen Schwanke

On March 17, 2020, many schools across the U.S. began responding to the global pandemic of COVID-19 with school closures. Continue readingPMP201: Rebooting for the Summer with Jen Schwanke The post PMP201: Rebooting for the Summer with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/9/202025 minutes, 20 seconds
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PMP200: Looking Back at Distance Learning with Jen Schwanke

Now that the dust has settled from distance learning, school leaders are asking: what worked, and what didn’t work? How Continue readingPMP200: Looking Back at Distance Learning with Jen Schwanke The post PMP200: Looking Back at Distance Learning with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/25/202027 minutes, 42 seconds
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PMP199: Panel Discussion on Equity & Racism, Part 2

Last week, my guests William Stubbs, Marlena Gross-Taylor, and Don Parker shared feedback on their personal and professional reflections around Continue readingPMP199: Panel Discussion on Equity & Racism, Part 2 The post PMP199: Panel Discussion on Equity & Racism, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/18/202040 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP198: Panel Discussion on Equity and Racism, Part 1

No community has been immune to conversations surrounding equity, racism, and inequalities. As Marlena Gross-Taylor, one of the guests on Continue readingPMP198: Panel Discussion on Equity and Racism, Part 1 The post PMP198: Panel Discussion on Equity and Racism, Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/11/202038 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals

Starting a new school year is like preparing for a marathon. The journey begins with training long before the race Continue readingPMP197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals The post PMP197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/4/202039 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP196: Generation Optimism with Juan David Campolargo

Even in uncertain times, it is good to remember that positive ideas can come from even the most difficult situations. Continue readingPMP196: Generation Optimism with Juan David Campolargo The post PMP196: Generation Optimism with Juan David Campolargo first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/28/202027 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP195: Instruction from a Distance with Jena Nelson

During school closures and remote learning, maintaining connection with students has been an enormous puzzle to solve. When 8th grade Continue readingPMP195: Instruction from a Distance with Jena Nelson The post PMP195: Instruction from a Distance with Jena Nelson first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/21/202025 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMP194: Lessons from Leading in New York with Principal Patrick McLaughlin

School leaders share a common bond – whether you lead in an urban, suburban or rural setting. During the last Continue readingPMP194: Lessons from Leading in New York with Principal Patrick McLaughlin The post PMP194: Lessons from Leading in New York with Principal Patrick McLaughlin first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/14/202028 minutes, 17 seconds
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PMP193: Taking a Music Break from COVID-19

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every waking hour has been spent adjusting to a new normal, Continue readingPMP193: Taking a Music Break from COVID-19 The post PMP193: Taking a Music Break from COVID-19 first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/7/202026 minutes, 6 seconds
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PMP192: Leading from a Distance, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke

When storms roll across my home state of Oklahoma, residents here have a few common reactions. First, we listen to Continue readingPMP192: Leading from a Distance, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke The post PMP192: Leading from a Distance, Part 2 with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/30/202024 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP191: Reflections on Leading from a Distance

If you’re like me, you’re probably still adjusting to a new normal. Each morning I still wake up, walk the Continue readingPMP191: Reflections on Leading from a Distance The post PMP191: Reflections on Leading from a Distance first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/23/202031 minutes, 8 seconds
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PMP190: 5 Tips for Running the Uncertain Leadership Roads Ahead

This morning I was running a three-mile track around my neighborhood. As I passed the houses and occasional drivers, I Continue readingPMP190: 5 Tips for Running the Uncertain Leadership Roads Ahead The post PMP190: 5 Tips for Running the Uncertain Leadership Roads Ahead first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/16/202029 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP189: Building Bridges to Reach Students with Dr. Don Parker

When Don Parker was a Dean of Students, he knew his students were struggling – especially those with high risk Continue readingPMP189: Building Bridges to Reach Students with Dr. Don Parker The post PMP189: Building Bridges to Reach Students with Dr. Don Parker first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/8/202032 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP188: COVID-19 Update, Principal Reboot, Finding Balance Continued

This week I had the privilege of capturing a few minutes with Chris Legleiter, Principal of Leawood Middle School, Blue Continue readingPMP188: COVID-19 Update, Principal Reboot, Finding Balance Continued The post PMP188: COVID-19 Update, Principal Reboot, Finding Balance Continued first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/1/202047 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP187: Reboot for Principals, Part 2

As schools across the nation continue closures because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this week’s episode includes an update from listener, Continue readingPMP187: Reboot for Principals, Part 2 The post PMP187: Reboot for Principals, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/25/202038 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP186: Reboot for Principals with Jen Schwanke

Throughout the world, schools are managing the challenges of school closures in response to news of the spreading corona virus Continue readingPMP186: Reboot for Principals with Jen Schwanke The post PMP186: Reboot for Principals with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/18/202030 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP185: The Power of Sharing Your Own Story

What stories have shaped your own leadership journey? I recently finished reading, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. If you’re Continue readingPMP185: The Power of Sharing Your Own Story The post PMP185: The Power of Sharing Your Own Story first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/11/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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PMPEncore151: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 2

Why is hiring such an important part of your responsibility as a principal? First and foremost, because the students, teachers, Continue readingPMPEncore151: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 2 The post PMPEncore151: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/5/202032 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMPEncore150: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1

One day the teachers at Indian Run Elementary, in Dublin, Ohio, organized a “Flash TACO bar” – a spontaneous buffet Continue readingPMPEncore150: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1 The post PMPEncore150: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/27/202034 minutes, 8 seconds
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PMP184: 5 Voices for Leading Teams with Jeremie Kubicek

It goes without saying that in order to lead you must have followers. But taking others to a destination doesn’t Continue readingPMP184: 5 Voices for Leading Teams with Jeremie Kubicek The post PMP184: 5 Voices for Leading Teams with Jeremie Kubicek first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/20/202025 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP183: Gen Z Unfiltered, Part 2 with Andrew McPeak

“When is a time you have used grit, and what lesson did you learn?” This is just one of 100 Continue readingPMP183: Gen Z Unfiltered, Part 2 with Andrew McPeak The post PMP183: Gen Z Unfiltered, Part 2 with Andrew McPeak first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/12/202026 minutes, 48 seconds
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PMP182: Generation Z Unfiltered with Andrew McPeak

Students today face newer and different challenges than students of the past. Although many of the skills or values they Continue readingPMP182: Generation Z Unfiltered with Andrew McPeak The post PMP182: Generation Z Unfiltered with Andrew McPeak first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/6/202032 minutes, 16 seconds
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Encore099: Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber

I am digging into the archives of Principal Matters to bring you an episode from January 2018, when I had Continue readingEncore099: Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber The post Encore099: Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/30/202034 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP181: Finding Your Swing – How Leadership & Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand

This week I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with a team of new assistant principals. As we talked Continue readingPMP181: Finding Your Swing – How Leadership & Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand The post PMP181: Finding Your Swing – How Leadership & Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/23/202013 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP180: Tipping Points and Why Small Things Matter

What does it take for small actions to produce big results? Over Christmas break, I listened to the audio-version of Continue readingPMP180: Tipping Points and Why Small Things Matter The post PMP180: Tipping Points and Why Small Things Matter first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/16/202016 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP179: Special Edition – Principal Matters 2019 Year In Review

Last week my family and I traveled back to Tennessee to see my parents and extended family. My parents both Continue readingPMP179: Special Edition – Principal Matters 2019 Year In Review The post PMP179: Special Edition – Principal Matters 2019 Year In Review first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/8/202014 minutes, 29 seconds
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PMP178: 10 Positive Takeaways from the Past Decade

Just like you, I can think of many reasons to worry about the future or raise concerns about trends that Continue readingPMP178: 10 Positive Takeaways from the Past Decade The post PMP178: 10 Positive Takeaways from the Past Decade first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/24/201911 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP177: Cha Cha’s for Making Learning Stick with LeAnn Nickelsen

A few weeks ago, I was sharing with a group of principals one of my favorite video-clips from the movie, Continue readingPMP177: Cha Cha’s for Making Learning Stick with LeAnn Nickelsen The post PMP177: Cha Cha’s for Making Learning Stick with LeAnn Nickelsen first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/18/201930 minutes, 3 seconds
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Encore146: Balancing Priorities with Jen Schwanke

Thank you @JenSchwanke for the great takeaways in this encore episode! #principalmatters #edleadership … Continue readingEncore146: Balancing Priorities with Jen Schwanke The post Encore146: Balancing Priorities with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/12/201932 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP176: Leading Through Equity with William Stubbs

In October 2018, William Stubbs, an instructional leadership director at Oklahoma City Public Schools at the time, entered and won Continue readingPMP176: Leading Through Equity with William Stubbs The post PMP176: Leading Through Equity with William Stubbs first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/4/201930 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell

Do you remember what is was like to be a middle school student? For many people, memories of those years Continue readingPMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell The post PMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/27/201929 minutes, 1 second
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PMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter

Every person in your school is at a different level of growth. Not just students, but teachers are also at Continue readingPMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter The post PMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/21/201932 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars

When I was in college, I had a blue 1981 Toyota Celica that overheated on the long trip to Oklahoma, Continue readingPMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars The post PMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/13/201914 minutes, 29 seconds
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PMP172: Learning and Leading with John Wink

Thank you @johnwink90 for sharing these great takeaways for teachers and school leaders! #principalmatters @SolutionTree … Continue readingPMP172: Learning and Leading with John Wink The post PMP172: Learning and Leading with John Wink first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/7/201933 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:170 Four Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay

Six years ago, on October 31, 2013, my son Jack was eight years old. We had just finished an amazing Continue readingPMP:170 Four Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay The post PMP:170 Four Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/31/201911 minutes, 12 seconds
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PMP169: Leading into the Wind – Lessons from Dave Sandowich

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to spend a few hours sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with Dave Continue readingPMP169: Leading into the Wind – Lessons from Dave Sandowich The post PMP169: Leading into the Wind – Lessons from Dave Sandowich first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/24/201923 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

If you are like most school leaders, time management can be one of the most difficult parts of your work. Continue readingPMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang The post PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/17/201931 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

Last week was the first time (except for a rare Christmas holiday) that I have not shared a blog post Continue readingPMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self The post PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/9/201914 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals Continue readingPMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters The post PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/25/201924 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

Several years ago, I was standing in our school lunchroom watching hundreds of students eat breakfast. I was positioned in Continue readingPMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink The post PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/19/201920 minutes, 24 seconds
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PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

These last couple of week, I’ve been on the road a lot visiting schools and principals across my state. For Continue readingPMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders The post PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/12/201924 minutes, 14 seconds
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PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

Thank you @jethrojones for collaborating together to answer principal questions! #education #leadership #principalmatters #transformativeprincipals … Continue readingPMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones The post PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/5/201935 minutes, 1 second
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PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

Author David Weinberger once said: “The smartest person in the room is the room itself.” In other words, the collective Continue readingPMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer The post PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/28/201930 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

Last week Jen Schwanke and I answered questions from podcast listeners. Listen to Part 1 here. This week we take Continue readingPMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2 The post PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/15/201932 minutes, 46 seconds
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PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1

Recently, several questions came from Principal Matters community members. This week, Jen Schwanke, principal and author, joined me to answer Continue readingPMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1 The post PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/8/201930 minutes, 47 seconds
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PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is one of those rare people you meet in life who has dared to make his dreams come Continue readingPMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes The post PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/1/201928 minutes, 15 seconds
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PMP:Encore076 Messaging Matters – How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities

In 2017, Justin Baeder, from Principal Center Radio, invited me as a guest on his show to talk to me about Continue readingPMP:Encore076 Messaging Matters – How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities The post PMP:Encore076 Messaging Matters – How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/25/201930 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP158: Why Telling Your Own Story Matters

A few nights ago I was sitting in a theater with my wife watching the movie, Yesterday, starring Himesh Patel Continue readingPMP158: Why Telling Your Own Story Matters The post PMP158: Why Telling Your Own Story Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/18/201916 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP157: Preparing for the Start-of-School Year

Jenny is a returning student at her high school. She has a part-time job which keeps her up late most Continue readingPMP157: Preparing for the Start-of-School Year The post PMP157: Preparing for the Start-of-School Year first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/10/201929 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP156: 6 Tips for Managing School-Wide Changes

When my family recently visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, we enjoyed drives through snow-peaked mountains.  But my 13-year old Continue readingPMP156: 6 Tips for Managing School-Wide Changes The post PMP156: 6 Tips for Managing School-Wide Changes first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/3/201926 minutes, 16 seconds
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PMPEncore077: Four Tips for Parents as Principals

Two years ago, my oldest daughter graduated from the high school where I was principal. When she headed off to Continue readingPMPEncore077: Four Tips for Parents as Principals The post PMPEncore077: Four Tips for Parents as Principals first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/26/201916 minutes, 13 seconds
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PMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters

This week’s post is an encore episode I shared a couple of years ago. Since I’m enjoying some vacation, I Continue readingPMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters The post PMPEncore028: Four Reasons Your Vacation Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/19/201913 minutes, 56 seconds
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PMP:Encore090 Branding Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor

When I was in junior high school, everyone on my basketball team wore Converse high-tops. Yes, that means I’m officially from Continue readingPMP:Encore090 Branding Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor The post PMP:Encore090 Branding Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/12/201926 minutes, 22 seconds
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PMP155: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 2

A few years ago, we had a lockdown drill at the high school where I was principal. Local police had Continue readingPMP155: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 2 The post PMP155: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/5/201929 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP154: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 1

Oklahoma has experienced its share of storms and severe weather this spring. The other day, our family was sitting in Continue readingPMP154: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 1 The post PMP154: Parenting as Principals – Do’s and Don’ts, Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/30/201928 minutes, 14 seconds
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PMP153: Maintaining Balance and Focusing on What Matters, Part 2

When Principal Jen Schwanke was talking to one of her teachers about the importance of balance, her teacher asked an Continue readingPMP153: Maintaining Balance and Focusing on What Matters, Part 2 The post PMP153: Maintaining Balance and Focusing on What Matters, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/22/201929 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP152: Maintaining Balance and Staying Focused on What Matters

We just celebrated Mother’s Day. This time of year is a good reminder that our families play such an important Continue readingPMP152: Maintaining Balance and Staying Focused on What Matters The post PMP152: Maintaining Balance and Staying Focused on What Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/15/201927 minutes, 52 seconds
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PMP151: Hiring & Retaining High Quality Teachers, Part 2

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Norman High School, in Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Scott Beck was recently Continue readingPMP151: Hiring & Retaining High Quality Teachers, Part 2 The post PMP151: Hiring & Retaining High Quality Teachers, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/8/201931 minutes, 30 seconds
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PMP:150 Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1

Recently, the teachers at Indian Run Elementary, in Dublin, Ohio, organized a “Flash TACO bar” – a spontaneous buffet meal Continue readingPMP:150 Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1 The post PMP:150 Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1 first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/24/201933 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMPEncore109: The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp

A few years ago, I sat across my desk from a student whose father had abandoned him and left the Continue readingPMPEncore109: The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp The post PMPEncore109: The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/17/201932 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP:149 Managing Adult Conflicts, Part 2

Spring time is here, and the landscape is green with new growth. Ironically, my wife told me that by the Continue readingPMP:149 Managing Adult Conflicts, Part 2 The post PMP:149 Managing Adult Conflicts, Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/10/201929 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP:148 The “Why’s” and “How’s” of Managing Adult Conflict

One of the biggest surprises for school new school leaders may be the conflicts that arise with adults. Whether you Continue readingPMP:148 The “Why’s” and “How’s” of Managing Adult Conflict The post PMP:148 The “Why’s” and “How’s” of Managing Adult Conflict first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/3/201931 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP:147 Providing Focused Professional Development

When you think about providing professional development, do you feel stressed or excited? For many principals, providing professional development can Continue readingPMP:147 Providing Focused Professional Development The post PMP:147 Providing Focused Professional Development first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/27/201930 minutes, 33 seconds
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PMP:146 Good Habits for Balancing Priorities

Have you ever felt overwhelmed in trying to balance priorities? If you’re like me, you can probably think of more Continue readingPMP:146 Good Habits for Balancing Priorities The post PMP:146 Good Habits for Balancing Priorities first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/20/201931 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:145 Promoting a Culture of Trust – Part 2

When is the last time you heard the following words? “We do what’s best for kids.” Of course, we want Continue readingPMP:145 Promoting a Culture of Trust – Part 2 The post PMP:145 Promoting a Culture of Trust – Part 2 first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/13/201926 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP:144 Building and Maintaining Positive School Culture

Cultivating a positive school culture is a lot like tending a garden. When you have tilled the soil, pulled the Continue readingPMP:144 Building and Maintaining Positive School Culture The post PMP:144 Building and Maintaining Positive School Culture first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/6/201928 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP:143 Learning for ALL with Dr. Garth Larson

When Garth Larson was asked to move from secondary administration to become an elementary principal, he was curious if he Continue readingPMP:143 Learning for ALL with Dr. Garth Larson The post PMP:143 Learning for ALL with Dr. Garth Larson first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/27/201930 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening

It’s that time of year again for hiring and job searches! Whether you are conducting an interview or being interviewed, Continue readingPMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening The post PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/21/201914 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP:142 Preventing Student Athlete Injury or Sudden Death – Interview with Dr. Douglas Casa

Dr. Douglas Casa began his study of student athletic safety in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while Continue readingPMP:142 Preventing Student Athlete Injury or Sudden Death – Interview with Dr. Douglas Casa The post PMP:142 Preventing Student Athlete Injury or Sudden Death – Interview with Dr. Douglas Casa first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/13/201929 minutes, 58 seconds
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PMP141: How Culture Drives Successful Learning Communities – Interview with Dr. Kyle Palmer

Recently, I had the privilege of talking to Dr. Kyle Palmer about the lessons he has learned in his years Continue readingPMP141: How Culture Drives Successful Learning Communities – Interview with Dr. Kyle Palmer The post PMP141: How Culture Drives Successful Learning Communities – Interview with Dr. Kyle Palmer first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/6/201922 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP:Encore079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For?

Next week, I have the privilege of gathering together with educators and school leaders for a Leadership & Learning Conference Continue readingPMP:Encore079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For? The post PMP:Encore079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For? first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/31/201915 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP:140 Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders – Interview with Jen Schwanke

I’ll never forget the semester I transitioned from assistant principal to principal. Even though I had been in school administration Continue readingPMP:140 Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders – Interview with Jen Schwanke The post PMP:140 Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders – Interview with Jen Schwanke first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/25/201919 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:139 Building Stronger Collaboration – Interview with Diana Lebsack

Great teams understand the importance of depending on one another. With the many roles of a school leader, one of Continue readingPMP:139 Building Stronger Collaboration – Interview with Diana Lebsack The post PMP:139 Building Stronger Collaboration – Interview with Diana Lebsack first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/17/201932 minutes, 52 seconds
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PMP:138 Middle Level Kindness Challenge – Interview with Daniel O’Donnell

Recently, Education Week shared a post, A Look at How Principals Really Drive School Improvement, with a summary of a Continue readingPMP:138 Middle Level Kindness Challenge – Interview with Daniel O’Donnell The post PMP:138 Middle Level Kindness Challenge – Interview with Daniel O’Donnell first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/10/201925 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP:137 Reaching and Teaching Students Exposed to Trauma with Dr. Barbara Sorrels

One day I was walking through one of my high school buildings, when I heard the sound of a teacher Continue readingPMP:137 Reaching and Teaching Students Exposed to Trauma with Dr. Barbara Sorrels The post PMP:137 Reaching and Teaching Students Exposed to Trauma with Dr. Barbara Sorrels first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/20/201827 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP:136 Crucial Conversations for Reaching Targeted Destinations

I’ve been on the road a lot lately. And as I travel, I often think about how to reach my Continue readingPMP:136 Crucial Conversations for Reaching Targeted Destinations The post PMP:136 Crucial Conversations for Reaching Targeted Destinations first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/13/201816 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP:135 Using FOMO for Positive School Culture with Kim Coody

In a recent conversation with author and generation expert Dr. Tim Elmore, he shared how many students are affected by Continue readingPMP:135 Using FOMO for Positive School Culture with Kim Coody The post PMP:135 Using FOMO for Positive School Culture with Kim Coody first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/5/20180
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PMP:134 Creating Engaging Cultures with Dr. Tim Elmore

How do engage students while also understanding the unique challenges and strengths of Generation Z students? Several years ago, I Continue readingPMP:134 Creating Engaging Cultures with Dr. Tim Elmore The post PMP:134 Creating Engaging Cultures with Dr. Tim Elmore first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/29/201834 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP:133 Three Reasons to be Thankful

Five years ago this month, our son Jack was diagnosed with a rare disease called Kawasaki that brought our normal Continue readingPMP:133 Three Reasons to be Thankful The post PMP:133 Three Reasons to be Thankful first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/22/201813 minutes, 58 seconds
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PMP:Encore043 What Can You Accomplish Together?

The European Space Agency’s historical comet landing of the spacecraft Rosetta in 2014 was an amazing feat. Imagine organizing a Continue readingPMP:Encore043 What Can You Accomplish Together? The post PMP:Encore043 What Can You Accomplish Together? first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/15/201812 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP:132 Frameworks for Managing Student Discipline

During my second year as a high school assistant principal, I received notice one morning that a number of students Continue readingPMP:132 Frameworks for Managing Student Discipline The post PMP:132 Frameworks for Managing Student Discipline first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/8/201817 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP:131 School Without Walls – Interview with Richard Trogisch

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, I walked into a D.C. high school called School Without Walls, a four-story building interspersed Continue readingPMP:131 School Without Walls – Interview with Richard Trogisch The post PMP:131 School Without Walls – Interview with Richard Trogisch first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/1/201825 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP:130 Five Lessons in Resilience – Reflections from Unbroken

Several years ago, Oklahoma received one of the worst blizzards I had ever seen in a state that sometimes has Continue readingPMP:130 Five Lessons in Resilience – Reflections from Unbroken The post PMP:130 Five Lessons in Resilience – Reflections from Unbroken first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/25/201814 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:129 Why School Culture Matters – Interview with Heather Shaffery

This time of year, I’m on the road a lot visiting schools across my state. As I drive across Oklahoma, Continue readingPMP:129 Why School Culture Matters – Interview with Heather Shaffery The post PMP:129 Why School Culture Matters – Interview with Heather Shaffery first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/17/201825 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP:128 Integrating Technology School-wide with Janalyn Taylor

How can schools integrate technology across all classrooms? Janalyn Taylor, Principal of Nance Elementary in Clinton, Oklahoma, believes that school Continue readingPMP:128 Integrating Technology School-wide with Janalyn Taylor The post PMP:128 Integrating Technology School-wide with Janalyn Taylor first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/10/201825 minutes, 40 seconds
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PMP:Encore053 How Do You Respond Under Pressure?

When I was in high school and college, my brothers and I worked part-time diving for mussel shells in the Continue readingPMP:Encore053 How Do You Respond Under Pressure? The post PMP:Encore053 How Do You Respond Under Pressure? first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/4/201814 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:127 Why Social Emotional Learning Matters – Interview with Tamara Fyke

Educators are talking a lot about students in trauma. Although you may not always know when students are stressed or Continue readingPMP:127 Why Social Emotional Learning Matters – Interview with Tamara Fyke The post PMP:127 Why Social Emotional Learning Matters – Interview with Tamara Fyke first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/26/201830 minutes, 58 seconds
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PMPEncore046: 5 Ways to Respond to Resistance

One of my favorite college education professors would often start class with a provoking question. As we would grapple with Continue readingPMPEncore046: 5 Ways to Respond to Resistance The post PMPEncore046: 5 Ways to Respond to Resistance first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/20/201813 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP:125 Leaving A Legacy – What Will Others Say About You?

Recently, the United States mourned the passing of Arizona Senator John McCain. Before his death, Senator McCain was asked by Continue readingPMP:125 Leaving A Legacy – What Will Others Say About You? The post PMP:125 Leaving A Legacy – What Will Others Say About You? first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/12/201818 minutes, 4 seconds
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PMP:124 Six Tips for Investing in Future Leaders

When I was a Language Arts teacher, I would walk my students through a series of practices on identifying their Continue readingPMP:124 Six Tips for Investing in Future Leaders The post PMP:124 Six Tips for Investing in Future Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/6/201822 minutes, 19 seconds
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PMP:123 Rowing Together – Why Your Marriage Matters for Your Leadership

This summer my wife and I enjoyed time away celebrating our twenty fifth wedding anniversary in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. One Continue readingPMP:123 Rowing Together – Why Your Marriage Matters for Your Leadership The post PMP:123 Rowing Together – Why Your Marriage Matters for Your Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/30/201818 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP:122 Packing Parachutes – Why Your Money Management Matters

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who ran track in high school. When he was Continue readingPMP:122 Packing Parachutes – Why Your Money Management Matters The post PMP:122 Packing Parachutes – Why Your Money Management Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/23/201818 minutes, 48 seconds
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PMP:121 The Power of Play – 7 Tips for Education Leaders

When I spotted the mud puddle, I thought it would be fun to jump it. The dirt road that ran Continue readingPMP:121 The Power of Play – 7 Tips for Education Leaders The post PMP:121 The Power of Play – 7 Tips for Education Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/16/201823 minutes, 45 seconds
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PMP:Encore06 – Essential Questions for a New School Year (& Predicting the Weather)

How are you anticipating the start of a new school year? This week I wanted to share some thoughts from a previous Continue readingPMP:Encore06 – Essential Questions for a New School Year (& Predicting the Weather) The post PMP:Encore06 – Essential Questions for a New School Year (& Predicting the Weather) first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/8/201810 minutes, 12 seconds
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PMP:120 A Leader’s Spiritual Growth – Four Reasons Your Faith Matters

A few weeks ago, I was on an airplane with my oldest daughter, Emily, who just finished her first year Continue readingPMP:120 A Leader’s Spiritual Growth – Four Reasons Your Faith Matters The post PMP:120 A Leader’s Spiritual Growth – Four Reasons Your Faith Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/1/201817 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP:Bonus03 – Answers to Listener Questions + Thoughts from the Road

I’ve been on the road (and in planes) a lot the summer, and I have been thinking about issues and Continue readingPMP:Bonus03 – Answers to Listener Questions + Thoughts from the Road The post PMP:Bonus03 – Answers to Listener Questions + Thoughts from the Road first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/19/201831 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP:119 Your Friendships – Learning to Climb Together

When I was in college, I had my first experience in mountain climbing. I was traveling in Guatemala for a Continue readingPMP:119 Your Friendships – Learning to Climb Together The post PMP:119 Your Friendships – Learning to Climb Together first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/4/201816 minutes, 33 seconds
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PMP:118 Growing Leaders Takeaways – Crucial Conversations About Students

The other morning, I woke up early in a hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia. For a moment, I couldn’t remember Continue readingPMP:118 Growing Leaders Takeaways – Crucial Conversations About Students The post PMP:118 Growing Leaders Takeaways – Crucial Conversations About Students first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/27/201817 minutes, 10 seconds
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PMP:117 Your Time – Are you Making the Most of Each Moment?

Balance is a popular word among life coaches and leadership authors. As important as it is to remember to invest Continue readingPMP:117 Your Time – Are you Making the Most of Each Moment? The post PMP:117 Your Time – Are you Making the Most of Each Moment? first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/20/201817 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP:116 The Starbucks Story – Three Lessons for School Leaders

Recently, Howard Schultz, the owner and CEO of Starbucks announced he will be retiring as CEO of the company. This Continue readingPMP:116 The Starbucks Story – Three Lessons for School Leaders The post PMP:116 The Starbucks Story – Three Lessons for School Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/13/201815 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP:115 A Leader’s Influence – How is the Air You Breathe?

In 2010, I had the privilege of traveling to China for ten days on an education tour. One morning in Continue readingPMP:115 A Leader’s Influence – How is the Air You Breathe? The post PMP:115 A Leader’s Influence – How is the Air You Breathe? first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/6/201815 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening

Last week I was on the phone with a teacher who will soon be interviewing for an assistant principal opening. Continue readingPMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening The post PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/30/201814 minutes, 3 seconds
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PMP:114 Reflections on Your Learning: What’s on Your Playlist?

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s. The condition began about ten years ago when we thought she was simply becoming more forgetful. Continue readingPMP:114 Reflections on Your Learning: What’s on Your Playlist? The post PMP:114 Reflections on Your Learning: What’s on Your Playlist? first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/23/201816 minutes, 45 seconds
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PMP:113 Building Positive School Communities – Interview with Principal Mike Crase

When I drove into the parking lot at East Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was greeted by bright Continue readingPMP:113 Building Positive School Communities – Interview with Principal Mike Crase The post PMP:113 Building Positive School Communities – Interview with Principal Mike Crase first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/16/201826 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP:112 Reflections for Education Leaders – How Are You Tending Your Body?

When I was little, I loved to stand in the garden as my grandparents tilled soil and put out spring Continue readingPMP:112 Reflections for Education Leaders – How Are You Tending Your Body? The post PMP:112 Reflections for Education Leaders – How Are You Tending Your Body? first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/9/201815 minutes, 34 seconds
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PMP:111 Reflections for Education Leaders & Wearing Your Air Mask

I’m a frequent flyer. The more I fly, the harder I find it is to stay focused when flight attendants Continue readingPMP:111 Reflections for Education Leaders & Wearing Your Air Mask The post PMP:111 Reflections for Education Leaders & Wearing Your Air Mask first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/2/201814 minutes, 50 seconds
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PMPEncore065: Ending the School Year with Celebration

Last year my student council members came to see me about an idea they had for finishing the year with Continue readingPMPEncore065: Ending the School Year with Celebration The post PMPEncore065: Ending the School Year with Celebration first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/25/201815 minutes, 12 seconds
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PMP:110 Six Tips for Education Advocacy

Last week I was walking back to my car from a visit to Oklahoma’s state capitol, when I saw a Continue readingPMP:110 Six Tips for Education Advocacy The post PMP:110 Six Tips for Education Advocacy first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/18/201816 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:109 The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp

Last year I sat across my desk from a student whose father had abandoned him and left the state. A Continue readingPMP:109 The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp The post PMP:109 The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/11/201832 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP:108 Using Technology to Message with Parents, the Community, and Beyond

In 2016, a Pew Research report showed 62% of adults receive news via social media – a 49% increase from Continue readingPMP:108 Using Technology to Message with Parents, the Community, and Beyond The post PMP:108 Using Technology to Message with Parents, the Community, and Beyond first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/4/201831 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP:Encore045 “Teach Like Me” Interview with Shawn Sheehan

On November 30, 2016, I sat down for a conversation with Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan. That Continue readingPMP:Encore045 “Teach Like Me” Interview with Shawn Sheehan The post PMP:Encore045 “Teach Like Me” Interview with Shawn Sheehan first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/21/201820 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP:106 Rethinking How School Leaders Help Teachers Grow

What kind of school environment encourages teachers to race tricycles down the hallways while also engaging in deep conversations about Continue readingPMP:106 Rethinking How School Leaders Help Teachers Grow The post PMP:106 Rethinking How School Leaders Help Teachers Grow first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/14/201822 minutes, 59 seconds
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PMP:105 Using Technology to Message with Students

In Tim Elmore’s book Generation IY, he shares data from his 2015 research showing the following trends among youth. • Continue readingPMP:105 Using Technology to Message with Students The post PMP:105 Using Technology to Message with Students first appeared on Principal Matters.
3/7/201833 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP:104 Messaging with Students — Environment, Celebration, and Communication

Recently, Rachel Simmons wrote an article in the Washington Post called Perfectionism among teens is rampant (and we’re not helping). It Continue readingPMP:104 Messaging with Students — Environment, Celebration, and Communication The post PMP:104 Messaging with Students — Environment, Celebration, and Communication first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/28/201831 minutes, 37 seconds
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PMP:103 Standing Back Up When You Feel Knocked Down

Last Sunday my family and I were watching the Winter Olympics when the men’s 30km Skiathlon began. As the race Continue readingPMP:103 Standing Back Up When You Feel Knocked Down The post PMP:103 Standing Back Up When You Feel Knocked Down first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/21/201815 minutes, 6 seconds
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PMP:102 Four Essentials for Advancing in Your Leadership

Last week I was speaking to a group of Assistant Principals near Montgomery, Alabama, when I noticed a familiar face Continue readingPMP:102 Four Essentials for Advancing in Your Leadership The post PMP:102 Four Essentials for Advancing in Your Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/14/201815 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP:101 Strategies for Messaging with Teachers

This summer my wife and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. For some reason, I’ve never thought of myself Continue readingPMP:101 Strategies for Messaging with Teachers The post PMP:101 Strategies for Messaging with Teachers first appeared on Principal Matters.
2/7/201831 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP:100 Celebrating One Hundred Episodes of Storytelling

When I was ten years old, I had an old tape cassette player. It was the kind that had a Continue readingPMP:100 Celebrating One Hundred Episodes of Storytelling The post PMP:100 Celebrating One Hundred Episodes of Storytelling first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/31/201815 minutes, 32 seconds
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PMP:099 Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber

This Christmas break, I took the family to see the newest Star Wars movie. If you haven’t seen it, please Continue readingPMP:099 Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber The post PMP:099 Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/24/201834 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP098: Messaging with Teachers – The Foundations, Models, and Framework for Strong Instructional Leadership

When I was in high school and college, I spent a lot of time diving for shells in the lakes Continue readingPMP098: Messaging with Teachers – The Foundations, Models, and Framework for Strong Instructional Leadership The post PMP098: Messaging with Teachers – The Foundations, Models, and Framework for Strong Instructional Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/17/201833 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:097 Building a Community of Messaging with Entanglement, Engagement, and Mission

Last month I enjoyed some time away with family in West Tennessee. When I was there, my son Jack and Continue readingPMP:097 Building a Community of Messaging with Entanglement, Engagement, and Mission The post PMP:097 Building a Community of Messaging with Entanglement, Engagement, and Mission first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/10/201833 minutes, 54 seconds
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PMP:096 Wrapping up Another Year of Principal Matters + Bonus Takeaways

Happy New Year! As I look at the past year I am grateful for the connections, relationships and opportunities to Continue readingPMP:096 Wrapping up Another Year of Principal Matters + Bonus Takeaways The post PMP:096 Wrapping up Another Year of Principal Matters + Bonus Takeaways first appeared on Principal Matters.
1/3/201843 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:095 Encouraging Childlike Wonder in Learning

A few years ago, I sat in a gymnasium with bleachers filled with middle schoolers while I watched high school Continue readingPMP:095 Encouraging Childlike Wonder in Learning The post PMP:095 Encouraging Childlike Wonder in Learning first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/20/201731 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:094 Ten Takeaways on Communication & Lessons in Teamwork

Just a few days ago I was presenting to principals in Wichita, Kansas. I was a little nervous because I Continue readingPMP:094 Ten Takeaways on Communication & Lessons in Teamwork The post PMP:094 Ten Takeaways on Communication & Lessons in Teamwork first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/13/201731 minutes, 51 seconds
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PMP:093 Why are You Leading? 4 Questions for Refocusing on Your Destination

When I was in college I climbed my first mountain which was an active volcano near Guatemala City. We loaded Continue readingPMP:093 Why are You Leading? 4 Questions for Refocusing on Your Destination The post PMP:093 Why are You Leading? 4 Questions for Refocusing on Your Destination first appeared on Principal Matters.
12/6/201716 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP:092 Making ‘First Days’ Every Day, Using Key Responsibility Areas, and Helping Students Flourish

One of my favorite illustrations of the brain is not from a science magazine. It is from a Mercedes Benz Continue readingPMP:092 Making ‘First Days’ Every Day, Using Key Responsibility Areas, and Helping Students Flourish The post PMP:092 Making ‘First Days’ Every Day, Using Key Responsibility Areas, and Helping Students Flourish first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/29/201732 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP:091 Reflecting on Lessons in Leadership

One of my favorite ways to enjoy a long drive is by listening to podcasts or audio-books. And I especially Continue readingPMP:091 Reflecting on Lessons in Leadership The post PMP:091 Reflecting on Lessons in Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/22/201730 minutes, 35 seconds
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PMP:090 Why You Should Brand Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor

When I was in junior high school, everyone on my basketball team wore Converse high-tops. I’ll never forget mine: they Continue readingPMP:090 Why You Should Brand Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor The post PMP:090 Why You Should Brand Your School with Marlena Gross-Taylor first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/15/201725 minutes, 43 seconds
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PMP:089 Marching off the Map with Andrew McPeak

Recently, on a trip to Philadelphia, I was sitting in airport gate seating area, which gave me a view of Continue readingPMP:089 Marching off the Map with Andrew McPeak The post PMP:089 Marching off the Map with Andrew McPeak first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/8/201740 minutes, 15 seconds
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PMP:088 Moving from Average to Excellence in School Relationships

When I was in college, I was a resident advisor in the dormitory where I lived. My dorm director, Scott Continue readingPMP:088 Moving from Average to Excellence in School Relationships The post PMP:088 Moving from Average to Excellence in School Relationships first appeared on Principal Matters.
11/1/201714 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:087 Reflections on Disciplining with Dignity, Remembering Teachers, and Maintaining Sanity During Stressful Times

Recently, my twelve-year-old son, Jack, and I took a long road trip from Oklahoma to West Tennessee to visit my Continue readingPMP:087 Reflections on Disciplining with Dignity, Remembering Teachers, and Maintaining Sanity During Stressful Times The post PMP:087 Reflections on Disciplining with Dignity, Remembering Teachers, and Maintaining Sanity During Stressful Times first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/25/201730 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP:086 Now We’re Talking – Interview with Justin Baeder

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you walked into your child’s room at home, looked around, Continue readingPMP:086 Now We’re Talking – Interview with Justin Baeder The post PMP:086 Now We’re Talking – Interview with Justin Baeder first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/18/201735 minutes, 15 seconds
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PMP:085 Managing Demands, Dealing with Difficult People, and Promoting Positive Morale

When I was a boy, I loved to walk the garden where my grandparents grew summer vegetables. My grandfather had Continue readingPMP:085 Managing Demands, Dealing with Difficult People, and Promoting Positive Morale The post PMP:085 Managing Demands, Dealing with Difficult People, and Promoting Positive Morale first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/11/201730 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP:084 Adapting to the Changing Winds of Education

I’ve been reading an excellent book by Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak, Marching Off the Map: Inspire Students to Navigate Continue readingPMP:084 Adapting to the Changing Winds of Education The post PMP:084 Adapting to the Changing Winds of Education first appeared on Principal Matters.
10/4/201713 minutes, 53 seconds
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PMP: 083 The Importance of Mindset, Motivation, and Modeling for Education Leaders

A few days ago I was at airport security when I ran into a parent from my previous school. We Continue readingPMP: 083 The Importance of Mindset, Motivation, and Modeling for Education Leaders The post PMP: 083 The Importance of Mindset, Motivation, and Modeling for Education Leaders first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/27/201728 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP:082 How Can You Accomplish a Mission?

This past weekend, NASA broadcasted the final transmission of the spacecraft, Cassini, as it plunged into the atmosphere of the Continue readingPMP:082 How Can You Accomplish a Mission? The post PMP:082 How Can You Accomplish a Mission? first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/20/201716 minutes, 9 seconds
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PMP:081 Leadership, Courage and Caution Lights for Principals

This past week I hosted a webinar for principals as a part of a book study over Principal Matters: The Continue readingPMP:081 Leadership, Courage and Caution Lights for Principals The post PMP:081 Leadership, Courage and Caution Lights for Principals first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/13/201731 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP:080 A Reality Check for New or Aspiring Principals—10 Takeaways for the Road Ahead

The other night I was invited to visit a university classroom with sixteen educators who are working on graduate degrees Continue readingPMP:080 A Reality Check for New or Aspiring Principals—10 Takeaways for the Road Ahead The post PMP:080 A Reality Check for New or Aspiring Principals—10 Takeaways for the Road Ahead first appeared on Principal Matters.
9/6/201718 minutes, 32 seconds
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PMP:079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For?

Last week I heard a presentation by Will Richardson, educator and author, who shared stories about new ways students are Continue readingPMP:079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For? The post PMP:079 Whose Permission Are You Waiting For? first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/30/201715 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:078 How To Respond to Resistance

The other day, a principal friend emailed me this question: >>Will, I’d like your thoughts on something I grapple with: Continue readingPMP:078 How To Respond to Resistance The post PMP:078 How To Respond to Resistance first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/23/201713 minutes, 45 seconds
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PMP:077 Four Tips for #DadsAsPrincipals

I’ve noticed a group of principals trending on Twitter lately using the hashtag #dadsasprincipals. And my friend Daniel Bauer recently Continue readingPMP:077 Four Tips for #DadsAsPrincipals The post PMP:077 Four Tips for #DadsAsPrincipals first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/16/201716 minutes, 36 seconds
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PMP:076 Messaging Matters–How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities

Last month, Justin Baeder, from Principal Center Radio, invited me as a guest on his show to talk to me Continue readingPMP:076 Messaging Matters–How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities The post PMP:076 Messaging Matters–How to Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students and Reach Communities first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/9/201729 minutes, 1 second
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PMP:075 Learning from Mistakes with Jon Harper

Reflection is such an important part of growth — whether that involves your own growth or the growth of your Continue readingPMP:075 Learning from Mistakes with Jon Harper The post PMP:075 Learning from Mistakes with Jon Harper first appeared on Principal Matters.
8/2/201734 minutes, 49 seconds
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PMP:074 Growing Your Digital Leadership with Jethro Jones

Jethro Jones is principal of Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is also the host of Transformative Principal Podcast. Continue readingPMP:074 Growing Your Digital Leadership with Jethro Jones The post PMP:074 Growing Your Digital Leadership with Jethro Jones first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/26/201735 minutes, 17 seconds
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PMP:073 Three Takeaways for Your Leadership Journey

Recently I was speaking to school leaders at Okaloosa County Schools’ Summer Leadership Academy in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. I Continue readingPMP:073 Three Takeaways for Your Leadership Journey The post PMP:073 Three Takeaways for Your Leadership Journey first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/19/201715 minutes, 29 seconds
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PMP:072 Predicting Your School Climate

Sometimes my left elbow aches. I have a scar there from when I broke it falling from a horse almost Continue readingPMP:072 Predicting Your School Climate The post PMP:072 Predicting Your School Climate first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/12/201711 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP:Encore 028 Why Your Vacation Matters

This week’s post is an encore episode I shared a year ago. Have you thought why your time away from Continue readingPMP:Encore 028 Why Your Vacation Matters The post PMP:Encore 028 Why Your Vacation Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
7/5/20170
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PMP:071 Daniel Bauer Interview – How Masterminds Help You Grow

School leader and podcaster Danny Bauer shared a conversation with me about his education journey as well as how leaders Continue readingPMP:071 Daniel Bauer Interview – How Masterminds Help You Grow The post PMP:071 Daniel Bauer Interview – How Masterminds Help You Grow first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/28/20170
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PMP:070 How Your Brain Resists Change

When I was in high school, my dad reenlisted in the Navy and we moved to New York where he Continue readingPMP:070 How Your Brain Resists Change The post PMP:070 How Your Brain Resists Change first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/21/20170
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PMP:069 Entanglement & Why Messaging Matters

Invisibilia is a fascinating podcast about the invisible forces that affect us without us being aware. In a January 29, Continue readingPMP:069 Entanglement & Why Messaging Matters The post PMP:069 Entanglement & Why Messaging Matters first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/14/20170
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PMP:068 Choose To Run The Race Anyway

One summer when our oldest daughter, Emily, was beginning to run track, she signed up to run her first 5k Continue readingPMP:068 Choose To Run The Race Anyway The post PMP:068 Choose To Run The Race Anyway first appeared on Principal Matters.
6/7/20170
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PMP:067 Wrapping Up Your School Year—Planning for Summer Break

Occasionally my wife will remind me when it’s been awhile since I’ve cleaned out my closet. So I’ll take time Continue readingPMP:067 Wrapping Up Your School Year—Planning for Summer Break The post PMP:067 Wrapping Up Your School Year—Planning for Summer Break first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/31/20170
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PMP: 066 What Factors Predict Student Success?

One weekend I was having lunch with a friend who works in petroleum engineering. We talked about the kind of Continue readingPMP: 066 What Factors Predict Student Success? The post PMP: 066 What Factors Predict Student Success? first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/24/20170
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PMP:065 Celebration Ideas for Finishing The School Year

Last month I was asked to share a webinar on how to prepare for our state’s accreditation visits. I decided Continue readingPMP:065 Celebration Ideas for Finishing The School Year The post PMP:065 Celebration Ideas for Finishing The School Year first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/10/20170
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PMP:064 Five Tips For Finishing Strong

During my daughter’s first year in high school, I drove to the local lake dam spillway to meet her teammates Continue readingPMP:064 Five Tips For Finishing Strong The post PMP:064 Five Tips For Finishing Strong first appeared on Principal Matters.
5/3/20170
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PMP:063 Reflecting on Regrets & Rewards

I was listening to an interview between Daniel Bauer and Jethro Jones the other day on Daniel’s Better Leaders, Better Continue readingPMP:063 Reflecting on Regrets & Rewards The post PMP:063 Reflecting on Regrets & Rewards first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/26/20170
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PMP:062 Setting the Record Straight & School Advocacy

A few years ago, I had the privilege to participate in a ten-day tour of four cities in China. On Continue readingPMP:062 Setting the Record Straight & School Advocacy The post PMP:062 Setting the Record Straight & School Advocacy first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/19/20170
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PMP:061 Six Ways To Showcase Your Great School

Yesterday John Wink hosted a Twitter challenge called #LoveMySchoolDay where he invited educators across the country and around the world Continue readingPMP:061 Six Ways To Showcase Your Great School The post PMP:061 Six Ways To Showcase Your Great School first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/12/20170
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PMP:060 How Mindfulness Influences Leadership

A few nights ago, I was sitting on the couch with my wife, Missy, when our four children slowly made Continue readingPMP:060 How Mindfulness Influences Leadership The post PMP:060 How Mindfulness Influences Leadership first appeared on Principal Matters.
4/5/20170
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PMP:059 How Does Scarcity Affect Your Mindset?

The other morning, on my drive to school with my daughter, I was listening to a story on NPR called The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We’re Stuck in a Hole by Shankar Vedantam. Researchers have determined that when people find themselves consumed with trying to simply survive, they often instinctively operate with […]
3/29/20170
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PMP:058 Triggering the Brain with Wonder

The other day I was talking to our high school choir teacher, when she told me about a fascinating brain study involving music. MIT neuroscientists have discovered that music triggers an auditory cortex of the brain that doesn’t appear to respond to other basic auditory sounds like speech. If our brains have portions that only react […]
3/22/20170
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PMP: Encore 05 Caution Lights for the Leadership Journey

Each of us faces different challenges in leadership, and it is important to reflect on the caution lights along the way. This week I wanted to take you back to a podcast episode I shared over a year ago that others have found helpful as they reflect on their own leadership journeys: Caution Lights for […]
3/15/20170
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PMP 057: Why Self-Reflection Matters (Questions to Ask Yourself)

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took our oldest daughter, Emily, out to dinner. She turned 18 this year, and we wanted to encourage her in the opportunities and challenges she will be facing as a graduating senior and soon-to-be college student. Previously, I had been reading Tim Elmore’s Generation iY where he shares […]
3/8/20170
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PMP 056: Reaching Generation iY and iGen Students

A few years ago, I was talking to a senior student, Jesse, who was publishing his first book. He shared with me that he had a great opportunity to speak at a gathering of authors at a book conference. Later, he was invited to a number of middle schools to share with younger students his […]
3/1/20170
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PMP 055: Spring Semester & Beta-Testing

When I was boy, my parents would often stop by a decrepit farmhouse where they had first lived after being married. My great-grandfather had built it in the early 1900’s with a big front porch, two chimneys, and a tin roof. A large pear tree grew in the front yard, and in the spring, yellow […]
2/22/20170
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PMP 054: 7 Tips on Rest & Rejuvenation

During my first two years in school admin, I barely slept, rarely exercised, and seldom had time for my family. I’ll never forget the night I was up late after my wife and I had put our four kids to bed. I had my laptop open when my wife sat down beside me. “Will,” she […]
2/15/20170
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PMP 053: 3 Tips for Responding Under Pressure

When I was in high school and college, my brothers and I worked part-time diving for mussel shells in the Kentucky Lake area. We would sell them by the pound at local markets, and those shells would in turn be sold to Japanese markets. Apparently, the pearly-white cuts from those shells are unique implants for […]
2/8/20170
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PMP 052: Starting a Movement of Kindness

Although I grew up in West Tennessee, I was born in San Diego, California when my dad was stationed there in the Navy. Some of my earliest toddler memories include playing on the beach while my dad and older brothers swam in the waves. Even though I was three or four years old, I still […]
2/1/20170
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PMP 051: The Shocking Truth About Your Decision-Making

When I was going to graduate school for my Master’s Degree in Education Leadership, I decided to conduct my own informal research. Over a number of weeks, I talked to current and retired principals about what they considered to be the lessons they had learned from their years in school leadership. I remember one man […]
1/25/20170
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PMP 050: The 5 Marks of a Learning Culture

After living in Oklahoma for more than twenty years, I’ve become keenly aware that our state’s economy is intricately related to oil and gas. In addition to our rich Native American heritage, almost every major city or town in our state has its roots in the oil fields and exploration that brought workers who in […]
1/18/20170
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PMP 049: Why Self-Control Matters–5 Benefits for Leaders

A couple of months ago, I enjoyed some special time away with my son, Jack. He had turned 11, and when his older sisters reached that age, my wife took each of them away for a special weekend. Now it was my turn with Jack, and we had fun weekend in historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. […]
1/11/20170
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PMP 048: Looking at 2017–Let’s Stay Connected!

One of my first superintendents had been an elementary teacher. Sometimes she would begin our leadership meetings by bringing a shopping bag full of hands-on materials (paper, scissors, glue, popsicle sticks) as demonstrations for a lesson or an idea she wanted us to understand. No matter what your age, you never outgrow the need for […]
1/4/20170
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PMP Bonus 02: “Bee Stings” And Thoughts on Life & Death

This week’s post is more personal than school leadership related. Recently, my wife’s father-in-law, David L. Fulbright, passed away. He was a former teacher, minister, and counselor. He was also a great story-teller and Papa. As the family sat by his bedside in his remaining hours, I had some quiet moments that brought back memories […]
12/28/20160
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PMP 047: Interview with Adam Beauchamp, Oklahoma Digital Principal

This is a dual-post including a podcast interview with Principal Adam Beauchamp who shares the digital tools his school is using for enhancing communication. Adam shared with me via a recent webinar on Communication Strategies that Work. If you want to see the Webinar, you can watch it here. I’m also including a companion blog […]
12/21/20160
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PMP 046: 5 Tips for Responding to Resistance

One of my favorite college education professors would often start class with a provoking question. As we would grapple with how to answer and/or support our positions, he would stand there with his large hands lifted in the air, his voice booming, “Disequilibrium is the beginning of education!” It took me a while to figure […]
12/14/20160
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PMP:045 Shawn Sheehan “Teach Like Me” (Lessons in Risk, Failure and Wow)

In this episode, I sit down with Shawn Sheehan and talk about the lessons from his life, teaching, and advocacy for education. Shawn is the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is an Algebra I teacher from Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. He […]
12/7/20160
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PMP Bonus Track: Focusing on the Simple Joys of Life

Today I’ve decided to take a break from a focus on school leadership and share some simple joys of life. During Thanksgiving Break, I took time to record a couple of songs that I decided to include in today’s bonus podcast track. My wife and I have four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. This […]
11/30/20160
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PMP: Encore 04 Thankfulness (And the Bacon Story)

This week’s podcast episode is an encore recording of one of my favorite growing-up stories. As you listen, I hope you take time to remember your own good memories. As we approach Thanksgiving, I hope you are taking time to recharge your batteries and invest time with friends and family. Thanks for doing what matters! […]
11/22/20160
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PMP:044 How Challenges Help You Grow

I remember my first year of teaching when I walked into a boy’s bathroom that was reeking of smoke. A couple of boys were standing at the urinals when one of them dropped a lit cigarette at his feet. I didn’t know his name, but I told him to grab his bag and follow me […]
11/16/20160
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PMP:043 Lessons from a Comet Landing (What Can We Accomplish Together?)

The European Space Agency’s historical comet landing of the spacecraft Rosetta in 2014 was an amazing feat I share about in this week’s podcast. First of all, imagine organizing a team of scientists and space engineers who design and launch a spacecraft with the goal of intersecting with a comet 500 million kilometers from Earth. […]
11/9/20160
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PMP:042 The Future of Education (A Conversation with Undergraduates)

Recently I was asked to be a guest presenter for an undergraduate education class at Bartlesville Wesleyan University, a college not too far from my high school. At the end of my presentation, I asked four students if I could interview them for a podcast episode. I had two goals in this conversation: 1. I […]
11/2/20160
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PMP:041 What Makes a Productive Team?

When I was boy, my dad bought a long, green Pontiac station wagon. Long before the creation of the mini-van, it was the car of choice for a large family. We spent countless of hours of my childhood driving from the West Coast to the Mississippi River and back during his Navy years. After we […]
10/26/20160
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PMP:040 How Do You Positively Respond to Apathy?

Last week when I was hosting a webinar for school leaders, an overwhelming number of responses were made about the challenges of overcoming apathy. How does a leader initiate positive changes when others resist, don’t seem to care, or only comply half-heartedly? There’s so much to unpack in that question. In this podcast, I try […]
10/19/201619 minutes, 24 seconds
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Becoming Better: How You Influence Growth

Last weekend I traveled with my son, Jack, and his Cub Scout pack to a joint campout with an older Boy Scout troop. It was a perfect October weekend: 70’s with sun and breeze; evening temperatures in the 50’s—cold enough that a sleeping bag was the perfect cocoon for tent sleeping. Although Jack and I […]
10/5/201614 minutes, 38 seconds
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PMP:038 Celebrating Good Deeds with a Class Cup

I know a lot of schools have creative ways to celebrate the positive behaviors they want students showing on a daily basis. This school year, our student council and their sponsor, Ms. Franklin, launched plans to award a Class Cup to the grade of students who show the most participation in good deeds and school […]
9/28/201613 minutes, 55 seconds
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PMP:037 Are You Growing? Learning to Celebrate the Small Wins

Last week I left school early so that I could watch our cross-country teams run at a local race. It was one of those days where the sun and clouds kept alternating in the sky. My oldest daughter, Emily ran in the first race. When it ended, clouds moved in and a heavy shower began […]
9/21/201614 minutes, 28 seconds
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PMP:036 Four Suggestions on Providing Meaningful Feedback from Observations and Evaluations

I have a lot of friends who are good golfers. I am not one of them. But I recognize a good golfer when I see one. He or she is usually the one who gets the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes. One observation I’ve made about great golfers, however, is that most […]
9/14/201613 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP:035 Are You Growing? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

I remember when my daughter began taking clarinet lessons from a private tutor in junior high. When I picked her up from her first session, she said, “I have been playing for three years, but I learned today that I wasn’t putting the mouth piece in far enough. That one tip has helped me hit […]
9/7/201612 minutes, 39 seconds
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PMP:034 Six Ways to Avoid Making Wrong Calls

I once knew a teaching couple who told me a funny story. They lived right across the street from a man who never seemed to go to work. During their breaks from school, the neighbor always seemed to be home; they would usually see him in cut-offs, working in his yard. They began to suspect […]
8/31/201612 minutes, 26 seconds
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PMP:033 What Motivates Your Learning? A Better Alternative…

When I was a junior high student, I remember feeling pretty clueless about what to expect in high school. Sometimes my teachers would tell me to expect to be treated like a number. At other times, they would warn us that if we were unprepared, we could expect a dismal future. Over the years, I’ve […]
8/24/20160
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PMP:032 Olympic Lessons in Collaboration for Educators

Last Saturday my children were watching the Olympics throughout the day. I was walking through the living room when I glanced up at the screen and saw men’s cycling. After six and half hours of racing, the final five kilometers lay ahead, and Poland’s Rafal Majka appeared a certain winner as he was leading the […]
8/17/20160
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PMP:031 Creating a Sense of Ownership for Students

Today’s episode is in response to a listener question, “How can we create a sense of ownership for students into today’s education system?” Although answering this question could be very long, let me ask three questions connected to mindsets I believe are important for any school: 1. As a school leader, how have you envisioned […]
8/9/20160
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PMP:030 Three Simple Ways to Respond to Negativity

In PMP Episode 30, I continue responding to listener and reader questions. This week’s question was: What’s one of the biggest leadership challenges you face right now? One principal wrote back, “How can I respond to negativity among teachers about their students, colleagues or the community?” The answer to that question comes in three parts. […]
8/2/20160
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PMP:029 How Can I Have a Bigger Leadership Role as an Assistant?

Today’s podcast episode is the first in a series responding to listener and reader questions. One assistant principal wrote me to ask, “How can I have a bigger leadership role as an assistant?” This week I wanted to share the response with Principal Matters listeners. If you have other questions you’d like responses to about […]
7/26/20160
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PMP: Encore 03 Purpose-Driven Leadership

In this encore episode of Principal Matters Podcast, I talk about the reason behind why some people find meaning in their work. Research confirms that when you understand the meaning behind your work, you actually serve with more effectiveness. Listen in for reminders on how your work matters! Sign-Up For Free Updates and Ebook When […]
7/19/20160
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PMP: Encore 02 Courage, Teamwork, and Purpose

This week is another encore episode of Principal Matters Podcast. You can link here see the original post accompanying this episode and all the show notes. Thanks for everything you do in serving schools and for doing what matters! Sign-Up For Free Updates and Ebook When you enter your email address below, you will automatically […]
7/12/20160
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PMP: Encore 01 Three C’s For a Great School Year

The weeks of summer are a good time to revisit some original Principal Matters content. This week is an encore episode of the very first episode of Principal Matters Podcast. Listen in for reminders on 3 essential to-do’s for providing a great school year for your students and teachers. For the original blog post accompanying […]
7/5/20160
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PMP:028 Why Vacation Matters

This week’s episode is a reminder of four reasons why your time away from school can help you better serve your school. Regardless of whether someone is an educator or not, or whether your vacation time is long or short, taking time away from work is healthy for a number of reasons. Also, if you […]
6/28/201614 minutes, 25 seconds
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PMP:027 10 Tips for Education Interviews

Whether you are conducting an interview or being interviewed, I have found some common expectations anyone should have when walking into an education interview. This week’s podcast covers 10 tips anyone can use when interviewing for an education position. Also, I mention a resource at the end: 30 Questions from Principal Interviews, if you want […]
6/21/201614 minutes, 2 seconds
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PMP:026 The 8 Hats of a School Leader

This past week I enjoyed speaking to principal organizations in Georgia and Kansas. We explored the various hats that school leaders wear in serving their schools. Today’s podcast is a fourteen-minute version of one of my 90-minute presentations. The keynote is interspersed with examples, resources, and lots of stories, but this summary touches on the […]
6/14/201614 minutes, 41 seconds
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PMP:025 8 Tips for Helping Your School Manage Grief

One of the most difficult parts of school leadership is knowing how to manage the loss of a student. As a high school teacher and administrator, I have experienced this many times over the years. My first year as a site principal, we lost a senior student in a car accident. She was one of […]
6/7/201614 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP:024 Lessons from my Son’s Hospital Stay

When bad things happen, it is sometimes hard to see the good in our difficulties. A couple of years ago, I posted about my son’s battle and recovery from an infectious disease known as Kawasaki. In addition to the amazing support of our friends, church and community, during that time, I was astounded at the […]
5/31/201612 minutes, 24 seconds
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PMP:023 Five Simple Ways to Support Others

In episode 23, I share a story from a local 10-year old boy who inspired others by his willingness to “be the legs” of his little brother in a 5K run. Listen in for reminders on 5 ways you can provide “legs” to those in your building. Here are the show notes for Episode 23 […]
5/24/201610 minutes, 44 seconds
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PMP:022 Lessons in Leadership from a Cross-Walk Guard

In Episode 22, I share lessons in leadership I learned from a school crosswalk guard. I also tell a story of how a simple phrase can powerfully influence students, how attitude encourages others, and some ways to help students communicate positive expectations. Listen in for motivation in the ways you communicate to others–no matter what […]
5/17/201611 minutes, 31 seconds
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PMP:021 10 Ways to Positively Communicate About Your School

I once heard someone say, “Communication is 100% of what a principal does.” I couldn’t agree more. Of all the areas you manage as a school leader, the way you communicate is one of the most powerful determiners for what people will think about your school. In episode 21 of the podcast, I share 10 […]
5/10/201612 minutes, 23 seconds
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PMP:020 Planting, Growing, and Flourishing

It’s easy to become distracted in school leadership, and often my biggest distraction is myself. That’s why it’s so important to keep your focus on serving others. When you do, you’ll find yourself celebrating student learning and remembering why school leadership matters. In episode 20, I share some ideas inspired from author and speaker Jon […]
5/3/201611 minutes, 1 second
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PMP:019 Key Responsibility Areas for Your School Team

When I transitioned from teaching to school admin, I was surprised at the many moving parts outside the classroom that keep schools running smoothly. Even with all the ways I prepared, it still took me a long time to begin understanding for the multiple job descriptions I was responsible to oversee. Over time, I discovered […]
4/26/201611 minutes, 4 seconds
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PMP:018 First Days of School Questions that Work All Year Long

My school is preparing for the last days of school, but Episode 18 of the PMPodcast shares ideas from Harry Wong’s First Days of School–ideas that work all year long. Communication about the basics is essential for healthy school communities. Go here to check out the original blog post that accompanies this podcast. Here are […]
4/19/201611 minutes, 21 seconds
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PMP:017 Leadership Lessons from the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Studying other leaders can help give us insights and lessons that influence our own. From another great historic read, Episode 17 looks at the life of the legendary Theodore Roosevelt, taken from Edmund Morris’s biography, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. Listen in for 8 inspiring takeaways from his early life! Here’s a link to the […]
4/12/201613 minutes, 1 second
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PMP016: Learning from the Expertise of Others

Do you ever think about areas in work or life where you wish you had more insight? In episode 16, we talk about learning to lean on the expertise of others. Here are four quick tips on easily connecting and growing to improve your school leadership. For my original companion post to this audio version, […]
4/5/201611 minutes, 18 seconds
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PMP:015 Lessons in Leadership from a Champion Racehorse Team

In episode 15, I share leadership lessons from a championship team. In this case, the team is three men and horse found in Laura Hillenbrand’s classic biography, Seabiscuit. The lessons from this amazing book also apply to any team–including your school teams: principals, counselors, teachers, staff, etc. To see the original post that accompanies this […]
3/29/201613 minutes, 51 seconds
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PMP:014 Five Tips for Maintaining Sanity During Stressful Times

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your to-do’s? Sometimes you hit seasons where your work can be more stressful than at others. As I’ve hit these seasons at different points in my leadership, I’ve learned a few ways to stay focused even when it feels impossible to do so. Listen in to learn how you […]
3/22/201612 minutes, 57 seconds
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PMP:013 And Then I Met a Teacher (The Power of a Caring Adult)

In this episode, I share reminders why educators are such a powerful influence in the lives of children. I start with stories from two men who lives were significantly shaped by a teacher and a principal. Go here for the companion blog post to this episode. Here are show-notes for this episode 1. Jim and […]
3/15/201611 minutes, 27 seconds
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PMP:012 Disciplining with Dignity

If you view school discipline simply as punishment, you’ll be limited in your effectiveness. If you view it as a way to measure and redirect student behavior, then you may experience more meaningful results. How do you treat others with dignity even when handing out discipline? Listen to Episode 12 to find out! Here are […]
3/8/201614 minutes, 52 seconds
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PMP:011 Tips for Showing Appreciation for Teachers

Because one good deed is worth more than a thousand good intentions, you can never overestimate the power of showing others they are appreciated. In episode 11, learn seven simple ways to show appreciation to teachers, build confidence in your team members, and encourag