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The Remarkable Principal: Leadership in the 21st century
WITH JIM MENZE



The Remarkable Principal is the podcast designed to help every principal perform their job better, by studying the problems other principals experience, and their solutions to those problems. In each episode Jim Menze will discuss a real situation that a principal in America has faced in the course of his duties. Jim presents the scenario one week, gives his listeners a chance to think about and analyze the issue, and respond to Jim in writing, or verbally through the “Send Voicemail” tab on the website.
The following week Jim will discuss the responses he’s received and give his expert opinion on the issue.
In addition Jim will regularly interview remarkable principals and assistant principals from around the country. These interviews are highly informative and interesting. We hope you enjoy The Remarkable Principal!



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The Remarkable Principal: Leadership in the 21st century
WITH JIM MENZE



The Remarkable Principal is the podcast designed to help every principal perform their job better, by studying the problems other principals experience, and their solutions to those problems. In each episode Jim Menze will discuss a real situation that a principal in America has faced in the course of his duties. Jim presents the scenario one week, gives his listeners a chance to think about and analyze the issue, and respond to Jim in writing, or verbally through the “Send Voicemail” tab on the website.
The following week Jim will discuss the responses he’s received and give his expert opinion on the issue.
In addition Jim will regularly interview remarkable principals and assistant principals from around the country. These interviews are highly informative and interesting. We hope you enjoy The Remarkable Principal!



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    Former Principal, Current KSBE Member, Jim McNeice (Remarkable Principal #10)

    Former Principal, Current KSBE Member, Jim McNeice (Remarkable Principal #10)

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    Jim McNeice

    Mr. Jim Mc Niece was elected to serve on the Kansas State Board of Education in November of 2012. He represents District 10 which includes parts of South Central Kansas, as well as a portion of the City of Wichita. Mr. Mc Niece has served for over 30 years as a teacher, coach and principal in the State of Kansas in both public and catholic schools ranging in size from class 2A to 6A . In 2009 he retired from the Wichita School District following service at both Northwest and Northeast Magnet High Schools. Mr. Mc Niece also served as principal at Bishop Carroll and Udall High Schools.

    During his career Mr. Mc Niece served on numerous state committees along with professional and community boards. He has presented at national and regional conferences on a variety of educational issues and topics and served on state, regional and national school evaluation teams.

    His schools have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement at the national level (New American High School, US Department of Education), state level (Challenge Award, State of Kansas) and local level (Good Apple Award, Wichita). Mr. Mc Niece was recognized as the Kansas High School Principal of the Year and was also awarded the “Excellence in Public Service” for his community involvement and service.

    Mr. McNiece has a Bachelor of Science in History from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas and a Masters of Science in Secondary School Administration as well as a Education Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He and his wife Christina have been married for 35 years and have two children. Christina is a high school Assessment Coordinator, Josh works with developmentally disabled adults and Jamie is a Family and Consumer Science middle school teacher.

    • 18 分鐘
    RP #9 Julie Wilson KNEA Uniserve Director

    RP #9 Julie Wilson KNEA Uniserve Director

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    Mrs. Julie Wilson

    Mrs. Wilson is the Ark Valley Uniserv Director for the Kansas National Education Association. She has been a classroom teacher and a Middle School Principal.  She has served on numerous curricular and policy committees and has worked with many principals, teachers and boards of educations.

     

    • 10 分鐘
    RP #8 Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education

    RP #8 Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education

    Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education

    Dr. DeBacker was appointed to the post of Commissioner of Education in September of 2010.  She had served as interim commissioner for a year previous to her appointment.  Prior to that she was Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services for two years.

    Dr. DeBacker has served as an associate superintendent, a principal, an assistant principal, testing coordinator, and teacher is various school districts in the Topeka area.  She also has taught at the college level at Washburn University.  She has served the students of Kansas for over 30 years.

    She earned a Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University, a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Washburn University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Emporia State University.

    Dr. DeBacker and Jim Menze will discuss several issues confronting the State Board of Education and education in general.  She will give insight to some programs which are coming the schools in Kansas and the new accreditation system for Kansas schools.

     

    • 29 分鐘
    RP 7 Ron Castagna and Bad Language and GLBT Club

    RP 7 Ron Castagna and Bad Language and GLBT Club

    Ron Castagna

    The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) has named Ron Castagna as the 2012 Colorado High School Principal of the Year. Castagna has been principal of Lakewood High School in the Jefferson County Colorado School District since 1996.

    Lakewood High School has been recognized by 5280, U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek for its excellence. Consistent with his style of servant leadership, Castagna is as quick to share credit with his faculty and students as they are to praise him for his tireless work to create a learning environment that fosters a student-centered focus on education and achievement. Teachers cite his commitment to ensuring they have the support and tools they need to instruct students and the high degree of respect and professionalism with which he treats each of them. As a result, faculty is unified in their efforts to serve every kind of learner and continually raises the bar for their own performance expectations for the benefit of students.

    Last Week’s What would you do?

    Situation:

    A high school English and journalism teacher failed to censor her students’ creative writing

    assignments even though some of her students used profanity in their work. After several complaints and three conferences with the teacher about not enforcing the district’s “no profanity” rule and the right of teachers and students to express themselves in classroom exercises, the school principal recommended termination of the teacher for violating the school’s “no-profanity” rule, which had, until this principal was hired, traditionally not been applied to classroom exercises. The teacher sued, alleging a violation of her First Amendment rights. What would you do?

    Comment:

    First, the principal should not discuss the issue with the teacher any longer and should refer all communication regarding the matter to the principal’s and/or the school board’s attorney.  Once a law suit is mentioned, communication on the issue with the principal parties should not continue.  All legal matters then move to counsels of record.

    Second, the principal and the district have grounds for termination based on recurring insubordination.  The school has every right to enforce its policies.  This must be done, following board policy and the negotiated agreement, through warning, reprimand and recommendation for termination.  The teacher must enforce the district’s and school’s policies regarding student behavior.

    Third, the courts have held that school districts have the right and responsibility to regulate and proscribe appropriate curriculum and instruction for its students.  Furthermore, freedom of speech and expression only goes so far when it enters the arena of the classroom.  Such freedom of speech and expression may not cause a disruption the the school, violate reasonable school policy, or impinge upon others rights.

    Next Week’s What would you do?

    Situation:

    Two students come to your office with a request to start a “GLBT” (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-sexual) club in your school.  As you visit with them, they tell you they have done research and have contacted members of a similar club at the one of the local colleges.  What would you do?

     







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    • 32 分鐘
    RP 6 Chad Denker and Nude Teacher Photos and Bad Language

    RP 6 Chad Denker and Nude Teacher Photos and Bad Language

    Chad Denker

    Chad Denker is the Principal at Seward Senior High School in Seward, Nebraska.  Mr. Denker has been chosen Nebraska High School Principal of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Secondary School Principals.  Mr. Denker has been principal at Seward High School for six years and was principal at Kimball High School in Nebraska.

    Last Week’s What would you do?

    Situation:

    A California teacher has been fired for posting topless photos and other sexually suggestive pictures of herself on Facebook.  Although the pictures were not posted during contract time, she did use the school owned computer to post them.  The pictures have been accessed by students in school during school time.  The pictures have since been removed.  What would you have done?

    Comment:

    Several issues to consider.  School district policy is always important and probably never more evident than in this case.  If it is as stated a school issued computer and is school property, there should be a policy in place that states something about appropriate use of school equipment and the right of the school to view/monitor the use of that computer.  Usually just having such material stored on a computer will violate school policy.  Every school should have such a policy and it should be communicated to all employees.  At the very least it is inappropriate use of the computer.  Using a school computer for illegal or immoral purposes could be grounds for immediate dismissal.

    The likely bigger issue is how the computer was used.  The article indicates that topless pictures were shared via that computer and that certainly should violate school rules/district policies.  In Kansas it would quite likely be interpreted as promoting obscenity and that is against the law.  KSDE can deny a license or deny renewal of a license for any person who is convicted of promoting obscenity based on Kansas Statute Annotated 21-4301.  Defining obscenity is a little difficult for a district and they would certainly want to make sure they were on solid ground before using this approach.   Putting nude pictures on the internet can violate Federal statues and that would further strengthen the district case for dismissal.  While the National Geographic example may work in California, the values and standards of most Kansas communities would cause a topless picture to be considered pornographic.

    Next Week’s What would you do?

    Situation:

    A high school English and journalism teacher failed to censor her students’ creative writing

    assignments even though some of her students used profanity in their work. After several complaints and three conferences with the teacher about not enforcing the district’s “no profanity” rule and the right of teachers and students to express themselves in classroom exercises, the school principal recommended termination of the teacher for violating the school’s “no-profanity” rule, which had, until this principal was hired, traditionally not been applied to classroom exercises. The teacher sued, alleging a violation of her First Amendment rights. What would you do?

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    • 19 分鐘
    John Heim Interview, Play Of The Week: Student Statutory Rape and Nude Teacher Photos (Remarkable Principal #5)

    John Heim Interview, Play Of The Week: Student Statutory Rape and Nude Teacher Photos (Remarkable Principal #5)

    Dr. John Heim

    Dr. Heim is executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards.  Dr. Heim came to KASB after serving as the superintendent for the Emporia Public Schools for 13 years.  Prior to that he was the executive director of the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK) in Hutchinson. He also has been a superintendent in El Dorado and the Wichita County Schools at Leoti.  He was a building administrator in the Lawrence and El-Saline school districts.  He began his education career as a history and government teacher in 1981.

    KASB, headquartered in Topeka, is the state organization that provides services, training and resources for local boards of education.  KASB members are governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools, special education cooperatives and interlocals, and regional service centers. KASB assists local board of education with professional development and goal setting, policy development, research, legislative advocacy, superintendent searches, insurance services and legal issues.

    Dr. Heim has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in educational administration from Fort Hays State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from Kansas State University. He currently is an adjunct faculty member in The Teachers College at Emporia State University. He also has been a guest lecturer at Wichita State University and the University of Kansas.

    Dr. Heim was selected as the 2008 Kansas Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas Association of School Administrators. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the United School Administrators of Kansas in 2006 and the Communicator of the Year Award from the Kansas School Public Relations Association in 2001.

    Dr. Doug Moeckel is the Deputy Director at KASB. His primary duties include board of education training, superintendent searches and strategic planning. Dr. Moeckel’s experiences include 36 years in education including administration, teaching and coaching. His administrative experience includes time as superintendent of schools in Ellsworth as well as building level leadership at the secondary and elementary level.

    Dr. Moeckel received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas State University, Master’s from Fort Hays State University and Doctorate from Kansas State University

    This Week’s What would you do?

    Situation:

    An 18 year old male student comes to your office and says he needs help because he is about to be charged with statutory rape.  Upon further discussion, you find out that he has had sex with his 15 year old girlfriend and her father has found out.  Her father intends to contact law enforcement this morning and the student expects to be arrested later in the day.  You find out that the male has not informed his parents, with whom he lives, and doesn’t want you to do so either.  What would you do?

    Comments:

    I’ve had several comments and responses to this situation.  Most said to give the 18 year old the opportunity to tell his parents and inform the student of your obligations.  In such cases, if the student refuses and lives with this parents, I call the parent and tell them that we have a problem at school but the student refuses to let me tell you of the situation.  You, as a certified school employee, have a statutory obligation to inform law enforcement that a student, the 15 year old, has been sexually assaulted, or abused, even though the sex may have been consensual because she hasn’t achieved the age of consent.  Encourage the 18 year old to tell the truth to the authorities and answer only the questions asked.

    • 32 分鐘

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