Conversations to inform and inspire educational leaders.
Radical Leadership Reset: Get serious about getting results (4 Disciplines of Execution)
Join SAI Executive Director Lisa Remy as she talks with Adel-De Soto-Minburn Superintendent Greg Dufoe about how the district embraced the 4 Disciplines of Execution to create breakthrough results.
Listen now to learn more about the 4 Disciplines—focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability—and how they might reset your school improvement process.
Legislative Advocacy with Dave Daughton
Join SAI Executive Director Lisa Remy as she talks with the association's Government Relations Director Dave Daughton.
In this episode, Dave shares
Why education advocacy is important
How administrators can effectively communicate the needs of their schools to policymakers and legislators
Key strategies for building community support and involvement in advocating for public education
Advice on how administrators should interact with elected officials and encouragement for those who may feel hesitant or unsure about engaging in political advocacy due to the complexities or potential ramifications
Listen now as there are actions you can take even before the legislative session begins.
A Framework for Social and Emotional Learning with Maria Lantz
Join SAI Executive Director Lisa Remy and Maria Lantz of Ottumwa as they delve into the importance of collaboration in cultivating a culture that embraces social and emotional learning in schools and districts.
During their conversation, Maria discussed key components of a sustainable SEL program, emphasizing the need for adults to actively engage in social and emotional learning themselves. She also shed light on the significance of embedding SEL into all aspects of education, from the classroom to the curriculum.
Maria also shares methods for overcoming concerns, including transparent communication and learning nights with families and providing educators with the necessary resources and professional development opportunities.
Tune in and gain ideas!
Access Maria's resources:
Guide using Iowa's Social Emotional Learning Competencies
Restorative Justice in a Secondary Setting with Kristen Souza and Sam Pohl
Hear from High School Principal Kristen Souza and Instructional Coach Sam Pohl from PCM about their rural high school's journey in implementing Restorative Justice and the reasons it was started.
Restorative Justice helps strengthen relationships and build community while resolving problems that have caused harm or damaged relationships. RJ focuses on accountability and healing over punishment.
In this episode, we explore how Restorative Justice
provides students with conflict-resolution skills,
decreases office referrals,
strengthens student-teacher conversations and
gives students voice.
Learn more about a common misconception that RJ replaces discipline and how that is managed.
Preparing students with relevant skills and helping them find their purpose and passion with Cedar Falls CAPS and Woodbine IGNITE Pathways
This episode features Ethan Wiechmann from Cedar Falls CAPS and Justin Wagner from Woodbine’s IGNITE Pathways. Justin and Ethan shared their districts’ work including providing individualized learning plans, preparing students with relevant skills for the workforce, and helping students find their purpose and passion.
Additionally, they discussed the importance of having a strong "why" in education and finding like-minded individuals to support and overcome challenges. They emphasized the uniqueness of each community's needs and the necessity to celebrate and adapt programs accordingly.
Registered apprenticeships, competency- and work-based learning and more with Kris Byam from Iowa Workforce Development
In this podcast, Kris Byam, registered apprenticeship liaison with Iowa Workforce Development, and SAI Executive Director Lisa Remy explore the benefits of creating as many learning options as possible for students. It's about bringing learning to life for students and creating on-ramps and off-ramps based on their interests.
Students need to build good employability skills of
Additionally, students require skills that allow them to be
Kris also highlights shadowing opportunities for younger kids, authentic work-based learning and training in high school, and fostering a community perspective in classrooms.
Interestingly, there have been 30 new occupations in registered apprenticeships in the last few years, with 1,500 careers in registered apprenticeships.
He also offers examples of how even rural areas without a variety of employers are able to provide work-based learning opportunities.
Join us for this important conversation about registered apprenticeships, competency-based learning, and opening as many pathways as possible for students.