Welcome to The Modern Principal Podcast! We are Karen and Christy, two elementary principals reshaping education. We discuss practical strategies for doing the job while reforming the system.
Using Conflict to Improve Your School Culture
On this week's episode, Karen and Christy discuss the idea that conflict is natural - and even necessary - in a school culture.
Listen to hear more about:
- how to use personality tests to create common language and understanding- normalizing conflict- creating a safe environment for conflict to occur
This episode was sponsored by Just Right Reader and Peer-Driven PD.
Shared Leadership: What to Do When Staff Don’t ”Stay in Their Lane”
Ever had a staff member who shares lots of opinions on things that maybe don't apply to her? You probably want to acknowledge her concerns but also encourage her to "stay in your lane!" On this week's episode, Karen and Christy talk about:
- why you should feel grateful when staff bring complaints out of their "lane"
- how to use teams to improve decision-making and reduce complaints
- setting ground rules for sharing feedback
This podcast is sponsored by Just Right Reader and Peer-Driven PD.
Communicating Student Behaviors with Parents
It can be anxiety-inducing for a principal to relay negative information to parents but especially when their child has made a mistake or engaged in a major behavior. On this episode of the pod, Karen and Christy talk about:
- how to get on top of behavior communication before the behavior even occurs
- tips to prepare for a calm conversation
- writing communication plans into behavior plans
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This episode is sponsored by: Just Right Reader and Peer-Driven PD.
Impact of Physical Resources on Students and Teachers
In this episode, Christy and Karen interview Dr. Samantha Keppler, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations, who studies education operations, or the management of human and material resources, in public schools.
In this episode Dr. Keppler helps principals:
- understand the current data (or lack thereof) regarding how teachers are supplementing resources in their classrooms
- the correlation of funded crowdsourcing projects and student achievement
- the correlation of funded crowdsourcing projects on teacher retention
- the complicated role of the principal in providing physical resources to staff
Samantha M. Keppler received her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on resource operations and management in public education. Before graduate school, she was a public school math teacher in New York City. Learn more about her work at www.samanthakeppler.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading Math Instruction with Make Math Moments
On this week's pod, Karen and Christy chat with Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr, the math instructional experts behind MakeMathMoments.com.
- the best thing a principal can do to improve math instruction
- the importance of content knowledge
- offerings from Kyle and Jon that can help your school
Check them out here: www.makemathmoments.com - Math Math Moments Academy, District Improvement Planning, Courses
https://makemathmoments.com/podcast/ - Make Math Moments Podcast
https://makemathmoments.com/districtassessment/ - Mathematics Program Assessment Screener for Leadership Teams
Kyle is the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board and Jon is a high school math teacher at John McGregor Secondary School in the Lambton-Kent District School Board in Ontario Canada. Together, they co-founded Make Math Moments where they develop professional development and classroom resources for K-12 educators and district leaders to spark curiosity, fuel sense making and ignite teacher moves.
Secondary Staff Collaboration and Culture Building
This week's pod welcomes Dr. Danielle Ricci, a high school principal and an educational leader with an expertise in cultivating collaborative cultures. Her research focuses on how school administrators lead teacher collaboration. Her background as an athlete has helped her to keep the concept of team at the heart of her work. Danielle is a wife, a mom to five, including newborn twins, and a cold-water enthusiast who swims in the Atlantic Ocean year-round to save her principal sanity! Danielle shares with us:
- scheduling strategies to optimize staff collaboration
- parent engagement solutions
- student culture considerations!
I’ve been a long time follower of TMP, so I was thrilled when Christy and Karen decided to start a podcast! Each episode is so helpful and I love the organization of each episode. As someone who tends to overextend myself, the systems portion of each episode is especially helpful! Plus, I love laughing each episode during the witty banter portion!
Could be so much better…
I am an assistant principal and I love the topics that are chosen. However, in a typical 22 minute podcast, the listener might get 7-10 minutes of actual good research and advice with the remaining being filled with unnecessary fluff. These two are highly intelligent women which is why it is unfortunate that this intelligence disappears at the beginning and end of each podcast. Just unfortunate as I was rooting for you two.
Great for aspiring admin!
I started listening to TMP in 2020 when I was working on my master’s in educational leadership. My professor at the time let me count listening to the podcast as hours for my principal internship. After finishing my program, I’ve continued to listen to the episodes often and always have great takeaways that I apply to my current job as an instructional coach. I also loved listening to Christy and Karen talk about their journey getting their PhDs! I’m working on mine and seeing them finish theirs was so motivating!