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Episode 137: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Star Principals, Jon and Nick, interview the NASSP Principal of the Year, Richard Gordon, who is from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Richard is the principal of Paul Robeson High School in Philadelphia.
You don't want to miss this 43 minute conversation where Richard demonstrates his passion, dedication, and determination to see every one of his students succeed. He shares emotional examples of students overcoming their circumstances and finding their place in the world.
The three Nationally recognized educational leaders also discuss the characteristics that make an effective principal and, of course, chat about superheroes as well.
Information about Richard Gordon from NASSP:
Richard Gordon became principal of Paul Robeson High School in 2013 when it was on the brink of shutting down. Determined to turn the school around, he found the root of Robeson’s toxicity—staff and stakeholders questioned the ability of their students, while students felt academically, emotionally, and physically unsafe. He faced this unsettling discord head-on by creating four core values: 1) positive, nurturing, and healthy relationships; 2) growth mindset; 3) college and career readiness; and 4) belief. These rebuilt the foundation of Robeson’s daily practice, allowing both teachers and students to embody an all-inclusive family atmosphere.
Between the implementation of the core values—plus the Safe Corridors Program that provided extra supervision for students traveling to and from school and more than 30 community partnerships—Robeson’s stats changed from worrisome to remarkable. Truancy rates lowered to near 10 percent, graduation rates averaged 95 percent, school suspension rates fell below 5 percent, and student safety and well-being were no longer in question.
Gordon’s focus goes beyond the student population—he also values the adults in his learning community. His leadership style empowers teachers and staff to use their voice to strengthen the vitality of his city. He mentors through the PhillyPlus Principal Residency Program, a two-year, practice-based principal certification program that prepares teachers and aspiring school leaders to transform schools into high-performing learning environments. His teachers are frequently selected by state and district officials to provide professional development to other teachers and administrators across the southeastern Pennsylvania region.
While every principal faced the challenges brought on by COVID-19 this year, Gordon’s out-of-the-box thinking, focus on equity, and flexible leadership prepared Robeson to weather the storm. Throughout the adjustment to remote learning, Gordon kept his staff and learning community focused on quick transitions via Google Classroom, face-to-face connections and confidence using digital platforms, and meaningful assignments to drive student engagement. He made sure that Robeson is still providing online preventative therapy for students with mental health concerns.
Episode 136: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Stars discuss "toxic positivity" and drop some educational leadership wisdom along the way. Mike Indeglio visits to lend his perspective to the topic as well. This is a timely topic just in time for Election Day!
Episode 135: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Elementary school students returned to their buildings in the Downingtown Area School District for the first time in 226 days. Jon and Nick were on hand with Melanie Susi to help with the big day. The three of them discuss some big picture observations from that big first day.
Episode 134: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
It’s National Principal's Month and the Rock Stars are interviewing three sitting elementary principals from each of their "Coaching Trees" to discuss the triumphs, the challenges, and all things related to educational leadership in the K-12 setting! Join Jon and Nick as they interview Mr. Travis Orth (Principal of Pickering Valley Elementary School), Dr. Melanie Susi (Principal of Shamona Creek Elementary School), and Dr. Shawn Wright (Principal of Brandywine Wallace Elementary School).
We frequently discuss the unique challenges faced by elementary principals. While secondary principals usually have an assistant principal to rely on and confide in, elementary principals are alone on an island. How has that challenge affected you and how have you overcome it? You are each in the first two years of your tenure. What has been the biggest change going from assistant principal to head principal? The Rock Star Principals originally brought each of you on as an assistant principal/leader. In sports terms, you are part of their “Coaching Tree.“ Which of the "11 Ps" do you believe is most important and why? Which of the "11 Ps" do you have to further develop as part of your skill set? The entire planet is dealing with a global pandemic which is unlike any other experience in the history of education. We all know the challenges this has wrought, but what do you will be the biggest benefits at the conclusion of this pandemic?
Episode 133: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
"Education During Uncertain Times: Our Students' Reflect"
An interview with Two High School Freshmen: Ms. Marin Krause and Ms. Elli Ross
Part 1: Describe school and technology before March of 2020.
Part 2: What worked and what didn’t when schools went virtual in March 2020
Part 3: What were the biggest differences pre-Shutdown and then March-June?
Part 4: What has the new school year been like so far? (2020-2021)
Part 5: How has the learning model changed from March 2020 until Now?
Part 6: WHat advice would you give to Students+Teachers for Hybrid Learning?
Part 7: Questions and Answers
Episode 132: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
As schools are back in session, in one form or another, Jon and Nick discuss the substitute teacher shortage, its systemic causes, and some possible solutions. In addition, they prognosticate towards the continuing principal shortage as well. Finally, Jon begins dealing with his pop-culture-malaise and the boys devise a future new segment called, "All the Things We Were Right About."
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