Join your hosts, "The Boss" Jon Ross and "The Doctor of Proctors" Nick Indeglio as they discuss everything and anything related to the Principal-ship and Edu-Leadership in K-12 education. The podcast features special guests with prominent roles relevant to principals all over the world. With a unique blend of humor, timely topics, and "real" talk, the "Odd Couple" of Jon Ross and Nick Indeglio "bring it" each episode. Rock out with "twisted steel and school appeal!"
Episode 140: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Episode 140 of "The Rock Star Principals' Podcast" is brought to you by Lexia Learning.
Lots of hectic excitement and zany energy along with the usual dose of Edu-Awesomeness this week with RSP as the boys record while Nick is driving and Jon is in his office using a phone recording app:
The 11 P's of Rock Star Principal Leadership: Pragmatism Movie Plug: "Nobody" starring Bob Odenkirk Upcoming Series Introduction: "Lasso's Leadership Lessons" Inspired by the hit Apple TV Series, "Ted Lasso"
Episode 139: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Star Principals are back and once again brought to you by Lexia Learning! In this week's episode, Jon and Nick bring you two awesome segments discussing:
Leadership Lessons from "Yellowstone" Kevin Costner's Leadership Quotes "You can't teach toughness. You're either born a willow or you're born an oak." "There's once constant in life: you build something worth having; someone's gonna try and take it." "I have this new rule. I only carry my cell phone in places where there's no service." The 11 P's of Rock Star Leadership The Pledge of Responsibility "This is the business we've chosen." Godfather II Doug Reeves' 90-90-90 Research Teachers and Leaders who take full responsibility for all outcomes and results achieve more. Don't forget to catch the Rock Star Principals at the ASCD Empowered Principal Symposium this Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 for an awesome afternoon of Professional Development, which will then be available on-demand until June 21st. Also, a big "thank you" to our producer and instructional technologist, Mike Indeglio, for creating a dynamic presentation for our session.
Episode 138: The Rock Star Principal's Podcast
The Rock Star Principals, Jon and Nick, are thrilled to be back on the airwaves! Episode 138 is sponsored by Lexia Learning (lexialearning.com) and "brings it" with three awesome segments:
"Getting Up to Speed" The boys talk about the incredibly unique 2020-2021 school year, challenges, opportunities for success, and the uncharted future ahead. A Word from Our Sponsor: Lexia Learning The Pennsylvania Principal's Association Jon "addresses the nation" about some awesome new initiatives with the PA Principals Association including the new website, monthly school spotlights on YouTube, semi-monthly President Vlogs, and more! Commercial: Godzilla vs. Kong Article Review: "A Fuller Picture of What a 'Good School Is" from Edutopia.org The boys' say "I told ya so" as research from Chicago supports the importance of relationships and SEL over standardized test scores in long-term success of students.
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.
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