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Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker and even people outside the education like Seth Godin, JeVon McCormick, Liz Wiseman, and more.

Transformative Principal Jethro Jones

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Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker and even people outside the education like Seth Godin, JeVon McCormick, Liz Wiseman, and more.

    Hats, Tats, and UDL with Bryan Dean Transformative Principal 607

    Hats, Tats, and UDL with Bryan Dean Transformative Principal 607

    Giving UDL away for freeBuilding products through grantsPeople think UDL is static, but it isn’t. Identity is important. UDL is human centric, not student centric.How UDL invites students to take ownership of their learning experiences. Do you feel behind? “What if I could have gone through school feeling unencumbered?” Expert Learners vs. executive functioningBounded autonomy. Assumptions about student learning. Joy Zabala - You can’t boil the oceanUDL Con is an ExperienceAI, Accessibility, UDL Guidelines 3.0UDL Con - where the guidelines will be released. CAST.org - check out the projects and resources. How to be a transformative principal? Ghostwalks - walk with nobody there in your school. What is being said by what is on the walls and in the classroom. 
    About Bryan Dean
    Bryan Dean is CAST's Innovation Specialist. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 20 years. Bryan has experience designing professional learning around learner experience design, specially-designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, new teacher induction, Design Thinking, deep learning, and strategies for students in emotional dysregulation. In addition to the designing of professional learning, he has designed virtual learning environments, worked on longitudinal system implementation and design, designed organizational culture and climate/culture change models, and developed a unique UDL coaching system based on appreciative and ontological coaching matrices.

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 47 min
    Sigh, See, Start with Alison Escalante Transformative Principal 606

    Sigh, See, Start with Alison Escalante Transformative Principal 606

    ShouldStorm - Culture of perfectionism and criticismWe as parents want to do what is best for our kids, but we are bombarded by everyone telling us what we should and should not do. Finding the “right” answer.Defining “expert”How the ShouldStorm impacts our kidsWe like to blame social media, but it really comes from what we talk about in our communities. What matters is not the college but the student.If you play someone else’s game, you will always lose, if you’re playing your own game, you can’t lose. Sigh, See, Start: transitions you from the anxiety of the ShouldStorm, to connection with your kids. The sigh is a built-in mechanism in our bodies, breathe out long and slow - sends a message to our body that we are OK. Vagus nerve turns on prefrontal cortex. See - moment of mindfulness - see your child. Noticing, not doing. Start - run an experiment about how to help the situation. Built on a faith that is scientifically grounded, you (and your kids) are more capable than you think (and than the world will tell you are). Emphasizing repair
    Alison Escalante, M.D., is a pediatrician, speaker, and author of Sigh, See, Start: How to Be the Parent Your Child Needs in a World That Won’t Stop Pushing. In a perfectionistic parenting culture that tells you that you are never enough no matter how much you do for your kids, this unique approach empowers you with a simple parenting technique to gain confidence, remain grounded, and connect positively with your children.

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 34 min
    Finding Localized Solutions With Dr. Joshua Barnett Transformative Principal 605

    Finding Localized Solutions With Dr. Joshua Barnett Transformative Principal 605

    Dr. Joshua Barnett is an educational thought leader who has spent his career working to improve the effectiveness of teacher leaders. In an interview, he discussed how teacher leaders can establish trust, develop deep instructional knowledge, and build credibility with their colleagues. He also shared his thoughts on why the teaching profession is challenged with recruitment and turnover and how teacher leaders can be a key solution to helping principals manage the teaching situation. Barnett emphasized the importance of getting it right, rather than being right, and reminded us that localized solutions are often the most effective.
    Bringing professional learning to effective teacher leaders. Supported over 300,000 educators and 3.5 million studentsHow teacher leadership matters. Engage with and serve as the bridge between the leadership team and the rest of the schoolProvide instructional support - Collaboration with other teachersCoaching other adultsInstructional feedback1. Establish trust2. Deep instructional knowledgeIdentify the needs of other adults3. CredibilityOwnership of their learningHow do we help them take ownership of their learningWhat is the expectation that teachers have by going?Autonomy, capacity, and supportTeacher leader as conduit from national/regional training. The only learning that is valued is the “approved” learning. System-wide approach to help teacher leaders take on an approachWhy is our profession challenged with recruitment and turnover. Committed to building educator effectiveness. Practical conversations - teacher leaders are a key solution to helping principals manage the teaching situation. Get it right, rather than being right. Reminded vs. instructed.Localized solutions.How the role of the principal plays into this paradigm. District-based certification modelHow to be a transformative principal? Key strategy is to rely on teacher leaders for success. Giving them the time to go through the building and have a conversation. Dr. Joshua Barnett is NIET's chief executive officer, responsible for overseeing all of the organization's operations including service delivery, research and evaluation, professional learning and learning technology development, policy and communications, financial operations, and higher education partnerships. He is also the author of Unleashing Teacher Leadership: A Toolkit for Ensuring Effective Instruction in Every Classroom 
    Previously, Josh served as president and chief operating officer for NIET, where he supported NIET partnerships with strategic oversight of research, NIET's higher education innovation, and service delivery. He was also the principal leader and investigator for NIET's successful federal projects. He has been with NIET since January 2013 when he joined as the organization's senior vice president of research and evaluation. In that role, he led NIET's research agenda and production of evidentiary support for all initiatives and grant programs. He also directed all external evaluation projects and research services.
    Josh's research work throughout his career has explored how to improve educator quality in all schools for all students by addressing two related issues: examining how teachers and principals are evaluated and how resources are distributed to and used within schools.
    Before joining NIET, Josh worked as an assistant professor of education policy and evaluation at Arizona State University, a visiting scholar at Massey University in New Zealand and a research associate in the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.
    Josh has taught courses in research methods, school finance, evaluation, and educational psychology; worked as an evaluator for nearly three dozen federal and state grants; served as an evaluator for the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences; and worked with local, state and national government agencies and organizations on projects aimed at improving educator effectiveness.
    He is author of

    • 51 min
    4 Simple Steps to Improve Communication with Jennifer Jennings Transformative Principal 604

    4 Simple Steps to Improve Communication with Jennifer Jennings Transformative Principal 604

    In this informative interview, Jennifer Jennings, a school communication specialist, discusses the crucial role of effective communication in schools. She emphasizes the significance of building trust and engaging parents and the community through transparent and informative communication. Jennings provides practical strategies to help schools develop an overall communication plan, showcase their positive aspects, and avoid overwhelming their audience with excessive information. She also shares successful examples of schools that have implemented effective communication strategies, such as utilizing visual displays, digital signage, and a variety of communication channels.
    Why communication with the community is so important. How schools can communicate more effectively. Schools need to have an overall communication plan. Consistent messageConsistent brandingShowcase your school in the best light possible. Don’t bombard people. having visual displays has increased attendance at clubs, sport games, and events. Cannon Falls.Digital signage is a great way to expand on a school’s safety plan: see Necedah Schools in Wisconsin.New Prague in MinnesotaAppleTV as a PBIS MotivatorIf it’s not easy, people aren’t going to do it. Start in a small, manageable way. Set up your system so you can delegate properly. Make it part of your weekly routine so it is used consistently and routinely. Involve people who are excited about it. How to be a transformative principal? Find one person who loves graphic design and get them involved in creating content. Connect with Jennifer Jennings
    About Jennifer Jennings

    Jennifer Jennings is a seasoned growth marketing manager with over a year of experience at Rise Vision, the leading digital signage software for K-12 schools. With a keen understanding of the education landscape, Jennifer is passionate about leveraging technology to enhance school communication, safety measures, and the overall school atmosphere.

    Throughout her tenure at Rise Vision, Jennifer has worked closely with schools to understand their unique challenges and develop customized solutions. Her expertise lies in identifying communication gaps, creating positive school cultures, and implementing strategies to increase building security. Jennifer is known for her ability to translate complex technical concepts into accessible and actionable insights for school administrators and educators.

    As a thought leader in the edtech industry, Jennifer is frequently sought out as a speaker at conferences and events. Her insights on the intersection of technology and education have been featured in various publications and media outlets. Jennifer's dedication to improving the learning environment for students and educators alike has made her a valuable asset to Rise Vision and the education community at large.

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 33 min
    Using AI to build Culture in a School District with Kenny Rodrequez Transformative Principal 603

    Using AI to build Culture in a School District with Kenny Rodrequez Transformative Principal 603

    Welcome to Transformative Principal. Today, we are joined by Dr. Kenny Rodrequez, Superintendent of Grandview C-4 School District in Missouri. With over two decades of educational leadership experience, Dr. Rodrequez has been a pivotal figure in driving innovative strategies to enhance school culture and student success. His dedication to fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment makes him an ideal guest as we explore the transformative potential of AI in building district culture. 
    Why using specific AI Agents is valuable for our work. 
    How to engage with staff differently600 staff membersLebra is an engagement tool. Automatically creates a prompt for meBecause it knows our vision and plans, it incorporates those things into what we do. Between the work anniversaries and birthdays, it’s communicating 10-15 people per day.Understanding what we are focused on in our district.Being able to build relationships and culture through small simple acts. There’s just not enough time in the day.How using Lebra is improving the culture. Feedback from staff receiving AI messagesLeveraging technology to make you successful.How to be a transformative principal? Stop and take a breath. Improve one connection every day. 
    About Kenny Rodrequez
    Dr. Kenny Rodrequez became Superintendent of the Grandview C-4 School District in July 2016.
     
    Before serving as Superintendent, Dr. Rodrequez served for two years as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in the Grandview C-4 School District. His responsibilities included the direction and overall delivery of K-12 curriculum programs, the developing, implementing, and evaluation of educational services for the district, and providing leadership for all Elementary and Secondary schools. 

    Dr. Rodrequez has served in several capacities throughout his career. He was a music educator for 8 years in two different states, including being a band director, percussion instructor, and district music resource teacher.
     
    Dr. Rodrequez moved into school administration more than 10 years ago and has held site level positions of assistant principal and principal before moving into district-level positions of director and assistant superintendent.
     
    He was selected to create and implement the first Early College High School program in Tulsa through a partnership with Tulsa Community College. He directed the Tulsa Innovative School network, which served 1,200 plus students in grades K-12, and served as a lead examiner for the Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation, based upon the Baldrige process.
     
    In both Oklahoma and Missouri, he has done extensive work on the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems in an effort to raise academic achievement and build collaborative relationships between teachers and administrators.
     
    Dr. Rodrequez has a Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University in Music Education, a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in School Leadership, and completed his Doctorate degree from Baker University in School Administration.
     
    He has been happily married for more than 25 years to his wife Tracie. They have two wonderful children, Izzy and Jackson.

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And

    • 35 min
    Leadership Development with Peter Rios Transformative Principal 602

    Leadership Development with Peter Rios Transformative Principal 602

    This comprehensive discussion explores the intricate distinctions between leadership, leadership development, and leader development, emphasizing their intertwined nature and the importance of understanding the context in which they exist. The conversation delves into the dynamic roles of leaders and followers, underscoring the value of meeting individuals where they are in their professional journey, with respect to their unique backgrounds and experiences. Emphasizing continuous, incremental growth, it highlights the significance of self-awareness, reflection, and the necessity of adapting leadership strategies to suit diverse environments, from educational settings to global contexts. The dialogue further addresses the challenges of maintaining authenticity while navigating the expectations of different organizational cultures, and the potential obstacles faced by individuals from underrepresented groups in leadership positions. Central to the discussion is the potent role of self-reflection, facilitated by practices such as journaling, in personal and professional development, providing insights into identifying growth opportunities, leveraging personal strengths, and making impactful decisions in leadership roles.

    Leadership Development, leaders, followersMeeting people where they are at. See where the gaps are.Leverage the people around you. Who you are five years ago is not who you are today.VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity.Knowing who you are. What level of assimilation are you comfortable with? The role is correct but the context isn’t. How to reflect: 1. Spouse 2. JournalingHow to Take Smart NotesThe Book: MaximizeHow to be a transformative principal? Start journaling
    About Dr. Peter Rios
    Dr. Peter Rios is the Founder of Peter Rios Consulting and the author of Untold Stories: The Latinx Leadership Experience in Higher Education and Maximize!: 12 Keys to Unlocking Your Greatest Potential. He has served diverse organizations including businesses, religious institutions/churches, government, higher education and non-profits in the areas of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion; leadership development and innovation. 

    His extensive experience and doctoral education in strategic leadership and intercultural studies has made him a sought-out keynote and conference speaker. Rios has been invited to speak and train leaders, nationally and internationally. In the United States Marines Corps he gained global leadership experience while stationed in Okinawa Japan and South Korea, and most recently has lived in Barbados and St. Maarten.

    Peter currently serves as a lecturer of leadership studies at Penn State and has been an adjunct professor at Colorado State University-Global Campus and Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in organizational leadership, religious and cultural studies, and business management. Rios has also been a vice president at two universities. Prior to academia, Peter was involved in pastoral ministry for over ten years and has over twenty years of leadership development experience. 

    Rios holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Graduate Schools, a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership (DSL) from Regent University School of Business and Leadership, completed doctoral work at the University of Southern California-Rossier School of Education, and an MA from Northeastern Seminary. He is married to Dr. Ruby Gonzalez-Rios, a cancer and infectious disease researcher.

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

Barb22222 ,

Great Podcast

This is one of the first principal podcast I listened to as an educational leader. Jethro always has great advice and brings on amazing leaders in education. I highly recommend this podcast!

SarahWieczorek ,

So helpful

I am actually a teacher and have hopes to be an AP at some point when it works out in my personal life. I believe strongly in professional development and have really enjoyed listening. I especially find the coaching sessions between Jethro and Eric useful as I gain so much insight into the realities of being a new principal and then hearing and learning experienced insights. The interviews are also interesting. I really can tell that you value what you do and I am furiously taking notes as I listen.

tehjunction ,

This podcast helps me be a principal

Been listening since the beginning. This podcast continues to deliver after 10 years, every week. Awesome work, Jethro. Congrats on continuing to deliver value every week for so long! Here’s to seven more years!

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