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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

Transformative Principal Jethro Jones

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    • 4.6 • 70 Ratings

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

    Online and Hybrid Engagement with Mariana Aguilar Transformative Principal 354

    Online and Hybrid Engagement with Mariana Aguilar Transformative Principal 354

    Mariana Aguilar did some field research to determine what causes students to be engaged in online and hybrid learning environments.
    How to define student engagement in online and hybrid environments. Hard to define engagement, but we all say we can feel it! You can feel it. Emotionally connected Manifests differently in hybrid environment Hard to read people’s language. How to turn on engagement for students, especially in an online space? You can use similar tactics that you. May do in in person learning as you do in virtual learning. Relationships! Teacher and principal relationships with families! Having a successful relationship requires connection between students, teachers and families. Instructional practices: smaller groups. Checks for understanding. Technology doesn’t have to be complex. Giving kids opportunities to engage in community based learning. Lead and health outcomes Students want to feel like they are having an impact on the world. How to be a transformative principal?
    Look for opportunities everywhere. Today’s Sponsors Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

    • 23 min
    Seeing Everyones Story through Mindfulness with Danielle Nuhfer Transformative Principal 353

    Seeing Everyones Story through Mindfulness with Danielle Nuhfer Transformative Principal 353

    Danielle Nuhfer is a teacher and you can find more information about her at TeachingWell.Life
    Bringing Awareness to the present moment without judgment. Taking a step back and trying to think about how to proceed. The benefits of mindfulness in self-care and resilient person in our students’ lives. How to be mindful in talking about the coronavirus situation. Take a breath, think, and respond. Mindfulness allows us to see that everyone has their own story. Would you rather be right or happy? Take time for yourself to just breathe! Create moments where you do those checkins. It’s not about more, it is about changing how you do what you’re already doing. How to prepare for each day. Some kind of morning routine - quiet time. It can be more than five minutes, or it can be much shorter. How to be a transformative principal? Try to do something in regard to mindfulness. Today’s Sponsors Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

    • 22 min
    Redesigning School for Equity with Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Transformative Principal 352

    Redesigning School for Equity with Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel Transformative Principal 352

    Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel recently wrote a paper on how to Redesign School Level Systems For Equity.
    How systems work together. Started with redesign systems work. We actually have a lot more autonomy than we think. Expand our self-confidence around the structures we can control. How we define engagement in school. How do we deal with criticism that we face when we try to implement equitable practices. It comes with the self work. Power Struggle within a classroom. You’re good about making a decision when you know it is true to who you are. Privilege is not about good or bad. Fellowship learning experiences. How do we create more opportunities for Fellowship learning experiences. Making sure people have opportunities that didn’t usually have it before. Ceding power vs. Distributed leadership - Giving more ownership to others. All of those decisions can come with biases and other barriers. How to support people who may have an idea of what they want, but they don’t really have ideas of what they need. How do we really change school so we are serving our families, not so they are serving us? A sense of false choice. Take off the choices that are not possible for most marginalized families. How to be a transformative principal? Listen deeply and “Ring the bells that still can ring” quote. Identify a crack and see it as a light. Today’s Sponsors Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

    • 37 min
    Behavior as a Lagging Skill with Matthew Portell Transformative Principal 367

    Behavior as a Lagging Skill with Matthew Portell Transformative Principal 367

    Matthew is a principal in Nashville, He was recently selected by FranklinCovey Education as a Leader in Me Community Champion in recognition of his outstanding work Trauma Informed Educators Network Facebook group
    “I’m an activator,” he says. “In education, everyone is waiting for someone else to do something different, but if something is inequitable, I’m not going to wait―I’m going to disrupt.”
    Impact of social justice and trauma informed practices Trauma as a whole, but not as an event. Intergenerational transmission of trauma. Impact of racial trauma over time and day to day. ACES and Trauma. Understanding implicit bias If we’re not cognizant of it, it can wreak havoc on our impact as an educator. How do we navigate our roles as educator’s knowing that we possess bias? Why do we have clip charts in elementary schools? Unapologetic disruptor Our schools are designed to reflect the majority of our culture Behavior is a lagging skill instead of a personal choice. Change the school to meet the needs of our kids. When we put norms on kids. Look at kids as though they are doing the best they can! Many people have experienced trauma. Focused on the strengths of what kids come with. We’ve learned that clip charts in the classroom When public shaming becomes a norm in the school it can have major damage. Every kid is a genius. You’re being sent home because… How to have the conversation with adults. Teachers just like kids are doing the best they could. De-escalating kids. An escalated adult cannot deescalate an escalated child. Tap in and tap out strategy. Happy teacher revolution. You’re done. I can’t handle that weight. It’s too much. how to be a transformative principal? Activator - don’t wait for someone else to do it or try it. If it doesn’t work, it’s ok. Today’s Sponsors Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

    • 36 min
    The Learner Agency Model with James Anderson Transformative Principal 351

    The Learner Agency Model with James Anderson Transformative Principal 351

    James Anderson is a educator, author, and speaker and a master of mindset work. Today we are talking about Learner Agency.

    Anders Ericson - purposeful practice. Agile Learner - capable of growth, but also knows how to go about achieving the growth. What it means to achieve the growth in life. Growth mindset is how much you see yourself as a learner. How do I get really good at achieving that growth. What it looks like to be a good learner. Five areas: challenge, habits of mind, mistakes, feedback, time and energy. We don’t talk a lot about being a skillful learner. Seeks to find out what students can do rather than defining their abilities. Performance learners avoid going to their best level. Stay in performance zone, but don’t go beyond their best. Challenges will come and go, but behaviors stay with them. Agile learner is proactive. What does it mean to be fragile. Anti-Fragile means drop me, it helps. VUCA World Post traumatic growth Black Swan Events - you cannot predict the future, but you can prepare for it. Look to the shite space in between. How to be a transformative principal? Ask yourself what are you currently doing that is deliberately focused on helping students become better learners. We don’t get Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

    • 41 min
    In Teaching You Learn with Tiersa McQueen Transformative Principal 350

    In Teaching You Learn with Tiersa McQueen Transformative Principal 350

    Tiersa McQueen is an unschooling mom and has a great story to tell. Follow her insightful comments on Twitter.
    You can learn a lot of math through cooking. What about math? Math is everywhere. Homeschooling vs unschooling vs public school Many different styles. You can relax a little bit with homeschooling. Ask your child what they want to learn. More of a family interaction. When you have choices, it totally changes the experiences. How do you know they’re progressing? Black holes - 4th dimension We live in a digital age with lots of social media. It’s never been easier to find your tribe. Our educational approach is really about having experiences. You have to get out of the mindset of being just your age group. How are you adapting with everything being closed? Libraries, etc? advice for a mind shift from being in school to home schooling? Three biggest mind shifts needed. We don’t have a schedule of everything that needs to happen every single day. Children do need structure. It comes from the family, not from following a bell schedule. Children need a lot of sleep. I had a lot of unlearning that I had to do. I always had this idea of children as people. The first thing I did was buy some curriculum. The things they were starting to learn were not coming from the curriculum. They were coming from the things they wanted to learn. How long it took for the mindshift to happen to her kids? Started to read John Holt What if we didn’t buy curriculum? You go as far as your interest goes. You have them in an environment that stimulates some learning. They don’t think of things in a linear school-based fashion. What her favorite tools non tech with kids? The tools of the home. They talk to each other. Socially involved? Finds ways for her kids to interact with other kids outside the home. Recommendations for learning more. How to be a transformative principal? Give kids some free time to learn something on their own. Not every second Today’s Sponsors Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com
    Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.
    John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.
    Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
    Learn more about some of the newest titles:
    Michaela: The Power of Culture by Katharine Birbalsingh Teaching WalkThrus: Visual Step-by-Step Guides to Essential Teaching Techniques by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli Putting Staff First: A blueprint for revitalising our schools by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley The Teaching Delusion: Why Teaching In Our Schools Isn’t Good Enough (And How We Can Make It Better) by Bruce Robertson Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A pragmatic approach to teacher workload by Kat Howard John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
    Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based mat

    • 45 min

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AwesomeMontana ,

Value and Inspiration All in One

This show is not just for principals but for anyone interested in 21st century education. Jethro is the real deal, sharing successes, challenges and most of all inspiration for educators in the trenches of our school system inspiring educators of all levels to bring their passion and A game everyday! Informative, encouraging and most of all transformative!

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JeremyLPark ,

One man's journey as a school leader

I only recently got into Jethro's podcast and soon found myself hooked. I started from the beginning and quickly made it through his first year and a half. Each episode is short enough to string a few together on a long walk, drive or workout. I've learned plenty of practical tips, but feel I've gained the most from the positive and persistent outlook he and his guests present. I've noticed the immediate transfer of this knowledge and emotion in the tone with which I am able to communicate with staff and students, resonating as professional, inquisitive, optimistic and intuitively, student focused.
Jethro hits the nail on the head emphasizing building relationships with teachers and fostering shared vision amongst their ranks. These two areas I feel embody the craft of transformative school leaders. In recent episodes, Jethro has articulated his vision for the podcast and his team of school leaders. He persuades listeners to start small and affect change in practical ways. For example, getting regular sleep and making time to connect intimately with those in his closest circle (wife and kids) who foster love and acceptance. I assume his intention is to galvanize potential for good vibes and a caring spirit to spill out of us and into all of our relationships. I sincerely look forward to following Jethro and the school leaders he connects with his audience. Thanks J for the service you're providing.

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