Tag: interviews

Great teams understand the importance of depending on one another. With the many roles of a school leader, one of the biggest challenges is moving from independence to interdependence. In other words, how do you shift from a school culture with teachers isolated from one another to a place of shared ideas and teamwork – […]

Read More PMP:139 Building Stronger Collaboration – Interview with Diana Lebsack

In a recent conversation with author and generation expert Dr. Tim Elmore, he shared how many students are affected by “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out). For many young people, this condition is demonstrated by a preoccupation with wanting to constantly know what is happening with peers or social media contacts. FOMO can sometimes lead to […]

Read More PMP:135 Using FOMO for Positive School Culture with Kim Coody

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, I walked into a D.C. high school called School Without Walls, a four-story building interspersed with hallways full of art. I saw hand-built go-carts with bicycle parts lining a floor-way. Sky-lights hovering over walls of exposed brick created a sense of old and new. Expansions to the building allow School […]

Read More PMP:131 School Without Walls – Interview with Richard Trogisch

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, I walked into a D.C. high school called School Without Walls, a four-story building interspersed with hallways full of art. I saw hand-built go-carts with bicycle parts lining a floor-way. Sky-lights hovering over walls of exposed brick created a sense of old and new. Expansions to the building allow School […]

Read More PMP:131 School Without Walls – Interview with Richard Trogisch

Last week I was on the phone with a teacher who will soon be interviewing for a position an assistant principal opening. Just this past week, I have talked to two superintendents and a principal who were opening principal or assistant principal positions at their schools. It’s that time of year again for hiring and […]

Read More PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening

Last year I sat across my desk from a student whose father had abandoned him and left the state. A family in our community had taken in the young man, and our school had been in contact with the Department of Human Services on what to do next. That morning I had been watching a […]

Read More PMP:109 The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp

On November 30, 2017, more than one year ago, I sat down for a conversation with Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan. That conversation became episode 045 of Principal Matters. In today’s post, I want to replay that conversation. At the time, Shawn had just ended a campaign season in a failed attempt […]

Read More PMP:Encore045 “Teach Like Me” Interview with Shawn Sheehan

What kind of school environment encourages teachers to race tricycles down the hallways while also engaging in deep conversations about student learning in PLC’s? Kenny Ward, this week’s special guest, discusses how schools like his own must keep exploring ways to create cultures of learning and fun at the same time. In our conversation, he […]

Read More PMP:106 Rethinking How School Leaders Help Teachers Grow

Last week I was speaking to a group of Assistant Principals near Montgomery, Alabama, when I noticed a familiar face at a table near the back of the room. I saw a man whom I had met the day before on my ride from the airport to the conference center. Mr. Willie Lewis, a retired […]

Read More PMP:102 Four Essentials for Advancing in Your Leadership

This Christmas break, I took the family to see the newest Star Wars movie. If you haven’t seen it, please note the forthcoming spoiler alert. In the opening scene, Jedi-in-training, Rey, has journeyed to the planet where the retired Luke Skywalker, has hidden himself away from the universe and its troubles. She climbs the heights […]

Read More PMP:099 Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber

Reflection is such an important part of growth — whether that involves your own growth or the growth of your school or team. Jon Harper from BAM Radio’s podcast “My Bad” is a school leader who explores how our mistakes can teach us important lessons. In this interview, we explore how reflecting on your own […]

Read More PMP:075 Learning from Mistakes with Jon Harper

Jethro Jones is principal of Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is also the host of Transformative Principal Podcast. As NASSP’s Principal 2017 National Digital Principal of the Year, he was honored this month at the National Principal Conference in Philadelphia. I’ve known Jethro for years from connecting online and have had the privilege […]

Read More PMP:074 Growing Your Digital Leadership with Jethro Jones

School leader and podcaster Danny Bauer shared a conversation with me about his education journey as well as how leaders are collaborating together to keep growing personally and professionally. Danny “Sunshine” Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools and facilitates weekly mastermind groups to support leadership growth. His podcast has hosted a hundred […]

Read More PMP:071 Daniel Bauer Interview – How Masterminds Help You Grow

This is a dual-post including a podcast interview with Principal Adam Beauchamp who shares the digital tools his school is using for enhancing communication. Adam shared with me via a recent webinar on Communication Strategies that Work. If you want to see the Webinar, you can watch it here. I’m also including a companion blog […]

Read More PMP 047: Interview with Adam Beauchamp, Oklahoma Digital Principal

This is a dual-post including a podcast interview with Principal Adam Beauchamp who shares the digital tools his school is using for enhancing communication. Adam shared with me via a recent webinar on Communication Strategies that Work. If you want to see the Webinar, you can watch it here. I’m also including a companion blog […]

Read More PMP 047: Interview with Adam Beauchamp, Oklahoma Digital Principal

This is a dual-post including a podcast interview with Principal Adam Beauchamp who shares the digital tools his school is using for enhancing communication. Adam shared with me via a recent webinar on Communication Strategies that Work. If you want to see the Webinar, you can watch it here. I’m also including a companion blog […]

Read More PMP 047: Interview with Adam Beauchamp, Oklahoma Digital Principal

Recently I was asked to be a guest presenter for an undergraduate education class at Bartlesville Wesleyan University, a college not too far from my high school. At the end of my presentation, I asked four students if I could interview them for a podcast episode. I had two goals in this conversation: 1. I […]

Read More PMP:042 The Future of Education (A Conversation with Undergraduates)