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Transformative Principal

Jethro Jones

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Transformative Principal
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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

Latest Episodes

Episode 300 A Tricentennial Milestone with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 300

Here's some excitement: Episode 300! I give updates on my professional life, the podcast, and more! Tune in! Link to my speaking page

15 MIN1 days ago
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Episode 300 A Tricentennial Milestone with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 300

Identity with Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 299

Dr. Grayson Maas is the Director of Communications for the Art of Problem Solving, a unique solution to teaching math anytime, anywhere. Talking about dissertation - how we create scientific knowledge as a society - who can become a scientist and who cannot. Scientific knowledge and how it gets created. It’s no secret that there’s underrepresentation in science. What is funneling certain groups towards science and what is not? Science for all Tests measure what we value. Tests can be an unreliable indicator. It’s a common experience that the scores you got on classes and tests to tell you if you’re smart. All those tests are telling you, “are you good at that instrument on that day?” Extremely difficult to identify high-ability kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ability grouping is not a bad thing for the kids in the high group. Kids know who is in different groups. We need to reconfigure the labels we use. For us to lose sight of kids that don’t get extra opportunities is not working for those kids. It’s incumbent on us as a society to meet these kids where they’re at. Providing the “right” amount of challenge. We’re going to set the bar right above where you grasp it and help them reach the next level. You deserve to be challenged and we’re going to make sure you get that. Learning about the water cycle. Their version of learning about the water cycle was a youtube water cycle rap song. The kids in the low group developed low self-perception. Constantly reinforce these students and tell them they are capable and can accomplish the work before them.

30 MIN1 weeks ago
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Identity with Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 299

A Special Q&A with Will Parker Transformative Principal 298

I am super excited whenever I get to talk with Will Parker, and today is no different. Today we are tackling three questions that principal listeners have shared with us from our podcasts, covering these topics: What to do if or when your teachers give you the cold shoulder about learning something new. How to manage student dynamics in competency-based instruction. Ways to measuring student growth in Social Emotional Learning settings. Listen-in for the complete conversation. Questions for Jethro and Will: 1. My teachers give me the cold shoulder when I try to introduce them to new ways of teaching. What should I do? Jethro and I discuss the following: Modeling for teachers Observation of other teachers What is he/she doing well already? Praise first, then instruct. Lead with the question, “Where do you want to grow?” Creating an enviornment where teachers ask for help Celebrating innovative teaching Learning to say yes before saying no 2. How do you make sure that students who s...

34 MIN2 weeks ago
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A Special Q&A with Will Parker Transformative Principal 298

The Conrad Challenge Changed My Life with Akhil Jariwala Transformative Principal 297

Akhil is the business development manager at ChargePoint, a fast-growing start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Challenge, where his finalist team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics. Register for the Conrad challenge here * North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics * Didn’t know what I wanted to do. * Always wanted to be a doctor and ended up doing a ton of work in environmental areas. * Starting out with very little information. * Students start from two different places. * 1. Technology they are really excited about. * 2. We have a group of students really passionate about a specific problem and start to ideate about how to solve that problem. * ...

22 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Conrad Challenge Changed My Life with Akhil Jariwala Transformative Principal 297

Mentoring Millennials with Jayme Hull Transformative Principal 296

Jayme Hull helps schools and churches make millennial friendly environments. She also mentors millennials so that they can be successful. Check out her free resource for principals at her web site. They want to be connected and work somewhere they can make an impact. They have heard their parents talk about how bored or angry they are at work. Very few parents and grandparents were actually happy. The fear of change is strong! Millennials don’t even have the choices like they had in the past. More than 50% cannot stay where they grew up to find work. Completely consumed with staying up on the digital happenings are. They have to be learning or they’ll lose their jobs. You give and you receive. Build a relationship first. Mentorships are really beneficial for millennials. Care about the person first, not what you can get from them. We’ve forgotten how to encourage our new teachers. Make sure they have downtime Their deepest heart’s desire is to have a desire. The millennial are a gift to us. They are demanding that we get back to what we used to do. We have forgotten how to teach what is essential. Mentoring program - The older generation will be blessed. Don’t tack on any more paperwork or extra hours. 2 kinds of mentors - someone on staff willing to pour into the next generation. Group of retired teachers. Never more than 30 minutes for 6–12 weeks. Their words and encouragement. Millennials are so tired of being on a checklist. It’s not about the nail How to be a transformative leader? Look three teachers in the eyes and tell them thanks! Face to face mentoring podcast.

29 MINSEP 15
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Mentoring Millennials with Jayme Hull Transformative Principal 296

Choosing College with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 295

Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class, and the new book coming out this week called “Choosing College!”, which is the book we are talking about today! The book is about more than just choosing college, right? Tell me about that. There are a few stats about college that are just appalling, so many people not finishing, so much debt. Why do we still support it? boost in wages, employers require it. military or college! Personally fulfilling A lot of people don’t know. What language do people use to describe what they did. A lot more students should be taking a gap year. Working on the newspaper in high school. Let’s talk about quality assurance. I hear people give advice that it doesn’t matter at all where you go or what you major in. What’s the value I’m getting from this experience? We don’t have enough data while we do have too much data! I am not a historian, even though my major was history. We don’t know what we don’t know. We have to give kids experiences about what they can be doing. Make it tangible with an emotional connection. Give kids immersive experiences in those fields so they can see themselves in that setting! Do your strengths and abilities allow you to get into that field? Learning starts with engagement. What do you think about something like Lambda school, which doesn’t offer a degree, but rather a skill, and you don’t pay for that? More than a coding bootcamp. Might ultimately replace college. Purdue university has an income share agreement. University of Utah. Traditional top universities are going to continue to drive up costs. Price competition among universities. understanding your “why” is important. Understanding what progress looks like for you. Find out what you want and work backwards. Not seeing distinct spheres but rather integrated parts of our lives. Kids look more at what you say than what you do. Loves this from the Forbes’ piece: “Because no one understands the precise mix of what external supports cause student outcomes to improve, a theory of innovation—the theory of interdependence and modularity—suggests that schools must integrate to control every critical component of a student’s life that isn’t “good enough” to ensure academic achievement. In other words, when driving toward greater performance with moving parts that are unpredictably interdependent, in order to do anything, schools must do nearly everything.” “From the vantage point of our theory, it appears one of the reasons for City Connect’s success is that its school-based coordinator starts with the teacher and each student’s academic goals. That is, the organization integrates the supports it provides in a tight, interdependent manner with each teacher and around the needs of each individual student in a personalized way—not in a tiered way that treats cohorts of students judged to have similar risk profiles in the same way.” Much to love about the personalized approach, Let’s play to your strengths and support you in your weaknesses. How to be a transformative principal? Principals ought to step back and ask, how do I integrate more authentic experiences?

43 MINSEP 8
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Choosing College with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 295

You Changed My Life With Brad Barber Transformative Principal 294

Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them. We are an academy, not a school. Agnostic about the school kids attend, it just needs to be good. We can react very quickly and give support to kids. We diagnose their problems. Sometimes they take notes to impress someone else. When you get into the business world, you have to learn really rapidly. Why would kids want to come to the Tesla Academy? It feels so weird to do something different. There’s a generation gap in parents: younger parents totally get it. How to be a transformative principal? My model could really take off in special education. My model would work perfect with 20-40 students.

24 MINSEP 1
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You Changed My Life With Brad Barber Transformative Principal 294

The Tesla Academy with Brad Barber Transformative Principal 293

Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them. * Business process outsourcing. * Went back to school as a teacher. * Started at a charter school. * Not the primary person who delivers the content. * Education is so inefficient. * I can teach it, but I want my students to learn how to learn. * The difference between a coach and a teacher. * They’ve been surviving school for 9 or 10 years. * The teachers become babysitters (in other classes) and that’s not what we’re about. * We’re observing the entire time. * Kids understand that the technique wasn’t right

22 MINAUG 25
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The Tesla Academy with Brad Barber Transformative Principal 293

Creating Motivated Students with Dr. Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 292

Dr. Grayson Maas is the Director of Communications for the Art of Problem Solving, a unique solution to teaching math anytime, anywhere. Motivated students in grades 2–12. We are the place students come to to learn math that they aren’t going to learn in school. Instill motivation in kids to want to do math. By and large math is traditionally taught with an emphasis on procedures, memorizing, and pattern matching. We are losing the art and beauty of mathematics by how we teach math in schools. We challenge them and ask them to rise to the occasion. We give them puzzles. We get a flood of serotonin when we solve problems. It’s not wrong to have the wrote, it’s wrong if that’s all you have. If you don’t move beyond the basics, you won’t be able to apply it later. If you take a problem-solving approach… We need to carve out time for kids to be uncomfortable with a problem. But how do we make time for that? It limits the incentive for kids to take intellectual risks. We can do this together. Education doesn’t just have to be teachers in a classroom alone. There’s a dissatisfaction because there is still a lingering question about how I would have done that. Rigorous activities early on! ASTE Keynote How to be a transformative principal? Carve out time and space for students to do some thinking without a goal in mind! gmaas@aops.com

35 MINAUG 18
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Creating Motivated Students with Dr. Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 292

Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291

Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291 Social Media: Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that. Over the past 10 years, Kevin has visited over 1,000 schools and spoke with educators and students to learn how student outcomes are impacted by the learning environment. As CEO of Kay-Twelve, a company committed to improving learning environments for 10,000,000 students, Kevin wants to share his findings with others involved with education. Came from a family of educators. Hesitant to get into education furniture business because it was all the same. If you’re implementing change, it’s really difficult to do without changing the environment. Start small, learn from it, and then make the changes needed. The furniture is preventing me from doing it. It’s not about the furniture. Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that. Need to establish some rules around chaotic furniture. Space can have a big impact on driving change. Start with shared spaces. Flex seating or student choice seating. Get your free copy of “Creating Better Learning Environments” How to be a transformative principal? Find a network where you can be talking to other people. Join the mastermind Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcastin iTunesor on Stitcher. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipalfor the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal. Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey

27 MINAUG 11
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Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291

Latest Episodes

Episode 300 A Tricentennial Milestone with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 300

Here's some excitement: Episode 300! I give updates on my professional life, the podcast, and more! Tune in! Link to my speaking page

15 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Episode 300 A Tricentennial Milestone with Jethro Jones Transformative Principal 300

Identity with Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 299

Dr. Grayson Maas is the Director of Communications for the Art of Problem Solving, a unique solution to teaching math anytime, anywhere. Talking about dissertation - how we create scientific knowledge as a society - who can become a scientist and who cannot. Scientific knowledge and how it gets created. It’s no secret that there’s underrepresentation in science. What is funneling certain groups towards science and what is not? Science for all Tests measure what we value. Tests can be an unreliable indicator. It’s a common experience that the scores you got on classes and tests to tell you if you’re smart. All those tests are telling you, “are you good at that instrument on that day?” Extremely difficult to identify high-ability kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ability grouping is not a bad thing for the kids in the high group. Kids know who is in different groups. We need to reconfigure the labels we use. For us to lose sight of kids that don’t get extra opportunities is not working for those kids. It’s incumbent on us as a society to meet these kids where they’re at. Providing the “right” amount of challenge. We’re going to set the bar right above where you grasp it and help them reach the next level. You deserve to be challenged and we’re going to make sure you get that. Learning about the water cycle. Their version of learning about the water cycle was a youtube water cycle rap song. The kids in the low group developed low self-perception. Constantly reinforce these students and tell them they are capable and can accomplish the work before them.

30 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Identity with Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 299

A Special Q&A with Will Parker Transformative Principal 298

I am super excited whenever I get to talk with Will Parker, and today is no different. Today we are tackling three questions that principal listeners have shared with us from our podcasts, covering these topics: What to do if or when your teachers give you the cold shoulder about learning something new. How to manage student dynamics in competency-based instruction. Ways to measuring student growth in Social Emotional Learning settings. Listen-in for the complete conversation. Questions for Jethro and Will: 1. My teachers give me the cold shoulder when I try to introduce them to new ways of teaching. What should I do? Jethro and I discuss the following: Modeling for teachers Observation of other teachers What is he/she doing well already? Praise first, then instruct. Lead with the question, “Where do you want to grow?” Creating an enviornment where teachers ask for help Celebrating innovative teaching Learning to say yes before saying no 2. How do you make sure that students who s...

34 MIN2 weeks ago
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A Special Q&A with Will Parker Transformative Principal 298

The Conrad Challenge Changed My Life with Akhil Jariwala Transformative Principal 297

Akhil is the business development manager at ChargePoint, a fast-growing start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Challenge, where his finalist team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics. Register for the Conrad challenge here * North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics * Didn’t know what I wanted to do. * Always wanted to be a doctor and ended up doing a ton of work in environmental areas. * Starting out with very little information. * Students start from two different places. * 1. Technology they are really excited about. * 2. We have a group of students really passionate about a specific problem and start to ideate about how to solve that problem. * ...

22 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Conrad Challenge Changed My Life with Akhil Jariwala Transformative Principal 297

Mentoring Millennials with Jayme Hull Transformative Principal 296

Jayme Hull helps schools and churches make millennial friendly environments. She also mentors millennials so that they can be successful. Check out her free resource for principals at her web site. They want to be connected and work somewhere they can make an impact. They have heard their parents talk about how bored or angry they are at work. Very few parents and grandparents were actually happy. The fear of change is strong! Millennials don’t even have the choices like they had in the past. More than 50% cannot stay where they grew up to find work. Completely consumed with staying up on the digital happenings are. They have to be learning or they’ll lose their jobs. You give and you receive. Build a relationship first. Mentorships are really beneficial for millennials. Care about the person first, not what you can get from them. We’ve forgotten how to encourage our new teachers. Make sure they have downtime Their deepest heart’s desire is to have a desire. The millennial are a gift to us. They are demanding that we get back to what we used to do. We have forgotten how to teach what is essential. Mentoring program - The older generation will be blessed. Don’t tack on any more paperwork or extra hours. 2 kinds of mentors - someone on staff willing to pour into the next generation. Group of retired teachers. Never more than 30 minutes for 6–12 weeks. Their words and encouragement. Millennials are so tired of being on a checklist. It’s not about the nail How to be a transformative leader? Look three teachers in the eyes and tell them thanks! Face to face mentoring podcast.

29 MINSEP 15
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Mentoring Millennials with Jayme Hull Transformative Principal 296

Choosing College with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 295

Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class, and the new book coming out this week called “Choosing College!”, which is the book we are talking about today! The book is about more than just choosing college, right? Tell me about that. There are a few stats about college that are just appalling, so many people not finishing, so much debt. Why do we still support it? boost in wages, employers require it. military or college! Personally fulfilling A lot of people don’t know. What language do people use to describe what they did. A lot more students should be taking a gap year. Working on the newspaper in high school. Let’s talk about quality assurance. I hear people give advice that it doesn’t matter at all where you go or what you major in. What’s the value I’m getting from this experience? We don’t have enough data while we do have too much data! I am not a historian, even though my major was history. We don’t know what we don’t know. We have to give kids experiences about what they can be doing. Make it tangible with an emotional connection. Give kids immersive experiences in those fields so they can see themselves in that setting! Do your strengths and abilities allow you to get into that field? Learning starts with engagement. What do you think about something like Lambda school, which doesn’t offer a degree, but rather a skill, and you don’t pay for that? More than a coding bootcamp. Might ultimately replace college. Purdue university has an income share agreement. University of Utah. Traditional top universities are going to continue to drive up costs. Price competition among universities. understanding your “why” is important. Understanding what progress looks like for you. Find out what you want and work backwards. Not seeing distinct spheres but rather integrated parts of our lives. Kids look more at what you say than what you do. Loves this from the Forbes’ piece: “Because no one understands the precise mix of what external supports cause student outcomes to improve, a theory of innovation—the theory of interdependence and modularity—suggests that schools must integrate to control every critical component of a student’s life that isn’t “good enough” to ensure academic achievement. In other words, when driving toward greater performance with moving parts that are unpredictably interdependent, in order to do anything, schools must do nearly everything.” “From the vantage point of our theory, it appears one of the reasons for City Connect’s success is that its school-based coordinator starts with the teacher and each student’s academic goals. That is, the organization integrates the supports it provides in a tight, interdependent manner with each teacher and around the needs of each individual student in a personalized way—not in a tiered way that treats cohorts of students judged to have similar risk profiles in the same way.” Much to love about the personalized approach, Let’s play to your strengths and support you in your weaknesses. How to be a transformative principal? Principals ought to step back and ask, how do I integrate more authentic experiences?

43 MINSEP 8
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Choosing College with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 295

You Changed My Life With Brad Barber Transformative Principal 294

Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them. We are an academy, not a school. Agnostic about the school kids attend, it just needs to be good. We can react very quickly and give support to kids. We diagnose their problems. Sometimes they take notes to impress someone else. When you get into the business world, you have to learn really rapidly. Why would kids want to come to the Tesla Academy? It feels so weird to do something different. There’s a generation gap in parents: younger parents totally get it. How to be a transformative principal? My model could really take off in special education. My model would work perfect with 20-40 students.

24 MINSEP 1
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You Changed My Life With Brad Barber Transformative Principal 294

The Tesla Academy with Brad Barber Transformative Principal 293

Brad Barber is a former business owner who is now an educator who founded a school called the Tesla Academy. At the Tesla Academy, they coach students rather than teach them. * Business process outsourcing. * Went back to school as a teacher. * Started at a charter school. * Not the primary person who delivers the content. * Education is so inefficient. * I can teach it, but I want my students to learn how to learn. * The difference between a coach and a teacher. * They’ve been surviving school for 9 or 10 years. * The teachers become babysitters (in other classes) and that’s not what we’re about. * We’re observing the entire time. * Kids understand that the technique wasn’t right

22 MINAUG 25
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The Tesla Academy with Brad Barber Transformative Principal 293

Creating Motivated Students with Dr. Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 292

Dr. Grayson Maas is the Director of Communications for the Art of Problem Solving, a unique solution to teaching math anytime, anywhere. Motivated students in grades 2–12. We are the place students come to to learn math that they aren’t going to learn in school. Instill motivation in kids to want to do math. By and large math is traditionally taught with an emphasis on procedures, memorizing, and pattern matching. We are losing the art and beauty of mathematics by how we teach math in schools. We challenge them and ask them to rise to the occasion. We give them puzzles. We get a flood of serotonin when we solve problems. It’s not wrong to have the wrote, it’s wrong if that’s all you have. If you don’t move beyond the basics, you won’t be able to apply it later. If you take a problem-solving approach… We need to carve out time for kids to be uncomfortable with a problem. But how do we make time for that? It limits the incentive for kids to take intellectual risks. We can do this together. Education doesn’t just have to be teachers in a classroom alone. There’s a dissatisfaction because there is still a lingering question about how I would have done that. Rigorous activities early on! ASTE Keynote How to be a transformative principal? Carve out time and space for students to do some thinking without a goal in mind! gmaas@aops.com

35 MINAUG 18
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Creating Motivated Students with Dr. Grayson Maas Transformative Principal 292

Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291

Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291 Social Media: Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that. Over the past 10 years, Kevin has visited over 1,000 schools and spoke with educators and students to learn how student outcomes are impacted by the learning environment. As CEO of Kay-Twelve, a company committed to improving learning environments for 10,000,000 students, Kevin wants to share his findings with others involved with education. Came from a family of educators. Hesitant to get into education furniture business because it was all the same. If you’re implementing change, it’s really difficult to do without changing the environment. Start small, learn from it, and then make the changes needed. The furniture is preventing me from doing it. It’s not about the furniture. Every school has defined their vision, the space should reflect that. Need to establish some rules around chaotic furniture. Space can have a big impact on driving change. Start with shared spaces. Flex seating or student choice seating. Get your free copy of “Creating Better Learning Environments” How to be a transformative principal? Find a network where you can be talking to other people. Join the mastermind Schedule a call with Jethro Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life! Please take a moment to rate this podcastin iTunesor on Stitcher. Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipalfor the show. Buy Communication Cards Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com Download Paperless Principal. Take Control of your email Web Site Transformative Principal on Stitcher Refer A Principal Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey

27 MINAUG 11
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Creating Better Learning Environments with Kevin Stoller Transformative Principal 291