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Principal Matters: The School Leader's Podcast with William D. Parker

William D. Parker: Principal, Author, Speaker and

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PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

If you are like most school leaders, time management can be one of the most difficult parts of your work. Most new school leaders I meet explain how overwhelming the list of to-do’s can be. What are the solutions? Well, Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang provide a wealth of information on resources and practices that work in managing your time. Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang are the authors of the new book: The Best of the Marshall Memo, Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning. In this week’s podcast episode, we discuss their chapter on Time Management with valuable takeaways, tips, and strategies. Kim & Jenn Bios: Kim Marshall Kim was a teacher, central-office administrator, and principal in the Boston Public Schools for more than 30 years. He now leads workshops and courses, coaches school leaders, consults with schools and districts, and produces the weekly Marshall Memo, summarizing ideas and research from over 60 publications. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation. Jenn David-Lang Jenn has worked in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. She now designs and provides workshops for principals and teachers, coaches leaders, and conducts school evaluations. Since 2007, Jenn has published The Main Idea, a service for busy school leaders that provides summaries of compelling education books, accompanied by suggestions for professional learning. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang are best know as “designated readers” for busy front-line educators, curating the best ideas and research from scores of magazines and books. In their new book, they identify the most thought-provoking and helpful article summaries from the Marshall Memo archive and add professional learning suggestions. The book aims to help principals, teachers, superintendents, consultants, and researchers address the most pressing issues they face every day. Check out the new book here! Time Management Takeaways In this episode, we explore one area of their research and practice: How Leaders Can Grow in Time Management. Principals and school leaders share a common frustration with time management. How can you accomplish so many responsibilities and tasks? Kim and Jenn share lessons they’ve learned from your research and practice, including: * Understanding your time while knowing you’ll never check off all the blanks * Studying the “rock analogy“: Big rocks first, then gravel, then sand, then water… (When you prioritize important tasks first, you can add much more that matters to your day.)* Examining Stephen Covey’s 4 Quadrants: * Important/Urgent* Important/Not Urgent* Not Important/Urgent* Not Important/Not Urgent * Avoiding the useless: useless feedback, useless meetings, useless evaluation processes, and time-consuming emails* Utilizing Justin Ba...

31 MIN5 d ago
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PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

Last week was the first time (except for a rare Christmas holiday) that I have not shared a blog post or podcast episode update in almost five years. Photo by Josh Calabrese – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@joshcala?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit At first, I thought it was because I’ve been so busy. Last weekend I flew to Florida for my nephew’s wedding. Then on Monday, I flew from there to Washington, D.C. for a national meeting. When I was back home late Wednesday night in Oklahoma, I had one day in my office on Thursday before traveling to a university on Friday to sit on a panel discussion for education interns. Throughout my flights and driving, I kept rummaging through my mind for what I wanted to share next. I have some interviews scheduled but not recorded. So maybe I should talk about takeaways from my advocacy visits. Or maybe I could share about common struggles I see in education students trying ...

14 MIN1 w ago
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PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals at schools or in regional meetings. Photo by Karsten Würth (@karsten.wuerth) – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@karsten_wuerth?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit Recently, I visited Texhoma, Oklahoma, with High School Principal Connie Miller. After touring her school that serves students grades 5-12, she drove me one mile across the community to see the elementary school, which sits on the Texas side of town. Although both school buildings serve the same community of students, the funding these schools receive is based on the allocations provided by their respective states. In fact, in Oklahoma’s Panhandle schools, competition for high quality teachers is intense. From Guymon, Oklahoma, for instance, you can drive thirty minutes in any direction and find yourself in Kansas, New Mexico, Color...

24 MIN3 w ago
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PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

Several years ago, I was standing in our school lunchroom watching hundreds of students eat breakfast. Photo by Ryan Tauss – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@ryantauss?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit I was positioned in the middle section of the room, and the front doors of the school were about one hundred feet across the room from me. Dozens of students were entering when I saw one high school boy who caught my attention. He was so far away, I could not see his facial features, but his demeanor and walk gave me a quick pause. I decided to follow my hunch. I walked across the room, and as I approached him more closely, he tried to avoid eye-contact. But I casually stepped closer and asked him if I could talk to him in private for a minute. Once he was in my office, I invited another administrative team member to join me, and my hunch proved accurate. The boy was under the influence of marijuana and was also in p...

20 MINSEP 19
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PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

Photo by Trey Ratcliff – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licensehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00 These last couple of week, I’ve been on the road a lot visiting schools and principals across my state. For the next couple of weeks, I plan to share some thoughts from the road – literally. This week’s episode I recorded while driving (after safely cuing my recorder before starting a long drive). 5 Takeaways for New Principals I reflect on thoughts I’ve been having while talking to new principals: * Building culture as the foundation of your school experience* Understanding your past, building new procedures, and maintaining momentum* “Chunking” your schedule to prioritize instructional leadership and focus on important vs. urgent tasks* Expressing appreciation to teachers in creative ways they help choose* Remembering why your leadership matters to your students, teachers, and community members Normally, I include a longer written summary, but thi...

24 MINSEP 12
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PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

Recently, I have been answering questions from listeners on a variety of subjects in school leadership. Photo by Nicole Honeywill – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@nicolehoneywill?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit This week I am joined by my friend, Jethro Jones the host of Transformative Principal Podcast as we tackle three questions together from our listeners. Jethro is an administrator with elementary and middle level experience and currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2017 he was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as a National Digital Principal of the Year. I’ve known Jethro for years from connecting online and have had the privilege of meeting him in person. He was first a guest on my program for PMP Episode 74, where you can hear a longer introduction to his work and check out conversations about why it’s important to embed digital practices in your school. 3 Questi...

35 MINSEP 5
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PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

Author David Weinberger once said: “The smartest person in the room is the room itself.” Photo by redcharlie – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@redcharlie?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit In other words, the collective power of our thinking is always more powerful than working in isolation. By connecting with others, we can stretch our thinking and be motivated to take new actions. This week I’m thrilled to bring back Danny Bauer to the podcast to discuss the power of community building for leaders. A former Chicago and Houston school administrator, Danny Bauer has dedicated the past five years to building resources, interviewing leaders, and facilitating Masterminds for school leaders. He is also the author of The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap: Small Ideas That Lead to Big Impact. Danny was a guest in episode 71 of Principals Matters Podcast, and you can hear that previous episode here. In this week’s...

30 MINAUG 28
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PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

Last week Jen Schwanke and I answered questions from podcast listeners. Listen to Part 1 here. Photo by Helloquence – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictions https://unsplash.com/@helloquence?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit 1DE-9D20-806E6F6E6963} This week we take three more questions from principals on parenting, women in leadership, and professional growth. Here’s our feedback, or you can listen to the entire conversation on the podcast: Question 1: How do you manage being a parent and a principal both? I had a serving principal tell me “It’s impossible!” Jen and Will’s responses: Nothing is impossible!Principals are known for managing a lot and being an education leader and parent is possible with planning and forethought. Let’s get practical. There are several Life Hacks you can use to help. For me (Jen) that includes making meals ahead, living by a calendar [with down time scheduled!!],and asking for help. Focus on efficiency, no...

32 MINAUG 16
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PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1

Recently, several questions came from Principal Matters community members. This week, Jen Schwanke, principal and author, joined me to answer several questions from principals or aspiring principals. Photo by John Schnobrich – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@johnschno?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit Here are a three questions we take time to discuss and respond to: Question 1: Finding my first principal position… Hello! I have just completed my masters program to be an administrator for a school and I was curious what your advice would be on how I can be noticed more during the application process. I’ve applied to quite a few places and never heard anything back. So all in all, what would your advice be to any teacher leaders seeking out their first admin job?–Question from an aspiring school leader Jen’s ideas: * Do the math. Schools only have selected openings for administrators. Just because you haven’t ...

30 MINAUG 9
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PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1

PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is one of those rare people you meet in life who has dared to make his dreams come true. Photo by VooDoo Works – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licensehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/66549102@N04 He is a recent graduate from the University of Tulsa who has reached audacious personal goals, published multiple books, and created podcasts with millions of downloads – just while in high school and college. In this week’s podcast episode, Jesse shares some of his own story as a high school student with a dream to publish his first book. Since then he has signed a book-deal for four upcoming novels, he has published his own podcasts, and he’s finished his first college degree in media studies. Schools are full of young people, like Jesse, who have untapped creative ideas. How do we give them the support and point them to the resources they need to take risks?Jesse shares the challenges he’s faced in becoming a published author, the rejections and str...

28 MINAUG 2
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PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes

Latest Episodes

PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

If you are like most school leaders, time management can be one of the most difficult parts of your work. Most new school leaders I meet explain how overwhelming the list of to-do’s can be. What are the solutions? Well, Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang provide a wealth of information on resources and practices that work in managing your time. Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang are the authors of the new book: The Best of the Marshall Memo, Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning. In this week’s podcast episode, we discuss their chapter on Time Management with valuable takeaways, tips, and strategies. Kim & Jenn Bios: Kim Marshall Kim was a teacher, central-office administrator, and principal in the Boston Public Schools for more than 30 years. He now leads workshops and courses, coaches school leaders, consults with schools and districts, and produces the weekly Marshall Memo, summarizing ideas and research from over 60 publications. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation. Jenn David-Lang Jenn has worked in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. She now designs and provides workshops for principals and teachers, coaches leaders, and conducts school evaluations. Since 2007, Jenn has published The Main Idea, a service for busy school leaders that provides summaries of compelling education books, accompanied by suggestions for professional learning. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang are best know as “designated readers” for busy front-line educators, curating the best ideas and research from scores of magazines and books. In their new book, they identify the most thought-provoking and helpful article summaries from the Marshall Memo archive and add professional learning suggestions. The book aims to help principals, teachers, superintendents, consultants, and researchers address the most pressing issues they face every day. Check out the new book here! Time Management Takeaways In this episode, we explore one area of their research and practice: How Leaders Can Grow in Time Management. Principals and school leaders share a common frustration with time management. How can you accomplish so many responsibilities and tasks? Kim and Jenn share lessons they’ve learned from your research and practice, including: * Understanding your time while knowing you’ll never check off all the blanks * Studying the “rock analogy“: Big rocks first, then gravel, then sand, then water… (When you prioritize important tasks first, you can add much more that matters to your day.)* Examining Stephen Covey’s 4 Quadrants: * Important/Urgent* Important/Not Urgent* Not Important/Urgent* Not Important/Not Urgent * Avoiding the useless: useless feedback, useless meetings, useless evaluation processes, and time-consuming emails* Utilizing Justin Ba...

31 MIN5 d ago
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PMP168: Managing Your Day with Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang

PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

Last week was the first time (except for a rare Christmas holiday) that I have not shared a blog post or podcast episode update in almost five years. Photo by Josh Calabrese – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@joshcala?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit At first, I thought it was because I’ve been so busy. Last weekend I flew to Florida for my nephew’s wedding. Then on Monday, I flew from there to Washington, D.C. for a national meeting. When I was back home late Wednesday night in Oklahoma, I had one day in my office on Thursday before traveling to a university on Friday to sit on a panel discussion for education interns. Throughout my flights and driving, I kept rummaging through my mind for what I wanted to share next. I have some interviews scheduled but not recorded. So maybe I should talk about takeaways from my advocacy visits. Or maybe I could share about common struggles I see in education students trying ...

14 MIN1 w ago
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PMP167: Keeping Your Leadership Focused on Service, Not Self

PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals at schools or in regional meetings. Photo by Karsten Würth (@karsten.wuerth) – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@karsten_wuerth?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit Recently, I visited Texhoma, Oklahoma, with High School Principal Connie Miller. After touring her school that serves students grades 5-12, she drove me one mile across the community to see the elementary school, which sits on the Texas side of town. Although both school buildings serve the same community of students, the funding these schools receive is based on the allocations provided by their respective states. In fact, in Oklahoma’s Panhandle schools, competition for high quality teachers is intense. From Guymon, Oklahoma, for instance, you can drive thirty minutes in any direction and find yourself in Kansas, New Mexico, Color...

24 MIN3 w ago
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PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

Several years ago, I was standing in our school lunchroom watching hundreds of students eat breakfast. Photo by Ryan Tauss – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@ryantauss?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit I was positioned in the middle section of the room, and the front doors of the school were about one hundred feet across the room from me. Dozens of students were entering when I saw one high school boy who caught my attention. He was so far away, I could not see his facial features, but his demeanor and walk gave me a quick pause. I decided to follow my hunch. I walked across the room, and as I approached him more closely, he tried to avoid eye-contact. But I casually stepped closer and asked him if I could talk to him in private for a minute. Once he was in my office, I invited another administrative team member to join me, and my hunch proved accurate. The boy was under the influence of marijuana and was also in p...

20 MINSEP 19
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PMP165: Three Lessons in Decision Making from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

Photo by Trey Ratcliff – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licensehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00 These last couple of week, I’ve been on the road a lot visiting schools and principals across my state. For the next couple of weeks, I plan to share some thoughts from the road – literally. This week’s episode I recorded while driving (after safely cuing my recorder before starting a long drive). 5 Takeaways for New Principals I reflect on thoughts I’ve been having while talking to new principals: * Building culture as the foundation of your school experience* Understanding your past, building new procedures, and maintaining momentum* “Chunking” your schedule to prioritize instructional leadership and focus on important vs. urgent tasks* Expressing appreciation to teachers in creative ways they help choose* Remembering why your leadership matters to your students, teachers, and community members Normally, I include a longer written summary, but thi...

24 MINSEP 12
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PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

Recently, I have been answering questions from listeners on a variety of subjects in school leadership. Photo by Nicole Honeywill – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@nicolehoneywill?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit This week I am joined by my friend, Jethro Jones the host of Transformative Principal Podcast as we tackle three questions together from our listeners. Jethro is an administrator with elementary and middle level experience and currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2017 he was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as a National Digital Principal of the Year. I’ve known Jethro for years from connecting online and have had the privilege of meeting him in person. He was first a guest on my program for PMP Episode 74, where you can hear a longer introduction to his work and check out conversations about why it’s important to embed digital practices in your school. 3 Questi...

35 MINSEP 5
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PMP163: Encouraging an Environment of Growth – Questions and Answers with Jethro Jones

PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

Author David Weinberger once said: “The smartest person in the room is the room itself.” Photo by redcharlie – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@redcharlie?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit In other words, the collective power of our thinking is always more powerful than working in isolation. By connecting with others, we can stretch our thinking and be motivated to take new actions. This week I’m thrilled to bring back Danny Bauer to the podcast to discuss the power of community building for leaders. A former Chicago and Houston school administrator, Danny Bauer has dedicated the past five years to building resources, interviewing leaders, and facilitating Masterminds for school leaders. He is also the author of The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap: Small Ideas That Lead to Big Impact. Danny was a guest in episode 71 of Principals Matters Podcast, and you can hear that previous episode here. In this week’s...

30 MINAUG 28
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PMP162: Go! Community – How to Harness the Power of the Room with Danny Bauer

PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

Last week Jen Schwanke and I answered questions from podcast listeners. Listen to Part 1 here. Photo by Helloquence – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictions https://unsplash.com/@helloquence?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit 1DE-9D20-806E6F6E6963} This week we take three more questions from principals on parenting, women in leadership, and professional growth. Here’s our feedback, or you can listen to the entire conversation on the podcast: Question 1: How do you manage being a parent and a principal both? I had a serving principal tell me “It’s impossible!” Jen and Will’s responses: Nothing is impossible!Principals are known for managing a lot and being an education leader and parent is possible with planning and forethought. Let’s get practical. There are several Life Hacks you can use to help. For me (Jen) that includes making meals ahead, living by a calendar [with down time scheduled!!],and asking for help. Focus on efficiency, no...

32 MINAUG 16
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PMP161: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 2

PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1

Recently, several questions came from Principal Matters community members. This week, Jen Schwanke, principal and author, joined me to answer several questions from principals or aspiring principals. Photo by John Schnobrich – Creative Commons No known copyright restrictionshttps://unsplash.com/@johnschno?utm_source=haikudeck&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=api-credit Here are a three questions we take time to discuss and respond to: Question 1: Finding my first principal position… Hello! I have just completed my masters program to be an administrator for a school and I was curious what your advice would be on how I can be noticed more during the application process. I’ve applied to quite a few places and never heard anything back. So all in all, what would your advice be to any teacher leaders seeking out their first admin job?–Question from an aspiring school leader Jen’s ideas: * Do the math. Schools only have selected openings for administrators. Just because you haven’t ...

30 MINAUG 9
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PMP160: Answers to Principal Matters Questions, Part 1

PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is one of those rare people you meet in life who has dared to make his dreams come true. Photo by VooDoo Works – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licensehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/66549102@N04 He is a recent graduate from the University of Tulsa who has reached audacious personal goals, published multiple books, and created podcasts with millions of downloads – just while in high school and college. In this week’s podcast episode, Jesse shares some of his own story as a high school student with a dream to publish his first book. Since then he has signed a book-deal for four upcoming novels, he has published his own podcasts, and he’s finished his first college degree in media studies. Schools are full of young people, like Jesse, who have untapped creative ideas. How do we give them the support and point them to the resources they need to take risks?Jesse shares the challenges he’s faced in becoming a published author, the rejections and str...

28 MINAUG 2
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PMP159: Engaging Students in Shaping Their Own Stories with Jesse Haynes