Monday, April 14, 2014 by Jethro Jones
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of interviewing Tony Sinanis. Little did I know, that he would be named the New York Elementary Principal of the Year! So, I interviewed him before he was famous. Tony Twitter is a great principal and one who is eager to share what he is doing well. He is also incredibly humble and self-aware. I hope you enjoy his interview. I sure learned a lot from him. Here is his BrandED podcast
- Tony discusses his background and how he is a first-generation college graduate, and not only that, he is working on his PhD and already has two Masters!
- Tony still keeps in contact with his first year’s class. Wow!
- Moving into his first school. Tony’s humility recognizing that he wasn’t the right fit for the school.
- Separating Tony the principal from Tony the Person.
- Recognizing that his cultural perspectives that were wrong for his school.
- The difference between white guilt and recognizing differences.
- Education is more than just the Common Core and High-Stakes Testing. We are disconnected from what the real world is.
- We try to make kids fit into this little box, totally discongruent to how the world works.
- He calls himself the Lead Learner, not the principal, because there is a real difference between the two.
- How Cantiague gives voice to the students.
- He demonstrates his learning whenever he can. He pushes himself out of his comfort zone as often as he can.
- The post about the term Lead Learner by Pernille Ripp