Today I am speaking with Ron Fortunato, President of Trillium Learning and employee of NASA AMES research center. Listen to learn how you can get more information about to get your students more engaged in REAL projects!

  • Project-based vs activity-based projects.
  • Coupling students with real-life working projects.
  • If students are able to keep up with the real-world work, they are given an opportunity to be at the table.
  • Relationships with NOAA, NASA, and other institutions.
  • Identify real problems, and get students involved in those projects.
  • How Ron got involved with NASA.
  • Winning a proposal with NASA: Pick a project they would have done.
  • Meeting with the scientists that put Viking on Mars.
  • How predicting earthquakes works.
  • First earthquake sensor ever created installed in Kodiak.
  • Real world projects cross many disciplines.
  • “We don’t learn a darn thing when we do something right!”
  • Rapid prototyping process - iterate and learn piece by piece.
  • How students have actually discovered that earthquakes were coming with up to 48 hours notice.
  • NASA gave actual reviews to high school students.
  • Life-saving potential of predicting earthquakes is very important.
  • Kodiak, Ketchikan, Craig, Copper River, and Old Harbor have the earthquake systems installed.
  • Tasks and organizations for students are similar to tasks given to scientists.
  • NASA Directors sit in with students on status reviews.
  • Other projects kids can get involved with. Nano-agriculture
  • It looks like chaos at first, but then it becomes transformative.
  • Challenges of doing real-time and real-world project-based learning.
  • Teachers need to adapt to this new way of doing things.
  • School board has to support the project.
  • Build a foundation so the entire district can participate. Ramp Up!
  • How to make it for more than just the gifted or smart kids.
  • 6th grade class suggesting how to improve the sensor.
  • The process of learning how to learn.
  • Trainer of Trainers model.
  • You move at the speed you can go.
  • Contact Ron
  • What to do to start: Look at local organizations and what problems they’re trying to solve.

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


Today I am speaking with Ron Fortunato, President of Trillium Learning and employee of NASA AMES research center. Listen to learn how you can get more information about to get your students more engaged in REAL projects!

  • Project-based vs activity-based projects.
  • Coupling students with real-life working projects.
  • If students are able to keep up with the real-world work, they are given an opportunity to be at the table.
  • Relationships with NOAA, NASA, and other institutions.
  • Identify real problems, and get students involved in those projects.
  • How Ron got involved with NASA.
  • Winning a proposal with NASA: Pick a project they would have done.
  • Meeting with the scientists that put Viking on Mars.
  • How predicting earthquakes works.
  • First earthquake sensor ever created installed in Kodiak.
  • Real world projects cross many disciplines.
  • “We don’t learn a darn thing when we do something right!”
  • Rapid prototyping process - iterate and learn piece by piece.
  • How students have actually discovered that earthquakes were coming with up to 48 hours notice.
  • NASA gave actual reviews to high school students.
  • Life-saving potential of predicting earthquakes is very important.
  • Kodiak, Ketchikan, Craig, Copper River, and Old Harbor have the earthquake systems installed.
  • Tasks and organizations for students are similar to tasks given to scientists.
  • NASA Directors sit in with students on status reviews.
  • Other projects kids can get involved with. Nano-agriculture
  • It looks like chaos at first, but then it becomes transformative.
  • Challenges of doing real-time and real-world project-based learning.
  • Teachers need to adapt to this new way of doing things.
  • School board has to support the project.
  • Build a foundation so the entire district can participate. Ramp Up!
  • How to make it for more than just the gifted or smart kids.
  • 6th grade class suggesting how to improve the sensor.
  • The process of learning how to learn.
  • Trainer of Trainers model.
  • You move at the speed you can go.
  • Contact Ron
  • What to do to start: Look at local organizations and what problems they’re trying to solve.

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

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Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it.

I interviewed Will in Episode 24 of Transformative Principal.

  • A little discussion about technology.
  • Some information on his book.
  • How to make decisions.
  • Write things down when they are still fresh so you know how to do it next time.
  • Write processes down now so that you have them next time.
  • Make a list and prioritize.
  • How to delegate effectively.
  • Importance of taking time off to recharge.
  • The power of good mentors.
  • Writing a letter of resignation.
  • How to live without putting out fires all the time!
  • Give instruction on the front end to make expectations more effective.
  • Great teachers teach with both sides of their brains at once.
  • More about KRAs (which we spoke about in Episode 24).

Part 2

  • Dealing with difficult people.
    • Make sure you are not the difficult person.
    • Seek to understand before being understood.
    • Be firm but friendly.
    • Change your posture or use humor when appropriate.
    • Agree to disagree.
    • Consider bringing all parties to the table.
    • What can I do to help you?
    • Sometimes it is inevitable to have difficult conversations.
  • Communicate privately with staff members when there is a difficulty.
  • Big fan of just being honest.
  • Talk straight with each other.
  • Relationships are so important for every teacher and staff member.
  • “It’s not an issue of me and you, it’s an issue of you and you.”
  • Buy his book!

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


 

This is my second interview with Will Parker. Will wrote a book called Principal Matters: the motivation, courage, action, and teamwork needed for school leadership, and so we talk about his wisdom that is contained therein. Go ahead and buy it.

I interviewed Will in Episode 24 of Transformative Principal.

  • A little discussion about technology.
  • Some information on his book.
  • How to make decisions.
  • Write things down when they are still fresh so you know how to do it next time.
  • Write processes down now so that you have them next time.
  • Make a list and prioritize.
  • How to delegate effectively.
  • Importance of taking time off to recharge.
  • The power of good mentors.
  • Writing a letter of resignation.
  • How to live without putting out fires all the time!
  • Give instruction on the front end to make expectations more effective.
  • Great teachers teach with both sides of their brains at once.
  • More about KRAs (which we spoke about in Episode 24).

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools.

Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


Today I am interviewing Assistant Principal, Entrepreneur, Father, and Hot Mess Brendan Hufford (Twitter).

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy - only successful school in Gary, Indiana.

OKkimonos.com and Entrepreneurs and Coffee Podcast are a couple side gigs that Brendan has going on.
* Gary, Indiana is a struggling city, but full of amazing people.
* Showing trust to students
* Leading with trust - people want to give back trust when you give it to them.
* It’s not as easy to build relationships as an admin than it is to build relationships as a teacher.
* If you care about the students, they’ll do what you need them to do.
* When you get frustrated, your care is the first to go away.
* Kids aren’t afraid of things happening in the school that make them unsafe, they are likely afraid of things happening on the way to or from school that make them feel unsafe.
* Resting vs. sleeping.
* Getting up at 3 am helps him be his best.
* Need to teach entrepreneurism to help US compete globally.
* The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
* College vs. Entrepreneurism.
* College Bubble is going to Burst - College is a great chance to mature, party, and have fun. If you want to go to college for an actual education, you are overpaying.
* Entrepreneurism is not for everybody.

Part 2

  • Working as a first grade teaching assistant.
  • There is no better gift you can give a human being than self-education.
  • Teaching kids how to be entrepreneurial could be almost as important teaching them to read.
  • Can’t do education just as a paycheck.
  • Pushback when innovating.
  • Using Twitter for real purposes.
  • Transparency at Buffer
  • If you want to learn something, spend 0 time focusing on your own industry.
  • Free tools at Brendan’s website.

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


Today I am interviewing Assistant Principal, Entreprenuer, Father, and Hot Mess, Brendan Hufford (Twitter)!

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy - only successful school in Gary, Indiana.

OKkimonos.com and Entrepreneurs and Coffee Podcast are a couple side gigs that Brendan has going on.
* Gary, Indiana is a struggling city, but full of amazing people.
* Showing trust to students
* Leading with trust - people want to give back trust when you give it to them.
* It’s not as easy to build relationships as an admin than it is to build relationships as a teacher.
* If you care about the students, they’ll do what you need them to do.
* When you get frustrated, your care is the first to go away.
* Kids aren’t afraid of things happening in the school that make them unsafe, they are likely afraid of things happening on the way to or from school that make them feel unsafe.
* Resting vs. sleeping.
* Getting up at 3 am helps him be his best.
* Need to teach entrepreneurism to help US compete globally.
* The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
* College vs. Entrepreneurism.
* College Bubble is going to Burst - College is a great chance to mature, party, and have fun. If you want to go to college for an actual education, you are overpaying.
* Entrepreneurism is not for everybody.

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

Ready for a Modern Web Site for your school? Simple School Sites is the place to go for high quality Wordpress sites specially designed for schools.

Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


Today, I am honored to interview Anne Beninghof Twitter. Anne is an expert at coteaching and consults with districts about it.

In this episode, we talk about the following:

  • What is coteaching?
  • How little things become problematic
  • Paraprofessionals in the classroom
  • Resources on her web site
  • How to introduce teachers to the idea of coteaching
  • Choosing partners
  • Youtube Channel
  • Needs for teachers working together: Flexible personalities, common planning time, common philosophies about teaching and behavior management.
  • Expectation about actually using planning time.
  • Try to avoid a divorce in the coteaching relationship
  • Co teachers Need a coach.
  • Specific structures and procedures help coteaching partnership
  • Tap into teachers’ unique skill sets
  • One-minute formative assessments
  • 65% of class time spent in something other than whole group
  • Last couple minutes specialist takes lead
  • Parallel grouping
  • Professional learning & communication is a constant
  • 9 models of coteaching.
  • Duet model
  • Parallel model
  • Lead and support model
  • Other 7 models are ingredients
  • Don’t let students play one teacher against another
  • Ratios: no more than 30% of students on IEPs
  • Plan approach for talking to parents about coteaching model.

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal