Angela Mahoney is currently the principal at Eastland Elementary School, which is part of a high-achieving, small, rural school district in the Northwest corner of Illinois. Prior to working in education, she spent many years working in the private sector. As an educator, Angela taught kindergarten, 4th, 6th and 7th grades before getting her degree in administration. During that time, she became passionate about the social-emotional needs of her students and created a course to specifically address the need for students to develop life-long success skills. 

As an administrator, she believes that the most important building block of a school is the culture and relationships created within the walls of the building, while still maintaining high academic standards. Eastland Elementary School has continued to be one of the highest achieving schools in the area on state standardized test scores. 

Angela is active in her professional community, serving on the board of the Northwest Region Illinois Principals Association, and presenting on a variety of topics at both the regional and state levels. Presentations have included innovative SEL practices, data-driven instruction, effective professional development, as well as leadership during a crisis.

She and her husband, Tom, currently live in Northern Illinois and have two daughters. Maisie, 26, leads a special projects team for a health technology company in Boston and Delaney, 23, is finishing her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy in Georgia. 

  • Started school year with kids in building.
  • The biggest block to a building is the culture.
  • When you walk in you can just tell what the culture is like.
  • Having a theme each year.
  • The hardest thing is the lack of control
  • Vulnerability it important.
  • If they’re doing great, how are they doing it?
  • How do you support a healthy culture, especially during coronavirus where there is so much challenge? 
  • The positive affirmation won’t allow us to live in the problem.
  • How do you focus on your vision for your school?
  • We focused on a positive affirmation.
  • How do you ensure that you and your staff have balance?
  • Being as healthy as you can.
  • Once a month going and doing something.
  • We need to be connected
  • Having a PLN outside your own environment.
  • How do you have those hard conversations with people who may not be thriving.
  • Be vulnerable and honest.
  • Our school feels normal because we are here every day.
  • There’s no judgment here.
  • We’re going to get through this together.
  • You have to honor however they are feeling.
  • You have to take it hour by hour and day by day.
  • What can we take away from these situations that we can apply to our leadership.
  • We want to have fun again.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Focus on what you can control. It’s time to not focus on our problems and things we can’t control. 1 thing to support the staff.

Sponsors

TeachFX

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal

Spreading of Misinformation with Akunna Uka Cybertraps 009


Akunna was born and raised in New York but has declared California home for the past 6 years. She has lived in South Los Angeles. She teaches middle and high school Speech and Debate at New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA. Her school was founded about 25 years ago as a response to the racial and socio-economic segregation plaguing schools in the Los Angeles area. In 2019, Akunna completed her masters in Education at UCLA while teaching full time. She studied political science and educational studies at Swarthmore College and is a 2013 New York Truman Scholar.

In this episode we discuss how youth are using technology and how to be critical thinkers. 

 


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The Radicalization of Our Children Cybertraps 008


In this episode, Jethro and Frederick discuss the history of radicalization, challenges, and give advice for what parents can do to help their children.

Brief History

  • 1978 Invention of Bulletin Boards
  • 1979 Neo*Nazi Bulletin Board Set Up in West Virginia; attracted kids from area
  • Quickly followed by numerous others
  • In the mid*1990s, with the development and growth of the Web, these BBSs moved onto the Internet
  • Every online resource, from niche forums to wildly popular platforms like Facebook and YouTube, are used to spread hate speech and groom children
  • The problem intensified with the creation of social media in the late 2000s and early 2010s, along with growing child access to mobile devices
  • The combination of pandemic and lockdown is intensifying the problem

Some of the radicalizing groups that use technology to target kids

  • Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists
  • ISIS
  • QAnon

Social / Tech Problems

  • The cost of distributing speech is virtually “free”. some important social equity issues but also gives a platform for the fringes
  • It’s the World Wide Web, which makes it easier for fringe elements to coalesce online
  • Algorithms and hyperlinks are radicalizing all of us but especially our children. We’ve invented dark and dangerous rabbit holes
  • Stark contrast with books as an information technology
  • Overwhelmingly, the Internet is fueled by advertising. Controversy attracts eyeballs and clicks
  • Tech speech companies are torn between need to operate in a functioning, decent society and the need to make money

Legal Issues

  • Speech, even hate speech, is protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which provides that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”
  • Corporations are not bound by the First Amendment; it applies only to governments and governmental agents
  • Services like Twitter and Facebook look like “public spaces” but they are not; they are private services regulated by terms and conditions.
  • Corporations are not required to do business with other companies, even if the primary function of one business is speech (so Amazon can stop hosting Parler
  • US law does not apply overseas (8chan, 8kun)
  • “Free” speech does not mean “free from consequences”

What can parents do?

  • Context, context, context. Many and persistent conversations with children about prejudice and the hate speech it can cause. Common Sense Media “Where Kids Find Hate Online”
  • As much as practical, limit unsupervised time spent online. Kids don’t radicalize over night but a lot of radicalization does take place after bedtime!!!
  • Particularly for younger children, consider the installation of filtering software. Use every parental control available
  • Pay attention to kid behaviors, attitudes, media interests, hobbies, etc. What games are they playing? Are they developing a surprising interest in chemistry or wiring?

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Michelle Mann has been in higher education for over 20 years. She focuses her work on working with disadvantaged students, especially students who have dropped out of high school. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is also a former police officer.

  • A problem at home becomes a problem in the community.
  • They were just trying to figure it out.
  • Jennifer Morse-Roebuck Parents or Prisons
  • Prison becomes the parent.
  • Power of home visits.
  • Being there with them means a lot.
  • They’re just trying to survive.
  • Letting someone know you’re on the same team makes a big difference.
  • Letting them know that you care.
  • Empathy is empathizing with their current conditions, and not looking down on them.
  • Wherever they are, respecting that.
  • In order to get someone where they need to be you need to meet them where they are.
  • I may not have the same experience, but I can validate your experience.
  • Gather some wisdom and knowledge from anyone.
  • Kids don’t understand their leadership potential or how to be a leader.
  • They’re influencing someone, somewhere.
  • What do they see, what do you see?
  • What do you want them to see?
  • Focus on the person.
  • Vocational Education Center - All of my kids were kicked out of school: drug, sex, or weapons.
  • We never know a person’s potential.
  • They just need an opportunity to see the light.
  • How to be a transformative principal? It’s a process. Trust the process. Walk in the process. Walk in authority. There may be some detours.

Sponsors

TeachFX

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


It’s what my community Needed with Dr. Tiawan Giles Transformative Principal 378

Dr. Tiawana Giles is the proud principal of George W. Carver Elementary School!! She is also a contributing author the Women Who Lead Anthology.

  • In the age of coronavirus.
  • Lead by example. Setting a great example hat people want to support.
  • We are better than what they say we are!
  • If I give you this shirt, you are part of Carver Nation!
  • Our community at large supported it as well.
  • How to make yourself stand out with tons of other schools around you.
  • We became part of the community that we serve because we wanted Carver to the center of the community
  • We had the heart to get to where we wanted to be.
  • Started with faith-based groups and ways they could be part of Carver Nation in ways they were comfortable with.
  • Warm welcome from us at the door and a Carver T Shirt.
  • I can’t do this work by myself - I need the help of the community.
  • Kiwanas - Reading books on tape and sending links to families.
  • Community helps clean the building, helped distribute different activities.
  • Quarterly parent breakfast.
  • Community started a foundation started with affluent community in Richmond. $107,000 raised
  • You do have to make far more deposits before you can make any withdrawals.
  • Building relationships - If you make people feel welcome, they will welcome you.
  • We come together for the sake of the kids.
  • Opportunities to build authentic relationships.
  • It’s what my community needed!
  • I asked everyone what they needed
  • If it will benefit our scholars, that’s what we will do!
  • You have to model this work with them.
  • Look at it from all lenses, but bring people along with you.
  • Making sure that people are prepared for leadership roles.
  • People are in Carver Gear whenever we talk about our school.
  • You need a variety of people on panels to help you figure things out.
  • You get to ask folks to come even if you don’t have the people you want there.
  • Inviting people builds their confidence.
  • Your word means a lot, use it wisely.
  • I have to do a lot of the work to help them be successful. Checking in and checking on your people.
  • how to be a transformative principal? Find something positive to tell every single person on your team.

Sponsors

TeachFX

Innovative school leaders across the country have started tracking online student participation using TeachFX because it’s one of the most powerful ways to improve student outcomes during COVID — especially for English Learners and students of color. Learn more about TeachFX and get a special offer at TeachFX.com

John Catt

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal

Redefining Big Data Research with Dr. Eric Stephens Cybertraps 007


Dr. Eric Stephen’s dissertation research was all about how researchers fall into traps using datasets they don't curate themselves. They adopt the assumptions of the database design and the methodology. Stephens discusses how social justice researchers employ the doctrine of double effect to justify unintentional exploitation of their subjects, and proposes a big data research method to counter those exploitations by focusing on data created by institutions and not users.

  • Bias and unbias: 
  • Where they go to do research is already showing their bias.
  • We could also talk about questions schools should ask before adding their information to big data sets. 
  • Bag of words method
  • What is the doctrine of double effect? (Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy Link)
  • Explain the research method for big data
  • Institutional genre analysis - study what an institutions’ goal is across time. 

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Secrets in Our DNA with Ed Gray Cybertraps LIVE 006


In this episode, we talk with renowned producer Ed Gray about his most recent NOVA special "Secrets in our DNA." Tune in to this fascinating discussion about DNA testing and its place in our society. 


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