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Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates.

 

  • Microbehaviors
  • Google Forms 6–8 questions
  • Created statements based on national student Gallup poll
  • hopeful
  • teachers care
  • connection to one staff member
  • have friends
  • I feel like I matter
  • have you ever experienced discrimination?
  • Would you report something bad that happened?
  • Big changes around professional development
  • what we do in schools has a lot more to do with mindset rather than skill set
  • Simple ideas are the most profound
  • Exit slips from teachers were more personal approaches
  • Changing teachers’ mindsets
  • What’s best for students is what’s best for teachers
  • Collaboration
  • How to be a transformative Principal? Teachers need to feel like they matter and feel hopeful about their future. Give staff a voice and let them know on a daily basis how much they matter. Let’s not fill their cups because they need to be there for kids, but because they are human.
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Assistant Principal Dr. Amy Fast explores the responsibility of our schools to focus on the mission, not the mandates.

  • Educators are humanitarians at heart
  • NCLB made me a better teacher, but it got warped
  • Focus vs. tunnel vision
  • Venn diagram of academic achievement, soft skills, and internal drive
  • Need everyone in schools to bring their A game every single day!
  • Need to measure every single circle
  • What we test gets taught
  • How do we measure that success?
  • Soft skills - measured through observation, should be part of curriculum.
  • Measuring motivation - identify the constructs of motivation: purpose, autonomy, choice, rigor
  • Student survey via google forms
  • Want to know more about you than just your test scores
  • Staff didn’t know them as individuals.
  • Non-anonymous survey. Coded the data
  • Created a high flyer list of kids who didn’t have a high connection to the school. 100 kids who were the most disconnected.
  • Hard to measure the intangibles? Just ask the kids!
  • Measuring the right things

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Yes, that Seth Godin! What an amazing opportunity to interview Seth on the podcast. He was so very generous with his time. I asked him questions like the following:
How do you teach kids to connect the dots?

Failure freezes. How do you make failing safe?

Can everyone succeed being independent?
How can the little guy compete with someone like Walmart?

How do you help teachers not want to be competent anymore?

How do you measure the experience? How do you know if has been successful?

If we give kids the ability to dream, they’ll figure out the grammar and history the minute it helps them reach their dreams.


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How to make a ruckus in a highly bureaucratic, slow moving monstrosity that is education.

  • Has anyone done something that others were delighted by?
  • We’ve all been impacted by teachers who made a difference.
  • It is a mistake to first look at gravity if you are a beginning runner.
  • Brooke Jackson the Lab School NY
  • Show up with a different agenda
  • Already voted
  • If this were easy, everyone would be doing it.
  • Afraid of being called out by our hubris, getting in trouble with the bureaucracy.
  • Going outside the box
  • When we get true enrollment from the students.
  • 10% where we can have non-factory time.
  • What enrollment means.
  • What did the student and parents sign up for?
  • How to learn about Baseball
  • The lesson plan
  • What’s your attitude?
  • Interesting is more important than right.
  • Why memorize nothing?
  • We don’t need people to memorize recipes.
  • Sarah Kay poetry - no right answer for your poetry.
  • Competence is overrated.
  • Write books not read them.
  • What if they don’t learn the grammar that way? That happens to people who don’t have sufficient dreams.
  • Easy to retreat back to the safe place.
  • Seeking reassurance.
  • The only thing I’m trying to sell teachers is to challenge teachers to explore.
  • How do we protect against failure?
  • Why is doing more what we’ve doing any better?
  • People want to do things that matter.
  • People tend to feel cheated.
  • Better to be a musician than an instrument player.
  • It’s possible because we graduate kids who are better off.
  • Stated goals are wrong.
  • All schooling is home schooling. Schools must encourage and amplify the parents.
  • Kids teach their parents about what matters today.
  • Parents think the most important thing they can do is help kids be good at sports.
  • Jim engages with kids, their graduation chance improves by a factor of five!
  • How to be a transformative principal - recognize the heroes! Catch people doing something right
  • How to help kids solve interesting problems in that system. 

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Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision.

  • Standard Core Values - Respect, honesty, integrity, etc.
  • What are your unique core values? Top 10 words that describe you well. Three, four, or five key words.
  • You want people to ask you that question about what your core values means.
  • Run every decision through the filtration of core values.
  • Core values are the curbs on the side of the road to get to your destination.
  • Transference of knowledge,
  • Systems - Free the leader up to not be the technician anymore.
  • Hub for communication for all of the stuff you’re doing.
  • Weekly meeting.
  • How to find time?
  • Block off time to work on vision.
  • Bring somebody in to walk you through the process.
  • How to be a transformative Principal? 1. Block out time and ask what we will look like in 3–5 years. 2. Decide if you really want to do this, recognize that something will change.

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Scott Beebe is the founder of My Business on Purpose where he teaches business leaders to be be successful. He also teaches families how to create a family vision mission and value at Create a Family Vision.

  • Being a pastor is like being a leader anywhere else.
  • We want to change their hearts.
  • What are those things?
  • Vision Story - Vision statement is pretty pointless. Vision story is what is exciting.
  • It’s ok for people to not be into the vision.
  • Hiring. Need to give them the vision. Not hiring on a whim.
  • Shareholder letter from Jeff Bezos
  • Mission Statement - Not some catchy thing that sounds good.
  • Highlight key action words in vision story. The mission statement is what drives you to get out of bed. It is the vision story in summary.
  • Unique to who you are.
  • 15 words max, memorizable.
  • What is unique about your school? Use that to your advantage.
  • What do we want our family to look like in 5–10 years? That will affect what our school looks like.
  • What do we want our students to look like 28 years from now?
  • “We exist to…” Mission statement
  • “I see…” Vision story

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In this episode this week, we are listening to some principals share their core values as a result of what they did as an activity as part of "The Principal 50" book club. I hope you enjoy it. 

 

 

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Today I am honored to interview Kimberly Miles about our Mastermind Group. If you're interested in the Mastermind, please visit http://transformativeprincipal.org/mastermind to set up a call with me to join the mastermind.

  • Narrow my focus to prioritize what I value and what is most
  • Hold myself accountable
  • Bounce ideas off like-colleagues
  • Reflective
  • Recommend it for those who are looking to refine your practice.
  • Do your work at a more effective level.
  • Narrow down to your priorities.
  • Worth the time and money because I am investing in myself. We serve others so much, and this allows me to focus on improving myself, too!
  • Not just about hard data, but also about soft data. Stories that students bring with them are just as relevant.
  • Strengths finder and helps me Look at areas I could refine or enhance.

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