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.

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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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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.

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 talking with Brad Gustafson @GustafsonBrad, principal of Greenwood Elementary School #GWGreats. I’ve been a follower of Brad’s blog for a long time. He is inspiring and helps me want to be a better principal. I hope you learn a ton from him, just like I have.

In this episode we talk about:

Part 2

  • Teachers are talented.
  • Failure - Moodle forums research
  • Monthly theme - optional vs. required.
  • Transparency builds trust
  • Teachers do great things no matter what, either openly and transparently or behind closed doors.
    *Invest in digital connections to deep your learning.
  • Educational malpractice to limit learning based on what we refuse to learn.

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 talking with Brad Gustafson @GustafsonBrad, principal of Greenwood Elementary School #GWGreats. I’ve been a follower of Brad’s blog for a long time. He is inspiring and helps me want to be a better principal. I hope you learn a ton from him, just like I have.

In this episode we talk about:

Part 2

  • Teachers are talented.
  • Failure - Moodle forums research
  • Monthly theme - optional vs. required.
  • Transparency builds trust
  • Teachers do great things no matter what, either openly and transparently or behind closed doors.
    *Invest in digital connections to deep your learning.
  • Educational malpractice to limit learning based on what we refuse to learn.

WorkflowED podcast

Earning Freedom Podcast

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

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

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New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Santos this week. He is a former convict who spent 26 years in prison for running drugs. He says he never touched the drugs, but organized other people to do it. Pretty amazing story.

Michael has a podcast out, now as well. He pipes it into the prison system to help people learn to change.
You can learn a little bit more about Michael here:
PBS NewsHour (7-minute profile)
NBC Bay Area Proud (5-minute profile)
San Francisco Chronicle (Front-page profile)

We talk about the following:


New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal


I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Santos this week. He is a former convict who spent 26 years in prison for running drugs. He says he never touched the drugs, but organized other people to do it. Pretty amazing story.

Michael has a podcast out, now as well. He pipes it into the prison system to help people learn to change.
You can learn a little bit more about Michael here:
PBS NewsHour (7-minute profile)
NBC Bay Area Proud (5-minute profile)
San Francisco Chronicle (Front-page profile)

We talk about the following:


New Episode of @TrnFrmPrincipal