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The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 137: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Star Principals, Jon and Nick, interview the NASSP Principal of the Year, Richard Gordon, who is from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Richard is the principal of Paul Robeson High School in Philadelphia. You don't want to miss this 43 minute conversation where Richard demonstrates his passion, dedication, and determination to see every one of his students succeed. He shares emotional examples of students overcoming their circumstances and finding their place in the world. The three Nationally recognized educational leaders also discuss the characteristics that make an effective principal and, of course, chat about superheroes as well. Information about Richard Gordon from NASSP: Richard Gordon became principal of Paul Robeson High School in 2013 when it was on the brink of shutting down. Determined to turn the school around, he found the root of Robeson’s toxicity—staff and stakeholders questioned the ability of their students, while students felt academically, emotionally, and physically unsafe. He faced this unsettling discord head-on by creating four core values: 1) positive, nurturing, and healthy relationships; 2) growth mindset; 3) college and career readiness; and 4) belief. These rebuilt the foundation of Robeson’s daily practice, allowing both teachers and students to embody an all-inclusive family atmosphere. Between the implementation of the core values—plus the Safe Corridors Program that provided extra supervision for students traveling to and from school and more than 30 community partnerships—Robeson’s stats changed from worrisome to remarkable. Truancy rates lowered to near 10 percent, graduation rates averaged 95 percent, school suspension rates fell below 5 percent, and student safety and well-being were no longer in question. Gordon’s focus goes beyond the student population—he also values the adults in his learning community. His leadership style empowers teachers and staff to use their voice to strengthen the vitality of his city. He mentors through the PhillyPlus Principal Residency Program, a two-year, practice-based principal certification program that prepares teachers and aspiring school leaders to transform schools into high-performing learning environments. His teachers are frequently selected by state and district officials to provide professional development to other teachers and administrators across the southeastern Pennsylvania region. While every principal faced the challenges brought on by COVID-19 this year, Gordon’s out-of-the-box thinking, focus on equity, and flexible leadership prepared Robeson to weather the storm. Throughout the adjustment to remote learning, Gordon kept his staff and learning community focused on quick transitions via Google Classroom, face-to-face connections and confidence using digital platforms, and meaningful assignments to drive student engagement. He made sure that Robeson is still providing online preventative therapy for students with mental health concerns.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 136: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Stars discuss "toxic positivity" and drop some educational leadership wisdom along the way. Mike Indeglio visits to lend his perspective to the topic as well. This is a timely topic just in time for Election Day!
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 135: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Elementary school students returned to their buildings in the Downingtown Area School District for the first time in 226 days. Jon and Nick were on hand with Melanie Susi to help with the big day. The three of them discuss some big picture observations from that big first day.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 134: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
It’s National Principal's Month and the Rock Stars are interviewing three sitting elementary principals from each of their "Coaching Trees" to discuss the triumphs, the challenges, and all things related to educational leadership in the K-12 setting! Join Jon and Nick as they interview Mr. Travis Orth (Principal of Pickering Valley Elementary School), Dr. Melanie Susi (Principal of Shamona Creek Elementary School), and Dr. Shawn Wright (Principal of Brandywine Wallace Elementary School). We frequently discuss the unique challenges faced by elementary principals. While secondary principals usually have an assistant principal to rely on and confide in, elementary principals are alone on an island. How has that challenge affected you and how have you overcome it? You are each in the first two years of your tenure. What has been the biggest change going from assistant principal to head principal? The Rock Star Principals originally brought each of you on as an assistant principal/leader. In sports terms, you are part of their “Coaching Tree.“ Which of the "11 Ps" do you believe is most important and why? Which of the "11 Ps" do you have to further develop as part of your skill set? The entire planet is dealing with a global pandemic which is unlike any other experience in the history of education. We all know the challenges this has wrought, but what do you will be the biggest benefits at the conclusion of this pandemic?
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 133: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
"Education During Uncertain Times: Our Students' Reflect" An interview with Two High School Freshmen: Ms. Marin Krause and Ms. Elli Ross Part 1: Describe school and technology before March of 2020. Part 2: What worked and what didn’t when schools went virtual in March 2020 Part 3: What were the biggest differences pre-Shutdown and then March-June? Part 4: What has the new school year been like so far? (2020-2021) Part 5: How has the learning model changed from March 2020 until Now? Part 6: WHat advice would you give to Students+Teachers for Hybrid Learning? Part 7: Questions and Answers
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 132: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
As schools are back in session, in one form or another, Jon and Nick discuss the substitute teacher shortage, its systemic causes, and some possible solutions. In addition, they prognosticate towards the continuing principal shortage as well. Finally, Jon begins dealing with his pop-culture-malaise and the boys devise a future new segment called, "All the Things We Were Right About."
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 131: The Rock Star Principals’ Podcast
With districts trying to fill dozens of teaching positions due to the unique circumstances, hiring is ultra important right now. The boys go back to the archives in 2015 when they interviewed Dr. James Stronge, famous educational author, to discuss hiring.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 130: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The start of the 2020-2021 school year looms large as school leaders grapple with conflicting ideologies, opinions, and guidance from athletics to health departments to governmental offices and beyond. Dr. Ross and Dr. Indeglio discuss all of this along with addressing the unhealthy notion that "Everyone thinks they have it worse than everyone else." Finally, the boys wrap up with a discussion of "DC Fandom" and the slew of new DC content coming down the pike...(Batman!)
14 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 129: The Rock Star Principals’ Podcast
The boys dig back into the archives for an interview with renowned author, Mike Schmoker, who wrote the famous education book, “focus.“ The lessons from this interview are applicable right now as schools prepare to begin a new year during a pandemic which is forcing educators to reevaluate how instruction is delivered. Mike Schmoker advocates “less is more.“ Focus solely on the things which matter the most.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 128: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Jon and Nick discuss the lack of guidance provided to local school districts along with mounting threats to superintendents and school officials. Some helpful tips for reopening schools as well! They reference an article by Mark DiRocco, President of PASA (Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators)(@mark_dirocco)
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 127: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
School starts (or has started) imminently and the time has come to stop admiring the problem and start finding solutions. This week, Jon and Nick talk about the latest developments around the country regarding COVID-19, provide two important "RSP Lessons for Starting the 2020-2021 School Year," and denounce the politicizing of the school reopening issue.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 126: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Dr. Jon Ross and Dr. Nick Indeglio return to the airwaves and discuss the topic that's on everyones' minds: COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools. Join the "Rock Star Principals" as they share their unfiltered opinions and expertise during this historic time in education.
24 minutes | a year ago
Episode 125: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The boys are back for a new season of educational awesomeness! The show covers the next P from the 11Ps of Leadership, which is Positivity! It's a heartfelt, pragmatic, and philosophic discussion of an incredibly important topic.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 124: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Jon and Nick are gearing up for their Keynote Speech this week at the Frontline Insights Summit in Orlando, Florida held at the beautiful Grande Lakes Marriot! Therefore, their "education brains" are even more fully tuned than usual! Segment 1: The Rock Star Principals' 11 P's of Principal Leadership = Pluck Pluck is spirited and determined courage. Courage isn't courage without fear and gravitas. Pluck comes into play every day in our vocation. A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Gallimaufry with Men of a Certain Age: Midlife Woolgathering (A New Podcast) If you like the Rockstar Principals’ Podcast, then you’ll also enjoy Gallimaufry with Men of a Certain Age! An eclectic group of middle aged men will discuss anything and everything under the sun including foot pain, the glory days, nutrition, beards, afternoon naps, bending over, lawn care, tv remotes that you talk to, marriage, divorce, hating noisy places, hair growing in places it shouldn’t, lawn care, weight training, medications, forgetting things, cardio, choosing clothes for comfort, losing your keys, realizing every song your kids listen is inappropriate, forgetting things...wait, did I already say that? Professional wrestling, pipes, movies, and more… Listen now through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Podbean at gallimaufrywoolgathering.podbean.com. Follow us on Twitter at @GallimaufryMen Important Article Review: "The Kids Who Use Tech Seem to Be Alright by Lydia Denworth from Scientific American Researchers at Oxford University carefully examined data collected from over 350,000 children and determined that technology has not caused any harm. Jon and Nick discuss aspects of the article as well as how to avoid some of the true dangers of social media addiction, FOMO, and comparing your real life to someone's social profile. A preview of an upcoming related segment featuring a speech by Seth Godin. More RSP awesomeness...
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 123: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Episode 123 drops with loads of educational leadership content! Jon and Nick discuss Pennsylvania's Safe2Say initiative and program rollout. RSP's 11 P's of Principaling: Plainness Pop Culture: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
53 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 122: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Jon and Nick are on the road again with a meaningful episode. They boys discuss the mental health crisis sweeping the nation and affecting their own district. Then they lighten the mood with some pop culture. The episode ends with the wrap-up of the 20 Characteristics of Effective Teaching from research by the University of Minnesota. Tune in now!
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Rockstar Principals' Special Compilation: Rocky's Punches of Perspicacity
The Rockstar Principals give you a heavyweight championship compilation of their hit segments from Episodes 49, 50, and 51 featuring the enduring wisdom of Rocky Balboa! Segment Compilation Includes: Lesson 1: From Rocky Balboa (2006) “It ain’t about how hard you can hit; it’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward…” (Episode 49) Lesson 2: From Rocky III (1982) “You’re the one that has to carry around that fear inside you…” (Episode 50) Lesson 3: From Rocky IV (1985) “Going that one more round when you don’t think you can...is what makes all the difference in your life (Episode 51) *All quotes, music, audio, characters, etc. referenced are copyrighted and trademarked by and not limited to Sylvester Stallone, United Artists, MGM Distribution Company, Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, Chartoff/Winkler Productions, Bill Conti, Robert Chartoff, Billy Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, and Kevin King.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 121: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
Jon is sick but RSP carries on with a great episode filled with educational leadership content and more! Today's show features: The Rock Star Principals' 11 "Ps" of Leadership: the third P is Perspicacity Article Review: 20 Effective Characteristics of Teaching Practices from the University of Minnesota: 11-15 are reviewed in this segment ATT Commercial: Just Ok is Not Ok (Tattoo Parlor) RSP Pop Culture Segment reviews Netflix’s The Bodyguard, Aquaman, Titan Games, and takes a stroll down memory lane with Over the Top and Mt Bodyguard!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 120-The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The holidays are upon us and we are still rocking and rolling. Enjoy your winter break and listen to us!. Today's show features: The Rock Star Principals' 11 "Ps" of Leadership: the second P is Patience and we discuss its importance in this segment Article Review: 20 Effective Characteristics of Teaching Practices from the University of Minnesota: 6-10 are reviewed in this segment The Avenger's 4 Endgame Trailer RSP Pop Culture Segment talking the best and most unique versions of “A Christmas Carol.” Which was your favorite? Jon and Nick share theirs!
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 119-The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
RSP is back on the audio podcasting airwaves and we're here with a vengeance! With a big keynote address coming up in March and a book project, Jon and Nick are hitting you with original RSP content along with the usual unique blend of humor and educational insight. Today's show features: The Rock Star Principals' 11 "Ps" of Leadership: the first P is Passion and we discuss its importance in this segment Article Review: 20 Effective Characteristics of Teaching Practices from the University of Minnesota: the first 5 are reviewed in this segment The Avenger's 4 Endgame Trailer RSP Pop Culture Segment talking Avengers, Creed II, Aquaman, and more!
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