The whenthewindblows’s Podcast
1.31 - Leadership Part 3 of 3

1.31 - Leadership Part 3 of 3

April 5, 2021

Leadership

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I’m committed to a set of principles but I’m flexible with a plan on how we get there

Psychological safety is about being able to take risks and not being afraid of what’s going to happen. I could tell when you walked into the room but not a lot changed. Without psychological safety creativity cannot happen. 

Kodak, firefly festival, blackberry, leadership… ILP and teaching strategies…they are the same. 

Churn for turnover in your roster, in your teachers, in your department. Escalation of commitment. 

This is what I would do if I were facing your decision. You need mentors you can go to to ask objectively about a scenario or a situation. Leading in a silo or departmental he is not for the greater good of the organization if other groups get affected by your decisions...Rapid Evaluators

As leaders of your students life and potential… Leaders of a team… Leaders of a school or a company…You cannot just focus on your own goals, you have to decide whether it’s the greater good for the entire team.

Once you’ve given an evaluation, and honest evaluation you can decide whether your goals are aligned with the mission and goals of the team

Sometimes pulling the plug on a project isn’t about failure at all. It’s about creating success for the organization instead of doubling down on your investment and pulling into a bigger trap.

At google X employees receive a bonus for mitigating their losses and pulling the plug on a project when they know it’s going to fail

If you punish failure while you also simultaneously know that it’s in evitable what kind of culture are you creating

As a matter of fact if you punished for failure people will do everything in their power to prove they’re not failing and will fall into the trap

Hollywood and literature have set us up for some pretty serious failure. The heroes journey is all about one setback after another in the protagonist story. 

We are not always the protagonist. Sometimes we’re just the person that interacts with the protagonist

Adam Grant says if you’re channeling your inner Katniss Everdean, Enigo ManToya, or Forrest Gump you might need to rethink your decision because you could easily be Wiley coyote chasing the ever elusive road runner

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1.30 - Daring Leadership

1.30 - Daring Leadership

March 22, 2021

Daring and Brave Leadership 

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- on the radar - target on your back - 

 

How do you decide you have thick enough skin to be an innovator? 

 

What is the most difficult part about leading a progressive/innovative school? 

 

If I am an employee that is courageous and daring, but I have a boss that doesn't get it...how do I manage up? Or is it right to manage up?  How do I keep from appearing defiant?

 

My style is to challenge the status quo always. I am always finding mole hills and deciding or forecasting whether or not they have the potential to become a mountain. ( (fault lines)... 

 

What are some assertive or aggressive approaches or practices an educator could do to push the meter...even beyond the low hanging fruit.

 

Learning Fund...extremely innovative, but the haters believe that you are just creating more privilege and widening the gap between the haves and have nots. What do you say to this group?

 

Competing priorities - Rumble starters - 

  1. I hear you, but that isnt my experience. Can you walk me through what you saw that is leading you to this belief? 

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1.29 - Virtual Leadership

1.29 - Virtual Leadership

March 14, 2021

Virtual Leadership

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You wrote a book! What made you do this? Gosh was the timing pretty impeccable

Buy the Book

 

What is the most difficult part about leading a progressive/innovative school? 

 

Basketball football references

 

The key to a good manager is recognizing and developing someone’s strengths and managing to their weaknesses. How does a new manager or boss begin to find a direct report’s strengths?

 

If I am an employee that is courageous, but I have a boss that doesn't get it...how do I manage up? Or is it right to manage up?  How do I keep from appearing defiant? Can a leader be nudged to take off the armor?

 

Are there any qualities that do not “work” for leaders who want to foster a culture of innovation?

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1.28 - Vulnerability
1.27 - Dismantling the Industrial Model of Edu

1.27 - Dismantling the Industrial Model of Edu

February 21, 2021

Dismantling the Industrial Model of Edu

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Marshall: Who are you? How long have you been in Edu? 8 Years - Grew up in school

Giant leadership...gear 4...I asked you what topic…Why is this topic one that you proposed? I love the functionality of things that I care about. School is really important to me and I want to see it work well for students and for teachers. Watching my mom and grandmother teach really showed me what part of this model has some holes. Further, in grad school I was exposed to this clip of school compared to a factory and it was almost indistinguishable. Couldn’t tell the difference.

 

What sort of things or approaches do you think keep us stuck in our approach to education?

  • School calendar
  • Teacher Pay
  • Curriculum and hidden curriculum/agendas
  • Push to University
  • Teacher Prep and support
  • Homogenized “Finish Line” 
  • Decision makers “went through it”
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Desire to hold on to power

If there is anything this pandemic has taught us, its that our learning curve for the digital wasnt where we thought it was...also we were able to overcome those obstacles fairly quickly. We still have random cat filters that go viral. 

We are in year 10 of this break from the “Normal” and still  trying to improve. How do we move to this a little more broadly without wrecking education? We have to know and trust “our people”. What do they need? Some of the most innovative school practices are coming from schools who just seek to know their people better. 

Books: 

One World School house, by Sal Khan

A Different Kind of Teacher, by John Taylor Gatto

Depression coming with Online learning...nope. 

Teacher pay is one of the first topics that can really piss of educators. Performance based pay is tricky...it is currently being done differently by EPIC, is it right? How can it be improved? Again, I think we have to know our people and what “performance” looks like. I think we’re doing the right thing by including teachers in that process and really factoring that in to performance based pay. It is tricky because these are humans that are imperfect. 

 

If considered the PH.D. a couple of time this last year? You?? 

What enduring question would you base your research around? I actually just started a doctorate program very recently and am landing on a dissertation topic...somewhere around “innovative practices for struggling schools and for marginalized communities.” 

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1.26 - The Gift of Dyslexia
1.25 - Not Your Token…BHM

1.25 - Not Your Token…BHM

February 6, 2021

Black History Month

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Lee...for 30 years you have been a super hero...an educator. What keeps you in this world? 

 

You were born in 1959...this is the year Motown Records was formed, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations...Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis finishes recording "Kind of Blue" and it becomes the best-selling jazz album in history..."A Raisin in the Sun," a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, opens on Broadway. This play is the first Broadway show to be produced by a Black woman and went on to be made into a movie a few years later. MLKjr and Malcolm X are alive and in the height of their civil rights teachings, speaking, and activating. Kind of an amazing year to be born. We can think back on these great things and romanticize this time in history, but the fact remains that you still couldn't sit next to me in a restaurant or drink at my water fountain

 

Ok, Its Black History Month. You’re black. Is having an episode set apart right now from the rest and you a black man as my special guest even appropriate anymore?

 

The last thing I want is for this episode to be a token episode that fills a BHM requirement. This is not the first time I have had you one the show nor will the next time be February of 2022. 

 

FACT: As recently as the 2016–2017 school year, East Side High School in Cleveland, Mississippi, was practically all black: 359 of 360 students were African-American.

Theoretical question: when will we ever be fully integrated? 

Research the Kansas City Star - 

 

Fact: President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

 

Would the teenage Lee Roland be proud of the work that adult Lee Roland is doing?

Room 222

 

What advice would you give to the teenagers living through the movements of today? Wokeness & BLM

 

Research Ideas for teaching about BHM

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1.24 - Online Fatigue and Burnout Busting

1.24 - Online Fatigue and Burnout Busting

January 31, 2021

Online Fatigue and Burnout Busters

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Scott: Who are you? How long have you been involved in the world of Edu? 

You are now an eduLeader in the ivory tower, but you and I used to be the superheroes...teachers. You were flipping edu, tell me about that process.

What is the biggest struggle you are facing when your kiddos are not in the building? 

Zoom Sweet Spots:

Meetings between Ts and Ps are typically no more than an hour

Meetings between Ts and their Ss no more than 30 minutes unless…

HAVE AN AGENDA

Online Curriculum: 

Article from Oct 2020 https://medium.com/ideadeco/yes-online-fatigue-is-real-92288269117b

“For every minute spent online, you should have 5 minutes offline

 

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1.23 - Making the Most of Your Time

1.23 - Making the Most of Your Time

January 25, 2021

Making the most of your time

 

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Beth, Who are you? How long have you been involved in the world of Edu? What made you choose to come to EPIC?

 

Making the most of your time...day, week, month

Prime your day with happiness of breathing

Beth: You have an interesting approach to teaching this year due to the pandemic. Tell us what you were doing last year and how you have multiplied your time this year. 

 

I like to package lessons...cross curricular

Do things that excite me...or if its not a task for me or school adding spin or flare to the task. 

 

Take mental breaks. I like to have 1 min dance parties...gets the blood flowing, oxygen 

Staying positive

 

How do you instruct a family with multiple kiddos to navigate their Epic Essentials, curriculum, and Meetings with you. It can leave parents feeling like they are only teaching all day long.

 

Your focus is key in making the most of youR TIME. 

 

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1.22 - Healthy Habits and Motivation

1.22 - Healthy Habits and Motivation

January 10, 2021

Healthy Habits and Motivation

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

 

Who are you? How long have you been involved in the world of Edu? What made you choose to come to EPIC? 

 

Book Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Noticing, Wanting, doing, liking.

 

Some good habits: Eat well, sleep, brush your teeth...But what are some healthy habits when it comes to work life balance?

 

Do you have any bad habits?

 

Hate to admit, but I had a habit of smoking. Started in HS and went through about 24 yrs old...quit the first time...trav laid off quitting the second time...SWEETS still haunt me

 

Do you have any really good habits?

 

What role do you think motivation plays in habit making?

The WHY is all important. $ is not a why, it is a result. Simon Sinek, infinite game.

Simple “results” do not drive behavior. The why does.

Do we lack motivation? Or lack clarity..? Take decision making away, and add “if not, then what?”

 

My girls want to be doctors...new habits for school

  • Test anxiety, Study habits, Motivation, and performance

https://search.proquest.com/openview/108a26a3afbec228b3f9a5e3c85d91c3/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=1056401

 Test anxiety and study habits were associated positively with academic success and there was no association with achivement motivation. 

  • Note cards with vocab, definitions, and examples

 

Learning to play the guitar around a campfire was something that motivated me...I began learning and without thinking the process became habitual. High motivation makes the habit loop easy to happen...nearly unconscious. 

William James (father of American Philosophy)- “Belief in the ability to change is the foundation of the ability to change.” 

Talk to me about self buy-in when it comes to motivation or habit making/breaking. 

 

Tony Robbins/Sara Blakley podcast episode: 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tony-robbins-podcast/id1098413063?i=1000467901109

 

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