The whenthewindblows’s Podcast
1.17 - Mindset Changes Everything
1.16 All the Data…Now What??

1.16 All the Data…Now What??

November 8, 2020

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 at EPIC? 

What position do you currently hold and what do you love about this job?

 

What kinds of tools to we collect data from?

 

What do we do with all of this data?

 

How do you have a discussion with a family around the data from these tools?

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1.15 - Get Out and Vote

1.15 - Get Out and Vote

November 1, 2020

VOTe 

 

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

 

Who: What: When: Where: Why: How

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

 

What are we even able to vote on tomorrow?

Presidential Race

SQ 805

SQ 814

Executive -Corporation Commission - what is this?

Legislative - U.S. House of representatives - 5 districts - plus the race for US Senate

Judicial - Supreme (3), Criminal Appeals (2), and Civil Appeals (3)

State Legislative - 21 districts with opposition - Mine is district 30

 

https://okvoterguide.com/candidates/state-legislative/

 

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1.14 - Advocacy/Edvocacy

1.14 - Advocacy/Edvocacy

October 25, 2020

Being an Advocate or Edvocate

 

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

 

This week we talk advocating... next we will have Brant Cale and Todd Thomsen on the podcast again to talk about the vote RIGHT around the corner. 

 

Advocating or being an advocate - What is it?

Student, parent, teacher, principal, MDI, Asst Supts, Supt

 

To date there has been a one-sided story being told. Is there an agenda being set by the people telling the story right now? 

 

We already know who loses, but who benefits from closing EPIC Charter School?

 

What is effective or ineffective when it comes to people calling their legislators?

 

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1.13 - Bullying Prevention /Awareness

1.13 - Bullying Prevention /Awareness

October 19, 2020

Bullying Awareness Month

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. …I asked a few of the most vocal parents on Facebook to help me come up with this outline.

 

Who: What: 

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

 

Sean: This is Anti-bullying awareness month. What percentage of the kiddos that come to our school have through SM or through surveys have identified as being bullied in their previous school?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ordinary-courage/201011/the-cruelty-crisis-bullying-isnt-school-problem-its-national-pastime?fbclid=IwAR11vSl900aF_2I_mQf19qKOy92rc9cuE5Ci4SftGrmrKBTUIBu9SlNCpR0

 

Clayton: You were the first student story we made. You have kind of been immortalized as this 14 year old kid. What have you been up to since that video?

 

Clayton: What message do you have for those that say “bullying has been around for forever...I was bullied and I just sucked it up”

 

Clayton: Do you have any clue or do you ever look up those bullies on FB to compare your stories? 

 

Sean: You have seen soooooo many of these stories come through in the last 10 years; what are some stories that stick out in your head?

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1.12 - Chewing the Fat w/ the Supt.

1.12 - Chewing the Fat w/ the Supt.

October 11, 2020

Chewing the fat with the Supt

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. Today’s topic is a mixed bag of your questions…I asked a few of the most vocal parents on Facebook to help me come up with this outline.

Who: What: 

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

 

1. So many new students, parents, and teachers this year. How do you plan to ensure they are all trained the EPIC way?

 

2. Ok, what’s the deal with that audit? We #standwithEPIC but what should we tell our friends?

 

3. How would you answer the families that say “How do I get a kid to PLP, E2, Core curriculum, AceIt, SHMOOP, HWH, ICAP, Google Classroom, EPIC live, Zoom and benchmarks?” What is required? This seems like so much.

 

4. Whats one last thing you want to say to the admin, teachers, parents and students out there

 

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1.11 - Content Creation vs Content Consumption

1.11 - Content Creation vs Content Consumption

October 6, 2020

Content Creation vs Content consumption

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. Today’s topic Digital Sandboxes vs Content Creating Machines

Who: What: 

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

Why this topic?

There are only 3 types of content: written, audio, visual. It’s been this way for thousands of years. We literally only have 3 choices. 

What has changed are the platforms. Instead of newspapers or TV, the platforms of today are Instagram, YouTube(vlogging),Tiktok, Podcasts, Blogging, Insta, Alone Challenge

What type of tools are needed to create content?

Cell phones, 

Cameras

Paper and pencil

Computer

Etc…..

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1.10 - Igniting Passions in Edu Pt.2
1.9 - Igniting Passions in EDU Pt. 1
1.8 - Disrupting Education

1.8 - Disrupting Education

September 13, 2020

Disrupting Education

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

 

Who: What: 

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

Not to be melodramatic, but I felt called into education when I was in the 8th grade. I was immediately discouraged by my aunt, who was a 30 year career teacher. She said I was too much of a non-conformist to be a teacher. I would never make it. Well….she was right. I struggled with following the rules all throughout my career. Interestingly enough, that rebellious, disruptive way of doing things was the reason I was asked to come to Epic. 

 

Why this topic?

 

  • Disrupting Education...give us your definition of what it is. 

I know it sounds cliche, but being willing to do what’s best for kids, no matter what or at all costs. So many educators will spout off that they are in for the kids, but they always stop short of doing it because of the fear of not having enough money. I remember when I was a new superintendent, I was spouting off in front of my colleagues that I was not  concerned with the next year or having enough money, that I was going to do what was best for kids right now. A superintendent from a small school in Eastern OK stood up in front of everyone, and said Scot Trower, you’re an idiot if you think you’ll ever last as a superintendent with a mindset like that. They all laughed at me, told me I’ll learn the hard way. Well it just pissed me off and I set out to prove them wrong. That year I launched the state's first Apple Macbook Pro 1:1 laptop initiative for every student in my school and ended the year with a record fund balance, the highest carry over in the school's history. 

 

  • What are the characteristics/mindsets of a disruptor?

I think the primary characteristic or mindset of a disrupter is someone that doesn’t care what the status quo thinks. Not just the willingness to go against the grain, but one who seeks opportunities to disrupt. I would liken it to someone that is an adrenaline junky. That person that gets their thrills by climbing a mountain freestyle. It's the thrill of it. 

 

A big characteristic of a disruptor that cannot be left out is the willingness to not only think outside the box, but the willingness to blow the box up so you’re never tempted to get back in. Disruption happens when you are doing things that are not the norm. 

 

Another mindset is being willing to get rid of low performing educators. We only have a very short time to impact a students life. If we put up with bad teachers for politics or because they are tenured, we are hurting the child. We have to set the tone and create a culture of an expectation of excellence. Which includes bad teachers gotta go. 

 

Finally, the last thing a disruptive educator has to have is to be willing to fail and regroup, not afraid to try something new. I remember when I first started teaching I was teaching government, specifically the Bill of Rights to a bunch of inner city, alternative school students. I met the students where they were and made the Bill of Rights into a rap. We were clapping our hands and stomping our feet to the beat of the rap. The teacher down the hall filed a complaint on me because I was being too noisy. There was no way kids could learn with that kind of noise and nonsense. 

 

  • Why do you think we garner so much hate or descent from the rest of the edu world?

The rest of the edu word can’t compete with us. Whether its budget constraints (which are really priorities), or they just don’t have the intestinal fortitude to make hard decisions because of self preservation. That’s really what it boils down to. Self preservation. If you are going to be a disruptor, you will fight a lot of battles. If you are not willing to die on the battlefield, then you aren’t a disrupter. The key to being a successful disrupter is to learn from those instances where you failed and to go to the next battle better prepared. 

 

The secret sauce is even though I may have died on the battlefield while disrupting the status quo, my students still experienced the victory. They had opportunities provided to them that they would have never gotten if not for the battle that ensued. So even though I had to move on to the next battle (school), the students still won. 


The thing about working for Epic is that it is expected for me to be disruptive. The problem is that it’s hard to be more disruptive than Ben Harris or David Chaney. I love that when I bring a disruptive idea to them, they take it and add their own spin, making it even more disruptive. 

 

The Book - Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen - https://www.amazon.com/Disrupting-Class-Disruptive-Innovation-Change/dp/0071592067

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