The Rock Star Principals Podcast jams to all the latest and greatest in educational leadership! Join your hosts, "The Boss" Jon Ross and "The Doctor of Proctors" Nick Indeglio as they bring a unique blend of humor, timely topics, and "real" talk each episode. They bring the "Principal Perspective" to a wide range of topics! Rock out with "twisted steel and school appeal!"
How Can I CONTACT the Rock Star Principals???

There are Sooooooo Many Ways...

  • Just go to your Google Search Engine and Type in "Rock Star Principals"
  • Go into the iTunes Store and type "Rock Star Principals" in the search bar.  We're under Podcasts in Education-K12! (Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating)
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  • You can also reach out to us by email: rockstarprincipals@gmail.com

And Now You Can Call or Text Us at:

(267) 58R-OCK1

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 3:30pm EST
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As the New Year approaches, the Rock Stars step up their game as well with new segments and emboldened discussion on critical issues facing education...and a whole lot of silliness.  Episode 27 features:

  • The Maxwell University of Leadership: Law #2 (from @JohnCMaxwell 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership)
    • "The true measure of leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less."
      • RSP talks the 5 Myths (management, entrepreneur, knowledge, power, position)
      • Titles are meaningless? Both sides of that coin are discussed..in addition to Pro-Wrasslin' titles!
      • The Office of U.S. President and Priests have "titles," too.
      • Excellent principals don't need titles or suits or polished shoes, but there is a time and place.
  • RSP Commercial Time: "Who are the People in Your Twitterhood?"
    • @staffloungin - A cool podcast direct from Canada in the real teacher's lounge.  RSP will be guests on their show this coming week.
    • @JApostol3 - puts out the weekly "Apostol Chronicles" full of great news and edu-stories,
    • @ThomasCMurray from Quakertown who was just recognized in "20 Ed-Techs to Follow!"
  • The RSP "Long Distance Dedication" Segment (winners of the Twitter FLASH CONTEST)
    • @JonHarper70bd asked "What have you changed about the way you lead?"
      • RSP talks about "taking the foot of the gas, @IIRPgradschool Restorative Practices, World Domination, and "Touchy-Feely Crap."
    • @Fearless_Teacher asked about how to get "on board" with an established staff as a new administrator.
      • Meeting and listening are key.
    • @TheWeirdTeacher wanted to know about an "off the wall convo with a student."
      • Nick talks about an ES Student who used to build caves (nickname Bobby Bin Laden)
      • Jon talks about an unnamed music group connection with a student.  Nick tries to guess who the group was: hint-not Def Leppard, The Hooters, The Gin Blossoms, Fresh Beat Band, or the Wiggles
      • @CrazyJoeClark asks about our personal "Mt. Rushmore" of educational heroes and @khurdhorst asks about CAVE people!
Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast_Episode_27.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 2:50pm EST
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FLASH CONTEST: The Best Topic Submission Between Now and 10pm Gets Segment on Tonite's Recording and a Personal Shout-Out!!!

QUICK!!! FLASH CONTEST!!! We r taking "coolest" topic suggestion between now+10pm. Winning idea gets segment on tonite's Podcast recording+shout-out 4 winner!

Reach Us At:

Twitter: @rckstrprincipal

Email: rockstarprincipals@gmail.com

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Happy Holidays!!!  The Rock Stars give you some hardcore educational talk AND Christmas talk!

  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #18
    • "Establish clear expectations at the start of the year and follow through consistently."
  • Free Advertising: "Who are the People in Your Twitter-Hood?"
  • Maxwell University of Leadership: 21 Irrefutable Laws
    • As the Church of Whitaker ends, a new legend begins.  Jon and Nick begin covering John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership!
    • Rule 1: The Law of the Lid
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Hasbro's GI Joe
  • John and Nick's Favorite Christmas Presents of All Time
    • Ultra Magnus, Rhino from M.A.S.K., Big Wheels, and More!!!
  • Musical Epilogue: "Oh, Holy Night" by Mike Indeglio
Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals-Episode_26.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 3:00pm EST
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Warning: Spoilers Ahead! 

Let me start by admitting a terrible truth.  I, too, am addicted to the absolutely horrible, cheesy, and contrived holiday movies shown on Hallmark and Lifetime from November 1st until January 1st each year.  One season, I wrote down the title of every one that I watched over the two month time span.  The total hovered around 50.  The terrible feeling of guilt overwhelms me at the end of each movie.  It's not guilt over time wasted that could have been better spent doing just about anything else (including writing up teacher observations).  It's guilt over exposing my two young daughters to media that doesn't accurately represent reality...not even remotely so.  First, let's state the common characteristics of all these movies:

  • Man/woman begins movie engaged to the wrong person
  • Man/woman returns to hometown and runs into former love interest (who is actually the true soul mate)
  • Some magic device intervenes to create Holiday hi-jinx and hilarity  
  • Friends and family attempt to help Man/woman realize the true meaning of the holidays and love
  • Wrong person shows up and eventually is exposed
  • Man/Woman ends up with former love interest
  • Holiday magic device makes everyone’s holiday wonderful

So, basically, by allowing my children to watch these films, I reaffirm the following fantasies:

  • There is always a happy ending
  • Families are always loving and kind
  • All problems are neatly wrapped up in 2 hours
  • There is only one person who you are meant to love in this world
  • Women mostly need to be rescued by men
  • Women passively participate in romantic relationships

Sadly, Disney movies, with the recent notable exception of Tangled, tend to fall into a similar box.  However, this season’s movie, Frozen, gets it right.  More than that, it’s a good movie for your kids to see, especially if you are the parent of daughters.  Frozen is about two sisters, very close in age, who begin their lives with an incredibly tight bond, but lose the closeness of their relationship after some “magical” events unfold.  The movie goes on to explore the notions of true love, self-determination, isolation, and even fear-mongering (meet the Duke of Weselton).  It’s entertaining enough, with decent music, comic relief characters (the delightful Olaf), and two “big” twists.  You won’t see either coming, but it’s the second twist that makes Frozen so worthwhile.

(Spoilers Ahead)

Frozen does a wonderful job of making you feel Anna’s pain from being shut out by her older sibling.  We experience the depth of their caring for each other through its absence.  Every event in the movie is a result of the fractured relationship between the sisters that is driven by their feelings for one another.  Also, throughout the film, the notion of true love is explored through the eyes of the youngest sister, Anna.  It’s determined towards the end of the movie that only an act of true love can save Anna’s life.  A quest ensues to bring Anna to her love interest, Hans, to receive the necessary life-giving smooch.  After a wild adventure scene and the first major plot twist, Anna winds up sacrificing her life to save her sister, Elsa, foregoing her own salvation.  Several terrible moments pass and then Anna comes back to life.  It’s at that moment that everyone, audience included, realizes that the act of true love was never about a prince or a kiss.  In fact, it had nothing to do with romance.  Anna’s act of true love was the sacrifice she made for her sister. 

Hold on.  Stop the presses.  Did a major studio big budget film just subvert the usual “Prince Charming Save” in lieu of the love between sisters?  Was the realistic message just sent that the love between family developed over 18 years is stronger than that of stranger you’ve known for less than a day?  Yes on both counts.  Take a minute and let that sink in. 

Now, I watched Frozen with my two daughters: Bella (age 5) and Talia (age 4).  As the movie progressed, they talked to each other about the relationship between the two sisters in the movie and they asked me lots of “why” questions about things that happened between the sisters.  It was clear that Talia understood Anna’s pain of being the jilted younger sister and Bella kept repeating the mantra that I preach constantly, “Friends come and go, but your sister will always be there for you” and “It’s your job to take care of your little sister.”  But during the big climax when sisterly love won the day, Bella and Talia were celebrating by hugging each other and yelling, “They did it!  They saved each other!”  For my money, as a guilt ridden lazy parent allowing my kids to watch movies, it doesn’t get any better than that.

As a teacher and principal, I know the research.  I understand that a lot is out of my control and dictated my social factors, peer relationships, and school experiences.  But in addition to the positive modeling when my daughters see me interacting with my siblings, movies like Frozen can make an impact as well. 

(And you can’t go wrong with a snowman named Olaf who loves warm hugs.)

Category:Review-Movie -- posted at: 1:18pm EST
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We are less than a week away from the visit from Santa Claus, but RSP isn't waiting to deliver a bunch of awesome educational presents in the form of Episode 25!!!

  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals' Do Differently #17
  • A Word from Our "Free Sponsor"
    • Jethro Jones, author of "The Paperless Principal," @JethroJones, won the RSP Free Advertisement Contest!  The Rock Stars promote both his book and his website: paperlessprincipal.com! Congrats, Jethro!
  • Article Review: Restorative Practices in Minneapolis
    • The Rock Stars discuss the city of Minneapolis' recognition that Black and Native American students were being suspended five times more than other students.  So they developed a plan to change behaviors based on Restorative Practices (@iirpgradschool).
    • Jon and Nick have a lot to say about educators who believe in only applying "shotgun discipline."
  • A Word From Our "Free Sponsor"
    • Jon and Nick promote their new partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals (@PAESSP) to sponsor a new Twitter Chat for principals and aspiring principals!  The first chat will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 8:00pm!  The Chat hashtag will be #PAESSPChat - be there!
  • A Birthday Surprise from Jon Ross and Elli Ross
    • "What is it?" you are wondering.  Let's just say it's 31 inches high with 7 points of articulation!
Direct download: RSP-Episode_25.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST
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The Rock Star Principals are the proud middle school principals in the Downingtown Area School District (Downingtown Middle School and Lionville Middle School). The Downingtown STEM Academy, a magnet high school, has earned the distinction of being the highest ranked high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania based on the recently released PA School Performance Profile.  Jon and Nick spend some quality RSP time congratulating the STEM Program (students, teachers, and administrators).

Direct download: RSP-STEM_Special_-_24.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 5:12pm EST
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Lots to talk about in Episode 23!

  • PISA Rankings 2013: Crap or Fact?
    • Jon, Nick, Rob Farina, Tina Armenio, and Rachel Immel talk about the latest report and rankings as a result of the international PISA test.  Lots of buzz in the media.  Is it just hype or the real deal?
  • A Word from Our "Free Sponsor"
    • Jethro Jones, author of "The Paperless Principal," @JethroJones, won the RSP Free Advertisement Contest!  The Rock Stars promote both his book and his website: paperlessprincipal.com! Congrats, Jethro!
  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #16
    • Jon and Nick bring a ton of pragmatism and passion to #16, which discusses helping struggling teachers improve, succeed, or move towards the door.  What's best for kids?  Check it out!
  • A Word From Our "Free Sponsor"
    • Jon and Nick promote their new partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals (@PAESSP) to sponsor a new Twitter Chat for principals and aspiring principals!  The first chat will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 8:00pm!  The Chat hashtag will be #PAESSPChat - be there!
Direct download: RSP-Episode_23.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 4:28pm EST
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Do You Have a Topic or Segment Idea for the RSP Podcast?  

Is there a pressing educational issue you'd like to hear us discuss on our next episode?  Or a recent cool article?  Or the latest issue of a cool comic?  Or anything?

Shoot us a message by midnight tonight and we'll pick the best submissions for our next podcast recording (tomorrow)!

Twitter: @rckstrprincipal

Email: rockstarprincipals@gmail.com

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And thank you to the companies who submitted the "free" advertising requests for our contest yesterday!

 

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 12:37pm EST
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Like us on Facebook and Rate us in iTunes!!! (Please)

Friendly Neighborhood Rock Stars, we need your help!  Without you, we can't spread our message of community, professional learning networks, and fun to our fellow Edu-Leaders!

First, give us a quick like and shout-out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rock-Star-Principals/429768453799672

Next, take a moment to rate us in the iTunes Store.  You can start by clicking the link below.  Then follow that page to your iTunes desktop program or mobile app.  Then rate us.  Quick and easy.  You can consider it your good deed for the day!  We know more than 13 people are digesting the Podcast and we need actual ratings to move up in the iTunes World!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-star-principals-podcast/id713124906

 

 

 

Category:Commercial -- posted at: 1:32pm EST
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It's Thursday!  Download and Listen to a Rock Star Principals' Podcast!

If you haven't listened to Episode 22 yet, then get on your horse!!!

  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #15
    • Referenced philosphers include: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Jim Valvano!
    • Referenced non-philosphers include: The Hooters, Tina Turner, Mad Max, Jedi
    • Special guest is assistant principal, Rob Farina!
  • Article Discussion: "Age of Distraction: Why It's Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus" by Katrina Schwartz
    • An article based on Daniel Goleman's research and books
    • Special guests include 2 special education teachers, Tina Armenio and Rachel Immel
    • Bring Your Own Device
    • Shutting down technology?
    • Medication for students
    • Executive Functioning and Cognitive Command
  • Pop Culture: Everything TV
    • There's a little bit of everything here that's all about television!  Including:
      • All time most impactful TV death!
      • Mash, The Incredible Hulk, ER, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, NYPD Blue, Family Ties, Dragnet, The Goldberg's, The Killing, Switched at Birth, Bar Rescue, and More!
      • MAJOR SPOILER ALERT for all shows mentioned!

 

We've got one free sponsor spot left for episode 23 as well:

  • The Rock Star Principals' Podcast is promoting a free, first-come-first-serve opportunity!  The first two education related businesses to contact us win a free "commercial" on the next episode (Episode 23).  
  • The contact venues are Twitter (@rckstrprincipal), our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rock-Star-Principals/429768453799672), or email (rockstarprincipals@gmail.com).
  • Businesses must be promoting a legitimate education-related product or service.  The product or service must be ethical and fully in the best interests of the profession.
  • The Rock Star Principals' Podcast currently reaches 48 U.S. States, 30 countries, and has over 5,000 downloads.  This is an opportunity to directly reach your targeted audience!  Don't miss it!
  • Subscribe to the RSP Podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-star-principals-podcast/id713124906

 

Category:Commercial -- posted at: 12:34pm EST
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Free Opportunity: Advertising on the Rock Star Principals' Podcast (Episode 23)

The Rock Star Principals' Podcast is promoting a free, first-come-first-serve opportunity!  The first two education related businesses to contact us win a free "commercial" on the next episode (Episode 23).  

The contact venues are Twitter (@rckstrprincipal), our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rock-Star-Principals/429768453799672), or email (rockstarprincipals@gmail.com).

Businesses must be promoting a legitimate education-related product or service.  The product or service must be ethical and fully in the best interests of the profession.

The Rock Star Principals' Podcast currently reaches 48 U.S. States, 30 countries, and has over 5,000 downloads.  This is an opportunity to directly reach your targeted audience!  Don't miss it!

 

(Subscribe to the RSP Podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-star-principals-podcast/id713124906)

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 11:01pm EST
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The Rock Star Principals' Podcast never stops!  Episode 22 brings special guests, awesome segments, and RSP to the max!  Listen here for:

  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #15
    • Referenced philosphers include: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Jim Valvano!
    • Referenced non-philosphers include: The Hooters, Tina Turner, Mad Max, Jedi
    • Special guest is assistant principal, Rob Farina!
  • Article Discussion: "Age of Distraction: Why It's Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus" by Katrina Schwartz
    • An article based on Daniel Goleman's research and books
    • Special guests include 2 special education teachers, Tina Armenio and Rachel Immel
    • Bring Your Own Device
    • Shutting down technology?
    • Medication for students
    • Executive Functioning and Cognitive Command
  • Pop Culture: Everything TV
    • There's a little bit of everything here that's all about television!  Including:
      • All time most impactful TV death!
      • Mash, The Incredible Hulk, ER, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, NYPD Blue, Family Ties, Dragnet, The Goldberg's, The Killing, Switched at Birth, Bar Rescue, and More!
      • MAJOR SPOILER ALERT for all shows mentioned!

So get on board and rock out with RSP and episode 22!

Direct download: RSP-Episode_22.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 7:21pm EST
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Rock Star Principals' Podcast Listener Survey

Dearest Rock Stars,

Now that we have surpassed the 20 episode mark, we want to get some quick feedback from our loyal (and disloyal) listeners!  Just click the link below and give us 23 seconds of your time!

Sincerely,

RSP

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1C7k3f56MmHLWeKwfl8zrBbn13Ltzg3iPgZ7M-UFrOyQ/viewform

 

 

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 1:24pm EST
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Today, the Rock Star Principals’ Podcast brings you a very special episode involving one of the most prominent and important topics in education today: School Safety. 

The rate of people killed by guns in the US is 19.5 times higher than similar high-income countries in the world. Over the last 30 years, America has mourned at least 61 mass murdersSince the horrific attack on Columbine in 1999, school shootings and violence have increased across the country.  There have been over 31 school shootings since Columbine.  Combined school shootings in every other country in the world since that time is less than 14.

Despite these facts, our schools, home to our most important and cherished gifts, our children, continue to be grossly under-prepared and ill-equipped to handle the potential of violence that exists. 

Today, Jon and Nick bring you a special interview with owner and founder of Direct Measures International and Attack Countermeasures Training, Alon Stivi, who advocates a different mindset and pro-active approach to school safety.  We guarantee that once you listen to this podcast, your thoughts on school safety will never be the same.

Dr. Robert Reed, Director of K-12 Principals in the Downingtown Area School District, obtained funding for the ACT Training and Certification in "Attack Countermeasure Training," in conjunction with LaTorre Consulting Incorporated, through Direct Measures International with Global Counter-Terrorism expert, Mr. Alon Stivi.  

In today's episode, Nick and Jon interview Mr. Stivi following the 25 hour on-line course, but prior to the face-to-face training.  Then, the Rock Stars break down the live training and overall philosophy in a Post-Training segment recorded afterwards.  We’d like to thank Dr. Reed for his leadership, Mr. Bill LaTorre for his hard work on behalf of the district, and Mr. Alon Stivi for being so gracious with his time and experience.  Life is, indeed, beautiful and worth protecting.

You can find more information on Mr. Stivi and ACT Training at:

·       https://www.actcert.com/default.aspx

·       https://www.facebook.com/pages/ACT-Cert/446837108690213

·       http://latorreconsultinginc.com/

 

 

 

 

Direct download: RSP-Episode_21-Stivi-Official.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 8:42pm EST
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Thanksgiving Special Part III: The Rock Stars give thanks and blessings of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day with:

  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals' Do Differently #14
    • Sensitivity
    • "Go to the Matresses"
    • Bruce Lee
    • Pro-Wrestling and "Going to the Well One Too Many Times"
    • Boyz II Men - The Water Runs Dry
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Stove Top Stuffing on Thanksgiving
  • A Special Thanksgiving Musical Interlude: "If I Only Had a Brain/Heart" Mike Indeglio and Jen Babiak

Hapy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Direct download: RSP-Episode_20.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 2:18pm EST
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RSP is so thankful for you that we are realizing four spectacular episodes this week!  There are no "turkeys" here! Ha!  Anyway, listen to Episode 19 for your Cranberry and Awesome Sauce with:

  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals' Do Differently #13
    • After discussing @ToddWhitaker, discipline, comfortability, and such, the Rock Stars use some "questionnable" language and reference "The Fonz" (@hwinkler4real) and "Sit On It!"
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Sock 'Em Boppers
  • ASCD (@ASCD)(@WholeChildAdv) Edge Article and Book Discussion: "Short On Time" by William Sterrett (@billsterrett)
    • RSP talks Sterrett's new book through ASCD with "Affirmation, Best PRactices, and Coordination!"  They also mention "execution..." and #Julie'sBrownies, Tom Hanks, Toy Story (@DisneyPixar), and More!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Lite-Brite
  • Special Interview: Thanksgiving/Black Friday with Isabella Indeglio (5 years old) and Talia Indeglio (4 years old)
    • This top secret interview took place at 10pm EST while the girls should have been sleeping.  Mommy was only footsteps away as Bella, Tootie, and Dr. Daddy talked about toys, turkey, and more.  And yes, the eventual kiddie bickering did wake Mommy up.  Busted!

Enjoy this extra hefty helping of RSP!

Direct download: Episode_19-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST
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A Thanksgiving Special Episode! Join Jon and Nick for a dose of Thanksgiving-Edu-Awesome-Sauce!

  • A Thanksgiving Interview with Two Students in the American K-12 Public Education System (and Jon's kids)!  Cameron Ross (7th grade) and Elli Ross (2nd grade) talk to RSP about school, teachers, grading, learning, mathematics, family, friends, "Catching Fire" (@TheHungerGames), Dr. Who (@bbcdoctorwho), green bean casserole, turkey, "World War Z" (@WorldWarZMovie), and more...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Hasbro - G.I. Joe (Cobra Hydrafoil)
  • Edutopia Article (@edutopia) by Elena Aguilar (@artofcoaching1): Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools
    • Seasonal Affect Disorder
    • Getting Outside
    • Kindergarten
    • The Sugar Hill Gang
    • Naughty by Nature: Vin Rock (@naughtybynature) and Treach (@triggertreach)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast (@rckstrprincipal)
    • https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-star-principals-podcast/id713124906
    • rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com

Spend some quality time with the "Doctor of Proctors" and the "Boss!"

Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_18.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:00am EST
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It's time for another exciting and compelling episode of the Rock Star Principals' Podcast!  Episode 17 pulls no punches as the Rock Stars tackle a plethora of awesome topics ripped right from the headlines in the world of education.  Get ready for:

  • Book Talk: The Global Fourth Way by Andrew Hargreaves (@HargreavesBC) and Dennis Shirley (@DennisShirley)
    • This was the annual DASD Book Club reading chosen by DASD Superintendent, Dr. Lawrence Mussoline (@lmussloine), and organized by Supervisor of Professional Learning, Jennifer Saksa (@DASD_ProfDev).
    • The Rock Stars reference Singapore, Finland, California, Canada, Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher), Dr. Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker), fighting, Hawaii/Idaho/Wyoming/Montana, SNL (Wayne's World)(@NBCSNL), and more...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Who's Down With RSP?  (Yeah, you know me!)
  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals' Do Differently #12: What do your best teachers' think?
    • This one really had the Rock Stars' fired up!  They referenced Colin Powell, Mr. Miyagi, Happy Days, Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real), and more...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Rainbow Brite
  • Pro Wrasslin' Talk: What more can we say? After an engaging #arkedchat this week, the great Todd Whitaker dubbed chat moderator, Daisy Dyer Duerr (@DaisyDyerDuerr) with the wrestling moniker, 3D!  The wrestling talk starts there!
    • WWE (@WWE), Stone Cold Steve Austin (@SteveAustinBSR), Hulk Hogan (@Hulk Hogan), Afa the Wild Samoan (@WildSamoan)(@AfaAnoai), WXW (@WXWC4)(@WXWOffice), Rocky III (@TheSlyStallone), The Rock (@TheRock), and more...

This one is extra-long and jammed packed!  Don't miss it!

Direct download: RockStarPrincipalsPodcast-Episode17.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 3:28am EST
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Who's Down With RSP?

  • Just go to your Google Search Engine and Type in "Rock Star Principals"
  • Go into the iTunes Store and type "Rock Star Principals" in the search bar.  We're under Podcasts in Education-K12! (Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating)
  • Visit our Official Webpage: rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com
  • Follow us on Twitter: @rckstrprincipal
  • Search for the "Rock Star Principals" in the Facebook search bar!
  • We're on Blogger at rockstarprincipals.blogspot.com
  • We're also on Wordpress at rockstarprincipals.wordpress.com
  • Check out the hoity toity profile on LinkedIn!
  • We have a YouTube Channel (with nothing on it) - Just type in: Rock Star Principals' Podcast
  • And we're on Vine!
  • You can also reach out to us by email: rockstarprincipals@gmail.com
Direct download: RSP-OPP.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:59pm EST
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Here's a quick hit of Rock Star Awesomeness that the Downingtown Area School District Principals were treated to after a Twitter Boot Camp delivered by the Rock Stars!

Direct download: RSP-DASD.m4a
Category:Twitter -- posted at: 6:52pm EST
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The Rock Star Principals are mixing things up and giving you an eclectic variety of segments this week!  Be prepared for the following:

  • "How to Create Effective Homework" by Holly Korbey (@HKorbey) from KQED (@KQED)
    • The Rock Stars review this well written argue and present some controversial thinking on the topic of homework!  How is it controversial?  Well, let's just say that the Rock Stars aren't buying into the 'homework hype.' Alfie Kohn is referenced (@AlfieKohn)
  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsors: The Thundercats (1980's)
  • Church of Whitaker: #11 What Great Principals Do Differently
    • #11 discusses "Loyalty" and its importance for school leaders!  The Rock Stars talk about "I" versus "We," Level 5 Leadership (Jim Collins from Good to Great), and Millersville University (@millersvilleu)
  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsors: NAESSP (@NAESSP)
  • TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 4
    • The Rock Stars talk "Walking Dead" (@WalkingDead_AMC) and make a plug to get Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), host of "Talking Dead" (AMCTalkingDead) on the Podcast!  Fear us, Chris!
  • NEW Segment: "Rock Star Music"
    • Tonight we feature our very own Michael Indeglio (@mikeyi99) and his tune, "Lorraine-Spin Around!"  Love it up, @JerseyBoysInfo and @BroadwayWorld @Broadwaycom!!!

Rock on with twisted steel and school appeal!!!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_16.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:51pm EST
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What is the world saying about the Rock Star Principals' Podcast?  Listen to this short clip to hear about the latest craze sweeping the nation (along with Canada, Japan, the UK, and More)!  After hearing the clip, we know you'll want to find us and enjoy all aspects of the awesome-sauce that is the RSP World!!!  So how can you follow the 2 middle school principals from PA with an overload of twisted steel and school appeal?  Just see below:

  • Just go to your Google Search Engine and Type in "Rock Star Principals"
  • Go into the iTunes Store and type "Rock Star Principals" in the search bar.  We're under Podcasts in Education-K12! (Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating)
  • Visit our Official Webpage: rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com
  • Follow us on Twitter: @rckstrprincipal
  • Search for the "Rock Star Principals" in the Facebook search bar!
  • We're on Blogger at rockstarprincipals.blogspot.com
  • We're also on Wordpress at rockstarprincipals.wordpress.com
  • Check out the hoity toity profile on LinkedIn!
  • We have a YouTube Channel (with nothing on it) - Just type in: Rock Star Principals' Podcast
  • And we're on Vine!
  • You can also reach out to us by email: rockstarprincipals@gmail.com

The Rock Stars discuss all topics related to the Principal-ship in K-12 education!  And that's not all!  All of our eclectic tastes and pop culture fascination comes alive during the Podcast!  Listen at home, on your drive to work, at work (maybe not), on the drive home from work, while you work out, and as you drift to sleep at night!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast_-_What_the_World_is_Saying.m4a
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Episode 15 has hit the airwaves with all kinds of Rock Star good-ness!  Check out the following:

  • "Why Do Teachers Quit" by Liz Riggs (@Riggser) from the Atlantic (work by RIchard Ingersoll cited)
    • Ingersoll and University of Pennsylvania (@PennGSE)
    • Dan Pink (@DanielPink) motivation discussed
    • Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker) on how we should view our own profession
    • How the Associations and Unions can help...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Honeycomb Cereal
  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #10 (and debrief from interview)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Happy Meal Guys from McDonald's
  • A Kindred Spirit: Bat Dad (@BatDadVine)

Enjoy with twisted steel and school appeal!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_15_11.7.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 8:44am EST
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RSP Needs Your Ratings in the iTunes Store! Please Help Us 'Rock On!'

Dearest Rock Stars,

We need your help with the Rock Star Principals' Podcast in the iTunes Store!  If you could could leave us a quick "Rating" (or even a longer "Review"), we'd be eternally grateful.  It's easy to do!  Just see the steps below:

If you are enjoying the podcast, please take a second to help us spread the word with a review!  It would mean a lot to us! Thanks in advance!

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The long awaited Episode 14 is here with nationally celebrated educational author, Dr. Todd Whitaker!  Jon and Nick had the awesome opportunity to interview Dr. Whitaker prior to his Keynote Address at the PAESSP (Pennsylvania Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals) Conference held in State College, PA!  This episode features all of the following awesomeness:

  • Interview with Dr. Todd Whitaker
    • What do your best people think?
    • Shifting the Money
    • The Importance of Hiring
    • Threats and Challenges in the Principalship
    • Staying Fresh on the Job
    • What "level" is Dr. Whitaker's favorite?
    • What super-powers would Todd choose? (the answer may surprise you)
    • A certain World Series a few years ago...
    • Along the way, a mention or two for Geoff Colvin, Dan Pink, and Mike Schmoker...
  • Words from Our Fake Sponsors
    • Drug PSA - "I Learned It From Watching You"
    • DDP Yoga

Do not miss this episode!  Tell everyone on Earth!  Shout it from the Rooftops!  And keep it real with twisted steel and school appeal!!!

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Episode 14 of the RSP Podcast will be released at Noon EST on November 2nd!  This is the highly anticipated episode where the Rock Star Principals interview an educational juggernaut, Dr. Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker)!  Here's a snippet!

Direct download: RSP-Episode_14-Whitaker_Teaser.m4a
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How Can I Tune In to the Rock Star Principals' Podcast?

It's as easy as 1-2-3 to follow the Rock Star Principals' Podcast!  You can:

  • Just "Google" - Rock Star Principals
  • Official Webpage: rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com/webpage
  • Twitter: @rckstrprincipal
  • Facebook: Type "Rock Star Principals" in the Search Page
  • Blogger: rockstarprincipals.blogspot.com
  • WordPress: rockstarprincipals.wordpress.com

Spread the word about this awesome educational (and funny) podcast!

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Lucky Number 13 "hits the shelves" a day early because it is just too big to contain!  The Boss and The Doctor are thrilled to have a passionate, witty, intelligent, and dedicated author join the podcast today for a slam-bang interview! Tune in for:

  • An exclusive interview with Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher), author of "He's the Weird Teacher," who covers an incredible range of topics that include:
    • "Park and Bark" Teaching
    • Batman (@BatmanArkham)
    • Reaching Students
    • Pacific Rim (@PacificRim)
    • Dr. Seuss
    • Hellboy
    • Restorative Practices (@iirpgradschool)
    • Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real)
    • What Teachers Want from Administrators
    • Nick Nolte in the 80's film, "Teachers"
    • Favorite Costumes
    • Empathy
    • and much, much more...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Chuck E. Cheese (@chuckecheese)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: DDP Yoga (@DDPYoga and @RealDDP)

Special thanks to both Doug for his time and our Producer, Mike Indeglio (@mikeyi99) for making tonight's episode possible!  Keep it real with "twisted steel and school appeal!"

Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_13.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:27pm EST
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The Rock Stars unveil episode 12 as they "hang and bang" with all the Principal Rock Stars at the PAESSP Conference in State College, PA!  Episode 12 features:

  • The final part of the Dr. Dina Wert interview...Pennsylvania's Nationally Distinguished Principal for 2013!
  • The Church of Whitaker #9

Get on board the "Crazy Train" and check it out!!!

Direct download: Rcok_Star_Principals_Podcast_Episode_12.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:43pm EST
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The Rock Stars have recovered from the celebration of their 10th episode and they deliver in spades on episode 11!  Listen for these awesome nuggets of awesomeness!

  • The Church of Whitaker #8 - Dynamics of Change
    • This segment heavily features discussion of "change" and Henry Winkler (yes, THAT Henry Winkler, Dr. Tony Wagner, Michael Fullan, Charles Schwann, Bea McGarvey, and Howard Gardner!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: "Brain on Drugs"
  • Part II of the Interview with Pennsylvania Nationally Distinguished Principal, Dr. Dina Wert!

Don't miss it!

Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_11.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm EST
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It's the Rock Stars' 10th Episode Anniversary!  When it all started two months ago, who would have thought they'd be here?  Hmm...well, I guess that's a bit of a push.  Anyway, the boys are bringing you a GIANT-SIZED 10th episode that "brings it" in every way possible in addition to unleashing a HUGE announcement.  Prepare yourselves for:

  • VIP Interview: Dr. Dina Wert - The 2013 Pennsylvania Nationally Distinguished Principal (from West Bradford Elementary School)
    • During Part One, the Rock Stars talk to Dr. Wert about her life in administration, Ultraman (yes, she knows him), and what keeps her motivated...
  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #7 (Hire and Retain the Best Teachers)
    • This passionate segment is close to the hearts of both Jon and Nick.  During the course of this segment, they discuss PAESSP, PSEA, "Dance of the Lemons," Teach Like a Pirate (Dave Burgess), Jedis and Padawans, ways to tell who a future rock star will be from their interview responses, why hiring is so important, and more!

Don't miss this awesome tenth episode, fellow Rock Stars!  Listen NOW!

Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_10.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:30pm EST
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The Rock Star Principals are in full swing as the third episode of the week "drops" today!  The dialogue and discussion today is education-heavy, so be ready!

  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #6
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: PAESSP / NAESP
  • Huffington Post Article Discussion "10 Things to Give Up in Exchange for Happiness" by Tamara Star
Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_9-10.17.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 4:32pm EST
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You heard right!  This is a bonus episode of the RSP Podcast!  Listen now and hear:

  • Part II of the interview with Mike Indeglio where Learning Management Systems and Schoology are discussed
  • Fake Sponsor: Thundercats (1980's)
  • Interviews with teachers on the scene at "Family Fun Night!"
  • Fake Sponsor: The Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)

Enjoy, Rock Star Principals!  Enjoy!!!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_Eight_10.13.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm EST
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You might not be able to handle this one, fellow Rock Stars!  "The Doctor of Proctors" and "The Boss" bring it hardcore this week with the following topics:

  • Pumpkin Season 2013
  • Fake Sponsor: Dr. Nick's Kettlecorn
  • The Power of Social Media for Educators (Twitter)
  • Fake Sponsor: He-Man and the Frightzone Playset (1980's)
  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #5

This episode references everything from "Fat Albert" to Nervous Nellies to Dunkin' Donuts to Larry Ferlazzo!  Don't miss it!

Aaaaannnndddd...a BONUS episode airs today as well!  Keep your ears open!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_Seven_10.13.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:21pm EST
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We're back and so is our interview segment!  This episode ROCKS!

  • Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #4
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Brylcream
  • RSP Interview Segment Live from NYC: Michael Indeglio (music theater, actor, singer, musician, creative genius)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: NHL Flyers Hockey
Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_6_10.10.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 8:31pm EST
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The Rock Stars are cracking up this week more than normal!  But before they fall apart, they discuss the following topics:

  • BYOD: Bring Your Own Device in the K-12 Environment
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Sweetzel's Spiced Wafers
  • The Church of Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently #3
  • Fake Sponsors: Honeycomb cereal
  • The Walking Dead

This episode sets the stage for our next four episodes, which will feature exclusive interviews with two stars of the stage and screen, Broadway and Beyone, Jennifer Babiak and Michael Indeglio.  Stay tuned!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_5-10.6.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:05am EST
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The Rock Star Principals take it to a whole new level this week as they discuss a ton of amazing and entertaining topics, including:

  • "Family Fun Night"
  • Ultraman
  • Tommy TuTone and Jenny's 867-5309 in the 21st century
  • Clowns
  • Moon Bouncers
  • Servant Leadership
  • TED Talks
  • #2 of Whitaker's 18 Things Great Principals Do Differently
  • The Steve Austin Show podcast
  • Penn State's Nittany Lion Mascot
  • Officiating Staff Member's Weddings
  • Zombies
  • ...and More!!!

Trust us, fellow Rock Stars!  You don't want to miss this one!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_4-10.2.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:13pm EST
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The Rock Stars "bring it" again and it is all for your entertainment!  Twisted steel and school appeal for educational leaders in the K-12 world!  In this episode, the Rock Stars feature:

  • The Highlight: Your hosts discuss Jon's recent "No Office Day" and the results of that experiment.  Along the way, the boys recall childhood memories of the syndicated 60's Japanese television show, "Ultraman!"  
  • Fake Sponsors: Jon and Nick promote another fantastic podcast from Podcast One, "The Steve Austin Show: Unleashed!" (they want Mr. Stone Cold on their show as a guest...or vice-versa)
  • The Church of Whitaker: The first of Whitaker's "18 Things Great Principals Do Differently" is discussed.
  • Fake Sponsors: DDP Yoga (come on, Dally, show us some love!)
  • The Wrap-Up: Everything from Sweetzels to Ultraman to Back to School Night is referenced!

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Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rock-Star-Principals/429768453799672?ref=br_tf

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Subscribe to us in the iTunes Store!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_Three_9.29.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 6:17pm EST
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Welcome to the 2nd Episode of the Rock Star Principals' Podcast!  Tonight we continue where we left off (Where exactly was that? We're all over the place!)  Prepare to "rock out" to the following "hits!"

  • "The Main Act" - PVAAS Results Have Been Released! Jon and Nick talk Pennsylvania's Value-Added results in regards to their own schools.  Of course, the conversation also leaps to many other topics, including DI, RtII, Bubble Groups, No Office Days (Fliegelman, 2013), and more!
  • "A Word from Our Fake Sponsor:" Education Week
  • "Topping the Charts in Pop Culture:" - The Doctor of Proctors and the Boss discuss 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,' the CGI continuation of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.'

Follow us on Twitter @rckstrprincipal

Check out our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rock-Star-Principals/429768453799672

View our Webpage at: http://rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com/webpage

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_Two_9.25.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:33pm EST
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The Rock Star Principals' Podcast has arrived!  The first episode features an introduction to your two hosts, "The Boss" Jon Ross and "The Doctor of Proctors" Nick Indeglio.  Episode one topics feature:

  • "The Opening Act" - Meet Your Hosts (with lots of tangential rambling)
  • "A Word From Our Fake Sponsors" - Todd Whitaker's "Shifting the Monkey"
  • "The VIP Section" - An Interview with a Principal's Spouse (Julie Ross shares about life with a Principal)
  • "A Word From Our Fake Sponsors" - DDP Yoga
  • "The Rock On Wrap-Up"

Give us a chance!  Then tell your family!  Tell your friends!  Shout it from the rooftops! We're bringing twisted steel and school appeal to principals all across the planet (and Southeastern Pennsylvania)!

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_One_9.22.2013.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 2:05am EST
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We are coming!  Get ready to "rock!"

"The Rock Star Principals Podcast jams to all the latest and greatest in educational leadership trends, news, and awesomeness at the top of the charts!"  

 

Direct download: RockStarPrincipalsPodcast-Teaser-WeRComing.m4a
Category:Commercial -- posted at: 12:15pm EST
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