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!"

Season 2 continues with some Edu-Awesome-Sauce! Tune in for:

  • Rcoky Balboa's Punches of Perspicacity!
    • Rocky IV: "Going that one more round when you don't think you can, that's what makes all the difference in your life..."
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: WeBuyAnyCar.Com
  • App Review: "Book Creator" by
    • Top Rated by RSP!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: eSurance with Beatrice
  • Blog Review: with @chrislehmann
    • "Can's We Just Get Better?"
Direct download: Episode_51-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:58am EST

Episode 50-Season 2 Premiere: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Jon and Nick, otherwise known as RSP, are thrilled to begin the 2nd Season of their hit podcast! And what better way to begin than with a special DOUBLE-SIZED 50th Episode! It's "Back to School" time and "The Boss" along with the "Doctor of Proctors" is ready to rock out...educational leadership style!

  • Welcome Back Segment: Nick and Jon discuss the start of the new school year with changes in both of their buildings.
  • "A Word from Our Fake Sponsors:" Air Supply and Dr. Pepper
  • Rocky Balboa's Punches of Perspicacity: "Fear" from Rocky III
  • "A Word from Our Fake Sponsors:" Sock 'Em Boppers
  • "You Just Bought Yourself Another Saturday" - Educational Movie Wisdom
    • Olympia Dukakis as the Principal in "Mr. Holland's Opus:" Stuck Compass
  • "A Word from Our Fake Sponsors:" Staples Back to School
  •  Article Segment: Homework by @JustinCoulson from The Daily Telegraph
    • The homework debate know what Nick and Jon think...
    • The importance of reading at night...
  • "A Word from Our Fake Sponsors:" Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Pop Culture Segment: Epic Meal Empire, Guardians of the Galaxy, Stone Cold's Broken Skull Ranch, The Strain, The College Football Playoff System

Enjoy the Season 2 Premiere and our 50th Episode!!!


"It's Not the 4th of July, But Freedom Never Takes a Holiday!"

Why don't Americans tell knock-knock jokes? 

Because Freedom Rings!!!

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"The Cadillac of Principal Podcasting" features the

"Standard of the World!"

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Plenty of Edu-Fun and Princi-PAL-ing happening in Episode 49! Join Jon and Nick for all this and more:

  • "Rocky Balboa's Punches of Perspicacity:" Lesson 1 from Rocky Balboa - Life ain't all sunshines and rainbows...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Movie Trailer for 1988's "Bloodsport" starring Jean Claude Van Damme
  • "You Just Bought Yourself Another Saturday!" Movies About Education: Uncle Buck
    • Twiddlers
    • Silly Hearts
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Movie Trailer from 1989's "Cyborg" Starring Jean Claude Van Damme
  • RSP Reviews TV Shows: "The Strain" on FX
    • @TheStrainFX

Don't Miss It!

Direct download: Episode_49-_The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:33am EST

Episode 48: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Episode 48 brings Edu-Awesome to a new level! A new segment debuts that will please all of our principal and teacher movie fans!

  • Article Review: "Complaining" by Selena Rezvani (@SelenaRezvani)
    • How is complaining ruining your reputation at work?
    • The Fish Philosophy (@fishphilosophy)
    • Jim Rohn and @shawnachor
    • @toddwhitaker and "Shifting the Monkey"
    • IIRP and Restorative Practices
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Dr. Pepper and Air Supply (1981)
  • New Segment: "You Just Bought Yourself Another Saturday:" Lessons from Movies About Teaching/Education
    • The Breakfast Club
      • Carl and Vernon
      • "The kids have changed."
      • "You think I give a _*&^% what these kids' think?"

All this and more!

Direct download: Episode_48-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

New Segments Coming to "The Rock Star Principals' Podcast!"

Fellow Rock Stars Unite!!!

As the hit segment, "Lessons from the Middle School Mafia," draws to a close, Jon and Nick bring two new and even awesomer (is that a word?) pieces to the podcast!

"Rocky Balboa's Punches of Perspicacity" - RSP are huge fans of all the "Rocky" movies (except for part V, which we pretend never happened). Join us as we discuss the best quotes and inspiration from the classic films!

"You Just Bought Yourself Another Saturday:" Famous Principals in Film - Principals and educational leadership have a home in the movies (albeit not always flattering). The Rock Stars pick the best (or worst) and translate it into Edu-Leadership Awesome-Sauce!

Don't miss these new pieces of fantastic-ness; coming soon to RSP!

Twitter: @rckstrprincipal

Facebook: RSP on Facebook

iTunes: Subscribe on iTunes

Stitcher: Listen on Stitcher!

Call or Text: (267) 58R-OCK1

Category:News -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Episode 47: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Hey, Rockstars!

Today's episode features an awesome Edu-Interview with Downingtown's Supervisor of Professional Learning, Jen Saksa (@DASD_Profdev). Jen is a former high school teacher, assistant middle school principal, and elementary principal. Here's these three discuss:

  • Professional Development and the need to differentiate for everyone...
  • Desire to shift the focus of what it was to what it should be...
  • Recognizing the needs and developmental stages of adult learners...
  • What works? PLC's, Ed Camps, Action Research, Job Embedded Coaching, Mentoring, Social Media PLN's, etc....
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Michael Fullan (@MichaelFullan1) and philosophy that "belief changes after behavior changes..."
  • Andrew Hargreaves, UBD, Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker), Shawn Achor (@shawnachor), Dan Pink (@danielpink), Malcolm Knowles (
  • Favorite John Hughes' movie...
  • Favorite and least favorite representation of a principal in a movie...

This one is philosophy and Edu-Heavy!

Direct download: Episode_47-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Episode 46: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast (Featuring "Recess Monkey")

Welcome back, Rock Stars! Today's episode is extra-special as we feature both an interview and music from the hit children's band (or "Kindie" as its called nowadays) "Recess Monkey!" (@recess_monkey)

Drew Holloway, lead singer and writer, re-joins old friend, "The Doctor of Proctors" for an interview covering the hit bands' music, evolution into a Kindie-Rock national juggernaut, and the inspiration from the wonderful world of education. All of this occurred during "Recess Monkey's" whirlwind East Coast Tour. The interview took place at Angelo's Pizza in King of Prussia, PA, (Angelo's Pizza-Facebook) owned by legend and friend, Tony Capone

This episode also contains two smash-hit singles from "Recess Monkey's" new album, titled "Wired!" The album was inspired by the "Maker Faire" movement occurring in schools and communities all across the country. The two featured songs are "Brick by Brick" (Legos) and the title track, "Wired!"

Follow Recess Monkey on Twitter: @Recess_Monkey

On the Web at: Recess Monkey Town

And on Facebook at: Recess Monkey's Facebook Page

All of their music is available everywhere...especially Amazon and iTunes! Sample more on Spotify!


Episode 45: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

The Rock Star Principals team up with the Doctoral Cohort from Neumann University to debate and discuss the logistics, pragmatics, philosophy, and more surrounding the state of New Jersey's recent decision to increase the rigor of certification standards of teachers. This is one great discussion where principals, teachers, and aspiring leaders share their thoughts on this and the overall state of education in the United States! First, read the original article here by Peggy McGlone (@PeggyMcGlone) from the Star-Ledger (@starledger):

NJ Raises Standards for Teacher Training and Certification


Direct download: Episode_45-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:08am EST

Happy Fourth of July from RSP!
Category:News -- posted at: 9:48am EST

RSP Joins "Pulse" on the BAM Radio Network!!!

The Rock Star Principals (@rckstrprincipal) are thrilled to announce that they've joined the BAM Radio Network (@BamRadioNetwork) to produce a syndicated short-form version of their hit podcast! 

BAM Radio Network will be making waves at the ISTE 2014 Conference (International Society for Technology Education) in Atlanta, Georgia with its vision of "Pulse!"

Check out the website at: BAM Pulse Radio Website as well as BAM Radio Network!

Or go straight to RSP's home on Pulse at RSP BAM Radio Pulse!

The Rock Star Principals, Jon and Nick, will be producing exclusive content for their BAM Pulse channel as well as posting existing content in a shorter format. To celebrate the kick-off of #ISTE2014, RSP has posted a brand new interview with the Nationally Acclaimed "Kindie" Band, "Recess Monkey!" (@recess_monkey)

Don't Miss Out! Listen Now!

Category:News -- posted at: 2:46am EST

Episode 44: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast + Cabrini EDU 646

The Rock Star Principals have joined forces with Cabrini's Summer II EDU 646 Technology and Communication Course in order to create an incredibly power "Educational Technology" Podcast in Episode 44! The Cabrini students (all future administrators) split into three groups and tackled a relevant educational technology based topic in individual podcast segment!

The Podcast kicks off with a whole class discussion of Todd Whitaker's "18 Things Great Principals Do Differently!"

Commercial: Cabrini College

Group 1: Math Tech:

After listening to the Ted Talk Teaching Kids Real Math With Computers by Conrad Wolfram who is a technologist, businessman and inventor of the website , our group discussed some of the main points learned. Questions discussed include: Do you think there is anything wrong with the way we teach math today? How is Common Core addressing these issues? Do you agree with Conrad’s stance on computers in education?

Commercial: Cabrini College 2

Group 2: Follically Challenged:

Jay, Jeremy, Jason, & Rob discuss NY Times article "In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores" by Matt Richtel." Commentators focus on the continued funding of technology in classrooms despite the fact that there are limited to no improvements in standardized testing scores.

Group 3: "BookFace:"

Social media, is it acceptable or not? We came across this topic when looking at some articles on the internet. The two articles we found and referenced were "Social Networking Nightmares," by Mike Simpson which was found on the NEA website and "Teachers, Students and Social Media: Where is the Line?" by Lori Grisham. This radio podcast was based on acceptable use of social media with educators. The end result came down to the issue of being professional, smart, and conscientious of your social media and using it just as we expect our students to use it.


Direct download: Episode_44-Rock_Star_Principals_and_Cabrini_EDU_646.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

RSP Welcomes Indonesia to the "Edu-Lution!!!"

RSP welcomes Indonesia to the Edulution! 43 countries and counting!

Twitter: @rckstrprincipal

Category:News -- posted at: 11:17am EST

Episode 43: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Happy Father's Day to all our Rock Star Dad's out there in the "Rock Star Nation" leading the "Edu-lution!" Today's episode is chock full of philosophy with our Neumann Cohort and thought-provoking articles:

  • Neumann University Cohort Discussion on Jim Dillon's (@Dillon_Jim) article, "Education Builds Character."
    • "Training" v. "Education"
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Dove (Calls for Dads) #RealDadMoments
  • Neumann University Cohort Discussion on Kenneth Goldberg's (@thehomeworktrap) article, "Why Principals Should be Wary of Homework."
    • What does the research say?
    • What do real teachers' say?
    • What does Alfie Kohn say? (@alfiekohn)

Enjoy this great Father's Day Edition!


Direct download: Episode_43-_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:18am EST

RSP Quotes: Legacy

Favorite Quotes from RSP

"The mass of men worry themselves into nameless graves while here and there a great unselfish soul forgets himself into immortality." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twitter @rckstrprincipal

(267) 58R-OCK1

On iTunes:

On Stitcher:

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 9:45am EST

Episode 42: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Excitement abounds on Episode 42 of the greatest podcast in the history of the universe...(too much?)

  • Talkin' Movies with Elli Ross
    • Jon's eight year old daughter, Elli, hosts a segment where she asks Jon and Nick about movies that they've seen, but she hasn't. First up is "X-Men: Days of Future Past!"
  • Public Service Announcement: Brain on Drugs
  • Lessons from the Middle School Mafia #6
    • From "A Bronx Tale"
      • "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent."
  • Commercial:
  • Article Review: 10 Life Lessons from a Navy Seal (Life Buzz)

Follow us on Twitter @rckstrprincipal

Direct download: Episode_42-_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm EST

Rock Star Principals' Podcast Back on iTunes!

The RSP Podcast has been "fixed" and is back in action at the iTunes Store! All 41 episodes now available for your downloading and listening pleasure!


Click Here for RSP on iTunes

Category:News -- posted at: 7:32pm EST

RSP Provides Expert Analysis/Coverage of "WWE Payback" (8pm EST)

The RSP Twitter Feed (@rckstrprincipal) will be covering the WWE Pay-Per-View "Payback" live tonight beginning at 8pm EST (@WWE, @WWEUniverse, #WWEPayback). Tune in for expert analysis by the former pro-wrestling high-flyer turned principal and doctor, "Zero Gravity" Dr. Indeglio!

Category:News -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

Special Episode 41 for Memorial Day!

The Rock Star Principals honor and remember all those who have served our country in order to protect our freedom. Episode 41 features:

  • A Memorial Day National Anthem by Caleb Johnson, the 2013 American Idol Winner.
  • A twelve person panel discussion about "Value Added Teacher Assessment and Evaluation" from the Educational leadership Doctoral Cohort at Neumann University.
  • Commercial:
Category:News -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Episode 41: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

The Rock Star Principals honor and remember all those who have served our country in order to protect our fereedoms. Episode 41 features:

  • A Memorial Day National Anthem performed by Caleb Johnson, the 2013 American Idol Winner.
  • A twelve person panel discussion of "Value-Added Teacher Assessment and Evaluation" from the Downingtown Doctoral Cohort at Neumann University.
  • Commercial:
Direct download: Episode_41-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:08am EST

Jam with the Rock Star Principals on Twitter #RSPJamSessions

The Rock Star Principals cover a wide variety of educational leadership topics on every single podcast. And they want to hear from you! So they figured, let's use this cool Twitter-ific "thing" called the "hashtag!"

You've loved "hanging" with them on #PAESSPChat all winter and spring. Now, share your feelings on the Podcast at anytime by simply Tweeting a message/response/critique/opinion/rant/whatever by using the hashtag:


We want to hear from YOU about any and all the RSP Podcast topics! Don't wait! Use it now! 

And visit our website at:

Or call us at: (267) 58R-OCK1

Category:News -- posted at: 12:35am EST

Episode 40 - Lessons from the Middle School Mafia (Pulp Fiction)
Category:News -- posted at: 12:25am EST

Episode 40: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Episode 40 is here and it is a doozy! But, hey, aren't they all? Join Jon and Nick this Memorial Day Weekend for:

  • Battling for the Soul of Education (
    • Battery Hens v. Free Range
    • TV Dinner Teaching
    • What happens when the bells don't work?
    • @AlfieKohn @JohnTaylorGatto
    • Apprenticeship Education
    • and more!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Honeycomb (1989)
  • Lessons from the Middle School Mafia: Pulp Fiction
    • "If you don't want answers, then stop asking the scary questions." - Jules
    • Big Picture v. Narrow world view
    • Relevations and challenging the system
    • and more!
  • Commercial:
    • Learn all about the services offered by RSP!
      • Consulting, presenting, weddings, blessings, and more! (-:
  • New Segment! "Jon Asks Nick Questions About Movies He Hasn't Seen"
    • "Godzilla"

Don't miss this giant-sized 40th episode!!!

Direct download: Episode_40-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:17am EST

The  Rock Star Principals' 40th Episode! Coming Soon!

The Rock Star Principals are about to bring you their 40th episode! This is no mid-life crisis for "The Boss" and "The Doctor." Surprises abound so be ready for anything! This episode will not disapoint!

Category:News -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Episode 39: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

We're excited to bring you awesome new episode where we discuss:

  • Secrets of the Middle School Mafia
    • Ace Rothstein from "Casino" (DeNiro)
  • Commercial:
  • PVAAS/EVAAS: Value Added Teacher Evaluations
  • Fake Sponsor: He-Man Playset
  • Teachers, Kids, and iPads

Lots to love here, folks!

Direct download: Episode_39-_The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Finally, RSP Invades Hawaii!!! All 50 States Now ROCK!!!

The Rock Star Principals' Podcast now reaches all 50 states! Hawaii is finally on-board and has joined the "Edu-Lution!"

Eat, Sleep, ROCK, Repeat!


Category:News -- posted at: 12:35am EST

The Rock Star Principals' Podcast is excited to welcome our new listeners in Iran and the Ukraine!

The "Edu-Lution" now hits all 50 of the United States and 41 countries!

Category:News -- posted at: 12:28am EST

RSP Welcomes Belarus, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic!!!

RSP is thrilled to welcome three new awesome geographic locations to our ever-broadening listening world! Thanks to all the new listeners in Belarus, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic!

Category:News -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

The Rock Star Principals Celebrate with DASD and the PA Secretary of Education: Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics

11 out of 15 schools in the Downingtown Area School District received the prestigious "Governor's Award for Excellence in Education" for schools that scored over a 90 on the School Performance Profile. 

The awards were presented by the Pennsylvania State Secretary of Education, Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq. The Rock Star Principals, Dr. Nick Indeglio and Mr. Jon Ross, were honored to be among the schools to receive the award.

Category:News -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

The Rock Star Principals Get Published in NAESP's March 2014 "Communicator"

Mr. Jon Ross and Dr. Nick Indeglio have an article on "Bring Your Own Device" Implementation in this month's issue of NAESP's monthly "Communicator." It's the March 2014, Volume 37, Issue 7 edition. You can read the article below by clicking:

NAESP "Communicator" - March 2014, Volume 37, Issue 7: "Green-Lighting BYOD"

If you are a principal or superintendent looking to get started in the exciting world of BYOD, Jon and Nick give you the most critical three initial steps to implementation. 

Find out more about the Rock Star Principals at:

Twitter: @rckstrprincipal


Category:News -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Secrets of the Middle School Mafia: Lesson 3 - Bad News

"Mr. Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news immediately." - Tom Hagen in "The Godfather"

The Rock Star Principals feature their third installment in the on-going segment detailing leadership lessons from famous Mob Movies. This week the talk includes:

  • Why immediacy is critical...
  • When to deliver news in person...
  • When to use email...
  • Networking with the right people...
  • Tricks of the trade...
  • and More...
Category:Commercial -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Good gosh! These guys are on a roll!

  • Article Review: 10 Signs You're Addicted to Failure by Tyler Basu (@TylerBasu)
    • Our special guest is Mike Indeglio (@mikeyi99)!
    • Blaming others, addiction to approval, fear of mistakes, addiction to drama, keeping bad company...
    • Positive People, Too: Brian Patrict Murphy (@olemissmurph)
    • Underwear and Toaster Strudels...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Bill Ziegler for President of PAESSP!
    • @DrBillZiegler @PAESSP
  • Secrets of the Middle School Mafia: Lesson 3: "Hearing Bad News Immediately"
    • Delivering Bad News, Receiving bad news, Tricks of the Trade
    • Email, Text, In-Person
    • Networking and "Good People"
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: The Rock Star Principals
    • Get everything on our webiste:
  • "Who Are the People in Your Twitterhood?"
    • @tallprincipal (Mike Allison)
    • @DrBobKa97 (Bob Salladino)
    • @lizdavis2 (Liz Davis)
Direct download: Episode_38-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:47am EST

RSP Welcomes Fiji and Bermuda!

The Islands of Fiji and Bermuda are now listening to the Rock Star Principals' Podcast! Welcome aboard and thanks for joining the "Edu-lution!"

Category:News -- posted at: 9:32am EST

#PAESSPChat Tonight at 8pm EST: Preparing for the PSSA!

Join @PAESSP @DrBillZiegler for #PAESSPChat tonight at 8pm EST for an important discussion on PSSA testing. Learn all about the best practices from leaders across the state, country, and throughout the world! Let's all boost our SPP scores by sharing what we do that works!

Category:News -- posted at: 9:12am EST

"Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown."

"Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown." - Shakespeare (Henry IV)

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Lessons and fun abound in Episode 37 as the Rock Stars cover the bases from educational leadership to Broadway! Listen now for:

  • Secrets from the Middle School Mafia #2: "Never tell anybody outside the family what you're thinking."
    • When do you talk? When do you listen?
    • Stick with the decision. 
    • Pre-Meetings are key.
    • "Heavy is the head that wears the crown." (Adapted from Shakespeare)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Pepsi's "Godfather" Commercial
  • Maxwell's University of Leadership #8: Law of Intuition
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Rocky on Broadway 1st Look
  • RSP Preview Report: Rocky the Musical on Broadway
    • Special Guest: Michael Indeglio @mikeyi99
Direct download: Episode_37-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Episode 36: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast (3.2.2014)

The Rock Stars are rocking and rolling as Episode 36 brings the intensity to a whole new level!  Tune in now for the following awesomeness:

·       “The Middle School Mafia” Lessons in Leadership

o    Lesson I: “This is the business we’ve chosen…” (Hyman Roth from “Godfather II”)

§  We know what we signed up for and the history of education lets us know what’s come before and what will come again.

§  Crying and complaining is useless.

§  “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

§  Restorative Practices: @iirpgradschool – Identify things for what they actually are…

·       Commercial: “Who Are the People In Your Twitterhood”

o    @JRsBBQ – The Ross Report Podcast on @PodcastOne

o    @ahoff63 – Our DASD Colleague, Assistant Director of Pupil Services, Andrew Hoffert

o    @Chescomoms – A great resource for Moms in the PA Tri-County Area

·       The Maxwell University of Leadership-Law #9: The Law of Magnetism

o    Who you are is who you attract.

o    @DrWayneWDyer – “You do not attract what you want. You attract what you are.”

o    Lao-Tzu’s 4 Virtues: Reverence for life, natural sincerity, gentleness, and supportiveness

o    @coachjfranklin – New PSU Head Coach

o    New RSP Vocabulary: “Twitter-Bits” and “Mediocre-ness”

·       Commercial:

o    Everything RSP is on

o    Or our mobile site at

·       Wrestling Wisdom

o    @AngryWrestleVet give us Rule 1: “Always show respect to those who paved the road for current and future generations…”

§  “Walking in the footsteps of giants…”

§  Don Eichorn, @JohnCena, @steveaustinbsr, John Monahan

Episode 36 has everything you’d expect and tons of stuff you’d never expect! Don’t wait! Eat, sleep rock, repeat!

Direct download: Episode_36-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Everything RSP Now Available Directly From

Dearest RSP Fans, Followers, Friends, Family, and More,

You can now access absolutely EVERYTHING related to the Rock Star Principals directly from our main website! Visit to get access to our:

  • RSP Podcast via Libsyn, iTunes, or Stitcher
  • Exclusive Services Available through RSP
  • @rckstrprincipal on Twitter
  • RSP on Facebook
  • RSP Youtube Channel
  • Email
  • Phone
  • And more...
Category:News -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

"Education Goes Hollywood" on #PAESSPChat This Thursday at 8pm EST!

Join President @drbillziegler @PAESSP and RSP for #PAESSPChat this Thursday night at 8pm EST as we discuss the best movies, music, books, and TV about education!

Category:Commercial -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

The Real "Road to Wrestlemania" Begins Tonight (2.24.2014)

I've always believed that the "Road to Wrestlemania" really begins the night after the "Elimination Chamber PPV." This belief holds especially true this year. WWE has a whole lot at stake in 2014. First and foremost, the WWE Network is a make-or-break venture (which I think will be a huge success; the WWE App already has 10 million plus downloads). Secondly, the 30th Anniversary of the "Granddaddy of 'Em All" will get a lot of attention. And, for the first time in three years, Wrestlemania is 42 days away and there are no actual matches set (Do you really think Batista v. Randy Orton will headline WM 30?).

Last night, the "Elimination Chamber PPV" started moving some pieces into place. Let's start with a match that I think has tremendous potential: John Cena v. Bray Wyatt. The build for this started at "Survivor Series" and has only progressed at PPV events. Cena can have a great match with a guy like Wyatt who has a unique look and in-ring style. You've got the chance to see some excellent promos, mic work, and actual in-ring physicality with Harper and Rowan v. Cena. This is a marquis match that people will want to see. Cena is beatable and Wyatt is hot right now.

While most people think we're headed to either Kane v. Bryan or HHH v. Bryan at Mania, I disagree. Vince isn't stupid. The time is now for Daniel Bryan. It's lightning in a bottle and the culmination should happen at WM 30. What's the easiest way to do this? I'd go with a Triple Threat: Bryan, Orton, and Batista. Over the next four weeks, make Bryan overcome all the odds and "earn" his way into the match by beating Kane and some others. Heck, maybe that can be Hogan's big thing as "Host" of WM. Let's see The Authority come out on RAW tonight and talk about the main event. Then Hogan comes out as WM "Host" and give Bryan a chance to get into the big match. Hogan's return needs to feel special; what better way than attaching him to Bryan?

I'm digging another match set in motion from last night: Cesaro v. Sheamus. Cesaro is getting hot and Sheamus is a mainstay. Maybe a double turn at WM?

I know it won't happen, but I think the only match for Undertaker is a handicap match versus The Shield.  The Shield took him out right after WM 29. Let's get revenge. 3 on 1 is a real threat to the Dead Man. Then, at 30, the implosion of The Shield can finally happen. Reigns turns face and costs his team the match after something happens. Then build Reigns v. Ambrose for the US Title through "SummerSlam."

Let Big E defend the IC Title on the big stage. Maybe against Mark Henry. I want to see the New Age Outlaws defend against the Usos and Golddust/Cody in a 3-Way Dance.

What about Brock Lesnar? Leave him off the card. Paul Heyman shows up on RAW to announce that Brock is irate and WILL show up at Mania and cause havoc. Have him do a "run-in" during the Main Event and take out Batista. Set-up Batista and Lesnar for "SummerSlam."

Alright, you've all heard enough of me. I've heard enough from me. Bottom line, I enjoyed the PPV last night. I'm excited about tonight. And I can't wait to be unproductive over the next several weeks while watching the new WWE Network. Hmmm...what will I watch first?


Category:Editorials: Pro-Wrasslin' -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

RSP returns with an education heavy podcast full of practical advice and wisdom for all K-12 educational leaders in the field!  Listen today and contribute on social media or our website(s) to the conversation!

  • University of Maxwell: Law 7: Law of Respect
    • Godfather Wisdom! @LydiaBreakfast (Lydia Dishman)
  • Commercial: Who Are the People In Our Twitterhood?
    • @bretdom (Bret Domstrand)
    • @jenastelli (Jen Marie Robustelli
    • @DASD_DMS and @DASD_LMS
  • Article Review: Can iPads Upend Learning by @Kschwart (Katrina Schwartz)
    • RSP gets feverishly passionate about technology and resistance...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Delicious Greens 8000
  • Article Review: 10 Reasons It's Ok to be Disliked by @tinybuddha (Lori Deschene)
    • Important and relevant for all leaders, but especially new administrators
  • Commercial: Our Favorite Podcasts
    • NPR TED Radio Hour by @nprguyraz (Guy Raz)
  • University of Maxwell: Law 6: Law of Solid Ground
    • Trust and Character

And visit our NEW website at:

Direct download: Episode_35-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:34am EST

The Philadelphia Inquirer Covers the Rock Star Principals!

The award-winning Philadelphia Inquirer has picked up on the YouTube sensation created by the Rock Star Principals and Superintendent Mussoline of the Downingtown Area School District.  Click below to read their article!

Philadelphia Inquirer Article Link to RSP "No-School Snow Closing Musical Medley"

Category:News -- posted at: 9:19am EST

RSP Quotes

"Every man has his secret sorrows

which the world knows not;

and often times we call a man cold

when he is only sad." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

RSP Favorite Quotes

"No Plan B. It distracts from Plan A." - Will Smith

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 9:44pm EST

RSP Favorite Quotes

"The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus." - Bruce Lee

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 9:43pm EST


Here's the MP3 of the YouTube Sensation, "The RSP DASD No-School Snow Day Musical Medley!"

Parodies of:

Allentown by Billy Joel

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Living in America by James Brown

Let it Go from Disney's "Frozen"

Direct download: RSP_No-School_Medley.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

RSP Favorite Quotes

"Games that never amount to more than they're meant will play themselves out..."

Glen Hasnard ("Falling Slowly" from the motion picture "Once")

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

A Quote from the Rock Star Principals

"Just go ahead and laugh at yourself.  Everyone else is already laughing at you." - The Rock Star Principals

Category:Quotes-RSP Originals -- posted at: 10:01am EST

In less than 24 hours, over 50,000 people have viewed the RSP YouTube Video featuring the "RSP Downingtown No-School Snow Day Medley!" Now is your chance to listen to the...uh, amazing audio from the video! Well, let's face it, the title of the show does include the term "Rock Stars!"

Downingtown Area School District Superintendent, Dr. Larry Mussoline, has become known for his entertaining Snow Day Robo-Calls after 5 winter storms so far in 2014.  After a few community members pointed out the "Durham Academy" video and the "Bohemian Rhapsody" video from YouTube, Dr. M contacted the Rock Star Principals to see what they could do to keep things light and lively.  

And, of course, RSP took it waaaaayyyyy over the top.  A slickly edited video and audio assault on the senses parodies Billy Joel's "Allentown," Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," James Brown's "Living in America," and "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen!"

You can view the YouTube Video here:

YouTube "RSP DASD No-School Snow Day Musical Medley"

Direct download: Episode_34-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Dr. Mussoline, Superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District, has been gaining wide-spread acclaim for his excellent "Robo-Calls" announcing snow days and late openings for the district.  As others have jumped on his coattails and begun writing "ditties" for their announcements, Larry decided to go even bigger. By enlisting the services of the Rock Star Principals, the new DASD "No-School Musical Medley" will take the internet by storm!  Watch it NOW at the link below!


On Twitter: @rckstrprincipal

iTunes: RSP on iTunes

Stitcher: RSP on Stitcher

Category:News -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

Category:News -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Welcome to Our Two Latest Countries Joining the RSP Edu-lution: Russia and the Netherlands!!!
Category:News -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

The Northeast has been slammed by snow and ice!  But RSP chugs right along with some special guests this week!

  • A Review of "The Biggest Loser: Second Chances" Finale by Nick, Tina (Sister Special Education Teacher), and Denise (wife and saint)!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Coca-Cola 1984 Olympics
  • What Do the People Think of Snow Days? (Nick, Tina, Denise, Avery, and Company)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: G.I. Joe Watchtower (Hasbro)
  • Breakfast with Galli Part III (Don't Be a Principal)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Kool-Aid in the 1960's
  • Newsflash: Bella Cut Her Hair (An Exclusive RSP Interview)!

Don't get left out in the cold! (Get it...left out in the know, ice storms and such...oh, well...)

Direct download: Episode_33-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

The Groundhog saw his shadow, but 6 more weeks of winter is tolerable with the Rock Star Principals!

  • The Boss finally tells the legendary "Cell Phone Story!" You've asked for it so here it is!!!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Staples Sno-Bot Falls in Love
  • Maxwell's University of Leadership: Irrefutable Law #5 - The Law of E.F. Hutton
    • General Zod from Superman II
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: PSA Superman and Cigarettes
  • Interview Segment: Joe Galli Part 2 (Dealing with Non-Proficient Staff)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Rocky IV Commercial
  • Pop Culture with RSP: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor

And More!!!

Direct download: Episode_32-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:57am EST

A Quote from the Rock Star Principals...

"What ultimately separates the 'champion' from the 'also-ran?' The champion has mastered consistency." - The Rock Star Principals

Category:Quotes-RSP Originals -- posted at: 12:28am EST

Education, education, and more education abound in Episode 31 of the Rock Star Principals’ Podcast!  This is one you won’t want to miss!  Prepare for:

·      Article Review: Greg Toppo (gtoppo) from USA Today: “Respect at School in Decline”

o   From the Harris Poll: Less teachers respect parents/students and vice-versa

o   Were things really better in the “good ole days?”

o   Finland and Respect

o   Parents Just Don’t Understand

·      A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out

·      Maxwell’s University of Leadership: Law 5=Law of Addition

o   Leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.

o   Are you making things better for the people who follow you?

o   Costco, Southwest, Disney

o   Jim Collins’ Level 5 Leadership

·      A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: Atari 2600

·      Interview Segment: Breakfast with Galli (Part 1)

o   The Rock Stars eat breakfast with esteemed, retired Superintendent, Joe Galli.

§  Relationships

§  Respect

§  You can’t “wait for the kid to come to you.”

§  “Chicken Feed Education”

§  Student Teaching

Direct download: Episode_31-The_Rock_Stars_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am EST

Which One Are You?

"Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

Which are you?

Category:Quotes -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Twitter Chat: #PAESSPChat Thurs. 1/23/2014 at 8pm EST - Topic: "Technology Philosophy!"

Join @PAESSP (Dr. Bill Ziegler) and the Rock Star Principals for this week's #PAESSPChat where the topic will be "Technology Philosophy!" Per the "NMC" research, we'll be discussing:

  • The Horizon.K12 Advisory Boardvoted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top ten trends and challenges that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. 

The Pre-Reading is available at:


See you Thursday Night, 1/23/2014, at 8pm EST on #PAESSPChat - Be there!


Category:Twitter -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

If you've been following the saga of Nick's 4 year old daughter on Facebook or Twitter, you know that it's been a crazy night (and morning).  In short, Talia's special toy, "Ladytramp," was apprehended and brutally attacked by Thor the Dog.  Thor has been actively pursuing Ladytramp for about a year and a half.  The surgery was tense, but successful, and all worked out.  You can catch up on all the action here:

Of course, some PTSD is to be expected.  After Dr. McStuffins Indeglio settled in for such much deserved slumber, he was awakened by Talia Toots at 4:00am.  Groggy, but always a podcaster, Nick was able to record most of the conversation on his iPhone.  Enjoy Talia's comments on:

  • LadyTramp
  • Thor
  • Santa Claus
  • Scarves
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Feet
  • Kicking
  • Mommy
  • and more...
Direct download: Episode_30.5-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:05am EST

News Update: The Saga of Tootie's Ladytramp in Critical Condition (Nick of RSP)

News Update: The Saga of Tootie's Ladytramp in Critical Condition (Nick of RSP)


Category:News -- posted at: 10:23am EST

The Rock Stars are in “rare form” for their BIG 30th Episode Podcast!!!  Don’t miss this one; it’s full of educational advice/awesome-ness and unparalleled RSP humor!

·      The Rock Stars Present…How to Present!

o   Tips for Presenting and Getting the Most Out of Professional Conferences

o   Looking the Part

o   What are the Take-Aways?

o   The Pro-Wrestling Connection (Going the Extra Step)

o   “You don’t know how much you know!”

o   Join the Rock Stars as they Present at the @NAESP National Conference this July in Nashville, Tennessee!

·      Commercial: Who Are the People In Your Twitter-Hood?

o   This week, we feature Rock Stars from our #PAESSPChat

§  @MelissaPatschke – National Principal Mentor Certification Coach, Elementary Principal, Federal Relations Coordinator, Regional Representative for NY, NJ, and PA (@PAESSP, @NAESP)

§  @PrincipalNauman – Elementary Principal in Lewes, Delaware, Extensive Participation in Twitter PLN’s

§  @pmhealey4 – Paul Healey is the Executive Director of @PAESSP

·      Research and Article/Book (or Twitter Feed Review) – Dan Buettner’s “Blue Zone” Twitter Feed

o   Tips on a Long and Healthy Life from Research in the “Blue Zones!”

§  Consumerism, Hari Hachi Bu, Sardinian Sarcasm, Dogs, and More!

·      A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: G.I. Joe Public Service Announcement

o   Roadblock raps about talking to strangers!

·      Maxwell’s University of Leadership: Irrefutable Law #4

o   The Law of Navigation (“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.”)

§  Saving Private Ryan – The complaint chain of command goes up.

§  If you badmouth the boss, it will get back to her.

§  Faith is defines as “belief without empirical knowledge!”

Enjoy all this and more on the 30th Episode Spectacular!  Laser, pyros, and flamethrowers abound!!!

Direct download: Episode_30-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

The Rock Star Principals Will Be Presenting at the NAESP National Conference: July 2014-Nashville, TN!!!

The Rock Star Principals are proud to announce that they will be presenting at the National Association for Elementary School Principals (@NAESP) National Conference from July 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee (! The conference theme is "Best Practices for Better Schools" and their tag-line is most apropos: "Don't Let it Happen Without You!"

Our presentation is titled, "The Principalship in the 'Blue Zone' - Threats to Longevity and the Motivation to Carry-On." Our interactive, multi-media experience will focus on our extensive research on the challenges facing principals in today's educational environment as well as providing the tools to increase your career life-span, health, balance, and overall happiness!  Reaching well-beyond the educational literature, the Rock Stars pull in the 'big gun' experts from all the social sciences and popular culture.  Don't miss it!

The Rock Star Principals' Edu-lution Continues!  "Eat. Sleep. Rock. Repeat."  We're in 49 states, 26 countries, and 6 continents now with thousands of downloads! RSP is also hosting a new weekly Twitter Chat along with the Pennsyvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (@PAESSP) for educational leaders and teachers!  Join us Thursday evenings at 8pm EST at the hashtag: #PAESSPChat
Follow the Rock Star Principals:
  • 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)
  • You can find the Podcast on "Stitcher" now as well!
  • Visit our Official Webpage:
  • Follow us on Twitter: @rckstrprincipal
  • Search for the "Rock Star Principals" in the Facebook search bar!
  • We're on Blogger at
  • We're also on Wordpress at
  • 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:

And Now You Can Call or Text Us at:

(267) 58R-OCK1




Category:Commercial -- posted at: 9:56am EST

Eat. Sleep. Rock. Repeat: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast
The Rock Star Principals' Edu-lution Continues!  Next week, we release Episode 30 of our edu-awesome podcast!  We're in 49 states, 26 countries, and 6 continents now with thousands of downloads!
We're excited about hosting a new weekly Twitter Chat along with the Pennsyvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) for educational leaders and teachers!  Join us Thursday evenings at 8pm EST at the hashtag: #PAESSPChat
How else can you join us? 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)
  • You can find the Podcast on "Stitcher" now as well!
  • Visit our Official Webpage:
  • Follow us on Twitter: @rckstrprincipal
  • Search for the "Rock Star Principals" in the Facebook search bar!
  • We're on Blogger at
  • We're also on Wordpress at
  • 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:

And Now You Can Call or Text Us at:

(267) 58R-OCK1

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Episode 29 of the Rock Star Principals’ Podcast is “bad to the bone!” And that’s “bad” as in “good!” Listen in for:


·      “Should Principals Stop Visiting Classrooms” from the Washington Post by Valerie Strauss (@valeriestrauss)

o   Daniel Willingham research shows a weak or non-existent relationship between student achievement and the priority a principals puts on Instructional Leadership

o   New research (Grissom, Loeb, & Master, 2013) indicates that informal principal classroom walkthroughs are negatively associated with achievement

o   What do the Rock Stars think of all this??? Listen!

·      A Word From Our Fake Sponsors: 1970’s Devil Dogs

·      The Maxwell University of Leadership (@JohnCMaxwell)

o   Irrefutable Law #3: The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily

o   And…Robocop

o   And…Franki Valli and the Four Seasons

·      “Who Are the People in Your Twitterhood?”

o   @ericdaney

o   @DrBillZiegler

o   @bethhill2829

o   All of these people were part of the first ever #PAESSPChat held on Thursdays at 8pm EST (@PAESSP, @NASSP, @NAESP)

o   And…falling in love with Siri…

·      Rock Star Resolutions

o   Fitness via Beachbody’s “Body Beast” Program (@Beachbody, @BodyBeast)

o   Xbox Nike+ Kinect (@Nike, @Xbox)

o   MyFitnessPal for Calorie and Nutrition Tracking (@MyFitnessPal)

Direct download: The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_29.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:14am EST

Join 1st Ever RSP and PAESSP Twitter Chat on "Legendary Leadership! 1/9/14 @ 8pm EST #PAESSPChat

Bigger than Wrestlemania!  Bigger than the Superbowl!  Bigger than Neil Diamond!  The Rock Star Principals join forces with the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) for their first ever live Twitter Chat to be held at 8pm EST on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at #PAESSPChat 

The exciting, engaging, and engrossing discussion will center on "Quotes" instead of "Questions" to stimulate deep and meaningful conversations.  And since the Rock Star Principals are runnin' the switch boards, there are bound to be some laughs along the way as well!

Be there so you can say, "I was there when it all began!


Category:Twitter -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

The Rock Star Principals are proud to be guests on the latest edition of the “Staff Loungin’ Podcast!” You can hear the interview directly on their website at or on iTunes at

Category:Commercial -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

The Rock Star Principals' Podcast is Now Available on "Stitcher!"

There are many great ways that you can listen to the RSP Podcast and we are excited to announce a new avenue for access!  The Rock Star Principals are now available on “Stitcher” at:

“Stitcher” is a mobile and desktop application that allows you to listen to over 20,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android or PC anytime, anywhere.  Get the freshest episodes of your favorite podcasts and radio shows streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad - no downloading or syncing.


"Stitch" together your favorite shows into customized station playlists and save them for easy access. Create a news playlist for your morning commute, and a comedy playlist for the weekends. Browse or search through over 20,000 different shows, or select a pre-set station from Stitcher's editors like Top 20 Comedy shows, Top 20 News & Politics shows and much more.  Let Stitcher give you personalized recommendations based on your listening preferences. Enjoy This American Life? Stitcher lets you see what other listeners of This American Life also like to listen to - you'll have new favorites in no time. Let Stitcher help you discover the world beyond music radio!

Category:Contact/Find RSP -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Happy New Year, Rock Star!  See you later 2013 and welcome 2014!  Today's episode wraps up the year:

  • Year End Review for 2013
    • Technology Trends from 2013: IOS 7, Vine, Snapchat, and More Social Media!
    • "Stressed Out Teens" from by Kelly Wallace @kellywallacetv
    • "Selfies Aren't All Bad" from by Kelly Wallace
    • Video Gaming and Parent Responsibility: Grand Theft Auto 5 @RockstarGames
    • BYOD
    • The Apple Holiday Ad
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: AT+T "It's Not Complicated" New Year's Ad @ATT
  • "Who Are the People in Our Twitterhood?"
    • @Fearless_Teach - Traci Logue
    • @micheleborba - Michele Borba (author, psychologist, Today show contributor)
    • @ACTAlonStivi - "Nuff Said.

Here's hoping that everyone has an Edu_Awesome year!  Stick with RSP as we all grow together (and prepare for world domination)!

Direct download: Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast-Episode_28.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:15pm EST