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!"
Episode 67: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

The Rock Star Principals bring you their most focused and intense interview to date as Dr. Douglas Reeves, founding partner for Creative Leadership Solutions and author of over 30 books along with 80 educational articles, joins the podcast for an in-depth interview. Dr. Reeves brings his experience as a Harvard University Distinguished Author and the Brock International Laureate to help educators take their game to the next level. 

The Rock Stars and Dr. Reeves discuss all the following and much much more:

  • Dr. Reeves' new book, "Inspiring Creativity and Innovation" Buy Here!
  • His upcoming follow-up book, "Elements of Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice" Pre-order here!
  • Grading: a case against giving zeroes
  • Using data effectively
  • John Hattie and Mike Schmoker
  • How can
  • What would Dr. Reeves choose as his superpower? (you'll never guess)

Don't miss this one!


Episode 66: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

We were just re-tweeted by Burt Young, the real star of the "Rocky" Saga (@burtyoungartist)! We are thrilled. It's a life-long dream to "meet" (my) Dad's favorite character from the series! Twitter is the next best thing. But we want to get Mr. Young on the Podcast. Why? First, Burt Young's dad was a high school shop teacher. "Teaching" is in his blood. And all of you remember our highly popular segment, "Rocky's Punches of Perspicacity," and "Paulie" is a huge part of that.

Did you know:

  • Burt Young was a REAL professional boxer. In fact, he was 14-0!
  • Burt Young is an artist. The pictures Paulie were painting in "Rocky Balboa" were actually Burt's pictures.
  • Burt Young's art work is actually for sale and you can own it!

So in Episode 66 we discuss Burt's acting credits, his life, "Rocky," what made Paulie so special, and more!

But we need you to help us get Burt's attention again and on the show. Sure, we have 33,000+ listeners in over 105 countries, all 50 states, and on 6 continents, BUT we're hoping Burt will hear your voice! Reach out to him at:

  • Instagram: @burtyoungofficial
  • Twitter: @burtyoungartist
  • Facebook: look for "Burt Young's" Celebrity Page
  • Website:
Direct download: Episode_66-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Episode 65 went off the rails quickly, but is still awesome-sauce!

  • Article Review: "Early School Start Times-Bad for Kids Academically and Emotionally" by Diane Schaffhauser
  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsor: Monday Night Football and MacGyver (ABC)
  • "Marc Mero Recap"
    • Marc Mero returned to Pennsylvania and visited 4 different schools including LMS and DMS
    • @marcmero
    • Parents attended...what did they think?
    • Jon's kids attended...what did they think?
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Marc Mero #Choices
  • "PSSA Re-boot: The RSPPA"
    • #RIPfromRSP (Moses Malone)
    • Where PDE and PA went wrong with the PSSA...
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: "Sock 'Em Boppers"
  • "Shootin' the Sh!t with RSP"
    • #RIPfromRSP = Jon's dog, Sandy
    • Disney Infinity 3.0 - Star Wars
    • The Universal Wrestling Federation Facebook Page (this is Nick's action figure wrestling federation from grade 3 til...well, now, actually...)
    • #RIPfromRSP = Reginald VelJohnson and Dennis Franz
      • They aren't dead.
    • We want Ronda Rousey (@rondarousey).
      • ...and Henry Winkler and Mr. Belding
Direct download: Episode_65-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Episode 64: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

The JUMBO-sized Season 3 Premiere is here! "The Boss" Jon Ross and "The Doctor of Proctors" Nick Indeglio bring you an extra wallop of awesome-sauce as they discuss:

  • "A Tale of Two Rock Stars (Getting Pulled Over)" and "Principal Pro" by Kristina Diviny-MacBury.
    • What do the Rock Stars discover after getting pulled over in the same place by the same officer months apart?
    • How does this relate to Discipline and Restorative Practices?
    • Book Intro of "Principal Pro" @educate4hope
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) from Kenner (1980's)
  • "The Dissertation:" Jon and Nick discuss some helpful tips for Chapter 2-The Lit Review
    • Narrow the Focus.
    • Organize Your Way.
    • No One Cares About You.
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Transformers Ultra Magnus (Hasbro 1986)
  • Pop Culture Round-Up
    • Millenium Falcon Drones on Force Friday
    • Mad Max: Fury Road (Greatest Action Movie Ever?)
    • Fear the Walking Dead
  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsor: GoBots from Tonka
  • An Excerpt from Our First Live "Periscope"
    • Thanks to @MAStewartMA
  • See you next time!!!
Direct download: Episode_64-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Episode 63: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Recently, Jon and Nick had the opportunity to attend a MLB game at Camden Yards with Superintendent Larry Mussoline and Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center Principal, Tom Mulvey. The boys drove with Tom and conducted a great interview focusing on:

  • The challenges of building a single grade center from concept to brick and mortar to opening.
  • Opening a center with an iPad 1:1 initiative.
  • The challenges and opportunities tied to that technology.
  • Breaking old perceptions towards traditional schooling.
  • Building rapport and relationships.
  • Super-Powers.
  • The Grateful Dead.
  • ...and more...
Direct download: Episode_63-_The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Episode 62: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Join the Rock Star Principals for "Story Time." Jon shares some classics from the past and the dynamic duo discuss some summer interviews with candidates fresh out of college!

Direct download: Episode_62-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

We are numerically out of order because we promised Diamond Dallas Page for Episode 60! That episode will drop next week. For now, enjoy the following awesomeness:

  • Reflections on the "Choices" presentation by Marc Mero (@marcmero)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: DDPYoga
  • Article Review: "What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?" by Lauren McKenna (@TheAtlantic)
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: Air Supply for Dr. Pepper
  • Story Time with The Boss: What happens when the teacher starts crying?


Direct download: Episode_61-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Episode 59: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast (Special Guest-Marc Mero)

The Rock Star Principals bring you their most powerful episode yet as the dynamic duo is joined by world famous motivational speaker and former professional wrestling legend, Marc Mero! Fortune and fame was followed by tremendous personal loss and Marc realized that both his good choices and bad choices shaped his life and had an impact on those around him. 

The Champion of Choices organization was founded by Marc shortly after ( and Marc's powerful "Choices" presentation has been to thousands of schools world-wide. Recently, a video from Marc's assembly went viral on YouTube with over 9 million people being inspired by his message.

Jon and Nick strongly encourage all the principals and educational leaders across "Rock and Roll, USA" to listen carefully and consider bringing Marc and his inspirational program to your district!

  • Today's Show:
    • A Special Introduction...
    • Interview Segment Part 1: Marc Mero (@marcmero)
    • A Word from Our Fake Sponsor: DDP Yoga (
    • Interview Segment Part 2: Marc Mero (cont.)
    • Original Song by Michael Indeglio: "I Believe"
Direct download: Episode_59-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast_with_Marc_Mero.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

Episode 58: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

RSP 58 features a discussion from #EdCampDtown with awesome educators about an article by Nina Golgowski-New York Daily News (@glowgow) where an elementary school in New York (PS 116-Principal Jane Hsu) abandoned homework. We interviewed @EricDaney @jonathanblow @DrStaubSTEM

We also get Nick's predictions on "Wrestlemania 31" (he's interviewed by @RFarinaDM who hates pro-wrestling). It's funny and informative. @wwe @wweuniverse #Wrestlemania


Direct download: Episode_58-_The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Episode 57: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast (#EdCampDTown)

The Rock Star Principals are at the first ever Downingtown Ed Camp on the second day of Spring (with 6 inches of snow on the ground)! Giant Kudos to the crew who organized the event: @KristieLBurk @jonathanblow @DrStaubSTEM - 

  • The Mobile Introduction: Snow, Smoothies, Drive Thrus, EdCamps
  • Kristie Burke explains how an EdCamp works
  • Interview with @33megan33 from the Bahamas on "Mystery Skype!"
  • Interview with @christybrenn from Haverford on "Google Hang-Outs!"
  • Interview with @DrStaub STEM about "Eating Your Vegetables" and the "Law of Two Feet!"

Enjoy episode 57 and the excitement of #EdCampDTown will continue in episode 58!


Direct download: Episode_57-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
Category:Episode-RSP Podcast -- posted at: 10:40am EDT