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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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