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 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


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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.


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EDT