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 53: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Tons of educational content and pop culture greatness "rocks" this podcast! Follow RSP on Twitter @rckstrprincipal -and- rockstarprincipals.com -and- "Like" our Facebook Page -and- subscribe on iTunes!

 

  • Episode 53
    • Article Review: Discipline Study 
      • Does harsh discipline climate affect good students?
      • @iirpgradschool
      • @rfarinadms
    • Fake Sponsor: Drake's Devil Dogs
    • Article Review: Self-Driven Learning by Katrina Schwartz @kschwart
    • Fake Sponsor: Nntendo's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
    • Pop Culture Time!
      • Sons of Liberty @History
      • True Detective @TD_HBO
      • American Sniper @AmericanSniper @chriskylefrog
      • The Judge @robertdowneyjr

Eat. Sleep. Rock. Repeat.

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Episode 52: The Rock Star Principals' Podcast

Jon and Nick, the Rock Star Principals return with an all new episode offering advice for teachers who have obtained their first assistant principal's role in the same building they teach! Hear the panel of Rob Farina (3 year assistant principal at Downingtown Middle School @DASD_DMS) and Dave Wiedlich (Brand new assistant principal at Lionville Middle School @DASD_LMS) where both taught prior to becoming principals. 

And, of course, the "Doctor of Proctors" and the "Boss" bring you a "Word from Our Fake Sponsor," which is Shrinky Dinks from Colorform! 

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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 redjumper.net
    • Top Rated by RSP!
  • A Word from Our Fake Sponsors: eSurance with Beatrice
  • Blog Review: PracticalTheory.org with @chrislehmann
    • "Can's We Just Get Better?"
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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 continues...you 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!!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 www.computerbasedmath.org , 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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