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!"

Direct download: Episode_118-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast_Has_Moved_to_YouTube.m4a
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Direct download: Episode_117-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast_Has_Moved_to_YouTube.m4a
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Episode 102 continues the "Edulution" as RSP continues to "PushThePendulum!"

  • Jon and Nick discuss the new @DASD_DMS Awards to recognize authentic learning and character rather than honor roll. The boys reference an article from Mindshift KQED by @LindaFlanagan2 called "How One School Ditched Schools and Assemblies to Refocus on Kids and Learning."
  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsor: 1980 Hershey's Whatchmacallit
  • Interview with the "Center for Supportive Relationships"
    • "The Boss" Jon Ross interviews Chris Pugliese, @cpagsPugliese, and Eran Magen, @eranmagen, to discuss the Center for Supportive Relationships, @supr_education.
    • Imagine a school community in which EVERY interaction is supportive and positive!

      At the end of each interaction, both sides walk away feeling cared for and respected, and with a clear understanding of the next step. We know a way that you can get there.

      Here's what we are doing in Upper Darby SD to create this. We have been collaborating with the Center for Supportive Relationships since 2014 to provide relational skills coaching to our classroom teachers. 

      During a 20 minute real-time session, a Center coach uses a tablet to provide praise, compliments and suggestions to the teacher via a smart watch. The feedback is based only on relational skills. The goal is to support teachers as they build stronger relationships with their students.The Center coaches model strong relational skills with the teachers and then give suggestions on how teachers can model those behaviors with the students. 

      Currently, the Center is training internal UDSD staff to become expert coaches in order to sustain the initiative after the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Also, the Center and Neumann University have collaborated to incorporate a relational skills component into Neumann's first-year teacher preparation program. UDSD staff have served as guest lecturers in these sessions.

      Feedback from UDSD teachers in the fall 2016 coaching cohort:

      78% reported that they would recommend the coaching program to a colleague

      73% reported that the coaching helped them strengthen relationships with students

      65% reported that the coaching helped make their work more satisfying

  • A Word From Our Fake Sponsors: 1979 Twix Candy Bar
  • Article Review on Gratitude and Paying It Forward
Direct download: Episode_102--The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
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Jon and Nick bring an action packed episode to the inter-webs! Today, RSP raps about:

Direct download: Episode_99-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
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"The Doctor of Proctors" Nick Indeglio is joined by special guest host, Mr. Shawn Wright, who is also a principal at Downingtown Middle School. Shawn has worked as an administrator in both charter schools and public schools in inner-city Philadelphia.

Today they discuss the @GeneralElectric #BalanceTheEquation commercial featuring female scientist, Millie Dresselhaus. You can watch the commercial HERE.

Direct download: Episode_94-The_Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
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Jon and Nick are back with a supersized episode leading into summer break and on the heels of the first ever joint @NASSP and @NAESP Joint National Principal's Conference! Episode 93 features:

  • Article Review: Corinth Middle School Abandons Final Exams by Derek Pruitt from the Post Star
    • RSP discusses the over-testing in the States and the lack of efficacy for final exams at the middle level.
    • Eric Mazur's work from Harvard is referenced.
  • Commercial: RSP Presenting at the National Principal's Conference
    • Sunday, July 9th
    • 3:45-5:00pm
    • Room 111AB
  • This Is What It's All About - Unity Cup
    • Jon and Nick discuss the Unity Cup Classic and it's importance to benefit students, staff, and Alex's Lemonade Stand (@AlexsLemonade)
  • Pop Culture Segment
    • RSP discusses 2017's upcoming summer movies as well as Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy!
Direct download: Episode_93-Rock_Star_Principals_Podcast.m4a
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