The Assistant Principal Podcast

Frederick Buskey

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CRABS – A Coaching Call with Mitchell Hall
4d ago
CRABS – A Coaching Call with Mitchell Hall
Description:Today’s show is completely different from anything I’ve done in the past. Our guest took my free course on building a positive classroom culture and reached out to share how he used what he learned and to pick my brain about next steps, so what you are going to hear today is a coaching call of sorts. Before we dive into the call, I need to set the context for you by providing an overview of the course. The free course (link in the show notes), serves as….·      Frameworks around using different forms of power to have different kinds of influence on students·      Constructive ways to respond to safety events·      Overview of the elements of good classroom procedure and the process for teaching, rehearsing, and supporting procedures. In the call, we talk about:·      The value of beginning class routine, even in small group pullout class·      How intentionally teaching a procedure for doing group work helps kids work better in groups·      Mitchell is teaching the group process in his pullouts but it is spilling into the regular classrooms – how powerful is that? Imagine…·      You will hear me reference “Reteach, rehearse, and supports” – those are specific concepts I share in the course·      What I model is how an AP can have a discussion with a teacher about creating a better classroom culture, specifically though creating a procedure for group work. Notice how having a common framework, language, and expectations for procedures makes this conversation so much easier and more collaborative! Guest Bio:Mitchell Hall is a certified Gifted and Talented Education Specialist with Garrett County Public Schools in western Maryland.  He has been recognized at the state level for his role as a teacher leader in the field of Gifted and Talented education.  Mitchell is also an aspiring school leader, and recently obtained his school administrator licensure.  He is currently in his 17th year of teaching, and has had a broad range of roles; he's taught history, special education, and gifted and talented, and has served as administrator-in-residence.  In his current position, he teaches in multiple buildings each week to deliver Primary Talent Development and GT lessons in grades pre-k through 5.Course link: https://app.heartbeat.chat/theassistantprincipal/invitation?code=JE6E76  Links to examples: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/appodcast.html Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck
13-02-2024
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck Power quote: “The solution starts with us” Show Description:Is your school community thriving? How do you know? More importantly, how do you – how can you – be a powerful agent for building a thriving school community? The wonderful thing about the answers to these questions is they are so, so simple. We are joined today by a wonderful soul and I guarantee you will leave the show feeling uplifted and inspired.  Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve the mental health of staff and students. She holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work and is a 20+ year veteran in education (K-12). As a global keynote speaker, she delivers powerful messages of hope to educators and facilitates meaningful professional development to equip adults with tools that integrate into everyday practice. Her unique lens as a high school teacher turned clinical therapist who has worked closely with adolescents and families in crisis makes her stories relevant and captivating to those struggling in today’s system.   Questions/Topics/Prompts·      What constitutes a “Thriving School Community”?·      How can we understand/evaluate the current state of our school community?·      What are the building blocks for TSC?·      What is the role of the AP?·      What is one thing APs can begin doing immediately to support a TSC?  You can purchase her book “Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution” on Amazon. You can also listen to Charle’s podcast “Thriving Educator” and connect with her via email charle@thrivingeducator.org, on TikTok + X.  Charle’s links:Website: ThrivingEducator.orgFREE School Mental Health Audit ThrivingEducator.org/auditEmail: charle@thrivingeducator.orgPodcast “Thriving educator”https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thriving-educator/id1677382954 Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier
06-02-2024
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier Power Quote: Conflict has a purpose  Description:One of the most frequent things I’m asked about is how to have difficult conversation. I have some thoughts, but I’m not an expert. That’s why today’s guest is here. What if we looked at conflict as an opportunity? What if accountability was something we did with people instead of to them? And what if through the process of helping people be responsible, we were also helping them be authentic human beings, increasing their agency and self-worth through the accountability process? Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and Nate Regier is going to help us learn how to do it. Guest Bio:“Nate Regier, PhD, is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership consulting and training firm helping build cultures of compassionate accountability. Dr. Regier is a former practicing psychologist and expert in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, conflict skills, and leadership. Recognized as a Top 100 keynote speaker, he is a Process Communication Model® Certifying Master Trainer. Nate is the author of four books: Beyond Drama; Conflict without Casualties; Seeing People Through; and his newest book, Compassionate Accountability. He hosts a podcast called “On Compassion with Dr. Nate,” writes a weekly blog, contributes to multiple industry publications, and is a regular guest on podcasts.” Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do? Welcome back! We last heard from you back in July in episode 143 Outline·      Difference between empathy and compassion·      Helping people be accountable versus holding them accountable?·      Accountability as a relationship, not an action·      New teacher struggling, but sometimes leader doesn’t know how to support?·      ORPO for a struggling new teacher Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Nate’s links:https://www.next-element.com/ Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough
30-01-2024
The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough
Show Notes, Episode 184: The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough It’s always fun to sit down with another consultant or author and dive into their field of expertise to find powerful ideas and tools you can use to improve your life and leadership. However, some of the best ideas come, not from experts, but from you, and our other colleagues who are still in classrooms and buildings. Today’s conversation meanders like a pleasant stroll alongside a slow-moving stream, and like any fall time hike in the Smokey Mountains, it possesses its own beauty and splendor.Kelly Scarbrough has been an educator of 17 years. She has invested her career teaching primary grades and building a foundation and love of learning. In January, she opens a new chapter in beginning her doctoral studies in educational leadership. Kelly has a passion for servant leadership and believes that leading with empathy and a genuine desire to serve others fosters authentic, deep relationships and cultivates positive change. While Kelly is a full-time teacher, she is also excited to continue her journey as she continues to grow as an educator and leader!Notable Quotes Kelly:“People’s beliefs in me have helped mold me into believing I can do it.” “There’s a lot that’s going on and teachers want to feel supported through it.” “I know how to sit quiet and listen.”“There is trust amongst our team and it makes such a difference in how we work together.”“He was okay saying ‘I don’t know’ and that impacted the staff greatly… we appreciated that in him.”“As I am developing myself as a leader, I am finding much more appreciation for the diversity in knowledge others bring about.” “Presence makes all the difference”Frederick:“We can all lead no matter where we are.”“Clarify to people, ‘What do you need out of this today?’”“When there is so much going on, the power of presence actually increases.”“Presence is the gift – you don’t need to fill the space you create.”“If we are going to do something, that means there is something else we can’t do!”“What are the pieces in this new initiative… that align with where we are already going?”“When I’m vulnerable, I’m saying, ‘I trust you.’”“That focus on you as a person actually made a difference on you as a teacher.”‘Here’s what the tip looks like, but what’s happening underneath the water?”Kelly’s Contact InfoLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-scarbrough-776175266?trk=contact-info Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday Farewell
24-11-2023
Five for Friday Farewell
Hello Colleagues and welcome to this week’s 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Actually, this will be our last episode of 5fF and instead of recapping… explain how I reached this decision.Lens of 3 epiphs:123Here’s the story:MM complaining too much to do…Jeff asked, I said…Daily em2 pod episodesLdr programCourse devCourses on building  CRC1st Epiph: too much to doJeff suggested ways to streamline – time managementBut I was trying to do it all2 epiph: I get to chooseJeff asked purposeMy thinkingBut…Jeff… why are you still doing it: no fun, not serving a purposeHard answer: egoQuittingNumbers3rd Epiph:My own ego over developing things that will be useful to othersOr what’s best for my business?Too often, we operate on auto, and our actions and values come into misalignment.Still do Tuesday:High value for you (I hear from you)I enjoy doing the interviewsHelps me growPod is integral to my business startI want everything to be educational – to add value, I hope you can look inside at your own actions…That’s it for Five for Friday. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. If you will miss the 5fF you can always subscribe to my daily email…I look forward to seeing you again next TuesdayI’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
The Six Dimensions of Organizations with Frederick
21-11-2023
The Six Dimensions of Organizations with Frederick
Culture, specifically, organizational culture. It’s part cliché, part elusive whale, and part obsession. We all work (or have worked in my case) within schools or educational organizations which have a culture and we all know how powerfully that culture influences what happens within the school. The cliché: Culture is the key to a great school The elusive whale: What is school culture? The obsession: How can we create a culture of learning? Today, I will unpack for you the secrets of school culture. I guarantee after you listen to this show, you will have a clearer understanding of what school culture is, why it is so powerful, and – best of all – how you can build a better school culture. It isn’t easy, but it is, I promise you, simple.Summarizing (The big takeaway) If you want to improve your culture: support and grow your teachers. For example:·      Stop telling them how to get better. Change the culture by revamping your teacher evaluation and PD systems. Facilitate discussions in which teachers identify their pain points and they tell you about their goals for creating a stronger classroom. This change hits every aspect of your organization:o   Changes the purpose of leadership from controlling to servingo   Changes the structures around the evaluation process from compliance to critical o   Changes the structures of observation and post-conferencing o   Reallocates resources as we focus on meaningful coaching and PD I’m not saying your current purpose, structures, resources and teacher improvement strategies are a dumpster fire. I know how hard you work and how much thought you put into helping your teachers grow. What I am saying is this:·      If you are telling your teachers where they need to grow, instead of helping them address pain points they want to treat, there is friction.·      If your evaluation system is not part of a long-term systemic approach to helping teachers improve their craft, then evaluation creates friction.·      If teachers are required to attend PD they see as irrelevant, at the cost of attending PD they want, that PD is creating friction. I know there are many things you do not control, and the evaluation system is probably one of them. However, can you:·      Ask teachers “If you could get students to do one thing differently, what would it be?”·      And then help them define what that would look like and sound like?·      Could we then, in our formal observation, make sure we were capturing some of the data related to the thing we want students to do differently”?·      Could we, in our formal post-observation conference, map a plan for how we can help that teacher create that change?·      Could we, follow up consistently in our future observations and PLCs? Yes, we can do all those things. It is simple, but it is not easy. You can hear me unpack that question about students doing one thing with 2nd-year AP Alex Auriemma in episode 177 from last week. So, now you know what school culture is. You know what makes it worse and what can make it better. What are you next steps? What do you do with this ne understanding? I don’t actually suggest that you revamp your entire evaluation structure. That is an A-Z change. Here are two simple things you can do starting today:·      Ask that question, “If you could get students to do one thing differently, what would it be?” Informally of your teachers, and listen to their answers.·      Do more 5-minute coachingo   It reinforces that the purpose of leadership is to support and grow teachers.o   It creates an informal structure that makes that work easier for both leaders and teachers.o   And by going your full time and attention, even only for five minutes, it communicates to teachers that you are willing to invest important resources in their growth. Honestly, I’d like to dig into this even more – we are just scratching the surface. The 6D framework is the foundation of so much of the work I do and the practices I promote and teach about.Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday November 13-17, 2023
17-11-2023
Five for Friday November 13-17, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to… Those of you reaching out to me via email and LinkedIn! It inspires me to keep going. Specifically, I’d like to thank:Darius CoulibalyKelly ScarbroughValerie JonesAnnette BrownAnd a special thanks to Tammi Barker who wrote:I listen to your podcasts on my way to work as I just promoted to a VP in July. Your podcasts motivate and reinspire me when I’m feeling overwhelmed or defeated. This is the first position that I’ve never been able to complete all of my work before going home. I’m am learning quickly that it will consist of many more of those days. I am working on changing my mindset and trying to rebalance my work and home life.Tammi dm’d me on LinkedIn on a day I was feeling very low and was questioning whether or not I even wanted to record a five for Friday (last week’s, not this one). She turned my whole day around  in a text that took two minutes to compose.This s a great example of how simple and easy it is for us to exert positive power by lifting up others.And… Tammi heard about the show via her supervisor. I do not have a strong social media presence and most of our growth comes from word of mouth, so if you don’t have time to be present with someone and nurture them, consider forwarding this show to them instead.Okay, let’s get to the week’s emails.Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of November 13-17, 2023. The week’s emails:The takeaway: Obvious takeaway for this week: ASK PEOPLE REFELCTIVE QUESTIONS!Sometimes I think I repeat myself too much, that it is so simple. But then I think about my own leadership, how I am dialed into presence, how I know the questions by heart, and how my sone Colin walked into my office this morning and I barely acknowledged him and did not ask any questions at all. We all fall down on this stuff, we are all too busy. And so I keep emphasizing the power of presence and of asking the right questions. It’s as much for me and those of us who know and try as it is for those of you who are just hearing this for the first (or second) time. Collin edits our Five for Friday episodes, so I can say here Collin, I’ll do better being present with you next time. And you my dear colleague, who do you need to commit to being more present with? A peer at work, your partner, or maybe even – yourself.That is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday when I dig into the six dimensions of organizations. The six dimensions framework is foundational to so much of what I talk about. Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. As I record this, we have 21 ratings and 6 reviews – we are inching forward! Remember increasing those numbers helps others find the show and I really appreciate hearing from you. If you can’t rate the show, at least help others find it by forwarding the show link to a colleague. Please! You’ll be helping leaders like those mentioned at the top of the show find a PD source that improrves both life and leadership.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Lean in and Listen with Alex Auriemma
14-11-2023
Lean in and Listen with Alex Auriemma
177: Leaning In and Listen with Alex Auriemma About this show (Teaser from outline) I am keeping this teaser short because I cannot wait to get into today’s conversation. Back in August I encouraged listeners to ask their veteran teachers three questions. The questions were designed to help you learn more about your teachers and to help them feel listened to and valued. Today’s guest, a practicing assistant principal, used those questions and she’s here to share how it went, what she learned, and what her next steps will be. Notable Quotes Guest: Alex Auriemma“It’s not just something I did with my 22 teachers, it’s something we, collectively as a cabinet, have done with all our teachers…”“It was so great to hear teachers gloat about what makes them awesome!”“The sequencing of the questions is the magic to the sauce”“It was so much of me not leading; it was them just sharing.”“It’s not a me conversation, it’s an us conversation.”Having theses conversations… I just was present. My commitment is to stay that present.”Frederick:“It was something very important because it said, “I hear you, I see you, I value you.”“Any time we can take a practice and do it as a leadership team collectively, it just amplifies the benefit.”Guest Links:Email: Alexl.Auriemma@gmail.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-loredo-auriemma-94286991/ Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday Nov. 6-10, 2023
10-11-2023
Five for Friday Nov. 6-10, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to… my incredible book reviewers. My book on how to move from spending time on tasks to investing time in people id tentatively scheduled for publication in March. One way to tell if people really care about you is to ask for critical feedback. People who aren’t really invested with say things like, “great job” or “looks good.” People who care about you will make specific suggestions about how to improve and why they are making those suggestions. So thank you to the following people for helping me create a better book to help people on their leadership journey:Dr. Justin Nutter, assistant superintendent of Lexington 4 SD in Lexington, SCMaria Werner, Founding Principal of Green Charter School, Simpsonville, SCDr. Heidi Von Dohlan, Associate Professor and Program Director of the NC School Executive Leadership Program (NCSELP) at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NCEleanor MaCauley, Principal, Fairview School, Sylva NCKatie Joiner, AP, Mid-Carolina Middle School, Newberry SCDr. Efraín Martinez, Princcpal, Conrad Fischer Elementary School and host of the Wisdom and Porductivety podcast, Elmhurst IllinoisDr. Sam Sircey, Prinpal (retired), Buncombe County Schools, NCWhat a stellar group of leaders – thank you for helping me be a better leader!Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of Nov. 6-10, 2023. The week’s emails:The takeaway: I think the common thread this week was assumptions.I may assume that what happens this time will be the same as what happens next timeI assume you aren’t in trauma, or there is nothing I can do to support you.I assume I have the answers to helping you become self sufficient.I assume you see the same value in something as I do.I think what’s really happening here is that we are operating on patterns. Our brains are great at creating patterns to guide our behavior so we don’t become paralyzed with decision-making. But those patterns can lead us to making assumptions and those assumptions can have negative impacts on our leadership.So, what can you do?What’s not working?Who needs your support?Your own condition?That is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday… Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. As I record this, we have climbed to 21 ratings and 6 reviews! What if we could reach 50 ratings by the end of the year? How cool would that be? Increasing those numbers helps others find the show.  I love hearing from you. So please consider emailing me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com.Share a story, a reaction to the show, or a request or suggestion. I do respond to every suggestion.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
What’s Getting in the Way? with Caitlin Mitchell
31-10-2023
What’s Getting in the Way? with Caitlin Mitchell
Today’s show will touch on a number of important things:·      Why do great teachers leave their schools, or education?    What makes a great leader?   If you don’t trust a teacher to manage their own growth, what can you do about it?     What do teachers want?If any of those sound interesting to you, then you should definitely enjoy today’s show!Notable Quotes Guest: Caitlin Mitchell“But I wasn't getting a ton of support from my admin and about three and a half years into being a teacher, I left”I knew that I had to do something differently because the system of education was not going to change. So I needed to show up differently as an educator in order to allow myself to be insulated, if you will, from this larger system of education.what we hear from our teachers all the time is a lack of trust and a lack of autonomy in their decision making.If you really step back and take a look at what actions are you showing are your actions aligning with the beliefs and the values and the words that you're saying?“Let's remove the ‘me’ in this equation as the assistant principal.”“The quality of our life is determined by the quality of the questions that we ask.”A players don’t want to work for B leadersWith great leadership comes belief in self Frederick:one thing we want assistant principals to get better at is aligning those systems to make it easier for teachers to do the work they know how to do.we get so accustomed to thinking we have to have the answers, right? We help people because we have the answers. And that is the absolute reverse thing that we need to be doing with our veteran teachers. Well, any of our teachers, our teachers have the answers. So instead of asking, we need to be, instead of Telling we need to be listening.The value is not in that telling it's in the listening. Cailin’s Links:Website: https://ebacademics.com/Instagram: @ebacademicsFacebook: EB Academics for TeachersYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@EBAcademicsPodcast: Teaching Middle School ELABook: The Empowered ELA Teacher https://www.ebteacher.com/book Dr. Becky Good Inside: https://www.goodinside.comFrederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five For Friday October 23-27, 2023
27-10-2023
Five For Friday October 23-27, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to Matthew Downing, host of the DivingDeep EDU podcast. Matthew was recently promoted to the role of Supervisor of elementary Instructional Technology wih the Upper Darby School District in Pennsylvania. Matthew has also been having other great adventures and in the midst of all that was kind enough to have me on Episode 58 of the Diving Deep EDU podcast where we talked about the journey from urgent to strategic. I’ll put a link to the podcast in the show notes.Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of October 16-20, 2023. If leadership is influence, as leadership guru John Maxwell states, how do we influence people?If you read this week’s emails, you already know the answer is power.Embracing the power to lead is critical for several reasons:All forms of power are not created equal. You need to know the benefits and liabilities of each form.Because you hold power to influence others, you have an ethical obligation to use your power wisely and to care for those whom you influence with your power.Understanding the sources of your power allows you to cultivate and increase your power.Most forms of power are not hierarchical, meaning you can exert power – LEAD – regardless of your hierarchical position. You don’t need to wait to lead. Use your power to lead NOW.Instead of recapping each day, I want to run through the forms of power and provide examples of how each one can be used by different members in your school.Five forms of power:LegitimateT to SP to TS to PLeads to compliance “Because I said so”InformationalT: information on college applicationsP: classroom and teaching assignmentsDO: rubric for the grantSome people withhold information as a way of keeping control which has a two-edged impact on their influence (increases and diminishes at the same time)ExpertChemistry teacher to future MD; reading teacher to future authorAP who can teach others to ask engaging questions of students, OR ask reflective questions to teachers to get them to their own answers“You can help me get to where I want to go”RewardT to S: A, gold star, praise, note homeAP to T: promotion, coveted teaching assignment, responsibilities, input/voice, sticky notes, social media recognition, Friday jeans day, donuts“Look at me”CoerciveT to S: F, referral/write-up/detention, silent lunch, note/call home, expressing disappointmentAP to T: Contractual hits, “write ups”, teaching assignments, scheduling, isolation, intimidation, threats“Do this or else!”Creates resentmentReferent“My favorite teacher” MentorAdmire, respect, care for, Want to emulate and pleaseNot all power types are equal!The takeaway:For all except legitimate:Students hold the same powers over teachersTeachers hold the same powers over adminUnderstanding the types of power, you can be intentional about cultivating itThat is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday when I review some elements of creating a positive classroom culture.Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. Increasing those numbers helps others find the show. You can find out more about me at https://www.frederickbuskey.com/I love getting feedback, so please consider sending me an email or connecting with me on LinkedIn. Of course, all of those links are in the show notes.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Cheers!DiveingDeepEDU Podcast link: https://divingdeepedu.libsyn.com/58-frederick-buskey Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five For Friday October 16-20, 2023
20-10-2023
Five For Friday October 16-20, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to… Krista8967 who wrote in a recent review:I absolutely love this podcast. Frederick Buskey gives helpful tips that you can put into action right away. This show has been a part of my weekly routine since my journey into educational leadership began.Thank you for the kind words Krista, I am so glad the show is helpful.Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of October 16-20, 2023. I was so excited after recording Tuesday’s podcast with Michele Matoon that I rearranged my content for the week and decided to pull five tips from the daily email to reinforce some sound meeting practices. The fifth tip was not on our show and I can’t believe I didn’t mention it as it transformed the way I view meetings.While there is significant overlap between today’s show and Tuesday’s, it might be a bit less overwhelming. I’ll prove Michele’s email address at the end of the show and include it in the show notes as she will send a meeting template to anyone who wants it. If you want better meetings, don’t reinvent the wheel, just email Michele!Five biggest takeaways:Have a clear, actionable goal, in an agenda, ahead of time.Allot time to each item and use a timer to signal the end.Write down who is responsible and what the deadline is.Put FYIs at the bottom and do not read or spend time on them.Calculate the cost of the meeting. The takeaway: Every minute of our day has a price. That price can and should be measured in money, but more importantly in time and attention. Of course, some meetings are necessary. IEP meetings are essential parts of identifying important strategies for working with a vulnerable group of students. However, the value of a meeting should never be measured on its own. It should always be measured against the alternative.Was this meeting as important as developing a support plan for a student in crisis? Was this meeting as important as investing 30 minutes with an early career teacher, listening to their story, and helping him thing through how they want to grow? Was this meeting as important as developing an SOP to help front office staff effectively manage unexpected visitors?In some cases, the answer will be yes and you should absolutely have the meeting. In other cases, it will be no, in which case maybe you should cancel of skip the meeting if at all possible.I know things are pretty hierarchical in most districts, but I can’t help but wonder what might happen, if, coming into a meeting 30-minutes late, you announced, “Sorry I’m late, but I have a third-year teacher who is considering leaving the profession and I needed to do some critical problem-solving with her.” What would be the response to that? Again, that may not be an option in your district, but maybe it is but you don’t know it? Might be worth a conversation. There is a great visual in an article in the Huffington Post in which they monitored brain activity in people attending back-to-back meetings.  The increase in stress created by back-to-back meetings with no break is striking.Again, I’m not saying all meetings are bad, but if it isn’t worth have an agenda with a clear goal and actionable outcome, what’s the point?That is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday… Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. As I record this, we have 19 ratings and 6 reviews – we are inching forward! Remember increasing those numbers helps others find the show and I really appreciate hearing from you.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Cheers!Michele’s Links:Email:  michele@nsrfharmony.org Website: www.nsrfharmony.org X (Twitter) @TheNSRF:  twitter.com/TheNSRF Instagram: @NSRFharmony:  https://instagram.com/nsrfharmony Facebook: Facebook.com/NationalSchoolReformFaculty Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/NSRF/  Threads (logs in with FB):  threads.net/@nsrfharmonyResources:The NSRF’s website:  www.nsrfharmony.org  (has libraries of many protocols and activities)Huffington Post article on stress: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/meetings-breaks-office-brain-study_l_638e4f82e4b06fdc9d907e03 Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
The why and how of meetings with Michele Matoon
17-10-2023
The why and how of meetings with Michele Matoon
Show Notes, Episode 169: The why and how of meetings with Michele Matoon About this show  Have you ever been in a meeting that didn’t go well? I know, silly question. What about this – have you ever been in a meeting that DID go well? And why, if your experiences have been anything like mine, are the good meetings so much rarer than the bad ones? More importantly, what can we do to flip the script – to move meetings from being a waste of time to being powerful tools for organizational improvement? Today’s episode is going to help you do just that!Michele Mattoon is the executive director of the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF).  She works with schools and educators across the country and around the world to implement Critical Friends Group Trainings, strategic planning sessions, and other work relating to collaborative learning.   Michele is also the president and owner of Coltrain Group, a consulting firm that offers facilitation and mediation services, as well as tailored collaborative trainings to businesses and other organizations outside the education arena. Michele is obsessed with intentionally building healthy, productive communities through specific collaborative structures.  As such, she is the primary editor of NSRF’s training handbooks and the author of many articles, protocols and activities dedicated to this topic.Michele and I talked briefly after the show and for our next recording we will dive into how to manage “those people” who can make meetings a nightmare. If there are specific examples or behaviors you would like us to address, please email them to me at fb.com so we can address them on the show. Have them to me by October 31, 2023 for inclusion on the show. Notable Quotes Michele:“That is two hours of my like I am never going to get back!”Bad meetings - “It’s a human being problem. It’d not an education problem, it’s a human being problem.”“Nothing breaks trust faster than a leader who says “we are going to make a decision”.. and then makes the decision themselves.”“The ramifications of not being clear are huge.”“If you are going to give a deadline, you need to keep the deadline” “We are so conditioned to a bell, that we will stop [when it rings].”“We need to know who’s responsible and when the deadline is.”“A big part of leadership is just being clear and organized and communicating just enough.”“If we have to make up a story, because no one told us, then it’s much more likely to be a negative story than a positive one.”“If you don’t have a system for it, it’s not going to get done.”Frederick:It seems like there are two kinds of meetings – one where there is an assumed purpose… and standing meetings, which can be some of the worst ones.“We need specific clarity so people know why they are coming.”“One of the most neglected parts of a meeting is assigning who is responsible and when the deadline is.”“It’s amazing how many people would talk something to death in a meeting, but when you ask them is it worth emailing me over this, they don’t, they are fine.”“When we had none items on the agenda, we just were covering things and not doing meaningful work.”Michele’s Links:Email:  michele@nsrfharmony.orgWebsite: www.nsrfharmony.orgX (Twitter) @TheNSRF:  twitter.com/TheNSRF Instagram: @NSRFharmony:  https://instagram.com/nsrfharmonyFacebook: Facebook.com/NationalSchoolReformFacultyLinkedin: linkedin.com/company/NSRF/  Threads (logs in with FB):  threads.net/@nsrfharmonyResources:The NSRF’s website:  www.nsrfharmony.org  (has libraries of many protocols and activities)Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840