Season 4, Episode 3 of FocusED with Morgane Michael #FocusED

Season 4, Episode 3 of FocusED with Morgane Michael #FocusED

Morgane Michael Joins FocusED to Discuss the Need for Teachers to Go From Burnt Out to Fired Up…and More 

This is Season 4, Episode 3 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Morgane Michael. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, and The School House 302. Don’t miss what Morgane says about getting teachers From Burnt Out to Fired Up…and so much more.

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Morgane Michael Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Morgane Michael is the author of From Burnt Out to Fired Up. She has been an elementary school educator with the Greater Victoria School District in British Columbia, Canada, since 2008. Michael is a passionate advocate for social-emotional learning, kindness education, and educator well-being, and she leads professional development initiatives aligned with those efforts throughout her province.

Michael pursued her interest in developing positive school culture by carrying out kindness and self-compassion practices, promoting effective social collaboration, nurturing creativity, and building self-efficacy that is responsive to students’ needs. She established a culture of high expectations by launching her podcast, KindSight 101, in 2018. She has interviewed some of the world’s biggest names in education on the topics of kindness, well-being, self-compassion, and the promotion of positive school culture. 

Morgane Michael is also the creator and founder of the Small Act Big Impact 21-Day Kindness Challenge, which seeks to promote and cultivate safe and supportive school culture. She shares insights from her podcast and lesson ideas on her blog, Small Act, Big Impact.

Morgane Michael received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and is currently completing a master’s degree in educational leadership. She lives with her family in Victoria, British Columbia.

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FocusED Show Notes with Morgane Michael

Morgane calls the times we’re in  “the merge lane back to normal.” 

Don’t miss what she says about expressing our full selves as educators. 

You want to hear what she says about teachers who have “a way of seeing us.” 

We were thrilled to find out what she learned from Tim Ferriss. 

Start building your “happiness jar” today. 

Morgane shared practical strategies for self-care and passion ignition, including the use of the following questions programmed in your phone three times a day: 

  1. What am I feeling? 
  2. Where am I feeling the stress in my body? 
  3. What do I need to move forward? 

You have to listen to what she says about our 6 emotional needs. 

She talks about weaving other industries into our practice of learning so that we follow non-educator work. Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Brene Brown

What she says about deep work around our values. 

Morgane talks about Atomic Habits by James Clear. Without strong systems, it’s hard to get to point B. 

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Season 4, Episode 2 of FocusED with Julie Stern #FocusED

Season 4, Episode 2 of FocusED with Julie Stern #FocusED

Julie Stern Joins FocusED to Discuss the Concept of Learning that Transfers…and More 

This is Season 4, Episode 2 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Julie Stern. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, and The School House 302. Don’t miss what Julie says in this episode about learning that transfers…and so much more.

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Julie Stern Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Julie Stern has nearly two decades of experience facilitating adult learning and feels lucky to partner with educators to take their practice to the next level. 

She is passionate about synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free from the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. 

She is a four-time, best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary, and Secondary

She is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus and Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC, and her native Louisiana. Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and her two children.

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FocusED Show Notes with Julie Stern

Julie starts with a definition of “learning that transfers” — it’s not what we might think in terms of taking learning from short-term to long-term — but rather transferring learning from one situation to another in application. 

The vast majority of teachers already have the tools to plan for learning that transfers. ~ Julie Stern 

Don’t miss what she says about the first shift that we need to make and what needs to be at the heart of the lesson. 

You want to hear about what she says ISN’T transferable learning—isolated lessons that don’t apply to an additional situation. 

Julie talks about common errors that teachers make often without even thinking about them. 

There’s a big difference in the role that students and teachers take in classrooms where learning transfers. Students become pattern seekers. Teachers are no longer fact providers and sources of information. 

Julie talks about what it means to shift from subject matter to disciplinary literacy. 

Don’t miss what she says about content disciplines being a way to look at the world. 

Assessments are the floor, not the ceiling. Rote learning doesn’t work, even for standardized tests. ~ Julie Stern 

Go to LearningThatTransfers.com. Teachers, check out Chapter 8.

Check Out These Recommendations from Julie Stern: 

Brooke Castillo’s The Life School Podcast

Good Bye To Overwhelm 

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Happy Days by Gabby Bernstein

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Season 4, Episode 1 of FocusED with Jessica Cabeen #FocusED

Season 4, Episode 1 of FocusED with Jessica Cabeen #FocusED

Jessica Cabeen Joins FocusED to Discuss What It Means to Lead With Grace 

This is Season 4, Episode 1 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Jessica Cabeen. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, and The School House 302. Don’t miss what Jessica says in this episode about leading with grace while maintaining high expectations…and so much more.

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Jessica Cabeen Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Jessica is the Principal of Alternative Educational Programs and Austin Online Academy in Austin Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the principal at Ellis Middle School as well as the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota,” the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education assistant director, and a special education teacher. 

Jessica was awarded the NAESP/VINCI Digital Leader of Early Learning Award in 2016; in 2017, she was named the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal; and in 2021, she was named DIVE Principal of the year.  

She is a NAESP Middle Level Fellow and a Future Ready Principal. Jessica is the author of Hacking Early Learning, Balance Like A Pirate, Unconventional Leadership, and Lead with Grace: Leaning into the Soft Skills of Leadership.  

But by far her favorite space is the one that involves being with her husband Rob, two sons Kenny and Isaiah, and of course the family dog-Herman. Jessica can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @JessicaCabeen and on her website: jessicacabeen.com.

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FocusED Show Notes with Jessica Cabeen

Jessica talked about going from one level to another and learning how to communicate effectively. 

Don’t miss what she says about vulnerability. 

Jessica talked about letting go of the perception that you have to lead with perfection. Leaders need to celebrate errors…what she called normalizing errors. 

Jessica talked about balancing grace with high expectations, what it means to have a tough conversation with people who you care about. 

You’ll love what she says about setting up a crucial conversation. 

The sandwich setup makes it so that people get their carbs but they miss the protein…you’ll know what we mean when you listen to the show. 

Leading with grace is not always leading gracefully. Jessica talks about what leaders need as they grow and the skill of grace. 

Leaders need to practice self-regulation by checking their energy and attitude each day. Listen to what Jessica says about her “miracle morning.” 

Don’t miss what Jessica says about having an “open door policy.” 

Jessica wants to see the student voice elevated in schools—seen, heard, and valued in schools. 

Jessica talks about brain development research and resources. Check out The Power of the Adolescent Brain by Thomas Armstrong 

She mentions learning more about career pathways so that students can see themselves beyond schools. 

Book number five is on its way: Principal in Balance.

Quotes from Jessica Cabeen

Breathe, smile, take a break, and have a life. ~ Jessica Cabeen

No one needs to be May-tired in October. ~ Jessica Cabeen 

It’s not what you say but how you say it. ~ Jessica Cabeen

Value people before their positions. ~ Jessica Cabeen 

 

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Season 3, Episode 14 of FocusED with Joe Sanfelippo #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 14 of FocusED with Joe Sanfelippo #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 14 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Joe Sanfelippo. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Dr. Sanfelippo says about what it means to lead from anywhere and how leaders build intention, connection, and direction in schools. 

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Joe Sanfelippo Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.  

Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He was a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005.  He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.  

Joe started the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge, and co-authored:

The Power of Branding-Telling Your School’s Story

Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age

Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love

and his new book is Lead From Where You Are: Building Intention, Connection, and Direction in Our Schools

He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019

He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff.  

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FocusED Show Notes with Joe Sanfelippo 

Joe wrote his new book as a legacy piece. Listen to what he says about his kids and leaving something behind. 

His insight about leading from a position of isolation is powerful. 

Joe sees a lot of leaders asking the same questions, that often have answers, but that everyone is asking in their own bubbles. 

Joe recommends balance in your emotional state when making decisions. You have to hear what he says about the highs and lows of school leadership. 

Joe talked about better student ownership through adult learning. When adults like what they’re learning, they’re more likely to translate that for kids. 

When it comes to “resources,” Joe says that teachers and leaders should have a core group to go to for reflection and support. 

Don’t miss what Joe says about amplifying your school’s message. 

Joe’s final message about treating everything like it matters is inspiring. 

Great Quotes from Joe Sanfelippo 

If you get locked into your own thinking, you miss the opportunity to build capacity for how you lead. ~ Dr. Joe Sanfelippo 

As long as you have people who are honest with you, you’re going to be in a better place. ~ Joe Sanfelippo 

We have to remember that people are just starting out in leadership. ~ Dr. Joe Sanfelippo 

Questions Asked by Joe Sanfelippo on FocusED 

What do you do to put yourself in the right mindset to run your school? 

What are the ten things you do when you get to school? 

How can we make more intentional decisions? 

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Season 3, Episode 13 of FocusED with John Almarode #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 13 of FocusED with John Almarode #FocusED

John Almarode Joins FocusED to Discuss How School Leaders and Classroom Teachers Can Focus on Clarity for Learning

This is Season 3, Episode 13 of FocusED, and it features our guest, John Almarode. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Dr. Almarode says about the importance of clarity for learning, evidence of learning, the science of teaching…and so much more. 

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John Almarode Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

When John was 10-years-old, he walked down the hallways of Stuarts Draft Middle School to find his locker and classes on what he believed was a normal “back-to-school” night. However, the moment he walked through the door frame of Room 30, he met his sixth-grade science teacher, Ms. Cross. From that moment on, he knew he wanted to be a teacher – not just any teacher, but a teacher as influential as Ms. Cross. 

That moment in Room 30 where he met Ms. Cross still fuels his drive as a teacher. Yet, his single greatest accomplishment, if asked, is his family. If you have ever worked with John via Zoom, WebEx, Google Meets, or Teams, you have almost certainly met each member of his immediate family through their impromptu cameo appearances. 

John lives in Waynesboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a  fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and Labrador retrievers, Bella, Dukes, and Ollie. Oh, and Tessa and Jackson affectionately call Ms. Cross, Grandma Sally.

Outside of being a husband and father, John is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education at James Madison University and works with preservice teachers and graduate students across multiple teacher preparation programs.

John is a bestselling author (of 11 books) and has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world on the translation and application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments, and what works best in teaching and learning.

Today, we discuss John’s book, Clarity for Learning and what that means for teachers and students as well as school leaders who are looking for instructional excellence in the classroom. 

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FocusED Show Notes with John Almarode 

Don’t miss what John says about clarity of learning for teachers but also students. 

What do we want our students to learn? 

How do we want them to learn? 

How will they know if we’ve learned? 

Relaying feedback to learners is important but it’s also important for learners to relay feedback to us. 

Having learning intentions and success criteria is one thing, but they can’t just be practices on the board. 

Teachers need to pay attention to the verbs in the standards: “compare and contrast” versus “explain” and other behaviors that we want students to communicate and display. 

Don’t miss the secret that John tells us about what separate teachers who have the highest degrees of learning and growth. 

The science learning has been around since 1885. Once you learn something, if you don’t practice retrieving it, you’ll forget it. Unfortunately, we don’t always use the science. 

Our work now: how do we support teachers with the science of learning to apply it in the context of the classroom so that we can learn more about the science of teaching. 

John talked about his other book, How Learning Works, as a place to go to support teachers now in terms of where we might start with the science of learning. 

It is very difficult to learn in an environment where you don’t feel like you belong. ~ John Almarode 

Listen to John describe what happens in a threatening environment; students will simply not care about what the teacher planned for them to learn. 

John ends the episode with a message about focusing on what really matters most versus what we don’t have any control over. 

John Almarode Quotes 

It is very difficult to learn in an environment where you don’t feel like you belong. ~ John Almarode 

Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ theschoolhouse302.com where we publish free leadership content. Go to the site, subscribe, and you’ll get all of our content sent directly to your email. 

 

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This episode was brought to you by GhostBed, a family-owned business of sleep experts with 20+ years of experience. With 30K+ 5-star reviews, you can’t go wrong with GhostBed. Their mattresses are handcrafted, and they come with a 101-night-at-home-sleep trial. For a limited time, you can get 30% by using our code — SH302 — at checkout. And, even if you tell someone about GhostBed, you can earn a $100 referral reward. Go to Ghostbed.com today and use SH302 at checkout. 

Season 3, Episode 12 of FocusED with Robyn Jackson #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 12 of FocusED with Robyn Jackson #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 12 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Robyn Jackson. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Robyn says about building culture as a school leader…and much more. 

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Robyn Jackson Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Robyn Jackson is passionate about building better schools. As the CEO of Mindsteps Inc.®, she has helped thousands of K–12 administrators and teachers develop the clarity and confidence to turn their classrooms and schools into success stories.

Jackson combines her experience as an English teacher and middle school administrator and her work in thousands of schools and districts to help teachers and administrators develop rigorous instructional programs that provide students with the support and motivation they need to reach or exceed the standards and helps refocus vision, mission, and core values to build better schools.

She is the author of 10 books, host of the School Leadership Reimagined podcast, and an internationally recognized keynote speaker and consultant.

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FocusED Show Notes with Robyn Jackson

Robyn talked about the failed leadership models that we all learned but that aren’t working since they are designed to maintain. 

Don’t miss what she says about doing the work of leadership in schools without a new program, without firing people, without adding…by building. 

Don’t miss the 4 things that Robyn teaches in her builders’ lab. 

Robyn talked about vision statements being promises for our students. 

There’s great power in the way that Robyn describes teacher development, growing them one level in one year. Picking one thing to develop and targeting that area. 

We need to know the most critical areas of instruction to set as our focus for teacher growth. 

Robyn talked about this mantra: Bosses say “you go.” Leaders say “let’s go.” Builders say “come.” 

The leader dictates the vision but that staff should put boundaries around their own behavior by setting the core values. This is the purpose stage that Robyn teaches. 

Don’t miss what Robyn says about every teacher becoming a master teacher. 

Listen to what it means to interrogate your teacher evaluation system. What’s one thing that teachers need to do to get to the next level? 

Books mentioned by Robyn Jackson on FocusED

Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn Jackson 

 

Robyn mentions books outside of education, including the book Upstream by Dan Heath. She talked about trying to solve problems at the source. 

Robyn Jackson Quotes 

Being successful is boring. Being really successful is really boring. ~ Robyn Jackson 

The best gift you can give every student is a master teacher in every classroom. ~ Robyn Jackson

We need staff to grow in both their skillset and their willset so that they’re not just better teachers but also that they feel safe to try new things, take risks, and improve practice. ~ Robyn Jackson

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Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ theschoolhouse302.com where we publish free leadership content. Go to the site, subscribe, and you’ll get all of our content sent directly to your email. 

 

FocusED is your educational leadership podcast where our mission is to dissect a particular focus for teachers and school leaders so that you can learn to lead better and grow faster in your school or district with more knowledge, better understanding, and clear direction on what to do next.

This episode was brought to you by GhostBed, a family-owned business of sleep experts with 20+ years of experience. With 30K+ 5-star reviews, you can’t go wrong with GhostBed. Their mattresses are handcrafted, and they come with a 101-night-at-home-sleep trial. For a limited time, you can get 30% by using our code — SH302 — at checkout. And, even if you tell someone about GhostBed, you can earn a $100 referral reward. Go to Ghostbed.com today and use SH302 at checkout. 

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