Season 3, Episode 5 of FocusED with Marck Abraham #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 5 of FocusED with Marck Abraham #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 5 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Marck Abraham. 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 Marck says about creating cultures of success for all students. 

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Marck Abraham Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

 

Dr. Abraham is a transformational leader with a wealth of experience in urban education. He is committed to providing a world-class educational experience that ensures all students achieve their goals of post-secondary college and fulfilling careers. His mission has been to create environments that assist students to reach their maximum potential in life. 

 

With more than ten years of experience in education, he currently serves as the principal of McKinley High School. He successfully oversees the daily workings of the largest CTE schools in Buffalo, which is the second-largest urban school district in NY. 

 

At McKinley, he has shown success by increasing graduation rates, decreasing negative behaviors within the school, raising teacher expectations, providing instructional focus to schools, and increasing parental involvement.

 

Marck’s school has been recognized as an NYS Black Male Graduation Rate Model School and NYS CTE Model School. He was named Principal of the Year in 2018 and established the first Buffalo Urban Teacher Academy. He’s the author of What Success Looks Like: Increasing High School Graduation Rates among Males of Color

 

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Show Notes from Our FocusED Episode with Marck Abraham

Marck started by talking about the crisis with black male graduation rates and how his book is meant to help others achieve the results that he did when he was a high school principal. 

 

Marck talked about seeing students through the lens of culture rather than color. 

 

You have to have a clear understanding of your data. ~ Dr. Marck Abraham 

 

Marck talks about setting high realistic goals using the data. 

 

The resistance that we must overcome is when our educators say things like “we care about the kids, not the numbers.” Marck says we need to be hard on the data and easy on the people. 

 

If Marck was going to improve the student experience in every school, he would increase student voice and make sure that school is fun. 

 

Marck talked about a goal to have black males graduating at the same rates as their counterparts. 

 

Dr. Abraham mentions Reframing Organizations as a book that every educator should read. 

 

Don’t miss what he says about understanding different theoretical frameworks. 

 

It’s hard to know anyone else if you don’t know yourself. ~ Dr. Marck Abraham 

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Season 3, Episode 4 of FocusED with Lorea Martinez #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 4 of FocusED with Lorea Martinez #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 4 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Lorea Martinez. 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 Lorea describe her HEART model for teaching with SEL and so much more. 

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Lorea Martinez Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

 

Dr. Lorea Martínez Pérez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind Consulting, a company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning in their practices, products, and learning communities. She has worked with schools, districts, and organizations to guide SEL implementation efforts, including training teachers and leadership teams, and provided guidance to educational technology and media companies to help them integrate SEL in their products.

An educator who has worked with children and adults internationally, Dr. Martínez is a faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College, educating aspiring principals in Emotional Intelligence. She has conducted extensive research in the SEL field with a focus on SEL implementation, principals’ Emotional Intelligence, teacher preparation, and school climate. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices, leadership, and parenting.

She received her Doctor of Philosophy, magna cum laude, in Quality and Innovation in Education from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2014, she was awarded the American Education Research Association Graduate Student Award for Excellence in SEL Research from the SEL Special Interest Group.

Dr. Martínez started her career as a special education teacher and administrator. A native of the Costa Brava in Spain, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Buy her book, Teaching with the HEART in Mind: A Complete Educator’s Guide to Social Emotional Learning

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Show Notes from Our FocusED Episode with Lorea Martinez

 

Lorea talked about being a special education teacher and all that needs to be done to support students, including their coping skills. She wrote the book because she realized that we’re not spending enough time on social and emotional learning to support students. 

She talked about how SEL is often misunderstood in terms of implementation. 

Joe asked about the entry point for SEL work. Lorea said it must be entered in any way possible. 

Lorea explains the HEART acronym and its alignment to CASEL

She lays out three easy steps to infuse SEL into any lesson plan. Every teacher can use this information. 

 

Don’t miss what she says about brain breaks and movement for our learners. 

 

Always have an SEL goal for your lesson plan in addition to your academic goal. ~ Lorea Martinez

 

We need a common understanding in our education community in terms of exactly what we mean by SEL when we’re planning for ourselves and our students. 

Lorea talked about nurturing students’ strengths to help them discover their path forward in life. 

 

She discussed the false dichotomy about relationships and academics and that they aren’t two things but rather one together. 

 

Lorea mentioned The Learning Policy Institute as a place she goes for practical research. She also pointed to Facing History and Ourselves as a resource for teachers and leaders.

 

Lorea mentioned two books that she’s reading:

Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa 

Fierce Self-Compassion by Kristen Neff

 

She wants to see a book written that compiles educators’ success stories with SEL. 

 

We cannot teach what we do not practice. ~ Lorea Martinez 

 

Maybe this is her next book: Educator Success Stories Using Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: 50 Tips, Tricks, Resources, and Anecdotes for Successful SEL Implementation 

 

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Season 3, Episode 3 of FocusED with Jethro Jones

Season 3, Episode 3 of FocusED with Jethro Jones

This is Season 3, Episode 3 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Jethro Jones. 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 Jethro has to say about students learning faster, better, and more. 

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Jethro Jones Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Jethro Jones is the 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year, former principal, and current host of the Transformative Principal podcast. He is also the founder of The Center for Cyberethics, an independent, non-partisan educational institute dedicated to the study and promotion of cyberethics. 

Jethro is the author of the book, SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves! He currently helps principals, schools, and districts find simple solutions to complex problems. Jethro has worked as a principal at all K-12 levels, and he has served the profession in several roles, including his work in a prison school, as a district coach, as the distance learning team lead, and as an English teacher.

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Show Notes: FocusED with Jethro Jones

Jethro’s leadership hierarchy: 

Warm body–it sucks but sometimes you just need someone in the role

Manager–takes care of process and programs 

Leader–has a vision for the school 

Designer–someone who is designing the environment and adapts the school to meet the needs of the community as groups change over time

Becoming a designer is likely getting fit; you don’t do it all at once. ~ Jethro Jones 

Jethro: “The best way to develop empathy is to experience what others are going through.” Jethro suggests shadowing a student in your school to see what their day is like. 

Jethro says that teacher feedback and improving instruction is about working with each individual teacher and not making bold statements to everyone because of one thing you say in a single classroom. 

Jethro mentions Atomic Habits by James Clear, he talks about what Amy Fast did in her school to find out about the student experience, and he recommended a book called The Coaching Habit by Michael Stanier. 

Jethro brings up The Conscience Code by Richard Shell, which was an awesome connection because we just interviewed Richard on our OneThingSeries. 

Jethro’s goal is to impact 100 million students’ lives by supporting principals in schools. His next book will uncover the secrets that he has learned in over 450 podcast interviews with school leaders. 

Don’t miss his work at transformativeprincipal.com

The next step for a great leader, as Jethro explained, is to ask people how they can contribute to the vision.

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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. 

Season 3, Episode 2 with Jeffrey Benson #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 2 with Jeffrey Benson #FocusED

Author Jeffrey Benson Joins FocusED to Discuss How Educators Can Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL

This is Season 3, Episode 2 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Jeffrey Benson. 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 Jeffrey has to say about improving the student experience in every classroom. 

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Jeffrey Benson Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Jeffrey Benson has worked in almost every school context with over 40 years of experience in the field of education: as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools; as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs; as an administrator in day and residential schools. 

He has studied and worked side-by-side with national leaders in the fields of special education, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school reform, advisory programs, math curriculum, adult development, and conflict resolution. 

His books include Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL, Hanging In: Strategies for Working with the Students Who Challenge Us Most, and Ten Steps for Managing Change in Schools.

The core of Jeffrey Benson’s work is in understanding how people learn, the starting point for everything that schools should do.

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Season 3, Episode 1 with Basil Marin #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 1 with Basil Marin #FocusED

High Expectations for All Students, What Educators Should Stop Doing, and Much More with Guest Basil Marin

This is Season 3, Episode 1 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Basil Marin. 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 Basil has to say about treating all students with high expectations and some of what we get wrong when we schedule students into lower-level courses.

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Dr. Basil Marin Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Dr. Basil Marin hails from the Central Virginia area. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later earned a Master of Teaching in Special Education from Liberty University. After moving to the Virginia Beach area in 2014, he pursued an Educational Specialist in Administration & Supervision from Old Dominion University. Dr. Marin recently earned an Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University in 2020.

Dr. Marin is one of the proud assistant principals of Chamblee Charter High School, a diverse high school located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Marin brings an authentic and refreshing perspective to the field of education. As an administrator, he works hard to foster equitable opportunities and inclusive learning environments where ALL students and teachers are valued and respected. 

Dr. Marin works daily to build meaningful relationships with students and desires to be the administrator he needed when he was growing up yet did not have access to. As a former struggling student himself, Dr. Marin is humbled to be able to give back to students who historically have fallen through the cracks of education and have not been given a second chance.

Dr. Marin has been afforded some incredible opportunities through the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) organization such as being selected as a 2017 Emerging Leader and being appointed as a “featured speaker” at the 2019 Empower Conference in Chicago. In addition, he met with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and her executive team to speak on behalf of marginalized and underserved students and he explained how the lack of funding has impacted their educational experiences. Currently, Dr. Marin is the President for the Emerging Leaders ASCD National Affiliate. Dr. Marin is a contributing author in several books including Personal, Authentic, & Unconventional Leadership, Modern Mentor, Forces of Influence, and It’s Me. And today we’re talking about 100 No-Nonsense Things That All Teachers Should Stop Doing.

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Season 2, Episode 11 with Dan Domenech #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 11 with Dan Domenech #FocusED

Dan Domenech Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Daniel A. Domenech has served as the executive director of the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, since 2008. Domenech has more than 45 years of experience in public education; for twenty-seven of those years, he served as a school superintendent.

Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.

Before he took the position at McGraw-Hill, Domenech served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 168,000 students.

Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island’s Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island — a position he held for 13 years. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Domenech, an AASA member since 1979, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999.  He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and the boards of the Institute for Educational Leadership, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Sea Research Foundation, and Education Policy Institute. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Learning First Alliance, National Student Clearinghouse, Center for Naval Analyses, Horace Mann Educators Corporation,  ACT, USAC, and board chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.  

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.

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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. 

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