Crossing the Classroom Innovation Divide with Corwin Best Selling Author Jenny Magiera, Global Head of Education Impact at Google

Crossing the Classroom Innovation Divide with Corwin Best Selling Author Jenny Magiera, Global Head of Education Impact at Google

Learn More About Jennie Magiera, Head of Education at Google

Jennie Magiera is the Global Head of Education Impact at Google, bestselling author of Courageous Edventures, and the founder and president of the non-profit Our Voice Alliance (whose mission is to elevate marginalized voices and perspectives to improve equity and empathy in education). Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer for CCSD62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to improve education globally. 

She is also passionate about transforming professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan, co-founding PLAYDATE and other conferences. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera and pick up her book on Amazon.

Key Thoughts from Our Interview with Jennie Magiera

  • Understanding the Diffusion of Innovation Curve and how it applies to people and their adoption of innovation is profound for educational leaders who are transforming classrooms into innovation hubs. Don’t miss our discussion about Crossing the Chasm
  • You have to hear how Jennie shifted her approach as an instructional coach to enable people to see how technology can radically improve student achievement and solve their unique problems as teachers.
  • Her insight into how educators define and see themselves provides an excellent window into why change can be so difficult.
  • Listen to how she is “double clicking” on the humanity of change and who she would love to have pizza with.
  • Her time blocking suggestion is powerful for go-getters who are looking for more space in their day.
  • You can’t miss why she wants to learn Korean.
  • She articulates how she accomplishes an enormous amount in a day, yet also knows when enough has been done. 
  • Don’t miss Jennie’s protractor story and how she describes that technology is a tool, only to be used for the right reasons.

One Thing Series Summary

Jennie’s interview is a powerful blend of technology and human performance. She eloquently describes that a people-first mentality is needed to successfully lead an innovation revolution in our schools. We are grateful that she discussed how she was not always an innovator but sought disruption to improve the student experience.

We hope to hear from you about your favorite parts of both the blog and the interview. Please comment below. Follow, like, and share.

Use #onethingseries and #SH302 so that we can find you. For more great leadership content, follow theschoolhouse302.com.

Joe & T.J. 

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One Thing Series: Being a Present Leader w/ Jon Rennie — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Being a Present Leader w/ Jon Rennie — #onethingseries

Man the ship and bring her to life. ~ First traditional order as an active unit in the Navy

Jon Rennie is a Business Leader, Author, and Speaker. He is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Peak Demand Inc., a global manufacturer of products for electric utilities. 

He served as a Naval Officer on Nuclear Submarines during the Cold War and has been leading industrial businesses for more than 20 years. 

He is passionate about leadership and employee engagement. His articles and blog posts have been read and shared all over the world. He believes that Leadership can make a significant difference in the performance of any organization.

His latest leadership book, I Have the Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following is an Amazon bestseller.

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • Jon provides incredible insight into how the absentee boss leads from their comfort zone. 
  • When asked who he follows to learn and grow, Jon didn’t hesitate to acknowledge the impactful work of Coach Bru
  • You have to hear why he gets up at 4:00AM every day. 
  • Jon describes how a ship is nothing more than cold metal in a harbor and that it’s the crew who brings a ship to life. Listen for what he wants to continue to do and how he wants to grow.
  • Don’t miss what she says about his Dashboard University.
  • Lastly, Jon covers some of his fascinating life story; he reveals, in the end, that leaders don’t have to know all the answers. 

Jon’s interview is packed full of practical ways to become a more present leader. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did! 

Please follow, like, and comment. Use #onethingseries and #SH302 so that we can find you. For more great leadership content, follow theschoolhouse302.com

Joe & T.J.

Review and Reflect: Being a Better Teammate — #reviewandreflect

Review and Reflect: Being a Better Teammate — #reviewandreflect

This is TheSchoolHouse302’s monthly #reviewandreflect, wrapping up our focus on Being a Great Teammate.

This month we’ve taken a different twist on your workplace meetings by focusing on our individual contributions to a successful meeting. Simply put, this month is centered on how you can make sure meetings are productive, regardless of your role and title. 

We featured three primary roles that successfully change the dynamic of any meeting. The first was The Moderator, who guarantees the meeting stays on track. The second was The Examiner, who creates the right environment to vet ideas. And the third was The Closer, who makes sure ideas are followed up on and assigned to someone. Without these key roles, your meetings are boring and likely a waste of time.

How productive are your meetings? Remember, regardless of whether you lead them or are there to participate in them, you can have a tremendous impact. 

Self-Assessment: 

1. Are the meetings organized well with a clear focus?

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Much

2. Are ideas systematically reviewed to determine their value?

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Much

3. Are ideas followed up on and assigned to someone?

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Much

Great Leaders Are Avid Readers

Review: In our #readthisseries we featured practical books that offer actionable information to improve your contribution as a teammate.

Our first recommendation is Jamy Bechler’s The leadership playbook: Become your team’s most valuable leader. As a former coach and athletic director, Jamy has great insight on teams and how to be a great teammate.

Our second recommendation is also from Jamy, The Bus Trip: The story of a team, a challenging season, and the lessons learned on a bus ride. Every day we can learn from life; Jamy captures quite a bit of our daily life lessons in this book.
The last book is by us and our good friend, Principal EL,  Building a winning team: The power of a magnetic reputation and the need to recruit top talent in every school. This book is filled with great stories and practical ways that any leader can implement today.
Who should I follow…

What does an expert have to say about being a great teammate? With a tremendous amount of educational experience, combined with being a certified John Maxwell coach, Jamy Bechler has a unique way of turning everyday life experiences into leadership lessons.

Check out his interview here. The one critical takeaway that we always have to remember is our perspective. In any situation, we need to maintain a proper perspective to be effective. If we find ourselves emotionally hijacked or mentally disrupted, we need to create space between us and the situation.

 

What Next…

Every month we challenge our readers to take action with our Three Minute Challenges.

To wrap up the month, our call to action is for you to take responsibility for the success within your part of the organization by being the best teammate you can be. Be a productive part of every meeting, don’t contribute to the negativity, and willingly try be The Moderator, The Examiner, or The Closer.

Let us know how it works for you, #TheThreeMinuteChallenge.

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how our leadership posts are working for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and Twitter. Follow our #onethingseries podcast on iTunes and our #readthisseries on YouTube.

Joe & T.J.

One Thing Series: Gaining Perspective as a Teammate w/ Jamy Bechler — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Gaining Perspective as a Teammate w/ Jamy Bechler — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Gaining Perspective as a Teammate w/ Jamy Bechler — #onethingseries

Leadership Isn’t About Having Complicit and Compliant Followers. ~ Jamy Bechler

Jamy Bechler is the host of the popular Success is a Choice podcast. He is also the author of The Bus Trip and The Leadership Playbook. As a former college basketball coach and high school athletic director, he now travels across the country speaking and consulting with sports teams and educators about leadership, culture, and teamwork. Jamy is also a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, and you connect with him on Twitter @CoachBechler or at his website JamyBechler.com.

His interview with TheSchoolHouse302 is full of leadership wisdom. He speaks directly to how we must maintain perspective to gain insight as leaders. Don’t miss it.  

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • You can’t miss his compelling story regarding an obituary and the impact that it had on his mindset!
  • Jamy discusses John Maxwell and Jon Gordon and how influential they are on his work. But, he also talks about someone we were completely unfamiliar with, coach and communication specialist, Betsy Butterick. You can find more about Betsy, here
  • You’ll want to hear what he has to say about being “dead right.”
  • He talks about how we need to be sensitive to situations so that we can prevent issues, be proactive, and prepare accordingly. 
  • His thoughts about being intentional about seeing other people’s perspective are enlightening. You have to listen to the turtle on the log story.
  • Lastly, he breaks down how ego and impulse are basic human traits that limit us as individuals and leaders when we let them. 

Jamy’s interview uncovers what it means to be a great teammate, someone who works to gain perspective as a leader, and much much more. 

Please follow, like, and comment. Use #onethingseries and #SH302 so that we can find you. For more great leadership content, follow theschoolhouse302.com

Joe & T.J.

Review and Reflect: Goals — #reviewandreflect

Review and Reflect: Goals — #reviewandreflect

This is TheSchoolHouse302’s monthly #reviewandreflect, wrapping up our focus on Turning Goals into Reality.

Our Review and Reflect series embraces the powerful sentiment from Soren Kierkegaard: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Throughout this post, we take a deep dive into our leadership content so that you can develop the skills you need to lead better and grow faster. 

Skills I need to develop so that I can achieve my goals in 2020…

We all have goals, dreams, and desires. Yet, despite our best efforts, we often fall short of truly achieving what we want. We know that motivation is fickle and willpower can be fleeting, so we developed a four part formula gleaned from seminal works throughout the ages. The key is not to pursue an endpoint, but to continually work toward success. Success is not a destination, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a culmination of efforts that result from a continual pursuit of greatness. For this reason, our formula has four phases that have a relationship with one another and that continually support your overall focus and growth. 

Phase 1: Set One Big Important Goal. Identify one goal that you are passionate about and deeply want to achieve. 

Phase 2: Bring It to Life. Write your goal down in words. 

Phase 3: Create A Master Plan. Create a master plan designed with the details about what your goal looks and feels like once achieved as well as the deadlines for each of the moving parts. 

Phase 4: Be Accountable. Get an accountability partner. 

Are you on your way to success?

Self-Assessment: 

  1. How passionate are you about your goal?  

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Much

  1. To what extent do you review and meditate on your goal?

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Much

  1. How clear is your master plan to achieve your goal?

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Very Clear

  1. Who is your accountability partner? 

_________________________________________.

Wherever you find yourself on the scale for each area, we encourage you to immerse yourself into some powerful literature to lead better and grow faster.

Great Leaders Are Avid Readers

Review: In our #readthisseries we featured practical books that offer actionable information to improve your goal-getting.

Our first recommendation is Kevin Carroll’s Rules of the red rubber ball: Find and sustain your life’s work. This is a fun and exciting book that demands action.

Our second recommendation is from Derek Sivers, Anything you want: 40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. This is an excellent book that is very versatile. 

The last book is by Fred Stuvek  It starts with you: Turn your goals into success. Bottom line, this is a must read! Fred reminds us that we cannot achieve anything alone.

Let us know if these great reads change your leadership practices and deliver real results.

Who should I follow…

What does an expert have to say about achieving success? Fred Stuvek was our podcast guest for this month and the interview was enlightening. Fred brings a ton of experience to the show with very practical ideas. There is nothing like listening to someone who has diverse experiences, particularly military, and can articulate how they have contributed to his success. Fred unpacks leadership and how we have to get out of our comfort zones to achieve what we want. 

Action: Throughout this month during our Three Minute Challenges we asked you to take decisive action to identify your goals and build a plan of action. If you haven’t completed those yet, don’t waste another minute. 

Essentially, these are your next steps:

Phase 1: Set One Big Important Goal. Have you set it? 

Phase 2: Bring It to Life. Have you written it down?

Phase 3: Create A Master Plan. Have you mapped it out?

Phase 4: Be Accountable. Have you reached out to the person?

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Listen to the entire podcast on iTunes, One Thing Series, and please rate and like (it helps).

That’s our #review&reflect for goal setting in 2020. Take a look back to take a step forward.

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how our leadership posts are working for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and Twitter. Follow our #onethingseries podcast on iTunes and our #readthisseries on YouTube. 

Joe & T.J.

One Thing Series: Getting Results w/ Fred Stuvek — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Getting Results w/ Fred Stuvek — #onethingseries

Fear has killed more dreams than anything. ~ Fred Stuvek

Fred Stuvek Jr. has achieved extraordinary success in diverse realms. Born in West Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania, he has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for achievements in football, basketball, baseball, and track.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, after lettering three years as quarterback for the Midshipmen. After service as a Naval Officer, he transitioned to the business world where he has held senior leadership positions in private and public companies, both domestically and internationally.

Fred’s key successes include an international medical imaging start-up that led to a successful IPO, and forming a private medical services company, which he subsequently sold. From the playing field to the war room to the board room, his leadership and accomplishments have given him a distinct perspective and a results-oriented mindset.

His interview with TheSchoolHouse302 is intense, direct, and filled with effective takeaways for any leader who is trying to reach their goals in 2020 and beyond.

  • Listen to what he says about the importance of belief, mindset, confidence, and success. And he reads our blog!
  • He acknowledges that it’s important to follow a diverse group of leaders to get information from a number of avenues. He follows the hashtags #leadership, #management, and #learning.
  • You can’t miss what he says about being open to feedback.
  • He talks about the fact that growth is not static. He wants his book to be used for leadership development and training. Don’t miss our #readthisseries, we’re going to give away three of Fred’s books.
  • His thoughts on getting out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself are priceless. His career pivots are inspiring.
  • Lastly, you can’t miss his views on not having all the answers as a leader.

Fred’s interview uncovers the powerful insight in getting results, achieving your goals, following key principles of leadership, and much much more.

Please follow, like, and comment. Use #onethingseries and #SH302 so that we can find you. For more great leadership content, follow theschoolhouse302.com.

Joe & T.J.

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