Season 3, Episode 10 of FocusED with Janelle McLaughlin #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 10 of FocusED with Janelle McLaughlin #FocusED

Janelle McLaughlin Joins FocusED to Discuss Leadership at Every Level in Schools

This is Season 3, Episode 10 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Janelle McLaughlin. 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 Janelle has to say about the need for leadership at every level in schools…and so much more. 

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Janelle McLaughlin Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Janelle McLaughlin is an education consultant, presenter, coach, keynote speaker, and trainer.  Over the years she has been a classroom teacher and district administrator. Today, Janelle is also an entrepreneur, author, social media strategist, and tech geek (She can definitely geek out over Google Drive workflow solutions). 

These passions and experiences led her to begin her own company, Innovative Education Solutions. She is now a coach at Advanced Learning Partnerships. She gets to use her teaching talents by working with schools and other businesses to make their jobs easier and more efficient, while focusing on the people. Specialties include: Blended Learning, 1:1 implementation, technology integration, G Suite, Chromebooks, process management, and organizational leadership. 

Her new book is called Leadership at Every Level: Five Qualities of Effective Classroom, School, and District Leadership

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FocusED Show Notes with Janelle McLaughlin

Janelle started by addressing the problems with silos between levels of leaders, including the classroom teacher, the school administrators, and those at the district office. She wants these roles to be transparent so that everyone knows why the decisions are being made the way they do. 

Janelle lands on five key areas of leadership that make the biggest difference. 

Her book is set up to do a book study. Get your copy today. 

Janelle talks about fostering what you’re already good at but also maximizing the time we spend on our areas of need. She recommends ranking the five traits and then choosing which one feels right to tackle first. 

Growth always starts with reflection. ~ Janelle McLaughlin 

Reflection questions to start with: “what’s working well right now?” and “what is not working and why?” Use a voice note to yourself. Janelle talked about the fact that reflection doesn’t have to be complicated. 

3 things I learned recently 

2 questions I still have right now

1 action step that I’m going to take next 

Joe points out what Janelle says about an accountability buddy…listen to how Janelle responds. 

When asked about silos, mishaps, and themes in what leaders are missing, Janelle says that people want and need opportunities for growth. She’s finding that administrators are saying that teachers can’t handle more professional development right now but the teachers are craving it. There’s a miscommunication between the two groups. 

The Henrico Learner Profile 

Janelle mentions Todd Henry who wrote Herding Tigers and, of course, Brene Brown. 

Janelle wants to write a book about driving purposeful growth–owning your own professional learning plan. We can’t wait to get our copy. 

Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ dereka206.sg-host.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.

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Season 3, Episode 9 of FocusED with Joshua Stamper #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 9 of FocusED with Joshua Stamper #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 9 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Joshua Stamper. 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 Joshua has to say about aspiring leadership, leadership development, and so much more. 

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Joshua Stamper Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Joshua Stamper initially used his artistic talent, creativity, and original ideas as a professional graphic designer. He then transitioned to inspiring students to use their imagination and creative expression in public education. Being unsuccessful as a student growing up, Joshua never expected to be back in the classroom as a teacher, athletic coach, or administrator. His struggles as a student spawned a passion to change the education model, push the boundaries of traditional learning, and explore new innovative ideas. Joshua has been a middle school Assistant Principal in North Texas for the past eight years, where he’s served at four campuses in two school districts.

In addition to his current administrative position, Joshua is the host of Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast, leadership coach, education presenter, and Podcast Network Manager for the Teach Better Team. He’s also the author of the 2021 book, ASPIRE to Lead. Joshua lives in the Dallas, TX area with his wife and five children. You can stay connected by following @Joshua__Stamper on Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting his website www.joshstamper.com.

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FocusED Show Notes with Joshua Stamper 

Josh talked about how leads often obtain knowledge but then rarely do anything with it to grow and change. The “activate” part of self-development is the use of knowledge in practice, especially for leaders who want to move up to the next level. 

Josha talks about how it goes a long way to be able to explain experiences as a leader when interviewing for positions versus just explaining what you might do. 

Josh tells aspiring leaders to seek support wherever you can, even if it’s not on your campus. 

There’s no winning or losing, only learning. ~ Joshua Stamper 

The model came to Josh because he was tasked with building an aspiring leaders program in his district. In his work with aspiring leaders, he was inspired to help others and write the book to add value as a resource in education. 

Josh is working on supplemental material for the book so that readers get more stories and more depth into their journey as an aspiring leader. 

Josh recommended The Ten Minute Principal by Evan Rob and Thrive Through the Five by Jill Siler.

He mentioned the Teach Better Team. Check them out. 

Josh leans heavy into Voxer groups to stay connected with others. 

We talked about the fact that the greatest leaders of all time are always aspiring. Josh talked about simply wanting to make an impact and help education in as many ways as he can. 

Josh talked about a future topic in education, maybe a book called The Necessary Evolution of Education in America. Can’t wait for him (or someone) to write it. 

Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ dereka206.sg-host.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. 

Season 3, Episode 8 of FocusED with Susan Bunting #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 8 of FocusED with Susan Bunting #FocusED

This is Season 3, Episode 8 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Dr. Susan Bunting. 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. Bunting says about the ways that administrators can remain focused on the most important aspect of teaching and learning during a crisis and much more. 

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Dr. Susan Bunting Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

 

After teaching in Maryland for several years, Dr. Susan Bunting joined Indian River SD in 1977 as a middle school language arts teacher, later teaching gifted education. She was named Indian River’s Teacher of the Year in 1985. She served as Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and then Director of Instruction before taking the position as superintendent in 2006. 

Dr. Bunting was named Delaware’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year, and she was one of four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award. 

Susan went on to serve as Delaware’s Secretary of Education from 2017 until just recently in 2021. She is also a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. She has a number of degrees in education, including her Bachelor of Arts in K-8 education and psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in education from Salisbury State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

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FocusED Show Notes with Dr. Susan Bunting 

Dr. Bunting opens with the need to focus on students first, academic as well as social and emotional. Dr. Bunting has faith in our leaders in Delaware, and she expressed that in the interview. Don’t miss what she says about the “7 Cs.” 

She reminds us that we need to cut to the chase and get to the core of

Dr. Bunting talks about needing to use data to analyze what our students need so that we can move the work forward. 

She’s a big believer in early childhood programming. You’ll want to hear what she says about long-term thinking and planning

Delaware is a relationship State. Dr. Bunting talks about the comradery and collaboration necessary to do this work well. She talks about needing a teacher evaluation system that’s based on growth and that evolves with the times. 

Dr. Bunting asks listeners to focus on student achievement, especially given what needs to be made up because of the pandemic. 

An expert on curriculum and instruction, she calls for a revision to our curriculum that narrows down what gets taught to a core set of standards so that we can do them well.

Dr. Bunting talks about losing sleep and not “letting it win” when it comes to our hurdles. 

Her recommendation to do something each day that isn’t education-related is powerful. 

Don’t miss what she says about being able to focus every school by designing and engineering what we do in schools by using data. 

“We need a lot more training in SEL work.” ~ Dr. Susan Bunting 

She mentions her favorite book, Lincoln on Leadership. Get your copy today. 

To lead better and grow faster, Susan recommends connecting to people through organizations like AASA, NASSP, NAESP, and local associations. 

She tells our listeners to go back to school, get a doctorate if you don’t have one already, and continue to learn as a leader. #LifeLongLearner 

Based on one of her responses, Joe mentions a Hugh Jackman interview with Tim Ferriss. This is a must for all leaders. 

A friend told Susan to write a book called Grace Under Fire, and we hope she does. You Can’t Deal with Crazy. 

People appreciate a listening ear. ~ Dr. Susan Bunting 

Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ dereka206.sg-host.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. 

Season 3, Episode 7 of FocusED with Horacio Sanchez #FocusED

Season 3, Episode 7 of FocusED with Horacio Sanchez #FocusED

Author Horacio Sanchez Joins FocusED to Discuss How Teachers and School Leaders Can Build an Environment that Promotes Resiliency

This is Season 3, Episode 7 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Horacio Sanchez. 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 Horacio says about overcoming the impact of poverty in schools, specifically what teachers and leaders can do to build an environment that promotes resiliency. 

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Horacio Sanchez Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Horacio Sanchez is a highly sought-after speaker and educational consultant, helping schools learn to apply neuroscience to improve educational outcomes.  He presents on diverse topics such as overcoming the impact of poverty, improving school climate, engaging in brain-based instruction, and addressing issues related to implicit bias. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on resiliency and applied brain science.

Horacio has been a teacher, administrator, clinician, mental health director, and consultant to school districts across the United States. Horacio sits on the True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts, committed to educating on proven principles of lifestyle as medicine. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Education Revolution, which applies brain science to improve instruction, behaviors, and school climate. His new book, The Poverty Problem, explains how education can promote resilience and counter poverty’s impact on brain development and functioning.

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Show Notes from FocusED with Horacio Sanchez

Horacio talks about the connection between what we know about the brain and how poverty impacts the functioning of the brain, including memorization and learning. 

Horacio wastes no time jumping into the practical use of evidence-based strategies. Maximizing sensory inputs during learning leads to better retention. 

Daily music practice and repetition in older students can increase their brain function. 

We have to incorporate movement in our lessons. It’s one of the most powerful sensory inputs that we can group together with the content of the lesson. 

When we teach teachers how to teach using brain research, we must model the practices, not just talk about them. 

Truly believing that you have competency is a protective factor. The only academic protective factor is reading. Schools need to design the environment with every protective factor possible, like getting along with others. 

Students from poverty observe negative queuing more than positive queuing. Teachers need to be more intentional with positive queuing. 

Try to make every aspect of the school experiential, even lunch. 

Sanchez mentions the need to read the research, not just books. 

Empathy is the foundation for…

Horacio suggests more unplugging and single-task activities. 

Horacio plans to write a book called, The neuroscience of Leadership. We can’t wait for that one.

Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ dereka206.sg-host.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.