Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Episode - Let us help plan your first staff meeting (Part 2)

 Great resources for planning your first staff meeting of the year:

First Staff Meeting Ideas:

Pass the Buck

Notes to prepare for my first staff meeting (includes what I learned from What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker)

Mr. Bean idea then have teachers “pack their suitcase”

Example of a staff meeting agenda

Personalities Matter--Tools

Example of agenda/plans for new teachers/mentor day

Flipped meetings

The First Five Days of School

Youtube Clips are always good to include: (go to presentation videos) (blog post with a few and links to other posts with videos)

The Fun Theory

Kid Snippets Too Sick for School (search youtube for other funny “Kid Snippets”)

Penguins (for teamwork)

What Teachers Make

When I Become a Teacher (use with new teachers)

Kid President: Pep Talk for Teachers and Students

The Principal Meltdown


The audio is available for download here:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My contribution to the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

I have completed my #IceBucketChallenge as challenged by Dr. Spike Cook.  I am not nominating anyone, but I challenge you to donate to a cause close to you and please send in a few extra supplies to your classrooms this year - either for the teacher to use or for the students who may need them.  You can visit the link below to view my challenge if you'd like.  


Friday, August 22, 2014

New Podcast Episode - Let us help you plan your first staff meeting!

Great resources for planning your first staff meeting of the year:

The most important meeting of the year is your first staff meeting. Don’t make it be a sit and git...staff meetings should inspire teachers for the work they have to do, give them ideas to implement in their classroom and be a chance for ongoing professional learning.
Ice breaker suggestions:
You can also use the spider web ice breaker to show strengths and how the school is better as a whole than individually.  Have each staff member share a strength or a special talent instead of what is suggested in the site.



The audio is available for download here:

Friday, August 15, 2014

#PrincipalPLN Episode 1 is LIVE! (6/30)

Join us for #PrincipalPLN Episode 1.  We hope you enjoy and can't wait to have you join us for future episodes!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is the #PrincipalPLN?

The PrincipalPLN is a weekly podcast hosted by Theresa Stager, Jessica Johnson and Spike Cook. We are committed to creating podcasts that are informative, innovative and fun!

The concept of the podcast was developed by Theresa Stager, who at the time, was a first-year principal seeking ways to learn from others. Theresa reached out to Jessica Johnson, and they invited Spike Cook to join. The crew began podcasting in September of 2013. During the first year they had 35 episodes that are available on Itunes.

Each week we interview teachers, principals, superintendents, authors and presenters to learn  how to become more effective educators! We are dedicated to being the lead learners in all that we do.

As we prepare for our second year, we decided to challenge ourselves and learn more about the art of podcasting, so that is why we are branching out on our own. We will continue to provide high quality, engaging podcasts that will benefit all types of educators.

Stay tuned for more details as we organize our schedule! Follow us on Twitter or visit us at!