It’s A Matter Of Principal

with Marci Shearon and Amy Wagoner

Marci

Marci served first as a high school assistant principal and then principal. During her tenure as principal, the school was named a Breakthrough High School, being recognized as a high performing, high poverty school.

amy

Amy is a school improvement specialist for ESSDACK in Hutchinson, KS. Prior to her work with ESSDACK, she was an elementary and middle school teacher for ten years and and school principal for 7 years. Her passion is to help school leaders achieve the changes needed in their district to provide every student with a remarkable education. She believes that change can happen if every school building has great leaders who dream big, plan, measure and constantly tweak what needs to occur for EACH student to succeed. Amy says, “I love to help people learn and grow into the best version of themselves they can possibly be. Leadership is about helping people stay on course toward their future regardless of the obstacles they encounter!”

Both Amy’s and Marci’s desire to make a difference in schools has led them to hosting this podcast that is to address topics that matter to principals.

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Equity Is Not A Strategy (It’s A Matter Of Principal #18)

July 1, 2014

Founder and CEO of EDEquity, Dr. Edwin Javius visits with Amy and Marci regarding his work with school leaders across the nation. EdEquity has worked with schools and school leadership since 2001 to support teachers and systems to insure a quality education for all students. In this podcast, Dr. Javius defines the equity gap and discusses how the adults in the system need to work together to close this gap. Specifically, what is the role of the effective principal as […]

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Todd Wiedemann – Sustainable School Initiative (It’s A Matter Of Principal #17)

June 2, 2014

Schools can start a lot of initiatives, but what makes them sustainable?  Join Marci and Amy as they welcome Todd Wiedemann, Kansas MTSS Core Team Member as he explains what a Sustainable School Initiative looks like and what needs to be in place for it to occur.  Todd also shares resources and success stories from his work in Kansas schools. Marci Shearon can be contacted at: Twitter @marcishearon Email: marcis@essdack.org Amy Wagoner can be contacted at: Twitter @imastrawngirl Email:  amyw@essdack.org Subscribe to this podcast and many […]

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Humor And Sarcasm In The Classroom (It’s A Matter Of Principal #16)

May 16, 2014

. .Humor is vital in the school setting, but where does sarcasm fit in? Do you know the meaning of sarcasm? When is it appropriate?  Where is the line drawn? . Join Amy and Marci in this episode as they welcome Randy Sprick back to the program to talk about the use of humor and sarcasm in the classroom setting. .. . . Marci Shearon can be contacted at: Twitter @marcishearon Email: marcis@essdack.org Amy Wagoner can be contacted at: Twitter @imastrawngirl Email:  amyw@essdack.org Be sure to […]

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Kansas Multi-Tiered System of Supports, MTSS – Todd Wiedemann (It’s A Matter Of Principal #15)

May 5, 2014

Kansas Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is based on RtI but did you know that the Kansas version has more than just tiered interventions?  Join Amy and Marci as they talk with Todd Wiedemann, from the Kansas MTSS Core Team as he explains the components of this framework and how it helps support the work we want to do in schools to make a difference for our students! Marci Shearon can be contacted at: Twitter @marcishearon Email: marcis@essdack.org Amy Wagoner can be […]

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Randy Sprick – Bus Behavior (It’s A Matter Of Principal #14)

April 25, 2014

Many misbehaviors occur on the school bus.  Join Amy and Marci as they welcome Randy Sprick  as he shares many great ideas on how to develop a strong behavior support program for our school bus drivers and our bus programs. If you are a school in Kansas, KSDE has purchased Randy’s program for every school. The program, called “In the Drivers Seat” is a multimedia training program to make strengthening your bus program a much easier task.  Follow this link […]

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David T. Conley – Part II (It’s A Matter Of Principal #13)

March 24, 2014

This is the second of two episodes reflecting on information gleaned from the closing keynote of David T. Conley entitled College and Career Readiness:  what we know and what we can do.  Dr. Conley’s presentation at the ASCD 1st Annual Leadership Conference in October 2013, not only defines college and career ready but tells us how we can make this happen for each of our students.  The first episode looked at how CCR is defined and the first element of […]

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Dr. David T Conley – ASCD In Vegas (It’s A Matter Of Principal #12)

March 17, 2014

This is the first of two episodes reflecting on information gleaned from the closing keynote of David T. Conley entitled College and Career Readiness:  what we know and what we can do.  Dr. Conley’s presentation at the ASCD 1st Annual Leadership Conference in October 2013, not only defines college and career ready but tells us how we can make this happen for each of our students. Dr. Conley provides a framework for our understanding that includes four components necessary for […]

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Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB (It’s A Matter Of Principal #11)

March 10, 2014

Join Amy and Marci as they welcome Dr. Brian Jordan from Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) Dr. Jordan explains the history & relationship of KASB with McREL as well as McREL’s systemic approach to change and the role/importance of the building leader. Listeners will: Gain knowledge of McREL as a system (Classroom Instruction That Works, Power Walkthrough, Evaluation and Balanced Leadership) Dr. Jordan’s thoughts on the inevitable change in education as well as  the one thing leaders can and […]

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Randy Sprick – Bullying, Can You Spot It? (It’s A Matter Of Principal #10)

February 26, 2014

Administrators often struggle with the issue of bullying in a couple of different ways; the first is coming up with a common definition and the second is an understanding of what bullying is and what it is not that is used by ALL stakeholders.       Join Amy and Marci and their guest, Dr. Randy Sprick of Safe and Civil Schools  as we talk about Creating a common definition Clearly communicating the definition to all stakeholders Training students and […]

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Dr. Randy Sprick – A Three Legged Stool Approach – Part I (Its A Matter Of Principal #9)

February 17, 2014

Research from NEA states that out of the approximately 200,000 new teachers hired every year that at least 11% have quit by summer, 30% have quit after 3 years and 45% after 5 years. The number one reason for their departure is NOT salary but is the lack of administrative support and overall respect that they feel they receive as teachers.  On average a teacher that has to be replaced costs the district approximately $11,000. So, what can an administrator […]

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