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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Leadership Lessons Eric Jensen (It’s A Matter Of Principal #8)

February 10, 2014

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/iamop_8.mp3   Leadership Lessons Reflections from ASCD Leadership Conference This podcast is the second in a series of podcasts based on our own experiences at the 1st annual ASCD Leadership Conference in October 2013. It is our hope that in sharing this information with leaders, through our own reflections, we are able to assist in developing individual leaders’ transformative skills. Without transformative leaders it will be impossible to create the transformative schools needed to ensure college and career ready students. […]

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Leadership Lessons – Reflections from ASCD Leadership Conference (It’s A Matter Of Principal #7)

February 3, 2014

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/iamop_7.mp3   This podcast is the first in a series of podcasts based on our own experiences at the 1st annual ASCD Leadership Conference in October 2013.  It is our hope that in sharing this information with leaders, through our own reflections, we are able to assist in developing individual leaders’ transformative skills.  Without transformative leaders it will be impossible to create the transformative schools needed to ensure college and career ready students.  Join us for this first podcast, based […]

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Environment (It’s A Matter Of Principal #6)

January 15, 2014

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/iamop_6.mp3   When someone walks into your school what do they know, think, and feel about the staff and students? How does the environment support student connectedness and achievement? The environment of a school building is the foundation of all we do that is positive and productive. In this episode of It’s a Matter of PrinciPAL Amy and Marci will discuss the importance of creating an environment that supports a culture of learning, along with some helpful data collection and […]

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Effective Communication (It’s A Matter Of Principal #5)

December 18, 2013

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/IAMOP_5.mp3 Effective Communication A cornerstone of success for any organization is effective communication. In a school environment, communication breakdowns lead to disorganization and chaos that will negatively impact both teacher and student performance. Thus, a communication plan is one of the key components that principals need to consider as they look at developing a culture of learning. Effective communication doesn’t just happen it takes time, effort, and skill. In this episode of It’s a Matter of PrinciPAL Amy and Marci […]

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Structuring Strong Relationships (It’s A Matter Of Principal #4)

November 21, 2013

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/iamop_4.mp3   Would you lend $100 to a close friend?  Would you lend $100 to an acquaintance?  Would you lend $100 to a complete stranger?  The difference in your answers, if any, can probably be attributed to relationships.  The connection we have with others influences what we are willing to do for them.  That makes relationship building a critical task for educators.  Whether we are talking about teacher-student relationships or principal-teacher relationships, every activity, task, or initiative will be more […]

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Framework For Our Structures (It’s A Matter Of Principal #3)

November 5, 2013

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/IAMOP_3.mp3     One of the biggest challenges faced by educational leaders is finding the perfect balance between the two roles of visionary and practitioner.  Seeing the big picture and understanding the current goals for the district/building aren’t very helpful if data isn’t collected and plans are never developed.  However, too much time spent in data collection and analysis can cause anyone to lose focus.  Join Marci Shearon and Amy Wagoner as they discuss how to create structures that allow […]

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A Call to Action (It’s A Matter Of Principal #2)

October 25, 2013

Starting a new job usually brings a certain amount of angst as we get acquainted with staff and acclimate to our new responsibilities. As a new building principal, it is very easy to focus on the things we do well, and ignore the areas where we need to grow because everything is so new, and at times overwhelming. However, this can also happen to principals who have been in the same building for many years. Join Marci Shearon and Amy […]

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Big Dreams (It’s A Matter Of Principal #1)

October 9, 2013

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/iamop_1with_intro_and_outtro.mp3   What would education in America look like if every school building had a great leader in charge?  Maybe you think that situation already exists.  Maybe you think that’s an impossible dream.  Regardless of where you are on that continuum, most people agree that becoming a great leader is a lifetime endeavor.  There’s always more to learn and most of the learning comes from on-the-job training.  The goal of this podcast is to share information about educational leadership, spark […]

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