In this episode, we look at ways to honor the Class of 2020. Dr. Miki Edwards of Morgan County HS shares the “Secret Senior Sign” project. Dr. Alan Long of Jefferson County HS and his staff have developed a plan to hold graduation on time as scheduled… in a creative way. Finally, Rick Shrewsberry of Herff-Jones shares the resources HJ has developed to help schools deliver a virtual graduation ceremony.
We had a virtual meeting to discuss what everyone is doing in light of COVID-19 in regards to graduation, prom, grades, etc… People from all across Georgia came. This is the recording of our conversation.
Guest Moderators: Dr. Jim Finch, Principal, Mary Persons HS and President of GASSP
Dr. Alan Long, Principal, Jefferson County HS and Incoming Executive Director of GASSP
As we begin the new school year, one of the most important priorities for us as Ps and APs should be the successful introduction of new Ts to our building and especially new teachers to the profession.
You know the data points… that within five years, half of new teachers have left the profession. You also know we are hiring from a deficit rather than from a surplus. Once it was true that effective hiring was one of if not the most important actions a P could take.
NOW, you would do well to consider developing and retaining your Ts as a priority. We can’t continue to work with new Ts as we did in the past. We need a fresh new approach to support, nurture, and encourage our new Ts.
Let’s take a look at several scenarios for you as a P in regard to your new teachers and consider which of those set your Ts up for success and which of them set them up to have a more difficult year.
In this episode, we look at ten different decisions that you as a P make regarding new teachers, and consider what those decisions do to encourage or discourage Ts as they begin their career.
Tonight’s co-hosts are Octavius Mulligan and Debra Murdock. They will be the co-hosts for ALL of the LIVE shows in this year’s series! That will be great for you to get to know them better, to learn more from them, and for us to share with the live audience and for those on the podcast as well.
EQUALLY BIG NEWS…
In addition to the 10 LIVE shows, we will be posting PODCAST only 30-minute episodes this year as well. During those 20 episodes, Mark will be talking one-on-one with a special guest and posting the convo here for you.
NONE of this is much fun unless someone uses it to support their work, so please know how grateful we are that you listen.
Hope to see you tonight LIVE or back here for the podcast after the show.
We’re pleased to announce Season Two of “The New Principal Show!”, debuting on Monday, August 13.
Features for Season Two include:
Ten Live Shows. Once each month (from August through May), we will host a LIVE show, featuring guests, and providing an interactive opportunity for anyone who joins. You can reach these shows by joining us at gotomeet.me/principal-matters at 8:00 PM, beginning on August 13. (Full live show calendar listed below);
Twenty Additional Podcasts. Each of our live shows is recorded and uploaded as a podcast at our podcast landing site, thenewprincipalshow.podbean.com This year we ALSO will be posting twenty additional pre-recorded podcasts for a total of 30 podcasts for this season! Podcasts also are released on Mondays at 8:00 pm (EDT/EST).
We’ll be making releases of our guests in advance of each broadcast, and are excited about the opportunity thirty episodes gives us to have dozens of educational leaders on the show! More details coming soon.
Join us on Monday, August 13 at 8:00 PM for the season premier. It’s going to be fun!
It’s amazing to hear principal-after-principal, independent of each other, talk about how they once “thought they could do it all” before realizing school leadership is better when done collaboratively.
It’s also a profession, requiring of you sound judgment in unpredictable situations. You can learn a lot from others who have done, or are doing, the same job as you.
Don’t try do it all alone!
The position of principal can be lonely… but it doesn’t have to be, and it shouldn’t be! Building networks with other colleagues can help inform your practice, keep you going when things are tough, and give you connections that help you better serve your school.
To support you in your work, please find the following episode of The New Principal Show!
Our guest hosts for episode five are quick to testify about the power of the principal making connections. Stephanie Johnson is the Deputy Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education and was the 2017 Georgia High School Principal of the Year (GASSP) and a finalist for National Principal of the Year (NASSP) for the work she led at Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta (Atlanta Public Schools).
Jim Finch is the Principal of Mary Persons High School in Monroe County (Forsyth) and is the Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).
Along with a live chat-audience, Stephanie, Jim, and Mark take time to talk about how and why the effective principal connects and how it’s beneficial for the progress of the school.
When superintendents ask me if I know good candidates for principal positions, I always ask them what they’re looking for, but I know what they’ll say.
“We’re looking for… an instructional leader.”
With our focus on learning and student growth, it’s what you need to be to do what you need to do.
As the new principal, you’re a lot like a freshman in college. Not only are you tasked with challenging work, but you’re getting acclimated to a new place, new people, and a new lifestyle. Sometimes for that college freshman, the main thing can get swallowed up by lots of other adjustments.
The same thing can happen to you as a new principal. That’s why it’s important to keep your focus on instruction and your leadership growth in that area. To support you in that work, we hosted an episode of The New Principal Show! in season one with amazing co-hosts Cindy Saxon and Casey Bethel to help you in your work as an instructional leader. As we get ready for season TWO of TNPS!, we are re-delivering you last year’s shows to get you back in the swing. Please enjoy this one whenever you listen to podcasts!
We had an amazing show in season 1 of “The New Principal Show” on Communication. As we get ready for the Launch of Season 2 in the coming days, we are reviewing last year’s shows, and are proud to share with you again Kevin Paul Scott, Jayne Ellspermann, and Octavius Mulligan’s conversation on communication for the school leader.
Are you a new principal? Maybe you aspire to be one. Perhaps you were a new one LAST year (and now you know enough to be nervous!) ?
Wherever you might be on the continuum, we hope we can support your work here at Principal Matters! As we move towards the upcoming Second Season of The New Principal Show!, we are sending out episodes from last year’s debut season.
This episode is one that emphasizes what to do when you’re new… when you’re first new. Our guests for this episode are Garrick Askew, Amy Thornton, and Paul Shaw. Please give it a listen as we get ready for the new season coming soon!
Good news! Season TWO of TNPS (The New Principal Show!) begins in a couple of weeks. We are reposting episodes from season one as we get ready for the new season! During 2017-2018, we debuted “The New Principal Show”; this year, it’s going to be even bigger!
Enjoy this re-release of “The New Principal Show! Podcast: S1E1” and get ready for a big release about the NEW SEASON of the show, coming soon!