Mafost Mashup

Mafost Mashup

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By Matt Foster
Insanely innovative ideas for school leadership and principals focused on people, culture, and impact.
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Bonus: Moving Vision to Reality with OKRs
Google uses OKRs to avoid the numbing effects of bureaucratic improvement planning. Your school can use OKRs ( Objectives and Key Results) to take the leaps toward your vision in small concrete steps. You can find details and samples of OKRs under Season 3 at https://mafost.com/mashup
04:56
December 15, 2018
School Brands That Inspire (S3 Episode 5)
What's in a Name? Quite a bit, it turns out. Should a school work on a brand? What is a brand? What do the top 10 high schools in the U.S. have in common? This episode includes the following topics: - Tesla's Quest for a Name - Nominative Determinism - Studies on the Impact of Names - A Tennis Classic - Top 10 Schools 2018 - Three Types of Values - Finding Your Something Get the research and show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup Join the email list for insanely innovative leadership ideas 3 times per week, straight to your inbox at https://mafost.com/blog
09:02
December 11, 2018
822Chat: Four Simple Ways to Celebrate Strengths in Your School
How do you celebrate the strengths of your team? This week’s #822chat was on fire again! The tribe is connecting, discussing, and sharing some amazing ideas. The theme for December is "gifts". How to find them. How to celebrate them. To get show notes, research, and dig deeper visit https://mafost.com/mashup
03:08
December 6, 2018
Inspiration and Accidental Manipulation (S3 Episode 4)
Can you change practices that have become automatic? What's the difference between an environment where play is encouraged and one in which self-regulation is the norm? How does cognitive embodiment manipulate our judgment? Is it possible to intentionally inspire human brains? What's the difference between supervision and being watched? Topics Include: -- Psychology of Perceptions and Manipulation -- Resistance to Change -- Emotional Exhaustion -- Perception is Not Reality -- Leading With Heart Get the research and videos at https://mafost.com/mashup
09:18
December 4, 2018
Bonus: Culture is a Reflection of Leadership
The school reflects your confidence and passion. Likewise, it mirrors your fear and insecurity. Embrace your weaknesses, build your strengths, and empower your people.
03:09
December 3, 2018
Why You Can't Create Change in Classrooms (S3 Episode 3)
...and solutions that work! Season 3, Ep.3 connects Ronald Reagon, Ice Cream Shops, and Hillary Clinton to bring you 5+ ways to create change in classrooms. These solutions address 3 powerful challenges to effective change leadership. Get the show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup
14:59
November 28, 2018
Magnified Side Effects, Clarity (S3 Episode 2)
Clarity of Purpose. Educator Burnout and Demoralization. Where do these magnified side effects come from? Who are the Millers? Do you want to take a cruise? And...it is missing, are you missing out, or is it a mission for your school? Topics in this episode include: -- Stats on Burnout and Attrition -- Understanding the Problem -- Clarity of Purpose -- Mission Statements in Schools -- The Millers -- Bearings & Long Distance Cruising -- Behavioral Cohesion for School Leaders -- Magnified Side Effects Leave your comments, questions, or ideas at https://mafost.com/pod
12:56
November 20, 2018
Bonus: 3 Exercises to Lead with Vulnerability (Episode 46)
Leading with vulnerability builds trust and creates organizational health. Here are three exercises you can use to shape culture, connect people, and impact learning. Leave your thoughts and questions at https://mafost.com/pod.
04:31
November 18, 2018
The One Thing That Limits Your People (S3 Episode 1)
Season 3 Premiere focuses on busting through the one thing that limits your people in your schools. Topics include: -- Organizational Health vs. School Culture -- The Key Ingredient to High Performing Teams -- Minimizing Politics -- Difference Between Trust and Confidence -- How to Lead With Vulnerability If you enjoy this episode, consider sharing it with one friend. Leave your comments or questions at https://mafost.com/pod Also, get the show notes and research behind the episodes at https://mafost.com/mashup.
13:07
November 14, 2018
S3: Unleashing Your People (Intro to Season 3)
This season is about your people. Over a decade ago in the Harvard Business Review, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras wrote, “Executives spend too much time drafting, wordsmithing, and redrafting vision statements, mission statements, values statements, purpose statements, aspiration statements, and so on. They spend nowhere near enough time trying to align their organizations with the values and visions already in place." Topics in this introduction include: -- Removing Restraints that Limit -- Propensity to Complexity -- Brains Need Simplicity -- Overview of Research on 40 School Districts -- An Actionable Definition of Integrity -- Coming Topics such as the Amygdala, Environments that Matter, Builders of Learning Systems, and Crafters of Learning Cultures
05:00
November 6, 2018
S3 Preview: School Health
Season 3 is about people. It's about what's simpler but not easier. Addressing the health of a school is simpler than addressing the complex data, spreadsheets, tactics, and plans. Those things are complex, but they are also tangible and easy to see. They are the brains. But the health of the school is much more subjective and requires nuance and common sense mixed discipline to execute. School leaders who understand school health are poised to empower their people and reach levels of outlier success.
04:56
October 31, 2018
Ep41 Five Morale Boosters for Right now
This happens to be that time of year where back to school enthusiasm is long-gone, and teaching is deep in the trenches. This is good for learning momentum, but it takes its toll on energy. Student attendance might be dropping. Staff attendance might also be dropping. So here are 5 Morale Boosters for Right Now. Get tips like these 3 days per week in your inbox at https://mafost.com/blog If you enjoyed this episode, please consider rating and subscribing to help others know about this podcast, Music by Broke For Free, Creative Commons Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
04:30
October 24, 2018
Ep39 Bonus: The Job Description
A Mashup of Three Ideas: Not on the Job Description; Career Moves; The Mirror. These 3 concepts can place you in control of your career and make you indispensable in your organization. Sign up for the daily email at https://mafost.com Also read the transcript at https://mafost.com/not-on-the-job-description/ or on the monthly blog https://mafost.blog Copyright 2018, Matt Foster @mafost Educator, Creator, and Culture Shaper.
04:41
October 17, 2018
Ep38 Danny Sunshine Bauer BLBS Roadmap
In this interview, you're going to get inspirational, innovative, and practical ideas from Danny "Sunshine" Bauer as we discuss his new book, Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap. Topics include: - Part 1: The Inward Journey - Holding Difficult Conversations - Being Other People Focused - Routines To Perform Your Best - Genuine Empathy - Morning SAVERS Routines - Helping People Reach Their Dreams - Giving to Give - Free Coaching Opportunity - Part 2 of Leading Your School - Envision Your Best School - Fighting Isolation for School Leaders - Always Questioning the Why Preview and purchase the book at https://mafost.com/blbs
19:00
October 10, 2018
Ep37 Bonus: Good Sense and Creativity
Why did IBM fall from the top 10 tech companies? Why has school been so successful in preparing employees in the 20th century? How do these two questions parallel each other? - Good Sense and Creativity was originally a long-read at https://mafost.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/good-sense-and-creativity-or-lack-of/ - Get more episodes of the Mafost Mashup at https://mafost.com
04:36
October 3, 2018
S2 E10 Finale: Impact on Learning
Impact on Learning. The season 2 finale explores the amazing learning of dolphins in Florida. Connections are made to dropouts, successful business leaders, and the next horizon for education. Topics include: -- Dolphins -- Curiosity -- Dropouts -- Beyond Accountability -- Next Horizons -- The show notes will be available at https://mafost.com/mashup. The daily blog is also available at https://mafost.com
09:35
September 26, 2018
Bonus: Overarching Factors
Getting biggest impact on learning usually requires us to look beyond the quick fixes of visible and easy adjustments. Enter, overarching factors.
02:03
September 20, 2018
S2 E9 Measuring Impact
Measuring Impact. Education is too important to get this wrong, and the gaps are getting too large! Let's talk about the why and how behind knowing our impact on learning. In this episode: - Canary in the Coal Mine - Program for International Student Achievement - Breaking Rankings - High-Yield Strategies from John Hattie - Knowing When Something Works - Case Study with Common Assessments - False Positives - Pursuit of Happiness - Impact on Learning For the PISA data, the videos, and John Hattie's Books, go to https://mafost/mashup
09:56
September 19, 2018
S2 E8 Execution Gaps
Execution gaps are deadly little traps that put serious limits on the impact of instructional leadership. They result in fragile plateaus and false positives only to be exposed in times of change. There is a solution though, which we explore in detail in this episode of the Mafost Mashup. Topics include: - Quote from Howard Gardner - Results of the short-game - Recent trends in instructional leadership - Limits of instructional leadership - The dangers of plateaus - "The Silver Bullet" - Perfect, in theory - Insights from Daniel Goleman - People, Culture, and Impact Get the full show notes, access to the research, and video clips at https://mafost.com/mashup
11:13
September 12, 2018
Bonus: 3 Instructional Coaching Activities
These 3 monthly activities will help you approach instructional coaching with systems-thinking. It's a bonus for Season 2 Episode 7: Process of Coaching. If you like it, pass it along. If you found it helpful, go ahead and smash that subscribe button! Thanks for listening. Get the research and show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup
03:29
September 7, 2018
S2 E7 Process of Coaching
Here's part 2 of the interview with one of Houston's foremost instructional coaches and curriculum directors on the topic of instructional coaching. Highlights include: - Coldplay's "Fix You" - Research on the lack of research - Multifinality as a guiding principle - Difficulty of being an instructional coach - Coaching conversation tips - Simple coaching prep - What really matters You can get episode notes, resources, and research at https://mafost.com/mashup If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to pass it along!
11:47
September 5, 2018
S2 E6 Assessment Data
Season 2 Episode 6: Assessment Data. With guest audio from Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, this episode of the Mafost Mashup is a heart throbbing take on 3 ideas to make assessment and data a driving force for impact on learning! Topics include: - Moneyball: Managing with Bad Data - Data Dashboards - Sensitive Data - Unidimensional Assessments - Top Gun: Top-Down Errors - Reliability for the Practitioner - Problems with Big Tests - The Solution Get the details and how-to at https://mafost.com/mashup Audio clips from Fandango's Movieclips YouTube channel. Check them out at https://www.youtube.com/user/movieclips/featured
10:38
August 29, 2018
S2 E5 Collaboration, A Basic Need
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are more than mere lesson planning or book studies...they are a basic human need. In this episode, we sit with Dr. Coryn Prince school administrator and educational leader, whose recent doctoral research focused on features of successful PLCs. Topics include: - PLCs as a basic human need - Naturally-formed PLCs - The focus of effective PLCs - The role of a shared purpose - Trust and Safety - How to Build Trust - PLC as Family Get show notes and additional resources at https://mafost.com/mashup And subscribe to the 3 times per week blog at https://mafost.com.
09:55
August 22, 2018
S2 E4 Failure of Fidelity
In Episode 4 of Season 2, we challenge the RTI concept of fidelity. Should it be in your intervention systems? Has it failed? What is the evidence? Topics include: - What is Fidelity in Instruction? - Where did fidelity come from? - Why has it failed? - Why should it be embraced? - Research on the failure of micromanagement - Why reading gaps occur - Data on illiteracy - Multi-layered Intervention for Reading Get more details, research, and show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup
10:50
August 14, 2018
S2 E3 Reading Systems
Which of these has the biggest impact on learning? Whole Language, Student Control Over Learning, RTI, or Teacher Knowledge. This episode starts with John Hattie's updated research and then delves into why systems-thinking wins over instructional strategies, especially for reading instruction. Topics Include: - Changes in Reading Technology - The disappearance of Learning Disabilities - The Documentation Problem - Why RTI (Response to Intervention) Fails - Multi-Gate Screener Systems - A/B Testing as a System for Improvement - The Coming Change in Reading Skills - Why Systems Win You can get the Mafost Mashup show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup And subscribe to the blog at https://mafost.com
10:38
August 7, 2018
S2 E2 Instructional Coaching
This episode of the Mafost Mashup, the premiere principal podcast, is about instruction coaching, and we have guest Kerry Flanagan sharing insights about successful instructional coaching. Topics include: -Dopamine -Lottery Tickets -Serotonin -Relationships & Trust -Successful Conversations -Challenging Coaching Conversations Instructional coaching is a tool that, over time, builds trust and acceptance. It builds serotonin and oxytocin, the key ingredients needed to remove the veil of emotions that cover the brains rational center, so strategic steps toward improvement can be made!
10:13
August 1, 2018
S2 E1 Impacting Community
Impacting Community, Mafost Mashup Season 2 Episode 1. In this episode, Matt sits down with the innovative and insightful principal Matt Arend to discuss the impact he's had on the community at Sigler Nation (Sigler Elementary in Texas). Get the show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup. Connect with Matt Arend at: Website: http://matthewarend.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthew_arend ___ Topics include: - Making the Climb - Support (Danny Steele Quote) - Building a Culture of Family - Social/Emotional Needs of Students, Staff, and Families - Simple Ways to Make a Daily Impact - Balancing the tasks of the Principalship - Lessons Learned for New or Aspiring School Leaders * This episode includes a live interview from Orlando, FL in a less than optimum acoustic setting.
11:59
July 24, 2018
Season 2 Prelude
I'm kicking off season 2 of the Mafost Mashup with a prelude - for principals and school leaders who appreciate insanely innovative ideas to lead learning and improve schools. You can subscribe here to get all episodes and you can read the show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup. In this prelude, you will find: > Peek into the Season 2 Interviews > John Hattie's Worst Factors on Learning > Bad Data is Worse than No Data
05:03
July 18, 2018
BONUS: The 321 Strategy
The 321 Strategy takes complicated school improvement plans and strips them down to a focused and actionable set of components directly connected to professional learning and student results. Learn more about the 3-2-1 strategy at https://mafost.com/321-strategy/ To get more tips like this, follow the Mafost Blog at https://mafost.com/blog/
01:28
July 16, 2018
BONUS: NAESP 2018 Leadership Live Rant
Live from NAESP conference! Inspired by the energy, vision, and passion of a few principals and educational leaders whom I happened to bump into - this quick rant is about the fulcrum, leadership. Being the one for kids. Being the voice and difference maker! The Mafost Mashup is a podcast for principals and school leaders who seek to shape culture, connect people, and impact learning.
03:18
July 9, 2018
Episode 10: No Excuses
High expectations for student success - this is the mantra of our generation, but what if we've got it out of balance? What if we've used high student expectations in ways that created blind spots for excuses? Episode 10 of the Mafost Mashup is a hard-hitting, fast-paced finale to season one including topics for principals and school leaders such as: - High Expectations for Students - Strange Thing About Water - Determination - Reform of No Excuse Schools - Overview of Top Research on Student Expectations - The Role of Educators - Expectations for Educational Professionals - Metrics of Impact - DNA of No Excuses - No Excuses in Education Get show notes (research, charts, and examples) at https://mafost.com/mashup This is the podcast for principals and school leaders who want to be challenged with insanely innovative ideas on school Culture, People, and Impact.
10:00
July 3, 2018
Free Resources for Principals
Over 100 principals have joined the collaboration to share free resources for school leaders and principals. The tools and resources are growing. Take a look at https://mafost.com/resources
00:30
June 30, 2018
Episode 9: The Real Lessons
In this episode of the Mafost Mashup, I sit with Hal Bowman and discuss the real lessons of school - those lessons that actually stick with students and meaningful for life. This podcast for principals and school leaders will leave you inspired to bring passion to your school every day because students aren't merely learning skills - they are forging identities. Topics in this episode include: Doing Time Impact Through Meaningful Work What If School... Bootlegging in Schools Passions and Skills, Not Grade Levels A Leader Who Gets It Egg Carton Learning Industrial Age Employee Model Opportunities to Forge Identities The Real Lesson Passionate Teachers Students Envisioning Their Futures
12:18
June 26, 2018
Episode 8: Clarity and Toxicity
The Mafost Mashup is a podcast for principals and school leadership. In Episode 8: Clarity and Toxicity, Matt sits with Hal Bowman and discusses real-life experiences with school cultures, including: -Shaping School Culture vs. Letting It Happen -Creating a Tribe -Bringing Clarity to the School Vision and Purpose -Uncertainty and Toxic Cultures that Result -The anxiety of the Unknown -Finding the Right Fit -Unintentional Culture Viruses -Communicating with Clarity Principals, instructional coaches, and educational leaders will receive helpful insights into why toxic cultures form and how to turn them around.
18:04
June 19, 2018
Episode 7: Communication
A podcast for principals and school leaders - Episode 7 of the Mafost Mashup tackles 5 insanely innovative ways to improve communication in your school. This episode starts with the Effective Schools Research, discusses a major gap in the effective school correlates, and addresses a powerful analogy to increase the effectiveness of your school culture.
09:48
June 12, 2018
Episode 6: Empathy
Episode 6 of the Mafost Mashup is loaded with practical applications for principals and school leaders who wish to build a leadership strategy using Empathy. Five characteristics of empathy are discussed in detail, including these topics: -Situational Awareness -Predicting Pitfalls -Tribes -Circles of Trust -Below-the-surface Issues -Seeking to Understand -Humility -Conversations -Authenticity -Authentic Leadership Gone Wrong -Research from "The Leadership Quarterly" -Self-Awareness -Unbiased Processing -Relational Authenticity -Well-Being -Fearless Empathy -6 Mindsets to Kill Fear of Failure -What Empathy is Not This is the must-listen episode for all school leaders, principals, and teacher leaders striving to lead learning and improve schools!
09:28
June 5, 2018
Bonus: People this Summer
The only thing that makes or breaks a campus is people. Here are a few ways to strengthen the connections with the people on your campus, to lead learning, and to improve schools. For principals, school leadership, and teacher leaders.
02:30
June 1, 2018
Episode 5: Meaningful Work
How do we cultivate meaningful work in our schools? For teachers, leaders, and students. This episode tackles several topics related to meaningful work: -Workplace Envy -Absorption -Play -Research from Jeffrey Springer -Flow -Creating Meaningful Work -Quote from Alfred North Whitehead Schools that cultivate meaningful work will tap into the creativity and innovative spirit of their people. Students will experience learning that can be applied in their lives. Teams will have extreme engagement.
07:31
May 31, 2018
Episode 4: Impact
What is success for your school? Is it a rating? Is it a passing rate? Is it your own promotion? Or do you measure success by impact? After spending the day with Hal Bowman at an amazing campus in the Houston area, I reflected on the meaning of impact. This episode challenges common notions and practices regarding the impact on student learning. Topics in this episode include: -Measuring Happiness -Job Satisfaction Research -Turnover -Achievement Gaps -Transformative Leadership -Test Scores -New Achievements -Ways Schools Could Impact Communities -Performance-Oriented Trends -Your Game Defines Your Culture
08:18
May 22, 2018
Bonus: Pizza Panels
Let's get insanely innovative this summer and buy a lot of pizza! Create 3, 4, or 5 different student panels. Buy lots of pizza and watch amazing things happen for your school! Learn more in this 60 second bonus segment.
01:03
May 16, 2018
Episode 3: Champions Finish Strong
You are building something great, you are not just doing a job. You are doing meaningful work. And you will continue deep into the summer days because you understand your finish determines your starting line next year. And your start will determine your wins. You are a champion for your school, and champions finish strong. Episode 3 tackles the big questions of how to seriously advance your school during summer break. Don't listen to this episode, unless you're ready to roll up your sleeves and make some amazing culture shifts! Topics Include: -Situational Awareness vs. Curriculum/Instruction -Leading with Questions -Who to Question -Intentional Questioning -Acting on the Data -Build a Baseline -Summer Leadership Steps -The Instructional Plan -Leadership Dinner -Pizza Panels -September Execution -Surveying Campus Culture
07:26
May 15, 2018
Recap 1: #FuturEd
Pitfalls of hype. Surveying Campus Culture. What's Coming? Interviews from counselors, principals, and business leaders. Vision for the next few decades.
03:08
May 10, 2018
Episode 2: Culture in 3 Simple Steps
Don't worry about curriculum, assessment, and data if you don't have this in place. So here are 3 simple steps to take. Get @mafost in your inbox at https://mafost.com Topics Covered in Episode 2 -Is there enough common ground? -The nitty gritty -What you do collectively -Brushfires -Culture as a cloud -Building school culture -Surveying school culture -Garnering involvement -Dynamic teams -Merely doing Free online school culture course at https://mafost.com/courses/surveying-campus-culture
07:03
May 8, 2018
Episode 1: Not So Grand Opening
Is buy-in a necessary component for school improvement? Or is it a detriment? What is your school's attention span? How do you garner commitment to long-term improvement efforts? What is the long game? Episode 1 tackles these questions and more. The Mafost Mashup is for principals and school leaders who value people, build school culture and make a measurable impact. This is insanely innovative - not for everyone! #education #edleaders #edleadership Subscribe to the blog at https://mafost.com and gain access to free online courses for school improvement!
06:36
May 1, 2018
Mafost Mashup Teaser #1
How many walk-throughs do teachers feel they need? I asked, and this is what I found.
00:53
April 26, 2018
Mafost Mashup Sneak Peek
This is a sneak peek into the coming podcast for school leaders, instructional leaders, and anyone interested in school improvement. Starting May 1st.
01:41
April 6, 2018
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