Stop doing lists are critical to keeping focus in your school improvement efforts. However, this simple to use strategy will make stop-doing lists an automated part of your plans.
Music by Lobo Loco
How do you shift the instructional climate? Let's talk about the 3 factors in instructional climate and some actionable how-to strategies for each factor.
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These 6 ways cost nothing. When used, they will empower your star teachers and solve the morale problem. Is the school climate a little off? Is teacher morale low? Is turnover a problem? In this episode you'll find:
1) How to Say Thanks
2) How to Treasure Hunt
3) Avoid Task Vacuums
4) Manage Your Own Fears
5) Manage Frameworks
6) Create a Culture of Success
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What is your vision for your school? How is that vision different than a shared vision. In this how-to episode of season 4, we look a simple method you can use to create your vision.
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There are 5 culture crafting strategies for school leaders in this episode:
Smash the But What Abouts
Use Conditioning (Words Not Needed)
The Mafost Mashup is beginning a series of how-to episodes for principals and school leaders. This is the first, and you can keep up with the research and show notes at mafost.com/mashup
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This is a mashup of season 1 focusing on Action, Finishing Strong, Empathy, and Impact on Learning. Topics include:
Dynamic Teams for Culture Data
Developing the Instructional Plan
Using April and May to Finish Strong
Empathy in School Leadership
Research on Staff Happiness
Misuses of Data
Impact on Learning
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Four highly actionable ways to use celebration to impact professional learning and student learning on your campus. These are research-based strategies and not fleeting tactics or gimmicks.
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2 Actionable tips to increase your importance (and influence) with a group. This bonus episode is a follow-up to the problems presented in the season 3 finale: Winning with Bold Empathy.
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In this season 3 finale, we investigate the connections between group think, bystander effect, herd mentality, fear of failure, risk-taking, and bold empathy.
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In this bonus interview, Mel Hawkins shares his thoughts on erasing grade levels, competency-based learning, mastery teaching, and other outlier ideas to increase student learning.
Connect with Mel on Twitter.
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The what, why, and how for stop doing lists including the interesting behavior science behind human memory and cognitive bandwidth. (Episode 58)
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The role of emotion in school leadership. Using the powerful leadership resonator. Insights from Daniel Goleman. And the power of this rarely-discussed intersection of emotion and clarity.
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This season is about people, and this episode is about three of the most common missteps that cause bottlenecks in communication. Research from the Harvard Business Review, a Marine Courtroom, and practical solutions are all present in this episode.
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Episode 55: How to craft a masterpiece in 2019, work in the fringe of conflict, and lead with vulnerability. This mid-season 3 bonus focuses on 3 distinct how-to segments.
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In part 2 of this interview with Dr. Bryan Pearlman, we continue the discussion on mental health and wellness in schools
- 1:45 How a Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum Promotes a Healthy School
- 2:10 Not Just Teaching to the Test
Supporting Strong and Healthy Teams
- 3:30 Taking the Long-View on Academics
- 4:00 Cognitive Conflicts Instead of Affect Conflicts
- 4:45 Effective Training for Staff Members
- 5:30 Using Scenarios in Training
- 6:30 Dealing with "Challenging" Students
- 8:10 Distinguished Schools of Mental Health and Wellness
A Support Model for Mental Health at Schools
- 9:35 Developing Mindfulness
- 10:00 What to Expect with DSMHW Coaches
- 10:45 Student Management Techniques
- 12:49 Kindness Quote
- 13:05 Power of Kindness
- 14:00 A Student's View of Kindness
How to Contact Dr. Pearlman
- 17:48 An Opportunity
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In this interview, Dr. Bryan Pearlman and Matt discuss how to create a school culture that supports mental health and wellness. Topics include:
- Helping students deal with trauma and self-harm.
- Helping teachers with stress and anxiety.
- Setting the health of a school on the right path.
- Self-care for teachers.
- Finding balance and avoiding burnout.
Get the show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup
Get in touch with Dr. Pearlman at his non-profit http://DSMHW.org or at his consulting company http://MostValuablePD.com.
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
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
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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.
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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?
-- Psychology of Perceptions and Manipulation
-- Resistance to Change
-- Emotional Exhaustion
-- Perception is Not Reality
-- Leading With Heart
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...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.
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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
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Leading with vulnerability builds trust and creates organizational health. Here are three exercises you can use to shape culture, connect people, and impact learning.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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Copyright 2018, Matt Foster @mafost
Educator, Creator, and Culture Shaper.
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.
- 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
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/
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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:
-- 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
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
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
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.
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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!
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!
- 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
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.
- 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
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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
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.
- 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
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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.
-Relationships & Trust
-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!
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:
- 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.
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
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.
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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.
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
- 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.
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:
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
Students Envisioning Their Futures
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.
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.
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:
-Circles of Trust
-Seeking to Understand
-Authentic Leadership Gone Wrong
-Research from "The Leadership Quarterly"
-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!
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.
How do we cultivate meaningful work in our schools? For teachers, leaders, and students. This episode tackles several topics related to meaningful work:
-Research from Jeffrey Springer
-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.
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:
-Job Satisfaction Research
-Ways Schools Could Impact Communities
-Your Game Defines Your Culture
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.
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!
-Situational Awareness vs. Curriculum/Instruction
-Leading with Questions
-Who to Question
-Acting on the Data
-Build a Baseline
-Summer Leadership Steps
-The Instructional Plan
-Surveying Campus Culture
Don't worry about curriculum, assessment, and data if you don't have this in place. So here are 3 simple steps to take.
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Topics Covered in Episode 2
-Is there enough common ground?
-The nitty gritty
-What you do collectively
-Culture as a cloud
-Building school culture
-Surveying school culture
Free online school culture course at https://mafost.com/courses/surveying-campus-culture
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!
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