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Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

Location:

United States

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Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

Language:

English


Episodes

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read #10 — Build Capacity with One Question

7/30/2021
This week on "Getting Unstuck," we chatted with Principal "Missie" Patschke on the need to build leadership capacity with all staff. The necessity of building the capacity of others to lead is not a new idea. It’s not universally practiced, though, because leaders typically get stuck trying to build capacity in one of three ways. We'll investigate a way to break free of those barriers in this week's deeper-dive feature "Worth a Listen, Look, or Read."

Duration:00:04:50

178: What Can You Achieve by Playing the Role of #2?

7/27/2021
In this conversation, we hear from elementary school principal Dr. Melissa "Missie" Patschke, a leader who instinctively gets how you build capacity in others. This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series, which focuses on school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already "unstuck." They’re doing things better, not just differently, not just as part of the most recent trend, but because they want to increase the likelihood that they can achieve desired outcomes on behalf of...

Duration:00:45:02

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #9 — What Can Leaders Learn From Trees?

7/23/2021
This week we chatted with Assistant Superintendent Constantino “Costa” Aquilar regarding his district’s now six-year shift to broaden its students' post high school opportunities. The district’s shift is remarkable not only for its scope, but also because of the extensive communication that fosters it. We dug deeper into that idea of communication by looking at an ongoing process of adaptation and change in a forest where “communication” is required for survival

Duration:00:05:21

177: Shifting? Focus First on the People Making the Shift

7/20/2021
In this interview, "Costa" Aquilar, Assistant Superintendent of the Merced Union High School District details the shift his district started six years ago. This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series, which focuses on school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already "unstuck." They’re doing things better, not just differently, not just as part of the most recent trend, but because they want to increase the likelihood that they can achieve desired outcomes on behalf of...

Duration:00:50:43

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #8 — Keep it Simple

7/16/2021
This week we enjoyed getting an update from Principal JoAnne Duncan. JoAnne first appeared on our show last October. She impressed us with how she tried to simplify her staff's approach to managing COVID by keeping them focused on what they could control. We extended the idea of simple through the work of Carl Richards, a certified financial planner. Richards has a knack for recasting complex ideas as simple illustrations with a few strokes of a felt-tip marker and paper no bigger than a...

Duration:00:05:08

176: How Can We Overcome Challenges? — Update

7/13/2021
We aired our first interview with Principal JoAnne Duncan in October 2020. With that challenge staring this young principal in the face, we focused our conversation on leadership. If her leadership could be boiled down to one word, it would have to be “caring.” With the challenging year of COVID somewhat in the rearview mirror, we caught up with JoAnne and asked her to reflect on what guided her this past year and provide some guidance to educators who will again be facing a challenging...

Duration:00:16:47

175: How Can We Overcome Challenges?

7/13/2021
Today we welcome someone working on the frontline of education. Elementary school principal, JoAnne Duncan, is a big-hearted, inspirational leader – just what her staff, kids, and parents need as they labor under the cloud of COVID-19. Before she became a principal, JoAnne served as a first grade teacher, kindergarten teacher, and reading specialist. She believes in the brilliance of each child and knows firsthand that when we follow a child’s curiosity and interests, joyful, deep learning...

Duration:00:39:27

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #7 — What's Important Now?

7/9/2021
This week we talked with Dr. Deb Gustafson on how she is again applying Jim Collins' flywheel principle, this time as an Assistant Superintendent, to develop a district office staff that relentlessly focuses on supporting its teachers so that they can in turn relentlessly focus on supporting their kids. We extended that idea of having a disciplined mindset through Essentialism author, Greg McKeown's discussion of setting a priority versus priorities by asking the question "What's Important...

Duration:00:03:56

174: How Do You Stay Focused on What Matters? — Update

7/6/2021
We first spoke with Dr. Deborah Gustafson in December 2019 about how she had applied Jim Collins’ principle of the flywheel to her work as an elementary school principal. She wanted to focus on those practices that would move the dial for her kids. Academically, yes, but even more important was the need for her kids to believe in themselves. Therefore, hiring people who were instinctively wired to support kids was essential. COVID has only intensified the need to stay focused and hire the...

Duration:00:21:40

173: How Do You Stay Focused on What Matters?

7/6/2021
One of the problems that plague most organizations is when and how to change. For many, the process looks like fruit-of-the-month club: they try “this” until a new “this” comes along. Jim Collins wrote about this behavior in Good to Great. To avoid this phenomenon, great organizations employ something Collins called “the flywheel” process – a process involving 4-6 elements with each element impacting driving the next. One educator, Dr. Deb Gustafson, wondered if it would work in her school.

Duration:01:15:06

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #6 — "Go Outside and Play"

7/2/2021
This week we talked with three guests on the idea of unstructured play for children. One of our guests, Hannah Beach, describes “unstructured play” as invented activities from the mind of a child. Unlike adult-organized activities or technology-driven entertainment, unstructured play gives kids the opportunity to digest and make sense of their world and ultimately to grow as humans. If opportunities for unstructured play are critical for kids’ sound mental health, are they also critical...

Duration:00:05:50

172: Why Do Our Children Need Time for Self-initiated Free Play?

6/29/2021
When COVID first impacted education over a year ago, one of the messages we heard from educators is that “we need to address the social and emotional needs of our students.” That message was driven by the concern that kids were increasingly isolated. Strong relationships that had existed began to fray. COVID also uncovered disparities in access to instruction, and so student performance suffered. But here’s the sad truth: many of our kids were already in social and emotional trouble long...

Duration:00:57:05

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #5 — Constraints Are the Innovators Best Friend

6/25/2021
Innovating in education can be challenging because of red tape, limitations, and a constant lack of funds. But this week's guest, George Couros, cautions that constraints shouldn't stop innovation. We can choose to look at a problem and the constraints that surround it, and be frustrated, or we can work with what we have to find a solution. One of the principles of innovation science is that the solution is contained in the problem. In this episode, we'll look at some innovators who used...

Duration:00:06:11

171: How Should We Innovate to Improve Student Learning?

6/22/2021
A recent guest on our show remarked that "The discussion in education has moved beyond the question of ‘Do we need to transform education to make it more responsive to the needs of students in the 21st century?’ That train has left the station. The debate now is over how.” Today’s guest, educator George Couros, answers that question in part by pointing to purposeful innovation. Not just innovation that changes something, but innovation that provides greater value, and makes teaching and...

Duration:00:59:13

Worth a Listen, Look or Read — Physician, Heal Thyself

6/18/2021
In this week's episode of “Getting Unstuck”, we talked with Dr. Deborah MacNamara, a school counseling psychologist on why it’s important for leaders to establish a healthy culture based on relationships. Interpersonal relationships are critical, but their success may be dependent on the relationship we have with ourselves. Those relationships can suffer do to what psychologists call the "empathy gap." And that’s where we’re going to focus in this installment of “Worth a Listen, Look, or...

Duration:00:04:24

170: Why Focus on Building Relationships?

6/15/2021
Given what school leaders may face this fall — > lingering exhaustion brought on by managing the last year and a half under the cloud of COVID, and > the relentless academic push which manifests itself in the fear of students’ loss of learning — how can they help teachers nurture a culture of collective strength, of sustaining relationship-based rituals? Counselor and educator, Dr. Deborah MacNamara provides some direction.

Duration:00:45:04

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read – Two Guideposts for Catalysts of Change

6/11/2021
This week we reintroduced you to Jamahl Hines, an Assistant Principal and the founder of the Future Educators of Diversity, a program that creates a pipeline for developing teachers of color. Jamahl’s story inspired us to look for other educators who are trying to reshape schools. Here we found Emily Pilloton-Lam, the Executive Director of the nonprofit Girls Garage where she teaches young girls how to put power tools together with science and math principles to build projects for their...

Duration:00:03:04

169: How Can You Serve as a Catalyst for Change? – Update

6/8/2021
We first aired this interview with Jamahl Hines last November. His story continues to inspire us as an example of an effective change catalyst. It starts with him realizing a need – in this case that students of color need to see someone like themselves standing in front of the classroom – and then by taking action to develop future educators of diversity. A lot has happened since, so we decided to share Jamahl's good news in a brief update chat.

Duration:00:09:55

168: How Can You Serve as a Catalyst for Change?

6/8/2021
Sometimes circumstances are the catalyst for driving a change that you never anticipated. Assistant Principal, Jamahl Hines relates his experience in this story of transformation.

Duration:00:51:43

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read – Solving Problems Through External Partnerships

6/3/2021
In this week's "Worth a Listen, Look or Read,” we enrich the theme of external partnerships through a story that recently aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” The story details how five school districts on Long Island, New York confronted a growing mental health problem among their students. The solution that the district leaders and parents came up with relied on an external partnership and the innovation principle of “Near, Far, Sweet” – finding a solution that is desirable, feasible and...

Duration:00:04:14