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William D. Parker from the Principal Matters Blog reveals his school leadership strategies, insights from other leaders, and practical tips so that you can have the tools to achieve your own goals. Rediscover healthy motivation, resolve conflicts and challenges, maximize your communication, grow your instructional abilities, and learn to streamline responsibilities—all while creating raving fans among your team members, students, parents, and patrons. William is currently Principal of Skiatook High School near Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a former teacher of the year, the 2012 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year, and author of the recently released book, Principal Matters, he is also a blogger, musician, and speaker. He and his wife Missy are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not serving his school and family, he is a sought-after keynote speaker for principal conferences and leadership seminars. He has learned to leverage his lessons through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, self-publishing, seminars, and online newsletters. Listen in for motivation to create incredible momentum in your school community.

William D. Parker from the Principal Matters Blog reveals his school leadership strategies, insights from other leaders, and practical tips so that you can have the tools to achieve your own goals. Rediscover healthy motivation, resolve conflicts and challenges, maximize your communication, grow your instructional abilities, and learn to streamline responsibilities—all while creating raving fans among your team members, students, parents, and patrons. William is currently Principal of Skiatook High School near Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a former teacher of the year, the 2012 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year, and author of the recently released book, Principal Matters, he is also a blogger, musician, and speaker. He and his wife Missy are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not serving his school and family, he is a sought-after keynote speaker for principal conferences and leadership seminars. He has learned to leverage his lessons through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, self-publishing, seminars, and online newsletters. Listen in for motivation to create incredible momentum in your school community.
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William D. Parker from the Principal Matters Blog reveals his school leadership strategies, insights from other leaders, and practical tips so that you can have the tools to achieve your own goals. Rediscover healthy motivation, resolve conflicts and challenges, maximize your communication, grow your instructional abilities, and learn to streamline responsibilities—all while creating raving fans among your team members, students, parents, and patrons. William is currently Principal of Skiatook High School near Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a former teacher of the year, the 2012 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year, and author of the recently released book, Principal Matters, he is also a blogger, musician, and speaker. He and his wife Missy are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not serving his school and family, he is a sought-after keynote speaker for principal conferences and leadership seminars. He has learned to leverage his lessons through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, self-publishing, seminars, and online newsletters. Listen in for motivation to create incredible momentum in your school community.

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Episodes

PMP:121 The Power of Play – 7 Tips for Education Leaders

8/15/2018
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When I spotted the mud puddle, I thought it would be fun to jump it. The dirt road that ran along the edge of the field by our West Tennessee farmhouse was often traveled by trucks or tractors. And the ruts in the sandy, red dirt would fill with rain and create long stretches of […]

Duration:00:23:45

PMP:Encore06 – Essential Questions for a New School Year (& Predicting the Weather)

8/8/2018
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How are you anticipating the start of a new school year? This week I wanted to share some thoughts from a previous post as reminders for your new school year: Predicting Your School Climate Sometimes my left elbow aches. I have a scar there from when I broke it falling from a horse almost twenty years ago. […]

Duration:00:10:12

PMP:120 A Leader’s Spiritual Growth – Four Reasons Your Faith Matters

8/1/2018
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A few weeks ago, I was on an airplane with my oldest daughter, Emily, who just finished her first year of college and is enjoying summer break. Being with her brings back a lot of memories. At the time, she was staring out the window into the landscape of clouds below while we flew to […]

Duration:00:17:23

PMP: Bonus 03 – Answers to Listener Questions + Thoughts from the Road

7/19/2018
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I’ve been on the road (and in planes) a lot the summer, and I have thinking about issues and ideas I’ve been wanting to share with Principal Matters readers and listeners. This week I was on a long road trip when I was pondering some questions a listener had emailed my way. After stopping to […]

Duration:00:31:50

PMP:119 Your Friendships – Learning to Climb Together

7/4/2018
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When I was in college, I had my first experience in mountain climbing. I was traveling in Guatemala for a summer missions outreach when one morning, we woke up before dawn and rode a bus to the base of an active volcano. About twenty of us had decided to begin our climb in the dark […]

Duration:00:16:34

PMP:118 Growing Leaders Takeaways – Crucial Conversations About Students

6/27/2018
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The other morning, I woke up early in a hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia. For a moment, I couldn’t remember where I was. Then it dawned on me that I was presenting that morning at a Growing Leaders Principal Roundtable event hosted by Dr. Tim Elmore. I dressed, grabbed my laptop bag and headed downstairs […]

Duration:00:17:10

PMP:117 Your Time – Are you Making the Most of Each Moment?

6/20/2018
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Balance is a popular word among life coaches and leadership authors. As important as it is to remember to invest in the meaningful areas of your life, too many people place unrealistic expectations upon themselves. Living a life of meaning does not mean being perfect. This is misperception is not only unrealistic, it is also […]

Duration:00:17:35

PMP:116 The Starbucks Story – Three Lessons for School Leaders

6/13/2018
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Recently, Howard Schultz, the owner and CEO of Starbucks announced he will be retiring as CEO of the company. This news comes after several years of stunning success for a company whose stock price rose from $7 a share during the recession to $56 a share this past week. As a part of my commute, […]

Duration:00:15:35

PMP:115 A Leader’s Influence – How is the Air You Breathe?

6/6/2018
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In 2010, I had the privilege of traveling to China for ten days on an education tour. One morning in Beijing, I headed outside the hotel before breakfast for a quick run. Later as I showered and dressed, I began to feel sick. I thought perhaps I was catching a cold or was just suffering […]

Duration:00:15:25

PMP:Encore027 Ten Tips for Interviewing for an Education Opening

5/30/2018
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Last week I was on the phone with a teacher who will soon be interviewing for an assistant principal opening. Just this past week, I have talked to two superintendents and a principal who have openings for principal or assistant principal positions at their schools. It’s that time of year again for hiring and job […]

Duration:00:14:03

PMP:114 Reflections on Your Learning: What’s on Your Playlist?

5/23/2018
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My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s. The condition began about ten years ago when we thought she was simply becoming more forgetful. But as her short-term memory declined, we realized she wasn’t just suffering from old age. Over the years, she has lost the ability to recognize her own children and grandchildren, and she forgets whether or […]

Duration:00:16:45

PMP:113 Building Positive School Communities – Interview with Principal Mike Crase

5/16/2018
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When I drove into the parking lot at East Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was greeted by bright yellow arrows on the parking lot, pointing the direction for incoming and outgoing traffic. A beautiful flower bed had been built in front of the school. A friendly security staff person met me at the […]

Duration:00:26:36

PMP:112 Reflections for Education Leaders – How Are You Tending Your Body?

5/9/2018
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When I was little, I loved to stand in the garden as my grandparents tilled soil and put out spring tomatoes. The smell of freshly tilled dirt, the sun beating down on my back, the brush of the ground with hoes and rakes—all these memories come back to me each spring. My grandparents didn’t just […]

Duration:00:15:34

PMP:111 Reflections for Education Leaders & Wearing Your Air Mask

5/2/2018
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I’m a frequent flyer. The more I fly, the harder I find it is to stay focused when flight attendants are reviewing safety procedures. They could be standing right in front of me with the safety cards in hand, but I’ve heard it so many times, I usually think about something else. On the other […]

Duration:00:14:50

PMPEncore065: Ending the School Year with Celebration

4/25/2018
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Last year my student council members came to see me about an idea they had for finishing the year with positivity. These student leaders wanted to end the year was by doing something to help others. They designed an amazing idea called “BARK” week. With the school mascot being a Bulldog, the theme fit perfectly. […]

Duration:00:15:12

PMP:110 Six Tips for Education Advocacy

4/18/2018
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Last week I was walking back to my car from a visit to Oklahoma’s state capitol, when I saw a line of reporters, police, and education supporters stopped in front of me. I just happened to be on the street where Tulsa Public School Superintendent Deborah Gist and others from her community were arriving from […]

Duration:00:16:21

PMP:109 The Power of One Caring Adult with Josh Shipp

4/11/2018
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Last year I sat across my desk from a student whose father had abandoned him and left the state. A family in our community had taken in the young man, and our school had been in contact with the Department of Human Services on what to do next. That morning I had been watching a […]

Duration:00:32:41

PMP:108 Using Technology to Message with Parents, the Community, and Beyond

4/4/2018
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In 2016, a Pew Research report showed 62% of adults receive news via social media – a 49% increase from 2012. 70% of people in western countries use social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Only 30% do not rely on social media in the U.S. and that percentage continues declining. Although access to information does […]

Duration:00:31:37

PMP:107 Positive Messaging with Parents and Communities

3/28/2018
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Can I tell you a secret? You probably already know this. When your students go home after school, they talk about you. I know this because I overhear student conversations about their principals and teachers. Plus, I have four children of my own. And they talk. It’s not always about school-related topics either. They notice […]

Duration:00:25:49

PMP:Encore045 “Teach Like Me” Interview with Shawn Sheehan

3/21/2018
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On November 30, 2016, I sat down for a conversation with Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan. That conversation became episode 045 of Principal Matters. In today’s post, I want to replay that conversation. At the time, Shawn had just ended a campaign season in a failed attempt to win a state Senate […]

Duration:00:20:24