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Final Day of the Transformative Leadership Summit #TLS17

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of the Transformative Leadership Summit!

I hope that you have been inspired and uplifted by this Summit. I know I have. There have been so many people who have reached out on twitter to thank me. It has been amazing. I know this is truly impacting your life, and that means the world to me.

I’m all about improving. Could you give me some feedback here, please?

I want next year’s Transformative Leadership Summit to be even better. Please help me.

Let’s get to today’s videos!

William Parker, who rocked last year’s Summit with KRAs comes back this year with Messaging Matters. It really does. He talks about how to communicate the good story that is your school without letting someone else control the narrative. Even though I am not good at doing this, I am going to start a week-in-review email for my staff, parents, community, news outlets, and more so that they can have the story of my school as I want it told.

Yesterday, we learned from Katie Kinnaman about the importance of communicating and working with highly involved parents, and today, we are going to learn from Dr. Kashi Bazemore-Hall about her school in rural North Carolina and how she got parents involved, who would have never thought of sending their kids to a school in the white neighborhood. Really powerful stories from her.

Finally, Shane Safir will talk about the importance of doing community walks with your staff about your students. I really like her approach, and she really inspires you to get out and get to know your community. Last Saturday, I went to a community event about going back to school, and I saw a lot of people from different schools and it was a really great experience. We need to do more to make sure that we are truly connecting with our students, their families, and the culture they bring to our school which “enriches” our schools.

You can get your All Access Pass and watch all the past videos here!

And, please take a minute to give me some feedback on the Transformative Leadership Summit!


The Day of the Most-Watched #TLS17 Teaser Video is here!

I hope your Saturday schedule is cleared! Get your yard work done and enjoy this awesome day of learning. Get the All Access Pass Here

I wanted to share some statistics with you from the Transformative Leadership Summit. There are over 1000 people signed up for the free version of Transformative Leadership Summit. Of the 20 videos that have been launched before today, there have been over 2500 views on Vimeo and a total of over 9 days watched all in a row.

That is pretty amazing.

Tomorrow I am going to share a link to a survey with you to measure the impact of the Transformative Leadership Summit, so please look for that and help me measure how many people are really being impacted by this amazing experience.

Let’s get into today’s videos:

We often hear how we should be aware of how the brain works in order to teach kids effectively, but I haven’t heard anybody explain it as well as Zaretta Hammond. She talks about how to overcome the negativity bias by understanding collectivism and how the brain works. She provided a bonus for those who get the all access pass, which is the dimensions of equity, a handy description of the difference between multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. I think you’ll like it.

Jimmy Casas talks about one of my favorite things, hiring effectively. He does such a good job and eventually I will be as good as he is. One thing I do is approach every interview with compassion and support, no matter what.

Chris Horton will talk about how to create a culture of learning. You will love his insights.

Frederick Lane talks about solving social media problems. A good rule of thumb is to always have two adults in every conversation that happens online with a student.

Finally, the most-watched teaser video is finally here! Amy Fast will talk about professional development and teacher voice. One thing I really love about this interview is that she talks about how innovation should be grassroots and it is up to the administrators to allow that to grow. It’s awesome.


My Teacher Experience: Day 5 of Transformative Leadership Summit #TLS17

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Teacher Experience!

The teacher experience is so important because as we learned in the previous four days of the Transformative Leadership Summit, teachers are an integral part in the culture of your school and what they can do for kids.

My teacher experience may mirror your teacher experience in some ways. I have heard this story from about 50% of the educators that I have talked to. Here it is:

My principal hired me, and didn’t know any answers to questions about pay, salary schedule placement, or anything related to the contract. She took me to my room, and said, “Here is your room, there are your books. Have a great year. [See you when your evaluation is due.]” She didn’t say that last part, but that’s pretty much what happened! You’ve been there, or at the very least worked with someone who had been there, right? Oh, yeah, your mentor is in that classroom, and she can answer all your questions. Don’t get me wrong, she was a great principal. It was her first year, and I like to think I didn’t need much guidance because, frankly, I didn’t want it. I got everything that I needed, even if I had to settle for less than I wanted. I started blogging with kids, before Blogger was even invented, let alone Wordpress.

The next year, I was transferred to another school, because…budget. Amiright?

It was like a different world.

He set the vision. Our interview consisted of “Jethro, we do teaming, we do PLCs, and we have a meeting after school every Monday, for an hour. And we do RTI. Can you commit to doing these things?” I didn’t know what teaming was, what PLCs were, how to do RTI, or anything like that. What I did know is that I wanted a job for my family so I agreed!

My principal still didn’t give me a lot of face time, but what he did do is give me permission. He pretty much said make sure good things happen for kids, and actually make sure that kids learn what they are supposed to learn.

This school set the stage for my career going forward. I saw what happens when teachers are given authority to make decisions, are held accountable to standards, and pushed. Pushed Hard. I worked my tail off for that principal and for those kids. I was given a vision of what our school was, and I was left to make decisions about how that worked. I screwed up a few times, but it was never held against me. We made some amazing gains at that school, bonded well as a team, and grew together. Did I mention I had 217 that I saw every day in 6 periods? That’s an average of 36 kids in each class. It was amazing. I miss it dearly.

What leaders do to set up the teacher experience really matters. What teachers do with their experience really matters.

Over the next two days, I hope you can find ways to improve the teacher experience. And, if you want to share these videos with a teacher you work with, please share it before they go down Saturday night.

Six amazing leaders are on the docket today! It’s going to be packed!

First up Justin Baeder talks about how important it is for a principal to be in classrooms every day. So make it happen. Get into 500 classrooms this year. And it is not about adding data to the evaluation!

Next, David Smith give three keys to making your observations successful.

Cindy Couchman takes a break from the evaluation process to talk about leading without a title.

Bill Ziegler recently released a book called Future Focused Leaders, which is a great read, and he talks about how to be a future focused leader for the benefit of your teachers.

Joe Sanfelippo is going to make you all jealous. His Teacher evaluation system is Amazing!

Tom Braddock is going to talk about how to create an ascending spiral of energy.

These will be great interviews to share with your staff, so please take a minute to grab the All Access Pass.


Day 4 of #TLS17 More on Improving the Student Experience

There’s still time to catch the webinar where you get to watch a live mastermind. If you’ve thought about joining the Mastermind, this is the chance for you to see it for yourself.

Tomorrow the price of the All Access Pass goes up, so be sure to get that today!

Today, we continue discussions about improving the Student Experience.

Mike Anderson: Social emotional learning is not an aside. We need to treat it as an important part of our teaching. Choice in what kids do, as well as incorporating what Allison Zmuda talked about yesterday, is a great way to get kids to increase their self-regulation and self-awareness. Mike talks about how SEL is embedded in the standards and his example is included as a bonus for those who purchase the All Access Pass.

Paul Erickson: What I love about this conversation is how real Paul gets about “that kid:” the only one that is going to get you called back to the school! Paul has a strategy for dealing with that student. A couple weeks ago, I was talking with my mom about my school years and how difficult I was as a student. She asked what the kids are like with me today, and if I have any that were like me. I told her that I do, but they are my favorite because they are a challenge to relate to and engage. I love Paul’s approach to force himself to be there for that kid.

Tomorrow, I am doing a special Q&A for All Access Pass Holders. Get the All Access Pass to join that Q&A.

Joshua Spodek: A university professor and entrepreneur is not the typical guest on the Transformative Leadership Summit, but he is a powerful example of learning from others. He learned about experiential learning from Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Since then, he changed his approach and does experiential learning in his university classes.

Kimberly Miles: A turnaround principal and someone you will meet on the webinar this morning in the Transformative Mastermind. A fellow Portlander called her the “Turnaround Queen!” Kimberly doesn’t like that much, but she knows how to bring increase the skills of low-performing kids.

Brian Edmister](http://transformativeleadershipsummit.com/team/mike-anderson/): How do we start interconnecting subjects, even in elementary school? Brian will show you how. All teachers can contribute to the grading of students regardless of what they are teaching. This is pretty exciting. As a bonus for those All Access Pass holders, Brian has contributed his grade report for 4th grade, so you can see what it looks like.


Day 3 of the Transformative Leadership Summit

Today is the start of the Student Experience portion of the Transformative Leadership Summit. And it is going to be fantastic! I know you will love it!

Here are some highlights from yesterday from Twitter: "BEAUTIFUL post by @ChrisWejr. If you caught talk w/ @jethrojones at Transformative Leadership Summit, read this too. http://buff.ly/2u1hHXJ " - Jonathon.

Karl mentioned "Always excited for the summer PD that is the Transformative Leadership Summit by @jethrojones Check it out http://goo.gl/xQv5rL #TLS17"

And Jennifer Abrams herself even chimed in "No matter your role, you can be a catalyst for change at your school http://bit.ly/2gO1PBG #Educators #Grow #TLS17" So True!!!

One teacher texted me the other day saying that she didn't realize there would be good stuff in here for teachers, too! But let me tell you, there is. And today, as we shift to the Student Experience, we are going to examine how to improve the school experience for our students.

Tomorrow, I am doing a live webinar for the Transformative Mastermind, which I would love to have you join. Each week in the mastermind, we talk about our strengths and struggles, and provide support to each other to make sure that we can move our schools forward.

We set goals, hold each other accountable, and otherwise have a great time. Make sure you sign up for the live webinar where you will be able to watch a mastermind as it happens. The power of what is happening in my mastermind every week is groundbreaking! If you've been wondering what it looks like, this will be your chance to see what goes on every week.

I’ll be opening up another slot soon after the Transformative Leadership Summit is over, and I’d love to invite you to the group. Feel free to give me a call about the Mastermind.

Today on the Transformative Leadership Summit, we will hear from five educators about the Student Experience.

Sylwia Denko will talk about the growth mindset and how to cultivate that in your students.

Mark Barnes, of HackLearning fame, is going to take the approach of finding ways to give kids more choice. One of the things we are so afraid of letting kids know that they are really the ones in control. Mark encourages us to give them that voice.

Keven Barker, a member of the Transformative Mastermind, is a master of inclusion for students with special needs. He helps them get on grade level and grow with their peers. It is powerful.

Margaret Wright, also a member of the Transformative Mastermind, will talk about her efforts with implementing a calm-down room in her school. What you don’t see in the interview is the process that she has gone through over the last four months to develop this idea and bring it to fruition. One of the amazing things about the Transformative Mastermind is that we get to see on a weekly basis the challenges that each other are facing and how they can overcome them.

Finally, I was cleaning off the bookshelf from the previous principal, and I found a book that I actually wanted to keep. It was called Transforming Schools, by Allison Zmuda and she is going to blow your mind a bit by requesting that we involve kids int he instructional design of our teaching. She challenges us to make kids the center, and that’s not lip service. She really means that they need to be part of the lesson planning, asking them questions like, “What’s the next best challenge, problem, question to put in front of this student?”

Please remember to sign up for the webinar tomorrow and watch a Mastermind as it really happens.

And don't forget, the All Access Pass will give you access to a private facebook group and a private voxer group to deepen the discussion about what you are learning.


Day 2 Of #TLS17 - Holy Moly

Today, the Transformative Leadership Summit is sponsored by GCI, a global communications company with headquarters in Anchorage, AK. They provide a lot of amazing resources and connectivity for schools, especially here in Alaska. If you’re interested in how they can help your school connect with the world around them, please go to gci.com/education for more information.

We have some fantastic sessions for you today where we will be diving deeper into the administrator experience which helps principals take what they learn and apply it!

Here's some feedback from yesterday:

"Powerful conversations about...talking failure with our students" - Martin

From Kimberly: "Holy Moly Anthony Muhammad's administrator's experience message on TLS--nailed it! Going to check out that book he recommended LEADING SCHOOLS IN A DATA RICH WORLD by Earl & Katz as well as going back and re-read chapter 7 in his book [Transforming School Culture]."

And one more from @fris_trex: ""Management builds a house, Leadership makes it a home" @ChrisWejr @jethrojones #LeadLAP #atplc #wgedd #trexcellent"

Such greaat conversations yesterday, followed up by great conversations today! If you haven't grabbed the All Access Pass, jump in there and get it so you can rewatch these powerful interviews.

Click here to watch today's sessions.

First up is Jeff Zoul, who will talk about relationships, and building a culture where diversity and dissent are valued and appreciated. He will also give some suggestions on how to curb bullying behavior by students, and you will be surprised by where he says that behavior starts!

Next we will hear from Jennifer Abrams. One of the bonuses she included for those who purchase the All Access Pass is a video about having hard conversations. And while she is one of Education’s experts on hard conversations, she knows how to have them appropriately and without modeling yelling and bullying.

Nicholas Fischer is going to talk about coaching teachers, training teachers to recognize behavior, and how to have hard conversations when others on your team are not able to have those hard conversations. He will talk about modeling for your teachers what you want them to do with your students.

Finally, Tom Hierck will talk about encouraging all the voices. In this video today, we will learn about how to get clarity around your WHY in your school. Here’s the truth, it takes time! So be prepared. But just because it takes time, doesn’t mean you can’t get started. All Access Pass Holders will get from Tom a study guide a nd excerpt from his book “Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom” and a sample chapter from his book, “Starting a Movement” which he cowrote with Ken Williams.

On Thursday, I’ll be hosting another live webinar, and you will get to peek in on my Mastermind live and in person. You’ll see what we do and how we learn together. Register for that here

Get the All Access Pass

Amazing deal!!! Just click HERE to save $350 off the retail price of admission right now!

Right now you can get the All Access Pass at a steep discount!!!

Some of you will email me on August 2nd begging me for the discount price. I’d love to give it to you, but my word must mean something.

Tonight at midnight the price will be $177! Grab your all access pass here before the increase.

Sincerely,

Jethro


It's Time to #celebrateMonday with the Launch of #TLS17

Monday is the big day for the launch of the Transformative Leadership Summit! I'm so excited.

I mentioned last week that my goal is to reach 100 Million students in the next ten years. I asked you to share this with 5 people. I'm asking you again. We doubled attendance since I last emailed you. Over 1000 people have signed up for this amazing learning experience! My goal is to get to 2000.

Please forward this post to 5 people that are leaders in your district (by position or influence).

There are over 18 hours of amazing wisdom to get to over the next few days!

Let's get to the schedule!

Monday and Tuesday we are going to focus on the administrator experience. Share this day's email with your principal friends, only if you want them to be less stressed! On Monday, we will have a launch webinar with special guest Danny Bauer from the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. Register for that here

Click Here to Register for the Launch Webinar

Wednesday and Thursday is all about the Student Experience. These days are packed with 5 speakers on Tuesday and 6 on Wednesday! They are going to be huge. These days are especially good for sharing with teachers to get them inspired to meet kids' needs.

We have a special treat on Thursday. I'm inviting you to see a live Mastermind call in action. Please Join us at 10 am EST to see what a Mastermind is about. Then, schedule a call with me if you would like to talk about joining us!

Click Here to Register for the Mastermind LIVE webinar

Friday and Saturday are all about the Teacher Experience. So share these with the teachers in your life that are ready to up their game.

Friday morning at 11 am EST I will be hosting a private Q&A for All Access Pass holders, so if you would like to participate in that, get the All Access Pass today!

Sunday is reflection day.... so take some time to reflect about what you've learned and most importantly, how will you apply what you have learned? Whatever you are learning, you can share on social media with the hashtag #TLS17

Monday and Tuesday are all about the Parent/Community Experience. Parents and community members can be such a powerful part of our schools, and you are going to love learning about how to engage parents and community from a very involved parent group in the heart of Silicon Valley, to an amazing community partnership in the midwest, to a rural community in North Carolina.

We will have a special end-of-the-#TLS17 webinar on August 8th at 4:30 pm AKST

Register for the closing webinar!

So, if you made it this far, go ahead and send this to 5 more people! Let's make this HUGE!

Much Love,

Jethro


What if you could sit down with 36 amazing educational leaders?

Monday is the big day for the launch of the Transformative Leadership Summit! I'm so excited. #TLS17

Sign up here

I mentioned last week that my goal is to reach 100 Million students in the next ten years.

Will you please share this with 5 people? We doubled attendance in the last week because so many people did just that!

Over 800 people have signed up for this amazing learning experience! My goal is to get to 2000.

Please forward this to 5 people that are leaders in your district (by position or influence).

There are over 18 hours of amazing wisdom to get to over the next few days!

Let's get to the schedule!

Monday and Tuesday we are going to focus on the administrator experience. Share this day's email with your principal friends, only if you want them to be less stressed! On Monday, we will have a launch webinar with special guest Danny Bauer from the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. Register for that here Click Here to Register for the Launch Webinar

Wednesday and Thursday is all about the Student Experience. These days are packed with 5 speakers on Tuesday and 6 on Wednesday! They are going to be huge. These days are especially good for sharing with teachers to get them inspired to meet kids' needs.

We have a special treat on Thursday. I'm inviting you to see a live Mastermind call in action. Please Join us at 10 am EST to see what a Mastermind is about. Then, schedule a call with me if you would like to talk about joining us! Click Here to Register for the Mastermind LIVE webinar

Friday and Saturday are all about the Teacher Experience. So share these with the teachers in your life that are ready to up their game. Friday morning at 11 am EST I will be hosting a private Q&A for All Access Pass holders, so if you would like to participate in that, get the All Access Pass today!

Sunday is reflection day.... so take some time to reflect about what you've learned and most importantly, how will you apply what you have learned? Whatever you are learning, you can share on social media with the hashtag #TLS17

Monday and Tuesday are all about the Parent/Community Experience. Parents and community members can be such a powerful part of our schools, and you are going to love learning about how to engage parents and community from a very involved parent group in the heart of Silicon Valley, to an amazing community partnership in the midwest, to a rural community in North Carolina. We will have a special end-of-the-#TLS17 webinar on August 8th at 4:30 pm AKST Register for the closing webinar!

So, if you made it this far, go ahead and send this to 5 more people! Let's make this HUGE!

Much Love,

Jethro


Staff Newsletter for 05/01/2017

Hi Team,

We will have a special assembly this morning for about 10 minutes right at 8:30 to present Maddy with the results of our fundraiser. It should be no more than 10 min, and will be in the gym.

Important end of the year stuff:
This is our last typical tutorial cycle. We will have students with homeroom teachers the last two weeks of school. Students will be “checking out” with their homeroom teachers during this time. We will have more information about that later.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Please see the email from Sandy about the events. Starting with a yummy breakfast this morning!

Tuesday is the Orchestra Concert at 7 pm.

We will have a Friday schedule on Thursday for the Poetry Out Loud: KMS Edition event.

Resources
Empathy is the Hard Part

“Empower is not a bad word”

What to do on Lame Duck School Days - Let’s not phone it in this last month of school, but there are days and times when we need to fill the time.

Have a great week!

Jethro