Episode 8: Dr. Mark Wilson/Helping school leaders develop the skills, attitudes, and habits to make a difference.

January 23, 2014

Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder of Education Leadership Group and an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University. He is the 2008 GASSP Principal of the Year for Georgia and the 2009 NASSP/Metlife National Principal of the Year. A former high school principal, Mark now spends his time presenting, holding workshops and coaching principals. Mark comments, “I have been a teacher for over 27 years.” He sees what he has always done and is currently doing as that of a teacher. Whether working with kids, teachers, or principals, Mark says that he is an “encourager and supporter”. Dr. Wilson has lived by the mantra, “If you help the people around you get what they need then everything you want will come your way.”

Mark is an amazing educator and his positive outlook on the world is intoxicating! He is creative and incredibly knowledgeable of leadership, instructional strategies, and the political arena. His classes and workshops are always engaging as he gets the participants not just talking with him but each other! He is focused on helping school leaders develop the skills, attitudes, and habits necessary to make a difference in their schools and kids' lives!

An avid reader, Mark can often be caught talking books with his colleagues and students. One of his favorite writers is Daniel Pink. He says that he probably sounds like he is part of Dan’s marketing team, but he highly recommends educators read Drive and To Sell is Human.

When you listen to Mark you will hear his enthusiasm for helping people. Look for the segment where I ask him for one piece of advice for a new school leader…His answer… Listen.

You can find Dr. Wilson at:

Twitter: @MarkWilsonGA

Scoop.it: @Mark Wilson


Also, you can contact him at Mark.Wilson.ga@gmail.com

Length-37:34 minutes

Episode 7: Dr. Joe Hutcheson and Thinking Maps

January 14, 2014

Thinking Maps is a national organization based out of North Carolina that focuses on equipping children “with the tools necessary to become successful thinkers, problem solvers, decision makers, and ultimately, lifelong learners.

Dr. Joe Hutcheson is the representative for Thinking Maps for the State of Georgia. He is a former teacher, assistant principal and principal at middle and high school levels. Joe is a dynamic speaker. His success in schools has made him an excellent rep for Thinking Maps. He actually used Thinking Maps in two different schools as well as in his personal life. According to Joe, “The power of Thinking Maps is that it helps children learn how to organize their thoughts.” He notes that “the maps are not worksheets, graphic organizers, or just a model where the child fills in the blank.”   Look for him talking about Google Dad and Google Mom…I’ll bet it makes you go…I think that’s me! Joe is engaging and fun to talk to! Enjoy!

You can contact him at jhutcheson@thinkingmaps.com and at (706) 818-5632 or go to www.thinkingmaps.com to learn more.

Length 29:45 minutes

Episode 6: Debbie Daniell/ Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to Guide Assessment and Instruction

January 2, 2014

Debbie Daniell is a former teacher of social studies in public schools: elementary through high school. She has worked with children of all socio-economic levels. She currently is the Social Studies Curriculum Director for the Gwinnett County Public School system in Georgia. She provides engaging instruction for teachers in many areas K-12. 

Today's interview is about her classes in Webb's Depth of Knowledge. Often shortened to DOK, Debbie encourages teachers to step out of their comfort zone and analyze the connection or lack of connection between instruction and assessment in their own lessons. She explains that often the content may be at higher levels but the assessment is not. According to Debbie, when instruction and assessment are disconnected, the students do not learn at the levels that they should. Mrs. Daniell states that DOK is about "how deep the student has to use the knowledge and cognitive processes to develop an answer." 

She is a practitioner who sees her focus as helping to support teachers as they strive to help all children to be successful. I think that you will enjoy listening to Debbie explain the differences between DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy and how to apply this information to strengthen your instruction and assessment.