Rethinking Classroom Space - 153

July 11, 2017


I have a unique opportunity right now. I am overseeing the repurposing of an elementary school that was originally built in the 60's. It is now becoming an education training center. The other day, I peered into one of the old classrooms and it was empty- completely empty. No desks, tables, chairs, closets, bookcases, bulletin boards, whiteboards, shades, blinds, cabinets, or sinks. Nothing. Bare walls. No carpeting. Nothing.

Seeing the empty space it made me think...what would I want to put in this physical space. It was overwhelming at first but then my brain started working.

Today the show is about what you would put in the physical space. By the way, I ask you to forget technology right now and just focus on the furniture.

So what would be important to you if a magic genie came along and gave you three wishes to fill this room to get ready to work with the kids? 

What would you wish for?

Thanks for listening.

Checkout Episode 144 for my talk about 11 Wants for My Ideal Classroom

Length: 13:58


Superheroes - 152

July 6, 2017


With all of the focus on superheroes, I thought that I would reflect on those individuals who made a difference in my life. They are my superheroes. They all had something in common. They ...

1. Believed in me

2. Encouraged me

3. Pushed me.

So how about you? Do you have superheroes in your life? Do you have those people who believed in you, encouraged you, and pushed you? They made a difference in your life, right?

Let's take it to the next level,  can you promise to take that step this school year and believe, encourage, and push?

Promise. Take the challenge.

Do it and you will make a difference in someone else.

Thanks for listening.


Length: 29:15


3 Ways to Stay in Contact with Parents- 151

June 26, 2017


3 Ways to Stay in Contact with Parents:

1. Postcards

2. Your Own YouTube Channel

3. Use Google Voice


Today, I'm talking about making a promise to use your summer to learn and use a new way to stay in contact with the parents of your students. What do you think? Could you be better at contacting parents and if so could postcards, YouTube, or Google Voice help you?

Check out the links below for some help.


For More Information:

The Frugal Filmaker

How to make Videos with Your Phone

YouTube Help

US Post Office


Length: 18:35


150: Apex Fun Run with Jeremy Barnhart

June 20, 2017


Apex Fun Run offers the opportunity to fund raise for schools without depending upon traditional "product-based" programs.

I don't know about you but as a kid I sold my share of Turtles (the candy not the critter), candy bars like Snickers and Milky Way as well as M&Ms. On top of those items I also sold wrapping paper, Christmas trees, candles, and popcorn. Who knows what else. As a parent, I have experienced these same types of opportunities for my kids to become traveling candy salesmen. 



On today's show, I am talking with Jeremy Barnhart, the Co-Owner, VP for Franchise Development, and CFO of Apex Fun Run. This company partners with schools to raise money for equipment and other campus needs.

This unique method for raising funds incorporates leadership, character building, and encourages physical fitness. 

Another unique aspect of Apex Fun Run is that it offers the opportunity for you to own your own business.

Jeremy talks about how "they changed the game of fund raising for schools."

He notes that something that makes them so different from product-based fund raising is that in traditional programs "the schools keep somewhere between 20% - 30% of the collected money whereas with Apex Fun Run the schools retain from 52% to 77% of the money."

Thanks for listening and make sure that you visit the special page that Jeremy set-up for Teaching Learning Leading K12 listeners.

Connect with Jeremy to learn more by going to:


Length: 28:35



149: 9th Grade Transition Program for Parents

June 12, 2017


Last episode I talked about creating a 9th Grade Transition Program for Kids. This week I am focused on creating a 9th Grade Transition Program for Parents. Today, I'm sharing my 16 ideas for a parent transition program. Do you have one? What would you or do you include?


Too often the 9th Grade Transition Program is focused only on the kids, yet the parents need to know how to do things. We always talk about creating a welcoming culture for parents, well make them more comfortable with their kids' school if you bring them in and show them how their child will use the school. But not only that, let them experience the areas of the school that they will need to be familiar with like the attendance office, the bus ramp, and the counselor's office.


Think about what you would include with your 9th grade transition program for the parents. Well, what do you think? Are you ready to welcome your 9th grade parents as well as the kids?

Length: 20:20