February 8, 2018
Dr. Tommy Welch is the 2016 Georgia Principal of the Year and in 2017 was a finalist for National Principal of the Year.
Tommy has amazing ideas and has been successful changing the culture of his school.
You will hear us talk about Peter F. Drucker and his book Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself as well as what can be learned from Demming and others.
Dr. Welch explains what he has gleaned from becoming connected with businesses locally and nationally. He shares his thoughts about why a school leader needs to reach out and develop lines of communication with businesses. He also outlines how a leader can learn to talk with business leaders.
Additionally, we discuss what it takes to change a school culture especially his thoughts about getting the staff members to be vested in change.
There is so much to learn from Tommy.
Thanks for listening.
I guarantee that he will get you thinking....
Contact Tommy: @principalwelch on Twitter.
Other resources that Tommy mentioned:
Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Manny Scott on YouTube
Peter Drucker Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself
Length - 51:04
February 1, 2018
Today, I am talking parents, community members, and school with John Williams. John and I first met when I became the principal of his daughter's high school. He was focused on helping the school recruit parents. He was an incredible help in understanding the needs of the community as well as that of the families and the students.
John has always been one to speak his mind, but I learned quickly that he was always about helping kids achieve their dreams.
Join us as we talk about the importance of getting parents and community members involved in their school. John shares his thoughts about how to open the doors as well as several ideas about why it is necessary.
Lots to learn.
Thanks for listening.
Length - 51:33
January 25, 2018
Today, I'm talking about 4 thoughts or misconceptions about involving parents or community members in schools and then I shift to my 3 ways that parents and community members can be helpful in our schools.
This is a lead in to my next episode where I'm talking with a parent who has been very helpful in helping school administration in working with the students and the community.
4 Thoughts or Misconceptions about involving parents or community members in schools:
1. Hidden agendas
2. Only want to write a check (Not really interested in helping.)
3. School leader doesn't want outside input (loss of control)
4. Need direction/Guidance (A how to guide.)
3 ways parents or community members can be of assistance:
1. Ideas for solving problems
2. Connections in the community
3. Help with addressing major challenges
Parents and community members can help. Involve them.