Tommy Welch: Schools & Leadership - 183

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


Parents, Community, and Schools with John Williams - 182

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


Parents and Community Members: Involve Them - 181

January 25, 2018

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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.

Length- 13:36


Karen Gross & Breakaway Learners - 180

January 17, 2018


Karen Gross is the author of Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students(2017; Teachers College Press

Karen is a higher education consultant based in Washington, DC. 

She was the president of Southern Vermont College for 8 years and a tenured law professor for 20+ years.

Today, we talk about what it is like to be a college president, what she liked about teaching law, and of course our main topic - Breakaway Learners.

Karen explains what a Breakaway Learner is and shares her thoughts about a term she created: "lasticity."

We take a look at a few of my favorite chapters especially Chapter 7 - The Untapped Power of Plasticity.

Lots of food for thought.



Contact Karen and learn more about Breakaway Learners

Breakaway Learners website

Karen also is the author of a children's book called Lady Lucy's Quest

Length - 33:33


Katie Garner & Secret Stories, part 2 - 179

January 10, 2018

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This is the conclusion of my interview of Katie Garner. If you didn't listen to the first part check it out at episode 178. Katie Garner is the author of Secret Stories. She is an internationally known educational speaker, author, speaker, and literacy consultant.

This episode picks up where we left off last time - superhero vowels. Great information!

Katie also shares all of the resources she makes available for her subscribers.

Thanks for listening!



Learn more and contact Katie:

Katie’s YouTube Channel

Length- 59:05