Bite-sized PD in podcast form for principals on the move
The MESPA PrincipalCast is a podcast created by MESPA members, for MESPA members! With a rotating cast of hosts and guests, the MESPA PrincipalCast will touch on important topics like mental health and school culture, as well as featuring stories from principals like you in the trenches.
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Episode 11: Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess
School leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf discuss their book, Lead Like a Pirate, and what character traits make up great school leaders. We talk about why culture matters FIRST, how to build culture and trust with your staff and families, and, most importantly, how to get everyone on "team kid." Catch Shelley & Beth's keynote, Transform Culture and Build Schools Where Students & Staff Run to Get IN, not OUT at MESPA Institute 2020! Listen on this page or in your preferred podcast app (Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, etc.).
Episode 10: Ken Williams
In this episode, we hear from Ken Williams, Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold the Soul, an organization dedicated to helping schools live their posters. Ken, a former principal turned author and speaker, shares his experience with bringing school leaders and their staff together through strategic communication and the power of PLCs. Ken is presenting his keynote, Starting a Movement: Building Culture from the Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities at MESPA Institute 2020 on Thursday, February 6th.
Episode 9: Jessica Cabeen
In this episode, we talk with the unconventional Jessica Cabeen, Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin, MN, national speaker, and author of several books, including her newest two: LEAD WITH GRACE and UNCONVENTIONAL LEADERSHIP. Bret and Jessica discuss her leadership style, how she balances her work and family life, and her experience as a National Distinguished Principal.
Episode 8: Heather T. Forbes
In this episode, we talk with Heather T. Forbes. Heather aims to bridge the gap between academic research and “when the rubber hits the road” school situations, giving educators the understanding and tools they need for even the most challenging of students. Heather talks with principal Bret Domstrand about what educators need to know about trauma, and more importantly, what we can do with that knowledge to better support our students. Heather is one of our keynotes at MESPA Institute 2020!
Episode 7: Jeannie Mayer
In this episode, we hear from Jeannie Mayer, Principal in Menahga. Jeannie explains how her school has dramatically dropped behavior referrals and boosted attendance. Jeannie also shares what she learned during her trip to Finland to experience the country's renowned public school system and how she's learned to trust her gut in the principalship. Interview by Kip Lynk.
Episode 6: Erik Davis
Erik Davis, Principal of Shannon Park Elementary, is interviewed by Tami Staloch-Schultz, Principal of Westview Elementary. In this episode, Erik discusses the most interesting First Day of School (probably EVER!); how he's navigated becoming the principal in a building that had a long legacy of great leadership; and what happened in his school, when, inspired by Jimmy Casas, he asked his staff, "where are we average?"
Episode 5: Bret Domstrand
We are flipping the script in Episode 5: the interviewer, Principal Bret Domstrand, has become the interviewee as our next host, Principal Leadership Specialist, Kip Lynk, takes on the task of getting to know our O.G. host a little better. In this episode, Bret highlights his success with Breakfast After the Bell, his challenges in becoming a principal, and his new journey in pursuit of his doctorate.
Episode 4: Melissa Sonnek
Melissa Sonnek, current Elementary Program Administrator and former principal in Roseville Area Schools, shares her journey to her current role, her school's response following the shooting of Philando Castile, her experience at the MN Principals Academy, and her commitment to resilience and scholarly leadership. Hosted by Principal Bret Domstrand.
Episode 3: Dr. Clay Cook
In this episode, we hear from Dr. Clay Cook, John W. and Nancy E. Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, professor, and core faculty in the Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health. Clay has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. Listen on this page or in your preferred podcast app (Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, etc.)
Episode 2: Ashley Farrington
Lake Marion Elementary Principal Bret Domstrand interviews Wayzata Central Middle School Associate Principal Ashley Farrington about his path to becoming a school leader, transitioning from elementary to middle school, how to recruit teachers of color, building class community, and much more!
Episode 1: Curtis Slater
Wyoming Elementary Principal Curtis Slater is the first guest on MESPA PrincipalCast, the new podcast from MESPA. In this episode, Lake Marion Elementary Principal Bret Domstrand interviews Principal Slater about his school culture philosophy, his selection as 2018 National Distinguished Principal, his work with PBIS, why he wears those colorful shoes, and much more!