PMP:Bonus03 – Answers to Listener Questions + Thoughts from the Road

I’ve been on the road (and in planes) a lot the summer, and I have been thinking about issues and ideas I’ve been wanting to share with Principal Matters readers and listeners.

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This week I was on a long road trip when I was pondering some questions a listener had emailed my way. After stopping to gas up my car, I decided to plug my mic into my laptop and hit record. The result is this 30-minute episode of issues that have been on mind.

No notes or accompanying blog post. Just straight talk.

Here’s an outline of this week’s podcast episode:

3 Discussions for School Leaders

1. Optimizing Classroom Visits

How are you able to optimize time in classrooms, both formally and informally? I share answers to these questions that a listener and principal from North Carolina emailed my way this week.

2. Discernment and Your Learning

What does Donald Trump and your own education growth have in common? I share some candid thoughts on how you should guard remain vigilant in your thinking in light of times when opinions often trump truth.

3. Shout-outs and Why Your Messaging Matters

Finally, I share some shout-outs to friends with whom I’ve connected with this summer and provide quick reminders on why your position as a school leader means your messaging matters now more than ever.

Here’s wishing you a great summer, and thanks for doing what matters!

~ Will

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William D. Parker
William D. Parker