PMP279: Support, Empower, Engage with Chris Jones

Dr. Christopher Jones has been an educator in Massachusetts for 22 years.  He has just finished his 14th year as a building administrator.  True to his “why” of improving the educational experience for as many people as possible, he is currently the Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Chris is passionate about continuous improvement and the idea that success is not a destination, but a process.  Chris is a teacher-centered Principal and his beliefs around the importance of a positive work environment, continuous growth, and a healthy family work life integration can be seen in the presentations/workshops he has given at the State and National level and his participation in the Better Leaders Better Schools Mastermind group.

He is the host of the podcast SEEtoLead,, a blogger, active on Twitter, and vlogs on a weekly basis as a way to reflect on his progress, share his story, and get others to think about different perspectives.  His overarching goal is to positively model continuous improvement in all facets of life by being purposeful, acting with integrity, and building character. He is the author of the upcoming book, How Do You S.E.E. Your Staff?, releasing in 2022.

In this episode, Chris answers the following questions:

  1. What is a “teacher-centered leader” and how/why did you believe this an important distinction?
  2. You write about the Cycle of Teacher-Centric Leading. What is that and how might it help other school leaders?
  3. Can you share some other practical examples of supporting, engaging, or empowering teachers?
  4. Right now leaders are feeling especially overwhelmed. What advice would you give fellow leaders as they continue supporting, engaging and empowering in the days ahead?

Chris also shares practical strategies for supporting teaching and student learning, including technology hacks for frequent, informal feedback like Voxer, Screencastify, and Loom; having multiple points of contact, identifying skill and will, helping teachers leverage their stories, and more! 

Links Chris mentions:

Voxer: Walkie Talkie App for Team Communication

Screencastify | Simple Video Creation Software

Loom: Async Video Messaging for Work | Loom

You can stay connected to Dr. Chris Jones at his website or via Twitter @drcsjones. 

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William D. Parker
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