The Assistant Principal Podcast

Frederick Buskey

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Interview Tip: Tell the Story that Drives You!
3d ago
Interview Tip: Tell the Story that Drives You!
Interview Tip: Tell the Story that Drives You! The Big Idea ·       Interview tips for aspiring APs (Dos vs. don'ts, or any stories of a successful interview or an interview that did not go well)o   Remember you are interviewing themo   Be authentic – if you compromise in the interview you can never get it backo   Tell what you have done, not what you would doo   Tell the story that drives you ·       What catches the attention of an interview committee that makes them say "we got our person?" I know a lot is influenced based on needs and fit. What do you look for?o   When they tell you it wasn’t the right fit…o   The story; what you have done already; lighthouseo   If you don’t “fit the part” educate them ·       What questions should aspiring APs ask in an interview? o   Ask “what are you looking for in terms of complimenting the team which already exists?”o   What are your expectations of the AP for instructional leadership?o   What opportunities are there for me to grow?o   “If you hired me, and I did a great job, what would that look and sound like? How will you determine if I did a great job?”o   What is your approach to discipline? ·       What are areas in which first-time APs tend to struggle? o   Taking other people’s monkeyso   Doing what others can doo   Missing small opportunities for instructional leadershipo   Getting caught in urgent leadershipo   Failing to be a lighthouseo   Focusing on tasks instead of people (forgetting your purpose)o   Not nurturing your ECTs ·       Discussion on staying positive when getting rejected or not finding that first AP job. I have moments feeling this, but fortunately, I have a supporting wife and dad (former educator, and administrator). I've seen this topic being posted a lot on Facebook groups recently. o   Fit, fit, fit, and it goes both wayso   “When you put a good person in a bad organization, the organization wins” (Mary Hemphill, Limitless Leader)o   Build your support network now (leader, peers, advocate, mentor)o   Ask for feedbacko   Every “no” is one step closer to a “yes.”o   Life doesn’t run on your time or plano   My experience applying to WCU  Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      My new book, A School Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose, is now available on Amazon. You can find links to it, as well as free book study materials on my website at https://www.frederickbuskey.com/reclaiming-purpose.html·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!   Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3aThe Strategic Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CWRS2F6N?ref_=pe_93986420_774957520
A Human Approach to Schooling with Dr. Faiza Jamil
Apr 2 2024
A Human Approach to Schooling with Dr. Faiza Jamil
A Human Approach to Schooling with Dr. Faiza Jamil Power Quote: We lose our ability to see the whole  Description:You can think of today’s show as a bit of a thought experiment. What changes if we make relationships, at every level of the school, THE priority? It is a thought experiment, but we also have lots of experience that tells us how that experiment could turn out. Guest Bio:Faiza M. Jamil is a former K-12 teacher and currently serves as Associate Professor of Education and Human Development in the area of Learning Sciences at Clemson University. Jamil is the Founding Director of the Contexts of Learning and Development Lab, where she conducts interdisciplinary research with a focus on educational equity across learning contexts. She is the author of Public Education in Turbulent Times: Innovative Strategies for Leadership and Learning.  Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do?  Questions/Topics/Prompts·      Talk about importance of being colleagues and investing time together·      School purpose => individual purposeo   How do we prioritize the relationship pieceo   Task v persono   CIRCLE model·      Mindset shift·      Mental health Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      We covered a lot of ground today. I encourage you to do three things:o   Monitor your own inner dialog – when you say you don’t have time to listen, to build relationships, what are you actually doing instead?o   Begin asking people – teachers and students – “what would make school better for you?”o   Use your expertise to ask powerful questions instead of goving powerful answers.·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Guest links:My Book: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-43237-8  Research Lab: https://www.clemson.edu/education/programs/labs/clad.html  Twitter: https://twitter.com/eduprofjamilLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faiza-m-jamil/   Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
The Foundation of Coaching
Mar 26 2024
The Foundation of Coaching
Power quote: If you don’t have a relationship, you aren’t coaching… your telling. Show Description:The foundation of coaching. That’s today’s topic, although it wasn’t what I had planned. This episode was scheduled to be about coaching fundamentals, but as I began working on the first part of the show – I realized the foundation needed more than a couple lines. So, once again, we will be talking about relationships on this show. Why? Because relationships are the vehicle that allow us to grow people, and if people are our purpose, relationships are the path to that purpose. And now I will give away the entire show – if you only take one thing away – coaching without relationship isn’t coaching, it’s telling. If you genuinely want to coach teachers, you must invest in building relationships.   Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers! Link to episode 192 on five-minute coaching: https://theassistantprincipal.transistor.fm/109 Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3aThe Strategic Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CWRS2F6N?ref_=pe_93986420_774957520
Investing in Growth with Dr. Nick Davies
Mar 19 2024
Investing in Growth with Dr. Nick Davies
Investing in Growth with Dr. Nick Davies Power Quote: Control What you can  Description:If you don’t grow, how can you get better? Yet, in a job where you can’t ever get everything done, how do you find time to grow? Today we have the 2024 Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year here to help us figure out how to prioritize growth. Guest Bio:Dr. Davies is an associate principal for Vancouver Public Schools and an adjunct Faculty Member at Pacific University. He has a Ph.D. in Education and Leadership and wrote his dissertation on curriculum implementation. Dr. Davies was named the 2024 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Washington. He has previously held roles as an associate principal/athletic director and was a high school math teacher and head track and field coach. He was a two-time state coach of the year in Oregon. Dr. Davies also served as a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do?  Questions/Topics/Prompts·      You have a passion for learning – what fuels that passion?·      Committing to your own growth requires strong priority management. How do you structure your life to invest time into your own growth?·      How has your trajectory as an AP accelerated as a result of your commitment to learning?o   In a general way…o   In specific ways…·      How have you worked to create learning opportunities for other APs?·      As you invest time into your own growth and pour into others in your school, how do you keep your roles as a husband and father central to your life? Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Recap·      Do what only you can do·      More is not better·      Reflection is as important as learning·      Systems (four ourselves, our teams, and others) make it possible Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my new book, A School Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose, please consider jumping on to Amazon or heading to my website and purchase a copy. The book covers so many of the things we talked about today and includes a systematic approach to escaping the gravitational pull of urgency so you can be that strategic leader Nick and I discussed today.·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Guest links:Nick’s website: www.drnickdavies.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-davies-education/ Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
Reclaiming Purpose with Frederick and Mara
Mar 12 2024
Reclaiming Purpose with Frederick and Mara
Description:Today’s show is guest hosted by Mara Buskey, the Inclusion Strategist at Strategic Leadership Consulting. Frederick’s new book, A School Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose, is out and we thought it would be fun to celebrate by turning the tables and having Mara be the guest host to interview Frederick about the book. Enjoy! Guest Bio:Frederick Buskey helps assistant principals live and lead better. Building on 32 years of k-12 and higher education leadership experience, Dr. Buskey provides simple frameworks and tools to help school leaders spend less time putting out fires and invest more time in growing teachers. Dr. Buskey hosts The Assistant Principal Podcast, writes a daily leadership email, and hosts courses for leaders at his Strategic Leadership Academy. He has recently released his first book, A School Leader’s Guide to Reclaiming Purpose. Read more about Dr. Buskey on his website and connect with him on LinkedIn.  Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do?  Questions/Topics/Prompts·      What inspired you to write this book? ·      Who is this book for?/How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?·      What is the most difficult part of your writing process? ·      What is the best way to read this book? ·      What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft? ·      How do you celebrate when you finish your book? ·      What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?·      What has helped or hindered you most when writing this book? ·      Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?·      When a reader finishes this book, what is your desired outcome? What do you envision they do with your words/lessons? Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CWRS2F6N?ref_=pe_93986420_774957520  Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
We Are the Ticket with Andrea Bitner
Mar 5 2024
We Are the Ticket with Andrea Bitner
Guest: Andrea Bitner Show Title: We Are the Ticket with Andrea Bitner Power Quote: “Lack of language does not equal lack of intelligence”  Description:I love doing shows where you, my colleague, can walk away with concrete steps to use in making immediate incremental improvements. The only thing better than those shows are the ones offering a transformative shift in perspective – where you can see an issue or topic from a radically different point of view that changes how you perceive and think. Today you will get both – some practical steps to begin taking and a transformative shift in perspective. Today we are diving into supporting students, and their families,  who are English Learners.  Guest Bio:Andrea Bitner is an educator, author, and speaker.  She lives in Philadelphia, PA. and has worked with students in grades K-12 and from all around the world throughout her twenty-two years in public education.  Her first book, “Take Me Home,” was published by Austin Macauley in July of 2021. "Take Me Home" is the true story of 11 of her former EL students who give a first-hand account of what it's really like to become bilingual in America.  She is also a co-author of Chip Baker’s “The Impact of Influence-Volume 3” and Dr. Rick Jetter’s “100 No-Nonsense Things ALL School Leaders Should STOP Doing.”  She teaches EL’s daily, and travels the country speaking and teaching educators how to teach and reach EL students, and effectively communicate with EL families!   Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do?  Questions/Topics/PromptsWhat should APs understand?What should they know?What should they do?            Students            Families            Teachers Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Andrea’s links:www.andreabitnerbooks.com Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
Run to the Complexity with Jason McKenna
Feb 27 2024
Run to the Complexity with Jason McKenna
Show Title: Run to the Complexity with Jason McKenna Power Quote: STEM is a mirror of our world”  Description:STEM has been around for awhile, but I’ll be honest – I don’t actually know what stem is. It is a process? A product? A package? And who can do STEM? And, as school leaders, how do we know if STEM is worth encouraging and, if it is, how do we support teachers who wade into the STEM arena? I’m so excited to have today’s guest on to help me, and I hope you, answer some of these questions. Guest Bio:Jason McKenna is an experienced educator and author of What STEM Can Do for Your Classroom: Improving Student Problem Solving, Collaboration, and Engagement, Grade K-6. As the Vice President of Global Education Strategy for VEX Robotics, he specializes in curriculum development and global educational strategy, focusing on STEM integration and 21st-century learning. His work involves engaging with educators and policymakers worldwide. Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do? Questions/Topics/Prompts·      Quick definition of STEM·      How do needs of STEM teachers differ?·      (How can admin put teachers in a position where I can support them?)·      How do we foster a culture where teachers can initiate the conversation about their needs?o   Teachers driving their own needo   What is admin looking for? ·      How do admin support?o   Doing it for awhileo   New to it? Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Guest links:Website: jmckenna.org X (Twitter): McKennaj72 Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
CRABS – A Coaching Call with Mitchell Hall
Feb 20 2024
CRABS – A Coaching Call with Mitchell Hall
Description:Today’s show is completely different from anything I’ve done in the past. Our guest took my free course on building a positive classroom culture and reached out to share how he used what he learned and to pick my brain about next steps, so what you are going to hear today is a coaching call of sorts. Before we dive into the call, I need to set the context for you by providing an overview of the course. The free course (link in the show notes), serves as….·      Frameworks around using different forms of power to have different kinds of influence on students·      Constructive ways to respond to safety events·      Overview of the elements of good classroom procedure and the process for teaching, rehearsing, and supporting procedures. In the call, we talk about:·      The value of beginning class routine, even in small group pullout class·      How intentionally teaching a procedure for doing group work helps kids work better in groups·      Mitchell is teaching the group process in his pullouts but it is spilling into the regular classrooms – how powerful is that? Imagine…·      You will hear me reference “Reteach, rehearse, and supports” – those are specific concepts I share in the course·      What I model is how an AP can have a discussion with a teacher about creating a better classroom culture, specifically though creating a procedure for group work. Notice how having a common framework, language, and expectations for procedures makes this conversation so much easier and more collaborative! Guest Bio:Mitchell Hall is a certified Gifted and Talented Education Specialist with Garrett County Public Schools in western Maryland.  He has been recognized at the state level for his role as a teacher leader in the field of Gifted and Talented education.  Mitchell is also an aspiring school leader, and recently obtained his school administrator licensure.  He is currently in his 17th year of teaching, and has had a broad range of roles; he's taught history, special education, and gifted and talented, and has served as administrator-in-residence.  In his current position, he teaches in multiple buildings each week to deliver Primary Talent Development and GT lessons in grades pre-k through 5.Course link: https://app.heartbeat.chat/theassistantprincipal/invitation?code=JE6E76  Links to examples: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/appodcast.html Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck
Feb 13 2024
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck
The Solution Starts with Us with Charle Peck Power quote: “The solution starts with us” Show Description:Is your school community thriving? How do you know? More importantly, how do you – how can you – be a powerful agent for building a thriving school community? The wonderful thing about the answers to these questions is they are so, so simple. We are joined today by a wonderful soul and I guarantee you will leave the show feeling uplifted and inspired.  Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve the mental health of staff and students. She holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work and is a 20+ year veteran in education (K-12). As a global keynote speaker, she delivers powerful messages of hope to educators and facilitates meaningful professional development to equip adults with tools that integrate into everyday practice. Her unique lens as a high school teacher turned clinical therapist who has worked closely with adolescents and families in crisis makes her stories relevant and captivating to those struggling in today’s system.   Questions/Topics/Prompts·      What constitutes a “Thriving School Community”?·      How can we understand/evaluate the current state of our school community?·      What are the building blocks for TSC?·      What is the role of the AP?·      What is one thing APs can begin doing immediately to support a TSC?  You can purchase her book “Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution” on Amazon. You can also listen to Charle’s podcast “Thriving Educator” and connect with her via email charle@thrivingeducator.org, on TikTok + X.  Charle’s links:Website: ThrivingEducator.orgFREE School Mental Health Audit ThrivingEducator.org/auditEmail: charle@thrivingeducator.orgPodcast “Thriving educator”https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thriving-educator/id1677382954 Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier
Feb 6 2024
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier
“Let’s do this together” with Dr. Nate Regier Power Quote: Conflict has a purpose  Description:One of the most frequent things I’m asked about is how to have difficult conversation. I have some thoughts, but I’m not an expert. That’s why today’s guest is here. What if we looked at conflict as an opportunity? What if accountability was something we did with people instead of to them? And what if through the process of helping people be responsible, we were also helping them be authentic human beings, increasing their agency and self-worth through the accountability process? Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and Nate Regier is going to help us learn how to do it. Guest Bio:“Nate Regier, PhD, is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership consulting and training firm helping build cultures of compassionate accountability. Dr. Regier is a former practicing psychologist and expert in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, conflict skills, and leadership. Recognized as a Top 100 keynote speaker, he is a Process Communication Model® Certifying Master Trainer. Nate is the author of four books: Beyond Drama; Conflict without Casualties; Seeing People Through; and his newest book, Compassionate Accountability. He hosts a podcast called “On Compassion with Dr. Nate,” writes a weekly blog, contributes to multiple industry publications, and is a regular guest on podcasts.” Warmup questions:·      We always like to start with a celebration. What are you celebrating today?·      Is there a story that will help listeners understand why you are doing what you do? Welcome back! We last heard from you back in July in episode 143 Outline·      Difference between empathy and compassion·      Helping people be accountable versus holding them accountable?·      Accountability as a relationship, not an action·      New teacher struggling, but sometimes leader doesn’t know how to support?·      ORPO for a struggling new teacher Closing questions:·      What part of your own leadership are you still trying to get better at?·      If listeners could take just one thing away from today’s podcast, what would it be?·      Before we go, is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?·      Where can people learn more about you and your work… Close·      Leadership is a journey and thank you for choosing to walk some of this magical path with me.·      You can find links to all sorts of stuff in the show notes, including my website https://www.frederickbuskey.com/·      I love hearing from you so consider email me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com or connecting with me on LinkedIn.·      Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast.·      Have a great rest of the week, be present for others and, more importantly, take time to reflect and recover so you can continue to live and lead better.·      Cheers!  Nate’s links:https://www.next-element.com/ Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/fdf37cbf3a
The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough
Jan 30 2024
The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough
Show Notes, Episode 184: The Power of Presence with Kelly Scarbrough It’s always fun to sit down with another consultant or author and dive into their field of expertise to find powerful ideas and tools you can use to improve your life and leadership. However, some of the best ideas come, not from experts, but from you, and our other colleagues who are still in classrooms and buildings. Today’s conversation meanders like a pleasant stroll alongside a slow-moving stream, and like any fall time hike in the Smokey Mountains, it possesses its own beauty and splendor.Kelly Scarbrough has been an educator of 17 years. She has invested her career teaching primary grades and building a foundation and love of learning. In January, she opens a new chapter in beginning her doctoral studies in educational leadership. Kelly has a passion for servant leadership and believes that leading with empathy and a genuine desire to serve others fosters authentic, deep relationships and cultivates positive change. While Kelly is a full-time teacher, she is also excited to continue her journey as she continues to grow as an educator and leader!Notable Quotes Kelly:“People’s beliefs in me have helped mold me into believing I can do it.” “There’s a lot that’s going on and teachers want to feel supported through it.” “I know how to sit quiet and listen.”“There is trust amongst our team and it makes such a difference in how we work together.”“He was okay saying ‘I don’t know’ and that impacted the staff greatly… we appreciated that in him.”“As I am developing myself as a leader, I am finding much more appreciation for the diversity in knowledge others bring about.” “Presence makes all the difference”Frederick:“We can all lead no matter where we are.”“Clarify to people, ‘What do you need out of this today?’”“When there is so much going on, the power of presence actually increases.”“Presence is the gift – you don’t need to fill the space you create.”“If we are going to do something, that means there is something else we can’t do!”“What are the pieces in this new initiative… that align with where we are already going?”“When I’m vulnerable, I’m saying, ‘I trust you.’”“That focus on you as a person actually made a difference on you as a teacher.”‘Here’s what the tip looks like, but what’s happening underneath the water?”Kelly’s Contact InfoLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-scarbrough-776175266?trk=contact-info Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday Farewell
Nov 24 2023
Five for Friday Farewell
Hello Colleagues and welcome to this week’s 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Actually, this will be our last episode of 5fF and instead of recapping… explain how I reached this decision.Lens of 3 epiphs:123Here’s the story:MM complaining too much to do…Jeff asked, I said…Daily em2 pod episodesLdr programCourse devCourses on building  CRC1st Epiph: too much to doJeff suggested ways to streamline – time managementBut I was trying to do it all2 epiph: I get to chooseJeff asked purposeMy thinkingBut…Jeff… why are you still doing it: no fun, not serving a purposeHard answer: egoQuittingNumbers3rd Epiph:My own ego over developing things that will be useful to othersOr what’s best for my business?Too often, we operate on auto, and our actions and values come into misalignment.Still do Tuesday:High value for you (I hear from you)I enjoy doing the interviewsHelps me growPod is integral to my business startI want everything to be educational – to add value, I hope you can look inside at your own actions…That’s it for Five for Friday. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. If you will miss the 5fF you can always subscribe to my daily email…I look forward to seeing you again next TuesdayI’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
The Six Dimensions of Organizations with Frederick
Nov 21 2023
The Six Dimensions of Organizations with Frederick
Culture, specifically, organizational culture. It’s part cliché, part elusive whale, and part obsession. We all work (or have worked in my case) within schools or educational organizations which have a culture and we all know how powerfully that culture influences what happens within the school. The cliché: Culture is the key to a great school The elusive whale: What is school culture? The obsession: How can we create a culture of learning? Today, I will unpack for you the secrets of school culture. I guarantee after you listen to this show, you will have a clearer understanding of what school culture is, why it is so powerful, and – best of all – how you can build a better school culture. It isn’t easy, but it is, I promise you, simple.Summarizing (The big takeaway) If you want to improve your culture: support and grow your teachers. For example:·      Stop telling them how to get better. Change the culture by revamping your teacher evaluation and PD systems. Facilitate discussions in which teachers identify their pain points and they tell you about their goals for creating a stronger classroom. This change hits every aspect of your organization:o   Changes the purpose of leadership from controlling to servingo   Changes the structures around the evaluation process from compliance to critical o   Changes the structures of observation and post-conferencing o   Reallocates resources as we focus on meaningful coaching and PD I’m not saying your current purpose, structures, resources and teacher improvement strategies are a dumpster fire. I know how hard you work and how much thought you put into helping your teachers grow. What I am saying is this:·      If you are telling your teachers where they need to grow, instead of helping them address pain points they want to treat, there is friction.·      If your evaluation system is not part of a long-term systemic approach to helping teachers improve their craft, then evaluation creates friction.·      If teachers are required to attend PD they see as irrelevant, at the cost of attending PD they want, that PD is creating friction. I know there are many things you do not control, and the evaluation system is probably one of them. However, can you:·      Ask teachers “If you could get students to do one thing differently, what would it be?”·      And then help them define what that would look like and sound like?·      Could we then, in our formal observation, make sure we were capturing some of the data related to the thing we want students to do differently”?·      Could we, in our formal post-observation conference, map a plan for how we can help that teacher create that change?·      Could we, follow up consistently in our future observations and PLCs? Yes, we can do all those things. It is simple, but it is not easy. You can hear me unpack that question about students doing one thing with 2nd-year AP Alex Auriemma in episode 177 from last week. So, now you know what school culture is. You know what makes it worse and what can make it better. What are you next steps? What do you do with this ne understanding? I don’t actually suggest that you revamp your entire evaluation structure. That is an A-Z change. Here are two simple things you can do starting today:·      Ask that question, “If you could get students to do one thing differently, what would it be?” Informally of your teachers, and listen to their answers.·      Do more 5-minute coachingo   It reinforces that the purpose of leadership is to support and grow teachers.o   It creates an informal structure that makes that work easier for both leaders and teachers.o   And by going your full time and attention, even only for five minutes, it communicates to teachers that you are willing to invest important resources in their growth. Honestly, I’d like to dig into this even more – we are just scratching the surface. The 6D framework is the foundation of so much of the work I do and the practices I promote and teach about.Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsultingDaily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday November 13-17, 2023
Nov 17 2023
Five for Friday November 13-17, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to… Those of you reaching out to me via email and LinkedIn! It inspires me to keep going. Specifically, I’d like to thank:Darius CoulibalyKelly ScarbroughValerie JonesAnnette BrownAnd a special thanks to Tammi Barker who wrote:I listen to your podcasts on my way to work as I just promoted to a VP in July. Your podcasts motivate and reinspire me when I’m feeling overwhelmed or defeated. This is the first position that I’ve never been able to complete all of my work before going home. I’m am learning quickly that it will consist of many more of those days. I am working on changing my mindset and trying to rebalance my work and home life.Tammi dm’d me on LinkedIn on a day I was feeling very low and was questioning whether or not I even wanted to record a five for Friday (last week’s, not this one). She turned my whole day around  in a text that took two minutes to compose.This s a great example of how simple and easy it is for us to exert positive power by lifting up others.And… Tammi heard about the show via her supervisor. I do not have a strong social media presence and most of our growth comes from word of mouth, so if you don’t have time to be present with someone and nurture them, consider forwarding this show to them instead.Okay, let’s get to the week’s emails.Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of November 13-17, 2023. The week’s emails:The takeaway: Obvious takeaway for this week: ASK PEOPLE REFELCTIVE QUESTIONS!Sometimes I think I repeat myself too much, that it is so simple. But then I think about my own leadership, how I am dialed into presence, how I know the questions by heart, and how my sone Colin walked into my office this morning and I barely acknowledged him and did not ask any questions at all. We all fall down on this stuff, we are all too busy. And so I keep emphasizing the power of presence and of asking the right questions. It’s as much for me and those of us who know and try as it is for those of you who are just hearing this for the first (or second) time. Collin edits our Five for Friday episodes, so I can say here Collin, I’ll do better being present with you next time. And you my dear colleague, who do you need to commit to being more present with? A peer at work, your partner, or maybe even – yourself.That is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday when I dig into the six dimensions of organizations. The six dimensions framework is foundational to so much of what I talk about. Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. As I record this, we have 21 ratings and 6 reviews – we are inching forward! Remember increasing those numbers helps others find the show and I really appreciate hearing from you. If you can’t rate the show, at least help others find it by forwarding the show link to a colleague. Please! You’ll be helping leaders like those mentioned at the top of the show find a PD source that improrves both life and leadership.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Lean in and Listen with Alex Auriemma
Nov 14 2023
Lean in and Listen with Alex Auriemma
177: Leaning In and Listen with Alex Auriemma About this show (Teaser from outline) I am keeping this teaser short because I cannot wait to get into today’s conversation. Back in August I encouraged listeners to ask their veteran teachers three questions. The questions were designed to help you learn more about your teachers and to help them feel listened to and valued. Today’s guest, a practicing assistant principal, used those questions and she’s here to share how it went, what she learned, and what her next steps will be. Notable Quotes Guest: Alex Auriemma“It’s not just something I did with my 22 teachers, it’s something we, collectively as a cabinet, have done with all our teachers…”“It was so great to hear teachers gloat about what makes them awesome!”“The sequencing of the questions is the magic to the sauce”“It was so much of me not leading; it was them just sharing.”“It’s not a me conversation, it’s an us conversation.”Having theses conversations… I just was present. My commitment is to stay that present.”Frederick:“It was something very important because it said, “I hear you, I see you, I value you.”“Any time we can take a practice and do it as a leadership team collectively, it just amplifies the benefit.”Guest Links:Email: Alexl.Auriemma@gmail.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-loredo-auriemma-94286991/ Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840
Five for Friday Nov. 6-10, 2023
Nov 10 2023
Five for Friday Nov. 6-10, 2023
Hello Colleagues and welcome to another 5 for Friday episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast!Today’s shout out goes to… my incredible book reviewers. My book on how to move from spending time on tasks to investing time in people id tentatively scheduled for publication in March. One way to tell if people really care about you is to ask for critical feedback. People who aren’t really invested with say things like, “great job” or “looks good.” People who care about you will make specific suggestions about how to improve and why they are making those suggestions. So thank you to the following people for helping me create a better book to help people on their leadership journey:Dr. Justin Nutter, assistant superintendent of Lexington 4 SD in Lexington, SCMaria Werner, Founding Principal of Green Charter School, Simpsonville, SCDr. Heidi Von Dohlan, Associate Professor and Program Director of the NC School Executive Leadership Program (NCSELP) at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NCEleanor MaCauley, Principal, Fairview School, Sylva NCKatie Joiner, AP, Mid-Carolina Middle School, Newberry SCDr. Efraín Martinez, Princcpal, Conrad Fischer Elementary School and host of the Wisdom and Porductivety podcast, Elmhurst IllinoisDr. Sam Sircey, Prinpal (retired), Buncombe County Schools, NCWhat a stellar group of leaders – thank you for helping me be a better leader!Today’s episode of Five for Friday recaps the strategic leadership emails for the week of Nov. 6-10, 2023. The week’s emails:The takeaway: I think the common thread this week was assumptions.I may assume that what happens this time will be the same as what happens next timeI assume you aren’t in trauma, or there is nothing I can do to support you.I assume I have the answers to helping you become self sufficient.I assume you see the same value in something as I do.I think what’s really happening here is that we are operating on patterns. Our brains are great at creating patterns to guide our behavior so we don’t become paralyzed with decision-making. But those patterns can lead us to making assumptions and those assumptions can have negative impacts on our leadership.So, what can you do?What’s not working?Who needs your support?Your own condition?That is this week’s Five for Friday rendition of The Assistant Principal Podcast. Thank you for including me on your leadership journey. I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday… Please remember to subscribe and rate this podcast. As I record this, we have climbed to 21 ratings and 6 reviews! What if we could reach 50 ratings by the end of the year? How cool would that be? Increasing those numbers helps others find the show.  I love hearing from you. So please consider emailing me at frederick@frederickbuskey.com.Share a story, a reaction to the show, or a request or suggestion. I do respond to every suggestion.I’m Frederick Buskey and thank you again for joining me on this episode of the Assistant Principal Podcast. Have a great weekend, get outside, laugh, and live! Cheers!Resources:Frederick’s Links:Email: frederick@frederickbuskey.comWebsite: https://www.frederickbuskey.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/strategicleadershipconsulting Daily Email subscribe: https://adept-experimenter-3588.ck.page/ff61713840