• Summary

  • For principals, it can be lonely at the top. So it’s always a relief to hear from fellow educators who have been there, done that, and are doing more to advance their leadership. Join principals Dr. Rachael George and Adam Welcome as they discuss best practices, innovative strategies, and pressing topics for today’s pre-K–8 principal with special guests from the education community. This podcast is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). George and Welcome are fellows of the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, which is part of the NAESP Centers for Advancing Leadership.
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  • Sep 21 2022

    As principals start off the year and work on school improvement or professional growth, its helpful to identify strategies that can help them throughout the year. Adam Welcome and Rachael George sit down with veteran Idaho principal Heather Hepworth to discuss what works, including:

    • Starting off strong at the beginning of the year
    • Looking ahead towards the end of the year
    • How to prioritize and organize
    • How to implement change

    Heather Hepworth is principal of Acequia Elementary School in Rupert, Idaho.

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    17 mins
  • Sep 14 2022

    Any good leader knows when to both listen, and when to raise their hand and speak up. But gender-based expectations about using your voice and being confident are too often limiting for women in leadership. Andrea Thompson and Jessica Gomez sit down with principal Jennifer Black to discuss:

    • Importance of trust
    • Developing self-compassion and confidence
    • Being a role model for others
    • The benefits of speaking up

    Jennifer Black is principal of Lincoln Elementary School in North Las Vegas, and is president-elect of the Nevada Elementary School Principals Association.

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    19 mins
  • Sep 7 2022

    Successful leaders are generally given license to be proud of their work, but all too often women are made to feel either that they have achieved less or that they should be quiet about their achievements. Center for Women in Leadership fellows Jessica Gomez and Andrea Thompson sit down with principal Shanessa Fenner to talk about how and why this problem exists. In this episode we discuss:

    • How stereotypes and mindsets diminish women's voices
    • Whether self-confidence is truly at issue
    • The importance of a supportive network
    • Not feeling guilty for taking pride in success

    Dr. Shanessa Fenner is a writer, has appeared on radio and television, and serves as the proud principal of William T. Brown Elementary School in Spring Lake, North Carolina.

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    19 mins

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Wow Zandra was on 🔥 and she helps fuel that in other educators just by listening!

Love the way she approached the topic of Social Media as part of the resume, how she intentionally sets the interview when hiring & her view on Power v. Authority, and the importance of self care while performing a high demand job.

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