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On this episode I connect with Missouri School Leader and NASSP 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin.  Among other things, he shares about his epic SWAT team at Bolivar High School who are armed with technical knowledge, not weaponry.  I also really enjoyed his story about a barrage of positive tweets he unleashed recently.  You can find him on Twitter @DavidGeurin and his excellent blog is at  

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Here's the new website for my current podcast and new one in development:



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In this episode, I have the privilege of connecting with Kevin Honeycutt, amazing educator and speaker.  We discuss his vision for teaching and administration as well as a big life event that has helped mold his current views.  

You can connect with Kevin @KevinHoneycutt on Twitter and don't forget to check out his website for a ton of great resources.  


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On this episode of the show, I catch up with Jeff and Heidi Veal, two influential leaders from Texas.  We compare and contrast each of their roles and they talk about the dynamics of being a married couple of edleaders.  They also talk about how they engage the community and help build a culture of innovation at their schools.

Jeff and Heidi are just another example of guests that I've had on this show that not only add amazing content to the podcast but are simply great people and I'm honored to have talked with them.  Here are resources from the show and ways you can connect with them:


Jeff and Heidi's Blog:

Jeff and Nathan Lang's Website:

Jeff on Twitter: @heffrey

Heidi on Twitter: @VealHeidi

#leadupchat: Saturdays at 8:30 AM CT

#ecechat: Tuesdays at 8:30 PM CT


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In this episode of the show I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Aman Yadav, Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. We talk about the movement for more computer science in schools. Dr. Yadav helps clarify that we need to embed computation thinking, not just coding, in the classroom. I also have a big a-ha moment regarding administrative ed programs, a particular passion of mine. 

You can connect with Dr. Yadav at or on Twitter @yadavaman

Thank you so much listening to Principally Speaking. Please consider heading to iTunes and providing the show with a review. And a big thank you to all of the guests that I’ve had one my show…you make this so refreshing, educational and enjoyable for me and I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.   Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, which can be found at 


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In this episode of the show, I have the pleasure of speaking with the most fun name in education, Daisy Dyer Duerr, or as I would address her if it was normal, D Cubed.   Daisy was named the 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by the NASSP and has also been nominated for several Bammy awards. Daisy and I talk about her education background, what she’ll be presenting about at Model Schools this next week, what she would do differently if she could start over as an administrator, and rural education. She’ll be coming out with a new book this fall with another eduhero of mine, Mr. Derek McCoy, who I interviewed way back in Episodes 5 and 6 when I was just starting out podcasting.

Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, where you can check out other great shows like Daniel Bauer’s Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. I had the honor of being a recent guest on Daniel’s show and talked about my experience as a newer principal. He also was a recent guest on my show, Episode 51 if you’d like to check it out.

I hope you’ve had a chance to catch some great conferences this summer. I’m currently planning on attending and presenting at two upcoming Indiana conferences in Warsaw on Monday July 25th and in Auburn at DeKalb High School on Tuesday July 26th.   I taught science at DeKalb High for 9 years so it will be great to connect with several former colleagues. Don’t forget that EdCamp Leadership is taking place July 11th all across the country. You can check out @edcampldr on Twitter to find out where EdCamp Leadership is happening near you. Thank you to amazing human Joe Mazza for leading this effort…I had a powerful talk with him back in Episode 47. Finally, EdCamp Fort Wayne is taking place Thursday July 28th at The Summit, which is an amazing venue. A big shoutout to Jennifer Brower, Andy Deatrick, Alison Schlotfeldt and Mandy Woollacott for putting this on.   Head to @edcampFW for more information.  

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Mr. Daniel Bauer reached out to me to be a guest on his show, Better Leaders Better Schools.  Stay tuned for this episode to be released by him in April.  Our conversation went very well and so I was inspired to have him on my show as well. Daniel is doing great things as an Assistant Principal in Chicago and also through his blog and podcast.  Check it out and connect with Daniel by clicking on the image below.

Don't forget you can check out Daniel's and other great educational podcasts on the Educational Podcast Network.  



Direct download: PS51-DanielBauer.mp3
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I connected with Riley Johnson last year at EdCamp Fort Wayne.  Last year, Riley left Indiana for the Assistant Principal position at New Tech High School in Napa, California.  He will be taking over as Principal this summer.  I'm grateful to have a dynamic leader in my professional learning network going through the same transition as myself.  

Riley's Twitter

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Paul Solarz is a 5th grade teacher in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  I really enjoyed hearing about his dynamic student-centered classroom and I think you will too.  Check out his new book Learn Like a Pirate if you want to "Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed."  You can connect with Paul on Twitter @PaulSolarz and he can also be found at the #learnLAP and #tlap hashtags.  

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In Episode 28 of the show, I have the privilege of connecting with dynamic principal Beth Houf, Principal at McIntire Elementary in Fulton, Missouri.  We talk about how initiatives like positive referrals, optional PD, and the McIntire Online Read Aloud have strengthened her school.  She also relates a story about how she subbed for a full day back in November, and it inspires me to want to start the T.O.D.A.Y. movement, or Teach One Day A Year.  

Beth's Blog

Beth's Twitter





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In this episode, I talk with Boston area Tech Director Andrew Marcinek, author of The 1:1 Roadmap from Corwin Press.  We'll talk about Andrew's experience organizing 4 EdCamps, his work creating an awesome Student Help Desk class, as well as a model for optional professional development that worked at his school district.  One of my favorite parts of the conversation is when he talks about a student that was able to develop their own application in order to solve a problem at their school.  I would highly recommend the 1:1 Roadmap along with Digital Leadership and Pure Genius if you're an educational leader that is striving to move your school forward, particularly with respect to innovative programs and opportunities for students.  You can connect with Andrew on Twitter @andycinek.   

Direct download: 27-AndrewMarcinek.mp3
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In this episode, I have the privilege of talking with Instructional Technology Specalist Rafranz Davis, who hails from the Dallas area.  We move beyond just the SAMR model, and she does a great job of always bringing it back to the student perspective, as you can read about in her new book, The Missing Voices in EdTech: Bringing Diversity Into EdTech.  Among other things, we dive into cell phones in schools, the effect that technology initiatives can have on students in poverty, and her personal story as an "eduparent."  This episode is a little longer, but I think it could've easily been double the length and still been a fresh conversation because Rafranz is very inspiring.  I would highly recommend checking out her website as well as following her on Twitter.  

Rafranz's Website and Blog

Rafranz on Twitter



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In this episode, I talk about the craze that is Trivia Crack and its implications for education.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the following questions:

1) What do you think about the trivia crack craze?  

2) Would you want your child to constantly play trivia crack?

3) How are you cultivating student ideas in your school?

4) Have students had a say in any new programs or clubs in your school?

5) What makes your school unique? 

You can provide answers to any or all of these questions by clicking on the Feedback button on my website.  Your answer or answers may be used in a future episode of the show.  


Tune in next week for my talk with dynamic media specialist Sherry Gick, who is @libraryfanatic on Twitter.  

Direct download: 24-TriviaCrack.mp3
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