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School Culture By Design

During 30+ years of wandering the continent, visiting schools and listening to school people share their joys and frustrations, Phil Boyte has learned a lot about building great school culture. In this podcast you will hear examples Phil has seen work to enhance school culture, stories from some of his heroes in education and simple ideas to start implementing on your campus today! We invite you along on this listening journey. You will hear simple and transformative stories about building community, vulnerability, and trust on your campus. No matter what role you play, we believe everyone has a hand in creating a school no one will want to leave
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Oct 3, 2019

During this podcast, Phil Boyte interviews Steve Moos, the lead custodian at Country Lane Intermediate in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Steve has become the heartbeat of his campus and through this highly inspirational interview, we hear why he believes his role is simply a “mentor with a mop.” Phil and Steve talk about creative ways he builds relationships across campus, how he empowers students to help, and simple ways to take care of non-instructional team members. Looking for reminders of how every single person on campus can build thriving culture? You won’t want to miss this episode.

Sep 18, 2019

During this podcast, Phil Boyte interviews Robby Riggs, a dynamic consultant focused on unlocking the potential in the 4-generation workplace. Robby shares quick examples of each generation, why great managers take the time to stop and listen, and how people can think about using counter mentors at the school level. Ready for a fast and furious look at building even more trust and communication across your team? Check out the podcast today.

Aug 16, 2019

When we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week back in the spring, we pulsed our School Culture By Design Facebook group followers for teachers who are doing incredible culture work on their campuses. Out of all the great nominees, Kelsey Graham a teacher from Middle Township High School was selected! During this podcast, Phil Boyte interviews Kelsey as she shares a few of the great ideas she implemented on her campus this past year. Listen in as Kelsey shares how they catch students doing great things around campus, support their staff members monthly, and focus on building thriving culture a year long.

Aug 8, 2019

Join Phil Boyte as he interviews Allie Snyder as she reflects back on this past year as she started her teaching career at Weaverville Elementary in North Carolina. During this podcast, Allie shares simple things that were helpful to her and things she wished she would have known from the start. Looking to support your brand new teachers, take a listen and maybe you will walk away with one more thing you can do to make your brand new staff feel welcome this year!

Jul 30, 2019

When was the last time you took a tour of your campus with culture on the brain? Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski both know there are some limitations on what can be changed within physical spaces, but during this podcast they share simple ideas for making people feel welcome from the moment they step up to the curb. It is a combination of what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like... so listen in today! 

Jul 26, 2019

On this mini podcast episode, Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski talk about the power of the first day back for faculty. They talk about what a typical first day is expected to look like and contrast that with a variety of ideas that will get your staff excited to be back! Many of the ideas they share don’t take too much time or energy, but can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Looking to remind the adults on campus that relationships are key to a successful year... you won't want to miss this one! 

Jul 23, 2019

On this mini podcast episode, Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski talk about why welcoming new staff members strategically can have such an impact on culture. Throughout the conversation they share a variety of ideas (some big and some small) that will leave your team re-thinking your on-boarding model. Looking to create a school where no one will ever want to leave… check out this brand new podcast today!

May 2, 2019

On this mini podcast episode, Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski share ideas on how to use your graduation ceremony to support the culture you want using the "look like, sound like, feel like" filter. Phil and Jason also discuss the power of traditions at graduation and offer several easy-to-implement ideas to communicate who you are and what you believe as a school. Ready to be more intentional with your messaging at graduation? Check this podcast out today.

Mar 7, 2019

On this episode, Phil interviews Corissa Stobing, the Director of Activities at Ygnacio Valley High School in California, about the 4 things that "make it or break it" for a Week of Welcome. Corissa has learned so many valuable lessons when designing a great week for both staff and students! Listen in as she shares things they have learned about what activities to include, how to involve staff in decision making, and how to use this week to launch a great year! 

Feb 14, 2019

On this episode, we interview Dr. Amy Besler about the 5 actions that create new norms on campus. Amy began her career as a high school English teacher and has since served in the roles of dean of students, assistant principal, and principal and is now a director of secondary education for Elk Grove Unified School District. Her passion for school culture led to her dissertation on the topic, through which Amy studied the ways California high schools had positively transformed their school cultures. Listen in as she shares her top 5 actions and great ideas to start using immediately. 

Jan 9, 2019

On this mini podcast episode, Phil Boyte shares 4 books he would highly recommend picking up to build a great culture. He shares a simple concept he found helpful from each book and reasons to pick them up today!

 

Want to keep growing? Listen today! 

Dec 27, 2018

On this mini podcast episode, Phil Boyte shares three simple ideas to kick-off a new semester. He shares 2 simples ideas for the classroom and 1 idea for the hallway. Looking for easy, yet impactful ways to create connections? Check this podcast out today.

Dec 20, 2018

On this episode, Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski share the importance of building great relationships in the classroom. They talk about the design for a brand new resource called Connected Classroom; a strategic online course (which provides a simple system), that equips teachers to build relationships through PLAY which grows TRUST and engages students to LEARN.

To learn more go to www.learningforliving.com

Oct 11, 2018

On this episode, Phil Boyte interviews Azul Terronez who is international leader in project based learning, educational entrepreneurship, and innovative practices.

During the podcast, Azul and Phil talk about the power of classrooms focused on relationships first and creating a community of care. Azul shares about the importance of celebrating mistakes, an awesome project called "design a classroom," and how to stay fresh as an educator.

Sep 20, 2018

Phil Boyte and Becky Latham talk about how she has seen culture on her campus grow rich by being open to feedback, saying YES more and making your leadership programs more accessible. Working at a school with a high number of students with adverse childhood experiences (ACES), Becky and her team have been very intentional to find ways of involving students early on to give them the skills and motivation they need to be great leaders. This podcast is a great reminder of engaging students from diverse backgrounds to be part of building a great campus culture!

Aug 23, 2018

During this episode, Phil Boyte introduces listeners to the newest member of the Learning For Living team, Jason (JJ) Jedamski. JJ joined the team from Broken Arrow High School where he was the Director of Student Activities. During the podcast, JJ shares a tool he used called the “looks like, sounds like, feels like” filter to help students face each event on campus from a strategic standpoint. He talks about the importance of communicating a BIG vision and spreading the word through a number of ways. Looking to take your student culture from good to great? You won’t want to miss this fantastic podcast.

Aug 3, 2018

Join Phil Boyte as he talks about how school culture is truly up to all of us. During this podcast, Phil talks about a few different people on campus who may feel a bit like "ghosts" and given the opportunity could bring unbelievable value to the culture. Listen in to hear examples of people you may have never considered and how you might engage them in simple conversations! Great podcast as you head into a new school year.

May 10, 2018

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Jeff Eben as they talk about transitioning a struggling school into a vibrant and thriving home for staff and students. Jeff shares recommendations from his experience as a principal on how to empower your staff, find a trademark routine, and ensure the mission/values are leading all major decisions. Jeff has an incredible story of overcoming major obstacles in life and has used this to help drive his passion towards better schools for everyone. Listen in today to be encouraged!!

Apr 26, 2018

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Robyn Guest, Dance Program Director at Antelope High School in Northern California. Robyn has a passion for teaching students leadership skills through the art of dance and shares how she sees the connection between electives and great school culture. Listen in to hear about their dance internship program, what she makes the student’s do to kick off the new year and ways she has been impacted the her students. You won't want to miss this!!

Apr 12, 2018

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Paul Branagan, the Principal at Middleborough High School in Massachusetts as they talk about the power of being intentional with your staff and students. Paul has implemented incredible programs at Middleborough to help celebrate and inspire everyone who steps on campus. Listen in as he shares how they transformed staff meetings into faculty expositions, guide students through their STRONG program and partner with parents to celebrate what is going “right" on campus. This podcast will encourage you to “think outside the box” and consider ways to reinvent traditional programs.

Mar 8, 2018

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Pat Murphy, the Bench Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers as they talk about the power of culture in sports and how to build a great team mentality. Pat’s coaching and managing career has spanned over three decades at all levels of the game and he shares from his perspective how to set your team up for success. During this podcast, Phil and Pat talk about the importance of leaders first seeking to understand each player, the power of building positive connections and why facing challenges together is so key. Looking for a few great ideas to build culture on your campus; be it on the field, in the hallway or in the classroom... you won't want to miss this podcast!

Feb 8, 2018

Join Phil Boyte as he talks with special guest, Jay Schenirer, a Sacramento City Councilmember. Jay has a heart for helping students be as successful as possible and believes that parents have an incredibly large role in this. Based on this belief, Jay and a team developed a program called Parent/Teacher Home Visits, where teachers get to build trust and relationships with parents. He shares a bit about the program, the benefits they have seen and how you learn more about doing this type of program in your community on the episode of the podcast.

Jan 4, 2018

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Bryan Slater as they talk about building rapport with students. With 15 years under his belt as a teacher both in the United States and abroad, Bryan has learned some great ways to check the pulse on students and shares why it has been so powerful in his classroom.

Listen in to hear simple, yet profound ways to build relationships in the classroom or around campus. 

Dec 21, 2017

Where does Phil Boyte find inspiration on #Twitter? Listen in to our latest mini podcast to hear a few of my favorite people to follow and ideas to implement in your classroom. 

Dec 8, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest, educational consultant and speaker LaVonna Roth as they talk about little things she has seen while working in schools across the nation. LaVonna shares about the concept of shifting from “my school” to “our school,” how understanding your student’s stories can be so impactful and why taking care of administrators is vital.

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