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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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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. 

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