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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 13, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and Eric Jackson as they talk about the research he has done when it comes to supporting students with a biracial background. Eric shares ideas he has used to develop relationships in his classroom that lead to deeper conversations and a better understanding of what different students face. Check out this podcast for a thought provoking conversation.

Sep 28, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Kristy Cooper as they talk about preparing students for success. Kristy is a leadership teacher who believes students from all different backgrounds can achieve what they set their minds to. She shares why it is important to trust your students, how she encourages them when they face adversity and activities she uses in her classroom to set her students up for success.

Sep 14, 2017

Building great culture is a year long effort and with the first few weeks under your belt, you may be scratching your head thinking, “now what?!” Join Phil Boyte as he gives a few practical ideas to continue building relationships and trust on your campus a few weeks into the new school year. 

Aug 24, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Matt Grigas, as they talk about the power of connecting with students in the classroom. Matt shares ideas he uses in his own classroom to set the tone for the year, model what he expects from his students and why having an "open door policy" is so vital! Looking for simple yet transformative ideas to implement in your classroom this year? Check out this podcast! 

Matt runs the Theater program at Neuquay Valley High School in Illinois. 

Aug 10, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Dan Thoene, creator of Judo Math, as they talk about his approach to helping students thrive in the classroom. Using the concepts of martial arts, Judo Math encourages students to work at their own pace as they progress through a series of belts to master each topic. In this podcast, Dan shares the inspiration behind the program, how students collaborate and celebrate together and why team building is so important.

Looking to kick your year off with some fresh ideas, check out this podcast to hear easy team building ideas to help your students thrive from day one.

 

Jul 31, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his Paul Lundberg as they talk about kicking off a great school year with a focus on culture. As the principal at Colfax High School, Paul shares how he inspires his teachers, what it looks like to set the tone the first week and how they engage each student on their campus the first week. Looking to start this year a little differently than in  years past? You won't want to miss this podcast. 

Jun 28, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Greg Hroch as they talk about engaging every student on your campus. Greg has been working in education for over 30 years and now helps run a company focused on tracking student involvement. In this podcast, Phil and Greg talk about the benefits to engaging more students, how to redefine "Friday Night Lights" and why students are drawn to the NEW. 

May 24, 2017

"I spent more time in the principal's office than I did at my desk..." - Debbie talking about her partnership with the principal. 

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Debbie Brannam as they talk about creating a great culture in the front office. Debbie has spent her career learning how to make Del Oro High School feel like home to thousands of students and hundreds of staff members. In this podcast, she and Phil talk about the impact the front office has on creating an incredible culture. Debbie shares her perspective on building a great relationship with the leaders she supports, interacting with the community and how important it is to find the right fit for each person working in the office. 

Debbie Brannam began working at Del Oro High School in December 1989 as the receptionist; in 1991  she became the secretary to the Assistant Principal’s until she transitioned to her new role as Principals Secretary in 1995. In her role as the Principal's Secretary, Debbie has had the chance to support three different principals, taken on responsibilities as the ASB financial secretary and has been a part of CADA for several years.   

 

May 2, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Ted Goergen as talk about building great culture across a large campus. Ted has learned a lot over the years working as the Activities Director at Stevenson High School in Illinois with nearly 4,000 students. Ted shares ideas on how to break down silos within grade levels with ideas like “class karaoke” and how they have engaged students and parents from all different backgrounds. Looking for easy, yet deeply impactful ideas… listen today!

Ted has been in education for 13 years with a background in science.  Most of his years in education have been spent as the Director of Student Activities at Stevenson High School.  He has not had a year in education that he didn't work with students outside of the classroom in some capacity; such as Intramural Sports, Student Council, or a variety of community service events.  At home he has 3 kids who are 10 and under… keeping him busy during ALL HIS FREE TIME. :)

Apr 10, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Bill Geivett as they talk baseball. AND leadership. With over 28 years of experience as a player, scout and front office executive, Bill has learned a lot about leadership on and off the baseball field. During this podcast, you will hear him share his perspective on why making time for people is so important, how selfishness always breaks down trust and some great stories from some of his past leaders in MLB.

 

Mar 27, 2017

Culture in the Classroom – Guest Beth Schmidtgall 

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Beth Schmidtgall as they talk about creating a fantastic culture in the classroom. During this podcast, Beth shares ideas she has seen work well when building long lasting relationships with your students. She shares ideas such as "Raffle Friday," hallway dance parties, and her "doorway flash quiz." Let's just say, this podcast will inspire you to have fun in your classroom while being intentional about building great culture. 

 

Mar 16, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Danny Steele as they talk about the simple, yet powerful tools Danny has used on his campus to create a great student and staff culture. During this podcast, Danny shares simple ideas like how he had a goal of making 100 positive calls in his first 100 days, birthday selfies and how he turns a negative meeting into a positive one. 

 

Feb 27, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Phil Campbell (Phil C.) as they talk about the journey he has had in his new role as Renaissance Speaker & Consultant. Phil C. traveled the country visiting some pretty incredible schools and had some amazing ideas to share on how to create that ‘feeling’ on your campus. Listen in as he shares ideas on focusing more on the 98% vs. the 2%, creating a genius hour and why he thinks autonomy in the classroom can be so impactful.

 

 

Feb 13, 2017

In this mini podcast, Phil Boyte shares the concept of taking “tiny steps” when it comes to shifting a campus culture. He shares ideas he has come across when traveling the country working in a variety of schools. Listen in for ideas you can start using today on your campus!

Jan 30, 2017

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Dr. Angela Huff as they talk about where you start when it comes to building great culture on a campus. During this podcast, Angela shares simple things like how important it is to listen before making changes, why she was always at the carpool drop off each morning and how sharing her own weaknesses helped build trust within your staff. Listen in to hear some simple, but fantastic ideas you could start implementing this week.

 

Jan 13, 2017

Do you remember your first day in a new job? All the questions swirling in your head? Did you know who to talk to or even what questions to ask?

Join Phil Boyte and his guest D.J. Sosnowski as they talk about what it means to help set a great culture with new staff and students. During this podcast, they talk about setting your new team members and students up for success. With D.J. just recently starting at a new school, he has fresh perspective on the journey. Listen in to hear ideas of what he does in his own classroom for new students and ideas for how to check-in on your new staff members in the second half of the year.

Jan 4, 2017

Join Phil as he interviews Stephen Amundson, the Director of Activities from Tulare West High School in Tulare, California. Stephen shares about his journey creating the "Four Seasons of Leadership" and how having a dedicated focus for each semester can have tremendous impact on the momentum and passion of your students. Phil and Stephen talk about pitching new ideas, how to be persistent, but flexible and an amazing idea of engaging each and every staff member. (To the point where he got nearly 30 staff members to voluntarily show up to a 5am rally last fall!)

Check out this podcast to hear some fresh ideas like pulling off a crazy pep rally, helping donate shoes for 700 kids and embracing your community in a big way through your leadership program!

Dec 19, 2016

Join Phil as he interviews Majalise Tolan the principle of Taft 7-12 on the Oregon Coast. Phil and Majalise talk about creating an amazing school culture between your administration and staff, how to not water the rocks and how engaging your community can be instrumental in shaping an incredible culture. 

Dec 6, 2016

Join Phil Boyte as he interviews Ron Severson, the Superintendent of the Roseville School District in Sacramento, California. 

During this podcast, Phil and Ron talk about how to build trust and re-gain trust within your staff. Ron shares how recognizing personal failures and sharing those with others can be extremely impactful to building trust. He also shares concepts like how to "run to the fire," and learning to treasure and value the people that are always honest with you. 

Nov 7, 2016

Join Phil Boyte as he interviews Kristin Patten, the Activities Director at Antelope High School in the Sacramento area. 

During this podcast, Phil and Kristin talk about things like how to envision amazing events prior to getting stuck in the nitty gritty. Having tenacity to NOT give in and the concept of first focusing on the staff which leads to a greater sense of community within the students on your campus. 

Oct 25, 2016

Join Phil and his guest John Eick who is currently the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Natamos, California. Prior to his role at Westlake Charter, John spent time as the Director of Instructional Technology within the Natomas Unified School District as well as a Principal, Vice Principal, and Drama Teacher at Natomas High School. 

 

In this podcast, Phil and John talk about using celebration to transform school culture. Ideas like praising kids loudly, looking for brights spots and empowering your staff to make creative decisions and then celebrate what has been created are just a few of the incredible nuggets for this podcast. 

Sep 23, 2016

Listen as Phil Boyte share a bit about his background of working with schools for the past 30 years, what type of guests he will be having on the Podcast and what you can expect to hear on School Culture By Design Podcast.

Sep 9, 2016
Join Phil and his first guest Sara Nilles who is currently The Oregon Association of Student Councils Executive Director. Having spent 10 years in the classroom and in her 7th year at OASC, Sara shares what she has seen while visiting campuses across Oregon the past few years. Having seen some of the most healthy schools, she shares ideas on how to create a place no student or staff member would want to leave. 
 
From the moment you arrive on campus to the first person you see when you step into the front office... each person has an impact on the feeling on our campuses.
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