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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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May 26, 2020

Phil welcomes back Heather Garcia to dive deeper into “Staying Positive in an Ambiguous Time” - Part II. Heather pulls from her vast experience and shares ideas for administrators and teachers to carry a mindset of HOPE, JOY, and COURAGE in their lives. Listen in as she shares her thoughts on using this time to focus, provide clarity for teams, and encourages you to consider the “boomerang” challenge! 

May 14, 2020

Join Phil as he welcomes Heather Garcia to the podcast. Heather has played many different roles in education including teacher, coach, activities director, principal, and eventually at the district level as an associate superintendent. While her roles have evolved overtime, one thing has never changed… her contagious attitude and way of staying positive even in the most challenging of days. During this podcast, Heather talks about the power of staying positive even in the midst of ambiguity, ideas she has seen work for her own life and ideas you can take back to the school environment. 

Apr 14, 2020

Join Phil as he welcomes back Kristin Patten, for a second interview on the podcast as she shares an amazing idea they rolled out at Antelope High School in April called “Titans ALL IN Virtual Spirit Week.” Many schools have been rolling out virtual spirit weeks, but what makes this one unique is the idea that Kristin, the Activities Director at Antelope High School in Antelope, California had to include alumni from her past student government classes to participate and help coach her current leaders. Listen in as Kristin shares the idea, how they set it up, and the ripple effect of the TITAN SPIRIT that captured the entire community and alumni around the world! 

Mar 30, 2020

During this episode, Phil talks with Rochelle Whellams, a motivational speaker and leadership facilitator about the mindset she lives by and how it impacts her everyday life. During their conversation, Rochelle shares how being intentional with what she gives her energy has been life giving and shares the 5 questions she recommends using to filter thoughts. Looking to hit this week with a new dose of perspective? You won’t want to miss this great episode. 

Feb 19, 2020

On this episode, Phil interviews Christiana Kraus about the importance of intentionally building relationships as a new administrator. Christiana views her role as an educator as an opportunity to serve others well, with heart and with intentionality.  She believes as leaders; we must foster and build clear communication, processes, and practices that focus on relationships, which is the building blocks to a strong foundation of positive culture and climate in a school community. Listen in as Christiana shares a few practical tips she has implemented this year as the new principal at Paramount High School in Los Angeles.

Jan 16, 2020

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Dean Whellams as they talk about the power of building trust over time and the concept of Psychological  Safety. Dean spends his life helping cultivate incredible leaders, so you won't want to miss as he shares very practical ways he has seen educators cultivate the culture they want through organic change.

Dec 29, 2019

Listen in as Phil interviews Tamara Givens, the Activities Director at Granite Bay High School about a few activities they do in the spring to build culture with both their staff and students. Tamara is passionate about finding ways to include people from across campus, so we hope you walk away with even one simple idea you could pilot in the spring. 

Dec 1, 2019

With only a few weeks before the end of the semester, how can you support staff during an often busy season? Phil Boyte and Jason Jedamski talk about why taking the time to check-in is so important, share a few ideas that could be easily implemented, and leave you empowered to find even just one thing to do over the next few weeks.

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.

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