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Insanely innovative ideas for school leadership and principals focused on people, culture, and impact. Lead Learning. Improve Schools. Check out the 3x’s per week blog at https://mafost.com


Elisabeth Bostwick on Efficiency Problems, Emotional Safety, and Shaping Culture
Nov 5 • 14 min
Elisabeth Bostwick is the author of Take the LEAP: Ignite a Culture of Innovation. In this episode she shares actionable ideas related to the efficiency problem, building emotional safety in classrooms, and shaping classroom cultures. Get the book at…
What are Principals Learning?
Oct 29 • 15 min
Principals Mark French, Lauren Higgins, Chris Chappotin, Heather Patterson, Cathy Jacobs, Chris Legleiter, and Jon-Eric Zaier join the episode to share what they are currently learning about: Leading Community with Purpose Creating a Sense of Community in…
Confrontation and Candor
Oct 22 • 7 min
If you’re going to lead, there will be tough conversations. But that’s not the same thing as tough confrontation. Get the Daily Blog straight to your inbox three days per week at mafost.com. ___ Check out these quality resources (*paid links from Amazon…
Mistakes Made Lessons Learned Part 2
Oct 15 • 14 min
Elisabeth Bostwick, Chris Chappotin, Jon-Eric Ziaer, and Chris Legleiter share mistakes they made and lesson they learned from their experiences leading learning. Topics include: Asking for Help Context Switching - Finding Your Identity Priorities,…
What’s A Mistake That Made You Better?
Oct 8 • 13 min
Mark French, Heather Patterson, Cathy Jacobs, and Lauren Higgins discussion four lessons. Assumptions. Student Discipline. Letting Go. Relationships. These amazing school leaders and principals share mistakes they made that made them better. Next week,…
Emotional Hijackers and Problem Solving That Doesn’t Work
Oct 1 • 12 min
Rational problem-solving doesn’t work (most of the time). This episode shares a quick strategy that does. Are We Rational Thinkers? Four Steps to Rational Problem-Solving Actionable Empathy, Not Just Venting Who Controls the Conversation? 3 Tips to…
Culture Crafters
Sep 24 • 16 min
4 Leadership Tips for Culture Crafting. 4 Management Tips. Questions to evaluate your school culture. Starting points for building trust and solving problems. Get the research and show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup Get the Mafost daily blog three…
Bonus: Fear Equation for Decision-Making
Sep 20 • 3 min
What idea is held captive by fear? Use this equation to tackle fear. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Phrases to Help with Tough Conversations
Sep 17 • 14 min
Tough conversations are an unavoidable part of life. In school leadership, having the right words to say will compound your leadership influence. Here are 9 phrases that can help you navigate difficult conversations in your work. Get the daily blog and…
18 Questions in 8 Minutes
Sep 10 • 11 min
Every school leader needs questions. We lead with questions. We learn from questions. Here are 18 questions for school leadership, management skills, and instructional systems. Subscribe to the daily blog at https://mafost.com/lead/ —- This episode is…
Brief History of Management
Sep 3 • 19 min
What do World War II, Peter Drucker, and School Principals have in common? That’s the guiding question in this brief history of management. Leave your thoughts at https://mafost.com/pod/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Innovation - Three Riffs
Aug 27 • 17 min
What do the Houston Texans, Stock Market, and School Innovation have in common? Plus, a special invite to go.822tribe.com —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
Obstacles and Traits (Part 2)
Aug 20 • 15 min
In this episode, part 2 of “10 Obstacles and 10 Traits,” we look into teacher obstacles 6-10, which are: Upward Mobility Perceived Disconnect Support Sabotage Cynicism Likewise, 5 leadership traits are offered to help tackle these obstacles in your…
10 Obstacles and 10 Traits
Aug 13 • 10 min
This is part 1 of 10 obstacles facing your school and 10 leadership traits that will remove those obstacles! Are you ready to level up your leadership? Visit https://mafost.com/lead/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Emotional Labor of Teaching
Aug 6 • 11 min
The emotional labor of teaching - what is it and what can we do about it? Mismanaged and it leads to teacher stress, fatigue, and even burnout. Here are some questions and ideas to ponder. Share your thoughts on this topic at https://mafost.com/pod/ Read…
Bonus: Academics vs Life
Aug 2 • 2 min
A quick rant on the limitations of academics. Changes are coming to education. Is your school ready? —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Fear and Creativity, A Few Riffs
Jul 30 • 12 min
Fear and Creativity. They feel like opposing forces. Elizabeth Gilbert thinks so - as you’ll hear in today’s episode. Share your thoughts at https://anchor.fm/mafost/message Grade the show notes at mafost.com/mashup/ Episode Sponsor: PrincipalTribe.org —-…
Reflective Leadership
Jul 23 • 15 min
Actionable ideas for increasing reflective leadership in four different areas. Get the resources at mafost.com/resources and the show notes at mafost.com/mashup/. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Bonus: Shared Accountability (4 Steps)
Jul 20 • 5 min
A riff on 4 steps to building shared accountability within your school’s culture. Get the Mafost Blog three times per week in your inbox » https://mafost.com/lead/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Team Entropy
Jul 16 • 11 min
Ever wonder why some teams are wildly successful and others struggle to solve problems? Team problem-solving is not that straightforward - it involves team entropy. What is team entropy? What are the 4 phases of team problem-solving? What leadership moves…
Back to School Transformed
Jul 9 • 11 min
Transform basic back to school principal tasks into vehicles for crafting school culture. In episode 79, we explore: Back to School Letter 2.0 Pre-Videos for Meet and Greets First Day back with Staff Edcamps Micro Emails Delegation Insider/Outsider Focus…
Dam Capacity
Jul 2 • 10 min
How does a school leader or principal build collective efficacy? In this episode of the Mafost Mashup: Floods The Metaphor A Rant on Effective Balance Between Leadership and Capacity Places to Build Collective Efficacy Smart Data Methods Building…
Staying Focused as a School
Jun 26 • 14 min
If you’ve sat behind the principal’s desk for more than 6 hours, you know it’s difficult, and in some cases impossible, to stay focused on any single task. Magnify that challenge across days, weeks, and semesters, and you have the daunting challenge of…
Houston, We’ve Had A Problem
Jun 18 • 11 min
Problem-Solving on Teams is not as easy as it looks. Teacher teams, school leadership teams, and district leadership teams can get distracted by sophisticated problems. In this episode, you’ll find the role leaders can play in improving the performance of…
Bonus: Say No This Summer
Jun 15 • 3 min
Bonus Episode: Saying No This Summer. It really is the only way to open the space for improvement. Why must we say no? How does it benefit the school? Get the monthly article at mafost.blog Need help with a topic? Have a question I can answer for you?…
How To Increase Your School Leadership Network (Blog Crawl)
Jun 11 • 11 min
What is a blog crawl? This strategy will increase your school leadership network, your professional learning, and your contribution to the profession. A blog crawl is a great way for school leaders and principals to collaborate and generate new ideas and…
How to Scale A/B Testing in Your School
Jun 4 • 17 min
This is the single most important strategy to improve learning in any school, and here’s a simple 3 step process for scaling A/B Testing (split testing) in your school. Plus: - The Fallacy of Waiting on Proof - - John Hattie Misunderstood and Misused - -…
5+ Strategies: How to Jump Start the Next School Year
May 28 • 15 min
Now is the time to jump start the next school year. Here are 5 strategies to help you with this, plus bonus ideas from a few friends. School Leadership Strategies in this episode: Plan Out Your Summer Collaborations. Address August Amnesia. Create Outlier…
Bonus: Action and the Planning Fallacy
May 24 • 3 min
In this bonus episode, we briefly look into the planning fallacy and why it makes action so difficult for strategic plans or improvement plans. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
5 Ways to Initiate Change in School Culture
May 21 • 11 min
It takes more than spreading the narrative, using social media, or creating a “brand” to make change happen in school culture. As a matter of fact, there are three categories for leadership behaviors that can impact school culture. In this episode, I’ll…
6 Tactics for Empowering Your School
May 15 • 10 min
Let’s get concrete on the topic of empowerment. Here are 6 ways to empower your teachers, teams, and staff members. Download the research for this episode at mafost.com/mashup/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Personalized Learning with and without Technology (Marci Houseman Part 2)
May 7 • 17 min
In part 2 of this discussion, we talk about the core concepts and practices in personalized learning, both with and without technology. Several metaphors are given for personalized learning, and Marci shares insights into how Lexia Learning uses…
Morale, Communication, and Vulnerability
May 1 • 8 min
In this episode of the Mafost Mashup, we discuss ways to boost morale, one communication misstep, and the concept of vulnerability-based trust in a school culture and team. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Personalization with Marci Houseman (Part 1)
Apr 24 • 12 min
What does personalization look like in classrooms? What role can technology play in personalized learning? In part 1 of the interview with Marci Houseman we talk concepts of personalization and how they apply to one elementary classroom. Get the show…
How to Use a Go, No-Go Date
Apr 16 • 8 min
Stop doing lists are critical to keeping focus in your school improvement efforts. However, this simple to use strategy will make stop-doing lists an automated part of your plans. mafost.com Music by Lobo Loco —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
How to Shift Instructional Climate
Apr 9 • 10 min
How do you shift the instructional climate? Let’s talk about the 3 factors in instructional climate and some actionable how-to strategies for each factor. Do you get the monthly email? Get it at https://mafost.blog/ —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
Keep Your Star Teachers from Quitting You
Apr 2 • 10 min
These 6 ways cost nothing. When used, they will empower your star teachers and solve the morale problem. Is the school climate a little off? Is teacher morale low? Is turnover a problem? In this episode you’ll find: 1) How to Say Thanks 2) How to Treasure…
How to Create Your Vision for a School
Mar 26 • 8 min
What is your vision for your school? How is that vision different than a shared vision. In this how-to episode of season 4, we look a simple method you can use to create your vision. Do you have Questions? I’d love to answer them. Go to…
How to Craft an Unstoppable School Culture
Mar 19 • 13 min
There are 5 culture crafting strategies for school leaders in this episode: SGI Clarity Smash the But What Abouts Use Conditioning (Words Not Needed) Avoid Rubbernecking The Mafost Mashup is beginning a series of how-to episodes for principals and school…
Action, Finishing Strong, Empathy, and Impact on Learning
Mar 13 • 12 min
This is a mashup of season 1 focusing on Action, Finishing Strong, Empathy, and Impact on Learning. Topics include: Dynamic Teams for Culture Data Developing the Instructional Plan Using April and May to Finish Strong Empathy in School Leadership…
Bonus: 4 Ways to Celebrate Your People
Mar 5 • 5 min
Four highly actionable ways to use celebration to impact professional learning and student learning on your campus. These are research-based strategies and not fleeting tactics or gimmicks. Get the research and show notes at https://mafost.com/mashup —-…
Episode 63: 5 Ways to Use Immediacy
Feb 26 • 5 min
Immediacy. It can increase your impact as a school leader. It’s an actionable way to lead with empathy. But what is it? How can you do it? Learn More at https://mafost.com/blog —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Episode 62: Your Importance to the Group
Feb 19 • 4 min
2 Actionable tips to increase your importance (and influence) with a group. This bonus episode is a follow-up to the problems presented in the season 3 finale: Winning with Bold Empathy. Learn More at https://mafost.com/mashup/ —- This episode is…
Winning With Bold Empathy (S3 Episode 10)
Feb 12 • 11 min
In this season 3 finale, we investigate the connections between group think, bystander effect, herd mentality, fear of failure, risk-taking, and bold empathy. Resources: http://822tribe.com and https://mafost.com/lead —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
Interview: Rethinking Structures to Increase Learning (Episode 60 with Mel Hawkins)
Feb 6 • 5 min
In this bonus interview, Mel Hawkins shares his thoughts on erasing grade levels, competency-based learning, mastery teaching, and other outlier ideas to increase student learning. Connect with Mel on Twitter. Find show notes, research, and the daily blog…
Why You Can’t Create Change in Classrooms Part 2 (S3 Episode 9)
Jan 29 • 12 min
Plus, 15 ways to create change! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Stop Doing Lists (S3 Episode 8)
Jan 22 • 14 min
The what, why, and how for stop doing lists including the interesting behavior science behind human memory and cognitive bandwidth. (Episode 58) Get the show notes and more research at https://mafost.com/mashup If you to have more Mafost, subscribe to the…
Where Emotion and Clarity Intersect (S3, Episode 7)
Jan 15 • 8 min
The role of emotion in school leadership. Using the powerful leadership resonator. Insights from Daniel Goleman. And the power of this rarely-discussed intersection of emotion and clarity. Get the research and show notes at mafost.com/mashup Want to join…
Three Communication Missteps (S3 Episode 6)
Jan 8 • 11 min
This season is about people, and this episode is about three of the most common missteps that cause bottlenecks in communication. Research from the Harvard Business Review, a Marine Courtroom, and practical solutions are all present in this episode. Get…
Bonus: How To Masterpiece, Fringe, and Vulnerability (Episode 55)
Jan 2 • 6 min
Episode 55: How to craft a masterpiece in 2019, work in the fringe of conflict, and lead with vulnerability. This mid-season 3 bonus focuses on 3 distinct how-to segments. Get the Show Notes at mafost.com/mashup Also, join Matt at the #822Chat on Twitter.…
Interview: Distinguished Schools of Mental Health Part 2 (Episode 54)
Dec 27, 2018 • 20 min
In part 2 of this interview with Dr. Bryan Pearlman, we continue the discussion on mental health and wellness in schools - 1:45 How a Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum Promotes a Healthy School - 2:10 Not Just Teaching to the Test Supporting Strong and…
Interview: Mental Health & Wellness, Part 1 with Dr. Bryan Pearlman
Dec 18, 2018 • 10 min
In this interview, Dr. Bryan Pearlman and Matt discuss how to create a school culture that supports mental health and wellness. Topics include: - Helping students deal with trauma and self-harm. - Helping teachers with stress and anxiety. - Setting the…
Bonus: Moving Vision to Reality with OKRs
Dec 15, 2018 • 5 min
Google uses OKRs to avoid the numbing effects of bureaucratic improvement planning. Your school can use OKRs ( Objectives and Key Results) to take the leaps toward your vision in small concrete steps. You can find details and samples of OKRs under Season…
School Brands That Inspire (S3 Episode 5)
Dec 11, 2018 • 10 min
What’s in a Name? Quite a bit, it turns out. Should a school work on a brand? What is a brand? What do the top 10 high schools in the U.S. have in common? This episode includes the following topics: - Tesla’s Quest for a Name - Nominative Determinism -…
822Chat: Four Simple Ways to Celebrate Strengths in Your School
Dec 6, 2018 • 3 min
How do you celebrate the strengths of your team? This week’s #822chat was on fire again! The tribe is connecting, discussing, and sharing some amazing ideas. The theme for December is “gifts”. How to find them. How to celebrate them. To get show notes,…
Inspiration and Accidental Manipulation (S3 Episode 4)
Dec 4, 2018 • 9 min
Can you change practices that have become automatic? What’s the difference between an environment where play is encouraged and one in which self-regulation is the norm? How does cognitive embodiment manipulate our judgment? Is it possible to intentionally…
Bonus: Culture is a Reflection of Leadership
Dec 2, 2018 • 3 min
The school reflects your confidence and passion. Likewise, it mirrors your fear and insecurity. Embrace your weaknesses, build your strengths, and empower your people. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Why You Can’t Create Change in Classrooms (S3 Episode 3)
Nov 27, 2018 • 15 min
…and solutions that work! Season 3, Ep.3 connects Ronald Reagon, Ice Cream Shops, and Hillary Clinton to bring you 5+ ways to create change in classrooms. These solutions address 3 powerful challenges to effective change leadership. Get the show notes at…
Magnified Side Effects, Clarity (S3 Episode 2)
Nov 20, 2018 • 12 min
Clarity of Purpose. Educator Burnout and Demoralization. Where do these magnified side effects come from? Who are the Millers? Do you want to take a cruise? And…it is missing, are you missing out, or is it a mission for your school? Topics in this episode…
Bonus: 3 Exercises to Lead with Vulnerability (Episode 46)
Nov 17, 2018 • 4 min
Leading with vulnerability builds trust and creates organizational health. Here are three exercises you can use to shape culture, connect people, and impact learning. Leave your thoughts and questions at https://mafost.com/pod. —- Send in a voice message:…
The One Thing That Limits Your People (S3 Episode 1)
Nov 13, 2018 • 14 min
Season 3 Premiere focuses on busting through the one thing that limits your people in your schools. Topics include: — Organizational Health vs. School Culture — The Key Ingredient to High Performing Teams — Minimizing Politics — Difference Between Trust…
S3: Unleashing Your People (Intro to Season 3)
Nov 6, 2018 • 5 min
This season is about your people. Over a decade ago in the Harvard Business Review, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras wrote, “Executives spend too much time drafting, wordsmithing, and redrafting vision statements, mission statements, values statements,…
S3 Preview: School Health
Oct 30, 2018 • 4 min
Season 3 is about people. It’s about what’s simpler but not easier. Addressing the health of a school is simpler than addressing the complex data, spreadsheets, tactics, and plans. Those things are complex, but they are also tangible and easy to see. They…
Ep41 Five Morale Boosters for Right now
Oct 23, 2018 • 5 min
This happens to be that time of year where back to school enthusiasm is long-gone, and teaching is deep in the trenches. This is good for learning momentum, but it takes its toll on energy. Student attendance might be dropping. Staff attendance might also…
Ep39 Bonus: The Job Description
Oct 16, 2018 • 4 min
A Mashup of Three Ideas: Not on the Job Description; Career Moves; The Mirror. These 3 concepts can place you in control of your career and make you indispensable in your organization. Sign up for the daily email at https://mafost.com Also read the…
Ep38 Danny Sunshine Bauer BLBS Roadmap
Oct 9, 2018 • 19 min
In this interview, you’re going to get inspirational, innovative, and practical ideas from Danny “Sunshine” Bauer as we discuss his new book, Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap. Topics include: - Part 1: The Inward Journey - Holding Difficult…
Ep37 Bonus: Good Sense and Creativity
Oct 2, 2018 • 4 min
Why did IBM fall from the top 10 tech companies? Why has school been so successful in preparing employees in the 20th century? How do these two questions parallel each other? - Good Sense and Creativity was originally a long-read at…
S2 E10 Finale: Impact on Learning
Sep 26, 2018 • 9 min
Impact on Learning. The season 2 finale explores the amazing learning of dolphins in Florida. Connections are made to dropouts, successful business leaders, and the next horizon for education. Topics include: — Dolphins — Curiosity — Dropouts — Beyond…
Bonus: Overarching Factors
Sep 20, 2018 • 2 min
Getting biggest impact on learning usually requires us to look beyond the quick fixes of visible and easy adjustments. Enter, overarching factors. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
S2 E9 Measuring Impact
Sep 18, 2018 • 9 min
Measuring Impact. Education is too important to get this wrong, and the gaps are getting too large! Let’s talk about the why and how behind knowing our impact on learning. In this episode: - Canary in the Coal Mine - Program for International Student…
S2 E8 Execution Gaps
Sep 12, 2018 • 11 min
Execution gaps are deadly little traps that put serious limits on the impact of instructional leadership. They result in fragile plateaus and false positives only to be exposed in times of change. There is a solution though, which we explore in detail in…
Bonus: 3 Instructional Coaching Activities
Sep 6, 2018 • 3 min
These 3 monthly activities will help you approach instructional coaching with systems-thinking. It’s a bonus for Season 2 Episode 7: Process of Coaching. If you like it, pass it along. If you found it helpful, go ahead and smash that subscribe button!…
S2 E7 Process of Coaching
Sep 4, 2018 • 11 min
Here’s part 2 of the interview with one of Houston’s foremost instructional coaches and curriculum directors on the topic of instructional coaching. Highlights include: - Coldplay’s “Fix You” - Research on the lack of research - Multifinality as a guiding…
S2 E6 Assessment Data
Aug 28, 2018 • 10 min
Season 2 Episode 6: Assessment Data. With guest audio from Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, this episode of the Mafost Mashup is a heart throbbing take on 3 ideas to make assessment and data a driving force for impact on learning! Topics include: - Moneyball:…
S2 E5 Collaboration, A Basic Need
Aug 21, 2018 • 9 min
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are more than mere lesson planning or book studies…they are a basic human need. In this episode, we sit with Dr. Coryn Prince school administrator and educational leader, whose recent doctoral research focused on…
S2 E4 Failure of Fidelity
Aug 14, 2018 • 10 min
In Episode 4 of Season 2, we challenge the RTI concept of fidelity. Should it be in your intervention systems? Has it failed? What is the evidence? Topics include: - What is Fidelity in Instruction? - Where did fidelity come from? - Why has it failed? -…
Recap Season 2 Impact on Learning
Aug 13, 2018 • 2 min
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S2 E3 Reading Systems
Aug 7, 2018 • 10 min
Which of these has the biggest impact on learning? Whole Language, Student Control Over Learning, RTI, or Teacher Knowledge. This episode starts with John Hattie’s updated research and then delves into why systems-thinking wins over instructional…
S2 E2 Instructional Coaching
Jul 31, 2018 • 10 min
This episode of the Mafost Mashup, the premiere principal podcast, is about instruction coaching, and we have guest Kerry Flanagan sharing insights about successful instructional coaching. Topics include: -Dopamine -Lottery Tickets -Serotonin…
S2 E1 Impacting Community
Jul 24, 2018 • 12 min
Impacting Community, Mafost Mashup Season 2 Episode 1. In this episode, Matt sits down with the innovative and insightful principal Matt Arend to discuss the impact he’s had on the community at Sigler Nation (Sigler Elementary in Texas). Get the show…
Season 2 Prelude
Jul 17, 2018 • 5 min
I’m kicking off season 2 of the Mafost Mashup with a prelude - for principals and school leaders who appreciate insanely innovative ideas to lead learning and improve schools. You can subscribe here to get all episodes and you can read the show notes at…
BONUS: The 321 Strategy
Jul 15, 2018 • 1 min
The 321 Strategy takes complicated school improvement plans and strips them down to a focused and actionable set of components directly connected to professional learning and student results. Learn more about the 3-2-1 strategy at…
BONUS: NAESP 2018 Leadership Live Rant
Jul 8, 2018 • 3 min
Live from NAESP conference! Inspired by the energy, vision, and passion of a few principals and educational leaders whom I happened to bump into - this quick rant is about the fulcrum, leadership. Being the one for kids. Being the voice and difference…
Episode 10: No Excuses
Jul 3, 2018 • 10 min
High expectations for student success - this is the mantra of our generation, but what if we’ve got it out of balance? What if we’ve used high student expectations in ways that created blind spots for excuses? Episode 10 of the Mafost Mashup is a…
Free Resources for Principals
Jun 30, 2018 • 0 min
Over 100 principals have joined the collaboration to share free resources for school leaders and principals. The tools and resources are growing. Take a look at https://mafost.com/resources —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Episode 9: The Real Lessons
Jun 26, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode of the Mafost Mashup, I sit with Hal Bowman and discuss the real lessons of school - those lessons that actually stick with students and meaningful for life. This podcast for principals and school leaders will leave you inspired to bring…
Episode 8: Clarity and Toxicity
Jun 19, 2018 • 18 min
The Mafost Mashup is a podcast for principals and school leadership. In Episode 8: Clarity and Toxicity, Matt sits with Hal Bowman and discusses real-life experiences with school cultures, including: -Shaping School Culture vs. Letting It Happen -Creating…
Episode 7: Communication
Jun 12, 2018 • 9 min
A podcast for principals and school leaders - Episode 7 of the Mafost Mashup tackles 5 insanely innovative ways to improve communication in your school. This episode starts with the Effective Schools Research, discusses a major gap in the effective school…
Episode 6: Empathy
Jun 5, 2018 • 9 min
Episode 6 of the Mafost Mashup is loaded with practical applications for principals and school leaders who wish to build a leadership strategy using Empathy. Five characteristics of empathy are discussed in detail, including these topics: -Situational…
Bonus: People this Summer
Jun 1, 2018 • 2 min
The only thing that makes or breaks a campus is people. Here are a few ways to strengthen the connections with the people on your campus, to lead learning, and to improve schools. For principals, school leadership, and teacher leaders. —- Send in a voice…
Episode 5: Meaningful Work
May 30, 2018 • 7 min
How do we cultivate meaningful work in our schools? For teachers, leaders, and students. This episode tackles several topics related to meaningful work: -Workplace Envy -Absorption -Play -Research from Jeffrey Springer -Flow -Creating Meaningful Work…
Episode 4: Impact
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
What is success for your school? Is it a rating? Is it a passing rate? Is it your own promotion? Or do you measure success by impact? After spending the day with Hal Bowman at an amazing campus in the Houston area, I reflected on the meaning of impact.…
Bonus: Pizza Panels
May 16, 2018 • 1 min
Let’s get insanely innovative this summer and buy a lot of pizza! Create 3, 4, or 5 different student panels. Buy lots of pizza and watch amazing things happen for your school! Learn more in this 60 second bonus segment. —- Send in a voice message:…
Episode 3: Champions Finish Strong
May 15, 2018 • 7 min
You are building something great, you are not just doing a job. You are doing meaningful work. And you will continue deep into the summer days because you understand your finish determines your starting line next year. And your start will determine your…
Recap 1: #FuturEd
May 10, 2018 • 3 min
Pitfalls of hype. Surveying Campus Culture. What’s Coming? Interviews from counselors, principals, and business leaders. Vision for the next few decades. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Episode 2: Culture in 3 Simple Steps
May 8, 2018 • 7 min
Don’t worry about curriculum, assessment, and data if you don’t have this in place. So here are 3 simple steps to take. Get @mafost in your inbox at https://mafost.com Topics Covered in Episode 2 -Is there enough common ground? -The nitty gritty -What you…
Episode 1: Not So Grand Opening
Apr 30, 2018 • 6 min
Is buy-in a necessary component for school improvement? Or is it a detriment? What is your school’s attention span? How do you garner commitment to long-term improvement efforts? What is the long game? Episode 1 tackles these questions and more. The…
Mafost Mashup Teaser #1
Apr 26, 2018 • 0 min
How many walk-throughs do teachers feel they need? I asked, and this is what I found. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message
Mafost Mashup Sneak Peek
Apr 6, 2018 • 1 min
This is a sneak peek into the coming podcast for school leaders, instructional leaders, and anyone interested in school improvement. Starting May 1st. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mafost/message