Between the Johns

Two principals on a journey to learn, share and apply effective leadership practices. Join our Personal Learning Network aimed to support, scale, and sustain technology integration and innovation.

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Change The World: Pack A Parachute

Before we get started… You should know that I am an apprehensive writer (maybe that can be a story for another time). My colleague, John Staumont, has encouraged me to blog for several years. In keeping with my “Dream Crusher” role in our partnership, I have resisted his good advice. I recently joined the #4OCFPLN […]

BTJ Episode 006

Episode #6: What Did You Learn This Summer – Part 1 In this episode, we discuss the three altitudes of leadership and how important it is to not get bogged down on tasks and business at the 5′ level. We share about some tools we want to use to help us manage 5′ altitude business […]

BTJ Episode 005

Episode #5: Shaping a vision of success for all students In this episode, we discuss several articles related to a shared vision, make connections to ideas of others we have accessed through social media, and we share and reflect on our leadership practices. Give us your feedback: We want to improve our show by collecting […]

Give Us Your Feedback

The research is clear! Feedback makes a difference to support any learning endeavor. John and I would like your feedback so we can learn, grow, and continue to assist others. The icon below is for a quick, five-question survey. Please help us and give us feedback.  

BTJ Episode 004

Episode 4 Show Notes Episode #4: How Vision and Culture Impact Learning and Leadership In this episode, we discuss how school leaders can use vision and culture together to impact learning and leadership in classrooms. We talk with a colleague about how she and others initiated two professional learning groups, one for reading and the […]

BTJ Episode 003

Episode 3 Show Notes Episode #3: Professional Learning and Vision In this episode, we talked with nine educators who attended the Rowland Unified School District Professional Learning Conference on April 21, 2018. We asked them questions related to Professional Learning and Vision.   E2 References Rowland USD Professional Learning Conference pamphlet   Let’s Get Interactive […]

BTJ Episode 002

Episode 2 Show Notes Episode #2: How are you cultivating leadership in others? In this episode, we talk about successes and challenges we have had related to cultivating leadership in others and we discuss how we are trying to be more intentional about leadership learning with our PLN. We interview Brandi Miller, Tech TOSA for […]

Building Leadership Capacity

Reflections On Our PLNs When I was a kid, I had a big yard with an orange orchard behind our house. My friends and I would play outside all day until the street lights came on or we heard the whistle or call from one of our parents. There was an older group of boys […]

BTJ – Episode 001

Episode 1 Show Notes Episode 1: Start with the Why (Why are we doing a podcast?) We are elementary school principals in Rowland Unified School District in Southern California. We have launched this podcast as part of our inquiry to learn, share and apply effective leadership practice. In this episode, we set the context for […]

Expanding our Personal Learning Network (PLN)

A Journey Welcome to the beginning of the journey between two principals (John Martinez and John Staumont). The geneses of Between the Johns came from our recent visit to CUE 18. I will not go into all the details of how and why since that will defeat the purpose of our upcoming podcasts. A Purpose […]