Start with the Why (Why are we doing a podcast?)

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 the show and our inquiry. We discuss why we started the podcast, why we chose Between the Johns as our show name, and what a PLN means to us.  We also give some shout outs to others who inspired us or provided assistance with the technical side of podcasting.

Episode 1 References

Simon Sinek – Start With Why – TED Talk Short Edited

Personal vs Professional Learning Networks To Improve Teaching Strategy

“Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers


Five Key Responsibilities – The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning


Thanks to the following for inspiring us on our journey:

      • Dr. Julie Mitchell, Superintendent of Rowland Unified School District @_JulieMitchell_
      • Dr. Sharon Sutton, Consultant for the Cotsen Foundation; 21st Century Learning @SharonSutton

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Connect with us on Twitter @staumont and @jmartinez727 and check out our website

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.

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26 Replies to “Start with the Why (Why are we doing a podcast?)”

  1. I am so pleased to get episode 1 published. From the concept stage to the final touches, this project was made possible through collaboration with others. Thank you John Staumont for conceiving the idea for the podcast, for being a sounding board for our ongoing ideas, and for your technical know how. I also had lots of help from my wife Sonya and kids Daniel and Karina. Thanks for your patience, encouragement, and some critical feedback. Lastly, we had conversations, texts, tweets and direct messages with many colleagues who helped us with ideas and kept us on track. Thank you friends!

    I value your thoughts and feedback, so don’t hesitate to comment. One last thing, please rate and review Between the Johns on iTunes. Thanks!

  2. Martinez – Thanks for your hard work, dedication to exploring, and willingness to learn with me. What an adventure! Here’s to more podcasts, blogs, and expanding our personal learning network to impact our staff and students.

  3. So impressed how the two of you push your learning and your commitment to helping others grow. I’m looking forward to your next podcast.

  4. Congratulations on your first podcast! Love the name and the commentary. Looking forward to listening to your journey.

  5. This is SO GREAT! Such an awesome launch to the beginning of an amazing journey! I will definitely subscribe when the podcast comes out on iTunes! Nice job, Johns!!!

    1. Thank you Debra. It’s out on iTunes now. It’s been fun getting the show off the ground. Thanks for your encouragement and good thinking when we are kicking this idea around at CUE18.

  6. Nice job Johns! As you two launch your first pod cast, your journey to get here is another example of Innovative Learning for All. Thank you for your research and personal learning to get this idea off the ground and for sharing your ideas, learning and thoughts via the website and podcast! Looking forward to your next episode!

    1. Thanks Dr. Mitchell! We greatly appreciate your support and your leadership for Rowland USD. You’ve done so much to promote innovation and personalized learning in our District.

  7. Fun listening to “The John’s!” I’m looking forward to listening and learning more in future episodes.

  8. This is great! Thanks for sharing your learning journey with us through your podcasts! 👍🏼👍🏼

  9. Great job Johns! I enjoyed listening to the podcast as well as seeing all the hard work you put in behind the scenes. Keep up the great work!

  10. Congratulations on a successful launch! You both are such an inspiration to educators. I look forward to future podcasts.

  11. Wow! John and John, thank you for taking collaborative learning and leadership to the next level, and sharing your journey and ideas with us. #innovation #inspiration

  12. Nice refulgent start, John & John!! Thank you both for shining a light on your process as you take on this great adventure! : D

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