Transformative Principal

This episode is part of the Summer of AI Series, brought to you by SchoolAI, Scrible, and FocalPointK12.

Based in wonder and optimism, Nancy Giordano is an exponential strategist focused on building a safe, inclusive, thriving future. Believing we have a once in a generation opportunity to rethink, reimagine and reshape every industry and social construct we call life, she supports and champions those actively architecting bold solutions and guides the visionary leaders eager to meet this call. An active strategist working on horizon solutions, Nancy is eager to share her insights on emerging technologies and shifting cultural expectations in ways that get everyone deeply motivated by the possibilities…and confident to start building.

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  • Life hack - make up your job
  • Job is labeled or defined
  • Can’t use a map anymore, so we need a compass - What does the future need and expect, and what am I in a unique position to create and contribute
  • Compass allows you to sense and respond
  • purpose and intention
  • lenses to the future - personal, community, society
  • expectations and opportunities as a member of the community
  • Watched the movie “Her”
  • It didn’t come out of nowhere
  • Speech that can be fabricated See Episode 537
  • History teachers may be best prepared.
  • Literacies
  • Dreams and the role they play in our psychological well-being
  • Joined an AI startup 8 years ago.
  • Humanity Bill of Rights
  • How do we build better decision-making framing
  • David Ogilvy - give me the freedom of a tightly defined strategy.
  • We can all agree on these 10–12 things
  • SAMR Model
  • The more students have to go outside the system for what they think is important the less the value is that degree.
  • It’s a tool that helps us
  • What are the use cases for AI?
  • Responsible AI institute
  • Scale the conversation around ethics
  • Algorithm and data
  • Huge structural changes
  • Teachers who have it are that much more impactful and great.
  • Part of the reason we have a mental health crisis is that kids don’t feel totally prepared for the future.
  • Gravitate towards those who are preparing us well.
  • SWOT Analysis - RIFF Map - Relieved, inspired, frustrated, Fearful
  • Things you’re frightened by
  • Head to and check out the book LEADERing.
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Creators & Guests

Jethro Jones

What is Transformative Principal?

Jethro Jones interviews instructional leaders from around the nation to learn and teach what it takes to become a transformative principal. Episodes address topics like Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the latest advances in educational research, standards-based grading, and interviews with industry leaders like Bill Daggett, Rick Wormeli, Todd Whitaker and even people outside the education like Seth Godin, JeVon McCormick, Liz Wiseman, and more.