Transformative Principal

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

Scrible is about the writing process.
- Impact of AI on writing.
- What does “embrace it” actually mean?
- It’s important to define it appropriately.
- We talk about teaching and learning together, but they diverge a little bit here.
- How does embracing it mean that students are using cognitive skills.
- Litmus test for the use of automation in education: Does it help develop or bypass the development of a skill?
- It’s ok to have automation as skills are increasing.
- Granularity is key.
- Map activities in the writing process to skills along the way.
- The “I use it myself” reason may not be good enough for our rising generation.
- Conflation of cognitive development mode with productivity mode.
- Education isn’t about being productive.
- When compliance is gone, they realize it’s all fake.
- Good writers and not good writers.
- Don’t let what it does for you strongly shape what we should be doing for the next generation.
- Lived experience bias - because I lived this, i have this experience.
- What’s best for students?
- First principles perspective
- If we don’t give them the opportunity to gain skills early on, we run into a situation where people won’t know what good looks like.
- What if you stop teaching math and just give kids calculators.
- Connect on LinkedIn

About Victor Karkar

Meet Victor Karkar, the brains behind Scrible, a game-changing startup that’s shaking up the way we do web-based research and collaboration. Victor’s been around the block in both the Internet and biotech sectors, mainly focusing on product management and business development. He was an instrumental part of the early team at, a startup that got snapped up by the Fortune 500 giant, Marsh & McLennan. Oh, and he even dipped his toes into the venture capital world with a gig at New Enterprise Associates. So yeah, he’s seen the startup life from all angles.

But what really makes Victor tick? He’s a modern-day Renaissance person. In the startup world, you’ve got to be a jack-of-all-trades, and Victor’s worn every hat you can think of—designer, product developer, tester, marketer, you name it. He’s a tech nerd at heart, with a deep respect for the engineers and scientists who are pushing us into the future. He’s got a keen eye for clean, thoughtful design and is borderline obsessive about the details. 

Victor’s a debate geek turned entrepreneur who loves nothing more than a well-crafted argument or a slick presentation. He’s a dreamer who believes that a few good people can really change the world. But he’s no pie-in-the-sky idealist; he knows that to make lasting change, you need a rock-solid operation to back up those big ideas."

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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.