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April 9, 2020  

The Principal Show! E11. Showcasing Our Seniors

In this episode, we look at ways to honor the Class of 2020.  Dr. Miki Edwards of Morgan County HS shares the "Secret Senior Sign" project.  Dr. Alan Long of Jefferson County HS and his staff have developed a plan to hold graduation on time as scheduled... in a creative way. Finally, Rick Shrewsbury of Herff-Jones shares the resources HJ has developed to help schools deliver a virtual graduation ceremony.


Contact information:

Miki Edwards: 

Alan Long:

Rick Shrewsbury: 

Rick invites you to join an informational webinar tomorrow (April 10).  Here's the link:


April 7, 2020  

The Principal Show! E10 High School Principals Virtual Meeting 4/7/20

We had a virtual meeting to discuss what everyone is doing in light of COVID-19 in regards to graduation, prom, grades, etc...   People from all across Georgia came.  This is the recording of our conversation.


Guest Moderators:  Dr. Jim Finch, Principal, Mary Persons HS and President of GASSP

                   Dr. Alan Long, Principal, Jefferson County HS and Incoming Executive Director                                                         of GASSP

                   Dr. Mark Wilson, Principal-Matters

August 21, 2018  

The Principal Show! E9: Support Your New Teachers.

Support Your New Teachers

As we begin the new school year, one of the most important priorities for us as Ps and APs should be the successful introduction of new Ts to our building and especially new teachers to the profession.

You know the data points… that within five years, half of new teachers have left the profession.  You also know we are hiring from a deficit rather than from a surplus.  Once it was true that effective hiring was one of if not the most important actions a P could take.

NOW, you would do well to consider developing and retaining your Ts as a priority.  We can’t continue to work with new Ts as we did in the past.  We need a fresh new approach to support, nurture, and encourage our new Ts.

Let’s take a look at several scenarios for you as a P in regard to your new teachers and consider which of those set your Ts up for success and which of them set them up to have a more difficult year. 

In this episode, we look at ten different decisions that you as a P make regarding new teachers, and consider what those decisions do to encourage or discourage Ts as they begin their career.

Here we go!

  1.  Assignment of Classes/Courses:
  2.  Mentor Assignment
  3. Working with Colleagues
  4. Working with Parents
  5. Opportunity to Vent
  6. Feedback for Improvement
  7. Encouragement
  8. Duty Assignments
  9. First-Year Support? 
  10. Appropriate Onboard and Orientation


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August 13, 2018  

The Principal Show! E8: Trust and the New Principal

Trust and The Principal.

Q:   WHY do we always advise new principals to proceed gradually in bringing about change?

A:   Trust.

As Stephen Covey wrote, “change happens at the speed of trust.”  In this episode of The New Principal Show! we explore trust and the principal through these questions:

  • Trust and the Principal:  
  •  Internal:  Building Trust among your Faculty and Staff
  • External:  Earning Trust of Parents, Community, and Central Office
  • Personal:  Trusting Yourself to Lead:  (Confidence v. Fear;  The difference between confidence and arrogance)
  • What'd we learn?  Wrap up from each of us

Read more about Trust and The Principal here:  Trust and the Principal

Your The New Principal Show! hosts are:

Mark Wilson:  Teacher and Coach of Principals, (@MarkWilsonGA);

Octavius Mulligan:  Principal, Tesnatee Gap Elementary School; (@Dr_Octavius77)

Debra Murdock, Executive Director, Cherokee County Schools.  (@Warrior_Pal)



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Announcer for the New Principal Show!: Alex Johnson 

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October 29, 2017  

The Principal Show! E7: Reflection, Joy, Culture, Believing

How do you build the right culture for your school?  Is it important to have a school where students and teachers have a joy for learning?  What does 'believing' have to do with school leadership?  When do you reflect?  

Our guest stars considered those and more questions in this very exciting episode of TNPS.  

Dr. Stephen Peters is an internationally-known speaker who, after thirteen years of presentations and conferences went back to school (he had previously been a teacher and a principal).  In his return, he was asked by the BBC to be a part of a project called "The American High School" in which he and his school were filmed for an entire year.  The series has been broadcast by National Geographic and can be seen at their site and on demand. Click here to watch:

Also, you can learn more about Dr. Peters' work at his site, found here:

Dr. Laurie Barron is the Superintendent of Schools in Evergreen, MT, and was named the 2013 National Middle School Principal of the Year while at Smokey Road MS in Coweta County, GA.  She is a published author, having recently released the book, Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become.  Laurie is a sought-after national speaker, a recognized thought leader in educational leadership, and deeply engaged with national leadership organizations.


October 2, 2017  

The Principal Show E6: Priorities, Time, Balance.

Priorities, Time, Getting Things Done, Balance.

Can you get it all done?  How do you know what to do?  How do we keep our jobs and not lose our selves?  

Episode Six of TNPS dives into those topics with Principals Jamey Moore and Melvin Hugans.  Jamey is in his fourth year at North Hall HS in Hall County; Melvin is a second-year principal at Harper Elementary School in the Thomasville City School System. 

Whether you're new or veteran, you'll enjoy this engaging conversation about leadership, time, and priorities.  

Enjoy the conversation and keep it going by leaving your comments in the appropriate fields.

Our next LIVE show:  You do NOT want to miss! 

Sunday, October 29     8:00 PM EDT

"Reflection, Joy, Culture and Believing"

Guest Stars:  Dr. Stephen Peters;  Dr. Laurie Barron 


September 20, 2017  

The Principal Show! E5 Importance of Connection

Don't do it alone!  

The position of principal can be lonely... but it doesn't have to be, and it shouldn't be!  Building networks with other colleagues can help inform your practice, keep you going when things are tough, and give you connections that help you better serve your school. 

Our guest hosts for episode five are quick to testify about the power of the principal making connections.  Stephanie Johnson is the Deputy Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education and was the 2017 Georgia High School Principal of the Year (GASSP) and a finalist for National Principal of the Year (NASSP) for the work she led at Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta (Atlanta Public Schools).

Jim Finch is the Principal of Mary Persons High School in Monroe County (Forsyth) and is the Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

Along with a live chat-audience, Stephanie, Jim, and Mark take time to talk about how and why the effective principal connects and how it's beneficial for the progress of the school. 

Enjoy the conversation and thanks for learning with us.  Want to join us LIVE?  We'll be back in gear on Sunday, October 1 at 8:00 PM EDT.   Login at and join the conversation with Melvin Hugans from Thomas City Schools and Jamey Moore from Hall County. 


August 28, 2017  

The Principal Show! E4 Instructional Leadership


This Episode:   Instructional Leadership
How effective are you in helping others around you grow?   We'll examine what it means to be effective in your observations, meaningful in your feedback, and impactful in designing continuing learning with your teachers. 
Tonight's Guest Stars! 
Cindy Saxon, Associate Superintendent in the Division of Teacher and Leader Support and Development for the Georgia Department of Education joins us to talk about  the growth process that effective school leaders promote among their teachers.  

Casey Bethel served our state as the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year.  He has recently begun work at CEISMC (Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Math, and Computing).  

We're excited to have Cindy and Casey join The New Principal Show tonight
Our next LIVE episode is on Sunday, September 10 at 8:00 PM EDT.  Join us at
July 30, 2017  

The Principal Show! E3 Communication: The Key to Leadership Success

Episode Three of The New Principal Show! covers a topic that is critical to the success of the new principal:  Communication.

Simply put, whatever ideas you have to make your school a success rely on your skills as a communicator. 

Our special guests in this episode are great communicators.

Kevin Paul Scott (@KevinPaulScott) is the co-founder of ADDO International.  Kevin Paul Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded both ADDO Worldwide and the ADDO Institute. The ADDO Institute received the Governor’s International Award for “New Company of the Year” in the state of Georgia. The Institute works specifically in the areas of global leadership, student leadership, and thought leadership.

Jayne Ellspermann (@ellsperj) is the immediate Past-President of the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) and also holds the distinction of being the 2015 National Principal of the Year. She has been a principal for 25 years at the elementary, middle, and high school level.  During her 12 years as principal of West Port High School in Ocala, FL, Ellspermann developed a college-going culture personalized for students. Under Ellspermann's leadership, lunchtime became "PowerHour," a student-empowerment initiative Ellspermann launched giving students autonomy over an hour of their school day for academic enrichment, open labs, clubs, and other creative opportunities. PowerHour produced remarkable results: course failure dropped from 38 percent to 3 percent, the graduation rate improved from 68 percent to 97 percent, and participation in activities increased seven-fold to nearly 70 percent.

Octavius Mulligan (@Octavius77) Octavius is the principal of Tesnatee Gap Elementary School in White County, GA.  Dr. Mulligan previously served as assistant principal at Cornelia Elementary, South Habersham Middle and Habersham Central High School. He left Central in 2013 after seven years to become the Assistant Principal at White County High School. He held that job for a year and a half before being named the director of the White County Ninth Grade Academy.



July 23, 2017  

The Principal Show! E2 Somebody Do Something!!!

In Episode One, we focused on the first moments of being a new principal... the ideas that set the foundation of your work.  (Be Yourself, Listen, Take Lots of Notes, and Learn Why Things Are Done The Way They're Done)

Those are important things and the basis for everything that follows... but what follows is the beginning of your work.  What do you do first? 

During this episode, we talk about the steps to success in four parts:  1)  Get Involved; 2) Develop Relationships; 3) Build Bridges; and 4) Develop A Successful Climate.

Our guest stars in episode two are principals Garrick Askew, Principal of Lithia Springs High School and Amy Thornton, Principal of Callaway Elementary School. 

In this episode we also feature a visit from Paul Shaw, the Director of the Ethics Division of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  In this segment we discuss what new principals do to build cultures of ethical leadership in their schools. 

Enjoy this episode, and make plans to be with us on Sunday, July 30 at 8:00 PM EDT at when we will be LIVE with NASSP Past-President Jayne Ellspermann, Principal Octavius Mulligan, and CEO and founder of ADDO Communications, Kevin Paul Scott.  We'll be talking about the New Principal and Communication.

But first, enjoy this podcast of the New Principal Show! 

Here's what's coming up next on future episodes of the show!