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Raising the Bar of Leadership

Episode #77 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Andrae Townsel, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools (MD), joins Matt to discuss his journey through education as a student-athlete, teacher, building administrator, and district leader....

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Raising the Bar of Leadership

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January 27, 2023

Raising the Bar of Leadership

Episode #77 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Andrae Townsel, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools (MD), joins Matt to discuss his journey through education as a student-athlete, teacher, building administrator, and district leader....

January 13, 2023

How Recess and Movement can Support SEL

Episode #76 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Pamela Gunther, CEO & Founder of Fit & Fun Playscapes, joins Matt to discuss the relationship between active movement and social emotional learning. Additionally, Pamela offers tips on...

December 30, 2022

Hacking Assessment

Episode #75 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Starr Sackstein, Chief Operating Officer of Mastery Portfolio, joins Matt to discuss how traditional grading practices overlook many learners, and ways educators can shift towards an asset-based model...

December 16, 2022

Academic Freedom in K-12: Reality or Myth?

Episode #74 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Robert Canida II, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Lynchburg, joins Matt to discuss the systemic barriers preventing academic freedom, and the pros and cons to both...

December 02, 2022

Leadership Development: Myths and Realities

Episode #73 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Leslie Hazle Bussey, CEO/Executive Director, GLISI (Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement), joins Matt to discuss what makes leadership development ‘effective,’ the most pressing...

November 18, 2022

Teaming for Well-Being - A Whole New Type Of Leadership

Episode #72 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Jen Baldwin, Coordinator of Social-Emotional-Behavioral Supports & Family Engagement for T/TAC at VT, joins Matt to discuss the influx of mental health concerns schools are seeing due to the...

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Matthew Woods

Matthew Woods is a K-12 educator in Virginia. His professional experience includes being a high school social studies teacher, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, director of student support services, adjunct professor, field instructor at the collegiate level for student-teachers, keynote speaker, and educational consultant. Additionally, Matthew hosts a K-12 podcast, Leading Out The Woods, and is the author of the children’s book series, “I Wanna Be…”.

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