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Leadership Development: Myths and Realities

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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...

November 04, 2022

Going Gradeless

Episode #71 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest David Frangiosa, Science teacher and Co-Author of Going Gradeless: Shifting the Focus to Student Learning, joins Matt to discuss how educators can remove the negative stigmas of grading and still...

October 21, 2022

Do You Have Meeting Goals?

Episode #70 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Thomas Van Soelen, President of Van Soelen & Associates, joins Matt to discuss why schools chronically experience poorly-facilitated meetings, and shares strategies to effectively and...

October 07, 2022

Recruiting & Retaining Black Male Educators

Episode #69 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Harold McCray, Elementary Principal in Metro DC, joins Matt to discuss the issues many black male educators face in the profession, and shares advice on recruiting and retaining them in our...

September 23, 2022

Motivating 21st Century Learners!

Episode #68 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Ryan James, middle school teacher, and Milken Award Winner (VA '17), joins Matt to share his strategies on building positive relationships with students, setting goals for improvement, and...

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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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