A father of two girls and one boy, Travis became a teacher after volunteering at a low-income school after earning a history degree and feeling called to be a teacher (1:55)
Travis explains why he thinks the book Flip Your Classroom is a powerful game changer for teaching ELA (6:27)
When and why Travis transitioned from teaching to school administration, and some of the wisdom he’s gained since his switch (8:08)
Don’t think you’re going to have a huge, immediate impact when you take a new job (14:49)
A lot of Travis’s best moments in his career have involved discipline, because they gave him an opportunity to learn more about a student and the challenges they face, and build a relationship with the student (18:04)
Be strategic with how you want change to happen, and work to build momentum for big changes instead of just mandating them (22:09)
You need to be prepared for the fact that you’ll often be dealing with more than one serious problem at a time (24:00)
Never lose sight of just how hard your teachers work every day (25:30)
Some of Travis’s favorite books for school leaders (26:40)
You’ve got to regularly let your teachers know how much you appreciate them (32:30)
Travis’s favorite quote about leadership comes from William Shakespeare (although I thought it was Teddy Roosevelt!) “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” (34:25)
If Travis had a time machine, here’s the advice he would go back and give his younger self when he was just starting out in administration (36:59)
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