The CharacterStrong Podcast show

The CharacterStrong Podcast

Summary: The CharacterStrong Podcast, where we have conversations on School Culture and Leadership. CharacterStrong is an organization that provides curricula and trainings for schools internationally. Our trainings help educators infuse character and social-emotional learning into the daily fabric of any classroom or campus. Our curricula focus on character development in order to help students cultivate social-emotional skills, their emotional intelligence, and help them develop a stronger identity and purpose in school and in the world. For more information visit our website:


 The World Is Our Textbook - CS School Implementation Specialist Krista Gypton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:15

Krista Gypton taught for 19 years and has received numerous awards for her teaching and student community service, including the 2008 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence. She has been a keynote speaker and trainer for the past 11 years, both nationally and internationally. We talk with Krista about her new role at CharacterStrong, the most important thing that schools can do to improve its school culture & climate, and she shares some advice for brand new teachers.

 We Have to Make Time for the Things That We Believe are Priorities - Robert Hand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:44

Robert Hand teaches at Mount Vernon High School. His subjects are Family and Consumer Sciences and Leadership. He is currently teaching Careers in Education - Recruiting Washington Teachers, Leadership, Nutrition, and Life After High School. Robert is the 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year. We talk with Robert about the strategies that he uses to help keep the important things as priorities in his life, and how that starts with looking at how he spends his time.

 Helping Your Staff to Engage - Jeff Baines | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:49

Jeff Baines’ career in education has spanned nearly 30 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and now he is entering his 1st year as principal of Burlington-Edison High School. We talk with Jeff about the important role that athletics can play in the lives of students and he shares some unique things that he has done to help teachers and staff engage with students through athletics.

 CS Speaker Squad - Grow Minds, Have Fun, and Love People - Jared Smith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:36

Jared is a student at Central Washington University, when he is not in class he is speaking on the importance of love. He runs a company called Project Love People that is on a mission to remind the others that in the stress and hatred of the world what really matters is to GROW MINDS. HAVE FUN. and LOVE PEOPLE. We talk with Jared about what it means to Grow Minds, Have Fun, and Love People, how love is an intentional choice, and the importance of being intentional when it comes to relationships. 

 Power Struggles In The Classroom - Marla Mattenson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:30

Marla Mattenson is a relationship & intimacy expert specializing in coaching couples in business. Marla was also a National Board Certified mathematics teacher in Los Angeles for seven years and is currently on the board of directors of a charter school in Hollywood. We talk to Marla about the positive and negative power struggles that happen in the Classroom and she shares some strategies and techniques that can help shift the way look at power in the classroom.

 Transformation thru the CharacterDare Process - Sally Rusk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:21

Sally Rusk has taught middle school for 20 years. She's taught in the Edmonds, Bellingham, and most recently she spent 12 years as the activity coordinator at Inglewood Middle School in the Lake Washington School District & Sally was the 2018 Washington State Middle Level Advisor of the Year. We talk to Sally about the CharacterDare Process and how it has transformed the 18 different classes that she has led through it. She also shares some tips for those just starting the CharacterDare process.

 CS Speaker Squad - Leading Others Well - Thane Ringler | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:02

Thane Marcus Ringler is a former pro golfer turned speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles, CA. After competing for nearly four years as a professional, he transitioned out of the world of golf into his new endeavors. We talk to Thane about leadership, the different things that we need to do in order to lead others well, and he shares a few of the things that he has learned when it comes to personal development.

 The Importance Of Tier 1 Supports For The Mental And Behavioral Health Of Our Students - Natalie Fikac | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:38

Natalie Fikac is an educator with over 23 years of experience. She is passionate about growing leaders, instilling self-care in those that she supports and educating and advocating on behalf of students and families in the areas of mental health, behavioral health and social-emotional needs. We talk with Natalie about the importance of the tier one supports for the mental and behavioral health, and she gives some steps that schools can take to be more intentional in the area of tier one supports.

 The Power in Being Available - Ryan Healy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:17

Ryan Healy has taught for 13 years at Ridgeline Middle School in Yelm, WA. Ryan is the 2019 Capital Region ESD 113 Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the 2019 WA State Teacher of the Year. He teaches five SEL & Character Development classes each day. We talk with Ryan about the importance of being available for our students and he shares some intentional ways that we can make time for the students and staff at our schools.

 Intentionally Recognizing Students - Paul Dols | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:44

Paul has spent last 21 years at Monrovia High School in beautiful Southern California, mostly as a social science teacher. In 2018 Paul became the school's first Climate & Culture Coordinator, with responsibilities of Renaissance Coordinator, Activities Director and Link Crew Coordinator. We talk about a unique and intentional way that they recognize seniors at Monrovia HS and Paul shares about Monrovia’s school-wide night of recognition and the impact it has had in the lives of students & teachers.

 Excellence In Academics, Athletics, Activities, & Acceptance - Amy Rose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:10

Amy Rose serves as an assistant principal willing to make changes and challenge the high school norm. In her 20th year in education, Amy holds a certificate of School Principalship from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, and a BS in Education from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. We talk with Amy about the 4 pillars at Kelly Walsh HS: excellence in academics, athletics, activities, & acceptance.

 Getting 6th Graders off to a Successful Start Academically - Marc Gallaway | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:04

Marc Gallaway who is the Principal of Selah Middle School in Washington State and has been in the same district for 21 years. He was the 2018 Washington State Middle-Level Principal of the Year and is a force for change in his state and beyond. We talk with Marc about the intentional things that his school is doing to help get new 6th grade students started academically and he talks about different strategies that have helped set 6th graders on a great path at the beginning of the school year.

 TOPICS 3: School Culture & Climate - John & Houston | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:49

John & Houston have some fun and talk about the first thing that comes to mind on different School Culture & Climate topics. Topic: Social Media

 Student Leadership: Preparing Students For Anything - Terry Hamm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:00

During her almost 40 years of working with student activities, she has been a co-director of a National Leadership Camp, a leadership consultant and curriculum coordinator for the Texas Association of Activities, and been presented with the Earl Reum award. We talk with Terry about why it is important to invest time, energy, and resources into student councils/leadership & what schools can do successfully to create a great student council program.

 TOPICS: School Culture & Climate - John & Houston | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:18

CharacterStrong co-founders John & Houston have some fun and talk about the first thing that comes to mind on different School Culture & Climate topics. Topics: Inclusion, favorite ideas to recognize people in unique ways


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