The CharacterStrong Podcast show

The CharacterStrong Podcast

Summary: The CharacterStrong Podcast, where we have conversations on School Culture and Leadership. Quick episodes that you can check out on your way to or from work. Make today a #CharacterStrongCommute! 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:


 Practical Ways To Help Implement SEL - Dr. Jacob LeBlanc | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:07

We talk with Dr. Jake about ways that they are implementing the CS Curriculum at Katy Junior High, how they are helping to support parents and families in this work, and he shares about the Kindness Essay.

 Empathy & Love: Building Authentic Relationships From The Ground Up - Luis Perales | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:14

We talk to Luis about the key to helping students move forward, the model that they have built on the Changemaker Campus, and ways that we can intentionally put a focus on empathy & love.

 Transforming School Culture Toward Innovation & Student-Led Entrepreneurship - Don Wettrick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:07

We talk with Don about the importance of fostering innovation & entrepreneurship in students, some ways that create a culture that helps to do this, and how digital learning can provide opportunities for innovation.

 Grit: Looking At Obstacles As Solution Opportunities - David Bowe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:02

We talk with David about physical distancing vs social distancing, how grit is needed in everything that we do, and how we can look at obstacles as solution opportunities

 Modeling Vulnerability And Risk Taking In The Classroom - Morgan Castillo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:51

We talk with Morgan about the importance of helping students to take risk and be vulnerable, about how she does this in her science classroom, and she gives some examples of how we can model risk taking as teachers.

 The Law Of The Lid - Houston Kraft & John Norlin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:18

CharacterStrong Co-Founders Houston Kraft & John Norlin get together and talk about the concept of the Law of the Lid, they remind us that as leaders we set the tone, and share that this takes vulnerability & practice.

 Temperature Checks: Taking Time To Support & Care For Staff - Bill Weinsheimer & Russ Peters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:09

We talk with Bill & Russ about how they have been using the Temperature Check to support the staff at North Whidbey Middle School, and how it has impacted the staff & sparked more connection.

 Being The Best Version Of Yourself So That You Can Give Kids Your All - Andrea Haisch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:58

We talk with Andrea about focusing on delievering your best self to your students, perservering thru difficult times in life, and the importance of authenticity & having a healthy perspective.

 Kindness Cultivators: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn - Tamara Letter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:35

We talk with Tamara about her kindness journey, she shares great ideas from some kindness cultivators, and she reminds us that intentional kindness doesn't have to cost anything to have an impact.

 Social Emotional Learning Is Needed Everywhere - Richa Shivangi Gupta | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:45

We talk with Richa about how the Labhya Foundation got its start, how they build relationships with the government to reach schools, and she shares about a need that all children have no matter where they are in the world.

 Focusing On The Whole Educator Through Self-Care - Diana Patton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:15

We talk with Diana about the importance of self-care for educators, the dangers of not focusing on self-care, and she shares 4 practical strategies that we can do as we enter into this work.

 Working As A Team When Advocating For Children - Leigh Kokenes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:53

We talk with Leigh about some positives & challenges of our current time staying at home, the importance of working as a team, and she shares some practical stratagies that can help us continue to serve families.

 How Do We Reach, Empower And Equip Students In The Juvenile Correctional System? - Amy Heimerl | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:42

We talk with Amy about the importance of making time to intentionally start each day, tips for teachers that are facing challenges in the classroom, and she shares some practical ways that she builds relationships with the students that she works with.

 Leveraging Technology As We Continue To Encourage & Council Students - Sandi Pinner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:43

We talk with Sandi about the challenge of helping students from a distance during this unprecedented time, how she uses technology to stay connected, and she reminds us of some simple ways that we can encourage students.

 The Principal's Lunch Summit: Building Relationships With Students - Jordan Osborn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:56

We talk with Jordon about how he is using the Principal's Lunch Summit to build relationships with students at Bonanza, he shares how the Summit encourages the staff, and we talk about the impact relational work has in our schools.


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