The Antidote to Teacher Burnout: Culture of Care with Matthew Ebert Transformative Principal 585

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In this episode, Matthew Ebert joins Jethro to discuss how to actively and intentionally create the space for educators to be their authentic selves at work and how that impacts a greater school community.
  • Ongoing, authentic, and messy
  • 1:1 meetings with all the staff.
  • Slack as a schoolwide communication tool - How to implement without teachers feeling like they need to be in the 
  • Avoid performative care
  • 6 staff meetings in one year. 
  • Use Slack as you need it - Autonomy
  • Power of muting channels
  • Hilarious communities
  • The power of continuous meetings. 
  • All development is personal. (The Personal is Professional)
  • Must have holistic approaches to all things. 
  • Try, fail, cry, and try again. 
  • 6 staff meetings
  • The Art of Gathering
  • Initiatives came from the teachers, not from the administration. 
  • Grades were not an accurate reflection of what kids really could do. 
  • Care vs. accountability 
  • Schools are not families, they’re teams. 
  • How to be a transformative principal? Stop going to meetings and start going to classrooms. 

About Matthew Ebert
Matthew Ebert is a human-centered leader with 20+ years of experience in education, primarily focused on school leadership in urban settings. Matthew's consulting is grounded in his experiences as a teacher, director of academic innovation, academy leader, and a decade of successful leadership as a public charter school principal. 
Throughout his leadership tenure, Matthew has developed teams that exceed expectations, consistently achieving strong results. He is committed to cultivating healthy work and learning environments in which individuals feel seen, heard, and valued. In addition to helping team members consistently attain their personal and professional goals, Matthew has facilitated dramatic and consistent growth in student achievement in both Baltimore and Boston, in metrics focused on academic achievement and school climate. Matthew's leadership is based in the idea that we are all here to take care of one another.

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The Antidote to Teacher Burnout: Culture of Care with Matthew Ebert Transformative Principal 585