Principally Speaking



Host Jason Bodnar interviews teachers, administrators and other professional educators that inspire creativity and excellence in students and teachers. Thank you for listening to Principally Speaking! For more info, check out


  • Outro: Element Poker by Engage Games

    10/10/2019 Duração: 54s

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  • PS63: The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

    22/04/2017 Duração: 50min

    On this episode of the show, I connect with John Spencer, co-author of the book Launch.  If you want to get your students using more design thinking and creating more I highly recommend you check out his book.  He also is the host of the podcast The Creative Classroom and his websites is  Not only does John create great blog posts, but he’s also excellent at creating dynamic videos, which you can catch at  We talk about his experience in the classroom, the importance of journalism in school, and one of my favorite topics, higher ed.  We also discuss the Global Day of Design, which is taking place on May 2.  You can join in at 

  • PS62: David Geurin's SWAT Team & Barrage of Positive Tweets

    08/04/2017 Duração: 39min

    On this episode I connect with Missouri School Leader and NASSP 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin.  Among other things, he shares about his epic SWAT team at Bolivar High School who are armed with technical knowledge, not weaponry.  I also really enjoyed his story about a barrage of positive tweets he unleashed recently.  You can find him on Twitter @DavidGeurin and his excellent blog is at  

  • PS61: "Instruction Without Relationships is Futile" with Danny Steele

    01/04/2017 Duração: 44min

    For this episode, I had the privilege of connecting with 2016 Alabama Secondary Principal of the Year Danny Steele.  Danny is clearly another great student-centered leader and he got me fired up.  You can connect with him on Twitter @Steelethoughts and his website is   Be sure to tune in next week for my discussion with 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin.  

  • PS60: A Personal Message

    16/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    Here's the new website for my current podcast and new one in development:    

  • PS59: Kevin Honeycutt

    06/10/2016 Duração: 42min

    In this episode, I have the privilege of connecting with Kevin Honeycutt, amazing educator and speaker.  We discuss his vision for teaching and administration as well as a big life event that has helped mold his current views.   You can connect with Kevin @KevinHoneycutt on Twitter and don't forget to check out his website for a ton of great resources.    

  • PS58: Missional Leaders Jeff & Heidi Veal

    26/07/2016 Duração: 38min

      On this episode of the show, I catch up with Jeff and Heidi Veal, two influential leaders from Texas.  We compare and contrast each of their roles and they talk about the dynamics of being a married couple of edleaders.  They also talk about how they engage the community and help build a culture of innovation at their schools. Jeff and Heidi are just another example of guests that I've had on this show that not only add amazing content to the podcast but are simply great people and I'm honored to have talked with them.  Here are resources from the show and ways you can connect with them:   Jeff and Heidi's Blog: Jeff and Nathan Lang's Website: Jeff on Twitter: @heffrey Heidi on Twitter: @VealHeidi #leadupchat: Saturdays at 8:30 AM CT #ecechat: Tuesdays at 8:30 PM CT  

  • PS57: Computational Thinking, Not Just Coding with Dr. Aman Yadav

    07/07/2016 Duração: 36min

    In this episode of the show I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Aman Yadav, Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. We talk about the movement for more computer science in schools. Dr. Yadav helps clarify that we need to embed computation thinking, not just coding, in the classroom. I also have a big a-ha moment regarding administrative ed programs, a particular passion of mine.  You can connect with Dr. Yadav at or on Twitter @yadavaman Thank you so much listening to Principally Speaking. Please consider heading to iTunes and providing the show with a review. And a big thank you to all of the guests that I’ve had one my show…you make this so refreshing, educational and enjoyable for me and I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.   Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, which can be found at   

  • PS56: Rural Education Expert Daisy Dyer Duerr

    22/06/2016 Duração: 44min

    In this episode of the show, I have the pleasure of speaking with the most fun name in education, Daisy Dyer Duerr, or as I would address her if it was normal, D Cubed.   Daisy was named the 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by the NASSP and has also been nominated for several Bammy awards. Daisy and I talk about her education background, what she’ll be presenting about at Model Schools this next week, what she would do differently if she could start over as an administrator, and rural education. She’ll be coming out with a new book this fall with another eduhero of mine, Mr. Derek McCoy, who I interviewed way back in Episodes 5 and 6 when I was just starting out podcasting. Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Principally Speaking is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, where you can check out other great shows like Daniel Bauer’s Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. I had the honor of being a recent guest on Daniel’s show and talked about my experience as a newer principal. He also was

  • PS52: Underdog Advocate Dr. Ryan Jackson

    07/02/2016 Duração: 44min

    It's pretty clear from my talk with Dr. Ryan Jackson that he has a clear focus and passion for what he does.  He is truly an inspirational and visionary leader.  Be sure to check out his excellent blog below and/or connect with him on Twitter.   The Underdog's Advocate Ryan on Twitter  

  • PS51: Dynamic Edupodcaster & AP Daniel Bauer

    27/01/2016 Duração: 51min

    Mr. Daniel Bauer reached out to me to be a guest on his show, Better Leaders Better Schools.  Stay tuned for this episode to be released by him in April.  Our conversation went very well and so I was inspired to have him on my show as well. Daniel is doing great things as an Assistant Principal in Chicago and also through his blog and podcast.  Check it out and connect with Daniel by clicking on the image below. Don't forget you can check out Daniel's and other great educational podcasts on the Educational Podcast Network.      

  • PS50: Secondary Ed Director Dr. Neil Gupta

    01/01/2016 Duração: 51min

    I talked with Dr. Gupta quite a while ago...a fantastic educator and simply great person.  I hope you enjoy Episode 50 of the's been an honor being the host of Principally Speaking.  Thank you for your support and have a great 2016!  

  • PS49: MS EdCamp Period with Glenn Robbins

    18/11/2015 Duração: 37min

    In Episode 7 squared of Principally Speaking, I have the honor of speaking with Glenn Robbins.  It will become very clear to the audience why educators are coming to visit Northfield Community School very regularly.  Glenn does an amazing job of talking about the importance of key words that we use in education, even hallway and classroom.  I was also really excited to hear more about his period of the day in which the students explore in an Edcamp like environment, as well as his epic makerspace. Glenn's Blog Glenn on Twitter    

  • PS48: Teach Like a Pirate Day with Ryan McLane

    08/09/2015 Duração: 44min

    Principally Speaking is back! Check out my talk with dynamic leader Ryan McLane.  Next week, I talk with another awesome Buckeye, Dr. Neil Gupta.   Ryan's Blog Ryan on Twitter  

  • PS47: #semicolonEDU with Joe Mazza

    14/07/2015 Duração: 22min

    Joe's Post: Let's Stop Faking It Nick Provenzano's [thenerdyteacher] Post  Bryn's Video: Life is a Journey Please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] or connect with me @EagleLeadLearnr if you want to talk about depression.    

  • PS46: Innovations Early College High School Leader Ken Grover

    07/07/2015 Duração: 31min

    Check out the website for Innovations High School here.

  • PS45: Servant Leader Jimmy Casas

    29/06/2015 Duração: 48min

    In Episode 45, I'm joined by Bettendorf High School Principal Jimmy Casas.  Jimmy is co-author of What Connected Educators do Differently, along with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.  During our conversation, Jimmy offers an excellent perspective on leadership and explains how he truly has built a student-centered learning environment at Bettendorf.   Jimmy on Twitter Jimmy's Website His Suggested Book: The Leadership Challenge

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