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Podcast Recap: Episode 7 – The Recipe for Success: A Conversation with Philip B. Warrick

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From college quarterback to co-creating the High Reliability Schools™ framework, Phil Warrick has had an impressive career in the field of education. A decorated school administrator, author, and family man, Warrick is one of the few people to successfully lead schools under both the PLC at Work® and HRS improvement models. 

During Episode 7 of Inside the Treehouse, Solution Tree CEO Jeff Jones sat down with Warrick to discuss his path to school leadership, today’s educational climate, and even some fun newfound hobbies.

A Nudge in the Right Direction

The story starts in high school. As a junior, Warrick had many interests and ideas about what career options lay ahead. Among teaching and coaching, he also considered going into the Coast Guard or pursuing business. 

While taking business courses in college, Warrick became fond of his accounting teacher. One day this teacher stopped him in the hallway to let Warrick know he also served as the Director of Student Teaching for Business Education. Seeing something in Warrick, his teacher asked him if he’d ever considered education.

The answer was yes! Besides having parents who were educators, some of Warrick’s early role models were educators as well. That nudge was all it took. Warrick began his journey into the profession. 
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Podcast Recap: Episode 6 – RTI at Work That Works: A Conversation with Mike Mattos

Categories: RTI, RTI at Work, Solution Tree

Inspired by the concept of collaboration, Mike Mattos saw an opportunity to help students who had fallen behind. In partnership with Austin Buffum, Mattos developed the system for which he’s known best, Response to Intervention at Work

During Episode 6 of Inside the Treehouse, Solution Tree CEO Jeff Jones sat down with Mattos to discuss his upbringing, his education, his career, and of course, all things RTI. Read more

Podcast Recap: Episode 5 – Life Through Many Lenses: A Conversation with Sharon Kramer

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Dr. Sharon Kramer is known nationwide as an author and expert in assessment, school reform, and professional learning communities. During Episode 5 of Inside the Treehouse, Solution Tree CEO Jeff Jones sat down with Kramer for a great conversation about her life and love of education.

One of Many Firsts

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Kramer is the daughter of restaurant owners. Her half-Italian, half-Greek ancestry comes from the fact that both her parents were immigrants. Despite her illustrious career in education, neither of Kramer’s parents graduated high school. Surprisingly, no one else in her extended family did either, making Kramer the first person in her entire family to graduate high school, let alone college.

While her family didn’t necessarily value higher education, Kramer did. In fact, as a second-grader, Kramer knew she wanted to become a teacher. Impactful teachers and an interest in education led to her “breakthrough” moment—at the young age of seven. To this day, her desire to help kids and to provide them with opportunities to find their breakthrough moments guides her practice. Read more

Introducing Our Parents as Partners: A New Resource for Parents & Caregivers

Categories: Instruction, Solution Tree, Student Engagement, Technology

This year has been challenging for everyone, parents included. That’s why we’re excited to announce a brand-new resource for parents and caregivers alike. Introducing … OurParentsAsPartners.org. 

A curated collection of helpful tips and relevant information, this new website is designed to provide assistance to families navigating today’s current educational landscape.

Based on direct insights from teachers and school leaders, the information on this site will help parents and caregivers:

  • Meet their children’s basic needs
  • Better facilitate learning at home
  • Support their children’s emotional needs
  • Ensure remote learning is on track with curriculum standards
  • Keep their children on the pathway to fulfilling their potential

Think of it as a compendium for parents supporting distance learners.

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Inside the Treehouse Podcast Recap, Episode 04, The Great Assist, A Conversation with Brian K. Butler

Podcast Recap: The Great Assist! Episode 4—A Conversation with Brian K. Butler

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Here’s your chance to get to know Brian K. Butler a little better. During episode 4 of Inside the Treehouse, Solution Tree CEO Jeff Jones sat down with Butler to talk about his educational journey from struggling student to top-notch administrator. 

Brian Butler has had an illustrious career as an educator—and he’s still going strong. Faced with challenges in his own education as a child, he refused to be lost in the system. With the assistance of important people in his life, he rose to the top, becoming a professional basketball player and then a teacher, coach, and school administrator, in which role he led Mason Crest Elementary School in Virginia to become Solution Tree’s first DuFour Award-winning PLC. The titles of author, speaker, and mentor round out the list of his accomplishments. Read more