Aug. 22, 2017

Rogue PD with Rich Czyz - PPD012

Rogue PD with Rich Czyz - PPD012

Rich Czyz, author of The 4 o’clock Faculty site and book, shares strategies for creating meaningful and relevant PD for all educators.

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I've been wanting to have Rich Czyz on PodcastPD since Chris, AJ, and I re-launched the podcast in January 2017. An engaging PD facilitator and advocate for QUALITY professional development, Rich's voice, message, and ideas are a natural fit for PodcastPD. During the conversation, we discuss what makes PD relevant, how to create PD educators want to attend, and building habits for a writerly life. We know this episode will help you set some amazing PD goals.

Featured Content

Rich Czyz, author of The 4 o’clock Faculty site and book, shares strategies for creating meaningful and relevant PD for all educators. He discusses how to move beyond sit and get learning toward PD that is engaging, models best practices, offers voice and choice, and includes elements of fun (think ultimate rock-paper-scissors). The former fifth-grade teacher, come principal, shares his writing habits and what it really means to go ROGUE with your own PD. In the end, we hope that you create your PD cohorts/PLCs and schedule a weekly PD meeting.

Educator and author, Rich Czyz is on a mission to revolutionize professional learning for all educators. In The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development, Rich identifies ways to make PD meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant. This book is a practical guide that reveals why some PD is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues.

Links and Resources

What Are We Listening To

Chris: StartEDUp with Don Wettrick – guest Gary Vee! – Followed up with watching A LOT of GV YouTube videos.



What We Are Learning

Chris… recently completed building a new loft bed for Miles. The plans came from Ana White –

Stacey… had great success at a recent PD offering that was followed up with a great email of gratitude for making the training fun. Plans are to dissect the methods used during the four days of tech training/PD and offer similar types of sessions in the coming year.

Rich… is exploring and creating purposeful learning spaces. This includes asking for donations and improvising/repurposing less expensive items for standard classroom furniture.

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Rich Czyz


Rich Czyz started his career as a fifth grade teacher, has served as a Basic Skills teacher, instructional coach, elementary supervisor and Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Rich is currently the Proud Principal of the Yardville Elementary School in NJ and Co-Founder of, as well as author of several books including The Four O’Clock Faculty, The Secret Sauce, and his newest book, ROGUE Leader: Make the Rules, Inspire Others, and Take Control of Your Own Professional Development Destiny. Rich is passionate about engaging all stakeholders in meaningful and relevant learning opportunities.