It’s Time to Make Gratitude a priority

Research proves that by intentionally practicing gratitude, we can dramatically improve our disposition, bringing us more joy and better health. Consistently and intentionally practicing gratitude can also lead to better relationships and more successful learning experiences. In this book, Lainie Rowell shows how educators can use small gratitude practices to make a big difference with kids, peers, and the world.

Drawing on recent discoveries in neuroscience, and highlighting the stories of twenty educators from around the world, Evolving with Gratitude will equip you with tools and resources to create safe, equitable, empowering learning experiences for all learners. Discover how to empower kids to be grateful for learning, which can lead to greater engagement. Learn how to practice gratitude with peers to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and nourish relationships. Get back to the joy of teaching, learning, and leading with implementable, research-backed practices and promote prosocial behavior in our world.

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What you do matters.

You may not hear it often (or ever), but if you’re an educator, you’re making a difference in the lives of learners. And that impact has a domino effect.

In Because of a Teacher, more than fifteen of today’s leading educators remember the teachers and administrators who inspired and supported their careers. Through a series of heartfelt and uplifting stories, they reflect on their early years teaching, offering advice and strategies suited to first-year teachers and longtime educators alike.

These personal stories offer hope for new teachers, encouragement for educators tiptoeing into burnout, and reassurance that the work you’re doing right now will inspire generations to come.

Because of a Teacher will inspire you to

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be GREAT

When school leader Dwight Carter decided to become more intentional about his personal and professional growth, he asked himself a key question: “What does being great mean to you and why?” He reflected on his experiences as a student, teacher, coach, and principal. He thought about his relationships. He thought about his successes, failures, opportunities, and setbacks. He thought deeply about his core values and whether his attitude aligned with the beliefs that guided his behavior. It was no easy task, but in the years since, Dwight’s journey has led to more appreciation, awareness, clarity, and intentionality in his life—and it can do the same for you.

Educators are under immense pressure, and in the age of constant, high-speed change, this pressure is not going to decrease. Responding effectively to change and developing skills to navigate challenges is essential. The stories and strategies in Be GREAT are designed to boost your consistency, persistence, and resilience, empowering you to impact the culture of your classroom in the way that only you can.

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100 No-Nonsense Things That ALL School Leaders Should STOP Doing is for anyone aspiring to lead. It is a platform for leading realistic conversations that establish norms, beliefs and expectations using a common language aligned to a common goal. Leading STOP conversations help community stakeholders to better understand what should and should not be occurring in award winning districts. There are many incredible leaders out there AND there are some terrible ones too. You know it and we all know it. It is OK to encourage a colleague to “STOP” doing something if it will influence the community to better serve our students. Sometimes doing what’s right requires accountability, transparency and stopping bad habits, altogether. It is our hope that by the time you are done reading this book that you will be well-equipped to confidently and professionally initiate liberating and achievement-aligned conversations among your leadership teams that will set the bar of distinction.

Across the nation award-winning superintendents, university professors, regional & state leaders, district administrators, teacher leaders, school board members, and over 30 school administrators united as authors to celebrate school leadership by highlighting 100+ areas of deep, honest, and no-nonsense improvement areas. These nationally known leaders provide expertise, uncover obstacles, share lessons learned, and address scenarios that EVERY school leader WILL face at some point in their career. This book thoughtfully shares topics that SHOULD be wrestled with at the beginning of every new year with leadership teams. The sections within this book feature HOW educational leaders can STOP . . .

This book isn’t about changing THEM it’s about changing you. Educational leaders will learn practices, tips from experienced leaders, and ideas to refine their own practices and sharpen their leadership skills to a successful point of distinction. Educational leaders will learn the knowledge and tools to promote synergy among teams, deliver their personal best, create a strong sense of belonging, live a healthy career, generate action-oriented achievement outcomes, be productive, maximize stakeholders, model dynamic off-the-charts leadership presence, and how to lead courageously especially in times of uncertainty . . .

because our students are counting on US!

Contributions to upcoming books by: 

Barbara Brey

Sean Gaillard

Lauren Kaufman