remember those who encouraged your love of learning;
honor and thank educators who have advocated for you, championed your career, and equipped you with the skills necessary to lead;
reflect on how far you’ve come since you entered the profession.
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.
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 . . .
Allowing Emotions to Encroach on the Organization
Interacting Harshly or Irrationally
Misunderstanding Yourself and Others
Making Decisions Haphazardly
Forgetting the Capacity of the Community
Making Everything about YOU, and even . . .
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!
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