Leadership isn’t just a title
Be inspired by a passion for progress and the drive to maximize latent potential in all people. Learn along from Dallas Dance as he shares the successful change efforts he employed to transform Baltimore Public Schools. This true success story delivers great insight and inspiration. Readers will be moved and changed by the author’s three key success principles:
- Establishing equity over equality by providing exactly what individuals need to be successful
- Understanding change, how it happens, and what one needs to make it so
- Knowing people deeply and how that leads to accomplishment and organizational change
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About the Author
Internationally-renowned educator and speaker, Dr. S. Dallas Dance envisions and leads change that creates opportunities for all young peopleincluding students of color and those living in povertyto thrive as critical thinkers, thoughtful leaders, and lifelong learners. His calling is motivating teams of all sizes to develop young minds and working with leaders and organizations to build capacity to do greater work for all of the individuals within their community.
Numerous national awards and board appointmentsfrom institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and ASCDrecognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement.
Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and strategic planning.
Dance earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. His bachelor’s degree in English is from Virginia Union University.
Dr. Dance enjoys traveling, music, reading and all sports, especially golf. He is the proud father of one son, Myles Dallas Dance.
Table of ContentsForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorINTRODUCTIONSuccess Principle 1LEADING FOR EQUITY: FOCUSING ON EACH CHILD, EVERY DAY Know What Your Values Are Demonstrate a Strong Appreciation for People Addressing Equity Takes Leadership Addressing Equity Will Guarantee Resistance Equity Is the Work, Not an “Add-on” to the Work Students Want Us to Focus on Equity, Not EqualitySuccess Principle 2LEADING THE CHANGE: IMPLEMENTING SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES Understand the History of the Organization Acknowledge the Current State of the Organization Understand the “Players” Within the Organization Ensure People Understand What Change Means Have an Effective Strategy to Implement Change Success Principle 3 LEADING THROUGH COMMUNICATION: TELLING YOUR OWN STORY Communicate Openly, Honestly, and in a Timely Manner Communicate Your Story, or Someone Else Will! Organize Your Communication Efforts Individualize Your Communications Use Every Available Resource to Communicate View Communication as a Two-Way Street Have an Open-Door PolicyCONCLUSIONAvoiding Pitfalls Mistake 1: Knowing All the Answers Mistake 2: Bashing the Previous Leadership Mistake 3: Speaking Before You ThinkIndex