Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies That Drive Educational Leadership

Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies That Drive Educational Leadership

by S. Dallas Dance


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Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies That Drive Educational Leadership by S. Dallas Dance

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506392011
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Internationally-renowned educator and speaker, Dr. S. Dallas Dance envisions and leads change that creates opportunities for all young people—including students of color and those living in poverty—to 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 appointments—from institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and ASCD—recognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement.

In July of 2017, Dr. Dance became a Partner with the Strategos Group, a value-creating team of public affairs individuals committed to facilitating high-impact business growth and transaction advisory for companies by leveraging our strategic relationships, business expertise, and political and policy insight. In addition, he serves as Senior Vice President of Education for the MGT Consulting Group, a practice which has been providing comprehensive management consulting services to public and private sector clients for over forty years. Prior to joining both groups, Dr. Dance served as the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland with over 112,000 students, 173 schools, and over 21,000 employees. As leader of the nation’s 25th largest school system, Dance pioneered equity-centered shifts in teaching and learning to close the graduation achievement gap between black and white students, while increasing diploma rates overall.

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 Contents

About the Author
Success Principle 1
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 Equality
Success Principle 2
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
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 Policy
Avoiding Pitfalls
Mistake 1: Knowing All the Answers
Mistake 2: Bashing the Previous Leadership
Mistake 3: Speaking Before You Think

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