Reignite your passion for serving children!
This is an inspiring call to action for teachers and principals around the world to recommit to passionately serving children, building the communities children deserve, and celebrating our successes. The authors of this book examine what it takes to be a passionate leader and take courageous actions which lead to student growth and success. Educators ready to push to new heights and break boundaries will find:
- Practical ideas and suggestions for how to serve as a beacon of hope in the field
- First-hand experiences from enthusiastic leaders modeling what passionate leadership looks like
- Charts and graphs that will help you assess your strong points and identify areas you can improve on
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About the Author
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE since 1987. He is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Public Charter School in Wilmington, DE. Thomas-EL received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence (Foreword by Will Smith). The Walt Disney Company optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay. Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on CSPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Reader’s Digest Magazine recognized Principal EL as an “Inspiring American Icon” and he has appeared on Oprah Radio!
Dr. Joseph Jones is Director of Assessment and Accountability, overseeing teacher effectiveness and student achievement in the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District in Delaware. Joe is a former high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal. As principal, he was named the Delaware Secondary Principal of the Year and during his tenure, Delcastle Technical High School was the first high school to receive the state’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. He received his doctorate from the University of Delaware in educational leadership and was awarded the outstanding doctoral student award of his class. Currently, Joe works closely with local and state leaders on student achievement and accountability and has spearheaded an aggressive and successful campaign to ensure student success. Joe is also an adjunct professor, teaching and designing curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels for various universities. He presents nationally on topics of school leadership and is the co-founder of the leadership development institute, The School House302. Along with T.J. Vari, he co-authored Candid and Compassionate Feedback: Transforming Everyday Practice in Schools.
Dr. T.J. Vari is Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and District Operations in the Appoquinimink School District, the fastest growing school district in Delaware. He is a former middle school assistant principal and principal and former high school English teacher and department chair. His master’s degree is in school leadership and his doctorate is in innovation and leadership where he accepted an Award for Academic Excellence given to one doctoral student per graduating class. He holds several honors and distinctions, including his past appointment as President of the Delaware Association for School Administrators, his work with the Delaware Association for School Principals, and the honor in accepting the Paul Carlson Administrator of the Year Award in 2015. His efforts span beyond the K–12 arena into higher education where he holds adjunct appointments at three universities, teaching courses at the masters and doctoral level. He is a national presenter on topics of school leadership and the cofounder of The School House302, a leadership development institute. Along with Joe Jones, he co-authored Candid and Compassionate Feedback: Transforming Everyday Practice in Schools.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgments and DedicationAbout the AuthorsIntroduction: Fueling the Passion in Our SchoolsPART I: INSPIRING TO GROW: A CULTURE OF STRONG RELATIONSHIPSChapter 1: A Learning Culture, Not a Teaching Culture Everyone Works to Learn Unintended Consequences An Aligned System of Improvement Growth From the Inside Out Quality Levels of Support Support and Growth Through Feedback Leadership: Choosing Your Direction Charting the Difference Fueling Passion Through Opportunity A Culture of Joy and Fulfillment Creating A Learning Culture by Design: Commitment and DesireChapter 2: Developing the Desire for Change to Grow Faster Speeding Up the Process Feedback Faster: Creating Systems of Improvement Systematizing PD and Feedback Defining the Outcomes Something for Everyone Technical Tip #1: Everyone Gets a Personal Growth Plan Technical Tip #2: Hire for a Growth MindsetPART II: EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES: NO PASSENGERS ALLOWEDChapter 3: The Wonder of a Work Ethic Everyone Contributes Everyone Means Everyone Break the Cycle of Failure Embrace an I Believe Attitude Leadership: Choosing Your Direction Charting the Difference Empower Student Ownership by Creating New Opportunities A Culture Where Everyone Is Connected and Leadership Matters Creating a Community of Support by Design: Networking and StorytellingChapter 4: Stronger Backs, Not Lighter Loads A Contribution is Mandatory Making a Mark: The Best Ways to Make an Impact Systematizing Strengths Defining the Roles and Naming the Positions Everybody Makes a Difference Technical Tip #1: Survey for Strengths, Hobbies, and Fun Projects Technical Tip #2: Hiring ContributorsPART III: POSITIVITY FUELED BY CELEBRATIONS: BEYOND THE BASICSChapter 5: Committing to a Culture of Celebration The Power of Connection The Revolving Door You Can’t Lift Anything Up While You’re Pushing It Down There’s More Than One Way to Define Success Leadership: Choosing Your Direction Charting the Difference Know Where You’re Going, How to Get There, and if You’re in the Right Vehicle A Culture of Celebration Creating a Positive Culture by Design: Recognition and UnderstandingChapter 6: Positive Educators Ignite the System Celebrate Like You Mean It Two Data Treasure Troves: Create Short-Term Wins Through Goal-Setting Systematizing Celebrations Defining What and Why We Celebrate Diversifying the Who Technical Tip #1: Building the Budget to Celebrate Technical Tip #2: Hiring Positive PeopleConclusion: A Blueprint for Sustaining Passion in Our SchoolsReferencesIndex