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Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School / Edition 1

Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School / Edition 1

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544345697
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Acknowledgments and Dedication
About the Authors
Introduction: Fueling the Passion in Our Schools
Chapter 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 Desire
Chapter 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 Mindset
Chapter 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 Storytelling
Chapter 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 Contributors
Chapter 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 Understanding
Chapter 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 People
Conclusion: A Blueprint for Sustaining Passion in Our Schools

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