No matter how much I may know or think I know, there is always more to learn. I am constantly reading and researching from the best educational authors. If you are enrolled in Leadership Unleashed, you know principals are expected to know it all. Professional learning is key to staying on top of the learning curve. As a principal, it is my goal to always be a lead learner in the building. I must be able to take my staff in the direction they need to go. The only way to do that is to continue to learn and grow through reading, researching, and attending relevant professional learning opportunities.
I’m sharing some of my favorite books that have been a wealth of help to me over the years.
Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.
What does it take to be a PIRATE Leader?
Passion–both professional and personal
A willingness to Immerse yourself in your work
Good Rapport with your staff, students, and community
The courage to Ask questions and Analyze what is and isn’t working
The determination to seek positive Transformation
And the kind of Enthusiasm that gets others excited about education
The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.
Are you ready to set sail?
The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!
Why do some leaders double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? Using insights gained from more than 100 interviews with school leaders, this book pinpoints the five disciplines that define how Multipliers bring out the best across their schools. By practicing these disciplines, you’ll learn how to:
- Attract top teachers to your school
- Create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking
- Drive sound decisions by constructing debate and decision-making forums
- Give your team a sense of ownership for responsibilities and results
What if students felt important and empowered every time they walked into the building?
What if parents looked forward to calls from their children’s teachers and principals, instead of cringing when the school’s number popped up on their phones?
To Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome, those aren’t far-fetched what ifs; they can (and should) be a reality for every teacher, school, parent, and student.
In Kids Deserve It!, Todd and Adam encourage you to think big and make learning fun and meaningful for students. While you’re at it, you just might rediscover why you became an educator in the first place.
– Learn why you should be calling parents to praise your students (and employees).
– Discover ways to promote family interaction and improve relationships for kids at school and at home.
– Be inspired to take risks, shake up the status quo, and be a champion for your students.
Teamwork is crucial to the success of any business, and as acclaimed author and speaker Ron Clark illustrates, the members of any team are the key to unlocking success. Imagine a company as a bus filled with people who either help or hinder a team’s ability to move it forward: drivers (who steer the organization), runners (who consistently go above and beyond for the good of the organization), joggers (who do their jobs without pushing themselves), walkers (who are just getting pulled along), and riders (who hinder success and drag the team down). It’s the team leader’s job to recognize how members fall into these categories, encourage them to keep the “bus” moving by working together, and know when it’s time to kick the riders off.
Statistics and research reports the following:
Only about half of newly hired school principals stay on the job at least three years. If you are in a high-poverty school, principals leave even sooner.
The principal position is hard. There is no sugar-coating it.
However, having the right start during year one, will give you the motivation and spark to keep going. In this book, Stephanie will share with you 12 easy, highly practical strategies to help you have a happy first year as a school leader.
If you are a first-year school leader or inspiring leader, this book is for you.
Follow these strategies and you will be well on your way to having a happy first year.