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Deliberate Excellence

Three Fundamental Strategies That Drive Educational Leadership
First Edition
By: S. Dallas Dance

Foreword by Rod Paige

Be inspired by a passion for progress and the drive to maximize latent potential in all people. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore Public Schools, delivers great insight and inspiration.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506392011
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: January 09, 2018

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Leadership isn’t just a title

What could you do with a $1 billion budget if you had 100,000+ students and one of the largest school systems in America? Imagining is his reality. Learn along from Dallas Dance as he shares the successful change efforts he employed to transform Baltimore Public Schools.

Deliberate Excellence is a true story of success in a challenging school environment that delivers great insight and inspiration. Readers will be moved and changed by 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

Be inspired by this passion for progress and the drive to maximize latent potential in all people.

"For 20 years, Dr. Dallas Dance has been an inspiration to me as a leader. He understands that true leaders inspire others to lead, galvanize their audience, and provide practical applications to difficult situations. Regardless of the political climate, Dr. Dance has always kept students first. After reading Deliberate Excellence, educators will take away successful strategies to increase student achievement."
Dr. John B. Gordon III, Chief of Schools
Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield, VA

"Leaders are desperate for books that offer techniques from educational leaders who still practice and hone their craft from the trenches and a proven record of success. Dallas Dance offers educational leaders a unique, candid, and welcome perspective."
LaQuita Outlaw, Principal – Grades 6-8
Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

Key features

  • The focus on the 3 Key Principles makes the message concise, clear, and ready to implement.
  • Many, many tips, stories, and examples show readers that the lessons can be learned and accomplished.
  • Dallas Dance writes realistically about what works and what does not. See the Conclusion – Avoiding Pitfalls.
  • Author(s)


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    S. Dallas Dance

    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

    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




    Price: $28.95
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