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You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero

Leading a Hero-Building School Culture
First Edition
By: Bill Ziegler, Dave Ramage

Foreword by Jessica Cabeen

The future depends on leaders who can foster heroism in others. This book will help school leaders build heroes who are ready to take on the future.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544355085
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: March 12, 2020

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Create a culture and climate that produces real heroes

The future of our schools depends on leaders who can foster every day heroism in others. This doesn’t require supernatural powers. It requires a willingness to be intentional in building heroes in our communities who are ready to get things done and take on the demands of the future.

You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero will help you create the climate that produces these heroes. Hero-building work will help you look deeply into your school culture and see yourself and your students and staff in a fresh, powerful way. Readers will find:

· Training ideas for leadership teams

· Instruments for gauging progress

· Practical steps for building courage into practices

· Practical strategies to help navigate the complexities of creating an extraordinary school

· Hero-building stories from the field

Written with an inspiring tone, this book will empower school leaders to lead in a way that unleashes staff and students to be superheroes in their communities.



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Bill Ziegler

Dr. Bill Ziegler is a high school principal in Pennsylvania. He was recently honored as the 2016 Pennsylvania Principal of the Year, the 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Award Winner, and was selected to serve on the United States team of School Leaders to the Great Leaders Summit in China. Dr. Ziegler has over 24 years of service in public education where he has served as a school leader for 20 years. Bill was recently selected to serve on the team to rewrite the NASSP/NAESP Breaking Ranks publications for school leaders.

He has served as a high school social studies teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and he currently serves as a high school principal. Bill also earned Apple Teacher certification and was recently selected to participate in an Apple Research Study for School Leaders. Bill is honored to be part of the Corwin Consulting Team that provides high quality professional development to school leaders. Dr. Ziegler also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University in their Masters of Education department. Bill is very active in his state; he served as the President of the Pennsylvania Principals Association in 2014 and 2016 and was honored to be selected as Treasurer and Southeast Regional Representative for the same association. Dr. Ziegler presents regularly around the world on School Leadership. He has presented at national conferences such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Association of Curriculum & Supervision Development, International Society for Technology in Education, and many more. Bill spoke on Capitol Hill to lobby for better ERate coverage for schools throughout the United States.

Bill is the owner of Chase Learning (https://chaselearning.org), a private educational consulting firm designed to provide high quality and engaging professional development to strengthen school leaders throughout the United States. Personally, Bill is married to his beautiful wife, Kim and they have two high school aged children. Bill can often be found fly fishing in the streams of PA, cheering on his favorite Philly sports teams, or playing his saxophone.

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Dave Ramage

Dave Ramage, Ph.D. has been a public school educator for 29 years. He spent eleven years as a middle school music teacher in grades six through nine at Souderton Area SD in suburban Philadelphia, and then became the Coordinator of Technology Staff Development for the same district. Dave moved to middle school administration as an assistant principal and principal. He currently leads Pottsgrove Middle School. Dave was a 2005 national finalist in the Technology Leaders award sponsored by Technology & Learning magazine. He has presented at conferences including PETE & C, NECC, and PASCD. Dr. Ramage has done adjunct teaching since 1998 for several universities including DeSales University, California University of Pennsylvania, and currently for Drexel University. He received his BS in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, M.Ed. in Computers in Education from DeSales University, and Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Technology Learning from Drexel University. Dave and his wife Diane have three children who currently practice their lifelong learning in high school, college and graduate school. One of Dave’s favorite quotes is from Dennis Sparks who reminds us, “At school, everyone’s job is to learn.” Dave is excited to lead his staff and grow a learning community that improves instruction, innovates with technology, values critical thinking, and cares for the achievement of every student. Stories of student successes always find their roots in strong relationships and Dr. Ramage is humbled and blessed to be a partner in this vital work.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents




About the Authors

Chapter 1—Heroes in the Hallways


Principal Makes House Calls

Manufacturing Our Future

Telling Your School’s Story

Leading By Example

Culture Wins Out!

Authentic Leadership

Heroes Are Built

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 2—Look Deep Inside: See What Students and Staff Really Bring to School

The Invisible Backpack

A Culture Of Relationships

A Culture Of Resources

A Culture Of Interventions

A Culture Of Wisdom

Seeing The Invisible

Super Hearing And Dangerous Thoughts

Gap Kids

Hidden Strength

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 3—True to Life Leadership and Learning

Lies We Tell Ourselves And Believe

High Risk Means High Rewards

Growth Challenge on FORWARD Rubric

Failure Is An Option

Hide Your Mistakes And Weaknesses

Front Runners Win




Innovation Is For Crazy People

Leaders Must Be The Loudest Voice

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 4—Unleash the Voice and Choice of Students

Is Your Hearing Good?

School Reform Through Student Voice

Social Media And Student Voice

Letting Students Lead

Gauge Your Student Voice Level

Student Choice

School Showcase

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 5—Lead Like an Alien: Out of This World Ideas to Produce Hero Students

Break Down Historical Barriers

Procrastinators Produce

Bells Are Barriers

Grades Matter Most

Repetition Is Wrong

Tradition Holds Us Down

Homework Helps

Think Differently

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 6—Build Resilience: Raise Your Grit Score


Perfection Before Action?

Public Praiser

This Too Will Pass

The Distractor

The Overbearing Octopus

Passive Resistance

Negative Self-talk

Hero Solutions For Students

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 7—Go Big or Go Home: Empower Students to Be Global Game Changers!

Shoes For Esperanza

Give A Hand

Kangaroo Cup

Saddle Innovation

Rain Garden

Ocean Cleanup

Think Big, Act Big

Expand Your View

Leading Big

Hero Sighting

Hero Training

Chapter 8—Be Courageous: Risk It All for What’s Right

Origin Stories

Super Courageous Fortitude

Courage To Be Authentic

Courage To Ask For Help

Courage To Be True

Courageous Conversations

Courage To Shatter The Status Quo

Hero Sighting

Hero Training




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