"A master at facilitating programs, Williams offers 36 tools that are grounded in years of practical experience for helping teams turn the change process into manageable, user-friendly tasks. He reinvigorates learning communities with spirit, vigor, and mutual support as they address their specific challenges."
--Robin Fogarty, President
Robin Fogarty and Associates
Revitalize the spirit of your school community and strengthen your common vision and purpose!
Many of today's schools suffer from stress fractures as they struggle with challenges of achievement gaps, class sizes, differentiating instruction for diverse students, and responding to ever greater demands for accountability. Longtime facilitator R. Bruce Williams gets to the heart of the matter, emphasizing that change is not just external, but also comes from within through revitalized individuals and strong culture.
Williams provides administrators with essential tools to nurture the spirits of hard-working professionals and raise morale in school communities. Each chapter ends with step-by-step activities that build on featured concepts and speed the transition from theory to practice, from struggle to success.
The book focuses on seven important aspects of underlying structure that can leverage new patterns of confidence and achievement:
- Participative processes such as mentoring
- Visible achievements
- Common understandings
- Guided reflections
- Inspiring success stories
- Community-building rituals
- Powerful symbols
In powerful, well-formed cultures, common spirit is strong. This book provides everything educators need to work together to transform their learning community into a culture of vitality, energy, vision, and purpose.