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Deliberate Excellence

Deliberate Excellence
Three Fundamental Strategies That Drive Educational Leadership

  • S. Dallas Dance - President & CEO, The DDance Group; former Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools

Foreword by Rod Paige

January 2018 | 152 pages | Corwin
Success Principle 1: Leading for Equity: Focusing on Each Child; Every Day
Success Principle 2: Leading the Change: Implementing Successful Initiatives
Success Principle 3: Leading through Communication: Telling Your Own Story
Conclusion: Avoiding Pitfalls

"Deliberate Excellence captures the essence of why successful leaders grow people and organizations:  it’s all about relationships."

Tanna Nicely, Principal
South Knoxville Elementary, Knoxville, TN

This book is a must-read for leaders and future leaders who want to avoid the pitfalls that can derail success.  Through the story of his rise as a successful leader, Dallas Dance provides invaluable principles for successfully leading and implementing change.  He also exemplifies a growth-minded perspective to stakeholders who are not quite ready for change by encouraging them to remember that 'no' really means, 'not yet.'"

Kathy Rhodes, Principal
Hinton Elementary, Hinton, IA

"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

"Deliberate Excellence is a thoroughly enjoyable personal account about affecting change by being committed and engaged in the institution you presently serve . . . The author makes it clear that caring for the work opens up opportunities for advancement that allow the individual to affect change in more meaningful ways.  It should also be required reading for all principals, assistant principals, and CEOs."

Veronica Rodriguez, Special Education Coordinator
Chester W. Nimitz Middle School, Huntington Park, CA

"Dynamic leadership matters! Dr. Dance’s remarkable journey has inspired him to develop a blueprint for educational leadership excellence. Fighting for equitable practices and outcomes for all children is clearly his passion. Every administrator or aspiring leader will flourish if these principles are put into action!"

Cheryl R. Brooks, Principal
Berkshire Elementary School, Baltimore, MD
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.

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    ISBN: 9781506392011

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