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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 | 160 pages | Corwin

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

 

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
INTRODUCTION
 
Success Principle 1
 
LEADING FOR EQUITY: FOCUSING ON EACH CHILD, EVERY DAY
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
 
LEADING THE CHANGE: IMPLEMENTING SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES
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  
LEADING THROUGH COMMUNICATION: TELLING YOUR OWN STORY  
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  
 
CONCLUSION
 
Avoiding Pitfalls
Mistake 1: Knowing All the Answers  
Mistake 2: Bashing the Previous Leadership  
Mistake 3: Speaking Before You Think  
 
Index

"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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