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Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have

  • Irving C. Jones Sr. - Instructional Leadership Consultant and Lecturer, Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt, Senior Instructional and Leadership Coach
  • Vera Blake - Educational and Business Consultant

Foreword by Bill Daggett



September 2017 | 216 pages | Corwin
Step out of Your Comfort Zone and Really Help Kids 

To meet the needs of today’s learners, fearless leadership is required to support and empower the adults who work with these learners. Anchored in research, Fearless Conversations is a guide to recognizing and using strategies that encourage staff to work at their full potential, build trust, and strengthen collegiality. Strong, courageous, focused, collaborative leadership is a win-win approach for all stakeholders. Readers will find

interviews and case studies to illustrate effective practice
strategies to help them move from traditional methodologies toward stronger transformational leadership
vignettes and examples to ignite additional thinking to facilitate achievement for all students 

Written for aspiring, new, and experienced school leaders, this is a must-read for anyone who wants practical strategies that they can use immediately to build a culture of learning and improve academic achievement for all students. 
"Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is a  professional “toolbox” for aspiring as well as experienced school administrators and teacher leaders or any educator who cares about meeting the needs of today’s student learner. How to address difficult issues in a leadership role, for example, is presented in a realistic perspective through real-life examples, vignettes, and personal reflections that come not only from the authors themselves but also from school leaders currently in the field. These proven strategies bring credibility to the authors’ work. It is a practical guide that can help school leaders stay on the forefront of success in their schools."
Linda Pincham, Associate Professor
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
"This book is timely, practical, and clearly anchored in the rich leadership and coaching experiences of the writers. This book is a must read for all leaders and aspiring leaders at the building and central office level. This book will also be useful at the university level where new leaders are being prepared and inspired."
Lynda C. Wood, Ed.D, Retired Superintendent
Southfield Public School District, Southfield, MI

 




 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Creating and Sustaining a Viable Work Environment
 
Chapter 2: Crafting and Supporting Strong Missions and Visions
 
Chapter 3: Improving Through Effective Feedback
 
Chapter 4: Increasing Parent and Community Stakeholder Partnerships
 
Chapter 5: Managing and Sustaining an Organized, Productive, Ever-Changing School Culture
 
Chapter 6: Boosting Collegial Climates by Providing Embedded Professional Development
 
Chapter 7: Planning for Success
 
Appendix A: Daggett System for Effective Instruction Questionnaire
 
Appendix B: An Invitation to Our Readers
 
References
 
Index

"Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is a necessary read for any school leader seeking to learn how to use strong educational principles in order to reach academic excellence on a global scale. The authors expertly describe the methods that will create a motivational learning environment for the entire school community."

Allison Tennyson-Ibrahim, M.Ed., Principal
American Creativity Academy, Kuwait

"Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is a  professional “toolbox” for aspiring as well as experienced school administrators and teacher leaders or any educator who cares about meeting the needs of today’s student learner. Drs. Jones and Blake have provided a book that is clear and engaging. It is loaded with real-world advice. How to address difficult issues in a leadership role, for example, is presented in a realistic perspective through real-life examples, vignettes, and personal reflections that come not only from the authors themselves but also from school leaders currently in the field. These proven strategies bring credibility to the authors’ work. I highly recommend this book. It is a practical guide that can help school leaders stay on the forefront of success in their schools."

Linda Pincham, Associate Professor
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

"The title of this book, Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have, invites educators of all levels of school reform to follow the authors on an authentic journey to find moral and ethical harmony while discovering best practices for teaching and learning, alike.    

 

The core principles of each of the seven chapters convey an inspirational repertoire of school improvement designs, strategies, organizational tools, and reflections. Any supervisor can utilize these principles when leading of school and/or organizational transformation. The authors’ use of humor to illustrate the intricacies of engaging in powerful conversations via formal and informal contexts offers opportunities to better understand differing perspectives."

Deborah R. Jackson, Former President (2015)
Learning Forward, Inc., Oxford, OH

"Fearless Conversations Leaders Have to Have is the kind of book principals are eager to devour, especially those new to the profession. Jones and Blake share powerful insights and provide real life fearless leadership examples and non-examples that can help to shape a principal's leadership vision. Their awareness of the challenges and opportunities principals face when they walk through the doors of their schools every day makes this book a must-have. As a new teacher under Dr. Blake's leadership almost 20 years ago, I can say with certainty that she has walked her talk and has a way of mentoring and guiding that is real, relevant, and learner-centered, even if that learner is an adult. I can't wait to share this book with the principals I lead!"

Natalie Grayson, Supervisor
Columbus City Schools, Columbus, OH

"Filled with practical suggestions and reflective opportunities, this relevant and comprehensive book provides an excellent resource for active school administrators or students in training to be school administrators.  With a focus on all practitioners, the authors, using clear and concrete examples, have provided a basis for understanding of topics related to the profession.  This book provides valuable insights and perspective from two proven leaders and should be required reading for certification courses."

Roberto A. Pamas, EdD, Associate Professor – Education Leadership
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

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