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Future Focused Leaders

Future Focused Leaders
Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Educational Change

Foreword by Salome Thomas-EL

© 2018 | 192 pages | Corwin

Promote the skills and experiences that equip students to thrive in the future!


Future Focused Leaders concentrates on three areas, Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate, that will engage and empower school leaders to effectively prepare students and educators for the future. This book provides best practices, practical tools, and research-based strategies that educators can immediately apply for sustainable innovation in their leadership. With maintaining positive change in mind, this book also offers:

  • Examples, vignettes, and activities for reflection and action
  • A self-evaluation rubric to check your ability to relate, innovate, and invigorate
  • Visit Chase Learning for video and audio resources, as well as a leadership simulation for team practice

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About the Authors
Chapter 1: Conversational Leadership: Leadership Driven by Relationships, Listening, and Communication
School Leader’s Story: Listening to Student Voice  
The Conversation Is the Relationship  
More Meaningful Meetings  
School Culture  
School Leader’s Story: Building Authentic Relationships  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
School Leader Simulation (SIM): The Bully Teacher  
Chapter 2: Communication Builds Community: Telling Your School Story Together
School Leader’s Story: Telling Your School’s Story  
Branding Your School  
Digital Media Tools  
School Leader’s Story: Communicating by Relating  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 3: Connecting to Make a Difference: Building Relationships With the Entire School Community
School Leader’s Story: Connecting Students With Their Community  
Connecting for Learning  
School, It’s Not Just for Students Anymore  
School Leader’s Story: Engaging the Community  
Partnerships to Strengthen Learning  
School Leader’s Story: Making a Difference for Others  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 4: Shift in How We Do School: The Changing Architecture of Learning and Schooling
School Leader’s Story: Increasing Parent Involvement  
Holding Back Innovation: Comfort, Cost, and Courage  
A Future Crisis: Pulling Away From the Past to Save the Future  
Physical Environment  
School Leader’s Story: Empowering Students  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 5: Digital Leadership, Learning, and Technology: Digital School Leaders Making a Difference for Students
School Leader’s Story: Modeling Digital Learning  
You Think You Have Problems?  
SwERI Framework  
Future Design Learning Environments  
School Leader’s Story: Technology Supports Student Interest  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 6: Nurturing Creativity: Strategies for Leaders to Inspire Creativity in Their Teachers, Students, and Parents
School Leader’s Story: Creating Space for Creativity  
The Fourth Revolution  
Growing Creativity  
School Leader’s Story: Creative Solutions for Authentic Problems  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 7: Inspiring Others to Greatness: Principals Inspiring Teachers, Students, and Parents for Amazing Things
School Leader’s Story: Getting All Voices Heard  
Making a Lasting Difference  
Culture Changes in Education  
Returning to the Call  
School Leader’s Story: Community Members Inspiring Students  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 8: Building on Strengths: Leadership That Focuses on Strengths and Celebrates the Success of Others
School Leader’s Story: A House Undivided  
The Power of Team  
Focus on Strengths  
School Leader’s Story: Stronger Together: Collaborating for Success  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 9: Servant Leadership: Serving the Students, Staff, and Community to Ensure They Get What They Need to Learn
School Leader’s Story: Serving the School Community  
Kindergarten Lessons  
School Leader’s Story: Supporting Students’ Ideas: “Make It Happen”  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  
Chapter 10: Learning Is the Goal: Leadership That Resists Trends and Quick Fixes
School Leader’s Story: Supporting Leadership Throughout the School for Learning  
A Lead Learner  
Do What Matters  
Resist the Quick Fix  
Keys to Learning as School Leaders  
Celebrate Learning  
School Leader’s Story: Changing a School Culture for Learning  
Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities  


"School leaders will find many one-stop ideas that will help them innovate their school in practical, inexpensive ways."

Virginia E. Kelsen, Executive Director, Career Readiness
Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Ontario CA

"Future Ready touches on all the topics that are relevant to school leaders today. Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage hit on those nagging obstacles we face as school leaders and provide real examples of school leaders that turned obstacles into opportunities to innovate an invigorate their students, staff, and community relationships. The solutions offered in this book are unique and replicable . . . The book challenges the status quo and pushes the reader to look at obstacles as an opportunity to innovate."

Nancy Alvarez, Assistant Principal
Lawson Early Childhood School, McKinney TX

"This is School Leadership 101—a comprehensive view of current and evolving leadership practices in an era of shared leadership, social networking, and envisioning the future of public education."

David G. Daniels, High School Principal
Susquehanna Valley High School, Conklin NY

"Are you looking for ideas on how to build a better school community where technology isn’t an outlier but part of the core conversation? Future Focused Leaders: Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Change by Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage is the book for you. Through practical stories from practicing K-12 leaders around the country, to their Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate framework, you will walk away with a plethora of ideas and actionable steps to get those ideas started."

Peter DeWitt, Ed.D., Corwin Author/Consultant
Finding Common Ground blog (Education Week), Albany, NY

"Future Focused Leaders delivers on its promise to provoke a dialogue about meaningful change. Learn from leaders from every corner of the country, and hear how they are innovating to meet the needs of all students. This truly is a book about a better tomorrow, and how to get started today."

Dr. Brad Gustafson, National Distinguished Principal and Author of Renegade Leadership
Greenwood Elementary School, Plymouth, MN

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