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Motivate! Inspire! Lead!
10 Strategies for Building Collegial Learning Communities



May 2009 | 344 pages | Corwin

"The authors remind leaders that the first step in motivating others is changing themselves. This practical book uses case studies, examples, and reflective activities to provide leaders with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create school cultures in which teachers can find purpose, hope, enjoyment, and a sense of belonging and competency."
—Dennis Sparks, Emeritus Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"The Vojteks write lucidly about school improvement, offering realistic, down-to-earth cases and well-stated approaches to change based solidly in cognitive and social psychology. They detail how school leaders can use ten motivational strategies to achieve improved student performance."
—Richard A. Schmuck, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon
Author, Practical Action Research

Discover how your learning community can tap into greater creativity, talent, and expertise!

This resource shows how leaders can transform learning communities into high-performing collegial communities where teachers collaborate for continuous school improvement, are passionate about teaching, and are valued as professionals.

Based on motivational theory and the authors' optimal performance model, this volume presents 10 concrete motivational strategies for fostering a culture in which educators work together to fulfill a common purpose. Each chapter includes an authentic case study and reflective questions to help readers understand the conditions needed for implementation, as well as a "Next Steps" section that offers recommendations and ideas. Participants are able to direct and strengthen their efforts toward successful achievement through

  • Positive interdependence
  • Reciprocal relationships
  • Shared decision making
  • Professional learning
  • Mutual responsibility

Detailed and insightful, Motivate! Inspire! Lead! is the go-to guide for developing a dynamic learning community that balances support for a positive school culture and continuous school improvement with the individual needs of each member of the school community.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
1. Understanding Motivation
 
2. Leadership Within
 
3. Quality of Life: Creating the Essential Conditions to Support the School Environment
 
4. Mission: Defining the Important Work We Do
 
5. Communication: Using Shared Vocabulary and Definitions to Clarify Purpose Through Dialogue
 
6. Relationships: Building Human Connections
 
7. Accountability: Creating Ownership and Mutual Responsibility to Accomplish the Mission
 
8. Competence and Capacity: Generating the Confidence to Successfully Achieve the Goal
 
9. Autonomy: Leveraging the Freedom Within Articulated Boundaries to Make Informed Decisions
 
10. Empowerment: Delegating the Responsibility That Affords Educators the Authority to Do Their Work
 
11. Positive Interdependence: Interacting in Ways That Promote Each Other's Success
 
12. Results: Achieving the School's Morally Compelling Mission and Goals
 
13. A Call for Action
 
Epilogue
 
Appendix A. Satisfying Basic Needs
 
Appendix B. Further Reading
 
References
 
Index

"The authors remind leaders that the first step in motivating others is changing themselves. This practical book uses case studies, examples, and reflective activities to provide leaders with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create school cultures in which teachers and others can find purpose, hope, enjoyment, and a sense of belonging and competency."

Dennis Sparks, Emeritus Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"The Vojteks write lucidly about school improvement, offering realistic, down-to-earth cases and well-stated approaches to change based solidly in cognitive and social psychology. They spell out in detail how school leaders can use ten motivational strategies to achieve improved student performance."

Richard A. Schmuck, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon
Author, Practical Action Research

"Engaging, true-to-life stories permeate this book, making it a joy to read. This resource provides practical strategies and ideas for school leaders who want to work with their staff to achieve the goals and outcomes that will make school a place that everyone enjoys coming to every day. This would be a great book for a book study."

Sandra Crowther, President-Elect
Phi Delta Kappa International

"The authors of this inspirational book offer a compelling, unique, and highly informed perspective on ways that administrators can motivate and inspire staff to perform at optimal levels. Dynamic and energetic school leaders, the Vojteks present ten well-defined strategies for creating conditions within a school community that will promote self-motivation and bring passion and joy back into teaching and learning."

Michael H. Savage, Executive Director
Connecticut Association of Schools

"Schools today are charged not only with developing the whole child but also with increasing the professional capacities of faculty and staff. This is a smart and practical book that offers school leaders an innovative approach to motivating school personnel, which in turn helps create and sustain successful learning communities. School leaders can guide their staffs to higher performance levels by incorporating the authors’ concept of motivation from within and utilizing the 10 motivational strategies."

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals
Key features
  • Offers 10 concrete strategies for motivating and leading a high-performing, collegial learning community
  • Provides numerous tools, techniques, and activities
  • An authentic scenario in each strategy chapter is followed by reflective questions that help the reader understand the strategy and essential conditions for implementing the strategy
  • A "Next Steps" section at end of each strategy chapter provides additional suggestions and ideas for implementation

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Introduction


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