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"School leadership is a challenge that is made more difficult through isolation, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this book, the authors lead you to reflect on what isolates you and share practical ways to help get connected to other school leaders. This is a must read for the connected and soon to be connected leaders!"
"Being a school leader can lead to incredible, life changing moments for kids, but it is also filled with a healthy dose of loneliness and isolation. Spike Cook, Jessica Johnson, and Theresa Stager do an excellent job in this book unearthing this reality and providing real, practical solutions for today's school leader. They lay out an excellent roadmap on how today's leaders can build connections across communities so that their teachers and students can excel."
"Finally, a book that names the classic problem of isolation for educational leaders: once you become the head of your own school or organization, it's as if other schools cease to exist! Filled with real-time examples and reflection questions from three dynamic, active principals who've crafted their own connected and growing practices, this book will be a resource and a comforting guide for anyone seeking to establish a personal or professional learning network, and lays a Twitter-connected path to the next steps of leadership development."
"Cook, Johnson, and Stager hit the nail on the head as they identify isolation as a major obstacle to the success of school leaders. Principals do not thrive by doing it on their own, and the authors present a readable guide on how to get and stay connected by building a professional learning network. Helpful vignettes from other educators and the authors’ own experiences add nuance to the book’s treatment of both the opportunities and challenges of connectedness.
"To connect, or not to connect, that is the question - or is it? Spike, Jessica, and Theresa have provided school leaders at all levels of connectivity with a toolbox of resources and professionals to begin their digital journey. As a novice in the social media world, I am empowered to begin expanding my Professional Learning Network (PLN) by utilizing and following the steps and experts they have suggested."
"Linchpin educational leaders Spike, Jessica, and Theresa epitomize growth mindsets as they share how they use social media every day to build linkages across their own school communities and within global professional learning networks. In Breaking Out of Isolation this writing team brings alive stories of connected educators who amplify their own mindful learning, power up resource sharing across networks, and support each other.
"As a building administrator, this is an absolute must read. This book should be a go-to-guide for leaders for years to come. Spike, Jessica and Theresa understand the complexity of leadership and share several tips, strategies and thoughts to help leaders gain confidence and increase success. Simply put it is time to grab a paddle (or this book) and get off of the island."