Renegade Leadership
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Renegade Leadership
Creating Innovative Schools for Digital-Age Students

  • Brad Gustafson - Greenwood Elementary School (Principal), Adjusting Course, LLC (Owner)

Foreword by George Couros



© 2017 | 192 pages | Corwin

Get ready to be a renegade with this how-to leadership guide.

We’re all looking for the next best app and what’s just beyond the tech horizon. But why don’t we have the same progressive appetite for pedagogy that we have for technology? Renegade leadership may just be the answer we’ve been searching for.

Merging best practice with innovation, renegade leadership demands a call to action in the digital age by creating student-centered instructional leadership that connects equity, culture, and technology. After reading this book, you will learn how to:

  • Apply transformational tenets of connected pedagogy to your work
  • Increase your leadership capacity in curriculum, instruction, cultural proficiency, and school improvement
  • Lead staff meetings, plan personalized professional development, and improve student learning through more responsive teaching practices

Using the latest research, vignettes from educational leaders, and profiles of inspiring renegades, this book challenges you to lead in the digital age. The only real question is…are you ready to become a renegade?

Don’t miss the free podcasts, flipped book study, and more on the Renegade Leadership website.

"Renegade Leadership is so crucial to the work that we do in education.  Why can’t schools be the place that other organizations look to for innovation?"
George Couros, Innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant  and Author of The Innovator’s Mindset; Alberta, Canada

"Dr. Brad Gustafson provides invigorating, concrete examples of strategic thinking and skills for educational leaders to fill the vacuum that exists in many educational settings. Gustafson asserts that leadership and change in education are irrevocably intertwined."
Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation, CUE

"Renegade Leadership demonstrates what student-centered schools look like in the digital age. When we get relationships and pedagogy right, we can transform the very nature of learning. This is a book our students desperately need us all to read."
Erin Klein, Scholastic Top Teacher and Michigan Teacher of the Year

 
LIST OF FIGURES
 
FOREWORD
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
INTRODUCTION: RENEGADES NEEDED
What Is Renegade Leadership?  
Why Renegade Leadership?  
The Renegade CODE  
Special Features  
Outcomes  
 
CHAPTER 1. RENEGADE LEADERSHIP DEFINED
Renegade Leadership Defined  
Epic Fail: Neglecting to Acknowledge Standard Work  
The Code of the West  
The Renegade CODE  
Best Practice and Innovation  
The Renegade Leadership Difference  
Equity in Action  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
What Renegade Leadership Is Not  
Real-Life Renegade: Atul Gawande  
What Are We Saying “Yes” To?  
Renegade Leadership Scale Directions  
Double Down on Self-Reflection  
 
CHAPTER 2. RELATIONSHIPS AND CULTURE
Relationships and Connectedness  
Real-Life Renegade: Lucy Stone  
Understanding School Culture  
The Science of Accelerated Change  
Starting a New Leadership Position  
Equity in Action  
Renegade Profile: Sarah Thomas  
Traditions Perpetuate Mindsets  
Putting People First  
How to “Flip” Your Open House  
Epic Fail: Putting Paperwork Before People  
How to Reprioritize Relationships Through Relational Rounds  
Best Practice and Innovation  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
Renegade Research  
Double Down on School Culture  
 
CHAPTER 3. THE RENEGADE CODE
The Renegade CODE  
The Renegade CODE in Action  
Epic Fail: Talking Technology Without the Mention of Pedagogy  
Best Practice and Innovation  
Inherently Connected  
Understanding the Status Quo  
Understanding State Standards  
Real-Life Renegade: Jackson Pollock  
Where Pedagogy Meets Innovation  
Renegade Research  
Modeling the Renegade CODE  
Creating Culture  
Renegade Profile: Adam Welcome  
How to Practice the Renegade CODE  
Double Down on Modeling Connected Learning  
 
CHAPTER 4. COLLABORATION FOR DIGITAL-AGE STUDENTS
Collaboration  
Real-Life Renegade: Rosa Parks  
Modeling the Renegade CODE  
Creating Student Wins  
Creating Culture  
How to Start a Collaborative Podcast  
Parent Partnerships  
Digital-Age Communications  
Renegade Profile: Jen Hegna  
Understanding the Status Quo  
Fearless Collaboration  
Great Minds Think Differently  
Passport to Passion  
Equity in Action  
Trickle-Down Collaboration  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
Double Down on Collaboration  
 
CHAPTER 5. OWNERSHIP: EMPOWERING DIGITAL-AGE STUDENTS
Ownership  
Real-Life Renegade: Patsy Sherman  
Creating Culture  
Epic Fail: Underestimating What Kids Are Capable Of  
Students as Stakeholders  
Renegade Profile: Jennie Magiera  
Amplify Student Voice  
Potential Pitfalls  
Creating Student Wins  
How to Bring Student Ownership to Board Meetings  
The Renegade Leadership Difference  
True Learner Empowerment  
Traditions Perpetuate Mindsets  
Double Down on Student Ownership  
 
CHAPTER 6. DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY FOR DIGITAL-AGE STUDENTS
Digital Connectivity  
Real-Life Renegade: Ole Kirk Christiansen  
Classrooms as Mirrors  
Deeper Learning Through Flipped Instruction  
Consider the Positives  
How to Live-Stream a School Event  
Transparency Transforms Learning  
Relationships and Connectedness  
Potential Pitfalls  
Parent Partnerships  
THINK  
Social Media Scaffolding  
Equity in Action  
Renegade Profile: Daisy Dyer Duerr  
Creating a Culture  
How to Create a Culture of Connectedness Using a School Hashtag  
Where Pedagogy Meets Innovation  
Double Down on Digital Connectivity  
 
CHAPTER 7. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS DEEPER LEARNING
Experiential Learning  
Real-Life Renegade: Noah Webster  
Relationships and Connectedness  
Understanding State Standards  
Best Practice and Innovation  
How to Facilitate Experiential Learning With Drone Technology  
Where Pedagogy Meets Innovation  
Creating Student Wins  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
Creating a Culture  
Modeling the Renegade CODE  
Relationships Are the Experience  
Renegade Profile: Sandy Otto  
Double Down on the Learning Experience  
 
CHAPTER 8. INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
Improving Practice  
Real-Life Renegade: Dick Fosbury  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
Renegade Profile: Jill Johnson  
Best Practice and Innovation  
Improving Practice Through Conversation  
Equity in Action  
Epic Fail: Being Unprepared to Respond to Culturally Insensitive Comments  
Confronting Racism Through Conversation  
How to Hold a Culturally Responsive Conversation  
Creating Culture  
True Learner Empowerment  
How to Bring MakerSpace Learning to Your School  
How to Fund a MakerSpace  
Transforming Learning Spaces  
Improving Practice Through Renegade Leadership  
Double Down on Improving Practice  
 
CHAPTER 9. PERSONALIZED PD TO EMPOWER EDUCATORS
Microcredentialing and Digital Badges  
Real-Life Renegade: Dave Grohl  
Amplify Student Voice  
True Learner Empowerment  
Renegade Profile: Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac  
How to Create Breakout Sessions for Staff PD  
Instructional Leadership in Action  
Creating Culture  
Modeling the Renegade CODE  
Renegade Profile: Todd Nesloney  
Renegade Research  
How to Cultivate Connected PD  
How to Organize an Edcamp  
Bring the Edcamp Experience to Your Staff  
Creating Student Wins  
Putting People First  
Best Practice and Innovation  
Epic Fail: Undercommunicating Change  
Double Down on PD  
 
CHAPTER 10. ACTIVATE YOUR RENEGADE LEADERSHIP
Six Subtle Shifts  
Subtle Shift 1: Help Mentor Teachers  
Double Down on Mentoring  
Subtle Shift 2: Make Our Own Learning Visible  
Renegade Profile: Jon Corippo  
Double Down on Learning  
Subtle Shift 3: Celebrate and Support New Teachers  
Renegade Profile: Jimmy Casas  
Double Down on Support  
Subtle Shift 4: Prioritize 10 Percent–Type Conversations  
Double Down on 10 Percent–Type Conversations  
Subtle Shift 5: Revitalize Hiring Practices  
Double Down on Hiring  
Subtle Shift 6: Focus on a Pedagogy That Amplifies Learning  
Double Down on Focus  
Call to Action  
 
RESOURCES
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

It is important that we start to think differently about leadership.  Renegade Leadership is so crucial to the work that we do in education.  If we do change right, schools can be a place where we are not just trying to catch up to the innovation around us, but we can be leading it for the entire world.  Think about it . . . why can’t schools be the place that other organizations look to for innovation?

George Couros
Innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant and Author of The Innovator’s Mindset

"Renegade Leadership is a gold mine of inspiring stories, practical ideas and authentic examples of school transformation. It's a book that all educators should read, as we can all be leaders in improving schools no matter what our title or position." 

Jennie Magiera, Author of Courageous Edventures

"Renegade Leadership demonstrates what student-centered schools look like in the digital age. When we get relationships and pedagogy right, we can transform the very nature of learning. The vulnerability of Brad Gustafson's open sharing combined with his practical advice make this an incredible classroom resource. This is a book our students desperately need us all to read."

Erin Klein, Scholastic Top Teacher and Michigan Teacher of the Year

"WOW! Renegade Leadership is loaded with great ideas that any educator could adapt in their own space. I particularly loved the concrete examples of innovation happening in Brad’s school; from the drone challenges, and community service group, to the live-streaming of events so students with sensory issues can join from their classrooms. This book offers a glimpse into the future of best practice. The pedagogy is presented by a practitioner who understands the importance of purpose and higher-level learning. I am so inspired by this text and cannot wait to try some of the ideas in our own district. This is a MUST READ for all educators and especially educational leaders!"

Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Author

In Renegade Leadership, Dr. Brad Gustafson provides invigorating, concrete examples of strategic thinking and skills for educational leaders to fill the vacuum that exists in many educational settings. Gustafson asserts that leadership and change in education are irrevocably intertwined. Renegade Leadership is there for everyone to partake - you just have to decide to commit.

Jon Corippo
Director of Academic Innovation, CUE

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