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You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero
Leading a Hero-Building School Culture

First Edition


March 2020 | 200 pages | Corwin

Create a culture and climate that produces real heroes

The future of our schools depends on leaders who can foster every day heroism in others. This doesn’t require supernatural powers. It requires a willingness to be intentional in building heroes in our communities who are ready to get things done and take on the demands of the future.   

You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero will help you create the climate that produces these heroes. Hero-building work will help you look deeply into your school culture and see yourself and your students and staff in a fresh, powerful way. Readers will find:

·         Training ideas for leadership teams

·         Instruments for gauging progress

·         Practical steps for building courage into practices

·         Practical strategies to help navigate the complexities of creating an extraordinary school

·         Hero-building stories from the field

Written with an inspiring tone, this book will empower school leaders to lead in a way that unleashes staff and students to be superheroes in their communities. 


 
Preface
 
Chapter 1 – Heroes In The Hallways
Introduction

 
Principal Makes House Calls

 
Manufacturing Our Future

 
Telling Your School’s Story

 
Leading By Example

 
Culture Wins Out!

 
Reigniting The Spark

 
Authentic Leadership

 
Heroes Are Built

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 2 – Look Deep Inside – See What Students And Staff Really Bring To School
Introduction

 
The Invisible Backpack

 
A Culture Of Relationships

 
A Culture Of Resources

 
A Culture Of Interventions

 
A Culture Of Wisdom

 
Seeing The Invisible

 
Super Hearing And Dangerous Thoughts

 
Gap Kids

 
Hidden Strength

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 3 – True To Life Leadership And Learning
Introduction

 
Lies We Tell Ourselves And Believe

 
High Risk Means High Reward

 
Growth Challenge on FORWARD Rubric

 
Failure Is An Option

 
Hide Your Mistakes And Weaknesses

 
Front Runners Win

 
Settling

 
Sustainability

 
Consensus

 
Innovation Is For Crazy People

 
Leaders Must Be The Loudest Voice

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 4 – Unleash The Voice And Choice Of Students
Introduction

 
Is Your Hearing Good?

 
School Reform Through Student Voice

 
Social Media And Student Voice

 
Letting Students Lead

 
Gauge Your Student Voice Level

 
Student Choice

 
School Showcase

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 5 – Lead Like An Alien: Out Of This World Ideas To Produce Hero Students
Introduction

 
Break Down Historical Barriers

 
Procrastinators Produce

 
Bells Are Barriers

 
Grades Matter Most

 
Repetition Is Wrong

 
Tradition Holds Us Down

 
Homework Helps

 
Think Differently

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 6 – Build Resilience: Raise Your Grit Score
Introduction

 
WHADITW

 
Perfection Before Action?

 
Public Praiser

 
This Too Will Pass

 
The Distractor

 
The Overbearing Octopus

 
Passive Resistance

 
Negative Self Talk

 
Hero Solutions For Students

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 7 – Go Big Or Go Home: Empower Students To Be Global Game Changers!
Introduction: Shoes For Esperanza

 
Give A Hand

 
Kangaroo Cup

 
Saddle Innovation

 
Rain Garden

 
Ocean Cleanup

 
Think Big, Act Big

 
Expand Your View

 
Leading Big

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 8 – Be Courageous: Risk It All For What’s Right
Introduction: Origin Stories

 
Super Courageous Fortitude

 
Courage To Be Authentic

 
Courage To Ask For Help

 
Courage To Be True

 
Courageous Conversations

 
Courage To Shatter The Status Quo

 
Hero Training

 
 
References

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