Leadership isn’t just a title What could you do with a $1 billion budget if you had 100,000+ students and one of the largest school systems in America? Imagining is his reality. Learn along from Dallas Dance as he shares the successful change efforts he employed to transform Baltimore Public Schools. Deliberate Excellence is a true story of success in a challenging school environment that delivers great insight and inspiration. Readers will be moved and changed by three key success principles: • Establishing equity over equality by providing exactly what individuals need to be successful • Understanding change, how it happens, and what one needs to make it so • Knowing people deeply and how that leads to accomplishment and organizational change Be inspired by this passion for progress and the drive to maximize latent potential in all people. “For 20 years, Dr. Dallas Dance has been an inspiration to me as a leader. He understands that true leaders inspire others to lead, galvanize their audience, and provide practical applications to difficult situations. Regardless of the political climate, Dr. Dance has always kept students first. After reading Deliberate Excellence, educators will take away successful strategies to increase student achievement.” Dr. John B. Gordon III, Chief of Schools Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield, VA “Leaders are desperate for books that offer techniques from educational leaders who still practice and hone their craft from the trenches and a proven record of success. Dallas Dance offers educational leaders a unique, candid, and welcome perspective.” LaQuita Outlaw, Principal – Grades 6-8 Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.
As I sat at the end of a huge rectangular table in a large oval room, which appeared to be as large as the stadium home of the Baltimore Ravens, I was preparing myself for my new reality. With six microphones in front of me and seven editors seated on all sides of me, I was about to be grilled by the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun.
As the questions commenced, sweat soaked my undershirt, and I was thankful that the perspiration did not show on my face.
A softball question was thrown: “Dr. Dance, has it hit you yet?”
“Yes, sir! It most certainly has,” I responded.
“Now, let’s get to the meat and potatoes,” one of the editors said.