Research shows that learning is dependent upon students feeling safe and secure, so preventing and counteracting bullying should be a high priority for any school leader. Written by an experienced, award-winning principal with a proven track record of bully prevention, this book integrates the research and knowledge on effective school leadership with the research and knowledge for effective bullying prevention. James Dillon describes the five paradigm shifts a school principal needs to lead in order to develop the schoolwide will for bully prevention. This book: - Explains why most anti-bullying efforts fail; - Offers professional development strategies for equipping school staff to implement anti-bullying policies; - Includes information on how to assess and improve overall school climate; - Describes how to involve all members of the school community, including parents

The book also provides additional useful information such as how to deliver effective presentations to get buy-in from community members and staff, how to collect and analyze data, and sample forms, online video clips, and case studies. An essential tool for any school leader, No Place for Bullying provides more than just the policies and the forms to implement an anti-bullying program—it provides the tools for inspiring the cultural shift necessary to truly combat bullying in schools.

Leading Groups to Lead

Leading groups to lead

“Groups tend not be wise about their own wisdom … Someone will have to take it on himself to champion the idea of collective wisdom, and in a way create the conditions that allow it to flourish.”

—James Surowiecki (2005, p. 281)

We called our shared decision-making group “the building cabinet.” It consisted of teachers, teaching assistants, parents, and the principal for a total of about ten people. This group made meaningful decisions that affected all aspects of the school. I valued the work I did with them, so every summer I would invite them to my house for a daylong retreat. This was an opportunity for the group to get acquainted and prepared for the upcoming school year.

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