The indispensable leadership companion—updated and more relevant than ever! Part leadership manual, part short novel, this unique best-seller uses dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how the simple act of viewing a problem through different lenses—political, human resources, structural, or symbolic—can reveal better options and solutions. Featuring reflective questions and solid strategies for meeting real-life challenges, the third edition also includes:  • New views on building morale in the age of #MeToo  • Revamped discussion of mandates, standards and rubrics  • Celebration of educators as skilled professionals  • Expanded conversations about hope, faith, and parental involvement  • Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem is reframe it with wise advice from a trusted mentor. In this one-of-a-kind leadership resource, you�ll find both.



This is my destiny, to have this group of children before me. As they were growing, aging to be fifth graders, I was training, and now we meet, in this unique place and time. The moment felt holy.

—Esmé Raji Codell (2009)

If you’re a teacher or principal who wants to step up and become a better leader, we wrote this book for you. It’s intended as a portable companion, a mentor available anytime you are in need of advice or counsel. You can take it with you, look it over after hours, consult it when trouble arises, and use it to stimulate a reflective dialogue—on your own or with colleagues. The book is filled with the words and wisdom of two seasoned veterans: Margaret Juhl, ...

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