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.

The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy

The Essence of Teaching: Leaving a Legacy

Was something wrong? Joan wasn’t sure. The signs were subtle. Less cheerful? A little more impatient? What about that missed meeting? She wanted to ask, but didn’t want to pry. Finally, Joan screwed up her courage and invited Margaret to meet at Andy’s Café, now a safe spot for delving below day-to-day routine and mystery to capture the truth of what’s really going on.

“Something’s on your mind?” Margaret asked.

“Well, yes,” Joan replied. “I’ve been worried.”




“Yes,” Joan replied. “Maybe I’m being crazy, but it just feels like something’s different.”

Margaret was slow to respond. She exhaled slowly. “No, you’re not crazy. You’re very perceptive. That’s one of your gifts. But I thought ...

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