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.

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Where did the years go?” Jaime Rodriguez wondered. In his sixth year at Pico, his mind began to wander as he sat in the first district principals’ meeting of the new school year, half listening to the associate superintendent’s sterile overview of new district policies and the latest mandates coming down from on high. His thoughts floated over his tenure at Pico. He smiled and chuckled to himself about the roller coaster of serendipitous events that had both downed and delighted him. It was a pleasant mystery how he and the school had both survived. Just then, his thoughts were interrupted when the associate superintendent asked, “Why are you smiling? Is there something funny about this new policy?”

“I guess ...

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