Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community! Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have. Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as: • A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy • A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy • An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students • Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting • Discussion questions for use in team environments Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community. ? “This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy.” —James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders

Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders

Meet Tim

Tim Cooper is the principal of Waterville High School. Although he has 2,000 students in his high school, he and his two assistant principals work hard to make the rounds and engage with students. He stands in the parking lot when students drive in so he can tell them to have a good day, and he’s also there when they leave, when he tells them to “be safe.” We know how new drivers can be.

Whether it’s students getting off the bus, being dropped off by their relatives, or driving their own cars, Mr. Cooper and his two assistant principals spread the wealth when it comes to building relationships with students. They understand that ...

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