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

Building Collective Efficacy With Families

Building Collective Efficacy With Families

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

—Stephen Covey

What do we want out of our relationships with families? What are our expectations for them? Some people don’t like the word expectations, but many teachers and leaders have expectations of families. Sometimes, those expectations are set so high that parents can’t possibly live up to them, and other times, they’re set so low they are disrespectful to parents and demeaning to children. As much as we have many families who are there to support their children—and a few that seem to want to put their children in bubble wrap so nothing bad happens to them—we also have ...

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