“This book continually comes back to the relationships formed between students and staff. Using an array of statistics and personal observations, Peters calls upon the heart and the conscience of the educator when asking you to ‘bring your best’ every day into the classroom.”

—From the Foreword by Alan M. Blankstein

Motivate educators in a collaborative endeavor to bring about real change in schools and classrooms!

Reflecting Stephen G. Peters' motivational workshops, this resource provides practical guidelines for influencing school culture and inspiring higher student performance based on understanding today's learners. The book provides strategies and tested techniques that have transformed struggling schools into national and state blue-ribbon winners. The author, well-known for creating the “Gentleman's Club,” invites students who are considered at risk to participate in the decision-making process of school change. Eloquently illustrating the immediate need for improvement in our schools, this resource covers: The expanded roles for educators leading change initiatives; The reasons why many students do not perform well; Practical, specific tips for turning a vision for change into a school's reality

Principals and teacher leaders will welcome this unique approach that can bring about meaningful transformations in students, teachers, and entire school communities.

The Expanded Role of School Leaders

The expanded role of school leaders

Quality is never an accident. It is the result of good intentions and skillful execution; it represents the wisest choice from many alternatives.

During the past decade, numerous states, localities, and foundations have launched initiatives to recruit and train better principals. What these efforts share is a recognition that school leaders exert a powerful influence on teacher quality and student learning. (Mazzeo, 2003)

By the end of this chapter, in order to bring your best stuff every day, you should understand:

  • Principal Leadership Styles
  • The Changing Nature of School Leadership
  • How to Create “Win-Win” With Teachers
  • Leadership Versus Management
  • Characteristics of School Building Leadership

According to researchers Philip Hallinger and Ronald Heck, school principals “exercise a measurable, though indirect, effect on ...

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