This book provides busy educators with insight on genuine processes and decision-making that maximizes student learning and overall academic success. Full of examples, templates, reflective prompts, and suggestions on how to plan for and drive daily practice, Ten Steps for Genuine Leadership in Schools explores the importance of a genuine learning environment, genuine instructional practices, genuine innovative processes, a genuine vision and mission of your school, and genuine relationships between staff, students, parents, and community. Covering specific strategies that can be implemented immediately, this book is a straightforward and honest approach in doing what really matters in the principal’s chair to elicit positive student outcomes.
"Ten Steps for Genuine Leadership in Schoolsexplores the principles and processes which help the readers of this book attain the goals of student success and teacher satisfaction. By examining practical approaches to established educational theory, this book challenges readers to improve in key areas while validating their leadership practices."
---Matt Saferite, Professional Development Coordinator, Bentonville (AR) Public Schools and Adjunct Instructor of Educational Leadership, Bethel University
"Ten Steps for Genuine Leadership in Schools provides a terrific blueprint for all school leaders from those with vast experience to those that are just starting out. Offering great insight into how to deal with the different types of teachers in a building, this book explains the importance of keeping the student first in education and the necessity of contact with parents: each of which is a major part of school leadership. Each of the ten steps provides a number of takeaways that help implement genuine leadership in any type of school setting. I highly recommend this book at any stage of school leadership."
---Ryan Berens, Ed.D, Assistant Head of Middle School, Trinity Christian Academy (TX)
Part I: Introduction
1. What is Genuine Leadership
2. Know your Staff
Part II: 4 Principles
3. Step 1: Keep your Focus on the Child
4. Step 2: Share Your Vision, NOT Your Brain
5. Step 3: Understand that Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
6. Step 4: Education is a "Contact" Sport
Part III: 3 Processes
7. Step 5: Know What You Have / What You Need
8. Step 6: Building Network Capacity
9. Step 7: Know Your Role
Part IV: 2 Goals
10. Step 8: Cultivate Student Success
11. Step 9: Cultivate Teacher Satisfaction
Part V: Conclusion
12. Step 10: Treat Others Like You Want to be Treated
13. Why Genuine Leadership