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1st Edition

Unconventional Leadership
Bridging the Connected World with Meaningful Relationships

ISBN 9780367074470
Published October 8, 2019 by Routledge
178 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Today’s educational leaders are working with more resources, more research, and more stakeholders – all within the same, limited time in a day as we had a decade ago. Author Jessica M. Cabeen takes readers through an intentional journey of current trends and buzzwords, helping leaders understand how social media is a tool for connection, collaboration, and learning. This exciting book explores the importance of care and collaboration with all members of the educational community – students, teachers, staff, families, and community partners. Each chapter highlights examples of leaders that have made positive change in their schools, and provides key actionable strategies that can be implemented at a pace that is sustainable and tailored to fit your needs. You will discover a deeper understanding of the critical importance of your role in:

  • Elevating the student’s experience
  • Building a strong school culture
  • Creating small ways to make big impacts with families
  • Advocating a clear message with community partners and legislative leaders
  • Creating time for self-care

Filled with practical examples, tools, and strategies, Unconventional Leadership is a resource school leaders can pick up today and implement tomorrow.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author



Introduction: The Case for Unconventional Leadership in Schools.

Chapter One: Leading with Students

Chapter Two: Leading with Staff

Chapter Three: Leading with Family Members

Chapter Four: Leading with Colleague or Central Office Administrator

Chapter Five: Leading with Community Members or Legislative Stakeholders

Chapter Six: Leading for Yourself

Conclusion: A Few Cautionary Tales.

Appendix: So how do I do that? Resources for organizing social media accounts and work.

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Jessica M. Cabeen is Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minnesota. Jessica is active on social media (@JessicaCabeen) and co-moderates #ECEChat.


"Jessica Cabeen's latest work about being an Unconventional Leader creates new spins on current trends. Using callouts to experts in the field, the book doesn't just give ideas and share stories, but it also connects readers with practitioners they can continue to learn from after reading. The book shares practical tips for any educator who wants to grow in their role."
—Starr Sackstein, Director of Humanities K-12, West Hempstead Union Free School District

"Yes! A book full of so many tips, connections and stories that make you laugh, are relatable and motivate you to implement what you read. Get ready to soak up every moment with this one!"
—LaVonna Roth, creator and founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®

"Any book that summarizes leadership into actionable steps is worth a read. Unconventional Leadership is one of these and its ideas should be embraced as essential to making a significant difference in the culture of our schools and districts. As leaders, we must grow and learn collaboratively with our colleagues. This starts by engaging in actions that demonstrate and value others. Such lessons are shared within these pages."
—Deborah Delisle, president and chief executive officer (CEO) The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

"Cabeen offers thoughts and strategies for making the often-times cerebral and lonely job of leadership into one that is personal and invigorating. [...]In addition to following educational thinkers and practitioners, Cabeen encourages us to participate and share our own insights, stories, and thoughts"
-Becky Johnson, MA, NBCT, MiddleWeb