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"A fanciful query into concise actions that can be used to create change in impactful ways. This book is a valuable guide to helping educators focus change that has the promise to spark improvement."
"It’s unbelievable that this compact book could hold that much information and examples in only four chapters. Great read! Great examples! This book is a call to action. I’m unable to read this book and not want to try something new!"
"Releasing Leadership Brilliance brings together work from several major educational researchers and cohesively forms practical strategies, techniques, and tools for educational leaders."
"The language in the book speaks directly to educators. The book contains the right mix of fact, life, and guidance. The authors have authenticity by virtue of having lived the experiences."
"Finally! This book successfully brings forth both theory and tools for practitioners in the field, with the passion that calls to educators who want to achieve better outcomes for all students. The stories of schools that have consistently improved, who have overcome the obstacles, and stopped talking about barriers but rather removed them together are powerful! This book offers so many suggestions for how to achieve great results in any school or district, while highlighting the importance of all team members are leaders."
"This book is unique among books on leadership theory, change agency, and transformational change. Furthermore, it includes many tools to engage readers in the type of self-reflection that draws one into action."
"I’m glad someone took the time to study the Breakthrough Schools and clarify their secrets to success. I encourage leaders everywhere to use the text to inspire new thinking and powerful actions. Love the organizer for addressing leadership as well as the case studies and exercises. "
"Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education is about big change in our schools and how to make these changes across our country—regardless of the zip code of the school. It’s purpose is to help educational leaders SOAR, finding both personal and team BRILLIANCE!
"An easy read and full of excellent success stories. Also, I liked the metaphor used as a framework for the book. This book offers a simple and easy-to-understand way to look at changes that can make a difference in student learning and student efficacy. I loved the many references to a broad range of other books that helped reinforce the points that were made. The tasks at the end of each chapter can be helpful as well."
"As a former small plane pilot I was excited to see Simon Bailey and Marceta Reilly use a flight metaphor and found it very accurate—for both flying and education! In their new book, Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, their emphasis on culture building and bringing out each person’s brilliance responds perfectly to negative issues of compliance and complaints about new initiatives that educators insist will not work.
"In their book, Releasing Leadership Brilliance, the authors first create an inspirational metaphor for supporting student-centered change in schools: Breaking the Sound Barrier. Building on this metaphor, they provide explanation, examples, tools, and resources for implementation. I encourage all educators to pick up a copy to see how you can help your students break the sound barrier."
"The quest to find our best selves, live our best lives, and shine with our own brilliance is the heart’s desire of every human being. Two people compelled to help us find that pathway, and acknowledge our brilliance have been divinely called. NASSP supports Great Leaders in every school who are committed to the success of each student. Through this commitment we provide resources to school leaders as they journey to develop themselves, their teachers, and their students.
"What a fun, encouraging, doable, brilliant message for today’s educators on their way to becoming champions for all! This book is an essential next step for those aspiring leaders who are stuck in the overwhelming rut of professional development. It is a brilliant way to expand our thinking into practical ways of having thoughtful conversations with staff, students, parents, and community. Building a leadership conversation around the metaphor of flight is another brilliant move, as is the use of success stories from all walks of life.
"In their new book Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, Marceta Reilly and Simon Bailey have presented to educational leaders a gift of their combined wisdom, experience and brilliance They have created a unique multidimensional metaphor related to flight that they carry throughout the book, providing depth and heart to the constructs they present about leadership. Bailey and Reilly have presented a 'flight plan' of how school leaders can transform secondary schooling in the World.
"Rarely are school leaders presented with a comprehensive leadership book that addresses all the players in the educational arena—the leader, community members, instructional staff and students. The expertise shared by the authors—a business executive and a former superintendent/leadership coach—provide exercises, tools, and resources designed to break the sound barrier of limiting beliefs for each of these populations.
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