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Passionate Leadership
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Passionate Leadership
Creating a Culture of Success in Every School

First Edition
  • Salome Thomas-EL - Head of School, Thomas Edison Charter School
  • Joseph Jones - Director of Assessment and Accountability at New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District
  • T.J. Vari - Assistant Superintendent, Appoquinimink School District


June 2019 | 216 pages | Corwin

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Reignite your passion for serving children!

Have you fallen into a rut? Has your position become simply a “role” or a “job?” The authors of this book will remind you why education, the most important profession in our society, demands passionate leadership.

Passionate Leadership is an aspiring call to action for teachers and principals around the world to recommit to passionately serving children, building the communities children deserve, and celebrating our successes. Take ownership, push to new heights, and break old boundaries by following the strategies in this book. Discover

  • Practical ideas and suggestions for how to serve as a beacon of hope in the field
  • First-hand experiences from enthusiastic leaders modeling what passionate leadership looks like
  • Charts and graphs that will help you assess your strong points and identify areas you can improve on

Student success and growth begin with leaders who commit to taking courageous action!

 

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments and Dedication
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Fueling the Passion in Our Schools
 
PART I: INSPIRING TO GROW: A CULTURE OF STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
 
Chapter 1: A Learning Culture, Not a Teaching Culture
Everyone Works to Learn

 
Unintended Consequences

 
An Aligned System of Improvement

 
Growth From the Inside Out

 
Quality Levels of Support

 
Support and Growth Through Feedback

 
Leadership: Choosing Your Direction

 
Charting the Difference

 
Fueling Passion Through Opportunity

 
A Culture of Joy and Fulfillment

 
Creating A Learning Culture by Design: Commitment and Desire

 
 
Chapter 2: Developing the Desire for Change to Grow Faster
Speeding Up the Process

 
Feedback Faster: Creating Systems of Improvement

 
Systematizing PD and Feedback

 
Defining the Outcomes

 
Something for Everyone

 
Technical Tip #1: Everyone Gets a Personal Growth Plan

 
Technical Tip #2: Hire for a Growth Mindset

 
 
PART II: EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES: NO PASSENGERS ALLOWED
 
Chapter 3: The Wonder of a Work Ethic
Everyone Contributes

 
Everyone Means Everyone

 
Break the Cycle of Failure

 
Embrace an I Believe Attitude

 
Leadership: Choosing Your Direction

 
Charting the Difference

 
Empower Student Ownership by Creating New Opportunities

 
A Culture Where Everyone Is Connected and Leadership Matters

 
Creating a Community of Support by Design: Networking and Storytelling

 
 
Chapter 4: Stronger Backs, Not Lighter Loads
A Contribution is Mandatory

 
Making a Mark: The Best Ways to Make an Impact

 
Systematizing Strengths

 
Defining the Roles and Naming the Positions

 
Everybody Makes a Difference

 
Technical Tip #1: Survey for Strengths, Hobbies, and Fun Projects

 
Technical Tip #2: Hiring Contributors

 
 
PART III: POSITIVITY FUELED BY CELEBRATIONS: BEYOND THE BASICS
 
Chapter 5: Committing to a Culture of Celebration
The Power of Connection

 
The Revolving Door

 
You Can’t Lift Anything Up While You’re Pushing It Down

 
There’s More Than One Way to Define Success

 
Leadership: Choosing Your Direction

 
Charting the Difference

 
Know Where You’re Going, How to Get There, and if You’re in the Right Vehicle

 
A Culture of Celebration

 
Creating a Positive Culture by Design: Recognition and Understanding

 
 
Chapter 6: Positive Educators Ignite the System
Celebrate Like You Mean It

 
Two Data Treasure Troves: Create Short-Term Wins Through Goal-Setting

 
Systematizing Celebrations

 
Defining What and Why We Celebrate

 
Diversifying the Who

 
Technical Tip #1: Building the Budget to Celebrate

 
Technical Tip #2: Hiring Positive People

 
 
Conclusion: A Blueprint for Sustaining Passion in Our Schools
 
References
 
Index

“I always say that being positive doesn’t just make you better; it makes everyone around you better. That’s leadership. These guys connect positivity with hard work and a willingness to grow in an effective way. Teachers, principals, business leaders, coaches, and anyone who leads a team can benefit from their message.”

Jon Gordon

“Move over excuses, there is no room for you here. Passionate Leadership will have you looking inward and asking yourself the tough questions to upgrade your impact. This book supports what top performers have understood for ages—all leadership begins with self-leadership.”

Daniel Bauer

“If you are a school leader looking to reignite your passion for the work you do each and every day for your students and staff, then get ready for Passionate Leadership; Creating a Culture of Success in Every School. Authors Salome Thomas-EL, Joseph Jones, and T.J. Vari have teamed up to share their formula for cultivating a vibrant culture by helping you uncover what they call ‘Trip Traps’ and developed an actionable blueprint to help you find your passion again. Each chapter contains practical tips from leaders in the field along with reflective questions to help you focus on the important work you do.”

Jimmy Casas

“In my travels to schools around the world, there is no doubt in my mind that the most successful teachers and principals succeed because they are passionate about their students and communities. In Passionate Leadership, the authors empower readers with fresh ways to recapture their passion, build strong school cultures, and embrace the power of positive celebrations. This is a must read for every educator.”

Manny Scott

Passionate Leadership shows us how classroom, school, and district leaders can tap into their passions and evolve as educators, all in the name of promoting the success of students. The blueprint to success in the educational world can be found in this inspirational book.”

Brad Currie

Passionate Leadership is the book every school leader should be sure to get their hands on to spread the hunger for learning throughout their school communities. This book is full of ideas from experienced leaders who share how they support their school cultures and help even the most struggling educators thrive and succeed.”

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Passionate Leadership is the spark that will ignite your flame for the work you do and turn it into a fire! Salome, Joseph and T.J. provide practical resources, examples and actionable steps you can use tomorrow. Wherever you are in the journey, Passionate Leadership will provide a light to lead the way.”

Jessica Cabeen

“Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School is a book that will inspire, energize, and rejuvenate educators serving in any teaching and leadership role. It will both challenge you to become even better while also validating all the good you are currently doing. It is a
book written by practitioners with documented track records of success. The stories, ideas, tips, and strategies contained within this book serve as a road map for continuous improvement and creating a culture in which all stakeholders invest in each other—most importantly, the students they serve. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for passionate educators everywhere who truly wish to make a difference in our profession.”

Jeffrey Zoul
ConnectEDD

“This is an uplifting, practical, and inspirational guide for leaders, regardless your title! It gives insights and guidance for new leaders and new fuel for the experienced educators. The real vignettes from current leaders remind us of the importance of our work and gives us all something to build upon! Great messages all around, from the heart of leaders, to the heart of leaders.”

Derek McCoy

“Masterfully written and destined to ignite systemic change. Passionate Leadership includes some of the best vignettes from the field I’ve ever read. This book is a blueprint for creating the conditions required to learn. The authors thoughtfully address all the moving parts of passionate leadership using technical tips and clear take-aways to inspire change. Passionate Leadership is the perfect blend of research and inspiration.”

Brad Gustafson
Key features
  • The authors have identified the most common obstacles to passionate leadership (Trip Traps) and how to avoid them
  • Mantras to Live By – guides for a passionate start to every morning
  • The book is written by practitioners for practitioners with examples from the field including 3 inspirational stories and 6 vignettes with key takeaways
  • The authors divide passionate culture into three distinct features and provide easy-to-use charts to identify where cultures are lacking so you can work to improve them.
  • How-To’s that reveal the practical next steps for leaders
  • Tips for hiring practices so that your passionate leadership efforts are sustainable for the future
  • Every chapter ends with Reflection Questions so that you can take inventory and take action right away
  • The authors conclude the book with an action-oriented reflection activity and self-assessment to be used by individuals or teams.

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