Our Books & Other Publications
Too often educational leaders are caught in a “culture of nice,” finding it difficult to give their teachers and staff critical feedback to improve their practice. This important book helps leaders become both candid and compassionate, unrelenting and supportive, and demanding yet caring. Exploring real scenarios and situations, this book helps you through the common traps of trying to improve performance, and the strategies to move beyond these pitfalls to achieve desired results. Addressing best practices for driving change such as informal feedback mechanisms, collaborative decision-making, and teacher leadership, this important book will help you create a trusting and supportive environment where you can have candid educational conversations in person and in writing, during informal chats, in PLCs, and with other leaders.
Passionate Leadership is an inspiring 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. The authors of this book examine what it takes to be a passionate leader and take courageous actions which lead to student growth and success. Educators ready to push to new heights and break boundaries will find:
- 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
Building a Winning Team is about the critical need for schools and districts to promote a positive reputation for the community in which they serve. There is a growing need to recruit and retain teachers in the field of education, and this book addresses new ways to approach what we call “the talent equation.” We provide stories from real practitioners along with new and innovative ways to approach vision work, branding, culture, recruitment, human resources, and more. This book combines the research, theory, and practical application in both a how-to guide for implementation and the inspiration needed to grow your team to be the best that they can be. At the heart of this book is the notion that great schools consist of great teams that have a winning mentality. If you’re looking for new ways to tell your school’s story, develop an award-winning reputation, and recruit top talent, this book is perfect for you.
Beyond our blog, we also publish in journals, magazines, etc. Here’s a growing list of our publications and where you can find them:
Vari, T., Jones, J. & Johnson, J. (2017, August). Present + Praise = Productive: A Practice-based Model for Leadership in School Settings. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, San Juan, PR.
Jones, J. & Vari, T. What to do about Jim? Professional Dialogue Turns Difficult Conversations Into Growth Opportunities. The Learning Professional. October 2017: Vol. 38 No. 5
Jones, J. & Vari, T. Cut out the ‘culture of nice’ in providing feedback. Principal Leadership Magazine. March 2019.
Jones, J., Thomas-EL, S., & Vari, T. Motivating and Retaining Talented Teachers. Principal Leadership Magazine. February 2018.