If You’re Going to Lead then You Must Read
Learning and growing as a school leader through reflection, training, and experience is a professional choice. One powerful way to improve is through reading great books, which is why we feature two books on a particular topic each month. These are books that we have curated from 100s of titles to help school leaders to lead better and grow faster.
This month we are completely focused on the 5 ways that school leaders can support new teachers. These are five research-based strategies to support and retain your most vulnerable teaching population. This is critical because we are definitely facing a crisis in education. School districts are moving to four-day weeks simply due to lack of staff. In a recent Ed Week article by Madeline Will, she wrote the following,
“…the researchers estimate that there are more than 36,500 teacher vacancies in the nation. They also estimate that there are more than 163,500 positions filled by teachers who aren’t fully certified or are not certified in the subject area they’re teaching.” Will, M. Ed Week (2022)
The data are staggering. If you want to dig into the government database and find out specifics in your state, click here.
The Definitive 5 Ways to Support New Teachers
#1. Maintain high standards while providing support for growth
#2. Increase productivity by being present and using praise
#3. Balance risk and autonomy to unlock innovation
#4. Communicate the expectations of the position
#5. Provide meaningful mentorship
These are proven ways that demonstrate support, while maintaining a culture of excellence and high standards. To support these efforts, we feature two great books to help you as a leader.
Joe’s Pick: The Power of Unstoppable Momentum: Key Drivers to Revolutionize Your District
Featured Authors: Michael Fullan & Mark A. Edwards
The Power of Unstoppable Momentum is an incredible book with very specific examples about how to achieve dramatic results in your school.
There are a few features that really stand out for Joe in this book:
- Technology is not the answer. Time and time again research shows that technology is a tool that highly effective teachers master. The tool itself is not the answer.
- Fullan and Edwards provide very specific ways for schools to excel, specifically through coherence, which is the “…the degree to which people at the school and district levels have a common sense of the district’s core priorities and how to achieve them” (Fullan & Edwards, 2017).
- Lastly, they provide clear models and examples on where incredible work is being done. We love when books have these features, which is why we offer examples of success in our books too.
T.J.’s Pick: Retention for A Change: Motivate Inspire, and Energize Your School Culture
Featured Authors: Joseph Jones, Salome Thomas-El, & T.J. Vari
We rarely promote our own work, but this book is written on the topic of teacher retention, and we dedicate two chapters to new teachers. This is the second book in a two-part series designed to attract and retain incredible teachers. Both books, Building a Winning Team and Retention for A Change are built on the effective reading strategy, BDA.
T.J. dives right into explaining how school leaders must embrace their responsibility to build a culture that Motivates, Inspires, and Energizes the staff.
He emphasizes that the book is filled with practical stories that any school leader can implement for great school success.
Lastly, this book is filled with models to guide leaders. Whether it is the BDA, which can be applied in a number of strategic ways, or striving for Habitual Happiness Highpoints, the models guide school leaders.
Technical Tip for Leaders Who Read
Each month, Joe and T.J. leave listeners with a tip. Both of these books should be read with your team. They are not to be read as simple words on a page. Both books are written in a way that allows the school leader, department leader, or team leader to reflect on their own team and practices.
Enjoy both of these books to lead better and grow faster as school leaders. We always appreciate a like, a follow, a comment, or a share.
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